Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory




[ see Huffington Post reprint below....20% further down this Scroll-Down ]


The core proposition -

The core proposition
is that there is a
single, overarching, and quasi-eternal
hitherto undiscerned 

Quest for Potential
aka Q4P

which drives the Cosmic Order



David Birnbaum Summa Metaphysica philosophy treatise proposes its signature Potentialism Theory.

David Birnbaum Summa Metaphysica“Potentialism proposes that there is, indeed, a protagonist to the cosmic order, but that the protagonist is a ‘quest’, and not a ‘classic entity’. The universe quests for its maximal potential. The core dynamic Quest for Potential (Q4P∞) strives with purpose and direction towards ever-greater and higher potential. At the 'beginning of time’, eternal Quest for Potential (Q4P∞) harnessed the eternal equations of Physics-Mathematics to ignite our universe via the Big Bang. This same symbiotic dynamic - Quest for Potential (Q4P∞) in league with Physics-Math - then acted as a catalyst for life, evolution, language, emotion, consciousness, and, indeed, for all the key dynamics which have evolved in the universe.”



“Sorry for the inconvenience, but this is a revolution”

– Subcomandante Marcos
Leader, EZLN
Mayan farmers' revolutionary movement
Chiapas, Mexico, 1994


Our Potential-driven Universe

What reality is our Universe?

Our universe is a multi-faceted hybrid -

Super-Computer / Supra-Organism / Star Nursery / 
Elements Generator / Life Creator / Cosmic Voyager /
hyper-expanding neo-bio-sphere suis generis entity


Our universe is
self-advancing, self-igniting, self-developing,
self-iterating, self-building-out & self-propelling 


Our universe is all of space and time - and all their contents,
including planets, stars, galaxies
and all other forms of matter and energy.


It is the Cosmic Womb of Potential


Our universe inexorably strives after its purpose:

to maximize & optimize its Potential


And what type of Super-Computer is our universe?
A Quantum computer integrated into an Organic overlay.  


It turns out that our universe
is stranger and more profoundly awesome
than any science fiction.


As per my core theme
the universe is multi-faceted and multi-layered Potential


Per the Potentialism Theory hypothesis

Simultaneously -

# Infinite Quest for Potential drives the universe

# The universe IS Infinite Quest for Potential
in tangible form


Our universe is 93 billion light-years in diameter.

As of the early 21st Century, the Starship,
believed to be 13.8 billion years old since 'ignition and liftoff' 
had propagated within its fold 
100 billion galaxies, each with an average 100 billion stars
or 10 22 stars total

Meanwhile, the Starship expands outwards as it advances forward,
and its rate of expansion is accelerating

Our own local galaxy, the Milky Way, 
is moving at a staggering speed of 1.3 million miles per hour 

And our own planet Earth -
smaller than a miniscule spec in the scheme of things -
alone has propagated 
over 5 billion species to date


The universe ongoing gobbles up void as it builds-out,
accelerates and traverses onward and outward


Our universe is the original / primordial
A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) computational entity;
it represents "machine learning" on steroids


The universe does not have consciousness as we know it;
[ Below I label it QMI = Quantum Mechanics Intelligence ]
however, our Starship voraciously gobbles-up and processes all data -
which it then deploys to advance
its (Potential-driven) objectives and designs 


Quest for Potential

aka  Q4P

the DRIVER underlying the Cosmic Order

the primus movens

the 'Prime Mover'


It is not clear whether the imperatives of the universe data-gathering
stop at any boundaries of personal privacy,
including our thoughts


Each of us is somehow 
autonomous -
and simultaneously plugged-into and integral-to 
the universe-computer,
i.e. the universe mega-brain 
i.e.  the universe quantum computer
i.e. the universe


The universe is always 
computing, assessing, calculating
and then
towards its next level of Potential


As noted, the universe is simultaneously an ever-expanding mega-brain

What we learn, the universe learns;
thus, there is at least some (and possibly great) 
intrusion into our thoughts


The universe endeavors to be a perpetual motion entity;

It is unclear whether the universe will be successful on this track.

