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This exploration has been prompted by the unusual importance of polarized thinking in determining international strategic options -- notably in relation to the "war against terrorism". It follows from an exploration of the conceptual gerrymandering associated with definitional game-playing (see, for example, Is God a Terrorist?: Definitional game-playing by the Coalition of the Willing, 2004)
The paper is a further development of work initiated in earlier papers (Discovering richer patterns of comprehension to reframe polarization, 1998; Distinguishing Levels of Declarations of Principles, 1980)
The importance of polarities to they dynamics of modern society is evident from the following examples:
|Good vs Evil||Knowledge vs Ignorance|
|Healthy vs Unhealthy||Heart vs Head|
|Love vs Hate||Employment vs Unemployment|
|Law/Order vs Anarchy||Truth vs Falsehood/Disinformation|
|Simplicity vs Complexity||Fun vs Boring|
|Beauty vs Ugliness||Youth vs Age|
|Profit vs Nonprofit||Spiritual vs Materialist|
|"Us" vs "Them"|
The question here is to explore new ways to handle such polarizations conceptually. The objective includes:
The approach is partly inspired by the binary coding system that is fundamental to the Chinese I Ching -- and which was the basis of the reflections of Leibniz on such a coding (leading subsequently to the modern digital computer). Although the I Ching is an extensive elaboration of such an exploration, the approach here is on the initial stages through which polarities can be encoded.
Moving beyond the conventional representation of a polarity by the two ends of one single pole, instead allow each pole of the polarity to be represented by a distinct pole. The two poles would then need to be distinguished. This could be illustrated by taking the first polarity in the above table (Good vs Evil) as an example. One pole (eg representing "Good") might be coloured white. The other (representing "Evil") might then be coloured black.
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Organization and Lifestyle Design: Characteristics of a nonverbal structural language. 1978 (https://www.laetusinpraesens.org/docs/lifedesi.php)
Within us vs Against us -- Blake quote
Mirror with unacknowledged
Progressive complexification / diversity
Unrecognized merits / health (does not count)
Challenge vs O-rings ** Seminarists / Angels
Language to encompass
Tribes of agreement
Shared vision vs Secret stench
Not "I Ching"
"Good" according to orginal definition embedded in many shades of grey
6 dimensions ; 6 directions (Young)
magic square integrative pathways
stigmatization: demonization / unreasonable / unbeliefer / untermensch
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