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A synthesis



   

This is a scientific and philosophical synthesis of the sort that has been out of favor for some time. It looks at mathematics, physics, philosophy, religion and politics from a single unifying perspective.

There have been attempts to relate the important ideas of this century in quantum mechanics and mathematics to each other and a broader context. Few have suggested we should alter the directions of research in mathematics or physics as a result. That is the what I suggest. I suspect experimental tests of Bell's inequality 

will lead to results inconsistent with quantum mechanics and this will usher in a revolution in physics as fundamental as quantum mechanics itself. I suggest a speculative class of theories in the tradition of Einstein's approach to quantum mechanics that may account for the existing experimental results and the new results I expect.

Research in the foundations of mathematics  has to a degree run up against a brick wall with Gödel 's incompleteness theorem. Evolution itself has bypassed those limitations to create the mathematical human mind. We can consciously extend the approach of evolution into an indefinite future. Understanding this aspect of mathematical truth  may be a key to understanding how to substantially extend mathematics  in the short run. I suspect we are far from exhausting the existing mathematical capabilities that evolution has bestowed upon us. I suggest an approach to extending mathematics to more fully realize our potential. The ideas that lead to these approaches to physics and mathematics have broader implications that are best understood in the context of Jung's discoveries about the human psyche.

The cycle of time is ripe for a new conceptual framework 

to lead to new directions in mathematics and physics and to alter and widen our view of the universe and our place in it. In economic cycles excessive optimism and too much production produces a recession and excessive pessimism. Liberal political dominance shifts to conservatism. Human nature takes whatever works and pushes it until it fails. In the wake the opposite force arises and the cycle continues. This is more than a repetition of the same follies. We learn from the extremes and try to build a middle way avoiding the worst excesses while exploiting the best from both extremes.

Some cycles last for generations. Western civilization has been pursuing an increasingly one sided development of and dependence on a rational approach to problem solving for centuries. This has culminated in a century of the most remarkable scientific and technical progress and the opening of possibilities that were previously unimaginable. It has also lead to the greatest horrors humanity has known and to weapons that threaten the existence of humankind.

In the United States our immense progress in creating material wealth has started to sour. More wealth is concentrated in fewer hands. People are working longer and harder for fewer rewards and with far more anxiety. We are failing to educate many of our children. Civilization is decaying in our inner cities.

Something has gone terribly wrong. We have a myriad of remedies to prescribe. Perhaps our greatest strength is our greatest weakness. We want to figure out how to fix things but maybe it is excessive `figuring out  ' that is the source of our problems. Others have suggested that we seem to be suffering something akin to a loss of soul  from our one sided reliance on intellect.

The solution is not to abandon intellect or to renounce what we have accomplished. At a deep level there is no solution. The irresolvable conflicts  of the soul where different elements strive for dominance in individuals and cultures alike is the engine of human and cultural creativity  . To renounce the struggle or grant victory to one side is to end our creative evolution  . The cycles never end but they can lead to greater heights or spiral down to despair and defeat. To stop our downward spiral requires a new ascendency. Intellect must lessen its grip so that intuition can flower and lead us to explore the other dimensions of our marvelous inner nature.

How do we do this? Through attention  . We must learn to listen more carefully to the other voices within. When one voice is loud and clear and others muffled and indistinct this can be difficult. We must learn how to turn a deaf ear to the one who is shouting and listen with attention to the others.



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