The terms discrete and discreet are derived from the same Latin word, discretus.
Discretion is the judicious separation of particular stimuli or concepts. An agent uses discretion to perform separation; and in that separation objects/effects obtain their discretion. Around 1600, alternate spellings began to differentiate the discretion that is qualitatively demonstrated by a causal agent from the discretion that quantitatively differentiates the effects/objects.
- The adjective spelled ‘d i s c r e e t‘ came to represent qualities such as: judicious, careful, circumspect, secretive, intentionally unobtrusive, inconspicuous or oblique.
- The adjective spelled ‘d i s c r e t e’ indicates a quantifiability of that which has been separated, or made distinct, differentiated, delineated, bounded or isolated.
We remember from the earliest chapters that Observing produces discrete objects/effects. These objects/effects may or may not be discreet (or inconspicuous).
Objects/effects can be made discrete either by a discreet/discerning/intentional Observer, or an indiscreet/imprudent/reactionary Observer.
Discretion in agency involves choice and intentionality. Discretion is, in effect, an act of purposeful objectification. Subjective discretion purposefully produces objects/effects, which emerge as either conceptually discreet or consensually discrete.
When, as causal agents/Subjects, we consciously select or receive some input, it precludes the reception of alternate input. What we choose “counts” (it becomes singled out, discrete) while everything else is dis-counted (it remains mingled in, discreet).
Discrete content is observed within the context of a discreet context.
- In the lower quadrants of Quadernity, the relationship between the Male and Female is physical, singled-out, discrete, perceptual content.
- In the upper quadrants of Quadernity, the relationship between the Female and Male is metaphysical, mingled-in, discreet, conceptual context.
Referring back to the physicist David Bohm’s explicate and implicate orders, we recall that the explicate order reveals discrete objects/content in space or in mind, while the implicate order harbors a discreet potentiality/context that transcends and includes the discrete objects.
Revisit the Double Mobius Visual Aid.
Instead of the explicate being necessarily physical and the implicate metaphysical, Bohm reminds us that the Objects (right quadrants) are quantifiably discrete, explicate particularities, and the Subjects (left quadrants) are qualifiably discreet, implicate potentialities.
Quadernity shows us that the discreet and the discrete are dynamically related. When the Objects (Matter in Space and Patterns in Mind) are discrete, the Subjects (Mother and Father) are discreet. When the physical realm (lower quadrants) is discrete, the metaphysical realm (upper quadrants) is discreet.