"Where mass opinion dominates the government,
there is a morbid derangement of the true functions of power.
The derangement brings about the enfeeblement, verging on paralysis,
of the capacity to govern. This breakdown in the constitutional
order is the cause of the precipitate and catastrophic decline
of Western society. It may, if it cannot be arrested and reversed,
bring about the fall of the West."
November, 2001 News:
Can you believe it? It is December, 2001 and we have only one month until 2002! Let's wish and hope for a 'better' and less hate-filled 2002.
Speaking of that, you may want to consider purchasing a copy of Bernard Goldberg's new book, Bias. It is about media bias in general and about CBS and little Danny Blather specifically. Also, Vanity Fair's December, 2001 issue has a huge article indicting CIA, FBI and Clinton's administration (Slick, Hillarity, Madeline N¤bright, et al.) for ignoring Al Qaeda and Usama bin Laden's intelligence reports offered to USA by Sudan's intelligence agency. Pretty much blames 911 on those lesser folk. Big news!
Having finished our review of Geertz' Available Light, we are now regaining our pace, lost during 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2001. We just finished a massive effort to complete hyperindexing F. L. Pogson's 700-item index to Henri Louis Bergson's Time and Free Will. Whew!! And just within last couple days we commenced our intensive review efforts of TaFW.
It appears that Bergson will actually, finally, give us a more comprehensive view of his heterogeneous time. We need his memes to enhance, develop and innovate our own Quantonic time memes. We also need Bergson's time memes for our pending review of William James Sidis' The Animate and the Inanimate.
To give you a taste of how our current review is going, and how valuable it is to members and students of our Quantonics community, here is an excerpt from Doug's comments on page 74 of Topic 15 of Bergson's Time and Free Will:
Students of Quantonics may intuit by now, that quantum local free will is intrinsic in quantum reality. By "quantum local," we mean that a quanton (following Mae-wan Ho's leading heuristics) has both autonomy (local free will) and cohesion (global quantum ensemble c¤mplementary interrelationships, some n¤nlocal, which temper, balance, mitigate, and harmonize local free will).
We may also intuit how a quanton of Mae-wan's heuristic and quantum free will resolves a huge philosophical issue:
How can everyone have free will together and simultaneously, while reality, in general, keeps improving, keeps getting better? How can quantum reality be intrinsically moral?
A quick Open Source Internet free will answer is Eric S. Raymond's The Cathedral vis-à-vis Virtual Bazaar.
We would say, "IsoVirtual Quantum Bazaar."
And, in addition to Raymond's, Mae-wan Ho's and Bergson's perspectives, we may choose to look at free will as Pirsig did. Instead of a classical, 'A causes B,' Pirsig proffers,
"B values precondition A,"
Lila, p. 104, 1991, Bantam,
1st ed., hardbound
and with our plurals added to Pirsig's singulars,
"Bs Value preconditions As."
To make Pirsig's statement n¤t just relativistically plural, but quantum animate too, we can say,
"Bings Valuing preconditionings Aings."
Adjunctive this n¤ncausal QTM think-king, see our,
"whatings happenings nextings."
We call SOM and CR versions of Pirsig's "A causes B," classical "key disablers."
We call our MoQ/QTM version of Pirsig's "B values precondition A," a QTM "key enabler."
For more on our key disablers and our key enabler, see those topics in our How to Tap Into Reserve Energy.
In classical causality's 'A causes B' there is no intrinsic awareness, selection/choice, Value, decision there is no free will! 'Effects' in classical reality are inductive and absolutely determinate! Relativism's plurals still use classical inductive, causal, excluded-middle logic so we end up with multiple (many) determinisms. Relativists have a 'choice' among many determinisms.
"Bings Valuing preconditionings Aings,"
Bings must be (are) quantum aware! Why? Because they must (do) Value Aings! Why? So they can tentatively and affectively select their compenetrating portion of ensemble better next Planck phase(ing)s outcome(ing)s! (Along with other local and n¤nlocal Bings which are entangling with, coobsfecting, and compenetrating attractor Aings' phasic ensemble.)
Thus, you as a student of Quantonics should be able to intuit how local free will is intrinsic in quantum reality.
Also consider bandwidth limitations of various quantons: a photon, a nucleon, an atom, a molecule, an eyeball, or a human "Bing." Doing so, you may see that quantum both awareness and choice (and thus "quantum freeness") scales.
A quanton's quantum affectiveness (its scope of both awarenesses and choices) increases with quantonic complexity.
Quantum affectiveness is interrelated strongly to any quanton's ensemble sub-portion sensory selection bandwidth; i.e., what a quanton can "sense" affects its affective selection choices, and thus to some degree its affective bandwidth; we assume a photon's sensory selection bandwidth is vastly more limited than a human's.
But Doug, "How does this affect me, my life, what I do?" First, that you are reading this particular text just now demonstrates its potentia, and its potentia affecting you. Without denouncing and rejecting outright what we have said thus far, can you ever look at reality again as you did prior to reading these few paragraphs?
Depending upon your progress as a student of Quantonics, this affect may be greater or smaller, but you are affected by what you just finished reading.
Once you grasp this quantum affectual free will epiphany in its fuller interpretations, you will discover your own freeness as a quantum being! You will largely subsume your CTMs with your newly adopted QTMs. You will commence interpreting reality in all its vast quantum realness.
We apply italics on our use of "interpreting" because we accept a meme our use here of "meme" is as a quantum 'fact' that is always changing that quantum reality is uncertain (in-define-it), and that we can describe it, but it is unlikely that we will ever be able to know quantum reality in its most elaborate fullness. To do so would entrap/define it, which we cann¤t do since quantum reality is always changing and always changing all. Doug - 1Dec2001.
And for sure, Bergson's entire Time and Free Will is dedicated to this quantum percept, as its title suggests.
A good systems theory example, of how you might use what we have just said, is how we approach a very difficult problem of developing genuine AI appliances.
If we research, specify, design, build and test using causal classical, define-it, objects and classical design concepts we can show that it is impossible to achieve even simplest AI outcomes. Concepts and objects drive out quantum awareness, drive out quantum free will which is a key enabler/affector even for 'artificial' intelligence!
If we research, comtextualize, and evolve our system appliance products using quantons we have a chance of achieving a modicum of AI capability! QTM percepts and quantons invite and nurture quantum awareness.
How? What is a huge difference between a computer virus which works and ones which do n¤t? Classically-applied quantum self-reference! Pure classical attempts to develop formal (n¤n-quantonic) viruses and worms, etc., failed until quantum fractal comcepts of self-recursion were adopted. Until Doug Hofstadter showed people how it could be done, n¤thing happened. (See Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher Bach and Metamagical Themas.)
A similar meta-phore played out within IBM. Rolf Landauer, an IBM fellow (recently deceased), learned how to use quantum reversibility to keep dense RAMs from burning up. This is essentially a macroscopic quantum zero-entropy 'trick' which offers incredibly valuable classical consequences.
We have a similar situation with AI. Until we intuitively understand how important quantum free will is to AI, we will n¤t achieve even a modicum of AI capability. Until we evolve quantum free will into our systems, we will n¤t be capable of doing AI.
