It also speculates upon the social, psychic, and spiritual nature of that being known to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam as the Antichrist, presenting him as both an individual and a system and warning those willing to be warned against the spiritual seduction and terror he represents, and against the regime which will be—and is—the social expression of that seduction and that terror. Finally, in tracing the roots of Antichrist in the fallen nature of man, the author sketches the particular quality of spirituality proper to apocalyptic times, the dangers it faces, the unique opportunities open to it. Nothing but the weight of eternity, breaking through the thin, brittle shell of the postmodern sky, can set us on our feet. What is the New Age? The Dangers of the Occult—iii.
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The theater where the film was being shown was attached to a local bar; the audience amounted to my wife, myself and three others.
But since two of our fellow viewers escaped before I could accost them, I ended up talking only with one man who had driven to Cincinnati from Dayton, Ohio, to see the film, just as we had driven from Lexington. He was especially interested in it because he had a daughter who was studying theology and mathematics and a son studying computer science.
We decided against the discussion group; nonetheless the teenage boy who was selling the tickets apparently realized, judging from his knowing smile, that the small audience that showed up represented more than a collection of bored weekenders motivated by no more than idle curiosity, but rather the parties to a shared secret.
The End of Quantum Reality is a real achievement. How, one might ask if, that is, one sees no fundamental contradiction between sober objective science and mythopoetic romance , could the universe have been created without the primal love-affair between forma and materia, between the Witness and the Witnessed? The notion of a self-creating and self-organizing universe is profoundly un-romantic, which is why it can be seen as the primary quasi-metaphysical paradigm underlying radical feminism, one of whose more extreme imaginings is that women should try to develop the ability to reproduce without men.
The collapse of the wave-function, for those unfamiliar with this term, is the transformation of a sub-atomic reality from a wave of probabilities as to the possible position and state of a particle into an actual particle with a single location and a single state, something that Wolfgang Smith sees as illustrating the Thomistic principle of the passage from Potency to Act. Not all theories of quantum mechanics recognize the phenomenon of the collapse of the wave-function, however, nor do all those that recognize it accept human observation as the causative factor.
They may have been inspired by my discoveries but they are not part of them. Smith, is a relatively meaningless term could have an immediate, magical effect upon matter—a notion that spawned mass of quasi-metaphysical speculations that have resulted in generations of unprovable and essentially wrongheaded theories.
In the place of human observation as the efficient cause of wave-function collapse, Dr. Smith has inserted corporeality as its formal cause, Since the substantial form of the corporeal realm is on a higher ontological level than the potentia of the quantum realm, contact with substantial form raises quantum indeterminacy from the level of probable existence to the level of real existence; in Scholastic terms, it effects the passage from Potency to Act.
The unprovable and wrongheaded theories that grew up to explain the strange phenomena of quantum physics had almost destroyed with the help of personal computers and smartphones, I might add! Human race—welcome home. However, given the solid corner-stone he has provided, I feel no scruples against continuing to speculate, based on that achievement, in a more expansive metaphysical direction.
Just as orthodox dogma, or the clear literal meaning of scripture, give us a stable foundation for metaphysical realization, so scientific and mathematical certainties as to the nature of the world, purified of pseudo-metaphysical fantasies, can give us a real basis for sound metaphysical speculation and insight. I will begin my course of speculation with another apparently incontrovertible fact—that, even though Nature or God if you will can certainly collapse the wave-function without human intervention, one of the avenues to wave-function collapse is, precisely, human action.
If, according to Wolfgang Smith, it is contact with humanly-designed corporeal instruments that collapses the wave function, rather than the direct quasi-magical effect of human observation or consciousness, nonetheless the efficient cause of this contact, the thing that brings those corporeal instruments together with that material sub-stratum, is nothing other than human intelligence and intent.
