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A marvellous aspect of the Absolute is that it is wholly present in each person at every point of time, and is never diverted from this whole presence. It often seems that the Absolute is concerned with some persons, to the exclusion of others ... but the reality is that the Absolute concern is for each and every person at all times. The Absolute is never diverted from its absolute presence, attention and interest in each individual.
The Kaluza-Klein theory postulates a generalisation of the general theory of relativity to higher than four space-time dimensions. A combination of this theory and supersymmetry gives rise to supergravity, which requires eleven space-time dimensions. In these theories it is proposed that the higher dimensions are 'rolled up' to become extremely small ... a process known as spontaneous compactification, with four macroscopic space-time dimensions remaining. (Note: This theory brings to mind the Cantor concept of a transfinite Aleph-plus series).
As to its personal presence, the Absolute is what and where it knows itself to be., The Absolute self knowingness is most developed in human kind and, as human awareness develops, so the Absolute's personal presence develops ... and humans become more and more 'godlike'.
It is the one Absolute-awareness which creates each happening, and it is this Absolute-awareness which the predictor must empathise with. The predictor may make use of one or many individual awarenesses, but only the Absolute-awareness is adequate to prediction.
Oparin concluded that the Earth's atmosphere of four billion years ago consisted of methane, hydrogen, ammonia, and water vapour ... and that the energy from electrical storms and solar UV acted upon this atmosphere to create amino acids and other simple organic molecules. The discovery of amino acids in rocks more than three billion years old tends to confirm Oparin's hypothesis of Earthlife origin.
To assert that laissez-faire economics must necessarily optimise economic outcomes is an unwarranted assumption. To argue that the 'natural' laws of supply and demand are superior to human economic management ... alleging that human intervention is not 'natural' ignores the fact that humanity is itself a natural phenomenon and human actions are natural phenomena ... and human creative intelligence is the most powerful of all natural phenomena.
Karl (Paul) Polanyi said that all societies need to organise material life to ensure the sustained and repetitive provision of food, shelter and the necessary items for the maintenance of community life. In laissez-faire capitalist societies this is organised through the market and everything, land and labour, becomes a commodity to be bought and sold. In other human societies, production and distribution are arranged through political, religious and familial organisations, and are 'embedded' in such social institutions.
Plamenatz said 'the more men differ, and the longer they have become accustomed to differing, the m..-)re likely they are to accept principles which make it possible for those who differ to live peacefully together'.
Francis Bacon wrote ... 'When in a search of any nature the understanding stands suspended, then instances of the fingerpost show the true and inviolable way in which the question is to be decided. These instances afford great light, so that the course of the investigation will sometimes be terminated by them. Sometimes, indeed, these instances are found amongst that evidence already set down'.
In my prediction science work, I gather together evidence already set down elsewhere and I seek out fingerposts which point the way to the future.
If we seek for more and greater truth we cannot allow ourselves to be confined to the finite reasoning processes of Aristotelian logic. Finite logic is not adequate to absoluteness and transfinity.
Space exploration has not discovered evidence of any extra-terrestrial present or past organic life forms. This propositional network indicates that all life is self-created by the Earth creator-species ... and, if this indication is correct, we will not discover life forms elsewhere in the universe.
From the known states of Mars, Venus and Earth, we may speculate (or even postulate) that Mars is in pre core explosion (CE) mode, while Venus is in advanced CE mode, and Earth is in early CE mode.
As an absolute creator species, we are an eternal species which may not be destroyed or eliminated. Existence at any point of time is proof positive of existence at every point of time. Awareness and existence now is absolute and inseparable from awareness and existence at any and every time. Our species is eternal.
Quine said that no sharp distinction can be drawn between analytic and synthetic ... and that the meaning of the words we use is inseparable from our empirical beliefs. He agreed with Duhem that the truth or falsity of each sentence can be established only in conjunction with our entire system of beliefs.
The Absolute is not pre-ordained as to its action: It is completely unconstrained as to what it will do and how it will do it. As the Absolute is wholly in each person, the actions of each person also are not preordained. However, a predictor may gain insight into what individuals and groups will do.
Scheler contended that, if a person in lived experience emotively prefers higher values than those given, the tenor of his heart realises moral goodness. Moral goodness 'rides on the back' of value-preferring.
Following 12050, as our species-consciousness expands, our universe expands. The expanding universe is a function of our expanding species-consciousness. Simultaneously, we create ourselves and our universe.
Why can we never prove that things exist independently of our perception of them? ... because we create what we perceive. Nothing exists independently of our perception: Perceivers and perceived are one indivisible phenomenon.
Why does our perception of 'facts' change over time? Because we create transfinitely. At each point of time, perception creates its priors transfinitely. Past, present and future perception work together in creating progressively developing 'facts'.
We tend to ask 'what will we discover in the universe?', rather than 'what will we create in the universe?' ... but these are identical questions, for what we will discover we will create, and what we will create we will discover.
