Reproduced from: https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/6-holistic-science
HOLISTIC SCIENCE involves design & conception across all levels of being. The graphic at left looks at humans and sentient life (all living beings) as being an interface between an infinite range of being from macro to microcosm. We draw knowledge from both macro and micro observations & compose understanding of the fractal patterns which happen at all levels. Holistic Design plans for these patterns of interaction with the energy, physical & bios-phere (5 elements) assuming results or consequences at all levels of macro and micro existence. Common senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, kinetic (body-movement) and the mind’s integration of these are our primary tools for understanding because they are integrated automatically by the mind into multisensory holistic perception.
Refer to section D. PARTICIPATORY STRUCTURE, subsections 1) Both Sides Now Equal Time Recorded Dialogues, 2) Satyagraha, 3) Economic Memory, 4) Apprenticeship Education, 5) Collaborative Language, respectively, on the construction of three-dimensional perception from 2-D sensory neural inputs and understandings from whole body neurology where sensory inputs from all senses have on site memory, decision-making and acting authorities. Mohandas Gandhi admonishes us to “Become the change you want to see in the world”, reminding us of our whole selves as the first fractal of human existence.
Reductionist Science gets caught in an intellectual trap of prioritizing observations only in the ‘macro’ or ‘micro’spheres with distance from our holistic nature. Each micro and macro observation must be facilitated by machinery of some kind. This machinery distances the human in subtle ways from integrated understandings and altering perception. Often the machinery is expensive to be afforded only by exploitive hierarchies corporate or government. Reductionist scientists being dependent upon institutional interactions and status get caught in the celebration or obsessive concern for expense, not understanding many pathways of collective intelligence. Often these institutionally dependent interactions are the closest unjust societies and institutional agents get to collectivity, so scientists confuse this primal urge for human unity with the scraps of institutional finance and status they receive.
Hence as dependents, reduction scientists worship micro or macro understandings as though truth can be found only at the smallest or largest levels of microscopic / macroscopic observation or testing. We worship microscopic or macroscopic results while ignoring sensory observations all around us. Not having experienced or understood whole systems design, complementary collective interaction and abundant three-dimensional food and material ecologies, institutionalised scientists and citizens don’t understand science in its holistic framework. We send expensive atmosphere destroying space probes out into outer-space with ecological footprint destroying economic expense, before we have developed a team capacity for all humans (collective intelligence) on earth. We can not rely on exploitive economies to achieve science-fiction dreams.
Space is all around us at all levels. There are understandings to be gleaned at all levels and interactions as well as from outerspace but not when humans suffer from lack of resources which could feed and empower human intelligence. Holistic scientists are obligated to Natural Science, the long human world-wide indigenous tradition and understanding the web of life’s grand intelligent design and thus proceed from the heart of compassion and caring for all of humanity. Holistic scientists honour the ecological traditions, economies and biosphere into which we are born. While micro and macro understandings are necessary, they must be integrated with observations at all levels through collective economic empowerment.
Indigenous peoples around the earth upon encountering European ‘scientific’ expeditions have repeatedly said that mind (the act of minding or caring for) or ‘intelligence’ (Latin = ‘inter’ = ‘between’ + ‘legere’ = ‘to choose’) is found in a combination of the head and the heart, but not the head alone. A First Nation expression is that; “We (humans) are the voice of the earth speaking”. Each human alive and other living beings carry the wisdom of parts of life, which is complementary among us all. It takes all of us and compassion between us to understand the world in which we live as well as the micro and macro-cosms. Exogenous imperial feudal colonial societies including their ‘scientific’ expeditions depend upon exploitation because they don’t know how to live in harmony with the earth. European ‘exploration’ was driven by the destruction of the once rich European biosphere and ecological productivity consequential to Roman invasion. Colonial supposed ‘scientists’ are in fact ‘gleaners’ looking for resources to feed colonial scarcity from deficient human societies which have forgotten their indigenous knowledge and become hierarchies. Modern science is based in this scarcity. Indigenous peoples and the checks and balances of holistic science are based in respectful human interactions with nature’s abundance.
Undoing False Science
Reproduced from: https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/home/9-undoing-false-science
‘Indigenous’ (Latin = ‘self-generating’) Knowledge practices for undoing colonial society’s false science assumptions & processes in agriculture, economy & science are described in this section.
