Dr Roy Turner

Mr Christopher Bek

Central Community Mental Health Centre

Second Floor 1000 Eighth Avenue SW

Calgary Alberta T2P 3M7

17 July 2006

Dear Dr Turner,

Subject—Request for Alberta Government Sponsorship of Philosophymagazine

Caption—Genius is merely the art of generalizing and choosing. —Eugène Delacroix

Introduction.  I offer this letter and related material as my portfolio of available philosophic services.   My value proposition lies in low-risk, high-reward to organizational change.  I present myself as a philosopher and scientist interested in helping scientists, educators, businessmen and medical organizations to develop philosophic and scientific management practices.  The three cornerstones of my argument are firstly the method of argument.  Secondly, the cognitive model means that the ego chooses the id over the superego—ie. cogito, ergo sum.  Thirdly, the theory of one solves the problem of how to unite relativity and quantum theory with my theory of one by recognizing lightspeed and Planck’s constant as the very same boundary of the spacetime continuum.  The proposal then describes the distribution of Philosophymagazine in the Alberta community.  My essays embrace a standard fifteen-hundred words in length.  The final paragraph of this letter proposes a way to move forward.  The essence of this proposal is to get Philosophymagazine to all people in all walks of Alberta society.  As Descartes would say—better the ladies of the salon rather than the pedants of the university.

The Method of Argument.  Based on the natural light of reason, René Descartes (1596-1650) formulated his famous Cartesian Model for constructing arguments which is—Order thoughts from simple to complex.  Only accept clear and distinct ideas as true—Divide arguments into as many parts as necessary—Check thoroughly for oversights—And, using reversibility, rehearse, examine and test arguments over and over until they can be grasped with a single act of intuition or faith.  Initially, one faithfully or intuitively senses truth, which is followed up by constructing rational arguments and then intuitively capturing completed arguments.  In other words, faith leads us to reason and then reason leads us back to faith.  Consider then making Philosophymagazine a standard model for argument construction—ie. fifteen hundred words, begins with a story, uses a Tahoma 9.5 pt font, line spacing 14 pt.  Essentially, the difference between an argument and an opinion is that an opinion does not have to be backed up.  And we must remember what Socrates said—Follow the argument wherever it leads.  QED.  In one years time university seniors are responsible for determining whether or not The Method of Argument is valid or not.

The Cognitive Model.  Consider that the Freudian cognitive model makes the reality-based ego the decisionmaker who must choose between the internal values of the id, self, soul, mathematics, the method of argument, and God—and the external authority of the superego, behaviorism, church, government, medicine and education.  And based on the Socratic belief that by knowing thyself is the same as knowing God.  As Sir James Jeans said—God is a mathematician.  The authoritian cognitive model stands in direct contrast with the existential cognitive model.  Existentialism is the philosophy which asserts that morality must be determined inwardly rather than from external authority.  In its simplest terms, it is the ego acting like a search light that chooses between the id and the superego.  The existential model chooses the inward id over the outward superego.  The behavioral model chooses outward appearances over the inward self of the existential model.  The malignant cancer within the healthcare system and society is the outwardly focusing behavioral psychological model—which denies the existence of consciousness—while the inwardly focusing existential model makes consciousness and the soul primordially important.  QED.  In one years time student doctors are responsible for determining whether The Cognitive Model is valid or not.

The Theory of One.  It is well established that the greatest scientific problem of all time is how to marry relativity with quantum theory.  Relativity is the natural law of space and time and is based on lightspeed.  It describes spacetime dilation in accordance with the Pythagorean Form.  The quantum theory of the atom is the natural law of matter and is based on both Planck’s constant and a probabilistic wave equation.  I have solved the problem of how to unite relativity and quantum theory with my theory of one by recognizing lightspeed and Planck’s constant as the very same boundary of the spacetime continuum.  I further argue that even if my theory of one is wrong, it is still effectively right because it sets forth the pathway to truth—which is the question of how to unite relativity with quantum theory.  QED.  In one years time Grade-12 high school are responsible for determining whether or not The Theory of One is valid or not.

