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Simplifying Philosophy

An important issue of modern philosophy are the relations between life, culture and nature. As pointed out in other articles of this website, here by modern not just recent times are meant, but mainly referral to the dynamic part of whatsoever is considered. Undisturbed growth, fixed beliefs and the so-called dead nature are taken to be static parts of those three fields. Unforeseen development, independent decisions and changing nature would represent the dynamic part of them.  

At least an essential role of culture is played by the interaction between life and nature. Any philosophy regarding culture should therefore take into account and be consistent with natural sciences. At the first glance these seem to be overwhelmingly complicated, especially when we look at the extreme extensions of the universe or contrarily at the spectrum of the tiny elementary particles. It could nevertheless make sense to keep the conviction,- you could name it feeling or belief,- that the principles of nature essentially are simple.
The opening key could be to combine logical description and holistic understanding. If we take the two possibly most important results of physics about a century ago and use them now as basic points of such a philosophy, it seems we can reach  an essentially simplified view. Energy and mass can be transformed into one another according to the Einstein formula (1905). Waves and particles, however, have a dual existence, as shown by de Broglie (1925). Energy and waves and also mass and particles mean practically the same. By accepting the initial dual existence of energy and mass as axiomatic base of natural philosophy and even sciences we avoid the theme of creation and do not need to immediately make reference to time and space which can not be defined without energy and mass. Mass can be assumed to have come about in second order related to energy in agreement with the equally axiomatic Pauli principle which introduces quantum numbers 0 to energy and the number 1 to mass justified by the fact that energy penetrates everywhere and mass got an additional quality or property by being compact.
A sole imaginary dimension can formally be attributed to energy, while three real spatial dimensions remain reserved to mass. Following these axiomatic assumptions an important consequent question arises, whether each new dimension is described by a new quantum number implicating a new property. This could have lots of very interesting new consequences not only for the limited kind of describing, but also for conceiving, understanding and interpretation. The attribution of three numbers to mass could mean the existence of three forms of mass likely to be in a first step dark matter assumed to have originated as primary counterpart of energy, and consequently have split up into what usually is called matter and anti-matter. Further numbers could describe the particle zoo.
Nothing will be said within the framework of these mainly philosophical considerations for the moment about the theories of relativity and of gravitation. But it might be allowed to mention the conviction that these highly complicated subjects could be essentially simplified when starting from the Einstein formula and not getting it as a result. Taking the formula as description of a phase transition would allow to relate the speed of light to a refraction index.
For very small energies lying below respective thresholds the attribution of quantum numbers can find continuation in genetic code generating those dimensions which are well known to us as properties in life.  

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Updated July 11, 2017