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8000
Nuclear scientists consider that leptons (that is, neutrinos, electrons and muons) have zero intrinsic rest-mass. According to Einstein, all nuclear particles have zero intrinsic rest-mass ... for all mass is energy, and energy is never at rest and it has no rest-mass.


8001
Tree ring studies from the bristlecone pine, the oldest living tree species, suggest that the Earth has been cooling for at least 6,800 years. A study, by two Caltec scientists (of deuterium and hydrogen incidence in annual growth rings) indicates that mean annual temperatures have declined about 5 degrees C, from 480OBC to the present. The ratio of deuterium and hydrogen increases in tree rings as the climatic temperature rises. The indications are that mean global temperature climbed slightly until about 6800 years ago, and then started a long cooling slide. The trend flattened out from about 2,000 to 400 years ago and then another cold period started. The coldest period was 17001900AD and there was a slight warming 1900-1940AD. The bristlecone pine temperatures are in general agreement with those of the Devon Island (North Canada) drilled icecore findings. The cooling trends, thus measured, may well be reliably indicative of global trends.


8002
The nature and functions of electromagnetic wave-lengths beyond the short gamma ray length, of 10 to the minus 13th power, is virtually unknown.


8003
Water is 11,000 times as dense as hydrogen gas, and 600 billion, trillion times as dense as outer space.


8004
Earth's surface gravity is the net of:

(est.) Gravity of Earth's mass 2.8 (+)
(est.) Explosive-accelerant force of expansion (from core explosion) 1.5 (-)
(est.) Centrifugal force 0.3 (-)
Total 1.0

The Earth's surface gravity, before the 180mya core explosion, was 2.5 (est.) ... that is, two and one-half times the present level of surface gravity. When the core explosion occurred, surface gravity immediately dropped by 60%, causing mass life extinctions and a major revision of life conditions on Earth. (Refer to propositions 943, 944, 946, 948 and 950).


8005
Alterations to bacterial genes can harden the outer membranes of bacteria, so that antibiotic drugs cannot enter. Bacterial populations can switch from vulnerability (to say penicillin) to resistance, in hours or days.


8006
Faced with a threat to their survival (such as use of antibiotics), some bacteria will stretch out their membranes and cytoplasms, reaching out to one another in an act called sexual conjugation. During this act, one bacterium will pass copies of vital resistance genes to the other.


8007
Jupiter radiates about three times as much energy into space as it receives from the Sun: Nuclear fusion is probably taking place within Jupiter's interior.


8008
When changes occur in global weather patterns, the most marked effects occur in the middle latitudes.


8009
The southern hemisphere, at 30-90 degrees of latitude, is covered by an ozone hole for several weeks each year, from early December. A polar vortex is created by strong winds, from August to October, which act as a wall and impede the access of winds carrying fresh ozone from the tropics.


8010
The geologically oldest part, of the New Zealand lands, probably separated, from south-east Australia, when Australia separated from Antarctica, about 60 million years ago.


8011
With ozone depletion warming the polar regions and volcanic eruptions cooling the lower latitudes, global temperature differences will be further reduced. Major changes will continue to weather patterns of the mid-latitudes ... and El Niño will continue to operate, as a regular feature.


8012
In the mid-latitudes, many growers will be at risk, as weather will be changeable and unpredictable ... with unseasonal frosts and hail, and variable rainfall.


8013
Evidence of Antarctic warming is not evidence of global warming. Antarctic warming (from ozone depletion) results from increased global volcanism, which is causing an overall cooling of the biosphere. Paradoxically, Antarctic warming is signalling a return to ice-age conditions. As volcanism continues to reinforce the stratospheric deinsolation layer, cooling effects will predominate over warming effects at the Antarctic.


8014
Volcanic emissions of chlorine and sulphur are the major proximate cause of ozone depletion, as well as the major proximate cause of the stratospheric deinsolation layer. As ozone depletion warms high latitudes and as the deinsolation layer cools all other latitudes, volcanism is reducing the latitudinal temperature differentials.


