Archive by Author | Scott Preston

Apoptosis, Necrosis, and Lysis in Cell and Civilisation

I used to puzzle about what culture philosopher Jean Gebser intended us to understand by his term “the Law of the Earth” from his great book The Ever-Present Origin. The phrase is taken from The Epic of Gilgamesh where the spirit of Gilgamesh’s beloved departed friend Enkidu returns from the Underworld (and the Sumerian Afterlife was bleak indeed) and Gilgamesh –the seeker after immortality — implores the spirit of Enkidu to tell him “the Law of the Earth which you have seen”. Enkidu answers him: “My friend, I cannot tell you, for if I proclaimed to you the law of the earth which I have seen, you would sit and weep.” (p 79).

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Chaotic Transition in Two Images

A Tale of Two Cities, as it were, which are two Ages.

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The Body, the Geosphere, and the Doctrine of the Affinities

One of the most interesting aspects of “the return of the repressed” is the revival of the Hermetic doctrine of the affinities, or what we might call today “empathetic epistemics”, which basically states “to know a thing you must become the thing you wish to know”. This is connected with the Yogic principle “Tat Tvam Asi” or “Thou Art That”.

This is the topic of today’s post. It is a very significant aspect of the “new consciousness” anticipated by Jean Gebser as “the integral” or “aperspectival” consciousness structure. And we will begin to see this in noting the affinity that exists between the body and the Earth (or Gaia) that is also crucial in understanding the climate crisis.

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Daniel Christian Wahl’s Transformation of Consciousness Model.

I came across this today, and in light of the previous post (in fact, all previous posts in The Chrysalis) I wanted to draw it to your attention. The map here is excerpted from an article by Daniel Christian Wahl entitled “Transformation of Consciousness“. The map, I think, was developed by the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

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“Four Scenarios for the Post-Corona World”

I would like to comment briefly on this assessment of what a potential post-Corona Society would look like: “Four Scenarios for the Post-Corona World” which, of course, presumes we will succeed in avoiding total disintegration and collapse. It is interesting since in conception it follows the pattern of Rosenstock-Huessy’s “cross of reality”, which pattern I’ll attempt to draw out and make explicit below with the basic representation.

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Metanoia, Tetramorph, and Gebser’s “Pre-Existing Pattern”

“Social disintegration is a blessing in disguise since it compels us to wake up. The grammatical method insists that the negative aspects of society compel us to think, to speak, to write, to study, and nothing else makes us think really.”

Rosenstock-Huessy, Speech and Reality.

There is, indeed, a quite remarkable rethink going on during the present health crisis, and quite a lot of it is informed by the quadrilateral structure (the tetramorphic), Jean Gebser’s “pre-existing pattern”, that we have discussed for some time in the pages of The Chrysalis.

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Pathocracy and the Chrysalis

I thought I was being clever in coining the term “Pathocracy” for what we otherwise call “the New Normal”, but I see some have beat me to it. It is this, indeed. Nonetheless, it seems a necessary step in the metamorphosis and one corresponding to the Hermetic phase of the transmutation (or our “chaotic transition”) called “putrefactio

Sol Niger
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