Epistemology Word Cloud

The Evolution of Knowledge

While time travel is not possible let’s pretend for a minute it is possible. Not so we can change anything but so we can go back in time and ask people questions about the certainty of what it is they think they know. Inevitably their response will affirm their confidence level of what it is they think they know because their use and application of that knowledge is familiar to them. Back when people thought the Earth was flat had reasons they believed what they did. Only when forced to consider issues beyond the familial thinking were those paradigms shifted onto a larger canvas and tapestry. The evolution of astronomy across the history of that science is a great metaphor for “confidence barriers” being broken and established anew. As the situational awareness of our environment increased so were the horizons of our thinking pushed back. While our vision circa 2019 penetrates deep across what we call the Universe vast distances our predominant thinking does not connect fundamentally. That is to say it does not cohesively integrate everything real in the same frame of thinking. The $200 Billion dollar question is “Why not?”

I can answer that question with a single word: “Context”. Expanding that answer just a bit we can say that our thinking is not conducted such that it employs ‘core constructs’ as a ‘predicate priority’ to all other considerations. We can then string these together to form a cogent sentence articulating the issue: Predominant thinking circa 2019 does not employ foundational core constructs which when executed by human physiology manifest our perception of “context” for everything real that exists consistent with the requirements for unification. What does that sentence mean? It means that the if we take all of physics and toss it into a single capsule, that is to say we encapsulate what it is we think of predominantly, circa 2019 and earlier, and we require that capsule to manifest everything real, then it can not accomplish that task in a unified manner. Rationalizations become very elaborate and practitioners stereotypically do not know why or how that circumstance manifests. The question remains, “Why not?”

I can answer that question as well, but we have to take everything we thru into that capsule and explore answering the ‘failure to achieve unification’ question against every concept that has been tossed into that capsule. The Information Technology industry calls such an exercise a Systems Review. Systems Reviews are an analytical reconsideration of everything it is we thought we knew and why. SolREI spent from 2004 until May 7th, 2019 conducting such an exercise. Here’s what we found.

We discovered that generally people confuse abstractions furnished by our central nervous system as actual real objects. We now call such mistakes Langer Epistemology Errors. Humans make this mistake almost every minute of every day, but we do so in order to relate to the real realm in which we exist. There are any number of examples. How many different ways can you describe a given object in your immediate vicinity? Each different label you use constitutes an abstraction. Each different description constitutes a different manifestation of that abstractions. All of them are logically true. Most are also likely simultaneously true. And therein lay the strategic clue to figuring out what the historical problem has been questing the unification of physics.

Breaking Down Barriers to Real Knowledge

There is in clinical psychology something called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Coined in 1999 by then-Cornell psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the eponymous DunningKruger Effect is a cognitive bias whereby people who are incompetent at something are unable to recognize their own incompetence. However, lets back up and flip this concept on its head and from the point of view of our time traveler. Those people of the 15th Century would, for the most part, not be able to recognize their own incompetence. Not because they were physically deficient in any way, because there were some brilliant people even back in that day. They were because their paradigms filtering their perceptions were based on inadequate conceptual foundations. Some might argue that was a function of their respective and relative education, but it is much more than that. It is not enough for simple intellectual articulation. What is required is application of situational awareness in context of that information in net new scenarios. That environment is dynamic and it remains in strong play even to this very day. And before you congratulate yourself on some great accomplishment acknowledged by networks of institutionalized thinking be aware that I am likely talking about you not the innocent. Mad? Hold on. Let me explain.

There are PhD’s worldwide reading this thinking ‘this is b.s.’, and they are not meaning Bachelor of Science. There are several epistemologies currently employed by the sciences; empiricism, rationalism, constructivism, etc. Every single one of them has one thing in common: human physiology and everything that goes along with that. About 2005 we recognized the implications of perceiving logical views of physical systems as it is applied to the sciences, most especially theoretical astrophysics. On searching we were greatly relieved to discover that we were not the first person to think of such things. Susanne K Langer, wrote about this in her body of work and we now honor her work by naming the mistake people stereotypically experience after her. Langer Epistemology Errors occur when we fail to recognize the implications of human physiology relating to the realm in which we exist.

The innocent depend on those with greater situational awareness than they for their safety and livelihood, and possessing such a mantle presumes great responsibility that goes along with its authority. So, let’s pause for a minute and ask some very hard questions in the fullest context of all that it is we all think we know. Why does predominant thinking not unify physics? Even more important than that question, what are the implications of being able to accomplish that stupendous achievement?  Such an accomplishment is certainly epic. If one can with a single paragraph make manifest 100% of the Universe, then we must intrinsically be able to also describe everything in it, including us and everything it is we endeavor, and without exception.

