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David Birnbaum / Summa Metaphysica

 

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Summa Metaphysica proposes
an original and elegant metaphysics

 

The main Summa Metaphysicasite is: www.Philosophy1000.com

 

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Summa goes for the crux of the matter: It endeavors to discern the fount and engine of the cosmic order.

 

The author's conclusion is simple yet complex: Quest for Potential

 

Summa Metaphysica discerns this one unifying concept. The author proposes that this one dynamic – is eternal, transcending, and overarching.

 

The author makes-the-case that it is self-evident that the only dynamic which can be asserted with full conviction as being truly eternal is Potential/Possibility. By definition.

 

The religious finesse would be that Holy Quest for Potential is eternal.

 

On Summa's ambitious to-do list is the quasi-unification – via the universal common core axis of Potential – of Science, Religion and Philosophy.

 

As we are aware, however, establishments do not readily yield to paradigm shifts – without a battle.

 

New Paradigm Matrix™

 

 

 

 

 

100+ focused feature articles on Summa Metaphysica's Potentialism

see www.SummaCoverage.com

for 100+ links

[ see November 2014 links just-below as sample ]

November 20, 2014
ROCKET NEWS: The Core DNA of the Cosmic Order
http://www.rocketnews.com/2014/11/core-dna-cosmic-order/
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/CoreDNA.html
pointer: www.CoreDNA1000.com


November 20, 2014
BROOWAHA:The Philosophical Vanguard
http://www.broowaha.com/articles/20820/the-philosophical-vanguard
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Vanguard.html
pointer: www.Vanguard1000.com


November 20, 2014
JUBILEE: The Cosmic Tango
http://jubilee-newspaper.com/newsw/the-cosmic-tango.html
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/CosmicTango.html
pointer: www.Tango1000.com


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

https://www.academia.edu/9399697/The_Singularity_of_the_Big_Bang
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Singularity.html
pointer: www.Singularity1000.com


November 20, 2014
iREPORT CNN: Potentialism Theory’s Cosmic Goal: E+
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1189756
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/iReport-E+.html
pointer: www.E1000.com


November 19, 2014
EXAMINER: David Birnbaum’s Potentialism Theory: The (brutal) Politics of Philosophy
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Politics.html
pointer: www.Politics1000.com


November 19, 2014
WORLD.EDU: Philosophy: The simultaneous solution
http://guest.world.edu/2014/11/19/philosophy-the-simultaneous-solution/
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/World-Simultaneous.html
pointer: www.Simultaneous1000.com


November 9, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: God does not play dice with the universe
http://www.newzealandtimes.co.uk/god-does-not-play-dice-with-the-universe
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Dice_Einstein.html
pointer: www.Dice1000.com


November 9, 2014
THE SOUTH AFRICAN: Has Outsider David Birnbaum Trumped the Entire Academic Establishment?
http://www.thesouthafrican.com/has-outsider-david-birnbaum-trumped-the-entire-academic-establishment/
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Outsider.html
pointer: www.Outsider1000.com


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

http://www.australiantimes.co.uk/philosophy-cosmic-purpose/
OR
http://www.summametaphysica.com/Nagel_Birnbaum.html
pointer: www.Nagel1000.com

 

 

from the desk of

Hugo van den Berg

University of Warwick
Department of Mathematics
Coventry, United Kingdom

Mar 28, 2013


On Birnbaum's Formula


Physics, unlike metaphysics perhaps, is concerned only with description. However, not all descriptions are created equal; it is sometimes possible to capture large swathes of phenomena with a minimum of formal apparatus. Such superb descriptions are what scientists like to think of as “good theories” (all is, in the final analysis, still mere description, a point that is sometimes lost). The game naturally becomes this: to capture as much as possible with as little as possible.

In Birnbaum’s unparalleled and magisterial Summa Metaphysica, we find a pithy quote attributed to a Nobel prize winner [physicist Lederman] who expresses this dream as capturing the universe in a formula that one could print on a T-shirt. Birnbaum, in a staggering and audacious move, displays a formula below this quote.

Are we to infer that this is the answer to the dream of the physicist recently quoted? The recondite renaissance man Birnbaum does not tell us, at least not directly, not on this page. The formula just stands there, glorious in its splendid isolation. It reads:


Q4P


Perusal of Summa Metaphysica, two imposing tomes of recondite philosophical-mathematical-poetic musings, indicates that Birnbaum wants the reader to think of Q4P as a single symbol......

