Truthfulness. He will never willingly tolerate
an untruth, but will hate it as much as he loves truth.
And is there anything more closely connected with wisdom than truth? ...
The society we have described can never grow into a reality or see the light of day, and there will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed, my dear Glaucon, of humanity itself, till philosophers are kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. (Plato)
Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati - The gift
of truth excels all other gifts.
The world is continuous flux and is impermanent.
I will teach you the Truth and the Path leading to the Truth.
One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge? ..The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.
Never by hatred is hatred appeased, but it is appeased by kindness. This is an eternal truth.
.. Transient are conditioned things. Try to accomplish your aim with diligence. (Buddha)
It is clear, then, that wisdom is
knowledge having to do with certain principles and causes. But now, since
it is this knowledge that we are seeking, we must consider the following
point: of what kind of principles and of what kind of causes is wisdom the
(Aristotle, Metaphysics, 340BC)
This is a long page that I wrote ten years ago when I first stumbled onto the idea of the wave structure of matter. It could be better written - but it is interesting and has a lot of very good philosophy / wisdom quotes - and the central message of the importance of truth and reality are very important to humanity.
Geoff Haselhurst, June, 2007
Philosophy is the realisation that Wisdom comes from Truth, and Truth comes from Reality. Because of the many errors currently found in Physics it is hardly surprising that Philosophy is also corrupted with many untrue and absurd ideas. Sadly, these errors do great damage to what is in fact a most beautiful and important subject. This is not trivial as the problems of Philosophy always manifest as problems for Humanity herself, and this largely explains why the modern world suffers such profound problems (such as the destruction of Nature, and the resulting change in the Earth's climate and ability to produce clean air, water, and food).
The main problem for Philosophy has always been to connect our Senses (which are limited) and our resultant Ideas/Language (which are Representations of our Senses, and thus deceptive) with the Real World of What Exists.
Unfortunately, because of many thousands of years of failure to correctly describe 'what exists', we live in a time of 'enlightened postmodernism' where the only absolute truth is that there are no absolute truths. But they are mistaken, they have simply made an error in their assumptions, and this explains why their foundation is a contradiction. As Aristotle wrote 2,350 years ago:
Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion. (Aristotle)
Please see links to articles on the side of the page which explain the
Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter. They
show a simple sensible deduction of absolute truth from the necessary connection
of the One Absolute Thing (Space).
As David Bohm wrote, and which the Wave Structure of Matter explains (there are no particles, reality is a dynamic unity!);
The notion that all these fragments is separately existent
is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to
endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to
the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what
has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting
us today. Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about
pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide
economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment
that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people
who live in it. Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of
helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming
mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the
comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it.
(David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980)
The life of theoretical philosophy is the best and happiest a man can lead. Few men are capable of it (and then only intermittently). For the rest there is a second-best way of life, that of moral virtue and practical wisdom. (Aristotle, Metaphysics)
It is clear, then, that wisdom is knowledge
having to do with certain principles and causes. But now, since it is this
knowledge that we are seeking, we must consider the following point: of
what kind of principles and of what kind of causes is wisdom the
(Aristotle, Metaphysics, 340BC)
The society we have described can never grow into a reality or see the light of day, and there will be no end to the troubles of states, or indeed, my dear Glaucon, of humanity itself, till philosophers are kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands, while the many natures now content to follow either to the exclusion of the other are forcibly debarred from doing so. This is what I have hesitated to say so long, knowing what a paradox it would sound; for it is not easy to see that there is no other road to happiness, either for society or the individual. (Plato, 380BC)
And tell him it's quite true that the best of the philosophers are of no use to their fellows; but that he should blame, not the philosophers, but those who fail to make use of them. (Plato, 380BC)
The philosopher is in love with truth, that is, not with
the changing world of sensation, which is the object of opinion, but with
the unchanging reality which is the object of knowledge. (Plato)
The object of knowledge is what exists and its function to know about reality. (Plato)
What is at issue is the conversion of the mind from the twilight of error to the truth, that climb up into the real world which we shall call true philosophy. (Plato)
And isn't it a bad thing to be deceived about the truth, and a good thing to know what the truth is? For I assume that by knowing the truth you mean knowing things as they really are. (Plato)
The object of knowledge is what exists and its function to know about reality. (Plato)
And those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers. (Plato)
'But the man who is ready to taste every form of knowledge, is glad to learn and never satisfied - he's the man who deserves to be called a philosopher, isn't he?' (Plato, 380BC)
... there are some who are naturally fitted for philosophy and political leadership, while the rest should follow their lead and let philosophy alone. (Plato, 380BC)
...for the object of education is to teach us to love beauty. (Plato)
When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions, its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence. (Plato)
One trait in the philosopher's character we can assume is his love of the knowledge that reveals eternal reality, the realm unaffected by change and decay. He is in love with the whole of that reality, and will not willingly be deprived even of the most insignificant fragment of it - just like the lovers and men of ambition we described earlier on. (Plato)
The dustless and stainless Eye of Truth (Dhamma-cakkhu)
He has seen Truth, has attained Truth, has known Truth, has penetrated into Truth, has crossed over doubt, is without wavering.
