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 The Spectragon Theory
picture11 Mar 2003 @ 16:21, by spectragon. Philosophy
The primal desire that distinguishes man, among earthly creatures, is for an understanding of existence. The earliest approach to gain popularity was deductive reasoning or reductionism. This approach was based on the assumption that all things were composed of permutations and/or combinations of a finite set of fundamental elements. For example, Pythagoras’ belief that the material world was based on an elemental geometry of five-point symmetry that he termed the quintessential. Today we know that fractal recursion of fundamental relationships provide the underpinning of the manifested world.

Spectragon theory is based on the observation that three-dimensional space, by definition, has a geometry characterized by six-point symmetry. This theory demonstrates that this inherent property of six-point symmetry is a prerequisite for the functional integration of a temporal dimension.

The fundamental mechanical element required to allow this fourth dimension of Time, to manifest within spatial dimensions, is displacement. Displacement has two basic forms: linear and circular. Linear, for translation between loci, and circular, to allow a dynamic to exist within a fixed locus. In other words, the three spatial dimensions that constitute a domain for matter, are animated by temporality, which constitutes a domain for energy.

How is it that six-point symmetry is required to integrate linear and circular dynamics? There needs to be a link between linear and circular reckoning for the two to be functionally integrated. The radius of a circle serves as such a link. Using a chord the length of the radius to mark the arcs of a circle divides a circle into six equal sections (six-point symmetry). When four spheres of the same diameter are packed together the simplest Platonic solid, the tetrahedron is formed. In both illustrations, the forms are based on the equilateral triangle. The inherent symmetry of the equilateral triangle redirects a linear force vector into cyclic activity by oscillating each side in sequence. This happens because the direction of travel for energy from impact point (on a hypothetical equilateral triangle of dimensions resonant with the incident energy wave-length) will be determined by the grazing angle and the length of the “moment arm” presented by the side of the triangle, to initiate a cyclic cascade around the perimeter. Thus, the dynamic (temporal) component of our four-dimensional model of reality interacts with the static (spatial) components to bring it to life.

A classic example of this space-time interaction is found in the Sun’s radiant energy being transported to Earth as a wave (linear translation), which becomes distributed as a work-cycle as that energy is absorbed into the wave-guides inherent in the tetrahedral geometry of diverse atoms and molecules whose oscillations are phase-locked by their common energy source. This phenomenon of work-cycle synchronization among diverse collocated elements facilitates the synergy, driving evolution by favoring complexity over simplicity as an energetic strategy to oppose entropy.

Spectragons are the visual depiction of this functional relationship between matter and energy. In the Spectragon model, the six-point symmetry of the hexagonal grid is animated by the visible spectrum represented by the six physiologic hues. Each spectral component representing one of the six fundamental sectors of the circle as delineated by a chord equal to the radius. Therefore, each of these six sectors also corresponds to one of the six vectoral components of a wavelength, each of which connects one nodal point of a circle to the next.  More >

 Humanity's Final Exam14 comments
18 Feb 2003 @ 20:20, by dwig. Philosophy
This is a personal document, a record and companion of my journey toward understanding what I currently perceive to be (at this time) possibly the most urgent crisis for all of humanity, and what can be done about it (by me, and by “us”). I’m also writing it to an audience of others, some of whom I hope will help me flesh it out, and possibly lead to a group document.

Of necessity, it’s a work in progress, and will probably stay that way; that’s why I’ve added a version numbering scheme, inspired by my work in software development.

The crisis is triggered by the impending peak of petroleum production and its inevitable decline thereafter. The “short story” is that, according to several petroleum industry insiders (and their number seems to be growing), the peak is/will be occurring between about late 2002 and around 2010. After that, production will continually decline.

If this piques your interest, read the full document.


Note: It used to be posted here, but I recently noticed that the last of it was truncated. To view it in full, visit it here.  More >

 Creating the Best of all Possible Worlds - Part I
18 Feb 2003 @ 11:23, by sharie. Philosophy
Part I

Our human nature, human drives, human values, along with our natural environment, which is our life-support system, must be considered as our priorities in order to create a new sustainable, viable culture.

