THE COSMOSEMANTIC STUTTERINGS OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
Every culture, every human being has an understanding of the metaphysical laws that rule our planet. Some thinkers have put them down on paper. Let's see what European philosophers, especially since the time of the presocratics, have said about these laws.
Western philosophy came in contact with cosmosemantics. Thales is said to have traveled to Khemit (ancient Egypt) and to have thence brought back to Greece the science of geometry. He seems to have discovered how to calculate the distance of a ship at sea from observations taken at two points on land, and how to estimate the height of a pyramid from the length of its shadow. According to Aristotle, he thought that water is the original substance, out of which all is formed, that the magnet has a soul because it moves the iron (ATTRACTION); further, that all things are full of gods.
Anaximander held that all things come from a single primal substance, infinite, eternal, neutral in the cosmic strife, ageless, and "it encompasses all the worlds." He made this remarkable statement: "Into that from which things take their rise they pass away once more, as is ordained, for they make reparation and satisfaction to one another for their injustice according to the ordering time." Doesn't that sound like he is talking about PROPORTIONAL COMPENSATIONS, an idea of justice, both cosmic and human?
He spoke of an eternal MOTION, in the course of which was brought about the origin of the worlds. According to him, the worlds were not created, as in the judeo-christian theology, but evolved (EVOLUTION).
Mathematics, in the sense of demonstrative and deductive argument, begins in Europe with Pythagoras. Pythagoras is believed to have taught "first, that the soul is an immortal thing, and that it is transformed into other kinds of living things (EVOLUTION); further, that whatever comes into existence is born again in the revolutions of a certain CYCLE, nothing being absolutely new."
Heraclites regarded fire as the fundamental substance. Everything, like flame in a fire, is born by the death of something else. "Mortals are immortals, and immortals are mortals, the one's living the other's death and dying the other's life," he wrote. There is UNITY in the world, but it is a unity formed by the combination of opposites (COMPLEMENTARY CONTRADICTIONS). All things come out of the one, and the one out of all things. But the many have less reality than the one, which is God (COMPLEMENTARY CONTRADICTIONS BETWEEN THE ONE AND THE MANY). He talked of the world as the mingling of opposites. "Men do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre." His belief in strife is connected with this theory, for in strife opposites combined to produce a MOTION which is a harmony. There is UNITY in the world, but it is a unity resulting from DIVERSITY.
He said: "Couples are things whole and things not whole.
What is drawn together and what is drawn asunder;
The harmonious and the discordant.
The one is made of all things,
And all things issue from the one."
Sometimes he spoke as if the unity were more fundamental than the diversity:
"Good and ill are one.
To God all things are fair and good and right,
but men hold some things wrong and some right.
The way up and the way down is one and the same.
God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace,
surfeit and hunger; but He takes various shapes,
just as fire, when it is mingled with spices,
is named according to the savour of each.
Nevertheless, there would be no unity
if there were no opposites to combine:
It is the opposite which is good for us."
This exploration of Khemitic wisdom (where Umics really began) contains the germ of Hegel's philosophy which proceeds by a synthesis of opposites.
For Parmenides, the only true being is "THE ONE", the plenum, which is infinite and indivisible. It is not, as in Heraclitus, a union of opposites, since there are no opposites: "cold" means only "not hot" and "dark" means only "no light" or "not bright".
Empedocles is the one who established earth, air, fire and water as the four elements for Western doctrine. Each of these was everlasting, but they could be mixed in different proportions, and thus produce the changing complex substances that we find in the world (CHEMISTRY, HIERARCHY). They were combined by Love and separated by Strife. There were periods when Love was in the ascendant and others when Strife was the stronger. This introduced the CYCLE: when the elements have been thoroughly mixed by Love, Strife gradually sorts them out again; when Strife has separated, Love gradually reunites them. Thus every compound substance is temporary; only the elements, together with Love and Strife, are everlasting. - There is a similarity to Heraclitus, but a softening, since it is not Strife alone, but Strife and Love together, that produce change. The doctrine of Empedocles, outside science, consists in the theory of the four elements and in the use of the two principles of Love and Strife to explain change.
Anaxagoras held that everything is infinitely divisible, and that even the smallest portion of matter contains some of each element. He taught that mind is the source of all MOTION. It causes a rotation (MOTION, CYCLE) which is gradually spreading throughout the world.
