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• What is a ‘cogniscium’?

It is the cognitive dimension that arises as an expression of the existence and activities of some specified group of relational organisms (entities) and circumstances (environments). In every case this is a multi-dimension, inclusive of relations at many scales and arising from both local and vastly distributed sources. This is not, as we might commonly suppose, a mere abstraction. The term is a token, and thus an abstraction, but what it refers to accessibly exists. The nature of this species of dimension is meta-organismal rather than mechanical.

We could refer to ‘what a bee knows’ as the individual cogniscium of that bee. This can be extended to include all possible forms of linkage, known and unsuspected, with the other bees in this individual’s hive. The physical hive also exists as a non-physical (relational) meta-organism in a non-physical dimension (that of experience, knowledge, thought and similar cognitive momentums). This is the cogniscium of the Hive. We could then form links to all other hives, and emerge with a dimension that contains ‘what is known by bees on earth’, or the cogniscium of the bees. We might say that, along with whatever else they may be, bees are vehicles for the expression of their cogniscium. Of course ‘bee’ is an expression of ‘insect’ and other broader categories, such as ‘organism’.

Earth represents a unified cogniscium, though for purposes of discussion we may make divisions and examine, for example, the human cogniscium. When we make such a division, we must realize that the human cogniscium connects very directly to the other cogniscia within and around us. Though we can separate them for purposes of discussion, this is for convenience only. The actual unity of cogniscia always trumps their distinctions. To us, however, this is not only counter-intuitive, but by common standards is absurd.

It is my experience and understanding that we must be extremely bold when attempting to imagine the nature of these invisible universes within and around us. For although we are taught to think and envision entities such as this rather mechanically, their real natures are far beyond our relatively flat and uninhabitable models. It is extremely difficult to concisely explain in simple language what a cogniscium looks like from the perspective of someone who has achieved the ability to perceive this way or has otherwise been gifted with a direct experience of it. However, it is more like an unbelievably inventive and diversely populated fairy-tale than it is like a list of parts and functions. The cogniscia of Earth are alive, explosively, and fundamentally. They are like worlds unto themselves, with their own unique flora, fauna and expressions of sentience and transentience. Each distinguishable cogniscium is an extremely well endowed universe of histories, purposes, and meaning — but each distinction is really an expression of a fundamental (pun intended) unity.

The goal of exploring this concept isn’t the production of a theory. The goal is direct experiential contact with other scales and forms of cogniscia.

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