Collage by David Hickman

Carlo Parcelli

Syllogism Part II


Is the internal combustion engine an example of ‘bad science’?

32.1 The whole business of consciousness is ‘projection’.

32.2 So mankind was more or less from the jump condemned to pursue an empirical path that sought an empire of human possibility at the expense of all other creation.

32.3 And so by current apocalyptic measure it’s the mathematical sciences that have rushed us to this sad or happy denouement depending on your temperament.

32.4 The substitution of prophecy with statistics only exacerbated and accelerated the problem.

32.5 Turning time into a dimension of space did nothing to ameliorate planetary dissolution. It abetted in accelerating it. The calculus and special relativity simply privileged physical objects as ‘objects’ of prediction whereas prophecy had not privileged such questions. Trajectories, orbits etc. remain a privileged yet utterly limited subset of prophecy, all the mathematical sciences can provide of the larger questions such as those in the misguided relics of alchemy and astrology.

32.6 I hasten to add that both alchemy and astrology played key roles in the rapid advancement of the physical sciences and mathematical physics.but those parts which did not conform to experimental and mathematical rigor were discarded and as the far as the conformal epistemology was concerned rightly so.

32.7 Mathematics serves as an astringent and a solvent cleansing and leaving behind only a bone white material culture.

32.8 Mathematics restricts and impels the mathematician. Within mathematical epistemology numbers can’t lie. It’s numerical fungibility that leads one to consider mathematical laws as universal. If a calculation does not achieve an expected or desired result, the error must lie with a less than rigorous and fungible denouement of nature. Nature is sacrificed for number.

32.9 Thus mathematics is imbued with a kind of amnesty from failure and moral prescript. Numbers can’t lie. They appropriate nature and in this take precedence because nature reduced to numbers is less resistant to small aggregates of discovery.

32.10 But that’s not initially at issue here. The first question is “Is there something inherently destructive in using mathematical processes and the mathematical sciences to express natural processes.” Given the confluence of the 500 year acceleration of the mathematical sciences and the concomitant degradation of the environment, a connection is unavoidable. The only question is at what level does this connection occur? Does this degradation and destruction take place at the level of the mathematics used in the sciences?  

33.1 So what about the internal combustion engine?

33.2 What about it?

33.3 On the one hand it is one of the technological innovations most responsible for the rapid rise of our progressive material world.

33.4 It is also one of the main technologies responsible for planetary dissolution.

33.5 Is this a trade off or a fait accompli? The confusion of prophecy in the narrowly industrialized scientifically mathematicized sense ,for example, with a relative and local, epochly short term prosperity enjoyed by a relative few, and its wider sense for example biblical prophecy would suggest the latter is at work here. The prophecy of the mathematical sciences turns out is an apocalyptic prophecy of planetary denouement.

33.6 Though in every day life not normally thought of this way, the internal combustion engine is dependent in its entirety and in all of its facets and features upon the mathematical sciences. Again with the goddamned “ne plus ultra.” But how? The internal combustion’s social context was as savior for all of one hundred years. So much for the universality of the mathematical sciences as regards epochs of time.

33.7 How about space? Finite. Unless you believe the blither about terraforming and self-reproducing automata. Resources. Finite.Unless you carry in your foolish heart a belief in the sciences that makes a belief in an all powerful deity appear sane and rational.  

33.8 One might say, it’s not a simple choice. Ala Gross and Levitt we now to understand the destructive nature of burning fossil fuels and we will endeavor to find alternative fuels.One might say, there is now enough anxiety around the onward rush of planetary dissolution to create a pantheon of deities based on the mathematical sciences e.g. wind power, solar power, terraforming, nuclear power, etc., all with their little multinational altars.

33.9 But are fuel sources the central issue here? Or is it the paradigm reflected in the infrastructure that necessitates/habituates the travel and transport of human beings and goods over greater and greater distances? And what does this habituation involve to right itself? Certainly not technological tweaking.

33.10 The earth is finite after all. Shouldn’t this finitude have given pause early on? How could the mathematical sciences with their precise measurements not have detected that western exploitation was out of all proportion and the planet was threatened.

