Godel's Proof and The Human Condition - The Basic Essays

Organizational Aspects of 'The Human Phenomenon and Things Human'

(companion piece to Roget's Thesaurus and 'The System of Human Experience')

It is the nature of matter that it has 'properties', and of various of those properties that 'some matter coalesce in some way as to manifest an evolving, registering system' -eventually 'evolving deliberation' for example, of 'the nature of matter'. This, roughly and no more, is the beginning phenomenology investing 'the nature and constitution of human-being', and either we subscribe such characterization -phenomenology and human-being, to the exclusion of any other or we subscribe, arbitrarily, any other to the confusion of knowledge.
(-from Introduction to 'Godel's Proof and The Human Condition - The Basic Essays'.)
This writer's search for organization in the expanse of 'the human phenomenon and things human' identifies two fundamental properties of primary 'substance' classification: transportability(*1) and institutionalization(*2). (1) The transportability of an item identifies it as institutionalized; (2) some material is institutionalized but its 'substance' is not transportable and (3) the 'balance of material' is neither institutionalized nor institutionalizable(*3) -a situation, in other words, of three, transportably identifiable types of 'phenomenon-and-things substance'.

(truth table) Transportable Non-Transportable - 'noumenalisms' in general
Institutionalized or
Institutionalizable
Phenomenological material -scientists and mathematicians in their labs(*k) -non-scientific examples
1 - There is no 'morality problem' because no 'proper morality' can be transportably identified.
2 - All forms of government are but artifacts of thus-far human evolution.
Conjurational 'material': enclosing language may be transportable, but the substance is NOT. (Examples)
1 - 'Proper morality is set down in the Bible'.
2 - 'American free-enterprise, capitalist democracy is the best form of government'.
Unstitutionalizable Hermeneutic material: the processes of discussion or decision are uninstitutionalizable regardless of material. (Examples)
1 - what the Bible says about morality.
2 - why 'American free-enterprise, capitalist democracy is the best form of government'.
(This is empty because no subject or material exists or can be 'conjured' into existence without somehow discussing it (hermeneutics) and either institutionalizing some element of it as transportable or noumenalism -or abandoning it.)


The whole of this 'knowledge' may be viewed as effectively refining a more primitive observation (itself 'knowledge', as follows) that 'the human phenomenon and things human' is known to us as of two discrete types: (1) what we transportably know (even to statistically qualified theorization) and (2) what, NON-transportable, we MAY think we know. Thus what we transportably know includes language-and-words that we can refine as necessary(*3) to make ALL the above transportable -sub-item belief in god, for example, even though there are elements of that 'phenomenon and things' (the 'nature' of god) that are not themselves transportable. What this means is that we have in institutionalized language-and-words, the facility for transporting any ASPECT of 'the human phenomenon and things' including the identification of non-transportable material even to speculation on 'the nature of human evolution and progression' -itself a transportably qualifiable item.

[The existence of 'generic religion' or 'belief in religion' as items of conceptualization, for example, have an etiology fully accountable in institutionalized and transportable, human evolutionary process, but the ideational 'stuff' of religion (one or another) has been conjured into existence and is institutionalized, but not transportable. 'The phenomenologically certain supercession of religious material' then(*4), is yet to be 'experienced, learned-from and assimilated' (- see The System of Human Experience).

In April 1998, The Atlantic Monthly published EO Wilson's misnamed The Biological Basis of Morality where, contrary to what the title suggests -a validation of 'moral principles', essay substance is more properly that of The Biological Basis and Etiology of Morality' -that is, preclusive of 'principles' (any) and their 'propriety'. This 'subtlety' is of the greatest importance in that it identifies the manifest preponderance (in human communication) of material fundamentally lacking forensic integrity -dogged, interminably, with 'further clarification'.
(-from The Matter of Forensic Integrity)]

'What we transportably know and what, non-transportable, we may think we know' are (by dimension)-
Phenomenological material (transportable and/or institutionalizable) is (i) anything of consistent and unambiguous formula, codification, theorization, routine, process, development or 'active operation' and (ii) any such element or variable thereof -static in that sense as opposed to 'hermeneutic' (below); (iii) 'the essentially quotidian and familiar knowledge, practices and material constituting operational society and civilization'.

Conjurational material (institutionalized and explicitly NON- transportable; non-operational and static therein) is that (substance) of the 'explanations' inherent the evolution of 'a congregationally sexual organism of deliberative capability' out of ignorance (*5) -the 'noumenalism' material of 'ethical, moral, political, personal or other beliefs' that dispose us to making decisions (hermeneutics, next) not covered 'phenomenologically' (above) -material inherently superceded by knowledge out of 'configuration- space investment (science and mathematics) in the course of continuing progression and evolution'(*6).

