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THE

TRANSCENDENT

SECULAR MAN cosmology & evolution

DYNAMIC

TRANSCENDENT THE

DYNAMIC

INFINITE QUEST FOR POTENTIAL∞ New Paradigm Matrix

C O M P L E X I F I C AT I O N E X T R A O R D I N A R I AT I O N

New Paradigm Matrix

TM


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Universe1000

Universe1000.com

Our Potential-driven Universe What reality is our Universe? Our universe is a multi-faceted hybrid Super-Computer / Supra-Organism / Star Nursery / Elements Generator / Life Creator / Cosmic Voyager / hyper-expanding neo-bio-sphere suis generis entity * Our universe is self-advancing, self-igniting, self-developing, self-iterating, self-building-out & self-propelling * Our universe is all of space and time - and all their contents, including planets, stars, galaxies and all other forms of matter and energy. * It is the Cosmic Womb of Potential * Our universe inexorably strives after its purpose: to maximize & optimize its Potential * And what type of Super-Computer is our universe? A Quantum computer integrated into an Organic overlay.


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* It turns out that our universe is stranger and more profoundly awesome than any science fiction. * As per my core theme the universe is multi-faceted and multi-layered Potential * Per the Potentialism Theory hypothesis

Simultaneously # Infinite Quest for Potential drives the universe # The universe IS Infinite Quest for Potential in tangible form * Our universe is 93 billion light-years in diameter. As of the early 21st Century, the Starship, believed to be 13.8 billion years old since 'ignition and liftoff' had propagated within its fold 100 billion galaxies, each with an average 100 billion stars or 10 22 stars total Meanwhile, the Starship expands outwards as it advances forward, and its rate of expansion is accelerating Our own local galaxy, the Milky Way, is moving at a staggering speed of 1.3 million miles per hour And our own planet Earth smaller than a minisculse spec in the scheme of things alone has propagated over 5 billion species to date


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* The universe ongoing gobbles up void as it builds-out, accelerates and traverses onward and outward * Our universe is the original / primordial A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) computational entity; it represents "machine learning" on steroids * The universe does not have consciousness as we know it; [ Below I label it QMI = Quantum Mechanics Intelligence ]

however, our Starship voraciously gobbles-up and processes all data which it then deploys to advance its (Potential-driven) objectives and designs *

Quest for Potential∞ aka Q4P∞ the DRIVER underlying the Cosmic Order the primus movens the 'Prime Mover' * It is not clear whether the imperatives of the universe data-gathering stop at any boundaries of personal privacy, including our thoughts *


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Each of us is somehow simultaneously autonomous and simultaneously plugged-into and integral-to the universe-computer, i.e. the universe mega-brain i.e. the universe quantum computer i.e. the universe * The universe is always computing, assessing, calculating and then iterating/expanding/complexifying towards its next level of Potential * As noted, the universe is simultaneously an ever-expanding mega-brain What we learn, the universe learns; thus, there is at least some (and possibly great) intrusion into our thoughts * The universe endeavors to be a perpetual motion entity; It is unclear whether the universe will be successful on this track. One suspects that the profound, tenacious and ever-learning universe will inevitably find a way, a path, a modality via one dimension or another to continue its inexorable and hoped-for infinite journey It very well may not have the solution yet....


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* Regarding the origins of this universe-enterprise, see Chronology1000.com

But, to encapsulate, originally "0" was somehow split into positives and negatives and these also became on-off modalities which formed the genesis of the universe-computer which then calculated & effected an inexorable & profoundly awesome advance towards the ever-more extraordinary * Our universe is possibly sacred in toto. At some point we are inevitably faced with the following bedrock intellectual/spiritual/religious question At the origin of origins was the catalyst of the universe secular or spiritual/religious? or in other terminology Is our universe - at its core Secular or Sacred?

*


Summa Metaphysica I: Religious Man: God and Evil

focus: theodicy & eternal origins

(1988)

Summa Metaphysica II: Spiritual Man: God and Good

focus: metaphysics & teleology

(2005)

Summa Metaphysica III: Secular Man: The Transcendent Dynamic focus: cosmology & evolution

(2014)

Summa Metaphysica: Supplement: Articles on Summa (articles from 2013 and onward) [ book is online only ]


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ORGANIZATION OF BOOK Summa III Introductory Material Section 1a: Potentialism Theory Section 1b: Evolution Section 1c: Primordial Cosmic Realms & Creation Ex Nihilo+ Section 1d: CHRONOLOGY: The Footprint of Potential Section 2: Appendices to entire series Section 3: Glossary Reprint: Cosmic "Tool Kit" Selected Articles Reprint: Direction Miscellaneous


SUMMA METAPHYSICA

POTENTIALISM THEORY THE SUMMA METAPHYSICA SERIES

(consistent, overarching, fully integrated) metaphysics cosmology philosophy

eternal origins Life Force direction/teleology/driver purpose/meaning evolutionary theory universe horizon via one Common Denominator dynamic* - with theogony and theodicy in the mix from a Religious perspective, and, loosely defined, still in the mix from a Spiritual or Secular perspective

* Q4P

C+

E+


Q4P∞ infinite quest for infinite potential infinitely iterated

Summa I: Is Q4P∞ - Infinite Divine Potential

Summa II: Is Q4P∞ - the overarching cosmic spiritual dynamic

Summa III: Is Q4P∞ - the transcendent (natural) cosmic dynamic


[ reprinted from Summa II ]

per Summa,

Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P) is a ubiquitous and overarching cosmic dynamic... Quest for the fulfillment/actualization of this dynamic is the underlying core drive of the cosmic order... All of the countless components of the universe, including humans, are striving towards the full realization of their particular potentialities....

- Professor Andrei Alyokhin*

*see UnifyingConcept.com


SECTION?

Q4P∞ Quest for Potential (infinitely recursive)

Q4P ( Q4P ( Q4P ‌

Quest for Potential within Quest for Potential within Quest for Potential

ad infinitum


[ reprinted from Summa II ]

The Eternal Dynamic POTENTIAL* AS ETERNAL

A central proposition of Summa: “Potential” is the sole “concept/dynamic” which can safely be posited as having been eternal.

self-evident.

“Potential” thus achieved traction looked back.

* Potential / Possibility


The Eternal Dynamic - follow through

POTENTIAL AS CENTERPIECE

Why does it make sense to craft a metaphysics centered around Potential? To craft a metaphysics, one must commence at eternal origins; and to commence at eternal origins one needs an eternal dynamic A primary goal in any metaphysics is an overarching cosmic dynamic; and a logical overarching cosmic dynamic would be some extrapolation of the eternal dynamic Therefore, once one has delineated a truly eternal dynamic, one can play in the metaphysics sandbox


[ reprinted from Summa II ]

Potentialism Lexicon Key Terms Q4P∞

= Infinite Quest for Potential

C+     =  Complexification the cosmic drive towards increased  complexity/sophistication/wondrousness

E+      =  Extraordinariation the idealized end-goal of the cosmic process; an ideal to be approached, but not quite realized

more detail/amplification to follow or, see www.AbridgedGlossary.com


The Birnbaum super-formula

∞

Q4P

Quest for Potential

C+ Complexification

E+ Extraordinariation

[ the inviolate arc of the universe ] an infinitely iterative dynamic [ the full-spectrum macro & micro level common denominator trajectory of the Cosmic Order ]

the eternal - teleology / chi / direction / modus operandi - of the universe


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[ reprinted from Summa II ]

An original, - but grasp-able - 21st Century working hypothesis via one all-encompassing (snapshot) equation Extraploating back to eternal origins (see EternalOrigins.com) and tracking across time with cosmic direction (see Complexification1000.com) to the cosmic goal (see Extraordinariation.com) Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P) as the common denominator & the cosmic engine across time and space - before and after the Big Bang seemingly simple, but powerful, elegant and all-encompassing *** ~7,000 years of civilization through this point an original and fully-vetted new paradigm hypothesis


[ reprinted from Summa II ]

multi-tasker Summa develops the themes that this proposed formula

C+

E+

is simultaneously: (a) a dynamic (b) a description of a process, (c) the direction of the universe (d) the teleology / purpose / 'driver' - of the universe (e) a concise formula encapsuling the entire universe (f) possibly the formula for 'life force'


Core Tenet of Potentialism Theory

The universe is the triumph of possibility/hope over the inertia of the void.

or

In Birnbaumian metaphysical terms, Quest for Potential∞ ignited, sustains, nourishes, charts and builds-out the universe. The universe - and all in it. - are physical build-outs of metaphysical Quest for Potential.


THE TRANSCENDENT DYNAMIC Secular Man

by DAVID BIRNBAUM

Summa Metaphysica proposes a comprehensive and integrated metaphysical structure – an original and powerful new paradigm. The author proposes that one fundamental concept – and one fundamental concept alone – Quest for Potential∞ (recursive Summa I: God and Evil: Religious Man (published 1988 by Ktav Building upon his 1988 treatise, the author moves on to a spiriSumma II: God and Good: Spiritual Man (17

ism Theory will include - aside from Summa I's Q4P

> C+ > E+ is in-

In a focused section 'Direction', the author sketches out a clear 'direction of the universe' - a subject which has been in ma-

Summa III: The Transcendent Dynamic: Secular Man lays-out the Potentialism metaphysics for Secular Man – delinked from any spirituality or religious aspects. The metaphysics is an-


Birnbaum’s paradigm is non–linear, as opposed to the linearity of the great bulk of Western philosophy. It is non–circular, as opposed to the circularity of much of Eastern philosophy. Rather, Birnbaum’s paradigm is what the author refers to as a proposes that this Quest for Potential∞ paradigm more elparticular – than alternate propositions. According to Birnbaum, “The cosmic goal is profound Quest for Potential∞ is probing and searching for ...the elusive Extraordinariation ultimate – grandeur…elegance…beauty…symmetry…fulfillment.... consciousness…harmony…artistry…symphony…spirituality... perfection…humanitarianism…romancing…love…parenting... meaning...altruism…mercy… – plus possibilities and potentials as yet not precisely known either to us or even to the cosmic driver, Quest for Potential∞ Finally, in a separate section Evolution, the author proposes a new paradigm hypothesis - for Evolution itself. Again, rejecting reliance on randomness, the author parlays his core formulation of Q4P∞ > C+ > E+. The lucid and powerful evolution hypothesis presented is a fusion of Summa Theory (1988, 2005


About the Author David Birnbaum is a conceptual theorist. His first work God and Evil (KTAV, 1988) is considered by many to be a breakthrough modern day classic in the field of theodicy. See God-And-Evil.com. Birnbaum is known globally as “the architect of Potentialism Theory” – a unified philosophy/cosmology/metaphysics. The paradigm-challenging theory (see ParadigmChallenge.com) is delineated in Birnbaum’s 3-volume Summa Metaphysica series (1988, 2005, 2014). See Philosophy1000.com. A riposte to Summa Theologica of (St.) Thomas Aquinas, the Birnbaum treatise challenges both the mainstream Western philosophy of Aristotelianism and the well propped-up British/atheistic cosmology of Randomness. See PotentialismTheory. com. The focus of 150+ reviews/articles, Summa Metaphysica has been an assigned Course Text at over 15 institutions of higher learning globally. See SummaCoverage.com. Summa Metaphysica was the focus of an international academic conference on Science & Religion in April 16-19 2012 (see Conference1000.com). The work has been very widely covered globally. See RewindSumma.com. David Birnbaum is the Editor-in-Chief of the Mesorah Matrix series on Jewish thought and spirituality. The sui generis series spans 10-volumes and 10 themes. The entire series is comprised of 200+ specially commissioned original pieces from 150180 global Jewish thought leader essayists. See Mesorah1000.com. In the history realm, David Birnbaum is the author/chronicler of the 2-volume The Crucifixion – of the Jews, and of the 7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization. His Crucifixion series, in particular, traces a direct trajectory from the Canonical Gospels in the First Century to Auschwitz in the Twentieth. See History1000.com. David Birnbaum has served on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University High School (Manhattan), CCNY (City College of New York) and Harvard. His commentary blog is www. ManhattanObserver.com. See also David1000.com


DAVID BIRNBAUM MAJOR WORKS As Author 3-volume Summa Metaphysica (www.philosophy1000.com) 2-volume The Crucifixion (www.crucifixion1000.com) 7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization (www.civilization1000.com) As Editor-in-Chief 10-volume Mesorah Matrix (www.mesorah1000.com) (target completion: 2019) 180+ global thought leaders

As Conceptualizer 3-volume Summa Spinoffs (www.Spinoffs1000.com) 8-volume Potentialism Theory via Graphic-Narrative (www.TheoryGraphics1000.com) As Commentator www.ManhattanObserver.com YouTube channels Summa Metaphysica Mesorah Matrix


DAVID BIRNBAUM MAJOR WORKS FOCUS ON 3-VOLUME -

Summa Metaphysica series presenting new paradigm

Potentialism Theory overarching philosophy

Summa I: theodicy & eternal origins [1988]** Summa II: metaphysics & teleology [2005] Summa III: cosmology & evolution [2014]


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core theme*:

Potential drives the universe

*spaning all 3 works


SECTION? 1988 (Summa I) Religious Man closes two key and salient philosophical vulnerabilities in Religion # The God of Potential # 'Tree' of No-Risk v. 'Tree' of Potential overthrows all classic metaphysics, and lays the groundwork for Directional Universe 2005 (Summa II) Spiritual Man # An overarching (powerful and original) metaphysics/cosmology # Demonstrates Directional Universe # Proposed formula cracks the cosmic code # The cosmos is most certainly directional, and most certainly not random # Provides an Overarching Metaphysics / Simultaneous Solution # Provides new metaphysical/ cosmological/philosophical standing to Spirituality # The Birnbaum SuperFormula → C+ → E+ provides a formula for the Cosmic Order 2014 (Summa III) Secular Man

# A fully-integrated secular metaphysics/cosmology # Overthrows Randomness across multiple fronts (including vis à vis Cosmology and Evolution) # Creation Ex Nihilo+


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Section Ia: Potentialism Theory

1

Sequenced Summa

3

Section Ib: Evolution

31

Section Ic: Primordial Cosmic Realms & Creation Ex Nihilo+

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Section Id: Chronology: The Footprint of Potential

61

Section 2: Appendix Section

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Appendix A: Metaphysics Analysis

69

Appendix B: Schematically

73

Appendix C: Extraordinariation ( E+ )

78

Appendix D: Consciousness Connection?

81

Appendix E: Potential-Impacted Evolution

84

Appendix F1: Hasidic v. Kabbalistic

86

Appendix F2: The Suffused Divine

90

Appendix G: Push v. Pull

91

Appendix H: “The Spiraling Collective”

92

Appendix I: Balance and Diversity

94

Appendix J: Convergence

95

Appendix K: Cracking the Cosmic Code

97

Appendix L: Life Appendix

101 tohu va-vohu

103

Appendix O: “Secular Divine” v. “Religious Divine”

104

Appendix R: More Powerful v. Perfect

108


Appendix S: Boox #1 v. Book #2

109

Appendix T: Following the Analogy

112

Telescoping Elasticity

114

Appendix W: Physics, Metaphysics & Poetry

116

Appendix X: Holographic Universe Theory,

118

Information and SUMMA Appendix Y: Counterposing Summa Metaphysica

120

Appendix Z1: Survival

123

Appendix Z2: Primordial Realm Hyphotesis

125

Appendix Z3: Launch

127

Appendix Z4: Where is Option B?

128

Appendix Z5: Cosmic Nesting (Iterativeness)

130

Appendix Z6: Modern Evolutionary Synthesis

132

Appendix Z7: Anima mundi

133

Appendix Z8: The Soul of the Universe

134

Appendix Z9: Potential/Possibility

135

Appendix Z10: “The Free Lunch?”

136

Appendix Z11: Birnbaumian Panentheism

138

Appendix Z12: Cosmic Level: Individual Level

139

Appendix Z14: “Nothing” by David Birnbaum

145

Appendix Z15: Gnosticism

147

Appendix Z16: Atheist v. Potentialist

149 151

Appendix Z18: A Fix-It “Conceptual Plug”?

152

Appendix Z19: The Data

155

Appendix Z20: Take #2: Where Is The Competing Metaphysics

157

Appendix Z21: The Assertion/Claim

160

‘Package’

161

Appendix Z23: Explication

162 cont’d


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Appendix Z24: Context

164

Appendix Z25: Where is the Divine?

166

Appendix Z26: String Theory and ‘Provability’

168

Appendix Z27: Multiverse Theory

169

Appendix Z28: Theory of Everything (in Physics)

170

Appendix Z30: Schopenhauer v. Birnbaum

173

Appendix Z31: Simple v. Simplistic

175

Appendix Z32: Aesthetic Elegance

176

Appendix Z34: Punctuated Equilibrium

179

Appendix Z35: The Font/Soul of the Cosmos

183

Appendix Z36: Time

184

Appendix Z37: An Ultra- Dynamic Multi-Dimensional Organic Entity

186

AppendixZ38: “The Mind of God”

188

Appendix Z39: Metaphysical Assumptions

189

Appendix Z40: The “Double Play”: Push-Pull

192

Appendix Z41: Framing Beliefs

194

Appendix Z42: The Goldilocks Dilemma

195

Appendix Z43: God

198

Appendix Z44: Man: Mortal or Divine

199

Appendix Z45: New Interpretations

201

Appendix Z46: Take #3: Physics & Metaphysics

202

Appendix Z47: “...beyond science...”

204

Appendix Z48: “The Same Recipe”

205


Appendix Z49 The Consciousness Continuum

206

Appendix Z50: “Backward Causation”

208

Appendix Z51: Galapagos

209

Appendix Z52: Ecology

210

Appendix Z53: A Compelling Case

211

Appendix Z54: neo-Survival-of-the-Fittest /Extraordinariation?

215

Appendix Z55: 1999: Cosmologist Martin Rees

219

Appendix Z56: 2000: Cosmologist Brian Greene

221

Appendix Z57: 2004: Cosmologists Tyson & Goldsmith

222

Appendix Z58: 2006: Cosmologist Leonard Susskind

223

Theorist Seth Lloyd Appendix Z60: 2008: Cosmologist Paul Davies

227

Appendix Z61: 2010: Cosmologists Hawking & Mlodinow

229

Appendix Z62: 2010: Cosmologist Haisch Clones Summa I

230

Appendix Z63: Paradigm Challenges

234

& Evolution

239

interact with the physical world?

241

Appendix Z66: Consciousness & Cosmos

242

Appendix Z67: Contemporary Natural Selection Theory Mechanism & Criteria

244 248

Appendix Z69: The Cosmic Spinal Column

250

Appendix Z70: Reprise

251

Section 3: Glossary

255

Reprint: Cosmic “Tool Kit”

269

Selected Articles

301

Reprint: Direction

319

Miscellaneous

335


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Potentialism Theory “Sequenced Summa” [ a quasi-Loop ] via 16 points

Summa’s handling of the key inter-related issues in Philosophy / Metaphysics / Theology / Science

Note to reader: Over the course of its three volumes, Summa Metaphysica handles almost all issues on multiple-levels through a richer, more textured and nuanced “religious/ spiritual level.”

with a few references (needed even in this stripped-down version) to a Theistic perspective in 3 of the 16 component parts here.

The Cosmic Spinal Column of Potential


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#1 Is there an eternal something? Classic term for question: “Eternal Origins” question: Summa proposes that Potential/Possibility is eternal. Indeed, it is the only concept/dynamic that we

SUMMA ICON: POTENTIAL/POSSIBILITY IS ETERNAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: no position or answer Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question:

It is self-evident that Potential/Possibility is eternal.

Q4P


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( Traction-Survival ( Deployment of Potential Array ( Extraordinariation ( Note that Extraordinariation is my term, and is explicated in preliminary form in the last two points of the sequence unfolding below... )

surveys the cosmic chessboard, and giving extra-weight to proximity-factors, calibrates/ choreographs/iterates the “next move� for overall


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#2a How did things “get started”? Classic term for question: embryonic CosmologyCosmogony

SUMMA ICON: EMBRYONIC POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: no answer Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: The precise nature/origin of primordial/abstract PhysicsMathematics is unclear. [See also Seth Lloyd, Programming The Universe, published by Alfred A. Knopf © 2006: “As soon as the it produced were simple, comprising elementary particles and establishing the fundamental laws of physics.” (p. 3)] The eternal equations of Physics-Math are in a symbiotic


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#2b How did the universe as we know it come into existence? Classic term for question: (classic) CosmologyCosmogony

embodiment. They continuously set-the-stage for the next layer of reality‌leading in due course to igniting the Big Bang. SUMMA ICON: EQUATION-POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: no answer Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: As we are dealing in metaphysical-realms, it is challenging to get much more detailed than we are already.


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#2c What else is happening? (in parallel with #2a above)

Classic term for question: Womb of Potential, a higher-level engine of potential, is ever-evolving and in-gear… SUMMA ICON: THE COSMIC WOMB OF POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: not applicable Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: i.e. Cosmic Womb of Potential (Cosmic Womb of Potential (Cosmic Womb of Potential…. Meaning, there are many ’faces’/facets to Potential: of Potential and related.


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#3 What are the prime goals of the Cosmic Womb of Potential? Classic term for question: the Cosmic Womb of Potential is a reality-universe. SUMMA ICON: METAPHYSICAL POTENTIAL > REALITY-POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: not dealt with Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: A reality-universe is not the end-goal of the Cosmic Womb of Potential. Rather, the reality-universe becomes “the platform” for


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#4 What Ignited the Big Bang? Classic term for question: Origins of the Big Bang PULL dynamics ignited the Big Bang. Note that Push/Pull would parallel the dynamics of childbirth. PUSH: The equations of Physics-Math will split the “0”-Point and ignite the Big Bang. A few billion years later, Einstein et al. will split the atom and unleash an atomic bomb explosion. The equations will treat the “0”-Point as a Cosmic Portal to Reality; they will split the “0”-Point and unleash its Potential (power) to ignite the Big Bang and with it, our universe. PULL: The extraordinary potentials down-the-road [see depth - layer-on a crucial ‘pull-force’ and ‘guidance’ towards retroactively igniting and guiding creation (the Big Bang aka The Genesis Point). I call this a “Cosmic Leveraged Buyout” - “cosmic bootstrapping”. See Summa II: section Beta: “The Cosmic Tool Kit. SEE ELABORATION – “Pull” below. SUMMA ICON: THE “0”-POINT PORTAL; COSMIC LEVERAGED BUYOUT COSMIC BOOTSTRAPPING


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The position of the Entrenched Dogma: a variation on “randomness” Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: The equation will split the “0”-Point into Positives and Negatives Female and Male Good and Evil Positive & Negative energy Regular & Dark matter amongst other dualities Note: We have not explicated the “0”-Point, but we are


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#5 Why is the universe so Finely Tuned? Classic term for question: Goldilocks Enigma of the “0”-Point, precisely calibrate the universal constants necessary to set-the-stage for eventual life. SUMMA ICON: THE GOLDILOCKS POTENTIALIZERS The position of the Entrenched Dogma: Some scientists offer variations on Multiverse theory. They assert that with enough universes, anything is possible. I believe that the rules of probability, the multiverse-makes-anythingpossible reasoning violates Occam’s Law of Parsimony. Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: With respect to the Entrenched Dogma, the Goldilocks Enigma vectors all non-Theistic metaphysics to at least consider the equations as “prime suspects” in the cosmic drama.


