January 2019

of first tier of Potentialism Terms

Glossary of Potentialism Terms

Over the past three decades (since KTAV published Summa I in 1988) Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory has been built-out. As such, it has developed its own lexicon to describe its fundamental principle of Potentialism. Potentialists define the universal drive of cosmology as the Infinite Quest for Potential. This is the inherent “drive” of the cosmos to seek its own ever-further complexity/sophistication/wondrousness. The end-goal of this complexity/sophistication/wondrousness is referred to as Extraordinariation (see www.summametaphysica.com/extraordinariation/). Extraordinariation is not so much a precise destination as an ideal goal to be sought-after, albeit never quite fully-realized. Potential journeys towards a non-concretized state of infinite complexity/sophistication/wondrousness. The universe moves inexorably towards this infinite goal. Giving birth along the way to major events of increased complexity/sophistication/wondrousness identified as Quantum Jumps – for the fundamental changes in the universe they create. [Examples of a Quantum Jump would be the emergence of atoms from energy, the emergence of multi-cellular life from single-cell-life]. Thus, along the way towards Extraordinariation, are episodic Quantum Jump events. The lexicon of Potentialism has given rise to the following glossary:

Potentialism Potentialism itself represents a new science for a new century. It provides an overarching 21st century metaphysics that seeks no less than to encompass the scientific, the religious, the spiritual and the philosophical. Fully encompassing all modern science, Potentialism is at-a-minimum, the core metaphysics of a (true) Theory of Everything – not only in scientific terms, but in all terms meaningful to humankind. Birnbaum has offered this short glossary of the key 7 terms of Potentialism to arm those seeking an understanding of the cosmic order with the tools necessary to have a “seat at the table” to this new metaphysics. All are invited as science comes back to the table from a three century, post-Spinoza hiatus – to reexamine our most fundamental understanding of the cosmic dynamic (see SummaCoverage.com)

[ All terms are Birnbaumian constructs ]

CWP Cosmic Womb of Potential. This is the metaphysical realm within which Potential, QJs, PAs, and E+ all convene to shape the nature and events of the universe. It is easiest to conceptualize the Cosmic Womb as a metaphysical place of creation. It is, in and of itself, not a thing, but a metaphysical space/place for the birth of things. As such, it can bring forth to life the concept of the physical as well as the philosophical. The physical universe is the non-abstract part of the CWP. The CWP is often looked at as analogous to the sciences. There is the physical sciences and the classical sciences, the latter being the purely mathematical, abstract and philosophical (see PotentialismTheory.com/ParadigmChallenge/).

P/P = (Potential/Possibility) =
the possibility of the possibility of the possibility ad infinitum of Potential/Possibility
[ primordial Q4P ]

Q4P The Infinite Quest for Infinite Potential, usually shortened to Quest for Potential in conversation, though the formal name best represents the iterative, infinite nature of Potential. This represents the universe’s innate drive towards fulfilling its true potential. Also commonly denoted as Q4P or, super-shorthand: Q4P.
Note that there are multiple embedded infinities in Q4P:
See  Infinity-3.com

Q4P → E+ The fundamental, basic drive of the cosmic dynamic. This represents the Quest for Infinite Potential which drives the cosmic order towards greater and greater complexity towards its own Extraordinariation and is the core of Potentialism (see Sequence1000.com). As the universe inherently is driven towards greater and greater complexity, it thus pushes it towards the inevitable goal of Extraordinariation – or a state of super/infinite Complexification.

“0”-Point The Zero Point represents the universal pre-Big Bang. In physics terms, it is the pre-known universe, when all Planck values were under 1. It was a “time”, if such can be said to exist before time existed, when space was near infinitesimally small, and gravity, light and much of the rules of current physics did not exist yet. The 0-Point was what existed before the Q4P of the universe caused the Big Bang and the first fundamental QJ, which began forming our current universe.

C+ Complexification The hypothesized cosmic intermediate drive – “Q4P’s handmaiden” – maneuvering the cosmos towards greater complexity/sophistication/richness/integration/variety/wondrousness.

In turn, note that one of the components of Complexification just-noted above is ‘integration’; meaning, Complexification does not occur divorced from the cosmic landscape; rather, Complexification integrates into-the-process the harmonization/optimization of the ongoing Complexification with the existing bio-landscape.

Complexification seeks quantum jumps – QJs (see entry in this same Glossary) – as opposed to incremental advance.

In its ongoing march of Complexification – the universe moves ever-and-ever closer to what Birnbaum calls Extraordinariation (E+) – the universal end-goal – a horizon to be approached, but never quite realized – and a state otherwise defined as hyper-Complexification.

QJ A Quantum Jump. This is an episodic, cyclical cosmic occurrence when the fundamental degree of Complexity in the universe reaches a certain critical mass, a certain higher level, e.g. birth of the atom, birth of the molecule or the birth of sentience/thought. A QJ represents when the continual build-up towards Extraordinariation leaves a tangible foot print in the physical universe represented in a mini-Extraordinariation event. This is signified by an observable quantum jump in the level of Complexity existing in the universe.

PA Potential Arrays. These are common events of expression of something’s potential, such as the birth of a child; a chemical chain reaction; the birth of a star. A PA represents a clear (incremental) increase in expression of Potentiality while not representing a quantum jump in Complexity (which would be a QJ event). To clarify further, it is can also encompass an object increasing in Complexity, but not beyond what is currently considered a standard of universal complexity. More simply put, the birth of the first star was a QJ event, but the birth of subsequent stars are simply PA events.

E+ Extraordinariation. The other side of the Q4P equation, Extraordinariation represents the building complexity of the universe. It is also sometimes referred to as super-Complexity. As noted, Extraordinariation is a goal, as opposed to a concrete denouement. E+ is not a state which will actually be present in the universe. As alluded-to, mini-Extraordinariation events which appear episodically in the universe are labeled QJ – or Quantum Jumps (see shortly below).

Summa Metaphysica is a paradigm-changing work; it entirely changes the way we look at everything.


Q4P∞ → C+ → E+

- M.D.



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