The Scientific Basis of this Work

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If you are new to this website and want an immediate glimpse of the concrete foundation to this work, then here is a brief summary of the main scientifically verifiable points of interest. Aside from the subtleties of metaphysics, mysticism and paradigm shifts, for your benefit here I strip the work down to its bare bones; down to that which can be definitely verified and rationally contemplated regardless of one's current perspective or degree of incredulity.

At its core there is a mathematical model of general systems and general distributed computation. This is a conjecture but it is fully verifiable by expert peer review - if you look into the mathematics you can assess this for yourself. This modelling methodology is called System Matrix Notation (SMN) and it has significant theoretic and practical applications. It uses generalised matrix algebra to represent, simulate and analyse systems ranging from individual simple systems up to vast networks of complex systems with many levels of sub-systems and super-systems. As well as systems where the hierarchy of sub/super systems is not predefined but is instead a perceptual phenomenon whereby different systems perceive and experience different systemic structures depending upon their perspective; this latter case is the most realistic. SMN can model linear and non-linear systems as well as classical and quantum systems. Furthermore the mathematical modelling methods give rise to advanced analysis techniques that can be applied to the system models.

A further verifiable conjecture is that ANY finitely representable system can be represented within SMN. See Computational Processes which is a mathematical and conceptual proof that SMN can model any finitely representable system and it also indicates that all physical systems are likely to be finitely representable, hence physical reality can be thought of as a computational process.

I propose that these ideas can constitute a conceptual and methodological foundation (still rudimentary) for a mathematical science of a unified physical/mystic perspective. The mathematical and computational paradigm introduced here not only gives rise to new information technologies, not only connects with the physical sciences and the everyday experience of being in the world, but also connects with the mystic perspective or holistic perennial philosophy.

It provides a conceptual framework that goes beyond materialism and naive objectivism, that shows how materialism and spirituality fit together, that explains the role of consciousness in the universe, and that provides a context in which countless phenomena such as ESP, intentional influence, interpersonal consciousness, etc are no longer paradoxical. In contrast the traditional scientific approach cannot comprehend the phenomenon of experience, consciousness, the present moment and arrow of time, and also the whole of the mystical paradigm as being another perspective that is equally as valid as the materialistic perspective.

Furthermore the mathematics gives rise to computational models that are interactive virtual universes that we can construct and analyse in order to better explore all of these issues. SMN is amenable to efficient algorithmic implementation thus producing a computational process that creates and maintains a virtual universe within which systems exist and interact. This gives rise to a new virtual reality and software engineering technology with a coherent mathematical foundation. Due to these models the ideas don't only rely on argument, or mathematical inference, they have a computationally experiential or experimental aspect as well.

It reifies the concept of cyber-space by giving it a coherent metaphysical foundation. In this sense it provides a framework for the development of mathematical system engineering which can change software development from an art form into a rigorous science. It allows for systematic testing and verification as well as the development of systems who's complexity was previously prohibitive. It provides an algorithmic core that allows for higher level system design using an intuitive graphical interface - just as programs such as 3D Studio allowed for higher level graphic design using a far more intuitive interface than code based methods such as POVRay or pixel graphics programming. These aspects are not fully developed but proof of concept software implementations are provided, see the software implementations, in particular see ParticleDraw, especially the section titled "Simple but Powerful Extensions".

Aside from its engineering applications, the resulting virtual universes have properties that are in accord with system theory, information theory, physical sciences, everyday experience and mystic metaphysics. They provide a detailed and interactive model/analogy of aspects of our reality and could thus be useful in scientific/metaphysical research. There are as yet no known contradictions or paradoxes that invalidate or undermine this modelling paradigm. They exhibit quantum and relativistic phenomena as well as present moment experience with an arrow of time, multiple individual perspectives upon a common universe and a world of interacting entities that have both outer observable form and inner experience, plus countless others. See Conceptual Bridge.

I propose that this general line of enquiry shows significant promise and should be subjected to critical peer review to ascertain its true scientific value. The mathematics is presented in detail, the software implementations are freely available with full source code and the parallels with system theory, physical sciences, everyday experience and mystic metaphysics are made explicit. Furthermore I offer my services in answering any questions and providing whatever information/assistance is required.

I claim that these results are of profound importance, they have direct impact on system science and the IT industry as well as indirect impact on the foundations and understanding of science and spirituality in general. I urge people with sufficient expertise in various related fields to either counter these claims or to verify them. Peer review and collective verification is required so that they may become a part of reliable collective knowledge. Peer review and the investigation of reasonable claims is a vital aspect of the scientific method and is therefore a duty that the scientific community should not neglect. I seek to communicate these ideas so that they can be further developed and their potential can be realised and utilised for the benefit of humanity.