Understanding these concepts is helpful, for one to remove
false constraints in thought that can prevent progress in developing
and using the V.I.C..
Einstein searched until the moment he died for the equation of the "Unified Field Theory". He never realized the missing element was the same element that caused so much of his life to be what it was. From the cheers and recognition from supporters of his work to the threats on his life, exile out of his country and destruction of publications on his work. All this caused from the element Einstein was exercising, but not realizing, the element of consciousness. It was Einsteins' conscious efforts that lead him to produced his work. The consciousness of those who recognized his work and put forth the effort to honor him for it. The conscious efforts of some to create an illusion, leading many into action of threat, destruction and force to have a physical impact on Einstein and many others. And it was the conscious efforts to apply Einsteins' work that contributed to creating the physical power that removed the force which cause Einstein to leave his country. Perhaps Einstein did come to intimately know what the missing element was, in those last few moments of his life.
The Spinoza equation " T1 = T2 k" expresses two perspectives: All things in physical reality can be comprehended/ translated into conscious thought and conscious thought can be converted/translated into physical reality. For those who have doubt about the validity of this equation: Look around and note all the physical things you perceive. Then determine, to the best of your ability, what exist as a result of conscious comprehension of physical reality and conscious directed action, effort and intent to apply physical movement to create? In other words: What do you see that originated in conscious imagination?
For those still in doubt: What don't you perceive, but know by
what you do perceive, that there must exist both the conscious
ability to comprehend physical reality and conscious imagination
to cause intentional control of physical reality?
(i.e. Computer usage and its internal operations. Software and
it's existence on magnetic media. Disease identification and
treatment or cure. Radio wave creation used in sending and
receiving data, and its' translation to and from what we can
perceive - music, pictures of stars we cannot see from earth but
now know they exist. The life we create via genetic control and
With proper understanding of concept #0, we know it is consciousness which both creates and removes constraints. With this understanding, we will produce a simple tool or method to aid us in removing mental constraints or barriers we may encounter. We will use two simple terms "cannot" and "can" to label two columns on a piece of paper. "Cannot" labels the first column because the meaning of "cannot" is one of constraint, limiting available space of this column up to the "Can" label. "Can" labels the other column, but by the meaning of "can" you CAN continue this column to the other side and CAN continue it to another piece of paper, and so on.
Now, the inherent illusionary force of "cannot" caused Einstein and Fermi to not be able to stay in their home countries. But the inherent real power of "can" overcame the inherent illusionary force of "cannot". Inherently, "cannot" placed a limit on its' own possibilities, while "can" looked to increase its' possibilities.
So, the way this piece of paper works: in your efforts to do
something, you list ALL the reasons why you cannot do, but not
beyond using the available space for cannots. And you list all
the reasons you can think of, as to why you can, in the
limitless space of the "can" column. If at this time you have
space left over in the "cannot" column or it is full and you have
no more "cannot" reasons, then reduce the size of the column to
half of the list you have made in this column. The rules: you
CANNOT ever have enough room to list all the reasons why you
cannot do something but you MUST list all the reasons why you
cannot. However, you can make room in the "cannot" column by
doing only one thing. By eliminating a cannot reason via
reason(s) why you can that have the effect of nullifying or
invalidating cannot reasons.
Whether you set out to produce something,a part of something,a
tool to help you do something or a phase of doing something,
these steps apply. Nothing created need be difficult to create if
broken down into, simple to do, parts.
STEP 1) Imagination/conception of general picture, objective, goal. Use step 2 to fill in general details
STEP 2) Breakdown into individual parts. Use step 1 if needed to define the general picture, objective, goal of a part. Use step 3 to determine if any individual parts can be further broken down.
STEP 3) Fill in the details of parts. Keep the general picture, objective, goal in mind of step 1 and use step 2 if needed. Also, refer to step 4 to determine if you might change some detail(s) of any part to make step 4 easier to do.
STEP 4) Integrate parts to construct larger parts and eventually the whole to achieve the picture, objective, goal of step 1. Use step 3 and 2 to help in the integration or correction of parts.
STEP 5) Feedback. Test the product of your construction. Does it accomplish the picture, objective, goal of step 1? If not, determine which previous step to return to for corrections, by going to each previous step in turn. See if there is something you can change that will allow you to reach the target of step 1. If needed, return to step 1, using what you have learned and start over to redefine the general picture, objective, goal. If the test does accomplish the picture, objective, goal of step 1 then go to step 6.
STEP 6) Move the product of your efforts into application use.
