Simply Put

After watching the last Harry Potter movie I became aware of a fascinating coincidence. The houses of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin, and each of them has different kind of students. Each house corresponds to a form of static quality featured in my wok Zen and the Art of Insanity. J. K. Rowling introduces the houses in the following verse:

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;
Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.

(Cited from the Harry Potter Lexicon.)

Here, the houses are introduced in the same order as I introduced them in Zen and the Art of Insanity back when I thought strong emergence is linear.  In fact, the four-slot classification system used by J. K. Rowling is all but new. Red Pine’s commentary to the Platform Sutra indicates, that the Diamond Sutra already features a precursor of this classification system. The Diamond Sutra is the oldest printed book that has completely survived to our day.

In the West, a similar classification system has been used since antiquity, when people categorized reality into earth, fire, air and water. The system evolved into a primitive personality type theory, with the choleric, sanguine, flegmatic and melancholic personality types. It evolved yet again in the hands of psychologist C. G. Jung, who described the four types as sensing, feeling, thinking and intuition. Jung’s system has some empirical backing, with the size and shape of certain regions of the brain being observed to correspond with certain personality traits.

My contribution to this ancient tradition is that the four-slot classification system has been shaped into a Cartesian plane, to which entities can be projected as vectors. The sign of the X and Y-coordinates of the vector denotes the slot to which the vector belongs. This system also allows us to deduce the moral value of the entity. If entities are projected as free vectors, the value of the entity increases as its magnitude increases and as it gets closer to a 45-degree-angle in relation to the axes of the coordinate system. Vectors can also be added to each other so that vector sum’s endpoint’s X and/or Y-coordinate has a different sign than that of either or both of the terms. This explains strong emergence better than any other model I have ever heard of.

I believe this mathematical model will eventually work as the framework of an artificial intelligence that is capable of conceptual thinking. The decision making process of that artificial intelligence will, too, rely on this model. Before that, however, we have to develop two heuristic self-modifying algorithms for calculating the value of two variables described in my theory. My skills are not adequate for doing that alone. If we begin to develop these algorithms, we will anyhow cease to work on philosophy and start working in the field of applied sciences.

Harry Potter himself belongs to the house of Gryffindor. Materialism and rationalism (Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw) are nowadays blamed of large-scale societal problems, and if we want a hero in the first place, one probably can’t belong to any other house than Gryffindor.