Integral Relational Logic (IRL) is an egalitarian, commonsensical science of thought that we all implicitly use everyday to form concepts and organize our ideas. IRL has evolved from the relational model of data, introduced by Ted Codd in 1970, when he was working at the IBM Research Laboratory in San José in California, and object-oriented business-modelling methods, such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML), developed in the 1990s by Grady Booch, Ivar Jacobson, and James R. Rumbaugh of Rational Software, now a subsidiary of IBM.
The key point about these information systems business-modelling methods is that they are so abstract and general, they can be used in any industry or organization, whether this be manufacturing or retail, governmental or financial, medical or educational, or whatever. By further generalizing this principle, IRL can be used as a skeleton, framework, or system of coordinates for all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines at all times, past, present, and future, called the Theory of Everything (TOE) or Grand Unified Theory (GUT) by materialistic and mechanistic physicists believing in the second pillar of unwisdom.
What makes IRL egalitarian is that all concepts are formed in exactly the same way, by carefully distinguishing the similarities and differences in the data patterns of our experience, both inner and outer. Recognizing that the concept of set is more fundamental than that of number in mathematics, data patterns with similar attributes are put in sets that share this common property. Conversely, if data patterns have different attributes, they are put into different sets, a way of organizing our ideas we learn in the nursery as we sort out the differences in the shapes and colours of building blocks.
This commonsensical way of learning can bring all our thoughts into universal order. For as David Bohm said, drawing on an idea that the artist Charles Biederman gave him, “a very general way of perceiving order … [is] to give attention to similar differences and different similarities.” So concepts like space, time, and mass do not have a special position in IRL. They are treated in exactly the same manner as all other concepts, as they are in mathematical equations and computer programming.
IRL is all-inclusive because the central concept is Aristotle’s ontological notion of being, a generalization of the superclass Object in object-oriented modelling methods. All classes of concept are subclasses of the superclass Being in IRL, rather like the way that x represents a complex number in mathematics. Such a notion is the key to integrating all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines into a coherent whole. For Being denotes all cosmologies, theories, philosophies, beliefs, and opinions, whether they have attributes true, false, or some mix of these properties.
By following E. F. Schumacher’s maxim for mapmaking given in A Guide for the Perplexed—“Accept everything; reject nothing”—nothing is left out. It is through the universal concept of Being that individual consciousness expands so far and fast that it quickly becomes coterminous with Consciousness itself, taking students to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge.
A brief summary of this holistic, nonaxiomatic, noninferential science of thought is contained in a 50-page synoptic synthesis called ‘Mapping the Universe’, which shows how mathematical mapmaking techniques introduced by Leonhard Euler in 1736 can be used as a further abstraction of the business modelling methods that underlie IRL. Specifically, these evolved into mathematical graphs, consisting of nodes and relationships between them, an integral worldview inspired by Einstein’s worldview in terms of fields and singularities.
The Preface to Part I of Wholeness on ‘Integral Relational Logic’ describes the unknown business management and modelling problem that IRL has emerged to solve, a problem that arose from the invention of the stored-program computer in the middle of the twentieth century. The essence of this business-modelling problem is that if we are to intelligently manage our business affairs with full consciousness of what we are doing, information systems architects must include their own thought processes in the territory being mapped, as must business executives and politicians.
This is essentially the same problem that David Bohm sought to solve in his theory of the implicate order, which unifies the incompatibilities between relativity and quantum theories. For as Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle shows, we cannot separate the observer and the observed if we are to develop a comprehensive map of the Universe. Such an endeavour is rather like a television camera filming itself filming, which looks impossible to the fragmented mind. But when self-reflective Intelligence heals the split mind in Wholeness, at the Omega point of evolution, all the innermost secrets of the Universe are revealed in the blazing light of Consciousness.
Chapters 1 and 2 of Wholeness ‘Starting Afresh at the Very Beginning’ and ‘Building Relationships’ describe the basic tabular and graphical structures of IRL. The other two chapters of Part I on the Principle of Duality and transcending the categories are outlined in the next two pages.