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100 Elements + Potentialism = Humanity
Potentialism is a theory of the cosmic order crafted by metaphysicist David Birnbaum of Manhattan. The theory is quickly gaining traction as one of the most respected and powerful theories of cosmic origin of the 21st century. To understand the true strength of Potentialism, one need only see how Potentialism describes the formation and evolution of the universe. Unlike competing theories of cosmology, Potentialism is an internally consistent and, indeed an all-embracing theory; it does not therefore need to rationalize theoretical inconsistencies; it also does not need to disprove scientific data or to parry religious perspectives on the origin or nature of the universe. To the contrary, the greatest powers of Potentialism - a theory of elegant design - are its ability to co-exist with science, spirituality, and philosophy; no inconsistencies have been discerned.
Birnbaum ‘s Theory of Potential proposes that there is indeed a protagonist to the cosmic order, but that this protagonist is a ‘quest’ and not a ‘classic entity.’ The universe quests for its maximal potential. Per Birnbaum “The core dynamic Quest for Potential∞ strives with purpose and direction towards ever-greater and higher potential. At the beginning of time’, eternal Quest for Potential harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Mathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang. This same symbiotic dynamic – Quest for Potential in league with Physics-Math – then acted as a catalyst for life, evolution, language, emotion, sexuality, consciousness, and, indeed, for all the key dynamics which have evolved in the universe.”
Potentialism is a universal cosmological theory, not a religious theory. It simply states that there is a force which drives the universe to greater and greater complexity/extraordinariness. Whether that force evolved into inter-active consciousness (classic God) is not a sine qua non (essential component) of Potentialism Theory. The religious are free to interpret it as the magisterial hand of God. The agnostic can just as easily think of it as an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Indeed, Birnbaum’s 3-volume treatise is titled respectively, Summa I: Religious Man: God and Evil (1988); Summa II: Spiritual Man: God and Good (2005); and Summa III: Secular Man: The Transcendent Dynamic (2014).
Age of the Atom
In the beginning, there was energy. In the first second of the birth of the universe – from one unimaginably small, hot point – the universe exploded outwards. As it rapidly cooled, it gave birth to matter as we know it. In its infancy, there was only hydrogen – the lightest and simplest of all elements.
What is important is that Potentialism mandates that the universe not stagnate, but evolve. And indeed it evolved. The atomic nature of the universe is such that the elements multiplied in size and complexity. Neutrons, protons and electrons coalesced with each other until there were over 100 known elements. Add to that the multitude of anions and cations and the elements found to exist in Man-made reactions and the list just continues to grow.
Age of the Molecule
In a stagnant universe, the atom is enough. Certainly all the permutations of atomic structure and the number of elements would be sufficient. In a universe governed by Potentialism however, anything is possible. When the atom filled out its complexity, the universe simply expanded in another direction of complexity/extraordinariation.
Enter the molecule. As the atoms grew in complexity they began to join together, sharing their atomic makeup to create increasingly more complex compositions, sharing atomic particles between themselves until the universe filled with different molecular structures – giving birth to such substances as carbon dioxide and water.
Age of Life
As the universe progressed towards more and more complex molecular structures, once again the universe unfurled in a new direction. This new direction was life. As Potentialism predicts, once molecular structures had reached a certain level of complexity, the universe pivoted to give substance to a new form of existence. Life, in turn, becomes a ‘platform’ for a whole new plethora of complexity/extraordinariation. From this new platform, new expressions of complexity from the universe are, by definition, endless. Potentialism guides the didirection towards extraordinariation. Thus Potentialists would never be surprised by the birth of some new phenomena in the universe. They would only be surprised by the lack of anything new.
Thus the dawn of plant life, which is a higher complexity conglomeration of molecules, is a logical step in Potentialism. As plant life grew more complex, it introduced networks of molecules and cells which functioned together as one life form. From simple plants and single-celled animals came the vast array of plants and animals we see today. Just as the universe became more saturated with complexity – first at the atomic, then the molecular level – so it did on the life-form level, giving rise to the plant and animal kingdoms.
Age of Man
Currently, we find ourselves in the age of mankind – the latest turn in the universe's Quest for Infinite Potential. Having started with conscious drives in animals to assist in their evolution, now Potentialism has given birth to a perhaps unique creature of logic, reason, emotion and consciousness– humankind.
Viewed through the lens of Potentialism we can track the growth of the universe through its many ages thus far as it strives towards greater complexity/extraordinariation. From the first particles which merged and gave birth to hydrogen, we see how this eventually grew in complexity to create the 100+ elements. And we can see how those elements became the foundation for molecular structure and, in its next step towards complexity/extraordinariation, gave birth to multi-cellular life and, finally, mankind. From a distant in time and space supernova to, for instance, Angelina Jolie, we can witness, through the Quest for Infinite Potential, the very intentional direction of the universe as it evolves.
While other theories of cosmology have floundered to explain both changes in the universe and its extraordinary, vibrant complexity, Potentialism provides a fully-integrated unified theory. Unlike most hard-science definitions of the universe, Potentialism truly covers the gamut of metaphysics issues – from eternal origins through cosmic design through cosmic purpose. The theory covers-the-bases, from the core scientific data hard data through the aesthetic and spiritual. All are integral components of a universe that continues in its extraordinary Quest for Potential.