Binary Metaphysics and the World Will

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If the Information Age is to be remembered, it may very well be for its affirmation of the binary nature of the cosmos – that the essence of everything is a 0I0II0 process of information accumulation. The forms that have grown out of this amazingly simple, Either/Or, quantum reality are perceived by us as the immensely complex thing that is the universe, and from the perspective of the Information Age we are able to understand the mechanics involved in this process. It is a mechanics that had been deemed metaphysical or esoteric and spiritual by earlier ages, but now we see reality very differently. So much of our new perception is reflected in our computers and the other digital apparatus that have become so important to our daily lives – virtual realities exist on our desktop and in our pockets and they point to the virtual reality that is our own. Like the microcosm so is the macrocosm. Our computers operate with the most basic language possible, and so does the cosmos.

From the void comes form, from the inanimate comes life – and by sharing information these forms, inanimate or otherwise, are able to reproduce themselves. The foundation of the universe is a process of reading and interpreting information. It is an enormous factory of evolution and creativity.

SCIENCE’S ESCHATOLOGICAL APOCALYPSE

According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, not only humanity but also the entire universe is destined to suffer an unconditional final mega death when it reaches a state of high entropy. Nevertheless, whilst entropy pushes everything towards chaos, the tendency of life is to become less and less chaotic and more ordered.[i]  Here there are two dynamic forces at work – a dialectic of physics between nothing and anything, life and death, the positive and the negative, the yin and the yang. For life to win this battle, it needs to do more than just go on living and propagating more life as it always has done – it needs to understand the universe in a complete way. Only by understanding the fundamental error in its own system of creation, propagation and self-reproduction, will the universe be able to reprogram itself and tilt its evolution away from finality and a return to the void, unto eternity and perpetual creation.

THE WORLD WILL

It is in life’s nature to have a drive for continual creation and permanence. The same drive is inherent in the very building blocks of the physical world. We call this drive the World Will.

If it can be conceived that, through knowledge and technology, a conscious entity will be able to act like God and redesign the universe, pushing it away from finality towards the direction of eternity, then should that not be adopted as a primary motivation for such an entity. As humanity, homo sapiens, is a conscious entity, should it not become our priority to work toward the fulfilment of guaranteeing an eternal universe.

THE ETERNAL UNIVERSE AS A POINT OF INSPIRATION

Of course, there are more pressing problems, and to become God would take thousands of millennia to achieve. So why bother?

Cosmological reality is our reality. Life and death is our reality. Our motivations, what gets us up in the morning as well as that which inspires us to work, are driven by our perception of the purposefulness or purposelessness of life. The cosmological lesson derived from the second law of thermodynamics and the promise of the mega death is “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity!” Our cosmological reality is pessimistic and in order to be able to truly think positively, without sliding into the trap of religious nihilisms and their promise of something better beyond this world, we need to have an antidote to the poison of cosmological pessimisms.

What we are proposing is the consumption of positive, purposive vitamins and their immediate effect is a positive enhancing of our perception of humanity itself, with all its positive ramifications. Its secondary effects will be in the solving of so many of our dire ecological problems. This is why we should bother about eternity.

[i] See Vlatko Vedral, DECODING REALITY, OUP, New York, 2010, p.67

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3 thoughts on “Binary Metaphysics and the World Will

  1. “Urge and urge and urge, / Always the procreant urge of the world,” says Walt Whitman. But as a poet, Whitman might manifest the experience of the world as something more or less than information. Might we say that “the world as information” is the world in its objective aspect, but that it has a subjective aspect, too, an aspect of “felt reality,” channeled more by poets and mythmakers than by the information gatherers? Not a counter-argument, just a tangent thought, or perhaps the next step in a dialectical journey 🙂 

  2. Hi Paul

    At the basic level, reality does not seem to be composed of ones and zeros, it seems to be much more graduated and smeared out than that.

    It seems that mathematics and logic are great modelling tools, and therefore great tools to use to help us understand our perceptions of reality (which perceptions seem not to be of reality itself, but of the model).

    When it come to reality itself, it doesn’t seem to play nicely by the rules of mathematics. When you follow the work of people like Goedel and Feynman one comes to mathematical and logical constructs that are a very long way from binary, constructs that are more accurately described as being descriptions of the change in the nature of the probability functions associated with existence over time and space. And the sum over life history notion that Feynman employed so successfully seems to hint at something rather profound about the nature of the very small.

    It seems always useful to ask the question, is this idea relevant to the structure of the model of reality that is my experiential reality, or does it hint at some aspect of the reality beyond my model that my model usefully approximates at some levels?

    Mathematics and geometry have many useful tools, but do they really apply to reality itself? I have been looking for about 20 years for a scale independent circle in reality. I haven’t found one, and the meta evidence I have is that I am very unlikely to find one.
    If we cannot find so simple a construct as a circle, why should we expect anything more complex to follow the rules of mathematics exactly? Approximate them certainly, at certain scales, and within certain contexts; but be constrained by them?

    It seems to me that reality will always be many orders of magnitude beyond our comprehension, should we manage to live the rest of eternity, and exponentially increase our abilities throughout the time. Infinity just seems to be that big, big without limit, at all scales. All of our knowledge a working approximation of ignorance at the largest scale, however utilitarian it may be within certain contexts.

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