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#6 If there is an eternal dynamic, what is the dynamic’s essence/origin?

see sections 1c and 1d below


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#7 Does Man Have Freedom? Classic term for question: Freedom Question is integral to Potential, and Potential is the core cosmic dynamic, Man has Freedom. And privacy. SUMMA ICON: MAN’S FREEDOM IS INTEGRAL TO POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: Note: Summa I (God and Evil) is heavily focused on this issue.


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#8 How/why does Life emerge? Classic term for question/issue: Origin of Life establishes/generates/facilitates ever-more dynamic ‘platforms of potential’ (my term) to launch the still next stage(s) of Potential. Cosmologist Paul Davies writes (p. 228 of Goldilocks Enigma) that “the history of the universe is one in which fundamentally new phenomena emerge at successive thresholds of temperature, energy, or complexity.” I might add, ‘or of fuller - consciousness/ emotion/information/awareness/versatility and forcemultiplier ability’. SEE ELABORATION – “Platforms of Potential” below. SUMMA ICON: ‘PLATFORMS OF POTENTIAL’ The position of the Entrenched Dogma: all random chance Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: Thus, life is quite central, and indeed pivotal, to the cosmic drive and cosmic order. It is not trivial and/or orthodoxy’) academic hierarchy view.


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#9 Does Quest for Potential Impact Evolution? Classic term for question:

Evolution as its key “driver”. SUMMA ICON: POTENTIAL-IMPACTED EVOLUTION The position of the Entrenched Dogma: see Wikipedia article on Evolution plus Wikipedia article on Natural Selection Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: impacts the evolutionary process via its Macro= ( Survival-Traction ( Panoply of Potential ( Extraordinariation

see my own comlete separate Section 1b: Evolution


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#10 What is Man’s purpose? Classic term for question: Purpose Question is to seek his potential. SUMMA ICON: PURPOSE-POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: none Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question:

individual.


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#11 Why does eternal Quest for Potential tolerate gross evil? Classic term for question: Theodicy (in the context of classic God) Here we are focused on a secular eternal dynamic, but the parallel question remains. Our secular answer here will parallel our answer to the parallel theological question in Summa I: God and Evil: Evil and good are both necessary for cosmic existence. Why? Because the universe came into existence, in part by splitting the Zero-Point into Pluses and Minuses; Good and Evil et al.

universe to continue on. SUMMA ICON: FREEDOM POTENTIAL IS INVIOLATE The position of the Entrenched Dogma: not applicable Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: of Man is to reach for his potential, and as Freedom is integral to potential, the potential Divine is (virtually) unable to interfere with Man’s freedom.


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#12 Consciousness: How did it evolve; why is it ever-increasing? Classic term for question: Consciousness Question Potential seeks after its potential, and “consciousness” is on the route towards Extraordinariation (the amorphous ) SUMMA ICON: CONSCIOUSNESS–POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: no answer Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: of its own (non-mechanistic) consciousness by the consciousness-level achieved by Mankind.


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of the Cosmos? Classic term for question: that the potential for love was a primary motivator in the potentially both receive and give love. SUMMA ICON: LOVE–POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: no answer Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: But it is possible that the equations ached for its creation of the universe.


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#14 What is the purpose of the universe? Classic term for question: the universe is as a designated vehicle and platform for

SUMMA ICON: POTENTIAL-REALIZATION The position of the Entrenched Dogma: There is no purpose to the universe, and the universe has no endgoal. Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question:


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#15 What is the ultimate cosmic goal? Classic term for question: Teleology

cosmic goal is EXTRAORDINATRIATION. SUMMA ICON: EXTRAORDINARIATION-POTENTIAL The position of the Entrenched Dogma: There is no ultimate cosmic goal Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: is probing and searching for ...the elusive Extraordinariation ( E+ )

consciousness…harmony…artistry…symphony…

itself

extraordinaration.


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goal to be sought, but conceptually not ever quite-fully


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#16 Is there a self-dynamizing (my term) Cosmic Loop here? Classic term for question: Reality from Nothingness?

Extraordinariation down-the-road is retroactively a key ‘guidance’ and ‘impetus’ for Creation/The Big Bang/The Genesis Point. the above, it can be proposed that the universe is selfself- Enervating - aside from and related-to the universe being ultimately self-Observing and/or self-Participatory and/or self-Comprehending and/or self-Explaining and/ by now aware of my key thrust of the universe as self-

and relatively lucid Davies book Goldilocks (cited above) chapters 1, 9, 10, Afterword) for some general

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The position of the Entrenched Dogma: all is random Components of the Summa hypothesis as regards this question: see my “Cosmic Leveraged Buyout” plus “Cosmic concert with Physics-Mathematics and assorted other dynamics (discerned herein and in Summa proper to the best of our ability) universe, incorporating, as well, you and me. SEE ALSO ELABORATION – “Pull” below.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

END >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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ELABORATION – “Pull”

Owing to the particulaly radical nature of this proposition, I cite here several buttressing sources from the mainstream contemporary

vol. 32, no. 1 (1988), p. 4. #B Cosmologists J. R. Gott III and L.-X. Li, “Can the Universe Create Itself?” Physical Review D, vol. 58 (1998], p. 023501. #C Astronomer Fred Hoyle who concludes that “the Universe is seen as an inextricably linked loop…Everything exists at the courtesy of everything else”. The Intelligent Universe [London: Michael Joseph, 1983), p. 248. #D Cosmologist Paul Davies, The Goldilocks Enigma, chapter 10 How Come Existence? sub- section “Loops in Time” (pps. 251254) (© 2006 by Davies, First Mariner Books edition, UK ) for survey overview, plus citation to Davies’ own prior causal loop-theory article “Closed Time..” in Natural Physical Science , vol. 240, (1972), p. 248.

Davies concludes that the optimal eventual cosmology [he was not aware of Summa Metaphysica 1988, 2005 at that point] would contain the following components: # Davies - “something unexpected has to be accepted as a given” nesting .] # Davies - “and the rest of the explanatory scheme constructed on that…”

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universe creates itself‌self-contained�

of understanding themselves with (at least the potential for) life and mind loop.]

- and then inserted as centerpiece to a nuanced metaphysics could pull-off the multi-tasking Davies is looking for. = because only Potential/Possibility can be posited with conviction as being eternal ( see point 1a above).

mathematical formula. So here is the deal:

for an ultimate eternal dynamic. Mathematics may be linked-at-the-


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ELABORATION – “Platforms of Potential”

Thus, some salient ‘platforms’ of the post-Big Bang cosmic order (some more directly relevant to us than others) 13.7 billion years ago: The Big Bang At 13.7 billion years ago minus one micro-second: quarks and gluons congealed into protons and neutrons At 13.3 billion years ago: electrons and nuclear particles combined into atoms At 13.2 billion years ago: gravity exerts its pull At 12.95 billion years ago: supernovas…and the consequent 98 (discovered) natural terrestrial elements ultimately necessary for At 12.7 billion years ago; galaxies 4 billion years ago: life on our own planet 3.9 billion years ago: photosynthesis 1.5 billion years ago: organisms with cell nucleus containing DNA 1.2 billion years ago: sexual reproduction 1.0 billion years ago: multi-cellular life appears 540 million years ago: Cambrian Explosion 460 million years ago: life moves ashore 390 million years ago: amphibians 300 million years ago: reptiles 275 million years ago: Large mammals Take # I 200 million years ago: dinosaurs 150 million years ago: birds 65 million years ago (post Dinosaur extinction): Large mammals Take #2 4 million BCE: First hominids 1.8 million BCE: Homo Erectus 130,000 BCE: Neanderthal Man


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120,000 BCE: Homo Sapiens 13,000 BCE: agriculture 7,600 BCE: Zhenpiyan, China, culture 3,250 BCE: Hieroglyphics 3,100 BCE: 60 place-value mathematics in Babylonia 2,500 BCE: Stonehenge 2,400 BCE: precise astronomical calendar, Egypt

Mind and consciousness have emerged and advance ongoing. Then, roughly speaking, culture and love (in each case, we’re focusing-on the genre of Mankind’s predilection) manifest.

advances. Consciousness - in its manifold aspects - seems to be the arena where the next platform(s) will play out. Presumably this is already underway on some level. Note that there is no reason to assume that we have reached the end of ‘platform building’.


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Section 1b: Evolution


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Lloyd:Birnbaum see also 2006 Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Physics at MIT This (2006) seminal Lloyd work came out after Summa I (November, 1988) and Summa II (March, 2005). - and prior to Summa III (2014).

Professor Seth Lloyd - from stellar MIT - furnishes a (timely ;) crucial and hitherto missing - breakthrough cutting-edge science nuts & bolts mechanics / quantum physics mechanism to backstop the metaphysics of Summa Theory. translation: 'Insider' Lloyd of MIT ensures (in 2006) that 'outlier' Birnbaum's proposed (1988, 2005, 2014) global and over-arching (macro-micro) paradigm shift will prevail.


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the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis

Lloyd:Birnbaum

Quantum Representation of “Physical” Q4P - pegging-off of MIT’s Llloyd*

the key contemporary hypothesis

to Summa

“All interactions between particles in the universe...convey not only energy but also information in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? Its own dynamical evolution... As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds.” -from the back-cover of Programming the Universe By Seth Lloyd, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT (c) 2006, First Vintage Books Edition (NY)

Lloyd’s hypothesis provides key 1:1 buttress to Summa. Indeed, “Q4P is hiding in plain sight,” - both conceptually and literally as we have hypothesized since 1988 via Summa Metaphysica I (hardcover), and then via Summa Metaphysica II (2005 online, 2008 softcover)

Birnbaum’s Q4P resonates as a fuller multi-dimensional wrap-around conceptualization re: Lloyd’s *MIT scientist Seth Lloyd directs the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT, where he is also a professor of Mechanical Engineering. **excerpt, not a testimonial


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Lloyd:Birnbaum

1:1 Resonance ? Parallel to Summa, albeit highly mechanistic excerpts from

PROGRAMMING THE UNIVERSE A QUANTUM COMPUTER SCIENTIST TAKES ON THE COSMOS

Seth Lloyd Published by Alfred A. Knopf ©2006

“The history of the universe is, in effect, a huge and ongoing quantum computation. The universe is a quantum computer. This begs the question: What does the universe compute? It computes itself. The universe computes its own behavior. As soon as the universe began, it began computing. At first, the patterns it produced were simple, comprising elementary particles and establishing the fundamental laws of physics. In time, as it processed more and more information, the universe spun out ever more intricate and complex patterns, including galaxies, stars, and planets. Life, language, human beings, society, culture—all owe their existence to the intrinsic ability of matter and energy to process information. The computational capability of the universe explains one of the great mysteries of nature: how complex systems such as living creatures can arise from fundamentally simple physical laws…. (p. 3) The digital revolution under way today is merely the latest in a long line of information-processing revolutions stretching back through the development of language, the evolution of sex, and


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the creation of life, to the beginning of the universe itself. Each revolution has laid the ground-work for the next….” (p. 5) Lloyd directs the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT) at MIT.

so, Metaphysical/Holistic Birnbaum’s Quest for Potential (Q4P∞) has 1:1 resonance with neo-Mechanstic Lloyd's ‘universe computer’ Conceptually, one schema reinforces the other as both ‘unities’ are all-embracing, all-universe, all-encompassing, ongoing-iterating, and inexorably-advancing.

[Meaning, Q4P is a 'busy boy'] - DB

EXCERPTS ONLY / NOT a TESTIMONIaL

So, put another way.... per Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory, via the quantum, (see quantum mechanic maestro Lloyd for the nuts & bolts) our supra-organic and fully-integrated universe optimizes, then iterates - in an ongoing loop on every level (macro thru micro) and integrates across the entire universe (ongoing), factoring-in short, medium and long term.


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Birnbaum Extrapolates Lloyd Note that (a)

I have not as of this (publication) date communicated directly with Lloyd, but perhaps shortly...

(b)

There was a four year buffer (1974-1978) between our respective tenures as students at Harvard University

(c)

I treat Lloyd's 'computational universe' theory as public domain.

(d)

As of his 2006 work, Programming the Universe, Lloyd was not extrapolating his work, as I have, to present a new paradigm for Evolution; but, respectfully, the clear ramification of his theory transcend his 2006 personal predilections.

(e)

British academia has (fatally) trapped itself in 'randomness' across both cosmology and evolutionary biology - while the reality is not only that both fields are 'directional', but that both have the same 'driver' Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P) / Quantum (Q3). Again, see Evolution1000.com.


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Potentialism Evolution aka

FUSION EVOLUTION

Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

Evolution / panel A Evolution: the next focus of Potentialism Theory

Q3 To sketch out Evolution, one needs to craft a new and important term for our lexicon (to encapsule a dynamic) As per the three panels Birnbaum:Lloyd above, Lloyd furnishes the quantum mechanics to support the Birnbaum metaphysics. Pegging-off of Lloyd's quantum mechanics (via bits) propoengineering, let -

information processing / computing / engineering


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The fusion of and

yields >

Q4P/Q3 ... and yields Evolution

more below...


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Potentialism Evolution aka

FUSION EVOLUTION

Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

Evolution / panel B

Q4P/Q3 tweaking the genomes

Evolution Note from D Birnbaum: What Charles Darwin (On the Origin of Species 1859) reads as 'natural selection'; what George C. Williams (Adaptation and Natural Selection, 1966) and Richard Dawkins Jaguar 1994) is viewing as 'complex adaptive systems''; what Stuart Kauffman (At Home in the Universe 1995) is (Complex Adaptive Matter 2005) is reading as 'complex adaptive matter', are all actually one and the same: the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis What they are viewing, is actually Q4P/Q3 tweaking the genomes local-level/micro-level tweaking an individual genome.


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Potentialism Evolution aka

FUSION EVOLUTION

Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

However, the plot thickens.... integrated fashion across all the genomes of our planet. b) Meaning, the educated hypothesis is that plant genomes will be tweaked ensemble with human genomes and ensemble with insect genomes, etc. c) Why the integrated choreography? Because, of course, ensemble towards E+.

* the goal: E+ (Extraordinariation) the physics back-end: see Seth Loyd for intro to the quantum mechanics piece Five billion (ever more sophisticated and wondrous) species over the (3.8 billion year) course of life on our planet. Random mutations crucially setting the stage for the of the species on our planet? No, the random mutations are a side show, not the main event.

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highly unlikely to be the salient factor in evolutionary biology. Once again, the odds are simply too slim (read: impossible) that it all works out along the extraordinary axis which our planet's history has witnessed. Respectfully, classic and well-established Probability viable denouement. Probability Theory can be deployed for possibility, not for de facto impossibility*. [To argue to the contrary- per the mainstream consnsus - is, respectfuly, simply group-think run amok.] As in cosmology, randomness is clearly amply present component.

Randomness. Evidence? Look around you. Both cosmology and related evolutionary biology are 'directional', not random-chance. In both cases, we (Extraordinariation) via randomness. It is hard enough for to pull this off. ;) Building-out the Cosmic Order - ongoing

*See Lloyd, Programming the Universe, Knopf, 2007, NY, p. 57 "In fact, the chance of an ordered universe like ours arising out


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Evolution / panel C

Recap Cosmology Randomess formulation

Potentialism formulation

Evolution

aimless/random aimless/random mutation – with survival-directional Darwinism then guiding

Directional Q4P/Q3

Directional Q4P/Q3

Thus, Randomness Formulation deploys a non-directional 'play' - aimlessness universe - over a 14 billion year span and counting. In the mix, non-directional 'aimlessness' somehow - miraculously - allegedly via random mutations - drives Evolution forward from a single cell entity to 21st Century humans and asaimless' play. Potentialism, on the other hand, deploys its quite-directionEvolution.


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* Classic Random Mutation Evolution Theory has been inculcated into our psyches since we were in elementary school; it has become de facto dogma. (Challenger) Evolution Fusion theory is brand new to our psyches, and our brains will need to assess this 'intruder' before accepting/intergrating the new theory. As noted at the top, "Revolutions take time to settle in". But, best not to tarry, as science moves apace... Note, however, that once one integrates as possible working hypotheses (a) the eternality of potential, and (b) Wheeler's general proposition of It from Bit, the inevitable path erful alternative working hypothesis.

- DB


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Evolution / panel D

Evolution

[ per Potentialism Theory ]

Q4P/Q3 tweaks the genomes

c. 350 BCE (384 BCE-322 BCE) Aristotle / The universe has 'direction'; but that 'direction' is not known or delineated by Aristotle c. 1557 (1534-1572) Baal Shem Tov / Founder, Hasidism The entire universe is one interconnected Life Force c. 1677 (1632-1677) Ethics The universe is a lattice-work; meaning, it is inter-connected c. 1745 (1698-1760) Isaac Luria / founder of Modern Kabbalah The universe emerges from the 'No End' 1859

Darwin / Origin of Species / Evolution / Natural Selection


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Birnbaum / Summa I Potentialism Theory ignited and drives the universe; new paradigm Potentialism Theodicy gains global traction overthrows all classic metaphysics, and lays the groundwork for Directional Universe

1990

John Wheeler / "It from Bit" Information, Physics & Quantum (Sub-atomic) information bits are the foundation of the universe.

2005

Birnbaum / Summa II the Birnbaum SuperFormula: Extraordinariation (E+) presentation/delineation of Direction of the Universe Provides an Overarching Metaphysics / Simultaneous Solution

2006

Seth Lloyd / Programming the Universe In each atom there are bits which communicate with bits in other atoms across the universe - and compute the advance/buildout of the universe ongoing

2014

'Birnbaum/Potentialism Evolution' theory - with MIT in the mix. A fully-integrated secular metaphysics/cosmology Overthrows Randomness across multiple fronts (including vis Ă vis Cosmology and Evolution) Creation Ex Nihilo+


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Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

Evolution / panel E

Metaphysics / Cosmology / Spirituality / Quantum Mechanics / Evolutionary Theory

the Super Formula+

Q4P/Q3 Potential /Quantum

C+

E+ Extraordinariation

emphasis:

Theory of Everything*


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Potentialism Evolution aka

FUSION EVOLUTION

Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

Evolution / panel F

Evolution Potentialism

Darwinism

Common ancestor?

Y

Y

Species evolve?

Y

Y

the literal Biblical presentation

N

N

Evolution gamut

planet-wide*; interconnected

local; not interconnected

driven by a transcendent dynamic?

Y

N


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Potentialism

Darwinism

Driver

Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P)

Struggle for Existence

Conceptual Mechanism

Fusion: Metaphysical/ Quantum Mechanics

Random

Focused Mechanism

Q4P/ Q3

Random Mutation

Charles Darwin Conceptualizer David Birnbaum** (Manhattan) (Kent/Greater London)

Core Text

Summa III: Secular Man: The Transcendent Dynamic: 2014

Origin of Species 1859


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Potentialism Evolution aka

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Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics

Evolution / panel G

QMI* Quantum Mechanics Intelligence

My sub-hypothesis (from my grander overarching Potentialism over the millennia as ‘God’ or the ‘God-Force’ or ‘a Higher

*

produced human intelligence which produced AI


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Zooming-out: The universe is directional and intentional; Another, more provocative way of articulating the above is that the universe is smart, as opposed to dumb.


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1988 2005 2014

SUBSEQUENT VINDICATING SUBSEQUENT SCIENTIFIC ACADEMIC WORKS WHICH HAVE VINDICATED KEY SUMMA THEORY COMPONENTS


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1999

Just Six Numbers by Rees

# The universe is "fine-tuned" # Mathematical laws underpin the fabric of our universe

2006

Programming the Universe by lloyd

# # # #

A non-random universe Our universe as holistic, integrated and connectedThe centrality of Knowledge processing / iteration The centrality of Complexification (C+) - a Birnbaumian term [Lloyd deploys the less-robust, less-rich term/concept 'complexity']


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2012

Mind & Cosmos by Nagel

# The universe is directional; # Consciousness is a 'higher order' advance

2014

Our Mathematical Universe by Tegmark

# Reality is a mathematical structure [ note / Pythagoras ( b. c. 570 BCE, d. 495 BCE) advocated a parallel theme ]


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NOTE: The Birnbaum, Lloyd and Tegmark works each propose a "Framing Concept' - or parts thereof - for the universe; hence, their ultimate proofs will tend to be inductive (circumstantial; all known data points concurring; with no contradictory evidence), as opposed to deductive (lab-provable). Scientists and metaphysicists are very different beasts - with different skill sets and mandates, The scientist must extrapolate from laboratory-observable results. The metaphysicist is essentially a conceptual theorist - who must not cross any 'red lines' established by science. Thus, the former, scientists, need-be very talented analytically. The latter, metaphysicists, need-be very good detectives and very asture creatively and conceptually. Put another way, the cutting edge metaphysicist had best be better at connecting the trillions of dots (across the span of cosmic history and thru the macro-micro levels of reality) than any of his predecessors; simultaneously, he had best be able (via his formulation) to draw an elegant trajectory from cosmic origins thru the 14 billion years of our universe's existence and onward to cosmic destiny.


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now, back to the ‘beginning of the beginning’

Section 1c: Primordial Cosmic Realms & Creation Ex Nihilo+


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Primordial Cosmic Realms* working hypothesis

1) Potential/Possibility is eternal** [But what is the catalyst morphing

2) Primordial (potential/possibility-oriented) Quantum Mechanics (QM)*** and (eternal) Potential supercharge each other a) Potential [This ‘quest’ will have both intentionality and ~instinct intelligence]

Bang primordial) Classic Physics Bang…. the Genesis Point. ***


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Creation Ex Nihilo+ So, it would seem that Creation Ex Nihilo (Creation from Nothing) falls, as well, to Summa/Potentialism Theory So we, indeed, would seem to have a viable metaphysical/ working hypothesis for one of the iconic Holy Grails of metaphysics//philosophy/cosmology

…..Creation Ex Nihilo+ because Potential is more than Nothing Basically, two potential-related ‘somethings’ supercharge Summa’s metaphysical Eternal Potential was ‘impacted’

Summa’s proposed Prime Mover (primum movens) And this Prime Mover can be viewed as either secular or spiritual or Divine (or some variation thereof), depending on one’s predilection.

continued


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# Be clear that I did not (have the nerve to) mess around and had a mini heart attack from the adrenalin surge because of the 1:1 parallel to Summa I (1988) and Summa II and here we are Bit build-out into my Summa/Potentialism theory Evolution new****. # Be alert that, contrary to point (2) above, there are those Bang; respectfully, they are wrong*****; however, even if they are right, point (2) above will then simply need to be tweaked as follows. The potential/possibility of (potentialpossibility-oriented) QM jump-started Q4P from Eternal Potential. ******


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Chronology: The Footprint of Potential

Section 1d: Chronology: The Footprint of Potential


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CHRONOLOGY 1000 The Footprint of Potential a rough sketch chronology of the Universe Eternal Origins

Present

( a metaphysics hypothesis ) introductory note: Hitherto Inscrutable Quantum Mechanics (QM) has at least two ‘faces’ which we are now (OCT 2017) aware of: (a) the Potential/Possibility/Probabilistic ‘face’ and (b) the Wheeler It-from-Bit ‘face’ as a prelude to the Lloyd Bits Compute the Universe ‘face’ build-out thereof

1 Eternal Potential

Nothing

2 Potential Face of on-stage in primordial realms

3 The interplay of Eternal Potential

of the universe Q4P

C+

E+

see Super-Formula1000.com *** proposed 2005 in Summa II / section: Direction of the Universe


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4 The interplay of Q4P yields the Wheeler Itfrom-Bit face Then the build-out of the Wheeler face - the Lloyd computing face thus substantially

5 Q4P metaphysical

the escape of the purely

metaphysical cum reality

6 Q4P Zero-Point and ignites the Big Bang. Meaning, Potential, not Random chance, ignites the universe [ From a metaphysical perspective, splitting the Zero-Point, as well yields polarities: proto-Female:proto-Male, Pluses:Minuses; Good:Evil et al..... ]

7 Q4P

8 Q4P trumps Entropy and sustains the advance of our universe.


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[ Evolution in a snapshot ]

Q4P

Q4P Q4P (see Evolution1000.com for fuller presentation) * By the Big Bang point at the latest, Q4P

9 Q4P exploding stars across the heavens elements life forms on earth 21st Century humans and advanced consciousness

10 Q4P Constant as the counter-force to gravity's otherwise inevitably imploding the universe. [ Actually, it is reverse, i. e. Gravity slows down the forward march of the Cosmological Constant aka Lambda.

