Philosophy and Science for the Third Millennium
Rebooting the Machine
An Essay by Christopher Bek
essay argues that we must reboot all societal machines and then rebuild from
the ground up. We could start this rebooting with the discipline of
physics. As such, I am asking the director of the Perimeter Institute of
Theoretical Physics to respond to my theory of one.
The existentialist is first and foremost an individual who is in an infinite relationship with himself and his destiny. —Søren Kierkegaard
Canada’s premier science institute is trying to jumpstart a revolution in physics, in part by encouraging the randomness of human brilliance. For inspiration on the way forward, the Perimeter Institute is looking 100 years into the past. —Ivan Semeniuk
More light. —the last words of Johann Goethe
We must follow the argument wherever it leads. —Socrates
deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
The gateway to universal knowledge may be opened by the unified field theory upon which Einstein has been at work for a quarter century. Today the outer limits of man’s knowledge are defined by relativity, the inner limits by quantum theory. Relativity has shaped all our concepts of space, time, gravitation, and the realities that are too remote and too vast to be perceived. Quantum theory has shaped all our concepts of the atom, the basic units of matter and energy, and the realities that are too elusive and too small to be perceived. Yet these two great scientific systems rest on entirely different and unrelated theoretical foundations. The purpose of Einstein’s unified field theory is to construct a bridge between them.
Restricting a body of knowledge to a small group deadens the philosophical spirit of a people and leads to spiritual poverty.
Albert Einstein discovered that even the most complex notions could be reduced to a simple set of fundamental principles.
It is a wonderful feeling to recognize the unifying features of a complex phenomena which present themselves as quite unconnected to the direct experience of the senses.
The Bernoulli Form elucidates the notion of Platonic Forms in describing how a motley crew of Forms—including Delphi, forecasting, integration, utility, optimization, efficiency and complementary—come together to form The Bernoulli Model.
The Method of Moments elucidates the notion of Platonic Forms in describing how a motley crew of Forms—including Delphi, forecasting, integration, utility, optimization, efficiency and complementary—come together to form The Bernoulli Model.
The Efficient Frontier examines the notions of God, option theory, portfolio theory, faith, reason and Arab math—finally arriving at the inescapable conclusion that all roads of sound decisionmaking lead to the efficient frontier.
The Unpardonable Sin charges all honourables and doctors in Canada with heresy, child abuse and the unpardonable sin that Christ spoke of—which is the deliberate refusal to follow the light when seen.
The Uncertainty Principle contrasts Einstein with Heisenberg, relativity with quantum theory, behavioralism with existentialism, certainty with uncertainty and philosophy with science—finally arriving at the inescapable Platonic conclusion that the true philosopher is always striving after Being and will not rest with those multitudinous phenomena whose existence are appearance only.
A Formal Patient congratulates Alberta Health and Wellness for insisting on the accountability of due process in declaring individuals to be formal patients—and argues that I am being considered a formal patient as the result of an absence of due process elsewhere in Canada—and that I should not be considered a formal patient but that I should be declared disabled on account of being outside the cave of behaviorism.
Singularity identifies the trigger of the looming paradigm shift from the three-dimensionally conscioused Everyman to the four-dimensionally conscioused Superman as the 1935 Schrödinger's Cat though problem—which proves that consciousness is real.
The Great Cosmic Accounting Blunder compares the two physical fixedpoints in the universe—lightspeed and Planck’s constant—and argues that we have been guilty of double counting up until now and that in fact there is but one fixedpoint—which, as it turns out, is the boundary of the universe.
The Unified Field Theory counts down the Euclidean hits from five to one in categorically nailing the vast majority of this little thing I like to call cosmic pi. At this point in spacetime I would like to pay special tribute to my excellent wingman Albert Einstein (1879–1955).
Closing the Liars Loophole identifies the malignant cancer within the healthcare system and society as the outwardly focusing behavioural psychological model, which denies the existence of consciousness—while the inwardly focusing existential model makes consciousness and the soul primordially important.
On my birthday in 2000, I smoked a joint and read Edgar Allan Poe’s 1848 classic Eureka. In it, Poe refers to Blaise Pascal’s claim that the universe is a sphere in which the centre is everywhere and the boundary is nowhere. Two days earlier I had read Rudy Rucker’s 1977 classic Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension in which he showed Einstein’s proof that gravity and inertia are mathematically equivalent. I took Pascal’s sphere and inverted it so that the universe is a sphere in which the boundary is everywhere and the centre is nowhere. Following Einstein, I then proved that Pascal’s sphere and the inverted Pascal’s sphere are mathematically equivalent. After that I replaced the words boundary and centre with the words lightspeed and Planck’s constant—thereby uniting relativity theory (based on lightspeed) and quantum theory (based on Planck’s constant). As Einstein said—This is so simple God could not have passed it up. That night I met a friend and told her about my amazing discovery. This cosmic truth owes its existence in part to marijuana, which enables me to reboot my mind and reconceive the universe.
Stairway to Heaven. Ontology is the branch of philosophy that addresses the question of what are the fundamentally distinct levels of being that compose reality. The four dimensions of ontology are matter, life, consciousness and self-awareness. God and Souls are self-aware. According to EF Schumacher—“From a base of matter, man has the power of life like plants, the power of consciousness like animals and the power of consciousness recoiling upon itself. This power of self-awareness opens up unlimited possibilities for the purposeful learning, formulating and accumulating of knowledge. Scientists tell us that we cannot talk about a life-force because no such force has ever been found to exist. Yet the difference between alive and dead certainly exists; and the same goes for consciousness and self-awareness.” Rebooting simply requires that we go back to basics and climb the stairway to Heaven so that Being may erupt. And similar to regular ontology, the ontology of science breaks down into a base of mathematics, then physics, chemistry and biology.
