‘The Advent of a ‘Dialectical Notation’ or
‘Notation for Dialectics’.
-- Part 03: Seldon’s Secrets Series.
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an elected member of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] General Council, and as a voting member of F.E.D., to share, with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release, by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and from the internal sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
The third release in this new such series is posted below [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, by the editors of the F.E.D. Special Council for the Encyclopedia, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
In this 3rd installment, Seldon describes the cruciality, for the advance of human thought, of the advent of a ‘notation for dialectic’, i.e., a ‘dialectical ideography’.
“It has been our opportunity, our privilege, our honor, and our pleasure to be the first to introduce a[n ideographical] ‘notation for dialectics’, a ‘dialectical[-mathematical] ideography’, over the course of these last > 22 years.”
“But how should we assess the value, and the importance, of this advent, of a ‘mathematics for dialectics’?”
“Let us consider some possible analogies between this advent and past but similar advents in other fields of human endeavor, to help with such an assessment.”
“Where would humanity be without the advent of alphabetic, ‘phono-gram-ic’ written language notation?”
“Where would music be without the notation for scoring…that allows the writing down, and thus the potential and actual preservation, and accumulation, of our musical cultural heritage…. For one thing, without music notation, there would be no music composers…”
“Where would formal logic be without the ‘ideo-gram-ic-al’ notations, not just of the ‘sentence-calculus’, but of the “first order predicate calculus”, as well as of the – albeit less fully-explored and comprehended – higher order predicate calculi, predicate calculi of higher-than-first-order, and… of mathematical logic and the notation of “meta-mathematics” in particular…. Perhaps without that developed ideography, the discovery of Goedel’s Incompleteness Theorems would have been delayed, perhaps even indefinitely. …”
“Where would mathematics – hence mathematical science – be?”
“Where would geometry be, without its eons-old notation of letters, “characters”, denoting “points”, letter pairs denoting lines, etc., that date back to even before Euclid wrote his Elements?...”
“…Not even to mention later, modern developments in advanced geometrical notation, including the “tensor analysis” notation that Einstein used to express his Theory of General Relativity?”
“Where would arithmetic be, without the number/placeholder 0, a positive, explicit symbolic presence for a “purely” quantitative content that is in absence, e.g., without the Indo-Arabic numeralic notation?...”
“Where would algebra be, without the ability to succinctly notate general constants, via literals, or “characters”, and without a notation to make symbolically present, in its equations, a numerical content the precise knowledge of which is presently not yet present?...”
“…The primary reason why we predicate this notational system, this ideography, as ‘‘‘dialectical’’’, is that we interpret it as dealing with ontological categories, i.e., with categorial oppositions and with the resolution of those categorial oppositions. …”
“…Our new and unprecedented ‘notation for dialectics’, has, for us, provided access to an advanced phase of human cognition, to enhanced insight, to accelerated discovery, to amplified problem-solving capability, and to deeper penetration into the mysteries, and into the conundrums, of our natural, including of our human, cosmos. That ‘dialectic-notation’ is one of the key secrets to our successes.”
For more information regarding these Seldonian insights, please see --
For partially pictographical, ‘poster-ized’ visualizations of many of these Seldonian insights -- specimens of ‘dialectical art’ -- see:
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