When we look through microscopes, we are looking at ourselves ... our species is perceiving and creating itself. When we look through telescopes, we are looking at ourselves ... our species is perceiving and creating itself.
It is not possible to prove any aspect of an Absolute, for it is not possible to prove anything in terms of itself. That we cannot prove anything conclusively is an indication that existence is an Absolute.
When we become fully aware that the Absolute is wholly in each of its parts, we are granted with an entirely different view of life and our attitudes change drastically. To help another person becomes simply a matter of helping oneself. Each other person becomes oneself in another form. Inanimate articles become embued with the whole being of the Absolute. The Absolute (God) becomes not something separate but one's own self. What we have then is not separateness but oneness: And what we have then is empathy and love for all people and all things: And what we have then is greater understanding and greater wisdom ... and more peace and less tension ... and greater faith.
An atomic force microscope (AFM) uses a tiny chip of diamond as a probe. The chip is held, on a spring-loaded cantilever, in contact with the surface of the sample. The probe is moved slowly across the surface and the tracking force, between the tip and the surface, is monitored. The probe is-raised and lowered so as to keep this force constant, and a profile of the surface is produced. The AFM can resolve individual molecules. Nanotechnologists use a variant of the AFM to manipulate individual atoms on surfaces.
Birds, fish, insects and other animals use various navigational aids, such as landmarks, sun, stars, magnetic fields, polarised light and odours. Salmon can identify the unique odour of their home river.
A neural network is a network of processors designed to mimic the transmission of impulses in the human brain. Neural networks are either electronic constructions or, often, computer-simulated structures. Each processor, or neurone, multiplies its input signal by a weighting factor, and the final output signal depends on these factors, which can be adjusted. Such networks can be 'taught' to recognise patterns in large amounts of data. They are used in research into artificial intelligence and have also been applied in some aspects of prediction.
Hybrid vigour refers to the increased vigour displayed by the offspring from a cross between genetically different parents. Mules, the offspring of mares crossed with donkeys, have greater strength and resistance to disease and a longer life-span than either parent.
Keynes said ... 'Individualism is the best safeguard of personal liberty ... and the best safeguard of the variety of life.' He added that individualism was the most powerful instrument to better the future.
Keynes said that the most important 'given' elements of an economic system are the quality and quantity of labour and capital equipment, existing technique, degree of competition, consumer tastes, and the social structure which determines the distribution of income.
Keynes said ... 'I do not suppose that the classical medicine will work by itself or that we can depend upon it. We need quicker and less painful aids, of which exchange variation and overall import controls are the most important.'
The programme sponsored by Keynes, at Bretton Woods, called for the simultaneous pursuit of high domestic employment 'by all countries together', so as to restore economic health and strength internationally both in terms of high employment and of a large volume of international trade. Keynes saw that free trade policies could only be sustained in conditions of high general employment.
Keynes said that it was preferable to regard labour (including entrepreneurial services) as the sole factor of production. He said that labour, money and time were the only physical units which he needed for his analysis.
A boson is an elementary particle with integral spin. A gauge boson is a spin-one vector that mediates interactions governed by gauge theories. Where gauge symmetry is unbroken, the gauge boson is massless. In gauge theories, the interactions between nuclear particles can be explained by the exchange of particles (intermediate vector bosons or gauge bosons), such as gluons, photons, and W and Z bosons.
Any view magnifying the importance of human beings in the cosmos is classed as anthropocentric. The view which emerges from this present network, that our species is self-created, may be classified as extremely anthropocentric. Some critics may say that anthropocentricity is always biased and erroneous ... but this is not necessarily so, for either our species is or is not self-created. If our species is self-created, all of our viewpoints will be anthropocentric.
Varve dating is very useful in geochronology. This dating technique is based on the incidence of thin sedimentary layers of clays called 'varves'. These, which are particularly common in Scandinavia, have alternate light and dark bands, corresponding to winter and summer depositions. The edges of varve deposits can be correlated with the retreat of the ice sheet. By counting varves, it is possible to establish an absolute time scale for fossils up to about 20,000 years ago.
It is noteworthy that molecules of like kind acquire or manifest sufficient activation energy to interreact: This is known as unimolecular reaction. An example is the decomposition of dinitrogen tetroxide. Such reaction only involves the atoms of a single molecule.
Natural selection acts like a ratchet, locking in the advantageous variations and discarding the bad. Starting with ancient and primitive DNA, bit by bit, increasingly lengthy instructions for building more complex organisms came to be constructed.
By the second law of thermodynamics (entropy), mass and energy tend to randomise ... but one of the basic properties of life is its high degree of order (negentropy). When an organism develops or reproduces, order increases.
As random energy contains more potential information than ordered energy, and as the second law of thermodynamics returns ordered energy to random energy, entropically, it seems that existence automatically restores its full information potential.