Thus with right wisdom he sees it as it is (yatha bhutam) (Ancient Buddhist texts)
(Buddha) Sabbadanam dhammadanam jinati
- The gift of truth excels all other gifts.
The world is continuous flux and is impermanent.
I will teach you the Truth and the Path leading to the Truth.
One is one’s own refuge, who else could be the refuge? ..The wise man makes an island of himself that no flood can overwhelm.
Never by hatred is hatred appeased, but it is appeased by kindness. This is an eternal truth.
.. Transient are conditioned things. Try to accomplish your aim with diligence. (Buddha's last words)
Philosophy proper deals with matters of interest to the general educated public, and loses much of its value if only a few professionals can understand what is said. (Bertrand Russell, 1948)
Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it? (de Montaigne)
Oddly, things have now reached such a state that even among men of intelligence philosophy means something fantastical and vain, without value or usefulness, both in opinion and practice. The cause lies in chop-logic which has captured all the approaches. It is a great mistake to portray Philosophy with a haughty, frowning, terrifying face, or as inaccessible to the young. Whoever clapped that wan and frightening mask to her face! There is nothing more lovely, more happy and gay- I almost said more amorously playful. What she preaches is all feast and fun. A sad and gloomy mien shows you have mistaken her address. (de Montaigne, 1592)
Philosophical discussions habitually make men happy and joyful not frowning and sad. (de Montaigne)
The soul which houses philosophy must by her own sanity
make for a sound body. Her tranquility and ease must glow from her; she
must fashion her outward bearing to her mould, arming it therefore with
gracious pride, a spritely active demeanour and a happy welcoming face.
The most express sign of wisdom is unruffled joy: like all in the realms
above the Moon, her state is ever serene.
Her aim is virtue, which is not (as they teach in schools) perched on the summit of a steep mountain, rough and inaccessible. Those ho have drawn nigh her hold that on the contrary she dwells on a beautiful plateau, fertile and strewn with flowers; from there she clearly sees all things beneath her; but if you know the road you can happily make your way there by shaded grassy paths, flower-scented, smooth and gently rising, like tracks in the vaults of heaven. (de Montaigne)
She (philosophy) is equally helpful to the rich and poor: neglect her, and she equally harms the young and old. (Horace)
Those sciences which govern the morals of mankind, such as Theology and Philosophy, make everything their concern: no activity is so private or so secret as to escape their attention or their jurisdiction. (de Montaigne)
Knowledge is a very weighty thing: they sink beneath it. Their mental apparatus has not enough energy nor skill to display the noble material and to apportion its strength, to exploit it and make it help them. Knowledge can lodge only in a powerful nature: and that is very rare. Feeble minds, said Socrates, corrupt the dignity of philosophy when they handle it; she appears to be useless and defective when sheathed in a bad covering. (de Montaigne, 1592)
We readily inquire, ‘Does he know Greek or Latin?’ ‘Can he write poetry and prose?’ But what matters most is what we put last: ‘Has he become better and wiser?’ We ought to find out not who understands most but who understands best. We work merely to fill the memory, leaving the understanding and the sense of right and wrong empty. Just as birds sometimes go in search of grain, carrying it in their beaks without tasting it to stuff it down the beaks of their young, so too do our schoolmasters go foraging for learning in their books and merely lodge it on the tip of their lips, only to spew it out and scatter it on the wind. (de Montaigne)
Teach him a certain refinement in sorting out and selecting his arguments, with an affection for relevance and so for brevity. Above all let him be taught to throw down his arms and surrender to truth as soon as he perceives it, whether the truth is born at his rival’s doing or within himself from some change in his ideas. (de Montaigne)
As for our pupils talk, let his virtue and his sense of right and wrong shine through it and have no guide but reason. Make him understand that confessing an error which he discovers in his own argument even when he alone has noticed it is an act of justice and integrity, which are the main qualities he pursues; stubbornness and rancour are vulgar qualities, visible in common souls whereas to think again, to change one’s mind and to give up a bad case on the heat of the argument are rare qualities showing strength and wisdom. (de Montaigne)
The difference between a man who is led by opinion or emotion and one who is led by reason. The former, whether he will or not, performs things of which he is entirely ignorant; the latter is subordinate to no one, and only does those things which he knows to be of primary importance in his life, and which on that account he desires the most; and therefore I call the former a slave, but the latter free. (David Hume, 1737)
The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstructions in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought so far to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind. And though these researches may appear painful and fatiguing, it is with some minds as with some bodies, which being endowed with vigorous and florid health, require severe exercise, and reap a pleasure from what, to the generality of mankind, may seem burdensome and laborious. Obscurity, indeed, is painful to the mind as well as to the eye; but to bring light from obscurity, by whatever labour, must needs be delightful and rejoicing. (David Hume, 1737)
