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I have a calling, born out of enthusiasm; a book to deliver, “PaRDeSism ~ Human Science 101”; and a job to get done, place the cornerstone of civilization for the III Millennium!
Title: “PaRDeSism ~ Human Science 101”
Subtitle: (PaRDeS primevalism ~ treeseeding our original common-sense on the Bible’s Creation Story 1:1-2:3; Universal World ReConstitution, from Crisis City to PaRaDiSe Earth)
Author: Ricardo Turullols-Bonilla.
Where: At Amazon, in paperback and digital, in English and Spanish translation.
What we create, here and now, reconstitutes the universe!
Dear Friends of Dialogue:
Everything has a beginning, or else, it doesn’t, in which case, it has always been. This seems to follow since a Universe does exist, unless you deny its existence. The question then is, what’s with this beginning concern, and why should we even care about it at all?
The bottom-line of, it doesn’t have a beginning, is that the whole wide Universe has always been. This line of reasoning comes from the side of Athens Greece, known as the Eternal Universe, as distinct from that proceeding from Jerusalem Israel, known as Creation Big Bang.
The philosophical position of the School of Athens is known as the eternal regression argument. Today got started yesterday, yesterday got started the day before yesterday, and so on, you get the idea. This infinitely regressive line of thought has no beginning, it just keeps going further and further back in time. The argument was, that since infinity has no beginning, the Universe, likewise, has no beginning. Simply put, it has always been. End of argument.
The consequences of the Eternal Universe are no Creation, no Creator, no creatures. There are no personal relations whatsoever. Things just are. They are what you make of them, nothing in themselves.
While this argument might put anybody against the ropes, at a first bout, its magic is dispelled once we start questioning its footings. It has as much support as a brush hanging from the wall.
Argument it is, but, what is argument? Argument is reasoning, but, whence reasoning? In consonance with the primary argument, we could likewise reenact it here, and say, that reason comes from logic, logic comes from math and language, and math and language comes from, well, numbers and letters have always existed, somehow. The main argument fleshes out in its partial arguments.
Irrespective of the argument, whole or pieces, the point being is that it explains nothing, merely phases out all and everything.
This self-sustaining reason has its merits, without a doubt. Like if you want to go from here to there, or, plan from today to tomorrow, it works quite well. It has no problem with the finite. However, it gets into deep waters when it starts addressing the non-finite, or infinite. The problem is that infinite is not finite, it isn’t just a bigger finite.
To cut to the chase, my opinion on the matter is simply that what is limited is our reasoning. It has a range of validity, namely, the finite; and, beyond that, it simply doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It leads us to some outlandish conclusions that are plain nonsense. Of course, one could object that the infinite doesn’t really exist, that all we have experience is of the finite. That all there is finite. End of argument.
While this is stable, it is hardly convincing. We can no more proof the existence of the infinite any more that we can disproof it, either. To me, it sounds like stalemate, more than conclusion. If I had all the time in the world, like not going hungry, I could conceivably spend it till my batteries run out.
In any case, it’s now time to hear out the other argument. So far, we’ve entertained the philosophical Eternal Universe Infinite Regression argument of Athens Greece, now, it’s the turn of the Creation Big Bang argument of Jerusalem Israel.
But, let’s not start from scratch. Rather, see this as a relay race, of sorts. After all, we already know beforehand that the faith-science match is a draw, a question of personal choice, so, why even bother? I am not here to rediscover America, far from it. If anything, I’m here to snatch things out of the grip of the dead II and place it in the hands of a promising III Millennium.
The argument attributable to Athens Greece takes us as far as reason, and found no support thereafter. Consequently, the starting point for Jerusalem Israel, would be receive it, and run with it the following leg of the race of civilization.
But, before we move on, let’s give some recognition to Athens. After all, they took archaic magical thought and transformed it into antique rational thought, which was quite a jump, back in the days. In any case, it lasted from VI bce up to our XX ce. Quite an accomplishment, I would say. Our job, now, is to continue the task to completion, or at least, till our turn runs out and others’ is up.