But to do this, we must give up our exclusive adherences to CTMs. We must throw out our classically-causal mental models of reality. We must adopt QTMs and all their boundless reserve energy, as exemplified meekly on this small quantum stage.
Those entrepreneurs among you know that these last many comment paragraphs are worth, at least, hundreds of $Billions. Value is in understanding what we mean when we say, "quantum free will." By-the-way, it is all there n¤ kidding. See our Darwin's Chip.
Now, should you still be just a student of Quantonics?
Thanks for reading Doug - 17Nov2001.
We hope that sample of our review of Bergson's TaFW magnifies your interests in reading it when we publish it here in Quantonics early in 2002.
Thank you for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again, with our December, 2001 News, in early January, 2002! And reminder: 2002 is a palindrome! ("to oh oh to," "too oh oh too," "two oh oh two," "to oh oh too," "to oh oh two," "too oh oh to," "too oh oh two," "two oh oh to," "two oh oh too," etc. Try "naught naught," "nada nada," "uh oh," "naught oh," and "oh naught." Hmmm... Then imagine Ronstadt singing them to tune of Mean to me.
August - October, 2001 News:
No, it is not our intention for our news page to become a quarterly! J We have been overwhelmed by missed deadlines, national tragedy, and personal issues. Of course, that makes us just like you, and indeed we are.
Our biggest recent accomplishment is our publishing of Doug's review of Clifford Geertz' Available Light. That review, frequently interrupted by both personal and national events, took 11 months. We decided to review AL in December, 2000 after we read Richard Shweder's review of it in Science's 24Nov2000 issue. Immediately, we sent a copy of Shweder's AL review to Pirsig. Pirsig responded that he relished Geertz' "sparkling rhetoric," and used Geertz' works as reference materials when he wrote Lila.
Clifford Geertz is probably America's most prominent and most profound anthropologist, and has been for roughly 30 years. What interests us most about Geertz and his works are his notable quantum intuitions. Our review of AL shows a Millennium III Geertz whose intellects, intuitions, and instincts mix SOM, CR, and MoQ marvelously. We call him "Millennium III Geertz" since, to us, his rhetoric anticipates a new, "quantum anthropology." That compenetrates nicely our own anticipation of a Millennium III quantum tsunami.
Our AL review is long, over 80 pages! Why? Geertz, his material, his intellect, his experiences, his perceptions, his own omni-facets all unfold a spectrum so wide to be nearly indescribable. We decided to hold our review's scope down by attempting to focus on "quantum Geertz" while juxtaposing that aspect of his being to both CR and SOM. But it still grew too large, probably due Geertz' real quantum nature and its expression in Available Light.
Succinctly, we see Clifford Geertz as one of Earth's Quantum Lights for Millennium III.
Mid August, 2001 we finished our review of Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. We took a similar, and very successful SOM, CR, MoQ/quantum approach to Kuhn's most famous work. Where Clifford Geertz is an anthropologist/philosopher, Kuhn is scientific physicist/historian/philosopher.
Kuhn's SoSR is famous due a sciencequake it induced in history's mid 1960s. Prior SoSR most of science's revolutions were internally generated. Kuhn exposed all of that for comment and review by everyone. In our minds, that is a very good thing. To scientists it is sacrilege. SOMesque scientists were very predominant then, and they accused Kuhn of being a cultural relativist and worse.
Our review assessment of SoSR is that Kuhn, like Geertz, is a mixture of SOM legacy, CR foresight, and MoQ/quantum intuitions and instincts.
Clearly, many of you are enjoying our SoSR review. Its site activity has grown faster than one of our biggest hits: The Prodigy.
Our SoSR review is much smaller than our AL review, roughly a third its length. There is much enlightenment there. Enjoy!
Our William James Sidis efforts continue, but on an attenuated level, while we do more base-building for our review of his The Animate and the Inanimate. That review will commence sometime during (hopefully) 2002, after we finish our review of Henri Louis Bergson's Time and Free Will and his Matter and Memory.
Your visits to WJS' Unconscious Intelligence paper are growing rapidly too. Just recently we modified it slightly to offer a quantum insight to William's (we think) ruse argument there. William claims (we think deceptively, using classical assumptions; quanton(without_arguing,argue)) that consciousness and subconsciousness are "isomorphic." If we read UI very carefully, we think he is laughing at classical thought quanton(without_laughing,laugh) a "laughter of the immortals." Remember his pocketsful of cartoons and his billious laughter, "without an object?"
One insightful 'tell' that William's claim that consciousness and subconsciousness are "isomorphic" is really a deception is a kind of narcolepsy in which a patient experiences both awake and dream 'states' together, simultaneously. Patients cannot be sure which 'state' is real. For us, clearly, we can argue that said patient's experiences are non isomorphic. We think, from that, we may infer subconsciousness and consciousness are n¤n isomorphic.
Anyway, in our opinion, UI classically interpreted, is not work of genius. When we see William's humor there, his genuine brilliance emerges.
Professor Henry Gurr has written us and asked for assistance. Please help him if you can. Here is his letter and his request:
I too have read Zen & Art Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila several times. Also I decided that my students
should read ZMM.
I found out about your web site from a fellow University Professor. You certainly have assembled a great deal of
useful information concerning MoQ, and are doing well at promoting Mr. Pirsig's VERY VALUABLE books.
Below you will find the complete text of a letter I have been sending out in search of Historical Site Information
concerning the events and actions in book Zen & Art Motorcycle Maintenance.
Perhaps from your own knowledge you will have information for me. But in addition would you be willing to add
all (or any part) of my letter to the "monthly newsletter section" of your Quantonics web site?
I believe my project will be of interest to your web readers, and most certainly they will have information to
offer. Any information supplied will expand public knowledge of Mr. Pirsig's books and promote increased
understanding of his overall messages. Thank you for your consideration of my request.
I wish you every success in your continuing efforts.
Henry Gurr, Professor of Physics Emeritus
University of South Carolina Aiken
471 University Parkway
Aiken SC 29801
Phone Work 803 641 3453 (14 rings will get a secretary) Phone Home 803 649 0424 (Answering Machine always comes on,we will pickup) FAX 803 641 3251 HenryG @ Aiken.sc.edu Web Page http://pacer1.usca.sc.edu/~mathdept/hsg/ZMMFindSiteInfo.html Subject: Zen & Art Motorcycle Maintenance: Find Historical Site Information.
Doctor Gurr's request to our Quantonics community:
Dear Quantonics Enthusiast,
In your studies concerning Zen & Art Motorcycle Maintenance, you may have discovered information
concerning the whereabouts of the buildings and/or roads and/or scenes described in ZMM. I am writing in hope
that you might be willing to contribute what you know, to a collaborative effort to collect and make available this
information. If you have such information, would you be so kind let me know by letter or email. Any information
collected would be made available to all persons who send in information. You may also tell me what you think
of the idea of starting a web site [We think this is a superb idea!] having this same ZMM historical and
The book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, with total sales approaching 4 million copies
[Quantonics: uncertain of validity] and increasing acclaim, seems destined to become a classic. (See
"Great Books" lists below.) I believe an organized effort should be started to collect and document the physical
location of the buildings, roads, action sites, etc., portrayed in ZMM.