33.11 At least one alchemist was hip to the problem at least its pan-cultural dimension. (No, not Newton though he did predict the end of world in the year 2060.)

“The helmsmen of explorations have discovered how to disturb the peace of others, to profane the guardian spirits of their countries, to mix what prudent nature has separated, to redouble men’s desires by commerce, to add the vices of one people to those of the other, to propagate new follies by force and set up unheard-of lunacies where they did not exist before, and finally to give out the stronger as the wiser. They have shown men new ways, new instruments, and new arts by which to tyrannize over and assassinate one another. Thanks to such deeds, a time will come when other peoples, having learned from the injuries they suffered, will know how and be able, as circumstances change, to pay back to us, in similar forms or worse ones, the consequences of these pernicious inventions.”
                                                 -- Giordano Bruno, The Ash Wednesday Supper, 1584
The prophetic ring is unmistakable.

33.12 No. Everyone is not the same no matter how many times you assign them the same number.

33.13 You might say the sciences were and are taking into account planetary limitations by refining the technologies that they foster. I might say that in a few cases these scientific advances have postponed planetary dissolution while in most others they have accelerated it.

33.14 But it’s not knowing which technology is ultimately harmful and which is not that is the moral dilemma central here. Yet, this is merely a way of discerning what Vandana Shiva and others describe as Unanticipated Consequences. Such discretions are confined to the relatively short term.

33.15 We face apocalyptic questions here. And moral and ethical consequences arising from the mathematical sciences’ supposed utterly amoral and objective tools and process. What’s more we get the arrogance of universality shoved into our faces even as the mathematical sciences rush from one solution to another to staunch the end of the world that their earlier ‘universals’ created. But, unlike the scientific community, we will not stoop to the slightest whiff of theological pomposity here.

34.1 By current apocalyptic measure of the Gross and Levitt kind, the demiurges of the mathematical sciences are the only ones who measure up to the dissolution of the planet.

34.2 Yet, here a great leap outside of the western epistemological box is required. A leap not confined to the usual rhetorical blither perfectly suited to kiss the wand of the current dominant epistemology.

34.3 The mathematicians themselves are not entirely the ones driving this rush toward apocalypse.

34.4 The darling of positivists, mathematicians are constrained by what numbers can reveal. To work outside the strict rules of mathematics, would be not perform mathematics at all. Like any game the rules for mathematics are homogeneous and this also forms the foundation of the epistemology of mathematics.

34.5 Complex methematcial solutions have a narrative, unfolding quality. But a narrative constrained by Universal Laws. Neil DeGrasse Tyson has said “Mathematics is the language of the universe.” In the lay world as in the sciences this statement is very nearly ‘universally’ accepted as true ex cathedra. A box no one thinks outside of.

35.1 Mathematicians can only perform mathematics within the constraints of mathematical laws. As Godel might say, we’re purposely invoking the tautological here because such power over and restraint upon mathematicians lays much of the ethical and moral responsibility for planetary dissolution at the feet of mathematics itself. What else do the mathematical sciences have but these ‘universal’ constraints called ‘laws’? And as Roger Penrose says this leads to “conflating reality with lawfulness.” Or in the case of the mathematical sciences confirmed by DeGrasse Tyson’s cheerleading conflates reality with mathematics.

35.2 What do we have under the tutelage of the mathematical sciences? A collapsing planet.

35.3 Applying a moral/ethical dimension to mathematics itself and the mathematical sciences will have an alien ring to most westerners even the bible thumpers. To much of the developing world which has received and absorbed so much of western epistemology through the sciences, often the scientific West’s weaponry, such confusion concerning numbers carries no weight at all moral, ethical or otherwise. 

35.4 Why? To anyone whose formative cultural experience lies outside the epistemology of the Western mathematical sciences, the Western experience seems to be little more than a means to an end.  So it is perhaps no surprise that that ‘end’ as say Vandana Shiva might frame it, involves the very end of planet on which they exist. Often minority cultures have viewed the arrival of the West as the end of the[ir] world. Their prophecies were neither wrong as regards their own culture as well as its object, Nature itself.

