The Oxford Protocol : Modules

Topology

(Relates to Algebra; a possible antidote to Stuckness; calls for New Modes of Knowledge Expression)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (of ‘quaternion’ fame) wrote a wonderful text entitled ‘An Essay Algebra as the Science of Pure Time’ (1835) … .  While our cultures tend to be good at playing with and describing space, time rarely receives a better treatment than as ‘that which flows at the rate of one per second’.  Topology is about transformation, and (following Hamilton) about time  Across the social sciences over the past century, there are examples abounding of topological insights related to complex temporality as a necessary step forward; however there has been no resultant ‘science’.

It is a virtuous problem. It cannot be solved by decreeing a change in our language – though how easy many things would be come if, following process ontology, we abandoned fixity for becoming, nouns for verb.  Thinking topologically is perhaps as natural as thinking linearly … and it’s an unfortunate feature of the written word that we have conjured our thoughts into rows and columns.  New modes of knowledge expression deploying the potentiality of our new media have created the possibility for inventing ways of creating and apprehending works of the sciences (literary, social and natural) as natively topological, as richly temporal.

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