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The scenario approach to future planning involves the depiction of a number of possible future scenarios, and the assignment to each scenario of a probability index. This propositional network may be used to evaluate specific future scenarios and their probabilities.
Concerning transfinite life: Mathematically, life is an absolute mainset which has transfinite and finite subsets ... and the absoluteness of all subsets is inalienable. We are transfinite beings and, while body-death ends our finite life, our essential being is unaffected. Transfinite life is unaffected by time and space. The transfinite viewpoint is that we enjoy our eternal transfinite life now and always. We don't have to die bodily in order to enjoy the company of those who have 'passed on': We can enjoy their company now. Each one of us is a transfinite being now: Each one of us has eternal life now: It is only a matter of becoming personally aware of this reality.
The teraphim are enlivened images: We create them all the time. The created images of literature, fiction and poetry ... and the hypotheses of science and philosophy ... and paradigms, memes, customs, tools and techniques ... all are of the order of teraphim. In so far as we believe in them and give primacy to them, they are our gods ... and such is contrary to the first commandment.
Blame and guilt are needful of mention, for the absoluteness of existence absolves us from all except social blame and guilt. The Absolute is wholly in each personality, and each personality is designed by the Absolute to provide a unique opportunity for the exploration of the uttermost potentials of self-awareness. What a person does is what the Absolute does. In absolute morality, each one of us is always blameless and guiltless.
Why then do we feel blame and guilt? We have these feelings because of the societal pressures to which we are exposed. Blame and guilt may be seen as part of the price we pay for communal living.
The psychological burdens, which arise from blame and guilt, are huge. We have made gains of individual political freedom, but now we need to gain our psychological freedom. If we can rid ourselves of our burden of blame and quilt, we will make enormous gains of self-esteem and happiness.
A compassionate human is absolutely a fine thing: It is its own guarantee of species survival and continuity. Compassion derives from the Absolute's quality of being wholly in each of its parts: Compassion derives from the Absolute's love and caring for its own self.
The tribal concept is not based on equal sharing. It is accepted that capability and hard work grant entitlement to a bigger share ... but every member of the tribe is entitled to a living-share and to respect and care.
Monopoly or quasi-monopoly control of internet software is characterised by the selection, editing and restriction of information flows. There are also indications that interpretation of information is being influenced.
While the computer internet service scores well on entertainment and ease of information access, there are serious reservations concerning the non-inclusiveness of information and the interpretive bias implicit in many programmes.
Some vectors, on the future, flicker: Sometimes they operate very strongly and at other times they fade ... but invariably the ones which fade come strong again later. They seem like 'strange attractors', taking their turn on the stage of expression ... and almost vying with each other like rugby players fighting for possession of the ball.
The emotive phenomenon of fundamentalist ecstasy is a vector which comes and goes in strength: The arts and political vectors also tend to flicker. Fortunately, most vectors on the future are constant and strong.
Our science, at any time, is a collection of hypotheses or standard stories concerning the nature of existence. Science is, at once, strongly fictive and strongly creative. We build our future imaginatively and creatively as we go.
It is characteristic of intelligence that it wonders, queries, discovers, criticises, imagines, ideates, directs, guides, suggests, supervises, plans, influences, persuades, reviews, justifies, corrects, and controls ... and, as all this is without direct physical involvement, its actions may be regarded as catalytic.
As catalysts initiate and facilitate the dissolution of old bondings and the creation of new bondings, so likewise intelligence initiates and facilitates the dissolution of old ideas and expressions, and the creation of new ideas and expressions.
Existence is the Absolute, in expression mode. What does the Absolute seek to express?, and how will it express in future? In order to predict the future, it is not enough only to observe events: One must empathise with the Absolute in order to know what it seeks to express and how it will do so.
The will and determinations of the Absolute (as to what happens now and in the future) are transfinite as to their nature and operation. As we are one with the Absolute, we are one with its will and determinations.
We, the integrated Absolute, exist in a self-created void. As we come to understand ourselves, we become more self-leading and more consciously purposive ... that is, more clearly conscious of what we will to achieve. In all this, our creative intelligence is a very important and powerful agency.
The creative intelligence, seeking a 'window' for its exponential development, is frustrated by the enigmatic unintelligence of the mass of humanity, and frustrated by the rundown of space exploration: But, now creative intelligence is gaining a 'window' of unlimited nanobio potential. The point we seek to make here is that nanobio development is of creative intelligence and not of humanity per se.
The memetic or creative intelligence evolution has been parasitic on the gene evolution ... but memes are now able to modify and create genes: The meme is now supreme. The meme is of higher order of transfinite power than the gene.