Hermeneutic material is any deliberation or active development of 'intrinsically uncertain and therefore uninstitutionalized transportability': (a) interpretion or operation entailing conjurational (non-transportable) material and/or (b) analysis or development of operation that is inherently heuristic by virtue of unanticapatable experience or eventuality; any such element or variable intrinsic thereof; 'the taking of unanticipatable, heuristically determined or other eventuality into institutionalization' (above).

-the mere existence of something (anything) as subject or material, in other words, identifies it as de_facto institionalizable or transportable in some respect, thus the idea of god is transportable even if the 'substance' or 'constitution' of god is not. A careful deconstruction of the two statements, "God is pro-life" and "There is no fucking god", for example, identifies the first as de_facto 'institutionalized' but non-transportable by fact of non-transportable (substance) 'what "god" is or is not'. The second, on the other hand, is patently transportable by fact (science/language) of 'continuously refineable encompassability' -the 'fucking' being no more than 'a superfluous, unambiguously derogatory adjective'.

[The Appendix below lists 'material' classifications for each of these 'aspects' as developed in The Nature and Course of Human Evolution as The Basis of Economic Policy. The classifications, in turn -and the importance of the initiating source, are discussed in Roget's Thesaurus and 'The System of Human Experience'.]

(Further examples -1 of 2)
The scientist 'furthering knowledge' by means of statistical observation and conjecture can only but employ analysis and heuristic process of transportable and therefore 'non-hermeneutic' rationale -wholly phenomenological in that respect. 'Knowledge in religious material' on the other hand, can be only -but not both, either 'phenomenological' in transportable symbol/variables of (eg) language (grammar, syntax, definition etc), composition, bibliogony and 'nominal' material -or 'hermeneutic' for 'non-transportable interpretation of non-transportable material' -(eg) the 'stuff' of ethics, sermon, religious politicking et cetera- and NOT furtherable of phenomenology in that respect.

[This discussion is not explicit of physical materiality in that that is implicit by virtue of 'physical' specifiability (transportability), thus bibles, churches and preaching (occupation) are phenomenological material as are playing with toys and manufacturing them -all 'appurtenances' included.]

(Example 2)
Legislative process is, typically, one of 'incompletely transportable situation and eventualities', and may have, consequently, all three aspects about it. There is first an 'initially unambiguous', codified mechanism (transportable) for undertaking analysis and legislation (eg, US congress) and, second, the 'hermeneutic' process which entails analysis (uninstitutionalizable) of conjurational material (eg 'religious freedom' or 'ethical campaign financing') and development of what is (typically) 'heuristically accommodating legislation'. Thus, the resulting institutionalized legislation may be either inherently 'hermeneutic' as in civil law, or 'intended to be unambiguous and consistent' (phenomenological and 'static') as of criminal law - but inherently subject to 'unanticipatable eventualities'.


There is, lying obscurely inside the above, one last, important point still to be made. A major part of 'the human phenomenon and things human' as dynamically constituted today -society and civilization, goods and services; their production, distribution and consumption, and government of the whole- is based on 'the primitive pecking-order intrinsic our warm-blooded-vertebrate, congregational sexuality'; there is, in fact, no aspect of domestic, class, religious, political or other idealogical disagreement or warfare that is not directly traceable to that origin. The single and greatest factor regarding intellectual and physical reconstitution 'in the nature and course of human evolution' then -perhaps to some Homo cogitans, is the eventual and inevitable vestigialization of that conjurational material -pecking order, intrinsically- as influence in human affairs.