Computer scientists draw a distinction between syntax and semantics. Syntactic information is simply raw data, perhaps arranged according to rules of grammar, whereas semantic information has some sort of context or meaning.
A distinctive feature of biological information is that it is replete with meaning. DNA stores the instructions needed to build a functioning organism: It is a blueprint or an algorithm for a specified, predetermined product.
Life, as we know it, requires hundreds of thousands of specialist proteins, not to mention the nucleic acids. The odds against producing just the proteins by pure chance are approximately 10 to the power of 40,000, to one.
Any coded input is merely a jumble of useless data unless an interpreter or a key is available. A coded message is only as good as the context in which it is put to use. That is to say, it has to mean something. On its own, genetic data is mere syntax. The striking utility of encoded genetic data stems from the fact that amino acids 'understand' it. The information distributed along a strand of DNA is biologically relevant: Genetic data is semantic data.
The power of software is that it can interface between different kinds of hardware that could not otherwise complement, support or enhance each other. Software is able to catalyse linkage between dissimilar 'sets'.
When we say that a law is at work, we mean that the data describing the behaviour of the system is non-random, and that the future of the system can be accurately predicted with a rather simple formula.
A functioning genome is a random sequence, but it is not just any random sequence. It belongs to a very special subset of random sequences which encode biologically relevant information ... that is, qualitative information.
A functioning genome is both random and specific. It must be random to be information-rich, and it must be specific so that the information is biologically relevant. How did these seemingly contradictory properties develop? ... no known laws of nature could achieve this! ... but, surely, life is natural!
Five chemical elements play a starring role in terrestrial biology ... namely carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and phosphorus. Carbon is vital. Carbon atoms can link together to form extended molecular chains (polymers) of limitless variety and complexity. Proteins and DNA are two examples of these long chain molecules. If it wasn't for carbon, life as we know it would be impossible. Probably any sort of life would be impossible.
Many interstellar molecules are organic. It is now clear that not only are the basic life-encouraging elements abundant throughout the universe, so also are many of the organic molecules actually used by life.
The record of the genes suggests that the universal ancestor lived deep beneath the Earth's surface, at a temperature well above 100 degrees C ... and probably ate sulphur. It is probable that this life-form had complex features like coded protein synthesis.
The earliest microbes were hyperthermophiles, relishing temperatures from 100 to 150 degrees C. They probably dwelt in porous rock beneath the seabed, at least a kilometre below the surface. Immersed in superheated water replete with minerals, they ingested and processed sulphur, iron, hydrogen and other readily available substances, releasing energy from primitive and rather inefficient chemical cycles. These early cells were crude rock-eaters. Neither light nor oxygen played a role in their metabolism. Nor did they require organic material: They made what they needed directly, from the rocks and carbon dioxide dissolved in the water.
The bacterium 'micrococcus radiophilus', which has amazing resistance to radiation, has evolved a special mechanism to repair DNA strands severely damaged by x-rays. This bacterium looks very much like a product of an interstellar environment.
The molecular complexity of even the simplest living being is awesome. The sheet intricacy of life bespeaks of an incredible concatenation of events, which is probably unique in the cosmos. No amount of water, even laced with fancy chemicals, will come alive on cue.
Must have known we were coming'! If we are, as I believe, an absolute and transfinite self-created species, this comment of Freeman Dyson shows considerable insight. My thesis is that existence (the universe) self-creates at every moment, and does this absolutely and transfinitely, without time-space constraints. Every act of creation creates its priors as it creates its presents.
Paul Davies says ... 'we are thus drawn inexorably to the outlandish conclusion that the universe must have been 'taken over' by intelligent life'. I agree, but not by some extraneous intelligent life. The whole evolutionary process has been and is being created and controlled transfinitely by the ever-developing intelligence of our own species. Earth's living species is self-created.
Paul Davies perceives intelligence as being coextensive with the universe ... and he perceives mind as being just as much a permanent feature of the universe as matter. Very true! We need to add however that our species' intelligence is not only coextensive with the universe, but that it creates itself and the universe, entire!
The 2020 scenario, of propositions 400-420, is what will happen if our species doesn't take control of its own destiny. If our species applies genetic science to upgrade itself genetically, it will gain that control ... and it will make its decisions, and have the power to put them into effect.
If one's gene-structure is unaltered, the 2020 physical destruction scenario will remain in place but, if our species takes control genetically, it will endure for as long as it wants to endure.
The creative intelligence has both an entropic effect (in releasing energy from mass) and a negentropic effect (in creating order and form). It is noted that the direct and indirect negentropic effects, which flow from genetic upgrading, will be huge ... and hugely stabilising and empowering, as far as our species is concerned.
Arthur Osborne, speaking of Shirdi Sai, said ... 'as even in the flesh, in this earthly life, he was not confined to his physical body, it may be truly said of him that he is alive. He is where he was then; even then he was where he is now'.
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