From 2004 through May 7th, 2019 the SolREI company conducted an extensive systems review into the unification of physics. That effort culminated with our application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for and we have now received patent pending 16405134 status on Elegant Reasonism. May 7th, 2019 a benchmark was driven into civilization when we applied for and received patent pending 16405134 on something we call Elegant Reasonism. What is that? Well, it is a methodology, a process, a technology, and an epistemology required in order to perceive and engage the actual real unified Universe. We didn’t just bring together some esoteric, artists might call inane, science. No. Elegant Reasonism unifies philosophy. All of it, including science, and it seeks truth as a function of the unified Universe. It is therefore quite unique and distinct from every other epistemology.

Gaining The Unification Precipice

It is necessary to redefine the fundamental core abstracts employed in our thinking but that is wholly insufficient to get the holistic job done. Tweaking this or that concept just doesn’t get it. Nor will it ever. What must happen is we must assume the mantle of the teacher back in the 15th Century explaining to others why the Earth is not flat. We must presume that it is all of us experiencing the Dunning-Kruger Effect and not just “that other guy”. We must prove what it is we think we know not just to context, but to the actual real unified Universe we must always and without exception hold litmus. That’s where truth lives. Truth does not live in successful manipulation of the realm in which we exist alone. Truth is holistic. Truth must be simultaneously holistic with the body of all we know as a function of the actual real unified Universe. And that is what Elegant Reasonism, as an epistemology, is and demands.

Elegant Reasonism demands greater rigor and discipline of thinking fully capable of eviscerating the unprepared mind without mercy. Elegant Reasonism will wipe away undisciplined thinking including entire epistemologies incapable of achieving realization of the actual real unified Universe through science. If your thinking is not based on such capability then you have a lot of work to do. Wrestling your paradigms is no one’s job but your own and it matters not how much help you may or may not have at hand. Individuals must want to know and integrate that information as knowledge instantiated in their every behavior.

Elegant Reasonism is simple but it is anything but easy. Elegant Reasonism requires self-reflection and situational awareness empowered by critical thinking, rigor, and discipline. There is a level of perseverance required, likely encountered only by a relative few. Rhetorically, think about it for a few minutes. Humanity has spent the last several hundred years making tremendous successes within and across civilization. Yet for all those successes we were never able to unify physics much less anything else. Why do you suppose that was so? The answer to that question is that our successes blinded us and all of us committed Langer Epistemology Errors.

How Elegant Resonism Improves Knowing

Elegant Resonism, as a process is conducted across three phases: Recognition, Illumination, and Analysis all of which focuses on reduction and elimination of Langer Epistemology Errors with the goal and objective of seeking truth as a function of the unified Universe, and it does not matter what truth it is you seek. Noodle on that also a minute because the answers you will find are likely to be quite illuminating. Elegant Reasonism Rules require and demand rigor and discipline, of course, but applied across a plurality of encapsulated interpretive models, one of which must close to unification as a predicate priority before all other considerations and then holistically juxtaposed against a set of paradigms of interest or of nature. All of that then is subjected to incredible analytical scrutiny. Every abstraction is questioned, quantified, and codified through our ISO 9001 Unification Tool or its equivalent, and without exception. Realize that such foundational abstractions are highly systemic across everything real.

Here’s what happens when we employ such an approach. We don’t just explain what works, we illuminate what does not and why. The answers to the standard what, when, why, where, and how are reasked in context of known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns – not just for one model but for all of them and juxtaposed against that set of paradigms of interest and then holistically subjected to rigorous, disciplined analytical tedium. Some might say this is anal overkill, but it is necessary. And it is necessary for a very good reason: Paradigm shifts are the responsibility of the individual not other people. People who do not want to think have no capability to change their paradigms. They want others to tell them not just how to think but what to think. Elegant Reasonism is not intended for that purpose. It is intended for people to leverage curiosity into what it is they think they know and why, in context of the actual real unified Universe which is never claimed to be directly described but only held litmus to those quests for truth. And it is for that reason that the ISO 9001 Unification Tool is populated as it is. Those are your struggles, and it is not our place to tell you what to think. We have ours, and you have yours. We can help you facilitate those discussions, struggles, and debates, but we can not do it for you. The struggle is yours alone. What we can do is provide fodder for contemplation. Register here right now as a Learner and we will immediately begin the process of showing you where the door to a larger realm exists and we will place the key to opening it in your hands. What you do after that is up to you.

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McGowen

By Charles McGowen

Charles C McGowen is a strategic business consultant. He studied Aerospace Engineering at Auburn University '76-'78. IBM hired him early in '79 where he worked until 2003. He is now Chairman & CEO of SolREI, Inc. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2439-1707