Re: MD Metaphysics of Quality: An oxymoron?

From: Wim Nusselder (
Date: Sat Apr 19 2003 - 21:23:26 BST

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    Dear Paul,

    You wrote 17 Apr 2003 17:46:51 +0100 that you wanted 'to move beyond
    "thinking" from within a Metaphysics and from memory to a more dynamic form
    of intelligence'.
    You wrote 19 Apr 2003 11:03:01 +0100 that you wanted 'something less
    "exceptional" and resulting from practice but more "natural" and sustained'
    than mystical religion or art.

    Why couldn't mystical religion and art be a 'natural' and sustained dynamic
    form of intelligence???

    You asked 19 April:
    'Is the natural activity of the mind to react to "existential doubt" by
    finding and clinging to patterns of thought?'

    For me it is a wrong choice of words to suggest that a mind can or cannot
    cling to patterns of thought. Without patterns of thought (or emotion or
    intu´tion or perception), without intellectual patterns of value it is
    impossible to identify a mind. Intellectual value creates both the subject
    (a mind) and objects (thoughts etc.). Intellectual value is the value of the
    stability and versatility of intellectual patterns of value.

    If you want something more dynamic than intellectual patterns of value that
    still has 'form' and can be recognized as 'intelligence' it must be a
    'pattern', a pattern of change in intellectual patterns of value. The way of
    life of a mystic or an artist may show such a pattern for instance in the
    unpredictability of the answers of a Zen master to his pupils' questions and
    in the sustained creativity and 're-inventing himself' of the artist.

    With friendly greetings,


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