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 What Terms Best Describe My Metaphysical Work?
2008-06-09, by John Ringland

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I refer to the mathematical foundations as System Matrix Notation (SMN) and I refer to the theoretical extrapolation of the mathematics into a metaphysical philosophy as Information System Theory (IST). But in light of the terms given in the article What is Knowledge, Science and Reasoning? how can I describe the approach?

The inquiry begins with the fundamental axioms of information theory and system theory, which have been derived from empirical inquiry based on countless observations. The work also accepts that its final verification is based on its ability to accurately describe and explain aspects of the observable universe that we experience, as well as the process of experience through which we come to know the universe. Hence the approach is empiricist.

However the principles of information theory and system theory are taken as a pure mathematical formalism in their own right. This formalism and its ramifications are theoretically, mathematically and computationally explored so the approach is also rationalist.

The work proposes that whether we know it or not there is an actual reality that is not arbitrary and neither is it a subjective phenomenon that is different from every subjective perspective. We ignore reality and dwell in delusion at our peril. Hence it is objectivist.

Furthermore, since materialism has been shown to be false physicists have shifted to a physicalist position that defines 'physical' in such a broad sense that even pure information is considered to be 'physical' so the approach is physicalist in terms of that definition.

Because of its computational approach and use of the virtual reality analogy for the relationship between the transcendent reality generative process and the experiential universe it is an example of simulated realism.

Some other terms not in the article that also apply to the work are: panprotoexperientialism or panprotopsychism, Russellian Monism or Type-F Monism, process metaphysics, computational metaphysics, Advaita Vedanta and rationalist mysticism.

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