I stress these four factors listed above - rather than economic theories or scientific theories or political theories - because without our humanity and our natural environments, we will not survive.

The social architecture naturally extends from our natural state into the healthiest, happiest supportive structure we can create. And therefore depends upon 1) our humanity and 2) our natural world. Neither of which are as mysterious or as complicated as we are taught to believe.

The following summary comes from the research for my Master's Degree and my subsequent Doctoral research:

Humans have Seven Primary Drives. Each of us have various intensities of these seven drives, and we all have some degree of drive in each of the following:

SEXUAL
SOCIAL
SPIRITUAL
EMOTIONAL
PSYCHOLOGICAL
INTELLECTUAL
PHYSICAL

Factors which influence and regulate the intensity of each of our individual drives are genetic, life experience, and personal choice. To create a new civilization that will sustain us, we might begin by first considering, and then incorporating, our personal awareness of these seven natural drives in order to understand what structure is necesarry in our social architecture in order to nurture us individually and collectively.

Let us consider our human nature, and incorporate the truth of who we are, rather than allowing the false *economy* to drive our choices. As we equip ourselves with self-awareness to confront, and then assess, our own individual qualities, we become empowered to create a social architecture that will assist us with our personal goals.

The important issue is that we gain insights into who we are, what drives us, what we want, what we want to offer, and the kind of world we want to be a part of.

 An honest reply to The Rise and Fall of the New Age10 comments
16 Feb 2003 @ 12:50, by spells. Philosophy
This reply is from a member of another forum regarding the article "Rise and Fall of the New Age". Please notice how it sticks to the points presented and does not take anything personally.....actually opening dialogue that is relevant and progressive....

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From: "r”
Date: Sun Feb 16, 2003 1:57 pm
Subject: Re: Rise and Fall of the New Age



"So many are sucked in by the subtle and not so subtle sort of egostrokings conveyed through these messages. And few are aware that these messages serve to dupe their readers into following a way of being that leads to a very compromised and distorted version of the True Spiritual Path. Those who are taken in by them are being scammed. They are being lured into a sort of sham spirituality, and being led down a path that is strewn with glamour and insidious deception…..a path that is skewed by a myopic focus on, by and for the personal ego self.

Unfortunately, for those who continue to be
deluded by these sorts of gloppy, gooey missives that are tailor made to appeal to the selfish graspings of those millions in the New Age scene, and
who are continuing to seek for the self, the path they are treading will not lead them to Liberation at the end of this cycle."


There is a kind of haze over the whole New Age arena. It's like a fog that keeps people distracted. People caught up in this hazy fog have all sorts of seemingly interesting and fascinating stuff that they attend to like practices, workshops, seminars, divination tools, techniques, methods and all sorts of other things that draw their attention and keep the focus of their awareness occupied. It's a real `I just wanna feel good' kinda vibe that permeates this scene.
It's like this whole luv&lite&laughter&peace&harmony-I'm-gonna-ascend-to-another-dimension-cuz-I-heard-from-a-channeled-source-that-I'm-a-cocreator-and-I-will-become-ascended-if-I-just-feel-really-fluffy-and-good-enough-about-me kind of a mindset.

This vibe is very evident on so very many of these sorts of New Age `ascension' related forums. And many seem to truly believe that
this feeling-this soppy, sort of glammed up I'm-all-powerful kind of focus on and about the self-is the way to Liberation. Unfortunately for those who have been deluded thus, it is not.

All of these new age distractions and all of this feeling impelled to just `feel good', keep one's focus directed quite pointedly only upon
what can be gained for the self. Not only that, but such focus also serves to gloss over the stark reality of what is actually happening on this planet, preventing people from ever actually seeing the truth of what is unfolding here or feeling the feelings that might arise if they actually took a brutally honest look at what is indeed going on around them here. For if they were to look up and away from their self possessed distractions long enough to shift their vision to attune to the true plight of humanity and the Earth, they might be compelled to feel the innermost feelings that lie at the core of their hazed and fogged over hearts. They might have to confront the demons that lie within them and face head on their own deepest, darkest fears.