35.5 The linguist Benjamin Whorf wrote:

“I find it gratuitous to assume that a Hopi who knows only the Hopi language and the cultural ideas of his own society has the same notions, often supposed to be intuitions, of time and space as we have, and that are generally assumed to be universal. In particular he has no notion or intuition of time as a smooth flowing continuum in which everything in the universe proceeds at an equal rate, out of a future into a present and into a past .... After a long and careful analysis the Hopi language is seen to contain no words, grammatical forms, construction or expressions that refer directly to what we call 'time', or to past, present or future ...". Whorf (1956b:57)”
35.6 Whorf’s approach is an affront to the mathematical sciences claims of universality. To further claim that the so-called objectivity, ‘numbers never lie’ bias of the mathematical sciences is not at the root of such prejudice and open hegemony is ludicrous.

35.7 The hegemony of the West relies on its superior notion of how the world is and their mathematically based canards of universal application. You can even hear celebrity knuckleheads like Stephen Pinker decry Whorf’s position in an effort to keep the Hopi and their culture on the reservation.

36.1 The acceleration of mathematical sciences and technological progress and its exploitation that has brought about the advanced stages of the dissolution of the planet coincides with the contributions of the mathematical sciences, This gives it its arrogant, undeniable ‘ne plus ultra’.

36.2 This has moved from prophecy to become a trivial, overtly obvious observation.

36.3 Given our available epistemology, what we seek to know here is ‘how’ such a mere 500 year, lightning coup de grace on life on earth itself was dealt by its purported greatest advancement.

36.4 ‘How’ did the mathematical sciences approximate a spiritual Armageddon with science’s physical manifestation. Hysterical religious nihilism in the West where the mathematical sciences gained as the ascendant epistemology, is currently at its most virulent stage largely induced by a science and technology induced millennialism. The irony here is best left to literature.

36.5 Is this due to some quasi-mystical origins attributed to mathematics whereby religion and the mathematical still somehow coincide? No. This is a dead end. (I have received millennial screeds over the internet with absolutely no sense of the mathematical science which made their communication possible. I have yet to have one screed communicated through the aether without benefit of some such technology). The irony here belongs to the stand up comic.

36.6 Error is a component of discovery. And the whole business of consciousness is projection.

36.7 So for mathematics to be labeled a window onto the universal, the universe must be a priori known through the consciousness in its entirety.  Since this is not the case, error follows. And when the error(s) are global…

37.1 When we say “the whole business of consciousness is projection” we appear to invoke notions of emission optics held by some ancient Greek philosophers most notablt Plato.

37.2 ‘Consciousness’ is not restricted to sight. However, sight (and light) symbolize ‘consciousness’ in Western epistemology as well as a relativist perspective. 

37.3 Aside from questions of optics, the mathematical sciences relive the need for light when making observations. This is another base canard in the West’s arsenal of universal principles and applications.  

37.4 Aside from relating to the tools at hand, the mathematical sciences can be done in the ‘dark so to speak. This produces marvelous phantasms like quantum paradox, string theory and multi-dimensional universes out side the visual grasp of our tiny little brains.

37.5 Are the mathematical sciences simply a round about way to have new religious experiences?

37.6 Just funnin’ with ya. But?

38.1 Mathematics is asensuous. Though, not all mathematicians are without sensation, despite their caricature in popular literature.

38.2 Mathematics needs no eyes. In this sense it is ideally suited for Plato’s cave. According to Plato's Socrates, the shadows are as close as the ‘prisoners’ of the Cave get to viewing reality. Mathematics broaches no such restraints.

38.3 Mathematics doesn’t know what it means to blink, to consider its efficaciousness outside of its own game. Light is not formative to its epistemology except on its own mathematical terms.

38.3 With the mathematical sciences even optics becomes Eyeless in Gaza. Utterly instrumented.

39.1     “To Nature laws are fugitive.
                Tactical dependencies described as certainties
                       [which] Reveal their habituation.” Parcelli – Tale of the Tribe

39.2 Or Adorno and Horkheimer on the Higgs Boson. "The great dream of the end of History is the utopia of causal systems...Just as the dream of genesis
was the utopia of classifying systems." wrote Michel Foucault.
40.1 The mathematical sciences are formative for western culture. After all, they are the ‘Ne Plus Ultra’.