Undoing False Science. Modern ‘exogenous’ (L = ‘other-generated’) institutions, education, business, industry, government, housing and human-aggression are based in false assumptions & processes which follow. Etymologies (Word-histories) are used in this section & website to define meaning because encapsulated in our words is the original meaning of each syllable / composite consonant-vowel sounds. In ‘exogenous’ society language word meanings are regimented usually in negative meanings to control popular mind for the purposes of empire. ‘Indigenous’ mind based in mutual-aid conceives language and words in positive pro-active relations, hence words usually have positive meaning to share. Ancient etymological meanings & syllable sounds from which words are formed largely remain intact unchanged from regimentation as a clue to original purpose. As long as exogenous society bases its worldview in the hidden processes and false assumptions which inform science and its economy, then we keep on repeating the same aggression which determined our own fall from freedom & harmony with nature so long ago.
How twisted & confused is modern thinking?
When colonial ‘pioneers’ [Etymology from Middle French pionier (“originally, a foot soldier”), Old French peonier, from peon (“a foot soldier”) (modern French: pion). See ‘pawn‘ in chess.] came to the Americas, we made certain false assumptions which we still carry with us as persons & as a people today & these assumptions form the foundation for our worldview. We’ve internalized our oppression. Are you the pawn in someone else’s game?
Within colonial society, the word ‘pioneer’ carries a positive sense of accomplishment as he or she gives his/her life to expand institution and empire. Common people are asking ourselves deeper questions about what-for?, the larger scope of life and ecology as well as the disintegration of the biosphere. The following examples give just 4 areas of false assumption and corresponding indigenous knowledge in order to undo these perpetual traps.
Indigene Community website gives 1000s of examples of Indigenous Knowledge by which we can recapture sustainable development & biosphere for ourselves & future generations.
It is important to understand the earth as a tree-planet of the sun. The height of trees (40 – 80 feet tall) is exactly gaged to the solar input of the sun felt on earth. The reason we have life on earth is due to the height of the living canopy cover of the 3-dimensional tree as well as the height of kelp and other forests on the continental shelf coast-line. Traditional ‘indigenous’ (Latin = ‘self-generating’) polyculture orchard in most temperate & tropical zones absorb between 92 – 98% of solar energy which hits the earth’s surface. ‘Sylvalizations’ (L ‘sylva’ = ‘tree’) such as the Aymar-Jamamadi-Apurina nations of Brazil were the oldest repositories of human culture and memory on earth.
People are ‘primates’ being creatures and stewards of the tree.
Some examples to give an idea of the power of the sun in small areas. A recent experiment with a 2 metre (7 feet) diameter lens, focusing the sun’s rays to 1 centimetre (200 power) easily melts steel & most metals through inches thick. The solar energy released per year from the denuded earth in a city’s area (1,000,000 people) at a 45 degree Latitude is equivalent to multiple Hiroshima sized nuclear bombs. The sun is an incredible gift but make no mistake, humans live according to the sun’s rules.
When Babylon started the cycle of cutting 3-D orchard for 2-D ‘agriculture’ (L ‘ager’ = ‘field’), the sun at that 30 degree Latitude burnt away the low plant life to create desert. Multiplying the first 2-D mistake (story of Genesis), Babylonians began to invade & colonize their neighbours in order to steal the living resources of their 3-D ecologies, water, trees and foods. As 2-D now colonial thinkers (they call themselves ‘civilization’) continued to cut down 3-D biosphere in Palestine, Israel, Phoenicia, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, North Africa, Italy, Spain etc at each step turning the polyculture orchard biosphere’s of indigenous peoples into desert. Each displaced indigenous people has in turn adopted the ‘exogenous’ (L = ‘other-generated’) destructive lifestyle of their invaders.
It is important to understand this linear 2-D reduction of the human mind into self-imposed scarcity and slavery. 2-D linear mind creates 2-D linear environment all in massive ignorance promoted by the artificial societies of church, government, media, education & science. In order to recapture humanity’s role as stewards on the treed earth we are well to understand our indigenous heritage of economic democracy & relationships.
FALSE SCIENCE ASSUMPTIONS and thought processes include:
- ‘Agriculture’ (L ‘ager’ = ‘field’)’s 2-D removal of mixed trees, bushes, shrubs, wetlands etc. is a revolutionary foundation of ‘civilization’, the greatest step in humanity’s evolution. Agricultural policy is a foundation of world globalization today supporting the essential feeding of the whole military-industrial-commercial-media infrastructure.