This is why there is such a thick, gunky miasmic shroud of new age glam surrounding lists like these. Because most people are not ready to step onto the True Path of Liberation which begins with being
honest enough to look directly and without distraction to see through all delusion and look within so as to "Know Thyself".

And when someone comes along with a beacon-like laser, cutting through this fog of delusion, distraction and miasma, most of those who are still very invested in their selfish, myopic perspective will protest and shield their hazed over eyes from such radiance and say `Begone! Stop making me look there! "

Maybe if they stopped a moment to see just exactly what was being shown to them, they might realize that they have been lost in the mists of this 3D illusion called life on Earth. And maybe they would look up from their new age distractions long enough to begin to see a shard of Truth.

And maybe, just maybe, they might begin to see that the Way has never been based upon a selfish focus, but rather on a selfless one.  More >

 It's Human Nature
3 Feb 2003 @ 18:44, by sharie. Philosophy
What's human nature? To be greedy? Selfish? Homicidal?

What if none of this is human nature at all?

What if it's not human nature to be insane?

What if their sickness is a symptom of the sick culture, the sick values, the sick beliefs, the sick prejudices, and the sick goals which were created out of the sickness that came before it?

What if this sickness has been growing year after year, decade after decade?

What if we stopped feeding the sickness by withholding our life energy from the sick culture?

What if we stopped buying that processed, manufactured, factory-produced garbage they call *food*?

What if we stopped eating dead cows and dead pigs?

What if we stopped relying on deadheads to heal us?

What if we stopped depending on the insane to save us?

Stop buying their gas and oil. Stop buying their chemicals. Stop buying their pharmaceuticals. Stop buying dead cows and dead pigs. Stop buying poisoned tobacco. Stop buying processed *foods* (it's body pollution). Stop buying their *stuff*. Stop feeding the self-destructing culture. Stop paying for the slaughter of babies and children. Stop it now.

Change your life. Be smart. Choose Life.

 What to Do17 comments
picture 20 Jan 2003 @ 19:45, by ming. Philosophy
I have a strong agreement with Buckminster Fuller who said things like:
"The things to do are the things that need doing - that YOU see need to be done,
and that noone else seems to see need to be done."
You know, I have the belief that every one of us is here to do something unique. It is not necessarily pre-destined or pre-determined what exactly it is. Probably rather something to discover or invent. But if we don't do something unique, if we don't add our unique perspective and sensibilities to the global soup of life, our life is somewhat wasted and meaningless. It doesn't have to be huge earth shattering things. It might be just a slightly different angle on things, which we impart to the people around us. Something we're present for, which nobody else paid any attention to. But there is for sure something that you can dream, something you can see, and something you can do, which nobody else has quite the same opportunity for. Bucky also says:
"I look for what needs to be done.... After all, that’s how the universe designs itself."
Life might seem meaningless unless you realize that you have an important role in co-designing the continued evolution of the universe. There are lots of things to do, so it would be silly to have a meaningless life.  More >

 NEW STYLE THINKING10 comments
10 Jan 2003 @ 14:47, by mmmark. Philosophy
"NEW STYLE THINKING" is not new, but Patricia Sun’s (Former Wisdom Radio Host) way of describing an emerging consciousness that trumps our standard concepts of existence, which are outdated and regress from the wisdom of the ages. My spouse has been using these three words in log comments to inspire a different perspective of mind, yet it has raised some questions about what new style thinking is. This post attempts to explain the context.

New Style Thinking is a state of mind that recognizes a Universal reverence for all things and is demonstrated by behavior that is Loving.

Old Style Thinking in comparison, is a state of mind that places an arbitrary value on a restricted set of things and is demonstrated by behavior that is dominantly Selfish.

