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Book: Alexander-Extra

Cognitive Framework for Alexander

Start by distinguishing two terms: Step-in and Step-out and relating them to unconscious and conscious.

Embodied mind and the Disembodying mind

Show the slide on evolution.

Note that we are unconscious when we are immersed in recurring activity. We become conscious when things start to matter, when something goes wrong, or something is latent, when we have expectant desires - loving expectations. So then we must become more conscious - find peace - by expressing our expectations more consciously - structurally - and then reengage by embracing the structure, making it our home again, living it. So a single question is a concern - and a way of figuring things out is a pattern. And we embrace the new pattern by simplicity, void or alternation.

Especially the notion of a pattern. Metaphysically the nature of pattern, the connection between recurring activity and evoked structure; and the optimization in the world - a pattern exists in the world and its implementation exists because of the world. Yet a pattern is exercised from beyond the world and its logic comes from a creative spirit beyond the world.

Relate static concerns with the 4 levels of patterns.

4 levels of symbols

So this is the reverse of why, how, what, whether. But it is from a different point of view. The signs are trying to signify the reality, to model it.

Managing resources: focusing on what's not working

Relating that to circumstance...

In particular, need to define God and related ideas: Life, Peace, Love.

Every person has a strong center - God and the universe has a strong center.

Defining terms to discuss the Spirit as needed.

We are an instrument by which God manifests himself.

God's question is whether God is necessary? This means that God is not (in the realm of our lives) but is God essential nevertheless - God exists as a conceptual map - a pattern language - and whether that pattern language matches adequately the reality.

Adjusting the pattern (static concern) vs. adjusting the pattern maker (dynamic concern - meaningful experiences). Peace vs. Love

The relevance for a cognitive framework: Grounding concepts in the limits of the imagination. The challenge of capturing a multitude of variations in the world - defined in the world - with a model generated from finite frameworks. Not just a configuration. Key issue: representing not knowing with knowing.

Dynamic concerns (love - letting go and taking up - going beyond ourselves) vs. static concerns (peace - adjusting).

God's external viewpoint (of peace) - allows opposites to be balanced rationally. Our viewpoint (of life, of goodness) immersed allows us to discover what is significant. This representation of the nullsome then gets brought back to the external view. We live the threesome and God lives the nullsome. We communicate with God by way of the representations of the nullsome, by stepping out (with our knowledge - to release it and store it in memory) and stepping in (with not knowing to listen anew, having structured (at least in our activity - our spirit) a new pattern).



Wishes and expectations

Deepest value

Questions - Inadequacies

Conscious-Rational vs. Unconscious-Irrational


Stepping in and Stepping out

Eightfold way - Our Father - Mathematical Proofs (Arguments)

Love to Peace



Nature is latent - a mouse will take over an empty house, if you die - bacteria will take over your corpse. Activity is essential.

Unfolding patterns

Creating a duality by going beyond oneself in both directions - internal and external - as category theory does - and mapping that with patterns.


God(beyond)=0 and Human(in system)=3 (+3=consciousness) and between them is 1-stepping out and 2 stepping-in. Compare with representations where we have unmarked opposites and marked opposites.

Buvimas remiasi pažymėta priešingybe - esame Dievas - esame. Dievas pažymėtas gerumu, tai gyvenimas. Nebuvimas remiasi tobulomis priešingybėmis (nebuvimas ir buvimas tolygūs) - tai amžinas gyvenimas? Tai svarbu Dievo įrodymui.

Aplinkybė duoda žmogui suprasti nebuvimą.

Semiotinis kvadratas: Wishing -> not knowing, Knowing->Not wishing. Žmogus: Knowing->Not Knowing, Dievas: Wishing->Not Wishing. Žmogus išeina už savęs per aplinkybę ir nulybę - per būklę, ko nėra, ir per nebuvimą jame. Dievas išeina už savo išėjimą už savęs.

Dievas savo atžvilgiu yra - ir mūsų atžvilgiu yra:

Kas nesavarankiškas gali būti išreikštas kitais. Susieti su savo tiesos teorija.

Aleksandro išsiaiškinimo būdus moksliškai apžvelgti.

Lygmenų poros turi duality.

Nulybė yra tai kas už mūsų, o aplinkybės yra mūsų - sandaros žymės.

4 layers - let go of the self, put some distance on it.

How do things come to matter

Step out

Step in

6 questions are related to meaningful experiences, with mathematical methods of proof, the gradation, Our Father, the eightfold way.

