A Postmodern Cosmography
John P. Lynch, Jr.
Edited by Wilma Lynch, David Shupe, Troy Omafray and Brett
Engineered by Brett Single
Electronically Published by Project Terra July 15, 1998
To the Reader:
Cosmogony means “world creation” in Greek. The
Cosmogonicon is a book about world creating. The world created is a postmodern cosmography. The postmodern era began after World War II and continues today, and a cosmography is a description of the world. Therefore, the Cosmogonicon is a description of the postmodern world, how it has come to be, and what we must do to get beyond it: create a new world.
This book is written at a level of consciousness which many may find unfamiliar. It is recommended that you read it and then reread it, as the information (which is interrelated) is spread throughout the entire book, and a second reading will make it more clear.
Also, this is not an academic text. Much of the data is glanced over because the details would distract from the author‟s goal of giving the reader an expanded view of our world. But the sociological, historical, religious, political, economical, technological, gnostic, philosophical, and scientific data are available to all in a number of media.
John P. Lynch, Jr.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Prelude .................................... 1
The Evolution of Reality .................. 11
Reality Collation ......................... 30
Interlude ................................. 45
Reality Collation (continued) ............. 53
Implementing a New Reality ................ 62
Conclude .................................. 74
Reality is not Truth. Realities are a complex, evolving attribute of the human species, as well as a necessary part of the individual mind. Truth is an absolute certainty. Humans have only versions of truth, or realities, which are used as substitutes. Each reality is thought to be the Truth by its advocates, but all human realities can be seen as changing over time and varying from culture to culture. Truth cannot change. Realities change to keep up with changing situations and data. We are, in effect, clueless about the true nature of our existence, so we must create our own reality.
Realities are a necessity for all living things, although they vary from the rudimentary to the complex. For humans and other vertebrates, reality is constructed in the mind of the brain. The mind is directly responsible for dealing with the material world for the body-colony. It needs a model of the material world as a frame of reference for the information taken in from the senses. That information is processed by the mind, which then acts upon its experience on behalf of what it deems to be its own self-interest. That model, or reality, speeds the processing to allow a better reaction time, thus a better survival rate. Our highly complex human mind is the product of millions of years of evolution of reaction time for survival.
Since humans are band-oriented primates, the construction of reality is a social endeavor. The individual‟s reality is a reflection of the group‟s abstract reality, thus experience is passed on so that each succeeding generation does not have to begin anew. Conversely, the group‟s abstract reality is a reflection of
within the group, thus the abstract reality is made up of mostly-identical realities, which allows for adaptation due to mutation. In this way, human psycho-social evolution is similar to physical evolution, but at an accelerated rate. Reality can be seen as an evolving, complex feedback system between the group‟s abstract reality and the individual realities, or a hermeneutic circle.
A metaparadigm is a model of that system. The metaparadigm offered here, Logos, is constructed from the above initial conditions of our cluelessness about the true nature of existence and our striving in our own self-interest, both within a group and evolving over time. In Logos, the group‟s abstract reality, or culture, is an ultraparadigm, which is constructed of two megaparadigms: Society, which deals with self-interest within a group, and Knowledge, which deals with cluelessness. Each consists of four recurring themes: Religion, Politics, Economics, and Sociality are the greater paradigms within Society, and Technology, Gnosis, Philosophy, and Science are the greater paradigms within Knowledge. Each of these greater paradigms consists of major paradigms, which are, in turn, made up of minor paradigms, then lesser paradigms, down to micro- and nano-paradigms.
Each paradigm is occupied by a meme. The group‟s abstract reality has various patterns of being, or memes, which are carried on by succeeding generations. Memes, as opposed to genes, can be as mundane as eating and cleaning patterns to as important as socializing and governing patterns. There are nano- and micro-memes, as well as lesser, minor, major, greater, mega, ultra, and metamemes to fill the various needs of any particular culture. Logos, itself, is a metameme. The dominant meme is the meme occupying that need, or paradigm, amongst a plethora of alternative memes. All cultures, or ultraparadigms, contain multitudinous memes. Some are dominant memes, while most are submissive, subversive, dormant, unrealized, or extinct.
Society has evolved from our need to live in groups and the complex organization which has come from our complex minds. Acting in our own self-interest has brought us together in bands. Even when we act in an altruistic manner, we are still acting in our own self-interest, but our self-interest has been expanded to include our family, our genes, and our group, our memes. We each become dependent on each other, but gain the advantages of being part of a group. The greater paradigms within the Society megaparadigm are Politics, Economics, Religion, and Sociality. Using the body analogy for a culture, Sociality would be the individual cells and their neighbors; Economics would be the circulation system; Religion would be the energy which binds the body together; and Politics would be the mind.
Politics is a forum in which the leaders of the culture can pilot the group through history. For most of our civil-ization‟s history, the forum has been dominated by warlords, who take control of their society by force or inherit it from someone who has. Although, there has been a movement away from the warlords in recent times. Politics also deals with law, public works, protection, and emergency relief.
Economics is, quite simply, the distribution of food, drink, goods, and services throughout the group. Since the advent of civilization, it has become a target of manipulation. Those who gain control of the economy are able to raise their standard of living by acquiring more of the distribution. Over the last 2500 years, the principal unit of exchange has been money, which was invented to make transactions easier than trading. Money is a belief system. It is a unit of the total distribution of the group. It has no intrinsic value other than the value granted by the group members. Even gold has no value, it is only scarce. Life is valuable. Money has become an important and highly complex major paradigm within Economics. It has also made it possible for Economics to gain control of the Society
megaparadigm in recent years, since it shifts power away
from war and gods.
Religion and Gnosis were grafted together early in our history, but it is important to separate the actual knowledge gained through Gnosis from the social aspects of Religion. When Gnosis and Religion are separated, as they are here, Religion consists of two major paradigms, myths and rituals. Religion, intrinsically, is myth, or a living narrative. The adherents are participants of the living narrative being played out from the Creation to the present and eternally into the future. Their tale will become part of the whole saga. These living narratives are often mistaken for the Truth, because they are at the core of both the social and individual reality. The living narrative validates the whole hermeneutic circle system, which is why it is so greatly defended against change. An individual conversion would be the selection of one living narrative over another. Social conversions are much more traumatic.
The rituals and ceremonies are ways in which the group celebrates being a part of the living narrative. There is a fellowship which comes from gathering together with like-minded individuals. This communion is relieving, as it is reassuring to know there are others who agree with you. The communion is also a part of the human need to belong.
Sociality is a broad collection of ways in which everyone is included in the group. The major paradigms within Sociality are familial relationships, social relationships, organizations, morality, art, language, scope, sexuality, and education. Sociality‟s memes are the essence of all cultures. The megaparadigm of Society is, itself, an extension of this greater paradigm. Politics, Economics, and Religion were not of much consequence until the population growth and area expansion brought about by civilization. Sociality has always been significant.
Family relationships have always been of extreme importance to all human cultures. The family is the primary agent of the enculturation process. Its minor paradigms determine who may marry whom, how many one can marry, whose