Phase 7

There are many lines of inquiry radiating out from this center. It may seem odd to call something that is central by the name of 7. That's what 7 is here, a name. It is not a cardinal or an ordinal number. It is a niminal number and therefore not really a number at all. But then it shifts and is a number again. When it is a number we can go to number theory (7 is perhaps the most interesting number) and we can go to numerology.


I prefer to start with Robert Frost who best converys the sense of Phase 7 in his poem, The Silken Tent:


She is as in a field a silken tent

At midday when a sunny summer breeze

Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,

So that in guys it gently sways at ease,

And its supporting central cedar pole,

That is its pinnacle to heavenward

And signifies the sureness of the soul,

Seems to owe naught to any single cord,

But strictly held by none, is loosely bound

By countless silken ties of love and thought

To everything on earth the compass round,

And only by one’s going slightly taut

In the capriciousness of summer air

Is of the slightest bondage made aware.


We will also look into what I call connectivity theory, referring to the research of Christakis and 


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