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The “more things change the more they remain the same”… Of course, and it is because “The less things change the more different they become”.
“Exception proves the rule”… What is the Descriptive Potential behind it?
“We all operate at only 10 % of our brain's capacity”... Or is it only “5 %”?
“Any possibility not contravening the known Laws of Nature does deserve careful consideration - including that of a God”. A pseudo-scientific fluff which opens itself to most cruel Proportional teasing -
Descriptive Reality can be paradoxical - devise a concept Words CANNOT describe…
“The views of others should be respected”.
“We all make our own luck”. Such bluster is best brought to heel by asking why the concept and Word “luck” became a part of our social awareness…
Descriptive Reality is often confused with the Proportional in capacities for providing formal, equation-based proofs…
Could any Reality-relevant Topology ever be consistently based on fewer then 3 Dimensions?
“Expect the unexpected” - a LIMIT-deficient example of street-wise bravura,
“Why don't we have lunch?” “Look at we've achieved in a few generations”
Could “1 particle” be simultaneously in “2 places”? Modern Science does encourage this Proportional interpretation of Descriptive Reality…
“The criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability”. Eh…?
“All Cretans are liars said Epimenides the Cretan…” True? False? Both?
Next, let's look closely at the “same / different” within the Adjective “true” -
How many DIMENSIONS can there be in any possible Universe?
“We know what happens when society abandons God…”
Such mutterings, darkly hinting at the crimes perpetrated by communism can easily be inverted into “We know what happens when a society doesn't
abandon God” - pointing to the crimes of nazism and to guidance Religion implicitly gave in the selection of at least 6 million of its victims…
That kind of anecdotal ping-pong only diverts attention away from the main game towards marginally different forms of dictatorship and the historical perspective becomes obscured by wasteful point scoring.
Like any other “repetitive pattern”, the phenomenon of Religion is a mix of Descriptive and Proportional aspects. Since it is largely Descriptive, the “same / different” of Religion can be rather illuminating -
Take Christianity, which over the last 2000 years provided a background for what was eventually to become our Western MODERNITY.
What throughout those two millennia became “different” and what had remained the “same” about that Religion?
For well over one millennium after
Its nowadays obligingly polite hierarchy can no longer instigate or abet the intimidation, persecution, torture and murder of those whose only fault in life was to disagree with that Religion's Dogma.
Once its omnipotent decrees - which could decide the fate of Nations and snuff out human life as if it were that of a gnat - had to be abandoned, what used to be the Empire had evolved into an ingratiating Theatre of Religion -
Its talented Actors are now reduced to eloquently offering the “hypothesis of Afterlife” for a bit of loose change - quite a triumph for human Morality. And it's not the religious canons, but Secular Laws of MODERNITY that put an end to that Tradition of well-meant delusions…
What is currently remaining the “same” about Christianity? The Dogma of
“…in the name of God…” – used as the JUSTIFICATION for its historically prevalent but presently prohibited misdeeds.
A thriving manufacturing centre of the
Facetious, politically incorrect, culturally insensitive, hugely offensive - all of the above…But in the end,
Let's look at the “symmetrical divergence” within that situation -
The “worst”? The peoples of that Region - not just the Iraqis, hadn't over the recent centuries made a single intellectual contribution to the creation, establishment and protection of MODERNITY now tenuously illuminating their lives from television screens and trips to the West.
“And who gave the world its Agriculture, its Numbers and Writing? Listen, we used Banks when you still slept in the caves!!!” Or so it goes...
Who exactly is “we”? True, the extemporaneous use of “we” can establish a semantic link between present inhabitants of some Land and whatever happened upon it many millennia ago. But that's just a quirk of substituting the MOST FREQUENT meaning of NOUN “we” with its LEAST FREQUENT meaning - nothing to bet your house on.
And at first, such claims could seem like a puerile bluff one shouldn't take any notice of. But no - this folk are adamant that glories of the Antiquity are in fact a guarantee of their contemporary intellectual prowess and they'd stake their lives on it. Yet it is also this cultural fantasy that had prevented the Iraqi psyche distinguishing “liberation” from “occupation” - a problem set to persist for a while.
The “best”? These people possess a somewhat harsh sense of HONOUR. Indeed, other factors being “equal” - in many situations you are more likely to be sold down the river by a Westerner then an Iraqi…
Put in a service of Nation-building, those stern ethical attitudes could well provide the foundations of enduring civil accountability, without which no peoples across the breadth of History had ever prospered - or ever will.
What should a new phase of that Nation-building be based on? Surprise, surprise - MANUFACTURING.
Imagine the Iraqis waking one day to a message “75 BILLION DOLLARS” emblazoned across their blue skies. A miracle long foretold? Nope…
It's the amount of “MADE IN
But who exactly is that altruistic West? Realistically, it's the
“Let's say this starts tomorrow – how do I make a dollar out of it?” you may now very sensibly ask.
