David Birnbaum Philosophy
a slice of
A core custer of questions in metaphysics
……..revolves around ‘Eternal Origins’
# Where did the ‘first something’ come from
# How was there any ‘something’ other than ‘nothing’?
# How did we get from that ‘something’ to the present day ?
# How did that ‘something’ lead to the ‘traction’ of the universe?
# Is there a Prime Mover? If this Prime Mover always existed, where did this Prime Mover come from? [the theogony’ question]
# In any event, what ‘something’ could be ‘eternal’? [the ”Eternal Origins’ question]
# And why could our profound and extraordinary universe not have ‘come into being’
– or been ‘brought into being’ – without Evil? [ also part of the ‘theodicy’ question]
# Is there a ‘designer’ of the universe? Is this ‘designer’ sacred or secular?
# And, if there is a ‘designer’,
– where did it (the ‘designer’) come from?
– what is its essence
– roughly what are the parameters of its power?
– have we – or have we not – encountered it?
# Are we actually integral to the ‘designer’?
# What ‘ignited’ the (apparently pretty smart and pretty powerful) Big Bang?
# Where are we ‘heading’? Is there direction to the universe?
# Is there/What is –
the ‘purpose’ of all? [the ‘teleology’ question]
– Is there an ‘arrow’ to the universe?
– a ‘direction’?
– a ‘meaning’?
– a goal?
# Where ‘do humans stand‘ in all of this?
# What is life? Where did life come from? Is it reborn in every being – or is it one continuum flowing from Eternal Origins?
# Is there a ‘cosmic consciousness’? What is consciousness?
# Dose Macro Physics (Einstein’s gravitational physics) ever get stitched together with Micro Physics (Max Planck’s Quantum Mechanics)?
# Does ‘everything’ start with the Big Bang? If not, what preceded the Big Bang?
# How does Dark Energy tie in with all-of-the-above?
# Can there ever be any universe without Summa’s Q4P∞ in the mix?
# Does the future ever impact the present?
Does Summa’s proposed Q4P∞ thesis essentially resolve all of the above simultaneously? YES
Does (allegedly) competing Randomness Theory resolve any of above? NO
Quest for Potential∞
is the tip-of-the-spear
of Birnbaum’s hypothesized directional
Prime Mover quest-force-algorithm
// Remember / Q4P∞ is infinitely nested & coiled
of Potentialism Theory
# Birnbaum’s Prime Mover is a quest-force-algorithm
# The Birnbaum algorithm is: Q4P∞ > C+ > E+
/// see: Super-Formula1000.com
/\ see Scientific American back cover www.TheoryAd1000.com (SEPT 2017)
JAN 2022: The Livnat/Melamed Hemoglobin Gene Study
vindicates a core plank of Birnbaum’s Potentialism Theory
Suis Generis Code?
Is Q4P∞ actually a self-generating, self-building-out, universe-spanning, quasi-alive, self-sustaining, all-embracing, all-pervading, pinnacle natural force, quasi- computer-code –
the Birnbaum’s Super-Formula ALGORITHM
Q4P∞ → C+ → E+
– from the Get-Go
[ note: David B was a Computer Science major at CCNY Engineering. ]
[ the pre-Big Bang portion of Summa hypothesis is always highly-speculative ]
THE 3 EPOCHS TO-DATE OF OUR UNIVERSE
[ 3 EPOCHS, 2 BIRTHS ]
I Pure Potential
II Infinite Quest for Potential∞
III Potential / Reality HYBRID
‘everywhere in nature’
“Algorithms and computation take place not just in computers or between computer systems but actually everywhere in nature, in atoms, in matter,…. bacteria in a cell, and neurons in the brain.”
