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The Unified Relationships Theory (URT) is a holistic body of knowledge formed by integrating all knowledge in all cultures and disciplines at all times—past, present, and future—into a coherent whole. The URT is holistic in Jan Christaan Smuts’ original meaning of the word given in Holism and Evolution in 1926. Smuts saw that the holistic tendency of evolution is fundamental in nature because evolution “is nothing but the gradual development and stratification of progressive series of wholes, stretching from the inorganic beginnings to the highest level of spiritual creation”.

The URT takes this holistic evolutionary process to its glorious culmination, carrying the practitioner to the summit of the mountain of all knowledge at the end of time. From this Holoramic perspective, we can see why evolution is essentially holistic in character. As a fleshy body of knowledge, the URT needs a skeleton to support it. Otherwise, it would collapse like a plate of blancmange.

Integral Relational Logic provides this skeleton or framework, showing that the Universe can be viewed through the eyes of information systems architects in business in the abstract terms of structure, form, relationships, and meaning, a more general set of concepts than the space, time, mass, and energy of the physicists, and the earth, fire, air, and water of the ancients.

We can thus see that evolution is an accumulative process of divergence and convergence, proceeding in an accelerating, exponential fashion by synergistically creating wholes that are greater than the sum of the preceding wholes through the new relationships that are formed, apparently out of nothing. The entire process is driven by the Divine power of Life, differentiating already existing forms and structures, which are then brought together in ever-greater wholes. It is the synergy of forms and structures, where 2+2 can be far greater than 4, which explains why evolutionary change is accelerating faster and faster.

The URT is thus the megasynthesis of everything that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin prophesied would inevitably arise when all thinking elements coalesce “as the natural culmination of a cosmic process of organization”, which has been happening since the Earth was formed and indeed before, back into the mists of time. And by his law of complexity-consciousness, the inevitable consequence of such an evolutionary convergence is Cosmic Consciousness, establishing Consciousness as Ultimate Reality, rather than the physical universe, as is widely believed today.

We can thus see why the physicists have not been able to develop the Theory of Everything, which Brian Greene defined in The Elegant Universe as “a theory capable of describing nature’s forces within a single, all-encompassing, coherent framework.” First, the physicists are trying to unify only the four basic physical forces that they recognize with arcane mathematics, ignoring the host of nonphysical energies driving change in the Universe. Secondly, the URT is not specifically focused on causality. It is concerned with integrating all concepts into a coherent whole, the dual concepts of causality and noncausality arising naturally through the Principle of Unity.

Nevertheless, the URT does provide a comprehensive model of the psychodynamics of the whole of society, the laws of motion of society if you like, which Karl Marx thought he had found in Hegel’s dialectic. In turn, this model is a constituent in an integral theory of evolution, which can explain where we human beings have come from and where we are heading in the most frantic rush, outlined in our evolutionary story.

Those with the courage to sacrifice everything in the pursuit of Wholeness can discover all this for themselves through self-inquiry as generalists. However, the URT also has much to offer specialists questioning the seven pillars of unwisdom that underlie Western civilization. For in Consciousness, the URT, based on the seven pillars of wisdom provides a unified Cosmic Context for all our learning, not the least in economics and the healing professions.

As the URT is transcultural and transdisciplinary, we can call it panosophy, from the Greek word pansophos, meaning ‘all-wise’. Panosophy is not a new word. The Oxford English Dictionary records that it was used as early as 1642, albeit with a slightly different spelling, to mean “universal or cyclopædic knowledge; a scheme or cyclopædic work embracing the whole body of human knowledge”. Panosophers, as generalists, have a similar relationship to specialists in academia as information systems architects in business have to specialists in user departments, developing integrated information systems for enterprises.


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