The Scope of the Recursive Rule


The Self Negating Expression is simply the generalized capture of a very specific Logical Form. What is Logical Form? When you fill in the question mark to the statement: ‘Bird is to plane as fish is to ?’, you have captured its Logical Form.

I could go on giving more examples. But I’ll save us both some time and instead display an old Post from my former [if very brief] days of activist writing:

What is common between:

The oldest posit of the Upaniṣads;the central metaphor of Buddhism; the opening lines of the opening verse of the Chinese Tao-Te-Ching [the first philosophy of China]; the opening Zen Koan from the Japanese Mumonkon; the final stage of Islamic Sufi Practice; the Synod of Nicaea [the first ecumenical meeting of the Catholic Church]; The Bhagavad Gita’s ideal Yogin; ‘Vishnu’s Dream’, the best-known of Puranic Myths; Ramana Maharishi, the preeminent Vedanthin’s principal teaching metaphor; The central directive of Taoism; the sarcophagus of ToutAnkhAmun; Friedrich Hegel’s  definition of Philosophy; Immanuel Kant’s: ‘Critique’; Kurt Godel’s proof [‘The Most Significant Mathematical Discovery of the Century’]; Aristotle’s ‘God’; the ‘First Principle of all Analytic Cognition’; the grounding assumptions of Epistemology and Ontology; of Semiotics and Semantics and the ‘origins’ of Language…

OK. I’ll stop right here. 

What’s common between them is that they all pivot on the logical form of the Self-Negating Expression. And each stands unwound to a varying degree of completion. In other words, if these expressions, each one of them, had been unwound to exhaustion, they would necessarily terminate at, and only at, Shūnyam.

I’ll get to each one, bye and bye.

[Depending on when the Post was written, I have used Self-Negating Expression and Self-Eating Expression alternatively and as perfect synonyms. I liked the acronym of the latter: ‘SEE’]

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