As members of western culture we are conditioned to believe certain things are cool and to do things that are found to be socially acceptable regardless of their merit, feasibility, value, or sustainability. We are drawn to conform because we want to be accepted by the group, however this minimizes diversity and weakens us as a species. We often do things without ever stopping to think about them philosophically, or about the consequences. Standing on the shoulders of our foreparents doesn’t mean their foundation is strong or wise in all cases.

As technology advance has insulated us from having to know the true meaning of life and it does little to develop our character as spiritual beings. No matter how much we may learn about science, and no matter how powerful our technology becomes, these accomplishments are virtually useless unless we apply them to benevolent goals. The missing piece of the equation is of moral concern. Without ethics nothing will work on a sustainable basis, so it would be advantageous to work on our human character as hard as we do to gain technical knowledge.

In Cosmological terms success has nothing to do with money, it has everything to do with being healthy. Understanding that any non-productive person is a triple tax on the productive people, our obvious task is to support 6.2 billion people equitably. Without an even and fair distribution of resources we will be chained to the cycles of greed wars and fail to experience peace.

New Style Thinking would define thoughts that are relevant to reform our old-style-ways with new healthy ones. I believe our frontier resides in understanding the human mind, learning what we really are as human beings and coming to grips with our less attractive qualities. We are the least efficient animals on the planet and that has caused us to reach this threshold in our evolution.

Let us find the presence of mind to contribute only constructive energy to life. Do we need laws or rules when we choose to act responsibly and unselfishly. We should demand peace and good will of others, and so we should do our best to act that way as ourselves. Anything outside that realm is not loving, nor considered New Style Thinking, regardless of intent.

Namasté > > > Mark  More >

 HoloWorld14 comments
picture 18 Dec 2002 @ 02:41, by ming. Philosophy
Years ago I wrote up a vision about a synergetic society that I called HoloWorld. It is incomplete, and I still hope to put more meat on it, but nevertheless it is fairly detailed. It all boils down to some very simple principles, like:

People are free to choose how to live

That can be expressed in an assortment of ways, each of which is more or less likely to be misunderstood by a lot of people. "People can do what they want". "An it harm none, do what thou wilt". Anyway, when used as an organizing principle, a whole lot of other principles and approaches would have to come from that. As everybody aren't likely to agree on how they want things, we must inevitably have:

Negotiation of self-interest taking place along the edges

Edges of what? Edges of any space of any kind where one or more people have a certain interest, a certain agreement on how things are supposed to be. So, if anybody has a different idea about what is supposed to happen, there's something to talk about. And if groups of people arrive at somewhat homogenous agreements on how they like things to be, but some people don't like it, there's then a need for:

Voting with your feet

Meaning, that if you don't like how things work in one place, you move into another place where things are more to your liking, or you make a new place and invite people to come to it. That implies the principle that you are allowed to arrange things in different ways in different places.  More >

 THREE CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHICAL SECTS1 comment
5 Dec 2002 @ 10:25, by beto. Philosophy
THREE CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHICAL SECTS
Beto Hoisel – Dec. 2002

In this beginning of the 21st century, we still live together with the last remains of Sigmund Freud's, Karl Marx's and Charles Darwin's ideas, three typical products of the 19th century. Undeniably, all these three men were respectable investigators in their respective fields, innovative researchers who dared to challenge the established thought of their time. However, it's time to realize that their outlines and solutions have shown inadequate, not only because they ignored essential factors to elucidate the systems studied, but also because their proposals were harnessed to a Zeitgeist that no more subsists. Darwin, Freud and Marx, with their theories of wide acceptation among scientists and intellectuals affiliated to the materialistic paradigm, in large measure played a role to shape – or to deform – our Western 20th century civilization, which has spread across the Earth, raising understandable reactions among those who don't accept its assumptions. Our Western civilization hardly could be considered as doing well, if evaluated in terms of the human being's most noble aspirations.

