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MoQ Definitions

By Doug Renselle

   Dynamic Quality (DQ)  Moral  Philosophy  Static Quality (SQ)
 Actual  Ethics  Moral Code  Philosophology  SPoV
 Balance  Interrelationship  Mu  Quality  Truth
 Better  Latch  Paradice  Quality Event (QE)  Value
 Context  Many Truths  Pattern  Reality  
 Dialectic  Metaphysics    Rhetoric  
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 Item  Term  Definition  Comment

[in] Interrelationship[s] [with]

This symbol shows co-within-it-ness which Pirsig's MoQ avers. Pirsig tells us Lila (nor Buddha) has Quality, but Quality has Lila.

Nothing can have Quality. Nothing can possess Quality. To possess Quality is to bound Quality. Quality is boundless, limitless, absolute.

All is "in It," and "It is in," all. Quality is co-within, commingling, interpenetrating, etc., all — everything we know. Quality diffusely pervades all reality. In Quantonics, most often we represent this simply: DQvSQ. We also show a complementary interrelationship of DQ and SQ thus: quanton(DQ,SQ).

In 2004, we would alter this somewhat to say all of us have DQ in us, partially, and in that sense all of us partially 'have Quality.' We cannot 'have' its totality, but we 'have' some of it in us.

Lila has Quality and Quality has Lila!


  Actual REALization of new Static Quality.

Static Quality is actual. All that is latched in SQ is actual.

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  Balance Harmony of DQ commingling SQ in a system. A metric of goodness in any MoQ system.

Reality's most highly evolved MoQ SPoVs cooperate with MoQ's DQ to interrelate in 'better,' more moral ways to achieve dynamic balance.

Two boundary conditions are total DQ and total SQ.

Total DQ is pure 'classical chaos' with total absence of 'classical order' or latched Quality (SQ). (Reader please note that pure DQ from a quantum perspective is pure isocoherence or pure quantum order. We can see that all quantons(DQ,SQ), then are quantons(quantum_order,classical_order). We see a "balance" of both quantum and classical order.) Rev 17Jan2001, Doug.

Total SQ is totally rigid SPoVs, forever unchanging. (Some classicists see this as perfect utopian 'order.')

Between MoQ's boundary conditions is 'better.' Better balance is: excellent, ethical, moral, unending incremental quantal change.

In a business or in life endeavors, stagnation and ultimate extinction prefer too slow change. Similarly, chaos, disorder, and dis-ease prefer too rapid change

Peace of mind comes when we achieve dynamic balance of DQ and SQ in our interrelationships with any other complements of our multiverse.

Learn to balance SQ and DQ in your endeavors toward 'better' harmony.

Note: Harmony is not stasis! Think of a bowed, fretting, vibrating string on a tuned violin. J Consider how balanced discord twixt bow and string produces harmony.

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An elementary unit of ethics.

A preferential ethical decision based on preconditions in both SQ and DQ at each QE.

"So what Phædrus was saying was that not just life, but everything, is an ethical activity. It is nothing else. When inorganic patterns of reality create life the Metaphysics of Quality postulates that they've done so because it's "better" and that this definition of "betterness" — this beginning response to Dynamic Quality is an elementary unit of ethics upon which all right and wrong can be based."

Page 157, Lila, Bantam hardbound, 1991.

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An aggregation of locally consistent interrelationships.

[Which is embedded in a larger context of non-locally consistent and inconsistent interrelationships with other contexts.]

In MoQ and Quantonics, we think of reality's multiverse as complete, but wholly inconsistent. Using our Quantonic Uncertainty Principle, we trade increased local consistency for decreased completeness and vice-versa.

Within our multiverse, we assume there are a potentially infinite variety of 'isles of truth' which we call "Many Truths." Each isle of truth is a context or locally consistent aggregation of truth.

Interrelationships within a local context are consistent, i.e., they always state the truth. However, because we sacrifice greater context and greater completeness, local contexts are incapable of stating all truths — a requirement for completeness.