My web site is given above. [http://pacer1.usca.sc.edu/~mathdept/hsg/ZMMFindSiteInfo.html] You may find out more about this project and my
interest in ZMM at the end of this letter. Thank you for your consideration of this proposal.
A PROPOSAL TO IDENTIFY BUILDINGS AND ROUTE OF TRAVEL IN BOOK
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTOR CYCLE MAINTENANCE.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM), with nearly 4 million copies [uncertain validity] in
print, has been widely read for over 25 years now. In this time, many people have come to recognize the
historical sites of events described in ZMM. For example, many people know the location of the English
Department at Montana State University. But are the old offices that had Feininger's abstract painting
[nonactually a print] "Church of the Minorites" still there? Perhaps a few people know the exact (or probable)
location of the "high quality owner crafted" motel that Pirsig describes as being just outside the gates of
Yellowstone National Park. But is this motel still there? This is the motel which had the wonderful evening scene......
flowers, rushing mountain stream, evening breeze...... I certainly hope this motel still exists.
I propose collaborative efforts be made to identify the exact (or probable) physical buildings and/or roads
and/or natural scenes described in ZMM. This effort would be similar to the preservation efforts of Local
Historical Societies, who make records and museums of our past. Mr. Pirsig might help if he saw a serious effort
taking place. This information would be of lasting value to present and future generations.
Some of the buildings that still exist might eventually be designated as "Historical ZMM Landmarks", if the
locations of these buildings could be documented and preservation efforts started now. The trip in ZMM, for
literary reasons, may be quite different from the actual trip upon which the book is based. But this probably
would not be an issue when it comes to an effort of documentation and/or historical preservation.
Currently I am contacting people who mention ZMM on their web site and/or have published articles
concerning ZMM. Over 15 people, who have worked professionally with ZMM, have been sent an email
describing this project and inviting them to let me know if they have information they are willing to contribute.
I don't know exactly how to organize this effort and I am open to suggestions. I have no vested interest in
this project, except that I would like to see it happen and someday I may become a "Pirsig Pilgrim" myself!! You
may find out more about me at my WWW address above.
I first read ZMM back in 1988. And because I found this book quite valuable for myself, I decided that my
students should also read it. From 1993 to 1998, ZMM has helped over 140 of my physics students improve
their understanding of University Physics, and indeed their over all Liberal Arts Education. I have their writings to
Here is Professor Gurr's "ranking tabulation" list:
The tabulation below, shows Pirsig has joined the ranks of other greats such as Tolstoy, Dickens, Melville, etc.
A Collection of "BEST BOOKS" lists
Robert M. Pirsig's 1974 book,
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Henry Gurr
A modest collection of "BEST BOOKS" internet documents which include Robert M. Pirsig's book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. On these lists, Pirsig is listed with other greats such as Tolstoy, Tolkien, and Dickens. These lists support the world wide significance (recognition) of Mr. Pirsig's work. This collection is just a start. I am sure there are many other entries yet to be found. The information below was obtained by "cut & paste", plus some editing, from the web site designated.
Note to Quantonics readers: We are not providing hard links below because we have not yet tested them. Please just copy then past them into your browser's URL title line and hit return. Doug - 2November2001.
"THE LIST' by The Access Foundation
The Access Foundation mission is to serve as an online international repository of literary resources and knowledge on the internet for both independent and academic scholarship. Access Foundation, in conjunction with Britannica Online, now sponsors an acclaimed site titled, ACCESS THE GREAT BOOKS. As a resource of over 235 authors and their greatest works, it is referenced by [i.e., hypertext link to] thousands of colleges, universities, public, and private schools online. It is part of the Great Books Web Ring, and is the most extensive site for finding original online texts.
[Some listings are just the authors name and prominent works, many listings will (with a mouse click) send a free down load of: excerpts, reviews, bios, & occasionally the complete work. The top listing for every author links to "search .britannica.com" which too often results in error message that says to go to http://www.britannica.com/ This web site is apparently Britannica's newly revised format and no longer fully compatible with links from http://www.anova.org/gb4.html A book download from http://www.britannica.com/ requires registering and payment of $5/month. hsg]
Access Foundation = http://www.anova.org/gb4.html
Britannica Online = http://www..britannica.com/
Random House Modern Library "100 Best Novels" Authors Choice
"100 Best Novels" Readers Choice
Since the "100 Best" story first broke in The New York Times on Monday, July 20,1998, all kinds of opinions about the list - and theories about the Modern Library's purpose in concocting such a contest of sorts - emerged. The goal of the "100 Best" project was to get people talking about great books. We succeeded beyond our wildest imaginings - more than 400,000 avid readers rushed online to cast votes for their favorite books and the students of the Radcliffe Publishing Course quickly responded with rival list of 100 Best Novels.
Books of The Century
In September 1996, Waterstones Book Stores of London England in association with Channel 4 Television conducted a United Kingdom search for the greatest books of the twentieth century. The 100 books listed here illustrate the incredible richness and variety of twentieth century literature. The following site worked once for me, but I could not get this web page on a second try.
Perennial Classics by Harper Collins Publishers
Harper Collins Perennial Classics brings some of the most celebrated and renowned books of our time to an even wider audience, in beautiful new editions enhanced with historical and biographical essays.
If this does not work try the following then click on "titles"
The 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century
Compiled by Philip Zaleski, editor of The Best Spiritual Writing series
Based on nominations by Thomas Moore, Natalie Goldberg, Rodger Kamenetz, Harold Kushner, Lawrence Kushner, Christopher de Vinck, David Yount, Kabir Helminski, Helen Tworkov, Ron Hansen, Frederic Brussat, Joseph Bruchac, Huston Smith, Lawrence Cunningham, and John Wilson.
HONORS PROGRAM: COLLEGE AT SOUTHERN IDAHO
Goal of Honors Readings: To introduce students to key works of critical thinking in many disciplines and cultures as well as provide students with opportunities to meet one-on-one with faculty and staff.
W505 Creative Writing for Educators
University of Indiana
This web site is among many which show the ZMM book as a major part of their writing program.
Tarleton State University Writing Program
Also for an other good example of ZMM in a writing program at Tarleton State University.
Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
by Ronald L. Disanto & Thomas J. Steele (below adapted from Amazon.com)
When Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (ZMM) was first published in 1974, it cased a literary sensation. A combination of philosophical speculation and psychological tension, the book is a complex story of relationships, values, madness, and enlightenment.
The "Guidebook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (by Ronald L. Disanto & Thomas J. Steele) serves as a metaphorical "backpack of supplies" for the reader's journey through Pirsig's original work. This guide book has 1) a map and itinerary of the motorcycle trip, 2) explanations of Zen practices, 3) several published literary reviews of ZMM, 4) an unpublished chapter that was eliminated from the original manuscript, 5) a complete listing (plus explanation) of the Pirsig's "Master Motifs" used in ZMM, and much more. One reader stated: "For fans of ZMM, this is an incredible book that summarizes various aspects of the ZMM book. First and foremost, it gives you the necessary background on philosophy to get a better understanding of where the Pirsig is coming from." The guide book is a great resource for persons who are using ZMM in their teaching.
