...so there I was on my walk to wirk earlier today.
...the universe very definitely has properties, it has every
conceivable property, and probably some that we can't conceive of,
all at once, everywhere. What the universe lacks are PARTICULAR
properties or PRIORITIZED properties. The universe is zero sum -
perfect balance.
...so we can sit around debating the truth value of the definition of
a circle all we like, and we can talk about sets, subsets and
contexts til the [metaphorical] cows come home, but it doesn't alter
the [imho] fundamental fact that any symbolic communication we engage
in is a base-level dissection of the universe into component parts,
which do not add up to the whole from which we took them.
...Any theorems we put forth about aspects of the universe
[eg. blue=475nm] or the ways in which those factors relate
[eg. the ratio embodied in pi] all the way on up to the grandest
cosmological statements about the event-stream since Planck time are
particular patterns picked out from the undifferentiated flux. Our
process of consciousness creates the shape of the manifold in which
our particular nodes are enveloped. They may be grand and complex,
they may be far-reaching and delicate - but they're by no means
necessary or universal.
...Heisenberg tells us that knowledge of the contents of some sets
precludes knowledge of the contents of others. Shroedinger tells us
that once some factors are set, others become necessary. Goedel [sp?]
tells us that any model is necessarily incomplete. Einstein tells us
that perspective matters.
...I don't know that anyone else [metaphorically]here will get it but
I'll try an example. Anybody with speakers should go to
http://alien8recordings.com/cgialien
8recordings/Web_store/web_store.cgi?artist=Merzbow&&cart_id=82291
9.14129
and hit the realstream link for "Akasha Gulva". Merzbow [Masami Akita] is a Japanese noise sculptor, the content is pretty much white noise - full spectrum soundscapes. Within each piece many relations of contents are possible, none are necessary, all are real.
...Same thing with the universe, all possible relations of all
possible permutations of all possible qualities are present - chaos,
the sum of all possible orders. Our position has given us a
particular, internally consistent perspective - reality - in which
certain relations are necessary. This is not a priviledged position
in the big system though.
...these relations have deep significance, being not only necessary
for the postulates we construct and/or the experiences we have, but
for our very existence as stable structures in the manifold.
Everything is changing all the time.
Nothing ever happened, nothing ever will.
...those statements are not mutually contradictory, they just refer
to different levels of the system. From a perspective [like ours]
embedded in time, everything is flux. But time is a positiondependent
quality of the universe. From a different perspective time
does not posess any of the qualities we perceive, it's a field, like
gravity [which is an analogous phenomenon on a lesser level, closer
to the heart of the metaphorical onion as it were]. That's why linear
time isn't strictly necessary to relativity physics.
...caveat: all of this is presented as a series of definite
statements. I once had a philosophy professor who told me "I'm
absolutely confident of my entire system of belief in sum, however,
I'm simultaneously absolutely sure that one or more of my component
axioms is incorrect' [or words to that effect]. So while I'm quite
sure I'm right, somewhere, I'm probably wrong.
...anyone willing to hook me up with somebody who will teach me the
math to describe the stuff in my head more clearly is welcome to do
so.
-psypher