(Was: Exists - possible - desirable) instead should be: exists - desirable - possible. (But compare with the doubts.)

Paskui trejybės nariu išeiname už savęs į ramybę paskiromis aplinkybėmis. Grįžtame trejybe. Aštuongubas kelias išplečia šešerybę (6+3=1):

Derinys yra ženklų.

Ženklas (širdis) - turinys (pasaulis)

Ženklų savybes palyginti su rūpesčiais ir branda.

Medis M, seka (token) S, tinklas (mikrosavybės) T.

Visuma, ryšiai, apimtis, reiškinio visuma.

He doesn't say there are 15 - he says it could be different - but I make the case that there are 12+3.

Troškimas - Dievo būklė.

Dievas yra tai kas už mūsų. Užtat nulybėje nėra jokio požiūrio.

Healthy concerns have us apply a pattern abstractly, through potential and actual recurring activity, to step outside of our situation, as if into an extra dimension of new possibility, where we locate a sense of peace and balance. From this optimal vantage point we resolve our tensions by establishing the pattern concretely, as material structure, and stepping back into our situation, where we become sensitive to new tensions.

We thus develop circumstances for an ever more central sense of peace, and an ever greater sensitivity to life, to the natural tensions and concerns ever forming at the periphery. We describe a system of six concerns which patterns address and which provide various "names" for aspects of this Quality Without a Name.

We relate the 15 properties of life to 4 planes of being stepped out, being stepped in, and moving to and from these states. 3 general properties (strong centers, strong boundaries, levels of scale) get expressed in these planes as 12 specific properties. We derive these 12 properties and relate them to cognitive linguistics.

Add ideas about Centers - and relate to patterns. And in a world of centers - we are participating in levels and metalevels - and God's point of view is important. A transparency as a center - relation to centers within it and centers it is within. Also, it relates to the importance of changes in ourselves. Unfolding whole - structure preserving transformations. Need to be able to take it all down and put it back up again. Level and Metalevel - Human and God. Deepest value (our center) and investigatory questions that sharpen it.

Salingaros's three laws: select the origin so as to minimize entropy (level), alternate - simplest rhythm (metalevel view), levels of scale = e (level and metalevel)

Heuristics - Ways of figuring things out


Exploring the Nature of Order Generating Rules, Macintosh & Romme

Making it a science. I add some possibilities:

Main points

Life and peace (wholeness).

Will describe:

I add to this:


More questions

Stillness of nothing - significance, stillness of something - constancy, stillness of anything - direct, stillness of everything - truth.

Stillness is a sign of peace - centers have stillness - Stillness has four forms. Smaller stillness should serve the greater stillness.

Significance... Constancy is the icon of peace. Directness is the index of peace. Truth is the symbol of peace.

Thus these are levels

Similarly, every pattern is simply an imperfect approximation of peace.

The sign of peace is stillness. Every pattern aligns , a sign of that peace. Stillness is the sign of peace, and we experience stillness as centers. Every pattern has four stillness...

It is a sign of the peace.

Our deepest value is not peace but simply a sign of that peace.

Problem of deepest value

The twelve purposes explain where we see them - but in each case we can look for the corresponding nullsome, which is THE purpose.

The twelve rules of art - the principles of life - explain how we manifest the spirit of a pattern that we are applying - we live its activity and thereby apply its structure through these principles.

Patterns: 4 levels - relate with the 4 representations of the threesome.


Identify the purpose with a circumstance, then through us identifies it with a representation of the nullsome. Empathize back in.

Note dynamic concerns are the representations of the threesome derived from truth (in positive and negative forms).

Note that dynamic concerns can thus be stored in memory.

Dialectic of the heart and the world

There are four levels of properties - broadest to narrowest. We are riled - we "care" - we have loving expectation or hating expectation - if we focus on the narrow rather than the broader. We need to flip that around. The properties of life show this vividly - so roughness, gradient, nonseparateness should never be a concern - let them happen naturally - whereas simplicity, the void, alternation should always be the first concern - you can't go wrong by being devoted to them.

Try to connect 6 pairs of these levels with the challenges for patterns (and the names of peace).

Our concerns and God's concern: our maturity

Relate to person (deepest value) and God.

Pattern language for our personal growth - 12 questions - and we need to ground in reality - what we care about, our deepest value - not abstractions

And building blocks for our growth - self-identity transformations.

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