May 24, 1988
1103 15th Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Thank you for having Jan send me copies of
section 2 and Section 3 of the Outline of your Reciprocal System
of physical theory. They are of inestimable value to me, I discover, the
more time I have to spend with them.
My time for study recently has been more limited
than usual, working with Phil Porter, Ed Navarro and Bill Mitchel to put
out Vol. XVI, No. 2, Winter 1987-1988 issue of Reciprocity and
preparing with Rainer Huck and Robin Sims the details of our 1988 ISUS,
Inc. Summer Conference in your fair city of Portland. The Librarian, Ms
June Wostel, of Gregory Heights Branch Library has graciously granted
our request to reserve the Library Meeting Room, the place where we met
in 1985, as the Meeting Place for our 1988 Conference. Robin Sims has
reserved accommodations for us at the Jade Tree Motel. Robin is back from
Australia and Rainer and Robin are planning the Conference Program. Im
working now to initiate production and assembly of Vol. XVII, No.1, Spring,
1988 issue of Reciprocity, which, I hope, we can circulate in June
with more news of our Summer Conference to add to the publicity of the
Conference appearing in Vol. XVI, No.2.
Returning to my studies, I wish to ask you
some more questions about your theory.
- ISUS members currently as well as earlier have been expressing an
urgent interest in learning more about the mathematics approprirate
for using the Reciprocical System to revalue and unify the science of
physics. My own inclination is to postulate that the physical universe
as a whole and in all its parts is entirely finite. Consequently, since
finite mathematics is one of humankinds most highly developed
forms of knowledge, we dont have to reinvent the wheel; it is
enough for us to study and learn what the mathematicians have to teach
us about counting and computing and computing finite groups of the Reciprocal
System. For more on this see Ed Navarros Letter to the Editor.
Enclosed is a mathematical note of David Halprin about the Larson Number
System, submitted for publication in Reciprocity. I have to write
a discursive introduction to it. Although I do not quite comprehend
his equation for computing reciprocals from integers, I have faith in
Davids arithmetic. I have written to him to learn the denotations
of K,A,B,C and r. Do you understand what David is trying to say? How
would you propose to set up an algebra for teaching about computing
reciprocals from integers and vice versa for calculating spin combinations
constituting atoms, etc.? Im aiming to print Davids note
in vol. XVII, No. 1 as a follow-up to his note in Vol. XV
- Do you, Dewey, consider photons to be primary motions as well
as space-time progression translations? If so what other motions, if
any, do you consider to be primary?
- In the Reciprocal System is the physical universe conceived to be
made entirely from motions at unit speed, that is identical units of
- Does the R.S. contradict the prevalent view among physicists that
physics is in some fundamental sense timeless?
- How does a progression differ from a succession of jumps?
- In what sense is space-time progression continuous?
In what sense is space-time progression discontinuous?
- How does a succession of motions relate to and differ from a combination
- If the physical universe is finite, then there must exist a maximum
speed in the physical universe, must there not? It is not unit speed,
since the speed of cosmic entities exceeds unit speed? Is the speed
of some cosmic entity maximum and if you know theoretically what it
is, please tell me??
- Do you challenge Einstein when he claims: the distinction between
past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one?
- Do you agree with Bertrand Russell that to realize the unimportance
of time is the gate of wisdom and that it is a mere accident
that we have no memory of the future?
- Do you dispute Percy Bridgmans opinion that in any operational
view of the meaning of natural concepts the motion of time must
be used as a primitive concept, which cannot be analysed but must be
accepted so that it is meaningless to speak of a reversal of the direction
- I think you consider a living organism to be a material system (body)
under the governance of a cosmic control unit (a psyche, mind). Is the
body, including the brain constituted by motions in space and
is the cosmic control unit constituted by motions in time?
- I think that you also consider a human being to be under the governance
of another non-physical control unit (the human spirit). I wish to learn
in what sense this control unit is non-physical. Does non-physical imply
motionless, spaceless, timeless or in some other sense beyond time and
space and motion?
- I think of the Creator mentioned in the Declaration that all women
and men are created equal and independent in ultimate human worth as
possibly a spirit without body, parts or passions? What do you think
about the possible existence of disembodied spirits?
I have many more questions to ask, but will
stop here, because I realize that have you many more good uses of your
time besides answering questions and I have other things to do also. I
look forward to meeting with you and Dorothy again in August and meanwhile
Winnie and I send our best wishes for the well-being of you and yours.