40.2 You’d be hard pressed to blame the end of the world on contemporary western poetry as rotten as its current product is. No one speaks of the science of poetry. And for good reason.

40.3 You will hear occasionally the phrase the ‘poetry of science.’ But this is simply due to a lack of discernment among the scientific community and the public at large.

41.1 Mathematics qua mathematics was not always immune from ethical and moral judgements

41.2 That is to say it was not always immune from history.

41.3 ‘Disciplines’ such as alchemy, numerology, astrology etc.and their framework of metaphysics once comprised the science of their times and contributed considerably to the modern amoral mathematics that we accept today.

41.4 The mathematical sciences would say they, through mathematical rigor, that they have eliminated most of the tenets of the above pseudo-sciences by simply demonstrating their historical errors. Our current state of scientific mathematical progress has led us to a more angelic moment.

41.5 Mathematics may appear immutable and immune from any moral precepts but certainly many of the discoveries of mathematical sciences have led to technologies that can at best appear as a necessary evil. An example is nuclear weapons.

41.6 Many people quite rightly protest the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Even governments such as the US and Russia paid lip service to the dangers of such devices even as they created them, a clear sign of pathology.

41.7 Many people condemn nuclear weapons on purely moral and ethical grounds.

41.8 But then why do they never condemn the mathematics and mathematical sciences that made nuclear weapons possible in the first place?

41.9 When did ‘ahistorical rationalism’ become possible? How can history become ahistory?

41.9 This is easily traceable back to the sad condition of Western epistemology or how westerners are capable of knowing the world.

50.1 Whenever I broach this topic with anyone with a western mindset I immediately hear about all of the marvels of technology and how could I consider living in a world without them. For one, I care enough to realize that such a world is not possible. Fantasies have no place here.

50.2 One of the popular replies a couple of years ago was how the devices of so-called social media, allowed groups like nuclear protesters to plan protests and gather more effectively.

50.3 This would be a classic example of the zero sum game if the power ensembles on the two sides were equal.

50.4 But the indisputable fact is that mathematics and the mathematical sciences are clearly arrayed on the side of governmental and, more importantly, corporate power. With materialism, altruism is always baggage.This is a lesson long buried in the dialectical adipose of western epistemology, scientific, ethical or otherwise.

50.5 To a slightly different, more real time induced and experienced mindset, the consequences of this alignment would be not only oblivious but smack of apocalyptic inevitability.

50.6 Take alchemy, the chemical creation of gold from base elements.Though still practiced by Newton and others, it began to find disfavor about the time of the age of discovery.

50.7 The so-called Age of Discovery, Age of Exploration, Age of Exploitation, Imperialism, Colonialism, 500 Year Apocalypse etc., call it what you will, it was largely predicated on the search for gold.

50.8 Why would alchemy not thrive? Was it in disrepute? Would someone of the stature of Isaac Newton have pursued it in the 17th Century if it was? Columbus had all but drained the Caribbean basin of gold by 1530 but by the 17th Century the search for gold had greatly expanded and at times been hugely more profitable.

50.9 Newton wrote over a million words on the subject of alchemy. His papers on alchemy were re-discovered in the mid-20th century. It is now obvious that the inspiration for Newton's laws of light and theory of gravity came from his alchemical work.

50.10 Shouldn’t Newton’s ancillary discoveries share some of the scrutiny on the historically ethical grounds that alchemy does. No doubt many of their principles and precepts remain alchemical. If they are ontologically wrong why do we perceive them in the West as being conformally/mathematically correct?

51.1 Does planetary dissolution at the hands of the mathematical sciences mean that modern mathematics is ‘wrong’ in some fundamental way? Is it evil? So what if we no longer have an environment on which our species might proliferate. Perhaps, its good riddance to bad trash.

51.2 Whorf  might suggest we investigate other cultures concepts and uses of number and mathematics with the proviso that we will come away with no knowledge of the ‘other’ but perhaps, as an optimist might insist, a fresh knowledge of ourselves.    