Interrelationships between isles of truth, or viewed by one isle of truth perceiving another, conjure paradice (plural of paradox). These are apparently inconsistent interrelationships until one adopts an MoQ axiom of Many Truths.

Adopting an MoQ axiom of Many Truths effectively places you in a larger context (of multiple contexts) and allows you to assess apparently inconsistent Quality interrelationships by moving among multiple contexts to eliminate apparent paradice in any current context.

Think about it. It grows on you...

For more on consistency and completeness see: our Decidable Gödel meme at The Memes.

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  Dynamic Quality One of two divisions of Pirsig's MoQ.

Dynamic Quality is undefinable. It represents all unknown. We can describe DQ's surface, but we cannot define DQ. We describe DQ as:  surprise, direct experience, an edge of now, pre-intellectual awareness, pre-intellectual reality, a Quality Event, a surface of interrelationships between DQ and SQ just prior to new SQ emerging and latching into our perceived known.

DQ is SQ's nonactual complement.

DQ is reality's unknowable agent of change in MoQ. DQ imposes change upon MoQ's other division: Static Quality.

DYNAMIC QUALITY according to Pirsig (quotes or paraphrases from Lila, Bantam, hardbound, 1991):

  • Dynamic good that is outside of any culture, that cannot be contained by any system of precepts, but has to be continually rediscovered as a culture evolves. P. 114.
  • When A. N. Whitehead wrote that "mankind is driven forward by dim apprehensions of things too obscure for its existing language," he was writing about Dynamic Quality. P. 115.
  • It was the moral force that had motivated the brujo in Zuni. P. 115.
  • It contains no pattern of fixed rewards and punishments. P. 115.
  • Its only perceived good is freedom and its only perceived evil is static quality itself—any pattern of one-sided fixed values that tries to contain and kill the ongoing free force of life. P. 115.
  • The negative esthetic quality of the hot stove in the earlier example was now given some added meaning by a static-Dynamic division of Quality. When the person who sits on the stove first discovers his low-Quality situation, the front edge of his experience is Dynamic. He does not think, "This stove is hot," and then make a rational decision to get off. A "dim perception of he knows not what" gets him off Dynamically. Later he generates static patterns of thought to explain the situation. P. 116.
  • Dynamic Quality comes as a sort of surprise. P. 118.
  • Dynamic Quality momentarily weakens the static patterns that surround you. P. 118.
  • Dynamic Quality is free, without static forms. P. 118.
  • A hurricane in Key Largo promises a Dynamic relief from static patterns. The man who suffers a heart attack and is taken off the train at New Rochelle has had all his static patterns shattered, he can't find them, and in that moment only Dynamic Quality is available to him. That is why he gazes at his own hand with a sense of wonder and delight. P. 118.
  • He saw that much can be learned about Dynamic Quality by studying what it is not rather than futilely trying to define what it is. P. 118.
  • Dynamic Quality is the pre-intellectual cutting edge of reality, the source of all things, completely simple and always new. P. 143.

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  Ethics Dynamic Quality units of action in diffuse pervasion of Static Quality whose response is stochastically better.

Pirsig tells us in Lila, "When inorganic patterns of reality create life the Metaphysics of Quality postulates that they've done so because it's 'better' and that this definition of 'betterness' — this beginning response to Dynamic Quality — is an elementary unit of ethics upon which all right and wrong can be based." P. 157-of-410 of Lila, hardbound 1st edition, Bantam Books, 1991.

Note another similarity of Pirsig's MoQ to modern quantum science:  Planck's least unit of action ~ Pirsig's elementary unit of ethics. Note also, any outcome of an MoQ Quality Event values preconditions for a next ethical unit of moral behavior.

Compare this definition of ethics to Western culture's arrogant and anthropocentric definition of ethics, i.e., anthropocentric:

  • rules,
  • doctrine, and
  • dogma,

all exclusive Static Quality — SPoVs.

