The Lawrence L. Horstman Synthesis

Isaac Newton “united the heavens and the earth” by showing that gravity acts not only here on earth, but throughout the cosmos. His three laws are deceptively simple. No layman would ever imagine that they constitute the foundation of the edifice of modern physical science and technology.

Role of the Mind in the Cosmos

However, there was something missing from Newton’s great synthesis, namely, the role of the mind in the fabric of the cosmos. He did not recognize that as a defect in his system, for he was a devout Christian, taking for granted that the mind — a.k.a. the human soul — was a unique gift to humanity from God almighty. Nowadays, however, we recognize that humans are very similar to other animals, and that they, too, must have mental qualities such as motives, desires, sensations, and so forth. So the question is how did minds arise? And why? This is obviously an important question, for the very essence of our lives is mental.

Horstman’s synthesis is similar in scope and in revolutionary implications: he has “united the animate with the inanimate.” Like Newton’s laws, Horstman’s principles are very simple, and yet, after the initial flash of inspiration, it took him decades to work out the details of reconciling the workings of the mind to the laws of physics. Like any difficult math problem or puzzle, the answer always looks simple — after you see how it’s done! Continue reading

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Mysticism and the Scientific Method

Mysticism is a belief in the existence of essential reality beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that is accessible by subjective experience.

Our hypothesis is that consciousness is the essential reality that pervades all levels and all lines of development, including the paper the model is written upon. Consciousness, or Spirit, is all there is ultimately. Everything emerges from this invisible, non-material potential field. This is the theme of The Lotka Hypothesis and Larry Horstman’s psychogenic theory of evolution. Franklin Merrell-Wolff called this potential field “Great Space.”

Undulations in the Fabric of Space

The idea is found in the Wave Structure of Matter model presented in the book Schrodinger’s Universe: Einstein, Waves & the Origin of the Natural Laws by Milo Wolff. The great physicist William Clifford said, “All matter is undulations in the fabric of space.” Erwin Schrödinger expressed the same idea in saying, “All matter and laws are the appearance of quantum waves in space.” Introception is the mode of cognition used to contact directly this infinite potential field, as mystics have been reporting for centuries, with high levels of “noetic certainty.” Continue reading

Intuition and Subjectivity

Medical researcher Lawrence L. Horstman has much to say about the role of subjectivity and intuition in his book The Lotka Hypothesis, Book I, Elements of Consciousness.

Intuition the Ultimate Source of Knowledge

“There is no doubt that we do indeed now possess a considerable depth of reliable knowledge, if not understanding, of the machinations of the physical world around us and within us. As Planck appreciated, this is quite amazing. But from Lotka’s perspective it is not quite so amazing, since from that perspective we are supergiant molecules, different in possessing some special equipment for thinking and acting but other wise not fundamentally different from smaller, more ordinary molecules. Therefore, it is not quite so astonishing to imagine that we may possess a deep innate knowledge of how the world really works, which knowledge science seeks to make intellectually explicit—seeks to reformulate on the linguistic plane—the ultimate source and arbiter of which is always intuition.” (The Lotka Hypothesis, p. 175)

This type of “intuition” is at the heart of Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s philosophy. It is referred to as “Gnostic Intuition, introception, Dhyana, direct-realization, the Pure Subjective, etc. FMW makes the point that Western science has been successful because of “objectivity.” Galileo combined empiricism with reason to lift mankind out of primitive mythology. Kant came along to point out that both the empiricists and the rationalists where viewing the world through their own subjective lens—they were not seeing “the-thing-in-itself”—not having a direct contact with Reality. Subjectivity can be a big problem if it is filtered through the distortions our psychological structures. Mystics claim to transcend those structures. FMW claimed to go beyond Kant in that a third mode of cognition can be developed which he called “introception.” Introception can be the “rainbow bridge” between the inanimate and the animate, between Western science and Absolute Consciousness. Continue reading

Connections and Resources

Franklin Merrell-Wolff

Franklin Merrell-Wolff was a Stanford and Harvard trained philosopher and mathematician who claimed a mystical experience of root consciousness in 1936. He spent the rest of his long ninety-eight year life writing about what he called consciousness-without-an-object and his philosophy of introceptualism. One of Franklin Merrell-Wolff’s fundamental realizations that was in alignment with the psychogenic theory of Larry Horstman was “Consciousness is original, self-existent, and constitutive of all things.” As a mystic with formal training in western science, he was featured in the book Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity by B. Alan Wallace.

B. Alan Wallace

B. Alan Wallace spent fourteen years as a Buddhist monk, ordained by H. H. the Dalai Lama. He then earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in physics and the philosophy of science at Amherst College, and his doctorate in religious studies from Stanford University. A prolific writer who has translated numerous Tibetan Buddhist texts, he is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, www.sbinstitute.com Continue reading

The Psychogenic Theory

The psychogenic theory is complementary to the central pillar of biology, the theory of evolution. It acknowledges that evolution exists, but that consciousness—things of the mind, will, desire, passions—are the fundamental drivers of evolution. Just as Isaac Newton is said to have united the heavens and the earth with laws of gravity, so it could be said the Horstman synthesis unites the animate with the inanimate.

Inspired by the works of Alfred J. Lotka, a founder of mathematical ecology, the Horstman synthesis holds that consciousness is the essence of the entire cosmos, and is the source and cause of all things.

Foundational principles are laid out in Horstman’s book The Lotka Hypothesis. Book II in the series, Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory of Evolution applies those principles to the “real-world” problem of biology. In his third book, The Origin of Matrimony, Horstman presents the first and only credible theory for the origin of marrying, and with it, the essence of human culture. He calls the cultural achievement of matrimony “an intellectual triumph in socio-political engineering.”

Yet to come is another earth-shaker, a complete solution to the origin and structure of human language. This great mystery has defeated all efforts at understanding for at least the last three centuries, but is a mystery no more. This book reveals not only the origin and structure of human language, but of the incredible workings of the mind as well.

The Lotka Hypothesis

Medical researcher Lawrence L. Horstman has much to say about the role of subjectivity and intuition in his book The Lotka Hypothesis, Book I, Elements of Consciousness.

Lotka’s hypothesis: “…behind all so-called laws of nature lies will. That is to say, the laws of nature are ultimately psychological, not only in the biosphere but also in the entire cosmos. The pursuit of that theme leads to complete resolution of the problem of consciousness while remaining consistent with all the hard-won facts and principles of established science.

“…consciousness inheres in all things and underlies their properties. From this perspective, the observed laws of physics are but objective manifestations of willfulness…the testimony of personal experience is more compelling than the outmoded logic of 19th-century objectivism.” (The Lotka Hypothesis, p. 115)

“The Challenge. The essence of Lotka’s hypothesis stated here is simple and clear, but as with Newton’s F = ma or Euclid’s axioms, the consequences and applications are neither simple nor obvious. It remains to erect upon this germ of a foundation a sufficiently persuasive alternative system, consistent with all established knowledge, to topple and supplant the existing failed system—a challenge comparable to toppling Aristotelianism.

A Call for Agile Young Minds

“No pretense is made that Lotka or his intellectual confederates…much less this writer’s effort at added support, comprise a complete solution. Our hope is only to make it sufficiently credible to inspire younger, more agile minds to take up Lotka’s torch.”