Being in the hidden third: Insights into transdisciplinary ontology

McGregor, Sue L. T. and Gibbs, Paul ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Being in the hidden third: Insights into transdisciplinary ontology. Transdisciplinary Journal of Engineering and Science, 11 . pp. 142-157. ISSN 1949-0569 [Article] (doi:10.22545/2020/00139)

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This paper reflects two transdisciplinary (TD) scholars’ attempts to glean deeper insights into Nicolescu’s transdisciplinary ontology (i.e., multiple Levels of Reality and the Hidden Third). Respecting that Nicolescu’s Hidden Third represents the convergence of quantum physics, philosophy, and inner experiences, one TD scholar explored ‘What is it like to be in the Hidden Third?’ by expanding on Nicolescu’s constructs of cyber-space-time and transhumanism, which are grounded in quantum physics. The other TD scholar tendered philosophical insights by offering the idea of ontological emergence and the act of becoming as informed by the transcendentals. The intent was to understand ‘the being of being’ or perhaps ‘the being of becoming.’ The richness of Nicolescu’s ontological thinking offers a range of interpretation and we are grateful for the opportunity to feed off his methodological genius to respectively flourish through questions, clarification and truth seeking.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Education
Item ID: 30820
Notes on copyright: Copyright ©2019 by the authors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use,distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2020 17:45
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2021 10:56

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