Primer and Glossary
fact that, in a book, we have to use words and other symbols in an
attempt to express what the use of words and other symbols has
hitherto obscured, tends to make demands of an extraordinary nature on
both writer and reader…” G.
Spencer-Brown, LOF pp. XXVIII
conventional distinctions and divisions of Reality, carried out by
language, logic, and symbolic maps, do not report reality, they
edit it, and here is the crux of the problem… Language…filters
the ‘external world." (Ken Wilber, The Structure of
These are the definitions in
Wave-world. Special attention has been given to define terms in their
most original, ancient meaning as all the secrets are contained
“The MASC of God”
= Resistance to
non-uniform motion (acceleration).
Your weight is a measure of mass.
ENERGY = Movement,
or cause to move. Everything in thought or extension is ultimately some
form of energy.
The special theory
of relativity has combined these two metaphors into mass/energy which,
passing through the process E=MC2 in four-dimensional motion,
implies mass/energy acceleration (C<C2).
There is no origin
of energy. There is only
the transformation of energy. This is important, because “Natures
source of movement [energy] is always from within itself.
Indeed, it is itself” (J. Carse, Finite
and Infinite Games).
Energy is about
motion, of which there are two primary limitations.
At one end is the speed of light: 186,240 miles per second +/-.
At the other end is the absolute zero of temperature,
which is no motion whatsoever. Neither light-speed nor absolute zero, it must be emphasized,
have ever been reached by any material essence in the presence of man.
Mysteriously, both ends of our current concepts of motion are
SPACE = Movement in
Movement in space.
In our universe,
these metaphors not only define each other, but become each other.
perceived is because we perceive.”
Space-time is a
residual, highly rarified state of negative, or repulsive, mass-energy.
The movement of matter is governed or "conditioned" by space-time as the curvature
of space-time is governed or conditioned by matter.
Matter is a dynamic volume of space-time.
Space and time are
undefined entities in science because science refuses to jump to its own
conclusions. Much lip
service is given to “the marriage” of space and time into
But because of the
graphical implications of the simplest model available, the resulting
“four-dimensional space-time continuum” is re-interpreted as being
something that is utterly unimaginable.
But it is nothing of the sort.
(see also, Schrödinger’s wave equation below)
mass with energy and space with time.
So we have mass-energy and space-time.
All are defined by motion, movement
or resistance to both. But
when these two cardinal
metaphors combine with the non-uniform motion called action,
we have the two fundamental
forces of our physical reality: Mass-energy
Acceleration (Existence) and Space-time Curvature (Resistance), the two
invisible attributes of the great mystery itself; what I call “The
Masc of God.” On a more
personal level, I also call it “Dementia’s Masc.”
state of matter which is perceived;
a process in atomic science erroneously called "the collapse of the
wave function", where a wave is transformed into a temporary particle.
So you can see it!
which perceives. All perception occasions the
process of transduction. All
sensory organs are transducers.
So is the brain. And so is the body itself.
Both the seer and the seen, it must be remembered, are
constructed out of these
same processes of matter. This
is important for two reasons: it’s
the basis of much of the Faulty
Logic used in orthodox interpretation.
Also, it illuminates The
Paradox of Truth, where “the opposite of a great truth is also a
great truth.” (Neils Bohr).
least (most direct) movement in space.
In relativity theory, action is “…density multiplied by a four dimensional volume of
space and time” (Eddington). “Action is the
curvature of the world.” (PD
least (most direct) movement in time. (thermodynamics)
Also, Max Planck’s quanta of action:
energy X time. Thus
again, the medium is the message:
the scales begin to fall from our eyes:
our dear old atoms, corpuscles, particles are Planck’s energy
quanta. The carriers of
those quanta are themselves quanta.
Action is the
process(ion) of four dimensionality, or atomic, material and spatial
growth over time.
So the beginning
state of matter (the appearance of mass-energy) is the transformation of wave into particle (quanta of
action) and the end state of matter is the transformation of particle
back into a pure wave state. The
Action in between is the procession of four dimensionality:
“The aether of the general theory of relativity is a medium
without mechanical and kinematic properties, but which codetermines
mechanical and electromagnetic events” (A. Einstein, quoted in Subtle
is the Lord, p. 313, by A. Pais)
Also, see entropy.
ether and all the misconceptions about its existence are dealt
with in chapter 11.