8015
As volcanism reduces the latitudinal temperature differentials, the energy of the atmospheric heat-engine (which drives global weather) is being reduced, with (inter alia) the following effects:


8016
By reason of the slightly higher temperatures of the Antarctic, winds from that quarter will bear more moisture and bring more rain.


8017
There is evidence that the Antarctic has been warming for 40-50 years, with recent summers 1 to 1½ degrees C warmer than previously. The warming is more noticeable in the summer than the winter. This warming probably coincides with the incidence of ozone depletion.


8018
As ozone depletion is more pronounced in the Antarctic than in the Arctic, Antarctica will experience slightly warmer summers, and the southern icecap will not extend as far to low latitudes, as the northern icecap. During the last iceage, the northern icecap extended to about 45 degrees N, while the southern icecap extended to about 55 degrees S.


8019
Einstein accorded light-speed the status of a constant, but elsewhere he stated that everything is relative to the observer. If everything is relative to the observer, the velocity of light is also relative to the observer. Time, space and observers are all relative, so light-speed, as a function of these, must surely also be relative. A function of three relativities can only be a relativity.


8020
Electronic components are now being implanted in human brains. Microchip devices may be connected to platinum wires which are then fused and implanted in the brain. Many of these implants are cochlear, to restore hearing to the deaf. Some restore partial sight; some control epilectic seisures; some restore hand-grip to paralysed patients.


8021
Microchip implants can now interface with the brain, providing complex instructions to mechanical parts and also monitoring brain activity. Medical scientists now envisage a time when microchips will be attached to living neural circuits, in order to upgrade memory and intellectual capacities. In the foreseeable future, we may be able to link computers and cognisers directly to the brain and, even by remote control.


8022
Research, carried out from a submersible in 1991 at the East Pacific sub-ocean construction ridge, found that volcanic water emissions contained only one-twelfth the salt content of normal seawater. The water was highly acidic, and contained large amounts of hydrogen sulphide ... the most concentrated yet observed anywhere in the oceans. Emission-water temperatures of 750 degrees F were observed at the erupting fissures of the construction ridge.


8023
According to a November, 1992 UN report, ozone levels have dropped to their lowest in decades. There had been major depletion over N.Europe, Russia, Canada, S.Argentina and Chile. There had been severe depletion in both hemispheres. Jan.-Mar. Average levels in Moscow, Stockholm. Oslo and cities of N.Germany and UK were 15-20% below normal. A depletion of 65% was recorded over Antarctica, in late September-early October. Balloon recordings showed complete ozone destruction in a layer 14-19 kilometres above Antarctica. Ozone destruction was being blamed for the increasing levels of human cancers, but also for reducing farm crop yields. Increased UV exposure harms organic molecules and is inimical to cell growth/reproduction.


8024
As earthquake waves are transmitted through the Earth, this indicates that the Earth is a plastic body. The existence of a central core is indicated by the behaviour of earthquake waves. As the core transmits secondary waves very poorly (if at all), it has little or no rigidity. As liquids and plasmas have no rigidity, the core may be composed of either liquid or plasma: This network posits a plasma core (ref. propositions 900-914).


8025
The mathematical concept of 'phase space' envisages all positional and velocity data of a system (at a moment frozen in time), being represented by a point. As the system changes over time, the point moves, and its trajectory is a tracing in 'phase space'. A chaotic two-dimensional plot resolves as a paired-vortex (butterfly) in 'phase space'. The 'phase space' concept enables us to watch changes more easily. A system, whose variables change frequently, becomes a moving point, like a fly moving around a room. Where it doesn't move can be as revealing as where it does move.


8026
Eighty percent of the Earth's atmosphere, by weight, is 0-16 kilometres above the Earth's surface.


8027
The mean air temperature of the biosphere is 14 degrees C and it decreases with altitude, as to a 6.5 degree C reduction with each kilometre of height, up to a height of 11 kilometres, where the temperature is about minus 57 degrees C: It then remains constant from 11 to 20 kilometres altitude and then starts to increase.


8028
The Earth's atmosphere is divided into discrete layers, with very little interchange of air between them. Most weather phenomena take place in the troposphere, from 0-11 kilometres of altitude. The lower the altitude, the thicker or higher the troposphere.