– Avi Wigderson (Israeli mathematician)
ABEL Prize Co-Winner 3/2021
Princeton Institute for Advanced Study
upon learning of hs winning the ABEL Award
Algorithm > Algorithm *
Evolution / Birnbaum / Potentialism Theory:
The Prime Mover is a quest-force-algorithm –
and this algorithm tweaks** another (subordinate) algorithm – DNA code.
see also: Super-Formula1000.com
* conceptually, seems pretty elegant to us
** and sometimes totally re-engineers
of Cosmic Order
increasingly dynamic Platforms
21st Century Human Life
[ Summa’s ]
Many core aspects pre-Big Bang are mirrored –
in slightly different, but resonant, form –
by core aspects post-Big Bang
** another – but crucial – sub-hypothesis of the greater Potentialism Theory hypothesis
to be deployed by the Summa author
in his tool kit
playing***, as well, Cosmic Detective
– peering behind the Big Bang
to discern and explicate (in broad brush strokes)
two new epochs as precursor (to our own epoch)
*** brazen, perhaps, but it seems to have worked
>>> Meaning, the human drama (post-Big Bang) often mirrors the cosmic drama (pre-Big Bang) <<<
expands/advances in-tandem >
which it has instigated
David Birnbaum Potentialsm Theory
Chronology1000.com TimeLine of the Universe
Foundations of the Universe focus
a speculative sub-hypothesis
# ‘Detail /explanation will be filled-in to a very limited extent
somewhat in Chronology-of-the-Universe to-follow later
# This entire [epochs of the universe] ‘zone’ is ‘medium-risk hypothesis’
[THE ETERNAL ORIGINS QUESTION]
So, the question will be:
In Epoch 1, where did this ethereal & eternal Cosmic Womb of Potential come from?
Are these points (just-below) possibly part of the answer ?
# The Cosmic Womb of Potential only existed metaphysically; not tangibly
# As this ‘something’ is is not tangible, and is close-to-nothing,
have we not achieved our philosophical objective
( of Eternal Origins being close-to-nothing )
# Is the Cosmic Womb of Potential
a metaphysical mirror
( per my Mirror sub-Hypothesis )
– of infinitely nested potentials – ongoing realized – down-the-road in Epoch 3
– but, sufficient to get the ball rolling
i.e., sufficient to get the universe rolling
Remember, all the pre-Big Bang material is highly-speculative, of course.
Tracing the Life-Force Sequence
per Birnbaum interlocked hypotheses
( including crucial ‘Mirror Hypothesis’ for pre-Big Bang ]
from Eternal Origins > D Birnbaum b. 1950
* rough sketch *
[ COSMIC WOMB OF POTENTIAL ]
at Epoch 1 – 2 inflection point
( in ~double helix shape )
incipient Q4P∞ x incipient QM ( Quantum Mechanics )
/ BOTH – Q4P∞ & QM –
building-out ensemble thru Epoch 2
/ Cosmic Tango
they SEPARATE from each other @ the Big Bang ( ~ 13.8 blll yrs ago )
[ life-force stays w/Q4P∞ ]
Life Force emerges at Planet Earth
simultaneous with its formation ( ~4.5 bill yrs ago )
[ not a bit later – as per CW (Conventional Wisdom) ]
eventually double-helix DNA
Q4P∞ ongoing crafts/tweaks the cosmic constants
and myriad genomes
crafting billions of species
[ 100% of species emerge via highly-calibrated Q4P∞ crafting/tweaking ]
one of these lines gets to
1950 human newborns in the NY area
our ‘Smart Universe’ driven by our hypothesized natural force (Q4P)
Directed & Designed Evolution
Evolution is not directed by
Natural Selection / Random Mutation
(the fatally-flawed Darwinian theory)
Rather, Evolution is hyper-intelligently directed/designed
by Q4P∞ –
Prime Mover quest-force-algorithm –
– essentially a unique directional ~suis generis dynamic
There is, thus, respectfully,
a powerful ~universal resolution path to resolving/understanding
the extraordinarily intelligently-crafted
hyper-complex and ongoing directional journey of Evolution
The hitherto intractable scientific conundrum of Evolution
is quite-elegantly resolved (by Potentialism Theory)
Your Life Force flows unimpeded – in a slightly circuitous line – directly from Epoch 1.
So, is Q4P∞
a, b, c or d ?
a) Quest for – P∞
b) [Quest for Potential] ∞
c) [ Quest for (Quest for – P∞) ] ∞
d) a different permutation
Summa Metaphysica I was published in 1988.
My considered judgment is that Q4P∞ is option (c).
[ Quest for (Quest for – P∞) ] ∞
Thus, its extraordinary power.
