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Summa Metaphysica




recent journal articles on complete Summa Metaphysica series

Updated: 9/3/16 (2:00 pm)

September 3, 2016
St. Augustine Record: The philosophy of David Brinbaum about the cosmic code

September 3, 2016
The Topeka Capital-Journal: How David Birnbaum debunked the mystery of existence?

June 10, 2015
HUFFINGTON POST (USA): David Birnbaum Cracks the Cosmic Code

April 7, 2015
TIMES OF ISRAEL: A Dead Soldier’s Infinite Potential

March 10, 2015
HUFFINGTON POST (USA): Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before:
A Conversation with Metaphysicist David Birnbaum on Leonard Nimoy’s Legacy

February 10, 2015
ACADEMIA.EDU: The Trajectory of the Big Bang

February 9, 2015
iREPORT CNN: Ultimate Self-Actualization

February 6, 2015
EPOCH TIMES: Tikkun Olam & David Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica

February 5, 2015
IDEASTAP: The History of Ideas & Summa Metaphysica’s Potentialism Theory

February 5, 2015
ROCKET NEWS: Playing with Infinity

February 4, 2015
FUTURE TECH: The Birnbaum Theorem

January 28, 2015
WORLD.EDU: Philosophy: The prime mover of the Cosmos?

January 22, 2015
BROOWAHA: Ultimate Inter-Disciplinary Theory

January 7, 2015
ACADEMIA.EDU: The Cosmic Matrix Club

January 5, 2015
FUTURE TECH: Complexification (C+): Cornerstone of Summa Metaphysica’s Potentialism Theory

December 16, 2014
LIFERAY: Summa Metaphysica & Calculus

December 11, 2014
iReport CNN: The Last Greek Philosopher

December 9, 2014
FUTURE TECH: Two Cosmologies Explaining the Universe

November 20, 2014
ROCKET NEWS: The Core DNA of the Cosmic Order

November 20, 2014
BROOWAHA: The Philosophical Vanguard

November 20, 2014
JUBILEE: The Cosmic Tango

November 20, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: The Singularity of the Big Bang:
Juxtaposing entrenched orthodoxy theory v. Potentialism theory

November 20, 2014
iREPORT CNN: Potentialism Theory’s Cosmic Goal: E+

November 19, 2014
EXAMINER: David Birnbaum’s Potentialism Theory: The (brutal) Politics of Philosophy

November 19, 2014
WORLD.EDU: Philosophy: The simultaneous solution

November 9, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: God does not play dice with the universe

November 9, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: Has Outsider David Birnbaum Trumped the Entire Academic Establishment?

November 9, 2014
AUSTRALIAN TIMES: Philosophy & Cosmic Purpose:
Juxtaposing two philosophers: David Birnbaum & Thomas Nagel

October 28, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Unifying Science, Spirituality & Philosophy

October 27, 2014
WORLD.EDU: Iconic Paradigm Challenges: Relativity Theory & Potentialism Theory

October 9, 2014
QCN (STANFORD / UC RIVERSIDE): The Accelerating Universe

October 9, 2014

October 8, 2014
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (UNT): Galapagos: Evolution: the revolutionary hypothesis...

October 8, 2014
EINSTEIN@HOME: The Tao of Potentialism: Yin & Yang Meets Western Cosmology

October 7, 2014
HARVARD INNOVATION: What Ignited our cosmos?

October 7, 2014
POCKET KNOWLEDGE: Potentialism for Teens

October 7, 2014
MILKYWAY@HOME: Potentialism & Cosmic Consciousness: The Forward Wave

September 22, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: Potentialism & Modern Cosmology

September 17, 2014
FUTURE TECH: Two Dynamic Contemparary Cosmological Theories

September 16, 2014
JUBILEE: Inter-Disciplinary Metaphysical Warriors: Harvard’s David Birnbaum & Yale’s David Gelernter

September 16, 2014
WORLD.EDU: How Harvard and MIT checkmated Oxford and Cambridge

September 15, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: Potentialism & Quantum Cosmology

September 4, 2014
iREPORT CNN: Philosophy: The Push–Pull of the Cosmic Order

September 4, 2014
IDEASTAP: Breaking the Code of the Cosmic Order

September 4, 2014
BROOWAHA: Does God Seek After Own Potential?

August 26, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: Potentialism’s Universal Dynamic: from Macro to Micro levels

August 26, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: Cutting-edge Science v. Intellectual Torpor

August 26, 2014
AUSTRALIAN TIMES: Juxtaposition: Birnbaum v. Davies

August 22, 2014
JUBILEE: Is God Dead? Hawking v. Birnbaum

August 22, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: The 7 Criteria for a Great Metaphysics

August 22, 2014
ASH CENTER (HARVARD – KENNEDY SCHOOL): The Theory of Potential & MIT’s Finest

August 22, 2014
QCN (STANFORD / UC RIVERSIDE): The Universal Computer and the Cosmic Womb

August 21, 2014
FUTURE TECH: Potentialism’s Intermediate Dynamic

August 21, 2014
EINSTEIN @ HOME / MAX PLANCK INST.: Summa Metaphysica: Unifying Aristotle and Einstein

August 21, 2014
LIFERAY: The Cosmic T-Shirt

August 21, 2014
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (UNT): Three Views on Evolution: Randomness, ID, Potentialism

August 20, 2014
REGENT COLLEGE (COSMOS): Physicist Tegmark v. Metaphysicist Birnbaum

August 20, 2014
MILKYWAY @ HOME (BERKELEY & RPI): How to Crack the Cosmic Code

August 19, 2014
SETI HOME (Berkeley): The Pattern to Cosmic Advance – Quest for Potential

August 19, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: The Cosmic ‘Free Lunch’: Stephen Hawking v. David Birnbaum

August 6, 2014
BROOWAHA: The Mind of God: Hawking v. Birnbaum

August 5, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: Potentialism: 25th Anniversary of Launch or The Law of Unintended Consequences as applied to Philosophy

August 5, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Potentialism: The (sole) Closed Causal Loop Metaphysics

August 1, 2014
LOGICAL SCIENCE: Potentialism: The X-Factor

July 11, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Eternal Origins: X-Factor

July 10, 2014
WORLD.EDU: The Superlaw of Potentialism

July 3, 2014
BEFORE IT’S NEWS: Does Quest for Potential∞ Define the Universe?

