Thursday, December 07, 2017

Internet Dialogue on Psychohistory, Asimovian and Actual.

Internet Dialogue on Psychohistory, Asimovian [fictional] versus Actual.

Dear Readers,

In response to a recent blog entry by Venkatesh Rao, entitled "Prolegomena to Any Dark_Age Psychohistory" --

-- I wrote the following:

First, let me say that I celebrate both the vast but integrating scope of your discourse, and the ‘lyricality’ of its delivery!

There is an opus of which you may not be aware, but might wish to integrate parts of, into your own world vision.

This opus is also deeply engaged with, and deeply inspired by, the Asimovian Foundation mythos.

This opus involves very specific definitions of both the term “Dark Age” and the term “[Global] Renaissance” --

It authors also weave their discourse in the dialectic of memes and genes -- in that of what they call ‘The Human Phenome’ in co-evolution with “The Human Genome” --

Indeed, applying their discovery of a breakout into new mathematical territory, involving a ‘contra-Boolean’ algebra of logic which is grounded in a “non-standard model of the Natural numbers”, they have derived a system of seven simultaneous ‘psychohistorical-dialectical meta-equations’ --  

-- which focus upon a newly-discovered tractable core within the turbulence of human history, including one ‘meta-equation’ that directly addresses the ‘Human Phenome’/”Human Genome” complex unity.

Their mathematical breakout also has something to say about the supposedly “unsolvable, in closed-form” nonlinear partial integro-differential equations in which most of our best to-date formulations of the “laws” of Nature are expressed, linking that “unsolvability” to the [locally] “unsolvable diophantine equations” into which the expressions implying “Gödel Incompleteness” of mathematical axioms-systems “deformalize”, marking the boundaries between one axiomatic system of arithmetic and its next-higher successor-system in the “incompletable” [Gödel] progression of ever-richer systems of mathematical language.

That breakout has something to say about mathematical “singularity” -- about the finite time divisions by zero that plague especially nonlinear differential equations --

And it has something to say about new kinds of “transcendental functions” that may solve nonlinear differential equations in a new kind of “closed, analytical form”.

Finally, their opus involves a programme for averting the ‘New/Final Dark Age’ upon which we are now verging --

-- and a new institutional design --

-- supporting a new “sentiment superstate” of ‘Global Renaissance’ and of human flowering, ‘planetary polis’ and beyond.

The authors of this opus are strong, to my reading, in the area of what might be called ‘collective-cognitive psychohistory’, but they are not so strong where I find your discourse to excel the most:  in the area of what might be called ‘collective-affective psychohistory’.

Perhaps there could be some “complementarity”?



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