Now to the first part of our claim, that nothing explains Creation.
The reason is simple, because there was nothing to explain with before Creation. But, don’t knock it until we’ve tried it.
So, then, the Creation Story must provide the reason of rational thought, the primeval common-sense upon which reason ultimately takes off.
Infinite regression just avoids the issue. Infinite regression, is it self-creation? Surely, we didn’t create ourselves, or the self, much less the Universe. In this context, what does an infinite regression, or rather, infinite regression, without the indefinite article, what could it possibly mean?
If you follow thorough, you will be well on your way to excellence.
Let’s now address the second part of our claim, that the Creation Story explains everything.
This essay is not meant to be a treatise, rather, a brief on the subject. The theme is spread out in various topics. Here we will limit ourselves to one more of its many facets.
As we were saying, the Greek thinkers reasoned wisely, and used quite arbitrarily infinite and finite, as was mentioned above. Since this was their stumbling block, let’s pick-up the dialogue where they tripped.
I am a physicist by trade, though understood old school as natural philosophy, prone to come up with complex models in order to simplify otherwise complicated things. So, bear with me, in what follows.
Their discourse gyrates about the infinite and the finite. Let’s, then, take this as our playing chips. If there’s infinite and finite, then, surely there must additionally exist their opposites, namely, the non-infinite and the non-finite.
To this you might object and level the observation that infinite is just a short way of saying not-finite, or non-finite. While this may very well be the case, words, once out there, take a life of their own, irrespective of their ancestry. And this case is no exception. So, then, we ensue.
This being the case, and having taught biology, immediately comes to my mind the Punnett Square. This is just a two-by-two hashtag, or table, composed of two rows and two columns.
Let’s then on the horizontal row place infinite and finite, and on the vertical row, likewise, place infinite and finite. If we now cross the terms we will get, moving left to right going down, infinite-infinite, infinite-finite, finite-infinite, finite-finite. As mentioned previously, we could have likewise employed on the vertical side, yes and no, and, in this case, we would have arrived at the following: yes-infinite, yes-finite, no-infinite, no-finite. We will put in cursive letters the first set to avoid migraines.
For those out there more visual learners, we will include the figure.
Now, once past the math, comes the fun part. By the way, as a reminder, I am not a mathematician, much less a logician. I like to think of myself as a human scientist, like from Human Science 101.
The point being that infinite-infinite is understood as really infinite, literally infinite; infinite- finite as non-literally finite, or not really finite, or else, ideally finite; finite-infinite, as not-literally infinite, not really infinite, or, only ideally infinite; and, finite-finite, as literally finite, as really finite.
Now, credit to whom credit is due. Then walks in Pythagoras of Samos, in Ionia, back in VI bce. You may object, pointing out that the School of Athens, the ones of the infinite regression argument of the Eternal Universe, came two hundred years later, around IV bce. Surely, they must have known about him. True. But one thing is to know about him, and quite another is to actually have understood him sufficiently to have assimilated his teachings.
Well, Pythagoras’ contribution to civilization of the Triad and the Tetractys changed everything. Too bad it has taken two millennia and six-hundred years to connect the dots. He is better known today by way of the Pythagorean Theorem of the right-triangle, of a-square plus b-square equals c-square.
Nowadays there’s the revised version thanks to complex variables, where we postulate the existence of a number whose square is negative one. Imagine that! From experience, we know for a fact that any number, positive or negative, when squared, gives a positive number.
And, while this is undeniably true, at least in the real world; what’s to stop us from postulating a non-existing world where the opposite is true. Of course, it’s not real. That’s why it’s imaginary! Complex numbers are such, they consist of a real part, and, an imaginary part. The link is by way of i-square equals minus-one.
