Monday, January 4, 2016
Both science and religion start from the premise that there is something real and true about that which we experience, and that, as human beings, we are capable of understanding it. Science has focused on trying to understand how reality works, and religion has focused on trying to understand what reality is. The goal has been to determine what reality is and how it works with as much accuracy and certainty as possible. The history of human thought, however, both scientific and spiritual, has shown us that, at any point in time, our knowledge of reality and truth has been somewhat uncertain, and always incomplete. New discoveries have always required corrections and adjustments to the body of our knowledge and in our understanding of reality. We know now that this will always be the case. Why? Because of the discovery by a mathematician named Kurt Gӧdel, of the incompleteness theorems. This discovery, the importance of which is only now being recognized, essentially proves that no logical system is ever complete. Science and religion, in so far as they are useful, are logical systems of thought. The fact that they are forever incomplete tells us that reality is infinite. No matter how much we know, no matter how much we see, we can never reach the end of infinite reality.
Because we are searching for certainty in any endeavor, when we discover a new aspect of reality, physical, psychological or spiritual, it is natural to think: “Now we are getting close to a theory of everything!” In fact, Stephen Hawking predicted that physicists would have a theory of everything by the year 2000. That didn’t happen, even though all he actually meant was a theory uniting all of the known forces of nature. If you have been trained in methodology and techniques to investigate matter and energy interacting in time and space, you are likely to think of a theory explaining all the physical forces as a theory of everything. But this is far from the truth. A theory of everything must include everything experienced by conscious beings, and the only thing we experience directly is consciousness. Matter, energy, time and space are experienced indirectly through the senses. A real theory of everything must, of course, include consciousness.
When I published my third book, Transcendental Physics in 1997, it was hailed as a major paradigm shift by a few scientists. The following endorsements are examples:
“This excellent book provides the next paradigm shift.” - Henry Swift, PhD, Experimental Physicist
“This book could be the most important book of the twentieth century…It is no longer logically consistent to be both a scientist and an atheist…One cannot place too much importance on the genius of this work. …a door has been opened for us all. He has broken the barrier between science and religion.” David Stewart, PhD, Geophysicist, Educator and Author
“Transcendental Physics is a rare treat… a substantial contribution to quantum interpretation.” Philip Petersen, Astrophysicist
But these were a precious few. Most mainstream scientists were not ready to accept consciousness as something as real as matter and energy. And most mainstream theologians believed that science and mathematics could not be applied to questions of spirituality. Ironically, many on both sides considered my work to be an invasion of their turf by someone on the other side! It was very frustrating.
So what has changed? In 2008 I learned that there was a world-wide organization dedicated to bringing gifted people, people with extremely high levels of intelligence, together to share new ideas. It was called the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE). People with very high IQs (around 160 and higher) often feel isolated, as if there is no one they can share their thoughts with. I had joined MENSA in 1982 hoping to find like-minded people, and I spoke at some of their gatherings, including their Colloquium ‘Thinking on the Edge’ in 2002. This resulted in some book sales and a few contacts, but nothing changed much until I decided to see if I could qualify for membership in the ISPE. I did, and connected with Dr. Vernon Neppe, a world-renowned physician and neuroscientist. His clinical experience and extensive consciousness research, and the extended mathematics and physics of my transcendental physics complemented each other perfectly.
Our work together over the past six years has resulted in the discovery of the existence of a third form of the substance of reality, which, along with mass and energy can be measured in very basic quantum units of equivalence. We call these basic quantum units the Triadic Rotational Units of Equivalence (TRUE units for short).
Our discovery of the third form of reality, consisting of neither matter nor energy, and yet necessary for the stable existence of life-supporting elements and compounds, changes the game entirely.
WITH TRUE ANALYSIS, IMPORTANT METAPHYSICAL QUESTIONS NEED NO LONGER BE LEFT TO SPECULATION, PERSONAL BELIEF OR BLIND FAITH, THEY CAN BE DECIDED LOGICALLY AND EMPIRICALLY!