In Quantonics, we intuit SOM's great S-O dichotomy is a precursor of all centricrisms, so we infer anthropocentrism derives from SOM. MoQ's S-O unification-inversion eliminates SOM's dichotomy and a need for anthropocentrism as a means for defining multiversal and transcendental terms.

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  Interrelationship MoQ Value manifested as Quality Events between and among MoQ SPoVs and DQ.

Interrelationships occur in at least some following Value categories:

DQ v DQ (~creation)
  • DQ + DQSQ
DQ v SQ (~change)
  • DQ + SQSQ
SQ v DQ (~change; potential discreation; e.g. apoptosis and catabolysis)
  • SQ + DQDQ
SQ v SQ (~change with ~stasis potential)
  • SQ + SQSQ (~stasis) (This is SOM! Polylogically, this is CR)
  • SQ + SQ + DQSQ (~change)

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  Latch Latching is temporary stability of a Static Pattern of Value. Latching is tentative persistence of Value.

A smallest increment of 'temporary' is one iteration of MoQ's better, ethical, MoQ I Reality Loop. In quantum science, an equivalent smallest increment is h-bar, or half of one iteration of quantum science's MoQ II Reality Loop. (Note reader, we are speaking here of quantum fermionic actuality. Quantum mixed (both coherent and decoherent) fermions have two 'loop states:' both fluxoid 0 and fluxoid 1 which alternate endlessly due to DQ's absolute flux impetus. Quantum bosonic actuality loops endless single 'loop states.') Rev 17Jan2001, Doug.

In Quantonics we conjecture h-bar quantization of action and change produces an illusion of a homogeneous 'flow' of classical unilogical time. We assume quantum action issi ensehmble-ubiquitous amd -asynchronous, providing an apparent smoothness. Its apparent smoothness deceives classical thinkers reality is unitemporally continuous. We assume Pirsig's QE and quantum science's 'special event' are nearly analogous percepts. See ensemble.

Pirsig did not conspicuously describe an inverse of latching as far as we know. However, it is clear what we call actual SPoVs de-actualize in some, as yet undescribed, manner or process. One mental image we have here is something like diffraction of sodium atoms which David E. Pritchard demonstrated for a first time (as far as we know) in 1997 in experiments at MIT.

Begs an interesting question: Are black holes mass-diffractors? You heard it asked here first (16Mar1998 — Doug Renselle). Imagine a black hole pumping diffracted mass back into DQ!

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  Many Truths An MoQ axiom assuming Reality composes unlimited contexts of local aggregations of Quality interrelationships.
Roughly, an evolution of metaphysics may be shown thus:
  1. No truth (Sophism-quasi-relativism), then
  2. SOM's one absolute truth, next
  3. MoQ's many truths, and
  4. Future TBD. See MoQ, CR, & SOM.
Pre-Greek Sophists practiced aretê or excellence for over ten millennia. Their rhetoric was seen as subjective and insubstantial by some Greeks starting in approximately 600 b.c. A few Greeks denigrated Sophists and gave Sophism a negative connotation. Greek invention of our current one-truth, one-context substance/material-centered metaphysics resulted. Pirsig's MoQ invented a next generation of metaphysics and propounded an axiom of many-truths-many-contexts which subsumes both Sophism and SOM and replaces Sophist's relativism with MoQ's axiom of Many Truths. We do not know what metaphysics will replace MoQ. See Heraclitus In Quantum Lightings.

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  Metaphysics A branch of philosophy which examines a nature of reality.

Thus MoQ examines a nature of Quality as a metaphor of Reality.

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  Moral Interrelationships which change preconditions into 'better' postconditions.

'Better' is a contextual assessment adhering MoQ's Many Truths axiom. In MoQ, moral is — from an absolute perspective of Quality — absolute Reality. Homo sapiens practicing anthropocentric thinking misperceive some natural and cosmological events as worse, for lack of a larger context of reality's multiverse.