... Abstruse thought and profound researches I prohibit, and will severely punish, by the pensive melancholy which they introduce, by the endless uncertainty in which they involve you, and by the cold reception which your pretended discoveries shall meet with, when communicated. Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man. (David Hume, 1737)
And though the philosopher may live remote from business, the genius of philosophy, if carefully cultivated by several, must gradually diffuse itself throughout the whole society, and bestow a similar correctness on every art and calling. The politician will acquire greater foresight and subtlety, in the subdividing and balancing of power; the lawyer more method and finer principles in his reasoning; and the general more regularity in his discipline, and more caution in his plans and operations. (David Hume, 1737)
Of the same class of virtues with courage is that undisturbed philosophical tranquility, superior to pain, sorrow, anxiety, and each assault of adverse fortune. Conscious of his own virtue, say the philosophers, the sage elevates himself above every accident of life; and securely placed in the temple of wisdom, looks down on inferior mortals engaged in pursuit of honours, riches, reputation, and every frivolous enjoyment. These pretensions, no doubt, when stretched to the utmost, are by far too magnificent for human nature. They carry, however, a grandeur with them, which seizes the spectator, and strikes him with admiration. And the nearer we can approach in practice to this sublime tranquility and indifference (for we must distinguish it from a stupid insensibility), the more secure enjoyment shall we attain within ourselves, and the more greatness of mind shall we discover to the world. The philosophical tranquility may, indeed, be considered only as a branch of magnanimity. (David Hume, 1737)
But what philosophical truths can be more advantageous to society, than those here delivered, which represent virtue in all her genuine and most engaging charms, and makes us approach her with ease, familiarity, and affection? The dismal dress falls off, with which many divines, and some philosophers have covered her; and nothing appears but gentleness, humanity beneficence, affability; nay, even at proper intervals, play, frolic, and gaiety. She talks not of useless austerities and rigours, suffering and self-denial. She declares that her sole purpose is to make her votaries and all mankind, during every instant of their existence, if possible, cheerful and happy; nor does she ever willingly part with any pleasure but in hopes of ample compensation in some other period of their lives. The sole trouble which she demands, is that of just calculation, and a steady preference of the greater happiness. (David Hume, 1737)
To see with one's own eyes, to feel and judge without succumbing to the suggestive power of the fashion of the day, to be able to express what one has seen and felt in a trim sentence or even in a cunningly wrought word - is that not glorious? Is it not a proper subject for congratulation? (Albert Einstein, 1934)
Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous. There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind. We owe it to a few writers of antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, etc.) that the people in the Middle Ages could slowly extricate themselves from the superstitions and ignorance that had darkened life for more than half a millennium. Nothing is more needed to overcome the modernist's snobbishness. (Albert Einstein, 1954)
Human kind ... cannot bear very much reality (T.S. Elliot)
Beauty is truth, truth is beauty (Keats)
This truth is to be lived, it is not merely pronounced with the mouth... (Hui Neng)
Great truths do not take hold of the hearts of the masses. And now, as all the world is in error, how shall I, though I know the true path, how shall I guide? If I know that I cannot succeed and yet try to force success, this would be but another source of error. Better then to desist and strive no more. But if I do not strive, who will? (Chuang Tzu)
To begin with our knowledge grows in spots. ..What you first gain, ... is probably a small amount of new information, a few new definitions, or distinctions, or points of view. But while these special ideas are being added, the rest of your knowledge stands still, and only gradually will you line up your previous opinions with the novelties I am trying to instill, and to modify to some slight degree their mass. ..Your mind in such processes is strained, and sometimes painfully so, between its older beliefs and the novelties which experience brings along. (William James, Pragmatism)
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. (Albert Einstein, 1934)
It is true that we can only appreciate things that we understand, and as most people have not studied the subjects of Physics, Philosophy, and Metaphysics they do not appreciate their importance to Humanity. It is also true that it takes time for us to understand new ideas and truths, to form the necessary knowledge within our mind such that we can then see the logical consistency and common-sense of the idea, and thus appreciate its truth and importance. Once this knowledge has been formed though (by reading, thinking, discussing the idea) then the Truth becomes 'obvious' to us. Thus the beautiful thing about philosophy is that it shows us how to determine the truth, that the liberation of the individual comes from having the necessary skeptical/critical knowledge to determine this truth for themselves (and that any other form of belief is ultimately a form of tribalism which is contrary to the ideals of Philosophy).