June 30, 2014
NEWSVINE: Intellectual Revolution Underway

June 20, 2014
LOGICAL SCIENCE: de Chardin’s Omega Point v. Birnbaum’s E+

June 20, 2014
LERA BLOG: Checkmate: How Private Scholar David Birnbaum Cracked the Cosmic Code

June 13, 2014
UNIVERSITIES NEWS: The Cosmic Journey of Consciousness

June 13, 2014
iREPORT CNN: The Common Denominator of the Cosmic Order

June 12, 2014
EXAMINER: The Summa Metaphysica Firestorm

June 12, 2014
AUSTRALIAN TIMES: Cosmic Origins & Summa Metaphysica

June 12, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: Challenging the Entrenched Orthodoxy

June 12, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: Potential: The Janus-Faced Dynamic

June 11, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Summa Metaphysica: The (true) Theory of Everything

June 6, 2014
WORLD.EDU: Is there any Option B to Birnbaum's Theory of Potential?

June 5, 2014
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY: Glossary of Potentialism Terms

June 4, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: Birnbaum’s Beethoven or Darwin’s Beethoven

May 30, 2014
LOGICAL SCIENCE: A Tantalizing Question

May 22, 2014
UNIVERSITIES NEWS: Potentialism & Stem Cells

May 15, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: The Mechanics of Potentialism:Exploring the Q4P and E+ Relationship

April 24, 2014
WORLD.EDU: 21st Century Paradigm Challenge

April 18, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: Cosmic Womb of Potential

April 14, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: Summa Metaphysica’s Cosmic Gateway

April 12, 2014
UNIVERSITIES NEWS: Wrapping Around Einstein

April 11, 2014
FUTURE TECH: The Human Portion of the Cosmic Gateway

April 9, 2014
CNN iREPORT: A Collision in Time

April 8, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Unifying Theory: The Quest to Unify Science, Philosophy and Spirituality

March 21, 2014
BROOWAHA: Transcendent Force?

March 20, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: Clash of Two Worlds

March 17, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: Age of Potentialism

March 14, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: The Colonies Revolt: II

March 11, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU:Fractals: The Mathematical Underpinnings of Potentialism

March 10, 2014
AUSTRALIAN TIMES: Potentialism v. Randomness/Atheism

March 3, 2014
IDEAS TAP: An Imaginary 2014 Discussion: Aristotle and David Birnbaum

March 2, 2014
CNN iREPORT: 100 Elements + Potentialism = Humanity

March 2, 2014
INDEPENDENT SANTA BARBARA: Global Battle over Metaphysics

Feb 25, 2014
FUTURE TECH: 7000 Years in the Making

Feb 18, 2014
SCIENCERAY: Does The Universe Self-iterate?

Feb 12, 2014
DIGITAL JOURNAL: A scientific view of the God question

Feb 12, 2014
NEWSVINE: New Paradigm Designer

Jan 31, 2014
HUFFINGTON POST: Two Schemas of the Universe

Jan 17, 2014
YAHOO! VOICES: Intellectual Pursuit Versus Collegiate Orthodoxy

Jan 16, 2014

Dec 21, 2013
FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE: Potentialism or String Theory?

Dec 18, 2013
LOGICAL SCIENCE: Q4P: What Is It? Why Do We Care?

Nov. 19, 2013

Nov 4, 2013
EXAMINER: Summa Metaphysica – Philosophy, Is there a Purpose?

June 2013
FOCUS TAPES: Summa Metaphysica

Mar 20, 2009
LONG ISLAND JEWISH WORLD: embedded Kabbalah matrix

Jan 1990 (no exact date)
THE JEWISH REVIEW: Birnbaum's God and Evil

Dec 22, 1989
JEWISH WORLD: Attempting a solution to the Riddle of God and Evil
Birnbaum: A question that cannot be avoided


March 17, 2014
SCIENCERAY: How Oxford Betrayed England…and Itself…and Science

Feb 13, 2014
JUBILEE: Big Brother? The Curious Case of Randomness Theory

February 7, 2014
AUSTRALIAN TIMES: A Cancer in Academe?