The hard science view. Artificiality
asserts the uniqueness and the difference between the generic mind of
man from the rest of nature. Artificial man is a
separate—ontologically distinct—entity that plays by his own set of
rules. He is a self proclaimed outcast of nature; a man who seeks
knowledge and control of nature by excluding himself from it; a creature
that creates “unnatural” artifacts; a lonely island universe
condemned and controlled by the fear of his death and the guilt of his
life; the highly conditioned, much inflicted contagious and diseased
entity whose entire existence is focused on bringing into being improved
copies of himself; to recreate himself “in his own image.”
unobserved state of an object in process. Karl Popper, on
Heraclitus and becoming:
Truth lies in having grasped the
essential becoming of nature, i.e., having represented it as
implicitly infinite, as a process in itself.
state of an object.
BRAHMA, or BRAHMAN:
(Skt. brih: “Growth,” or “To grow” )
This is the Hindu word for the ultimate reality.
word Brahman means
growth and is suggestive of life, motion and progress.
wonderful philosophy of dynamism was formulated by Buddha 2,500 years
ago…He reduces substances, souls, monads, things to forces, movements,
sequences and processes, and adopts a dynamic conception of reality. (S.
Radhakrishnan, Indian Philosophy)
general picture emerging from Hinduism is one of an organic, growing and
rhythmically moving cosmos; of a universe in which everything is fluid
and ever-changing, all static forms being maya, that is, existing
only as illusory concepts. (F.
Capra, The Tao Of Physics)
Accident, 'no apparent cause.' “A
property or quality of a substance which is not essential to our
conception of it.”
Originally, chance simply meant "unpredictable." But to
some hard-case scientists, it NOW means NO CAUSE PERIOD! Or, (gasp) a
consequence of the uncertainty principle!
is like that vacuum in space where all our laws of physics apply.
And just like a friction free, empty space, it doesn’t exist
anywhere in the universe. Only
in our imagination.
the idea of evolution by random or chance mutation came about, Science
jumped at the idea because it closed the door to further investigation. It eliminated the
competition (Science is hard
pressed to entertain anything outside of this non-hypothesis).
When the idea of random processes invaded
the nucleus, it had the exact same effect.
It cleared the playing field.
seems remarkable that two of the cornerstones of modern science, the
theory of evolution and quantum theory, have managed the incredible
feat of basing a system of order and reason on a notion of randomness.
(Jones, PP.101, P.M.)
The psychological conception of the unchanging passage of time.
is real, not some hazy notion invented by professors to make it easier
to challenge students with difficult examination questions.
Like the length of a piece of string or the temperature of wine
in a glass, it is a measurable physical quantity. (James Lovelock, The
Ages of Gaia, pp.21)
law of entropy it was recognized that the spontaneous processes of
nature are always accompanied by a diminuation of free and utilizable
Pius XII, pp. 392 in The Big
Bang Never Happened)
According to Max
Planck, “…there exists in nature a quantity [i.e., entropy]
which always changes in the same way in all natural processes…The
limitation of the law, if any, must lie in the same province as its
essential idea, in the observed Nature, not in the Observer.”
Sir James Jeans, “entropy increases
when matter is converted into energy…
Thus the end state of the universe must be the complete
conversion of matter to energy.” (Ibid. pp. 134)
Literally, the word entropy
means “in change” or “in transformation!”
But it is residual energy; the residuum of experience,
or the residue of an experiment.
It’s the residue from every atomic event whether local or from
“the rest of the universe.” Experience—what all transducers do in this
life—means “to test” and experiment has come to mean “a test.
of energy create entropy. (the infamous ‘second law’)
Entropy is considered a statistical measure of disorder, a non-usable, constantly increasing thermal energy that
seeks equilibrium. But
methinks it seeks order, once
again, through transformation: “The
one living the others death and dying the others life” (Heraclitus).
Think about entropy
in two separate but related ways:
The entropy I, you or we occasion (relative to observer) which is
The entropy occasioned by “the rest of the universe.” Which
Now think of the
relationship between (1) and (2).
