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The Process of Meaning-Making | Zat Rana

The Meaning Of Meaning

The concept of meaning, points to objective and subjective modes.

  • Objective: The world or the universe as it exists.
  • Subjective: The ‘I’, the person that exists to experience the universe.

Isaac Newton gave visibility to this very fabric of reality, making meaning an action, a synthesis of objectivity and subjectivity, both of which are vital.

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Finding Meaning

Sir Isaac Newton, was the famous English mathematician and physicist whose profound works on gravity, mechanics, optics and calculus, among other subjects have greatly shaped science in the coming centuries.

His contributions have altered and reshaped everything that Science had to offer.

The Meaning Of Meaning

The concept of meaning, points to objective and subjective modes.

  • Objective: The world or the universe as it exists.
  • Subjective: The ‘I’, the person that exists to experience the universe.

Isaac Newton gave visibility to this very fabric of reality, making meaning an action, a synthesis of objectivity and subjectivity, both of which are vital.

Vitality Of Life

The architect Christopher Alexander concludes that life is everywhere, in an interconnected way, by design. Nature, animals, plants, mountains, clouds, rivers, valleys, birds and insects just fit together in harmony. Nature’s design is integrated and flawless.

Reality Of Matter

If there was no matter and no design, life would have been a blank dream, with no color or flavour.

Meaning is found when matter and objects collide with consciousness and subjectivity. The cycles of nature are prime examples of this, showing to us that meaning is the vitality and the action that we fill in matter.

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  • Professional chess players focus on how their opponents think. They seek to ask the right questions to understand their opponent's process.

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