Jan 1, 2014
COMMENTARY: The Closing of the Scientific Mind


August 14, 2014
WHAT INFO: Intellectual Pursuit Versus Collegiate Orthodoxy

Jun 11, 2014
WHAT INFO: Occams Razor Rocks My World

Jun 10, 2014
WHAT INFO: A Collision in Time – Birnbaum and Spinoza





“Potentialism proposes that there is, indeed, a protagonist to the cosmic order, but that the protagonist is a ‘quest’, and not a ‘classic entity’. The universe quests for its maximal potential. The core dynamic Quest for Potential∞ strives with purpose and direction towards ever-greater and higher potential. At the 'beginning of time’, eternal Quest for Potential harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Mathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang. This same symbiotic dynamic - Quest for Potential in league with Physics-Math - then acted as a catalyst for life, evolution, language, emotion, consciousness, and, indeed, for all the key dynamics which have evolved in the universe.”


through a religious lens, see: www.MetaphysicalAnchoring.com



Summa Metaphysica's Theory of Potential

A Unified Metaphysics / Cosmology / Philosophy

by David Birnbaum

3 Summa Metaphysica back covers

























- as author

3-volume Summa Metaphysica ( www.philosophy1000.com )

2- volume The Crucifixion ( www.crucifixion1000.com )

7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization ( www.civilization1000.com )


- as editor-in-chief
( in the works )

10-volume Mesorah Matrix ( www.mesorah1000.com ) target completion: 2020


- as conceptualizer

3-volume Summa Spinoffs ( www.spinoffs1000.com )

8-volume Potentialism Theory via Graphic-Narrative ( www.TheoryGraphics1000.com )


- as commentator -

Manhattan Observer ( www.observer1000.com )


see www.DavidBacademic.com

100+ focused feature articles on Summa Metaphysica's Potentialism Theory

see   www.SummaCoverage.com

for 100+ links



( Birnbaum Academic Site )


recent hi-level academic works
dovetailing with Birnbaum's
Summa Metaphysica (1988, 2005, 2014)

Programming the Universe (Knopf, 2006)
        by Professor of Quantum Mechanics Seth Lloyd of MIT.

Mind & Cosmos (Oxford University Press, 2012)
        by Professor of Philosophy & Law Thomas Nagel of NYU.

Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014)
        by Professor of Physics Max Tegmark of MIT.




Tantalizing Question

focus: Potentialism Theory by David Birnbaum

Tantalizing Question

See Aristotelian Teleology: Is the Summa Metaphysica / David Birnbaum Philosophy a Simultaneous Solution to Teleology and Cosmology? See modern cosmology: Why do we care about Meytaphysics? Because it is the context and, so to speak, Table of Contents, to our existence. Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? The David Birnbaum philosophy feels at liberty to cherry-pick bits and pieces from various menus - whether Greek or Kabalistic or Jesuit - put them into the David Birnbaum philosophy blender, and come out with a philosopher David Birnbaum epiphany simultaneous solution. See Birnbaum Bard conference.

A Tantalizing Question

Posted by Admin On May 30th, 2014 11:29 PM | Philosophy

Was the universe created by the equations of Physics and Math so they would, by extension – have the ability to give and receive love?  

Metaphysicist David Birnbaum (see David1000.com), of Manhattan, believes that this scenario – as outlandish as it sounds – may have more than a grain of truth to it.

Birnbaum is an independent scholar operating from his base in Manhattan. His iconic work Summa Metaphysica has been the focus of over 30 feature articles in the last 12 months alone. Yeshiva-educated and Harvard-educated David Birnbaum published his iconic treatise over a 26-year period 1988-2014: Summa Metaphysica I: Religious Man (Ktav Publishing, 1988), Summa Metaphysica II: Spiritual Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2005) and Summa Metaphysica III: Secular Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2014). The theory is an elegant and powerful paradigm challenge (see PotentialismTheory.com/ParadigmChallenge/)

The core theme of Birnbaum’s works is that one elegant dynamic and one elegant dynamic alone both instigates and drives the entire cosmic order. Birnbaum delineates that dynamic to be: Quest for Potential. According to Birnbaum “Potentialism proposes that there is, indeed, a protagonist to the cosmic order, but that the protagonist is a ‘quest,’ and not a ‘classic entity.’ The universe quests for its maximal potential. The core dynamic Quest for Potential∞ strives with purpose and direction towards ever-greater and higher potential. At the ‘beginning of time,’ eternal Quest for Potential harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Mathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang. This same symbiotic dynamic – Quest for Potential in league with Physics-Math – then acted as a catalyst for life, evolution, language, emotion, consciousness, and, indeed, for all the key dynamics which have evolved in the universe.”

Over a dozen institutions of higher learning have assigned Summa Metaphysica as a Course Text ranging from UCLA to Brandeis to Hebrew University (Israel). Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential was the focus of a 4-day international academic conference at Bard College (Upstate, NY) April 2012 (see summacoverage.com)

Parts of Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential dovetail back to the work of physicist John Wheeler (1911-2008) of Princeton fame. Birnbaum collaborated with Wheeler and, indeed a Wheeler testimonial graces the back of Summa Metaphysica II.

Wheeler dovetails with Birnbaum on at least two key points:
(a) It from Bit
(b) Observation impacts reality

It from Bit:
Per Wheeler, the entire cosmos at its early stages was binary bits: 1s or 0s. Birnbaum seizes on that possibility. He asks a simple question: Hypothetically what might a super-extraordinary super-neo-computer want which it could not easily get? One answer, of course, might be the ability to give and receive love. Birnbaum hypothesizes that precisely that goal may have been one of a cluster of motivations for the eternal force of Quest for Potential to harness the equations of Physics-Math to ignite the cosmic order.

Observation impacts reality
It was respected physicist John Wheeler, colleague of Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr, who first championed the idea that the universe itself is dependent on observation. That is, the universe proceeds according to how it is perceived by humanity and, by extension, Wheeler has concluded that observation actually affects not only the present and future of the universe, but its past.

Coming from anyone else, this could sound like far-flung, fringe science mysticism. But let us remember who John Wheeler is. In fact, his observations on quantum reality and its effect on the present were done in collaboration with no less than Richard Feynman, the first name in quantum physics.