11 The Cosmological Constant [Q4P] simplest form of Dark Energy (Wiki / Cosmological Constant / Oct 22, 2017] [ note: The Cosmological Constant is also known by a shorthand notation lambda, or /\ ]


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12 “In physical cosmology and astronomy, dark energy [Q4P] is an space, tending to accelerate the expansion of the universe.” [Wiki / Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017] [ So, the Cosmological Constant = lambda = /\ = (simple) dark energy = Q4P ]

13 “Assuming that the standard model of cosmology is correct, the best current measurements indicate that dark energy [Q4P] contributes 68.3% of the total energy in the present-day observable universe.” [Wiki / Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017]

14 “Dark energy [Q4P] is the most accepted hypothesis to explain the observations since the 1990s indicating that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate." [Wiki Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017] Meaning, # no Dark Energy [Q4P], then the Big Crunch [imploding universe] [Q4P], then Expanding universe Meaning, as well, that Potential [Q4P] is the prime determinant of the ultimate denouement of the universe; not gravity; not entropy; and most certainly not randomness See Inductive1000.com / 40+ page inductive proof See Deductive1000.com / initial and partial deductive buttress


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Section 2: Appendix Section


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APPENDIX A: Metaphysics Analysis One can never PROVE a metaphysics.

Because one would have to stand outside the entire

* However one can certainly ASSESS different metaphysics. Metaphysics is always hypothesis. But, hopefully very, very intelligent hypothesis.

constructs with a consistent set of questions. * Now, some of the questions involved in assessing various metaphysics might be the following: (These


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questions tend to overlap, but have different thrusts and nuance.) Is the metaphysics overarching? All-embracing? Does the metaphysics handle the key questions in philosophy? (re-capped in the INTROS and FOREWORDS of the three books of this series)

all the key issues * To what extent is the metaphysics TETHERED to classic works or spiritual texts? * Does the core of the metaphysics RESONATE within us? *

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Are the themes, however allegedly profound,

* Do we grasp the CREATIVE ESSENCE of the presentation? * Does the proposed metaphysics gently ‘tip-toe around

or does it attempt to get to the very core of the cosmic code? * Does the proposed metaphysics primarily concern itself

or does it actually provide an overarching INTEGRATED FORMULATION for the cosmic order? * A proposed metaphysics must be assessed, as well, negotiable, demands, as well:


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Does the proposed metaphysics truly embrace all

Does the proposed metaphysics embrace our experiences and accumulated wisdom over the centuries?

the dawn of time? *

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APPENDIX B: Schematically

us take one more quick look at the Baal Shem Tov’s philosophy..... see lead paragraph on the Baal Shem Tov’s doctrines (a.k.a. the BESHT’s doctrines) Elements of Besht’s doctrines

“The foundation-stone of Hasidism as laid by Besht is a strongly marked pantheistic conception of God. He declared the whole universe, mind and matter, to be a manifestation of the Divine Being; that this manifestation is not an emanation from God, as is the conception of the Kabbalah, for nothing can be separated from God: all things are rather forms in which He reveals Himself…” ********* Now, having the BESHT’s doctrine noted above for easy


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reference, to schematically outline what is happening as regards our formulation,

********* let A = God B = Man AB = GodMan ********* Maimonides: encapsuled one core proposition: God created Man (Aristotelian) A created B * Lurianic Kabbalah: encapsuled in one core proposition: Man is an emanation from God (sort of, from WITHIN God);


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GOD WITHDRAWS to create Man (tzimtzum) B comes from WITHIN A * Baal Shem Tov: encapsuled in one core proposition: All is a Manifestation OF God (panentheistic) A and B are part of AB * SUMMA / Birnbaum: encapsuled in one core proposition: drives GOD, MAN and the COSMOS ever-forward towards EXTRAORDINARIATION.

Now, Summa Metaphysica lays the FORMULATION out in 18 multi-faceted propositions: God and Evil 9 in the second book, God and Good


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But, let’s give you the “Monarch notes’ ‘test-prep version’ here on Summa / Birnbaum * Thus, to attempt to outline SUMMA in 6 quick propositions: 1.

POSSIBILITY through METAPHYSICAL REALMS through REALITY, then towards PERFECT FULFILLMENT & REALIZATION (‘EXTRAORDINARIATION’)

in-common with RASHI (‘na-asheh adahm b ‘zalmenu’ Let us make Man in our Image - Genesis), and with Lurianic Kabbalah ( ) and Plato’s Forms... aside from being anchored in ‘Eheyeh Asher Eheye Exodus) 2.

(‘EXTRAORDINARIATION’), retroactively ignite


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3.

(this is ~panentheistic, parallel to the BESHT) 4. We are all part of a grander, evolving COSMIC Consciousness. (this has components in common with the BESHT and with Teilhard, the Jesuit philosophical renegade) 5. Divine consciousness (the Godhead of the cumulative consciousness) withdraws to give greater freedom to MAN (an anchor of the proposed solution to theodicy in Book #1) (this has components in common with the Torah’s Hester Panim (Hiding of the Divine Face) and with Lurianic Kabbalah tzimtzum) 6.

EXTRAORDINARIATION. (components, almost in common with ‘Messianic era’) ***


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APPENDIX C: Extraordinariation ( E+ ) To our readers: Summa Metaphysica proposes the concept of This concept is proposed and elaborated upon in the chapter Mu: Cosmic Tool Kit- Shelf #2 above of Potential)

theme. by D. N. KHALIL: EXTRAORDINARIATION

To say that the feeling in the listener’s soul at the climax of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is ‘perfect’ is drastic and degrading understatement. The meta-emotional human response to this piece of art (and it is not alone) is outside of perfection as it is outside of language. It is transcendent, extra, extraordinary.


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It has been said that God is the ultimate artist, creating a world-dynamic with all the idiosyncrasies of complex art. To praise His work as being merely is to embrace the engineer while neglecting the artisan. This is a neglect bolstered by science and mathematics, disciplines whose unique understanding of the universe’s exactitude has been used to turn the focus from its delicate elegance. The cold progression of evolution engenders an appreciation for the lion’s strength, for the cheetah’s speed; the precision of physics provides a more. Darwinian evolution need not have yielded the frail not have yielded the grace of changing seasons, snow-decorated forests. Indeed laws of nature and principles of physics need not have yielded complexity at all. Nevertheless, complexity permeates our world from subatomic particles to cosmic galaxies. It is this complexity that allows for the sophisticated beauty that stands in wait of our perception daily. Yet the paradox of this complexity surfaces as we probe it more deeply. Structural biologists have shown that fundamental biology depends on predictable chemistry. can be dissected into the physics that underlies it. Einstein showed that even within physics separations are an illusion. His special theory of relativity (1905) revealed that the division between space and time is


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(1915) showed the same of the distinction between space-time and matter. Thus, the broad perspective reveals our world’s complexity while the deep, penetrating perspective reveals its unity. Stepping back, we appreciate worldly complexity, stepping close we are astounded by its unity. Such is the paradox. Complexity and unity challenge one another as they each thrust forward expanding their respective scopes simultaneously. New species duality teases us with its plainness: we can only watch, spellbound, as our cosmos’ singularity and its nuance develop and unfold, hand-in-hand, before us. Herein lays the irony of our world’s progression: a relentless


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APPENDIX D: Consciousness Connection? Consciousness remains a vast unknown. Above, in the main body of the book, I posit a “cumulative consciousness”. And this speculative construct. Now, we know from Astrophysics that approximately half-a-billion years after the Big Bang (with the Big Bang currently calculated mass stars) started ‘creating/manufacturing/cooking’ the Iron) in their cores, of the universe. These heavier Elements were, in turn, necessary Meaning, without the DEATH of the supernovas, there would be no LIFE.


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Meaning, on some level, from DEATH, emerges (fuller and fuller) LIFE. Now, we posit as a consistent theme throughout SUMMA, that: the human parallels the cosmic.

So, we see from Astrophysics, that DEATH can profoundly yield LIFE. The question is: Is there a parallel in human death? So, perhaps, perhaps, (individual) human death enhances the cumulative cosmic consciousness. This is fragile and dangerous terrain, and I simply do not have a good intuitive feel here. Hence, placement in an Appendix. However, intriguingly, Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed, from Friedlander’s translation, Part I, 74, 7th argument: “Amr, and therefore the souls of all the departed form only one being as has been explained by Ibn Bekr Ibn Al-zaig, and others who ventured to intricate disciplines, which our mind can scarcely comprehend, cannot furnish any principles for the


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Somewhat cryptic, for sure, but positing that, all souls merge into one. Now, Souls are certainly not necessarily Consciousness. But, then again, maybe they are (very) closely

Thus, perhaps, the Death of an individual, somehow enhances the cumulative consciousness – on some level, however profound. Perhaps, we should respectfully leave this particular matter (Consciousness) at that (for this treatise)...


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APPENDIX E: Potential-Impacted Evolution Conceptually, Evolution is correct. However, Evolution Potential .

Randomness, then “natural selection” ~guided evolution. The mechanics of “natural selection” are in-dispute by

optimal ability to propagate and pass on genetic coding. From my speculative perspective as a so-to-speak Conceptual Theorist, as opposed to a scientist, “survival impacts the tool. [ See section MU above: “The cosmos OPTIMIZES and EVOLVES & MORPHS as it seeks OPTIMIZATION, an


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towards the ultimate goal of INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION presumably incorporating vanguard species....” ] Local imperatives and considerations receive the calculation. = ( Survival-Traction ( Panoply of Potential ( Extraordinariation Meaning, Survival-Traction is necessary-but-notonly consideration. is choreographing Evolution. see Section 1b: Evolution

“Evolution itself, moving upwards coordinately and undeviatingly from the lowest to the highest, demonstrates most clearly Divine greatness is thereby enhanced and all the goals of faith

to improve and perfect himself and his world, he is manifestly thereby doing the will of his Creator. Spiritual perfection is thus seen to be in the center of all existence.” Rabbi Abraham Kook, Orot Ha-Kodesh (c.1920)


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APPENDIX F1:* Hasidic v. Kabbalistic BAAL SHEM TOV (founder of Hasidism) (“The Besht”)

“The foundation-stone of Hasidism as laid by Besht is a strongly marked pantheistic conception of God. He declared the whole universe, mind and matter, to be a manifestation of the Divine Being; that this manifestation is not an emanation from God, as is the conception of the Kabbalah, for nothing can be separated from God: all things are rather forms in which He reveals Himself…”a

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BASIC IDEAS OF HASIDISM Creator and Universe

“‘The hasidic leader R. Menahem Mendel of Lubavich observes (Derekh Mitzvotekha (1911), 123) that the disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov gave the “very profound” turn to the doctrine of the oneness of God so that it means not alone that He is unique, as the medieval thinkers said, but that He is all that is:…there is no other existence whatsoever apart from His existence, blessed existence apart from Him before the world was created so it is even now.” …as a corollary of hasidic pantheism (more correctly, panentheism)…’”b

(author’s note: there are no extant writings of the Besht)

*b As noted in Encyclopaedia Judaica on Baal Shem Tov {1997} [CD-ROM]


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Author’s editorial comment / perspective on the classic and historic ‘dispute’ between Lurianism and

As the gemorah might say, “Eylu v-aylu divre’ Elokim Chayim”

i.e. Both (exegesis) positions stand valid side-by-side eternally and, indeed, in this case, both philosophical propositions: The Lurianic*** [The universe as EMANATION from God] – and the Hasidic position [The universe as MANIFESTATION of God] Both tether different (intertwined) aspects of the paradigm. *

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Meaning, philosophical thrust #1 does not exclude philosophical thrust #2, as the respective theological / philosophical camps supposed; On the contrary, BOTH philosophical thrusts must be true side-by-side in order

*


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APPENDIX F2: The Suffused Divine a

Hashem (the Divine)

“It says in many places in the Zohar that ‘Hashem

worlds, and we, from our Torah-oriented vantage point, see Hashem as surrounding all worlds. worlds’ is concealed from us. The truth is that from Hashem’s perspective, even all existence; literally, ‘There is nothing else beside Him’ (Devarim 4:35).” Meaning, as per Summa, the Divine is not “over there” and we are “over here”; Rather, the Divine suffuses all. Potential is the core of the Divine, and the Divine drives the cosmos....

*a

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APPENDIX G: Push v. Push & Pull Classic Western and Jewish philosophy*

God “pushing in the moment. Whereas my metaphysics /Extraordinariation “pushing” Creation forward inexorably as well as

“pulling from the future.

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APPENDIX H: “The Spiraling Collective” The outwardly-spiraling COLLECTIVE-vortex-unity potentially incorporates the following interlaced layers, among others

SPIRITUALITY CONSCIOUSNESS INTELLIGENCE LOVE LIFE-FORCE ENERGY EQUATIONS POTENTIAL


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Taking-a-stab at a more schematic representation of dynamic, we respectfully offer the schematic on the left. “The Spiraling Collective”: an industrious and ultimately spiritually-driven ‘collective,’ which has a habit of creating solar systems and life forms, and is even rumored, via its GODHEAD, to have parted the Red Sea once, a long time ago...


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APPENDIX I: Balance and Diversity

balance of life and diversity of life are embedded in the overarching theme of /Extraordinariation. .....which maneuvers on an ongoing basis to protect and advance* these two important “sub-motifs,� among others.

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APPENDIX J: Convergence

Quest for Potential . Religion, spirituality, the life sciences, physics, chemistry,

They do not quite merge, as the quest for ultimate converge.

Quest for Potential overlay onto them. Quest for Potential they converge closer and closer.


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Why is that? Because they were originally tributaries of the “fount” /Extraordinariation. Thus, an back to their original divergence from the fount. Thus, they are each truly not “complete” without that “Crown” (of Quest for Potential

de facto merge, and de facto unify.

*** Key “gaps” and “loose-ends” across the spectrum

***

Note that “Keter” (Crown) is, as well, an important component in again here, between my usage of the term Crown and the Kabbalistic explication of Keter.


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APPENDIX K: Cracking the Cosmic Code*

Physics attempts to do so. Secular philosophy attempts to do so. Religious philosophy attempts to do so.

Why is that?

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Because, the code–breaker

/ intersection of all three, but not classically thoroughly within any of the three.

Do the three indeed intersect? The mainstream classic wisdom not necessarily. But the mainstream classic wisdom is wrong.

Convergence). And their fount is the crucial intersection.

Only a dynamic with the transcendent - and “intersecting” could possibly have had the power to ignite a cosmos.


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physics and not quite philosophy of any classic stripe.

Only a theme from within the general genre of Metaphysics could ultimately be able to provide a potentially satisfying possible simultaneous answer to hitherto inexplicable

[classic physics]: Where did the came from? Meaning, where did the very smallest sub-atomic particle, whatever that turns out to be, come from? [classic philosophy]: Why there is any reality at all? Meaning, why is there not simply a state of “nothingness�?


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[classic religious philosophy]: What are the eternal origins of the Divine there the Divine which you posit/assert?

simultaneously and elegantly “solve� all three issues, and

over the course of the three volumes of Summa.

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APPENDIX L: Life

in and of itself

as well as

portal

These rich and crucial themes need to be developed.


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APPENDIX M: Is Q4P Morally Neutral?

That does not appear to be the case. “Giving-ness” is crucial for child-rearing, and child-rearing

“giving-ness” was crucial to creation itself, but I have not discerned the play there. As readers and writers, our natural inclination might be to associate greater good with greater potential. That would be my position. On net balance the cosmos thus would seem to tilt towards the positive. However, the tilt towards the positive is not necessarily

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APPENDIX N: Extraordinariation juxtaposed v. tohu va-vohu against tohu va-vohu (the empty chaotic nothingness).*a

to keep the cosmos from imploding back into nothingness, Extraordinariation must advance with more dynamism and richness outward, than tohu va-vohu pulls inward. This theme can be developed elegantly, and dovetails well within the realm of hypothesis.

*a see Genesis 1:2: “And the earth/land was tohu va-vohu.�


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APPENDIX O: “Secular Divine” v. “Religious Divine” As noted elliptically in the text, /Extraordinariation) works as a “Secular Divine” metaphysics and works well as a “Religious Divine”* metaphysics.

power: The Divine.

all fronts, and then come back and say that this is not a “Divine” entity/dynamic/force.

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APPENDIX P: Optimization The signature component /Extraordinariation) is optimization. anything and everything. * For example, life on earth will emerge both on the oxygensustained surface, as well as in toxic hydrothermal vents in the depths of the ocean. Optimization has “worked-out� the solution-path in each case. But, remember, optimization is the signature component at the heart of *


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From Big Bangs to the evolution of snails, optimization will be hard at work. From advancing human consciousness, to advancing peak-experiences, from the spiritual through the sexual, optimization has a 24/7 “consulting contract.� * Both the optimization components of (Newtonian) calculus and the iterative components of Mandelbrot fractals are the (intertwined) mathematical threads here. They presumably underpin the mathematical component, which

optimization and wrap-around, the math.

This may prove somewhat hard to clinically prove :)

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APPENDIX Q: Q4P juxtaposed v. Vicissitude Some readers, after concluding reading the Summa set, posed the same question with which I started the series was dealt with heavily in Book #1 and dealt with again intermittently over the course of Book #2. But, let’s approach the question from one more angle, a very rough analogy, as we end this series. The trip from the Old World to the New World involved stormy and quite-lethal voyages across the Atlantic. And even when the New World was reached, there was no shortage of travail. But there was ‘advance.’


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APPENDIX R: More Powerful v. Perfect

The proposed Summa metaphysics is not perfect. Perfection is hard to come by when trying to

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APPENDIX S: Book #1 (God and Evil) v. Book #2 (God and Good) Many readers of the Summa much prefer Book #1 over Book #2. Presumably, it is clearer, and its style is more in a classic expository presentation/form. Plus Book #1 actually uses real, normal sentence structures. Furthermore, Book #1 is almost a stand-alone, fairly comprehensible original and hi-energy, complete Metaphysics. But only ‘almost.’


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theodicy, and before I brought Extraordinariation into the equation), Book #2 attempts to get its arms around the

However, the mission of Book #2 is not so simple. How does one use regular language to describe an

I thought about Book #2 for fourteen years before commencing 5-6 years of writing. And I only even conceived of a line of approach 12 years into the fourteen years of mulling-over this little task. So, either I’m slow or the task is challenging, or some combination thereof. As noted in the introductory section to God and Good, Book #2 is heavily intuitive intellectual as the minor motif, whereas Book #1 was the mirror-image in these regards.


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To achieve my (ambitious?) goals for Book #2, I needed to not only push my own psyche to its limits, which was frankly painful, but I needed to push your psyches to their respective limits, which I presume may have been somewhat grating, aggravating, frustrating or some combination thereof. I saw no other route. And time marches on. Remember that Book #1 initially encountered very

years after publication, it achieved ‘traction,’ for whatever combination of reasons. Note that Book #2 plays at a totally different level (higher) than Book #1, which itself was not shy in its goals.

— Birnbaum


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APPENDIX T: Following the Analogy Using one of our basic assumptions, that HUMAN possibility of perpetual rebirth to (at least portions of) the cosmos.*A In physics, there is a (cyclic) school of thinking along these lines, as well.*B

*

Divinitude which is necessary for Cosmic birth to begin is its cumulative future potential.


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*

Thus, not only does the human spirit potentially transcend one’s death; it even ultimately potentially transcends the Death and rebirth (hopefully), of components of the cosmos itself.

***

The Midrash/Kabbala talk about cosmic cycles. According to this (hitherto) esoteric school of thought, we may be in the 4th or 5th or 6th cosmic cycle. *A

*B

See also encyclopedia entries for Cyclic Model Cosmology: # Paul Steinhardt; Neil Turok 2002 # Lauris Baum; Paul Frampton 2007

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APPENDIX U: Telescoping Elasticity

cosmic dynamic is its inherent telescoping elasticity. classic nothingness to We need that crucial “telescoping” aspect built-in to the core of the unitary proposed dynamic. Meaning, that not only must the dynamic qualify as the “simple” and have telescoping elasticity, as well, among the two-book Summa series.


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APPENDIX V: Hypothesizing about Cosmic Origins

is the most challenging aspect of metaphysics. Now, while one can write with conviction about the elegance of a hypothesis, one cannot truly write with conviction about the validity of a cosmological hypothesis. But the near-certain validity per se, of a cosmological

origins, our levels of consciousness to date (and perhaps for a long time to come) may simply be inadequate A worthwhile goal, however, would be a more dynamic and elegant hypothesis than has hitherto been offered. That is what Summa proposes.

towards cracking the cosmic code. We do not presume to articulate the penultimate core.


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APPENDIX W: Physics, Metaphysics & Poetry a) PHYSICS will not solve PHYSICS without METAPHYSICS....and b) METAPHYSICS will not solve METAPHYSICS without POETRY.... now, re: (a) Why is that? PHYSICS operates with a quasi-dead-spot on its albeit directly interacting with the hard sciences. This is wrong.

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now, re: (b) Why is that? Metaphysics operates with a quasi-dead-spot on its own cumulative brain that METAPHYSICS is a stand-alone is wrong. The concepts necessary to get us to the core of cosmic code are too abstract for METAPHYSICS alone (whether from 5,000 years ago or contemporary). [Among other thinkers, the legendary theologian Rav Kook (b. 1865), Chief Rabbi of Palestine from 1921-1935, understood and followed-through on this.] POETRY, while still hampered by the limitations of the human word and human consciousness, nevertheless affords us the opportunity of potentially thrusting closer to the core of cosmic mystery... Of course, once one enters the world of POETRY, one enters another netherworld.... Sort of, damned if you do; damned if you don’t But, nevertheless, poetry ultimately has a place in the arsenal of the metaphysician....


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APPENDIX X: Holographic Universe Theory, Information and SUMMA In God and Evil “bootstrap creation” to deal with the classic philosophical/metaphysical/ cosmology conundrum of creation ex nihilo How is the cosmos seemingly created out of nothing? God and Evil proposes an analogy to a leveraged buyout leveraged buyout one can potentially buy a company primarily by (sort of) guaranteeing the seller the company’s anticipated future earnings stream to (allegedly) cover the (periodic multiyear) payments. [Often the Buyer is the CEO or another prime protagonist related to the business entity.] Summa proposes that future potentials (in parallel to future earnings) ignited the cosmos (in parallel to the buy of a leveraged buyout). This is a core theme which courses through this three-volume metaphysics series.


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However, among other potential underlying vulnerability

future (potentialities)? Conveniently for me, along emerges Holographic Theory [see Wikipedia entry] into mainstream physics over the forward). Now, Holographic Theory increasingly has no shortage of explicators and variations on its core themes. However a common denominator of the various hypotheses under this (Holographic) umbrella would be that INFORMATION is (a) (somehow) stored on the space-time boundary, and that (b) this information may interact internally in a modality arrow of time. Now, once the internal interaction of information can possibly interact outside the boundaries of the classic linear arrow of time, “a bootstrap universe� cosmological hypothesis has a further (albeit certainly not necessarily


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APPENDIX Y: Counterposing Summa Metaphysica (1988, 2005) with Spinoza (d. 1677) There are many intersection points, but the two treatises are radically different, if not diametrically opposite at the core:

consciousness.

concepts;

whatsoever in the universe; Summa does.


