The Nobel Laureate Physicist Frank Wilczek posed fundamental questions that are very hard to answer within the existing scientific paradigm, its ontology and epistemology: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas? … Is the world a work of art? …Is the world considered as a work of art, beautiful?” To my full sensorium—including speculative reason and poetic knowing—the answer is yes but this “Gap” between science and the arts cannot be mapped or explored or analyzed with the limited set of available tools built on speculative reason’s ontology or its associated epistemology alone. (Epistemology is about the way we know things; ontology is about what things are.) “Suchness” or the thing in itself is not part of speculative reason’s ontology and is not accessible to experimental design. For example, consciousness as a quality of mind is not discoverable by physics’ speculative reason driven investigations of the body. In contrast and as will be argued, poetic knowing, surrealism, meditation, “leaping over” and directly revealing one’s “natural face” are applicable to such a multiverse. So exploring and discovering the Gap suggests it needs a clear ontology that guides this mapping supporting an appropriate epistemology that merges speculative reason (science), poetic knowing, and somatic experience. This paper seeks to lay a foundation for this effort and to identify tools useful for carrying it out.
Dr. Gus Koehler, Ph.D.
Institution: Time Structures
Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and Political Sociology from UD Davis. Owner and Chief of Research, Time Structures, Inc. Current research interests and publications involve: space-time of complex systems, use of poetic-scientific knowing, and various applied research topics involving energy, transportation, economic development and redevelopment. Senior Researcher, California Research Bureau, California State Library, doing work for the Governor, Senate and Assembly. Have over 100 academic and applied publications. Awarded a Small Business Administration award for venture capital study.