I’m back after a grueling week with search and rescue teams
in the Ozarks, nursing a few scrapes and bruises. After posting the “rest of
the story” concerning our search for a lost camper (who happened to be my son
Joshua) with, fortunately, a happy ending, I’m back on the thread of thought I
was pursuing before, about the most important questions we can ask as human
beings.

To refresh your memory before going on, you may want to re-read the
post “THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS” posted April 29, 2016 and “WHY MAINSTREAM
SCIENCE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS” posted May 3, 2016.

Those posts lay the groundwork for discussing important
questions like:

• Who are we?

• Where did we come from, and where are we
going?

• What is the meaning and purpose of
reality and human existence?

Four paradigm-shattering discoveries were mentioned in
those posts:

• Relativity

• Quantum Mechanics

• The Incompleteness
Theorems

• The Third Form of the
Substance of Reality

In order to see how these discoveries have revealed a
reality we had only glimpsed vaguely before, and how they have led to a
radically new understanding of the nature of reality, we need to take a brief
look at three profoundly relevant concepts: existence, logic and infinity. The
limited understanding we have of these three concepts, has been divided up in
the dualistic and fragmented approach of academic formalism and specialization between
the studies of ontology (the nature of reality) and epistemology (our
understanding of it). Massive volumes have been written on ontology and
epistemology, but with due respect, much of the sophisticated academic thinking
is superseded and made obsolete by these new discoveries.

Consider the following positions articulated by some of the
most powerful thinkers of the past:

Leibniz (The
Principle of Sufficient Reason) – For every meaningful question there is an
answer.

Russell and Whitehead (Principia Mathematica) There are
three types of statements: True, False and meaningless.

Gӧdel (Incompleteness Theorems) – There are meaningful
statements of questions that cannot be answered within the logical system
within which they were stated.

Close-Neppe (The Triadic Distinction Dimensional Paradigm) –
The universe is the ultimate logical mathematical system, and the logical
structures of basic number theory and geometry reflect the logical structure of
Reality.

There are other scientists
who have somewhat similar notions about the mathematical nature of the
universe, for example, Joseph Brenner, in his book “

*Logic in Reality*” says the fundamental physical structure of the world is logical and mathematical.
And
physicist Max Tegmark, in his book “

*Our Mathematical Universe, My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality*" says: “This means that our physical world not only is described by mathematics, but that it is mathematical (a mathematical structure), making us self-aware parts of a giant mathematical object.”
If you accept that the physical universe, along with
whatever reality it is part of, is a logical system, then the evidence of relativity,
quantum mechanics and the Incompleteness theorems, taken together, strongly
suggest that reality, defined as

*all that exists*, is a*logical system*, and it is*infinite*.
This requires a
radically different approach to understanding reality and answering those most
important questions. Why? Because current science is fragmented by academic
political correctness and departmental specialization, producing a dis-jointed
group of logical systems of thought that have conflicts and paradoxes,
indicating that something is missing. For example, the mathematics of
relativity and quantum mechanics are non-commensurable.

The currently prevalent mathematical tools used by science
are inadequate and in some ways inappropriate for effective application in our
infinite, quantized reality. As discussed in many earlier posts (search
archives for Calculus of Distinctions and related topics) Newtonian calculus,
based on the exact opposite of quantization, i.e. continuity of variables of
extent, must be replaced by the more comprehensive calculus of distinctions, which
also incorporates the actions of consciousness. Once that is done, many things
that the current paradigm cannot answer are explained.

To be continued.

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