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The world pattern of process Marsden, Rasunah


The World Pattern of Process, a holistic 'theory of everything' is based on four elements of existence (material, vegetal, animal and human — MVAH) and four stages of process (Zat, Sifat, Asma, Af’al — ZSAA) or Idea-Condition-Action-Result. The four stages modeled by the World Pattern are: Zat: power, pure potential, essence, existence, force, energy, concept, seed Sifat: condition, attributes or qualities, nature, being, form, container Asma: work, deed, action, course or step taken. Af'al: evidence, proof, reality, truth, result, outcome The process components, underscored in the framework above, can be used to gain new insights into the work of the Humanities and the Sciences. I have elaborated The World Pattern of Process, also a cosmology, in two parts. Part One outlines the World Pattern and explains how basic structures posited in the sciences and humanities are connected to a four-fold, cosmological World Pattern of Process. Part 2 discusses how correlations between disciplines and the World Pattern can be shown to support a Grand Pattern when applied to Indigenous world views, to the Great Chain of Being and to Theories of Everything. The methods of investigation are through conceptual analysis and intuitive inquiry, which follows a cycle of interpretation: 1) general engagement with the theory is described in relation to the work of Pope (2007), Whitehead (1978), Jantsch (1980), Bohm (1981), Pirsig (1991), and Schooler, Hunt & Schooler (2011); 2) emerging patterns are identified through elaboration of the World Pattern; 3) descriptive analyses of data associated with the World Pattern of Process (theories of everything, Indigenous world views, and the Great Chain of Being) are presented; and 4) the analysis of selected texts is summarized in Conclusions and Implications. In sum, the constituents of the World Pattern of Process hypothesize a new critical approach and perspective on possibilities for the analysis and integration of various disciplines and applications, cosmologies, theories of everything, and Indigenous world views. Based on energy, the motion of energy, and key patterns inherent in a four-fold process, the World Pattern of Process offers a holistic approach to knowledge systems and re-invigorates dialectics on human be-ing.

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