Use previous steps to correct/change and/or refine or fine-tune
the product of your efforts for integration into the selected use
environment, if needed.
a)There is the possible in physical reality, within and beyond our current knowledge.
b) We define our reality and create tools based on what we define. Then we use these tools to refine and/or redefine our understanding of reality, and then refine and/or redefine our reality. Knowing our definitions and tools are not perfect but serve us to control physical reality better and better, via creating new and better tools. This process or cycle is a constant. We discard or replace some tools for better tools. We can also go the other direction by replacing better tools with inferior tools.
c) To completely understand and control physical reality, something changes. The constant is understood and applied by choice. The question of how to do something, or anything, becomes a choice. The question of "what to do?" becomes the main question.
To Do Something:
c) What to do? Let's do this objective: create and use the V.I.C. One question will be "which direction?" Doing means movement and time.
b) We use the constant, set the motion in the direction we want, and apply constraints (tools) to reach the objective.
a) There is the possible in physical reality, within and beyond
the current constraints (tools) of what we are doing.
This concept could fall under the complexity of the whole field of language, translation and evolution or it can be simple. Since the intent is to communicate a simple concept, so shall it be simple. The concept title begins with changing constraints and therefore the concept is broader than language, translation and evolution.
Using "Place-Value Resolution Recursion" and starting with the resolution of language, selecting a place-value of english you have the syntax and vocabulary set (sequence-structure and item list * ) of english. Selecting vocabulary, the resolution is of words and alphabet (items and element list) of which you select a word. The resolution of the word is the meaning and sub-alphabet, you select sub-alphabet and get the resolution of the alphabet subset the word contains.
* (For a commonly used example of Place-Value Resolution Recursion, refer to the "Plan of Classification" and "Tabular Synopsis of Categories" in a Thesaurus).
What to recognize here is: at each cycle of recursion, you are presented with different set types the previous set makes use of and the next set(s) make up.
Another example is the physical existence of the very big resolution of the galaxy to the very small resolution of the physical existence of atoms and all the cycles or Place-Value Resolution Recursion between. We'll not go into all the possible cycles here, but you should get the concept of applied Place-Value Resolution Recursion and how each cycle presents you with a different set of constraints.
By selecting a different place-value at a given cycle, you access a different set of constraints to work with. However, if you do something to change the constraints directly, you can affect or change previous and other cycles. (i.e. The atom bomb in changing a constraint to cause atoms to break in a cascading manner. Or turning the insulator quality of ceramic into a super-conductor, by changing the constraint of temperature to very cold and slowing the atomic speed of ceramic to syncronize with electricity.)
Languages evolved over time, from what may have started out as grunts, screams, etc. to the complexity of languages today, with the most complex of all being chinese. But what is of note here is: within the time-line of this evolution there exist different cycle or resolution sets of Place-Value Resolution Recursion, different constraint sets used at different times. Constraint sets which are accessible through the place-value resolution of the time-line. From concept #3 we might equate knowledge as being equal to constraints. But on further inspection we find this is not quite honest. There is another, more fundamental, constraint set at work here. The constraint set of "evolving from conscious imagination", the constraint sets used in creating languages (see concept #2 for identification and concept #1 for removal).
An example of conscious imagination being more fundamental than the knowledge constraint set, is found in the roman numeral numbering system. This system of counting, among other constraining things about it, has no representation of zero "0", the value we use today to communicate an empty place-value or "nothing." The lack of "zero" in mathematics had such a constraining impact on knowledge and the evolution of knowledge that it would require a history lesson to communicate the impact it had, the constraints it had to remove and what changes its use caused. So we will just leave it to say: the knowledge and technology to create and use a computer, besides the fact computers use binary representation via "1" and "0", would not have evolved without the zero. Today, the only universal language we have is the Hindu-Arabic numeral system, of which binary is a sub-set and hexidecimal is an extension. So, before there can be knowledge, there must be conception, the conscious imagination formation of concepts to be used as tools for generating knowledge to know.
Language translation can be a difficult process, sometimes being impossible to express something in one language easily expressed in another. The reason is not only due to different "conscious imagination created constraints" being applied in the creation and evolution of different languages, but the changing of constraint sets used during its evolution. Programming languages are no different, perhaps even a bit more difficult. (i.e. what is expressible in fortran cannot be so easily expressed, if at all, in the icon programming language. And what is written in one language for one computer system type, may not work on another computer system type or "use environment"). Also, the evolutional time-line of programming languages is a great deal shorter. But on a positive note, programming language expressions can always be processed down to a common or constant fundamental alphabet, of 1's, 0's and "not accessed" (memory and other hardware that may be addressed, hold and/or process this alphabet but not used.)
Languages are sets of constraints and as we can see, from concept #3, languages are tool sets. In language creation the most fundamental concepts applied is "this means that" and "that is a unique set of constraints", or "word equals definition". And this is followed by the concept of "use action", "structure process" or better known as "syntax." However, in actual use, such definitions and syntax are not always followed (i.e. slang, dialect, poetry, jazz, humor, deception, etc..), but the fundamental concepts are still in use. Otherwise, the purpose of the tool set of language, mainly communication but also used in thought, is not achieved.
