The traditional science and mathematics all rely on a priori knowledge. We call these sciences left side sciences. What interests us is the science on the other side of the epistemological brain – right side science. In this section we move from the One Many opposition to gender opposition. This is treated very simplistically here. However, the gender construct, so present in all the sciences of antiquity, is more profound and will be explored in greater depth later. The author claims that the four letter generic code can be more fundamentally expressed in the binary terms of gender. This section gets as far as the start codon which starts to take on a familiar geometric meaning known in physics; Our story is starting to get very intriguing … and daring.
Introducing Elementary Gender
Left side reasoning relies on a linear, sequential, punctual form of rationality. This has become the standard and universally accepted form of reasoning in science and mathematics. Nowadays, few professionally educated people would countenance the possibility of a science based on a completely different form of reasoning. Indeed, if such a science were to be proposed, the common belief is that it would be characterised by the epitaphs fuzzy, woolly, bleeding heart, mystical, irrational and New Age. The author does propose an alternative form of reasoning which is quite “orthogonal” to left side reasoning and he intends to rebuff any such characterisations. He claims that ultimately, at its core new the science will be more rigorous that left side science. This is because the science will not rely on the vagaries of measurement, only the reason applied to reason.
So far we have illustrated elementary forms of right side reasoning by getting acquainted with thinking in terms of oppositions rather than just labelling things and then manipulating the resulting symbols. It is now time to step the reasoning up a rung. So, right side reasoning deals in wholes. The left side deals in fine detail. Let us now look at the semiotic square more closely. Our simple way of understanding the square is in the form of the One Multiple oppositions as figure 3
The alternative to left side reasoning is naturally called right side reasoning and it is inferred that this is the dominant form of rationality of right hemisphere biological brain function. However, linking the alternative form of rationality to the biological brain may be considered as an ambit claim at this stage of development. The veracity of the argument does not rely on such an association. However, the argument would gain such potency if this were to turn out to be the case, and for reasons that will become apparent with time, we will assume that the ambit claim is valid anyway. If we have to stick our neck out, then we may as well do it courageously.
The author has argued that traditional left side rationality is based on only one fundamental opposition, that between abstraction and the real. This naturally culminates in the “view from nowhere,” God’s eye view form of objectivity popularly called the Scientific Method. The Scientific Method excludes one-half of reality, the subject side, and only considers the half world of objects.
Right side rationality goes the other way. Rather than excluding the subject, the subject must be present at all times. It keeps both subject and object present at all times. However, the subject of the Scientific Method is only the impersonal subject, the formalisation of the view from nowhere. In addition to embracing the impersonal subject as partnered with the impersonal ‘objective” object, the right side demands that the personal subject also be present. This means that, instead of just being based on just one opposition like left side science, right side science needs a second opposition. The second opposition is orthogonal to the first and is intuitively formalised in the form of the semiotic square discussed earlier. The result is fascinating.
The right side presents two kinds of subject, the personal and impersonal and defines the real as that which coincides with the personal and the impersonal, the conjuncture between the classical science “view from nowhere” of the impersonal subject and the “my view” of the personal subject. This gives one “real” slot and three “non-real” slots that we refer to as imaginary. The real can only be properly known via its three imaginary partners. The front right lobe of the resulting square provides the slot for the conscious subject entity and there are three imaginary entities. This is yet another version of Jung’s One-plus-Three structure that can be discernable in all the important theological configurations. We have also seen an instance of it in Freud’s version of the semiotic square for the human psyche. Many more versions will become apparent as our incredible story unfolds.
So far, our gentle introduction to right side science has been a very intuitive and qualitative affair. On the left side of the classroom, the student has already been introduced to some elementary symbolic logic. It’s time to catch up. On the right side we can teach about symbols too, different kinds of symbols of course, and we don’t need as many as those that travel in the left lane.
Elementary Gender and its Simple Compounds
Figure 7 Semiotic square with the four generic types of structure in terms of elementary compound gender, MF, FF, FM and MM.
