Philosophy and Science for the Third Millennium
A State of Denial
An Essay by Christopher Bek
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.
Summary—This essay argues that we are in a state of denial regarding Canada’s government debt, the theory of one and existentialism—and that radical steps are necessary to avoid a catastrophe of the state.
Quotation—The art of revolution lies in dislodging established customs by probing down into their origins in order to show how they lack authority and justice. There must be a return to the basic and primordial laws of the state which unjust custom has since eradicated. —Blaise Pascal
Sheldon Kopp’s 1972 book, If You Meet Buddha on the Road, Kill Him, offers a fresh, realistic approach to altering one’s destiny and accepting the responsibility that comes with freedom. He says that, “No meaning that comes from outside ourselves is real. The Buddhahood in each of us has already been obtained and need only be recognized.” We ourselves must decide what values—like Canada’s government debt, the theory of one and existentialism—are real for us as individual citizens. We should stop basing our values on what economists, physicists and doctors tell us and start thinking for ourselves.
The History of Canadian Debt. In 1979 Joe Clark and the Conservative party of Canada won a minority government. After excessive spending by the Liberals, the Conservatives were intent on fiscal restraint. Their stringent budget proposed cutting programs and implementing tax increases that would have resulted in a balanced budget. The Liberals, led by Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000), would not support it and the minority government was defeated just seven months after taking office. In the following election Trudeau and the Liberals won a majority government and soon after introduced a deficit budget that was to be the start of trouble for Canada’s incomprehensively massive government debt of $1.3 trillion as of 2016. In 2015 Justin Trudeau (Pierre’s son) and the Liberal party won a majority government based in part on his promise to run a budget deficit of $10 billion. The Conservatives were defeated in part on their promise to run a balanced budget. In his first budget Justin Trudeau set forth a $30 billion deficit that was $20 billion more than he promised in his campaign. As GW Hegel (1770-1831) said, “History teaches us we have never learned anything from history.”
Dealing With Debt. The fact that we are selling off all our non-renewable resources essentially depletes the value of land. And letting tens-of-thousands of refugees into Canada is not much different than giving away land. My radical suggestion is that we sell land to pay off government debt. Some people might be offended by my suggestion, but I am simply thinking outside-the-box. Servicing the interest on the debt in Canada costs $60 billion per year and payments on the principle of $1.3 trillion over the next 50 years would be $26 billion per year. The government is dreaming in Technicolor if they believe we will not eventually go bankrupt if they stay the course. Furthermore, if they were to pay off the debt the government in Canada would have an additional $86 billion per year. As it stands, the government is predicting deficit budgets for the next six years. According to estimates, we will run out of oil and gas in 50 years at which time we may be unable to heat our homes and feed our families. In 50 years the chance would be minuscule that we could pay off our then multi-trillion dollar government debt without the benefit of oil and gas tax revenues. Selling land now is a preemptive alternative to imminent disaster. Consider my wild idea that we sell Vancouver Island to the Israelis for $1.3 trillion. My proposal would bring stability to the Middle East and would also give the Jewish people peace and happiness. Vancouver Island is 32,000 square kilometers and Israel is 22,000 square kilometers, 60 percent of which is desert. The Israelis could fund the sale by selling their own land and with contributions from other countries with a vested interest.
The Theory of One. The theory of one (2001) solves the greatest scientific problem of all time by uniting relativity theory (1905) with quantum theory (1925). It proves that the universe is bounded, that there is only one photon (ie. a being of light), that one photon is God, and that reality is an illusion—meaning the Moon does not exist when no one is looking at it. As Jorge Luis Borges said, “We have dreamed it.” Physicists are in a state of denial because my theory pulls-their-pants-down. They are claiming victory from the newly discovered gravitational waves, but I believe that gravitational waves are minor compared to my theory of one. The problem is my theory is off the grid and physicists cannot assimilate it. Physicists in the past 50 years have not built a base as I have done with my theory of one. As FS Northrop said, “If one makes a false or superficial beginning, no matter how rigorous the methods that follow, the initial error will never be corrected.” The boundedness of my theory gives a scientific basis to the notions of God and souls that exist eternally at the boundary between spacetime and nothingness. If we work out our salvation with diligence, as Buddha told us, then our being would reside in our eternal souls rather than in our temporal egos—ie. Being versus being.
