3d meta-framing: depth

“There is something in the depths of our being that hungers for wholeness and finality. Because we are made for eternal life, we are made for an act that gathers up all the powers and capacities of our being and offers them simultaneously and forever to God. The blind spiritual instinct that tells us obscurely that our owns lives have a particular importance and purpose, and which urges us to find out our vocation, seeks in so doing to bring us to a decision that will dedicate our lives irrevocably to their true purpose. The man who loses this sense of his own personal destiny, and who renounces all hope of having any kind of vocation in life has either lost all hope of happiness or else has entered upon some mysterious vocation that God alone can understand.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

In order to frame the re-search theoretically around the question what it means to be human in a universe of complexity, we are employing a 3-dimensional circumspheric meta-framework–three interlinked dimensions of depth, breadth, and volume–that is responsive to the requisite for implicate dimensionality.

The depth dimension, the is represented by the circumradius, the distance outward from the center point (cricumcenter) of a circumsphere toward its surface.


This dimension can be explored using an extended version of Edgar Morin’s framework for the organization of reality and proposed framework for the organization of knowledge. It is based on three inseparable, but distinguishable inter-retro-acting terms: physis-bios-anthropos. At every level of emergence (point of transformation from one term to the next), the previous terms are surpassed but remain an integral part of the new term. Morin’s framework lends depth to the question of what it means to be fully Human.

The unifying pole that gives it structure is organization, an intensifying degree of aliveness (and therefore complexity) “culminating” at turning point, the point where humans are able to reflect back on the universe of complexity and see that we are all that: cosmos-physis-bios-anthropos-noos.

The capability to reflect back, completes the circle; returning to a uniduality symbolized by a dimensionalized yin-yang, where ontology and epistemology are inseparable and generate a new, unifying cosmology.

The degree of aliveness realized via the depth dimension has a direct relationship with the breadth dimension.


organization of reality

Edgar Morin’s framework for the Organization of Knowledge, is derived from cosmogenesis, the unfolding of a Universe-of-complexity. 

Physis-Bios-Anthropos is an ordering and organizing framework for navigating reality in a Universe-of-complexity. The framework orders reality into successive emergences of irreducible originality—universes, spheres, worlds—are simultaneously identifiable with, and yet differentiated from, the previous originality it unfolds from and is enfolded in. Rather than competing with its progenitor on the same plane, every successive emerging world opens itself to own uncontested space to develop and differentiate, while never losing its grounding in the previous world. This layering of worlds, each with their own unique nature, produces a scalar effect, where uniquely identifiable wholes at the same scale interrelate in a participatory field imparting shape to the larger uniquely identifiable whole they belong to. This way each uniquely identifiable whole is constituted of interrelated uniquely identifiable smaller wholes, each uniquely organized. Worlds of worlds of worlds, each with their irreducible originality inclusive of all previous originalities, weaving themselves into a deeply nested Universe-of-complexity.

It traces the development of complex organization, the connective tissue the runs through every emergent event that produced, and is still actively in play, in this extraordinary Universe. 

Morin’s framework emerges as epistemological tour-de-force with the capacity to articulate all fields of knowledge, without pretending to be unified theory of everything.

It serves as exceptionally accurate framework for the Depth dimension of our theoretical meta-framing.

The Cosmos, the very first “original” originality emerges from an undifferentiated ground through unconstrained chance encounters of wild energies continuously colliding in all sorts of original ways. 

One improbable and unsuspecting chance encounter transformed into the first of many self-organizing wild swirls of conjoined opposing energies, one expanding outward in an otherwise unfettered dispersion, the other looping back, retroacting, countering the dispersion via an attraction towards a potential center—a selective attraction  defining the unique nature of everything that was to unfold in particular universe.
This now differentiated ephemeral being would establish the primordial pattern of organization, Physis, guided by a defining spiraling movement we encounter repeatedly at every succeeding scale of organization. Via this pattern of active organization, the Cosmos is populated with suns, solar systems, galaxies and all successive worlds inherit the capacity for permanent reorganization.

Permanent reorganization of Physis continued incessantly at the level of galaxies producing suns and swirls of solar systems and at the level of solar systems producing swirls planets. Spiraling patterns of fire, wind, water shaped the surfaces of planets.

On one planet at least, elements forged from suns organized into the swirling motion of molecules, itself an endless variety of chance encounters of particles under the perfect conditions, made the improbable leap to protein, and yet further, to protean cell… 

Physis gave birth to Life, a new degree of aliveness came into existence. One whose beings, at first single called, later multicellular, were endowed with genetic memory (genos), the unique ability to reproduce and regenerate themselves, and also, with individual existence and autonomy (phenos). The swirl of active organization, now an interplay of genos (repetition) and phenos (chance encounters) created an extraordinary diversity and complexity of beings and processes that constitute Earth’s biosphere.

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