tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2292960509733202658.post4232695913228984118..comments2018-05-03T03:04:34.965-07:00Comments on Rational Buddhism: Process philosophy: Buddha, Nagarjuna and Whiteheadseanrobsvillehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01135048988031819619noreply@blogger.comBlogger1125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2292960509733202658.post-69441549870985527712017-06-22T12:39:52.582-07:002017-06-22T12:39:52.582-07:00Whitehead's analysis of the world into discret...Whitehead's analysis of the world into discrete occasions of experience connected one-to-another by causal inheritance relations he called "physical prehensions" seems to have been lost completely in the above discussion. That analysis of the world into whole-and-part has been re-invented for physics today as "causal set theory." No one has noticed the fact. I was using directed graphs to illustrate Whitehead's reduction of physics to occasions engaged in temporal/causal succession when I noticed that such graphs show the formation of frequency ratios, something that Whitehead never noticed. The frequency ratios serve as energy ratios in accord with Planck's fundamental discovery, E=hf. Thus it emerges that sheer temporal succession can account for frequency and energy all by itself. The step of discrete temporal advance is identified as the quantum of energy ratios. The immediate consequences then spill themselves out, producing directed graphs of the 4-D manifold and the common particles and their mass-ratio values to one another. That is all in accord with Whitehead's view in Adventures of Ideas. He was only missing the frequency ratios in order to show how his panpsychism of time-ordered occasions produces the reconstruction of quantum physics from the repetitive action of a temporal successor relation. The end of physics results in "the arrow diagram of the universe" as a sufficient image of the foundation of physics. Much like Indra's net, and bringing to mind the "interdependent origination" of the occasions at the nodes of the directed graph of the universe, these pleasing results are still unknown in spite of my years of trying. The problem for Buddhists seems to be a lack of competence in whole-and-part analysis into relations and relata. With that, they could reassert the inviolable rule of cause-and-effect in the ordering of occasions by a causal successor relation. The simplest instance of time forming frequency ratios is shown by a directed graph of 3 arrows forming a triangle. It doesn't take a physicist to identify frequency ratios in a time diagram of 3 arrows, or to relate the fact to Planck's famous formula, E=hf. If there is a Whitehead scholar, or a Buddhist thinker, or any physicist, or any Russell scholar (he shared the reduction to a "causal web" with Whitehead) who can grasp the significance of the generation of frequency and energy by the sheer temporal succession of causally primitive individuals, illustrated in the simplest case by a time diagram of 3 arrows, I haven't found such a person. Let me know if you are someone who can think this thing through. -- Carey R. Carlson<br />Carey Carlsonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04057411183600945219noreply@blogger.com