51.3 Of course, given the hegemonic nature of western epistemology such a hope is mere illusion. We have all witnessed the wars of aggression by the United States in the latter half of the 20th century, the losing battle between sustainable superstition and the apocalypse of fetishized mass production.
52.1 At this point, I think it is important to remind the reader that "By its very nature formalism prohibits any possibility of giving meaning to 'which photon is which.'

52.2 Does such a criterion for being not suggest a more fitting epistemology for an ant than a man? The ‘masses’?

52.3 Is such extreme homogeneity a reality or an illusion?

52.4 Don’t even our most ubiquitous notions of time and space suggest that such a homogeneity, a sameness, can only be an illusion? Don’t our most basic notions of liberty suggest the same?

52.5 If therefore, formal systems such as those which command the mathematical sciences operate from the position of illusion are they not doing harm to reality?

52.6 Might not one say they are substituting a heterogeneous reality with a formal, homogeneous illusion?

52.7 Why?

52.8 One might suppose it is because a heterogeneous reality is rather unyielding to a mathematically scientific ‘progressive’ agenda.

52.8 ‘Progress’ especially as understood in the western industrialized sense, functions best for a few when the conditions are homogeneous, when workers are treated as ants as the cliché might go. Frederick Winslow Taylor’s Scientific Management springs to mind as do modern motivational speakers.

53.1 But Taylor and carney barkers like Joel Osteen and Rick Warren are simply consequences of the deep conformity required of nature from the epistemology of the mathematical sciences and imposed upon the individual. They would be laughable parodies if not for the millions of lives they destroy.

53.2 But still they fall far short of planetary dissolution.

53.3 The mathematical sciences and their carney barkers have brought the whole planet to its knees by the conformal illusion required by the mathematical sciences.

54.1 ‘Sustainable superstition’? If superstition equals religion can it therefore be assumed that planetary stability is an unintended consequence of religion? Doesn’t tradition have stability as a built in feature?

54.2 Since mathematics, in its headlong rebellion against infinitely variable nature, adheres to the tenets of neither religion nor tradition does it therefore contribute to instability?

54.3 Infinite variability simply is stable. Mathematical reduction introduces localized chaos.

54.4 How does the infinitely variable support stability and tradition? Because only with the imposition of mathematical formalisms do they appear to be at odds with one another instead of one and the same.

54.5 Though true, such propositions such as 53.3 and 54.4 have been disappeared.

54.6 Prayer never worked as nature intended? But is religion and more broadly tradition the manner in which Nature protects itself from the human species as plant produces a toxin to ward off hungry predators?

54.7 The function of religion may be simply to keep mankind ignorant, to prevent us from becoming so smart we do ourselves in and take the entire planetary ecosystem with us.

54.8 But there are problems with this approach. Americans consume (or should I say waste) 25% of the world’s resources per annum with only 4% of the population. America bills itself as a Christian nation. Policies intended to create sustainability are shunned by a majority of the population and by a vast majority of American Christians. The materialism driving these ironic results even goes so far as to ignore, mock and parody the core beliefs of Christianity itself.

54.9 Thus, Christianity is little more than a harbor for buffoons and hypocrits. Fundamentalist Christians, who purport to believe the earth was created by god in 7 days 6000 years ago, depend on fossil fuels discovered by geologists who, in order to be geologists at all much less ‘find’ oil, must study an earth that is several billions of years old and that the oil itself is dead organic matter which has taken hundreds of millions of years to become today’s crude. Otherwise no oil industry.

54.10 Christians avail themselves of technologies that demolish claims made in the bible. Further, when historically reverse engineered, the suggestion that god had any role whatsoever in their creation becomes laughable.

54.11 That such a set of idiotic conundrums would arise in the Christian west is not surprising. Christianity can hardly be expected to adapt to its own actualizing epistemology and remain consumption’s harlot.

54.12 Christianity has just a faint echo of ‘sustainable superstition’ left in its blood quenched, sin riddled, and consumption enslaved body. Otherwise it is the twisted wreckage of belief contorting itself to conform to a corporate ethos tied to an ill-fated epistemology with the mathematical sciences at its core.

54.13 Of course, the non-materialistic origins of Christianity, like all aboriginal beliefs, comprised a sustainable superstition that was more in harmony with Nature, certainly more in harmony that the mathematical sciences. 

