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Belief Shock


In the history of ideas, there have been some truths that have been discovered and rediscovered many times over. These truths are collectively known as perennial philosophy, and understanding them begins for each of us with a sincere desire to separate reality from illusion.

If you are willing to spend the time to understand these belief shocks, you will experience an interesting adventure of discovery. You will learn some of the truths of perennial philosophy, and will take a step or two along the road of separating reality from illusion.





5th Edition


There are two major errors in our common-sense understanding of perception. Most people are not aware of these errors, yet in order to develop a fully-integrated world view, it is crucial to understand them. This book starts out with the problems of perception, and their solution. It then carries this understanding forward into a whole new set of ideas.





of Mathematics,
Science & Mind

3rd Edition


The current practice of making set theory the foundation of mathematics has a flaw: the definition of a relation is circular, because other relations are required to define it. To resolve this problem, the author proposes making relations primitive, and defining sets and set theory in terms of relations.

It turns out that all of set theory can be built on relations, without any logical inconsistencies. From this, the book systematically develops a philosophy of mathematics, science and mind. A number of flaws in “common-sense” logic are exposed and resolved, and many new understandings are developed in the true nature of things.







Belief Shock

I had the pleasure of reading this some time ago in printed form. I think it’s a marvelous primer for philosophy, and even though I took a number of philosophy courses in university, I learned a great deal.  It’s well-written and well presented.
For me, personally, and as you know from our discussions, the wheels come off with the introduction of Hekergy. I find the mathematics (the use of logarithms) arbitrary, by which I mean inapplicable in any testable or measurable or practical or predictive way. Even the suggestion that the fewer ways of arranging a collection or set of things into their “perfect” functioning state reflects a higher complexity or design is counter to the notion of modularity in computer software for example. Hekergy seems a failed attempt to quantify the qualitative. It borrows from science (conservation of energy) and math (logarithms and e) but without science’s inherent and necessary discipline, testability and self-abnegation. And so it presents more as a religious precept and even dogma than as a vulnerable, verifiable and imperfect theory as all scientific theories are. It provides no platform or foundation for further refinement. One could just as easily substitute any another constant for e, like pi or 2, without impacting the model or its usefulness one iota.  Like religion, it is at best poetic, but in this case poetry that could be improved by recognizing and expressing itself in a more metaphorical and lyrical way.

Belief Shock

Reply to Christopher Miller.

Thank you for your kind words. I have to point out that you are in fact mistaken when you say that hekergy is a qualitative concept. The definition of the hekergy of a relation R is in terms of the probability, e/t, of R, where e is the number of arragnements of the terms of R with which R emerges and t is the total number of possible arrangements of the terms. Since e/t is a probability, t/e is the improbability of R and then the hekergy of R is ln.R. You can’t get more quantitative than that. The logarithm is used because probabilities and improbabilities combine multiplicatively and hekergies are defined so as to combine additively; and the natural logarithm (i.e. to base e) is used because it is the only one which is not an arbitrary base: for example, the derivative of ln.x with respect to dx is 1/x, hence the integral of 1/x is ln.x. For the same reason thermodynamic entropy (which is closely related to hekergy) is defined with the natural logarithm: namely, ln.W, where W is the thermodynamic probability of a macrostate and is equal to the number of microstates that yield that macrostate. So the concept of hekergy is much more scientific that it is poetic or religous.


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