If you are currently buying a billion dollars worth of computers from Asia, then forget the “MADE IN
But if you are a mid-tech company – electrical Tools, Appliances, etc…then back-of-an-envelope calculation could be the starting point for sourcing a billion dollars worth of such products at first only assembled in Iraq -
“Hmmm… I'm paying well over $100 million each year in WESTERN TAXES on my
But who is to build the now largely absent industrial infrastructure – the modern factories and ports, power plants, roads, etc…? These effortlessly materialise out of Forward Contracts whenever such Contracts are founded on solid TAX ADVANTAGES - a most fascinating spectacle of International Commerce.
Yet this can often be surpassed by an even greater, social spectacle - the supreme pragmatism with which Manufacturing and Commerce douse out the hateful flames of IDEOLOGIES.
Now take a glance at an illustrious page of Western History - “
By the way, with the Quality of its products now providing an ornament to humanity - guess who is
Since an Action is the precursor to Words which upon aeons of Linguistic Evolution will emerge to describe it, could observing Actions reinforce the process of Factuality Transfer?
Imagine yourself in 1930's
screeching about lebensraum is followed by a most spectacular Action -
“Rechts!” - a 50 000-strong military formation seamlessly re-arranges itself by one “equal” geometric Proportion. The crowds gasp in disbelief…
“How brilliantly thought-out was that…” you'll ponder over the following months - mesmerised not so much by the linguistic message you've heard but by the Action itself. After all, this was the INTENT behind that Action.
Could the impressive factual consistency of such an Action reinforce your belief in the factual merit of IDEAS it was associated with? Evidently in great many cases it did - at a resulting cost of some 50 million lives…
Actions may reinforce your belief in the factual merit of various perceptual phenomena. The social Action of Applause resounding around you does reinforce your opinion that Sounds you've just heard possess the factual merit of Music… What is Music?
If you enjoy Music, you will find that a “melodic phrase” being played only CONFIRMS what your mind has already played from memory but a moment earlier…And that's the crux of MUSIC - our Memories consider its “melodic phrases” worthy of retention for future enjoyment.
Not that such enjoyment is invariably guaranteed; an orchestra may strike a false note or loose tempo, a vocalist sound inept… Why can such faults be comprehended? A distinguishing property of Music is its Potential for being performed BADLY…
“Hey, I've heard that passage performed far better before” your Memory of its good performance will often passionately interject.
All else is SOUND EFFECTS… Not that they need be entirely deficient in merit. They can engage our senses, be consistent with the contexts of Film and Opera, be grist in the mill of Music-related training ensuring continuity of erudition in the technical aspects of Sound, be a great vehicle for one's musical AMBITIONS - later to be often expressed in desperate instrumental inventiveness…
But they lack one crucial Quality - the spark of Talent essential for creating a few “melodic phrases” which our Memories would involuntarily embrace, then hold dear for future phrase-anticipation.
Inevitably, perceiving the Action of Applause - which for reason of a social ritual rewards Music as well as the Sound Effects, transfers the artistic merit of the former onto the latter, along with its NOUN “Music”.
Why should we so instinctively enjoy the process of anticipating the NEXT “melodic phrases” of Music?
Why should Natural Selection favour Life most adept at anticipating the NEXT “survival phrases” of its Environment? That story began almost half a billon years ago.
No Society may be viable either on Earth or elsewhere in the Universe if it's Laws fail to restrain the behaviour of its members.
Let's examine this Potential in context of the most enchanting kind of order that Reality can impose on Matter – the SYMMETRICAL “divergence” within its COMPLEXITY. And it is not only the Proportions of STRUCTURES that “diverge” in every Descriptive context but so do their after-effects - be they Thoughts, Emotions, Senses or indeed, the situations which Law INTENDS to prohibit or regulate -
But unlike the generic “divergence” into “least / less / equal / more / most”, Laws “diverge” only within the “least / less /………/ more / most”.
So, where's the “equal”? It can have a contextual expression of “maybe”, as in “No / maybe / Yes”. Indeed, “maybe” - a bane of Law, is important to understanding it, but merely as a “directional” extension of “equal” into the
“< less”/………/ “more >”…
Let's examine this Potential as a basis for legislative Draft EXPLAINING to Society the CONCEPTUAL INTENT of say, “Law A” -
1. The “least” - situations in which “Law A” does not apply. ( A “No” )
2. The “less” - situations in which “Law A” could reasonably be presumed to apply, but does not. ( A “maybe” )
3. The “more” - situations in which “Law A” could reasonably be presumed
not to apply, but it does. ( A “maybe” )
4. The “most” - situations in which “Law A” does apply. ( A “Yes” )
Because sentient faculties of Life depend on its grasp of “sameness” and all situations covered by Segment 1 are assumed to be “different” from the “intent of Law A”, Segment 1 isn't necessary – the transition from “same” to “different” is already taken care of by Segment 2.
