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If you’d recall, my 1-page Ecosonance thesis (versions 2010-2012) was furnished with a 1-line abstract earlier this year, in the shape of a reinterpreted E=mc^2 (3MT talk, March 19, 2014).

Elaborating on the semiotic reassignment in operation, I repurpose the E (energy) to stand for “Ecosonance”, which, as you’d recall, stands for ecological attunement. Indeed for “Existence”, whereby

  • E-cology maps interrelatedness at any point in time (invoking spatial configuration)
  • E-volution projects the historical unfolding of ecological relationships (invoking temporal progression)

So an overlap of Ecosonance – Ecology – Evolution … Existence

The corresponding reinterpretations of the “m” (mass) and the “c squared” (speed of light, assumed to be a constant) on the right-hand side of the “equation” are as follows:

  • m(embers) of an ecosystem, or of any divisible (in some sense) entity,
  • “multiplied” by (subject to)
    1) the c(ombinability) a.k.a. relations obtaining among them, “squared” for emphasis, you might say,
    or,
    recalling the “constant of change” to capture Gregory Bateson’s idea, e.g. in Nora Bateson’s documentary about him, An Ecology of Mind (see my presentation of it),
    2a) the c doubled in the two (at first look mutually exclusive) senses of “c-onstant” (harkening to the constant-status of the speed of light) and “c-hange” (bringing in the Time factor, contained in physical Velocity).
    or
    2b) the c doubled in the senses of combination of entities/relations/events undergoing change (which happens to be a consonant of Existence)

The above semiotic reassignment involves, on some level, reversing of the equation’s broader cultural symbolism. That is, what stands for advanced, and largely inaccessible to the lay person science. It has moreover come to invoke nuclear reaction , hence the horrific destructive power of technoscience. SO there is a reversal in at least two senses — by the ES-reassignment,

  1. on one level, what is a mathematical formula loses its quantificational status — gets De-quantified — as a statement of redress of (one could say) the mythical power of Reason – Science – Numbers…
  2. on another, the equation is invested with an ecological interpretation, and message, for an oh-so-needed Human Consciousness Shift.
    (NB! In the interest of history, the breakdown of the atom was not a “scientific fact” at the time Einstein derived the formula, and radiation, although empirically detectable, had no “scientific explanation”)

In sum, the intent is to subvert the scientization drive that has dominated the “Western” imaginary for quite some time now, and to bring it around to reading the philsophy of Ubiquitous Interrelatedness that, by the way, underlies the mathematics of Quantum Physics as well as the Special and the General Theory of Relativity.

For, after all, shouldn’t it be possible for a few philosophically loaded terms
to manifest the Truth-power of a few mathematical symbols,
and to impact society commensurately?

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