Currently philosophy is telling us that we cannot with certainty know
the truth, and this is simply because Postmodern philosophy does not know
the truth. Once truth IS known though, then the converse applies and it
becomes possible for philosophy (Metaphysics) to prove that this is the
truth. Thus I now feel quite certain, as a philosopher, that I understand
Reality, and that the Metaphysics of Space and Motion provides Humanity
with the correct language for describing how matter exists in Space (and
hence explains how matter is interconnected with all other matter in our
Universe). Thus I now know how I exist as a 'Human' in this Space of the
Universe. As a consequence, when I read the work of other great physicists
and philosophers I can clearly see their problems and how they try to overcome
them. But if you don't know what exists, and their necessary connections
it is impossible to have certain (necessary) knowledge and thus science/philosophy
fails. They all try, they get parts right, but they ultimately never connect
it all in ONE completely consistent logical sensible whole.
As Hawking says about the discovery of Reality,
.. if the theory was mathematically consistent and always gave predictions that agreed with observations, we could be reasonably confident it was the right one. It would bring to an end a long and glorious chapter in the history of humanity's intellectual struggle to understand the universe. But it would also revolutionize the ordinary person's understanding of the universe. (Stephen Hawking, 1988)
What I wish to emphasize is that from my reading of physics and philosophy
it now seems to me possible to solve virtually all their disputes, paradoxes,
and problems. Now this would be extraordinary (and I know that you will
naturally skeptical of such a claim) but then I am a unique philosopher,
for I consider myself to be the first philosopher to know the truth as
to what exists. I also wish to emphasize here that I make no claims to
any great genius and accept that all my knowledge initially came from others
greater than myself (Aristotle, Newton, Hume, Einstein, to name but a few!).
I simply have the advantage of their combined knowledge and now an awareness
of where they are right and wrong. The power that this gives to human thought
is quite simply staggering!
Now though these may be grand claims that I make, it seems to me (as a skeptical philosopher) that if I know the truth then I should be able to provide others with the same knowledge such that they will (given time and thought) come to the same conclusion that I have, that others will also find this truth amazing in how it guides and solves their problems. I sincerely hope that this Treatise on the Metaphysics of Space and Motion provides the necessary knowledge such that this will in time happen.
Perhaps the most serious error of the past century, which now manifests itself throughout our postmodern world, is the belief that there can be no absolute and eternal True Knowledge of Reality. This belief has become self-fulfilling, our minds have become skeptical and closed, and this is like a disease which spreads and blinds us to the truth. And so in one sense I write this treatise as an antidote to this sickness that currently pervades our intellectual world, for it is truth that will cure us of our blindness and will enable us to see the world as it really is.
I now realize how vitally important it is to be aware of how human beliefs (and myths) determine our collective behavior. In fact it is now the human mind which largely controls the evolution of the complex ecology of life which exists on earth. While our individual minds are relatively feeble and limited, our collective cultural knowledge and resultant technology and population have grown enormously over thousands of years so that we now wield enormous power on this planet. Unfortunately, giving such power to our feeble minds while we did not know the truth about what exists is dangerous, and this has largely resulted in the destruction of Nature on Earth. The consequences of this are only just beginning to emerge, but I am now certain that because of the complexity and interconnectedness of this ecology of life on earth, including ourselves, that the consequences of this destruction will not be good for Humanity, and urgent changes in our thoughts and actions are required if we are to avoid future catastrophe.