It was Wheeler, in collaboration with others, who noted the phenomenon of light passing through slits in a blind. When detectors were set up, the light would travel through the slits as particles, as expected, either passing through one of the other slits. But when the detectors were removed, light fundamentally changed. It began to behave as a wave instead of a particle – passing through both slits. Wheeler was left with the rather uncomfortable fact that the act of observing the light fundamentally changed how it behaved. In short, watching something changed how it behaved in reality.

But the science gets odder from that point. Wheeler decided to test, by extension, galactic phenomena. He chose to test a quasar. Now, gravity from massive objects, such as galaxies, cause light to bend. Therefore, he tested photons emitted from a distance quasar that would pass through the gravitational effects of nearby galaxies in its path.

This is where the science gets really weird. Wheeler found that the same phenomenon was true for the quasar. Depending on how they measured the photon’s path, it would either take one direction around the galactic interference, behaving as a particle; or it would take both paths around the galactic interference, as a wave, if not witnessed directly. What does this mean? Well, as before, depending on how one observed the photons emitted from the quasar, changed how it arrived – whether it took both paths as a wave (following both potential paths), or one path as a particle.

This all sounds familiar so far – no different than the previous slit experiment. Here's the problem though. The photon being observed left its quasar several billion years ago. If the method of observation changes the path and reality of the photon it emitted, that means that the act of observing the photon, changed the photon's actual trajectory retroactively billions of years into the past. This might sound like mind-boggling hypothetical quantum math. But here's the fun part. This was actually proved to occur in 1984 at the University of Maryland. As odd as it sounds, this in now scientific fact.

Okay, so we have to concede that observation has a tangible effect on reality and it can actually change not only the present and future, but the past as well. So what about this love thing Birnbaum mentioned? You're still a long way from that. Don't worry, we're getting there.

Well, hopefully the bit on Wheeler's discovery will have braced you to deal with the inexplicable. This is where Birnbaum's own metaphysics (see summametaphysica.com) contribution comes into play. Birnbaum's core discovery is Potentialism. Potentialism is a cosmic drive. Potentialism states that the universe cannot exist in a state of rest. Rather, it continually evolves towards greater and greater degrees of Complexity. The end-goal of the universe is Extraordinariation (see www.summametaphysica.com/extraordinariation/). This is a, yet to be defined, state of Super-Complexity. Don't overburden yourself with Super-Complexity. It is a hypothetical state. An infinite. It might never even be achieved. Think of it more like a calculus equation, those ones from college that are infinitely striving toward the infinite yet never quite actually attaining it. That is Super-Complexity. What is important is the intermediate products of this drive towards Extraordinariation.

To Potentialists, these are called Quantum Jumps (see Glossary1000.com). They are defining moments when the universe reaches some critical mass of Potential and expresses itself in a fundamentally new level of Complexity. Think of it like this: The universe existed in an age of the atom. It kept increasing in complexity, filling up the periodic table until it had nowhere to go. But as the universe strives towards Complexity and Extraordinariation, it couldn't rest contentedly forever. With nowhere left to go atomically, the universe created molecules. This provided a whole new level on which to explore Complexity.

This is where it becomes important to understand that Potentialism is not just physics, it is metaphysics. It necessarily encompasses human thoughts and ideas. If you think we exited the road of rational science with the introduction of thought, you need to go back and reread what Wheeler said on the subject. Cognition, while separate from physical reality, plays a role in the physical, tangible universe, shaping it across both space and time.

Potentialism (see sequence1000.com) actually picks up where Wheeler left off. Human logical cognition is indeed a force of the cosmos to Potentialists, but it is not the end of cognitive evolution. Rather, cognition has experienced its own Quantum Jumps, increasing in its Complexity. One of the most significant jumps has been from pure logic (the binary Epoch, as Potentialists would refer to it) to the more esoteric and nuanced realm of morality – encompassing right and wrong, compassion, feelings... The things which demarcated humanity from the reflexive survival mentality of other species. Just as Wheeler posits that the universe must necessarily witness itself to complete its form, Potentialists take this cognition one logical step further – that the universe must express through itself (i.e. humanity) the identity and declaration of love.

This does trip into the realm of spirituality to some extent. But it follows the logical progression Wheeler has already laid out. Reasonably speaking – if altruism, love, compassion and morality are higher forms of cognition, the universe must bear witness to itself in these terms as well. As such, Potentialism is unshrinking in the importance of these concepts and the necessity of them in the cosmic order. One might point out that the universe seemed fine to get along without them before the birth of humankind and such concepts. Potentialism would simply point out what Wheeler has already proven – once such concepts are birthed into existence, they will extend retroactively throughout the cosmic cloth and will have always existed. Love, in the cosmic order, is not subject to temporal restraints any more than a photon. Upon examination within the conceptual umbrellas which Wheeler and then Birnbaum lay out, this concept is then hardly surprising.

focus: David Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory

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June 10, 2015 

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David Birnbaum Cracks the Cosmic Code

Two Schemas of the Universe

Going Boldly Where No Man Has Gone Before

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David Birnbaum's philosophy is a paradigm-changing simultaneous solution of a Potential-driven universe.

Cosmic Prime Mover
Quest for Potential







David Birnbaum Philosophy

Q4P theory

Science Ray

focus: Potentialism Theory by David Birnbaum

Science Ray


Does the Universe Self-Iterate?
focus: Summa Metaphysica's Potentialism Theory

Published by guestposting

February 18, 2014, Category: Physics

MIT Quantum Physicist Seth Lloyd proposes in his book Programming the Universe (First Vintage Books, 2006) that the entire universe is like one all-encompassing quantum computer. According to Lloyd this evolving and computing quantum enterprise continuously self-iterates (builds upon itself) as it advances forever forward unto greater and greater complexity:
“All interactions between particles in the universe….convey not only energy but also information; in other words, particles not only collide, they compute. What is the entire universe computing ultimately? Its own dynamic evolution…As the computation proceeds [and iterates], reality unfolds.”