So human observation, in this sense, is one of the causes of wave function collapse; it does not operate directly upon matter in the absence of a formal cause, however, but rather acts through the medium of the formal cause, as represented by humanly-conceived instruments and experiments. And since there is little doubt that humanity possesses the ability to collapse the wave-function, not quasi-magically through direct observation, but rather methodically, through human intent, intelligence, and work, this ability can be seen as validating the traditional view of the nature of Man.
We are so familiar with these unique powers that their uniqueness often escapes us, not to mention the fact that we are sometimes actually ashamed of them due to our radical misuse of them. Nonetheless, in traditional terms, they represent nothing less than the action of God within us.
We must recognize, in other words, the formative power that human investigation, via corporeal instruments, has upon quantum indeterminacy as nothing less than the Logos extending its power and action through its chosen representative for terrestrial existence: the Human Form.
We might characterize the power of human investigation to confer substantial form on quantum indeterminacy as one of several metaphysical validations of the Anthropic Principle. The recognition of this power refutes the Copernican denial that any place or station in the cosmos least of all, apparently, the human one could occupy a privileged position.
Why, then, does religion alone preach humility before God and His creation, while materialistic science promotes a titanic arrogance which claims that humanity has the right to alter nature and the human form at will, and even to create weapons capable of annihilating all life? You claim that a human being is simply another cosmic entity like an animal or a tree or a mountain or a galaxy, with nothing unique or special about him that would place him on a higher ontological level than the rest of creation.
But if you accept the postulate that human observations via humanly-designed corporeal instruments have the power—though certainly not exclusive power—to collapse the wave-function and effect a measurable change in objective reality, then why is the human being the only entity in the cosmos who can do this?
Can a star deliberately design instruments and experiments that lead to the collapse of the wave function? A whale? A crystal? A tree? What does it mean that only humanity can perform this operation? Is this confluence a mere coincidence? If we take Adam to stand for humanity, the angels to symbolize the eternal archetypes of cosmic manifestation, and the act of naming to represent the power to unveil clear signs of these archetypes by calling real entities into corporeal manifestation out of the world of indeterminate material potentia through uniting forma with materia, then the human ability to induce wave function collapse by bringing the corporeal and material worlds together squarely validates the traditional doctrine of Man as the axis of creation, host to the Imago Dei, holder of the Trust.
As Dante taught, man makes art—a name that can be legitimately applied to the totality of human creativity—by utilizing the same norms and processes that God established when He created the universe.
Quantum entanglement, for those unfamiliar with it, is the observed phenomenon that occurs when a pair or group of particles is generated, interact, or share spatial proximity in a way such that the quantum state of each particle of the pair or group cannot be described independently of the state of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance. Think of what asking a true question embraces: the certainty that true questions can be asked; the certainty that the world must yield true answers to true questions; and the certainty that the one who asks the questions will be able to understand the answers.
By embracing both the questioner and the thing questioned it transcends the Cartesian bifurcation of subject and object, a transcendence that is well expressed by the Quranic verse I will show them My signs on the horizons [the outer world] and in their own souls until they are satisfied that this is the Truth.
Is it not enough for you, that I am Witness over all things? According to him, the terminal phase of the cycle will be characterized by a triumph of material quantity—whose ultimate phase is Chaos—over metaphysical quality, of Substance over Essence.
What Wolfgang Smith has done, however, is to discern the exact point where, at least in theoretical terms, the center of this apocalypse has already been passed, the point where—via the discovery of the collapse of the wave function—form-giving Essence has re-asserted its primacy, though certainly not its sole validity, over form-receiving Substance.
Speaking in scriptural terms [Apoc. Yet the opposite attribution is also possible. In any case, the union of purified Matter with newly-unveiled Form is the perennial keynote of the Golden Age, whose distant yet ever-advancing shape Wolfgang Smith has almost certainly seen, and lived to tell of it. Nor is this picture of the creative event as the union of the Creative and Receptive principles, forma and materia, limited to Hinduism and Christianity.
