Originally posted by Watcher-In-The-Shadows
A schema is a cognitive structure of knowledge we have in our minds.
This is very, very, very, very, very important to always
This is where sacred geometry comes into play, because you see the word "structure" in that sentence. Literally there is a geometry in the
networking on your neurons, and that very geometry, across so many millions of neurons, eventually takes on very complex experiential "meaning" to
you. Understanding something often means simply being aware of its geometry, of how it moves and occupies space and time, whether it be a space ship,
or love, or any other ideas or physical objects.
So what about this geometry?
I'm going to post this image and I want to know what it makes you think of:
To briefly explain it, this is my attempt of categorizing human intelligence with a geometrical diagram.
At the core of all experience, the thing that is required by all other knowledge yet can exist completely independent of it, is the phenomena of
or the sense of "being"
itself. Which is the small, innermost circle. And it is still an obvious scientific
Outside of that I have "love and light," "study of transcendence," and "study of information." You can make of those what you will, but I am
referring to transcendental patterns/energies/archetypes (love/coherence/unity -- which all move towards higher integration of understanding and
awareness of being
), a concept equivalent to "zen" in Zen Buddhism (which is the transcendence itself), and the technical study
and reasoning itself (which becomes a self-referencing system itself, or else arbitrary, depending on your conclusions when you transcend it
Once outside of the understanding of what it means to understand, you have all the more mundane studies: geometry and mathematics,
natural/physical/engineering sciences, artistic studies, body-awareness study (yoga, meditation, tactile imaging, etc.), etc. The number and
classification of these is ultimately completely arbitrary imo, I just divided them up as most convenient to my own personal understanding, which is
obviously very limited as I am human. In actuality all of these studies are some sort of gradient and all flow into each other.
The "modifier" is a reminder that knowledge and awareness are constantly changing, and that to stagnate your growth and education is ultimately to
die. So everything within the diagram can and will be modified with time, to allow a greater organization and understanding of increasingly available
I try to use this diagram as a personal reminder to where my knowledge is lacking and what I need to pay more attention to, because all of the outer
circles branch potentially infinitely into more trivial and detailed analyses, geometry/mathematics into trigonometry, fractals, etc.; psychology
into Jungian analysis, Freudian analysis, Maslow's theories, Pavlov, etc.
Great thread, btw.
The really nitty-gritty stuff in analytical psychology, like these schemas and the very make-up of all of our thoughts,
opened a completely different world to me. Hofstadter's G.E.B.
, Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising
and Quantum Psychology
broke it down for me, and I highly recommend those 3 books as there are so many ideas in them I would never be able to completely express myself.
I'm sure there are other books as well.
[edit on 21-9-2009 by bsbray11]