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  • Curriculum and the Dream Paradigm

    - Stephen Schafer

     Just as Jungian dream analysis is a coded way of quantifying the personal unconscious of the patient, the iST-pST continuum may be a way to quantify, synchronize, and program states of complex psychic awareness.  Such complex states could be portrayed in a curriculum game with the authenticity of dreams, and with the same healing potential.  Before discussing the Dimensions of Logos, Foster discusses the corresponding Dimensions of the human Being.  His analysis demonstrates a potential correspondence and discerns a mathematically coded relationship between various levels of collective consciousness. A fundamental correspondence has been established among a number of dynamic elements.  This might be useful in the theoretical understanding of critical mass as it pertains to healing a cultural persona within the psych-ecology (in-phase co-incidence of iST and pST as well as the principle of Jungian co-incidence). 

                "In considering the transmission from the world of ideas to the world of physical fact, there appears to be a bridge between the two-a sort of ladder of language with three rungs:

    • 1. higher language, based in the world of ideas and imagination;
    • 2. median language, which can code a specific idea into words, mathematics or blueprints; and
    • 3. lower language, which interfaces with physics and chemistry, the lower language itself being a construct of physics and chemistry.

                In this three-rung ladder the central key transition is a code [medium], for it is coding that... is the critical interface between idea and fact, between imagination and ‘thing'.  Thus the code links upwards to ideas and imagination and downwards to physical reality." (1985, p 107)

                The following table of correspondences may be helpful:

    Higher language code     Ideas & imagination        Unconscious                 Logos  

    Median language code    Idea to word                   Dream                           DNA

    Lower language code      Physics & chemistry      Physical behavior                       Physics & Chemistry

                Foster concludes his chapter on cybernetics with the following summary:

    • 1. "The higher language of the human being is essentially imaginative and must be almost entirely in iST.
    • 2. Imagination in its progression of approach to physical actuality has to adopt a coded form which embraces both its origins of imagination and its ultimate contact with the physical world. This median language is that of words, blueprints or models, a sort of semi-crystallization (in biology it is the DNA)...In the world of human beings the most common manifestation may be ‘conversation.'
    • 3. The third degree of lower language in human affairs is almost entirely in pST for it is ‘visible and tangible' to our friends and acquaintances. It is the factual world of creativity under navigation control." (1985, p 114-116)

    Humans have always used the medium of symbolic language to structure and navigate their illusion of reality, but in the emergent 21st century paradigm, the medium is undeniably the message.  Though both mythically and scientifically it is self-evident that human beings use the medium of spells to create reality, they have trouble understanding the significance of such skill and responsibility.  The following quote is the most poetic and comprehensive as to the purpose and challenge of a new-millennium curriculum:


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