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Koch, Lewis, 1949- / Lewis Koch, notes from the stone-paved path : meditations on north India

[Notes from Lewis Koch],   pp. 12 and 13-40 and 41

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Philip Kuberski.  The persistence of memory.
Organism, myth, text. 1992. Page 54.
Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, 1995.
54 Inmost India
Just as language consists of discrete lexation-segmentation
(Nama-Rupa) and ordered patternment, of which the latter has
the more background character, less obvious but more infran-
gible and universal, so the physical world may be an aggregate
of quasidiscrete entities (atoms, crystals, living organisms,
planets, stars, etc.) not fully understandable as such, but rather
emergent from a field of causes that is itself a manifold of pattern
and order.
This periodic table and the alphabet are but artificial paradigms
of this field.  In process they are the available ground out of
which words and meaning, atoms and matter arise-- as in the
gestalt shift prompted in our brains by a two-dimensional rep-
resentation of a (three-dimensional) cube:
As physics explores into the intra-atomic phenomena, the dis-
crete physical forms and forces are more and more dissolved
into relations of pure patternment.  The PLACE of an apparent
entity, an electron for example, become indefinite, interrupted:
the entity appears and disappears from one structural position
to another structural position, like a phoneme or any other pat-
terned linguistic entity, and may be said to be NOWHERE in
between positions.20
The meeting of East and West, the quantum leap, the pho-
nemic leap, the gestalt shift from figure to ground, Schrodin-
ger's "flash" of insight: these are all aspects of what Whorf
calls a CAUSAL WORLD in which material, conscious, and
semantic distinctions arise from the same field.  Various Bud-
dhist schools propounded atomic theories of relations and com-
binations, but finally concluded, unlike Western science until
the twentieth century, that atoms were themselves not fun-
damental, which is to say that they were illusory.  According
to the first-century Buddhist teacher Asvaghosa, the material
world can be reduced to atoms, but atoms "will also be subject
to further division" and "all forms of material existence,
whether gross or fine, are nothing but the shadow of parti-
Since the thirties, when Bohr and Schrodinger explored the
ways in which quantum physics seemed to challenge the fun-
damental principles of Western logic and then evoked Taoist

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