"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Force of Ideas

Imagine an integral function equivalent to the totality over all time of human ideas that qualify as positively impacting our species' survivability via increasing control over physical space-time. What is the rank of the force of such a functional field? Is it possible to compare the totality of ideas as such to the kind of force of atomic elements as they are produced in the core of supernovae and black holes or perhaps other phenomena we have yet to cognize? I would venture that there is a sort of fugal interplay among these two kinds of fields with ideas acting upon and transforming the substrate of the domains of both the inert and living elemental forms.

Now, it is at this level that the issue of lawfulness must be brought to bear. For if you believe that what I have just put forward is merely illusory and that humanity in truth has ultimately no such power then your reaction might be very fearful to the point of desiring to defeat any such "pretensions" as inherently threatening to your identity. This indeed is the sort of worldview that motivates those doomsayers who espouse universal chaotic entropy, otherwise sometimes styled as purveyors of the misbegotten notion of "artificial intelligence." On the other hand, the principled classical humanistic approach since the time of at least Homer through Nicholas of Cusa always proceeds on an optimistic platform of mission orientation that the power of human ideas will overcome all potential obstacles because that is how reality is so organized. Which is to say that in essence the idea of irrational entropic non-governance as a force is insubstantial and fatally flawed.

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