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Howard Bloom's God Problem Pluses and Minuses

A different version of this review is posted as a customer review at Amazon
I have completed this book on my Kindle. As I read it I thought that this book would have a conclusion that would knock my socks off. Unfortunately the conclusions of The God Problem are revealed initially and then repeated throughout a highly repetitive text. I was encouraged as I inspected the little line at the bottom of my Kindle. Since I saw I was only approaching the halfway mark, I figured there would be a big finale. A truly new cosmology. Maybe a philosophy. A pattern language beyond Christopher Alexander. Something.  Yesterday I breached that 50 percent mark and found that the text ended almost exactly there. The rest was footnotes! What some reviews described as a loooong book was in fact a not-so-long and less-than-satisfying effort to arrive at something genuinely new. What in fact the book appears to be is a mega TIME-style account of what science and math biggies have thought forever, with a clu…

The One and The Many and Heteronomy

The one and the many has to do with patterns common to all. Heteronomy implies a something beyond one that has influence or control. The concern of the one and the many is with patterns related to how the cosmos or universe works. The first is broader and more supposition than the second. One could infer influences on an artist but it would be more of a guess to say that one is essentially creative because the universe is made up of nano elements that possess freedom. Or that we are as we are because A = B  or does not. Or because entropy is real or not.  
The artist is never entirely autonomous  because there are always  known and unknown patterns  that might well be universal  as well as particular influences. 
We are never entirely autonomous  or individual  IMO.
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