Poor Sam....... he has come up with a 16 page outline for the talk. I have had to ask him to please not hand it out, as it would be confusing, distracting and redundant. Much of it is just excepts from the wiki. I've suggested that we do lunch, and that I will continue with the 'outlining', right here, but that this is to be only for my use, thank you very much.
Amongst that minuscule number of us with our eyes open to the future, there is a uniform despair. I claim to be the only rational exception to that despair. If the resulting BPWH is even in the right ballpark, that makes me eligible for the 4M/K/SoT/X2. And, it's truly amazing how little competition there is, even after all these years of despair.
It's just as if we spend trillions of dollars on despair, and not one penny for hope! There is a very simple and very good reason for that........ despair is cheap, hope is priceless, and it only comes along once, every few centuries, if you're lucky.
Hope does not grow on trees. Is hope unnatural? Well, therein hangs the story of civilization.
Where would civilizations be, without hope? Every civilization has had a seed, of some kind, some sort of cosmic/paranormal vision. Oh, yes, as with everything I will tell you this evening, there is a deconstructive, reductionist alternative explanation. I tell you it's a vision, and Jared Diamond will tell you that it is guns, germs and steel. For every minute of ecstasy, the are bound to that many dark hours of soul searching.
If we're not working from the same glossary, then all that we can do is shout at each other, and then it is simply might that makes right. That only ends in a nuclear version of deconstructive reductionism.
It is generally agreed, amongst those with the means to seriously ask, that we have not more than a generation to turn this juggernaut of global civilization on a dime, if we are to avert a catastrophic end.
I may not have a dime, but here is my nickel......... the BPWH. This is my vision. If it is not the best possible vision, then I want my nickel back!
Now, listen up, my friends, this only gets more simple........
My simple claim is that the BPWH embodies the only coherent theory of truth. The nearest competition is the ToE, theory of everything, which basically states that God is a mathematician.
Wonderful....... But, can there be a mathematician which is not also a person? Ask Srinivasa, perhaps. Well, Einstein did claim that God had no choice, so God could have just been a classical computer, on steroids.
But that depends upon two things...... your beliefs about artificial intelligence, and your understanding of panpsychism.
But here is one more big issue....... the Apeiron. Against your apeiron, I'll wager my Apokatastasis! Yes, it all comes down to that one bet. Our lives hang on that outcome.
Speaking of which, here is a real gem...... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apeiron_(cosmology) See, if I don't get my act together, Jimmy W will beat me to the punch.
You just gotta love Jimmy/wiki........ it all comes down to Dikes, I kid you not! What stands against the abyss of the Apeiron, is just justice, Dike. And so Chicken Little, necessarily has his finger in the Dike, or is it a thumb on the Scale?! I suggest that you might also want your hard-hat.
You gotta read that entry. Evidently, apeiron is the flower in the crannied wall.
But, as I say, there is only one riposte, which is apokatastasis. Therein lies sapience, all else is mere sentience. There is only one thing that the Greeks failed to understand, which is that time is not absolute. They were newtonian, two millennia before Newton. Where was Wilhelm when we needed him? Yes, the Greeks had oracles, but they had no prophets? How could that have been, unless the God of revelation is also, necessarily, the God of concealment.
Here is the answer......
If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with....
This was written when Ingrid told Jim that she was pregnant. Yes, can you possibly believe me that time is just in a bottle, and that the Earth is pregnant. Does that have to be implausible? Only over my dead body.
Heed wiki, and my words, listen to the song, and then read the book, and you should know everything that we mortals have a need to know........ http://www.amazon.com/The-Testament-Mary-Colm-Toibin/dp/1451688385 .