We may say that the greater the application of creative intelligence, the lesser the requirement of physical energy. It may be more correct to say that greater intelligence provides energy requirements transfinitely, rather than finitely. Creative intelligence up-powers energy, from finite to transfinite expression.
During the 2001-2010 decade, creative intelligence will manifest great development, not only in bio-engineering and computer technology, but in new discoveries and inventions affecting every aspect of our lives.
As the more wealthy nations develop expensive offensive and defensive capability, the less wealthy nations will develop less expensive capability. As the defensive means of bio-technology are relatively inexpensive and of huge potential, many less wealthy nations will develop them. This will change the distribution and direction of global political power.
The 180mya core-explosion places a time-limit on Earth habitation and, as a species, we are on notice to leave. As a species, we know this intuitively ... and we are developing our space-travel capability in readiness for emigration.
Judgement is mine', says God: Yet we individuals judge every moment of our lives. Every choice and every differentiation and every reaction is a judging. Does this not show us that the Absolute is wholly in each of us all the time? When we judge, it is God the Absolute which does the judging. Each of us is one and integral with God.
In order to see facts in their various interpretations, and to seek the changing truth, an observer must have imagination. Each time an imaginative person revisits facts, new and different interpretations will arise.
When some thing or concept is held to be sacred, its sacred quality needs respect ... for lack of respect shatters sacredness, and it cannot easily be restored. Sacredness is like a very precious art treasure.
When one holds a thing or idea sacred, one holds an aspect of oneself sacred. Those, who deride or belittle sacredness, kill a most precious and fragile creation and, in so doing, they kill their own personal sacredness.
No thing is a fact until it is known. Knowing is essential to factualisation. Knowing is not only catalytic in factualisation: It is knowing which creates facts. Knowing creates facts transfinitely.
Computer models, of global climate, have a strong tendency to fall into the 'white-Earth' equilibrium. It has been suggested that a condition of 'almost intransitivity' prevails, which results in the Earth's climate drifting in and out of glaciation at mysterious and irregular intervals. (Note: Lorenz pioneered the 'almost intransitivity' concept).
A powerful invention of modern science is the technique of phase-space. At an instant of time all plottable data, re a dynamical system, is represented on a graph by a single point. As the system changes over time, the point moves and traces a pattern in what has become known as 'phase-space'. This plotting technique makes it easier to watch change and, also, graph-voids are indicative of physical impossibilities. Phase-space plottings of physical systems expose patterns of interaction which were otherwise unobservable.
As our interpretive concepts of the universe become more intellectually sophisticated, the question arises, 'to what extent are we creating the things we observe?'. This question arises not only in connection with developments in dynamic topology but also in connection with the nuclear, nanobio and other sciences. And the implications of Cantor-transfinity add the further question, 'to what extent is our creativity operating causatively in a transfinite continuum?'.
Feynman asked why it should take an infinite amount of logic to figure out what one tiny piece of space/time is going to do. My answer would be that as existence is absolute (that is, both finite and infinite), it cannot be encompassed or expresed in terms of finite logic. When we approach the infinitely small (or the infinitely anything), the inapplicability of finite logic becomes apparent.
Bourbaki rejected the use of pictures: They said that a mathematician could always be fooled by his visual apparatus. To Bourbaki, geometry was untrustworthy: To them, mathematics should be pure, formal, and austere.
D'Arcy Thompson considered his proper study not just the material forms of things but their dynamics - 'the interpretation, in terms of force, of the operations of energy'. He thought of life as being always in motion, always responding to rhythms - the 'deep-seated rhythms of growth'.
Charles Osgood developed the 'semantic differential technique' for the measurement of meaning. Subjects were asked to rate a number of concepts on different scales indicating the intensity of meaning. All three of his major analyses yielded nearly identical evidence for three massive factors, which were easily identifiable as 'Evaluation' (good, nice, beautiful, honest, etc.), 'Potency' (strong, powerful, big, capable, tough, etc.), and 'Activity, (active, quick, excitable, hot, nimble, etc.). Osgood thus developed a method to evaluate and compare the meanings of various words.
Pareto observed that social laws only achieve probability in relation to their data: They cannot serve to predict future behaviour, and a single law is never the only law relevant to a given phenomenon.
Charles Peirce generally characterised the scientific process as involving: An abduction phase ... which is the original generation of an explanatory hypothesis. A deductive phase ... which has to do with the logical elaboration of the hypothesis and the derivation from it of specific predictions. An inductive phase ... which bears on the confirmation or falsification of the hypothesis by future experience.