Professor Gurr's web site shows that he is adapting Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality to physics! Bravo! We need more teachers and professors to follow Henry Gurr's quantum lead, his quantum leap.
Thank you for writing to us, Professor Gurr, and thank you for providing this valuable information.
During months of August-October, in addition to publishing our two new book reviews we added two new links:
A Kyoto Accord (Humor on
'scientists' lack of accord with nature.)
EP-3 Recovery (Larry Howell sent us this report. Thanks Larry!)
As soon as we finish this newsletter we will do September, 2001's (late) QQA. Watch for it.
We are 3-6 months away from finishing Bergson's Time and
Free Will. Plus, we want to squeeze in a review of Pirsig's
SODV (and perhaps ZMM
Thank you for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again in early December, 2001! And be aware: 2002 is a palindrome!
May - July, 2001 News:
Personal Status Note:
Transition of Beth's Mother in April evokes continuing extended and cascading affects on our personal lives. Just now we are returning to a modicum of quantum quiescence. Downside is not only did we lose Bethel, we lost at least four months of momentum-building in Quantonics' work.
Beth has decided to 'retire' and travel. Good for her! Congratulations and love to Beth!
Doug stopped assisting installations of systems for her company.
It has been, and continues to be an interesting set of dynamics. Life, for us, is quantum real, its quantum vitality relentlessly tapping reserve-energy!
A superb personal experience for Doug:
While we were at Mom's showing and visitation, a bearded gentleman introduced himself to Doug and said, "Do you remember me?" It was Doug's old pal Bob, whom Doug has not seen since high school, a long, long time ago. Bob and Doug sat together and caught up on life stories. Even better, Bob and Linda and Beth and Doug now spend times together roughly bi-weekly and we are renewing old friendships. Marvelous!
And Mom, dear Mom, is tucked cozily next to Dad in their crypts at Crown Hill in Indianapolis.
Beth and Doug continue their search for an ocean view where they can pursue avocational interests. Oregon's coast looks like a winner so far. We plan multiple trips there during 2001 and 2002. I warn Beth of imminent massive quake and volcanic events there, but quantumly she says, "Nature will have her way regardless our domicile."
Several tribes of American Indians live in Oregon. We want to learn more about them. Our interests in American Indians grows as did WJS' and RMP's. We find that American Indians philosophically intuit what Sidises and William James call "reserve energy." Several famous American Indians speak of their own spiritual memes which are analogous "reserve energy." Some of those learned how to use "reserve energy." We think mimicking their ways offers sympathetic growth of our own aspirations to tap into "reserve energy's" vast reservoir.
Our growing interest in American Indians led us to memberships in Indianapolis' Eiteljorg Museum. As a result we are attending that quantumesque facility's occasions more frequently. We just attended their Inuit art (from Hudson Bay area of Canada) tour, and previously Eiteljorg's huge Indian Marketplace where we found Larry Yazzie from Arizona. Larry spent some high quality times with us discussing his own experiences tapping what we call "reserve energy." Thanks Larry! Our favorite of Larry's bronze works is Wind Spirits. You may contact Larry and his son Lance for brochures at PO Box 1951, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 or phone (520)606-7997. They do spectacular and very quantum bronze and stone sculptures. Fine native American people...fine quantum beings... Yes! Mr. Pirsig, right again! Yes! William, your instincts are superb and prescient!
Eiteljorg's Fall chilli cook-off is a treat! Countless varieties of chilli, with/without beans, beef, habaneros, etc. Muchas buenoisimo!
Quantonics Catch-up Plans:
We are roughly six months behind in our review efforts. Here is a list of reviews we are working on which will appear in Quantonics in order of their anticipated appearance Doug's reviews of:
Jeremy Hubbard contacted us and asked us to look at his booklet on Gravity. Jeremy's goals are similar to ours. He wants to assist lay people in better understandings of reality. He does this using an interesting combination of science, poetry, and empathy (a kind of Bergsonian 'intellectual sympathy'). After our first perusal of Gravity, our major concern is that Jeremy's science tends (like most folk of Western cultures) to a classical view. But Jeremy tells us that he is extremely interested in Pirsig's work and with Pirsig's SODV in mind wants to bring quantum perspectives of reality into his own writing efforts. As we do, Jeremy dedicates his life to this effort. Anticipate more good work from Jeremy in many futures. Perhaps even some collaboration twixt Jeremy and Doug.
Take a peek at Jeremy's Gravity booklet cover and contact/purchase information.
We continue our work on Quantonics' Remediation of English Language. Accompanying that huge effort we continually extend our List of Problematic English Terms. Those web pages both affine other related pages in Quantonics.
You will notice some of our web pages show announcements of English Language Remediation. Gradually we will remediate most of our site's pages, especially those which alternate classical contexts with quantum comtexts.
We needed custom software to partially automate our process. As a result we hired CatapultUSA to do that work for us. We started with a pared down prototype 'tool.' From there we shall gradually evolve its 'features.' Catapult (founded by JC Matthew, et al.) has a unique corporate Value system. They are superb to work with. We were able to supply all our requirements via phone and email. Then we negotiated price, found concord, and started our project. Catapult delivered our new product, via email!, on time, with excellence! If you want any high quality software and web site development work done, we can highly recommend CatapultUSA and its team to you. (Not classically affiliated with The Quantonics Society or Quantonics, Inc.)
An example of how we will use our new tool is, when we finish our Quantonics font set, we can take any text and alter it for selective intratext applications of that new font. However, our new tool has many other possibilities and uses. And our planned extensions will enhance its capabilities.
Other Efforts on Quantonics' Web Site:
We added several Pirsigean Problematics. We added some new comments to WJS' Unconscious Intelligence. We added some July, 2001 items to our Flash 2001. Our review of Donald McDonald's article on Brian Josephson's superconductivy battle with John Bardeen contains some very new Quantonic percepts and memes which you will want to absorb and comsider. We extended contents of our Quantonics Time Primer, and Classical vis-à-vis Quantonic Time especially our Time Memes table near page bottom. Many other pages received alterations ranging from quantum remediation to typos and extended remarks. See edit records at most page bottoms.
Brand new (late July, 2001) is a separate Quantonics web page called How to Tap Into Reserve Energy. Many of you have written to us or searched our site for "reserve energy." Those of you who have written to us usually want an easy way to do this. Well, as far as we know there is no easy way for a classical mind. What we offer is our own unique set of suggestions to learning how to escape Western culture's classical vice grip on our minds. Personally, for us, that has led to regular access to what we perceive as aspects of "reserve energy." Our suggestions may or may not work for you.
We are d¤ing physical m¤dels ¤f tw¤ quantum-derived physical pr¤t¤types. One is more classical. Other is a direct consequence of quantum science memes. Latter requires testing with solitons, so just setting up our test facility will be a major effort.