This is how the revolution Wolfgang Smith has uncovered appears in mythopoetic terms—but what of the drier and more precise art of mathematics? If, as The End of Quantum Reality points out, Plato saw mathematics as the necessary prelude to a true understanding of metaphysics, how can we explain this?
How can the supremely quantitative science of mathematics open us to a contemplation of metaphysical qualities? Pythagoras, for one, also pointed the way when he analyzed musical tones and chords as the products of strict mathematical ratios, thereby opening for all of us the door that leads from Quantity to Quality.
Plato did something similar in his representation of the Five Elements in terms of the regular polyhedra; what Pythagoras achieved for time, Plato accomplished for space. And in terms of the mathematics that underlies contemporary physics, universal constants play much the same role; The End of Quantum Reality suggests this by its reference to the planck constant. The speed of light, for example—c—can be seen in quantitative terms as a velocity of , From another, essentially Einsteinian standpoint, however, c is one of the mathematical incarnations of the quasi-metaphysical concepts of zero and infinity.
Zero and infinity, however, are not material quantities: they are conceptual doors leading beyond matter, energy, space and time entirely, beyond Quantity to Quality, passageways from the physical order to the metaphysical order. Consequently light, for Einstein, becomes almost a metaphysical symbol of the Formless Absolute as well as a material quantity, something roughly comparable to a theophany of the Deity. God, while He is essentially of the metaphysical order, is necessarily reflected, since He is infinite, in the corporeal and material orders as well.
Another passageway from Quantity to Quantity can be seen in the qualitative mathematics of the rational integers. Various whole numbers such as 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 and 12 have particular inherent qualities, beyond their quantitative use for counting 3 sheep, 4 cows, 7 ravens, 9 doves, 10 oxen or 12 eagles.
So, mathematics has many signposts and doorways leading from the realm of Quantity to the realm of Quality, though only those who have already realized that a world of Quality exists, a world known as the metaphysical order, can find them and follow them. The End of Quantum Reality demonstrates how Wolfgang Smith, metaphysician and mathematician, has unveiled for the 21st century some of the most significant qualitative, metaphysical realities that mathematics foreshadows and implies.
In so doing, as Rick DeLano points out, he has emerged as a major figure in the fundamental reversal of the materialistic paradigm that has been dominant in the West ever since the Enlightenment. This is not a cult of personality so much as the expression of a fundamental dissatisfaction with a scientistic establishment based on nihilistic materialism. The End of Quantum Reality most certainly deserves the largest audience it can muster.
The System of Antichrist
When the reader is ready, the book appears. Or so it was for me. Being a life-long spiritual seeker which lets face it, really means a life of failure! There seemed to be no spiritual or philosophical authority left to turn to; or, more accurately, no reliable tools with which to separate good from bad knowledge. Finding the work of Charles Upton, and by extension the traditional metaphysics of Rene Guenon, could hardly have come at a better time.
The theater where the film was being shown was attached to a local bar; the audience amounted to my wife, myself and three others. But since two of our fellow viewers escaped before I could accost them, I ended up talking only with one man who had driven to Cincinnati from Dayton, Ohio, to see the film, just as we had driven from Lexington. He was especially interested in it because he had a daughter who was studying theology and mathematics and a son studying computer science. We decided against the discussion group; nonetheless the teenage boy who was selling the tickets apparently realized, judging from his knowing smile, that the small audience that showed up represented more than a collection of bored weekenders motivated by no more than idle curiosity, but rather the parties to a shared secret. The End of Quantum Reality is a real achievement. How, one might ask if, that is, one sees no fundamental contradiction between sober objective science and mythopoetic romance , could the universe have been created without the primal love-affair between forma and materia, between the Witness and the Witnessed? The notion of a self-creating and self-organizing universe is profoundly un-romantic, which is why it can be seen as the primary quasi-metaphysical paradigm underlying radical feminism, one of whose more extreme imaginings is that women should try to develop the ability to reproduce without men.
The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age