The PhD Disease. Just as Galileo and Descartes laid down the modern scientific method for solving problems—so too did Harry Markowitz in 1952 lay the modern scientific method of bringing together an uncertain set of variables. It is focused on portfolio distributions and risk-reward efficiency. The portfolio distribution describes the uncertainty of future outcomes. Risk-reward efficiency means that with hi/low risk comes hi/low reward. But rather than seeing portfolio theory for the important roadmap that it is—it has been pedantically attacked by PhDs like the legions of PhDs at Enron before the company finally collapsed under the weight of its own PhDness. Similarly, theoretical physics PhDs have built their castles on sand. They should consider rebooting theoretical physics by conducting phenomenological examinations of spacetime, atoms and light as I did with my theory of one.
Rebooting Philosophy. Western philosophy effectively began with the Greek Plato (427-347 BC) who dared to ask what existence would be like outside the cave. Platonic thought serves to inform and support those who have taken the road less travelled in the struggle towards daylight. Alfred Whitehead argued that all philosophy after Plato is merely a footnote. René Descartes (1596-1650) was a French scientist, mathematician and father to modern philosophy. He began his philosophic quest for certainty by rebooting the medieval house of knowledge and then building from the ground up. Descartes employed the method of radical doubt when asking the simple question—What do I know for certain?—to which he concluded that he certainly knew of his own existence—which he then immortalized with his celebrated cogito—ie. cogito, ergo sum—I think, therefore I exist. With this, Descartes rebooted modern philosophy and science while I am now rebooting postmodern philosophy and science based on transitions like from behaviorism to existentialism, and like from string theory to my theory of one. Following Plato, I take the best of all philosophers and scientists and bring them together into a holistic, unified body of knowledge.
Rebooting Psychiatry. Existentialism is the philosophy that stresses individual existence, freedom and choice. It views humans as defining their own meaning in life as beings who try to make rational decisions in an irrational world. Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Camus, Kafka and Sartre are among the many great existential philosophers. Existentialism is all about putting man in touch with himself. It stresses that individuals have total freedom and total responsibility for the world. Alternatively, behaviorism is the psychological model employed today. It tells us we have no freedom and no responsibility other than to behave ourselves. The absence of freedom stems from the worldview of determinism, which says the question of whether we choose to walk the dog tonight was determined at the moment of the big bang sixteen billion years ago. We could reboot psychiatry by switching from behaviorism to existentialism. All that is required is for psychiatrists and educators to teach existentialism to their patients and students.
Rebooting God. We could say that the big bang (ie. the creation of the universe) is occurring at every moment going back to its origin sixteen billion years ago when a photon (ie. a being of light) splits into an electron and a positron (ie. matter and antimatter). By definition, photons travel at lightspeed and thus exist at the boundary of the universe. This universal boundedness leads to the realizations that there is only one photon and that photon is God. From outside the universe, a single photon appears as a spherical film containing the universe—like a translucent pearl encapsulating a grain of sand. One might even argue that God and light are the same thing. It also follows that the universe exists inside of God’s womb (ie. Her womb). In essence, God and the universe therein contained can be effectively seen as a single particle. Sir James Jeans (1877-1946) said that God is a mathematician. Niels Bohr (1885-1962) defined the complementary principle as the coexistence of two necessary and seemingly incompatible perspectives of the same phenomenon. Therefore, God is both the photon and a mathematician. Saint Augustine (354-430) portrayed existence as an ontological set of stairs leading to God. Augustine also said God exists outside of time and the universe was created with time and not in time.
The Perimeter Institute. According to the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics—“We are an international focal point of cutting-edge research in foundational theoretical physics. The Perimeter Institute is a leading centre for scientific research, training and educational outreach in theoretical physics. Founded in 1999 in Waterloo, Canada, our mission is to advance our understanding of the universe at the most fundamental level. Perimeter also trains the next generation of physicists through innovative programs, and shares the excitement and wonder of science with students, teachers and the general public. We believe breakthroughs are realized through a collision of intellect, imagination and inspiration. The Perimeter Institute is an independent, resident-based research institute devoted to foundational issues in theoretical physics at the highest levels of international excellence. The Perimeter’s vision is to create the world’s foremost centre for foundational theoretical physics, uniting public and private partners, and the world’s best scientific minds, in a shared enterprise to achieve breakthroughs that will transform our future.”
Rebooting Physics. In a recent article by Ivan Semeniuk of The Globe and Mail entitled A Calculated Reboot, he spoke with the director, Neil Turok, of the Perimeter Institute. The article states that the institute is trying to perform a calculated reboot of theoretical physics and turn the clock back a hundred years to relativity theory (1905) and quantum theory (1925). I am now announcing to the world of physics that I have rebooted theoretical physics and have turned the clock back one hundred years with my theory of one (2001). I have delivered everything Turok wants. In formulating my theory, I ignored all theoretical physics after the Schrödinger’s cat thought problem (1935). I rebooted physics by focusing on ontology and have reexamined relativity theory and quantum theory at the most fundamental level. Relativity theory is the natural law of spacetime and is based on lightspeed. Quantum theory is the natural law of the atom and is based on Planck’s constant. The theory of one unites the two theories by proving that lightspeed and Planck’s constant are the same boundary of the spacetime continuum (ie. the universe).
Conclusion. We must be prepared to reboot absolutely everything in order to achieve breakthroughs that will transform our future. And as my contribution to human brilliance, I have first produced the theory of one on 1 January 2001 based on one argument—and have since added six more arguments. I now invite the director of the Perimeter Institute to argue either for or against my theory. He is encouraged by the laws of nature to write an essay that responds to my theory of one. As Edmund Burke (1729-97) said—The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.