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What is proof? Is it that which establishes the truth? And is truth anything more than conviction?: does truth pertain to what the mind perceives, or to something independent of the mind? We can prove things in terms of themselves ... and all alleged proofs may be said to be of this tautological kind for, naturally, all things are absolute and of the one absolute species. Apart from mathematical tautological proofs, most proofs are of conviction. Even judicial proofs are of sufficient evidence ... that is, of convincing perception. If one makes accurate predictions, on the basis of certain assumptions, such accuracy does not constitute undoubted proof, but it may give rise to convincing perceptions of truth ... and it is only convincing perceptions of truth which are ever available to us from any source. We need to constantly remind ourselves that all knowledge is of mental perception. We may or may not choose to be mentally convinced. As an absolute species, and as absolute individuals, we determine our own truths. Finally, inability to prove a proposition does not prove that the proposition is false. Lack of proof does not falsify. The justification of the sciences rests upon their ability to accurately predict the future course of events.
It is noteworthy that intelligence uses very little energy neurally ... and that computer technology is using less power as its development proceeds. Progressively, intelligence uses less power in accessing and using power. The efficiency ratio (energy-out/energy-in) of intelligence is increasing almost exponentially. Biomass also bids fair to show exponential growth. Nanobio technology represents a 'watershed' development, by which conversion from inorganic mass to biomass will be speeded up, and eventually become exponential. The great 'corners' of the future are intelligence and biomass ... that is, intelligent biomass. As intelligence is essentially human, humanity will retain primacy of biomass. The qualitative aspects of human intelligence are infinitely greater than the artificial intelligence of digital (or analogue) computer-type expression.
Human brains transmit electromagnetic signals which may be received and understood by other human brains. Telepathic communication is a natural phenomenon. Telepathic communications are much clearer than those which rely on language. Mark-two humans will be far more telepathic than people are now. of course, greater powers of telepathy are accompanied by greater powers of empathy. In future, our mark-two descendents will know and understand each other better. Upgraded humans will also be far more tolerant. The author sees all these future developments as very positive.
Creation does not precede perception, and perception does not precede creation. Creation and perception are transfinite in nature and in function: they are integral and inseparable. The evolutionary development of our genetic processes has been (and is) transfinitely directed by our creative intelligence. As we are discovering the characteristics of DNA, RNA, ribosomes, enzymes, viruses etc, we are creating these characteristics (and all their provenance and antecedence) transfinitely. Consider that viral RNA directs bacterial ribosomes to build protein devices that enable it to escape old bacteria and then survive and to enter new bacteria ... and consider that this capability requires viral RNA molecules of about 4,500 subunit length to be constructed. What intelligence exists which enables this to take place? The only such intelligence is the transfinite creative intelligence, with which vie are wholly integrated and wholly participative. Perhaps the most important message, coming from the author's work, is that our species is absolute and that there are no limitations whatsoever as to what we do and what we may achieve. It is sure that we, the absolute species, know what we are and what we are doing: we are not parties to a blind resolution. more and more, we realise our absoluteness and, more and more, we consciously and apperceptively participate in the creation of our future.
Thought is inherently mixed with emotions: virtually all thought processes involve emotive input. Thought and emotion are common-sourced biologically, and strongly integrated. Human societies are predominantly emotive as to their general behaviour, and with respect to their coherence, motivation and survival. As Whitehead has pointed out, we are a prehensive species, and prehension (reaching out, groping, feeling, grasping) is strongly associated with the emotions. We are primarily beings of feeling and Emotion ... and we feel and prehend our way emotively into the future. With its creative intelligence, our species probes, feels, prehends, and creates its future.
The role of emotion leads us on to consider the role of leadership, for it rests largely upon marshalling the emotions. Leadership involves the gaining of consensus of common perceptions, common attitudes, common commitment, and common action. The easiest of these to achieve is common attitudes, followed by common commitment and common action: common perceptions are thereby generated or assumed. Personal magnetism, and other psychic phenomena, are key factors in leadership. Species' prehension is very much a matter of subtle feeling and subtle vibes: it is largely psychic. our species finds and knows its ways instinctively, intuitively and sub-consciously ... and transfinitely. All social communications involve interchanges of psychic energy. Natural leaders have the ability to arouse, cohere, enhance and direct psychic energy, and they know that the path to this arousal is via the emotions, and not via reason.
An interesting point, about effective leadership, is that it is strongly declaratory. Strong declarations impact on all who hear them, or come to know of them. A clear and strong declaration is a clarion-call ... and a harbinger of victory over chaos, confusion, and the void. Those, who accept and share a leadership declaration gain a hand-hold or a place on which to stand ... a fulcrum, as it were. The power of declaration is exercised or manifested at the point or time of 'grasping'. The process of effective leadership is a process of effective prehension. Intelligence is very creative and powerful: it gives a new dimension to prehension: it enables our species to create holds, by which it grasps and pulls and propels itself ... and thus enables it to launch itself in quantum leaps. Intelligence creates fulcra, in what would otherwise be ungraspable and unnegotiable void. And inspired leadership, such as John F. Kennedy's 'man on moon' declaratory clarion-call, will spur us to make the quantum leaps. Let us keep to the front of our minds that our species is at the leading edge of creation. When we look into astro-space, we look back in space and back in tine: there is nothing ahead of us, for we are the pioneer race.
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