the "Science Times" section of today's (25Jan2000) _New York Times_ is worth
immesurably-more than the $1.00 cost of the issue of the paper, so if you
can track down a copy, buy it and give it a read.
i'll comment, here, on copule of articles.
first, with respect to "Physicist Ponders God, Truth and 'a Final Theory'",
by J. Glanz, pD1, my comments can be read as an open letter to Dr. Weinberg,
who recently (quoting from the NYT article) "received the Lewis Thomas
Prize, awarded to the researcher who best embodies 'the scientist as poet.'"
Lewis Thomas is one of my Heroes, so, good for you, Dr. Weinberg. i assure
you, reason can explain how 'music' and 'poetry' move the 'spirit', and i
hope you'll be interested in finding out about such.
quoting from the NYT article, pD1: "[...] Dr. Weinberg saw that the same
equations could describe the [electromagnetic and weak nuclear] interactions
if a kind of energy, called a scalar field, permeated all of space. The
field would in effect nudge the interactions in different directions, so
that the underlying symmetry of the equations was broken, or hidden."
it was only when i read this passage, today, that i gained an understanding
of what a "scalar field" is, which gave me a smile because Tapered Harmony
(TH) has incorporated a seemingly-similar concept all along, the "Universal
Energy Supply" (UES). i've briefly discussed the UES in prior msgs.
but no 'scalar fields' exist in nature. all energy flows, so all
representations of energy have to be represented vectorially.
in my recent work in TH, i've seen that all "dimensions" (stuff like
"Joules", "ergs", "MEv", "Watts", "volts", "time", etc. (all of them)),
orher than the 3 spatial dimensions are =superfluous=, if an 'abstract'
dimension that cross-correlates energy-content at every 'point' in space is
in doing things this way (which, as i've been discussing for years, is NDT's
post-AoK position), as the abstract, cross-correlation 'dimension' is
applied to 3-D space, all energy is represented as continuous gradients in
3-D space, which makes everything much more simple than has been the case.
of course, attaining this useful simplicity requires the rest of TH, in
which what's been referred to as "gravity" has been integrated for most of
the last decade, and in which what have been referred to as "atoms" are
integrated as harmonic interactions of energy that is "trapped" in harmonic
interaction with the UES, also be invoked.
before continuing, i'll quote from near the end of the NYT article, pD2:
"And then there are [Dr. Weinberg's] pronouncements on religion and deism,
including his much-quoted aphorism, 'The more the universe seems
comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.'"
the Universe is an energy =continuum= in which nothing "point"-like (that
is, so-called "particles") exists, which has been TH's position all along.
now, onto a sorrowful matter. quoting from the NYT article, pD2: "Today, one
of [Dr. Weinberg's] major battles is with postmodernist thinkers and
philosophers of science who maintain that scientific theories reflect not
objective reality but social negotiations among scientists. In its rawest
form, this philosophy would say that the theories of the most persuasive or
politically powerful scientists become accepted fact."
i'm sorry, Dr. Weinberg, your thesis, as reported in what's quoted above, is
flat-out indefensible. it ignores almost all of what's in the History of
Science, in which stuff like the work of Copernicus and Newton is "denied",
by this or that scientific in-group, for a century, or more.
it's always been the case, not only in Science, but in all things Human,
that the work of the one who comes up with the "new" synthesis has been
'ostracized' by the folks who 'hold-power' in this or that field of
how and why this sort of things has occurred ubiquitously within Human
affairs is explained in NDT (Neuroscientific Duality Theory). it occurs
be-cause 'learning' is founded in the energy-flow local to individual
nervous systems (brains). that is, all 'learning' is activation-dependent.
because all 'learning' is activation-dependent, in the absence of
understanding of how nervous systems process-information individual nervous
systems tend, strongly, to be 'blind' to anything that's transpired outside
of their individually-unique experience.
the result is that which is referred to as "prejudice", and it wreaks havoc
within the full spectrum of Human affairs, whether on the parts of folks
who've experienced this or that 'religion' or 'political' view, relatively
exclusively, or on the part of folks who'd Dictate 'political' and
'societal' matters in order to 'preserve' the things with which they've
become 'familiar', on the parts of 'profit-seekers' who Dictate that which
their 'fellow' Humans will be allowed to know, so as to preserve their
'abilities' to 'seek-profits', and on the parts of Physics Professionals who
actively Censor work that's been done by folks who are outside of their
group. (if you doubt, Dr. Weinberg, i'll not be 'happy' to do so, but i can
provide you with more-than-sufficient examples of the last, and more general
examples than i've left 'time' in my life to speak, even if i do nothing
the examples of how 'prejudice' has inflicted tragedy within Human affairs
are myriad, but they all reduce to the Same-Stuff: the fact that the way
that nervous systems process-information, in an activation-dependent way.