It is now time for the first introduction to the most fundamental and profound concept of right side science. It is a binary construct called gender. Gender has two sides to it, a masculine and a feminine side. Here, we only consider gender from an elementary point of view. After all, the students on the left side have only started learning about elementary symbolic logic. Later we will work towards a more fundamental understanding and will call it ontological gender. However, for the moment we are only going to consider it from a rather Pythagorean point of view, the point of view of cardinality
s will be discussed later, the fundamental approach to gender starts with the notion of the totally unqualified, completely lacking in any specificity whatsoever. Such an entity is defined as being of feminine gender. The entity of pure feminine gender possesses the attribute of being totally devoid of determined specificity. This attribute must be an entity in its own right. It will be considered to be of masculine gender. Thus, two entities with only one attribute between them. The feminine has an attribute. The masculine is that attribute. This is a very profound concept and takes some time to get one’s head around. It is for this reason we make the simplification of assimilating the gender dichotomy to the easily understood, simplistic One Many opposition. Unspecific cardinality is not an attribute, whilst the cardinality One is. The Many has the attribute of oneness, the One is that attribute. The feminine has, the masculine is.
Gender comes into play in the relationship between what can be considered a singularity and hence have cardinality One, and that which is not a singularity and hence has cardinality Many. The first kind of entity will be considered to be of masculine gender, the second of feminine gender. In introducing the cardinality interpretation, it must be stressed that we are not talking about absolute quantification. The cardinalities are relative. An entity is One, and hence masculine, relative to something which is not One and hence the feminine Many. A crude example would be a container and its content. The container would be One and hence masculine, relative to the Many contained by it, which would be feminine. However, relative to something else, the masculine container entity may be part of an ensemble, which would be feminine.
From now on, rather than talk about the One and the Many, we will talk about the masculine and the feminine. An entity that is of masculine gender will be labelled M and the feminine labelled F. A more correct statement would be to say that the entity of masculine gender can be used as the masculine label and the entity of feminine gender can be used as the feminine label. In this game labels are not only made of the same stuff they label, but they are what they label. I am my name. My name is I. We will not labour over this point, but it should be kept in mind that there is no arbitrary relationship between the signified and the signifier in this domain. Such arbitrariness is only permitted in the sciences of the left side.The interesting thing about right side science is that that’s it. Two symbols is all that you require to construct a code capable of describing and specifying any entity whatsoever in a rational universe. More complicated things than the elementary One and Many can be described by concatenations of M and F letters.
The first compound entities are made up of binary combinations of M and F. There are of course four of them and lead to the semiotic square shown in Figure 7.
The Four Letters of the Generic Code
Figure 7 shows the four possible generic structures that are necessary to describe and/or construct a coherently rational reality. Figure 8 provides a more iconic representation of the same thing. Like all of right side science, the idea is simple, simplifying but subtly profound.
When Figure 7 is looked at from a left side viewpoint, it leads to simplistic and misleading interpretations. A predicable response of left side reasoning would be to interpret the structures from a reductionist perspective as being atomic building block of nature.
Right side science must take the other interpretation and advocate a monism instead of the atomistic outlook. The monist interpretation is shown in Figure 8. Once again, we have a semiotic square representing a whole. It represents any whole. The whole can understood from a general, a particular, and a universal viewpoint. We have already investigated some examples. The overall entity is the singular self the only “real» entity. It can be understood in terms of its three “imaginary” qualifications, the general, particular and universal qualifications. These qualifications are not absolute but determined relative to each other.The Figure 9 also indicates an embryonic algebra. At the finest level, the qualifications are all in terms of gender, a relative typing system. The general corresponds to MF, the particular to FF, the universal to FM and the singular to MM. There is no need for external, traditional style empirical attributes.
The author has introduced a shorthand terminology where the four binary compound gender terms have been replaced by four single letters. It is at this point that it might appear that the author has lost his mind. Rather than invent his own lettering scheme, he has borrowed that of another general, universal, particular algebraic four-letter scheme for describing and organising singular entities. The four letters, of course, are A, U, G, and C used to denote the four bases of the genetic code. At this point, the reader can merely assume that any structural resemblances with the genetic code would be shear co-incidence.
