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  • CTMU Wiki
    willing and able are highly encouraged to contribute relevant content Proponents skeptics and the just plain curious are equally welcome Please keep your input civil and constructive Disclaimer This site is not affiliated with Chris Langan and some content may not represent his views Getting started If you re new to the CTMU try our beginner s introduction and check out the frequently asked questions There is also a list of CTMU sources including links to media coverage and Langan s own writings To edit the wiki just create an account it s free and easy Then check out the editor s guide and dive right in If you have questions or comments you can post them at the discussion board Announcements 17 July 2014 The July 15 2014 episode of the BBS Radio show The People Speak with guest Chris Langan can be heard here v d e Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe CTMU Reality Self Configuring Self Processing Language SCSPL Telesis Infocognition Unbound telesis UBT 3 M s 3 C s MAP Closure M R Comprehensiveness MU Consistency Duality principles Topological descriptive duality TD duality Constructive filtrative duality CF duality Conspansive duality Triality space time object Conspansion

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  • Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe - CTMU Wiki
    by virtue of the mutually inclusive relationship between itself unity and its contents multiplicity 22 That is reality topologically includes its contents while its contents descriptively include it Reality is here analogous to the set of all sets SCSPL extends set theory with the above two senses of inclusion so that sets now syntactic operators can consistently contain themselves The consistency of reality is implied Langan argues by the stability of perception a single irresolvable paradox of the form A not A would destroy the information content of reality making it impossible to perceive Origins The question of why reality exists is sometimes taken to be unanswerable or meaningless reality just exists it is held and no further explanation can be given Alternatively it is sometimes held that reality exists because it was created by something outside of it an external creator Langan opposes both views arguing that were reality to lack an explanation it would be acausal and could not sustain itself whereas for an external creator to create reality the creator itself would have to be real and therefore inside reality by definition contradicting the premise 23 The CTMU treats the origin of reality in the context of freedom and constraint Concepts are defined by constraints specifying their structure and structure requires explanation Consequently Langan argues the only concept not in need of structural explanation is the terminal concept with no constraints and no structure to explain In the CTMU this ontological groundstate is called unbound telesis or UBT 24 Because Langan argues UBT is a medium of pure potential everything is possible within it and this means that what can exist does exist However the requirements for existence are asserts Langan more stringent than is normally supposed Because UBT is unstructured the only possibilities which can actualize from it are those with sufficient internal structure to create and configure themselves So in the CTMU reality rather than being uncaused or externally caused is self caused and constrained by the structure it needs to create and configure itself that of SCSPL The above reasoning holds Langan resolves the ex nihilo or something from nothing paradox The paradox arises when nothing is taken to exclude not just something but the potential for something Because exclusion of potential is a constraint nothing in this sense requires its own explanation and cannot serve as an ontological groundstate But when nothing is viewed as unconstrained potential or UBT 25 asserts Langan reality arises inevitably from it Teleology Reality Langan argues requires as a condition of its existence not merely logical consistency but also teleological consistency To arise from UBT he says reality needs a function to distinguish what it is from what it is not to select itself for existence 26 This requirement the Telic Principle generalizes the well known anthropic principle whereas the anthropic principle addresses the degree to which human existence constrains reality the Telic Principle addresses the way in which reality tautologically constrains itself 27 Because reality is self contained it serves as its own selection function That is the function that which it selects and the act of selection itself are identical existence is everywhere the choice to exist 26 and reality triples as choice chooser and chosen Langan explores the logic of this arrangement a large part of the CTMU is about what happens when functions including choice generative and causal functions are looped so that input coincides with output coincides with functional syntax The requirement that reality serve as its own selection function gives it a reflexive form whose goal is to self actualize This MU form is the starting configuration of SCSPL grammar 26 With existence and its amplification as its sole imperative reality selects its future by maximizing a parameter Langan calls generalized utility The CTMU is therefore a teleological theory in which the purpose of reality is to optimally self actualize 28 Because reality inherits distributive freedom from UBT parts of reality can deviate from the teleology of reality as a whole Unable therefore to maximize utility directly reality instead maximizes potential utility setting things up for maximum benefits should teleology be pursued Langan takes generalized utility as the basis of a system of ethics defining goodness as that which furthers teleology and extending the Golden Rule to fit the stratified structure of SCSPL Evolution In the CTMU reality evolves by telic recursion a metacausal generalization of ordinary recursion suited to pre informational contexts Telic recursion occurs in two stages one primary and global the other secondary and local The primary stage creates the distributed laws including the laws of physics which reality obeys while the secondary stage creates nondistributed ad hoc supplements to those laws as reality transitions from state to state 29 Guided by the Telic Principle telic recursion seeks to maximize generalized utility through telic feedback between past and future states This potential for reverse causality extends back to the very origin of reality so that in effect the system brings itself into existence as a means of atemporal communication between its past and future whereby law and state syntax and informational content generate and refine each other across time to maximize total systemic self utility 30 The CTMU relates space time and matter through a process Langan calls conspansion material contraction qua spatial expansion 31 Because reality is self contained argues Langan its external size and duration are undefined and it cannot expand in an external sense it has nothing to expand into and nothing to expand during Mainstream cosmologists hold that expansion need not occur externally 32 invoking results from differential geometry to show that the spacetime metric can change without reference to an embedding space Langan asserts that mainstream models nonetheless fall short of full self containment arguing that they fail to conserve spacetime employ a non endomorphic concept of motion and cannot intrinsically explain the creation of the spacetime manifold itself In Langan s model reality stratifies inwardly into a superposition of sequentially related states each

