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Geometry of Meaning

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Arthur Young conceived of The Geometry of Meaning as an essay in philosophy, but philosophy in the older sense, encompassing the natural sciences, exploring the implications of science, and dealing with the relationship of the knower and the known. At the heart of this book is what he called the "Rosetta Stone of meaning," a diagram of relationships based upon the twelve measure formulae of modern physics, which he used to describe the interaction of mind with matter.

169 pages, Paperback

First published December 1, 1984

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October 6, 2012
Unfortunately overlooked work. Its ideas are not likely to displace current pop science paradigms, but the attentive reader's efforts will be rewarded with a deft and elegant metaphysical examination of a geometric-based study of meaning. Physical phenomena (force, work, velocity, etc.) and their respective relationships with one another form a central part of the analysis in which sequence, order, and harmonics are explored.

It is not overly dense, and while it contains some specialized language, this book should be easy to understand for most readers familiar with math and with cursory knowledge of the sciences. Some of the content is speculation-based, but it is an inquiry performed with such dexterity that the reader suspends criticism to see where it leads, which, by the way, is to a stunningly gorgeous and brilliant thought experiment in which the problem of free will finds a uniquely satisfactory solution.

Recommended to all self-styled scholars and students of truth.

Read this book if you want to know how determinism and free agency can coexist in a model of consciousness, if you are curious what the developmental trajectories of the basic structures in physics potentially represent, if you enjoy discussions on esoteric schemas such as astrology and how they can complement Western empirical descriptions of patterns within systems, and if you enjoy metaphorical as well as literal interpretations for things both abstract and concrete.

I may return to this review to give a brief synopsis of some of the many ideas presented in this book, a gift to the interested dabbler in metaphysics.
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