The remaining Segments 2, 3 and 4, Proportionally increasing the degree of “sameness”, are functional and are being tediously and expensively tested in courtrooms throughout the world every day…
The next step is even more important; SOCIAL COMREHENSION of each of these valid Segments should now be further enhanced by a set of say, 5 plainly written EXAMPLES illustrating their increasing congruence with the “intent of Law A”.
Taking all valid “conceptual discontinuities” into account, then providing clear examples of their applicability, it's all that can happen to Law-drafting any possible Universe. What's the situation on Earth?
“FOG… FOG… FOG…”
Here, the Laws - a PUBLIC PROPERTY, are being deliberately drafted and adjudicated in a rapacity-driven SLANG necessitating their re-translation to Empirical Language at $ 300 plus per hour… But then, Public Integrity also “diverges” from the “most” towards - all too frequently, the “least”.
“Does a barber shave all those who don't shave themselves?”
If the barber does shave “him / self”, then …etc… Conversely, if the barber doesn't, then …etc…
The present Description of this paradox has not segregated each of its four SYMMETRICAL and mutually exclusive Potentials -
1.“One's self / shaving” and “others' non / self / shaving” are invertible as - 2. “One's non / self / shaving” and “others' self / shaving”.
Intuitively, it may all seem Descriptive…
But the concept of OTHERS is “all less then 1” which contextually excludes the barber.
Once this Proportional Potential is addressed, a pedestrian “Does a barber, the “1”, shave all (others) who don't shave themselves”, is all that remains of that quandary.
Once the Descriptive layers of social ingratiation are stripped-off the Law Industry, you touch the Proportional bedrock of our Social Existence - the Numbers. And it is the Numbers that tell us what's real and what's not -
Suppose that cost of pursuing some legal dispute is $ 50 000. If the Assets of three individuals are $ 30 000, $ 300 000 and $ 3 000 000 as a result of the “less / equal / more” divergence in their earning capabilities - what are the social consequences of such a natural disparity?
To begin, the $ 30 000 individual is probably not even at a starting line…
Let's assume the $ 300 000 person has been dull enough to fight a $ 50 000
dispute with the one who has $ 3 000 000. After the dispute had trundled its convoluted path over the legal potholes, turnpikes and detours confronting both protagonists - the $ 300 000 person can well loose a house and family,
while the opponent is laughing with $ 2 500 000 still left in the pocket. “Let this send a message to the future riff-raff and now - get me some tax advice on those legal costs!”
“We sell Justice to the highest bidder”, let this be your interpretation of the fraudster's motto “We are all equal before the Law” currently flashing like a garish neon sign above the entrances to Western courts.
This intellectual obscenity, defying two of the most fundamental Potentials of our Social Existence - “sameness” and “more >”, is being marketed to us as a pinnacle of jurisprudence; the trial by Jury.
Not that the Jurors are at fault here. They are being cynically dragged away
from their “specializations” with one pecuniary objective; to make mistakes in a strange mirror-hall of the “different” and “least”.
Cui Bono? The ever-sympathetic Law Industry - the “more >” mistakes, the “more >” Money is subsequently made from dissembling on such mistakes.
GLOBALIZATION… This supposed panacea to the world's economic woes
does have an intriguing self-referential aspect to it…
Suppose you are a professor of Economics in some Western university, specializing in international trade and dutifully promulgating the message about “a need to keep the borders open”, “break down the barriers stifling international trade” or “give the poorer countries better access to global markets”. Violins?
And if you're a real softie, the “Interests of the Consumer” will no doubt be foremost in your mind. “The consumers have a right to buy at the lowest possible price and we must meet their legitimate expectations…”
(You're forgetting that BUYING is only the consequence of having Money, and having Money is only the consequence of having a JOB - just a minor detail to which we'll come shortly)
But it all makes sense and if there are doubts, your Theatre of Description will expertly sweep them aside with well-memorised propaganda. After all, being quick on your feet is what you're really paid for.
Uncomfortable Words “paid for” – for they culminate in comparisons which are wholly Proportional and devoid of any doctrinaire mush…
Say, you're earning $ 150 000. Nice apartment, kids in college. But behind it all, a lot of on-going financial commitments that must be paid on time, or your ivory tower will quickly come crashing down…
One day the dean of your Faculty tells you to clear the desk in 15 minutes. Why? Another talented parrot from Backwardstan has also memorised your “globalisation doctrine” and will now lecture your Economics class via a teleconferencing plasma screen for just $12 a day.
“Bud, why aren't you competitive…?”
And there isn't a single Western advocate of Globalisation – from Members of Parliament, Congressmen and would-be academics to social parasites exploiting the international disparities in the Costs of Living, whose activity could not, in principle, be satisfactorily be duplicated from overseas – and at a fraction of their fat salaries.