The founders of atomism were Leucippus and Democritus. The latter, a much more definite figure, spent a considerable time in Egypt in search of knowledge. Leucippus, if not Democritus, was led to atomism in the attempt to mediate between MONISM and PLURALISM, as represented by Parmenides and Empedocles respectively. They believed that everything is composed of atoms which are physically, not geometrically, indivisible; that between the atoms, there is empty space, that atoms are indestructible, that they always have been, and always will be, in MOTION.
The atomists, unlike Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, sought to explain the world without introducing the notion of purpose (or final cause). The "final cause" of an occurence is an event in the future for the sake of which the occurence takes place. Why does the baker make bread? Because people will be hungry. Things are explained by the purpose they serve. When we ask "why?" concerning an event, we may mean either of two things: "What purpose did this event serve?" or "What earlier circumstances caused this event?" The answer to the former question is a teleological explanation (explanation by the final cause) and the answer to the latter question is a mechanistic explanation. Experience has shown that the mechanistic question leads to scientific knowledge, while the teleological question does not. The atomists asked mechanistic questions and gave mechanistic answers.
If you have been reading this discourse closely, you may have noticed that each of these presocratic characters bumped into one metaphysical law or another, and sought to explain the world by it. It has always been so in Western philosophy. Hegel believed that complementary contradictions, dialectics, could alone explain everything and lead man to the knowing. Darwin came and made much noise with evolution. All he did was to masterfully prove that evolution exists and is a true law of nature. For those who already knew, Darwin was a complete waste of time.
The existence or not of God is important in Western philosophy. It's vital in the world of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. With the advent and growth of Christianity, God became central. Until Nietzsche killed Him. And Karl Marx buried Him. Western philosophy these past 50 years is a discussion with Nietzsche. Western politics these past century is a debate with Karl Marx.
Personally I see in both the discussion with Nietzsche and the debate with Karl Marx the angst of a people begging for God to provide guidance by performing a miracle. They like the idea of God's death (or God's murder) and His replacement by Man but when they, and we all, see Man's (polluting) work in only two centuries of industrial revolution, they, and we all, shiver.
THE MIND ACCORDING TO UM
The universe, our galaxy, the solar system, our planet Earth, every creature, including MAN, each has an intelligence, an entity were decision making, perception, awareness, and sense of self reside. The MIND is the interconnection of the minds of the universe, our galaxy, our solar system, our planet Earth, and every individual's own mind. Needless to say that the phenomenon of mind and consciousness is complex. It cannot be a physical object and may not have a particular location. Science has proven that the destruction of one or other part of the brain may severely impair the working of the mind, but not destroy it. Even for modern science, the mind appears as an interplay of things (perception, intelligence, stored and unstored knowledge) much as the rainbow is the interplay of light and raindrops. In-put from the senses play a part, so do body chemicals whose ebb and flow we experience as language, emotions, and so on, the way we translate 1) the main interplay and the subsequent underlays of interplays, 2) concepts into symbolic forms, and 3) the way we acquire, store new data and are able to retrieve them later on.
Any mind acts that way, whether it is the mind of the universe or the mind of a rat. The difference is simply of degree and capacity of data storage. In the animal brain (including man), storage takes place as a pattern of connections among neurons, the nerve cell which serves as the brain's basic building blocks. The first element is the EYE through which information enters the brain, arriving in the form of electric impulses streaming from the retina up the optic nerve and into the cerebral cortex, the gray matter which houses the brain's higher functions. The impulses die away within milli-seconds. It is their passage which reinforces the particular set of connections between this particular set of neutrons, giving them the ability to recreate the image. The more often a pattern (short-term memory) is reinforced, the more likely the pattern becomes a pathway (long-term memory).
Um also stresses that human beings use only about 9% of their brain capacity because of a poor wiring. A boy who grows up among the Um-Um cannot help it but develop extraordinary capabilities. The Um-Um do the re-wiring for him.
Another thing to know is that the brain (whether it is the brain of the universe or the brain of a dog) craves new information, for, as said above, the mind is an information system. When the mind does not have new information, it creates it. The "it" here is something we won't often like and will call "evil". But the knowledgeable knows that without evil, nothing new appears in the world, the village, or in our individual lives.