I am confident though, that as this knowledge of the Spherical Standing
Wave Structure of Matter in Space grows and spreads, then it will lead
to the global realization that we truly are structures of Space/the Cosmos
- that as we damage the Space around us, then we must also be damaging
ourselves. And once this is known I do not think that humanity will continue
these actions which so clearly damage our world, and thus ourselves.
I suppose by writing this, what I am really trying to say is that this is not just some esoteric theory which shall please us. True Knowledge of our connection to the cosmos is fundamental for wisdom and thus for survival. (I think our modern world is in great need of some truth and wisdom!)
If this Cosmology of the Wave Structure of Matter WSM) is True, as logic and observation suggest, then it will be profoundly important in a positive sense for humanity:
1. It infers that we are each both the center/Focal-Point of our Universe, yet intimately interconnected and a part of all other matter in the universe. This supports the Buddhist view of interconnectedness and change and removes our limited/blinkered view or ourselves as somehow existing here on earth separated from the world around us. (The ‘Particle’ view)
2. This more cosmic view of ourselves will undoubtedly lead to a better understanding of our ecological interconnectedness with life on earth, and thus a much greater and more urgent respect for Nature. (I began reading Physics and Philosophy five years ago because I believed that only true knowledge of reality, of what we are as humans, and thus what Nature is and how we are interconnected would lead to the end of the destruction of Nature.)
Now as this is Treatise is written as a submission for the Peter Gruber Prize for Cosmology I thought it reasonable to give one example of how this Metaphysics (importantly) changes our world/cosmic view.
It is now clear to me that a major threat to humanity is that by changing life on the surface of the earth (largely agriculture, technology, Human over-population) we are inadvertently changing the molecular structure of the gases in our earth's atmosphere. This in turn changes how we are interconnected with the rest of the universe, and if this change exceeds what we have evolved to deal with, then it will begin to damage us. It will also damage a lot of other life on earth, causing a positive feedback cycle of greater change and instability. Indeed from what I have read, it seems likely that humanity is pushing Nature into another episode of massive species extinction, with intelligent scientists suggesting that up to 80% species extinction may occur. The consequences of this kind of change in environment to modern humanity would be catastrophic.
Let me make one more important point here which naturally follows. While I have attempted to clearly explain what things are, the reason why this is important is that it will guide us in how we should sensibly live with Nature on Earth within the Cosmos. Nature created both us and the gas structure of our atmosphere, thus it is logical that as we radically change and destroy Nature then we shall also radically change (and destroy) our Atmosphere. It is also logical, as it is an interconnected system, that these gases are critically important for the survival of most life on Earth, obviously ourselves included.
And so it seems to me that three points should be made well clear to Humanity;
1. The WSM tells us that we are part of the One Finite Spherical Universe, and are thus complexly interconnected to all other matter in our universe. Therefore;
2. As we change the Gas Structure of the Atmosphere we are in fact changing how we are interconnected to the rest of the Universe. It is likely that some of these changes will be detrimental to life on earth and that it is even possible that, in time, sunlight would effectively become 'poisonous' to us due to the different energy of radiation (resonantly coupling) that would be allowed to interact between our matter and the matter of the Sun (and other Cosmic Radiation - which the existing Atmosphere effectively filters).
Now this thought is shocking, that sunshine could become poisonous to
Humanity. I live in the country, and the sunshine through the trees gently
warming me this Autumn day is delightful. Everyone has enjoyed sitting
in the sunshine at some time, feeling the warmth, seeing the beauty of
things illuminated by her soft light. It seems hard to imagine that the
sun could ever be our enemy. But let us not be ignorant about this!, the
sun is an enormous influence in our Space, we depend upon her energy, and
one day (in many billions of years) she will tire, and collapse (as her
Hydrogen fuel is depleted) only to then explode and consume our planet
(as Helium begins nuclear fusion), so we would be foolish to ignore such
a powerful force. (Do not forget, the Sun is a part of our Spherical Standing
Wave-Structure, which explains HOW we can sense the sun's heat and light.)