Had birds evolved from the dinosaurs? Vice-versa? Both? Let's look at the Descriptive and Proportional aspects of this after-dinner quandary -
Palaeontology has long known birds and dinosaurs share one “repetitive pattern of sameness” - a Skeletal Design not found in any other species. What are the Proportional consequences here?
The physiologies behind that shared Skeletal Design invariably “diverge” into Proportions of “least / less / equal / more / most” in every Descriptive Context. Here, the Context is “An individual's capacity for converting Food into Bodily Mass solely according to the availability of that Food”.
So, what happened?
That Descriptive Skeletal Design must have branched-off from its “arche-Design”, perhaps 200 hundred million years ago - initially as its “smallest” embodiment. Let's name it a species of “birdo-saurs” - Potentially birds or dinosaurs…
Those at the “least” extreme of our Descriptive Context then retained their
“smallest / < smaller” structures… For however much Food was available - those physiologies couldn't convert it into Bodily Mass beyond what was essential for day-to-day surviving… Eventually, these “skinny birdo-saurs” were to develop feathers and flight, becoming our birds…
Meantime, “birdo-saurs” at the “most” extreme of that Descriptive Context kept gorging themselves on Food – just as dictated by their physiology.
Within say, twenty million years the Bodily Masses of these “fatso birdo-saurs” grew to the ever “larger > / largest” Proportions of dinosaurs.
When much of the Food disappeared some 65 million years ago, only Life with the “least” Food requirements was left to rule the Earth…
To conclude - birds did evolve from dinosaurs as much as dinosaurs had evolved from birds - with both species CO-EXISTING, retaining the “same” Skeletal Design within their respective Bodily Masses, but converting Food into these Bodily Masses to a physiologically “un-equal” extent.
Flap…flap…flap somewhere by the Amazon and a week later - you've got a hurricane half way around the world. This would-be insight doesn't lead to any testable consequences - but provides tinder-like fuel for the bonfires of pseudo-Science -
Here, its Equations amplify the “equal”, the “flapping of butterfly wings”, to the “larger > / largest” Proportion of its Descriptive Context - a rip-roaring hurricane. Fine…
But what's the “smallest equal” of this Descriptive Context? Some collision amongst a few air molecules – after all, they do move at 500 m/sec…
Consistent with the “same” Equations the “smallest equal” - the molecules, should first be amplified to the “median equal” - the wings, to establish one CAUSAL SEQUENCE “molecular effect > butterfly effect > hurricane” which will then encompass the entire Descriptive Context provided by Nature.
Considering the astronomical numbers of molecular collisions occurring in the Earth's atmosphere every second - where's all da hurricanes?
A Descriptive gem; many with apparently impeccable credentials delight in impressing the unwary with the following; the “1” may also be considered a non-terminating “0.999999……>”, eventually becoming the “1” in infinity, where everything always happens for the best of reasons.
First, “become” implies a “discontinuity”, which is clearly inconsistent with the CONCEPT of infinity. But a different approach can also be adopted -
Let's separate the first major value from the remainder of this sequence to obtain 1 = “0.9 + 0.099999…… >” We can now consider the initial “0.9” not to be “0.9” after all, but “0.899999…… >” which must duly become “0.9” in infinity.
But why stop? Is not the “0.8” an “0.799999……>” etc…Applying the formal
proposition the “1 can be considered “0.999999…>” to its fully consistent extent, we can endlessly create storms of Proportional dust beneath every available integer. To what Descriptive end?
The ratio between the radius of a circle and its circumference had been the subject of speculation across History. Some layabouts had even though it validates the “hypothesis of Divine Perfection”.
And indeed a radius always dissects circumference into 6 perfectly “equal” parts - not even a single point veering-off into “ < less /………/ more >”.
Construct an equilateral triangle, multiply it 6 times and you get a hexagon. Rotate that hexagon by 60 degrees and you get a circle.
It so happens the initial EQUAL remains constant through each of these 3 “different” Descriptive Contexts - “equilateral triangle > hexagon > circle”. It later MUST dissect that circumference to 6 perfectly “equal” Proportions.
No “equal” is so crucial to Social Existence as that of the PRICE. Instead of being nervously stranded in a nether-land of Potential “less /………/ more”, we just pay the nominated “equal” - say, $ 49.90 for a pair of trousers, then briskly move on to the next matter…
But how was this $ 44.90 arrived at?
Usually, there're three functional discontinuities in the chain of Commerce; “supplier”, “distributor” and “retailer” - all trying to survive commercially by ensuring IN-goings are at least “equal” to OUT-goings, but preferably lead to Profit. Nothing wrong with Profit - but In a Modern Society it is high time for those “Profit-related cards” to be laid openly on the table of social scrutiny -
The current practice -
The tag on say, a “carton of milk” displays only the FINAL PRICE - $0.75 for example. Whilst essential to a transaction, what does that price tag tell us about FAIRNESS in the chain of commercial relationships prevailing in our society? Nothing – all we see is advertising song and dance routines telling us how lucky we actually are to buy that milk at $0.75.