Anthropocentrics are often also one-life-centric and thus perceive any events which "cause" "death" as bad or negative. This is typical SOMthink.

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  Moral Code A guideline for ethical interrelationships between and among Dynamic Quality and Static Quality, and between and among levels of Static Quality.

MoQ Moral Codes:

  1. Governs DQvSQ
  2. Governs IntellectualvSocial
  3. Governs SocialvBiological
  4. Governs BiologicalvInorganic
  5. Governs InorganicvChaos

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  Mu Mu is a Zen and Japanese term for context-dependent uncertainty.

When a question may not be answered 'yes' or 'no,' Zen says answer 'mu.'

Pirsig tells us, "Mu becomes appropriate when the context of the question becomes too small for the truth of the answer."

Mu, from a quantum perspective, is what we mean by:

Note that classical dialectic denies any notion of Mu.

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  Paradice Paradoxes.

Paradice is the plural of paradoxes.

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  Pattern Pattern: recognizable stereotype whose nature is to discriminate among elements of a pattern repertoire.

Pattern is intrinsic Static Quality.



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A study of ultimate reality. In Greek: philosophy =
philo (love of) + sophy (wise, clever, sophist)

Thus we see philosophy is love of wisdom, cleverness, and sophism. Interesting it is a word Greeks used for love of something many hated: Sophism.

Composes five sub-branches of study in an Aristotelian classical hierarchy:

  1. metaphysics   (nature of reality)
    1. ontology (being, becoming, & comverses)
    2. cosmology (study of physical multiverse)
    3. philosophical theology (transcendental)
  2. logic              ('laws' of reason, currently in crisis)
  3. epistemology (knowledge and knowing)
  4. ethics, and     (criteria of excellence)
  5. aesthetics      (criteria of beauty, esp. art)

This is pure Western philosophy born in Greece in about sixth century b.c., unless you count Homer's Iliad as its birth date. If so, move its date back to approximately ninth century b.c.

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  Philosophology A study of an art and practice of philosophy.

Pirsig uses Philosophology derogatively. Philosophologists are to philosophers as musicologists are to musicians as art historians are to artists, etc.

Philosophologists do not practice philosophy.

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  Quality Quality is Reality. Quality is Value. Quality is Good becoming better. Quality is aretê.

Quality is Reality which is all known actuality and its quantum complement all unknown nonactuality. Quality is Static Quality and Dynamic Quality in complementary interrelationships. Dynamic Quality both creates and discreates Static Quality.

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  Quality Event An unclassical event where net changes occur among DQSQ interrelationships.

In MoQ Reality, we recognize Quality Events most often when new SPoVs latch for a first time in our intellectual consciousness. But there are other QEs happening ubiquitously throughout reality's multiverse, quantum continuously. So each of us experiences personal QEs, but those are a small part of all QEs which occur outside of our personal context, outside our senses' 'bandwidths.'

And, there are other QEs happening ubiquitously throughout our personal contexts at lower SQ levels (especially Biological and Inorganic levels) of which we usually are unaware. These QEs only manifest themselves at our Intellectual level when their affects alter our Intellectually available senses. It is difficult to imagine, but these QEs are/may-be occurring at massively parallel Planck rates. Our personal subatomic levels are seething with Planck rate QEs!

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  Reality Reality is Quality. Reality is DQ in interrelationships with SQ.

MoQ Reality is all, it is omneity. Reality is all of what we know (SQ) in interrelationships with what we don't know (DQ).

Reality is known v unknown. Reality is a differentiated (SQ) v undifferentiated (DQ). Reality is actual (SQ) v unactualized (DQ).

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  Static Quality One of MoQ's two divisions SQ is MoQ's latched Reality, or latched SPoVs.

Static Quality (SQ) is all actual, known part of MoQ Reality. SPoVs constitute all of Static Quality. Static Quality is familiar stuff. It is things we recognize like chairs, houses, people, animals, food, churches, ideas, art, tunes, smells, tastes, touches, and so on.

