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.

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.”