YOU — some possible mechanics of our soul
YOU— some possible mechanics of our soul
This book may explain consciousness, as well as a few other fundamental issues. The topics are examined with reference to physics and biology; within a reality considered to be mathematics that is times. The discussions are fairly well limited to plain English; though the train of thought involves a fresh look at relativity, brain function, and system language. It breaks out of the philosophical mode to include a computer model intelligence system for the old Commodore 128, that might really get you into your PC.
Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1997
This book is based on unpublished work dating back through approximately 1969. The fundamental concept of Universal Systemology arose for this author in 1957.
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1995: ISBN: 0-9648577-0-7 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 95-94807
—TRANSITIONAL EDITION —
Some work beyond these numbers, toward the second edition, has been substituted. Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, and 8 have been edited. For the second edition, chapters 5 and 10 will be updated further, to include dimensionality concepts that developed in writing the Summary of Hypotheses. The question of clock density rate dependence may also be developed.
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Throughout this book I usually talk about things as though they were given facts that are generally acknowledged, as if I knew what I was talking about. I don't. Some of the information is generally accepted, and some of it is generated in fun. I enjoy thinking about a lot of stuff, and I love to attempt to put ideas together in ways that give them an apparent cohesiveness. I would not enjoy this nearly so much, or have the freedom to generate these systems of thought, if my writing style was constantly saying "maybe this" and "maybe that." Please allow this disclaimer to replace all that, so that we might be free to deal with the concepts.
Another potential distraction is the problem of credit for "intellectual property." Again, I don't detract from the development of concept systems by constantly raising this issue. If it makes you happy, I hereby absolve myself of any claim (or responsibility) for everything you would consider creative. The truth of the matter is that many concepts are employed that were not created by this author, in the making of some that were. Of those, many have turned out to not be "original," with respect to the timing of their development... I often run into "my ideas" in books or articles after I have thought about them, or written them down, or published them. There are some cases where it is I who is the "originator." If something here becomes sufficiently noteworthy, I leave it to science historians to figure out what is what. This book was written for the fun of it, to be read for the fun of it, as it leads you to its view of you... of what consciousness is.
To the spirit of discovery.
(page #s refer to the printed edition)
The Big Picture
The Split Brain Paradox
3. Reference Frames23
Toward The General Frame
4. The Mathematical Universe29
The Photon Universe
The Logical Universe
5. The Physical Universe36
The General Frame
The Particle Universe
The Split Light Paradox
What’s The Deal With Light?
The Wave Universe
Putting It Together
6. The Chemical Universe51
7. The Biological Universe52
The Shape of Evolution
The Nervous System
8. The Psychological Universe57
The Meaning of Relative Delay
The Evolution of Thought
The Knowledge Stairway
9. The Others72
10. Object Physics74
The Biological Object
11. Silicon Based Intelligence94
My Computer is Warm
The Silicon Neuron
The Silicon Brain
The Silicon Organism
Beepers for C128
System start, for 2004 PC Downloads
12. The Silicon Crucible128
Summary of Hypotheses135
A Time Gradient Test153
The Problem of Directionality 153
About the Author -
The cornerstone of my philosophy has always been that you can’t truly know anything unless you know everything. Therefore, I suspect that part, or all, of this book is wrong. All I can do is try, and maybe try again later.
I have been motivated to do this since the late 60s. As a pre-med college student, I was distracted from my courses by a number of philosophical questions. I was frustrated by the lack of information available addressing the topic of consciousness. I was also dissatisfied with our picture of the Universe — again there were fundamental questions that seemed to be getting avoided. Under these circumstances, there might be fundamental problems in those schools of thought.
After two years of trying to do well in classes, while having stronger interests in other subjects, I dropped out. Since then my education has been self-administered, out of the book store. The primary focus has been electronics design and computer programming, as a means of self-employment. These skills have also become central to the development of my philosophy.
I wish this were a science book. All I have really accomplished is the formulation of some questions; the answers to which may be beyond provability. Still, I have gained some satisfaction from trying to deal with the issues. And, I have generated a belief set that seems to support itself; though it also seems to be subject to endless modification and refinement. It is an attempt to present an overall framework for science, that acts to involve all of the fundamental issues. A primary feature of this framework is the brain itself. This is partly a matter of re-formulating questions to make them valid, by recognizing the conditions of perception and consciousness relative to the physics that generates those questions. It is also a matter of viewing this memory-based perception as a process included in the process of the Universe.
In dealing with such concepts, I have allowed myself to consider some very unusual possibilities. Science is not a stranger to the fact that working solutions sometimes require a departure from common sense. When this attitude is carried into the consideration of consciousness and attending issues, common sense flies away from the most primary concerns of everyday life.
The Big Picture
Focus on everything, and you’ll get the big picture.
A book about you is a book about the big picture; because you are in it. You are an active part of this movie. It affects you, and you affect it.