According to Lloyd the history of the universe is the history of one ongoing quantum computation and iteration: “At first, the patterns it [the universe as quantum computer] produced were simple, comprising elementary particles and establishing the fundamental laws of physics. In time, as it processed more and more information, the universe spun out ever more intricate and complex patterns, including galaxies, stars, and planets. Life, language, human beings, society, culture—all owe their existence to the intrinsic ability of matter and energy to process information… (p. 3)… “Each revolution has laid the ground-work for the next….” (p. 5)

But what dynamic is driving this quantum computation enterprise forward? And is complexification, as per Lloyd and several other contemporary scientists, truly its key goal? Or is Lloyd perhaps correct vis à vis his daring proposal concerning the mechanism (quantum programming), but not quite on-the-mark with his hypothesis (complexification) as to the key cosmic goal?

Interestingly enough, Lloyd’s (2006) concept of a self-iterating universe dovetails with the original metaphysics proposed by conceptual theorist David Birnbaum in his 1988 (Summa Metaphysica I). According to Birnbaum’s theory, an eternal cosmic dynamic exists – Infinite Quest for Potential – and this dynamic marshals the equations of Physics-Math (parallel to subsequent Lloyd) to ignite and then drive the universe forward. This (Infinite Quest for Potential) dynamic is the catalyst for the Big Bang, life, evolution, language and consciousness.  According to Birnbaum, his Infinite Quest for Potential is continuously self-iterating. It continuously builds-upon its ever more extraordinary ‘platform’ as it seeks to leap-onto a still more exceptional ‘platform’ and onward and onward.

If we wrap Birnbaum’s conceptual Infinite Quest for Potential theory around Lloyd’s ‘mechanism’, the universal quantum computer, we end up with a seamless and fully-integrated schema. (Birnbaum’s) Quest for Potential drives (Lloyd’s) the universal quantum enterprise, and the direction/purpose of the self-iterating quantum computations is (Birnbaum’s) penultimate potential.

Birnbaum  identifies/defines this penultimate potential as extraordinariation  - the cosmic teleology (the cosmic purpose): Quest for Potential is probing and searching for (elusive) ultimate - grandeur…elegance…beauty…symmetry…fulfillment....harmony…artistry…symphony…
spirituality...perfection…humanitarianism…altruism…mercy…romancing… love….parenting...meaning
.....and ever-higher and higher  consciousness…the elusive  extraordinariation.

Andrei Alyokhin,  Professor of Biology and Ecology at University of Maine wrote November 2012, “…Summa represents a bold attempt to formulate a unifying concept of the Universe…it is reasonable to propose the Quest for Potential∞ as a working hypothesis for explaining the impetus behind the cosmic dynamic….” Echoing the iconic Claude Levi-Strauss (2006), British journalist Oliver Burkeman called Summa “remarkable and profound.”

Wrapping Birnbaum’s (self-iterating) Infinite Quest for Potential around and through Seth Lloyd’s (self-iterating) quantum programming enterprise strengthens both theories and provides both the conceptual and the mechanical for understanding the cosmic order. The integrated (self-iterating) Birnbaum-Lloyd metaphysics emerges as a uniquely elegant and powerful schema.  Indeed, on the global intellectual chessboard, there is no paradigm to seriously challenge it.

focus: David Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory

Academic Imperialism

David Birnbaum Metaphysics

March 12, 2014

Academic Imperialism

The Colonies Revolt: II

The American Revolution was a political upheaval over an 18-year period 1765-1783.

Midway through this period the iconic Declaration of Independence was proclaimed in 1776 heralding the founding of the United States of America. The 13 U.S. colonies had revolted against British imperialism. Their motto: ‘No taxation without representation.’

Abuse of power 21st Century style

Fast-forward to the 26-year period, 1988-2014: A small but organized clique of hard-line atheistic British academics have gained hegemony over the leading academic journals – a primary lever of power in academe – as publication of articles in academic journals is a route to tenure, and prestigious academic appointments.

Through their stranglehold over key journals, the Randomness/atheistic hierarchy exerts asymmetric influence over Western academe. Atheism dovetails with a pseudo-scientific view of the universe called Randomness Theory – and this same atheist clique aggressively foists this Randomness/atheistic ideology over Western academe. [Note for context that hardline atheism is embraced by just ~1% of the global population.]

It would seem the British have not so much given up on imperialism as they have changed their battlefront. What used to be fought on a political field is now taking place in the halls of academia. British academics, like their forerunner British imperialist before them, have incredibly sought to control debate and permissible ideas in the world of science. Much as they unilaterally redefined geographical borders during imperialist expansion, an entrenched British atheistic academic crew now seeks to unilaterally freeze the borders of acceptable scientific discussion.
The British atheistic academic hierarchy champions Randomness theory – and zealously imposes it globally wherever its tentacles reach. Randomness theory presses the (counterintuitive) proposition that the entire universe is a random-chance happening: Thus, the Big Bang, the billions of galaxies, the trillions of stars, the myriad solar systems, bio-forms, evolution, language, emotion, sexuality, consciousness et al. are all, according to Randomness theory, just pure chance happenstance. And all these happenstances just happened to intersect and coalesce and thrive in our little universe.
Also like their imperial British forefathers, the British atheist academics seek to impose this aimless schema across academe globally without the inclusion of external give-and-take. The British atheistic academic orthodoxy, it seems, would have us stay within the vacuous intellectual box they have delineated, while denying anyone a voice. Taxation without representation, indeed.

