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Yet Further Addendum to Diagrams of Emergence

SERIES: Diagrammatic Emergence
AUTHOR: Jim Schofield


This paper adds a new nuance to the previous contributions, by bringing ideas based upon the Buddha’s Circle of Life. The repeating cycle of recurring situations, which can be discerned in all developmental processes, and particularly in the more complex areas such a living things. But such a Circle (or Cycle) is, of course, non progressive, and the Buddha’s objective for human beings locked into it permanently (even beyond their temporary deaths) was to strive for escape by seeking and finding(?) Nirvana.

Revolutionaries like Lenin re-cast this feature into a new form, which also included development, by changing the circle, into a helix. This retained the clearly evident recurrence of situations, but at the same time making each and every return different, due to constant change.

Now, for researchers struggling to illustrate the very real developmental processes in all sorts of circumstances, the question had to be how and with what revelations these ides could be included in their diagrams, and, of course, their ideas of what was going on and why?

The merging of the helical form with Darwin’s sketch of the tree-like evolution of Species resulted in a final diagram, but as to where this could take us, nothing was, as yet, suggested..


1.The Buddha’s Circle of Life is considered for inclusion in our diagrams of Development and Emergence

2.It is modified to fit in with development by making it have a third dimension, and thus being transformed into a helix rather than a circle.

3.The Tree of Development of Darwin is also considered to be of general significance in all development, and therefore merged with the helix

4.The resultant combined form, with the branches of the tree taking a helical form, while the crucial dividing of these into new branches is seen as the Emergences.

5.These developments over a series of papers are significant but certainly, as yet, incomplete.


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