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deterministic universe (i.e. that absolutely everything that happens, occurs through the operation of necessity). I certainly do not. Randomness, Emotion, and (total) Free Will are key Potential /Extraordinariation layered-over Randomness, iterative as its key component, and not overarchingly deterministic.

*

Both works do have in common, however, an emphasis on an interlocking cosmic lattice-work.


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APPENDIX Z1: Survival / Extraordinariation paradigm? Clearly “survival” is necessary. Obviously. But it is far from

“Survival,” in my paradigm, does not occupy the overwhelming paramount position ascribed to it by many 19th and 20th century Darwinists. If it did, we would see far more species of slugs, and radically

At the same time, over the eons the relative priority of survival to extraordinariation may have intermittently shifted:


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More species with high probability survival in-place > more emphasis on extraordinariation, etc. More species in a precarious survival situation > more emphasis on survival.

Clearly, to stay in the game, survival is necessary. macro–signature theme of our cosmos is “extraordinariation.” In any event, while this area, like most areas involving the cosmos is nuanced and textured, the key thrust (extraordinariation) is clear.


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APPENDIX Z2: Primordial Realm Hypothesis At the ‘beginning’ there was not “nothing.” At the “beginning” there was “layer upon layer of pure Potential/Possibility”

Call it “metaphysical possibility.” Call it “the plentitude of possibility.”

Possibility.” Only ‘Potential/Possibility’ can by the metaphysician to have been eternal. It is the sole term/theme/concept which works. Period.

- as Potential/Possibility alone is too diffuse.


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ultimately aims for Extraordinariation.

of “possibility/potential/extraordinariation.”

simple: At the “beginning” – there was “Potential/Possibility”


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APPENDIX Z3: Launch Obviously we have no clue as to the sequence leading up

However, we are not shy to speculate. Potential/Possibility calibrates its optimal path out of the strictly metaphysical and into reality and ultimately to Extraordinariation.


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APPENDIX Z4: Where is Option B?

call it Option A But, where is the competing Option B? Obviously, we have questions with regards Option A. But, with Option A, we do seem to have an elegant, overarching, seemingly seamless, powerful, crisp

on and on.... Option A happens to nicely dovetail as well with components of the Torah and with key components of

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But, what is Option B? And, where is Option B? Which is the salient You might say that there are 100+ contenders? And that they are too numerous to count? OK, but which is the salient contender? No salient contender? That is the point. While Summa makes numerous assertions, they all dovetail

elegant. It is not clear which other metaphysics challenges it.


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APPENDIX Z5: Cosmic Nesting (Iterativeness) Q4P

and to nest:

(In formal mathematical terms: is suggested)

Mandelbrot Fractiles nest: The geometry of [Mandelbrot set] fractiles [developed by Polish/French/American Jewish

(1958-1993) tenure at IBM] deals with the creation of ever-repeating, “self-similar patterns� nested within each other.


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Nature nests: the pattern on twigs on a branch resembles the pattern of limbs branching off the trunk

its smaller tributaries the fractile pattern of the bronchus of the human lung, keeps repeating in the smaller and smaller bronchioles Natural water frost crystal growth shows fractile branching

Generations nest: Son of the son of the son of the son, etc....

Consciousness, Anger, Love and Sexual Arousal (among other dynamics) all possibly have nesting dimensions meaning, layer upon nuanced-layer ratchets-up the particular dynamic.


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APPENDIX Z6: Modern Evolutionary Synthesis*a The modern evolutionary synthesis is a union of ideas from several biological specialties which provides a widely accepted account of evolution. It is also referred to as the new synthesis, the modern synthesis, the evolutionary synthesis, millennium synthesis and the neo-darwinian synthesis. Some key asserted points in the Mordern Evolutionary

by natural selection accumulate over long periods. is by far the main mechanism of change; even slight advantages are important when continued. b

*a Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_evolutionary_synthesis (accessed February 6, 2012) *b of selection

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APPENDIX Z7: Anima mundi* The world soul (Greek: , Latin: Anima mundi) has been a component of several systems of thought. Its proponents claim that it permeates the cosmos and body. The idea originated with Plato and was an important component of most Neoplatonic systems: Therefore, we may consequently state that: this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence... a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.[1] The Stoics believed it to be the only vital force in the universe. It also features in systems of eastern philosophy in the Brahman-Atman of Hinduism, and in the School of Yin-Yang, Taoism, and Neo-Confucianism as .

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*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anima_mundi (accessed February 1, 2011)


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APPENDIX Z8: The Soul of the Universe

the soul of a child has a 1:1 correspondence with the soul of the universe As a child’s spirit bursts with love and potential and hope, so does the spirit of the universe. As a child embodies all of our cumulative aspirations and hopes, so does the universe encompass all of our aspirations and hopes. And as a child is but one (nested) link in the everPotential, so does a snapshot of the universe at any moment in time, represent but one (nested) link....


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APPENDIX Z9: Potential/Possibility Perhaps, our particular universe came into being because it potentially had the most extraordinary denouement


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APPENDIX Z10: “The Free Lunch?” The estimable physicist/cosmologist Stephen Hawking posits*a that “there is no God.” His (alleged) truism is that “there is, indeed, a free lunch.” What Hawking means and articulates is that the entire universe more-or-less spontaneously popped out of nothingness.

dark energy*b (c.1998), positive and negative energy mathematically balances-out the universe, then (B) one can (allegedly) consequently conclude that there is no God (necessary for Creation).

less obvious. For (A) can be true, without (B) being true.

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d

Some, if not the overwhelming

Summa Metaphysica, embrace a transcendent force and/or a Divine in the creation equation. Even if we are as per Summa. With due respect to Hawking, not even a rock, let alone a universe, spontaneously pops-out of nothingness. seashore on a balmy June day, tip-toeing through the foamy surf where ocean wavelets lap onto the beach, did not simply pop out of nothingness. Respectfully. ***

*a

Summer 2011, see Hawking interview/feature on Wormhole Series on the Science Channel. See his inter-related book The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, Bantam Books, a division of Random House, NY 2010

*b

the past 40 years, but mainly started gaining traction since ~1998, when scientist Michael Turner (University of Chicago) coined the term. *c

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APPENDIX Z11: Birnbaumian Panentheism

cosmic order. Panentheism in Judaism* “While mainstream Rabbinic Judaism is classically monotheistic and follows in the footsteps of the Aristotelian theologian Maimonides, the panentheistic conception of God can be found in certain Jewish mystical currents. A leading scholar of the Kabbalah, Moshe Idel ascribes this doctrine to the kabbalistic system of Rabbi Moses as well as his contemporary, Rabbi Menahem Mendel, the Maggid of Bar. There is some debate as to whether Lurianic Kabbalah, with its doctrine of tzimtzum, can be regarded as panentheistic. According to Ein Sof is incorporeal (has no body) and is both transcendent and immanent….”

*Wikipedia online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panentheism#Panentheism_in_Judaism (accessed September 20, 2011)


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APPENDIX Z12: Cosmic Level: Individual Level

galaxies in the observable universe and then, the same number, a 100 billion stars in the Milky Way Galaxy

the same 100 billion ( 1011 ) neurons in the human brain


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Now, the 100 billion neurons in the brain in turn yield 100 trillion ( 1014 ) synapses which generate thought, creativity, emotion etc. Thus, ) presumably calculates that 100 billion (or thereabouts) CRITICAL MASS number to seek/pursue/extend/force-multiply /EXTRAORDINARIATION ! on multiple levels cosmic > individual

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APPENDIX Z13: Major Problems in Science [Selected Quotes from ON BEING*a by Dr. Peter Atkins*b]

entertained us all at one time or another: where did it, the universe, all come from? How did it begin?...� (p. 1) “There are, in fact, three related profound questions to address in the context of creation. One is the mechanism of the coming into being of the universe: what actually happened at the beginning? Another is whether there is any meaning to the question of what preceded the universe and had, in some sense, the potential to become a universe. Here we are confronted by the linguistically and conceptually engaging question of whether absolutely nothing can have potency to become something. The third is whether an agent was needed to trigger the process of cosmogenesis, the process of turning that nothing into what is to all appearances something, or can nothing turn itself into something on its own? All three questions sound as though they might fall within the


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range of science to answer. A fourth question, why there is a universe, is rather different, but still apparently very interesting….” (p. 2) “As a result of their intrinsic caution, almost every scientist is wisely unwilling to express a view about the events accompanying the inception of the universe.

“The task before science in this connection will be to show how something can come from nothing without intervention. No one has the slightest idea whether that can happen and, if so, how it can come about….” (p. 11) “The unfolding of absolutely nothing—what out of reverence for the absence of anything, including empty space, we are calling Nothing—into something is a beyond the reach of science. It is, however, a target at which science must aim even though to some, even to it would seem to be for ever out of science’s reach….” (p. 12) “Presumably before the creation, when there was Nothing, there was no charge; so the coming into being of the universe was accompanied by the separation of ‘no charge’ into opposites. Charge was not created at the creation: electrical Nothing separated into equal and opposite charges….” (pp. 13-14)


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“I promised to return to the question of why there is a universe. What is its purpose? Something so big, complex, and all embracing some hold, must be there for a reason….” (p. 18) “…science is a ceaseless probing with a view to overturning authority….science, though delighted by the glorious complexity of the world, seeks the simplicity that lies beneath it….science is extraordinarily ever thrusting forward, wriggling into new modes of understanding,…science gives an opportunity for humanity to achieve the aspirations it already has and opens its eyes to new ones….” (pp. 26-27)

for the simplest explanation, then builds elaborations only if the explanation’s barren, rocky simplicity proves inadequate….” (p. 33) “One problem with evolution is how it began. Competition between primitive organisms is all very well, the triumph of one message over another, but how did matter step across the national bridge ...It would be much more satisfying—satisfying of curiosity, intellectually satisfying, and possibly spiritually that gap was bridged, presumably without the apparent intervention of an agent….” (pp. 38-39)


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[of life] emerged under the impact, presumably, of natural selection, and it remains a problem of evolution. That is not to say that there are not many ideas about how it came about. Just as for the origin of life itself, valid….” (pp. 60-61)

*a Peter Atkins, On Being (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp.1-2,

5, 11-14, 18, 26-27, 33, 38-39, 60-61.

*b Scientist Peter Atkins is the author of almost 70 books, including Galileo’s Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, Four Laws That Drive the Universe, and the world-renowned textbook Physical Chemistry. A Fellow of Lincoln College, University of Oxford, he has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New Zealand, and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.


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APPENDIX Z14: “Nothing” It would be incorrect, of course, to imply or infer that Summa maintains that NOTHING preceded all. metaphysical ‘dead end.’ The ‘starting point’ of the cosmos is not NOTHING. Rather, Summa proposes that ‘Potential/Possibility’ was/ is eternal. And ‘Potential/Possibility’ is clearly a far more complex and a far richer concept than ‘Nothing.’

nothing. And no entity or agent or force can turn nothing into something Now, ‘Potential/Possibility’ may, indeed have dimensions/ facets of which we are either unaware, or cannot fully


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grasp. ‘Possibility/Potential’ in turn, may have had the metaphysical to reality as we know it. ‘Possibility/Potential’ may have had the power, ultimately, into positives and negatives, as discussed in the text. And, herein, in my estimation, is most probably the crux of the genesis of our little universe.

“Cosmologists sometimes claim that the universe can arise ‘from nothing.’ But this is loose language. Even if shrunk to a point or a quantum state, our universe is latent with particles and forces: it has far more content and structure than what a philosopher calls ‘nothing.’” (Martin Rees, Our Cosmic Habitat, p. 142)

*technical note:

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APPENDIX Z15: Gnosticism

(selected WIKI excerpts)*

“Gnosticism (from gnostikos, “learned”, from Greek: gn sis, knowledge) is a modern scholarly term for a set of religious beliefs and spiritual practices found among some of the early Christian sects called “gnostic” (“learned”) by Irenaeus and other early Christian heresiologists. The term also has reference to parallels gnostics.

Hellenistic Jewish origins, and Wilhelm Bousset (1907) advocated Persian origins….”


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Common characteristics of Christianity, however Joseph Jacobs and Ludwig Blau (Jewish Encyclopedia, 1911) note that much of the terminology employed is Jewish and note that this “proves at least that the principal elements of gnosticism were derived from Jewish speculation,….” Monad (apophatic theology) “In many Gnostic systems (and heresiologies), God is known as the Monad, the One, The Absolute, Aion teleos (The Perfect Æon), Bythos (Depth or Profundity, ), Proarkhe (Before the Beginning, ), and E Arkhe (The Beginning, ). God is the high source of the pleroma, the region of light. The various emanations of God are called æons. Within certain variations of Gnosticism, especially those inspired by Monoimus, the Monad was the highest God which created lesser gods, or elements (similar to æons). According to Hippolytus, this view was inspired by the existence the Monad, which begat the dyad, which begat the numbers, which begat the point, begetting lines, etc….”

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnosticism (accessesd February 26, 2012)


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APPENDIX Z16: Atheist v. Potentialist Atkins* v. Birnbaum

consonant with Summa: “simplicity”

answer will almost certainly be one of extreme simplicity, for only the perfectly simple can come into existence.... what we perceive of as complexity may be the outcome of chains of simplicity.” (p. 7)*a “...Somehow matter must have been created out of something resembling nothing....” (p. 11)*a


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Intersecting with Summa: “Mega-organism”

on a way of passing on intricate, unpredictable information to others around them and following them. It did so by inventing language and effectively binding together all human organisms, past, present, and future into a single mega-organism of potentially boundlesss achievement.” (p.33)*b polar opposite to Summa: “collapse into chaos” “Aspirations... feed on (purposeless) decay” “....All change, I shall argue, arises from an underlying collapse into chaos. We shall see that what may appear to us to be motive and purpose, is in fact ultimately motiveless, purposeless decay. Aspirations and their achievement, feed on [purposeless] decay.” (p. 21)*a

*a Peter Atkins, Creation Revisited, The Origin of Space, Time and the Universe

(London, England: Penguin Books, 1992) *b Peter Atkins, Galileo’s Finger, The Ten Great Ideas of Sciences, (Oxford, England:

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APPENDIX Z17: Particle Physics and Q4P ? Higgs mechanism* “In particle physics, the Higgs mechanism is the process that gives mass to elementary particles. The particles gain space….”

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_mechanism (accessed March 5, 2012)


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APPENDIX Z18: A Fix-It “Conceptual Plug”? The Summa series started out with God and Evil

religious conundrum of Theodicy, but would seem to simultaneously solve as well several other key philosophical issues in metaphysics. As pointed-out in this volume, God and Good, many/ to have gaping holes in them. The appendix relating to noted scientist Atkins, for instance, highlights via excerpts This ‘gaping-hole’ issue ranges through Astrophysics, Biology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology, Cosmology, Life Sciences and on-and-on.

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respective gaps, seems to potentially close-the-gaps. (Is that the world’s most grandiose assertion or what?) Thus, we have an intriguing potential simultaneous solution on a very grand scale. Are we catching your attention yet? Several examples: Evolutionary Biology: What drives Evolution? Physiology: What drives Consciousness? Astrophysics: What ignited/drove the Big Bang, in particular? Cosmology: What ignited creation and maintains the Cosmos more generally? Metaphysics: What is the purpose of Man, the cosmos?


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Astronomy: Why is the cosmic order so wondrous? Life Sciences: What drives Life? What is Life? What makes Life so tenacious? Anthropology: what drives the ‘Ascent of Man’? Love Science: What drives Love? and, of course, our initial inquiry into the Theodicy questiona God who is all-powerful and merciful, why is there gross evil?


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APPENDIX Z19: The Data Comporting to the data v. Data proving the hypothesis Metaphysicians doing metaphysics seek an all-embracing hypothesis, at-a-minimum comporting to the data. Metaphysicians seek ‘aesthetic elegance.’ Physicists doing physics want testability. They want data proving the hypothesis. To them, a successful it cannot be proven. Now, Summa poses an intriguing issue for physics.


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necessarily be proven in the classic sense, which physics would prefer. Eve though it is always hard to prove the

But, on the other hand,

and

(b) No data or knowledge accumulated in the past 5,000+ years at all contradicts Summa.

No other metaphysics can make these claims.

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APPENDIX Z20: Take #2: Where Is The Competing Metaphysics?* The Bard Symposium ‘take’ The three basic groups of academics represented at the April 2012 international academic conference at Bard College (NY) on Summa Metaphysica were: A) Religious philosophers B) Secular Philosophers/Metaphysicians C) Scientists Conference co-Chair Gary Hagberg** posed the (abovenoted) question, (see title above) to the assemblage of academics: answers (A) Group A academics leaned-towards the proposition that each of their respective religions could potentially embrace Summa as an elegant dovetailing add-on to their respective belief systems.


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(B) Group B academics leaned-towards the proposition that Neoplatonism as a whole was the closest (albeit indirectly) competing neo-metaphysics. However, Neoplatonism is more a modality of looking at problems, or metaphysical structure. Indeed, we all operate on a Neoplatonism platform. Meaning, that there was, indeed, no salient viable directly competing metaphysics. [However, respectfully, Aristotelianism and its Jewish offshoot, Maimonidean philosophy are important historical systems, still embraced by many, which do so-to-speak Summa. D. N. Khalil fatal metaphysical gap Foreword to Summa II: God and Good.] (C) Group C academics went along with Oxford scientist and Conference presenter Peter Atkins’ “interesting” minimetaphysics that “purposeless decay” was the allegedly more powerful and competing metaphysics. Atkins repeatedly articulates this theme in his published works. When challenged as to whether he preferred to view Potential /Extraordinariation or of Atkinsonian purposeless decay, Atkins responded with the latter, to the dismay of the assemblage.


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In Summation re: the proposed “Purposeless decay” metaphysics: Thus, the prime direct challenge to the Potential/ Extraordinariation metaphysics, is, according to at least one segment of the Conference, only “purposeless decay.” Frankly, hard-to-believe that this pessimistic challenge. Aside from the fact that the ‘visceral appeal’ of “purposeless decay” is not, shall we say, stellar.

re: the Aristotelian metaphysics: As noted above, Khalil deals with the fatal gap in Aristotelian or neo-Aristotelian systems.*** Conclusion: Thus, with no readily available seriously challenging against putative competing systems as they are potentially offered-up.

* see also “Appendix Z4: Where is Option B?” ** Chairman, Dept. of Philosophy, Bard College *** For the record, Orthodox Jewish scientist and academic Khalil does not challenge the religious doctrines of Orthodox Jewish Maimonides. Nor does Khalil truly need to do so in order to challenge the metaphysics of Maimonides. [Please note that Khalil and I are insync on both fronts here.]


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APPENDIX Z21: The Assertion/Claim The assertion/claim herein is that Summa is the optimal working hypothesis metaphysics. Of course, like all hypotheses, it should be probed, challenged and debated. While it is certainly true that Summa frontally challenges the heavily-entrenched academic , perhaps Summa’s hypothesis is actually right.

establishment academia to very seriously debate and consider it, even if the academic establishment is simultaneously threatened by it.

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APPENDIX Z22: The Q4P ‘Package’ ...Includes but is not limited to the components Recursive / Looping upon itself / Self-Referencing / Iterative / Self-Sustaining*a As argued, “Possibility” is the sole “dynamic” which can arguably have been eternal. This is “self-evident.” Then evolved from “Possibility” is, conceptual leap.

from the metaphysical to the physical. It is this sui generis inter-related bundle of attributes*b and related which decisively arm the Q4P candidacy as the prime protagonist in the cosmic drama. *a Self-sustaing relates, as well, to the “leveraged buyout” aspect delineated in the text: Potentials down-the-road ignite the present (Genesis Point). But note that these same potentials-down-theroad also help sustain and nourish the ongoing drama. *b It is the architectural/conceptual ‘elegance’ of ‘the package’ which so-to-speak ‘gives it a chance.’


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APPENDIX Z23: Explication

The cosmic Supra-Instinct & Essence. The underling cosmic Progenitor & Dynamic. The cosmic Common-Denominator & Imperative. The font, essence and drive of the cosmos. The [Divine] Qi of the Cosmos. a

The (elusive) [Jewish] Lurianic Kabballah mystical En Sof.*b

The Biblical Eheyeh asher Eheyeh.*c


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Simultaneously, the Macro and Micro essence of the cosmic order. The Holy Grail of the cosmos…. The mysterium tremendum

while at the same time, encompassing the entire dynamic cosmic order

*a Never explicated by obscure Taoism (Daoism), even though which, in turn, never explicate the Tao except very elliptically and very obscurely/ambiguously. [Note that Taoism is a philosophy aforementioned (obscure) Tao.]

*b The “No End”: Dealt with extensively in Summa I: God and Evil *c when God reveals Himself to Moses.


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APPENDIX Z24: Context Heretofore, we essentially generally operated without

ineffable and greatly inexplicable cosmos. Not explicatedby or tethered-to an all-enveloping metaphysics. Summa, however, offers a powerful all-embracing context and integrated thesis. While the author and many academic luminaries believe Summa to be on-the-mark, it may or may not be. But, certain aspects regarding Summa are hard to dispute:

It seems to be elegant, powerful, overarching, integrated and holistic. Its core thesis has remained unchallenged. It alone among known metaphysical schemas systematically and conceptually seems to truly unify Science, Spirituality, Philosophy and Religion.


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Summa is essentially “the only game in town.” There is simply no known directly competing, even somewhat compelling (overarching and well-integrated) metaphysics known to us.*

* Respectfully, classic religious philosophies are not counted here

as competing metaphysics. Respectfully, their systems tend to include as integral to their core paradigms, a particular ineffable and inexplicable deity or divine. Ditto for (obscure) Taoism. Rather, religious philosophies can and should consider Summa as a potential add-on or wrap-around schema. The alleged competitor to Summa Neoplatonism’s ancient offshoot schema Aristotelianism is, respectfully, simply too simplistic, too assumption-laden, too incomplete and, respectfully, more accurately in the realm of religious philosophy. As noted [see Khalil “Foreword”]: Aristotelianism has a gaping-hole in it. As well, Aristotelianism is often dead-wrong. For instance, it postulates that the Sun rotates around the Earth.


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APPENDIX Z25: Where is the Divine? Metaphysical challenge: Choose from these multiple choice options: a) Nowhere b) Up there / Separate from us c) Here d) Here, and it encompasses all / We are part of It

The author is dubious that any metaphysics, which embraces (a) or (b) can present a viable integrated, holistic and fully-satisfying option. Summa believes that the metaphysical debate needs to take place within the embrace of (c) or (d).


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Atheism embraces (a) Note that Aristotelianism (Aristotle was the student of Plato, who in turn was the student of Socrates) and classic mainstream Western (religious) thought classically both embrace (b). Taoism and much Eastern philosophical/religious thought embrace (c) or (d).