Most of our recent work has been on Remediation of English Language for Millennium III. Pay attention there. Much Value will arise from those efforts.
Thanks for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again in early September, 2001!
April, 2001 News:
Sorry we are late with our newsletter! As you can see below, this has been an April from hell.
Sadly, April 6, 2001 at about 4:15pm CDT, Beth's mother transitioned unexpectedly. Bethel was 84. She had some medical problems, but was still driving and meeting 2-3 times each week with friends and attending her church's services regularly. As you may recall, Beth lost her Dad, Cecil, just two years ago on April 7, 1999. Now Beth and I have each other and our friends. Our parents are gone.
As a result of so many activities settling Bethel's estate, little work happened here in Quantonics.
And, as though that were not enough, Beth's company's installation team were dismissed a week after Bethel's transition. Since then, while replacements are hired, Doug is a temporary recruit installation team member. We are very active! Two gray-haired gentlemen (Steve and Doug) doing work of four youngsters! And just this past week, we added a part timer Dave. We are having much fun working together! Steve is more left-brained, Dave is more right-brained, and Doug is almost a 50-50 balance. That should only last another 4-6 weeks and then we can spend more time back here in Quantonics.
(To crudely assess your brain's left-right balance, take a 25 question test in Jacquelyn Wonder's and Priscilla Donovan's Whole Brain Thinking book. Right-brained folk intuit quantum memes much more easily. Consider how our classical schools' left-brained hegemony forces our children to turn off their right halves! SOMwitted classical education is really ugly stuff! Also, if you want to commence an effort of improving your abilities to grow your brain's right side and thus your quantum/Quantonics instincts and intuitions read Betty Edwards' marvelous Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. We underlined Betty's thelogos. For more on thelogos, see our June, 1999 QQA.)
New Quanto email list member:
We have a new member on our Quanto email list! He is Dr. Harvey Crichton of Crichton Group. Dr. Crichton shares great interests in our work here. He is fascinated by Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality and how it is a close quantum metaphor of reality. He is also very interested in our meme of an imminent quantum tsunami crashing upon Earth's philosophies, cultures, and sciences during Millennium III. His Quantonics interests/focus arose after we published our Quantonics Millennium III Remediation for English Language.
Dr. Crichton asked for a list of materials he can use to set some foundation for where students of Quantonics are now in their development. We provided these items for his review, in following order:
Welcome to Quantonics, Dr. Crichton!
Students of Quantonics who intellectually consume most of our above mentioned material at a garzone (novice, garzone, maestro) level, will proceed nicely assuming you want to participate in our Quanto list discussions Summer 2001. To join Quanto, simply go to www.topica.com and look for 'Pirsig' and 'Quantonics.' Request subscription to our list there. We will respond by asking you for a non-personal, but intellectual autobiography. Reason? We expect you to have keen curiosities regarding Pirsig's works and quantum reality. Quantos shall suffer no classicist buffoonoBooles!
Progress on our review of Henri Bergson's Time and Free Will:
We are just past half-way in our completion of TaFW's massive Index. After that, we should be about a month from completion. So our new delivery date depends upon how quickly Beth has her new installation team in place. Our best estimate now is August, 2001.
Our efforts on other aspects of Quantonics' web site:
We added a new page which we consider a philosophical breakthrough! We call it, "Pirsig Vis-à-vis Bergson Perspectives of Monism-Pluralism." Students of Quantonics know how classical thing-king methods distort quantum reality in extreme and radically mechanistic ways. As an example, we may n¤t say authoritatively that quantum reality is in any manner an either/or dichotomous reality. I.e., we may n¤t say that quantum reality is either a monism or a pluralism. Quantum reality is b¤th a m¤nism and a pluralism. But t¤ complicate things, quantum reality is multiplicate, n¤t singular, t¤¤! Our simplest example ¤f quantum reality's multiplicity is b¤th its actual c¤mplement and its n¤nactual c¤mplement. Now it gets really interesting, and our page link above is about this really interesting part. Pirsig sees reality's actual c¤mplement (he calls it "Static Quality") as a pluralism, and he sees reality's n¤nactual c¤mplement ("Dynamic Quality") a monism. As we advanced our review of Bergson's Time and Free Will it became perspicuous that Bergson sees reality's c¤mplements in a manner inverse to Pirsig's view. Bergson sees actuality as a homogeneity, and nonactuality as a heterogeneity! Might we have anticipated this? Yes! Did we? S¤rt ¤f. D¤ug sensed this issue f¤r several years, but c¤uld n¤t express it. Our link ab¤ve comtains D¤ug's evaluations and assessments of this issue. Simply, quantum reality's comstituents are all b¤th/ands, regardless ¤f scale! Similarly, quantum realities' comstituents are all b¤th h¤m¤geneities and heter¤geneities, regardless ¤f scale! What a delight t¤ see affirmati¤n ¤f ¤ur ¤wn heuristics and ¤ur expressions ¤f them with a simple animate comstruct we call a "quanton." W¤w!
We added some new pictures and news items at top of our index page.
We added a graphic to our definition of 'comjugate' on our Coined Quantonics Terms page. That graphic may assist your abilities to distinguish twixt our perspectives of quantum real 'comjugation' and more classical 'conjugation.'
We also revised some terms in our Quantum Uncertainty graphic to apply some of our language remediation work.
We added Beth's diary of our March, 2000 trip to Yachats, Oregon.
Thanks for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again in early June, 2001!
March, 2001 News:
On William James Sidis and our review of his book, The Animate and the Inanimate -
Happy 103rd Birthday to William James Sidis! William,
we are working diligently on acquisition of foundation knowledge
for our review of your The Animate and the Inanimate! We
are making superb progress and innovating many new Quantonic heuristics
mostly due to our efforts to gain a better and quantum-unique
perspective of your quantum intellect. We thank Robert M. Pirsig
for first introducing you to us. We thank Dan and Tom Mahony for
their diligent efforts to gather and disclose via our WWW's Internet,
much of your memorabilia (yes, readers though some of you
have worried otherwise Mahony's websites are still alive
and growing well www.sidis.net). We thank countless patrons
of Quantonics who visit our site to learn more about you, William,
from our more quantum perspectives. We thank those of you who
email us regarding your and our interests in William Sidis. We
thank Boris and Sarah for giving you such fine learning experiences
in your formative years. We thank you for your gentleness toward
a very ignorant and arrogant, Harvardesque anti-Semitic, common
and classical culture which your brilliance had to endure. We
thank you for your massive influences on our personal Chautauqua
in this, our most recent quantum iteration. We thank you for sharing,
abundantly, your massive, encrypted tetralogical humor and reserve
energy with us. We wish you your own and many quantum Chautauquas
throughout reality's many multiverses. We know you have found
novel friendships and interrelationships which stanch all your
ugly Western cultural Earth borne memories. Happy birthday William!
Doug - 1Apr2001.
On a query from a site visitor about Sam Rosenberg's statement -
"...taking William away early and rolling back his IQ..."
