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6. Contents of Network

This book is what used to be called a ruttier (or rutter) in the old days ... that is, a navigational guide. What we are looking for are bearings on our objective ... the future. The more vector-lines we can project, the better the fix we shall have on the future. On the one hand, we will take quantitative bearings and, on the other hand, we will take qualitative bearings. The difference is one of approach ... between perceiving existence from a finite point of view and perceiving existence from a transfinite point of view.

This duality of approach is a most important aspect of the network's construction. The network is like a tool which has two cutting edges: it cuts first with one edge and then with the other ... and sometimes with both together. In the following diagram, we show bearings of tangible realities on the left and bearings of intangible realities on the right. Our approaches from the left are empirical, pragmatic and utilitarian ... and usually we can quantify the phenomena we are dealing with. Our approaches from the right are mental or spiritual ... and usually we cannot quantify the phenomena concerned.

The truth is elusive and, like most precious things, it is hard to find. We must avoid a uni-paradigm approach and obtain multi-paradigmed bearings. Whether we agree with a particular mind-set is beside the point. We will take help from any quarter. What does it matter if a viewpoint seems strange or outlandish? As long as we can uncover truth about the future, we will be happy. The more diverse and divergent the paradigms used, the better ... for thus we may avoid the trap of using the same bearings under different guises. The diagram follows: of course, it shows only a few of the bearings which have been used in the network.

Bearings Upon the Future

Although this vector approach has been very useful, existence defies neat compartmentalisation: existence is an integral ... a whole which appears to be divisible but which is, essentially, indivisible. Every proposition involves every other proposition, directly or indirectly. My early networks were drawn, two-dimensionally, with implication lines connecting the various propositions. However, as the project developed, 46 it became obvious that all of the propositions were interlinked ... and attempts to show interlinkage graphically became pointless. Consequently, the network is now simply presented as a numbered series.

As readers work their way through the propositions, they will find that there are often sudden changes of subject. This characteristic of the network is due to the oneness of existence. That which is not mentioned is always clamouring to be mentioned. Ideas have personalities of their own ... and the author believes in democracy of ideas ... and each idea is allowed to interject and have its say.

Discovery is not an ordered process. Order belongs to the process of justification, rather than to the process of discovery ... and, of course, here we are in process of discovering the future. The author trusts that readers will enter into the spirit of this enquiry, and that they will come to enjoy the changes of subject, viewpoint and pace. The gaps in number sequences are due to the fact that the network is still growing. What we have is a 'snapshot' of a growing plant.

By subject, we now list the contents of the numbered series. A full index follows after the propositions.



Propositional Series Contents

1- 299
Philosophy of the Absolute; monads; quality; creative intelligence; obstacles; conflict; man-released energy; the 2020 scenario; attainers; new universes.

300- 399
Survival; spirituality; religions; hosting; the female principle; entropy; negentropy; worship; prophecy; language; networks.

400- 499
Chaos graphs; cohesion; entropy; tables of population and man-released energy; transfinity and transfinite man; prediction science.

500- 599
Future political, social, economic and management implications.

600- 614
Creative intelligence, and matters of economics and business.

700- 799
Future political, economic, social and environmental implications; outlook for specific countries.

800- 859
More specific future political, economic and social implications; some propositions of social philosophy.

900- 999
Propositions of geology and the environment; future implications.

1000-1099
Creative intelligence; the nature of knowledge; sheared thinking; awareness.

1100-1399
Propositions of philosophers, including some of Spencer's.

1400-1499
Scientific propositions and other propositions.

1500-1599
Names of philosophers who have been quoted; further philosophical propositions.

1600-1699
Strategy.

1700-1799
The nature of knowledge; philosophy of science; instrumentalism; network methodology; the multiparadigm technique; survival; metamorphosis.

1800-1899
Genetic aspects; network methodology; 2020 indications; remainder-time; symbology of language.

1900-1960
The essential thesis; creativity; metamorphosis.

2000-2043
Metamorphosis; hosting.

2100-2199
Economic propositions.

2200-2299
Psychological, biological, social and economic propositions.

2300-2399
Legal and political propositions.

2400-2499
Volcanism and climatology.

2500-2599
Concerning propositions and the nature of knowledge.

2600-2654
Some implications of the network.

2700-2788
Propositions of Earth sciences.

2800-2879
Transfinity; entropy; information.

2900-2999
Prediction science and associated philosophy.

3000-3099
Transfinity.

3100-3199
Creation; individuality; other philosophical propositions.

3200-3299
Monads; faith; paradigms; entropy.

3300-3399
Multi-paradigmatics; future; predictions; climate; general.

3400-3499
Heaven; survival; nature of propositions; leadership; vibes.

3500-3599
Entropy; communications; prophecy; time; perception; interest.

3600-3699
Monads; individuality; attainers; self-realisation.

3700-3799
Thinking; monads; creation.

3800-3840
Prediction; will; meaning.

4500-4538
Biological propositions.

5000-5024
The Absolute Covenant; propositions concerning the Absolute and monads.


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