8029
Temperature is the measure of the amount of molecular motion in a substance. At zero C, there is no molecular motion.


8030
Any efforts, by mankind, to add to or subtract from the Earth's heat budget, are likely to be puny compared to the amount of heat the Earth receives from the Sun.


8031
The temperature, of vertically moving air, changes at 10 degrees C per kilometre of altitude (this is the dry adiabatic lapse rate).


8032
Rising air is colder than its surrounding air, and more dense ... and tends to settle back down to the level from whence it came.


8033
Air is a poor conductor of heat, and each moving volume of air tends to retain its own thermal identity.


8034
Atmospheric subsidence warms air (at plus 10 degrees C for each kilometre of descent) and creates temperature inversion (increase of temperature with height) at the bottom of the subsiding layer.


8035
In the middle latitudes, air mass contrasts are greatest, and fronts are most intense.


8036
It is unlikely that templates could account for human pattern recognition.


8037
The human perceptual system often makes errors.


8038
When we know what to look for, it is much easier to see it.


8039
Once we recognise an object, it is difficult not to see it.


8040
In chaos science, it has been found that a simple key code is sufficient to invoke an object's strange-attractor, in all its detail. It is probable that perception works in the same way, and that we use simple key codes to trigger the appearance (in our minds) of fully detailed images.


8041
It is noteworthy that the after-image of that part of the image which is consciously attended, lasts longest.


8042
How is it that a massed audience shares similar views of a spectacle? Probably because members of the audience possess key codes of perception in common. These codes may be part of our genetic inheritance.


8043
The analysis of sensory messages seems to proceed in small steps, with each step producing a rearrangement of the information provided by preceding steps. With each reorganisation, different features in the sensory message are extracted. Sometimes, the information provided by previous states is made more specific: And, sometimes, a more general feature is extracted by combination of responses at preceding stages.


8044
The second level of cortical processing is much less sensitive to exact positioning than the detectors operating at the immediately preceding level.


8045
As a sensory message proceeds through the system, the amount of information is continuously reduced.


8046
The reduction of information, as the message proceeds through the system, seems to follow a basic rule ... namely, to find changes in the signal pattern. The strategy seems to be one of comparison: Differences are noted and consistencies are suppressed.


8047
The primary mechanism for comparison is to pit excitatory and inhibitory influences against one another.


8048
Neurons in the visual system detect lines, angles, movement and colour. There is a hierarchy of specialised neural detectors ... from centre-surround units, through simple, complex, and hyper-complex cells.


8049
There are at least three distinctly different types of memory ... namely, a sensory information storage, a short-term memory, and a long-term memory.


8050
There are basically two kinds of synaptic connections, excitatory and inhibitory: The first tends to initiate firing, and the second to prevent it.


8051
Genetic information is stored in DNA molecules and transferred to surrounding protoplasm via RNA molecules.


8052
A different sequence, of RNA bases, yields a different protein, and it is possible that the sequence of bases (and their relative concentrations) may be altered by an animal's experience in a learning situation. RNA molecules may be experiential modifiers of DNA programmes.


8053
There are experimental indications that specific memories are encoded in chemicals, and that these chemicals can be moved within an animal's body and from one animal to another.


8054
We have two brains, or two halves that are almost exact duplicates of each other. These halves communicate with each other via a massive set of nerve fibres, called the corpus callosum. The left and right halves of the brain seem to be aware of what each is doing. It is possible that each halfb-rain can work independently of the other.


8055
The memory appears to be most vulnerable, to interfering drugs, soon after learning.


8056
In general, the resilience of our learning mechanisms is remarkable. Our learning mechanisms have great plasticity.


8057
If one is in a position where a number of conversations are going on in a room and one listens to a particular conversation, this causes logs of the others. It is not possible to listen to two or more different conversations simultaneously.


8058
Ideative incubation takes place in the time-gap between intensive work on a problem and a later conscious effort to resolve the problem.


8059
The 'eureka' experience involves a feeling of satisfaction that a problem and solution are understood completely.


8060
Iconic codes are images in visual mode: Echoic codes are images in auditory mode.


8061
Objects tend to have established uses in given situations: They tend to have perceived functional fixity. Perception usually tends to be iconic and automatic, whereas creative thinking tends to be iconoclastic and initiative.