Also, every brain has a convergence zone, and the mind has many convergence zones (cosmosemantic space/time), and billion of secondary ones spread throughout the universe. They coordinate the minutest information the universe's brain needs to be fully functional. Every brain, at its level, merge disparate pieces of information into a whole in order to create its consciousness, its sense of self, of being in the right here, right now. All these convergence zones are inter-related, providing access to new information and dispaching relevant data to each other.
This sense of self is one thing each brain reconstructs endlessly, moment after moment, on the basis of its own physical reality, that is, what it was or what it knows of its past, its present reality, and what it wants its future to be.
Emotion, not simply love, is, according to Um, a key element of learning and decision making, and is central to the process of rational thought. Severe stress is the only thing that can change the way a brain functions.
COSMO-SEMANTIC COMPUTING or HOW THE COSMO-SEMANTIC MIND WORKS
Suppose you have nine computers at your disposal. The first one computes DIACHRONICALLY everything that relates to the law of Contradictions, the second one does the same with everything that relates to Motion, the third one with Causation, the fourth one with Evolution, the fifth with Compensations, the sixth with Natural Attractions, the seventh with Cycles, the eighth with Hierarchy, and the ninth computer stores only information about Symbolic Correspondances. Then you have another computer at the center of this system which computes SYNCHRONICALLY all information emanating from each of the above-mentioned computers. This is how the universe works; this is how the solar system works, this is how our planet Earth works. This is also how our brain works, whether we are conscious of it or not. Being conscious of this, and being conscious that we are conscious of this, is the first step to cosmosemantics. Focus on this, meditate upon it, and you benefit from the structural energy of everything that is, from medicinal plants (trees, roots, plants,flowers, roots, barks) to the energy of shapes (pyramids, triangles, squares, and obelisks).
When one law meets another, for instance when Evolution (E) meets Hierarchy (H), what happens next is fourthfold, in virtue of the law of contradictions, which can be contradictory as well as complementary:
(+E)(+H) here both are positive, thus complementary;
(-E)(+H) the first one is negative (contradictory) and the second one positive, i.e complementary;
(+E)(-H) the first is positive (complementary) and the second one negative, contradictory.
(-E)(-H) here both are negative, thus contradictory.
This second exercise (just having the mental image of the positive and negative aspects of things acting individually, with one another, and synchronically) helps you gain the energy of the non-polarized force such as the energystate which is created between birth, life-state, and death.
The actions and interactions of the eight first laws create the ninth, the law of symbolic correspondences (SC).(SC) crossing paths with (SC) and you have a system where sounds, tastes, colors really respond to one another.
Connect all these "computers" together and you have a N'UMI. In doing so, you turn them into a system which, when you change the smallest element in one computer, you change the whole system altogather. Their connection point IS the cosmosemantic space/time. Again this is how Nature works. This is how the African mind works. The minds of most members of all societies close to Nature work the same. When a mind takes distance from Nature, like the Western mind did, it's a matter of time before it starts to pollute or, as African elders would put it, "commit incest with the Mother."
THE GREATEST POLLUTION
The Western mind stops at dialectics, the first computer. The Western mind seems incapable of going beyond the law of contradictions. As a result, the dialectic tradition is greatest in the West (Westerners seem to see the world as ONLY dialectical), not as an entity set in motion, effect and causes responding to one another, evolving, where events repeat themselves in cycles, elements being naturally ranked, and where all these laws often agree to disagree with the natural order, thus creating a space where all laws are suspended. Those who cater to it, Hegel and his cohorts, the Hegelians, even Karl Marx and his followers, the Marxists, have become great among human beings. This is also the reason why the Western mind does not seem to really have a problem with pollution. When I say this word, "pollution", I do not simply mean oil or fumes or other chemical dumps in the ocean and the atmosphere. I also mean slavery, colonization, The Jewish Holocaust, apartheid, neocolonization, racism. Go see what alcohol (the white man's water of fire) has done to the Native Americans. The Western mind created all those ignominies which corrupt the mind and instill doubt and uncertainty in us about our own humanity. They lead us to ask ourselves: When we say "human beings", are we all talking about the same thing? If the a human mind conceived and carried out such activities as Slavery (the African holocaust) and the Final Solution (the Jewish holocaust), am I too a human being?
THE COSMOSEMANTIC WEB
At this level, the cosmosemantic student is able to master the inherent laws of plants, rocks and crystals, metals and manets. He knows why colors, sounds, taste and smells respond to one another.