We can now answer previously untouchable questions like:
WHAT IS THE DEFINITIVE NATURE OF REALITY?
DOES REALITY HAVE ANY INTRINSIC MEANING OR PURPOSE?
IS CONSCIOUS LIFE THE ACCIDENTAL OUTCOME OF A BIG BANG EXPLOSION, OR THE MANIFESTATION OF INTELLIGENT ORGANIZATION?
The really important questions for us as human beings, like: Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we headed? Do we actually have souls that survive dissolution of the physical body? … etcetera, can at last be addressed and answered. After six years of intensive collaboration with Dr. Neppe, I can post the following positive manifesto of findings.
(Based on TRUE Analysis)
1. Reality is triadic, consisting of mass, energy and consciousness.
2. Triadic reality is unified: There is only one reality, and it has no unrelated parts.
3. Reality is infinite. Self-referential and conscious, it has neither beginning nor end.
In order to create meaningful experiences, Infinite Conscious Reality has divided itself up into three parts existing inseparably bound together within itself:
1. The outer, material universe
2. The inner, mental universe
3. The bridge between them
Each of these three manifests three aspects:
1. The outer manifests as a volumetric domain, mass and energy.
2. The inner reflects these as awareness of space, substance and change.
3. The bridge between them manifests as individualized consciousness, life, and finite organic vehicles, through which individualized consciousness is enabled to experience objective reality.
Within infinite reality, finite reality is observed and measured in terms of three variables:
1. Variables of extent, dimensions or degrees of freedom
2. Variables of content or substance
3. Variables of intent or meaningful purpose
There are three types of variables of extent:
1. Space, measurable in three orthogonal dimensions: height, width and depth
2. Time, measurable in three quantized dimensions of duration
3. Consciousness, measurable in three quantized dimensions of awareness
Thus the dimensions of finite reality, embedded within infinite reality, comprise a total of nine finite dimensions, three of space, three of time and three of consciousness.
I am individualized consciousness occupying a finite physical body existing within infinite reality. As such, I create my reality by drawing the distinction between self and other in order to be able to draw distinctions in the other. Within the nine dimensions of reality, my individualized awareness establishes one dimension which is my reference frame of awareness. For me, all space, time, matter, energy, and other conscious beings, exist relative to my individual conscious path through space, time and consciousness. Thus, in any observation I make, eight dimensions of space, time and consciousness revolve around my one reference dimension of self-awareness.
The finite reality of space, time and consciousness is expanding at the speed of light. The speed of light is equal to the square root of the ratio of total energy to total mass in the 3-space, 1-time domain of physical observation (E = mc2 → c = square root of E/m). It is expanding into the infinity of Primary Conscious Reality. Within the limitations of the four dimensions of space-time and one dimension of consciousness available through the physical senses, this creates the illusion of separateness in an expanding physical universe with physical objects made up of very rapidly spinning elementary particles.
Reality only appears to be a multiplicity of things because of the ability of individualized consciousness to draw distinctions, the function of mind or cognition, a finite manifestation of Primary Conscious Reality. We suffer the illusion that reality is composed of a myriad of separate things because individualized consciousness, operating in the finite physical-brain, has to divide it up to comprehend any part of it. As a result, we experience reality as if it were three things: an inner world, an outer world and a world created by the interface of the inner and outer.
1. A note to scientists: This paradigm does not attack science. It embraces what is known in the current mainstream paradigm and extends it to include consciousness.
2. A note to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sufis, and all people of faith: This paradigm does not attack your religion. It proves the basic truth inherent in all religions, that there is more to reality than matter and energy, time and space.
3. A note to Humanity: The essence of Triadic Reality is Love. Cosmic Love is manifested as 1. The Lover, 2. Love, and 3. The Beloved, in many forms.
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Edward R. Close January 4, 2016