[ balance of essay upon request ]


Q4P


Q4P ( Q4P ( Q4P (


Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential
ad infinitum

 

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DAVID BIRNBAUM
MAJOR ACADEMIC WORKS

 

- 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

5-volume   Commentary Matrix ( www.commentary1000.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 -
(ongoing)

Manhattan Observer ( www.observer1000.com )

 

see www.DavidBacademic.com

 

see  PotentialismTheory.com

 

A PHILOSOPHY/COSMOLOGY SERIES BY DAVID BIRNBAUM

 

see  ParadigmChallenge.com

 

3 Summa Metaphysica back covers

see  ReviewExcerpts1000.com

 

see  TTOE1000.com

 

SUMMA METAPHYSICA CONFERENCE

 

Summa Metaphysica's Theory of Potential

A Unified Metaphysics / Cosmology / Philosophy

by David Birnbaum

 

 

 

 

see  xGlobal1000.com

 

POTENTIALISM THEORY

“ A UNIFYING CONCEPT OF THE UNIVERSE”

“ David Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica is a major philosophical contribution to the study of Being. According to Summa, Holy Potential is at the very epicenter of the Divine, and the quest for its fulfillment is the underlying core dynamic of the cosmic order.

Birnbaum considers Quest for Potential∞ to be ubiquitous and overarching holy cosmic dynamic. All of the countless components of the Universe, including humans, are striving towards the full realization of their particular potentialities.

Although centered on the problem of evil existing in the world created by benevolent and omnipotent God, Summa reaches far beyond theodicy. Deeply rooted in Biblical tradition, yet providing a modern and original approach to answering millennia-old questions, Summa represents a bold attempt to formulate a unifying concept of the Universe.”

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ECOLOGY

The very basic laws of ecology describing the growth and regulation of populations of living organisms appear to fit the metaphysical model of the cosmic Quest for Potential∞ proposed by David Birnbaum. Obviously, ecology is only one of many sub disciplines within the rather broad science of biology, and biology is only one of many natural sciences (albeit a very important one). Therefore, this observation alone does not serve as an immediate and decisive proof that the Quest is indeed the major driving force behind each and every natural process.

Nevertheless, it is truly fascinating that an established scientific theory based on experimental evidence and mathematic models is in such a strong agreement with a philosophical theory of Conceptual Theorist Birnbaum, and developed independently of any formal natural history research. This is unlikely to happen by chance alone.

Therefore, it is reasonable to propose the Quest for Potential∞ as a working hypothesis for explaining the impetus behind the cosmic dynamic.

Testing this hypothesis would involve a critical review of other scientific theories explaining particular phenomena in chemistry, physics, sociology, etc. for their agreement with Birnbaum’s proposed Overarching Theory.

Ultimately, this may yield a unified view of the Universe, which would be a major leap in fulfilling our potentiality as conscious beings.

– Dr. Andrei Alyokhin
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
School of Biology and Ecology
University of Maine
Orono, ME
November 2, 2012
Andrei_Alyokhin@umit.maine.edu

see  Simultaneous1000.com

What Ignited our Cosmos?


Deductive v. Inductive approach

Traditional academics have tackled the origins and nature of the universe through deductive reasoning. Looking back in time, they study the nature of the universe as it is and as far back as they can, and deductively try to reason out its secrets and origin. They've never succeeded. Looking back in time as the sole path to discerning the secrets of cosmic origins is problematic; the approach ultimately breaks down. It is true that scientists can look back a long way; with the powerful telescopes of today, they can look back very close to the time of the Big Bang, ferreting out many cosmic secrets. But there's a problem with attempting to deploy that approach alone in tracking back to “the beginning.”

As you go back far enough, the very things which scientists measure begin to lose meaning. When approaching “the beginning” there are unavoidable issues. Indeed, the very word “beginning” loses meaning. In “the beginning” time did not exist. Indeed, matter as we know it did not exist either. Hence, the idea that science can look back all the way to and before the Big Bang through deductive reasoning is pretty much an exercise in futility.

Yeshiva and Harvard-educated David Birnbaum is a Manhattan-based private scholar who engages with these issues. His universe-theory has been featured globally. He employs both paths in-tandem. Since one cannot deduce the eternality of the cosmos simply (deductively) by working backwards in time, one must as well (inductively) start at “the beginning” and work forward.