The materialistic intermezzo in Western history – about three hundred years only – was necessary for the rapid development of the supporting technologies for material progress. It also had an important role in the breaking, although partial, of chains and cages of the past: the superstition originated from ignorance; the brutal exploration of human work; the oppression of thought and individual freedom by religious authority and the obstruction of creative investigation by that same authority. That materialistic/mechanistic phase reached its peak in the 19th century, leaving those three ghosts – and their thought lineages – as remains that continued haunting the whole 20th century and, if we don't be careful, will still continue on this 21st century blocking the evolution of science on the study of the subjective face of wholeness and hindering the understanding of this new disturbing millennium.


Darwin and the theory of evolution
It is a recognized fact that the mechanism of the random emergence of mutations for "copy errors" followed by subsequent selection due to environmental pressure, as proposed by Darwin, can just explain the appearance of varieties inside a species, but not the emergence of a new species, a fact no one could witness yet. Besides, it's already verified that competition, emphasized by Darwinism, is a minor aspect of a wider context where cooperation prevails. It's already calculated that the elapsed time since the Earth and the universe exist is insufficient so that the random mechanisms discovered by Darwin could produce the genetic code, the molecule of chlorophyll, the molecule of hemoglobin and all the living beings we know.

A cynical interpretation of the "theory of the survival of the most capable" success, in the second half of the 19th century, detaches that period's socioeconomic depiction, dominated by the industrial bourgeoisie's spirit of competition in its expansionist phase that received such a theory as the perfect scientific explanation to justify its predatory practices. According to that interpretation, Darwinism is a product of the bourgeois ideology, in a period of intense competition among companies when the nations vigorously struggled to expand their economical Lebensraum. Hence, a veiled effect of the evolutionist sect that emphasizes the survival of the most capable is its function as a bourgeois conscience's tranquilizer. Darwin represented the main rampart of rationalistic science to combat the authoritarian obscurantism of the Church that imposed the biblical creationism and the immutableness of the species, already unacceptable for the intelligent world of that time. However, as that "liberation" represented one of the largest intellectual leaps of modernity, until today we live together with a persistent neo-Darwinists' "gratefulness to the master". They constantly are prone to reformulate the theories of their "liberator hero" so that he is not put – with all the honors he undeniably deserves – in the historical archives of science.

An irrational fear verified among the defenders of Darwinism – a phobia – is that, if it's abandoned, the only alternative will be the return to creationism, to irrationality and the darkest ecclesiastical obscurantism. Surely, this is not true. If the pre-rational creationism was the knowledge of life in its larval state, Darwinian evolutionism was the pupa, and the new evolutionism post-mechanistic – vide Rupert Sheldrake and the new biology – is the colorful butterfly that already rehearses its maiden flights.


Freud and psychoanalysis
Something similar – however more serious, as it involves people said patients – happens with Sigmund Freud, a typical creature of the 19th century's materialism, in spite of having lived up to 1939. Virtually obsolete as a cartographer of the psyche since his former disciple and prince heir Carl Gustav Jung's far-reaching formulations, Freud continues to have his theory of psychoanalysis religiously followed and readapted by new prophets and devotees, always thankful to their hero for having liberated them from the Victorian moral hypocrisy and oppressive ethics.

Psychoanalysis, that was not the largest fallacy of the 20th century only because in this aspect it was overcome by Marxism-Leninism, is shallow in the approach and ineffective as therapeutics of human problems. Nonetheless, it got to uphold on the surface a lot of decades because of the plentiful related literary production, mounted on a web of misleading creative concepts that mimic the dynamics of the psychological processes. The unconscious discerned by Freud – "just the basement of the human building", in Aldous Huxley's saying – has the characteristics of a dirty deposit of repressed material, frustrations and congenital fetishes. A poor conception very different from the wide, rich and unfathomable collective unconscious that Jung identified and studied, where live together with our remote past, our pains, inquietudes, aspirations and greatness. The Jungian unconscious transcends the limits of the individual psyche, extending their long roots until the humanity's origins.

