What We Do

Beyond Timeless’ only objective is to build community. To do so, our main undertaking is an online self-education platform called Provitman University which teaches the philosophy (Fundamentality) which guides our work. Additionally, we have an ever increasing portfolio of undertakings that serve various aspects of community, acting as starting points for the creation of a more principled and intentional way of being.

Details about Fundamentality, The Provitman Project and some of our other undertakings follow.

Core Projects

Click projects below for a brief overview:

Fundamentality

I call the way of thinking that guides me, Fundamentality. The name comes from the words “funda” which means “a basic or fundamental principle underlying something” (Oxford Dictionaries, n.d.) and “mentality” which means “a person’s particular way of thinking about things”. (Cambridge Dictionary, n.d.) Fundamentality is the practice of qualifying thoughts and actions against the most fundamental principles.

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In practice this means rules are followed to the letter but they’re also scrutinized and challenged properly and unrelentingly so. No rule is held in such esteem it shouldn’t be questioned; even the most reasoned and seemingly positive beliefs are open for inquiry. Rather than “God-given” rights, I believe in “God-given” freedoms and accompanying these freedoms are “God-given” responsibilities. Rules should emerge from the interplay between freedoms and responsibilities and thus be principled. Principled rules are to be followed and improved with knowledge. Unprincipled rules and flaws as they (inevitably) reveal themselves, should be speedily revised by due process.

With Fundamentality I’m not concerned with creating something new. I’m aware that most, if not all, of what Fundamentality prescribes is prescribed elsewhere. “Fundamentality” merely describes the mentality of individuals who commit to taking guidance from fundamental principles and who will in everyday life bear the consequences of this choice, believing these consequences the best possible outcome for the whole (themselves included), even if not obviously so.

Fundamentality is a work in progress as I organically try to uncover and adopt these principles, being unaccustomed myself to see them in action. I was raised in a society not unlike any other — one guided by rules we’re reverent and unquestioning toward and mirrors of the environments in which we find ourselves. This philosophy is my attempt to articulate the way a principled person should live, taken from the pages of my life in which I’ve tried and learned as I fail closer and closer to the ideal. And with ever clearer understanding, I see how to practically live the principally.


The Provitman Project

Provitman comes from three words — a fairly commonly configured — i.e. “prove” “it” “man”. Prove it! Prove that the opinion held is accurate and demonstrate its value. Simply having an opinion means little — we all have one. We need to build our collective experience around the most principled ones. Fundamentality as a philosophical way of being describes the way individuals should engage the world. Provitman describes the process of thought that leads from inquiry to fundamentally-founded conclusions.

The Provitman Project provides how-tos for the application of Fundamentality in everyday life and does this through three main undertakings, Provitman University, Provitman Style Format and the Provitman Encyclopedia of Fundamentality.

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Provitman Style Format

Provitman Style is a way of processing the world. It’s a call to the holder of an opinion to “prove it”, i.e. to prove their opinion principled and to demonstrate the value in it. Demonstrating the value of a principled opinion does not make it more or less intrinsically valuable but the purpose of communication is to move the world forward and the Provitman Style is intended to elevate and evolve discourse, not to simply prove a perspective sound. The Provitman Style format is a collection of prescribe approaches to discussions in an array of formats including casual conversations, community dialogues, philosophical debates and discussions.

Casual conversations where viewpoints are at odds, for instance, tend not to be productive because of the “immutable right” to an opinion. The truth is everyone has both this “right” and multiple opinions with it, understanding this should lay bare the need to negotiate toward an amicable existence. However, we often find it difficult to see past our experiences and biases. Listening and specifically with an intention to understand rather than respond, is especially an issue. The way to more productive conversation is what the Provitman Style Format prescribes.

Provitman University

Provitman University is a school for Intentionally Principled Living. It’s an informal and non-traditional self-education platform employing personal experience as central to learning. Another starting point leveraged for deep inquiry is the media we leisurely consume including films, videos, books, music, etc. It maps progressive courses from fundamental principles to conclusions that could be drawn and the complex reasons that inform them. Some of the tools used by Provitman University include:

  • Mental Notes — Thoughts recorded at their conception and throughout the stages of their development. These allow for greater clarity about how conclusions are arrived at.
  • Thinking Points — Questions and statements that call for inquiry into deeper meaning that can be extrapolated from content in question.
  • Study Notes — Highlights, Takeaways, Mental Notes and Thinking Points on media e.g. films, videos, books, music, etc. These are designed to unearth the deeper philosophical value of content we consume.
  • Progressions — Courses comprised of expository guides and supporting (mixed media) content that facilitates gradual development of an understanding of the subjects explored at the University and specific topics individually.