“We are made of light, and we are all part of God’s mind. Most importantly, we are the universe itself having the experience of knowing that.” (Fred Alan Wolf, Time Loops and Space Twists, p. 232)


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APPENDIX Z26: String Theory and ‘Provability’ String Theory is a contender for the “theory of everything in physics.” After 40 years of intense effort (and failure) by String Theory be tested by experiment, String Theory is nevertheless essentially accepted by its many and often quite-eminent its conceptual aesthetic appeal, and its relative power vis à vis other contending theories. As well, there is the hope of its advocates that in the future there may be some measurable consequences. On net balance to date, it is a noble effort by many hundreds of scientists to transcend mortal and current

Thus, in Physics, which demands as an almost inviolable (essential condition) testability, provability and ultimately proof, in this instance an untested and unproven theory is nevertheless held in the highest possible (international) esteem. Note that Metaphysics, which more often than not per se. It inviolably requires, however, the absence of contradiction with physics and science, as a whole.


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APPENDIX Z27: Multiverse Theory Multiverse is a theory in physics. It is not a classic knowledge. So, for instance, as regards the classic question as to where our universe came from, if one proposes as an cosmic order, one still needs to address where the “mother universe(s)� came from.


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APPENDIX Z28: Theory of Everything* (in Physics) “A theory of everything (TOE) or is a putative theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena, and predicts the outcome of any experiment that could be carried out in principle. Many candidate theories of everything (in physics) have been proposed by theoretical physicists during experimentally. The primary problem in producing a TOE is that general relativity and quantum mechanics are hard to unify. This is one of the unsolved problems in physics.... While loop quantum gravity [theory] attempts to unify string theory and its successor M-theory, remain the only prominent candidates as a theory of everything.�

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_everything (accessed April 25, 2012)


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Summa, of course, fully embraces physics, and believes

Metaphysics is about painting a “bold brush stroke” super-macro overarching conceptual Theory of Everything (meaning, a “real deal” Theory of Truly Everything). The correct [overarching] metaphysics theory would embrace within its fold the correct [overarching] physics theory. The author respectfully believes that ultimately physics will be compelled to make its way in order to cross in its quest for a Theory of Everything (in Physics), including Big Bang Theory. Note that as a reference to their work, metaphysicians avoid using that (TOE) terminology or a more precise phrase for metaphysics like “Macro Theory of Everything,” presumptuous. But conceptual macro brush strokes is essentially what metaphysics is ultimately all about. Macro Everything. That is what metaphysicians are paid to do.


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APPENDIX Z29: Occam’s Razor “Occam’s razor (also written as Ockham’s razor, Latin lex parsimoniae) is the law of parsimony, economy or succinctness. It is a principle urging one to select among competing hypotheses that which makes the fewest assumptions and thereby offers the simplest explanation of the effect.”* Summa offers a so-to-speak ‘simple’, but purportedly sophisticated and powerful proposition:

Quest for Potential ignited, drives and indeed, is, the cosmos.

Occam might smile.

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APPENDIX Z30: Schopenhauer v. Birnbaum from Wikipedia*

“Arthur Schopenhauer 1860) was a German philosopher known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity. At age 25, he published his doctoral dissertation, On the Fourfold Root of the , which examined the four separate manifestations of reason in the phenomenal world. The World as Will and Representation, claimed that the world is fundamentally analysis of will led him to the conclusion that emotional, The corollary of this is an ultimately painful human condition. Consequently, he considered that a lifestyle of negating desires, similar to the ascetic teachings of Vedanta, Buddhism and the Church Fathers of early Christianity, was the only way to attain liberation.


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Schopenhauer’s metaphysical analysis of will, his views on human motivation and desire, and his aphoristic

Wittgenstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Otto Rank, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Mann, and Jorge Luis Borges….”

So Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation posits that the world is fundamentally ‘will’; and ‘pessimistschool’ Schopenhauer comes to the conclusion that negating ‘will’ is the ‘route to liberation.’ Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica posits that the world is essentially ‘potential’; and, to continue counterposing Schpenhauer, ‘optimist-school’ Birnbaum comes to the (quick) conclusion that proactive the true ‘route to liberation.’

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Schopenhauer (accessed May 21, 2012)


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APPENDIX Z31: Simple v. Simplistic Metaphysicians and scientists like their theories simple yet sophisticated. Thus, Einstein’s iconic Theory of Relativity, E=MC2 is simple, but highly sophisticated. Many theories and laws of physics follow this general paradigm: Simple, yet sophisticated. Now in our little realm of metaphysics, we posit that is simple, yet sophisticated. enthusiasts would argue that (linear) Aristotelianism (i.e. Eternal God deployed primal matter and created the Earth) is simply simplistic*. “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler” — Albert Einstein (c. 1933) *or in any event, more in the realm of theology


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APPENDIX Z32: Aesthetic Elegance After multi-day discussion/debate at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, Upstate, NY as to the sine (~the necessary aspect) of a powerful metaphysics, the consensus emerged that since aesthetic elegance

Of course, aesthetic elegance reality embraces many clinical components. Presumably the metaphysics under examination at-a-minimum passes muster vis Ă vis the litmus test checklist proposed at the very beginning of the appendix section in Appendix A: Metaphysics Analysis.


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Now, the human psyche is awesomely complex. But it ultimately often seeks to boil-down a litmus test checklist Aesthetic elegance presents itself as a viable candidate in metaphysics.

*

aesthetic elegance would necessarily be the requirement that the metaphysics comports with ‘actual knowledge’ i.e. the hard and soft sciences


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APPENDIX Z33: The Red Queen Hypothesis Classic application to evolution: from Wikipedia*a

“The Red Queen’s Hypothesis, also referred to as Red Queen, Red Queen’s race or Red Queen Effect, is an evolutionary hypothesis. The term is taken from the Red Through the Looking-Glass yet remaining in the same place. “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”

see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”


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In reference to an evolutionary system, continuing adaptation [and successive procreation] is needed in the systems being co-evolved with.*b….”

BIRNBAUMIAN application to the cosmic order:

entropy.*c A parallel to this might be the dynamic of skimming a rock within a given angle tolerance and within a given speed and acceleration tolerance, in order not to fall into the water. To “defy gravity,” the skimming rock must advance. Likewise, the cosmic order: To defy entropy, it must advance... playing-out cosmic potential and advancingtowards Extraordinariation.

*a Wikipedia online (accessed June 4, 2012)

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APPENDIX Z34: Punctuated equilibrium*

from Wikipedia

“Punctuated equilibrium (also called punctuated equilibria) is a theory in evolutionary biology which proposes that most species will exhibit little net evolutionary change for most of their geological history, remaining in an extended state called stasis. When proposes that it is generally restricted to rare and geologically rapid events....�


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Punctuated equilibrium, consists of morphological stability and rare bursts of evolutionary change

Clearly, Punctuated Equilibrium works far better with driving and igniting punctuating the equilibrium?


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hypotheses, it would seem that a somewhat compelling case has been made. Especially since there is no known competing, compelling alternative. Respectfully, Summa de facto stands alone. It may turn out to be wrong, but it would currently seem to be the overwhelmingly and distinctively aesthetically elegant metaphysics.

thought should endeavor to transcend its inertia. Perhaps academia will now undergo its own Punctuated Equilibrium...and go with a winning new paradigm ;) as its working hypothesis, as opposed to its current (somewhat pathetics) modus operandi: of operating without any real conceptual context.

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punctuated_equilibrium (accessed June 4, 2012)


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APPENDIX Z35: The Font/Soul of the Cosmos

systems de facto vector towards this issue. This question/quest for the Font/Soul of the cosmos is Religious, Spiritual, Philosophical and Metaphysical inquiry *

pierce through to the core of the cosmic origins/essence/engine/drive/purpose. The Summa hypothesis is no doubt quite-powerful and quite-elegant. There is no competing compelling metaphysics. The only question is whether Summa is indeed essentially correct.


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APPENDIX Z36: Time To whatever extent, over the next decades and centuries, physics ascertains potential non-linear dimensions of time, Summa advances.

as a key component thereof, the plethora of potentials down-the-road were instrumental in igniting the ‘genesis point.’ So this key component mandates some non-linear dimensions or pathways in time. In other words, some link between the future and the past. So, for instance, As holographic theories gain in traction, Summa advances. If ‘black holes’ turn out to impact time any-which-way, Summa advances.


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If the ‘speed of light’ barrier protects the linearity of time in particular, Summa advances. If it turns out that time can indeed be compressed or expanded, Summa advances. If it turns out that, on some level, the future co-exists simultaneously with the present or that the present somehow exists within the future (or vice versa), Summa advances. The manifold mysteries of time are inextricably linked to the mysteries of creation.

“Time travel and causal loops are not merely the stuff of science by motion and gravitation, predicts circumstances in which past. An explicit model of a universe that permits time travel was found by Kurt Gödel in 1948 using Einstein’s general theory of relativity”... (Paul Davies, The Goldilocks Enigma, p. 252)


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APPENDIX Z37: An Ultra- Dynamic MultiDimensional Organic Entity The cosmos: Interactive, integrated, expanding,

reproducing, pulsating on more than 100 rhythms, in possible perpetual motion, expanding/morphing/ transforming for at least 14 billion years, our cosmos is not as simply “mechanistic” as the common wisdom would have it. One can make a strong case that it is a “living”, “breathing” and “sentient” super-entity/dynamic, as well as a supra-entity/dynamic.

(aka the aforementioned biblical Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh

of human emotion/creativity/artistry/literary prowess/ consciousness/spirituality/intellectuality/sensuality add to . It is possible that these are


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generations of these elements.

Of course, if humans radioactivate the planet, that particular thrust might not be helpful to assorted cosmic advance.

“All interactions between particles in the universe...convey not only energy but also information in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? Its own dynamical evolution... As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds.� - from the back-cover of Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT (now, Oct 2012). Seth Lloyd is, as well, Information, Cambridge, Massachusetts


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APPENDIX Z38: “The Mind of God”

(1988)

“If we do discover a complete theory…then ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God….”

A Brief History of Time*1


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(1992)

“I belong to the group of scientists who do not subscribe to a conventional religion but nevertheless deny that the universe is work I have come to believe more and more strongly that the physical universe is put together with an ingenuity so astonishing that I cannot accept it merely as a brute fact. There must, it seems to me, be a deeper level of explanation….”

The Mind of God*2

*1 Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time. New York: Random House, 1988. (p. 193) *2 Paul Davies, The Mind of God, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992. (p.16)


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APPENDIX Z39: Metaphysical Assumptions incorrect: Time is linear correct: Time is non-linear

incorrect: “Originally” there was NOTHING correct: Eternally there was Potential/Possibility

incorrect: We are correct: We are

beings + beings

incorrect: God is “there” and we are “here” correct: There is no divide in the Divine


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incorrect: We are no longer able to “connect” with the Divine

incorrect: Physics is a secular science, inherently

investigation.

evolving supra-Entity, best to focus on attempting Divine” ]


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APPENDIX Z40: The “Double Play”: Push-Pull Summa has proposed two separate dynamics as having ignited Creation and the cosmic advance as we know it.

(1) The splitting of the Zero-Point (2) The “leveraged buyout” of future potentials To clarify, the hypothesis holds them as simultaneous ‘igniters.’ Simultaneous in-tandem ‘agents of creation.’ The ultimate “Double Play.”

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Taking this to yet another level, in parallel to our

while

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APPENDIX Z41: Framing Beliefs “There are many other unprovable framing beliefs, and thought systematically about such things. Is there really a world out there, or are there only our sense impressions? Are there other minds? Do we have free will? Has the universe existed for billions of years, or did it come into and evidence? These are staple topics of any introductory

the scope of proof. Nonetheless, they are what give meaning to the chaos of experience.*�

from the author -

* Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, p.33


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APPENDIX Z42: The Goldilocks Dilemma*** “As we were leaving, a stranger came up to me, gentle

you.’ I thanked him and some days later the book arrived. It was called Just Six Numbers [© 2001], and with a Martin, now Lord, Rees, Astronomer Royal, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and President of the Royal association. Sir Martin was, in other words, Britain’s most distinguished scientist.

The thesis of the book was that there are six mathematical constants that determine the physical shape of the universe. Had any one of them been even slightly different, the universe as we know it would not cosmology and the string of recent discoveries of how improbable our existence actually is. James Le Fanu, in his 2009 book Why Us?, adds to this a slew of new are on the brink of a paradigm shift that will overturn the


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The new paradigm must also lead to a renewed interest in and sympathy for religion in its broadcast sense, as a means of expressing wonder at the ‘mysterium tremendum et fascinans’ of the natural world. It is not the least of the ironies of the New Genetics and the Decade of the Brain that they have vindicated the two main impetuses to religious belief confounding the principle tenets of materialism: that Darwin’s ‘reason for everything’ explains the natural world and our origins, and that life can be ‘reduced’ to the chemical genes, the mind to the physical brain. (James Le Fanu, Why Us?, p.258) There may be, in other words, a new synthesis in the making. It will be very unlike the Greek thoughtworld of the medieval scholastics with its emphasis on changelessness and harmony. Instead it will speak about the emergence of order, the distribution of intelligence complexity, the way individuals display a collective individuals that comprise them, the dynamic of evolving systems and what leads some to equilibrium, others to chaos. Out of this will emerge new metaphors of nature

*** Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, pp.75-76


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As noted in the 2001 Sir Martin Rees book Just Six Numbers, there are at least 6 cosmological constants, 1 decimal point would preclude the cosmos having life, among other things, as we know it. the precision of these constants. community is not-quite-sure exactly how to understand this “synchronicity.” However, from Summa’s perspective the resolution is inter-related goals of life, potential and extraordinariation.


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APPENDIX Z43: God*** “God is the distant voice we hear and seek to amplify in our systems of meaning, each particular to a culture, a unity at the core of our diversity; the call that leads us otherness and be enlarged by it, to seek to be a vehicle give thanks for the miracle of being and the radiance that and love.�*

*** Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, p.94


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APPENDIX Z44: Man: Mortal or Divine***

The moon and stars that You set in place, What is man that You are mindful of him, Mortal man that You take note of him? Yet You have made him little less than the angels Psalm 8:3-5 (c. 1000 BCE) “Pico della Mirandola (1463-94) was one of the moving spirits of the Italian Renaissance. Born into an aristocratic family, he was a child prodigy, mastering Latin and Greek at an early age and winning the title of papal protonotary when we was only ten. Initially intending a career in the Church, he went to the University of Bologna to study law, but widened his interests to include philosophy, which he pursued at the universities of Ferrara and Padua. In 1486 he completed his monumental 900 Theses, Conclusiones philosophicae, cabalasticae et theologicae, on the entire range of human knowledge. To accompany


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them he wrote his Oration on the Dignity of Man, widely regarded as a manifesto of the Renaissance. In it he argued that the human person was the centerpiece of creation, the one being other than God himself who had higher than the angels or fall lower than the animals. This

that is peculiar to you, nor any function that is yours prescribed and bounded by our laws. You, with no limit or no bound, may choose for yourself the limits and bounds of your nature. We have placed you at the world’s center so that you may survey everything else in the world. We have made you neither of heavenly nor of Earthly stuff, neither mortal nor immortal, so that with free choice and dignity, you may fashion yourself into whatever form you choose. To you is granted the power of degrading yourself into the lower forms of life, the beasts, and to you is granted the power, into the higher forms, the divine.�* *Oration on the Dignity of Man (1486), the text available at: http:// public.wsu.edu/~brians/world_civ/worldcivreader/world_civ_ reader_1/pico.html#2. See Ernst Cassirer, Paul Oskar Kristeller and John Herman Randall, Jr, The Rennaissane Philosophy of Man, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1948; M.V. Dougherty (ed.), Pico della Mirandola: New Essays, Cambridge University Press, 2008.

*** Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, pp.111-112


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APPENDIX Z45: New Interpretations*** “I end with a fascinating comment by the nineteenthcentury Jewish mystic Rabbi Zadok haCohen of Lublin (1823-1900). ‘Every day there are new interpretations of Torah, because every day, continually, God renews the work of creation.’ Since the world was created according to the Torah...presumably, the renewal of the world comes about through new aspects of Torah. That is why after the blessing [in the morning prayers] ‘creator of the heavenly lights’ which speaks about the daily renewal of creation, the sages instituted a second blessing which is a form of blessing over the Torah...in which we ask to know the new interpretations of Torah which come about through the new aspects of creation....’ Rabbi Zadock haCohen, Tzidkat ha-Tzaddik, 92 (c. 1870) According to Rabbi Zadok, since the God of creation is the God of revelation, and since the Torah is itself a discovery generates new religious insight. By daily renewing creation, God is daily renewing, our insight into his creative will.” *** Jonathan Sacks, The Great Partnership, New York: Random House, Inc. 2011, pp.111-112


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APPENDIX Z46: Take #3: Physics & Metaphysics In secular society, and even in religious society, our natural inclination is to keep a close eye on Physics for its most up-to-date “wisdom” re: Cosmology (the origin and dynamics of the cosmos). After all, Physics best understands the equations and their import, does it not? The ‘problem’ is, however, that according to Summa, “Creation” / the “Big Bang” / the Emergence of our Universe, was an epic attempt to break-free of the sterile universe of the equations, to “transcend” the equations. The “Cosmological Breakthrough” was an attempt to move the cosmic order into Reality a world of texture and emotion, of love and sunsets, of giggles Potential/Extraordinariation of the cosmic order. Thus, classic physics more logically plays the role of “Expert Witness” in verifying the plausibility of a particular Metaphysical construct, but does not by any means hold


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the “breakthrough.”

to the cosmic code.” We seek “the common cosmic denominator. We seek the “key to the kingdom.” The “unity key.” We, respectfully, do not seek yet another complex equation.


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APPENDIX Z47: “...beyond science...” “The preeminent mystery is why anything exists at all. What breathes life into the equations of physics, and beyond science, however: they are the province of philosophers and theologians”***….

Martin Rees is Royal Society Research Professor at Cambridge University, Astronomer Royal of Great Britain and conceptual theorist. He was the recipient of the 2001

*** Cosmologist Martin Rees, Our Cosmic Habitat. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2001. p. xi


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APPENDIX Z48: “The Same Recipe”*** on-point “A universe hospitable to life—what we might call a biophilic universe—has to be very special in many ways. The prerequisites for any life—long-live stable stars, a periodic table of atoms with complex chemistry, and so on—are sensitive to physical laws and could not have emerged from a Big Bang with a recipe that was even slightly different. Many recipes would lead to stillborn universes with no atoms, no chemistry, and no planets; or to universes too short lived or too empty to allow anything to evolve beyond sterile uniformity. This distinctive and special-seeming recipe seems to me a fundamental mystery that should not be brushed aside merely as a brute fact.’” (p. xvi) on-point “Likewise, we should surely probe deeper, and ask why a unique recipe for the physical world should permit consequences as interesting as those we see around us.”…(p. 163) *** Cosmologist Martin Rees, Our Cosmic Habitat. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2001. pp xvi, 163


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APPENDIX Z49: The Consciousness Continuum Where does it begin? Where is it at? What is it? Why is it? “Who” is it? Across how many dimensions of time and space does it span? To what extent is it shared? partitioned-off? To what extent is it stored eternally? In-time and out-oftime? If we are separate from the Divine, to what extent does the Divine read our individual consciousnesses? If we are, a’ la Summa, extensions of the Divine, where If there is a Godhead, was there indeed a contraction of Hester Panim Holocaust time frame, among other time frames? Is ascending consciousness a gateway to Summa’s fuller Extraordinariation?


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To what extent, is an emerging consciousness a goal of Creation? But, did it not require an extraordinary consciousness to Did the Cosmic Consciousness indeed anticipate and road, as per Summa, and then ‘bootstrap-leverage’ those potentials into the “pull-aspect of Creation.” Did the Cosmic Consciousness indeed grasp the neoaspect of Creation”?

the forces of Nature?

balance-out”

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APPENDIX Z50: “Backward Causation” ( meaning, the FUTURE impacting the PAST ) [ support for the “bootstrap” component of Summa’s metaphysics ] “Quantum Mechanics Could Permit a Subtle Form of Teleology” no fundamental impediment to a mechanism that allows some famous theories of physics that explicitly involve backward causation power over past events. Wheeler proposed one such theory with his then student Richard Feynman in the mid1940s. In the Wheeler-Feynman theory of electrodynamics, electromagnetic interactions can travel both forward and backward in time. There is no experimental evidence in favor of the theory, I hasten to add. Something similar was proposed for gravitation by Hoyle and Narlikat, and for quantum cosmology by Gell-Mann and Hartle and by Hawking. Again, observation and experiment are silent on and variants of them are still being investigated today.”*… * Cosmologist Paul Davies, The Goldilocks Enigma. United Kingdom: Little, First Mariner Books edition. 2008. pp. 242-243


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APPENDIX Z51: Galapagos I, as well, traveled to the Galapagos Islands. Not on the HMS Beagle (c. 1835), but via HMS Boeing (December 2006), 171 years later.

iguana, and the surreal pastel-blue footed seabirds (the greatness, had missed “the main event.� One does not need Galapagos to discern the core axis of Evolution. One might very well, however, Extraordinariation.

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Isolated from the South American mainland, (500 miles west of Ecuador), the sundry Galapagos species had their own survival/extraordinariation evolutionary calculus. The threats were quite different and the resources/ environment were quite different. In sum total, it was a unique, stand-alone environment within-which to evolve. Differently. With a little Extraordinariaton thrown-in.


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APPENDIX Z52: Ecology [by Dr. Andrei Alyokhin]*

The very basic laws of ecology describing the growth and proposed by David Birnbaum. Obviously, ecology is only one of many sub disciplines within the rather broad science of biology, and biology is only one of many natural sciences (albeit a very important one). Therefore, this observation alone does not serve as an immediate and force behind each and every natural process. Nevertheless, it is truly fascinating that an established mathematic models is in such a strong agreement with a philosophical theory of Conceptual Theorist Birnbaum, and developed independently of any formal natural history research. This is unlikely to happen by chance alone.

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Testing this hypothesis would involve a critical review of chemistry, physics, sociology, etc. for their agreement with Birnbaum’s proposed Overarching Theory.

conscious beings.

*Dr. Andrei Alyokhin

Professor and Graduate Coordinator School of Biology and Ecology University of Maine Orono, ME


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APPENDIX Z53: A Compelling Case One cannot expect to clinically prove a dynamic Framing . But ideally one could provide a rather compelling circumstantial/supporting/empirical case. Perhaps we have done so. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said that ideally when solid circumstantial evidence is presented in court, it would be like a spider’s web hope to escape. According to my consulting litigators, in an ideal legal cobweb, all the inferences and implications are Ideally, a powerful case would clearly trump competing scenarios. Perhaps we have done so here. There is no (repeat: no) contradictory evidence to Summa’s hypothesis. Not one iota of contradictory information. After


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In each and every case, overlaying Summa either has a exceptions. Meaning, there are no instances where Summa Thus, on weighing all the evidence, the probability that Summa is essentially on-the-mark, is quite high. And the possibility that it is totally off-base, is quite remote.

hypothesis. In addition, as explicated, there is de facto no competing metaphysics. So I have presented. There are no eyewitnesses coming forward from the


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Creation-point. With regards the Creation point, Summa has made-a-case for circumstantial and deductive (and spiritually consonant) evidence. And contemporaneously, we are all, indeed, very direct eyewitnesses. And we can all carefully evaluate the

Very straightforward: Does it work?

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APPENDIX Z54: neo-Survival-of-the-Fittest or Q4P /Extraordinariation? Approximately 67 million years ago, a sleek, red-crowned 80 mph for 10,000+ miles.

Quetzalcoatlus Quetzalcoatlus pterosaur known from the Late Cretaceous of North time....


