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This post presents summaries of my current work. The full details are presented below the following donation form.

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Work plan for Pressure of Light’s initial release of hard-cover books and for the first edition of The Permanence Review

– Complete final edits of Die Coast by Cecilia: six weeks of full-time work

– Complete initial reading and identification of books, letters and papers to re-print or include in The Pressure of Light: shedding new light on the history and philosophy of science between 1739 and 1921: two months of full-time work

– Editing and development of footnotes and supplementary material for reprinted books, letters and papers for reprint and inclusion in The Pressure of Light: shedding new light on the history and philosophy of science between 1739 and 1921, and development of a guide for learning how to conceptualize electro-magnetic fields as an exercise in understanding philosophies of science: six months full-time work

– Publish posts about progress and contributor opportunities, engage in conversations and debates, and engage in additional activities that help disseminate The Pressure of Light: part-time work up until Pressure of Light’s initial release

– Completion of my own contributions to the inaugural issue of The Permanence Review: one and a half months of full-time work

– Administrative, editorial, and publishing work involved in completing the inaugural issue of The Permanence Review: four months full-time work

Work Description for “Die Coast by Cecilia”

Between 2009 and 2017 I experimented with a unique process for writing fiction and creative-nonfiction that used free-writing in notebooks as the sole process for development, ultimately producing two stories and a series of personal essays. I periodically self-published parts of the work online throughout this era, but after hiring an editorial service to review the full collection and connected themes, I eventually followed their advice and edited the writing into a single novel, fully capturing the outcome of my technique, and the themes that I explored throughout those years in my writing and life. I will release Die Coast by Cecilia along with the first collection of books published by Pressure of Light Publishing. The video playlist below features a trailer for one of the stories, Coast, that I published online, short videos that accompanied my creative non-fiction, a chapter reading from Coast, and a recording of a live broadcast which explained and demonstrated the writing process I used to create all the writing in Die Coast by Cecilia.

Work Plan for “The Permanence Review”

To combat the knowledge-corrupt postmodernist-authoritarianism of modern day, it’s best to work through a medium of critique derived from The Pressure of Light, which itself is built off the platform of scientific philosophy as it existed between 1739 and 1921. It’s best if this medium is a scientific journal that stands outside academia, and features as many or more contributions from non-academics. If this medium is to truly disassemble everything wrong in the postmodernist world, it’s best if it can entertain articles on any subject imaginable. I aim to release the first edition of The Permanence Review along with the initial release of books from Pressure of Light Publishing. This journal, broadly speaking, will investigate the fact that while permanence exists for individuals in their internal space, it does not exist in the external world where conscious minds nevertheless frequently confirm for each other the existence of permanence: scientific and civil laws, religion and atheism, war and hunger, compassion and torture, gender and race, all are concepts that can exist in complete truth for an individual, but immediately lose that absolute validity when externalized for the group. What is the value of sustaining the delusion of permanence-external, what is the threat of this sustainment to the individual? What is the value of empowering permanence on the individual level, and what suffering is caused when that capacity is infiltrated in the name of delusory permanence-external? Contributors to the journal will explore these questions through any and every subject.

So broad are the subject possibilities that for my own first contribution I will simply continue work, which I began even before I wrote The Pressure of Light, on an essay about my parents and their life in technology. The focus of the essay is the 80s, a time following an age of networked computer technology, largely maintained within the work spaces of IBM (where my father worked), and before the late 80s and early 90s when the internet re-networked computers (and during which my mom advanced through Canada’s busiest continuing education department at Seneca College, without any educational background in the field, to chair the Computer Studies department and initiate many technological programs, including a small aircraft piloting program). Between these two networked-eras was a golden age when computers were distributed to individuals and small businesses in the form of the personal computer. At first these computers had only minimal and inconvenient means of connecting with each other, so computers were in fact a personal tool used without any form of interference or monitoring from outside the individual machine. These were the computers I spent my early childhood learning, drawing, coding and gaming on. Without interconnection or prescriptive rules for users handed down from external forces, they were a tool in the most natural way a tool is defined. My mother and father ran a consulting company during this time called Crystal Consulting, and they facilitated small businesses in learning how to use these tools, earning themselves a remarkable perspective on how computers could exist for people and small businesses in the same way as any hammer or wrench exists in a tool shed. I’m not even sure exactly what lessons about permanence I will derive from this subject, but as the author of The Pressure of Light, I’m certain that lens will naturally shine through the final piece.

This video provides a summary explanation about how The Pressure of Light defines permanence.

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Work Description for “The Pressure of Light: shedding new light on the history and philosophy of science between 1739 and 1921”

The inception of The Pressure of Light happened during a time when I was reading extensively about philosophies of science and the scientific method, from articles published by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, from famous research papers like Claude Shannon’s a mathematical theory of communication, and from science-history books like Gilder’s The Age of Entanglement. Ultimately, my reading and writing led me to believe that the development of science, in terms of its philosophical foundations, had faltered around the time that quantum mechanics adopted a forever unsatisfying, non-deterministic philosophical underpinning, and that this weakening of epistemological foundations subsequently allowed the academic world to descend into nonsense, and later become shrouded in the dark cloud of postmodernism and all descended knowledge-corrupt-theories. 

To develop my ideas and essay, I dove into reading all available material from Einstein’s early life, and all works associated with his epistemological philosophies, eventually coming to see that the Kantian revival that Einstein strategically navigated for the sake of befriending relativity supporters like Schlick, despite his distaste for Kant and preference for Hume, was the fracture in the pursuit for a proper philosophy of science that led to the blind-acceptance of the Copenhagen Interpretation, and later postmodernism. I’m still convinced that his lecture Geometry and Experience (presented in January, 1922) marks the end of a responsible and uncorrupted development of scientific philosophy, and therefore a revival of academia is dependent on present day learners’ familiarity with scientific philosophy up to this point. Through my work on The Pressure of Light I developed a deeper perspective on this period and a plan for continuing my own familiarization with a proper scientific philosophy. I believe that the nature of electro-magnetic fields is the best available subject for contemplating, not only the nature of the universe as a whole, as Einstein did with his still undefeated understanding of fields, but humanity’s capacity to actually know the universe. As it happens, the best scientist and philosophers of science from the pre-1922 era, Einstein, Mach, Maxwell, and many others, were most engaged with exactly this subject. 

Pressure of Light’s first release of books will include a collection of reprinted work from this era alongside my essay, and writing and footnotes that will present a redefined history of science and philosophy between the years of 1739 (the year Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature was released) and 1921 (the year Einstein completed his development of the ideas for Geometry and Experience). In this way, it will not only exhibit my own work, which I ultimately developed off the scientific and philosophical platform built through these years, but show how others can similarly develop ideas and perspectives from this era.

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