In their joint presentation, Ruth and Gary will examine convergent trends across multiple disciplines indicating a fundamental paradigm shift is necessary and underway. The dominant Nominalistic perspective focuses only on phenomena that are detectable through empirical observation of discrete ‘things’ and ‘events’ situated in space-time, and sees reality as exclusively constituted as such, maintaining that potentiality is not real. There is a fundamental ‘threat’ inherent in such a worldview. What is ignored—to our peril—is the underlying matrix of relational reality, an ‘Implicate Order’ that sculpts out the possibilities that are offered for actualization out of a primordial flowing continuum, a hidden potent realm of streaming quantum process that we will call ‘QuantumLand’ for reasons that will be explained.
As Hans Reichenbach insightfully remarked, ‘the flow of time is a real becoming in which potentiality is transformed into actuality.’ Through time-dependent process, the possibilities generated in the hidden relational quantum realm presage the physical actuality of our manifest phenomenal world. Billions of years of biological evolution have conferred an ‘Actuality Instrument Panel’—ie. our physical senses, that allow us to function—to ‘fly on instruments’, so to speak, through this veiled reality—as embodied, but fundamentally relational creatures.
A further assumption of the Western modern worldview is the notion that all action occurs via ‘billiard-ball’ mechanism, with isolated entities (ie. lone ‘monads’ without communicative capacity) traveling unilaterally through space-time, thus precluding the possibility of any real, two-way communication—ie. ‘trans-action’—between constituents. According to this ‘modern’ perspective, there is no mediating factor in between entities and the only logic applicable is classical and binary. The Laws of Non-contradiction and Excluded Middle are in full force, dictating intolerance for uncertainty. Charles Sanders Peirce, over 100 years ago warned of the dire deficiencies of this rigid perspective which he called ‘Necessitarianism‘, with its championing of ‘hard determinism’, and the denial of so-called ‘generals,’ ‘potentiality’ and ‘free will.’ Necessitarianism is a ‘Yang-only’ understanding limited to the proliferative processes of generation, initiation, and creation. Precluded are Yin-type selective processes: reception, response, growth and dissolution. Yang involves an exclusive focus on ‘things’, ‘relata’ that then come into ordering relationship. Yin involves the ordering relations themselves.
Modern Western science continues to be dominated by ‘Yang-only’ prioritizing of relata over relations, placing ‘things’ over the ‘connections’—the importance of which is minimized in the Yang mindset as being ‘mind-dependent’ and thus NOT real. One important consequence is that an approach to field propagation that could shed new light on the physical meaning of quantum theory has been, for many years, overlooked. What exactly is quantum theory trying to tell us about where we ‘moderns’ have gone wrong in our understanding of how the cosmos operates? A viable alternative understanding places Yang and Yin processes into a configuration ofbalanced mutual complementarity rather than conflictual opposing polarities, best understood by recognizing negotiated ‘transaction’, of communicative interaction and informational exchange via relation, as real and of fundamental significance. Drawing on emerging concepts in brain science (the functional specialization of the two cerebral hemispheres in accordance with the divided brain theory of Iain McGilchrist), in philosophy (the turn toward ‘panpsychism’—implying that everything is conscious) and in mystical thought (the referenced yinyang concept of Chinese origin, Kabbalistic principles, beliefs of indigenous cultures, etc), we develop the hypothesis implying that:
- Everything is conscious and has ‘free will’ to some extent (consistent with the Born Rule and ‘nomic grounding’),
- Consciousness is linked to agency
- Agency is linked to transaction understood as bidirectionally negotiated communicative interaction in which there is an actualenergetic exchange consistent with the principle of mass-energy-information equivalence ( see https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5123794 ) between an ‘emitter’ and an ‘absorber’, with the Possibilist/Relativistic version of the Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Physics implying that the available phenomenal level of our actual experience rests upon a vast oceanic continuum of possibility out of which the creative, the unanticipated, and the whole of physical actuality arises through a process occurring in QuantumLand involving an exchange of ‘active information’ via a hidden interaction involving an ‘offer wave’ from an ‘emitter’ entity traveling forward in time connecting with a ‘confirmation wave’ from an ‘absorber’ entity traveling backward in time to the originating ‘emitter.’
This, we believe, is the ultimate message that quantum theory is attempting to drive home.