Dr. Weinberg addresses such while being quoted in the NYT article, pD2: "As
for conventional religion, though, his views are uncompromising: it is not
only silly but damaging to human civilization. 'The whole history of the
last thousand years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars,
pogroms, jihads, crusades,' [Dr. Weinberg] said. 'I find it all very
regrettable, to say the least.'"
if one only looks-and-sees, one sees, clearly, that Jesus agrees.
the 'problem' has been that 'religion', like =all= other Human endeavor that
has occurred in an absence of understanding of how nervous systems
process-information, has tended to be the Same-Stuff that derives, not in
anything of God, but in the merely-familiar stuff that's converged upon
within the activation-dependent neural information-processing dynamics of
and if anyone only endeavors to escape the 'tyranny' of their own
activation-dependent neural information-processing, by ranging-widely, while
daring to study the Teaching of Jesus, they will see that Jesus Understood
all of this stuff, and Taught with specific respect to it.
that 'religion' strays from what Jesus Taught is the fault of Ignorance,
perpetuated, as above, in the activation-dependent neural
information-processing that derives in individual experience that knows
very-little of Jesus.
which, forgive me, please, Dr. Weinberg, is what you do when you correctly
'bemoan' the tragedy that Ignorance has inflicted upon Humanity, while,
simultaneously, ignoring the Solution that's been-there for 2000 years.
just more 'prejudice' toward that which has become 'familiar', via the
activation-dependent neural information-processing of a beain that 'thinks'
that the neural activation that's occurred within it is all there is in the
forgive me again, Dr. Weinberg, but if you don't want to work toward the
solution, you should, at least, temper your 'criticism' with respect to that
with respect to which you obviously remain ignorant.
K. P. Collins (with 'heart' aching because of the necessity of what's above)
the other article that appeared in the "Science Times" section of today's
_New York Times_ that i will comment, briefly, on is, "Russian Plutonium
Research Raises Nuclear Questions", reported by W. J. Broad, pD2.
the plutonium instability stuff that is discussed in this article is
very-serious, but it's =not= the stuff that prompted me to ask that i be
allowed to brief National Security folks.
the the stuff of my request is much-more serious.
it is that, because of the work i've done trying to win a hearing for NDT's
stuff, all over the 'place', folks've gotten an overly-simplified,
incomplete, 'picture' of NDT's stuff.
as i've discussed repeatedly in the past, such incomplete understanding of
NDT's stuff is the most-Dangerous stuff imaginable, because it tends to
induce folks to 'take-action' without their being able to comprehend the
consequences that will, =necessarily=, follow from their having
i expect that most folks cannot see such, but dynamics correlated explicitly
with incomplete understanding of NDT's stuff are unfolding all over the
'place'. An example is the 'stalling' of the Mid-East Peace process.
try to see things from my perspective. NDT's understanding stands-against
the dynamics that have raveged Humanity since the beginning. because of
that, i had to work to get the understanding communicated.
but because my efforts have been 'thwarted' in almost every imaginable way,
the result is that folks all over the place have acquired incomplete
i've discussed, in the past, why such is Dangerous. incomplete understanding
tends to induce folks to go into the 'zone of randomness' (AoK, Ap4) without
the ability to find their ways out. when such happens, folks tend strongly
to 'go-amygdalar', inflicting savagery upon others.
quoting discussion by Dr. S. S. Hecker, from the NYT article: "'We're doing
what no foreign nation could do to us', [Dr. Hecker] rued. 'We're crippling
folks should =not= think they're 'using NDT's understanding' in their
decision-making processes until they receive =all= of NDT's understanding,
when, if, the 'Censors' ever allow the understanding to be communicated.
K. P. Collins