- Indigenous First Nations are ‘primitive’ (primary), ‘savage’ (L ‘sylva’ = ‘tree’), ‘unproductive’ [produce (v.) late 15c., “to develop, be extended,” from L. producer “lead or bring forth, draw out,” from pro-“forth” (see pro-) + ducere “to bring, lead” (see duke).] peoples from which ‘civilized peoples’ have evolved. Because civilization supposedly brings great scientific advances in food production & land utilization, we’ve the right to invade (enter & control), kill, imprison & abuse without civil permission anywhere in the world. Invasion & war as a permanent industry for the world’s most colonial societies (Israel, USA & Canada), continue unabated.
- Individuals act alone often in competition with society & nature to establish the built-environment, career, livelihood, community & home. Each of us stands alone before society’s institutions, business, industry & death itself, alone. Foreboding of death is informed by our isolation as families, extended families, even urban dwellers for the lack of interaction & lack of knowledge we’ve for our family & cultural stories. Stories we know are based in war & hierarchy, but we know little about our own family fore-bearers. ‘Political’ (Greek ‘polis’ meaning ‘many’) ‘Democracy’ (Gk ‘demos’ = ‘people’ + ‘kratein’ = ‘power’) is the ideal of ‘exogenous’ society even though, mathematically, political democracy means little more than marking an ‘X’ once every 4 – 5 years. ‘Religious’ (L ‘religio’ = ‘to relate’) individuals may have a social conscience becoming the spiritual enforcers, justifiers of solitary division & even justifying (manifest-destiny) invasion.
- Artificial (indexed to human 2-D activity only) science like exogenous economy is linear & further perverted through fragmented ‘reductionist’ (‘reducing objects of study to their smallest components’) study. With linear thinking ‘experts’ guiding society through their ill-informed exclusive knowledge, they impose knowledge & communication in such as media from singular mono-lectic points of view. Media indoctrinates the false knowledge of these experts.
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE derived from 100s of 1000s of years:
- ‘Polyculture Orchard‘ 3-dimensional mixed trees, bushes, shrubs, grains, vegetables, herbs, wetlands etc are the world’s most productive food sources. A given area of land & its people will produce 100 times (10,000%) more food, material, energy, water, soil, air & other resources from 3-D polyculture orcharding than from agriculture. Agriculture is derived from ‘farming’ (French ‘ferme’ = ‘contract’ of servitude between the peasant (pioneer) & the aristocrat). [Etymology from French aristocrate (a French Revolution word), from aristocratie. <ἄριστος (aristos, “best”) (compare Old English ar) + κράτος (kratos, “rule”)]. The aristocrat or ‘favoured one’ is centrally appointed by exogenous power to rule over the peasant. Through experience the earth speaks to us so the aristocrat is constantly needed by empire to control these tendencies. The first ‘farmers’ sent to various parts of the empire can not get land ownership from the aristocrat if they leave the incredibly productive nut / fruit trees cultivated by indigenous peoples in place. The ‘pioneer’ chooses a life of slavery to plough & reap perpetual grim-harvest for the aristocrat and empire who maintain control through scarcity.
- ‘Sylvalization’ (‘sylva’ = ‘tree’) is a foundation of productivity for huge populations of indigenous peoples for 100s of 1000s of years. Institutional schools falsely interpret indigenous heritage as one of ‘hunting & gathering’. Indeed, as indigenous peoples were exposed to empire-cultivated animal-based-diseases (‘zoonoses’), imposed through forceful invasion by invading force, indigenous peoples experienced massive population die-off (95% in the Americas, read 1491 by Charles C. Mann) & fleeing to the ‘hinterlands’ began survival ‘hunting & gathering’. Original indigenous peoples lived in the richest river valleys & shores, cultivating abundant deeply mineralized, protein, enzyme, vitamine-rich complex nutrient plant based diets based on a scant hour of work per day. Exogenous peoples in partial genocidal policy (as much as peasant conscience could bear), war against epidemic survivors, their welcoming indigenous title-holders to impose nutrient-deficient diets, slavery & ignorance. While indigenous biosphere tree-based production provides sustainable abundance, it can be overshadowed by the trinket industries & co-dependent addictions for those who are weak in mental-discipline & values.