The absolute most important thing to understand about languages
is: they are tool sets inherently having constraints, limitation
to what can be expressed through their use. Following this,
languages evolve in changes to syntax and additions to
vocabulary, as well as new languages created. With this in mind,
translation requires the use of place-value resolution recursion
of the evolutional time-line and other place-value resolution
recursions of given languages. And the understanding there are
and will exist such expressions which may not or cannot be
translated well, if at all. Fortunately, the future is ahead of
us and as the creators of languages, we have the ability to
improve this by Changing the Constraints used in language
creation and use. To include a tool set that will allows us to
clearly understand what is expressed, regardless of language or
alteration of the language. The tool set of: 1) Understanding the
tool set constraints of languages. 2) Using Place-Value
Resolution Recursion to create and receive or process
expressions, identifing the given language and vocabulary tool
constraints. And 3) putting the expression to the feedback test
before using or accepting it, or any part of it, as a valid
This can be a difficult concept to communicate, due the various beliefs or philosophies of the population. The usefulness of the language tool only extends to the agreed upon definition and use of the tool. For communication to happen, at least two individuals, the minimum number, must have some agreement, stated or not, as to the applied language and use. Otherwise the communication is in fault, error, misleading, or simply just noise.
Getting a potential debate out of the way: Existence is a constant but everything in existence is not. In the absence of existence nothing would exist, not even the ability to conceive the concept of existence. Since we are dealing with what exist in existence and our understanding and control of such, existence is an agreed constant. If you do not agree with this then consider the validity and usefulness of the concept of "nothing" or zero "0" as mentioned above. Yes, even nothing CAN exist in existence and it is a good thing this is so, because it gives us a place, the only place according to the laws of physics and relativity, to put something.
Following right behind Existence, in regards to constants, is the constant of change. But for change to happen there must be movement and for movement there must be time and the space to change. The key words here are "MUST BE".
Considering how all things in existence change, given enough time, and what exist on earth and relied upon as a constant could not exist on the surface of the sun, how do we identify other constants? By selecting an area of space and time we should be able to determine additional constants within the selected space and time. Using Place-Values Resolution Recursion and starting with existence, we have a resolution of space and time from which to select values. For space we set the boundaries, for time we select a starting and ending point. From here we have an area of space and time that should contain constants. However, we have a problem here. We picked a seaport on SW Honshu, in SW Japan on August 6, 1945.
Seems we need to really consider the role of consciousness as it relates to what exist in existence. Through conscious direction of actions we can alter or cause the conversion of energy and matter. And since we are dealing with our understanding and control of energy and matter, it seems existence and consciousness have something in common. For our purposes, Existence and Consciousness are the ultimate constants. From Existence comes time and space and from consciousness we have control over matter and energy. So, like language, where we must have an agreement on it and its use, so must we have an agreement on the use of energy and matter.
Programming languages are intentionally designed to connect with physical reality. The purpose of any programming language is to communicate with, and control, the physical reality of computers and devices attached to them. This is unlike languages for human to human communication, which may or may not express a connection to physical reality. With this in mind, the intentional design of programming languages does not insure the human programmer has not made errors resulting in faulty communication or control of computers. Or that any number of other things might not be correct. The arms race is over and nuclear warheads are being dismantled but this is not where this threat originated from. It came from the intentionally created illusions of conscious imagination.And there are other tools we can use, through conscious imagination, in being destructive. (i.e. the car is one such vehicle or tool that can be intentionally or un-intentionally used destructively.)
So, how do we improve the level of certainty and safety of our evolution and individual lives, considering we now have in our hands a tool so versatile and powerful as the computer? By first recognizing computers are tools having inherent constraints. Tools created by us to serve us and not the other way around. Tools we must understand the constraints of and use within these constraints. But also not to constrain these tools, more than the constraints inherent to them, with illusional conscious created constraints. To increase our level of certainty and safety we must understand our conscious abilities to cause un-intentional and intentional error or illusion, which leads to wrongful constraints and destructive results. We, as the creators, the programmers and the users of computers, can input wrong or incomplete information and, in return, get output of faulty information resulting in error or illusion. And although we can test our communication expressions for validity, this does not mean this is all there is to know. New knowledge comes from conscious effort and intent to generate new and valid knowledge beyond the velocity constraints of what we calculate with, and through, current knowledge.
Of the Identified Constants, for us, Consciousness is the Most Important. And as we must agree (as a team) on what is to remain or be constant, within a selection of time, space, matter and energy, so must we agree (as individuals) on our use of Consciousness. To be first in CANNOT or limitless with CAN.
Copyright © 1996, 2001 by Timothy V. Rue