The Second Colonial Revolt

It may be that the British academic community has forgotten the lessons of its forerunner’s imperialistic past. The latter half of the last century and the beginning of the current one have seen the rise of a new wave of vibrant independent minds revolted by the force-feeding of Randomness theory across academe. Far from being cowed by the political machinations of the ‘entrenched orthodoxy’ (atheism camp), these dynamic thought leaders are intellectually independent and self-assured. If anything, they grown in resolve and voice as a consequence of the Orwelian political games played by the academic hierarchy.

NEW YORK / midtown area: Between 1988 and 2005, David Birnbaum, an independent philosopher and metaphysicist, set out to challenge the monolith of British orthodoxy. His critically acclaimed multi-part treatise Summa Metaphysica would directly challenge them. The atheistic group has tried to suppress his ideas globally – but has failed.

The very basic assumptions of the British atheist academic world's theory of universal origin, Randomness, would come under withering intellectual assault from Birnbaum. Challenging Randomness theory head-on, Birnbaum's Theory of Infinite Potential would, for the first time, provide a powerful, bulletproof scientific, mathematical and philosophical model for the cosmic order. Included in the theory would be a powerful teleology (plan and purpose to the universe), as well.

Teleology is, by simple definition, the study of evidence of design and purpose across the natural order. Design and purpose is in sharp contrast to the suppositions held by Randomness/atheism, which has decided axiomatically that nothing in the universe has design or purpose. For the zealot Randomness-atheist crew, any intellectual argument for ‘design or purpose’ to the universe is the proverbial anti-Christ to be fought-to-the-death. Thus, David Birnbaum, author of the iconic 3-volume treatise Summa Metaphysica emerges as Public Enemy #1 of the global hardline atheist community.

Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica treatise proposes that “there is a protagonist to the cosmic order, but that the protagonist is a ‘quest’ and not an entity. The universe quests for its maximal potential. The core dynamic Quest for Potential strives with purpose and direction towards ever-greater and higher potential. At the beginning of time,’ eternal Quest for Potential harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Mathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang. This same symbiotic dynamic – Quest for Potential in league with Physics-Math – then acted as a catalyst for life, evolution, language, emotion, consciousness, and, indeed, for all the key dynamics which have evolved in the universe.”

Birnbaum has blown a hole in Randomness theory which its zealous proponents cannot close. Birnbaum – via his Quest for Potential has shown that not only is there both design and purpose to the universe but that that both are Physics-Math based. The gaping hole that Potentialism has blown in the palace gates of Randomness/atheism is a large one. Birnbaum’s powerful theory has provided the hoped-for opening for other minds to speak out against the (fatal) intellectual flaws of Randomness as well, let alone, their 20+ year highly-politicized gambit of trying to bully the academic world and suppress debate.

Over a dozen journals have featured Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica and its Theory of Potential in the 2013-2014 period alone.

MASSACHUSETTS: One such man is Seth Lloyd, MIT professor of Mechanical Engineering in Boston, MA., and the author of Programming the Universe (2006). Lloyd, a highly respected name in quantum mechanics and quantum theory, has worked extensively to help scientists understand the universe in terms of a quantum computational model. His work expresses in mathematical terms how the universe can be examined as a teleologically (purpose) driven model following a pre-destined program or set of rules. His theory parallels Birnbaum’s prior Potentialism theory.

NEW YORK / Greenwich Village area: At the more philosophical end of the spectrum is Thomas Nagel of NY. Nagel has done in-depth philosophical analysis of the limitations and mistakes of the Randomness model. Nagel sets forth an elegant argument for a natural teleological drive for the universe. For this work Mind & Cosmos (2012) Nagel was attacked savagely by the atheist orthodox community. His book wasn't even a direct attack against atheism. In fact, Nagel himself is an atheist but his cardinal sin from the British perspective was in not being zealous enough in defending atheism’s pet theory of Randomness. The problem, however, resides solely with the inherent weakness of Randomness which Nagel delineated, not in Nagel. Randomness Theory fatally lacks the flexibility to incorporate any purposefulness to the universe.

MAINE: The Randomness model of cosmology has likewise been challenged by biologists in recent years. Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Professor of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine likewise supports a teleological model as a cosmic order which would explain many phenomena Randomness fails to. In fact, he strongly supports Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory, observing that as a metaphysics it uniquely explains the observable basic laws of ecology in which governs the growth and regulation of populations of living organisms.

The Battle Lines Have Been Drawn

Randomness proponents have thus far showed a monolithic unified front intended to maintain the imperialism of the British atheistic academic orthodoxy in a position of absolute power. Through distribution of academic rewards and a tight control of academic journals and media, the atheistic sect of academia has sought – directly and through atheist surrogates in the media- to control and/or suppress the release of information or any competing theories through any means necessary: coercion, academic censorship, libel and ad hominem attacks.

What the academic establishment hasn't been able to do is silence dissenters or answer the challenges which teleology supporters have leveled against Randomness Theory; this challenge is starting to become noticed and make significant headway; indeed, breaks in the ranks of the academic front are starting to show.

CONNECTICUT: Academic champions, such as Yale professor of Computer Science David Gelernter, have begun to speak up in the media and call out the libelous attacks on those who disagree with the atheist academics for what they are – ‘bullying tactics’ and a ‘lynch mob’ modus operandi meant to intimidate their peers into conformity – and to stifle innovation in cosmology.

History repeats itself

What should be scientific evolution – the progression of science and philosophy towards a greater understanding of the natural world – has instead been bottled-up for decades; however, the strangulation of debate has now instigated a Second American Revolution It may be that British academia is about to receive another history lesson.

