The Mood Just Begged For Good Conversation

Prince Edward Island
July 14, 82

Hello again journal! I’m looking out over Campbell’s Cove; it’s a very nice
ocean view. This is the nicest campground so far. It’s too bad that we
can’t stay, but, after checking our money situation, we decided to
head for Nova Scotia. The weather is beautiful.

Mike and I stayed at Rustico Campground for a couple of days and then
biked up the north coast of the island. That part of the island is
much less touristed, as it is heavily forested and less populated.
Today we will bike down the east coast, and camp somewhere close to
the ferry. Oh, before I forget, last night Mike and I spent a very
enjoyable evening at a bar, or maybe I should say pub. The place had a
remarkably quaint atmosphere. The booths were set into honeycomb
walls. The mood just begged good conversation. In fact, that’s when I
found out that Mike was a staunch determinist. When the subject of
evolution came up, I said “it’s a theory” and he said, “No, it’s a
process, which, more or less, selects the changes taking place with
regard to the environment.” He also said, “It’s only a theory in the
sense that it represents a `pattern of claims’ that scientifically
explains those changes.” Well, that got the ball rolling because I was
quick to point out that creation’s starting point cannot be found in
matter.

“Oh,” he said, “and what’s that supposed to mean?”

“Nothing much,” I said, “it’s only that the way we know anything at
all is because we relate things to other things and things are relative.”

“Go tell that to the starving children in Ethiopia,” he said, “or to
South Africa’s tortured black activists. I’m sure that will make’em
feel a whole lot better!”

“Now wait a minute, that’s not fair, you’re jumping way to far
ahead,” I said. “Take length for instance. That concept is fixed only
by the operations used to measure it. Identity is the same way; it’s
fixed by the conceptual relationships used to oppose it, or by
arbitrary labeling. You know, as I know, that our descriptions of the
material world, especially at the quantum level, become strained. Your
cause and effect assumptions get the kybosh on that level.
Indeterminacy rules down there.”

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About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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One Response to The Mood Just Begged For Good Conversation

  1. bwinwnbwi says:

    Structure is the condition that allows X to be inferred from Y. Structure (the affirmative ideal) is the self-existent reality that co-exists along with science (and everything else). Since this is the case, a physical theory can only be proved wrong, never right, at least in any permanent sense. This is because every theory is necessarily incomplete as it is always ready for updates as we learn more about the physical world. Questions arising from the nature of quantum effects—entanglement, superposition; plus the fact that we seem to be cognitively incapable of explaining consciousness—are most definitively perplexing. Evolution, in addition to evolving content, also evolves “form.” A change in form is not necessarily a change in meaning, e.g., two means 2, 1+1 means 2, 4-2 means 2. In the same way that the meaning of the number 2 is conserved in the subtraction of 120 from 122, so to the meaning of consciousness is conserved the b~b~bb structure—a permutation of ~bb which, in turn, is a permutation of ~~b. Where physical reality exists in several states at once, where we find the quantum property that links two or more quantum systems across long spatial distances, we also find the ~~b structure. At the quantum level, self-consciousness confronts its own ground condition in the form of the “phenomenal strangeness” of quantum physics. Scientific hypotheses are confirm-able because the evolution of the universe takes place in this space that separates, embeds and connects—connects to the space of logical implication—and that is why evolution is a theory—a theory (not a process) that is supported by the “pattern of claims” that supports the theory.

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