The proposed practice -
Let such a tag now read say, “$ 0. 37 / $ 0. 52 / $ 0. 75” - DISCLOSING to the ultimate purchaser the actual sequence of transactions - from Dairy Farmer to Distributor, Distributor to Retailer. Why? We have the right to know who in our society is screwing whom. Hell, we're paying for it.
“Never COMMENT on a Nation or a Culture unless you've lived amongst its people, acquainted yourself with their customs and learned to appreciate their ways”.
Quite an injunction - “plausible / meaningful”, “emotively consistent” but it usually leads to suspect outcomes. So, what's wrong with it?
Let's begin with the “< shorter /………/ longer >”. How long should you be living amongst some peoples to acquire the right of COMMENTING on their ways? Is it 1 year, maybe 5 or is it 10 or 20? The “more >, the merrier” - but suppose the reasonable “equal” here is 5 years…
A Descriptive point; “Is there a Culture or a Nation to which this injunction DOES NOT apply?” Of course not - this would mean discrimination…
Now with about 200 Nations presently on Earth, you would need to live for a thousand years before you may COMMENT on the ways of their peoples according to this injunction.
And if your COMMENTS aren't favourable - its proponent can always insist you should live amongst the particular peoples a little “longer >”, to really appreciate what makes those guys tick…
By now, you might spot a glint of cunning in the eyes of a social gangster who is indirectly imposing on you a far more sinister injunction - “Don't COMMENT on our system!”
What is the way out? Ask your interlocutor a few directional questions -
1. “What over the last two centuries of Modernity did your Culture or Nation receive from Western Civilization?
2. “What, throughout that period, did Western Civilization receive from your Culture or Nation in exchange?”
3. “In which direction are people travelling in search of a better Future; is it INTO your Culture or Nation or OUT of it? And if it's OUT - how come…”
Consider the incurable, festering sore of the
Reality is not a mental clinic for humoring a Culture's millennia-old, inbred delusions about being millennia ago given an elevated status in humanity's EMPIRICAL scheme of things by whatever at the time was believed to be a “Creator of the Cosmos”.
Neither is it a booking agency providing unconditional return reservations to peoples whose ancestors of 2000 years ago were forced off the Land they couldn't defend. For all empirical purposes, to return is to re-conquer the Land its MOST RECENT inhabitants are now incapable of defending.
Unless this stark premise is recognised - any allegedly wronged peoples' claims to PRIOR occupancy of whatever Lands and to their unconditional return, have to be “equally” valid across History. Then?
Inevitably, when the unsustainable durational Proportions are ignored in favour of Descriptive chanting about “God's Promised Land” - sight is lost of the only context in which empirical viability of establishing a homeland ought to have been dispassionately examined at the outset -
“Can this Land of our distant forbearers - now a vengeance-ridden sewer of Medieval backwardness, ever be a safe abode for the wounded children of MODERNITY?”
How could a Culture of so many extraordinary intellectual achievements so dismally fail to recognise its Empirical Promised Land -
The key Descriptively context? There's only one context; the “sameness” of DEMOCRACY…
What is right about DEMOCRACY not only expiates whatever is supposedly wrong about it, but it overrides whatever is claimed to be right about any “dictatorship”, “satrapy” or “theocracy” it happens to be in conflict with…
So, when in doubt about the
The Descriptive boil may fester interminably unless cut with a Proportional
lance. Assume the innovative genius and commercial ruthlessness of some Corporation enables it to corner say, 95% of the market - it might a vehicle
manufacturer, a potato grower, perhaps even a computer software owner…
Say it's a car-maker. Naturally, the officials charged with ensuring that the market isn't dominated by a monopoly will consider some equitable public-interest solution to the problem…
Is the Corporation's truck division to be hived off? Well…perhaps the sales division. No, maybe the innovations of the engine and transmission design should be made freely available to its largely ineffectual competitors…
Such Descriptive ruminations can last for years, consuming a great deal of public resources and eventuating in no public benefit whatsoever. Rather, they only reinforce the public's cynicism about the process…
The Word “monopoly” provides Descriptive Context for a near 100 % hold on the market, a Proportion. This might lead to the area of Taxation, whose function is collecting from a society the Proportions essential to financing its infrastructure.
Let's assume a maximum, publicly acceptable share of the market is 60%. Taxing the offending 35 % of that Corporation's turnover by a Proportion sufficient to make its continuation commercially pointless will, in few short years, reduce that Corporation's hold on the market to 60 %. Why 60%?
The “same” reason we often make a driver's licence available at the age of 18 instead of 17 or 19. We convert intuitive, Descriptive interpretations into Proportional certainties - then simply get on with the business of living.