8062
The eyes are in constant motion and, if that motion is stopped, the images seen by the eyes disappear.


8063
Chaos scientists have noted a tendency of nearby trajectories to pull away from one another. A Lyapunov exponent, greater than zero, indicates stretching ... that is, the tendency of nearby points to separate. All exponents for a fixed-point attractor are negative, as the pull is inwards toward singularity. A strange attractor has to have at least one positive Lyapunov exponent.


8064
Some systems, of micro-topology, have both an orderly impulse (or proclivity) and a disorderly impulse (or proclivity): One impulse leads to clock-like precision, and the other impulse leads to randomicity. Both impulses may be defined and measured.


8065
The information theory, of Claude Shannon (circa 1940), conceived 'information' as any transmissible data, whether meaningful or otherwise. We have here a value-free concept of 'information'.


8066
In terms of Shannon's information theory, ordinary language contains more than 50% of sounds or symbology which is not necessary to the conveyance of messages.


8067
The more random a data-stream, the more information is conveyed by each new bit of information.


8068
The raw information we receive is mainly random ... and we need to gather in as many bits of information as we can, in order to obtain a more reliable picture of the parts and of the whole. This indicates the value of a multiparadigmatic approach, such as this present propositional network.


8069
Are strange attractors entropic or negentropic? If put to use constructively, they are negentropic ... but, as uncontrolled phenomena, they may be entropic.


8070
Macro-patterns transmit information to micro-patterns, and vice versa. The strange-attractors of chaos science, are micro-systems which are transmitting information upwards to macro-systems. A strange-attractor may be a feedback from a previous macro-to-micro transmission.


8071
Macro-systems, such as human bio-systems, are natural transmitters of information ... and they transmit continuously and powerfully ... and they transmit transfinitely, as well as finitely.


8072
Strange-attractors may be accessed by a wide class of mappings (or unlike sets of differential equations): Strange-attractors may be regarded as universals, with many-keyed access.


8073
You don't perceive a thing until you have a key to access that thing. Each thing is a strange-attractor which may be accessed by many keys. If someone tells us what to look for and what it looks like, we are thereby given an access-key to perceive it.


8074
The many alternative names, for chaos science, include:


8075
Landau's image, for turbulence, is one of infinite modes, infinite degrees of freedom and infinite dimensions.


8076
An example of phase-space graphing (of drops of water falling from a dripping tap) is as follows: The x axis is taken to represent a time interval between a pair of drops, and the y axis is taken to represent the next time interval. If 150 milliseconds passed between drops one and two, and then 150 milliseconds passed between drops two and three, we plot a point at position 150-150. We find that the time intervals between drops is not constant, and the resultant phase-space patterns become a new way of perceiving the phenomena ... that is, a new paradigm.


8077
Phase-space topology is a classic example of our creative ability to perceive shapes where no such shapes were perceivable before. By such discoveries, our species progressively creates its environment.


8078
Chaos scientists are uncertain whether they are observers or observer-participators in the discovery of patterns of chaos.


8079
As we are transfinite beings in a transfinite universe, it is pointless to ask whether new images existed before their discovery. By our creative perception, discovered things are brought forth finitely from transfinity, as subsets of transfinity ... but all things remain essentially transfinite.


8080
The whole development of our species is an exercise in finitisation of transfinity, of singularity.


8081
Truly random data are spread out as an undefined scatter, in phase-space graphings ... but chaos-deterministic patterns seem to pull the data into discernible shapes. Of all the possible paths of disorder, nature chooses just a few. Strange-attractors are the paths so chosen ... and it is probable that evolutionary necessities exercise the pattern-pulls.


8082
Existence, as we know it, is a signature of the memory of our species: It is a holistic strange-attractor.


8083
Chaos scientists develop access-keys for the recovery of evolutionary action-patterns, from the universal memory banks.


8084
As macro-patterns and micro-patterns are mutually indicative, so macro-spatial and micro-spatial patterns are mutually indicative ... and also macro-temporal and micro-temporal patterns are mutually indicative.