Distribution of Philosophymagazine.  Firstly, the graduation from the method of authority to the method of argument means that the government now must either challenge or accept a standardized format for making arguments such as Philosophymagazine—ie. two-page, fifteen hundred word essays.  To begin with there would be no cost to the public for any of the essays.  Secondly, the cognitive model identifies the malignant cancer within the healthcare system and society as the outwardly focusing behavioral psychological model, which denies the existence of consciousness—while the inwardly focusing existential model makes consciousness and the soul primordially important.  Student doctors are responsible determining whether the existential cognitive model is the beaming model of cognition.  Thirdly, I propose that we would deliver five-essay pocketbooks of The Theory of One in Ninety Minutes to grade-twelve students.  At the end of the year the students would write an Philosophymagazine-style essay argument depicting whether the theory is correct or not.  The stylized pocketbooks would have large writing and fit perfectly into an inside coat pocket.  Fourthly, we would deliver single-sheet, two-sided essays to coffee shops across Alberta.  Initially there would be no charge to the public for the material.  Fifthly, we would deliver single-sheet, two-sided essays for old age homes, homeless shelters and prisons.  It could include readings out loud for the readers.  Philosophymagazine has the potential to turn Alberta into a society with a hundred percent literacy.  And we must never forget that higher truth is the cornerstone of mental wellness.

18 Minutes and 90 Minutes.  Each fifteen hundred word essay takes approximately eighteen minutes to read.  The eighteen-minute per essay multiplying by five-essays then becomes an In-Ninety-Minute pocketbook.  Philosophymagazine uses the option based deployment strategy.  John Gribbin and Paul Strathern have both produced a library of twenty-five or so In-Ninety-Minutes excellent pocketbooks.  For example one could read Einstein in Eighteen Minutes before going on to read Einstein in Ninety Minutes.  Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum theory, defined the complementary principle as the coexistence of two necessary and seemingly incompatible descriptions of the same phenomenon.  One of its first realizations dates back to 1637 when Descartes revealed that algebra and geometry are the same thing.  The eighteen-minute per essay multiplying by five-essays.  Looking at the in 18-minute essay provides a comparison to the in 90-minute essay or collection of essays.  I sent a copy of my five-essay in ninety minutes, the theory of one, to Peter Mansbridge of the CBC in 2001.  He wrote back and said that he liked it very much.  Having a government agent could help me get me a spot on Mr Mansbridge’s show—One on One.

Proposal.  Since the government has neither challenged nor accepted my arguments—I would argue that we spend a year for the university seniors, student doctors and grade-12 students to go through the process of either challenging or accepting my arguments.  I propose that the government must either accept or challenge the three arguments (challenger)—the method of argument (university seniors), the cognitive model (student doctors) and the theory of one (grade-12 students).  Here the challenger must write a Philosophymagazine-style essay either confirming or rejecting the argument set forth.  I propose that the Government of Alberta fund the production and distribution of Philosophymagazine for in amount of five thousand dollars per month for one year.  Firstly by writing monthly essays and secondly by orchestrating the production and distribution of material and thirdly by making myself available to meet with government agents.  I would also ask for one day per week from a medical student and a half a day per week from a doctor such as yourself to act as my agents.  I will call you in two weeks time.  We could well turn Alberta into the philosophic and scientific center of the world.  Lastly, any government agent—eg. doctors or educators—choosing not to take responsibility for the current state of affairs is acting in bad faith.

Sincerely,

 

 

Christopher Bek

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Christopher Bek résumé

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Armando Sciascia, Central Mental Health Centre          

Kym Filippelli, Canadian Mental Health

 

 

 

 

 

 


Christopher Bek Résumé

Profile

Ø Christopher Bek is a mathematician, actuary, philosopher, scientist and writer—and is a superior spreadsheet, database and riskmodeling craftsman.  He has consulted to the top executives of one of the largest companies in Canada—and has made presentations relating to the philosophy and science of risk management in Houston and New York. 

Ø Excellent analytical, mathematical modeling and writing skills.