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  • Theory - CTMU Wiki
    that due to the problem of induction the standard methods by which scientific theories are constructed cannot establish a truly general theory of reality The problem of induction is very real it is why no general theory of reality can ever be reliably constructed by the standard empirical methods of science Unfortunately many scientists have either dismissed this problem or quietly given up on the search for a truly general theory in neither case serving the long term interests of science In fact the problem of induction merely implies that a global theory of reality can only be established by the rational methods of mathematics specifically including those of logic 2 In contrast to the standard methods of science in which theories are constructed from a limited set of observations the CTMU is established by logical properties of the process of theorization itself Because all theories have certain necessary logical properties that are abstract and mathematical and therefore independent of observation it is these very properties that let us recognize and understand our world in conceptual terms we could just as well start with these properties and see what they might tell us about objective reality Just as scientific observation makes demands on theories the logic of theories makes demands on scientific observation and these demands tell us in a general way what we may observe about the universe 3 The CTMU is intended to be a truly general theory of reality or Theory of Everything In other words a comprehensive theory of reality is not just about observation but about theories and their logical requirements The CTMU is such a theory instead of being a mathematical description of specific observations like all established scientific theories it is a metatheory about the general relationship between theories and observations i e

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  • Mind - CTMU Wiki
    a mind But when we attempt to answer the obvious question whose mind the answer turns out to be a mathematical and scientific definition of God This implies that we all exist in what can be called the Mind of God and that our individual minds are parts of God s Mind 1 The Mind Equals Reality Principle or M R is one of the three metalogical axioms of the

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  • Reality - CTMU Wiki
    which is real The idea that reality is self contained is the kernel of the CTMU the seed from which the rest of the theory is built Langan refines the definition of reality as follows Reality is the perceptual aggregate including 1 all scientific observations that ever were and ever will be and 2 the entire abstract and or cognitive explanatory infrastructure of perception 1 That is reality consists of 1 perceptions and 2 all relevant supporting structure For example if you see an apple fall from a tree your perception of the apple qualifies as real by 1 while the law of gravity that caused the apple to fall qualifies as real by 2 Langan uses nature existence and the real universe as synonyms for reality Since reality is the most inclusive domain a general theory of reality would be a Theory of Everything The CTMU is intended to be such a theory The CTMU characterizes reality as a Self Configuring Self Processing Language SCSPL Notes Langan 2002 p 16 Retrieved from http ctmucommunity org w index php title Reality oldid 473 Navigation menu Personal tools Create account Log in Namespaces Page Discussion Variants Views Read View source View

