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Knowledge is entropic and, as it increases, the rate of entropy increases. As the rate of entropy increases, singularity comes closer in time. As the rate of entropy increases, remainder-time decreases.
All cohesion/control knowledge is negentropic at first and entropic later. Negentropic action is obstacle-forming. Obstacles are means of gathering and tensing energy, which enable cathartic leaps of entropic energy release to take place. All knowledge is, directly or indirectly entropic, and all action is, directly or indirectly entropic.
Prediction science is at its beginnings. What can be said of a network which is partly successful as a tool for prediction? What could be said of a flint which was partly successful as a tool for cutting? The case is similar, for both flint and network are tools at a primitive stage. As the flint has been vastly improved upon as a tool for cutting, so the network may be vastly improved upon as a tool for prediction.
Does the propositional network constitute truth? Well, one may ask whether the flint cutting tool constituted truth. Truth derives most of its meaning from utility. Both flint and network are truth in so far as they are useful.
Are the constituent propositions of the network reliable? The answer is that they may or may not be. Individual constituent propositions cannot derive reliability solely from the fact that the whole network has a proven degree of reliability.
The network is an artifact or construct, and all that can be said of its constituent propositions is that they are parts of a somewhat successful network tool. Such parts may or may not serve some other useful purpose, and they may or may not be separately reliable.
All knowledge is, directly or indirectly, useful and, therefore, instrumentalist. Apparently useless items of knowledge are gained because we know, intuitively, that they will be useful some day, directly or indirectly.
Once we know the future, it is not worth visiting. The unknown is a means of learning. We are here in order to learn and, when we can no longer learn there is no point in being in this time-space environment. 40
To know the future is to eliminate the future or, rather, to translate it into the present. Ignorance of the future prolongs remainder-time ... while knowledge of the future curtails remainder-time. Time is the dimension of the unknown and singularity is the dimension of the known.
Prediction science 'rolls up' the future and brings it into the known-now. The future always has been, transfinitely, now, but not a known-now. Knowing the future removes its finity ... that is, its time-space expression.
Existence is an Absolute and its unexpressed condition is that of singularity. An organic species creates, of singularity, the environment which it needs for survival. Our differentiated universe is a function of our organic species.
Because all viewpoints are singularity viewpoints, light-speed is constant from all viewpoints: Viewpoints only appear to be separate ... they are one and the light-speed constant is evidence of this.
We are of singularity; we are infinite and integrally one; we are eternal. We create our own environment and we create our own light: We create all antecedent events and things: Our environment is of ourselves: There is nothing other than our absolute self: Our consciousness of self is our environment.
As the time of our universe decreases as to remainder duration, its space increases ... for time-space is an integral, Time and space are inversely related aspects of the same quality. When the universe was miniscule, time was huge: Now time is miniscule and the universe is huge.
The design-limit of space-stretch is the C-speed of recession. The speed of light is the measure and parameter of expression. We express on a 15 billion year time cycle, in a 15 billion light-year space.
Existence has two aspects, namely singularity and timespace. The first is the expressionless aspect and the second is the expressed aspect, which is created by us according to the survival needs of our species.
Perception collapses time inwardly to the locus of perception, and it collapses space outwardly away from the locus of perception. Gravity effects aside, when stellar objects are perceived from a particular time-space locus, they recede at a rate proportional to distance.
As all perception loci are of singularity and as lightspeed C is the expression limit, it follows that lightspeed from a given source will be C from the viewpoint of a perceptor, whether it be approaching or receding from the light source.
When stars recede from each other at the speed of light, they occlude each other: That is, they progress to singularity. The void of space is an inverted black-hole: The infinity of space is the infinity of singularity. Whether infinitely small or infinitely large, there is but one singularity: The infinity of a black-hole centre is one with the infinity of the space void.
In DNA, the genetic code is chemical ... of A,T,G and C ... that is, of adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine. There are three billion base pairings in human DNA. A always pairs with T, and G always pairs with C.
In order for DNA to serve its critical function of making each of us unique, it must ... store information, pass information from generation to generation, and pass information from cell to the cytoplasm (where it tells the cells how to make the various proteins and enzymes that regulate the chemistry of the body).
Sometimes a vein will join up unexpectedly with another: And sometimes one feels an urge to dig a new shaft in a different direction or level. As Whitehead says, there is prehensive groping for truth ... and, of course, truth is the finest gold.
The symbolic interactionist viewpoint (in sociology) is that human interaction is mediated by the use of notational symbols. This mediation inserts a process of interpretation (of meaning) between stimulus and response. We use symbol-networks to interpret each other's actions.
Each human being has an innate, natural duality ... in that he talks to himself; gets angry with himself; takes pride in himself; reproves himself ... and tells himself what to do and what not to do.
By reason of his duality, a human being may be the object of his own actions: He may act towards himself as he might act towards others. This ability, of the human being, to act towards himself, is the central mechanism with which the human being faces and deals with his world. He makes observations to himself ... notations or propositions ... and he records them, with some kind of transfinite symbology, which may be called a notational network.
The notational process is indicative. Anything, of which a person is conscious, is something which he is indicating to himself. Anything, which a person is not conscious of, is something which he is not indicating to himself.
The conscious life of a person is a continual flow of self-indications ... that is, notations of the things with which he deals and takes into account ... that is, selfindicated and self-recorded propositions.
The self-indicating central mechanism, which every person is equipped with, is analogous to this present propositional network system. The difference is mainly that between a single-paradigm system and a multi-paradigm system.
The individual makes and aligns his actions on the basis of his interpretation of the acts of others. His self-indicational network is the basis of his social interpretations. Societal action is a series of network alignments, of varying correlation and duration.
In so far as a person's individual network is survivally effective, it is reinforced; and, in so far as it is defective, it is allowed to atrophy or it is changed. It is instrumentalist, in that its status is accorded purely on its survivalist usefulness.
Individual, societal or general networks (such as this present work) rely on symbology, meaning and interpretation. Networks cannot escape privacy of meaning: They are all subject to individual interpretation.
It is noteworthy (from the symbolic interactionist viewpoint) that human interaction is mediated by networks of notational (propositional) symbols. In so far as these networks are successful means of survival, they tend to become ends in themselves and objects in themselves: They tend to take on their own reality.
Each society has its own propositional network of conventional wisdoms, shared beliefs, mores and customs. All human behaviour, individual and societal, is mediated by notational (propositional) networks. Generalised propositional networks are a natural progression of a survivally successful bio-method.
It is probable that the same propositional networking method applies to genetic inheritance ... and that behavioural network patterns, which have received great survival credence over millennia, are handed down genetically, from generation to generation.
Our personal environment is the unique interpretation and meaning which we give to our racial inheritance of survival notations, as modified by how they are checking out in our current personal experience.
Survival, and that which contributes to survival, is reality ... or is the realest pragmatic reality. This begs the question as to what 'survival' means ... survival of what?, physical bodies or transfinite forms?, survival in time-space or survival in transfinity? Perhaps this is for us to decide!
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