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Humanity at Cross-Roads
Philosophy in the Third Millennium
Elsewhere I argued to the effect that philosophy in the third millennium would be the meeting point of physics and psychology. Physics: Because gravity has been recognized to distort the accurate perception of reality, which leads to a faulty perspective of phenomena, and makes objectivity humanity’s greatest bane. Psychology, through phenomenology, would hold the key to the resolution of the objectivity dilemma. This requires that the thought process is clarified, to describe how it translates into behavior. But this would be an effort that is worthless, unless the economic value of behavior is put in center stage. The performance at task would therefore define the kernel of the expected resolution of this dilemma. Then human resource management becomes a partner with physics and psychology. For the objective evaluation of the behavior pattern, the outcome of the performance at task would be adequately measured on the metrics outlined in the following series:
3. Value Added..............Organization
2. Profit..........................6. Financial Security
1. Cost of Materials.......5. Customer Satisfaction
Thus organizations would only survive when they have financial security, which would be the product of customer satisfaction. And customers would be satisfied when the enabling environment is created, as observed in the relationships between the first four, 4 factors on the series. Ultimately, the observed scores on these four, 4 metrics need to be consistent, CSY to establish they fit the expected relationships. Whether the model environment or culture, OrgC that is suggested here is created in the organization or not, this would depend on the caliber of the workforce. Where this culture exists, they would have been brought up to acquire the attitude of faith. They would be positively disposed towards starting only what can be finished. This would be because they are obedient to do only the things that ought to be done; and these in the way that ought, for discipline. They would be humble, to give in when they fall short; as well as persevering, to conclude chores despite the vagaries of the environment. Serially:
2. Discipline............6. Faith
1. Obedience..........5. Attitude
Thus personalities, F bring certain potentials, HpRQ into organizations where they are employed; which ought to be optimized, and translated into the power to make wealth, PMW. And how this is done, would be what makes organizations stand out. This puts the responsibilities for the upbringing of the younger generation of humanity on the following two, 2 institutions:
- The family
- The Organization
Culture, for Socialization
To do a good job of the socialization process, both the family and the organization need to be agreed on the basic principles. Then when the family which begins the project falls short, the organization would be able to make up for the difference. Like the cross road defined by physics and psychology, the resolution of which was to be done by human resource management; the cross road defined by family and organization would be optimally resolved by culture, which is a common feature that connects the two, 2 institutions in their bid to socialize people into the society. In this case, cultures would be evaluated against the following two, 2 features according to the wave principle:
- Work, which defines the size feature and
- Wealth, which is the location item
And by the principle of forms, the following three, 3 features would also need to be accounted for in the evaluation of cultures:
- Religion, by which the work that culture does is the optimization of the human intuition
- Science, which points to rationality for the energy that is to fund the work, and this is by raising the standards that are required to evaluate the product of intuition
- Mathematics would then be the exhaust that tracks the progress of the endeavor
2. Religion................6. Culture
1. Science................5. Work
The following observations would be pertinent:
If cultures were to be optimized, then upbringing would need to be institutionalized; and these would need to be against the back drop of a clear definition of the principle of work, following which, work would be operationalised in the making of wealth. To fulfill this requirement, work would be conceptualized as the creation of value or value added; for which payments are done, to make wealth. This introduces another requirement, which may have been hidden. The person who creates the value, and the person who consumes same, necessarily need to share common values. Else value would be created that is not consumed, and waste would have been incurred. It would be the responsibility of religion and science to ensure that groups, communities, and society in general share common values. And mathematics would be a useful tool in this process. In general therefore, upbringing would be successfully institutionalized, as the reduced equivalent of mathematics; to the extent that this mother of philosophy has been adapted to the occasion appropriately.
The Mathematics of Value Systems
Physics adopted mathematics from the very start, as a relevant partner in its science. But the domain of physics has been purely material. This may have limited the development of mathematics to the first three, 3 scales, to the seeming neglect of the forth in the series presented below:
With nominal scales, it would be sufficient to merely count objects. The ordinal scale requires more, so that the objects need to be ranked; usually against the background of a certain system of values, to determine which comes first and so on. Ratios make even a greater demand. The objects need to be evaluated on the same unit of measurement, so that the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can be meaningful. Notice that with every higher scale, the lower ones are automatically inclusive. Order accounts for the count, in the same way that the ratio accounts for both order and the count. This places the absolute scale on very high pedestals. It needs to account for the other three, 3. It needs to be inclusive of values and units of measurement, at once.
