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MARTEN  KUILMAN  (Amsterdam,  1947) studied the quadruple method of thinking from its formulation in 1985 to the present day. He ventured initially – in 1981, when he abandoned a career as an exploration-geologist  – in the world of oppositional thinking. The title of his first book reflected that position: ‘Observations on the borderline’.

The dynamism of higher division thinking was introduced in 1984 and a  ‘search for metaphysics’ was on. The ‘Isagoge‘ (An Introduction in the quadralectic philosophy), completed in March 1986, can be regarded as a work in which the theoretical side of quadruple thinking was further developed, but the correct boundaries of visibility were not yet realized.

st maria de naranco - oviedo

From cross to four – escape from regularity – St Maria de Naranco (Oviedo). King Ramiro I ordered its construction in 848 and used it as a royal palace; it was later converted into a church. Photo: Marten Kuilman (Aug. 1997).

The ‘Leerboek van de Quadralektiek’ (Textbook on Quadralectics, 1990) heralded the mastering of the subject and left ample room for creative side roads in unexplored territory. The theoretical part was fine-tuned in ‘De Vier Landen’ (The Four Countries, 1992), which gave a ‘topography of tetradic thinking’ – including maps of the mind and, in the revised version of 1997, a topography of the heavens. It all had to do with four types of visibility, which exists simultaneously in any communication.

A firm link with cultural history was established in ‘Four – A Rediscovery of the ‘Tetragonus Mundus’, which was finished (in Dutch) in 1995 and subsequently translated by the author. In particular the occurrences in other cultures were highlighted in the first part (Egypt, Greece, Rome and Europe) and more specific quadruple elements in the European history found a place in the second part. These results pose, in their overwhelming variety, a challenging corpus of work, which may act as a departure for further investigations and criticism.

marten       Banff (Canada), 2005

7 reacties op About the author

  1. Ray Perry zegt:

    Hello, I was looking for a picture of Chingahari mountain and came across your Flickr 1974/75 page with some very familiar scenes. I was Kamativi Resident Geologist from 1983 to 85 and went on to be Planning Mgr, Acting Mine Mgr then Projects Mgr. The Landrover looks the same as what I had. Raphael Magwenzi went on to become Human Resources Mgr. George Vassilopoulos was still there as chief chemist, quite a character. Max Kraan was mill mgr. Shipster was Gen. Mgr. Bellasis was retired but stillon the IDC board. Alexander Macqwekwazeki took over from George and eventually became General Mgr. I rescusitated Kapata, Kalinda, Nolan’s camp, Wolf Cub and numerous other former smallworking as Mining Co-Operatives. The inside of your house looks similar to ours but I don’t think it was the same. We were at the very end of the A staff houseing, overlooking the dam. We would also regularly go down to the Gwaai river by the bridge after work. I once walked up Chingahari mtn and down to Chingahari pool, a wonderful experience. We’d go to the game park every second weekend or so, collect drinking water from the brewery at Dete or the Safari Lodge. My vegetable garden was very successful, only because I imported good soil and used lots of elephant manure. We have a picture of my wife holding our daughter in an almost identical pose to the one of Reijkje and Arne, similar ages too. The Gwaai River Hotel was still going strong with Harold and Silvia Bloomberg at the reigns. They were later joined by Gerrit and Jean Meyburg who developed a ceramic tile and pottery factory using clay from adjacent pits. Gwaai Tiles and Pots became quite famous. The zebra was no longer around. There was no Drew Jarvis around but the co-operatives I recognise the panning proceedure. The co-operatives I developed used sluice-boxes and they’d pan the concentrate just like in your picture. Thanks for bringing back some very pleasant memories. We now live in Germany but still have our house and my Indigenous Tree Nursery in Byo.

    • Good memories, thank you for the update! Where do you live in Germany?

      • Ray Perry zegt:

        Hello Martin,
        I’m now living in Flensburg Germany.

        By a very strange coincidence, last month I came in contact with the financial director of Zimbabwe Lithium ( https://www.zimlithium.com/ ) who are wanting to rework the Kamativi tailings dump for Lithium. They were asking about some of the early history of the mine which I could not answer, such as when did they open up Chingahari. I don’t remember what role you played there but judging by my above I assume you were the resident geologist. If so, I wonder if you would mind chatting to John MacTaggart (Zimbabwean), their Managing Director, Kevin Macneill (Canadian) Technical Director and James Arthur.


  2. Hello,
    I am a photographer exploring the concept of Grid designed cities with a large format camera. So far, I have photographed Barcelona, and the Bastide towns of southern France, and finishing a series on Pombaline architecture in Portugal. I invite you to my website http://www.fredfoto.net to see my projects and books. Thank you for your fascinating research, which has been an inspiration to me, and provided me with excellent factual detail for my concepts.

  3. Lamar zegt:

    Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis and Anti-synthesis… For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.. Not only is matter created, but anti-matter..

  4. Bies zegt:

    Meneer K! waar bent u?

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