The authentic synergistic dynamics — which Gaia’s hypothesizers have been pivoting off of —
are actually the local (Planet Earth quadrant) manifestations of universe-spanning Q4P∞ playing-out the [Potentialism] SuperFormula (see SuperFormula1000.com) on Earth.
"The mob" – the reactionary alliance of
SELF SELECTING –
British jingoists – Darwinists – Randomnists – Hard Line Atheists
has fought to the death Gaia’s (correct) core proposition. As per their usual nefarious tactics, the pro-Darwinists endeavor to swarm, defame and and de-legitimize directional universe theorists. Not via the force of argument, but rather by planting snarky articles, academic blackmail and reputational rape. All under the enabling blessing of the British government – and the Royal Society (London). At all costs – and by any means – upholding the (dead man walking) theory of Britain’s favorite son Darwin.
By its usual ‘sleight of hand’, "the mob" endeavors to debase Lovelock (the Gaia formulator) and explain all via (fatally-flawed) Natural Selection/Random Mutation – whose advocates – including the Cambridge University (alma mater of Darwin) ecosystem – have bullied the Western academic world – and stunted the advance of science – for well-over 100 years.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
is a buttress for Potentialism Theory (Q4P∞)
If no Q4P∞
the universe should have imploded
a long, long time ago
Pre – Summa / Potentialism Theory
Second Law seemingly had a problem
with our universe expanding for billions of years.
Why did Second Law’s entropy
not constrict and/or implode this expanding entity?
Enter Potentialism’s Q4P∞
Major Problems in [establishment] Science
– [ all now clearly resolved by Summa Theory ]
Selected Quotes from
by Dr. Peter Atkins*b
Celebrated atheist Oxford U scientist Peter Atkins
 admits that [establishment] science remains stymied by a series of important questions (see just-below);
however, Potentialism [1988, 2005, 2014, 2020]
elegantly hypothesizes [integrated] answers to all of them.
See, in particular, www.Chronology1000.com
printed in Summa IV .
As well, the [widely-circulated]
Huffington Post piece (June 10, 2015)
"David Birnbaum Cracks the Cosmic Code"
addresses the core issues of Atkins’ angst.
“The first great question of being is one that has probably entertained us all at one time or another: where did it, the universe, all come from? How did it begin?…” (p. 1)
“There are, in fact, three related profound questions to address in the context of creation. One is the mechanism of the coming into being of the universe: what actually happened at the beginning? Another is whether there is any meaning to the question of what preceded the universe and had, in some sense, the potential to become a universe. Here we are confronted by the linguistically and conceptually engaging question of whether absolutely nothing can have potency to become something. The third is whether an agent was needed to trigger the process of cosmogenesis, the process of turning that nothing into what is to all appearances something, or can nothing turn itself into something on its own? All three questions sound as though they might fall within the range of science to answer. A fourth question, why there is a universe, is rather different, but still apparently very interesting….” (p. 2)
“As a result of their intrinsic caution, almost every scientist is wisely unwilling to express a view about the events accompanying the inception of the universe.
Quite honestly, they haven’t a clue….” (p. 5)
“The task before science in this connection will be to show how something can come from nothing without intervention. No one has the slightest idea whether that can happen and, if so, how it can come about….” (p. 11)
“The unfolding of absolutely nothing—what out of reverence for the absence of anything, including empty space, we are calling Nothing—into something is a problem of the profoundest difficulty and currently far beyond the reach of science. It is, however, a target at which science must aim even though to some, even to scientists of a pessimistic or perhaps just realistic bent, it would seem to be for ever out of science’s reach….” (p. 12)
“Presumably before the creation, when there was Nothing, there was no charge; so the coming into being of the universe was accompanied by the separation of ‘no charge’ into opposites. Charge was not created at the creation: electrical Nothing separated into equal and opposite charges….” (pp. 13-14)
“I promised to return to the question of why there is a universe. What is its purpose? Something so big, complex, and all embracing some hold, must be there for a reason….” (p. 18)
“…science is a ceaseless probing with a view to overturning authority….science, though delighted by the glorious complexity of the world, seeks the
simplicity that lies beneath it….science is extraordinarily difficult, as it seeks covert mechanism….science is ever thrusting forward, wriggling into new modes of understanding,…science gives an opportunity for humanity to achieve the aspirations it already has and opens its eyes to new ones….” (pp. 26-27)
“A scientist, the arch-descendent of Occam, looks first for the simplest explanation, then builds elaborations only if the explanation’s barren, rocky simplicity proves inadequate….” (p. 33)
“One problem with evolution is how it began. Competition between primitive organisms is all very well, the triumph of one message over another,
but how did matter step across the national bridge from the inorganic to the organic in the first place?
