The progression of truth

Ideally, an objective truth would be universal and invariable identity independent from place and time. Real concepts on the other hand, are subjective, therefore relative: they have an inherent human subjectivity on perception and conception, cultural relativity, personal subjectivity, subjectivity on social groups, subjectivity on individual experiences and subjectivity on personal development (see subjectivity). Unlike objective truths, concepts differ from person to person and they differ in time. One of the ways concepts are relative is on their variation in time. And one of the ways they can change in time is through progression. The progression of truth then, is the transition from an original state of subjectivity to higher degrees of objectivity.

We can think of progression in physical terms in its relation with complexity. Progression is a natural phenomena related with increasing levels of complexity. Complexity in turn, is the integration of differentiated parts. Concepts are mental representations formed by neurological associations out of neurological complexity. Complexity itself is relative: the higher the degrees of differentiation and integration, the higher the complexity. The degree of objectivity of our mental representations then, is related to the degree of their cognitive complexity: higher differentiation and integration in the neurological associations means mental representations with higher degrees of universality, higher degrees of internal consistency (self-consistency) and higher degrees of consistency with experience; which means higher degrees of objectivity. So subjective concepts are related with low cognitive complexity and objective concepts with high cognitive complexity. Cognitive development is the transition from an original state of low complexity and high subjectivity to higher levels of cognitive complexity and conceptual objectivity. The progression of truth then, is a natural phenomena related with increasing levels of cognitive complexity.

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Note that progression is natural, but not inevitable. Things don’t progress naturally. Things change naturally, and in this change things can either progress or regress. Both progression and regression are natural occurrences, and a neutral Nature doesn’t favour any one of them over the other. What Nature does favour, is dynamic stability (see Laws of physics). And the things that progresses tends to prevail in time because they tend to be more stable (see complexity and development).

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