High-handed tactics and intimidation only work against the meek. To apply these tactics against the highly-focused quite formidable intellects of those who study the very nature of the universe is a fool's errand. The British academic atheist net may snare the less involved academics protective of their tenure, who would not wish to face the wrath of the British academic institute; however, intimidation and defamation is ultimately a futile tactic to employ against the formidable players they actually need to silence to achieve their nefarious objectives.

Much as British high-handedness to suppress human potential ended disastrously in the past, it seems they are destined to repeat their same disastrous imperialistic gambits. Every attack they've leveled, has only served to highlight their insecurity, cast further doubt on their intellectual integrity, and highlight the ultimately fatal weakness of their randomness schema. The Second Colonist Revolution is unfolding and the British academic orthodoxy stands on the wrong side of the battle lines. Its intellectually and morally bankrupt ivory tower of power is now under quite-formidable assault.




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David Birnbaum’s Beethoven


Charles Darwin’s Beethoven?

By Edward

How did we (the cosmic order) get to the point of Beethoven’s symphonies?

Did we get there simply by survival of the fittest?

Darwin presented his now mainstream theory of survival of the fittest as the root of human evolution. And Darwinism has demonstrated vitality as a theory. But did we get to Beethoven by survival of the fittest alone?

The 21st century has seen a rise in new theories of cosmology. At the forefront has been Potentialism.  The theory was developed by independent scholar David Birnbaum of Manhattan. It is explicated via his 3-volume treatise: Summa Metaphysica I: Religious Man (Ktav Publishing, 1988), Summa Metaphysica II: Spiritual Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2005) and Summa Metaphysica III: Secular Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2014). The theory is an iconic paradigm challenge.

Note these key terms:
Q4P = Quest for Potential  (infinitely iterated)    (see www.sequence1000.com )
E+  = Extraordinariation ( see www.summametaphysica.com/extraordinariation )

Potentialism’s primary edict is a simple formula: Q4P → E+.

This is a simple and straightforward proposition. In layman’s terms, it states that the universe inexorably strives towards greater Potential or Complexity/Sophistication, and thus heads towards a state Potentialists call Extraordinariation (E+ for short).

Once delineated, this simple theme/concept can be seen as pervasive across the cosmic order – from the macro to the micro level. Everything strives after its optimal potentials and the cosmos itself moves towards Complexity/Sophistication. For example, people learn, atoms conjoin into molecules. Advance – in multiple permutations. This is the primal dynamic of existence, which upon reflection, can indeed be seen all around us.

Potentialism takes issue with Darwinism. It does not do so because Darwinism is incorrect, but rather because Darwinism is radically incomplete. The Theory of Potential maintains that there are actual three interlocking components of Evolution:
1) survival-potential (classic Darwinism)

2) deploying an optimal array of potential
3) discerning the optimal route towards Extraordinariation

The line-of-genetics which optimizes all three of these components, will, according to Potentialism, be the ‘genetic mix’ which prevails. Looked at differently, Quest for Potential impacts genetic coding to get to this ‘optimal mix’.

The root of the deficit with classic Darwinism lies with two factors: group selection and higher evolution.

Group selection is a soft chink in the armor of Darwinism. Darwinism explains that everything evolves based on personal/individual survival traits. An individual is more likely to survive and pass on his or her traits for their individual advantage. However, the real natural world does not show this to be the only influence at work. There is group selection. Group selection represents those decisions made by individuals that actual harm oneself but benefit the group. In short, Darwinism does not account for altruism. Be it your family, tribe, species, or perhaps nature as a whole – the issue is that we have plenty of examples of group selection and Darwinism is dead silent on the cause of this.

While Potentialism recognizes  evolution, it understands full well that survival is not the only force at work. Potentialism recognizes the teleological nature of the universe. That is to say, Potentialism understands that not only do individual creatures work towards their evolution, or higher level of Complexity, but the species as a whole does as well. Following the precepts of Potentialism, life forms, in their totality, struggle as a group as well as on an individual level to maximize their Potential.

And this is where Beethoven comes in. Darwinism simply seeks a higher order of survivability. Potentialism, on the other hand, strives towards Complexity/Sophistication/Extraodinariness in its infinite, myriad forms enroute towards Extraordinaration. While Darwinism is only concerned with the individual survival of a species or sub-species, Potentialism takes a holistic approach to judge what is survival and progress. It is not enough for an individual to survive. Potentialism rules that a creature must strive for their species as a whole. But further, and this is where the huge difference occurs, Potentialism requires species not only to survive, but to increase in Complexity/Sophistication as they advance ever-onwards towards the extraordinary.

To Darwin, winning is simply about surviving, killing and procreating. To Potentialism, this is not enough. To Potentialists, one must also rise in Complexity/Sophistication to be winning the evolutionary game. And that is where humans excel. The necessary reflexes and basic instincts to survive are a basic principle of intelligent life. But for Potentialists, the true litmus test is development of the skills beyond survival: art, morality, intellectuality, the panoply of emotion, and abstract consciousness.

Darwin leaves no place for a creature to create art. It leaves no room for higher evolution – the learning beyond simple tools – of the more nuanced parts of cognition itself. Cognition is not directly associated with the skills to survive, so it should simply die out as some weird anomaly, per Darwinism – useless, in and of itself. Potentialism, by contrast, expects the rise of art and emotion. Art and emotion are considered a higher mode of cognition and are expected in the most advanced species – humans. Thus we see, Darwin leaves no room for Beethoven, art being simply an aberration of no useful (survival) value in humanity’s evolution. Potentialism, by contrast, foresees the birth of art and embraces it for what it properly is – the higher level of Complexity/Sophistication achieved by humankind, representing a tangible step forward in our evolutionary journey towards ultimate Extraordinariation.