One suspects that the profound, tenacious and ever-learning universe 
will inevitably find 
a way, a path, a modality -
via one dimension or another -
to continue its inexorable and hoped-for infinite journey 

It very well may not have the solution yet....


Regarding the origins of this universe-enterprise,

But, to encapsulate,
originally "0" was somehow split
into positives and negatives
and these also became on-off modalities
which formed the genesis
of the universe-computer
which then calculated & effected
an inexorable & profoundly awesome advance
towards the ever-more extraordinary


Our universe is possibly sacred in toto.

At some point we are inevitably faced with the following
bedrock intellectual/spiritual/religious question - 

At the origin of origins
was the catalyst of the universe 
secular or spiritual/religious?


in other terminology

Is our universe - at its core - 
Secular or Sacred?

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory


our universe: Infinite Potential achieves tangible form, traction and ongoing life evolution...


The Universe is a Quantum—Potential—Organism

see for tangential



The guts of the organism  

The  engine of the universe is our hypothesized Q4P

But the wiring of Q4P is Quantum Mechanics.

The above two declaratives basically encapsulate our universe

We presume that both of these dynamics evolve/advance in-tandem - 
in a highly symbiotic relationship

It is far from clear where one dynamic starts and the other ends.

Most of the above-reality is obscure -
and will remain obscure

However one thing is crystal clear:

Our (evolving) universe rides boldly

That is its raison d'etre


Not Your Ordinary Life Form 


The entire universe
is actually 
(just) ONE 
suis generis
(inter-connected) life form
spanning time & space
- and we are all integral to it

There is only one core entity
(i.e. only one unit)
 in this Life Form group;
that entity is The Universe
(i.e. the entire universe en toto)

All other seemingly independent
and autonomous Life Forms
are subsidiary  Life Forms
tethered to the 'mother ship'

And, yes, 'The Universe' is 'alive'.
- and 'sentient' and quite 'pro-active'
in its own 'way'.

The celestial bodies may possibly just essentially play the role
of (suis generis) 'skeleton', with the underlying components related-to Dark Energy and Dark Matter, providing the guts of the 'life form' dimension.

The Birnbaum / Summa / Potentialism
(in print 1988 and onwards 
with the start of  the 3-volume Summa Metaphysica series)
is that our universe is the
~eternal build-out
from Summa's hypothesized
(purely metaphysical)
~eternal dynamic
Quest for Potential (Q4P) 

( YES / 
Q4P itself ~emerges-from 
the 'potential face' of primitive Quantum Mechanics )

For quick-tutorial,
see this easy to scan
140+ panel Scroll-Down

and its integrated subsections - 
in the 140+ panel Scroll-Down -

'Potentialism Theory' is bullet-proof
and is, respectfully,
the only cosmology/metaphysics which can stand-by that claim



How ‘alive’ is our universe?

Humans are alive; is the universe 'alive' like humans are?

The universe is more 'alive' than IBM's Watson computer

But less 'alive' than (21st Century) Humans

Humans - or the evolutionary path which they are on -  are the vehicle/platform through which the universe plans/plots/iterates to achieve fuller Complexification

But why does the universe need to go through the  process of creating the  human-channel to reach higher Complexification? 

Presumably, while the chemical/metaphysical composition of the universe has enabled it to achieve wondrous 'Complexification' heights, there is something of a 'glass ceiling' in-the-mix

A different and new off-shoot 'platform' was  presumably necessary to enable the possibility of major advance on the crucial inter-related 'consciousness/emotion' fronts.....

Dimensions of altruism, humanism and spirituality may factor-in, as well

Meaning, the universe may quest for these components, as well

1-on-1   David Birnbaum - Deepak Chopra


The Force?

Did a metaphysical force
Quest for Potential
( aka Q4P )
from the still-fainter metaphysical ether of Eternal Potential

-  a force which quests for non-specific potential

a force which then
in due course
ignites our Universe
and becomes
a fully integral part of our

a force which is the driver of our universe

a force which instigated
(the first and all)
physical manifestations of life

tweaks the genome
to advance life & the universe as-a-whole
along a work-in-progress
of Complexification > Extraordinariation ?

a metaphysical quest
for non-specific
tangible & intangible - potentials -
which is driving the Universe
driving its evolvement
along multiple axes

a universe which is
expanding and accelerating

as it 'gobbles up void ?

