Anita Coy, professor at Richard M Nixon University, cutting-edge trans-cognitive philosopher, and professional opossum whisperer, will soon be launching an on-line PhD program called The Cabot Courses. We are pleased to present an excerpt from a recent essay by Anita, called Steps Towards a Post-Cognitive Ecology of The Trans-Onto-Logical, outlining the theoretical foundations of the transintegral practice-theory of The Cabot Courses.
Steps Towards a Post-Cognitive Ecology of The Trans-Onto-Logical
Welcome to the on-line Cabot courses – a curriculum of studies across all domains of human knowledge, engaging an entirely new kind of emergent post-cognitive reasoning. What makes this type of reasoning post-cognitive, is that, unlike all levels of rational thinking, it does not originate from dualistic categories (like mind-matter or spirit-market), but rather from trans-onto-logical Ones. The term “trans-onto-logical” references a mode of embodied, neural activity that arises whole within consciousness, from the unmovable but creative source of all be-coming-as-one, retaining the structure and function of the dynamic-but-not-yet-arisen thought, rather than being divided by the small, rational mind into opposite pairs. The trans-onto-logical modality makes possible an emergent engagement with dynamic properties and their relations, creating self-replicating structures of nested systems, which in turn can be linked to conventional structures of the kind that normally arises within dualistic, rational cognition, by referencing the nature of an implicit order always already at work within the Creative Whole, consisting of an infinite number of singular but co-interdependent Ones. This second-order generative process is never dualistic in itself, however, as it is an emergent property of the self-generating oneness of the be-coming-as-one.
In May 1497, under the English flag, John Cabot left Bristol on his voyage of exploration across the Atlantic to find a route to Asia and to open new trade routes. Expecting to find the east coast of Asia, Cabot and his fleet of explorers landed on what we now know as Newfoundland or Nova Scotia before returning to Bristol after this voyage of discovery. In 1498, Cabot and a fleet of five ships sailed for America but were not heard from again.
I can’t think of a better metaphor for the Cabot Courses. Even today, as we collectively approach the Transintegral singularity, the outcome of our explorations is unknown. While the original market remains in a state of dynamic stillness completely outside all categories of dualistic cognition, its dynamic aspect is evolving at an accelerating pace. Our fleet is comprised of broad domains of interests, viewpoints, and trans-utilitarian tools: information and knowledge, wisdom and skillful means. As we set sail and ride the foaming crest of evolution itself, its unpredictable nature and increasingly complex, seemingly chaotic patterns leave us without any fixed point of reference – not even the absolute negativity of the Void. Hence the need for post-cognitive reasoning and radical trans-onto-logics. For those who survive the trip, success will feel like having dissolved an epistemic circle by way of a radically trans-onto-logical, post-methodological heuristic that leaves eveything-as-it-ever-was. At the same time, however, that which was not-yet-here will give way to that which was always already neither-here-nor-there, but – paradoxically – also arising and vanishing, contracting and expanding, moving in stillness, and staying motionless in the center of the dissolving patterns forming the phenomenal field. This is the key moment of the post-cognitive exploration, and now we will finally be able to draw new and more accurate maps. But they will be draughted in invisible ink – a fully transparent palimpsest inscribing phenomenally evolving patterns on the residual ones, leaving absolutely no traces. That which was not-yet will become a fluid now-in-passing manifesting within the changeless flow of chronographic practices, temporarily fixated in a barred state of of always already becoming, thus suspending the flow of time within the framework of a process-oriented post-cognitive practice, opening new trans-onto-logical vistas.