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The Pattern to Cosmic Advance - Quest for Potential

Summa Metaphysica's Potentialism Theory
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David Birnbaum, metaphysicist and private scholar, set out on an audacious odyssey in 1988 to redefine modern cosmology as we know it. What he gave the world was Potentialism. The Infinite Quest for Potential is the unifying cosmic drive – the reason for how things are – and the path for what they will become – as the universe grows. In 1988, Birnbaum released Summa Metaphysica I: Religious Man (Ktav, 1988), followed by Summa Metaphysica II: Spiritual Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2005) and Summa Metaphysica III: Secular Man (New Paradigm Matrix, 2014).


Potentialism Theory: The Superlaw Overarching Formula

Birnbaum laid out a simple formula underlying the cosmic order and regulating its ongoing evolution:

Quest for Potential

shorthand: Q4P∞

This formula describes the basic mechanics of Potentialist cosmology. It states that there is an inherent drive in the universe, the Quest for Infinite Potential (Q4P). This is the drive that causes everything in the universe to achieve increasingly higher levels of potential. The dynamic is infinite in every conceivable frame of reference.


Potentialism Theory: More detailed formula

The first formula above is a simplification of the Potentialist model.

For a more detailed analysis of Potentialism, it is necessary to look at a fuller mathematical model governing the Potentialism process.

Q4P∞ → C+ → QJ → E+

This follows the Potentialism model on a finer detail of scale. Q4P gives direct rise to what Birnbaum refers to as Complexification (C+), which in turn gives rise to Quantum Jumps (QJ), which are all enroute to Extraordinariation (E+).

Thus, ‘the plot thickens’, but the core thrust remains the same: Infinite Potential drives the Cosmic Order.

Focus: Complexification

Complexification (C+) is defined as the ongoing process of advancing the complexity/sophistication/variety/wondrousness of everything existing in the universe. When C+ reaches a critical mass point, a Quantum Jump (QJ) is the result. Some QJs are more dramatic than others.

For instance, the Big Bang is probably the most distinct QJ known to us. But QJs permeate the stream of cosmic history. And more are to come, for sure.

C+ can be witnessed in terms of simple, mechanistic/physical terms – such as two hydrogen and an oxygen atom combining to form water (an intrinsic complexity event), or when a cell divides (a multiplicative or extrinsic complexity event). However, Complexification covers far more than mechanistic complexity. C+ is used to denote the myriad ways outside of the mechanistic in which complexity can increase.

As an example, consider two pieces of music. Our first piece is written entirely in one key, so it is harmonically sound. The notes are all standard lengths, but random. There is nothing integrally incorrect with this piece, but it, arguably, doesn't sound much like music. Our second piece may be, perhaps, a moving sonata – emotion evoking and transcendent beyond what is printed on the sheet music because of this. Both pieces, on paper, look the same – but one is unarguably more sophisticated; however on a mechanistic level they are identical. This is the meaning of Complexification. C+ not only accounts for the mechanistic complexity of the sheet music, but also for the complexity of the emotion it evokes, the beauty of the piece itself. It eludes physical science to explain what makes the sonata more complex than the random piece – but it is humanly self-evident that it is more complex. Thus, C+ necessarily encompasses more than the mechanistic alone. Like Extraordinariation, it is the sum of its mechanistic, intellectual, emotive, spiritual and beautific qualities – both the qualitative as well as the quantitative.


Focus: Quantum Jumps

Quantum Jumps (shorthand: QJ) can appear, on the surface, as very similar to Complexification+. They display the same overarching properties as C+, showing complexity in its myriad quantitative and qualitative forms. But, C+ displays complexity in known forms. QJs express complexity in fundamentally new, never before seen expressions. QJs also introduce a fundamentally higher, “game changing” if you will, level of complexity. Finally, QJs are episodic. Whereas, C+ occurs continuously, a QJ happens only rarely and does so dramatically.

To explain QJs, it is easiest to illustrate them. Imagine a universe where only atoms exist. Without molecules, there is no life. Even water itself cannot exist – that is a combination of oxygen and hydrogen atoms. In such a universe, the complexity we take for granted cannot exist at all. At one point, in our distant past, that was the universe. Beyond that, there was an era where even atoms did not exist yet. As you can imagine, the universe itself was fundamentally different – less complex. But QJ events, in the form of first atom creation, then molecular creation, gave rise to a universe where more complex forms could coalesce.


QJ: Rungs on the ladder to Extraordinariation

This the nature of QJ events. They are game changers, opening up the universe to unfold in new directions and levels of complexity impossible to even imagine until they occurred. QJs both form and follow the scientific rules governing the universe. They are an expression of the increasing maturity, driven by Potential, of cosmic evolution as it steers ever onwards towards Extraordinariation.

As mentioned though, QJs, like C+, are driven by more than mechanistic design – they are an expression of all levels of complexity. As such, they encompass such universal phenomena as the creation of language, music, reason, emotion, altruism. While some of these phenomena are not quantitative, they are all self-evident in their existence and perfectly qualitative. It is the metaphysical nature of Potentialism itself which allows Potentialism to smoothly and easily explain these aspects of reality where pure, analytic science fails.


Complexification+ > Quantum Jump

It is this ongoing interplay of Complexification and Quantum Jumps that govern existence and define how it evolves. Both are created/driven by Q4P, the drive of everything within the universe to seek its own higher levels of complexity. C+ and QJs are the visible evidence of that eternal Quest for Potential. All are items in the universe's tool box which lets it seek out and strive towards its quest for ultimate Extraordinariation.


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