Nature is a cosmosemantic system. So is the African mind. A cosmosemantic web. So also is the Indian and Asian(?) mind, as evidenced in the story of Indra's Net. Indra was a mythical king whose people made him a net which, wherever the strands crossed, had a jewel reflecting every other jewel in the net. This is cosmosemantics at its best.
THE COSMOSEMANTIC SPACE/TIME
The cosmosemantic space/time is the riverhole, where the laws of nature do not exist. It's what the medecine man creates materially when he builds a sanctuary or an altar. In other words, an altar is the cosmosemantic space/time materialized. There, the metaphysical laws that rule our planet are suspended. They work no more. There, Nature puts itself in the juridic position of an obedient one. It's as though Nature says to Man: "Command, I'll obey."
ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE UNIVERSE'S WORK
I like the following examples because they happened in the Western world, not in Africa. Cosmosemantic phenomena happen everywhere:
Three extraordinary things happened on Holy Thursday of 1996 while we were in the street retreat led by Roshi Glassman, a Zen Buddhist monk who organizes street retreats all over the world, including Nazi concentration camps in Poland and Germany, to raise consciousness about suffering, homelessness, AIDS, and violence. His ambition is to get participants to ask themselves: "What is my personal role in these ills? And what is my own next step toward healing these wounds of society?"
That morning,, Daigu wanted to read the paper and set off to buy one--Daigu is the Zen Buddhist name of Michael O'Keefe, a Hollywood actor who is a fixation in the tv series: Roseanne.
"That's exactly the mindset I'm trying to change," Glassman said, trying to stop him, and added: "You want something, you buy it. Isn't there any other alternative?"
Daigu did not want to hear that. "I need to read the news," he said.
Fifteen minutes later, a guy came to us with a stack of newspapers under his arm. He wished to sell them for a quarter each but nobody wanted them, so he trotted away. He came back five minutes later and just dropped them on the bench, saying: "What the heck! You can have them all."
Around noon, as we were ready to go to the soup kitchen, Sarah who had been sitting with us, said that she had cooked for us. We forgot about the soup kitchen and ate her food instead right there in the park. A few minutes later, I heard Rabbi Don Singer say that he was dying for a cup of coffee and wanted to buy one across the street. Todd and Ahmed Munir followed him. "Isn't there any other alternative?" Roshi Glassman asked again. But nobody replied. Singer, Todd, and Munir had not crossed the street before a nun appeared, inviting us and the homeless people of Tompkins Park (New York City) to lunch at a nearby church. "There's coffee and afterwards you'll get your feet washed, just like Christ did after the Last Supper, and a new pair of socks," I heard her say. We followed her. The caffe con leche was delicious, made exactly as in Cuba or Puerto Rico. Walking back to Tompkins Park, I heard another participant to the retreat, Arnie, say: "I have never eaten this much and this good in my own home," then he asked me: "Is it always like this on the streets?"
"This is holy week and the middle class is atoning," I said. "Just imagine when there's no penitence in the air."
These anecdotes in themselves offer nothing remarkable (to a non-initiate). But these are the sort of things an elder asks 13-year-old boys to pay attention to when he takes them to a three-month-bush retreat before they are allowed to enter adult society.
There are three reactions possible when you call the universe to the rescue. In the above anecdotes, the newspaper guy's wish to sell his newspapers is a call to the universe. So is Daigu's desire to read the news. The nun's plan to get people to come to her church and share a meal with her society is a call to the universe, so is Don Singer's desire for a cup of coffee. See how they meet and how the concerned miss out.
Any want, desire, or even prayer is a call to the universe. We send messages in all directions and believe it or not, they are heard by a lot of creatures, people included. Some run away from us, some stay put, some move toward us to offer assistance and comfort. Isn't there any other alternative? There always is. Every call to the universe brings millions of alternatives. The Western mind is simply too one-tracked, and as Herbert Marcuse wrote, "too unidimensional", to see them.
Pay attention to the cosmosemantic space/time. There things happen ahead of their normal or natural schedule.
