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  • Curriculum and the Dream Paradigm

    [09.29.06]
    - Stephen Schafer
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     Correspondence

    We create our figurative reality with correspondences.  Correspondences are elaborate, highly specific metaphorical systems that function as practical tools for the navigation of both "solid" and subjective realities.  Elaborate systems of correspondence such as The Great Chain of Being influenced the thinking of Europeans for centuries.  The statement, as above, so below, summarizes the cosmological principle of the ancient Hermetic mysteries from which derive most human myth, philosophy, and science.  These days, very few people know what figurative correspondence is and even fewer can explain it.  Though they seldom even recognize the term or think about its significance, its influence is pervasive.  If it were not for systems of correspondence we would have no television; no computers; no navigation by land, air, or water; no science; no genetics; no technologies; no language; no culture.

    Maps area medium of correspondence in which a proportional relationship exists between a symbol and the matrix of reality.  On a traditional two dimensional map, symbols marked on correspond to actual locations on the surface of the planet.  A precise correspondence is established between these two things according to an exact scale.  If the established correspondence is not exact, the map is useless.  Just as poetry has multiple levels of meaning, so do maps.  Maps may be symbolic representations of roads, geographic characteristics, demographic characteristics, history, or a plethora of other aspects.  Observe that the map shown in the figure has more than one level of meaning 1) relative location of roads and cities, and 2) highway information.

      

    Graphs are correspondences in which symbols marked on paper represent complex concepts such as "price level" and "wages".  Graphs allow us to plot conceptual correspondences in patterns that may be analyzed and interpreted.  Observe that the graph set shown, like the map, has multiple levels of potential meaning.


    Figure 2

    Correspondence is used extensively in the business world, as illustrated by the statistical sheet for "Truck Pockets".  Even this simple correspondence has several levels of meaning.  The first level is the graphic representation of the shape of a truck box.  The second level of representation is the correspondence between the letters (A, B, C) and the size of two different box models.


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