THE MODULAR UNIVERSE
Our universe appears to be a modular universe.  One module
is an infinite flux that endlessly generates new variations.  This
infinite flux is driven by the conservation of mass-energy and
the weightlessness of pure mathematical information.  An
infinite flux like this that operates on potentially infinitesimal
amounts of mass-energy endlessly makes the improbable
probable.  This gives us a series of modules.  The infinite flux
generator is one.  The improbable mathematical paradigms are
another and the emergence of the probable is a third.  But, the
existence of a paradigm establishes measurement against the
paradigm, mechanisms to maintain it, and analysis of the
measures.  This gives three more modules.





















The I Ching, Yi Jing, or Chinese Classic of the Changes, or
Book of Changes, symbolizes these modules as trigrams and
hexagrams, sets of three and six lines.  There are eight basic
trigrams, the infinite flux generator trigram, the Heaven trigram,
the paradigm trigram, or Wind, the emergent probability trigram,
or Thunder.  The measurement of Thunder generates Earth,
the input of the measurements from Earth to Wind generates
Mountain and the output of feedback to correct Earth
generates Waterpit.  Finally, the recombination of the mutant
information generated by Heaven generates Lake, the gene
pool of possibilities, and purging and selection of these
possibilities, Darwinian Selection, is the Flame Trigram.

Above is a flattened octahedron showing all eight modules,
trigrams.  Magic on the above is one and the same with
Heaven, Science with Earth, Business with Thunder,
Metaphysics with Wind, Design with Flame, Mathematics with
Mountain, Literature with Lake, Waterpit with Government.
These are the eight tempers, Realistic to Romantic, Heaven  to
Earth, Classical to Expressionistic, Wind to Thunder,
Impressionistic to Post-Impressionistic, Mountain to Lake,
Baroque to Cubist, Waterpit to Flame.

Each module, Supernatural and Natural, Metaphysical and
Practical, Analytic and Dialectical (Post-Impressionist), Order
and Freedom can be associated with a different category of
human activity, Magic to Science, Metaphysics to Business,
Mathematics to Literature, Design to Government, a different
human motive, wonder to fact, idealism to practice, thought to
sentiment, freedom to order, and a different module of systems
organization: mutation to phenotype, genetic set point to
maladaptive expression, input analysis and isolation to
recombination and gene pool, natural selection and extinction
to feed back mechanisms and regulation.

Within this modular universe it is possible for scientific fact and
astronomy to live with subjective magic and astrology, for
objective mechanism to support subjective indeterminism, for
mind and awareness to exist as the interior of information
systems and sentiment and collective unconsciousness as the
interior of energy absorption, for the improbable ideal to serve
as the set point for the probable emergent chain of energy
dissipative structure evolution.




































The basic pattern of the flattened octahedron is repeated in
various forms and permutations.  Above on the left is a
representation of the flux pole, the long bottom yang line of the
grand octahedron cube of the trigrams.  Around this pole we
see the Source, or Heaven Trigram, to the upper right, the
Liberation, or Flame/Fire Trigram to the lower right, the
Thunder/Dust Trigram to the lower left and the Lake/Open
Water Trigram to the upper left.  Underneath, in parenthesis is
the opposite of each, Ideal-Wind-Air to lower left Thunder, Mind
Separation-Mountain-Salt to upper left Lake, Earth-Result to
upper right Source, and Water Pit Order to lower right Flame.  
In respect to the "Opera" system, Source-Heaven is Magic,
Expression-Thunder is Business, Flame-Free is Design,
Lake-Feel is Literature, Mind-Mountain is Mathematics,
Earth-Result is Science, Water Pit-Order is Government, Flux
is Opera.

In my book "Love" (Allan Ralph Andrews, Thomas Enterprises,
Los Angeles, 1974) this is presented as an octahedron, it is
also presented in a counterclockwise version of the clockwise
"Early Heaven" approach to the trigrams of the I Ching, for
more about this refer to Pagoda33.
Click here for Pagoda33

On other pages on this site, I develop the notion of the
personality disorders as reflections of the distribution of
functions of the human brain, and mythological figures, such as
the Greek gods as representatives of these function.  Hestia,
shown above, is used as a symbol of the "dependent
personality disorder, which, in our system mediates between
functions associated with the Earth and the Water Pit trigram.  
In the Hexagrams, her function is demonstrated in the "Armies"
and the "Joining" hexagrams.  Among the gods, Hestia is the
good soldier, giving up her place at the table of the gods for
Dionysus.  She is the best example of joining, of trust,
willingness to wait, willingness to follow others.  Thus, the
hexagrams, the gods and goddesses, and the traits they
represent, fill up the gaps and boundaries between the face
trigrams of the great octahedron of all things.

We are agnostic as to the degree that this great octahedron is
the chicken or the egg, reflects patterns within the brain or
patterns the brain has developed that reflect patterns in the
world. In our brain model, Hestia is the left hemisphere
temporal lobe and its ability to listen and understand.  Her
histrionic brother Hermes, is associated by us with Broca's
Area, the left hemisphere frontal region responsible for speech.
We also put it in the "manifestation" boundary land that lies on
the border of Earth and Thunder.  The hexagram that
represents this is "Delight" (see The Living I Ching, p.152,
references on Pagoda33 of this side, see above).  Here we see
Hermes as the "vivacious histrionic," the trickster with the job of
entertaining others.  The other significant hexagram is
"Returning."  This brings up the exchange aspect of language,
of Hermes as Mercury, as the god of fair exchange.

The I Ching model will also model the various disciplines of the
human world and their polar interaction.  Science is a thrift left
brain function that is necessarily parsimonious.  Theology is a
right brain centered activity that is the very reverse of
parsimony.  It requires the leap of faith to see the improbable
that is potentially generated by the system of infinite flux, of
gods, of evolving systems that is the Dharma, Brahman,
Karma, Buddhamind, Logos, of the transcendent world.

The Theological ultimate is the ultimate improbable, the God of
the ultimate past and future, creator, and providence that
transcends all.  This is at once the product and source of the
infinite flux that makes that divine ground possible.  As
Whitehead points out in Process and Reality, this god is at
once the cause and the effect of this infinite fecundity of primal
nature.