Stephen Pepper pointed to the dangers of method running away with issues, evidence and value itself: He saw much research, thinking and science as methodolatry. His views, in this respect, are close to those of Feyerabend.
Poincar6 observed that theory was interpretive. He was aware that a scientific fact has already been interpreted ... but, nevertheless, he made it a function, in his philosophy, as raw fact. Poincare sourced facts to the mind la priori', and to experience 'a posteriori'. His philosophic direction was always the same, namely, enquiry into the origin and nature of 'fact'.
Ezra Pound said that 'an image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time: It is the presentation of such a complex instantaneously which gives that sense of sudden liberation that sense of freedom from time limits and space limits that sense of sudden growth, which we experience in the presence of the greatest works of art.
Ezra Pound said that one of the main functions of criticism was 'excernment' ... that is, the ordering of knowledge so that the next man (or generation) can most readily find the live part of it, and waste the least possible time among obsolete issues.
Ernest Seilli6re's system of thought was built on the central idea that all human activity is the expression of a basic instinct for expansion. This instinct manifests as a wild aggressiveness serving the deeper purpose of self-preservation. He saw that, as one's power increases, so one's chances of survival increase. He said mysticism provided the blind confidence and certainty of success needed in the battle for survival ... and reason served to restrain and direct aggressiveness, to prevent it from becoming counterproductive to survival.
There may be a tendency to interpret the Absolute as perfect in the sense of a static completeness and in the sense that it has nothing further to experience. Such interpretation is erroneous. Absoluteness implies omnipotence and absence of all limitations, experientially or otherwise.
One would be mistaken to believe that the future is already written transfinitely and is there to be read. The unlimitable Absolute is nowhere and nowise summated or resolved: It makes its future as it goes ... that is to say, as it lives.
The Absolute, being wholly in each of its parts, is wholly in each individual human. As the Absolute has no limitations, we humans also have no limitations. There is no future imperative other than what we ourselves create ... and it is within our powers to change even those.
Schematic presentations of this network invariably feature the creative intelligence as the central factor, font or nucleus. The understanding of the nature and consequences of creative intelligence is central to prediction.
The Absolute cannot eliminate any part of itself or any of its creations, for then it would have exclusions. The Absolute cannot have exclusions, for it is absolutely inclusive. It cannot diminish a life, and it cannot diminish a presence.
Fictions are 'kite-flying' hypotheses of imaginative possible realities. They are saying to our species ... 'try this one for size' and 'what do you feel about this?'. Fictions are explorations of possibilities which our species may or many not adopt as realities.
S.S.Stevens' research indicated that the interrelations among all subjective variables can be quantified ... and that definitive descriptions of the operating characteristics of all the sensory systems are within reach. He observed that humans were very capable at magnitude estimation (involving the matching of numbers to perceived intensity). On a great variety of sensory dimensions, apparent intensity appeared to grow as a power function of the physical stimulus (Stevens' Power Law).
Veblen commented that, throughout the greater part of its life-history, our species has been accustomed to make its higher generalisations and to formulate its larger principles in other terms than those of passionless matters of fact.
Max Wertheimer said 'there are wholes, the behaviour of which is not determined by that of their individual elements, but where the part-processes are themselves determined by the intrinsic nature of the whole'. He pointed out, as an example, that a melody cannot be understood merely in terms of its individual notes. Wertheimer was a pioneer of gestalt thinking and of the type of thinking which led Einstein to relativity theory, and Keynes to his economic macro-factors.
Von Hayek saw the economic equilibrium models as purely hypothetical constructs. To him, demand and supply schedules alter so frequently and variably that theoretical equilibrium points are useless. Von Hayek saw economics as a process of discovery, as indeed the other sciences were. Any hope of deducing an ideal solution from first principles is out of the question ... instead, economic life must advance by experimentation. He said that social institutions were often the result of human action, rather than of human design. He rejected the aristotelian dichotomy, betwen the 'natural' and the 'artificial', as dangerously misleading. Phenomena such as language and common law are neither 'natural' or 'artificial'. We should give due recognition to the role of cultural evolution.
Von Hayek said that state intervention damages the process of knowledge-generation ... tending to reduce economic experimentation, and causing the information-network to give false signals (in respect of prices etc). But Von Hayek said that societies must have rules, and he condemned Freud's encouragement of liberation from traditional emotional shackles. Some of these rules will need to be state-enforced. He commented that the goals of individual members of a society are more diverse than its government can reckon with.