8085
Existence is essentially transfinite, and transfinity removes all macro-micro differentials.


8086
Explanations of human behaviour are never complete, hardly ever adequate, and usually misleading.


8087
Arguments, based upon elicited or proffered explanations of behaviour, are invariably de-energising, down-vibing, and fruitless.


8088
Vectors on the future (see pp 28-30) derive principally from implications of:

The importance of these vectors, to prediction science, derives from their usefulness in checking, one against the others: The assessment of their importance is pragmatic and instrumentalist ... and, while they assist us, we will use them.


8089
The human immune system has billions of components and has capacities for learning, memory and pattern recognition.


8090
Existence is an Absolute. As the Absolute is infinite, its qualities are infinite, and its energy quality is infinite. As energy expresses, not infinitely but within light parameters, the square of light-speed (C²) becomes the limiting factor in Einstein's equations ... E = MC² ... and ... E/C² = M.


8091
Light-speed squared (C²) is the resistance operant of the finite state, which sets the expansion limit or stretch limit of the physical universe ... that is, the limit beyond which infinite energy does not extend itself in physical expression.


8092
C² is the resistance factor: It is the cohesion limit of expression. Light signals that the cohesion limit of expression has been reached.


8093
Light-speed squared (C²) operates as a resistor, whereby absolute energy is enabled to express, at lesser powers than infinity. Light-speed squared is, at once, the signature of expression and the limit of expression.


8094
Existence is the Absolute, and existence is our species: Our species equates existence and the Absolute.


8095
The Absolute is infinite, transfinite and finite: Our species is infinite, transfinite and finite.


8096
The transition, from finity to transfinity, operates like a rheostat, where the finite state is the state of highest resistance, and the infinite state is the state of zero resistance ... and transfinite states are states of intermediate resistance.


8097
As our species grows in self-realisation, the rheostat indicator moves from high to low resistance ... and our species-mode moves from finite to transfinite to infinite.


8098
The more we think and act qualitatively, the more we think and act transfinitely ... thus reducing resistance, releasing energy from mass, and collapsing time-space.


8099
All existence is the creation of our species. Visual abilities and light are creations of our species, of itself. Our species has created itself and its environment, of itself ... and, in so doing, it has created the light by which it is able to perceive its creations.


8100
As our species creates its finite condition, so also it creates its transfinite condition.


8101
Our species is transferring its interest and awareness from finite phenomena to transfinite phenomena: As it does so, it creates transfinite phenomena and disperses finite phenomena.


8102
Energy is of our species, and is a creation of our species. We are a species of energy ... that is, we are a species of light.


8103
Everything is light: There is nothing except light: Even darkness is defined in terms of light. When we examine matter in detail, we can discover nothing but light: There is nothing else to discover. And it is we (our species) who have created light: We are a light species ... a species of light.


8104
Light (and its speed and its square of speed) is the signature of our species, in expression.


8105
Our species has evolved self-creatively: We are a self-created species. Where A is the Absolute, CI is the creative intelligence of our species, and M is mass, we have the equation ... A/CI = M. As we perceive the Absolute (A) as energy (E), the equation becomes ... E/CI = M.


8106
The creative intelligence (CI) perceives everything in terms of light: We live visually, in a visual universe. Creative intelligence (CI) may be expressed as light-speed squared (C²), and our equation becomes ... E/C² = M ... or ... E = MC² (Einstein's equation).


8107
We are a species of light, and both our finite and transfinite conditions are conditions of light.


8108
The processes of logic are inadequate to the complexities of language and meaning.


8109
Most people are not equipped (by ability, personality or inclination) for valid logical reasoning.


8110
Common social uses of logic are frequently fallacious.


8111
Most people use pseudo-logic as a pragmatic tool to gain their ends.


8112
The rationalisations of pseudo-logic help us to justify ourselves and to sustain our beliefs- Such rationalisations are very common and are of supreme importance psychologically.


8113
Most people intuit that pseudo-logic is a useful survival tool. They may not know how to describe it, but they know how to use it.


