July 5, 2024 By alex

Magic is the foundation of the modal method

It is the over-rationalization of change that prevents effective transformation of individuals, groups and societies. The reliance on argument and evidence, while neglecting the intuition and the inspiration, what Schopenhauer called Stimmung, the particular atmosphere and mood, as drivers of change, leads to increasing the resistance to change rather than facilitating change.

In modal thinking, which is the foundational idea of IPH’s work in the humanities, we understand that magic (understood as knowledge that is not recognized as “scientific”, rational or based on evidence – one that arises from intuition, from the knowledge of the world in the way poets capture it, direct and natural, focused on the ideas of things as living structures of meaning, rather than on concepts and lifeless arguments) is the spring of all other thought, including conceptual thinking.

The above is the reason magic, in the way in which philosophy of science understands it, namely the knowledge that is unexplained by the conventional means of a particular time, is the key of the use of modal logic in Modal Integrative Psychotherapy and in the Modal Humanities more generally. We talk about changing our worlds, our circumstances and ourselves by gleaning the signs that present themselves to us in the flow of events before us, the signs that most of us conventionally fail to even notice, because we are taught to think in terms of reason and argument, rather than natural observation and listening in the the pulse of nature.

Magic is the foundation of the way in which modal logic factors in the Modal Humanities and Modal Integrative Psychotherapy. In this sense, the study of Modal Humanities, and all our training programs are, methodologically speaking, a study of the various guises of magic in our thinking, in our bodies, in our intuition, and in our lives.