Birnbaum, in parallel to the ancient Greek metaphysicists, simultaneously starts with a proposed Eternal Origin and works forward towards Theoretical Physics. Birnbaum audaciously wants to seamlessly connect the two, and he apparently succeeds. “Outsider” to the formal academic establishment Birnbaum de facto simultaneously solves the inter-related series of classic (hitherto intractable) problems which has vexed the “insider” academic community.    

Now, in order to build a theory inductively, it is important to have a defined set of assumptions which the starting premise (the transcendent dynamic to be discovered) must fulfill. Birnbaum defines these criteria as follows: (1) The system must be elegant. (2) Such a system would most probably be ‘hidden in plain sight,’ as it must be pervasive and universal. (3) Its core dynamic/concept must effectively be eternal. (4) The core dynamic must have a force-multiplier aspect and be able to project and impact infinitely forward.  

In 1982 at age thirty-two Birnbaum finally vectored onto the concept/theme/dynamic he had been seeking. It would satisfy all of the above just-noted four criteria. The breakthrough would ultimately herald a possible Intellectual Revolution of the first magnitude – with profound implications.  

Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential would be the foundation of Summa Metaphysica – a treatise which would completely redefine current Universal Theory. Summa focuses on Birnbaum’s signature concept of Potential. To Birnbaum, Potential has many faces: Quest for Potential∞, Infinite Potential, Cosmic Womb of Potential and related. All are different facets of the same universal dynamic.    

Birnbaum proposes that Quest for Potential (iterated and nested to the infinite power) ignited and drives the cosmic order. Does this proposal satisfy Birnbaum’s own four criteria?

(1) The proposal definitely satisfies the rule of elegance. The entry-point is simple: potential.  But philosophically that simple statement has far reaching ramifications when examining the derivative conclusions this creates. If everything in the universe is pivoted on potential, we humans are potential in corporeal form.

(2) Its all-inclusiveness satisfies rule number two: It is indeed ‘hidden in plain sight’ by virtue of its own omnipresence and intangibility. 

(3) Birnbaum daringly posits that Potential is eternal. Stated simply: We all exist; therefore, we all must have had the Potential to exist. Thus, the crucial “bullet proof” dimension of the theory: By definition, Potential is eternal. Its eternality is ultimately self-evident. Thus, its universal nature satisfies rule three as Potential is eternal – by definition. 

(4) This Potentiality, when drawn to its logical conclusion, would encompass sub-creations (like humans) from these potentialities as well. Furthermore, what is currently in the universe carries the infinite potential for what can potentially be in the universe. Hence, Potential satisfies the fourth criteria as well.

 

Birnbaum took this simple, elegant theory and used it to tackle some of the most persistent questions in philosophy: Eternal Origins (his original question), Theogony (the existence and nature of the proposed divine), Theodicy (the problem of evil), Cosmology/Cosmogony (the origins and drive of the universe) and the Teleology Question (the purpose of respectively, both mankind and the universe).

The Manhattan author tackles all these issues in an exhaustive three-part treatise Summa Metaphysica I: Religious Man: God and Evil (Ktav1988); Summa Metaphysica II: Spiritual Man: God and Good (New Paradigm Matrix 2005); Summa Metaphysica III: Secular Man: The Transcendent Dynamic (New Paradigm Matrix 2014). See www.SummaMetaphysica.com.

While Birnbaum is a ‘universalist,’ avoiding judgment in the intense fundamentalist religious v. hard-line atheist argument, his work necessarily addresses these two sides. Unavoidably, Potential Theory provides (a) an eternal divine origin – infinite potential, (b) a scientific “design schema” (c) a scientific alternative to helter-skelter Randomness and (d) a functional theodicy (If God, why evil?) solution. Any one of the four components would be (fatally) radioactive to the entrenched hard-line Randomness-atheistic dogma. Summa shocks the atheistic ‘entrenched dogma’ in the academic community by serving-up all four solutions simultaneously – and via one term (potential).  

First, Birnbaum has shown a trajectory from infinity past to the present and onward to infinity beyond of his signature concept of Infinite Potential. The universe journey is not random; it has a direction; one can even hypothesize this dynamic as the core of the Divine. 

Second, Summa proposes that there not only is “design” to the universe, but that the designer is science itself. According to Birnbaum Infinite Potential harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Math to ignite the cosmic order (see www.ParadigmChallenge.com).

Third, Summa shows that the alternative to Randomness-atheism is not (supernatural) Creationism, but rather (science-friendly) Potentialism. The entrenched orthodoxy scientific community assumes that to concede any “design” in the universe is to concede that (supernatural) God created it. Birnbaum demonstrated how their key debating premise was a fatally-flawed assumption and argument. The “designer” can be hypothesized to be Birnbaum’s conceptually lean and fully scientific Infinite Potential and not a supernatural Creationist Divinity.