Now some may immediately think, well I live and work mainly indoors so I would survive OK, that we have built our own shields and thus no longer need the shielding effects of the Earth's Atmosphere. Unfortunately, Nature and Agriculture can't move indoors like Humans, and they are also alive and depend on the Sun, just like us. And further, we do not exist as motions of tiny ‘Particles’, but as Structures of the Universe, which would make hiding indoors from the Universe seem rather quaint and primitive.)
3. Thus it seems to me quite possible that Humanity is now changing things such that it will set up positive feedback cycles between the change in Nature, the change in the Gas Structure of the Atmosphere, and the change in Climate which will exponentially amplify the changes and their effects. If this were the case, then it also seems likely that by the time we become aware of the complex interconnection of the system we were changing, and how it is connected to the rest of the Universe, then it would be impossible for Humanity to solve the problem. (i.e. We must have some humility, to learn the limits of what we can and can't do, what we should and shouldn't do!). The consequences of this would be horrific to Humanity and Nature alike, with massive species extinction on Earth, and the death of Billions of Humans, men women and children, all over the world (for we share a common planet within a common Space, so we cannot escape from any changes that we make to this system!).
As a philosopher, I do not like writing alarmist essays, for they are inclined to sound emotional/hysterical and thus loose their effect. Nonetheless, I have given this considerable thought, and have read on the changes in the gas structure of the atmosphere, which have occurred over the past thirty years, and the results of these studies are disturbing to say the least. Further, this is simply one example of the interconnectedness between ourselves and the Natural environment of the Earth. There are many other relationships that are also disturbing, and ultimately only truth will enable us to solve these emerging problems.
On the future positives, the WSM suggests that the universe is perpetually evolving, and thus it opens up humanity to the challenge of exploring and colonizing other planets in Space, the long term aim being to see how clever (and wise) we can be as a species and thus how long we can continue to survive and reproduce within the at times hostile universe, as Fowles astutely states;
The purpose of hazard is to force us, and the rest of matter,
to evolve. It is only by evolving that we, in a process that is evolving,
can continue to survive. The purpose of human evolution is therefore to
recognize this: that we must evolve to exist. And that we should extirpate
unnecessary inequality - in other words, limit hazard in the human sphere
- is an obvious corollary. There is therefore no more sense in being unhappy
at hazard in general then there is in hating hands because they can be
cut off; or in not taking every precaution to see that they shall not be
What we are before is like a strait, a tricky road, a passage where we need courage and reason. The courage to go on, not to try to turn back; and the reason to use reason; not fear, not jealousy, not envy, but reason. We must steer by reason, and jettison - because much must go - by reason. (Fowles, 1964)
I sincerely believe that I have done the hard work to gather the evidence which supports the Wave Structure of Matter. I also appreciate though, that the WSM will not seem obvious to most people at first reading simply because our minds change slowly, thus it takes time for new ideas that depend on a complex diversity of knowledge to seem true and obvious to us.
For pure speculative reason is an organic structure in which there is nothing isolated or independent, but every single part is essential to all the rest; and hence, the slightest imperfection, whether defect or positive error, could not fail to betray itself in use. (Kant, 1781)
Nonetheless, like Kant, I feel certain that there is now enough evidence in support of the WSM (due to the many problems it solves and its clear common sense and logical consistency) such that it has earned the right to be seriously considered, analyzed, and experimentally tested by other Scientists and Philosophers. When we consider the consequences of this knowledge to Humanity if it were true, then it seems to me that it would now be negligent and irresponsible for this knowledge to continue to be ignored.
I am well aware of the extraordinary nature of the claims made in this Metaphysics of Space and Motion. The discovery of Reality is the holy grail of human intellectual thought and would profoundly change our perception of ourselves and our place in the world. It would change how we think and live, and thus forever change how we treat this complex ecology of life on earth which created us, and upon which we depend.
And so I write this Treatise as a gift to humanity, certain that the Metaphysics of Space and Motion finally provides the correct language for describing Reality, and that this Truth has a beautiful simplicity and profound power that shall, in time, do great good both for the individual and our collective Human society. I know that True Knowledge of Reality (simply because of its inherent Truth) will spread and grow into the first true age of enlightenment, the 'Age of Realism', where humans live by Truth in a world of greater harmony. How long this takes now depends upon the thoughts, actions (and courage) of others.
