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Philosophical Fragments of Your Ancient Name
by Doug Bentley


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This edition contains a new chapter on the global climate change movement: the science, economics, politics and consciousness. It's expanded and includes discussions on modern scientific cartesianism, cultural imprinting, theological practice and mystical phenomena.
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Overview
New Edition Revised and Expanded

This edition contains a new chapter on the global climate change movement: the science, economics, politics and consciousness. It's expanded and includes discussions on modern scientific cartesianism, cultural imprinting, theological practice and mystical phenomena.

Excerpt. (c) Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 1.5.1 A Qubit For Your Thought

Like Narcissus in love with his reflection, modern man is also fascinated by the image he sees of himself in his newest gadget. He tends to define himself in terms of his dominant technologies. Analogies used to describe how our brain works mimic major electronic communications technologies of the era. In the late 19th Century, the telephone switchboard was a popular metaphor to describe the brain. In turn, the cinema projector, radio transmitter, television studio, computer hard drive and holographic projection system have been used to do so.

Current digital computers employ electron flows to process logical operations. Electrons are bits of energy that travel slower than the speed of light in a vacuum. Future quantum computers will employ quantum bits called qubits. A qubit is a unit of encoded information that will travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. An electron is natural and brainless. A qubit is artificial and humanly encoded. Like the ancient cubit, a sacred measure of distance, the future qubit will trigger another phylogenetic shift in Man's self-image. The leap from current sub-light speed transfer of brainless energy to hyper-light speed transfer of secure encoded information will inspire another revolution in the human psyche.

I'm not saying that the quantum computer will be an accurate representation of how the human brain works. It won't. Human consciousness is orders of magnitude more complex than any technology of ours will ever replicate. I'm saying that mass manufactured quantum computers processing information encoded hyper-light speed qubits will generate another shape shift in our image of ourselves. The cosmos has made room for activities which happen faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. If nature truly abhors a vacuum, it will not be surprising to find all kinds of new phenomena taking place beyond its speed limit.

This chapter opened with a 17th Century philosopher bolted from sleep by a "dazzling, unendurable light" that "provided answers to tremendous problems that had been taxing him for weeks." The "dazzling, unendurable light" suddenly and spontaneously erupted into his dreamy consciousness and just as quickly and mysteriously disappeared from it forever. Four centuries of painstaking scientific research and technological sophistication later that sudden and spontaneous eruption from dreamy consciousness is still inspiring "answers to tremendous problems."

Will an artificial time-traveling qubit of information that lives in the most distant reaches of the quantum cosmos be our new "dazzling, unendurable light" blazing a path of discovery before us? That would be astonishing. What's more astonishing is that we live in a cosmos in which all of these events can occur.

1.5.2 Hitch-hiking Through Time

The RSA algorithm is used by modern computers to encrypt and decrypt messages. A complex mathematical operation, today's computers could have started trying to crack it when the big bang began and still not do so. It's believed that a quantum computer could break the RSA algorithm in a matter of minutes.

We may have to wait a few minutes for a quantum computer to spit out the answer the cosmos has been waiting its whole life to know, but the computer might have found the answer even before the question was posed to it. Quantum computers will transfer information at speeds that mimic time travel. Information will appear before it exists.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781500983222
  • ISBN-10: 1500983225
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 188
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.25 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.44 pounds


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