While Birnbaum posits in Summa I that the spark of the divine/religious is inherent in Potential, and uniquely anchors religion metaphysically, he does not stake out a fundamentalist position as axiomatic; rather as a viable option. Birnbaum is not proposing “the supernatural” as the bedrock dynamic; he is proposing “the natural.” His wide-spectrum theory, embracing religion and spirituality as options side-by-side with science, all in turn anchored by Infinite Potential, totally undermines the hard-line atheist arguments that absolutely the only alternative to atheism is Creationism.

Fourth, Summa shows that Potential can be used to address and resolve the pivotal theodicy issue (If God, why Evil?). The inescapable reality is that Summa I resolves the theodicy conundrum, hitherto the salient problem and Achilles’ heel in religious philosophy (also for a long, long time).

This seemingly lethal quadruple-barreled hit on the entrenched Randomness-atheistic dogma has apparently fueled anger, if not panic, in segments of the atheist-controlled academic hierarchy. Believing that they had securely, if not permanently, entrenched their dogma into Academe via squelching all debate, the academic power hierarchy was incensed that Birnbaum had done an end-run around their intellectual blockade via the 4-day international academic Bard Conference which exclusively featured his work. All subsequent attempts by the ‘entrenched dogma’ group to suppress Birnbaum’s theory and suppress his theory have hitherto backfired.

The Transcendent Force

Birnbaum lays out the dramatic 1:1 parallel between his theory (1988, 2005) and the 2006 book of Quantum Physicist Seth Lloyd of MIT. Birnbaum cites Lloyd “The universe computes its own behavior…its own dynamic evolution.” Birnbaum’s Theory of Potential actually elegantly wraps-around Lloyd’s theory and fills-in key gaps. Birnbaum’s theory provides (a) a catalyst, (b) a driver, and (c) a (more sophisticated) goal for Lloyd’s proposed universal quantum mechanism. 

Birnbaum’s Infinite Potential itself is the prime mover, the catalyst for life and the alpha and omega. Indeed, it is Infinite Potential which defines the universe and lies at the fount of science, philosophy and spirituality. All three seemingly disparate fields intersect with Infinite Potential at their core; Infinite Potential is the cosmic nexus point. 

Accolades from the academic/scientific community

Universally acclaimed metaphysics expert Louis Dupré, Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University (1989) calls Summa I “an original and in this reader’s opinion, a very promising point of view…the author gathers a philosophically coherent and, in the end, highly modern insight…a unified metaphysics…”

Dr. Andrei Alyokhin, Associate Professor School of Biology and Ecology University of Maine wrote in November 2012 “Summa represents a bold attempt to formulate a unifying concept of the Universe…. Therefore, it is reasonable to propose the Quest for Potential∞ as a working hypothesis for explaining the impetus behind the cosmic dynamic.”

Birnbaum’s Potentialism Theory has garnered solid backing from eclectic members of Academe globally (see www.PotentialismTheory.com). In the twenty-six years since it was introduced in 1988, no flaw has been discerned in the metaphysically and scientifically unifying thesis.  

Other works

Birnbaum, in addition to Potential Theory, has written a number of other important works including a 7-volume series, which tracks the 4,000 year history of the Jews through important civilizations, titled Jews, Church and Civilization. He is currently editor-in-chief of a potentially landmark 10-volume series on Jewish spirituality Mesorah Matrix scheduled to be released in segments between 2014 and 2019. This series brings together the essay contributions of over 150 Jewish thought leaders from around the world. The series allows Birnbaum, the universalist, to wear a different hat as editor of a series focused on spirituality. But, as he points out, to avoid inserting editorial bias into his metaphysics, he is not an essay contributor to the spirituality series, and his role is strictly as the series catalyst and editor-in-chief.

Context

A Course Text at over a dozen colleges (see www.SummaCourseText.com), Summa Metaphysica has been the focus of over seventy feature articles in 2013-2014 alone. See www.SummaCoverage.com.

Summa Metaphysica – and its Theory of Potential – was the focus of a 3+ day international academic conference at Bard College (Upstate, NY) April 2012; the conference, which launched Summa globally, created a global academic firestorm.

