"The Dynamics of Gender and Life" - Advance Review Copies

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Early reviews:

The Dynamics of Gender and Life. Just consider the title; it is almost grandiose in its scope, yet the book itself does not disappoint. Stephen Pirie has delineated a whole new paradigm for reality within 150 pages. That in itself is a remarkable achievement.

Book content

The following excerpt is from "The Dynamics of Gender and Life" (Draft, as at June 27, 2019).

WHY read this book?    ix

Why you might not want to read this book    ix

How this book is structured    x

Figure 1: The fundamentals of life    xi

Easy then, not so much now    1

Section 1: Some helpful tools    3

The KISS-Ockham Tool    3


The Belief-Habit Cycle    7

Figure 2: The Belief-Habit Cycle    8

Figure 3: Cue: insult. Response: anger    9

Figure 4: Same cue, different response    10

The Belief-Habit Cycle, in more detail    11

Choosing not to choose is still a choice    11

Figure 5: Choices, choosing, chosen    12

Back to belief-systems...    13

Why we choose what we choose    15

Figure 6: Choice of responses    16

Figure 7: For self, for group    17

The right-hemisphere’s ‘Wego’, the left-hemisphere’s ‘Igo’    18

Why split Ego into ‘Wego’ and ‘Igo’?    21

Figure 8: Wego vs Igo    23

Section 2: Our universe in conversation    24

The SOS Model    24

It’s just us    25

Being limited is good for us. Necessary, in fact    26

Figure 9: To be, or not to be ... naked    27

Figure 10: Inward causation    28

Important consequences of self-organising systems    30

How our brains perceive the SOS    33

Figure 11: Parts and wholes, things and relationships    34

Figure 12: Left-, right- hemisphere perceptions    35

Figure 13: Right-wing focus, left-wing relationships    36

The limitations of left-hemisphere perception    37

Figure 14: The art of forming words    38

The brain as filter and enabler    39

What you don’t know    41

Figure 15: The dual process of left, right-hemispheres    45

Enter the quantum    45

What’s in the gaps?    48

Figure 16: Unlimited to limited, possibilities to actuality    49

Figure 17: Unfolding actuality, enfolding possibility    50

Figure 18: Our refreshing reality    52

Figure 19: Choice, belief, time    53

Figure 20: Barnsley Fern    54

Introduction to the creative process    54

Figure 21: The proCreative cycle    56

Impossible    56

Even so, so what?    59

Time out, recap    60

Opening to possibility    60

Combining the hierarchical (vertical) with the communal (horizontal).    61

Figure 22: Many (possibilities, people). One (individual, result)    62

  • Space    63
  • Time    63

Figure 23: Unfolding actuality, enfolding possibility    64

Fractals, pre-physical waves and nonlocality    65

Why is the ‘feminine’ correlated with the meta-physical?    68

Deeper forms of ego    71

Figure 24: Ego, Transfinite ego, and ...    71

The interplay of conscious and unconscious    72

Figure 25: Possibility, societal limitations, individual choice    75

Is my transfinite ego (‘soul’), masculine or feminine?    77

Sexing the small bits    79

  • Bosons    79
  • Fermions    80

The SOS and all life is a creating process    85

Figure 26: The dynamic process of Nature    87

Section 3: Real-world application of the SOS model    88

We can know the tip, we cannot ever know the base    88


Following is an excerpt of Stephen’s new work “The Dynamics of Gender and Life”.

WHY read this book?

Imagine the scenario: A man on a train is being loud and abusive and as a result those nearby are anxious and fearful as to what he might do. Then one passenger says to the others, ‘he’s just lost his wife and children and both his parents in a dreadful motor-vehicle accident”. Then the mood changes from one of condemnation, fear and anger, to one of compassion and understanding.

Knowing ‘why’ involves context, and knowing the context, like the man on the train, is vitally important to living with more ease and well-being. It’s important to gaining some peace-of-mind in our troubled world. It’s central to gaining and maintaining optimal ‘mental health’. And it is central to our ability to take action: when we know ‘why’, we know the appropriate ‘how’ with ‘what’, with ‘whom’.

In light of the above, this book provides the ‘why’ of various phenomena, including but not limited to human and animal behaviour, and that of the natural world.

Understanding our own personal ‘why’ –as to why we should get out of bed of a morning, and more generally our purpose is life– is also highly important for the sake resilience, and well-being.