This is a short 12 Chapter manual/handbook that artfully outlines a basic relation between humans and the physical world. Each chapter will be limited to 3-4 pages with simple illustrations. Taking guidance from writers and thinkers in various fields of thought, MATTER is meant to “craft” a basic and objective description of what a human is, how a human interfaces with the material world (either effectively or ineffectively), and how a clear reflection on this interaction, and subsequent incremental adjustments, can favor the wellbeing of the individual and ultimately the group. Each of the 12 chapters is a play on the term Matter, i.e., phases of matter, dark matter. The chapters work together in an ouroborus cycle of connected meaning with cross-referencing being noted within each chapter. The theme of any chapter can be used as a entry point for the reader, but the text will lead the reader from there through the full circuit of thought.
Outline by Chapter:
A. Starting from the elemental states of matter, and the elements of being human, establish the union (or current disunion) between the two. Stasis.
1. Elements of being human
b. Posture (static/thetic "to place") anatomical position/motion
c. History (memory)
d. Cognition (mindset, language, idea (dark matter), eidos
e. Perception (input, servo-mechanics ANS-PNS, aesthetics)
f. Immunity (biological/psychological)
g. Stage (age, developmental state)
i. Mood (ethos, biochemical)
B. Parallel stages of matter, metaphoric phases of self (brief)
C. Write chapter in three phases of basic description.
D. Differentiate matter from energy (Ch. 6)
II. MOVEMENT-physics, moment around a point, movement=thought/placement=intelligence
A. Movement of Energy
1. Radiation, Conduction, Convection, Transfer, Flow
B. Movement of Matter
C. Movement of Ideas
1. thoughts as objects. (Ch. 5...Subject)
2. We move thoughts/thoughts move us
3. We move objects/objects move us
4. In between these are levels, points of friction
5. Do easy. Functional efficiency.
6. Thesis=to place
III. TOOLS- (Ansatz...initial placement of a tool at a work piece or educated guess).
A. In order to create a tool, of any kind, you must understand both the material and its optimal form. If the material is falsely understood you risk fashioning rhetoric, crafting propaganda, and modeling prototypes of your own bias.
B. True tools (comparative to true toys)
C. Sensitivity (fingertips) to Sensibility*
D. Instruments, utensils, implements, machine, device, apparatus...pencil
E. Additive, Subtractive, Maintain...equilibrium or balance. (Ch. 4)
IV. ADD/SUBTRACT-approach to subject and material ( Ch. 5) generative states vs. maintenance...toward a universal generative state.
A. Differentiate subject/object from material
B. Design: useful/useless continuum (Pye p.77)
C. Producers vs. reproducers...create, alter, or destroy
D. Imagination=the ability to differentiate
E. Opposing your own nature in regard to +/- equates to self-disenfranchisement
1. Men (augmented reality) Aristophanes, The Clouds..."the tool"
2. Women (producers/reproducers) mater-mother
3. Children (true toys) all additive.
F. Catabolism/anabolism (Ch. 1 metabolism)
G. Actions or functions of reduction or maintenance vs. actions of creation.
H. Ex. Build a meal. Crescendo to consumption. Remove waste, clean tools (utensils). Complete cycle. Generate, consume, decay, restore, regenerate.
I. Work as necessary play, play as necessary work.
V. SUBJECT (matter of choice) This is the pivotal chapter. Thesis.
B. Object to human relationship.
C. Modern interferences
D. Simulation/simulacrum fulfilled
E. Fetishization (from Portuguese feitiço "charm, sorcery, allurement," noun use of an adjective meaning "artificial." Factitious) of object world. (Ch. 11)
1. "Big sports"
2. "Corporate citizenship"
3. "VR, ATV, 4WD" (Ch. 5 men) - Men Without Work
4. Facebook, social pornography.
6). ENERGY-how do we define, understand, and examine the forces that power our action.
A. Breath–breathing is timeless. Like your heartbeat it has an unreliable association with time. Like time it has an unreliable association to life.
B. Ritual and Friction. Mitigation of extremes, reduce redundancy, support resilience. Body response, body reaction.
7). CHANGE-efficiently (Ch. 6) striking or grooming an alternate course
A. Achievable by the accumulation of minor adjustments to the most proximal object/subject. Extending to other (Ch. 9).
B. Habitual (or ritualistic) redirection. Adjusting not anticipating.
C. From solid, to liquid, to gas. (Ch. 1) Child to adult to agent.
D. Suspended state of change. Move ahead of the conditions.
E. Change of play to work and work to play.
8). Dark-uncertainty. The unknown to the unknowable. The glue that holds competing ideas together. At the threshold of imagination. In opposition to. The resisting force that pushes against effort. The spirit of the material.
A. Evil. Spirit. Time.
9). Other-the isolated self separates from the aggregate other. The aggregate self fears the isolated other.
A. The conservation of energy in likeness. To like is to be like.
B. The hardest matter to craft.
C. What are we inclined against or away from and how can we not hold that against ourselves?
D. Speciality, special, species.
A. The work of fiction is to safely challenge the limits of our action.
B. Amid a preponderance of answers, we are searching for more precise questions.
C. Completeness does not require a complete set of data. Wholeness is built on a scaffold of voids. Emptiness is necessary in order to gauge being full. Fluid intelligence eclipses the banal.
12). Life-ultimate sovereignty & death