2.8.1.1 Index 0 Contents 2 Background 2.8 Problems 2.8.1 Impacted  Outlook 2.8.2

 

 2.8.1.2 After The Well Of Anxiety 1973


© 1973 Donald Johnson
0 Introduction
1 Section 1
1.1 Postulate 1
1.2 Postulate 2
1.3 Postulate 3
1.4 Postulate 4
1.5 Postulate 5
1.6 Postulate 6
1.7 Postulate 7
2
Section 2
2.1 Three Questions
3 Section 3

Introduction

2006 Introduction

This paper was written in 1973.  It is being presented in the 1973 background that I reasoned from. My first wife Patricia had just divorced me taking my children, home and money.  I'm thankful for my roommate John Marvin and fellow teacher Al Kolodziejczak for the integrity and interest they brought to our discussions and life.

The Postulates are prefixed with 1973. They are the assumptions I used to reason on at that time. They have changed with experience.

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1972 Teacher/Student Basketball Game


I started with the thought that an intelligent aware creator is required to  give life meaning beyond our death.  I end up showing my self that we are intelligent and aware and that in itself gives our life meaning beyond death

2 Operational Language
       

Awareness of Curiosity                                            Need Curiosity            

   

1 Curiosity 

Diagram 1 The Need for an Operational Language

Section 1:Purpose to Existence?

The fundamental postulate of this paper is:

1973 Postulate 1:


“There exists an intelligent organism that has stripped through the residue of anxiety left by the happenstance of growth and development and has consciously recognized an emptiness of purpose for life perceived"

The paper has or had meaning in the logical sense only for those realities where Postulate 1 holds or has held.

The purpose in writing this paper is to articulate in a logical manner a rationale of purpose in life perceived.
The State of the Inanimate Universe: (The Expansion)

As we gather light from the heavens, we find certain wavelengths of light (say from hydrogen) fall into the same pattern, as we would observe then if originating from an earth-bound laboratory. There is a difference though in much of the light observed from the heavens. Light from many of the heavenly sources has shifted in wavelength. That is, though the pattern is the same, the length of the waves has increased. This is called the red shift because the longer the wavelength of visible light, the closer it is to being red light.

A similar type of shifting occurs in the wave-length of sound when the source is moving… like say the purr of a race car engine as the car is approaching the wave-length is shortened and when moving away, it is lengthened with respect to standing still. Doppler recognized and articulated a quantitative model, which correctly predicted the speed of an object by the change in wavelength of the sound it emitted.
Hence, we call these shifts “Doppler Shifts”

Although there is more than one quantitative theoretical model to explain the Doppler shift in light, they all have the same implication. With few exceptions, the light from galaxies we observe is shifted in such a way as to imply they are moving away from us. Further, that the farther away the galaxy, the faster it is moving away from our galaxy.

All of the viable models imply that some time ago (in the order of 10 billion years), the matter of our universe was condensed at a place in space from which it is now expanding. The late Prof. Gamow articulated this expansion as the “Big Bang Theory".

By the commonly excepted models of the universe, this expansion is occurring at such a rate that gravitation collapse is not possible and the expansion will continue forever towards infinite dispersion. This gives rise to the second postulate of this paper.

1973 Postulate 2

“The universe is undergoing an expansion which by the unthinking principles of nature will continue forever”.(The Compression)

As mentioned before, the present models of our universe, when run backwards in time, imply that there was compression. This compression of matter would have been so great that individual atoms would have been disassembled. Conceivably, the environment of the compression may have been so great that matter may have been existed in the electromagnetic state rather than the inertial (it may have been a world of photons). Whatever the extremes of the compression environment, it gives rise to the next postulate.

1973 Postulate 3

“There existed a compression of the matter of the universe which was so extreme that any information of the state of matter prior to the compression was destroyed by the compression,”

The Need for Intellect. - (Entropy)

O ne of the laws of thermodynamics states: “Entropy tends to increase”.

Entropy is a measure of disorder, For example, given we had ­a billiard table with 100 white balls. If there was a high state of order, say, all balls grouped in a 2 balls by 50 balls rectangle, we would say the balls were in a low state of entropy. Then if we started to vibrate the table, the balls would move and tend to random mixing. The changes for the randomly moving balls to form a 2 by 50 rectangle, by blind natural processes, are for practical purposes (because the probability is so low), non-existent. But note, by introducing intelligence, the balls can be easily ordered.

Note: the probability is a function of location and motion. If there is no motion the probability is zero.

