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Re: Inquiry Driven Systems


3.2.  Reflective Inquiry.  Note 7


3.2.2.  Apparitions and Allegations (cont.)

Inquiry into reality has to do with experiential phenomena that recur,
with states that appear and that promise or threaten to appear again,
and with the actions that agents can take to affect these recurrences.
This is true for two reasons:  First, a state that does not appear or
does not recur cannot be regarded as constituting any sort of problem.
Second, only states that appear and recur are subject to the tactics of
learning and teaching, or become amenable to the methods of reasoning.

There is a catch, of course, to such a blithe statement, and it is this:
How does an agent know whether a state is going to appear, is bound to
recur, or not?  To be sure, there are hypothetically conceivable states
that constitute obvious problems for an agent, independently of whether
an instance of them already appears in experience or not.  This is the
question that inaugurates the theoretical issue of signs in full force,
raises the practical stakes that are associated with their actual notice,
and constellates the aspect of a promise or a threat that appears above.
Accordingly, the vital utility of signs is tied up with questions about
persistent appearances, predictable phenomena, contingently recurrent
states of systems, and ultimately patterned forms of real existence
that are able to integrate activity with appearance.

Jon Awbrey

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