Let's look at an example of “different” malignantly splitting the “sameness” of our ECONOMY into two activities - INVESTMENT and “speculation”…
Assume you have invested a million dollars in some promising Business X.
Its management hires additional staff, develops a bit of extra get-up - which usually happens when extra Capital is injected, and if everything goes well you'll get say, 20% of the company's yearly Surplus. Historically, that has been the INTENT behind investing and without it - we would be relaxing in the cool comfort of our pre-historic huts…
But your investment fulfils another Proportional Potential - you can divide
that 20% holding into “million scraps of paper”, spin an enticing story and sell it all to the largely un-informed public. Assume you've struck it rich - Life's endearing capacity for “mimicry” immediately takes over …
Everybody now wants to strike it rich in the “same” fashion - by peddling a story about Future Potential of THEIR “scraps of paper”… All they need is a steady supply of those “scraps” to wrap their stories around.
Multiplied by the billions of clones, those “scraps of paper” soon become a speculative tsunami which sweeps productive Capital out of the Economy and into “pseudo-economic CASINOS” – distorting its aims and corrupting the productive aspirations of entire societies.
We must honour Surplus, it's the basis of all viable Biological, Social and Commercial existence. Maintaining the consistency of its NOUN by linking it solely with the gains of INVESTMENTS is the essential first step…
The gains of “speculation”? These are merely “CASINO pseudo-Surpluses” and ought to be treated as such.
Now consider the gradual accumulation of legitimate economic Surpluses over the period of MODERNITY - where do they come from? Predominantly from the last 200 years of Western Industrialization. Where do our present Environmental woes come from? Sure enough, predominantly from the last 200 years of Western Industrialization.
Where should the Money necessary for rectifying those problems therefore come from? Logically, from the WESTERN SURPLUS…
We shouldn't assume that Masters of the Universe behind the “pseudo-economic CASINOS” - floating high, high above the common herd on their stratospheric salaries with self esteem and life-styles to match, will meekly redirect the WESTERN SURPLUS under their control towards a corrective activity. No, gambling on such a grand scale - apparently well in excess of a trillion dollars sloshes across the world's green cloth each day, is far too addictive to be forsaken without a good fight. Yet as always, TAXATION is a good ally when it comes to such scraps…
Here, one way of treating this cancer is to tax every Share Transaction on a 5% - 1% scale according to the intended duration of its ownership,
Thus, if you bought and sold within a year, you're obviously a “speculator” and its 5% you're looking at. Conversely, if you've bought today intending to sell in 5 years – then you're obviously an INVESTOR to be taxed at 1% at the end of that period.
Arguably, such or similar Taxation regime could direct rivers of WESTERN SURPLUS - now dammed inside the “pseudo-economic Casinos”, towards addressing the most urgent problem of humanity; the need to clean-up the mess we've created and stop adding to it.
What are the chances of it being implemented? Realistically, almost nil.
First - sufficient consensus would need to emerge in a sufficient number of Western Legislatures. Second - even if that were ever to eventuate, there is enough of the WESTERN SURPLUS currently corrupting those Legislatures to ensure that such or similar initiatives get strangled at birth. So where are we heading instead? “Carbon CASINOS” then apparently, perdition…
To what extent could all of humanity's Races be “equal” to one another?
Let us examine this poisoned chalice in familiar IT context of HARDWARE and SOFTWARE…
After aeons of having to overcome “approximately equal” challenges to its survival, the biological HARWARE - physiologies, genetic make-up, etc… is “approximately equal” for all Races.
Indeed, “genetic divergence” in HUMAN HARDWARE has been estimated to be as low as 3% - 4 %.
But Humanity additionally maintains itself through its SOFTWARE, with all Races passing from one generation to the next the precious floppies of our Language embedded into plethora of Race-specific operating instructions - the Social Values, Laws, Traditions, Knowledge, etc...
Unfortunately there're no parallel, “approximately equal” challenges to the intellectual worth of the information those floppies contain.
As a result, social consequences of that SOFTWARE “diverge” by 100's % - leading to vast “in-equalities” in the standards of living “different” Races can arrange out of their Linguistic Heritages.
The “same” applies to “different” Cultures within the “same” or “different” Races - the HARDWARE “diverges” 3% - 4%, but social consequences of the SOFTWARE, by the 100's.
A point of interest; are there genes for the “same appearance of racial or ethnic groups?” Mind you, that's just a Po-Co way of asking “Are there genes for Race?”
Whenever this question is posed, the well-meaning brigade dutifully foams at a mouth and the shrieks of “There are no genes for Race!” can be heard a suburb away. Yet the “sameness of appearance amongst racial or ethnic group” is what we're observing all around us every day…
Take the “least” extreme. Do the “similar / same / identical appearances” within families - as per “Gosh, you're a spitting image of your dad!” arise by Chance, or are they determined by that family's Genes?
