The Ken Basket
Nexialist is a term coined by A E van Vogt in his novel “Voyage of the space beagle”. You can download this and other works of AE van Vogt below
Nexialist: One skilled in the science of joining together in an orderly fashion the knowledge of one field of learning with that of other fields.
“The problems which Nexialism confronts are whole problems. Man has divided life and matter into separate compartments of knowledge and being. And, even though he sometimes uses words which indicate his awareness of that wholeness of nature, he continues to behave as if the one, changing universe has many separately functioning parts. The techniques we will discuss tonight….”
He paused. He had been looking out over his audience, and his gaze had suddenly fastened on a familiar figure well to the rear of the room. After a moment’s hesitation, Grosvenor went on.
“….will show how this disparity between reality and man’s behavior can be overcome.”
He went on to describe the techniques, and in the back of the room Gregory Kent took his first notes on the science of Nexialism.
And, carrying its little bit of human civilization, the expeditionary ship Space Beagle sped at an ever increasing velocity through a night that had no end.
And no beginning.
The Flight of the Beagle
the adjective transcendental and the noun transcendence convey three different but somehow related primary meanings, all of them derived from the word’s literal meaning , of climbing or going beyond:
one sense that originated in Ancient philosophy, a non-material self-consciousness that is outside of the world
one in Medieval philosophy, the characteristics, designated transcendentals, of unity, truth, and goodness.
one in modern philosophy. that, which goes beyond” (transcends) any possible knowledge of a human being
Keeping in mind that these are word games, I just like to stick to the basic concept of transcendence. That which goes beyond. Beyond what, you may ask? Dunno, if we knew it wouldn’t be beyond. It’s beyond my ken, the range of what one can know or understand. or anyone’s, unless you’re God. If any of you are God do leave a comment.
As van Vogt correctly deduced the scientific method has divided the world up and put the results in various baskets. I would like to add another basket to AE’s definiton, the ken basket. Our connectness with the universe. sometimes we know more than the sum of all the baskets. I’ll put two examples here and leave myself open. (asperataSupra and Dart) AEvVogt always is thought provoking. The world of null-A is also good.