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Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Order: Pterosauria Suborder: Pterodactyloidea Family: Azhdarchidae Genus: Quetzalcoatlus Species: Q. northropi

More recent estimates based on greater knowledge of

biomechanical studies were conducted in the 21st century.... After factoring wingspan, body weight, and aerodynamics, a sophisticated computer program led the two researchers to conclude that Q. northropi miles an hour for 7 to 10 days at altitudes of 15,000 feet�. 8,000 to 12,000 miles for Q. northropi.... [Note that the entire circumference of the Earth is 25,000 miles.]

* reptiles. They existed [144.5 million years] from the late Triassic to the end of the Cretaceous Period (210 to 65.5 million years ago).


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Quetzalcoatlus on land, feeding

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APPENDIX Z55: 1999: Cosmologist Martin Rees Noted astrophysicist and cosmologist Martin Rees (b. 1942, England, and President of the Royal Society 2005-2010) Numbers”:***

“But it remains a fundamental challenge to of an intellectual quest that started with Newton, and continued through Maxwell, Einstein and their successors. It would deepen our understanding of space, time, and the basic forces….

This goal may be unattainable. There could be no mental powers to grasp it. But even if this goal is reached, that would not be the end of challenging science. As well as being a ‘fundamental’ science, cosmology is also the grandest of the environmental sciences. It aims to understand


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Earth, and perhaps in many biospheres elsewhere, they emerged.”*

Every once-in-a-while, Sir Martin, a sort-of ‘simple concept’ makes-an-appearance on the world stage ‘solves’ an array of formidable, inter-related, and hitherto seemingly intractable issues.

*** Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers. Great Britain: Weindenfeld & Nicolson, 1999. pp. 176-177


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APPENDIX Z56: 2000: Cosmologist Brian Greene*** “The search for the fundamental laws of the universe is a distinctly human drama, one that has stretched the mind and enriched the spirit… We are all, each in our own way, seekers of the truth and we each long for an answer to why we are here. As we collectively scale the mountain shoulders of the previous, bravely reaching for the peak. Whether any of our descendants will ever take in the view predict. But as each generation climbs a little higher, we age there is a turning point, a new way of seeing and asserting the coherence of the world [(Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, p. 20]. And as our generation marvels at our new view of the universe—our new way of contributing our rung to the human ladder reaching for the stars.”

*** Brian Greene, The Elegant Universe. New York: First Vintage Books edition, 2000. p. 387


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APPENDIX Z57: 2004: Cosmologists Tyson & Goldsmith***

take on an important theory emerges…. The greatest arise, when a new explanation, perhaps coupled with new observational results, produces a seismic shift in our conclusions about the workings of nature….

strongest bridge between the natural and supernatural, and God, insisting instead that the cosmos is simultaneously nature and God… Let us then proceed with our adventurous quest for cosmic origins, acting much like detectives who deduce the facts of the crime from the evidence left behind.”

*** Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. Origins. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2004. pp 19-21


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APPENDIX Z58: 2006: Cosmologist Leonard Susskind*** “For my own tastes, elegance and simplicity can sometimes be found in principles that don’t at all lend themselves to equations. I know of no equations that are more elegant than the two principles that underpin Darwin’s theory: random mutation and competition. This and simple…. And what about the biggest questions of all: who or what made the universe and for what reason? Is there a purpose to it all? I don’t pretend to know the answers… …The ultimate existential question, ‘Why is there Something rather than Nothing?’ has no more or less of an answer than before anyone had ever heard of String Theory.”…

*** Leonard Susskind, The Cosmic Landscape. New York: Little, Brown and Company. 2006. pp 379-380


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APPENDIX Z59: 2006: Quantum Computation Theorist Seth Lloyd*** The universe is a quantum computer

“The universe computes its own behavior.* As soon as the it produced were simple, comprising elementary particles and establishing the fundamental laws of physics. In time, as it processed more and more information, the universe spun out ever more intricate and complex patterns, including galaxies, stars, and planets. Life, language, human beings, society, culture—all owe their existence to the intrinsic ability of matter and energy to process information.” (p. 3)

Why is the cosmos so complex?

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systems such as living creatures can arise from fundamentally simple physical laws…. The digital revolution under way today is merely the latest in a long line of information-processing revolutions stretching back through the development of language, the evolution of sex, and the creation of life, to the beginning of the universe itself. Each revolution has laid the groundwork for the next, and all informationprocessing revolutions since the Big Bang stem from the intrinsic information-processing ability of the universe. The computational universe necessarily generates did not come about by mere accident.” (pp. 3, 5)

Information Theory (established in 2007) of which Lloyd converges with mine. The universe does ‘compute itself,’ and complexity ‘is no accident.’ observing a slice of the universe at-work, the universe might appear as a quantum computer. What the scientist is observing, however (according to our hypothesis) is the work. From my perspective, the MIT group is pretty adroitly


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dealing with a very key conceptual slice of the (multibillion-year) unfolding of the cosmic drama. Thus this

The entire Universe is self-generating and complexifying. academic hard sciences.

***

* Lloyd’s ~mechanistic terminology posits “a computer which creates or iterates. Note that Seth Lloyd is currently (October, 2012) a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, and has self-described himself as a ‘quantum mechanic.’ Notwithstanding the probability that Lloyd is more multi-dimensional than he professes, his background context is relevant here. Note as well that Lloyd’s group is a small cadre of iconoclastic

imprimatur of MIT for their esoteric and mind-stretching research.

*** Seth Lloyd, Programming the Universe. New York: Vintage Books, 2006. pp. 3 and 5


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APPENDIX Z60: 2008: Cosmologist Paul Davies***

its own awareness, but also its own comprehension. Mindless, blundering atoms have conspired to make reality has connected to a quirky natural phenomenon and temporary aberration in an absurd and pointless universe? Or is there an even deeper subplot at work?”.... (p. 5) “In some manner…life, mind, and physical law are part of a common scheme, mutually supporting. Somehow, the universe has engineered its own self-awareness.”… (p. 231)

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Paul Davies (b. 1946) is possibly my favorite cosmologist. I have read several of his works since the early 1980s. academic trophies, is also a favorite cosmologist of the academic ruling elite in cosmology. Reading the above quotes, one can sense Davies’s his quite-formidable intellectual grasp. But, as readers of Summa surely grasp, all that Davies needs to do to naildown ultimate victory after his ~25 books on cosmology and related, is to simply plug-in metaphysical Summa into his sophisticated astrophysicist matrix. In contemporary times, theologians and physicists both vector towards the Goldilocks Enigma. To theologians, it is an indicator of a “Guiding Hand” To physicists, it is a conundrum.

speak “sets the dial” in each case.

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APPENDIX Z61: 2010: Cosmologists Hawking and Mlodinow*** “We each exist for but a short time, and in that time explore but a small part of the whole universe. But humans are a curious species. We wonder, we seek answers. Living in this vast world that is by turns kind and have always asked a multitude of questions: How can we does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality? Where did all this come from? Did the universe need a creator? Most of us do not spend most of our time worrying about these questions, but almost all of us worry about them some of the time. Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has not kept up with modern developments in science, particularly physics. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge.�*

*** Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design. New York: Bantam Books. 2010. p. 5


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APPENDIX Z62: ALERT Cosmologist Haisch (2010)*** Clones (serially plagiarizes) Summa I (1988) Here is a sample list of Haisch plagiarizations (of Summa) in his 2010 book***“The purpose I propose that life has is a grand one, and even, I think, a logical one. We are the means whereby God experiences his own potential, and this is why the to life that it has….” (p. 20) “The purpose of life is to let God make his own potential real. And of course this cannot be limited to human experience. God in this view seeks the experience of all living things on this planet and wherever else life might exist and whatever else it might be like….” (pp. 20-21) “Back to the question of evil. If we are to believe in a God, we would surely like for him or her to be


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benevolent and merciful in addition to all-knowing and all-powerful, omniscient and omnipotent. How could (including on animals) and still merit our respect as a kind and loving God? What I am proposing—and it is no original idea of mine—is that God chooses to deliberately stay off the the new and original experiences that the Universe affords and that God seeks through us….” (p. 23) potential, whose ideas become the laws of physics of our Universe and others, makes sense to me. The consciousness providing purpose can be called God, who transforms potential into experience and gives our universe a purpose….” (p. 85) “…God desires to experience his potential…. Because we are the incarnations of God in the physical realm, God experiences the richness of his potential through us….” (p. 86) ability…but that is all sterile perfection. In The God Theory the Godhead chooses to convert potential into experience….” (p. 122) “…God’s consciousness wishes to know itself by expressing itself. God wishes to make his potential real….” (p. 126) “I believe that we live in a purpose-guided Universe


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between a Universe of matter and forces and a Universe of purpose, because the purpose is what went into the laws. In order for God to let himself experience a part characteristics that a Universe needed to have in order for life to originate and then to evolve into complex beings, such as you and I. His consciousness caused this and it is his consciousness that we share and that is our essence. But the arena in which all this takes place is fully governed by the laws of nature including Darwinian evolution. Hence there is ample reason to believe in Einstein, Darwin, and God.� (p. 206)

This appendix was added-on by myself in September, copyrighted and posted online (2005), four years after reviewed and distributed globally. Note that all the extracts from the Haisch book (2010) are almost verbatim reprints of key and highlighted sections of (1988) Summa Metaphysica I’s featured centerpiece (See my summary link www.TheoryOutline1000.com). Summa I (1988) introduces onto the world scene, among core of the Divine.


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Note as well that Summa I (God and Evil) maneuvers with the concept of Divine Contraction of Divine Consciousness in Summa I’s book-spanning Theodicy presentation. (Former seminary student) Haisch’s presentation (2010) of this theme in his above-noted The Purpose Guided Universe is almost a verbatim extract from Summa I. The Purpose-Guided Universe Summa I. Thus, note that Haisch’s key and central ideas (2006 and focused ideas proffered in Summa I (1988) and Summa II (2005). Note, however, that in the ‘history of ideas’ it is not unusual for (alleged) ‘conceptual breakthrough’ ideas to ‘bubble up’ simultaneously in two unrelated quarters. However, in this case, of course, there are multiple identical concepts therein lies the issue. global traction for over 18 years (both online and hard copy) before Haisch’s works on cosmology (2006 and 2010).

*** Bernard Haisch, The Purpose-Guided Universe. Franklin, New Jersey: New Page Books. 2010. pp. 20, 21, 23, 86, 122, 126, 206.


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APPENDIX Z63: Paradigm Challenges Comments on Wikipedia review of the 1962 classic, The by Thomas S. Kuhn (Univ. Of Chicago Press) [Note that Birnbaum proposes a new paradigm however, the Birnbaum metaphysics fully wraps-around and integrates-with science.] Note to reader: We are going to present six excerpts from the Wikipedia article, followed by the Birnbaum “take”. Excerpt (A): “…Kuhn argued for an episodic model in which periods of such conceptual continuity in normal science were interrupted by periods of revolutionary science. During revolutions in science the discovery of anomalies leads to a whole new paradigm that changes the rules of the


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game and the “map” directing new research, asks new solving of normal science….” (A) The Birnbaum “take”: A proposed paradigm shift “raises the stakes.” If the new paradigm is more authentic than the prior, the back. Excerpt (B): theory does not emerge from the straightforward accumulation of facts, but rather from a set of changing intellectual circumstances and possibilities….” (B) The Birnbaum “take”: For my part, I would call this “a conceptual breakthrough” Excerpt (C): “Coherence” account for as many observations as possible within a coherent framework….”


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(C) The Birnbaum “take”: gaps. Excerpt (D): “…As a paradigm is stretched to its limits, anomalies — failures of the current paradigm to take into account observed phenomena — accumulate…. But no matter how great or numerous the anomalies that persist, Kuhn observes, the practicing scientists will not lose faith in the established paradigm for as long as no credible alternative is available….” “…In any community of scientists, Kuhn states, there are some individuals who are bolder than most. These Thomas Kuhn calls revolutionary science, exploring alternatives to long-held, obvious-seeming assumptions. Occasionally this generates a rival to the established community will oppose any conceptual change…. Those scientists who possess an exceptional ability preference is likely to shift in favor of the challenging paradigm. There typically follows a period in which there are adherents of both paradigms. In time, if the replace the old paradigm, and a paradigm shift will have occurred….”


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(D) The Birnbaum “take”:

unacceptable limitations of the old paradigm. Excerpt (E): “Incommensurability” and succeeding a paradigm shift are so different that their theories are incommensurable — the new paradigm cannot be proven or disproven by the rules of the old paradigm, and vice versa…. The paradigm shift does not merely involve the revision or transformation of an individual theory, it changes the way terminology is but were instead completely new world views…. It is simply not possible, according to Kuhn, to construct an impartial language that can be used to perform a neutral the very terms used are integral to the respective paradigms… The competition between paradigms is not the sort of battle that can be resolved by proofs.” Scientists subscribing to different paradigms end up talking past one another….” (E) The Birnbaum “take”: I might say slightly differently:


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The new can effectively challenge the old. On the merits. The old is unable to challenge the new on the merits.

Excerpt (F): “…Kuhn saw that for a new candidate for paradigm 1) the new candidate must seem to resolve some can be met in no other way. 2) the new paradigm must promise to preserve a relatively large part of the concrete problem solving activity that has accrued to science through its predecessors. 3) overall Kuhn maintained that the new paradigm must also solve more problems than its predecessor, which therefore entailed that the number of newly solved problems must be greater than those solved in the old paradigm….” (F) The Birnbaum “take”: All three are true in Summa’s case.


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APPENDIX Z64: Q4P & Evolution Q4P & Evolution: The Mechanism/Criteria

Survival ( Potential ( Extraordinariation impacts evolution basically via the following 3 fundamental nested criteria:

2) Deploying an ever-greater Potential array 3) Seeking potential routes/denouement of Extraordinariation. is assessing on a universe-basis and on planetary-basis as well, and not salient component.


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for the scientist reader: I know you want a mechanism; power. Am not evading the issue; rather I am explicating that it would require a entity real-time across its far reaches... itself

Universe, Knopf, 2006 ]

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APPENDIX Z65: How does Q4P interact with the physical world? Our proposition: At the Big Bang / the Genesis-Point / Bereshith morphs from a Supra-Metaphysical conceptdynamic-entity into a Supra-Metaphysical-physical concept-dynamic-entity. . You, me, all of us. But it is far from clear to what extent, among other key issues. used as a working hypothesis.

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APPENDIX Z66: Consciousness & Cosmos Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist NeoDarwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False is a 2012 book by Thomas Nagel, Professor of Philosophy at New York University © Oxford University Press Sept. 2012 from Wikipedia

Overview “In the book, Nagel argues that the materialist version of evolutionary biology is unable to account for the existence of mind and consciousness, and is therefore at best incomplete. He writes that mind is a basic aspect of nature, and that any philosophy of nature that cannot account for it is fundamentally misguided. He argues that the standard physico-chemical reductionist account of of accidents, acted upon by the mechanism of natural Nagel’s position is that principles of an entirely different kind may account for the emergence of life, and in


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particular conscious life, and that those principles may be teleological, rather than materialist or mechanistic. He stresses that his argument is not a religious one...�

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for Potential is overarching, which would include its teleological dimension. From the get-go and thru its would foster and advance both the emergence of (mind and then) Consciousness, and the ever-increasing nurturing/expansion/elevation thereof.

*Wikipedia Online, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_and_Cosmos (accessed June 23, 2013)


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APPENDIX Z67: Contemporary Natural Selection Theory: Mechanism & Criteria

conviction/consensus on the mechanism and criteria for Natural Selection? The answer is NO. See two groups of excerpts from Wikipedia First group*a

“Besides Richard Dawkins and George C. Williams, other George R. Price, Robert Trivers, David Haig, Helena Cronin, David Hull, Philip Kitcher, and Daniel C. Dennett. Individuals opposing this gene-centric view include Ernst Mayr, Stephen Jay Gould, David Sloan Wilson, and philosopher Elliott Sober.”...


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Proponents of multilevel selection (MLS) include E. O. Wilson, David Sloan Wilson, Elliott Sober, Richard E. Michod, and Samir Okasha. Second group*b 21st century Macroevolution and microevolution “One of the tenets of the modern evolutionary synthesis was that macroevolution (the evolution of phylogenic clades at the species level and above) was solely the result of the mechanisms of microevolution (changes in gene frequency within populations) operating over an extended period of time. During the last decades of the 20th century some paleontologists raised questions about whether other factors, such as punctuated equilibrium and group selection operating on the level of entire species and even higher level phylogenic clades, needed to be considered to explain patterns in evolution revealed by statistical analysis of the fossil record. Near the end of the 20th century some researchers in evolutionary developmental biology suggested that interactions between the environment and the developmental process might have been the source of some of the structural innovations seen in macroevolution, but other evo-devo researchers maintained that genetic mechanisms visible macroevolution.�


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Epigenetic inheritance “Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence. accepted that Epigenetic mechanisms were a necessary part of the evolutionary origin of cell differentiation. Although epigenetics in multicellular organisms is generally thought to be a mechanism involved in differentiation, with epigenetic patterns “reset” when organisms reproduce, there have been some observations of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance. This shows that in some cases non genetic changes to an organism can be inherited and it has been suggested that such inheritance can help with adaptation to local conditions and affect evolution. Some have suggested that in certain cases a form of Lamarckian evolution may occur.”

Unconventional evolutionary theory Omega Point “Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s metaphysical Omega Point Theory describes the gradual development of the universe from subatomic particles to human society, which he Tipler subscribes to a version of this theory.”


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Gaia hypothesis “Teilhard de Chardin’s ideas have been seen by advocates of the Gaia theory proposed by James Lovelock, which holds that the living and nonliving parts of Earth can be viewed as a complex interacting system with similarities to a single organism, as being connected to Lovelock’s ideas. The Gaia hypothesis has also been viewed by Lynn Margulis and others as an extension of endosymbiosis and exosymbiosis. This have a regulatory effect on the Earth’s environment that promotes life overall.”

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Section 1b: Evolution

Wikipedia Online *a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene-centered_view_of_evolution (accessed June 23, 2013) *b http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_evolutionary_thought (accessed June 23, 2013)


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APPENDIX Z68: Quantum Representation of “Physical” Q4P

the key contemporary hypothesis bridge to Summa

from a secular / scientific / mechanistic perspective “All interactions between particles in the universe...convey not only energy but also information in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing, ultimately? Its own dynamical evolution... As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds.” -from the back-cover of Programming the Universe By Seth Lloyd, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, MIT(c) 2006, First Vintage Books Edition (NY)


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Lloyd’s hypothesis provides key 1:1 buttress to Summa. Indeed, “Q4P is hiding in plain sight,” as we have Summa Metaphysica I (hardcover), and then via Summa Metaphysica II (2005)

so, Birnbaum’s Q4P resonates as a fuller multi-dimensional Lloyd’s universe as a programming entity

* Information Theory at MIT, where he is also a professor of Mechanical Engineering.


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APPENDIX Z69: The Cosmic Spinal Column Eternal yields Physics et al. embracing/adhering-to all ignites the universe as catalyst for Life as the spinal column of myriad Life driving Evolution forward as the central nervous system of Consciousness gives Purpose driving the universe forward as teleology. The goal: Potential/Extraordinariaton


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APPENDIX Z70: Reprise Respectfully, the proposed Summa paradigm appears for all intensive purposes to be so-to-speak bulletproof vis Ă vis its key assertions. concept in 1988 (via Summa I) has withstood 25+ years of global scrutiny. No vulnerability or weak point has been discerned. * game in town? * on resolutely preserving the pre-Summa status quo, have only limited options, and none of these are good options. History may not treat them overly kindly. We respectfully believe that Summa will prevail, because its


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Section 3: Glossary


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Glossary of Potentialism Terms Over the last quarter century (since Ktav published Summa I in developed its own lexicon to describe its fundamental principle of the cosmos to seek its own ever-further Complexity. The endgoal of this Complexity is referred to as Extraordinariation (see Extraordinariation.com). Extraordinariation is not so much a precise destination as an ideal goal to be sought-after, albeit

fundamental changes in the universe they create. [Examples energy, the emergence of multi-cellular life from single-cell-life]. Thus, along the way towards Extraordinariation, are episodic rise to the following glossary:

Potentialism Potentialism itself represents a new science

for a new century. It provides an overarching 21st century metaphysics that seeks no less than to encompass the

Fully encompassing all modern science, Potentialism is at-aminimum, the core metaphysics of a (true) Theory of Everything humankind. All are invited as Metaphysics comes back to the our most fundamental understanding of the cosmic dynamic.

CWP

Cosmic Womb of Potential. This is the metaphysical


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shape the nature and events of the universe. It is easiest to creation. It is, in and of itself, not a thing, but a metaphysical space/place for the birth of things. As such, it can bring forth to life the concept of the physical as well as the philosophical. The physical universe is the non-abstract part of the CWP. The CWP is often looked at as analogous to the sciences. There is the physical sciences and the classical sciences, the latter being the purely mathematical, abstract and philosophical (see ParadigmChallenge.com).

P/P = (Potential/Possibility ) = ]

Q4P

Q4P

C+

E+

[ the SuperLaw / Super-formula ] The fundamental, core/primal drive of the cosmic dynamic. This represents the Infinite Quest for Potential which drives the cosmic order towards greater and greater complexity and onward towards Extraordinariation.

“0”-Point The Zero Point represents the universal pre-Big Bang. In physics terms, it is the pre-known universe, when all Planck values were under 1. It was a “time”, if such can be said

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small, and gravity, light and much of the rules of current physics

C+ towards

greater

complexity/sophistication/richness/variety/

universe moves ever-and-ever closer to what Birnbaum calls

QJ

occurrence when the fundamental degree of Complexity in the universe reaches a certain critical mass, a certain higher level, e.g. birth of the atom, birth of the molecule or the birth of up towards Extraordinariation leaves a tangible foot print in the physical universe represented in a mini-Extraordinariation event. Complexity existing in the universe.

PA Potential Arrays. These are common events of expression

of something’s potential, such as the birth of a child; a chemical chain reaction; the birth of a star. A PA represents a clear (incremental) increase in expression of Potentiality while not increasing in Complexity, but not beyond what is currently considered a standard of universal complexity. More simply subsequent stars are simply PA events.


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E+

equation, Extraordinariation represents the building complexity of the universe. It is also sometimes referred to as super-Complexity. As noted, Extraordinariation is a goal, as opposed to a concrete denouement. E+ is not a state which will actually be present in the universe. Note that Q4P itself does not quite know precisely what E+ looks like. Q4P is so to speak 'finding its way'. Along these lines, the Cambrian Explosion may have been a re-set. As alluded-to, mini-Extraordinariation events which appear

Q4P/Q3 The fusion of Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and Q3 = Quantum - information processing / computing / engineering yields > Q4P/Q3 - the hybrid potential driver And, it is Q4P/Q3 which tweaks the genomes ... and yields Evolution

Universe Horizon The denouement of the universe as far out as we can project our infinitely expanding universe * Summa Metaphysica is a paradigm-changing work; it entirely changes the way we look at everything.