Besides that image of hero liberator, the devotion to Freud is also explained by the easiness psychoanalysts find in simply to "apply a theory" to their patients' problems, instead of diving in the difficult affectionate involvement the Jungian approach demands, and psychoanalysts cannot understand, still intoxicated by the surviving philosophical materialism of mechanistic science. To apply a theory is much simpler than to pawn in understanding the customer's spiritual life which cannot just be understood by his or her biographical record and genetic configuration only. Building with the patients' collaboration a convincing legend – almost always fictitious – to explain their problems, psychoanalysis goes on forming a captive clientele and manages to prolong the treatment for years without resolve anything. However, these clients mostly stay thankful to the analyst for the received "orientation", even in night consultations via telephone calls. After all, one of the more disseminated human weaknesses in our Western Jewish-Christian Greco-Roman civilization is the individuals' incapacity to take a personal responsibility for their own decisions, the unhealthy need to transfer the daily life doubts to somebody else, a priest or pastor, an occasional guru or an expensive psychoanalyst. It is very sad to verify that the analyst is little more than a paid confidant – a rented friend in a society of false values where true friends are rare or inexistent – a "scientific" version of the priest they smartly replaced.


Marx and marxists
Departing from correct critical analysis of the working class' exploration by the European capitalism, Marx and Engels developed the socialist ideas of their time for a model they labeled "scientific" since it was based on the materialism in fashion, as opposed to idealism and intended to identify with everything that expected to be called scientific. But, from the strict socioeconomic analysis to the propositions of a revolutionary praxis, many of their theories were denied by history, whose dynamics invariably slips outside of the forecasts. Since Karl Marx, Hermann Kahn and Bill Gates all of the "scientific" prophets failed, taking for the discredit all intended science of futurology in scale macro.

In spite of the successive theoretical reformulations from the laborious work of dedicated new prophets, Marxist socialism was revealed an intellectual construct that didn't account for the human being's complexity, irreducible to its economical expression of material needs satisfaction – even if this degradation was admitted only as a transitory phase. The Marxist experience of the Soviet Union sacrificed dozens of millions of people and only persisted for more than seventy years because it served as doctrinaire justification for an inhuman, totalitarian and ineffective regime, even in the economical matters, its chief feature.

Communism is a construct of the rational mind as it extrapolates its applicability beyond the exclusive field of the practical and technical elaborations, supposed capable to set out wide-reaching propositions involving the meaning of life and human destiny. Communism is a philosophy that seduces people with premature glimpses of a harmonious future society, a premonition of everyone's always longed utopia, however anachronistic as a proposal for the current human being's ethical patterns. Consequently, the socialism/communism becomes nothing else than an appropriate political flag for those who just dispute the power, invariably deprived of the necessary ethical base to well exercise it. Hence the sanguinary character of the revolutions intended to establish it and the totalitarian face of the regimes that follow them, denying radically all its principles as intended beforehand.

As a politics proposal, the socialist and communist state is a project designed for altruistic beings, loosened of personal interests and generously dedicated to the future, that don't exist as collectivity nor can be produced in some decades of authoritarian regime. Such human beings can only develop starting from laborious moral improvement, a difficult individual conquest postponed by the materialistic paradigm, where the spiritual dimension is not recognized. But the intellectual fallacy was not extinguished and even remainders of dialectic materialism – a laughable caricature of science – can still be found trying to seduce the new generations, with their characteristic jargon and tedious proselytism, although they are in extinction process since the end of the Soviet Union.


Simulating religions
Uniting in itself the archetypes of the saving hero and of the old wise man, Darwin's image as much as the one of Freud and Marx are flags seized by disciples' hierarchies – or simple devotees – that still resist to abate due to the failure of their idols' theories when confronted with real facts that deny them. Successive adaptations, revisions and rationalizations are diligently elaborated by intelligent and erudite men – some of them exceptionally capable – that don't feel to be driven by archetypes of the unconscious and urged to defend their tribes with each book they write, each course they give, each conference they pronounce fighting for the memory and for the honor of their heroes against the infidels.

