Friday, April 25, 2014

Anomalies: Anti-Structure and Restructuring Critical Assumptions

Is the paranormal, normal? In past posts I have ruminated that the prosaic is as paranormal as the unknown perhaps this statement is a means to frame how and why we define both. Do the definitions we use fit our situation? Is Chaos Theory applicable to the paranormal? Backing into the basics of critical assumptions may be useful. Quantum entanglement comes to mind as the interaction of forces that are seemingly separated combine as cross influences create realities that are intertwined.. which then is further refined by the uncertainty factor that there is a 50\50 chance of probability in how any manifestation manifests. Superimposed on this behind the scenes fabric of our experience is the relationship equally entangled and shared by structures and anti-structures as much as the case of matter and anti-matter, and yet both are reconciled in a extremely subtle and pervasive manner than defy s any simple label. Does this suggest that the paranormal is more likely than not?

Structures and Anti-Structure

The lack of repeatability in the strictest sense of this term is a hallmark of the deconstructive process buried in anomalous accounts of reality being more pliable than our encyclopedia suggests. The structure of our written and spoken languages, whether it is mathematical or alphabetic relies on the consistency and repeatability of stereotypes, whereas anti-structure is anything but stereotypical and yet the terms we use to describe the various aspects of it are repeatable.

In terms of our own species, this irony revolves around "I" versus "Not I" in terms of bias projection as applied to structure. Whether it is the Greek interpretation of Gods with human natures to biocentrism of consciousness is harnessed to tool making whether it is an automobile or any of the desert religions or the paranormal field. Sciences being the outcome of controlling relationships toward a human outcome that is favorable in theory and yet the anti-structural nature of the tool maker's relationship with unpredictable outcomes is duly noted. Is it that we blur the distinctions between our languages and nature?

Whether it is Albert Einstein's deep regret he suggested atomic weaponry to Roosevelt or the introduction of kudzu to the South, or the application of pesticides, or the consequences of fossil fuels suggests that anti-structure is alive and well beyond the paranormal field. One could ask if in these cases science was actually psuedo science. One could then ask if restructuring has a higher value than structure or an equal place in projection bias, which is inescapable. All of this is the nexus of anti-structure.

The entire definition of the paranormal is noteworthy in that any manifestation that is inexplicable to the tool making of science as a structure is paranormal. 

The application of tool making to consciousness by way of our languages or to nature itself which is decidedly non human as to it's purpose in regard to our species survival as a structure upon anti-structure as defined by purpose seems to encompass a central question, what is our purpose? We require one.

Anti-Structure As Play

Even with the strictest of rules any game can be played by there is uncertainty and entanglement and one could say the universe is more at play than following a linear course of simple causation we can directly observe or predict. Can you predict you will win a game of tennis? 

Even the old bromide that time is an arrow is now being discovered to be not so.

The paranormal field infers that play is more important than structure in relation to purpose. What is play? A verb versus a noun as an active anti-structural element within the composition of structure. One could say in the role of play outcomes are determined. One could say perhaps that play is the active upon the passive that becomes reconciled when either deniability or affirmation is undecided.

Play is the conduct, course, or action of a game a particular act or maneuver in a game: as the action during an attempt to advance the ball in football the action in which a player is put out in baseball  the action in which cards are played after bidding in a card game the moving of a piece in a board game (as chess)

 one's turn in a game (it's your play) recreational activity; especially : the spontaneous activity of children absence of serious or harmful intent : jest (said it in play)the act or an instance of playing on words or speech sounds gaming, gambling an act, way, or manner of proceeding : maneuver<that was a play to get your fingerprints —( Earle Stanley Gardner) or deal, venture the state of being active, operative, or relevant, other motives surely come into play ( M. R. Cohen) several issues are at play or brisk, fitful, or light movement (the gem presented a dazzling play of colors), free or unimpeded motion (as of a part of a machine); also : the length or measure of such motion scope or opportunity for action  a function of an electronic device that causes a recording to play emphasis or publicity especially in the news media as wished the country received a better play in the American press.


As defined by the folks at The Fractal Foundation..

Principles of Chaos
  • The Butterfly Effect: This effect grants the power to cause a hurricane in China to a butterfly flapping its wings in New Mexico. It may take a very long time, but the connection is real. If the butterfly had not flapped its wings at just the right point in space/time, the hurricane would not have happened. A more rigorous way to express this is that small changes in the initial conditions lead to drastic changes in the results. Our lives are an ongoing demonstration of this principle. Who knows what the long-term effects of teaching millions of kids about chaos and fractals will be?
  • Unpredictability: Because we can never know all the initial conditions of a complex system in sufficient (i.e. perfect) detail, we cannot hope to predict the ultimate fate of a complex system. Even slight errors in measuring the state of a system will be amplified dramatically, rendering any prediction useless. Since it is impossible to measure the effects of all the butterflies (etc) in the World, accurate long-range weather prediction will always remain impossible.
  • Order / Disorder Chaos is not simply disorder. Chaos explores the transitions between order and disorder, which often occur in surprising ways.
  • Mixing: Turbulence ensures that two adjacent points in a complex system will eventually end up in very different positions after some time has elapsed. Examples: Two neighboring water molecules may end up in different parts of the ocean or even in different oceans. A group of helium balloons that launch together will eventually land in drastically different places. Mixing is thorough because turbulence occurs at all scales. It is also nonlinear: fluids cannot be unmixed.
  • Feedback: Systems often become chaotic when there is feedback present. A good example is the behavior of the stock market. As the value of a stock rises or falls, people are inclined to buy or sell that stock. This in turn further affects the price of the stock, causing it to rise or fall chaotically.
  • Fractals: A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds etc

In light of this one considers the vagueness of both sides of two terms, the normal versus the paranormal. Perhaps we require a better conceptual model beyond that of a contradictory dualism that plays out between skeptics and believers both of which might be irrelevant.
One could say that the meaning of both terms is at play and is in essence, anti-structural when compared to the complexities of the realities we inhabit.

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