| 2010-07-10, by John Ringland|
Let me relate to you a short story as an introduction to the real
subject of this article – the mathematical / metaphysical
foundations of a unified holistic science.
I was 21, working as a taxi driver and quite deeply 'absorbed'
with what one might call the occult, in particular Western Esoteric
(Kabbalistic) Ritual High Magick. However from surface appearances I
was "just a taxi driver".
During this time somehow the thought entered my awareness that "I
will descend into the swamp of modernity wherein I will find and
retrieve a 'Jewel of Immeasurable Worth' that lies unnoticed."
I didn't know what it meant - but the idea grew – not just an
intellectual idea, but an inspiring force. It hovered just beneath
the conscious mind; floating on the 'surface' of the subconscious.
Six months or so later another idea surfaced - "I will study
physics and computer science at Uni next year." And I did - all
up for about 5 years. ########
Throughout that time I was a dedicated and focused student with
excellent grades - "just another uni student". I fully
lived it and immersed myself in physics, computer science,
mathematics and philosophy. To enter the swamp I had to become a part
of the swamp - so during that time I became "fully modern".
This had dire consequences but I survived and learnt from them as
Hence now when I see people who I might have simply judged as a
'computer geek', a 'scientist', a 'philosopher' or whatever, I know
that although I don't see them doing yoga or meditating or talking
about God etc, even so, it just might be that their focus, drive and
commitment are expressions of that same kind of inspiring force that
had moved me. Indeed many of the greatest physicists and “natural
philosophers” throughout history were also mystics.
So what was the "Jewel of Immeasurable Worth"?
From the integration of innumerable influences it eventually
surfaced as an epiphany at the start of 2000. From a deep level I
could no longer conceive of reality in terms of phenomena in space
and time, these where merely observable features, like images on a
computer screen. Instead, with penetrative insight the minds-eye
comprehended all 'things' as pure streaming information in complex
dynamical patterns. Systems weren't limited by their perceivable
form, instead awareness traced along interaction pathways between
systems, 'feeling' their interconnectedness. Nothing was separate,
everything was metaphorically like a dance of divine light, the light
of awareness that pervades and animates the universe. I suspect this
may be an aspect of what is meant by the Sanskrit term gnana (Supreme
Knowledge). This eventually settled down over several weeks and left
me largely speechless about it for many months – it was all
entirely new to me and I had no concepts or words by which to
describe it – these came much later, first came the mathematics.
Over the following 5 years my primary focus was exploring and
intuitively “bringing into focus” this abstract 'vision'. The
jewel is still 'unpacking' throughout my mind, as well as through the
work that I do and the world-experience through which it seems that I
The essence of the jewel can be expressed very compactly as:
V = M.V
Where M is a hermitian matrix that encodes connectivity and
V is a state vector that represents the state of a virtual
universe. There is both a quantum and classical form, which can be
transformed into each other by a simple operation.
At the quantum level each iteration implements the flow of
probability (the essence of quantum information) from the vector
through the multiverse (the state space of all possible universes)
along state transition paths encoded by the matrix, where the
probability waves build up superpositions that result in a new
universal wavefunction, which is just a probability distribution over
all possible states of being.
At at classical level with each iteration the state information
(signal in space and time) traverses the interaction pathways (causal
connectivity between individual systems) encoded by the matrix,
whereby it is perceived and transformed from countless perspectives,
then merged back into a new state. Thus the state of the virtual
universe evolves and the interaction pathways between systems are
Whilst these two perspectives (quantum and classical) give rise to
very different virtual phenomena, they are nevertheless
mathematically and logically equivalent. This mathematics recreates the streaming information that is the dance of divine light that I mentioned earlier.
Through advanced algebra, group theory, simulation and what some
call “type F monist” metaphysics this simple seed unfolds into an
understanding of the informatic / systemic / quantum / virtual
nature of reality. It seems so simple on the surface, yet like the
Mandelbrot set z = z2 +
c it opens up a vast universe of forms. In this case they are
complex systems interacting in time and space according to the
principles of quantum physics and special relativity, which arise
naturally from the information theoretic constraints. Furthermore,
the Planck constants naturally arise, these define what could be
thought of as the “pixel resolution”, “CPU frequency” and so
on of the cosmic simulation.
The mathematical equation V = M.V is not a description of
the appearances of phenomena in time and space (like a movie, or a
Newtonian equation of motion), rather it implements a “processual
happening”, from which phenomena emerge and interact in the present
moment (like a program, especially like a VR simulator, also like
what is called a “cellular automata”, e.g. the “game of life”
and in particular, like the Shrödinger equation - the quantum
dynamical equation for the evolution of the wavefunction).