Recent hi-level academic works dovetailing with Birnbaum's Theory of Potential include the following:

Programming the Universe (Knopf, 2006) by Professor of Quantum Mechanics Seth Lloyd of MIT;
Mind & Cosmos (Oxford Press, 2012) by Professor of Philosophy & Law Thomas Nagel of NYU;
Our Mathematical Universe (Knopf, 2014) by Professor of Physics Max Tegmark of MIT.

see  Complexification1000.com

Journals which have featured Summa Metaphysica

NEWSVINE
New Paradigm Designer
MANHATTAN JEWISH SENTINEL
the Riddle of God and Evil
UNIVERSITIES NEWS
Paradigm Wars 
CNN iREPORT
100 Elements + Potentialism
= Humanity
IDEAS TAP
An Imaginary 2014 Discussion:
Aristotle and David Birnbaum
DIGITAL JOURNAL
A scientific view of the God question
 
AUSTRALIAN TIMES
Potentialism v.
Randomness/Atheism

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
A Solution to Theodicy

ACADEMIA.EDU
Fractals: The Mathematical
Underpinnings of Potentialism
FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE
Potentialism or
String Theory?
YAHOO! VOICES
Intellectual Pursuit Versus
Collegiate Orthodoxy
THE GUARDIAN
Has David Birnbaum solved
the mystery of existence
EXAMINER
Summa Metaphysica –
Philosophy, Is there a Purpose?
JSTOR: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
FOR PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION

A Jewish Perspective
JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN
ACADEMY OF RELIGION

The Problem of Evil
EPOCH TIMES
Iconoclast Birnbaum:
The Eastern Influence
THE SOUTH AFRICAN
The Colonies Revolt: II
 
LOGICAL SCIENCE
Q4P: What Is It? Why Do We Care?
 
INDEPENDENT SANTA BARBARA
Global Battle over Metaphysics
HERITAGE JOURNAL
An Original Metaphysics
HUFFINGTON POST
Two Schemas of the Universe
LONG ISLAND JEWISH WORLD
Cracking the Cosmic Code
THE CANADIAN CATHOLIC REVIEW
God and Evlil, A Jewish Perspective
JEWISH WORLD REVIEW
A Unified Theodicy/Theology/Philosophy
THE EXPOSITORY TIMES
The Birnbaum Theodicy
FUTURE TECH
7000 Years in the Making
THE JEWISH REVIEW
Birnbaum's God and Evil
JUDAICA BOOK NEWS
An Original Theodicy
SCIENCERAY
Does The Universe Self-iterate?
JEWISH TRIBUNE
The Birnbaum Theodicy
BROOWAHA
Transcendent Force?
OLSHIN EDUCATION PROGRAM
God and Good
AMAZON.COM
God and Evil
FIRST THINGS
God and Evil
PARIS MATCH
Wiesel & Birnbaum
WORLD.EDU
21st Century paradigm challenge
LERA BLOG
Checkmate
NEWZEALAND TIMES
Cosmic Gateway
BEFORE IT'S NEWS
Defining the Universe?
SETI HOME (Berkeley)
The Pattern to Cosmic Advance
BERKELEY
The Pattern to Cosmic Advance
REGENT COLLEGE (COSMOS)
Physicist Tegmark v. Metaphysicist Birnbaum
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (UNT)
Three Views on Evolution
RPI
How to Crack the Cosmic Code
MILKYWAY @ HOME (BERKELEY & RPI)
How to Crack the Cosmic Code
MAX-PLANCK
Unifying Aristotle and Einstein
MILWAUKEE
Unifying Aristotle and Einstein
EINSTEIN @ HOME / MAX PLANCK INST
Unifying Aristotle and Einstein
LIFERAY
The Cosmic T-Shirt
UC RIVERSIDE
The Universal Computer and the Cosmic Womb
QCN (STANFORD / UC RIVERSIDE)
The Universal Computer and the Cosmic Womb
STANFORD
The Universal Computer and the Cosmic Womb
ASH CENTER (HARVARD KENNEDY)
The Theory of Potential & MIT’s Finest
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Potentialism for Teens
POCKET KNOWLEDGE
Potentialism for Teens
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS
Galapagos: Evolution: the revolutionary hypothesis...
JUBILEE NEWSPAPER
Is God Dead? Hawking v. Birnbaum

 

David Birnbaum / Summa Metaphysica / Q4P
SYNOPSIS / Rockefeller Center / June 2013

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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.

3-volume Summa Metaphysica is available, as well,
online, in flip-book form   Philosophy1000.com


re: Cosmology
The proposed Summa SuperLaw equation is:


Q4P   >  C+   >  E+


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