Are sense and motive like a field and a force?
Are sense and motive like a field and a force? Not literally, no. The idea of fields and forces depend on a sense of regions of space which are somehow charged with disembodied powers. If, instead of conceiving of forces and fields that way, we flip that assumption over and consider them to be purely statistical patterns of effect, then we could say that sense and motive are field and force, since public facing senses generally have a measurable range and intensity, but in that case we could call them matter and energy. It is proposed that energy is nothing but the potential for matter to make changes to matter, and that this capacity to change matter is actually motive intention originating within a non-human experience. The matter which humans can personally and directly influence is limited to the behavior of certain regions of the brain, although the human capacity to influence events through their actions is of course very far reaching.
It is proposed that what sense and motive actually are can only be understood through their native terms of first person experience. Sense is not a floating radiation of disembodied qualia, it is concrete feelings and experiences which multiply in significance (qualitative greatness, richness, and semantic relevance). Significance can be thought of as the figurative residue which accumulates through repeating sequences-of-sequences of meaningful experiences.
Motive is not a current of psychokinetic power – not ether, élan vital, phlogiston, soul, or chi, (although for some it may help to think of them that way) it is just the symptom of our effect on the events which we embody most directly. You can call it magic if you want to, but it seems to be quite ordinary in the countless species of living organisms we see, and possibly in the behavior of inorganic matter as well, if we allow that sufficiently simplistic motives produce deterministic-seeming patterns.
Multisense Realism can be understood even without the specialized definitions of sense and motive above. It’s ok to think of sense in the colloquial everyday sense of that word. Sense as in feeling and sensation, as logical coherence as in making sense. Sense meaning consciousness, as in ‘come to your senses’. Sense as in an intuitive guidance. Sense as category or order; ‘in any or all of those senses’. Motive can also be understood in plain English. The intention to move or change with activity. To want to do something.
The question of whether sense or motive came first can be understood as a non-sequitur when we realize that time and therefore causality itself supervenes, or depends completely on the interplay of sense and motive. Sense can be thought of quantiatively as ∞/0 but it can only sense itself (2) though motive self-diffraction (1).
1. Motive creates the arrow of time by dividing and multiplying a given sensory condition. With the expression of will or kinetic energy, thermodynamic irreversibility is introduced and that which has occurred publicly is partitioned from that which has remained as a private potential. The interpretation of this collapse of entropy as time is at the root of the metaphysical possibility of space. As sense is increasingly subdivided into before and after, the appearance of the afters has become tokenized as positioned shapes and bodies (public matter, private feeling), while the before-motive seem increasingly unlike matter (public energy, private doing). From the outside, the interaction of sense-motive looks like a pantomime between objective bodies. As the public world of matter-like experiences accumulates, living organisms engage private sense to re-internalize the object-bodies as props within subjective narrative stories. Biology itself recapitulates this recapitulation of sense-motive-space into matter-energy-time with more enriched experiences of time. Each layer of evolution of public bodies corresponds to an evolution of inertial frames within private experience. Human inertial frames includes the individual-psychological, social, anthropological, mammalian, zoological, biological, chemical, physical levels, as well as semiotic and super-signifying.
∞/0. Sense is not the first thing, it precedes both firstness and thingness. It is everythingness and the absence of itself (the unsensed = nothingness). In a way, sense cannot said to ex-ist until it had been divided and self-discovered through that division. It is said that we are always living in the past as it takes a certain amount of neurological time for our sensations to be received and interpreted. By that time, some features of the world which seem present no longer exist. This is true as far as it goes, but we can’t necessarily judge personal experience by sub-personal scales of time. This is an important distinction for Multisense Realism, that reality itself has no absolute frame other than the frame of the Absolute – which is sense, not structure. Structure is an post-mortem on sense. Analysis is anatomical, not physiological – it requires that the subject be dead before the autopsy can be performed. Consciousness itself is literally the antithesis of that which can be analyzed, since as soon as you kill it or stop it, it is no longer conscious.
The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.
The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.
– first words of the Tao Te Ching
The eternal dance then, is of an eternal dance between dancers and stages made from the panoramic view above the bodies of previous dancers.
The failure of modern approaches to consciousness has been to presume a universe built up from nothingness rather than stepped down from everythingness. The idea has been (and it is a natural enough idea given our status as prisoners of the particular human stage we are dancing on) that objects, laws, forces, and information simply exists independently of experience of that existence. It is the gross oversimplification of human consciousness and anthropomorphism (again, completely understandable given that we are ‘supposed to’ live in a human world as human beings) which has led us to rule out panpsychism or panexperientialism. Even though the modern mind eagerly laps up explanations rooted in the metaphysics of mathematics, even to the grandly esoteric unrealisms of MWI, String Theory, memes, quantum teleportation, etc, any whiff of the possibility of awareness beyond Homo sapien awareness is greeted with loathing and skeptical intolerance. From this ‘View from Nowhere‘, nothing, it seems can be like us in this one sense, but everything must be exactly like us in every other sense.