ETHER: see Aether
DIMENSION: In physics, the fourth dimension is "...not exactly
time but related to time. In fact, it is time multiplied by the square
root of -1." (internet) Time X the square root of -1 ( i
), the "imaginary" quotient.
idea of the fourth dimension ought to have arisen from observation of a
series of progressively growing or diminishing spheres...
all the observable kinds of motion we must admit that the expansion and
contraction of bodies come nearest to the indicated conditions." (P.D.
Wave-world, the fourth dimension is the space-time continuum itself, an
ever increasing or decreasing volume of density X action (see
IMAGINARY, OR COMPLEX
STATE: ( i ): The fourth dimension “…is not
exactly time but related to time. In fact, it is time multiplied by the
square root of –1.” The
square root of minus one is called the ‘complex’ or ‘imaginary’
value in mathematics and physics, and is symbolized simply by the letter
why is i used so much? Because i is the
state that flutters, is the oscillation. This has been totally
overlooked in mathematics [not to mention science and philosophy], that i
is in an oscillatory state…i is an oscillation.” G.
Spencer Brown, AUM conf. 1
What a coincidence! Because
Schrödinger’s equation—“the centerpiece” of quantum
mechanics—and that which describes the evolution of a state of matter
over time, contains this same i, symbolized with
the Greek letter psi: Ψ. It also contains this
“oscillation.” What this means is that all primary existential
metaphors--space-time and mass-energy--are "imaginary". Thus,
they can be imagined!
cosmic laziness, that which resists change.
More formally, it means that a body in motion wants to stay in
motion and a body at rest wants to stay at rest. Like
gravitation, the origin of inertia is one of our fundamental mysteries.
Think about inertia
as the entropy from “the rest of the universe.”
inspiration, intuition and creativity as the entropic communion
with “the rest of the
[L. inter between + legere, to gather]
Intelligence implies a more creative act than, say, knowing.
It implies reading between the lines of information that’s been
gathered. Intellect, the past participle, would then mean what’s
“A moving and regulating principle in the universe together
with an element in man by which according to Heraclitus this principle
is perceived.” (Webster’s Third International Dictionary)
Also, “Gods medium of communication with man” (Judaism).
Since Heraclitus, the term logos has taken on many guises:
word, law, account, pattern, reason, etc.
“Logos is both
discourse and content; both the truth about things and the principle on
which they function.”
logos which constitutes the human soul mirrors the logos which
structures the everchanging process of the universe."
the electron, photon and energy itself, logos is both the pattern and the thing itself;
both energy and information. It's the bridge between the One and the
The appearance of
mass-energy. Anything that
stimulates the senses does so as matter (L. mater:
“mother” also, Demeter, “the Greek Goddess of Growth”).
and time are perfectly proportional and in a perpetual state of change.
conceptual justification of the
complex value, i.)
A history of our living language.
“Latin modus meant
originally ‘measure’ (it came from the same Indo-European base, *met-,
*med-, as produced English measure
and metre). It subsequently
spread out semantically to ‘size,’ ‘limit,’ ‘way, method,’
and ‘rhythm, harmony.’…Its ablative form modo
hence originally denoted ‘to the measure,’ but it subsequently came
to be used as an adverb meaning ‘just now.’ ” (John Ayto, Dictionary of Word Origins)
Modern man is truly,
“the measurer.” And
he’s been modern now for at least 2500 years.
The miraculous ability of self awareness. That is, the miraculous ability for Universe to SEE itself.
And the even more miraculous ability to think about itself.
And the supreme ability to imagine itself; to think about itself
thinking about itself.
everything necessary for Universe to be aware of itself.
And then think about all conceivable points of view, from the
highest you can imagine (Grand Observational Dimension, or G.O.D.) to
the lowest. Here, for
instance, is perhaps the lowest, narrowest and most limited, and
specialized point of view. For
it does not acknowledge its relationship with “the rest of the universe.”
begin with, it is important to remember that in natural science we are
not interested in the universe as a whole, including ourselves, but we
direct our attention to some part of the universe and make that the
object of our studies. In
atomic physics this part is usually a very small object, an atomic
particle or a group of such particles, sometimes much larger—the size
does not matter; but it is important that a large part of the universe,
including ourselves, does not belong to the object.
