Noetic Thesis

The noetic thesis of Franklin Merrell-Wolff holds that there is a third mode, faculty, or function of cognition that transcends sense perception (empiricism) and conceptual cognition (reason) which gives one a way of knowing that leads to metaphysical certainty. Franklin Merrell-Wolff called this cognitive faculty “introception.” He sometimes referred to this function as a third “organ” of cognition perhaps in way similar to the way citta, meaning heart/mind, is thought of in Tibetan Buddhism.

Metaphysical Certainty

Finding metaphysical proof of The Lotka Hypothesis, or The Psychogenic Theory, is like finding truth in pure mathematics. Pure mathematics is possible in the same way pure metaphysics is possible. There is no doubt as to the factuality of pure mathematics. It is abundantly proven. In the same way there is no doubt as to the factuality of pure metaphysical certainty to the practitioner who has completed the necessary investigative protocols.

After graduating from Cambridge, the Great Plague of 1665 forced Isaac Newton into a period of relative isolation, private study, and contemplation. This was one of the most productive periods of his life which saw the development of his theories of calculus, optics, and the law of gravity. The Bible tells us after his baptism Jesus retreated into the isolation of the desert for 40 days before beginning his ministry. Native American traditions contain a rite of passage, an inward vision quest, which is to prepare young people for their future. Franklin Merrell-Wolff after completing his formal education at Stanford and Harvard embarked upon a spiritual quest. Part of the quest included the isolation of his remote ranch located near Lone Pine,California. After 24 years of study and “profound introversion” he reported a nondual experience he called “High Indifference.” Isolation is a key element in creating an environment conducive to such illuminating experiences.

Certainly, we know the proof of pure mathematics. Meditation practice and contemplative inquiry integrated with conventional scientific training leads to an analogous degree of certainty in the Lotka Hypothesis and the Psychogenic Theory.

See “Contemplative Observatory” in the menu above for more details.

Rational Science and Trans-rational God

An underlying theme of this blog is the proposition that consciousness is the fundamental driver of evolution in such things as biology, anthropology, history, and contemporary culture. Larry Horstman describes the theory in his two books Evolution Fact and Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory and The Origin of Marriage: A Sojourn in Anthropology. Larry and his brother, Lee, are co-authors of The Lotka Hypothesis, Book I, Elements of Consciousness. See “Book Reviews” above.

Below are separate essays by the two authors which discuss the meaning of “irrationality,” “reason,” “logical systems,” and the expression “God” from the religious traditions. The term “trans-rational” could be used to bridge the meaning of “consciousness” and “God.”

Consciousness as the Ultimate Prime Mover

Interestingly, the idea that consciousness as the ultimate prime mover is also the fundamental proposition in the philosophy of the American philosopher and mathematician Franklin Merrell-Wolff. See the website:

“Proving” the hypothesis amounts to a revolution in science. It is a revolution because “proof” requires expanding traditional science to include the subject, like never before. Continue reading