Although this view of the universe from the perspective of a hypothetical omniscient-yet-otherwise-humanlike voyeur has been immensely productive for physics and science in general, it’s pseudo-objectivity comes at a price. What we gain in knowledge about public conditions is purchased with a loss of relevance of our private experience. This is a loss which is welcomed by the scientist, however, it becomes an insurmountable obstacle when approaching the science of consciousness itself. This cannot be overstated – there is no science of consciousness without the conscious subject themselves. We can study neuroscience, physics, biology, and evolution, but we can only find consciousness if we include the actual experience of it. Unfortunately the ease with which we have shifted into the outside-in perspective has made us complacent and arrogant with our worldview, to an extent that I would not hesitate to call it a kind of fundamentalism. MR is not anti-science, but scientific interpretations have in some instances, become a tautology of confirmation bias, particularly where consciousness and metaphysics is concerned. While all things are reduced to particles, force and information, the definitions of those terms are left unexamined – a mechanistic trinity of evacuated realism…doing without being, knowing without feeling.
What we are left with with the Western system, if we deny panpsychism, is some schedule of emergence. We reason retrospectively that the complexity of human experience emerges from the complexity of the activities of the human brain, therefore it is simply a matter of reverse engineering that complexity until we resolve some stage or program which models itself in this peculiar way involving data compression which seems qualitative rather than quantitative. Unfortunately, this approach is not likely to meet with any more success than the alchemical pursuits of gold from lead. Not because scientists are fools or unworthy of sacred knowledge, but because we have not sufficiently examined what awareness actually consists of and what it means to be without it. When we do examine these issues more closely, we should discover that the omniscient voyeur is a hypocrite, and that his gaze (and it is a relatively masculine gaze) pretends to empirical transparency, to a universe beginning from zero, but denies this view is contingent upon awareness itself. The hypocrisy is that what is intended to be taken for impartiality becomes, when exported to the study of consciousness, a blindly anthropic ideology in which the entire universe is devoid of all sensory presence until human senses emerged to see it. I find this view of the universe to be amusing.
Andromeda Galaxy: “Hey Horsehead Nebula, how goes the eons?”
Horsehead Nebula: “Why I have no idea, I’m waiting for the Homo sapiens on that infinitesimal bit of wet iron wayyy over there to invent the telescope and tell me that I exist.”
Consider that any concept of sameness and difference can only be pattern recognition which can only be some kind of detection (sense). Motive, even though it comes ‘first’ by fertilizing the seemingly inert egg of sense, is actually a tendril of the egg itself – turned inside out. Motive is like ‘doing something important’ and it makes gives sense a head which turns every other sense into tails.
2. Dualism arises through the sense of discernment, a posteriori to the interaction of sense and motive. The multiplicity of perspectives which explode outward as body-spaces and implode within as experience-times are variations on the theme of duality. This Big Diffraction of unity into duality can be understood as the inner correlate to the Big Bang.
More on the Big Diffraction here.
3. The trinity of sense, essence (significance of private experience), and existence (insignificance of public bodies) are what Multisense Realism is all about. This fundamental trichotomy, like a transistor with base, emitter, and collector, seems to be the minimum possible reduction of the cosmos. It can be found in many religions and philosophies;
- The Trimurti – Brahma (creator – sattva), Vishnu (preserver – rajas), Shiva (destroyer – tamas)
- The Holy Trinity – The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit
- El Shaddai ש- God (יַהְוֶה) as Sustainer, Creator, Destroyer
- Triad – Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis
- Trichotomy – monadic (quality), dyadic (relation of reaction or resistance), or triadic (representational relation
- Ante rem (Idea in God’s mind). In re (potential or actual in things). Post rem (mentally abstracted)
- Presence, Absence, Degree
- Unity, Plurality, Totality
- Life as machine (Western). Life as organism (Chinese). Life as drama (Indian)
- Body, soul, and spirit
- Real, Symbolic, and Imaginary
- Eternal, External, Eternal
The sense of how it all works together can be nominally mapped out as a syzygy. A syzygy is a fusion of opposites or a synchronized alignment of separate bodies:
In this image, the white center ‘syzygy’ would also represent ‘significance; and the question marks represent entropy and the unsensed. Will is synonymous with motive, and Body with matter.
*Panpsychism is the view that all matter has a mental aspect, or, alternatively, all objects have a unified center of experience or point of view. Gustav Theodor Fechner, Friedrich Paulsen,Ernst Heckel, Charles Strong, and partially William James are considered panpsychists.
Panexperientialism, as espoused by Alfred North Whitehead, is a less bold variation, which credits all entities with phenomenal consciousness but not with cognition, and therefore not necessarily with fully-fledged minds.
Panprotoexperientialism is a more cautious variation still, which credits all entities with non-physical properties that are precursors to phenomenal consciousness (or phenomenal consciousness in a latent, undeveloped form) but not with cognition itself, or with conscious awareness. – thoughtfulcynic