##### vol **VII:** Notes

#### 1999

### Notes

[Notebook BOOK 4/5/94]

[Sunday 9 May 1999 - Saturday 15 May 1999]

##### Sunday 9 May 1999

##### Monday 10 May 1999

##### Tuesday 11 May 1999

[page 282]

We may look at transfinite numbers in terms of subsets (power sets) and permutations.

[Empirical residue] . . . The nature of insight, since it is relative to data and context, means that we cannot definitely assert that a set of facts do not have intelligibility. Lonergan In fact the whole art of Agatha Christie detective stories [and the like] is to bury the relevant evidence in the narrative so as not to call attention to it, so that the reader may be more surprised when the denouement comes.

Quantum Field Theory view of the world. Feynman diagrams = trees of relationships between events.

PATHS through the NETWORK

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QFT gives us a glimpse of the transfinite structure of the Universe, in fact UNCERTAINTY does. Have to give this a lot of deep thought and get Lonergan, Weinberg, Dirac, Bell and other authors in harmony.

Model of insight - DECODE = MAP

Model of meaning - MAP = DECODE

This means that what?

Evolution- every little detail from the Planck scale up has been selected from a virtual infinity of possibilities, and so has deep meaning through rich relationships to the selective forces that shaped it.

Once we get the overall picture right, we can proceed brick by brick in full certainty, which is more certain than flimsy but virtuoso structures with little overall planning.

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With enough observation we can sample almost all the states in a superposition.

Superposition is a parallel representation which can be read out serially (__either__ at random __or__ in an ordered manner (?). This is exciting, ie it allows a state to change to a state of lower energy, releasing that energy, which can move another state or set of states to a higher energy.

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Love of god is love of the superposition of all states (which presumably cancels to the infinite nothing).

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BIG BANG?

The full Cantor expansion of the real line is isomorphic to the exploding Universe, or less dramatically the growing Universe (an explosion being something that grows very fast).

This expansion is decreed by general relativity which must therefore be acting as a bound on the quantum behaviour of the Universe (causing the wave function of the Universe to evolve in a way that looks to its inhabitants (eg us) as though it is expanding.

Gradually the thought experiments cooked up by the patriarchs of quantum mechanics to give their fanciful equations some contact with reality are being performed in the laboratory, using exquisite control over quantum states to construct specific wave functions and watch them in action. cf QM Picture Book Brandt & Dahmen

Reading *Evolution of Mind*. Cummins

MIND = [PROCESS]

Modelling insight. To understand is to decode, that is to find the meaning of, that is to find the relationships

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to. In this model we model meaning by the set theoretical operation of mapping.

The initial chapter [of MA] takes Lonergan's concepts and maps them onto the computational model.

By insight we see the relationships between the data. Let us look more closely at Lonergan's dramatic instance. Archimedes has a problem. What to __do__. He seeks a process to solve his problem, that is to make it go away. Such a process was an algorithm. What he needs is a procedure to test whether or not the crown is real gold. How to discriminate? Density. How to measure density? This is the procedure we want. For a start we need a bit of gold of guaranteed purity, a standard. How to compare the crown to the standard? Weight them in and out of water. Why? the denser object will have less volume per unit mass.

Our starting point is Insight.

##### Wednesday 12 May 1999

[page 287]

##### Thursday 13 May 1999

Check relationships between empirical residue and computability.

One has only to consider its attitudes to human equality to see that the RCC is too narrow a space to contain the modern human spirit (eg authoritarianism and sexism). Keep cool for the comprehensive demolition and reconstruction of all this.

. . . Consequences of this result for Lonergan's model of the world. It is too small. It sees intellect and intelligence as the outputs of uniprocesses, not parallel processes.

We have introduced elements of a model that can describe intelligence as a parallel process. The structure of this model is very simple but the beauty of it is that it is the natural habitat of computing machines.

The old hierarchy of input/decision/output is converted into a loop. Lonergan correctly perceived the recursive nature of intellect within itself

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but failed to see that this recursion continues down into the quantum area at the moment of the big bang and up towards what Teillhard de Chardin called the Omega Point and we might call the aleph of time.

A space has entropy. A point in space carries information.

One space on a CD carries one bit of information. Much more information is carried by the location of that bit among all the other bits on the CD. It is one in an ordered sequence of 600M symbols.

One big result we want is that parallel (network) processes have an intrinsic power beyond that the Turing Machines, so that a network can do creative things beyond the reach of determinism. Davis describes a Turing machine that can accept instructions from outside. Does this add to the universality of the universal computer?

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[page 289]

Intro of the idea that [Lonergan's] idea of intellect and intelligence is too narrow and must be expanded into a network and hierarchical concept seems to be an excellent theme for the thesis.

Empirical Residue resembles the 'end of science' outlook, something that seems firmly rejected by the never ending complexity that each scientific observation yields. Horgan

The running engine is the superposition of all the states that its mechanical and other components can occupy.

Parallel processing is indicated in any situation where people work together to achieve more than they can alone.

##### Friday 14 May 1999

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And what was it that I thought of on the way out the drive this morning? Each little entity is conscious to me for only a short

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time and then flashes by, to be recovered at come indefinite time in the future.

Conscious awareness is a particular observation of the superposition we call mind.

integral superposition d index = personality of the thing.

So are all integrations with respect to a discrete variable, ie are all integrals sums of series (with n, aleph(0), aleph(1) etc terms)

Lesbegue integration only works in a Cantor space since measure(aleph(n)) = 0 in the set aleph(n+1)

In the end all communication must be digital (symbolic) because acts of communication are a) nested and b) of finite duration. See proof the binary is most error resistant in Gatlin(?), maybe Wiener. Gatlin, Wiener

##### Saturday 15 May 1999

Empirical residue corresponds to prime matter

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*nec quid nec quale nec quantum nec aliquid eorum quibus ens determinatur.*

Corresponding to the numinous feeling I used to have about the Roman Catholic Church (which we now model as a very long established business deeply encrusted with tradition) is something special about the metaphysical concepts I learnt within the church such as being, act power, in fact the "transcendentals" *ens res aliquid unum verum bonum,* which now need to be seen naked as symbols in a model, to be manipulated according to the rules of the model. Such a model is the output of insight, which is seen in Lonergan Aristotle and Thomas as an abstraction process revealing the essence of the thing understood (eg that all points on the circumference of a wheel are equidistant from the centre of the axle etc.

Insight into the symbolic.