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.


Larry’s Books Now on Amazon!

Evolution Fact & Fantasy: The Psychogenic Theory and The Origin of Matrimony by Lawrence L. Horstman are both now available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. See “Book Review” above.

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.