The Spectrum of Wisdom : Sneak Peak

(Full Work Coming January 2018)

I view Reality as a spectrum of gears hanging together like a motor in the mind. I had to think hard to generalize and integrate concepts, and even after thinking hard I have found that giving certain definitions to the gear-pieces would be damn near impossible, nonetheless, I find it important to provide definitions here and will proceed with using the Oxford definitions, as Jay Gatsby was an Oxford man.

The four External subjects of Reality (the world around us) are Math, Science, Philosophy, and Art.

Mathematics: The abstract science of number, quantity, and space, either as abstract concepts (pure mathematics), or as applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (applied mathematics)

Science: The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

Philosophy: The study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline.

Art: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

The 3 internal modes of the Mind are Sense, Reason, and Imagination.

Sense: A faculty by which the body perceives an external stimulus; one of the faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.

Reason: The power of the mind to think, understand, and form judgements logically.

Imagination: The faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.

The external aspects of the framework can best be understood as the fundamental observation decks for epistemic search, the internal aspects as the fundamental tools needed to observe, think, and create phenomena in the external world that enables further thriving for oneself (this is my view on what good philosophy should be).

Math and Science have more in common with one another than say, Art or Philosophy, but the four Metaphysical spheres are nonetheless linked together by all being a part of Reality. Painting, for instance, requires a thorough use of Geometry, whether the artist is aware of it or not. Sense, Reason, and Imagination are interwoven cognitive aspects of the Self. Good Imagination requires a Rational Mind that has observed Reality with the Senses.

Sense is the base level of taking in Information, which is conceptualized using Reason to organize thoughts hierarchically. After this, Imagination can Recreate Reality internally in the Mind, obviously, this Imaginative ‘Reality’ is not the same as normal Reality. In order to transmit what one has Imagined, one has to Reason out what the best (Sensorial) path may be for Creating Externally their (Imaginative) Recreation. Good Imagination should be used to spread Good, in some way. Good Imagination may explore the Bad aspects of Reality, however, in this way it should still seek a benefit in the potential audience of the Recreation.

Sense is the External element of the Self. One cannot get inside your body and sense things for you, nor vice versa. Reason makes use of the sensory data to accomplish Need Fulfilment. It is only with the use of Imagination that one will be able to fulfill the highest Needs, Self-actualization Needs, for there is no direct Sense Data telling one where their talents and potentialities are and how they can best Fulfill them. This must be accomplished through the Imaginative faculty in addition to the Sense and Reason faculties. Imagination is Introspective, the antithesis of Sense, which is Extrospective. Reason acts as an intermediary between Sense and Imagination, and is the conscious element of the Imagination, whereas the Imagination in itself is subconscious or unconscious.

We can look at Math-like knowledge as the truest type of knowledge. Numbers don’t lie. Purely abstract mathematical knowledge axiomatically depicts Reality. All one must do is conceptualize Reality after perceiving it with the Senses to do basic Math. Art-like knowledge is the least certain type of knowledge, as it depends upon Human Imagination from the Internal World rather than only the Sense Perception and Reasoned Conception of External Reality (though it also requires this). The ideal way to create better lives for ourselves is to tie Math-like knowledge together with Art-like knowledge, thus, we can work with an epistemological spectrum of knowledge lying between certain and uncertain, respectively, to maximize the utility of certainty while solving problems that don’t have a very certain answer as to how to solve them.