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!
Alfred J. Lotka
The foundational principles are laid out in his The Lotka Hypothesis, which is an elaboration on the ideas of Alfred J. Lotka, one of several who independently drew similar conclusions. (By the way, Newton’s contemporary and arch-rival, Gottfried Leibnitz, was among those who drew such conclusions, even though ridiculed in Voltaire’s Candide.) But whereas Lotka and the others advanced their hypothesis rather timidly, and without much persuasive logic, Horstman has begun to erect a complete and compelling system. For example, The Lotka Hypothesis presents the foundational principles of a new science of psychology in which the fundamental motives of the mind, human and other, are seen to be coextensive with larger cosmic laws. He provides also a definition and proof of free will. He supplies us with a much-needed definition of “science,” this by way of a scathing critique of the so-called soft-sciences (which he calls “quasi-sciences”). And much more.
Evolution Fact and Fiction
That book was only his opening salvo. In his Evolution Fact and Fiction: The Psychogenic Theory, Horstman applies those principles to the “real-world” problem of biology, namely, an entirely new theory of evolution, the psychogenic theory of evolution, in which the mind is the prime mover. Although a scholarly work with hundreds of references, and reviewing every nook and cranny of the existing theory, it is nevertheless written in a very breezy style. His critique of the existing theory is unlike anything else, and few will deny, after reading this book, that the existing theory is a worthless shambles, and that the psychogenic hypothesis is compelling indeed.
Matrimony an Intellectual Adventure
In The Origin of Matrimony, he presents the first and only credible theory for the origin of marrying, and with it, the essence of human culture, a term long in need of definition. It turns out to have been entirely a mental and intellectual adventure, completely different from the usual Darwin-based accounts of human cultural evolution.
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 author drafted the book 20 years ago, but is still updating and improving it, and hopes that a publisher or benefactor will step up to the plate to see it through.
Horstman has labored a lifetime on these works, isolated and alone, and wishes only that these works gain a public airing before he passes on.