8114
There is a kind of symbiotic relationship between common-sense, cunning, rationalisation, and pseudo-logic.


8115
One function of philosophy is that of moral edification.


8116
Man is naturally moral, in respect of an inherent affection for virtue.


8117
Virtue is pleasurable in itself.


8118
Some moral judgements are known to be true by intuition.


8119
Morality and honour pertain to individuals and groups but not to a species: Survival is the only concern of a species.


8120
Existence is ultimate and self-sustaining ... and there is no need for any causative or explanatory principles outside of it.


8121
Although acquired characteristics may not seem to be inherited, we inherit the abilities to acquire characteristics. We may say that, indirectly, acquired characteristics are inherited ... and this assertion may be stronger in relation to a species than to its individuals. Genes are integrally related with their environments, and they cannot be realistically or meaningfully perceived other than in their environmental context.


8122
AS, evolutionarily, bio-perfection is limited (see prop. 7920), our pursuit of perfection impels us to seek it in non-bio forms ... that is, in mental and spiritual forms.


8123
We keep the past and future separate from the present because we can't handle them all together in our conscious mind. In the same way that we differentiate objects in order to make living easier for us, so also we differentiate time. Time-tensing is purely a matter of pragmatics: We use time as a means of living.


8124
We are self-created beings of the void: What do we do?: Do we just dwell in void or do we create something?: If we create something, how do we go about it? We tense the void and we gather it in time and space ... and we make it move ... and, from the tensing, we create forms. And, through all this, we are one being ... one sovereign being.


8125
Now, where we focus our attention, we call the present ... but there is only one sovereign time. We are an integer: Existence is one integrated absolute. As we shift and change the focus of our attention, time shifts. The flow of time is the changing focus of attention.


8126
It is important to realise that our consciousness is transfinite and that we live all time now: We live the past now and the future now, as much as we live the present now. Time is integrally one and we only tense it for pragmatic reasons.


8127
Really and transfinitely, we are one with time, and we live in and with time ... that is, with undifferentiated potential time ... where past and future are integrally one with the present. The time potential is the potential of our attention and of our will.


8128
We are of the void: There is nothing but void. We create ideas and, of them, objects and events ... in order that we may achieve our purposes. But, when we look closely at these creations, we discover that they are insubstantial ... and we realise that we created them of the void and that, still, there is nothing but void. Or, perhaps we should say that there is nothing but us ... an absolute and transfinite us.


8129
When we creatures of the void build in the void, all components of what we build must of necessity be tautological: All points of reference are the same ... namely, our transfinite and absolute species-self.


8130
We know that we think and that we have ideas, and of this we are certain. We may say that we are thinking and ideative creatures of the void.


8131
The spirit perceives physical universes as drifting islands of cohered thought. Spirits don't dwell there: Only physical bodies dwell there ... like puppets, which move, in stead of their spirits, at the gateway ... and spirits may perceive themselves partly in the puppet-images, as in a strangely limited mirror.


8132
What then is the spirit? ... the spirit is that which thinks and has ideas: It has no substance ... and all that can be said is that it exists ... and that it is a creature of the void.


8133
We have the physical organs of the body and the psychological organs of the personality. These are so integrally related and mutually implicated that we may say they are both organs of the human monad.


8134
When we pray to the Absolute, we pray to the entire living species, and we pray on behalf of the entire living species. What we are doing is seeking to empathise with the whole of existence. We have a natural yearning to be in ever more vital living oneness with the Absolute.


8135
The human chakra system is important. When the individual is aware of the lively functioning of its chakras and what their function is, the individual is aware of itself as an integrated physical/mental/spiritual being ... and has come to a mature realisation of its nature and powers.


8136
As it is not possible to attend to two or more different conversations simultaneously, so also it is not possible to attend to two or more different paradigms simultaneously. So how does one attend to the multiplicity of paradigms of this propositional network? As the Absolute is wholly in each of its parts, so it is in each of its paradigms. Each paradigm is a signature of the Absolute. A prediction scientist must be able to read these signatures as one: The Absolute's signature is common to them all: Prediction is a matter of gleaning the essence of them all.


8137
There is general confusion or perceived-randomicity of information. Most people have a desire to make sense out of this perceived-randomicity, and they appreciate any person who can assist them to do so. Such a person becomes a de facto leader, of a spiritual kind.