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[FOOTNOTES]
*1 - The following definitions, transportability et cetera, are excerpted from The System of Human Experience which covers much of this introductory material.
system: a 'logical integrity' comprising -as 'discoverable', some particular set of real or abstract configuration space symbol/variables and the mechanics and rules relating them, and by extension, all vector/states and subs, and all assignable or potentially assignable properties, attributes and characteristics including such as derive from them insofar as they are, all of the above, 'transportable as phenomenology' (next).
phenomenology is that of 'system particulars' as above, and it is transportable only if it has a representational or symbolic mapping '1- to-1 consistent and unambiguous the mapper's knowledge', that is, without hermeneutics of any kind. Phenomenology may include for example -and at all levels of abstraction, such property/concepts as finiteness and infinity, serial-and-cross-hierarchization (in the broadest sense), state-table and 'machine that goes by itself' mechanisms, and most importantly- statisticality to qualify the probabilistic interrelationships of all elements of the system and its space with each other for intrinsic incompleteness of 'axioms'. -Phenomenology, in other words, is either transportable or it is not phenomenology.
*2 - Institutionalization 1: the quality or state of being or becoming institutionalized
institutionalize 1: to give the character of an institution to : make into or treat like an institution; esp: to incorporate into a system of organized and HIGHLY FORMALIZED BELIEF, PRACTICE OR ACCEPTANCE. (-from Webster's Third New International Dictionary -capitalization by psb)
-This 'systemization' is discussed more completely in
The System of Human Experience and is not to be confused with Herbert Spencer's Social Darwinism.)
*3 - Godel's Proof and The Human Condition is a monograph on the three types of 'cerebrative substance' - phenomenon, noumenon and convolution of the two- that constitute, in effect, 'A System of Human Experience'. The essay, Roget's Thesaurus and 'The System of Human Experience', furthermore, argues the integrity of such a system by virtue of that thesaurus identifying 'an appropriately constructible systematics'.
As to 'what we transportably know and what, non-transportable, we may think we know'-
One knows that '2+2=4' by fact of its transportability, but one does NOT 'know what he did on the night of January 15' or that 'the Democrats (or Republicans) are responsible for the sorry state of ... (whatever)' - except, perhaps, by presenting phenomenologically-based evidence qualified to that end, accordingly, as 'circumstantial' and/or 'statistical'... (-from The Matter of Forensic Integrity)
*5 - regarding 'material inherent evolution out of ignorance'-
idiomatics (the): a body of generalized beliefs, thought processes and modes of confrontation and expression variously common to most peoples of the world, essentially 'what it is the nature of things to be' (especially men and women: 'You can't change human nature') or 'what they ought to be'. They include for example, the outer but universal interrelationships and expressions of 'nurturing (soft) womanhood', 'provident (strong) manhood' and the 'propriety of having children', of 'belonging' and the 'primacy of one's kind and ways' (-and their expressions of shame and insult -'saving face', machismo, 'gay pride', 'self esteem' etc), of practices in 'powers unknowable to us' and of various work and play criteria and ethics -'merit', 'worth', ownership et cetera. (-from
Kernel Properties of The Hominid Organism.)
*6 - regarding 'ignorant explanation' and progression-
It is the 'statistically reliable usefulness of explanation attaching a perceived phenomenon' (eg conjuring 'spirit' in fire, and 'soul' to inhabit live bodies but not dead) that promotes progression -'knowledge, however erroneous in fine'- and it is progression in turn that operates to increase the integrity of 'knowledge'. Progression here means generally continuing evolutionary process reflecting natural-selection and pecking-order with or without apparent genetic mutation, but even as may be influenced or modified by 'heritage' of some kind -primitive tools and techniques onward into eventually civilizational advances thru technology and science. (-from
The System of Human Experience)



Appendix

The Characterization of 'Issues and Variables'

[-detailed headings from Roget's Thesaurus and 'The System of Human Experience' as developed in The Nature and Course of Human Evolution as The Basis of Economic Policy -Part 3A. Bracketing (comments) and highlighting are the author's.]
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
1 THE BODY AND THE SENSES
3 PLACE AND CHANGES OF PLACE (176 Transferal, Transportation) 176.18 transportable; (196 Contents) 196.5 substance
4 MEASURE AND SHAPE
5 LIVING THINGS
6 NATURAL PHENOMENA
8 LANGUAGE [manifest substance: (eg) print and printed substance including charters, rules or laws insofar as 'meaning is unambiguous, consistent and NOT subject to hermeneutics' (below)]
11 ARTS [manifest substance -not 'interpretation', as for example, of 'beauty'(1015, below,)
12 OCCUPATIONS AND CRAFTS 728 Money; 729 Finance, Investment; 729.4 banking; 731 Commerce, Economics; 736 Market; 737 Stock Market; 738 Securities
13 SPORTS AND AMUSEMENTS (743 Amusement) 743.2 fun
15 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: (1016 Mathematics) 1016.15 statistician.
CONJURATIONAL
10 VALUES AND IDEALS: 636 Ethics; 637 right [as in 'proper']; 649 Justice; 675 Religions, Rites, Cults, Sects; 690 Sorcery 690.11 conjure
HERMENEUTIC
2 FEELINGS [physiological or intellectual 'autonomously internal' response (feeling) [typically conditional to some situation]: (100 Desire) 100.19 hunger; 100.25 hungry; 138 servility
7 BEHAVIOR AND WILL [observed or potentially observable, physical or intellectual but NON-autonomous activity or external response to specific situation]: (371 CHOICE) 371.16 decide upon (etc); 430 Freedom, 430.2 right, rights, civil rights.
9 HUMAN SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS: 563 Marriage; 578 Fashion; 597 Lawyer; (611 Politico-economic principles) 611.8 capitalism, free enterprise (etc); (612 Government) 612.4 (kinds of government) democracy; 618 Wealth; 630 Price, Fee; 630.9 tax;
14 THE MIND AND IDEAS: 760.3 existence, fact; (762 Substantiality) 762.2 substance; 934.5 reasoning, argument; (945 Judgment) 945.5 verdict, decision, determination, finding; 945.11 decide, resolve (etc); 972.6 truth, validity; 952 belief; (806 Order) 806.4 systematize; (807 Arrangement) 807.10 systematize; 830 Event... phenomenon; 1009 Prosperity; 1015 Beauty;