But, back to our friend Pythagoras. His followers made the claims, not him, since he didn’t leave any writings behind. In particular, one made the claim that the virtue of things is a triad: strength, intelligence, luck. This by itself is quite unintelligible. Fortunately, goods things come in pairs.
A peer of his made a parallel claim, hypothetically regarding the same triad notion, that all things are composed out of unlimiteds, limiters, and, both, unlimiteds and limiters, or words to that effect. Recall in all this that all that has survived of their writings are mere fragments. Verily, this is hands-on archeology of the language imaginary.
Now, suddenly things start coming into focus. Let’s make the following matches: strength with limiters; luck with unlimiteds; and, intelligence with both, unlimiteds and limiters. In case you’re not quite sure, let me give you a pointer; try our modern vocabulary of body, mind, and spirit, and see if this helps.
Additionally, let’s furthermore make the following identifications: limiters with measurables, or finite; unlimiteds with non-measurables, or infinite; and both, unlimiteds and limiters, with both infinite and finite.
Finally, let’s put the pieces together. We would then have as follows: strength-body with limiters-finite; luck-spirit with unlimiteds-infinite; and, intelligence-mind with both, unlimiteds-infinite and limiters-finite.
But, you might rightly jump from your seat, and yell: but, you mentioned Triad and Tetractys! So far, you’ve only given an account of the Triad, but, what about the Tetractys? Where does this come into the narrative?
Well, thanks for asking, and this is where Moses, of the Creation Story, appears on stage. So far, on the one hand, the Triad makes the connection with Athens Greece, whereas, on the other hand, the Tetractys, correspondingly makes the connection with Jerusalem Israel.
At this point you have to either take my word for it, or else keep listening to the other podcasts to put together the crossword puzzle; or better still, read my book, or best of all, do all three as one.
Be it what it may, we haven’t yet finished with Pythagoras and the triads. My fear is that if we don’t camp-out on his triads, and get a good handle on them, we will be ill equipped to move on to higher ground. From my own personal experience, of discovery, were it not for the cue that the Pythagorean triads provided, I would have missed altogether the punchline of the Creation Story Bere’shith Genesis 1:1-2:3. Many before me oversighted it, and they were top-notch scholars.
That said, let’s proceed. Ready or not, here we go.
This first synoptic figure entitled “The Tetractys in the Triad”, is meant to illustrate the insight that the ellipse and the right triangle are intimately related. That the point of the right triangle traces out the ellipse. In this symbolic figure, which we intuit was Pythagoras’, the ellipse comes to represent the Tetractys, whereas, the right triangle would represent the Triad.
In the following figure, entitled “Mapping: Infinite-Finite Table => Tetractys-Triad Seed”, what we do is make a mapping, meaning, a one-to-one matching of the Infinite-Finite set unto the more user-friendly ones of PaRDeS, which come directly from the Creation Story Bere’shith Genesis 1:1-2:3.
In the figure following that, entitled “PaRDeS ~ Tetractys & Triad ~ Seed Symbol”, what we do is finish the transition from the Athens Greece infinite regression Eternal Universe model vocab to the Jerusalem Israel Creation Story narrative.
We have been using the term Israeli, not even Judean, from the kingdoms of Israel and Judea, instead of Jewish, an anachronism, name that appears only much later in Middle Ages Europe.
With this we conclude our claim that nothing explains Creation, that the Creation Story explains everything. This last claim we will showcase by way of numerous illustrative examples in what has preceded, as well as with what follows. But, now you are better equipped to do real-time thoughtful hiking.
In closing, we could state the following timeline: archaic magical thought, antique mental thought, and now moving forward, modern mosaic thought. By this last one we mean PaRDeS thought, springing from the Creation Story of Moses, Bere’shith Genesis 1:1-2:3.
Yours truly, Ricardo Turullols-Bonilla
The Austin Cry: be the Cause, join the Movement, PaRDeS Universal ReConstitution for Washington and World Repair!
Thank you so very much. God bless!