Conceptualising the Structure of the Biophysical Organising Principle: Triple-Aspect-Theory of Being
Perhaps the most resistant and the most perplexing question about life concerns the nature of the origin of organic life. Insight into the possible replicating mechanism namely an autocatalytic polymer came to light when the question was explored in the work of Stuart Kauffman et al (1986; 1993). The aim of this paper is somewhat similar though recognising that the approach and methodology differ. In this paper I draw from David Bohm’s interpretation of quantum theory to provide an adapted and adjunct conceptual scheme in the form of a Triple-Aspect-Theory (TAT) of Being as a grounding ontology. David Bohm presented a holistic view of two interwoven orders of existence defined as the Explicate material world and the Implicate (quantum) enfolded world from which the former materialises. Consistent with David Bohm’s idea that matter at a fundamental level consists of a kind of protointelligence, the TAT facilitates a perspective based on aspect conditions of the human organism intended to furnish an explanation of the constitutive mechanism (TAT) inherent in the evolving human being. The TAT operates as an organising principle by which it is suggested evolution inherently proceeds and maintains itself in an interactive relation between the Implicate and Explicate orders. The accumulated effect of natural selection is to produce adaptations, but without an organising principle: ‘Consciousness’, ‘Body-of-Experience’ and ‘Intellect-Reflective’ (the terms for the engaged coexistent aspects of being) it is argued could not occur.
Naimo, J. (2011). Conceptualising the Structure of the Biophysical Organising Principle: Triple-Aspect-Theory of Being. Paper presented at the ATINER 6th Annual International Conference on Philosophy. Athens, Greece.