- Indigenous peoples communities are based in achieving ‘economies of scale’ in collaborative, inter-generational, inter-disciplinary work together. As Longhouse, pueblo, mound / pyramid based cities cultivated ‘proximity’ in human relations, then young could work mentored by elders & learn, while elders enjoyed the freshness of spirit and energy of youth. Handicapped and injured continue to contribute to their societies through complementary interaction. The inclusive time-based accounting & economies of indigenous peoples found in the world’s string-shell accounting systems allow them to welcome every & anyone as co-investors in each Production Society area of expertise & Economic Democracy. By ‘caucusing’ (Iroquois = ‘joining of like-interests’) in Production Societies & enabling ‘progressive ownership’ over the course of one’s lifetime, indigenous economy enables a connected collective intelligence from the whole of society. The most productive corporations of the world including the Keiretsu of Japan (Toyota, Hitachi), Korea’s Chaebol, Europe’s Associative Economics & thousands of Participatory companies everywhere (Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste, Ben & Jerry’s Ice cream, Dofasco Steel, Tembec Forest Products etc) employ the practices of progressive multi-stakeholder ownership & time-based accounting. Private but joined housing provides proximity for a continuity of economic contribution & relations for all ages. Indigenous people are not alone. Considering the domestic economy is equal to Industrial & Commercial economy, it is possible for intentional community to double the economic force of ‘participation’. Every earner is as well a spender. Through the specialization of the story-teller & other cultural institutions were guardians of the longest social-memory ever developed on earth. Through ‘graphic-writing’ systems and ‘mnemonic’ devices, indigenous peoples kept important memory on epidemiology, science, food production, governance etc through spans of many 1000s of years in detail & 10s of 1000s of years in allegory.
- Natural (humans as part of a living biosphere) Science as we all are coming to realize is ‘holistic’ based in understanding ‘whole system’s design’. We gain understanding of whole systems through understanding the ‘fractal’ (‘divisor or multiplier’) interaction of all components at every level. Although the ‘university’ (‘considering the whole’) movement was meant to bring integration about in ‘education’ (L = ‘to lead forth from within’), it’s never achieved rather being destroyed through hierarchal imposition. Empowered action based indigenous life-long learning creates empowered individuals within critical mass economies who are masters of their own destiny affording each impartial learning. Science is best achieved by a constellation of factors as explained in Indigenous Circle of Life. Dialectic (Both-Sides-Now Equal-time recorded dialogue) conversation Socrates’ original foundation for ‘Academia’ (‘350 BC Athens Greece city-garden’). All students in ‘academia’ (quite opposite to today’s institutional education) are meant to have the dialectic right to engage fellow students, teachers & citizens through equal time & recording of interactive discussion. Media as well is meant to provide opportunity for dialectic exchange of individuals & formal recording of diverse perspective or viewpoints. Mohandas Gandhi conceived ‘Satyagraha’ (‘Truth-search’)’s process as a lawyer convening search for complementary truths found in diverse individual & social elements.
Indigene Community is based in rediscovering everyone’s worldwide indigenous knowledge. These 4 examples & 100s more such as Section D. Participatory Structure: 6) Holistic Science about Indigenous Science are found in more detail in the following 55 sections of the website. We hope you will join us through your own cultural knowledge & memory in laying humanity’s true foundation for life. The processes described on Indigene Community are about how humans interact & how processes determine what we become. Exogenous society is confused between communication ‘content’ & ‘process’ through which content flows while indigenous culture knows content & process are each a reflection of the other. Part of the process of coming clear is in recognition and respect for 1st Nations as keepers of sovereign processes here as well as recognition for the chauvinistic (Chauvin, ‘I think therefore it is’) beliefs which have allowed us to abuse people & nature for so long. As a truly indigenous welcoming people, 1st Nations from around the world have welcomed, supported, fed, healed and nurtured colonial peoples for centuries even as they observed our degrading of the abundant 3-D Polyculture orchard based productivity, which had taken them millennia to realize. The terms of the Two Row Wampum Treaty for walking parallel paths in respect was conceived when they saw we weren’t able to respectfully & formally immigrate to their land & trust. It’s up to European led immigrants to pay our respects.