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OVERLAY Core Map and Core Glossary of Potentialism MAP: ============================================ CWP THE COSMIC WOMB OF POTENTIAL

Enhanced SuperLaw P/P

>

Q4P

>

PAs

>

QJs

>

E+

============================================ = (increased > complexity/ sophistication/richness/variety/wondrousness/step-up) ============================================ and this entire deal is a quasi-loop* or some sort of

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* imagine the number 6 or 9 or a PARTICLE ACCELERATOR where, once instigated, the LOOPING continues/accelerates

GLOSSARY: ========================================= CWP = Cosmic Womb of Potential

Q4P

explained in Section 1a following quick-reference:

www.TheoryCore.com

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PA = Potential Array e.g. types of lions

children and grandchildren ( plural would be PAs )

QJ = Quantum Jump

> a higher-level platform > a quantum higher state > complexifying the Laws of Physics/ Chemistry/Biology

> mini-Extraordinariation > a new critical-mass level of > a quasi networking/morphing

sophistication event on-the-march towards Extraordinariation (E+)


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e.g. “0-Point” > Big Bang universe energy > atoms single-cell life > multi-cellular life [ Our ‘platforms’ are dealt with in more depth in www.sequence1000.com ]

E+ = Extraordinariation explained in Section 1a quick-reference: www.Extraordinariation.com =========================================

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Addition to Glossary - 2014

Q4P/Q3

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Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential discerns that one fundamental, simple formula/superlaw rules the entirety of the universe and, indeed, is responsible for its very E+. This equation expresses that onwards towards Extraordinariation.

for everything in the universe to seek higher levels of

greater complexity/sophistication/richness/variety/ wondrousness (see Glossary1000.com).

the cosmos towards increased complexity, sophistication, ever closer to what Birnbaum calls Extraordinariation (E+)

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Cosmic Order Everything, everything both metaphysical and physical pre-Big Bang and post

Universe our physical universe (the current post-Big bang physical universe)


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Reprint:

Cosmic "Tool Kit" Shelf 1 & Shelf 2

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[ reprinted from Summa II ]

The Cosmic “Tool Kit”

Shelf #1 tools: * DIVISION INTO POLARITIES & DUALITIES * * SIMULTANEOUS PUSH / PULL TENSION * * INFINITELY-COILED SPIRALITY * * COSMIC ‘LEVERAGED BUYOUT’ (“BOOTSTRAPPING”) * * (INFINITE) RECURSIVENESS & (INFINITE) LOOP-ABILITY * * 1:1 METAPHYSICAL CORRESPONDENCE * * MITOSIS OF “0” * * * * * *

VACUUM-BUSTING * INEXORABLE & INFINITE ASCENTS * MULTI-DIMENSIONAL MORPHING * OPTIMIZATION * COSMIC-TAPESTRY-WEAVING *

* HYPER-COSMIC RESOURCEFULNESS *


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note: Starting with this sub-section, there are NOTES by KHALIL;

WOMB of POTENTIAL”. * “A carpenter needs good tools”

Hypothesis: “Tool Kit” [This “Tool Kit” is key and integral to our proposed metaphysics] This “Tool Kit” might seem to be a ‘light’ section, but essentially provides the “SET of KEYS” necessary to open the vault containing the elusive ‘Cosmic Code’ …once you examine the Tool Kit, the Holy Grail of the construction of the Metaphysics of the Cosmos falls readily into place1,2

(sounds presumptuous enough) (all “TOOLS” are direct sub-components of the overarch )


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* DIVISION into POLARITIES & DUALITIES * Polarities and Dualities as well as assorted complementary Positives / Negatives, are the BUILDING BLOCKS and counter-point balancers of the cosmic order God and Evil…. The ‘spin’ may be original, but there is, indeed, voluminous literature stretching back thousands of years)

NOTES by KHALIL 1

“readily into place” A: In his preamble to Derech Hashem Moshe

mastered it must be understood in a most general way first. General principles and overarching themes are to be understood is made clear, one will then be able to place each detail into its proper context automatically, and he will ”delight” in understanding God and Good “readily into place” B: The Cosmic Womb of Potential, and particularly the Tool Kit, will elucidate the general principles that are central to the paradigm presented here. The “Master Craftsman” of 2

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* SIMULTANEOUS PUSH / PULL TENSION * (my term) Masculine / Feminine Components of the cosmos are in DYNAMIC TENSION and/or ENGAGEMENT Some components simultaneously PUSH from one dimension, and PULL from another realm For example: a component may PUSH from a metaphysical level, further-out POTENTIAL realm.

* INFINITELY-COILED SPIRALITY * (my term)

in the Tool Kit.

double-helix. Meaning, COILED SPIRALITY is the “cosmic highway”.

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* COSMIC ‘LEVERAGED BUYOUT’ (“BOOTSTRAPPING”) * (my term) 3, 4, 5

A key concept positioned centrally in the predecessor work God and Evil, but using more prosaic terminology

years or so.

PRESENT (and initially ignited CREATION itself).

(my term)

is a key cosmic theme. For instance POTENTIAL, as we

: ) hinges on its


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Another way of looking at this is always assuming

NOTES by KHALIL Leverage A: “Leveraged Buyout” is a term from finance. It refers to a case in which a financier buys a company using future earnings as the collateral. For instance, a financier might offer to pay $1 million dollars a year for ten years to buy a company. And where, does he plan to get the million dollars per year? From the 3

a year. The financier essentially buys the company using the company’s own future earnings (i.e. He buys the company with the company’s own potential). Birnbaum is positing throughout Summa Metaphysica that the original “leveraged buyout” concept cosmos’ own potential. Leverage B: Plato had infused in Western philosophy that “God” created the universe out of ‘primal matter’ even though Plato never 4

etc. Birnbaum’s paradigm, on the other hand, is ‘bootstrap’, i.e. the Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh”. This is Potential within Potential within Potential, 5

ayen,” the creation of somethingness, from nothingness. This ‘magic trick’ receives an elegant ‘makeover’ in Birnbaum’s cosmology is not finance, but the “leveraged buyout” theme can indeed be applied to both. Indeed, there is a 1:1 parallel between the two.


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But what does that mean?

tracking forward to the “end of time”

Russian or Chinese dolls, where there is always yet ANOTHER (smaller) doll within ~Example 2: an ONION… where there is inevitably yet another (smaller) layer [carrying within itself still other smaller layers] Note that there is actually a ‘double power’ to this:

road’, “ignite” the present.

* 1:1 METAPHYSICAL CORRESPONDENCE * (my term)

CORRESPONDENCE * * * metaphysical: cosmic: human * * *

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metaphysical cosmic human molecular levels

* MITOSIS OF “0” * (my term) Big Bang. Let us call it “0” We can make assumptions about “voids” of various

Now, moving forward… At CREATION, “0” is presumably divided in multiple ways, many beyond our capability of even beginning to fathom at this point…

0 divides into +1, -1.........+2, -2 etc., Positives and Negatives; Polar and anti-Polar, Male and Female; * * * (see Book #1)


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Split the atom and create an atomic bomb; Split “0” and ignite a cosmos (a powerful concept, even by the standards of this volume) Hypothetically, split “0” into Emerging Potential...and a Cosmic Vacuum and you will have a rapidly and dynamically expanding Potential So, we see that both examining “0” and/or examining the possible >>> splitting of “0” <<< are both very rich mines to plumb.

*

* (my term)

THIRST / THRUST for (diversity of) LIFE6 an INEXORABLE craving/drive to bring forth LIFE (and diversity thereof) is a primary cosmic thrust through… cont’d

NOTES by KHALIL 6

forth life… is a quintessential example of recursive potentialities.


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Not bad for a dynamic.

(my term) Abhorrence of vacuums on all different levels (metaphysical, reality and other levels) 7

Nature abhors a vacuum. And it presumably abhors a ‘vacuum of principles,’ as well. So, ‘initially,’ if ‘initially’ can be said to exist, we are faced with a potential ‘vacuum’ situation. NOTES by KHALIL 7

The Physical Vacuum: This ‘abhorrence,’ as it were, can be

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. And perhaps, reacting to a potential VACUUM situation, upon itself, looping around itself billions upon billions of times, seeking to achieve critical massâ&#x20AC;¦ and eventually blown reality.

* INEXORABLE & INFINITE ASCENTS * ASCENDING LEVELS of REALITY & ACTUALIZATION & FULLNESS & CONSCIOUSNESS

* MULTI-DIMENSIONAL MORPHING * (my term) Metaphysical Realms are not static; they are dynamically morphing. The Emotional Richness of the Cosmic Order is not static; it is dynamically morphing. The Intellectual Richness of the Cosmic Order is not static; it is dynamically morphing.


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The Consciousness Level of the Cosmic Order is not static; it is dynamically morphing. The Reality Richness of the Cosmic Order has not been static; it has morphed to this point. Combine all-of-the-above dynamics, and you have a symphony of ongoing morphing and ever-increasing richness and advance. Creation / “Big Bang” [the Potential Point] was possibly at the boundary where metaphysics (metaphysics and physics) are fully engaged. We, in contemporary times, for example, intersect with this extraordinary pulsating, morphing advancing But understand that between the time you started this order will have incrementally morphed.

* OPTIMIZATION * On every level, the cosmos and its components, have an uncanny instinctive ability to OPTIMIZE8 [simple and elegant enough] NOTES by KHALIL 8

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(my term) weaves an ever-expanding, ever-

and integrating *** theology, physics, astrophysics, chemistry, biology, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, psychology, architecture, art, music et al. in ONE inter–connected cosmic tapestry You know the favorite refrain here.....

“Adoshem Echad, u-Shemo Echad” “God is ONE and his NAME is ONE”

CONTOURIZATION * below in section MU [Shelf #2]

[not COMPLEXIFICATION for complexity’s sake (as is often viewed in the Physical Sciences as a universal imperative); multi-dimensional POTENTIAL and OPTIMIZATION]


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[Interesting how a religious service in an extraordinary cathedral, for instance, might bring together so many of these themes, e.g. spiritual as well as the extraordinary aesthetic (art, choir music, organ music, architecture) simultaneously at one time, in one place, all under a

9, 10

*

(my term)

Potential et al. is the key “tool” and metaphysical theme we

“aimless nothingness” NOTES by KHALIL Infinite Divine Extraordinariation A: With this concept, the author presents a concrete endpoint towards which the path of both human and cosmic potential is directed. It represents the completion of a metaphysical framework introduced in God and Evil and described more fully here. 9

10 Infinite Divine Extraordinariation B: The quest for one’s potential need not be a spiritual experience, particularly if the endpoint is left undefined. Here the author takes a clear stand as to the endpoint, describing it as necessarily spiritual and indeed Divine. The concept of the Potential Point still allows for a multiplicity of goals (as will be exemplified in the 120 Angels) but it ties these goals together in the singular aim of reaching the state of Infinite Divine.


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(my term)

denouement.

One cannot separate the Divine from the ongoing

* HYPER-COSMIC RESOURCEFULNESS * (my term)

(meaning, of its own assets), in its (ongoing) development of new species and organisms.


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The Cosmic “Tool Kit”

Shelf #2 tools: * SUBJECTIVITY OF “INFINITE DIVINE” * * HYPER-ITERATION * * SIMULTANEOUS OPERATION LEVELS * * * * * * * * * * *

INSTINCT-DNA * RECURSIVITY IS REGNANT (RECURSIVITY REIGNS) * EXTRAORDINARIATION * EMOTION-EXPRESSION-DRAMA * OPTIMIZING COMPLEXIFICATION/CONTOURIZATION * MACRO-HOLISTIC-OPTIMIZATION * CHERRY-PICKED EVOLUTION * TEMPLATE FIDELITY * METAPHYSICAL > PHYSICAL LEVERAGED BUYOUT * CUMULATIVE / MASSED-ARRAY DESIGN *


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* SUBJECTIVITY OF “INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION” * “INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION ” may be used as “religious DIVINE” or as a spiritual-perfection DIVINE; or as an INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION with a RELIGIOUS DIVINE “GODHEAD” (but one can make a strong case for a spectrum of possibilities)

Addition to Cosmic Tool Kit: (although alluded-to in the text multiple times, but less formally)

* HYPER ITERATION * (my term) On multiple levels, MACRO, and MICRO, the cosmos continuously hyper-iterates, i.e. All organic entities ask and re-assess: Given my current assets, and given the multiple layers


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of contexts, what is my best next move (evolvement)

[How often? Unclear]

* SIMULTANEOUS OPERATION LEVELS * The cosmos may very well be operating on multiple levels simultaneously, all INTERACTIVE with each other. a) b) c) d) e)

Potentiality-level Equation-level Proto-Metaphysical-level Metaphysical-level Reality-level

Broadly speaking, presumably we are in (e) ust to more fully elaborate on the above “quick snapshot.” God and Good deals with these issues in this part, Cosmic Womb.

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equation. We see distinct snippets, like, say, Biology, Chemistry. Anthropology. But at some point Biology connects to the Calculus, etc. Genesis / Big Bang / Potential into an already complex proposition. Nevertheless, we can only take matters as far as is

* INSTINCT-DNA * (my term) Complex instinct mechanisms, whether for SURVIVAL,

* RECURSIVITY IS REGNANT (RECURSIVITY REIGNS) * (my term) Potential within potential within potential. Schematically:


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potential ( potential ( potential.......... grandfather ( father ( son ( grandson ........... Potential/Possibility ( metaphysical realms ( primitive reality realms ( modern reality realms ( post-modern reality realms Torah ( Mishnah ( Gemorah ( Commentary ( Commentary on Commentary............. cosmic drama ( cosmic drama ( cosmic drama............. ( complex ( extraordinary ( more extraordinary ( even more extraordinary ( ............... layer ( layer ( layer [see following section .... EXTRAORDINARIATION........]

* EXTRAORDINARIATION * (my term) The Cosmic Order endeavors to become ever-more extraordinary and wondrous. EXTRAORDINARIATION is both the work-in-progress and ultimate goal.

EXTRAORDINARIATION.

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since Book #1. The potential of mega-EXTRAORDINARY sui generis ‘metaphysical

Only this potential EXTRAORDINARY could have the power to divide the initial timeless void into ‘positives’ and ‘negatives,’ thereby igniting and creating the cosmos. As extraordinary as one may think matters get, and they are indeed quite extraordinary already in-front-of-ourquite ‘unbounded.’

Era, Perfection, Redemption; But, according to our hypothesis, “supra-

Extraordinariation helps explain, among other things, the

literature, poetry, art, music

example

Talmudists


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Violin virtuosos the beauty of the heavens art in all its variations the ‘pull’ of spirituality and, last but not least,

on the planet Like the trek towards INFINITY in math, EXTRAORDINARIATION is, according to this thesis, more of a PROCESS, an ongoing endeavor, an ongoing work-in-progress. The PROCESS is the deal, not

in-any-event.

richness inherent, retroactively empowers the ‘leap from the void’ questing with unquenchable thirst for

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Like two complementary overarching super-dynamic tornadoes, hypothetically linked at their epicenters, these two intertwined dynamics propel the cosmos forward. Connect-all-the-dots and you will sense better what I am articulating. We are in the midst of the cosmic “Potential Storm”; Consequently we see “individual trees”, as opposed to ) as-a-whole. All the billions of components and themes dovetail Potential /Extraordinariation). We prefer to maintain them as a couplet, as opposed to merging them into would not truly be on-the-mark. On an individual level, we quest for potential , and, in rare cases, for potential which is extraordinary. On an ongoing cumulative level, the quest is ultimately for the extraordinary.

with all the unending brutality entailed, as well. This permutations, may be cosmically desired. Sof-kol-sof (after all has been reviewed and weighed), it would seem that DRAMA has its place in the pantheon of cosmic imperatives. (Maybe Khalil can get me out of this one ;)


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All roads lead to EXTRAORDINARIATION. [EXTRAORDINARIATION1 is inter-related with......]

* EMOTION-EXPRESSION-DRAMA * (my term) EMOTION seeks ACTUALIZATION, plus the fullest possible EXPRESSION.

photograph,

greater role in the cosmic odyssey, than hitherto discerned.

* OPTIMIZING COMPLEXIFICATION / CONTOURIZATION * (my term)

WONDROUS & OPTIMIZED EFFICIENT life forms, NOTES by KHALIL Extraordinariation: At very end of book, see Appendix C by Khalil on this theme. 1


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contours of the local and cosmic ECOSYSYTEMS, as the cosmos orients towards the richest possible

The above is an ongoing thrust of the cosmos, on both a physical level, and on a metaphysical level

of INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION diversity / beauty / reproductiveness / survivability / et al system and within the evolving realities of the broader environment

* MACRO-HOLISTIC OPTIMIZATION * (my term)

of INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION presumably incorporating vanguard species. The cosmos both PUSHES and PULLS towards the goal of potentially advancing the WHOLE equation and cosmic


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) goals

For instance: the sudden introduction of a billion

other species and, last, but not least, the dominance of eagles might not be the optimal ROUTE towards INFINITE DIVINE EXTRAORDINARIATION.

meaning it is constantly re-assessing its optimal route. It does this on a MACRO (cosmic) basis all the way down

* CHERRY-PICKED EVOLUTION * (my term) Evolutionary paths are not determined by “survival of conventional wisdom); Rather, Potential

‘cherry-picking’ among various path-options

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* TEMPLATE FIDELITY * (my term) Once the cosmos commits to a particular template, it will tend to play-out very extensive permutations and extensions of the template1. What is truly happening in the picture, however, is that the particular template was perceived by the cosmos from the get-go as potentially Q4Pprojectionâ&#x20AC;? (my term). The template consequently will often be found in many applications and permutations.

* METAPHYSICAL > PHYSICAL LEVERAGED BUYOUT * (my term) Extraordinary potentials down-the-road are leveraged in metaphysical realms retroactively at the Genesis point into the ignition of REALITY and the Cosmic Order, as we know it. This is a key motif of this two-book treatise. The theme is developed somewhat in Book #1. NOTES by KHALIL 1 Template Fidelity: This template is particularly conserved between species at the genetic level. Extensive similarity can be found in the genomic sequence of any two organisms, regardless of how different they seem.


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There is a limit to how far I can take it because of its all-enveloping power. proposed by Summa Metaphysica2.

* CUMULATIVE / MASSED-ARRAY DESIGN * (my term)

, and factoring-in the current landscape, Mother Lode Life Force (Godhead?) cumulatively design the next level organism. NOTES by KHALIL Leveraged Buyout (in the Torah): The Torah calls for that which God and Good describes as Leveraged Buyout on both the personal as well as the national level. 2

In the fourth chapter of Exodus a frightened Moses is commanded by God to approach the King of Egypt not as the refugeeshepherd that he now is, but as the formidable leader and revolutionary into which God would soon transform him. Later, the national disheartening of the Israelites subsequent to the negative (ibid., 14:11,12). It seems from this episode that the Israelitesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mistake was to regard themselves as a vulnerable coalition of freed slaves, instead of a nation that would, in the future, conquer a land promised to them. These two narratives are examples, among others throughout the Tanach, of the requirement to rely now on the success of the future. It is a powerful tool, based in an otherwise irrational faith, which allows one to overcome impossible odds in the here-andnow.


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(deep breath after the above paragraph) This is an ongoing iterative process. Daily. At some point the Cumulative / Massed-Array achieves radar-lock on the DESIGN for other or higher-level fullness/diversity of the cosmos. ***

Essentially, we must ‘think’ in totally different terms than hitherto in contemplating the dynamics of the cosmic order. We cannot think “linear Western” or “circular Eastern.” We must think in terms of, for want of a better term, “Spiral/Potential/Birnbaumian”

* Only then, do the hitherto elusive key building blocks of the cosmic code start falling-into-place.


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Selected Articles


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David Birnbaum Cracks the Cosmic Code 06/10/2015 6:09 pm

What Breathes Fire into the Equations? How 21st century Quest for Potential Theory elegantly cracks the cosmic code David Birnbaum answers Stephen Hawking What drives our universe? The great Greek philosophers were ultimately stymied, as is contemporary physics. A contemporary 21st century independent scholar and metaphysicist, David Birnbaum of Manhattan, proposes that 'Potential' drives the universe.

cosmic dynamic to be what

Independent scholar and metaphysicist, David Birnbaum.

compelling and fully-integrated theory over the course of a quarter century; no

some crucial gaps in 20th century physics and philosophy. Our literary vehicle will be through a hypothetical give-and-take between two important philosophical thought leaders: Physicist Stephen Hawking of Cambridge and Metaphysicist David Birnbaum of Manhattan. Hawking's work The Grand Design (2010) actually negates any possibility of


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a 'grand design'; Birnbaum is the author of the 3-part Summa Metaphysica series (1988, 2005, 2014) and its associated Potentialism Theory which

Renowned contemporary British physicist Stephen Hawking has given us a number of memorable one-liners regarding physics and the universe. And when Hawking speaks, people do listen. He is a 'pinnacle player' and one of years -- snippets of hope and tidbits of wisdom for universal understanding; however, the great Hawking, like his erstwhile contemporaries in academe, ultimately leaves key questions unanswered.

lances the key (historical and hitherto intractable) issues in metaphysics via his constant (albeit a quite vibrant constant). Let's see if the Birnbaum theory has the capability to adequately address the great Hawking's questions. First, we need to understand a few concepts from Summa Metaphysica. Summa Metaphysica Per Birnbaum, there is an overarching natural cosmic dynamic which

universe; it drives our universe forward to this very day; it instigated and sustains life; its goal is to seek-after maximal/optimal Potential....inexorably. In other words, if it exists it is the ultimate 'silver bullet' for metaphysics. As per the Summa Metaphysica website:

dynamic. This dynamic works its way forward over the billions of eons

beings within it."


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for Potential harnessed the eternal (primordial) equations of PhysicsMathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang."

with Physics-Math - then acted as a catalyst for the route ultimately tracking-forwards to high level humans in the 21st Century." Note that the contemporary works (see below for detail) of MIT quantum physicists Seth Lloyd (2006) and Max Tegmark (2014) dovetail with Potentialism Theory of the Summa Metaphysica series (1988, 2005, 2014). So, now on to some of the illustrious Hawking's standout quotes, questions and queries...

into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?" -- could have been the lead-in to Birnbaum's Summa Metaphysica treatise. Hawking's question is, of course, astute. What, indeed, brings the myriad equations we have all

Classic academic science has never come up with a satisfactory response. Of course, embedded within the Hawking equation is a deeper question, actually a compound question -- What ignited the cosmic order and what propels it onward? Another way of looking at the Hawking question is that it is a variant on the classic Eternal Origins question: What is the eternal core cosmic dynamic? Birnbaum's response to this cluster of questions is that there is, indeed, an


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Overarching Cosmic Dynamic: Eternal and eternal and overarching dynamic which Professor Stephen Hawking

What happened here? What caused 'the leap'? Professor Stephen Hawking

What happened, of course, is Birnbaum's

playing-out and iterating-forward. To reach its Potential, Mankind was thrust into a greater level of complexity/ sophistication than the animals around him. The form of that advanced complexity included higher-level reason, language, emotion, and consciousness. Per Potentialism Theory, the notion that 'advancement' would happened was a given; it was only a question of when, where and what form it would take.

underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired." Per Birnbaum: Exactly. "...a certain underlying order..." The expanded Birnbaum response -- Thank You for articulating Summa's core point, Professor Hawking. The theory is strong -- and potentially philosophers have been grappling-with.


At the very heart of Potentialism Theory is the recognition that there is one central, underlying order to all of the universe. A higher force. An overarching dynamic. As noted, this force is posited by Summa Metaphysica as being

has been a long time in coming; but physicists themselves are starting to There is a pattern, purpose and direction to the Cosmic Order. As alluded-to, Summa Metaphysica

Summa posits that Potential/Possibility is eternal. In turn, Potential/Possibility and Summa proposes a 16 point outline.

Per Birnbaum: Right again, Professor Hawking. Exactly. Stephen - Thank You for your frankness. Hawking predicted this accurately. The possibly 'ultimate theory' is Brinbaum's Potentialism Theory. It is as stunning and original as it is elegant; it has changed the 21st century landscape of our understanding of cosmology itself. The 21st century ushers in an era of acute insight. No one could have seen it coming. Summa Metaphysica's Potentialism Theory goes for a "knockout punch." advances us several 'layers.' However, that being said, the theory appears advance. Note that Birnbaum has been at this since age 10 (in 1960). He commenced writing Summa I at age 32 (in 1982).


