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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.
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
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