Some time ago, I wrote
It is indeed impossible for us finite creatures to comprehend properly
our infinite Creator (or, if you will, us creatures of a lower degree
of infinity to comprehend properly our Creator whose attributes are
all of a higher infinity) but He gives us finite means to see some
part of Him, and we can rejoice in these, and find great warmth and
consolation through them. But further than this, God the Son takes on
our lower finite form while at the same time remaining truly God, and
in this we can see Him as God made man.
In these essays, I elaborate on this; the project was initially an
attempt to explain how the work on reflection and reification that I
developed in studying computer science has influenced my philosophical
and theological thought, but it has now grown beyond this.
The essays are a series of short articles on specific topics. they
refer to each other extensively, and I have not found it possible to
avoid all cycles of reference, so it may be necessary to go back to
re-read sections, or to skip ahead to look at a reference, at
Some of my notes on things are in other directories, in particular
some specifically religious
ones, and some about thoughts and
The texts after the essay titles are extracts or summaries of the
essays themselves. Follow the link on the essay title for the full
- Fundamental stasis
- This group of essays is about the static structure of the
non-sentient universe and the mindscape other than consciousness.
- Time, things, existence and creation (largely complete)
- One of the most significant things about time is that it
goes in one direction, along a single line. You cannot go
back, nor can you change what has been.
- Space and movement (largely complete)
- Just as some things exist within time, some things exist within
space. Spatial movement, unlike time progression, is not
- The meta-system tower and its grounding
- A reflective system is part of its own structural
field... thus, the self-referential nature of the
system is also part of the structural field.
- About CS and non-CS (so-called); study and non-study (so-called); etc. -->
- Fundamental flux
- This group of essays is about changes that happen within the
framework described in the static structure. Change, is, of
course, in itself, something that exists statically; and is
also something that changes.
- Entropy (complete)
- Part of living above the entropically-ruled biological
level is to be able to take things other than emotions
into account before acting.
- Evolution (incomplete)
- The rapidity with which an evolving population adapts to
produce individuals of high fitness in the population's
environment is made possible by the combination of
partial solutions from each of several ancestors.
These essays cover consciousness and phenomena which have
things significantly in common with consciousness. They are
meant to be more abstract than to specialize in human
- Why self-reference does not develop by evolution
- Darwinian-Mendelian evolution adapts populations of
structures within structural fields. A field cannot
become fully reflective (self-referential) unless its
metafield has made it so....
- The significant non-emergence of self-awareness
- The (potential) self-awareness must be provided from
outside (or beyond) the entity -- from the creator of the
- Communications between our higher and lower natures
- In a being of more than one nature, when information (or
whatever it is that a being handles -- desires, motives?) it
could be seen as being reified from one nature and reflected
into another... which is also a possible description of what
happens in communication between two beings.
- What is creativity? -->
- This will be somewhat more detailed than Asimov's laws of
- Being Human
- Sometimes I feel like having nothing to do with my
species... it really makes me cringe, increasingly so with
larger quantities... but we are told that our Creator made us
in His image, and did not stay aloof but came to dwell among
us, and we have beheld his glory, full of grace and
truth. Perhaps being human isn't so bad after all.
- Self-control (complete)
- I can see increasingly the importance of self-discipline,
and can see that I haven't really made a start on
it. It's one of those things with a self-starting
problem... I need self-discipline in order to become
- Affectivity (incomplete)
- Some conscious creatures have affectivity -- the
ability to feel emotions.
- Pleasure (complete)
- I have observed that there appear to be two routes
to emotional satisfaction.
- Anger (sketchy)
- When angry, a creature wants to do more than
just change its situation; it wants to make
things worse for those it regards as
responsible for the situation -- revenge.
- People form emotional attachments to each other, which
can be nice for both concerned, and also emotional
dependencies, which are nasty for both, and they often
can't tell the difference!
- Love (stub)
- The term love is used to mean many things; I
will also try to avoid addressing as love things that
are commonly mistaken for love, such as desire.
- Genuine loving Relationships
- Some notes about good and bad relationships
- Being loving while having high standards
- Sometimes it seems that having high standards is in tension with being kind...
- Partnership and independence
- Some thoughts about thoughts about pairing up.
- Sexuality and innocence: overlaps and boundaries
- About being ``just friends'': why and how do we have the idea
of a border or limit?
- Problems and substitutes
- Although it is possible for people to relate well,
this needs both to relate well to each other... one
can hardly go on taking up the slack without something
going wrong underneath. I've made some notes about
some things I've noticed people doing instead of
relating well. Many of them seem to stem from
feelings of inadequacy or powerlessness.
- People needing to control others
- Some people, in trying to take control of their
own lives (a daft concept if ever I saw one) try
to control the people around them to make them
safe. I've been stung by these, and have made
some grumpy notes about them.
- On people made frigid by the fear of being used (instead of valued?)
- These are often the same people as in the
- People using others to affirm themselves
- I wrote this in resposnse to annoyance at being
used by someone to make them feel that you're
- An exploration of the idea that it is better to give than to receive. -->
- Harm, retribution and forgiveness (incomplete)
- A harmed being may be able to repair its affective state by
causing some harm to the thing that harmed
it... which, logically, seems rather strange to
me, however much I naturally feel like that
myself at times.
- Things people ask deceptively
- Please listen to me
- we should be nice to each other
- Please accept me
- Don't be judgemental
- Things that influence people
- The fragility of peace under constraint
- How easy it is to feel pressured by such small things!
- (not very deep yet!)
- Things people do (especially silly ones)
- and what's wrong with it
- About people who can't get nearer to creativity than
``choosing'' things that other people have thought up. -->
- I don't have a television. Here is (will be) something
about why. -->
- Ethics and practicalities of ``recreational'' drug use
- There are many veiws around on the ethics and practicalities of
the legalization of drugs; I am slowly forming some ideas on
this, which may reflect interestingly on problems with
- Society (incomplete)
The complexities of interactions among collections of
- Politics and social justice (incomplete)
- My most central view is that everyone should
take responsibility at least for themselves;
they may choose to take more, but not less. See
also my Values directory.
- On soldier termites and honeypot ants
- On useful (and used) responsible specialists within societies.
- About normalization of people (but, I hope, not standardization)
- A look at what I see in the behaviour of some, who are widely
referred to as idiots, and who are
unwilling to take on any burden of
- how some administrative regions try to force other
regions to be like themselves
- Gated communities and graffiti
- Double population conflicts
- The daftness of metrication.
- Some sections of society are founded on tacit
agreements to treat particular lies as truths,
greatly increasing the esteem and comfort of
those in them. -->
- Some utopian communalist ideas
- This also has its own index.
- Communalism (sketchy)
- Sharing (stub)
- Back to basics (stub)
- Appropriate use of technology
- Law with kindness
- Back to Eden (incomplete)
- Bare feet on the ground
- The flip side of feet?
See also Links to related topics for
writings by other authors.
For my engineering purposes, there is a
status table of these essays, and a list
of essay stubs for things about which I
plan to write.
For other essays, see the index to this
Last modified: Sun Jun 10 22:32:04 GMT Daylight Time 2007