The “Great Freedom” within the Predictability
The need for a proof for the assertions I have made for the “predictability” of Turning Points is obvious. I could simply refer to my own and others observations over the years as to the validity of the 7 year lifecycle with it’s 7 month phases and Turning Points. Yet using my own or the observations of others would hold no water with modern day skeptics raised with a scientific materialist orientation to viewing the world.
The predominance of this point of view extant in the world inevitably separates a new proposition about “how things work” into whether it is provable “scientifically”, in other words, whether it can be proved using the methods of accepted science, or whether it exists in that other realm of knowledge apparently outside the scope of true science which utilizes one’s own “experience” as the test of whether something is true. I include in this realm “knowledge” based on belief and faith, not provable or not yet proven by “scientific means” but acceptable to individuals of various persuasions. There are of course an innumerable number of these systems of belief or “knowledge” outside the realm of established science.
Yet the success of science in giving human beings apparent technological control over their environment has persuaded many to accept it’s viewpoints as to how to determine the truth about a proposition. The scientific method, for good or ill, has in effect been reoriented from its original use as a method of observation to a religiously dogmatic viewpoint about the ” only valid or admissible means of discovering truth”process 1 pg3. These means include objective observation, quantitative measurement, the repeatability or replicability of experiments. In addition, the dogmas of the modern day religion of scientific materialism implicitly assert that the only way to discover truth is by resolving the whole of anything into its parts – reductionism.
This view grows out of the nineteenth century deterministic perspective although it’s origins can be found in such early Greek philosophers as Demetritus and Aristotle. Propositions about the “way things are” are then judged as being either “untestable” by the means of science and thus improvable and falling into the realm of personal experience or belief and faith, or disputable because the criteria by which science tests and “proves” hypotheses have not been passed, or not attempted. Because of the success of this viewpoint in technological advancement with it’s concomitant promise of increased benefits for mankind, it has gained a position of supremacy as the primary “paradigm” of modern culture, with more and more of the world yielding to its viewpoint as it participates in technological advance.
I have not chosen to “scientifically” test the hypothesis that personal human growth occurs in processes that are seven years in length with twelve distinct phases. I do not know whether observations that would be considered valid or measurable by the scientific method could “prove” my hypothesis or not. I have chosen another method of “proving” this hypothesis that expounds upon and provides support for a paradigm of reality named The Theory of Process by Arthur Young, and to which I have referred as the Musical Universe. This Theory of Process was developed over a lifetime of work by Arthur Young, the inventor of the helicopter. It was expounded in two primary books entitled The Reflexive Universe and The Geometry of Meaning. Both represent an astonishing synthesis of the most recent findings of science with the intuitions of ancient wisdom in a thoroughly exhaustive “theory of everything”. I find in this theory the best hope for a new vision of the “way things are”, or the pattern of nature.
Now even though much of what I claim speaks for a “predictability” of life’s Turning Points, there is at the very heart of this theory a fundamental freedom that is also inevitably reflected in our own lives, Turning Point or no Turning Point. This freedom is one of Arthur Young’s primary insights into the nature of ultimate reality, or a term I prefer, the source condition of existence. This insight strikes at the very soul of the spirit crushing scientific paradigm that is presently serving as the basis of the religious dogmatism inherent in scientific materialism.
There is a growing sense of the inadequacy of the present scientific paradigm and the scientific method for explaining major aspects of reality even though a majority of individuals within the scientific community and the general public remains overwhelmingly committed to a scientific and technological vision of reality.Process 1 pg5 Some of these aspects of reality were uncovered as anomalies by its own methodologies, most notably the observations of the subatomic world and the subsequent development of the science known as quantum mechanics.
Physicists in general accept the findings of quantum mechanics and yet most are reluctant to face the implications of their own findings, especially as regards the primary status and complete indeterminacy of the subatomic particle known as “the photon”., otherwise known as light.Process 1 pg4 Quantum mechanics has revealed a world at the very core of our material universe that is not observable, measurable, and rational in the same way our familiar material world is, and yet it is the very basis for our material world. And the light particle known as the photon is at the very basis of this world. This “particle” of light is unique in the schema of physics. Modern physics accepts the fact that light is “packaged” in irreducible quanta or units. These are the photons.
These units of energy do not dissipate in energy as they “travel” through space. They must always package their energy in units of action of constant invariant size. All chemical and molecular processes are dependent on the transmission of quanta of action from one point to another, in other words, all processes are dependent upon photons, or light, and thus photons (or light) can be viewed as the fundamental “unit” of the universe. Photons have no mass or time, and thus they are as nonmaterial and ephemeral as anything in the manifest universe.Process 1pg15 Another major discovery of quantum mechanics was “the uncertainty principal” which undermined the basic classical assumption of all things having a determinable position in space and a predictiable future (at least in terms of the laws of physics).Foundations pg2 One of Arthur Young’s great insights was the discovery of the mathematical equivalency of the uncertainty principal with the quanta of action, or light.
The implications are that light, or the quanta of action, the basis of all processes in the material universe, is itself totally unpredictable, completely free. Science can never penetrate it. Process 1 pg15 This points “to the ultimate centrality or primacy of light as the origin of everything.”Universe pg28David Bohm, another very prominent physicist stated “that light and action are an undivided whole from which other things descend, that matter and time are derived from light, and that light is the fundamental activity and potential for everything.”Foundations pg10
Light is the “first cause” in the seven step process, the “source condition” from which all other conditions arise. This fundamental freedom of action is inherent throughout the process, and throughout any specific manifestation of “the 7 stage process”, including the 7 year cycle. Growth is always a choice, a “freedom” we have, regardless of the circumstances that are dealt us within the “great patterning” of nature.