What happens when want, desire, and even prayer have not worked and man steps up to actually manipulates the metaphysical laws that rule our planet to get them to be effective for his sake? IS MAN PLAYING GOD OR IS MAN GOD? Is Um God? Are the Um-Um gods? If man simply plays God (when for instance a Western biochemist tries genetic engineering out), then questionning the limits of Reason, Freedom and Necessity is relevant. But if man is God, then he IS Freedom itself, that is, freedom, and liberty, and free will, and free arbiter. What a scary thought!
THE COSMO-SEMANTIC GOD
Of course the notion of God is important in cosmosemantics. Who is God for cosmosemanticians? How to best approach Him, talk to Him, receive blessings from Him?
Before we begin, let me ask you this: Would you one day want to be transported instantly to work without having to take your car, or the bus, or commute by train? How about being transported in an instant to another destination in another continent, say from Africa to America and back without ever facing the challenge of delayed jets, packed planes, lost luggage? Have you realized that that's what we have been talking about here? Have you realized that that's what cosmosemantics may one day offer?
I am sure that you all have experienced weird things like you think of someone and a minute later, he calls or appears or you receive a letter from him. MINEM MI N'LENLA, the elders would say, as if hearts afire paid visits to one another. You are sure you have placed your purse on a table. You look and look and do not see it, and when you are no longer looking for it, here it is right there on the table. Now think hard and ask yourself a teleological question to get a teleological answer: "Why did I think of my brother a couple of minutes before he called me?" Then ask yourself a mechanical question in order to get a mechanical answer: "What earlier circumstances made me think of my brother?" or better yet "What earlier circumstances made my brother call me?"
In the beginning of our discussion on cosmosemantics, I gave you a few examples about three people who used special powers to fight the invader in Africa. Let's ask a mechanical question about one of them, say, Bikoy. What earlier circumstances caused him to transmute into a palmnut bunch? You may think about all the possible and probable initiatic manipulations he went through to master his powers but let me suggest this answer: the most important earlier circumstances that caused him to transmute into a palmnut bunch was 1) the KNOWLEDGE that his people, the Bassa, had a weapon that could topple the colonizer and get him to leave the country, and 2) the WILL to use that weapon. That WEAPON, which is simply a KNOWLEDGE, is cosmosemantics.
IDENTITY TRANSFER AND TELEPORTATION
Have you realized that this transmutation of Bikoy into a palmnut bunch is what modern physicists refer to as IDENTITY TRANSFER? And have you realized that in one of the other examples, Balep (the man who manipulates lightning and thunder to escape the soldiers who had incircled him) used the equivalent of what quantum physicists call TELEPORTATION: disappearing here and appearing somewhere else? Destroying matter in one place and reproducing it instantly somewhere else, on the other side of the room, the other side of the forest or the other side of the galaxy?
THERE IS NO QUANTUM WEIRDNESS OF NATURE
If you think that a purse which disappears and reappears, thinking about someone who calls you a couple of minutes later are random occurrences, you are dead wrong. They are neither "eccentricities of nature", "nature weirdness", nor the "quantum weirdness of nature". They are what I call UMICS, works of a cosmosemantic nature which follows a real pattern, a precise order that the elders have been able to explain thousands of years ago, and which they can even repeat at will. They explain that, in the case of a person calling you a minute or two after you thought of him, at that very moment, the laws of nature met at the space/time you were at and created a cosmosemantic space/time. When that occurs, a vacuum is created and whatever thought you had at that particular moment is read by the universe as an order to obey without discussion.
This is heavy stuff, I know. Um's power is too much power for one person to have. I know that too. But a man's got to do what a man's got to do. Eccentricities of nature or the quantum weirdness of nature is the cosmosemantic nature of things. Quantum physics cannot explain it; cosmosemantics can. Just read on. You are not wasting your time, for if cosmosemantics can make teleportation a reality, airplanes, buses, cars, motorcycles will be obsolete. And if motorized transportation is obsolete, just think about the pollution we are going to cut off.
Remember what dialectics had proven: Not only does everything have a contrary, but everthing carries within its own contradiction. In other words, if there is a metaphysical law and a natural force called gravity (a force that pulls everything inward, to the middle of our planet), there must be a law and force that is the contrary of gravity, and there must be within gravity a law and force that contradicts gravity, an antigravity force, an energy in the vacuum of space and time that negates (attenuates?) the effect of mass gravity.
There's no quantum weirdness of nature. The universe has no eccentricities. Actually, what Western scientists call quantum weirdness of nature is Nature at its best, the finest tool Creation has put at our disposal to help us live and live well.
