GeoKabbalitter History

An integrated history of geometric structure in the narrative used to model the world.


Published: 25 Oct 2011

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The GeoKabbalitter study is a historical review of one trend that I believe to be related to the functional narrative modeling approach we are using. This historical account targets the limits of Aristotelian Logic, by contrasting it with a contemporary complement in Persian reasoning, close to structured situational reasoning.

The idea is that we are currently living with the vexing constraints (and benefits) of the Greek framework, but that we can see the Persian framework surviving in a sort of parallel underground. The term is coined from the observation that the structures we find in the examples are geometrically structured and from about 600-1600 CE were associated with something we now call Kabbalah. (The association is unfortunate from a scholarly perspective, because of more recent occult and Jewish fabulations.)

We produce a historical account that focuses on key authors: the writer of the Gospel of Matthew, Thomas Harriot/William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll and The Beatles.

Separately, we take four example works: ‘The Gospel of Matthew,’ ‘The Tempest,’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘The Beatles’ (White Album) and annotate them with the structure, both in words and hypertext-implemented geometry.

© copyright Ted Goranson, 2011