To the Stoics, the Cosmos was organised around the incarnate rationality of Logos, following in the tradition of Heraclitus. The rationality of reality is inextricably entwined and expressed by Logos. That’s the cosmic logos and the same principle applies to individual rational beings, the individual logos. The personal and impersonal logoi all share the same principle.
If one is interested in developing the Foundations of Science there is no better place to start than to reach an understanding of the Logos. What is its architecture ad what are its fundamental constituents? That is indeed the objective of my project. [continue reading…]
Despite what some people think, the genetic code did not evolve. It has been unchanged for billions of years. I call it the generic code. Why? Because the code even preceded biological life. There is another kind of lifeform that preceded the emergence of biological life. This prebiological lifeform is none other than the universe we live in. It is an ancient idea: the universe is a living entity. However, there is a difference. Unlike biological lifeforms, the generic material for the universe is not distinct from the material it manages. The genetic and the ordinary all seem to be the same stuff.
If this perspective is accepted, then the four-letter alphabet that encodes biological life should also map to the subatomic particles of matter. The result should be a “periodic table” for subatomic particles.
I am writing this all up. This post is an excerpt. A sneak preview of such a periodic table can be explored in my online database.
I presented a paper in the session on “Physics and Logic.” organised by Bob Coecke.
Theory of Forms
A reconstruction of ancient metaphysics applied to the logical foundations of modern physics
What is the principle of life? The question is central to ethics. Ethics involves a purpose in life. An entity without ethical purpose has no life. An entity without life has no purpose. The life principle must be an ethical principle. I refer to biological life as animates, our universe as an inanimate. According to the Stoics, animates and inanimates are all organised along the same life principle. I concur. Thus all biological and non-biological beings must share the same generic ethical principle in order to be. The common generic ethical principle shared by Nature and its subjects is an ontological principle. What is this common ontological principle that enables life forms to be? This principle ethical, generic purpose must underlie the very fabric of all physical existence. The answer must be precise. It must be potentially formal and rigorous. The starting point will be found in the work of Kurt Gödel. Gödel worked in the domain of the only known formal system today, that of axiomatic mathematics. …click to continue
In this article I briefly present the case that Stoic natural philosophy provides the missing meta-language to finally make sense of quantum mechanics. Modern Stoic writers such as Lawrence C Becker dismiss Stoic physics as an embarrassment. Becker tries to cobble together a hybrid of Stoic ethics with what is essentially a modern version of Epicurean physics. The result is an Epicurean Stoicism, an oxymoron if ever there was one. To Chrysippus, the very core of ethics arises from the fundamental physical principles of matter. If Stoic physics is as Becker describes it merely a “flippant speculation about physical processes,” it is hard to see that Stoic ethics could possibly escape the same epitaph.
In Hellenistic times, …click to continue