Sadly, (and I feel this for Humanity) I do not expect to win the Gruber Prize for Cosmology. Perhaps my pessimism stems from having recently read Halton Arp's book Seeing Red which greatly disturbed me with its portrayal of our current academic/scientific community. And likewise as Kuhn reminds us;
Copernicanism made few converts for almost a century after Copernicus' death. Newton's work was not generally accepted, particularly on the Continent, for more than half a century after the Principia appeared. The difficulties of conversion have often been noted by the scientists themselves. Darwin, in a particularly perceptive passage at the end of his Origin Of Species, wrote: "Although I am fully convinced of the truth of the views given in this volume .. I, by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists whose minds are stocked with a multitude of facts all viewed, during a long course of years, from a point of view directly opposite to mine. ..But I look with confidence to the future - to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to view both sides of the question with impartiality." And Max Planck, surveying his own career in his Scientific Autobiography, sadly remarked that "a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it. (Kuhn, 1962)
Thus I expect that the award will go to someone with well established (and thus famous) ideas within the Scientific world, from which, as a non-academic philosopher, I am quite separate. I am more like Faraday who, as he "came from no learned academy; his mind was not burdened with traditional ideas and theories." (Born, 1924)
And so in ending this submission I wish to make (as a non-academic philosopher)
the following points;
This Metaphysic of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter is either True or False. Either Matter exists as a Spherical Standing Wave in this Space (that we all exist in and sense about us) or it does not.
Now it seems to me inconceivable that the WSM is false, for then I am completely at a loss to explain why it so exactly describes what we sense from observation and experiment, and why it so exactly fits the requirements of Aristotle's Metaphysics, along with the ideas of many other great Philosophers and Physicists. Thus I cannot help but feel certain that it is true.
(I suggest to you that having now read this Metaphysic, that you spend some time looking at the world around you, and ask yourself this important question? 'Do I see anything in the way matter moves in the Space around me that is contrary to the Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter?')
Further, it has now become obvious to me that the concepts of Time, ‘Particles’, Fields, and a Finite Spherical Universe are observed effects of the Motion of Matter relative to other Matter in Space. Thus they are Inductive and describe effects, they are not a priori causes, which can only be understood by knowing Reality. The solution though, is simple and obvious once known. The Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the WSM explains the further existence of ‘Particles’, Time, Fields, and a Finite Universe in an Infinite Space. (And it is the assumption that these things physically existed that has deceived us.)
i) The ‘Particle’ Effect of Matter is Caused by the Wave-Center of Spherical Standing Waves in Space. The ‘Particle’ Effect of Light (photons) is Caused by resonant coupling between two oscillating Wave-Centers.
ii) Time - It takes Time for a Wave to flow from place to place. (i.e. The finite velocity of Wave Motion causes Time)
iii) Force Fields - Force is caused by a change in velocity of the Spherical In-Waves which determines the future location of the Wave-Center (which we see as the accelerated Motion of the ‘Particle’.)
iv) Finite Spherical Universe - Exists perpetually in an Infinite Space where distant Matter's Out-Waves become our Matter's In-Waves (Huygens' Wave Combination and Mach's Principle)
Once we have these foundations correctly understood though, and the Two Principles of the Wave Structure of Matter formalized then this Metaphysics, though exceedingly simple, becomes awesomely powerful as a method of critical logical analysis of Physics and Philosophy.
Therefore, if the Peter Gruber prize was awarded to the Metaphysics of Space and Motion, I feel quite sure that it will then lead to the following profound events;
i) This publicity and emerging respect for this Metaphysic would lead to it being published in a number of Journals and Newspapers.
ii) Other Scientists and Philosophers would then become aware of this work, would see its clear common sense and simple logic, and some of them would then apply these ideas to their own work and they will be pleasantly surprised that it begins to explain and solve their current problems.
iii) This will also lead to getting some important experiments done (including Wolff's EPR experiment) that will further confirm and give confidence to this Wave Structure of Matter.
iv) This would then most likely (and most justly) result in Milo Wolff (now 78), receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work of the Wave Structure of Matter, and in particular his discovery of two things: the wave interactions and Doppler shift with relative Motion that are the cause of both the de Broglie Wavelength and Einstein's Relativistic Mass increase; and his 'Equation of the Cosmos' that results from his simple and ingenious unification of Huygens' Wave Combinations, and Mach's Principle, and thus explains how our Finite Spherical Universe can Perpetually Exist in an Infinite Eternal Space.
v) Most importantly though, this knowledge of how we are intimately interconnected to the world around us would slowly spread, and would without doubt profoundly change how we Humans think and view the world around us. This will, fortunately, lead to a much greater respect and understanding of how we are intimately interconnected with Nature, that we are not separate 'Humans' consisting of tiny ‘Particles’, rather, we are awesomely complex structures of the Universe. We shall finally realize our connection and 'place' in the world, and this will be a turning point for the evolution of Humanity, and thus of Nature on Earth.