On our review of Bergson's Time and Free Will (TaFW) -
Our review is making good progress, although we have found that doing a 700 item index is a major task. You should eagerly anticipate this review. Bergson's prose has enlightened many new heuristics unknown to us prior. He is helping us immensely in our modelings of comparisons among MoQ, CR and SOM. He offers new lingual interpretations which extend our own heuristics and help us understand many plural aspects of quantum reality. We are preparing a new table of these which will appear in our prereview comments. That table has Bergson's evocative terminology and compares it to Quantonics, MoQ, CR, and SOM analogues.
A major philosophical breakthrough occurred for us during this review. We cover it extensively in his TaFW Topic 19. Our breakthrough discloses a quantum comjunction of mutually inverted views of reality by both Bergson (pluralism over monism) and Pirsig (monism over pluralism). These ubiquitously recurring philosophical inversions bothered us greatly prior, however, now we think we have a decent explanation of them. Essentially, both Bergson and Pirsig are half right! When we quantum both/and included-middle commingle both of their perspectives, we much more closely approach a quantum "all right" perspective. Now we think we understand better what Pirsig meant when he said, "So what the Metaphysics of Quality concludes is that all schools are right on the mind-matter question. Mind is contained in static inorganic patterns. Matter is contained in static intellectual patterns." (See 5-6 pages into chapter 12 of Lila, page 178 of a Bantam paperback or page 154 of a Bantam hardbound.) To us, obviously, Pirsig describes what we call a quanton(mind,matter). (Our Quantonic convention is to place n¤nactual reality left and actual reality right, unless a need arises to do otherwise. So in our quanton mind is predominately n¤nactual and matter is predominately actual, while really they are quantum c¤mplements of one another.) Bergson describes a very similar analogy. Yet Bergson's realityquanton(pluralism,monism), where Pirsig's realityquanton(monism,pluralism)! We are preparing some superb artwork which will (should) assist your understanding of these crucial and novel philosophical memes. In an interim please use Pirsig/Bergson-Monism/Pluralism to commence an understanding of this huge philosophical breakthrough.
On our recent list of English language problematics -
Our July, 2000 QQA is in tentative limbo while we assemble evidence and novel intuemes to commence development of our new Quantonics quantum language. One major piece of evidence is a list of English language problematic terms. We started that list during March, 2001 when we began our review of Bergson's Time and Free Will. Take a look at our list and see what you think. This list will grow much larger and will change almost daily as an avalanche of quantum antithetical English terms tumbles onto our local quantum stages. There is a large enough list there already, though, for you to realize what an enormous Millennium III problem this is!
On our recent changes to various Quantonics site web pages -
We made several important changes and additions to:
Coined Quantonic Terms
Picture of Israeli Baby Shot by Palestinian Sniper (do not look if you are emotionally weak and subject to intense reactions viewing ugly stuff; thanks to Drudge)
Picture of a Navy Hornet breaking sound barrier and showing coherent isoconic vapor manifestations; much future work impending here, thanks to L. Howell
Philosophical Battle Winner added a superb new table at bottom of this page distinguishing MoQ, CR & SOM philosophies you can understand this!
Bell Theorem Study added new text and comments (in dark red) for clarification and extension
Minor comment changes/extensions to Boris Sidis' Philistine & Genius Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16
Some Problems of Philosophy William James final work added some comments to Chapter XII See dated comments in dark red.
That's pretty much it for March, 2001. We are loaded with new projects, and trying to keep our quantum stages coherent with all of them simultaneously. We are putting our quantum knowledge of wind and water to use in two new projects which have very high utility globally. Beth and I are revamping a large work area to take on more new projects similar to those. With one project's preliminary modeling and prototyping completed, Doug will be doing some tool and die designs very shortly! One whole subarea is set aside for Ag, Au, Cu, and Pt work also. Another subarea is for Beth's prototyping work. And so on...
Thanks for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again in early May, 2001!
February and January, 2001 News:
We missed our January, 2001 News! That is our first time ever in Quantonics history to miss a monthly news segment! Flu sort of shut things down here for awhile. Same awful stuff which closed schools all over US' East coast and much of Midwest. Our friends in Florida appear to have escaped this nasty stuff. It drags on for months, no kidding. On to happier memes...
On superconductivity news and Feynman's fermionic wobble -
Unsure you know by now, but a major breakthrough has occurred in superconductivity. Some brilliant Japanese folks discovered that manganese (di)boride, MgB2, superconducts at 39 degrees Kelvin. That is nearly double prior temperature record, and moves us ever closer to a true ambient (room temperature) superconductor! This new molecular (quantum) system (not new to chemists, they just didn't know it was a simple metallic superconductor), is common, and inexpensive, much lower cost to use and produce than previous other copper ceramic systems (although those other systems have achieved four times higher than MgB2 Tcs at about 160K). Consider what a low cost metallic ambient superconductor will do for our global society: reduced energy consumption and costs, reduced transportation costs and enhanced transportation performance, more powerful and lower cost industrial motors and magnets, faster conductive media communications, faster semiconductors and systems which use them, newer quantum scientific perspectives of quantum superconductive tunneling, and on and on and on. Read about it online (e.g., www.nature.com, et al.) and read about it in nearly all February-March, 2001 journals (e.g., 23Feb2001 issue of Science). This is very exciting folks!
You may recall that electrons in superconductors emerq cooper pairs whose combinations appear as bosons, which quantum scientists call Bose-Einstein Condensates or BECs. Electrons, when not 'condensed' are naturally fermions. You may also recall that fermions 'wobble.' See our discussions on fermionic wobble at these Quantonic pages:
In our Wind and Water Making Waves link above, you saw us use our fermionic quantons to show how Feynman's wobble can/does make waves. Well, imagine what might happen were those fermions to somehow quantum transition to bosons. Electrons as fermions 'make waves' in conductors and thus resist or impede their flow in conductors. But when a quantum comtext is apropos, e.g., MgB2 and 39K or below, those fermionic electrons become bosonic electrons. Bosons do not wobble! Amazingly, they become one large, quantum coherent soliton. (Ocean tsunamis are 'partially coherent' solitons.) So, they 'flow' or tunnel unimpeded through their conductor in that specific comtext (or in other specific quantum comtexts).
How can fermionic electrons become one large quantum coherent soliton? We may perhaps best show you via Heisenberg's quantum uncertainty (inter)relationship! When electrons are fermionic, i.e., n¤t superconducting cooper pairs, they have position-momentum uncertainty interrelationships where both position and momentum are quantum uncertain, but have a known and persistent maximum product value. However, when they form cooper pairs, their paired momenta approach much smaller quantum action/pragma uncertainty! In order to retain their quantum position-momentum uncertainty interrelationship value, what must happen to position? It compensates by proportionally approaching larger quantum action/pragma uncertainty. Their product then is still Heisenberg's quantum uncertainty interrelationship value or less, usually shown as 'k.' Essentially, cooper-paired electrons' paired position is 'everywhere!' As cooper pairs, electrons 'spread out' in both space and vacuum energy space! They quantum cohere! They cease their fermionic wobbling! Their energy supercomductively tunnels their quantum medium.