…It would be much more satisfying—satisfying of curiosity, intellectually satisfying, and possibly spiritually satisfying—if we could find a physical process by which that gap was bridged, presumably without the apparent intervention of an agent….” (pp. 38-39)
“…Scientists are still puzzled about how this complexity [of life] emerged under the impact, presumably, of natural selection, and it remains a problem of evolution. That is not to say that there are not many ideas about how it came about. Just as for the origin of life itself, which is still a real puzzle, evolutionary biologists are not without ideas, but have not yet identified which, if any, is valid….” (pp. 60-61)
*a Peter Atkins, On Being
(Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2011),
pp.1-2, 5, 11-14, 18, 26-27, 33, 38-39, 60-61.
*b Scientist Peter Atkins is the author of almost 70 books, including
Galileo’s Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science, Four Laws
That Drive the Universe, and the world-renowned textbook
Physical Chemistry. A Fellow of Lincoln College, University of
Oxford, he has been a visiting professor in France, Israel, New
Zealand, and China, and continues to lecture widely throughout the world.
He is, as well, a ‘poster boy’ for Atheism.
Summa humbly offers
# a bullet-proof metaphysics
[ see Inductive1000.com for a 40-page inductive proof
published in/on Academia.edu ]
# a totally original & authentic metaphysics
[ see Testimonials1000.com ]
# a metaphysics packaged with its own Super-Formula
[ Q4P∞ > C+ > E+ ]
spanning Macro and MIcro levels
of the Cosmic Order
from time immemorial
# a metaphysics with the same dynamic –
its ‘spinal column’,
Eternal Origins to the Present –
# a metaphysics which brazenly
peeks-behind the Big Bang
[ see Chronology1000.com ]
– and discovers two additional epochs
# A metaphysics which frontally addresses –
and hopefully, elegantly resolves –
the top questions in cosmology/metaphysics
in a unified and elegant manner
[ see HuffPost1000.com ]
[ see panel in Chronology1000 – ‘Major Problems’ ]
# a metaphysics with no bona fide competing theory
[ see Chronological1000.com ]
[ Where is the competing Metaphysics? ]
# a metaphysics which has stood the test of time
[ since Summa 1 was published in 1988 ]
[ see panel in Chronology1000
– "No flaw has been discerned’ ]
# a quite-heavily-testimonialed metaphysics
[ see SummaCoverage.com ]
Each still ‘directional’
There may or may not be other universes;
but, per Summa Theory,
any palatable universe must individually still be ‘directional’ –
As we have seen.,
over the past 5+ millennia,
only a Q4P∞-driven-universe
can, indeed, be ‘critically understood’
NO Q4P∞; no universe
YES, Q4P∞; maybe a full-fledged universe
Respectfully, nihilists and fellow travelers
trying to explain-away our own universe
as a consequence of (random) chance –
and the roll-of-the-dice of hypothesized random multiverse –
fail the test of critical analysis.
# was featured on the back cover of Scientific American
on our ad – September 2017 issue;
so over four years ago – with no challenge whatsoever to-date
[ see TheoryAd1000.com for latest ad iteration ]
# the Super-Formula would seem to provide an interesting
unifying guideline for the cosmic unfolding
from Eternal Origins > the Big Bang > the Present > the Future
[ see Super-Formula1000.com ]
# Even in isolation, the Super-Formula offers a Unified Theory of the Cosmos
[ see TTOE1000.com ]
– which works
# wraps-around E = mc2
[ see Einstein1000.com ]
# Perhaps it offers ‘some advantages’ over
(1000 percent vacuous)
Theory of No Theory – Randomness
BACK COVER / SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN / SEPTEMBER 2017