One of the most unequivocal symptoms of the presence of an archetype, or that a complex was constellated, is the members' of those sects emotional reaction when confronted with tuneless voices and arguments contrary to their doctrines. It is true that those groups are more and more reduced, in face of drawbacks suffered lately all over the world, but we shouldn't underestimate the weight they still represent on the premises of conservative universities. And the idolatry is extended until a new paradigm comes finally to prevail. Each one of those three theories has the pretension – due more to their followers than to the creators themselves – of extrapolating its applicability field and turn into a general explanation for the entire world. In fact, this is the never admitted pretension of every theory. It is in that aspect that their face of imitations of religions, or sects is revealed. Almost every theory of wide inclusion on a certain segment of the human experience suffers of a congenital hubris and intends to overflow of its area to turn a vade mecum able to explain everything. That's what happens with competitive evolutionism, with psychoanalysis and with Marxism.

That pretension of the theories in general reached the fit in a mistaken segment of the contemporary physics – still linked to the old paradigm – in the nineties, with the idea of discussing the possibility of a "theory of everything" that should explain all of the phenomena of the universe. The most bizarre is that, in the circles where that was discussed, everything is a concept limited to the physical universe, since among the scientists linked to the old paradigm, what doesn't go physical is not scientific nor is entitled to be recognized as existent. Many of those men even deny the evidence of their own soul and consider the psyche a mere secretion of the cerebral biochemistry.

The presence of those three 19th century's ghosts – still active in the "cults" rendered to them – castrated a large part of the 20th century's intellectuality, as they inhibited the production of new approaches and prolonged the lifetime of worn out ideas, already unable to explain facts and experiments. All the intelligentsia segments that stayed on the margins of the silent epistemological revolution fermented at the quantum physics laboratories and in the newest demonstrations of mathematics – that subverted the relationship subject/object and the notion of reality itself, defining the limits of rational knowledge – became isolated of the most innovative and seminal knowledge of the 20th century. Ignoring that vast areas they still consider object of philosophical speculation were swallowed by demonstrated theorems of mathematics and the quantum conception of the reality they produced tons of books and papers, influential but innocuous, whose probable destination may be a future "museum of erudite disinformation". Most of those anachronistic segments of the intellectuality are linked to an outdated philosophical materialism, unable to see the sovereignty of the spirit and the mythical vastness of our inner world, against all evidence that the new science makes available.

Quantum physics is the greatest theoretical conquest of today's science, whose consequences overflows into philosophical disputes and supports the resolution of age old problems. To understand its implications is a task that no scientist or responsible intellectual of any field should avoid, nor that anyone who intends to be inserted in the present time of the human adventure can leave behind.

However, one cannot wait for an easy adhesion of old philosophers, intellectuals and men of science to a new paradigm, already exorcised from the ghosts of the past. To set free from a scientific/philosophical paradigm is not as simple as to change of spouse, to emigrate to a distant country or to convert into a new religion. A paradigm is a constellation of commitments and interests from which one cannot escape for a merely rational deliberation, for a courageous decision or for the simple approval of some form of rational argument.

It was already said that a new paradigm only raises to prevail in a certain culture when the substitution of the old generations is completed by non polluted youth's new blood. Therefore, to the segments more conscious of the process macro into which we are involved, is very important to care for the new generations, showing them where are the impediments that limit and block the wings of the spirit in its effort to raise flight towards the infinite horizons of the new human conquests.  More >

 Is the cup half empty or half full?22 comments
29 Aug 2002 @ 03:02, by alchemist. Philosophy
Do schemata control the world? What are schemata anyway?

In the centre of the page, a 10 year-old boy is pictured looking down the sights of an AK-47 rifle. This marks the start of the 'World' section in a throw-away copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated Wednesday July 24th, a newspaper considered to be one of Australia's most intelligent broadsheets.  More >



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