The Provitman Encyclopedia of Fundamentality

The Provitman Encyclopedia of Fundamentality examines technical definitions of keywords and explores more practically, the principles that make those meanings important to grasp if we’er to achieve the outcomes we most deeply desire (i.e. those we’d pursue all things being equal, rather than in the reactive way our actions tend to be guided).

Language is comprised of words and words are just sounds to which meaning is applied and agreed upon. The departure of words from their original meaning in everyday language plays a significant role in fueling the divergence of the beliefs (we purport to have) from our way of life. The phrase “be impeccable with your word” comes to mind and social dysfunction can be understood partly as a result of language being corrupted. Unfortunately, we are largely unaware of the departure of words from their original meaning. We inherited our language and the evolving meanings of the words therein, with little consideration for the understanding had by those who initiated the language and molded it in early conception. We’re well meaning. We do our best. But with perspectives on things as fundamental as “good” and “bad” being wrapped up in traditions that crossed language barriers and morphed significantly in doing so, what we understand as prescribed behaviour (as transcends the ages) and our perspectives on what constitutes our best choices (today), carries the distortion inherent in the lens through which we look at life.

  • What is love?
  • What is like?
  • What is hate?
  • What is hope?
  • What is want?
  • What is prayer?
  • What is God?
    • Does this differ from Lord?
  • What is family?
  • What is friendship?
  • What is loyalty?
  • What is punishment?
    • Does this differ from consequence?
  • What is good?
  • What is bad?

Considering most places take guidance from some religious tradition and religious traditions took guidance from the traditions that preceded them, considering the cultural contexts out of which these and other traditions emerged, it’s only wise to understand what was intended rather than what has become commonplace.

It’s not difficult to conceive of a more desirable personal and communal life. What is difficult is seeing how to get there. But it starts with seeing how we’re missing the mark with regard to principally-prescribed behaviour and we do this by understanding what those prescriptions actually are and this alone will give us insights into the relationship between what we do and undesirable outcomes.


Stocklopedia

A catalog of my intellectual property made available for personal consumption and commercial use.

Personal Use: Made freely available to avoid barriers to those (however many or few) who may not be able to purchase the content I produce, should I charge.

Commercial Use: While I’ve resolved to be sustained from voluntary donations rather than charging for my work, I am cognizant that before such a course can be charted on a grander scale there needs to be interventions that bridge the gaps. Those gaps include (particularly) 1. Those disadvantaged on account of societal values (the undervaluing certain skillsets) 2. Those embroiled in personal conflicts e.g. those who are unable to move about on account of gang association (past or present) and 3. Victims of domestic abuse who may not be financially independent and are in need of a stream of income.

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Overview

Format: Website
Status: In Progress
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: N/A

More about on this to come. See notes for an example of how this will work.

Notes

Rhythmic Thoughts is among the content included in this catalog where, for example, these will be made available for commercial use and sale.

For instance:

The RhythmicThoughts.com has a list of pieces (and many more to come) from which:

  • A book of Rhythmic Thoughts would be permissible for development for profit.
  • An album of recorded RT would be allowable for sale as well. Audio currently included are sample recordings only for individuals to hear how the pieces were originally written to be delivered. But I have plans to professionally record these in the future, both in acapella to which music can be added and in my own completed musical versions that would be made available for free and permissible for sale by others. These can also be recorded by oneself and produced independent of my recordings.
  • Musings and other works will be made available as well.
    • I intend to have the recordings (e.g. podcasts) transcribed after which I would review and refine the thoughts, then make them available for personal use as well as commercial, where persons may create collections of these written works for sale.

Portfolio

The following detail other undertakings designed to facilitate community building. Some projects are tools, others are theories and many are models that we’re developing for franchising. All work is Free, Open and Collaborative.

Note: This page is still being updated. Other tools will be added and featured tools are being updated with more detailed information.

Click any project for a brief overview:

Franchises

De Taxi Stand

De Taxi Stand

Overview

Format: Event
Status: TBD
Last Updated:
May 02 2018
Link: N/A

Regularly held creative development meetups for poets, lyricists and writers. Whether writing for leisure, an amateur or aspiring artiste, sessions are open. Crafting thought and delivery are our areas of focus.