As it is obviously the latter, where is the LIMIT - what within the “sameness of racial or ethnic appearances” is NOT determined by the Genes?
During the 20th Century, Modern Science has cloned a new species of Cat -
it can be simultaneously dead and alive. In the 21st - we should be capable of cloning a Scientist with the “same” remarkable physiology. So, why not do it now…
To start with, the standard “dead + alive Cat” thought experiment relies on an “On / Off quantum switch” beyond any “observation”.
The “switch” can at anytime activate vial of poison inside a box containing a Cat, killing it. Since the “quantum state” of a “switch” isn't “observable” - it can be “On” or “Off”, unless that box is opened and inspected it can't be ascertained whether the Cat inside is “factually” dead or alive…
So far so good - but what intellectual convulsions then lead us to claim that prior to inspection, that Cat is “existing” in “2 equi-probable states” of being simultaneously both “dead” and “alive”?
It's useful to pursue the issue within Proportional Reality…Let's DOUBLE that thought experiment's Description - superimposing it over the original.
Say, a Professor is explaining the workings of “dead + alive Cat” thought experiment blissfully unaware that a mad detractor has wired the Lecture Hall in exactly the “same” way - an “On / Off quantum switch” activating enough poison to wipe out half a block, all beyond anyone's “observation”.
Is the good Professor “factually dead + alive” during that dissertation?
The above admittedly is not the crux of “observation-related” dogma now despoiling Modern Science. So, let's address that subject generically - isn't every “grain” in any possible Universe perpetually being observed by the “grains” immediately adjacent as an outcome of their unavoidable physical interaction?
Imagine a beaten-to-death scene from some B-movie; “Click, click, click…” Deftly manipulating the dial “to the left” then “to the right”, a thief is trying to pick the combination of a safe. “Click” Got it!
Now take the 5 most important Constants of Nature – by how many “clicks to the left” and “clicks to the right” could they be changed and still result in a Universe functionally indistinct from our own?
Say it's “5 clicks” either side - a modest imposition on our current state of Knowledge -
/…/- 4/…/…/…/ Constant A /…/…/…/…/…/
/…/…/…/…/…/ Constant B /…/+2/…/…/…/
/…/…/…/…/…/ Constant C /…/…/+3/…/…/
/…/…/…/… /-1/ Constant D /…/…/…/…/…/
/- 5/…/…/…/…/ Constant E /…/…/…/…/…/
Let us conclude on the fundamentals of Social Existence - “exchange” and COMMENT…
A lot of excitement has recently arisen out of discovering that crows do not only fashion a Tool but modify it to a shape more suited to its purpose. On this basis, it could be assumed crows are better at Toolmaking then our nearest cousins, the chimps. Probably… But would it also suggest they are closer to us socially?
“Exchange” is always the decider…Unlike the crows, chimpanzees already have a currency - they exchange grooming. Not a huge leap, but its emotive aspects are a precursor to evaluations of EQUIVALENCE on which any prospect of exchanging Artefacts would later hinge upon.
How could the crows beat that? Let's confront them with a quick challenge;
“Hey guys, how about exchanging Tool for a non-tool – what is on offer for crow's A painstakingly modified “piece of wire”?
Is crow B bidding “two big worms”, C - “an orange peel”, D – “some pizza leftovers”? Doesn't happen, probably never will…
Yet all such Descriptive Contexts create a Kaleidoscope of Reality giving Life in any Universe an opportunity to tease-out from its imagery some two objects of “EQUIVALENT survival BENEFIT”.
Once such EQUIVALENCE is firmly within its grasp, Life can assess the BENEFIT of an exchange - arriving at its initial, “internal proto-COMMENT”.
Externalised as gestures / sounds, such “proto-COMMENTS” on respective BENEFITS of exchanges gradually lead to a “proto-Language”, culminating in LANGUAGE.
1. EXISTENCE, being “granular”, is inherently COMPARATIVE and survival of higher Life in any possible Universe is determined by the EVALUATIONS of CONCEPTUAL COMPARISON.
The elementary result of COMPARISONS are the Descriptive CONCEPTS of “same / different” and the Proportional CONCEPTS of “less / equal / more”, which, as Language develops, become universally translated into WORDS.
2. The basement feature of Reality is the “same // different & equal // NIL” – a “discontinuity” between “granularity” and “smoothness”, or respectively EXISTENCE and non-EXISTENCE.
The “existence of X” can thus be held “consistent” only if the WHITE of “X” is assumed to have DISPLACED an EQUIVALENT VOLUME of “non-X” - the BLACK of “nothingness”.