Figure 8 Iconic representation of the four bases and compound binary gender.
The Start Codon
Left side science and left side thinking has obvious and well-known proven strengths. One role of this book is to point out some of its terrible failings and how a radically alternative right side science can remedy the situation. However, right side thinking also has its peculiar traits and limitations. Some have said that to work in this domain of Kant and Hegel, the first thing to go out the window is common sense. It certainly takes some getting used to. However, one of the uncanny aspects that are particularly hard to accommodate is the absence of scale. Even in our little examples with the semiotic square has brought this absence of scale to the fore. One minute we are looking at a semiotic square of how to get rich, and then it’s looking at the Cosmos as a whole, followed by the Freudian Psych and Parliamentary Democracy in the one breath. It seemed that we didn’t even have to change tablecloth. It was all done with the one semiotic square.
The semiotic square representing the whole provided a common rational ground, a common launching pad for the analysis. The structure of the common launching pad can be sketched out as shown in the semiotic square shown below. The square represents a generic whole and illustrates that any whole can simultaneously be looked at from a general, a particular, a universal and a singular viewpoint. The square does not represent a spectacle. That would be a left side way of interpreting the representation, the spectacle without spectator, the object without subject. Right side reasoning demands that the subject is always present
Relative to the one spectator, there is only one spectacle. In the One-plus-Three structure, the spectator, the subject is the One. The One is the real part. The “three” is composed of the three relative attributes. That forms the imaginary part, the subjective part. Time and time again, example after practical example yields the same result. Three attributes labelled A, U, G form the ground attributes for the whole. This applies to religions like the Christian Trinity as Carl Jung consistently observed – AUG, the general, particular and universal aspects of the whole. It applies to Freud’s Ego, Id and Super Ego triad making up the human Self. Readers can construct their own versions of this semiotic launching pad for analysing their favourite wholes. Each time the iniquitous three modes A, U, G keeps raising its head.
Here, we have the embryonic beginnings of a code, a code for coding anything whatsoever, as long as it forms a holistic aspect of a holistic rational system.Finally, we turn for Nature’s code for any singular animate subject, the generic code. In genetics, the three bases AUG form the start codon that, on amessenger RNA molecule, marks where protein synthesis begins. In positions other than at the start, the AUG codon codes an amino acid just like other codons. AUG in this case will code methionine, but the biochemistry is not of central interest as it is purely the implementation technology and does little to explain genetic code semantics. Only semiotic structure can do that.
A central plank of right side science is that it is not limited to scale, it is also unlimited by application domain. Generic structure is generic structure no matter what the problem domain and what the implementation substrate… The illustrative semiotic analysis cases considered so far do not prove this assertion. The rationalisation comes from overall systemic coherency of reality in its ensemble, something that we have barely touched on so far.
In order to get some kind of handle of the role of AUG as the start codon in the generic code, we should try to look at other problem domains. Anyone with some background in physics would find that the semiotic diagram in Figure 7 looks a bit familiar. The cone of arrows for MF is evocative. Could this be interpreted as a cone of time-like arrows used in the customary explanation of relativistic space-time? In addition, the arrows in the FM cone, are they space-like lines? In addition, what about the bundle of parallel lines? Are these optical lines? Maybe such an interpretation may lead to a deeper understanding of something here.
The author has been privately carrying out semiotic analysis exercises over the past twenty years or more, both in his profession and in philosophical and linguistic interests. He has carried over a thousand such analyses. His basic conclusion is that there is a common language that is generic spanning across the board of the semiotic right side world of reasoning. Later, we will come back to the cones and lines illustrated in Figure 7 and add some life into them.
Figure 10 One interpretation of the semiotic square is that of four generic types, the general, particular, universal and singular.. The types can be designated by four letters. The four letter A,U,G, and C habe been chosen as shorthand for Mf, FF, FM and MM respectively.