Ø International experience in the United States and the Caribbean.

Ø Wide-ranging actuarial valuation experience including corporate, casualty and pensions.

Ø Qualified as an associate of the Society of Actuaries with broad experience modeling risk factors including commodity price risk, foreign exchange risk, interest rate risk, oil and gas reservoir risk, workers compensation risk, property damage risk, business interruption risk, liability risk, earthquake risk, hurricane risk and other weather-related risks.

Ø Software applications and programming languages include Excel, Visual Basic, Access database, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Word and RoboHelp.

 

Professional Experience

Risk Management Services—Principal

Calgary
(1995-Present)

Ø Founded Risk Management Services Corporation dedicated to helping create organizational value and holistic risk management practices.

Ø Developed simulation-based risk models for clients including Canadian Pacific Limited and TransCanada Pipelines.

Ø Carried forward the essential ideas of modeling risk to the next step—which is finding ways of making optimal decisions subject to risk exposure constraints.

Ø Conducted an insurable risk retention valuation for CXY Energy for the purpose of properly aligning realized risk exposure with corporate values and risk tolerance levels.

Ø Formulated and administered Delphi questionnaires for the senior management of Canadian Pacific Limited and CXY Energy for establishing organizational values and risk exposure limits.

Ø Developed The Bernoulli Model—an advanced Excel-based, risk management, forecasting and decisionmaking methodology that is mathematically accessible to executives—while also presenting the same consistent storyboard for all organizational risk factors.

Ø Developed the world’s first four-moment distribution (ie. mean, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis)—the Camus distribution—using simulation-based optimization with genetic algorithms—ie. genetically engineered.

Ø Developed simplified micro-versions of different risk models such as value-at-risk and the efficient frontier model to allow managers to see basic concepts in action.

Ø Made presentations to various groups relating to the philosophy and science of risk management including appearances in Houston and New York.

Ø Researched, wrote and published thirty-two issues of the Risk Management Review since the inaugural issue in January 1996.

Ø Clients include Canadian Pacific Limited, TransCanada Pipelines, Nexen Petroleum, CXY Energy, Petro-Canada, TransEnergy Management, NovaGas Energy, NovaGas International, Pan-Alberta Gas and Agrafibre Industries.

 

Professional Experience Continued


The Wyatt Company—Consultant and Actuarial Analyst

Calgary
(1991-94)

Ø Conducted actuarial valuations of loss funding pools for clients including Trizec Properties covering loss types including property, liability and workers compensation.

Ø Developed a state-of-the-art Monte Carlo simulation model for analyzing insurable risk retention levels for Petro-Canada.

Ø Conducted Monte Carlo simulation analysis of hurricane and earthquake risk exposure for a variety of Caribbean clients including Sandals Resorts.

Ø Designed, developed and implemented risk management database information systems for Mobile Oil, Bow Valley Industries and the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Ø Provided actuarial and technical expertise in the areas of group benefits, executive compensation, salary and benefits surveys, and organizational research and development.

Ø Responsible for data management, reporting, software development, evaluation and training.

San Francisco
(1990-91)

Ø Conducted casualty actuarial valuations for various self-insured public entities covering loss types including property, liability and workers compensation.

Calgary
(1989-90)

Ø Conducted pension valuations for various clients including Amoco.

Ø Researched, designed and implemented a local area network and was responsible for software development and training.  Designed and implemented a time management system for the office.

Toronto
(1988-89)

Ø Conducted pension valuations for clients including General Electric, General Motors and Famous Players.

Ø Was instrumental in developing data management standards and systems for the other seventy-five actuarial analysts in the office.

 

Education

Society of Actuaries

Associateship

Ø Actuarial Exams—Calculus and Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Applied Statistical Methods, Operations Research, Numerical Analysis, Mathematics of Interest, Actuarial Mathematics, Risk Theory, Survival Models, Mathematics of Graduation, and Credibility Theory and Loss Distributions.

 

University of Calgary

BSc, Applied Mathematics

Ø Specializing in Numerical Analysis.