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In 1200 AD the I Ching Calender Wheel was created by Shao Yang, who was rich & well educated. In a retreat he papered the walls of a cabin with hexagrams as installation, and throw a jade pillow at the wall to kill a fly broking it finding a note in the pillow and got the formulas of the Wheel using numberogoly. The Wheel has six circles of Yin (Black) & Yang (White) being divided by 2 outwardly and shows how the energy moves throughout the year.
more here: www.universal-tao.com...
The Book of Changes -- I Ching in Chinese -- is unquestionably one of the most important books in the world's literature. Its origin goes back to mythical antiquity, and it has occupied the attention of the most eminent scholars of China down to the present day. Nearly all that is greatest and most significant in the three thousand years of Chinese cultural history has either taken its inspiration from this book, or has exerted an influence on the interpretation of its text. Therefore it may safely be said that the seasoned wisdom of thousands of years has gone into the making of the I Ching. ...
Indeed, not only the philosophy of China but its science and statecraft as well have never ceased to draw from the spring of wisdom in the I Ching, and it is not surprising that this alone, among all the Confucian classics, escaped the great burning of the books under Ch'in Shih Huang Ti.[1]
In the course of time, owing to the great repute for wisdom attaching to the Book of Changes, a large body of occult doctrines extraneous to it -- some of them possibly not even Chinese in origin -- have come to be connected with its teachings.
More than 2,000 years ago, a crafty Chinese feudal king put down a rebellion in his province, went on to conquer six neighboring kingdoms, and then gave himself the name Qin Shihuang, meaning First Emperor. Having established peace, the first Chinese Emperor maintained it ruthlessly, burning books that challenged his laws and burying alive 460 scholars who disagreed with him.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646–1716) is often described as the last universalist, having contributed to virtually all fields of scholarly interest of his time, including law, history, theology, politics, engineering, geology, physics, and perhaps most importantly, philosophy, mathematics and logic [1, 7, 9].
...Leibniz was not the first to experiment with binary numbers or the general concept of a number base [5]. However, with base 2 numeration, Leibniz witnessed the confluence of several intellectual ideas of his world view, not just the characteristica generalis, but also theological and mystical ideas of order, harmony and creation, with 0 denoting nothing and 1 denoting God [13]. Additionally his 1703 paper [10] contains a striking application of binary numeration to the ancient Chinese text of divination, the Yijing (I-Ching or Book of Changes). Early in life Leibniz developed an interset in China, corresponded with Catholic missionaries there, and wrote on questions of theology concerning the Chinese. Surprisingly he
believed that he had found an historical precedent for his binary arithmetic in the ancient Chinese lineations or 64 hexagrams of the Yijing. This he thought, might be the origin of a universal symbolic language.
and directions for building the model can be found scattered through the various commentaries, judgments and references.
Originally posted by LordBaskettIV
and directions for building the model can be found scattered through the various commentaries, judgments and references.
Any examples of these little mentions?
Originally posted by rich23
I know that the focus here is on treating the I Ching as a mathematical construct,
but it's important to remember that it was originally drawn from very physically felt manifestations of nature.
The Taoist sages, as far as I can gather, had direct perceptions far in advance of our limited senses.
Hope this provdes an interesting perspective.
Originally posted by soficrow
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The text says, "Out of the Tao, Heaven was born." So this is the first "Age," symbolized by 0 and 1; - - and __ .
Then, from 1 came 2 - resulting in the second Age, consisting of the symbols for 0 - 3, presented as trigrams (2 squared).
The third Age is described by the symbols for 0 - 63, presented as hexagrams (8 squared).
The 4th Age then would be 64 squared, or the numbers 0 - 4,095.
The 5th Age is 4,096 squared, including 0 - 16,777,215.
The 6th Age is 16,777,216 squared, or ??????
My calculator won't do this calculation, and I don't want to dig out my old notes. Can someone help me out here?
Thanks,
sofi
Originally posted by Xeros
The 6th Age is 16,777,216 squared, including 0 - 281474976710655
Originally posted by soficrow
I suspect the "I Ching" is the purest surviving record of an ancient universal language. ...This view is not unprecedented
So it's not that I think the I Ching is about mathematics, it's just that attending to the math (arithmetic, really) is necessary to decode, translate and understand the work.
but it's important to remember that it was originally drawn from very physically felt manifestations of nature.
IMO - that's an assumption on your part, and quite possibly incorrect. In fact, my hypothesis is premised on the assumption that your assumption is incorrect.
Originally posted by rich23
Originally posted by soficrow
I suspect the "I Ching" is the purest surviving record of an ancient universal language. ...This view is not unprecedented
No, and Leibnitz was not the only one to go hunting for a "universal language": a fun read on this is Umberto Eco's The Search For The Perfect Language, which traces this back over millennia. Gematria is another example of this attempt to find a mathematical order in the world.
So it's not that I think the I Ching is about mathematics, it's just that attending to the math (arithmetic, really) is necessary to decode, translate and understand the work.
I disagree.
I think it's quite unlikely that a Westerner would ever be able to fully comprehend the text of the I Ching and fully realise its use, simply because the written language is ideogrammatic; ideograms/pictograms do not function in the same way as combinations of letters, and the grammar of thought that Chinese people grow up with is necessarily different as a result.
Can you explain why you see these perspectives as mutually exclusive, rather than being simply patronising?
Oh, and by the way, the correct term for the yin trigram and hexagram is K'un.