(It is important to note that our multiverse contains actual SQ about which we do not know. I.e., imagine unlimited evolutionary varieties of SPoVs which emerse in Betelgeuse and Alpha Centauri. 31Jul2000 Doug.)

SQ results from a string of events something like this:
  1. contextual change,
  2. pre-intellectual awareness of a change,
  3. archetypal conversion to SQ SPoV(s), and with recurrence —
  4. stereotypal conversion to SQ SPoV(s).

STATIC QUALITY according to Pirsig (quotes or paraphrases from Lila, Bantam, hardbound, 1991):
  • Static quality, a moral force of priests, emerges in a wake of Dynamic Quality. P. 116.
  • It is old and complex. P. 116.
  • It always contains a component of memory. P. 116.
  • (SQ's) Good is conformity to an established pattern of fixed values and value objects. P. 116.
  • Justice and law are identical. P. 116.
  • Static morality is full of heroes and villains, loves and hatreds, carrots and sticks. P. 116.
  • Its values don't change by themselves. P. 116.
  • Unless they are altered by Dynamic Quality they say the same thing year after year. P. 116.
  • Sometimes they say it more loudly, sometimes more softly, but the message is always the same. P. 116.
  • The second good, the kind that made you want to recommend it to a friend, even when you had lost your own enthusiasm for it, is static quality. Static quality is what you normally expect. P. 118.
  • Static quality is what you normally expect. P. 118.
  • Static quality patterns are dead when they are exclusive, when they demand blind obedience and suppress Dynamic change. P. 121.
  • Although Dynamic Quality, the Quality of freedom, creates this world in which we live, these patterns of static quality, the quality of order, preserve our world. Neither static nor Dynamic Quality can survive without the other. P. 121.
  • Without Dynamic Quality the organism cannot grow. Without static quality the organism cannot last. P. 147.

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  Static Pattern of Value (SPoV) Class SPoV, composed of four Static Quality divisions:
intellectual SPoVs, social SPoVs, biological SPoVs, and
inorganic SPoVs.

SPoVs compose all of Static Quality. Class SPoV unifies SOM's finite divisions of reality (class S and class O) into this single class.

Intellectual SPoVs are more highly evolved than social SPoVs which are more highly evolved than biological SPoVs which are more highly evolved than inorganic SPoVs.

More highly evolved SPoVs possess moral dominance over less highly evolved SPoVs, but need less highly evolved SPoVs for support.

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  Truth Truth is a 'classical' ability to assess any factual nature of reality.

Classical science deludes us we can know absolute facts about nature.

Via quantum science, quantum logic, Bell's Theorem and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems we know now truth may only be quantum uncertainly established in local islands of truth. See:

Both quantum science and Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems show a logical factual nature of reality may not be assessed in general.

Here is a Doug quote, modified for more recent quantum currency, from Bergson's Creative Evolution, Topic 35:

"The only relativism in quantum reality is nonlocal comtextual relativism. Einsteinian relativism is a non-starter, since we now see that quantum reality's time is not classically homogeneous nor axiomatically independent as a unilogical classical variable. Cultural or Post Modern Relativism denies both absolute change and quantum locally comtext-dependent truth. Cultural and PM Relativism insist that, even in a local quantum comtext, truth is still relative. Truth is highly comsistent in local quantum comtexts! So relativism's insistence (on absoluteness of relativism) is an enormous philosophical mistake, for which CR will pay by eventual extinction via its non-ESS. Quantum comtextual relativity arises from its incommensurability (low comsistency) across omniffering local quantum comtexts. Essentially, quantum truthings are quanton(nonlocal_truthings,local_truthings)."

ESS: Evolutionarily Stable Strategy (A Dawkins meme.)

See MoQ, CR, and SOM.

See context above.

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  Value Value is Quality. Value is Reality.

In Pirsig's MoQ, we assess Value by its aretê of interrelationships among Static Patterns of Value and Dynamic Quality.

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