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Pursuit of Pleasure: Scaling over the Entropy Hurdle

Updated on December 22, 2014

Noumena, Value, and Pleasure

I have been studying since I turned seven, 7 and I was fifty-eight, 58 in September of 2014. In all the fifty-one, 51 years, I encountered only three, 3 phenomena of note, which were declared as unattainable by humanity. In the 17th century, Immanuel Kant stated in very clear and unequivocal terms without any mince of words that, noumena could not be fathomed out by the human mind. He distinguished between noumena and phenomena, which are referred to in this work as the natural order, N-O and personal order, P-O respectively. Thus, while noumena or the N-O defines reality as it actually is; phenomena or the P-O represent the reconstruction of reality by individuals, according to their perception of same. I think it is Kierkegaard who posited that every person is at the center of construction of their universe, and only rarely does this center coincide with the objective one. But it is our individual pleasure that we are supposed to be at the center of construction of, and not the universe. Neither can we locate this latter center, when we have not located the former. It would be possible to find pleasure, only after the N-O would have been reconstructed.


This is probably the basis for the intuitive position adopted by behavioral psychology that for humanity, pleasure is unattainable. This position is further supported by the fact of physics that, the human perspective of phenomena is necessarily warped, because of relativity and gravity. In the book titled Kluge by Gary Marcus, another unequivocal statement is made on page-139 that, humans were not made to be happy but to pursue happiness. This equates pleasure with a mirage. The closer you get to it, the further it gets from you. The third impossibility is also referred to in the same book, on page-78. Here, it is stated that people determine value in relative terms; and often, have only the faintest idea of what something is truly worth. Notice the connection between these three, 3 knotty phenomena. To the extent that people are not able to reconstruct reality appropriately, the following two, 2 things would be bound to elude them:

  • Value, and
  • Pleasure


The connection would be complete only when it is realized that pleasure would actually be the product of the acquisition of a certain system of values, on the basis of which phenomena are valued. People usually project themselves unto phenomena, according to who they are, with respect to the values to which they subscribe. Nobody gives what they have not got. And if people are inherently self-centered, then empathy would be an uphill task; so that ordinarily, the other person’s perspective of phenomena would be inaccessible. But pleasure is two, 2 directional. It derives from seeing that the other person is happy, which is the product of empathy. And empathy would be possible because one has attained same. When one would have attained pleasure therefore, it would become possible not only to pass it on, but to find it in the other person. Pleasure would be contagious, in the same way as strife would be. Vermin can only pass on vermin; and pleasure, pleasure. Then, to put the proper value on phenomena, and to attain pleasure, it would be necessary to do the following three, 3 things!

  • Reconstruct the N-O
  • Reconstruct the mind
  • Reconstruct the sub-conscious memory


Equipment for the pursuit of Pleasure

Because of the arduous nature of the three, 3 tasks mentioned above, which would be the likely reason to have termed the above associated capacities impossible; humanity would seem to have been offered two, 2 endowments. Firstly, Émile Coué identified the following three, 3 mental memory spaces:

  • Consciousness
  • Sub-consciousness
  • Unconsciousness

The Pursuit of Pleasure
The Pursuit of Pleasure | Source

The unconscious memory is conceptualized in this work as the seat from where the operations of the visceral systems are controlled; including the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, excretory, reproductive, endocrine, nervous, muscular, and skeletal systems. These systems are kernel to survival and would be too sensitive to be left to the easy access of humans. But the codes by which they run would be acceptable standards, to be approximated. The conscious memory is the seat of the thought process, which culminates in the derivation of the procedure for the actualization of the object of thought. This procedure is stored in the sub-conscious memory, from where it is accessed, for voluntary motivated behavior. This would be the reservoir for all learned procedures, which would no longer need to be re-learned, but simply accessed when required. If these procedures approximate the N-O, then they would have satisfied the standard of the unconscious procedures. Resolving this limitation with memory would spread out contagiously to resolve the observed difficulties with beliefs, choice, language, and even pleasure.


