It is a time of great promise, and a time of terrifying consequence. It is in the contradiction of hope and certainty that we teeter, lifted by the thrust of hope at times in defiance of the captivating passivity of those who are certain. It is a time when our great scientists, led by numerology, proclaim an infinite collections of universes, none reachable, none palpable, a phantasm. By their predictions, we are led to spend many tens of billions of dollars in search of the useless Higgs Boson, the only value of which would be to further fortify their position as ministers of gloom. Billions more to build bottles for the sun, with magnets and lasers and a stellar record of failure.
We live on a planet losing the stability of its climate in a fascistic, idiotic debate of its cause. The debate is led by those who profit greatly from that cause and used as a distraction from the obvious fact that, whatever the cause, we are in a position to do something about it but fail to act because it would be difficult and uncomfortable, especially for the promoters of confusion and greed.
Our numbers are far too large for this poor planet to support the way in which we have chosen to live. At the same time the suicidal and fatalistic spiritual leaders would banish birth control AND deny a woman’s right to decide to have or not have a child. The many millions of homeless, suffering, orphaned and ill roam the refugee camps and die in our alleys. Our religious institutions and spiritual leaders are bankrupt. They not only lack relevance to the problems of the modern world, they perpetuate them. None in the midst of the so called spiritual leadership has the ability to look this squarely in the eye and proclaim their failure.
The great inventions of the computer age have interconnected us in unimaginable ways and have put the collected knowledge of the human race at our very fingertips. However, a dispassionate look at it shows a degeneration into advertising, self indulgence, warfare, hatred and mind control that are truly the stuff of despair. We are willfully building the tools for becoming a race of zombies living in an artificial world. “The Matrix” was not far off in some very important ways, but I fear that the human race, in the end, will not be subjugated but will volunteer to live in a fantasy world until the tree that was the human race rots at the root and falls to decay. I could go on and, so too, I suppose could you.
The pathoskeps in their relentless drive to discredit and defuse the advent of LEARN, have sometimes accused me of believing in LEARN research because “I want it to be true,” and that my position is based on hope alone. I am guilty as charged and, further, I not only agree that that is true, I present the idea that OF COURSE I advocate for a huge project, bigger than the Manhattan Project, to understand and master the forces and reactions involved in LEARN based on that HOPE. I defend my hope, and accuse the pathoskeps of being without hope, fatalistic and moribund!
Look for instance to the Cosmological Anthropic Principal. It is a rich and important new area of philosophical reflection on the nature of the reality in which we find ourselves. Briefly it examines the concept that in order for us to exist, the various constants which make up the assumptions used by science to describe reality must have values in a very tiny range. The “standard model” requires 25 such constants, and many other constants are needed to explain the various and many emergent properties. The question is “why is it that the universe has those values required for us to be here observing it?”
See Anthropic Principal on Wiki. The following is copied from that article.
Paul Davies’s book The Goldilocks Enigma (2006) reviews the current state of the fine tuning debate in detail, and concludes by enumerating the following responses to that debate:
1. The absurd universe: Our universe just happens to be the way it is.
2. The unique universe: There is a deep underlying unity in physics which necessitates the universe being the way it is. Some Theory of Everything will explain why the various features of the Universe must have exactly the values that we see.
3. The multiverse: Multiple Universes exist, having all possible combinations of characteristics, and we inevitably find ourselves within a Universe that allows us to exist.
4. Intelligent Design: A creator designed the Universe with the purpose of supporting complexity and the emergence of Intelligence.
5. The life principle: There is an underlying principle that constrains the universe to evolve towards life and mind.
6. The self-explaining universe: A closed explanatory or causal loop: “perhaps only universes with a capacity for consciousness can exist.” This is Wheeler’s Participatory Anthropic Principle (PAP).
7. The fake universe: We live inside a virtual reality simulation.
Out of hand I reject 1, 5, 6, and 7. You may not, but I do. If anyone is interested send me an email, and I will briefly tell you. That leaves #2 The unique universe, #3 The Multiverse and #4 Intelligent design. In fact, I also throw out The Multiverse because I just find it to be insane to use our existence as the basis for proposing an infinite number of other universes, none of which we will ever be able to detect. So, IN MY VIEW, either we have a universe in which there is a yet to be discovered unifying mechanism which makes it necessary that the universe is that way we find it, OR, there is, to be brief, a GOD who created the universe in such a way as to permit our being here.
So, one source for my “hope” is just this: The origin and evolution of life, the emergence of self awareness, of consciousness, the march to civilization, the advent of the scientific method, the hand in glove connection of scientific insight and technology, the fact that reality is understandable at all in mathematical terms, the appearance of solutions to problems as if the universe were a giant puzzle put here to test us and reward us, and lead us to a further development of consciousness and further existence all lead to believe in some mystical, spiritual content to reality itself and our being here at all.
Now, all of the dark, unavoidable problems sketched out at the beginning of this article cannot be denied and, yet, looking backward in time, ala Richard Dawkins in “The Ancestors Tale,” reveals not only a universe which is uniquely suited to our existence but also to a HUGE series of improbable events, real long-shots, which all needed to have occurred for us in particular to be here. Again, we are here, so all of those unlikely things must have happened. I am aware of the paradox of “survivorship bias”, but hope springs to my heart from the faint possibility that we are, in fact, SPECIAL! Not only is the universe constructed in such a way as to make it possible for us to exist, our particular history of countless unlikely events, each of which needed a particular unlikely outcome, has made it such that we DO exist. So, I have hope, and use that as a source of energy to continue looking for the next miracle to continue the sequence, the unlikely run of luck that has put us here and me at this keyboard. The pathoskeps can spin on a divot in their relentless efforts to return us to the putrid passivity that has come to define the stagnation of our entire world culture.
Oh, and if you don’t think it is possible that professional bloggers are used to influence public opinion in a number of areas, including LEARN, read this. Anyone who cannot understand that a conspiracy to silence LEARN is POSSIBLE, even LIKELY is a self-deluded patsy. In fact, I see the existence of many of the relentless propagandists attempting to control public perception of the advent of LEARN on some other sites as strong evidence that LEARN is real. In an interesting and quite enlightening post on another site, one of the more notorious and infamous propagandists was recently called out because his campaign of disinformation had become so over the top and, quite frankly, obvious. Click here to read (comment by user “Barking Monkey” on April 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm). This prolific pathoskep never returned in defense of himself (or his team) …but I would expect that is only a temporary respite as the advent of LEARN marches forward.
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