54.14 With the terms culture and tradition thrown in, ‘sustainability’ is presently anecdotal and, realistically, will remain as such to the very end. However, for many in the west it has proven a pleasant if somewhat pedantic alternative.

55.1 The mathematical sciences would counter that it is they who have revealed Nature to the rest iof mankind. After all, what aboriginal culture split the atom revealing an endless gaggle of subatomic particles and discrete interactions?

55.2 This however requires an entirely new approach to Nature. The mathematical sciences require a far more complex and problematic relationship with Nature.

55.3 Wordsworth writes in his poem ‘The Tables turned; An Evening Scene, On the Same Subject.’

          “Our meddling intellect
            Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things:--
            We murder to dissect.”

55.4 This is precisely what the mathematical sciences do. But they have gone beyond such substitutive acts to actually construct their own Nature or more accurately natures.

56.1 Of course, this paper is much ado about nothing. It merely posits, ipso facto, that the planet is doomed. All the author need to do now is construct a world dominated by one or two mysteriously discrete yet random, all powerful phenomena and a busty heroine or two, and we can call it science fiction.

56.2 There is a pipe, the kind of which one smokes.

56.3 There is the image of a pipe the phenomenological nature of which is explored by Magritte in his "La Trahison des Images" ("The Treachery of Images") (1928-9) or "Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"). Magritte quite sensibly observes that an image of a pipe is not a pipe. Likewise a description.

56.4 Then we come to numbers. Counting pipes or images or descriptions of pipes is one option.

56.5 Using binary number systems one is now able to build most components of a plastic gun using a 3-D printer.

56.6 But does even this extreme device violate the protocols of actuality, image and number? The answer is no.

56.7 The plastic gun in its new pseudo-embodiment becomes an actual object.
The image is the photo in the newspaper. The number is the binary blueprint.

56.8 Could such a blueprint suffice to create a human?

56.9 We’re all aware of the negative impact inorganic polymers aka plastics have on the environment. And wouldn’t a plastic gun generated on a 3-D printer be very popular among a gun happy, American population. Wouldn’t we soon be faced with a ‘grey goo’ of cheap plastic firearms?

56.10 But could such a blueprint suffice to create a human or some reasonable estimate of a human?

56.12 Remember John von Neumann’s statement “Full knowledge of the object is not requisite, but only those quantities we believe to exist.” Certainly under these conditions a binary blueprinted ‘human’ is possible, even likely given enough time. Let’s not forget, Von Neumann wrote The Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata. He wasn’t particularly fond of mankind in its present formulation.

56.13 So if humans are ‘automata’ according to Von Neumann it’s a go when it comes to ‘reproducing’ ourselves. If not: Well, thanks to inorganic polymers and a myriad of other factors, we won’t be around long enough to witness our own self-replication anymore than we will be privileged to see our technocrats destroy other planets through terraforming.

57.1 For Von Neumann and the mathematical sciences in general the prime actual is ‘number’ not the ‘ding an sich’. Number is the building block of the actual, ergo it has primacy.

57.2 With this simple and obvious proviso all non-discrete existence is reducing to a discrete numerical context and all non-discrete entities until rendered discrete are diminished in their moral and ethical value.

57.3 A new ethics and morals based on the qualities of numbers arises. All of society and Nature become quantized for the sake of this new morality. This fresh ethics based on discrete systems. It’s both a social engineering project and a series of projects to adapt Nature to number.

57.4 Enormous dam projects such as those taking place all over China are macro-examples of both social and natural engineering creating a new numerological ethics of ‘consumption’ if you will. At the major engineering project level value judgements get quite crude, displacing tens of thousands of people and destroying dozens of infinite variable, interlocking ecosystems only to create an infinite number of new infinite unvetted variables.

57.5 The Mathematical sciences are simply forms of Sisyphus-like, life-denying vetting.   

58.1 Is Alfred Korzybski’s famous statement that the ‘the map is not the territory’ relevant here?

58.2 Hardly. We have two categories, the customary territory that Korzybski assumes and the mathematical ‘territory’ which has replaced much of the actual world with its more ‘precise’ e.g. ‘stark’ numerical estimate.

