Underneath this site is an archeological dig. I have buried the three layers that went before and shifted from Drupal to Concrete5, which installs a full site with sample material including blogs, and it was up and running in 24 hours. You are supposed to replace the material and design a site before you publish but I am going to do bottom up development and arrive at a design later, maybe. Here are some snippets. Virtual Grotto, Pasteboards and Trajectory have stuff.

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Concept of God

Different concepts of God emerge from different cultures: Hebrew agrarian culture - the God of plenty; legal culture - the God of law; aristocratic culture - God as king. Each name for God fails with the collapse of the language, culture and unifying principle. A new name for God emerges with a new medium and a new unifying principle, thereby providing a new virtual presence for Yahweh - the God who is above all names.


Digital medium

Closed systems are self-defeating. The numerical system was disrupted by the introduction of zero and re-integrated in a new way. Text-based systems have been disrupted by the statement 'there is no outside to the text' and the existence of the Jewish God of literature is thereby threatened. The digital medium has yet to take shape and so there is no new unifying principle that would allow the emergence of a new name for God within the medium.

For whatever reason, the Catholic subculture has all but disappeared. but its richness could be preserved if it was re-integrated in the new medium. Here we run into a difficulty. Thomas Kuhn defeated Logical Positivism in science and C. Wright Mills defeated it in Sociology, and so science and the social sciences have dropped all reference to this failed philosophy. By contrast, the digital medium has not changed andthe computer, as currently designed, continues to be an expression of Logical Positivism. It is based on a flawed concept. Before you can build a computer system, you must first build an ontology but computing people define an ontology as a verbal system that captures the knowledge structure of a domain. This says that words refer to things, and they do, but only sometimes. You cannot derive religious knowledge by analysing a list of things. Because of this limited thinking, you cannot store an idea on a computer and you cannot store wisdom on a computer. The definition of an ontology and the design of computers would both have to be changed so that a verbal ontology reflects an ontological structure.

Aim

Specifically, the task is to create ontologies that capture the knowledge and wisdom of a religious institute so that they can pass on their charism and vision to future generations.

Solution

A grotto expresses the interaction between a lower system and a higher system. Virtual grottos for various religious Institutes could produce a maze such as the one at Chartres Cathedral, which prepares a person and leads them into the liturgy.