And so you see that I have high hopes and passions for changing the world
to Truth, which is nothing but the passion of the philosopher. And it is
obvious that winning the Peter Gruber Prize at this stage in the development
of the Metaphysics of Space and Motion would greatly nurture and enhance
a Metaphysic still struggling in its infancy. And it seems to me, having
read up on Peter Gruber, that this is exactly what he had in mind when
he proposed this award, and thus the reason for my entry of this work.
I would hazard a guess that all other entries that you receive will continue to assume the separate existence of either Time, ‘Particles’, or Electromagnetic and Gravitational Fields. Therefore none of these other works can be fundamental as the WSM explains. Thus as a philosopher I must conclude that if another work (founded on Time, ‘Particles’, or Fields) wins the Gruber award, no matter how deserving it may be (and I mean these comments kindly and sincerely, but also truthfully) it must also mean that at the end of the day this Metaphysic of Space and Motion was judged not to be true. (For if the work that I have submitted is true, then it explains why their work must ultimately not be fundamental.)
And so I ask, kindly and sincerely, for you to consider this point - that
if this Metaphysic is deemed unworthy of the Gruber Prize it means that
you believe that it is not true. And thus as a philosopher, I must then
ask you, what is your evidence, based both upon your senses, and upon the
collective knowledge of 2,500 years of Physics and Philosophy, that tells
you that this is not true. For I feel that I would be owed such an explanation,
as we all agree that ultimately it is truth that matters, not money, not
awards, not fame and ego, but the Truth.
I am sorry if this sounds arrogant or abrupt, I mean neither. I am simply a philosopher who has devoted ten years of his life (with a mix of pleasure, passion, and responsibility!) to understanding the truth of our existence, because I now believe that Humanity is in great peril without this knowledge, and that only the truth can solve our problems ....
I end with perhaps the two most important (and beautiful) quotes from Albert Einstein, a man whom I never met, but who has taught me a great deal and who I admire more than any other. (The great power of words and ideas, and these wonderful things we call books.)
A human being is part of the whole called by us universe,
a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts
and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion
of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting
us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to
us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our
circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature
in its beauty ..
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive.(Albert Einstein)
Art / Truth - The Philosophy of Art and the Art of Philosophy. The
greatest Art is founded on profound Truths. Art Pictures and Quotations
from Botticelli, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio,
Reubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Mattise, Picasso,
Warhol. On the rise and fall of great Art - On the new Metaphysical
foundations of Art as representation of Absolute Truth.
Philosophy: Education - Plato, Michel de Montaigne, Albert Einstein and Jean Jacques Rousseau on Philosophy of Education, both for the Individual and their Responsibility to Society. On True Knowledge of Reality as Necessary for Education of Critical Thinking.
Philosophy: Absolute Truth - Absolute Space - Absolute Truth comes from Necessary Connection which requires One Thing, Absolute Space, to Connect the Many Things (Matter as Spherical Wave Motions of Space). On the Absolute Truth and Reality of the Existence of Absolute Space as a Wave Medium. And ending such nonsense as 'The ONLY ABSOLUTE TRUTH is that there are NO ABSOLUTE TRUTHS' (Feyerabend) as Aristotle wrote, 'Finally, if nothing can be truly asserted, even the following claim would be false, the claim that there is no true assertion.'
Aristotle - On Philosopher Aristotle's Metaphysics and Physics (Motion). (Aristotle was one of the greatest of the famous philosophers and should be read by all people interested in philosophy and wisdom.)
Gandhi, Mohandas 'Mahatma' - On Civil Disobedience and the Path of Truth (Satyagraha - Truth Force, God is Truth). Information, Biography of Mohandas Gandhi.
Plato - On Plato's Republic - Plato appreciated that all Truth comes from Reality and this Truth was profoundly important to the future of Humanity. 'Till Philosophers are Kings, or Kings are Philosophers there is no Hope for Humanity'
'The Gift of Truth Excels all Other Gifts.' (Buddha)
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