"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, October 22, 2016

How the Poetic Faculty of Hypothesis Overcomes Limits of Human Senses

A result of the fact that human creativity is capable of scientific revolutions is the extension of our very limited mammalian senses into the much broader electromagnetic spectrum. It is the case that we now know that many species are capable of sensing parts of that spectrum walled off from human sense perceptions to ensure their survivability.

A recent study, for instance, hypothesizes a biophysical mechanism that may underlie migratory animal perception of the earth's magnetic field. This research is a prime example of how scientific hypotheses are generated by taking advantage of previous such revolutions.

Further, it must be emphasized that there exists a hierarchical ordering of life forms on this planet that culminates in the unique feature of humanity to go beyond our own bounded senses. This is what Vladimir Vernadsky called the Noosphere. Our ongoing survival, unlike lower species, hinges upon successive creative breakthroughs that provide us previously unknown resources.

In order for civilization to progress as rapidly as possible this uniquely human potential must be nurtured and heightened. It is the emotional correlative that accompanies great discoveries that is produced in classical forms of art which is the life blood of this creativity. It is the shared human faculty for creation and appreciation of great beauty in the arts that underlies such necessary progress.

Here John Keats eloquently displays this emotion of discovery:

On first looking into Chapman’s Homer

MUCH have I travell’d in the realms of gold,

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told

That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne;

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene

Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies

When a new planet swims into his ken;

Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men

Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—

Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Evolution is not a Toss of the Dice

The principle that there is an hierarchical ordering of the earth's biosphere that determines evolution is born out in recent research that shows adaption via disparate genomic pathways in different species. Thus the vector of evolution is not random genetic mutation but a energy landscape constrained and bounded by conditions that prevail in similar ways globally. This is to say that there is a reverse projective conformal causal geometry at work.

The idea of a pre-established harmonic ordering that Leibniz proffered is quite real. To understand the implications of this though, one must go beyond the relatively fixed range of possible mutations in mere biological evolution. Indeed, we need to project backwards from the unique nature of humanity's defining characteristic. We are not limited in the same way that all other species are in this regard. We can consciously change our mode of energy throughput via deliberate innovations to move to previously unknown resource bases. It is this higher ordered non random lawfulness that thereby governs all possible forms of evolution. This unique property of human creativity provably exists necessarily. It alone is the measure of all things.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Whom the Gods Would Destroy...

The whole tone of this article really gets to what is wrong with the American electorate's reality show mindset. Throughout there is a mawkish and fawning aggrandizement of Hillary and company which resembles nothing so much as worship of the gods of Olympus -- Hollywood style.

These were the gods that were capricious and downright bestial. And if you mocked them as anything but perfect then you were ostracized or even sentenced to drink hemlock. Thus Hillary will have a scorched earth vendetta for the vast conspiracy of Julian Assange and the Kremlin from on high in her aerie perch in Mount Olympus.

But lightning bolts and Greek warships won't be launched this time. This time whom the gods would destroy they drive mad and hand over the control of nuclear weapons.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Sovereign Immunity is Over with JASTA

The doctrine of absolute sovereign immunity is irrational. It is therefore baseless. The real overarching issue is imperialism and geopolitics. The sovereignty of Saudi Arabia, for instance, is a fiction concocted for the interests above and behind control of oil resources. Wars of aggression to expand such control are imperialistic. The issue of the human right to procure freedom from this control in order to provide advancement of potential future well being of citizenry overrules the system of supposed "noblesse oblige" whatever permutation that might take.

The United States Constitution in essence already ended sovereign immunity by replacing it with a principle first and foremost of promotion of the future welfare of its citizens.It is that principle which is sovereign and relegates all other claim subordinate to it.

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