Orthobionomy: an Apophatic Science


It is not an opposite of or opposition to science  but a completing of science, science without predicates.


Ignorance (“learned ignorance) is the partner of knowing, not doing the partner of doing, letting go the robbers of holding on.


I posit that Movement is the ground of being of the universe, a rare brute fact. Movement without a reference point is indistinguishable from stillness. Two points are required to wedge the two apart.


When does sentience become a factor?



The word apophatic is most often seen connected to the word theology: apophatic theology, sometimes also called negative theology. As it relates ideas of god it is god with no predicates. In some eastern traditions it is called the Tao, of which it is not possible to say anything (including saying this about it).


Though this is not a theological treatise (I am not a theologian in any formal sense) orthobionomy, seen as an apophatic science, must include theology. I am seeing science in what is being excluded, defining it in its negative.


The most widely known application of orthobionomy, its public face, its commercial face, is in the realm of the healing arts, therapy. I call such applications apophatic medicine and take a broader view than simply bodywork. Again, what is being excluded from medicine, denied or neglected.


A thought while playig in the gym today: Impingement becomes sensation through the addition of meaning.

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The vision is for Ongoingness; Life continuing on . . . .


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I am I and my circumstance;

and, if I do not save it, I do not save myself.                       —JOSÉ ORTEGA Y GASSET

Changing the Conversation

I was born. I am always a vessel for something other than myself. The self is only a

vehicle for Foreign matter which comes from elsewhere and is destined to go on

elsewhere without me, whether it's words, smells, vision                                                      ––EMANUELE COCCIA  Metamorphoses

The Story Teller

Now, more than ever . . . our place in the universe and the place of the universe in us, is proving to be one of active relationship. That is more than a scientist's credo. The separateness of our lives is a sham. Physics, mathematics, music, painting, my love for you, my work, the star-dust of my body, the spirit that impels it, my politics,  clocks diurnal, time perpetual, the roll, rough, tender, swamping, liberating, breathing, moving, thinking nature, human nature and the cosmos are patterned together.

      —JEANETTE WINTERSON                Gut Symmetries

What you do, what you become, is not my concern.                      ROBERT MCCALL



Yes, there is beauty

There is love

There is joy.

All you who suffer from

the world's miseries

Defend them.

                         ––EEVA KILPI


"Don't immanentize the eschaton."  

                     ––ERIC VOEGELIN

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