8138
We don't perceive a thing until we have a key to access it. We don't perceive the future until credible predictions become our key to access the future.


8139
The strange-attractor patterns of chaos science may, derive from future as well as past ... that is, they may be transfinite phenomena.


8140
A nation's law is unitary and totalitarian ... and governments must be totalitarian to uphold the nation's laws. Each government has, of necessity, a monopoly of the legal power of its nation ... and legal power equates political power, for political power is the power to make and uphold laws.


8141
In the same way that genes compete in order to strengthen the species, so also individuals and groups and nations and races compete, to strengthen the species. Conflict is of the very essence of life.


8142
However civilised nations may appear in their relations with one another, at the covert level they struggle against each other in a primaeval way. The covert war between nations is unceasing and amoral ... and it is the raison d'etre of the secret services of nations.


8143
In their primaeval competitive struggle, nations may form temporary alliances of convenience, but such alliances can never be permanent ... for the ever-swirling change of events can convert this year's ally into next year's enemy.


8144
While the declared policies of a nation may conform to avowed ideals of democracy and human rights, its covert policies may be undemocratic and brutal. Every nation has two personalities: The Jekyll personality is that which it assumes for civilised communications ... and the Hyde personality is the primaeval beast of its covert behaviour.


8145
In the same way that the fictional Hyde personality overcame the Jekyll personality, nations which give too much rein to their covert activities can find that they may become seriously corrupted by them.


8146
The secret services of nations continue the bio-struggle covertly, at the primaeval level. Their function is to maximise the survivalist information available to their nation and to minimise (and confuse) such information as is available to non-symbiotic nations. Some secret services have been permitted to extend their function to include more actively interventionist forms of covert warfare.


8147
By reason of the primaeval nature of their function, national secret services tend to be paranoid, unprincipled, devious, cunning, powerful, aggressive, amoral, alawful, brutal and cynical: To them, the ends invariably justify the means.


8148
A virgin mind is an uncorrupted mind ... that is, one which is uncorrupted by desires, emotions, hedonism, egoism, venality and bias. It is a mind which is pristine and unsullied ... like clear, pure spring water: It is a mind which seeks and finds its rewards in its simple faith in the spirit of truth.


8149
When one muses on the propositional network, with events in mind, new propositions are generated: When one muses on events, with the propositions in mind, new predictions are generated.


8150
Scientific change, from one theory to another, is essentially non-rational. Changes between scientific paradigms can be explained but never justified in terms of methodological considerations.


8151
A predictor is a navigator: One who helps us to get a good fix on the future.


8152
The creative mind is essentially conflictive: It uses obstacles and competition as means of progress. A measure of conflict is essential to the mental development of the human race.


8153
A society, where its individuals stick up for themselves, is a conflictive society: It is also a strong and progressive society ... a society of quality and spirit.


8154
Persons, who tell the public what they have to gain by following a certain course of action, rarely tell them all of what they stand to lose.


8155
The mind creates the environment.


8156
The persistent and prolonged practice of intensive thinking develops the transfinite and intuitive intelligence.


8157
Persistent, prolonged, intensive thinking enhances the creativity of the mind.


8158
Persistent, prolonged, intensive thinking hastens the metamorphosis, and the sloughing off of the physical form.


8159
One of the most important skills of a predictor is the ability to empathise with the species-mind, as it creates the future.


8160
Reality is that which we perceive to be incontrovertibly actual. Each individual sees things in a uniquely different way ... and, thus, reality differs, from individual to individual.


8161
Some things we hold to be incontrovertible, but by far the greatest number of things are arguable.


8162
The truth content, of every thing which is arguable, is a personal truth.


8163
There is no common present reality ... for we each see things differently.


8164
There can be no common future reality ... for we will each see future things differently.


8165
As we will each see the future differently, is it possible for a predictor to depict the future in terms which are commonly identifiable and understandable?


8166
Things which can be numbered or quantified are identifiable ... but life is essentially qualitative: So how do we express future qualitative aspects in identifiable terms?