When quantities are assigned by the absolute scale, they have the status of singularities. This means that such quantities may not be duplicated. They remain uniquely attached to the object, and stand alone with respect to the object of concern. The implication is that the absolute scale reduces continuities into discrete items, while maintaining the relationships that bind the items together. The calculus of integration serves a good analogy of this concept, when areas are summed up as incremental values of several discrete quantities. With the absolute scale however, each of the discrete items needs to be valued alone. Even with high powered computers of the type that were used to resolve the riddle of Einstein’s e = mc2, it would be a herculean task to pull a phenomenon apart; and later to put them back together, after measuring every one of them individually. Recall that every phenomenon is potentially made up of an infinite number of components, each of which would have to be addressed by the scale.
But phenomena also have another nature, which comes to the rescue of the absolute scale in the dilemma of infinity. They have merely a handful of essential elements, which give them being. It would be sufficient that mathematics identifies these. Thus measurement is done in the following two, 2 steps, the scale not withstanding:
- Isolate the essential elements of the object to be measured
- Map these into the number line
As if this liberty was not sufficient, the perception model of mind, PMM actually puts the number of essentials at five, 5 formally as follows:
f0 = 4(1 – 1/√z)
.....z = ½ (4 – 1/√f1),
..............................f1 = Perception Index, N = 5
..............................f0 = Sensation Index N = 1
When phenomena are reduced into the five, 5 essentials, it would become minced meat to put a value on each; and thereafter put humpty dumpty back together again. But there is a catch here! The five, 5 items would have to trace the phenomenon from beginning to end. Everything that can possibly be known about the object would have to be inclusive of these items. While interpolations may be made, extrapolations would not be allowed. Extrapolations would mean that something would have been left out. But interpolations, done at the appropriate gaps, would rather add details to the first five, 5. For instance, a phenomenon could be reduced systematically into thirty-six, 36 items in two, 2 iterations. The first iteration derives the first six, 6 items. And the second reduces each of the six, 6 into another six, 6 to derive the thirty-six, 36 items. An example of this is when the three, 3 items that outline the form of an organization’s values is reduced into the six, 6 essential jobs as demanded by the wave principle. In a systematic reduction, the 36 duties, 216 activities, and 1,296 tasks are derived. When the standard procedure for the performance at each of these tasks is derived, the data becomes a knowledge bank from which the items for appraisal, skill gaps and employability analyses could be drawn. The knowledge bank is also basis to calibrate the √n-Kit, for the measurement of the performance at task by the standard procedure. The factor-√n is input to the evaluation of workforce retention. And the appraisal model produces the input metric for measuring workforce engagement. This concept is summarized as follows:
This would be an adoption of the mother of philosophy to the science of psychology, via phenomenology and human resource management.
Is it possible that the same thing could be done for religion?
The Mathematics of Religion
In general, the typical standard procedure series comprises six, 6 items, each of which is located uniquely according to its role in the system. The sixth item defines the purpose that the procedure is designed to accomplish, and the other five, 5 describe this purpose by its essential components. Of these, the fifth is the principle that has been selected for purpose accomplishment. The other four, 4 items operationalize this principle. Specifically, it is the fourth item that is the operational equivalent of the fifth. The other three, 3 define its form. Recall that the form is adequately defined by three, 3 features, to which the wave principle is applied, to derive the six, 6 items of the standard procedure. This creates the link that connects all the items that define the phenomenon, in a typical self-containment manner. This is what makes the standard procedure series, SPS the analogue of the natural order, N-O. The N-O is actually a reconstruction of the universe, which is self-contained. And the principle of self-containment presents a system of values that would be acceptable to all humans.
Then to adopt this system of values would be to optimize the human rationality, to make it suited to evaluate information that is derived intuitively. This makes religion accessible to the scientific method, via mathematics, which has also been described as the mother of philosophy. Information of the religious type is typically referred to as revelation. And revelation is derived intuitively, according to how the person is attuned. This may be the reason that the apostle Paul insisted that every revelation had to be confirmed by another person, 1Corinthians, 1429, 27, 6. In this way, the absolute scale unites religion and science in a dance, with the melody provided by mathematics. This would be a symphony that has the potential to present a unitary system of values for humanity, which would then be iterated as often as would be necessary, to evaluate the values that others create. Whether French or German, Jew of Arab, American or African; Caucasian, Asian, or Mongoloid; this ballad would make sense, and the dance steps familiar.