THE CREATOR AND HIS CREATION
Did I say Creation? If there is Creation, then there must be a Creator. If there is a Creator, then according to cosmosemantics, there must be not only the contrary of the Creator but the negation of the Creator within Himself, that is, pure energy in the vacuum of space and time that negates the causes, actions, effects and influences of the Creator. Put these three together and you begin to have an idea of the cosmosemantic God. A God who did not create uncertainty or indetermination, a God so powerful that He could afford to create His own contrary and His own negation. Put these three realms together again: 1) The Creator (Pure Energy in the vacuum of space and time which creates, 2)The NoCreator (Pure Energy in the vacuum of space and time which contradicts the Creator) and 3) The AntiCreator (Pure Energy in the vacuum of space and time which negates all influences of the Creator) and you have the best part of Nature's intelligence and actions: the power to enchant. Cosmosemantic computing will show
this sooner or later. Ngambi (the Oracle) even predicts that cosmosemantics will revolutionize the way we human beings approach knowledge more than anything we human beings have ever created.
In a way, the cosmosemantic God is your everyday God, the One you pray in the churches the polluter brought to Africa. In another way, He is not. This is the God Nietzsche slaughtered because He is crippling and this is the God whose worship Marx said was the opium of the people, for this God is lethargic. I have to tell you, one gets the most from cosmosemantics if he believes in a Supreme Intelligence, a God who manipulates the metaphysical laws to enchant and create more enchantment in the universe. As most African traditions stress, this God used to live among human beings like a shop-owning Father among His sons, but He moved away with His shop the day He granted us Reason, Freedom, and Necessity. But He made sure we know the Way to His compound and when we go to His shop to buy merchandise, He accepts counterfeit coins from us.
This God is an aesthetic God, this is the reason why before anything, you should thoroughly investigate your people's idea of beauty. No one would be thirsty or hungry if there were no such things as drinking water or food. Likewise our desire for beauty and our sense of awe make sense if there exists Beauty and an embodiment of Beauty.
Each one of us is this Father's son or daughter. Each one of us is the manifestation of pure humanity, which is a manifestation of pure divinity, for anyone of us, human beings, has all authority to play with the metaphysical laws that govern our planet and the whole universe. When one of us decides to play this game, he is a Um-Um, a cosmosemantician. And the Father delights himself when He sees us trying to create enchantment and more enchantment. Tradition has it that those are the only moments he smiles and amuses Himself.
IS THE COSMOSEMANTIC GOD INTELLIGIBLE?
I am describing nothing but the African idea of the Supreme Being, the Bassa Hilolombi, the Bamileke Tshiepo, the Pahuings Zamba or Zambe, the Bakwedi Nyame, the Father who distanced Himself from His children to allow them to take His place. The cosmosemantic God is intelligible to Westerners as well, as Pure Energy. Actually, and this is an irony, Westerners have dismissed the Judeo-Christian God they brought to Africa a long time ago. Figure that in an essay titled 'Comment" which appeared in New Black Friars, 1984, page 3, J.O. Mills stresses that "while every day in the West roughly 7,500 people stop being Christians, every day in Africa, roughly double that number become Christians."
The December 7, 1997 edition of the New York Times Magazine published a survey, "Belief by the Numbers", compiled by Russell Shorto, which places Nigeria first among the most actively religious countries (89%) against Canada (38%), Spain (25%), France, which used to call itself "La fille ainee de l'Eglise" (21%) and Australia (16%). Which religion appears to be the fastest-growing Eastern religion in the West? Buddhism.
If religion is the opium of the people, surely our Nigerian brothers must be sleeping a lot. And if religion is said to be the balm of the oppressed, then our brothers, Nigerians, must be suffering a lot under these successive military regimes. We must do something here to help them stay awake and find freedom.
But what I am not sure of is Westerners being capable to be (or become) cosmosemanticians. Western science demands that everything be carefully measured. In cosmosemantics, you measure nothing, for every space/time, every single particle, and every single particle in the space/time continuum in essence carries so much information that measurement is simply impossible. Let's say for a moment, for the sake of this discussion, that we begin to measure things, by the end we finish measuring a simple particle in the space/time continuum, the measurements we recorded first would have changed. Measuring is the enemy of cosmosemantics.