In this series of articles, Emergence Personality Theorist Steven Paglierani explores four formulas which describe, in detail, the inner workings of the mind as well as how we do and do not connect to our world at large.
Taking Leaps of Faith
Every theorist makes assumptions. Some theorists take great leaps of faith in making their assumptions. In the Nineteenth Century, Sigmund Freud took one of these great leaps when he assumed that the emerging scientific laws of physics must apply to human nature, at least as far as the laws regarding energy. His assumption? That the psychic energy in a human being could not be destroyed but rather, unexpressed, would merely take on a different form. Herein lies the foundation of his great work on the unconscious.
Some ten years ago, I, myself, made a similar assumption, albeit, on an even grander scale. Influenced by the Hermetic philosophy of the Neo Platonic age and by the theories on Chaos which emerged in the late Twentieth Century, I assumed that the entire laws of physics must apply to the human psyche as well, at least fractally. The result? Ten very busy years and many discoveries later, I have learned how to use the visual intensity of what is on the screen of our minds to map patterns within human consciousness. In doing so, I have uncovered what I believe to be the four basic fractal patterns within human consciousness. In these patterns lies the visual essence of a broad range of conditions, from the painful conditions of addiction and dysthymia to the very excitement of learning and healing.
Based on this map, I have also written the first entirely integrated theory of human personality, a system which for the first time explains human behavior blamelessly, and cohesively, avoiding nothing, honoring prior theories, and revealing much of what has previously been unexplained about human nature. Including that we actually do have empirically observable patterns within us which determine who we are and what we do. Not merely reductionist "traits" nor cognitive "habits" but rather actual patterns of human personality which, uncovered and consciously directed, can help us to better match our children to their teachers. And us to our careers. We can even use these patterns to understand why we fall in love with certain people and conversely, why, at times, we can be so intensely drawn to people we do not even like, moreover, that none of this is dysfunction. It all functions perfectly, given you understand the system beneath it. And know how to alter what you don't like.
Speaking of altering what you don't like, in addition to the above, my colleagues and I have used these two theoretical systems to found an entirely new school of therapy, the first school of therapy to be based on the idea that the wounds in our psyches stem from what we cannot visualize in life; from blocked visual abilities, rather than from some lack of effort on our parts as to what we can see; our symptoms. Using this therapy, we have made notable strides in helping people with a wide variety of conditions, from autism and Asperger's to phobias and addictions.
In all this, one belief has been the measure of what is true and what is not. The belief? That if something is true, then it will be "infinitely variable and yet never change." Take a square, for instance. A square is an idea that once learned can be used to create an infinite number of real world objects. Yet in all this, the idea of the square itself will never vary nor change. Not one iota. Thus, unlike the principles underlying most of what we are taught, the principles underlying these three Emergence based systems meet this test. Without exception.
Do these claims sound outrageous? Perhaps. Astoundingly arrogant on my part? Maybe so. But remember. It isn't arrogant, if it's true. And these claims are true. Not just on paper. They've already helped many, many hundreds of people to change in ways not thought possible. Incredibly, all this has come from this one leap of faith and from the four simple formulas you see above, the result of this leap of faith.
Now before offering support for these admittedly grand claims, I am going to make some even grander claims. These claims? That Einstein's E=MC2 and my M = I(T) are the same formula only with a different focus, his on the workings of the physical world, mine on personality and consciousness. And that Ohm's Law; E = IR, and my M = I(T) are also the same formula expressed in different terms. Moreover, that the essence of all martial arts and that of Eastern philosophy in general can be expressed using this same formula in different terms as well, as in Chi = (Yang - Yin) Time.
How can all these formulas be in any way related to each other let alone be the same formula? To find out, you'll have to take a great leap of faith yourself. For a few hours, you'll have to put aside everything you think you know and what you assume to be true about life, and as best as you can, try to be as outrageously courageous as Einstein or as Ohm. Or as I am trying to be right now. Be courageous enough to take no one else's word for what is real and what is not. Not even mine.
In truth, we each need to do the work necessary to find out for ourselves what is true and what is not. Thus in order to get anything out of what I'm about to tell you, you'll have to take one of those great leaps of faith yourself. More over, you'll also need to keep taking this leap of faith for the entire length of what I am presently writing, no matter hard it may be. Why? Because in all likelihood, I'll need this entire time to get across any of what I'm saying as true. Even then, I still may fail to present these ideas in a clear enough way for you to see them as true.
Perhaps not though. Perhaps you'll leave these pages burning with the same enthusiasm I burn with each and every morning, a burning desire to leave this world a better place than when I came into it. And if all I accomplish here is to provoke in you the desire to prove my ideas wrong, then I have still done the very thing I have set out to do. I have provoked in you one of the very best qualities we human beings have in us; the urge to know the truth about ourselves and about our world.
As for some of the more mundane goals I've set for myself here, I intend to reveal the essence of why our heads and hearts fight, especially with regard to those we love. I also intend to show why our work on artificial intelligence, and on neural nets in particular, has failed to capture the essence of the human mind. I also intend to reveal why we may never understand what black holes and quantum theory have in common other than that they mark the two visible limits of our ability to explore our world, including that they fractally mark the limits to what we can hope to understand about our very personalities. At least, from human-scaled direct observations anyway.
Having said all this, I'm sure I will not surprise you when I say I also believe the laws which apply to our logical and emotional selves exactly parallel the laws which govern our physical world, in ways such as that we actually do have in us the equivalent of "non logical" neural nets, as well as the equivalent of "black holes" and "quanta" albeit as analogous patterns which play out in the least visible parts of our personalities.
Is any of this true?
I invite you to come find out for yourself. After all, despite the commonly believed notion that we should not reinvent the wheel, I have found that reinventing the wheel is the only way to become a wheel maker. Admittedly this process is painful beyond belief. And one which many people criticize terribly. Or shun entirely. Even so, it is also the very essence of a life journey rewarding beyond words.
So where do we begin this outrageous journey? We'll begin with the idea that something as complex as human consciousness can be represented with only three variables. And how we can test these three variables empirically and more, how used scientifically, these three variables can generate an almost infinite amount of possible new research. Along with an incredible amount of previously unseen ways to better our world. Finally, because these topics are so comprehensive, we'll need to break them down into parts. The first part? The first formula I've listed above, the Meaning formula. Are you ready to be respectfully challenged? Here we go.