In some sense, space is a billiard table and the particles of matter are billiard balls. The implication is that the great compression of matter was an event of ordering that was unlikely to have occurred by blind natural processes. But where the ordering of balls on a billiard table implies the active intervention of intelligence, so does the compression of the matter of the Universe. This gives rise to a revision in thinking.

1973 Postulate 4

“The great compression of matter was caused by intelligent intervention in the natural state of matter”. (The creative intellect)

Note, the words creative intellect refer to the creation of order, not the creation of matter. There is no assumption of super ­naturalness here, it is not necessary. Who are we to assume that the only state of matter, which has the potential for intelligence, is the mechanical electrochemical organ called the brain? Given the magnitude of the creative act, one can vest great intellectual powers to the creative intellect. This leads to the next postulate.

1973 Postulate 5:

“There exists in matter the capacity for intellectual processes on some macroscopic universal level and that the creative intellect existed in the realization of this potential”.

1973 Postulate 6:

“Creation was motivated by a need to know the answer to some intelligent question that could not be answered by abstract contemplation (An intelligent act requires a motivation)

If we assume the creative intellect was integrated, the closest analogy would be a person alone in the world. It is assumed, that the need of one intellect to have another to reflect on and project into, is universal. Hence, there would be a natural drive for company (a multi­ intellectual environment).

Given the potential for bringing about multi-intellectual environments with different characteristics, many questions would need answered. Most of the questions would be technical and not relate to the creation of a transient, evolving existence like our own. What then would be the motivation for creation? We assume a question that could not be answered by abstract intellectual processes. This assumption leads to the next postulate.

The motivating question - A Cause For Creating

Intellectual beings contemplate the maximization of outcomes by a given value structure. One of the most common values is that of self and that which is identified as like self.

A question, which could not be resolved in the abstract, would require the creation of an intermediate reality that could by “survival of the fittest” resolve the difference between two different philosophical foundations.

1973 Postulate 7:

The question which motivated this creation is:… which would maximize the potential of a group of intelligent beings in manipulating and structuring the reality in which they exist.
Competition for the maximization of self-interest (Egotism),

Cooperation for the maximization of community interests (Altruism).”

Section 2:

The last section demonstrated a rationale for a cause and purpose to intelligent existence, as we know it. The implication was that intelligence was solving a problem by arranging and observing our universe. In particular, this philosophy best serves as a basis for the interaction of a group of intelligent beings as determined by survival and accomplishment and is a purpose for existence.

If we accept the question of best philosophical foundation as making existence purposeful then we must ask in retrospect, “What are the essential requirements to this giving of purpose?” If, in fact, the question exists and is comprehended by an intellect and the environment is meaningful for resolution, then we ask:

QUESTIONS:

Is it that significant whether the intellect by design created the environment (in the same sense of bringing together the configuration which would address the question) or whether the configuration came about due to natural happenstance, but nevertheless exists?

2) Is it significant whether or not the hardware which houses the intellect is the same or different than a human brain?

3 Is it significant at what time the intellect became aware of the question?

3 Answers:

What difference does it make how the reality came to be as long as it exists? It makes none!

Whether or not the perceiving intellect created the environment is irrelevant to the imparting of purpose,

2) What difference does it make if a human brain or some other physical body contains the perceiving intellect as long as it has the perceptive faculties and awareness of the environment? It makes no difference!

3) What difference does it make at which time some perceiving intellect becomes aware of the environments and its ability to resolve the question about which is the preferred philosophical foundation for a group of intellects to relate to … before or after the fact?It makes none!

Since, by the line of reasoning here, purpose is imparted by the existence of a meaningful environment and an intelligent perceiver; then by this fact, the author, some readers and others are intellects which perceive our environment as having the potential for resolving the fundamental question of interaction, means there is purpose in this existence beyond the struggle for survival and satisfaction during the individual’s short existence.

Section 3 Psychological Models (A Model)

The end result of the last section is a model for characterizing a self-consistent mature intellect as being either egotistical or altruistic. An operational definition for an egotist would be one who seeks the welfare and well-being of others because it enhances his or her welfare and well-being. An operational definition for an altruist would be one who cares for welfare and well-being of others and maintains interest in self-viability because of the value of self to others.

A Human Aspect :

In the past few years, brain surgeons have relieved patients with sieve epilepsy by severing the neural connection between the two hemispheres of the brain. As a result, two major phenomenon have been observed;

1) The two halves of the brain are separate sources of intellect,
2) The intellect of one side is intuitive - emotional and the other side is digital - logical.

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