Meru Foundation eTORUS(tm)
Newsletter: SPECIAL EDITION Number 30 – 28 October 2005 Copyright 2005 Meru Foundation Edited by Levanah Tenen NEWS
In the last two issues of eTORUS, Stan and I both commented on how
essential it is for us to present Meru research in a professional
context. This is why we are now concentrating on our investigation of
Sefer Yetzirah (and related works), with the goal of publishing a
translation-and-commentary of this important book that will break new
I am pleased to announce that we have just been presented with another
opportunity to reach a professional audience. Here is an excerpt from a
letter of invitation we received from Dr. Richard Amoroso a few weeks
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"I am preparing a co-edited volume with Karl Pribram and Basil
Hiley anticipated for release . . . in 2006. The book is titled: "The
Complementarity of Mind and Body: Realizing the Dream of Descartes,
Einstein & Eccles". . . . [T]he core theme of the book is about
Cartesian dualism / interactionism. . . . [W]e think a chapter
extending work on your paper "The God of Abraham: A Mathematician's
View" would be a good addition to this volume.
"Many 'luminaries' in the field like Henry Stapp, Fred Alan
Wolf, and Menas Kafatos have already submitted chapters. . . ."
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Being published in such illustrious company is a great honor. It will
allow us to present our newest material -- developed as part of our
exploration of Sefer Yetzirah -- in the best possible context, and will
serve as a "warm up" for our own book. I will release more details
about "The Complementarity of Mind and Body" as they become available.
As mentioned in the last issue, we are in process of converting our
classic Meru lecture video series to DVD format. The content of the
DVD's is the same of the videotapes, but they are more convenient
because they have DVD menus -- and because they're DVD's, which means
they can be viewed on DVD players or on computers. We now have three of
our five live lectures available: "Geometric Metaphors of Life", "The
Alphabet in our Hands, Part 1", and "Squaring the Circle". The
remaining two lectures, "The Alphabet in our Hands, Part 2" and "A
Matrix of Meaning for Sacred Alphabets" should be available by the end
of November. At present, these DVD's are only available through Meru
Foundation. The price for a single DVD is $29.95, plus shipping.
As a way of helping Meru Foundation, we are offering eTORUS readers the
opportunity to pre-order our entire 5-DVD set, for $120 plus shipping
($10 in the continental US). I will ship the three DVD's currently in
stock immediately on receiving your order, and the remaining two as
soon as they are ready. You might consider ordering DVD sets as gifts
for the coming holiday season. Your pre-payment of the entire $120 for
the 5-DVD set will make a big difference in our resources, in being
able to continue our work without interruption, and in making plans for
the winter months.
Friends have recently forwarded to me various materials -- including a
very professional DVD -- advocating "Intelligent Design" as a
substitute for evolution.
Don't be taken in.
Intelligent Design claims that cellular structures cannot have evolved,
because they are too complex, and require simultaneous mutations.
This claim is specious. There are two fundamental problems. First, it's
bad science; and second, if the logic presented is followed through on,
it inevitably leads to a compound god (incompatible with the Unique God
of the Ten Commandments). Opponents of Intelligent Design claim it is a
stand-in for either "creationism" or "alien" design.
With regard to the appearance of impossible simultaneous coordinated developments -- sadly, the cell biologists and
bio-chemists have not kept up with developments in physics and math.
Only a few years ago, mathematicians thought it was impossible to
produce Penrose tilings, because they required simultaneous coordinated
developments. It was thought that there was no possible way for
different parts of a developing crystal, for example, to coordinate
with other parts, so that the overall structure would be complete
without fissures, defects, and faults.
As it turned out, even after the mathematicians had cautioned that
these patterns could not occur in nature, they were discovered in
nature. And no "intelligent designer" was required. The Penrose tilings
are naturally adjacent in a higher dimension -- which is apparently
where they organize. So the impossible became possible.1
Magicians make use of this all the time. They lead us to believe that
all of the possible explanations have been blocked, and that what we
see must be magic. But it is never the case. All that the magician has
done is come up with something that we haven't foreseen. The argument for "Intelligent Design" is thus
actually the argument of theorists who, not knowing their own limits,
believe that if they can't
figure it out, it must be magic.
The "intelligence" of Intelligent Design is intended to be confabulated
with "information". This is what leads to the necessity -- consistent
with this theory -- of an embodiment of an intelligent multi-talented
(compound) god. Intelligence is the result of the use of information,
but it's not the same thing as information.
Information is the fuel of intelligence. It's not the engine, it's not
the car, and it doesn't tell the car when and where to go and stop.
Physicist Roger Penrose, writing in his Pulitzer-prize winning The Emperor's New Mind, tells us
that plant life gets the information it needs to organize itself as a
living thing from the difference in information carried by the
collimated photons the plant absorbs from the sun, and the diffuse and
dispersed photons that the planet radiates back to the sky. The plants
stand in a negentropic (meaning "makes order") information gradient,
extending from the sun to the shield of the sky.
Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, writes
in Shaar Hayichud Vaehemunah (Gate of Unity and Faith (Tanya),
first published in 1796) that "Hashem/Elokim is a Sun and a Shield",
and then goes on to use language that parallels the language Roger
Penrose uses 200 years later.
In Jewish tradition, Hashem/Elokim ("Lord God") is undifferentiated and
utterly Singular. This is the proclamation of the Sh'ma: "Hear, O
Israel, Hashem is our God, Hashem is One". (Hashem="The Name"=Lord;
Elokim=Elo-him="God"). This ideal "Echad" ("One"; singular, unique
Unity) tolerates no differentiation ("a jealous God"), and no qualities
knowable to us (beyond Singular All-Inclusiveness).
In Torah tradition, the information gradient that leads the natural
world to the evolution of life (and us) derives directly from the fact
that Hashem/Elokim is undifferentiated. If there were any
differentiation, then the negentropic information gradient would be
degraded, and we wouldn't have "All-there Is". There would be gaps in
reality, and gaps in nature. It is only because Hashem/Elokim is
utterly Singular and Unique that the universe can contain the full span
of diversity. (What I mean by this is that there is a complementary
transform relationship between the singularity and the spectrum.2)
Intelligent Design requires god to apply a structured logic to the
world, in order to force evolution. This structured logic, which is
claimed to lead to the logic of DNA, must come from a structured logic.
Logic has components, or it's either trivial or not logical. The
proponents of Intelligent Design are thus attempting to walk us down a
garden path to an embodied (compound) god.
God is the source of information -- and this information3 is
the fuel of intelligence.
Bible tradition -- monotheism -- requires a Singular and unembodied
I think it's important to discuss the implications of Intelligent
Design, because Intelligent Design is now being promoted by the
President of the United States. Science classrooms all over the country
are being assaulted with what amounts to a teaching that claims that
one belief system is scientifically true, and the public -- almost all
non-scientists -- is buying it.
This is an assault on science, which means it's also an assault on the
future of our society -- and on the true roots of our traditions of
faith. The fact is, when all is said and done, Intelligent Design
"damns by faint praise."
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