(Werner Heisenberg, The
Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics)
This type of
specialized measurement, coupled with the changes brought about through
transduction, is why our observations and measurements will always be
lacking important dimensions.
Where have the
watchers of the forest gone. We have experts on every tree and burning
bush, but no one left to
speak for the forest.
Where the discontinuous particle physically participates not with
“the rest of the universe”—a continuum, but only with a
discontinuous observation, or measurement.
That which perceives distinguishes (cuts off) what it perceives
from “the rest of the universe.” In particle world, everything, all
massenergy, forces, space and even time are conceived of as the
interaction of particles.
“growth, nature” (See also, "Great Conversations"). Modern physics is the science of
motion and measurement.
The first western philosophers: "...their aim was to determine
the nature, or physis of these things [that exist; that are accessible
to the senses]...The word physis had at that time but few of the
overtones of the word nature by which we translate it. The word
originally pertained to the act of growth [!] and to the source from
which growth springs, so that to seek the nature of a thing was to seek
the one underlying, living and generative reality from which the
manifold things that exist spring...For the Milesian school, ("the
first philosophical school of Greece")...reality is thought of in
terms of growth and generation. (Frank Thilly, A History of
Philosophy, 1914, published by Henry Holt and Co. NY) emphasis in
[Anaximenes, the "Milesian
school"], which is a more exact
formulation of Anaximander's doctrine, may be summarized in the
following words: infinite matter, a perpetual motion of
condensation and rarefaction that is something like a plastic
principle, necessity directing the motion. (Alfred Weber, History
of Philosophy, 1896, published by Charles Scribner and Sons)
The psychological conception of the unchanging mass volume of
which “stands below” appearances.
In Wave~World, it is the process sustaining matter. Like essence,
science has done away with the term.
Science (physics) only acknowledges what it can observe/measure.
As if the “laws of physics,” or “spreading probabilities”
represented something material and observable.
“THE REST OF THE
UNIVERSE”: “The space in which the atom is pictured as having
position and size is an intermediary conception used to relate the atom
to the ‘rest of the universe.’ It is therefore no contradiction if
we say sometimes that the extension of the atom is controlled by the
curvature of space, and sometimes that it is controlled by forces of
interaction proceeding from the rest of the universe [i.e., they are one
and the same.]. It must be remembered that we are only aware of an atom
or any other object insofar as it interacts with the rest of the
universe, and thereby gives rise to phenomena which ultimately reach our
senses.” Arthur Eddington
pure quantum process (described by the Schrödinger equation) occurs only in one or more parameters that have become
detached from the rest of the universe, and perhaps even from space-time
itself, and leave no trace of their behavior on the rest of the universe
until a measurement interaction takes place.
Rae, Quantum Physics
The process of changing energy (or information)
from one form to another form. Input
energy is transformed to a new output energy.
Transducers are the processors.
Eyes, ears, cameras, microphones, micrographs, speakers
(microphones in reverse), etc. are all transducers.
They change mechanical waves
into electromagnetic or electrochemical particles—photons,
neurons, digits, corpuscles, ‘condensations’ or bits. They
change a continuum into a discontinuity.
The medium is the
message: the atomic
transducer is the photon.
It is all we can see directly with the eyes.
It’s the medium of light. It is light.
But it has no weight. At
least by our present reckoning.
And the medium is
definitely, the massage.
The process is irreversible and thus changes what is processed. The
result is forever changed and ultimately changes “the rest of the
The process of changing continuous waves into discontinuous
quanta: “according to Max
Born, ‘The quanta is the result of the transformation of mechanical
energy into radiation.’” (World of Physics, Vol. I, pp. 68) This is Einstein’s semi-famous photoelectric effect which gave proof of the existence of Planck’s
quanta. It was for
this—the origin of
quantum theory (which he came to detest)—that Einstein got the Nobel
Prize, not relativity. Go
Ackerman has a wonderful way of portraying this process in A Natural History of The
One of the most profound paradoxes of being human is that
the thick spread of sensation we relish isn't perceived directly by the
brain. The brain is silent,
the brain is dark, the brain tastes nothing, the brain hears nothing.
