"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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Universal Relative Process of Becoming

Nicholas of Cusa over half a millennium ago propounded a principle that should have governed scientific inquiry to this day. He called it learned ignorance or docta ignorantia. To restate this: the principle is that as humanity discovers successive breakthroughs regarding the organizational constitution of the physical, biophysical and psychological functioning of our universe, we paradoxically discover that we are just as far if not farther from understanding what lies beyond.

This train of thought is based upon a methodology of Platonic dialog. It is a rigorous determination regarding the ontology of the power of the infinite process of becoming. For instance, how can we surmise that if humanity lifts our civilization off this planet we can be confident that we will collectively discover new sources of energy to propel us forward? (A progressive energetic series of fission, fusion, matter-anti-matter, etc.) This is just because we can hypothesize that the potential entirety of human history is concomitant with this very infinite such power. To think otherwise is irrationally absurd.

And yet society has been in the throes of such "thinking" over the ages. The magical belief in the power of a pantheon of immortals who arbitrarily rule over human affairs is unfortunately prevalent in the tide of history to date. It is synonymous with the infantile worship of money for instance: the magic of the marketplace. It is the equivalent of the belief in renewable energy sources as somehow constituting progress rather than regress -- i.e. that there is only so much stuff to go around on this lifeboat earth.

It is nearly miraculous that since we have been imprisoned intellectually by such infantile poppycock that we have somehow not managed to blow our whole planet to smithereens several times over. Which indeed is as close as I can come to an otherwise impossible proof that the continuing process of creation is harmonically composed of what can only be described as a nurturing or loving governance. Never has the choice of mutual development of nations versus destruction been more stark.

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