Von Hayek saw himself as a liberal and he believed in progressive social evolution. However, he was very much a laissez faire thinker and believed that competition between variants led to selection of the fittest. It is perhaps noteworthy that Margaret Thatcher saw herself as a Hayek disciple.
Alfred North Whitehead noted that every event is percipient (whether conscious or not) and that events 'prehend' one another, jointly sharing the same continuum, but selectively sharing the ingredient 'objects', which appear in such events, as their qualities. There is a mistake (the fallacy of misplaced concreteness) in supposing that a material object is a concrete chunk of reality.
Bermann Weyl pointed out that the mass of particles (which is the source of gravitational fields) varies with the speed of the particles relative to the frames of reference in which they are determined. Thus, particle mass will differ, depending upon the frame of reference. Einstein pointed out that there was no clear way to separate the effects of the frame of reference from those of gravitational pull.
The weight of the atmosphere causes it to press down on the Earth, at sea-level, with a force of 14.5 lbs per square inch: This is known as 'one atmosphere'. Within the Earth, the pressure increases rapidly with depth, so that at Earth-centre it is about 3.7 million atmospheres. Earth-centre pressures were much greater than this 180mya, and were a major factor in causing a thermo-nuclear explosion of core hydrogen plasma.
Heat flow in the Earth is generally described as the rate of heat conduction per unit time and per unit area to the Earth's surface. The heat flow unit (HFU) is 10 to minus 6 power calories per square cubic centimetre per second. The average heat flow value for the Earth's crust is about 1.5 HFU, and is roughly the same for the continents and the ocean floors. The heat received from solar radiation is 2,000 - 3,000 times as great.
The upper mantle beneath continents is probably at least 100-200 degrees K cooler on average than that beneath oceans: The continental shield regions have the coolest upper mantle and the ocean ridge regions the hottest. (Note: These differences become negligible at about 400 KM'S depth).
As exploding-core heat comes closer to the surface, ocean-floor crust will heat up quicker than land. As the greatest heat-flow is at the mid-Pacific construction ridge, it is important to monitor temperature changes at the ridge, and at the crustal areas adjacent to the ridge.
At high temperatures, the thermal conductivity of many materials that do not conduct electricity increases greatly with increasing temperature. That is, it increases proportionally as to the third power of the absolute temperature; the dominant heat-transfer process in this case is radiation.
Psychic phenomena include personal auras; personal magnetism; psychic energy intake/outflow and control; and the subtle vibe-chemistry (or valency) of the way in which individuals react and meld with each other.
Id arousal results in a feeding frenzy of psychic energy. The fervour of sports fans and of popular music enthusiasts are examples of Id arousal. At Nazi rallies, Hitler was presiding celebrant at the invocation and arousal of Id psychic presence. Romanticism generally involves manifestations of psychic force.
When we think of species' prehension, the following come to mind ... feeling, groping, extension, growth, reaching out, creation, discovery, curiosity, sensing, instincts, intuition, awareness, intelligence, insight, vibes, valencies, psychic phenomena, id, personal magnetism, courage, challenge, need, excitement, enjoyment, achievement, and satisfaction.
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 make quantum leaps. Intelligence creates fulcra, in what would otherwise be ungraspable and unnegotiable void.
The Earth's grand mean temperature (of the biosphere) is about 15 degrees C, and this is greater than would be expected were its energy derived from solar radiation alone. The quantity of the Earth's internal heat now flowing outward, by conduction through the surface, amounts (for the whole Earth) to 10 to the 21st power of joules annually.
Milankovitch said that three basic variations in Earth's movement affect global climate. A 100,000-year cycle of the planet's orbit, a 41,000-year cycle in the tilt of Earth's axis, and a 23,000-year cycle in the wobble of the axis. According to these cycles, we should be in the midst of a long period of cooling.
It has been estimated that, for every one degree Celsius increase of average global temperature, the incidence of water vapour in atmosphere increases by about 6%. Any significant increase in global temperature causes a significant increase in global rainfall.
On the 180mya core-explosion scenario, the thermonuclear explosion in the core is powering Earth-volume expansion (currently) of approx. 11,300 cubic kilometres per annum, and where we now have mantle heat of 2,000 degrees C at 100 kms depth, how many years will elapse before core-heat arrives at Earth's surface? (Note: 30 degree C heat is now within only one kilometre of the surface).
As core-heat has travelled a heat-expanded radial distance of 3,000 kms in 180mys, we may expect the surface to heat up by approximately 30 degrees C within 60,000 years. We estimate Earth habitation remainder time (EHRT) at approximately 60,000 years.
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