8167
Every thing which is qualitative is personal and arguable.


8168
All qualitative things (duties, rights, beliefs, faith, hope, values, happiness, justice, love, compassion, integrity, courage, beauty, honour, humour, etc.) are personal and arguable.


8169
As life is essentially qualitative, quantitative predictions provide an inadequate picture of the future ... a picture lacking in life-meaning.


8170
As the qualitative aspects of the future are going to be arguable, the qualitative aspects of predictions are also going to be arguable.


8171
That which is without personal differences and argument is lifeless.


8172
That which is without quality is without life.


8173
A prediction which is without quality is without life.


8174
To depict the qualitative future, a predictor needs to be an artist. The predictor needs to infuse his future scenarios with quality and meaning: He needs to bring them to life.


8175
In so far as a predictor's future scenarios are accepted by individuals, he helps to create the future of those individuals.


8176
A predictor needs not only to ascertain the future but also to show people what the future will be, and to teach them how to anticipate it and recognise it. He needs to be both prophetic and instructive as to what the future will be: In short, he needs to prepare them for it.


8177
As a predictor uses words and 'paints' word-pictures, he is by way of being a poet: His art relates more to the art of a poet than to the art of a painter or musician ... but there is a resemblance to every art, for all art is one.


8178
Prediction has a sculptural aspect. As the predictor works on the future, he feels living shapes and they move and form ... and some shapes and forms seem more real than others ... and the whole scenario seems to come into being, as a sculpture comes into being.


8179
We memorise mainly in terms of visual images and, when they are triggered for recall, our memories come to us like clips of moving film.


8180
In preparing my predictions, I need to create word pictures or word images which are evocative and memorable ... and, by doing this, I will bring the future scenarios to life in the minds of readers. I need to make my predictions not only accurate but also artistically qualitative and psychologically powerful.


8181
Some people, when they read my predictions, react with incredulity, scepticism and doubt ... but, when the predictions come to pass, they tend to say 'oh, it was just a matter of common-sense anyway'. They seem reluctant to acknowledge that someone is better at prediction than they are, and also they are reluctant to accept and rely upon someone else's predictions.


8182
Individuals know instinctively and intuitively that their particular future is personal and private and peculiar to them, as individuals, and they resent sharing that private future with any one else, and they are very reluctant to concede that any one else can know it in advance.


8183
The personal present and the personal future are enormously valuable to individuals: They constitute a sovereign privacy.


8184
Shared belief in a predicted future is accompanied by a kind of shared privacy.


8185
The way existence operates, and theoretical models of its operations, are two different things. A theoretical model is an abstraction from reality, and this must always be recognised. Even multi-paradigmatic models are still abstractions. What then can we rely on?


8186
As the Absolute is wholly in each thing and thought, its signature is everywhere: It becomes a matter of insight to perceive the meaning of the signatures ... and insight is a function of the intuitive intellect.


8187
Vectoring on the future may be perceived in terms of two main navigational fixes, namely a fix based on theoretical models and a fix based on insights of the intuitive intellect. Both of these vector fixes are necessary, with the one checking against the other.


8188
The mind is continually changing as to what it wants to feed on.


8189
As the mind changes as to what it wants to feed on, its perception changes.


8190
As the mind's perception changes, so its perceived environment changes.


8191
It is by the mind's perception of the environment that we live in and react to and influence the environment. Pragmatically, there is no environment other than that which the mind perceives.


8192
Pragmatically, no environment (past or present) exists independently of the mind's perception.


8193
As the mind's perception changes, so perceived history changes.


8194
Our pragmatic environment is the environment of the mind's perception.


8195
At any particular moment of time, the only environment which exists for us pragmatically is the environment of the mind's perception.


8196
Pragmatically, the environment subserves the mind: Pragmatically, the mind changes its perceived environment as it wills: Pragmatically, the perceived environment is the only environment.


8197
The pragmatic evidence is strong that the perceived environment is the only environment.


8198
There is no evidence that any environment exists other than the environment we perceive.


8199
Our species survives and develops pragmatically, and its de facto rationalisings are pragmatic, and its de facto philosophies are pragmatic, and even its religions are essentially pragmatic: All is pragmatic.


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