Secondly, talent would mitigate the difficulties associated with the transition from play to work. When it is identified, work would turn into play, to resolve the difficulty with the effort that would be required for excellence. This sort of play at work would ease the objective reconstruction of reality, together with the acquisition of the associated values and therefore pleasure. Entropy would drop, again with the associated vermin and strife. The entropy of a physical system has been defined as the minimum number of bits that are needed to fully describe the detailed state of the system. From the perspective of information theory, it is the average amount of information contained in each message received. The idea is that the less likely an event is, the more information it provides when it occurs. Entropy therefore characterizes the uncertainty about the source of information. It would be best understood as a measure of uncertainty rather than certainty as entropy is larger for more random sources.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life


— Confucius

Scaling over the Entropy Hurdle

The entropy that is generated by people who are not able to reconstruct reality correctly would be rather high, in proportion to their deviance. Like the unconscious and sub-conscious memories, the second law of thermodynamics would define the standard for entropy contribution, beyond which it would be unacceptable. This measure would be put at a unity, for F = 1; so that values in excess or less, would be indications of excess entropy accordingly. Then vermin and strife would be emitted, rather than pleasure. In demonstration of this principle, to put a value on people, reality was reconstructed in terms of a definition of the universe as an energy system serially as follows:

3. Normality................Energy

2. Duality....................6. Consistency

1. Relativity.................5. Forms

4. Waves

Entropy, Thermodynamics and the Universe
Entropy, Thermodynamics and the Universe | Source

Thus it would be sufficient that the observed perspective of reality satisfies the consistency requirement. This would mean that there is sufficient energy, to fund work; from the beginning to the end, at the observed rate. This would only happen when the principles of forms and waves underlie the resolution of the relativity-gravity dilemma. Moreover, then it would correspond to the requirements of the normality principle in games theory and the duality series from operations research.

But the information that would be required to fully describe the detailed state of a system would be according to how unpredictable the system is. The reliability and validity principles would therefore also be referenced, to fully establish the observed perspectives of phenomena. For instance, workforce engagement, EnG and reliability, Rty were found to predict each other exactly, for RtYF = (179EnG – 1) / 35. At full engagement when EnG is a unity for EnG = 1, reliability would be five, 5. This points to the perception model of mind, PMM by which for a mind to operate optimally, it would be sufficient to reduce phenomena into the five, 5 essentials. At this level, every person would be accounted for, by the measurement. So the reliability requirement would be less stringent than the consistency one. With reliability, it would be sufficient to be engaged. With consistency however, the energy for work needs to be sufficient also.


The validity requirement would even be more stringent. In this Case, the question of normality is raised, to ask how well the problem of relativity would have been resolved. People would only be valid when they are normal. This would be when they have adopted the N-O, to replace the P-O. Then they would be self-contained, and FR = √ (L x A) would be equal to FN = √ (L / A), for FR = FN. FR stands for the relativity, R dilemma and FN for the normality, N solution. At FR = FN therefore, the solution would be observed to match the dilemma exactly. See data presented below:

From this data, only 2 of 17 subjects satisfy the validity condition, for VdY1 = VdY2. 3 satisfy the consistency requirement. And 12 fulfill the engagement standard, for scores of 0.5 and above.

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction


— Anne Frank

Recall that to reconstruct reality, the perspectives of phenomena would be derived intuitively; and would be optimum only when they satisfy the principles of waves, forms, and reciprocity. Even then, intuition would still have to be checked by rationality; against the principles of reliability, consistency, and validity. It would be only when these six, 6 principles are satisfied that, pleasure would become accessible to the person. Serially:

3. Reciprocity............Thought Pattern

2. Forms...................6. Reliability

1. Waves...................5. Validity

4. Consistency

The thought pattern would have optimized sufficiently, to predict the behavior pattern. And the person would have become better predictable, characterized by minimum entropy and therefore requiring less information for valuation. When they put value on phenomena, such people transfer a healthy system that is objective and characterized by a sweet fragrance. The satisfaction that would be associated with this state of the human system could only be referred to by a single term: pleasure.



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