58.3 How can an ‘estimate’ be more precise, more accurate, than the real thing? Because it is more utile, pragmatic and fungible. Its outline is stark. It more readily yields to mathematical, scientific and technical mastery.

58.4 Inconvenient variables which run to infinity in Nature can be avoided and buried under layer of mathematical layers like the construction of a plastic gun.

59.1 Universally, the ‘discoveries’ of the mathematical sciences are merely anecdotal. In a macro sense this makes Unintended Consequences a constant occurrence. No wind turbine ever intended to slaughter bats and birds. But they do and, in the short run, this seems a small price to pay for a cheap energy source until insects, intended as food for birds and bats, devour you.

59.2 And when wind turbines cause a rise in surface temperatures on the earth, an Unintended Consequence has been scientifically verified. This verification is like Gross and Levitt’s Dr. ____ in the laboratory who is guilty of killing his dear, dear Mama Nature through global climate change and, co-incidentally, revealing without the least sense of irony or tautology that they are Dr. ____, the confessed killer of dear Mama. You only know we killed Mama because we told you we did. Funny stuff. N’est pas? As though Inuits don’t have eyes.

60.1 Korzybski’s distinction is still around but as an anachronism of our daily lives. K’s distinction has no impact on the mathematical sciences.

60.2 Such common sense is alien to the mathematical sciences. Layers of mathematics have obscured the underlying ‘territory’. Nearly every mathematical territory or topology is a description, proscription or prescription for another mathematical pseudo territory or topology. “Similarly, we can say here that the statistics are not the player,” wrote a baseball cybermetrician who, for all of his mathematical nuance, had not lost his common sense much less his mind. But not so John von Neumann or Marvin Minsky or Ray Kurzweil who all seem to have lost their minds in their machines and are as devoid of mere common sense as they are human understanding, simultaneous pure products and G&L type creators of the mathematical sciences. 
61.1 There exists two uncertainties of a different order of magnitude than that uncertainty that drives the angst of statistics whether we’re concerned with the Monte Carlo Method or, say, John Cage’s notion of chance and the I-Ching.

61.1 Statistics requires parameters in order to produce calculations, results. Its expression for chance is finite.

61.2 Quantum’s chance is perceptual. It is at odds with our everyday experience.

61.3 Nature, of which Quantum is presumably part, used to be our standard for the actual even though it operates through infinite variability which defies notions of statistical chance and mathematical scientific utility.

61.4 As far as the mathematical sciences are concerned, Nature’s great curse, and this includes what we call human nature, is its infinite variability. It resists being reduced to a set of mathematically conformal set of principles.  This resistance will not be tolerated any more than peasant resistance in developing countries or worker resistance both of which are reflections of humanity in opposition to science and technocracy. This is a result of treating economics as a science and amounts to enslavement in a variable deficient world.

61.5 But it’s a limited variable, one epistemology world now. Our trajectory is set.

61.6 There is no clearer example of this than the desperate macro-solutions of geo-engineering. These ‘solutions’ can best be described as cinematic in the most darkly risible sense of the word. The popular art forms of comic books and anime are perfectly suited for the expression of the global equivalents of slipping on a banana peel or getting smashed in face by an errant two by four. Geo-engineering is the Keystone Cops or Stephen Seagal of universal comic solutions way above their pay grade

62.1 Such ‘solutions’ since they have enormous appeal to the greed and blood lust of the new robber baron class, will not only greatly accelerate planetary demise but also drown out any research or study into the fundamental deficiencies of the ‘mathematical sciences’.

62.2 Thus, the notion that planetary demise is inevitable is grounded in history and the epistemological foundation of the nature of western man. It’s where realism sees nihilism’s headlight at the other end of the tunnel. To presume otherwise is to again take on the things of a toddler.

62.3 And the geo-engineering that industry supports is, of course, an admission that global climate change exists. We can make a profit ergo we’ll admit to the validity of global climate change in the name of stopping it. We caused it. We’ll stop it. Not while the mathematical sciences is the only approach. And there currently exists no other. Nor is any other allowed to exist.

