October 28th, 2018 8:38 AM
GRAMMARS MATTER: COMPACT MONOPOLY CONFLATIONARY STAGNANT DYSGENIC VS DIFFERENTIATED MARKET DEFLATIONARY EVOLUTIONARY, EUGENIC SOCIAL ORDERS
—“You might want to take a look at Eric Voegelin’s distinction between “compact” and “differentiated” symbolic systems.”– Chip Sills
I understand it but it’s psychological not scientific and I work with the scientific model instead. In the end we face problems of computational cost (neural economy), and the grammars (models, objects, relations, values) that allow us to calculate (make comparisons, judgements, plans), offset by the frictions of status(face), and our order’s demand for either status(public/economic) or face (familial/personal), and local competition (homogeneity vs heterogeneity) and the institutions(norms, traditions, values, formal institutions) that arise from those conditions in the geography we sustain ourselves within.
Simple people need simple anthropomorphic means of computation by free association (dream state, imagination, intuition) and more sophisticated people require means of calculation and computation that are increasingly more precise than the limits of human scale present in anthropomorphic models(grammars).
So simple people and civilizations use high context/low precision grammars, and more complex civilizations use low context/high precision grammars. And our languages slowly evolve into “pidgins’ for high context, and large vocabulary nouns in low context for lower cognitive load, and for higher precision at the cost of higher cognitive load.
So what Vogelin refers to as compact vs differentiated is an insightful version, rendering the choice psychological or arbitrary, where I use more precise, higher precision, terms and definitions, that expose the causes and consequences, and the non-arbitrariness of the relationship. Moreover, the CONFLATIONARY structure of MONOPOLY (monotheistic) religions and the MARKET structure of western civilization (poly grammatical) provides some of the best evidence of how monotheism (compact, monopoly, conflationary) models are easier to understand, but produce of necessity ignorance , stagnation, decline, and dysgenia.
I hope this helps.