All it receives are electrical impulses—not the sumptuous
chocolate melting sweetly, not the oboe solo like the flight of a bird,
not the tingling caress, not the pastels of peach and lavender at sunset
over a coral reef—just impulses.
The brain is blind, deaf, dumb, unfeeling.
The body is a transducer (from Latin, transducere,
to lead across, transfer), a device that converts energy of one sort to
energy of another sort, and that is its genius.
Our bodies take mechanical energy and convert it to electrical
the understanding. There is no TRUTH, only the understanding of truth.
This is the only wisdom.
Literally, “one verse,” one version, turn or cycle. (of what?
How about world, “old
one”) Universe is a cycle
of existence. Universe is
verse” or “version” of The Ultimate Substratum’s desire and
ability to be aware of itself.
my home on earth. The world that exists between the slices of
space-time that are observed; where the continuous
standing-wave (Schrödinger’s wave-packet model) defines, creates and
maintains the discontinuous, temporary particle. Where, you could say more
poetically, the universe is
created, maintained and contained by rhythm and song. The ‘majority opinion’ however, was to accept his
mathematics but refuse the graphic interpretation it led to.
Hence, the Schrödinger wave equation, the “centerpiece” of
quantum mechanics and “the wonder of atomic physics” (J.H. Weaver),
survives only as a process that defies graphic interpretation.
This discarded model however, remains to be “the top secret of
the physical universe…the rhythm to which all creation dances”
In science, the wave
world is transformed into the particle world through quantum mechanics
and their highly accurate (though highly problematic) mode of
quantum mechanic is limited to seeing everything in terms of particles.
A wave mechanic can do either or both.
A photograph of
something is at least one dimension short of the reality it reproduces
(transforms). In the same
manner, our perceptions and thus our measurements are at least one
dimension less than the reality they reproduce (transform).
Aldous Huxley tells
us in The Doors of Perception:
which, in the language of religion, is called “this world” is the
universe of reduced awareness, expressed, and, as it were, petrified by
Think about how
“Thoughts die the moment they are embodied by words.” (Schopenhauer)
Then think about the transformation of
information as thoughts are transformed into words.
Hence, the loss of dimension in the process of communication.
At both ends of our
journey lies a pot of gold; the incredible relationship between the
cardinal dualities; where they define each other by becoming each other;
where “in time the clock slows as the universe grows.”
Not from any finite or “modern” point of view, mind you, but
from an imaginary point of view. I.E.,
the Aether, or G.O.D.
We can only see moments, or slices of spacetime, not the
spacetime continuum itself. We
see nature “caught in the act” of becoming itself.
The eye cannot see its own four dimensionality any more than it
can see the four dimensionality of what it sees.
The primary process that bridges all dualities, although
perceived—as weight!—is forever invisible.
But we can imagine it.
The most important
result however, is the communion brought about by the medium of all
aspects of motion, the aether (currently called “the field” in
physics. But ‘a rose by any other name’…). The aether is “the seat,” the field of play, and the
embodiment of all the above invisible metaphors including entropy; and
ultimately, it’s where physics is transformed into metaphysics, the
very reason for our journey in the first place.
discipline called “Process Philosophy” has a term that distinguishes
our affiliation with this invisible aether/entropy concept, called
construct our world picture against an endless [infinite] background
which helps reveal the finitude of this picture.
We are related to this picture which can be directly investigated
(grasped) in all sorts of ways. However
we are also related (through our transcendent reach) to what does not
belong to this realm of finitude which is also in the background
disclosing this finitude of world and image. This
background is beyond our grasp and utterance and yet is the source of
what is grasped and uttered. That for which there is no picture makes the world picture
(Hugh William, Process Philosophy
List-serve. I.e., the
internet) Bold Italics mine
Like absolute truth
and perfection (closure), this transcendent
reach “is an unattainable goal.”
I’m not entirely sure. Nevertheless,
the journey itself may, in some undefined, poetic way, be equal to
wer 'one', or 'man' + ald 'old' i.e., "old-one"
(American Heritage Collegiate Dictionary) For me, the world
is the largest system we can conceive of that would contain the infinity
of galaxies we perceive.