It is many things depending on how one conceptually approaches it.
It is in a sense a mathematical algorithm that implements general
systems. A general system simulator. A mathematical model of virtual
reality simulation. An information systems interpretation of quantum
mechanics. A model of the activity of the transcendent process as it
animates the systemic 'fabric' of the manifest realm. A dynamic /
semantic / systemic interaction space. A processual language, who's
expressions are universes of complex dynamical systems. A conceptual
lead towards programming languages for quantum computers. And more
depending on how one thinks about it...
For example, it also has exact correspondences with core
principles of the Perennial Wisdom, the Sanatana Dharma
(timeless/eternal law). For example, it is compatible with the core
principles of Advaita Vedanta, Daoism, Kabbalah, High Magick, Sufism,
Mystic Christianity, and more. As well as information physics,
process physics, computational metaphysics, cybernetics, etc.
It also provides a mathematical foundation for information
technology, potentially allowing for vastly more complex software to
be developed and also some advanced applications in machine learning,
machine imagination, etc. It also provides avenues by which to
explore many issues that are utterly paradoxical to empirical
science, such us why it is that we only ever experience 'now' –
i.e. the present moment.
Each system is animated from within by the transcendent
reality-generative process, yet at the same time each system has an
individual subjective world-experience consisting of distinguishable
objects-of-experience that are seemingly situated in some kind of
space and time. This is true for systems at all levels of the
complexity hierarchy – not just humans and animals – all system
interactions are perceptual experiential processes for the systems
involved. Their world-experience is a construct of their perceptual /
cognitive processes and apparatus, and each occasion-of-experience is
generated in the moment (via decoherence of the wavefunction).
Thus there IS an objective reality; the transcendent process, but
there is NO objective universe or world. There are just countless
subjective 'views' from countless perspectives that have the
appearances of a world with objects, people, places and events.
Different perceptual processes resolve different system boundaries,
so systems can perceive very different worlds. E.g. over 1020
neutrinos will pass through the full stop at the end of this sentence
in the time it has taken you to read it. However virtualy every single
one of them passes cleanly through the planet without interacting at
all. It takes 8 light years of lead to guarantee an interaction with
a neutrino. From their perspective the Earth is like an extremely
rarefied gas that is almost entirely imperceptible.
I have come to call the mathematics System Matrix Notation (SMN),
there are various descriptions, implementations and analyses here
http://bit.ly/9uMRy6. And the
ebook “System Science of Virtual Reality” (http://bit.ly/9XhElB)
is a detailed introduction to the mathematics, associated theory and
related issues. In particular, the book develops the mathematics and
concepts in successive steps, beginning with fundamental principles.
This progression eventually results in the re-derivation of the
Shrödinger equation from within this information system theoretic
It also addresses what is called "the hard problem" of
consciousness. This problem could be alluded to by the questions: Why
& how is it that there is "something that it is like to be"
me? Why & how is it that we have "experiential awareness"?
Not just in some abstract theoretical sense - but in a very tangible
and immediate sense. This is an issue that is beyond the scope of
empirical science due to the very nature of empiricism (hence it is
considered 'hard') - however it is central to this new science, which
provides avenues for deeper enquiry into the nature of consciousness,
both individual, collective and universal.
Given the nature of the work (deeply abstract, highly technical,
profoundly new paradigm and requiring great subtlety) it has yet to
be peer-reviewed, which will be essential for its further
development. I have tested it as best I can for now, both
mathematically, conceptually, experientially and also by implementing
it in software and using it to create simple virtual systemic
universes. The core principles and methods are sound but there will
no doubt be errors and omissions because no single mind can create a
whole science – it requires a community of minds to rigorously put
every aspect to the test from every possible perspective.
I promoted it on the newsletter for the Society for Scientific
Exploration of which I was a member, and also in a few other forums
and to a few individuals, however no peer-review has been attempted.
It will happen when the time is right.
The global situation is rapidly changing and I can 'sense' the
approach of a convergence. In terms of the paradigm shift and the
“great leap” the focus at present is on building synergy and
momentum for “take-off”. However when the 'leap' is under way the
time will come when many will turn their minds to preparing for the
landing on the other side. Perhaps then this work will be scrutinised
and integrated with others so that we may have a safe landing and a
firm foundation upon which the next cycle of civilisation may make