Rhythmic Thoughts

Rhythmic Thoughts

Overview

Format: Programme
Status: In Progress
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: Visit Page

Neither poetry nor prose, Rhythmic Thoughts is creative writing concerned more with the message than (established standards for different genres of) artistry. This file logs the published pieces of Ervin Welsh and serves as the official resource for the download of Rhythmic Thoughts free for personal and commercial use. See Rhythmic Thoughts publication (2017, December 05).

Notes

  • Rhythmic Thoughts are not written to be read so samples are included so the rhythm/flow to which it was written in my head can be heard.
  • Rhythmic Thoughts are written to be performed in everyway from a spoken-word/dub-poetry/performance poetry style to dramatizations and being sung.
  • In some ways, Rhythmic Thoughts are more lyrics than poetry or prose.
  • Though musical, they are mostly not written with choruses or the trimmings songs usually are. They are literally my thoughts on various subjects, some my understanding of other people’s views (noting understanding is my focus).
  • I am most interested in a powerful message so any suggestions on how to improve my work are invited. I will update pieces from time to time.

Series

The High Cost of Any Price

The High Cost of Any Price

Overview

Format: Mixed Media Series
Status: TB
Last Updated:
May 02 2018
Link: N/A

There’s a difference between charging to maintain and grow your business and charging so much more than necessary, that you can pay all your expenses off one customer’s purchase. Nobody condones greed and few would dispute that that’s what the latter is. But even so, there are many issues with “fair” prices.

  • Intellectual property law which protects creators so they may benefit from their own work also restricts access to individuals willing and able to pay but who are not located in an area covering the work.
  • While many may be able to afford a fairly priced work, say a thought provoking or empowering book, what about the individuals who would benefit most from the work and perhaps would see to benefiting others, but cannot afford it?
  • What happens where the businesses we own or work in take so much of our time there’s nothing left for other things that matter equally if not more?
  • What happens when help and advocacy comes with the condition of pay and/or promotion?
  • What happens when the ability to do any such promotion is dependent on monies don’t make because you’re a nonprofit organizations?
  • What happens when the entities and individuals such organizations are to call to higher standards or all together change, are the same ones that fund them?
  • What happens when important ideas don’t make it to market because the market won’t see the value?
  • What would you do if you knew that what profits you causes unnecessary suffering for another?

These are all very real and inevitable realities in our socio-economic reality. While this reality may be best we’ve had (as is argued), it’s not the best possible. In The High Cost of Any Price, I examine experiences that led me to see the issues with money based on common but little considered ways it negatively impacts how we engage with and create our world. The series takes a range of formats from Mental Notes and essays in general to essays in Reflections format.


Reflections

Reflections

Overview

Format: Series
Status: In Progress
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: https://beyondtimeless.wordpress.com/tag/reflections/

Thinking Out Loud (Audio) and Thinking Out Loud (Written) Series reflecting on experiences and lessons learned by way of said experiences.

Notes

This project feeds into the Mentality Mapping project where for instance, the Issues With Money Series makes clearer the reasoning that informs my beliefs, what those beliefs are and how I came to them.


Publications

Decoding Deviance

Decoding Deviance

Overview

Format: Book
Status: Pending Review
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: http://decodingdeviance.beyondtimeless.com

A book exploring the often overlooked factors that contribute to crime and violence and the misconceptions where these factors are known.

Notes:

Download excerpt called “Understanding Us & Them” which explores the premises and presuppositions upon which the work is built.


Race-ing to the End of American Civilization

Race-ing to the End of American Civilization

Overview

Format: Book
Status: Published
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw8pq0uvGwoASVR6OHR0MGdrZm8

My contribution to the conversation on race relations and the frequent shooting deaths of black people, in America, by police.

Notes

An introductory work. A comprehensive subsequent work will follow. See A Dream Within Reach.


Understanding Us & Them

Understanding Us & Them

Overview

Format: Book
Status: Published
Last Updated:
October 24 2017
Link: http://decodingdeviance.beyondtimeless.com

Understanding Us & Them is an excerpt from “Decoding Deviance, a more comprehensive expository work to come. THe excerpt explores the premises upon which my ideas are founded and the presuppositions that inform them.

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Video Library

Video Library

Overview

Format: Programme
Status: In Progress
Last Updated:
February 13 2018
Link: https://beyondtimeless.wordpress.com/videos/

Videos from provocative thinkers on themes I cover.

Notes

  • The library ties into the academy project, serving as content that builds upon the areas we’ll explore.
  • Currently 100+ videos, grouped into playlists.
  • These playlists need to be ordered. See Learning Pathways for the order that has already been structured. This includes audio, video and more but audio alone can be perused as the format is identified. This is a work in progress.

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