Dimensional Color Model based on I-Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes NEW
(First presented at VI International UNESCO Philosophy and culture UNESCO congress in St. Petersburg, 2003)
Black and White Model Humans perceive continuous reality in a form of discrete informational model. The discrete nature of perception was precisely pointed out by Zeno in his renowned paradoxes. The word is a discrete unit of thought. Any information can be presented in binary code. Black and White Model is based on a principle of duality represented by pairs of opposites such as black - white, light - dark, good - evil, Yin - Yang, left - right. Setting the boundary between the two is a matter of choice, that depends on one's abilities to discern. The direction you are looking in is what makes you define left and right, which may change as you turn your head. Very similar mechanism can be found in ethical judgement and formation of moral concepts. Any closed system, that remains unaffected by the the outside force will continue to develop according to the simples algorithm. Interaction between the discrete units will account for the increasing degrees of complexity. As the structure grows more complex the observer starts to get the sense of presence of Divine of some sort or a universal harmony principle. In reality the system is following the simplest path, as described by the medieval philosopher William of Ockham principle of parsimony in explanation, also dubbed "Occam's razor": "Entia non sunt multiplicanda sine necessitate" (One should not multiply entities beyond necessity). Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21... is the simplest thus the most universal law of discrete system development. At first the existing unit repeats itself, adds up to zero, reflects itself (which also is the primary function of human consciousness). The rest of the steps are identical: the two consecutive members of the series add up. The emerging sequence is approaching the harmonic ratios ("golden section") for the adjacent members of the series, graphically reflecting spiral movement. Pic. 1 represents the spirals derived from the Fibonacci series and "golden ratio"
Image, Word, Digit - on a Halfway to Insect Civilization
(Article for UNESCO 7th International Congress on Philosophy and Culture. August 2004)
For a human being world is not restricted to physical reality alone, it comprises some virtual component which one can call a system of "worldviews" or reality interpretations. This system embraces philosophy, religious doctrines, scientific and all other ideas, concepts and theories. Such system of reality interpretations becomes more important to some people than reality itself: ideas affect motivation and behavior, judge results of our actions and define our image of self. There’s a statement in sociology known as theorem of William Thomas: "a situation defined as real is real in its consequences". It literally means that our worldview is actually real in its consequences, no matter to which extent it corresponds with physical reality. System of world outlooks and civilization of today are based on words (or semantics). "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made" (John, 1; 1, 2, 3). Mental processes, experience imprinting and communication between people are impossible without using language and words. Word is a discrete unit of consciousness, a unit of meaning. Human perception is mediated by word: everything that doesn’t have a name is left behind the frames of conscious perception. As a result we do not perceive the world directly, but only by means of its verbal description, its conscious reflection. World comes into existence when it gets a description as Carlos Castaneda would say.