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MATHEMATICAL THINKING IN AFRICAN TRADITION (1)

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 6th-February-2017

The archaic term “Mathesis”, the “Mother wit” (i.e. Mother Wisdom)—meaning the “Learning” (Walker, Women’s Encyclopedia, p71) originally referred to astrological divination and was deemed to be the highest form of common sense. Very Ancient Africans evolved this concept into the single geometrical center Eye of Heru–the eye of the Will—ones ability to visualize what one Wills to achieve—the Symbol of the single vision of Intuition which dawned at the level of Consciousness as a result of the “Third Eye” or Pineal Gland. Ancient African Mystery Schools taught that the eyes are one of the four gates to the human soul.  The right eye represents the sun (reflecting the light of God in Nature); the left eye representing the moon and the Osirian Ka (Soul).  The ellipse shape of the eye indicates that only what derives from inner vision can achieve the human perfection characterizing Mother Wit. The source of Mother Wit was from God being the Intelligence responsible for designing and guiding the process of Creation as well as being the power behind the behavior of inanimate and living things. This Intelligence has generated all the Laws of Nature which can be understood through Qualitative and Quantitative Logic, now called Mathematics. African Sages said one can only Mathematically reason from “what is”—on actualities of Essences and its Source—to prove or disprove a point. Such must be based upon Principles (pieces of the Truth, having unchanging realities) in the preservation of order. Quantitative Mathematics started before getting involved with Qualitative . Algebraic Mathematics (see Bailey, African Wisdom). For example, Primitive (the first humans) Africans resorted to numbers when they began Bartering (Bailey, Mentoring Black Boys). A Number is a symbol or word indicating how many of, or where, something is located in a series. Barteringbegan by them holding up fingers to indicate small negotiation numbers for Addition. Larger numbers were represented by pebbles, knots on a rope, or notches on a stick or bone. Stones were put in a bag to convey how much of something was owned. To have a symmetrical final result in the exchange of goods, Bartering required an “Equal Sign” between goods to its right and something to its left.

When group living began, it was necessary to advance beyond the mere Concrete objects in order to embrace Primary Qualities related to Balance—as in such abstract concepts as “Fairness” and Justice.” This was the beginning of Qualitative Algebraic Mathematics. The combination of Quantitative and Qualitative Mathematics was used by Very Ancient Africans in their astro-mathematics. To discover attributes of Spiritual Elements stored in Nature and to make inferences for Circumstantial Evidence and judgments, they devised Subjective Science tools—i.e. Observation, Reflection, “Pure” Feelings, Productive Imagination, Contemplation, Inductive and Deductive Inferences, and Common Sense. To elaborate on Spirit and Matter aspects of the Cosmos, they added Objective Science in order to follow Processes occurring in Nature. Mathematical Quantitative and Qualitative (Algebraic) Reasoning allow inferences to be made into Circumstantial Unknowns. That reveals God’s designing Intelligence in producing a Mathematical Formation of Nature and its Natural events. Such requires transcending all Acquired Emotions and Acquired Intellect. Being a Spark of this Cosmic Intelligence “Flame,” which designed a Mathematically based Cosmos, enables one to tap into a human’s birth gift of Genius, called “First Wisdom.” From that, one can intuit Knowledge in order to resolve paradoxes capable of being solved, very difficult and complex dilemmas, or near “Impossible” real problems. Very Ancient African priest-astronomers observed the sun/moon, man/woman, and night/day and saw them as balanced Complementary Opposites—both Harmoniously being equally significant but in different ways.

This concept—fundamental to Classifications, now known as Yin/Yang–is the realization that Corresponding things having identical Spiritual Elements “Genetics” can appear differently in Form and yet share similar aspects. The “Equal Sign” and Yin/Yang–signifying “Chaos” and “Order”–are Complimentary Equals since each contains aspects involved in the other. So, to discover Truth in one of two opposites separated by an “Equal Sign” is to discover Yin/Yang principles in the other. This was the beginning of using Symbols for Unknowns and of Inductive and Deductive reasoning. Such Mathematics allowed Ancient Africans to make sensible standards for Life Living. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills

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