Of these, only the WHITE of “existence” forms “repetitive patterns”. Within those “patterns”, the “SAME as” “describes” the ENTITY – “particle X” for example, whilst the “EQUAL to” accounts for the “measurements” of that “particle's” physical properties in every applicable Descriptive Context, i.e. properties “described by #” as say, “spin”, “momentum”, “charge”, etc…
“same as NIL”
3. THERE IS NO INFINITY.
“Infinity” is a “granular PROCESS” and the Potential for accommodating it is the “smooth” extension-less BLACK VOID of “nothingness” - which also translates into “conceptual BLACK” of Mathematics and Geometry.
Within it, a “non-terminating algorithm” can only INTEND “infinity” through DISPLACING such “sentient BLACK” with its WHITE “conceptual grains” – “Numbers” “infinitesimals”, “Volumes”, “points”, “Universes”, etc… where a dynamic “+1” of the PROCESS maintains itself indefinitely…
While this mimics DISPLACEMENT and “Infinity-of-infinities” can be shown to “discontinue” from one another, none by definition “discontinue” into an OUTCOME “consistent” with Reality's remaining instances of EXISTENCE.
However, if we turn-off “infinity's” engine of “non-terminating algorithm” it can symbolically apply to DURATION, for the WHITE “grains” constituting a “Universe” DISPLACE the BLACK of “nothingness” eternally - regardless of the dynamic state that “Universe's” VOLUMETRIC AGGREGATE.
4. THERE IS NO RELATIVITY.
Each “grain of existence” in the Universe is a VOLUMETRIC “discontinuity” from the “remainder of its Universe”. “Conceptually”, all such “grains” can be “connected” to their respective “remainders” by “finite” Distances.
The VOLUMETRIC AGGREGATE of that Potential; “all Distances possible in the Universe” is that Universe's ABSOLUTE “reference of Motion”.
Whilst all Motion takes place in reference to the Universe's VOLUMETRIC AGGREGATE, the phenomenon does divide into two Descriptive Potentials of “internal Motion” and “external Motion”.
Like all entities, a CLOCK represents a “discontinuity” from the “remainder of the Universe”. It must necessarily comprise a “finite” number of “grains” which, when “interconnected" as “all Distances possible within the clock” determine the “clock's” VOLUMETRIC AGGREGATE. The AGGREGATE has some “finite” LENGTH X representing that “clock's” absolute “reference of Motion”.
The “clock's” LENGTH X is continually being “added-to” by the “internal Motion” of its “grains”. Should we now assume the rate of that “addition” remains CONSTANT for all circumstances, then insofar as that “clock's” “external Motion” through the Universe could have resulted in EXCEEDING that rate in ABSOLUTE terms, it must be mechanistically compensated for by a REDUCTION in the rate at which its “ internal Motion” takes place.
Although this is merely “time dilation” in a new bottle, there is neither Bob or Alice or the twins to sip from it arbitrarily. The sole “frame of reference” here is the Universe's VOLUMETRIC AGGREGATE.
6. THERE IS NO TIME.
Clearly, TIME does have a Descriptive “existence” - the “discontinuities” in “concept of TIME / the remainder of concepts”, “Word TIME / the remainder of Language” have been “plausibly meaningful” and “socially consistent” across the millennia…
Nonetheless, the “more” fundamental are the conclusions we wish to draw, the “more” we must rely on GEOMETRY - the aspect of EXISTENCE which remains “factual” regardless of the “existence” of Life, the twists and turns of human survival or the scientific fashions inbred into our Language.
And once we recognize within GEOMETRY our most trustworthy Context of Description, the Geometric Description of “today” becomes separated from “tomorrow”, or the “21 st of October next year”, or the “Big Equilibrium” - perhaps fifty billion “years” into the Future, not by the colloquial “years” or “days”, “hours” or “seconds” - but by DISTANCE.
The Function of Language is to express IDEAS - that's why it has evolved…
This point is lost on many Cultures, which value their quaint Dialects of our LANGUAGE far above “testing”- through FREE COMMENT - the merit of the often tragically obsolescent IDEAS those Dialects communicate.
This point is also lost on the Sciences - which show no grasp of the causal direction to the “consistency” of Descriptive and Proportional Languages.
w The roots of Reality - hence LANGUAGE, are Descriptive…
An IDEA that “exchanging” the “SAME of A” for the “DIFFERENT of B” may lead to a mutual BENEFIT arises within two “conceptual” infrastructures of Life. That's the Descriptive CAUSE…
Its Proportional EFFECT; “HOW MUCH of B”, its “less / equal / more”, must be “exchanged” for the “A” to produce EQUIVALENCE of BENEFITS, leads to Language, Intellect - culminating a million years later in every A = Bx of the Sciences and Mathematics. Hence, for a “quantification” to begin there must first be “something factual” to “quantify”…
As long as the Sciences keep reversing this causal direction by anchoring their IDEAS in Proportional Language of Mathematics , then plausibly twist the established “dictionary meanings” of Descriptive Language to contrive their “factuality” - DISTORTIONS of “meaningfulness” not “consistency” of such IDEAS, will continue to be the result.
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