In classical, radically mechanistic, objective, analytic, mathematical notation our words look something like this (symbol font required):
pm k, where fermionic electrons' delta-positions and delta-momenta are both quantum uncertain. (Our formal symbols are n¤t quantons, they are classically dichonic, not quantum c¤mplementary quantons!)
As cooper-paired bosons we have:
(larger pragma or position maximally unknown)(smaller pragma or momenta well known) k!
Since fermionic electrons do this as pairs, we may make a conjectural inference that some type of contrarotation or quantum ket-measurement sequence-altering equivalent is occurring within one of those specific comtexts (consider recent Schrödinger Cat experiments, and consider also our interrogative heuristics on Mobius models which can superpose alternating fermionic kets |0>, |1>, |0>, |1>,... to bosonic kets |0>, |0>, |0>,... perhaps fermionic Schrödinger 'kets' wobble their tailspins and bosonic Schrödinger 'kets' do not... ) Our Quantonic notation shows a solid, latched, fermionic circle rotating unidirectionally. Imagine two of our quantons in an arrangement where somehow their paired fermionic circles contrarotate, or isoc¤mplement or isocancel one another. Neat, eh?
Now, have some more fun (s'mores fun: smorefuns :). Imagine yourself as a quanton of quantons. Imagine yourself as ensembles of quantum uncertainties. Can you see now that as a quantum being, parts of you are more certain (localised), and parts of you are very uncertain (delocalised)? Indeed, we are quantons! Reality is Quantonic! All of reality!
On new cancer 'cures' and tumor angiogenesis as Quantonic interrelationships -
Another extraordinary and exciting piece of news is a documentary on a fairly recent breakthrough in cancer. Prior to last night's (26Feb2001) presentation of Cancer Warrior on PBS, we did not know about this breakthrough. Dr. Judah Folkman, over 40 years ago, did experiments to learn how to dry blood plasma for our US Navy. Liquid plasma would only last for three weeks and our new nuclear ships and boats could be away from shore for months at a time. Folkman, in doing his experiments had to show that rehydrated plasma would nourish patients just as well as our own blood does. In doing these experiments Judah decided to see what would happen to animal tissue when it was bathed with rehydrated plasma. His test tissue (mouse thyroid) was nourished just as though an animal's real blood had been used. Having achieved success, and strangely, Judah decided to see what would happen if he took cancer tumor cells from a mouse and put them in his test tissue being nourished by rehydrated plasma. Surprisingly, a mouse's cancer cells grew to a certain point and lived but then stopped growing! Dr. Folkman knew he was on to something, but he set his discovery aside and went on to become a famous and superb Children's Hospital surgeon. He learned much from his experiences doing surgery on cancer tumors much which other non-clinical cancer researchers did not know. For example, cancer tumors love blood! But after non-clinical researchers receive a tumor sample, its blood has been cleansed away. Later, he kept recalling his experiments. He became obsessed with his own new theory of cancer: cancer needs to encourage angiogenesis to live and grow. He assumed that cancers are unique in their added 'factor' of angiogenesis, and if he could learn what that factor was and find an antifactor he then could defeat cancer by starving it of its nourishment. For over a twenty year period, frequently some of his peers laughed at his theory and rudely walked out of his abundant presentations about it. (How would you like to have one of those SOMwits as your attending physician? Or better, how would you like to have them working on your research staff?) They called him a "charlatan," and told students and teachers to stay away from him. (This is a superb example of SOM's ugliness, its wrath.) But Judah was very confident and persisted. Now, we have anti-factors for cancer's angiogenesis and some patients are experiencing remarkable cures. PBS' graphics showing angiogenesis and its pro- and con-factors are superb. If you are interested in seeing Cancer Warrior, you may purchase a video tape from PBS for 19.95 + 3.95 shipping/handling by calling 1-800-255-9424. PBS shares no affiliation with Quantonics.
How does Dr. Judah Folkman's theory relate to our work in Quantonics? In Quantonics we see those tumor factors as quantum Value interrelationships, i.e., quantons. In Cancer Warrior, wearing your QTM hats, you may be able to imagine many quantum systemic affects (some quantum nonlocal) and their quantum uncertainties depicted in animated graphics. Excellence, PBS! Excellence! Bravo! Critically, you may also ask why researchers do not superautomate their factor searches. Good question. Those factor searches are major time hurdles in solving clinical problems like Dr. Folkman's searches for pro- and con-angiogenesis factors.You will also see why animal experiments are still crucial to some successes in clinical research! Are 10,000 mice and 10s of rabbits worth countless human lives saved? What if it were your life?
On Chinese SOMwitted bureaucrats -
You have heard us complaining about dipstick Chinese bureaucrats on topics like abortion, and child rearing, and human rights. Our latest example of this is some Chinese bureaucrats who took a (2nd) child from its mother and killed it can you believe that? Perhaps it's time for those bureaucraps to go, hmmm....? But guess what those SOMwits are up to now? They are writing software to protect Chinese people from exposure to 'undesirable information' when they browse Earth's WWW. If you know our stance on ethics, you know this is just another violation of individual rights. It is socialism/communism imposing lowest common denominator social patterns of value on otherwise free people. Sounds like another Catholic Inquisition, doesn't it? Sound like more Political Correctness bureaucrap? Chinese bureaucraps know what is Politically Correct and desirable for Chinese people to browse! Chinese bureaucraps say, "If we shut down human intellect, then we can control Earth's human race." World (Chinese) 'Order' and Global (Chinese) Hegemony are their 'goals.' That is what bureaucrats are all about. But intellect will win, folks. Intellectual adepts survive, while hegemonist social inepts enjoy their own gradual extinction.
On acquiring your own copy of Amy Wallace's 1st ed., The Prodigy -
Several of you ask about sources of books related to William James Sidis. Amazon (www.amazon.com) recently sent us a notice to check their new offerings on their used books page. We found that John Gach books (a long time provider-friend of Quantonics) is now listed there. Some other new providers are there too. One provider had eight first edition copies of The Prodigy available! You should check those out if you want your own copy of Amy Wallace's superb biography of William James Sidis.
On our continuing WJS AIA review efforts -
Our review efforts in support of our impending review of WJS' The Animate and the Inanimate, AIA, continue. We are just now preparing our new web pages (~43) for Henri Louis Bergson's Time and Free Will. We should be starting our formal review process on that text starting next week (~5Mar2001). We have only browsed this text so far, but it appears superb. We expect that Bergson will finally disclose his detailed memes underlying what he calls "heterogeneous times." What we can expect to see is Bergson laying out a philosophical foundation for 'heterogeneous times' which closely aligns and supports our prior conjectures of manys: truths, times, lengths, masses, gravities, etc. This is important in Quantonics because we stand against legacy SOM foundational concepts of One Global Truth in One Global Context.