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  • Christopher Michael Langan - CTMU Wiki
    The Improper Hamptonian 16 and Men s Fitness 17 In 2004 Langan moved with his wife Gina née LoSasso a clinical neuropsychologist to northern Missouri where he owns and operates a horse ranch 18 On January 25 2008 Langan was a contestant on NBC s game show 1 vs 100 where he won 250 000 19 He was profiled in Malcolm Gladwell s 2008 book Outliers The Story of Success 20 where Gladwell looks at the reasons behind why Langan was unable to flourish in a university environment In 2012 Langan was a guest on the radio show Coast to Coast AM 21 In a 2014 radio interview Langan said that he has worked on the P versus NP problem and thinks he can prove that P does not equal NP 22 He has published his introduction to the problem which he calls the first part of a much longer work in progress 23 Publications and affiliations Langan s first published paper on the CTMU The Resolution of Newcomb s Paradox appeared in the December 1989 January 1990 issue of Noesis the journal of the Noetic Society a high IQ society to which Langan belonged Over the next decade Langan refined his work continuing to publish and discuss it in high IQ journals In 1999 Langan and his wife formed the Mega Foundation a non profit corporation whose mission is to create and implement programs that aid in the development of extremely gifted individuals and their ideas Among the foundation s programs is the Ultranet an online high IQ group designed to serve as a mutual support system and forum for exchange of information and development of novel ideas with a focus on creative actualization and meaningful production In 2002 Langan published through the Mega Foundation The Art of Knowing a collection of essays about free will and other philosophical topics 24 He has reportedly written an unpublished book about the CTMU called Design for a Universe 5 10 and has posted articles about the CTMU on his Web site and debated his theory on Internet discussion boards Langan was a fellow of the now defunct International Society for Complexity Information and Design ISCID a professional society founded by intelligent design proponent William Dembski In September 2002 Langan published in the society s online journal a 56 page paper The Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe A New Kind of Reality Theory 25 Langan s paper Cheating the Millennium The Mounting Explanatory Debts of Scientific Naturalism relating the CTMU to existing theories of causality appeared in the 2004 anthology Uncommon Dissent edited by Dembski 26 Langan has said he does not belong to any religious denomination explaining that he can t afford to let his logical approach to theology be prejudiced by religious dogma 14 He calls himself a respecter of all faiths among peoples everywhere 14 References Brabham Dennis August 21 2001 The Smart Guy Newsday Fowler Damien January 2000 Interview with Mega Foundation members Outlook BBC Radio Gladwell

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  • Absolute truth - CTMU Wiki
    a tautology is a sentence which is true under every assignment of true or false to its variables For example A or not A the law of the excluded middle is a tautology because it is true regardless of whether A is true or false That tautologies constitute absolute truth says Langan follows from their status in 2 valued logic Indeed tautologies comprise the axioms and theorems of 2 valued logic itself and because all meaningful theories necessarily conform to 2 valued logic define the truth concept for all of the sciences From mathematics and physics to biology and psychology logical tautologies reign supreme and inviolable 1 Further continues Langan tautologies are absolute truth not only with respect to logic but with respect to the system of reality at large where true T and false F correspond to systemic inclusion and exclusion Because a tautology is an axiom of 2 valued logic violating it disrupts the T F distinction and results in the corruption of informational boundaries between perceptual and cognitive predicates recognized or applied in the system as well as between each predicate and its negation Thus the observable fact that perceptual boundaries are intact across reality at large implies that no tautology within its syntax or set of structural and functional rules has been violated indeed if such a tautology ever were violated then reality would disintegrate due to corruption of the informational boundaries which define it 1 Conversely to show that any reasonable definition of absolute truth amounts to tautology Langan reverses this reasoning Since absolute truth must be universal it is always true regardless of the truth values of its variables where the variables actually represent objects and systems for which specific state descriptions vary in space and time with respect to truth value Moreover it

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  • Theory of Everything - CTMU Wiki
    the universe come from Is there such a thing as absolute good or absolute evil 1 Langan asserts that a true Theory of Everything possesses three properties 2 First by definition a TOE is universal this is implied by the E which stands for Everything Second it is self referential a theory of everything being a part of the everything to which it refers must refer to itself More precisely a TOE must be totally recursive in a manner analogous to logic each atom referring exclusively to other parts of the theory and be able to refer to itself in part and in whole in order to possess full logical closure And third because logic is the primary ingredient of cognitive perceptual syntax the self referential TOE refers to logic in part and in whole and is therefore metalogical Thus it can incorporate a kind of ultimate truth predicate that asserts its own tautological structure and guarantees that no matter what semantic and other kinds of paradox may arise within the theory they can always be resolved within the theory These properties correspond respectively to what Langan calls the Three Cs comprehensiveness closure and consistency Langan calls a theory possessing

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