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been discerned in the theory since introduced via Summa Metaphysica I (Ktav Publishing) in 1988.

Summa Metaphysica -- and its Potentialism Theory -- was the focus of a 3+ day international academic conference at Bard College (Upstate, NY) April 2012. The conference, which launched Summa Metaphysica globally, created

Recent hi-level academic works dovetailing with Birnbaum's Theory of Potential include the following: Programming the Universe Mechanics Seth Lloyd of MIT; Mind & Cosmos (Oxford Press, 2012) by Professor of Philosophy & Law Thomas Nagel of NYU; Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014) by Professor of Physics Max Tegmark of MIT.

Via his revolutionary true theory of everything (see TTOE1000.com) Birnbaum has instigated a global paradigm challenge. See ParadigmChallenge.com David Birnbaum himself is known globally, as well, as the author or the editor-in-chief of several important series on history and spirituality. His New Paradigm Matrix platform (see NPM1000.com) has over 180 global thought leaders under its umbrella.


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Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before: A Conversation with Metaphysicist David Birnbaum on Leonard Nimoy’s Legacy I have recently made the acquaintance of David Birnbaum, the intellectual entrepreneur and freelance philosopher. Birnbaum is the architect and author of the Summa Metaphysica series, a pursuit of an overarching metaphysics. Summa Metaphysica proposes a comprehensive and integrated metaphysical structure; a wholly original and powerful new paradigm. Upon hearing the news that Leonard Nimoy died, Birnbaum emailed me that he felt a spiritual kinship with him. Intrigued, we started a conversation on this compelling topic, which I’ve edited

Star Trek (the original series, which began in 1966) and a devotee of Leonard Nimoy’s iconic character, Mr. Spock, the uber-logical Vulcan. I always felt that Star Trek’s cosmology transcended much of pop culture’s offerings and I intuited a strong spiritual element in Mr. Spock...despite his avowed love of logic. I know that you are a big fan as well. I have also had the great privilege of meeting and speaking with Nimoy on two occasions through my work with the now-defunct National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was impressed by his menschlichkeit.


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A: If I can take the liberty of combining the core mantras of Star Trek and Star Wars, we end up with the following hybrid mantra: May the force be with you/ Boldly go where no man has gone before. This hybrid mantra would directly parallel the underlying motif of my Potentialism Theory: Advance and advance inexorably. This imperative applies on all levels — cosmos-wise, universe-wise and individual-wise.

cultural products - Star Trek and Star Wars — and Nimoy is connected only to the former. Then again, it is your prerogative to fashion a hybrid cosmic mantra. So can we talk a bit more about your Potentialism Theory in the context of Star Trek?

And what is the cosmic imperative underlying this eternal and all-embracing Force? To inexorably advance towards greater and greater sophistication and wondrousness; this very directly parallels the Star Trek mantra of pressing to the limits of the frontier.

A: Start with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago and end up with our everexpanding wondrous universe in 2015. Our knowledge of two inter-related

and heading inexorably towards the increasingly complex, sophisticated and wondrous.


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evidence of your theory?

have been alerted to it.

to molecules to single celled organisms to multi-celled organisms to photosynthesis and plants; then as we continue to advance forward, we move into the (more complex) Animal Kingdom then onto (even more complex) humans — with ever great and wider complexity/sophistication/ wondrousness, freedom of action, brainpower, emotional array and indeed, consciousness. Of course these humans will one day — perhaps in the 23rd century — possibly build the Starship Enterprise — with Mr. Spock on the Command Deck — and, indeed, go boldly where no man has gone. Thus, one straight Ever onward, ever forward.

roughly as-follows: from Big Bang point > Stars > Galaxies and Solar Systems > Earth > Life on Earth > ever-increasing consciousness and “smarts” — a above. My SuperLaw relates to Einstein’s iconic formula E = mc2 in the following


THE TRANSCENDENT DYNAMIC way: It wraps-around Einstein’s physics equation — and clearly dovetails with his iconic aphorism — “God does not play dice with the universe.” The universe is not random; it is directional.

about. In 1988, in Summa Metaphysica I (Ktav Publishing) you introduced your concept of the Cosmic Womb of Potential; both Leonard Nimoy and you apparently have a neo-feminine God Force as part of your worldview. Can you address where you think you connect with his Shekhina concept? A: On a personal level both Leonard Nimoy and I anchor our lives in Jewish mesorah spiritual/religious dimension — aside from anchoring each of us in unique Jewish history — and, perhaps, destiny. As well, Nimoy was passionate about the masoretic concept of the neofeminine Shekhina (God-Presence) permeating out lives. Remember, classic secular Aristotelianism and classic Maimonidean Judaism both place God “there” and us “here”; however there are strains in Judaism — like that of Baal Shem Tov Hasidism which place God all around us. Thus, the Shekhina — God-Presence in our midst theme. On a personal spiritual/religious level, I am in basic accord with the concept. As a writer of metaphysics however, I like my formulations lean and mean and not hostage to any deity or religious tradition. In other words, within all three volumes of Summa Metaphysica, I like my theory anchored in hard, pure, bulletproof logic. Period.

from Nimoy’s alter-ego — Mr. Spock himself. Mr. Logical. Logic is eternal, of course, and not vulnerable to the vicissitudes of time, historical memory, academic fashion, and political correctness.

A: In both Eastern tradition — and strains of Kabbalistic tradition — the strong feminine dimension. This neo-feminine dimension includes, but is not


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A: Respectfully, the great Nimoy erred here in extrapolating a metaphysical, neo-feminine Divine into a sexual/sensual Divine. The Divine is metaphysical. The whole sexuality/sensuality cluster is a construct for physical realms and inapplicable to the abstract metaphysical world (of the Divine). One should not extrapolate neo-feminine Creator into a sexual/sensual female Creator. But Nimoy is not alone in his detour. A highly sexual deity is intrinsic to other tradition strains, particularly in the Far East.

Spock the iconic space explorer, what is his legacy? A: Nimoy leaves an extraordinary legacy of a man grounded in tradition, spirituality and service in his personal life; he connected not only to the world, and not only to America, which he loved, but walked the walk in service to the Jewish people. Onstage and screen, Nimoy leaves an extraordinary legacy of a bold and brilliant cutting-edge explorer of unimpeachable integrity. His inner conviction is manifest. En toto, a man for all seasons, for sure. May his memory be blessed.

Live long and prosper? A: For sure.


Challenger Birnbaum's Cosmic Prime Mover Quest for Potential

Insider V

Atkin's Atheistic Randomness


Two schemas of the Universe 01/31/2014 10:52

Current Academe is heavily under the sway of a group of academics aligned with what is often referred to as the ‘entrenched orthodoxy’ schema. This schema’s mantra is that the universe is barren and random; its advocates are often atheistic. These advocates, whose geographic center of gravity is at seven leading colleges in southern England, often informally act in tandem, and are often referred to as advocates of Randomness/atheism. As noted, the group propounds that everything is random happenstance and chance. In turn, they assert that mankind is inconsequential in the

of any transcending force or dynamic or design or spirituality or purpose in the universe. To them the universe is barren. If there is any common denominator to the universe, they would single out ‘decay’. And as far as the billions of extraordinary galaxies, each with billions of extraordinary stars and assorted planetary systems, at least one of which with a quite extraordinary multitude of breathtaking organic bio-forms, well, to them it is

A January 2014 feature article by David Gelernter, professor of computer Commentary Magazine for what he terms ‘roboticism, that is, for belittling the role of the aesthetic, at large for being too ‘mechanistic,’ for viewing life entities as if they were pseudo-computers with assorted binary switches. Wrapping all these inter-related issues together, Gelernter cites the case of NYU Professor of Philosophy Thomas Nagel. In 2012 Oxford


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University Press published Nagel’s work Mind and Cosmos. The thesis of the work is relatively simple: Contemporary Evolutionary Biology theory (aka ‘the entrenched orthodoxy’) does not ‘handle’ the emergence of consciousness. Nagel, like Gelernter, wants our theory of the cosmic order and its sub-theory of evolution to be richer and to account for human spirit, cosmic dynamic driving the universe and evolution forward in a direction which leads to consciousness. He feels that the prevailing orthodoxy, focused only on genetic survival as the sole dynamic in a universe driven only by randomness, is ‘missing the boat’ on what is truly happening here. In technical terms Nagel is proposing that there is a ‘teleology’ (a purpose ‘driver’ of the universe) embedded in the cosmic order. However, in questioning the entrenched orthodoxy’s failure to explain the emergence of consciousness, Nagel is but a ‘schoolboy’ compared to conceptual theorist and metaphysics specialist David Birnbaum. Nagel suggested in 2012 that there must be a core cosmic ‘drive,’ a teleology. But published (1988, 2005) by a fellow New Yorker. Nagel’s midtown Manhattan neighbor, 40 blocks north of Nagel at NYU, is David Birnbaum, author of the iconic 2-part philosophical treatise Summa Metaphysica. Birnbaum’s work

Claude Levi-Strauss (2006) on Birnbaum’s Potentialism, and called Birnbaum’s theory ‘remarkable and profound’; Burkeman felt that both

overarching theory of the cosmic order, the Theory of Potential. Birnbaum’s Nagel’s work gives the ‘entrenched orthodoxy’ academics heartburn, then Birnbaum work gives them a massive heart attack. The Birnbaum treatise was published in two parts: Summa Metaphysica I: God & Evil (by Ktav Publishing in1988) and Summa Metaphysica II: God and Good (by New


Paradigm Matrix in 2005). Birnbaum’s Summa actually in full philosophical alignment with Nagel’s later Mind & Cosmos Commentary article (2014). All their works, so to speak, ‘talk to each other’.

construct. Birnbaum is quite aware, as we all are, that there is no shortage of seemingly ‘open space’ in the cosmos. However he suggests not missing the core thrust and embedded potentiality of the cosmic order.

and ongoing dynamic of the quite rich cosmic order. What has unfolded over the ages, according to Birnbaum, is far from randomness acting out in a barren universe. “You and I, according to this theory, are individual cosmic potentials, the end-result of many billions of years of ongoing iteration and says Birnbaum. There is thus a direct sequence of contemporary protagonists of a so to speak ‘organic’ universe: Birnbaum (1988, 2005) > Nagel (2012) > Gelernter (2014). Nagel in his 2012 work articulated that we should seek to discern the cosmic drive which brought us to life, consciousness, reason, knowledge, language and altruism. It turns out that all of the items on both the Nagel and Gelernter checklists are fully encompassed by Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential. According to Potentialism, the cosmos is organic, not barren. It inexorably quests after its manifold and quite often extraordinary quest for extreme potential drives our quite extraordinary and quite rich universe.


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encapsulation formula of the cosmology/cosmogony and teleology/direction/purpose of our universe

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Quest for Potential

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...of first tier of Potentialism Terms Over the past three decades (since KTAV published Summa I in 1988) Birnbaum’s Potentialism Theory has been built-out. As such, it has developed its own lexicon to describe its fundamental principle of Potentialism. Potentialists define the universal drive of cosmology as the Infinite Quest for Potential. This is the inherent “drive” of the cosmos to seek its own ever-further complexity/sophistication/wondrousness. Potential journeys towards a non-concretized state of infinite complexity/sophistication/wondrousness. The universe moves inexorably towards this infinite goal.

Potentialism Potentialism itself represents a new metaphysics/ science for a new century. It provides an overarching 21st century metaphysics that seeks no less than to encompass the scientific, the religious, the spiritual, the secular and the philosophical. Fully encompassing all modern science, Potentialism is potentially (repeat: potentially) a candidate - in due course - for a (true) Theory of Everything – not only in scientific terms, but in all terms meaningful to humankind. Potentialism seeks to arm those seeking an understanding of the


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cosmic order with the tools necessary to have a “seat at the table” for this new metaphysics. All are invited as science comes back to the metaphysics table after a de facto three century, post-Spinoza hiatus. Following is an (abridged) short glossary of core, key terms of Potentialism.

Q4P∞ The Infinite Quest for Infinite Potential, usually shortened to Quest for Potential in conversation, though the formal name best represents the iterative, infinite nature of Potential. This represents the universe’s innate drive towards fulfilling its true potential. Also commonly denoted as Q4P∞ or, super-shorthand: Q4P. Note that there are multiple embedded infinities in Q4P∞: See Infinity-3.com

C+ Complexification The hypothesized cosmic intermediate drive – “Q4P’s handmaiden” – maneuvering the cosmos towards greater complexity/sophistication/richness/integration/variety/ wondrousness. In turn, note that one of the components of Complexification just-noted above is ‘integration’; meaning, Complexification does not occur divorced from the cosmic landscape; rather, Complexification integrates into-the-process the harmonization/ optimization of the ongoing Complexification with the existing biolandscape.


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Complexification seeks quantum jumps – QJs (see entry in this same Glossary) – as opposed to incremental advance. In its ongoing march of Complexification – the universe moves ever-and-ever closer to what Birnbaum calls Extraordinariation (E+) – the universal end-goal – a horizon to be approached, but never quite realized – and a state otherwise defined as hyperComplexification.

E+ Extraordinariation. The end-goal of this journey towards increased complexity/ sophistication/wondrousness is referred to as Extraordinariation (see Extraordinariation.com). Extraordinariation is not so much a precise destination as an ideal goal to be sought-after, albeit never quite fully-realized.

Q4P∞ → C+ → E+ [ the SuperLaw / Super-Equation ] The fundamental, core/primal drive of the cosmic dynamic. This represents the Infinite Quest for Potential which drives the cosmic order towards greater and greater complexity and onward towards Extraordinariation. * Summa Metaphysica is a paradigm-changing work; it entirely changes the way we look at everything. - M.D.


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First, in the , we now can see the trajectory from the atom to molecules to single celled organisms to multicelled organisms to photosynthesis and plants; then as we continue to advance forward, we move into the (more complex) Animal Kingdom then onto (even more complex) humans â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with ever greater and wider complexity/sophistication/wondrousness, freedom of action, brainpower, emotional array and indeed, consciousness.

, we now know that level vis Ă vis the the trajectory post-Big Bang is very roughly as-follows: from > embryonic Galaxies > Stars > super-complex Galaxies and planetary systems and ever-expanding universe > embryonic Life forms > development of brains, language, numbers, reading, spectrum emotion and ever-higher levels of consciousness - in the persons of homo sapiens. - a trajectory which, of couse, dovetails with the life sciences trajectory just delineated justabove.

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ZOOM-OUT M a C R O

C+

Q4P Quest for Potential

E+ Extraordinariation

***Meaning, the equation is simultaneously the : # METaPHYSICaL DIRECTION OF THE UNIVERSE # METaPHYSICaL DRIVER OF THE UNIVERSE # LIFE-FORCE/CHI OF THE UNIVERSE # PURPOSE/GOaL OF THE UNIVERSE # (entire) UNIVERSE ITSELF ***aLL aRE ONE-aND-THE-SaME***

- D. Birnbaum Potentialism Theory Summa Metapysica series 1988 and onwards Direction: panel 3 of 3


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Directional universe is now established. BCE ------~350 / aristotle / directional universe

CE -----1859 / Darwin / Origin of Species / directional universe / evolution tuned for life

life tuned for life C+ E+ / directional universe 2006 / lloyd: complexity / directional universe 2012 / Nagel / Mind & Cosmos / directional universe

Potentialism Theory (starting with Summa I in 1988; Summa II in 2005; and MIT Professor Seth Lloyd (in his quantum-theory Programming the Universe book - 2006) have respectively independently delineated - in an overlapping manner - the (same) empirically-observed pattern/direction. and, for sure, others have done same before and after. The [zoom-in] direction of the universe simply put is [C+] per Summa Metaphysica/Potentialism) - and the parallel theme of ever-increasing complexity per LLoyd. This directional trajectory spans the (entire) life of our universe - and once discerned, as it has been, is essentially indisputable. Note that in the Summa Metaphysica/Potentialism case, the broader -


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Simultaneous Solution! to 18 core and key inter-related classic questions/conundrums In cosmology / metaphysics / philosophy - with the one proposed dynamic

the 18 points: What ignited our universe? What sustains it? What propels it forward?

From whence life? What really drives Evolution forward? From whence consciousness?

Is there a dynamic transcending time and space? Is the universe fine-tuned? Is there design to the universe?

Is there direction to our universe? Is there a universe-goal? Is there human purpose?


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What/who is the designer? Is there a higher force? What is this higher force?

Why does entropy not implode the universe? What breathes life into the equations? What defines our universe?

the concise simultaneous solution - to all 18 above: Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P) seeks Complexification (C+) enroute to Extraordination (E+).

Sounds pretty elegant to us...


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books by BIRNBAUM Metaphysics

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re: Summa I

“A Major Work in the Philosophy of Religion”*

“…there is no comparable volume offering such a comprehensive, authoritative and intelligible discussion of the problem…a remarkable effort to offer a fresh approach...” Paul Mendez–Flohr Professor of Philosophy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Editor, Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought “…an original, and, in this reader’s opinion, a very promising point of view…the author gathers a philosophically coherent and, in the end, highly modern insight… a unified metaphysics…” Louis Dupré Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University “…a major work in the Philosophy of Religion… a masterful achievement…a novel and satisfying approach… a major intellectual achievement.” *Canon William Johnson Professor of Philosophy, Brandeis University


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“…a major contribution to the Jewish conversations through the ages, on theodicy, and the problem of evil generally.” Dr. Norman Lamm President, Yeshiva University “…a framework for a renewed exploration into the most agonizing aspects of the meaning of religious belief… It is an impressive attempt to focus intellectually on the Holocaust without diminishing the primal outcry of pain.” Rabbi Nachum Rabinovitch Rosh Yeshiva Birkat Moshe, Israel, Former Dean, Jews College, London “David Birnbaum brings the rich resources of the Jewish tradition to bear on the universal problem of theodicy. The result is a new synthesis… I can certainly recommend it as a fascinating contribution to the philosophy of religion which merits the attention of Christians and Jews alike.” John J. Collins Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame Editor, Journal of Biblical Literature

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“God and Evil represents a bold attempt to formulate an ingenious theory, which, drawing upon creative reinterpretations of classical Jewish doctrine, places the Free Will Defense within a broader metaphysical framework…” Rabbi Walter S. Wurzburger Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University Editor, Tradition “All who read this book will find much instruction, insight, and material for reflection…I find the overall thesis of the book touching and inspiring…” Rabbi Irving Greenberg President, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Scholarship (CLAL) “A major work…a great intellectual and spiritual effort” Joseph Dan Professor of Kabbalah, Hebrew University

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*** “the best book in print on the subject.” –HERITAGE JOURNAL “Author and scholar David Birnbaum wrestles with the age–old problem of the existence of evil… a compelling, stimulating and creative contribution…” –JUDAICA BOOK NEWS “Birnbaum’s God and Evil is an extremely significant volume which grapples forthrightly and originally with the problem… well–organized… clearly written… persuasive… Birnbaum comes as close as possible to solving the awesome dilemma of evil in a world created by a just God.” –JEWISH WORLD “Birnbaum wrestles with the problem of evil from a Jewish perspective, but provides fresh insights for Christians as well. This is a good book, written in faith, and with honesty and passion…” –THEOLOGICAL STUDIES Georgetown University “Wiesel and Birnbaum share a deep respect for, and loyalty to, their ancestral faith. Yet the contrast between their approaches is ultimately perhaps as instructive as the approaches themselves. Birnbaum’s approach is essentially that of the intellectual, philosopher, and theologian…” –CANADIAN CATHOLIC REVIEW “a bold and highly original synthesis…audacious yet sensitive, traditional and yet highly innovative…yet within the parameters of an authentically Jewish halakhic point of view…an intellectual odyssey” –JEWISH REVIEW ***


Science and Religion:

Summa Metaphysica

"Works by David Birnbaum... suggest that Metaphysics


reprinted from 5 Towns Jewish Times

www.SummaM.org


March 2017


www.RewindSumma.com

www.David1000.com

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THE TRANSCENDENT DYNAMIC


from the desk of

Hugo van den Berg

University of Warwick Department of Mathematics Coventry, United Kingdom Mar 28, 2013

On Birnbaum’s Formula Physics, unlike metaphysics perhaps, is concerned only with description. However, not all descriptions are created equal; it is sometimes possible to capture large swathes of phenomena with a minimum of formal apparatus. Such superb descriptions are what scientists like to think of as “good theories” (all is, in the final analysis, still mere description, a point that is sometimes lost). The game naturally becomes this: to capture as much as possible with as little as possible. In Birnbaum’s unparalleled and magisterial Summa Metaphysica, we find a pithy quote attributed to a Nobel prize winner [physicist Lederman] who expresses this dream as capturing the universe in a formula that one could print on a T-shirt. Birnbaum, in a staggering and audacious move, displays a formula below this quote. The formula just stands there, glorious in its splendid isolation. It reads:

Q4P∞ Are we to infer that this is the answer to the dream of the physicist recently quoted? The recondite renaissance man Birnbaum does not tell us, at least not directly, not on this page. Perusal of Summa Metaphysica, two imposing tomes of recondite philosophicalmathematical-poetic musings, indicates that Birnbaum wants the reader to think of Q4P as a single symbol...... [ balance of essay upon request ]

Q4P∞ Q4P ( Q4P ( Q4P ( Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential ad infinitum


THE TRANSCENDENT DYNAMIC

SUMMA METAPHYSICA


“ A UNIFYING CONCEPT OF THE UNIVERSE” “ David Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica is a major philosophical contribution to the study of Being. According to Summa, Holy Potential is at the very epicenter of the Divine, and the quest for its fulfillment is the underlying core dynamic of the cosmic order. Birnbaum considers Quest for Potential∞ to be ubiquitous and overarching holy cosmic dynamic. All of the countless components of the Universe, including humans, are striving towards the full realization of their particular potentialities. Although centered on the problem of evil existing in the world created by benevolent and omnipotent God, Summa reaches far beyond theodicy. Deeply rooted in Biblical tradition, yet providing a modern and original approach to answering millennia-old questions, Summa represents a bold attempt to formulate a unifying concept of the Universe.” ************

The very basic laws of ecology describing the growth and regulation of populations of living organisms appear to fit the metaphysical model of the cosmic Quest for Potential∞ proposed by David Birnbaum. Obviously, ecology is only one of many sub disciplines within the rather broad science of biology, and biology is only one of many natural sciences (albeit a very important one). Therefore, this observation alone does not serve as an immediate and decisive proof that the Quest is indeed the major driving force behind each and every natural process. Nevertheless, it is truly fascinating that an established scientific theory based on experimental evidence and mathematic models is in such a strong agreement with a philosophical theory of Conceptual Theorist Birnbaum, and developed independently of any formal natural history research. This is unlikely to happen by chance alone. Therefore, it is reasonable to propose the Quest for Potential∞ as a working hypothesis for explaining the impetus behind the cosmic dynamic. Testing this hypothesis would involve a critical review of other scientific theories explaining particular phenomena in chemistry, physics, sociology, etc. for their agreement with Birnbaum’s proposed Overarching Theory. Ultimately, this may yield a unified view of the Universe, which would be a major leap in fulfilling our potentiality as conscious beings. – Dr. Andrei Alyokhin Professor and Graduate Coordinator School of Biology and Ecology University of Maine Orono, ME November 2, 2012 Andrei_Alyokhin@umit.maine.edu

Q4P = Survival ( Potential array ( Extraordinariation

ECOLOGY


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