Where SOM says reality is:
our new quantum philosophy concurs with a more quantum, Bergsonian reality which is more:
We think that we will be able to apply Bergson's "heterogeneous times" memes philosophically to truths, masses, lengths, etc. If so, this will support other work which we do in Quantonics, and it will help us understand William Sidis' meme of many entropies which he considers at length in his AIA. Classicists think there is only one entropy which fits all. Sidis clearly envisioned many entropies, and saw their vast import for his meme of reversibility. Reversibility is a powerful meme. To give one incredible example, consider what our world will be like when we learn how to take advantage of gravities' reversibilities. As Sidis envisioned well, many entropies and many reversibilities go hand in hand. Then consider how perhaps all quantum numbers are reversible too. Consider that life-death is not a classically one-life centric alpha-omega end game, rather life is death's reverse and death is life's reverse and our multiverse assists us in lila-dancing to and fro.
Unsure how long it will take us to do our actual Time and Free Will review effort, but we will definitely have it ready NLT early May, 2001. We will deliver all 43 pages at once to avoid reader exposure to partial, unfinished, and tentatively absent review text.
On success of our Bergson reviews -
Thanks to those many of you who are enjoying our reviews of Bergson's An Introduction to Metaphysics and his Creative Evolution. Popularity of those reviews has simply exploded! We appreciate your ample interests. We are surprised at how many of you are going directly to Bergson's CE Topic 37. Also, many of you are discovering enormous commercial value in our Darwin's Chip review of Gary Taubes' June, 1998 Evolving a Conscious Machine. Congratulations!
On our other miscellaneous efforts -
Our review work continues on other texts. We are continuing our review of Clifford Geertz' new (2000) Available Light. Geertz' anthropology aligns fairly closely Pirsig's own. Journal Nature recommended JohnJoe McFadden's new (2000) Quantum Evolution. Sadly, and very disappointingly, McFadden is a died in wool SOMite, a classicist of first order. Classicists, in our opinion, are incapable of assessing quantum anything, let alone quantum evolution. They are trapped in their classical axiomatic box of reason. McFadden endlessly drags quantum reality's miracles back into his box and beats them to death with his classical ball and chain. His classicisms are boring and trite and ceaselessly permeate his prose:
McFadden's classical mindset ruins this text for us. It is not worth our extended review efforts. One bright spot in this whole text is chapter eight where McFadden does a superb job of disclosing how quantum scientists use 'state-ic' vector (eigenvector/eigenvalue) superposition to cascade quantum measurement through a complex system. He calls this cascade of measurement an "...inverse Zeno effect." Sadly, again, he tells us that classical systems (by classical edict) are not quantum systems. We find this using our QTMs at face value, simply more classically ludicrous Boole. Reality is quantum. Classicists choose to see it otherwise. They teach our children to see it otherwise.
In futures we will take more care in blindly following Nature's book recommendations.
Speaking of teaching, our new governor says that Indiana has fixed its education problem. Some Ivy League college 'experts' came in and helped Indiana develop new standards for education. Now we have the best standards available. Well...that was easy! (As our governor wipes his hands of that one.)
Thanks for your patronage in Quantonics!
See you here again in early April, 2001!
December, 2000 News:
We wish you many déjà vus of year 2000's dynamic holidays and their commingling multiversal affect-ions filled with endless Quality and Value.
2000 has been another exceptional year (our fourth) for The Quantonics Society. We continue efforts to show Pirsig's MoQ as an appropriate metaphysical parent of modern quantum science. As we continue our adventure, we only find more registrations, more alignments, more co-interrelationships twixt quantum reality and Pirsig's Metaphysics of Quality.
As a shining example, late in 2000, we found how Pirsig's MoQ anticipated, almost perfectly, solutions to quantum science's two greatest conundrums to date:
Using MoQ and its attendant QTMs we show how revolutionary Pirsig's metaphysics is. As an adjunct, we show how classicism's comparatively inept CTMs cannot see and understand quantum reality's vastly more plethoric phenomena.
Pirsig's MoQ succinctly makes this statement regarding quantum interpretation and measurement: "A quantum measurement is heterogeneous in interpretations, loci, and temporalities." As you read further, below, you will see how we arrived at this remarkable interpretation of Pirsig's MoQ.
At last year's end of 1999 we left you with this status on our attempts to do a fair and comprehensive review of William James Sidis' The Animate and the Inanimate (AIA):
On number one above, we have these conjectures as evidence for WJS' apparent intrinsic quantum sophism:
Once we began to fathom these extraordinary similarities among those four vastly different people and their co-interrelationships with quantum reality, we were hooked. We fathomed their novel and coinsident EEE percepts. We plumbed William James Sidis and his peers as a unique group of quantum paralogists, indeed as quantum evolutionists, picking up where pre-Socratics were so rudely interrupted by classicism's forebears Parmenides, Socrates (actually a sophist who partially bought into Plato's infant classical idealism), Plato, Aristotle, et al. Our bulleted list of characters' quantum similarities are not perfect, nor do their Venns overlap in a perfect circle. But key comstituents of their quantum think-king methods do overlap. We see those as critical tells of their recent and unique arrivals in our old, worn, passé, decrepit, detrite and inept classical theatre of culture.
We further conjecture that William would have found games like chess and Rubic's cube boring. Rubic's cube has one solution which is apparently its most efficient solution. It has only 147 steps! After William did that one time, he would have lost interest. Similarly, chess is a finite game. Its pattern solutions of value are fractal, but static. William would have spent more time on chess, but he would have become bored with it too. Still, if we could have just one experience with William, it would be fun to hand him a scrambled Rubic's cube and see what he does with it. Our opinions... Please recall that William had little interest in 'games.' Yet he formulated, apparently, his own artful duperies on us lesser folk.
On number two above, we now believe we can show that WJS' intuited, paralogically a ~quantum entropy trichotomy, and perhaps even its vast potential interrelationships. See our doublet dialogue with Bret (do repeated searches for all occurrences of 'entropy' there; or do a search on our site using our Google link on our top page for combinations of entropy, entropic, and Maxwell, plus Quantonics).
On number three above, we currently envision a great mind which was propagandized in SOM, realized his predicament, and hated it. And he was alone! No other Earth human could share his level of intellect and spirit and simultaneously perceive as Robert M. Pirsig did Western culture's dreadful situation its platypusean dichon of Platonic and Aristotelian objective hatred! Thence William's prodigious mind commenced an inner paralogical escape from that classical prison onto higher and better quantum plural plateaux neuveaux.
Our site work records our year 2000 progress on behalf of a better, more enlightened perspective of William James Sidis' legacy, formerly denigrated extensively by Western 'society' and journalistic 'pundits.' (including, for example, The New York Times, The Boston Herald, and Boston's 'liberal' Harvard 'society's' anti Semitic Classical Thing-king Methods where they still 'expertly teach' these 'politically correct' aquiline CR/SOMitic methods; see Amy Wallace's The Prodigy for more on antintotic antisemiticism.).
Our William James Sidis (WJS) related web site endeavors, in preparation for our (probably, late in 2001) review of his The Animate and the Inanimate (AIA), and extending our 1999 accomplishments, include:
In addition to our above accomplishments we also:
We wish a happy year 2001 for all of you!
Thanks again for your persistent patronage in Quantonics, and thanks for reading.
See you here again in early February, 2001!
Pirsig's mind-matter question - mind-matter AKA subject-object, monism-pluralism, pluralism-monism classical dualities. Return