The big picture is like a puzzle that we must approach, one piece at a time. We start with a few big blurry pieces that don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. We analyze them into smaller sharper pieces; and begin to see some reason in the Universe, from how those pieces fit together. We have run into limits with this. We have a lot of big pieces that haven’t been placed into a single picture.
Here, that effort leads to some hypotheses that seem to support each other. As these elements are considered, the Big Picture might begin to emerge as a complete, self-supporting process. The study involves addressing some very odd aspects of reality. Consequently, many things discussed might be initially difficult to appreciate. Later, when their support is uncovered, they can’t always be conveniently pulled up by association for discussion — you can only talk about so many things at once, and avoid confusion. As a result, this book tends to be rather repetitious; as topics are re-visited from various different angles or contexts. Even with this, the intended message might not be received from a single pass, and without some familiarity with works that provide a basis of understanding for the major topics that compose our reality. A summary of hypotheses is provided at the end, which might be read first; to gain a perspective on where the book will be going; though the first chapter is as an even shorter summary-overview. The odd ideas may start to make a little more sense when they are more slowly developed in the main text, to better fit together; forming feasible solutions to persistent fundamental problems.
The headings in the Contents are not representative of the length and depth of coverage of the topics labeled. The Contents is meant to stand as a frame that might guide your endeavors to a sample viewing of the Big Picture.
Which came first; the philosopher or the scientist? One could say that Aristotle was a scientist of his time, yet we can also consider him a precursory source of our science. "Verbal Science" might be a self-contradiction, or it might be a necessity; I don’t know. I find myself dealing with scientific issues at as simple a level as possible, because I want to combine concepts into complex relationships. I find that logical thought leads to more logical thought. This process builds on itself. I am not ready to complicate this process further, by attempting to deal with its components at a fine scientific level. To be realistic, I cannot count on this coming to pass. This outlook is essentially the reason for this book. It is my hope to spark the interests of a variety of professionals, to consider their knowledge in the context of the framework offered here. To the degree that the framework is corrected, the schools of thought will create the opportunity to connect themselves together, and advance our capacity to solve problems.
I have not devoted my attention to any one subject the way you do in school. I have not regimented myself to absorb information and skills in many subjects that would have been required to obtain a degree. This means that I am admittedly stupid in many ways. It also means that I have been free to follow my interests more passionately. I have spent more time letting logic build on itself. This might amount to a pile of errors, or it might have led to otherwise ignored truth.
I do not involve mathematics in this process as much as I would like to be able to. I love and respect the subject too much to risk butchering it in the present effort. I am mathematically immature, because a more basic form of logic has taken my time, so far, in developing this system of ideas. Perhaps someday I will take the time to have at least some of my cake, and eat it too.
Consequently, I cannot intend to present a philosophy here that has conventional strength. It is possible, though, that the primary issue is one that requires description that goes beyond any current mathematical formats. This thought will be made prominent by the development of the logic. System function is identified as being infinitely complex. The traditional developments of mathematics are left intact, within the branches of reality that they define. The focus is broadened to dimensionality and terms of infinity, that serve to weld our schools of thought together.
Technological mathematical approaches are concerned with specific details, and limited relative behavior. To that end, infinity has no use to us. To the overall end, however, it is everything. There are ways of looking at reality; where aspects can be recognized that elicit statements like 0 =¥. This is the case, for example, for our zero point, when we position our number line on an infinite circle. Any point defines itself, and the farthest possible distance from itself, simultaneously. Another way of putting this is to say that all real lines are curved. The "straight" line is the case where our angular radius has become infinite. Other expressions that deal with infinity include c ¸ ¥ = 0, c ¸ 0 = ¥, and 0 • ¥ = c ; which might be involved in the relationships that produce "apparent finities."
In working toward such understanding of relationships, one has little use for the most part of traditional mathematical approaches. Instead, much logic can be developed verbally. Words may turn out to be the tools of our most exotic math. This concept becomes most prominent in the analysis of thought and decision making, in the context of real-world complexity. Our math can only describe the simplest aspects of this. The exotic math that provides a complete description, is the process of reality itself. Much can be done to deal with this in verbal terms.
For example, we will consider a reality where systems have infinite components. Simple system math, here, takes a turn to yield a new way of looking at things, with just a few numbers. 1¸ 2 = 2. A system that divides in half becomes two systems. 1 + 1 = 1. The combination of systems is a system. In this arena, infinity is fundamental. It becomes important to think about things a lot, to see relationships that help complete the Big Picture. The traditional math is already well self-related as big pieces of our overall puzzle. The consideration of infinity may be the path toward an understanding of consciousness, and of how the big pieces fit together.
A prime issue within the process of You is the concept of meaning. It is appropriate to deal with this issue in verbal terms; at least for starters. Mathematical development might make tremendous headway in the direction of "thought vectors." In the final analysis, it will be our intelligent interaction that defines human reality.