The Unfoldment:The Organic Path to Clarity, Power, and Transformation by Neil Kramer is a treatise on transforming humankind based upon a synthesis of metaphysics, esoteric knowledge, indigenous wisdom, know-how and empowering living practice.
Truth itself is defined as experience or wisdom, the mirrored object and the observer. A corollary is that all knowable things can be subject to revision or changed based upon experience. Unfoldment requires exploring many perspectives, disciplines and philosophies to understand fully its value. Zen tradition acknowledges that nothing lasts; however, nothing is lost. In short, consume less and create more.
By contemplating questions with no easy answers, students of Zen are forced to formulate alternative methods for insight and resolution. One such modern method is artificial intelligence. Our artificial intelligence systems have the capability to capture experience scientifically and make intelligent inferences based upon complex rule structures and narrowing down the processes of search.
The idea that everything is part of a unified and cohesive whole rings true for things within the realm of our universe. This notion is true until we try to measure matter outside the universe or its boundaries.
Neil Kramer has a good discussion on group think which is a composite of fallacies, such as perceived invulnerability, unquestioned belief, conformity, self-censorship, illusions of unanimity, the pairing of normalcy to hive behavior and filtering of dissent. Group think is more insidious because it amplifies an impression of truth or falsity not based upon verifiable fact.
The author has a good discussion on Hegelian dialectic which is a classic control technique employed by the control system to steer events by manipulating public opinion. The Roman Emperor Diocletian needed a crisis to accelerate the suppression and eradication of Christians.
A better example of the control system gone awry can be seen in the Great Fire of Rome 64 A.D. The Emperor Nero was thought to have started the fire due to an insatiable lust for death and disorder. This lust was coupled with his search for an excuse to execute the Christians he perceived to be a threat to his own exclusive divinity.
Despite his apparent capacity and motive for the act, there remains, to this day, no physical proof of Nero’s guilt. The act of burning Rome erased many thousands of works of art, writings and Roman records of Jesus Christ, His life and tribulations.
The author believes that students spend their time mastering memory and organizational skills. Many disciplines require that students solve difficult problems which transcend memorization and organizational skills. Examples of these problems are multidimensional problems in calculus, phase diagrams in chemistry and stresses or strains in the engineering sciences.
Medical diagnoses require a careful examination of the musculoskeletal systems, interpreting body fluids results and ruling out diseases based upon complex processes of search utilizing judgment or artificial intelligence algorithms. Even accountancy has nuanced areas like retained earnings, paid in capital, equivalent units, goodwill, deferred income taxes and the articulation of derivatives. Some professions are becoming multidisciplinary in nature; such as, medicine and computing, law and engineering (patents) or accountancy paired with the actuarial sciences.
The Unfoldment is a challenging book which may require successive readings to comprehend many of the complex ideas enunciated. The presentation is directed to a sophisticated readership.