62.4 But another historical element is at play here and that’s the global nature of the solutions. This is an historical first because the threat is an historical first. It may have happened before when mankind did not exist. But it’s happening again and it’s threatening to render mankind the briefest of asterisks in Earth’s existence. If Barrow and Tipler’s Anthropological Principle is correct they should have the interlocking formulae here and now confirming man’s demise. Isaac Newton, as was his way, was quite precise --- AD 2060, or 47 years from this writing, was the year he gave for the end of the world. 90% of Newton’s writings were theological in nature. How did Harold Camping miss this one? The answer: He wanted to get paid.

63.1 Two seemingly unrelated words underlie the modern western view of mathematics and the mathematical sciences. They are ‘fungible’ and ‘discrete’.

63.2 But how can a number be both fungible and discrete? After all doesn’t ‘fungible’ suggest a manifest flexibility.  And doesn’t ‘discrete’ suggest something sealed off unto itself?   

64.3 But upon reflection an object must be ‘discrete’ if it is to be fungible. It must be readily countable. Discrete is Western epistemology’s first break with quality for quantity. The word ‘value’ too makes a rather severe paradigm shift toward the material with this simple cultural gesture.

64.4 Numbers are our tools for discretion. Once an object is discrete, it is readily available as fungible. Quality becomes adjectival on its way to anecdotal.

64.5 Anything being treated in a fungible and discrete that is mathematical manner is beyond moral or ethical judgement.   

64.6 We can still speak of seven cardinal sins. But any notion that the number 7 has intrinsic value beyond a simple counting device is likely to be long discredited. In numerology, “The 7 knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.” The mathematical sciences find such speculation useless and laughable.

64.7 What’s operational here is that everything be interchangeable that is fungible. And only a discrete object can be fungible.

64.8 Nature is not discrete. Nature is holistic. therefore human nature is holistic, that’s why answers to moral and ethical questions remain so elusive while in physics, with the advent of a faux Higgs boson we now know everything about the physical universe in perpetuity.  .

64.9 The whole business of consciousness is ‘projection’. Consciousness is the apparatus for discretion. Its limitations require the fungible, a condition which not only does not exist in Nature, but is contra naturam.

65.1 Geo-engineering would not be necessary without the age of discovery and the “mathematization of science that accelerated after Galileo and Newton, and is now the sine qua non, if not the ne plus ultra of rational knowledge creation and validation, replacing the previously satisfactory mechanical and 'embodiable' forms of proof.”

65.2 Geo-engineering, with its tacit acknowledgement of planetary dissolution even when that acknowledgment is for venal reasons that would otherwise deny the existence of e.g. global climate change, has driven home the planetary scope of the problem that has been in rapid metastasis since the Age of Discovery, Colonialization, Imperialism and the acceleration of its primary tool, the mathematical sciences.

66.1 This is the moment ahistorical mathematization shares an ahistorical moment with its species. And to remove the species from history is to remove it from morality.

66.2 It’s not simply that turning time into a dimension of space suggests to the culture that accomplishes such a feat that all other cultures operate from a perspective of delusion. In this process the denatured, ahistorical culture loses its ability to act morally and ethically toward ‘the other’ without the other first submitting to its alleged superior universal laws.

66.3 This, of course, in a species sense has been a characteristic of human dominance for millennia. But now there is the belated realization that it has been inflicted upon the Natural World itself.

66.4 Many of the laws of physics may indeed be universal. But it’s not the Universe that is being degraded. 

66.5 Given the rapid planetary dissolution we experience all around us, we might conclude that mankind is not obeying its own ‘universal laws’. But such an observation would be wrong. He must be well within this paradigm of ‘universality’ of the mathematical sciences, otherwise there would not be the so-called scientific and technological advancements. Such ‘advancements’ need no reprise here.

66.6 This results in the logical conclusion that the ‘universal laws’ unearthed by the mathematical sciences resulted in bringing the planet to the brink of an apocalypse, an uncapitalized apocalypse that theology was helpless to imagine.

66.7 All that theology and religion can offer is a more sustainable ‘superstition’, so pitiably regressed is the species on both counts.

Syllogism Part 1 appeared in FlashPoint 15

Syllogism Part 2 appeared in FlashPoint 16

Syllogism Part 3 appeared in FlashPoint 16