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The primary concept which forms the ultimate foundation for this whole project is the yin/yang relationship, which is gives rise to the two domains called heaven and earth.

Quote.pngWhile the Creative acts in the world of the invisible, with spirit and time for its field, the Receptive acts upon matter in space and brings material things to completion
— Wilhelm p285

Quote.pngWhat manifests itself visibly they called an image; what has bodily form they called a tool. What is established in usage they called a pattern.
— Wilhelm p318

Heaven is the world of archetypes and memes, it’s invisible because it operates entirely through energy having no manifest aspects at all. C. J. Yung refers to this domain within Human culture as the collective unconscious, and Rupert Sheldrake refers to it in general across all of nature as morphic resonance.

The concept of morphic resonance is of particular interest here, because it has a lot of detail about how we may structure the domain of Heaven technically in this OO mechanism.

Quote.pngThe habits of nature depend on non-local similarity reinforcement. Through morphic resonance, the patterns of activity in self-organizing systems are influenced by similar patterns in the past, giving each species and each kind of self-organizing system a collective memory.
— Rupert Sheldrake

Jung, Bohm, Sheldrake and many others have tried to bring this mysterious invisible world of archetypes into the realm of study so that we can define and understand it more clearly. Unfortunately there is significant resistance, and even outright hostility, from the scientific community when it comes to this concept. However, the evidence for this holistic field approach is mountainous, and the mainstream scientific community’s attitude towards looks a lot like the kind of religious dogma that they had initially set out to put to rest.

Working model

Quote.pngThey interrelate and co-ordinate the morphic units or holons that lie within them, which in turn are wholes organized by morphic fields. Morphic fields contain other morphic fields within them in a nested hierarchy or holarchy.
— Rupert Sheldrake

Since the morphic fields contain one another forming into a holarchy, it follows that this structure is actually a semantic network, because these patterns represent meaning, they’re concepts, and so the structure will be a network of unique concepts ranging from simple independent patterns to very complex composite patterns.

This is where information technology comes in. Being in the form of a semantic network, and by describing in those terms, we can use the well established fields of information technology such as network architectures and object oriented programming to attempt to model a semantic network mechanism that exhibits all the qualities that we know apply to the archetypical domain.

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If this is the case, then it would seem that this same tree would be the basis of the organisation of the informational transfer between diverse instances of these patterns. In the case on the taoist mechanism there is in fact nothing other than these instances, the pattern exists in the spectral aspect of the instances.


There are some real difficulties involved with implementing this.

  • How are patterns (which is another name for process) represented purely in spectrum? Morphic resonance seems to be the perfect concept having all the right attributes needed for this concept, but there seem to be no details about how it actually works – probably because it relies on difficult, incomplete and controversial physics concepts such as De Broglie–Bohm theory.
  • What is the mechanism by which local changes update the archetype, or conversely are rejected by the archetype leading to a split? If two separate patterns evolve into the same structure, they would merge, what is the logistics of that process?
  • How is the information of all these changes organised into the available bandwidth, or is time itself based upon the cycles required for this information transfer?

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