Behaviorism vs Existentialism. I would argue that we are using the behavioral psychological model exclusively in Canada. Behaviorism only asks that we behave normally and is the cause of the sickness that pervades our society. Existentialism cures it by asking each of us to take total freedom and total responsibility for the world. Unlike behaviorism, existentialism would give us purpose in our lives. Doctors, like physicists, are guilty of the agency problem, which is that they have chosen their own wellbeing over the health of the nation. I would argue that doctors are making people sick with behaviorism and are in turn making a killing off this inflicted illness. Like the physicists are in denial, the doctors are also in denial of their pain-fully obvious mistake. Behaviorism is the brainchild of a couple of halfwits named Watson and Skinner. Existentialism is the product of a long history of great thinkers that goes all the way back to Socrates and includes Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, Camus and Sartre. Sartre tells us for man, existence precedes essence. Consider a pen for example. Its essence is designed on the drawing board and then it comes into existence, so essence precedes existence. But for man who arrives on the scene and then creates his essence, existence precedes essence. Furthermore, with existentialism there is no predetermined human nature that man is obligated to become. We are thus free to create our own destiny by committing to it.
Elephants in the Room. The “Elephant in the room” is a metaphor for an unaddressed, obvious truth. The expression applies to blatantly clear problems that we are denying. We will not find peace and happiness until we address the elephants in the room, which are—the Canadian government debt, the theory of one and existentialism. As a country, we are limping along and will not be made whole until we face reality head-on. Native American Indians say that, “We do not inherit the Earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children.” By dealing with debt now we could pass on a sustainable world to our children. Teaching children about the theory of one would give them a solid foundation for a better world. Edna St Vincent Millay said, “Safe upon the solid rock the ugly houses stand—come and see my shining palace built upon the sand.” Existentialism and the theory of one are the ugly houses and behaviorism and string theory are the shining palaces. By teaching children existentialism we would be making them much better decision-makers—like deciding to sell land in order to deal with our elephant-sized debt.
Preparing for Paradigm Shifts. A Frank & Ernest comic strip shows a chick breaking out of its shell, then looking around and proclaiming—Wow, paradigm shift. In his 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn contrasts normal science with paradigm-shifting science. Kuhn argues that scientific knowledge is not strictly evolutionary, but is a sequence of peaceful intervals interrupted by sporadic and violent revolutions of the intellect. Paradigm-shifting is revolutionary while normal science is evolutionary. Paradigm-shifting is my right hand while normal science is my left hand. Both are necessary. With paradigm-shifting science, one theoretical view is replaced by another. With normal science, progression takes place in a linear, orderly fashion. I would argue the recently discovered gravitational waves are normal science. They are ripples in spacetime that propagate outward from the source at lightspeed produced by massively dense phenomena like black holes. The Copernican view of heliocentricity that the Sun is the center of the universe was paradigm-shifting. It was a change from one way of thinking to another. I was recently speaking to a Member of the Canadian Parliament who believes change should take place in an orderly fashion. But we must prepare for paradigms shifts that are intellectually ferocious and potentially upsetting. As Peter Bernstein said, “Paradigms shifts are not unpredictable, just unthinkable.” Stanislav Grof said, “We are approaching the time of a major paradigm shift.”
Conclusion. The government is in denial about the simple truth of our debt and the great possibility that we will be consumed by it. We are steaming toward the canyon and the bridge is out. The theory of one fundamentally alters our perception of reality. It proves that the universe is bounded, that there is only one photon, that one photon is God, and that reality is an illusion. We are lying to the children in that a lie of omission is still a lie. Choosing existentialism is a recipe for salvation. We need to accept the responsibility that comes with freedom and stop denying the elephants in the room. Canada needs to be morally strong and free from debt in order to become a true world leader. Justin Trudeau could show his true leadership by responding to this essay.