I or Information
M or Matter
© Wim van den Dungen
Matter (M) is the set of facts limited by height, breadth, length &
movement in time (Einstein's spacetime-continuum) and constituted by a differential in
real numbers describing the movements of subatomic particles, waves & fields
(Schrödinger-equation). Fundamentally, it is defined by 12 elementary particles
and 4 forces.
This differential describes a discontinuous (quantum) process or quantum-state, or
M-wave (de Broglie). The square of this wave gives a probable estimate of position.
Momentum & position can never be both accurately known (cf. Heisenberg's principle of
indeterminacy). The M of our 'nominal' Universe is four-dimensional. Four 4 (probably 5) material force are at work here : strong force, weak force, electro-magnetism, gravity &
super-force (the latter being hypothetical but not unlikely). Five nucleotides constitute the code
of living M : uracil, thymine, adenine, cytosine & guanine. Five Kingdoms of Life can
be observed on planet Earth : mineral, vegetal, animal, human & adept.
M could be percieved as frozen energy (or charge). When artificially separated from its co-relative operators C and/or
I, it tends towards the most probable order (this implies an entropy-increase within the
"black box" of the artificial cycle). These materialistic reductions (i.e. the projection of an
isolated picture on M on the totality of being) led to a view on the Universe in which
no organized, intelligent architecture occurs (modernism does not "need" the hypothesis of a
First Cause - cf. Laplace), except as the randomness of absolute entropy. This "nature morte"
-instead of being a rule- is the exception, for even a formidable chaos contains the seeds of
order (cf. chaostheory).
In a functionalist approach M has an executive role to play. It allows for interactions on the physical level of being. Through this operator systems sense & operate physical
reality (for-us). M does not explain why certain processes take place (as consciousness does), nor is it capable of being copied without any decrease at the source (as information
can). Like hardware it is useless unless a certain code makes it work to perform a sequence of
physical actions meaningful to conscious users.
The human brain is the most developed lump of M (hardware) on this
planet. It executes the I (software) which is part of its wiring and
serves as a input/output station for C (userware) and its choices.
See also : Synopsis
initiated : 2002 - last update : 05 VII 2015 -