SURE  ;)



# Obviously, this is not so simple; else, the theory would have been discerned prior.

# Please bear in mind, that my theory, however non-conventional, is, respectfully,
   bulletproof; whereas the other contending theories are, respectfully, bullet-riddled.

# Note the common thread of potential, start-to-finish.

# Note that Q4P consistently maintains its metaphysical core,
   but builds-out from there.

# Remember that 'potential/possibility' is the only eternal dynamic.

# Remember that Quantum Mechanics has a 'potential face', as well. 

# Note that life - whose origins and essence (justifiably) remain inexplicable
   to the scientific community - astoundingly emerged on Earth 'proximate'
   to the Earth's formation - and not many billions of years later.

OCT 2018

"I'm totally on board with David Birnbaum"      - Chopra (Oct 2018)      see video



One Single Entity

>>>  Galactic filaments physically link all galaxies  <<<

While Gravity impacts all celestial bodies,
while Dark Matter possibly touches all celestial bodies...

all galaxies are physically linked via 
( newly discovered )
Galactic Filaments


by Anton Petrov
( see especially starting  @  ~6-minute mark )

Meaning, the universe
is, de facto,
one single connected entity


predicted / postulated / hypothesized
by Potentialism Theory

So, per my theory,
the connectors are 'highways'
on which, as well,
data, for starters, travels
back & forth



the 22-second elevator pitch -


* covered by 100+ articles * in 50+ journals * Course Text in 15+ colleges+ *
multi-day international academic conference * 50+ high level testimonials *
50,000+ volumes in circulation * core theme very heavily impacts a dozen+ fields *
featured (Fall 2017) on the back covers of 10+ elite scientific and university periodicals *

* offers a unified
(consistent, overarching, fully-integrated)
conceptual line of attack
across multiple key fields *

* a proposed concise simultaneous solution to at least half a dozen classic conundrums *

* universal * paradigm changer * well-vetted * bullet-proof * inductively-proved *

Too good to be true? but, looks like it will 'go the distance'

so best to 'watch the moves'

Let's Advance

- David Birnbaum



# To focus your attention: The theory will respectfully propose
a (precisely same for all) powerful, concise, new and original
foundation/platform for four key academic fields:
metaphysics / cosmology / philosophy / biology.


LINK to academic bio, else below


Core Issues

classic hitherto key unresolved core issues in metaphysics / cosmology / philosophy / biology:

What ignited our universe?

What drives our universe?

Is there a direction to our universe?

What really drives evolution?

Is there one succinct simultaneous answer to all of the above? Yes.


Infinite Quest for Potential Drives the Cosmic Order


"All Revolutions take time to settle-in"

– Lanza del Vasto (1901-1981)


Potentialism Lexicon

Key Terms


Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential


C+ = Complexification

the cosmic drive towards increased complexity/sophistication/wondrousness


E+ = Extraordinariation

the idealized end-goal of the cosmic process; an ideal to be approached, but not quite realized



more detail/amplification to follow


The Birnbaum super-formula

Q4PC+ → E+

Quest for Potential∞ → Complexification → Extraordinatiation


[ the inviolate arc of the universe ]


an infinitely iterative dynamic


[ the full-spectrum macro & micro level
common denominator trajectory
of the Cosmic Order ]


the eternal - teleology / chi / direction / modus operandi - of the universe

see also


to advance our study of  cosmology
- meaning, the arc of our universe
from Eternal Origins thru the present -

one needs to vector
to the seemingly-best
Conceptual Framework
( I have offered MY TAKE )
for a proposed Working Hypothesis

the physicists, astronomers, mathematicians, biologists et al. 
can interpret/weigh/analyze their equations and formulas
thru that (conceptual) prism
-  and see how everything plays-out

 [ The Quantum Mechanics theoreticians in particular, may see their equations through an entirely new and enchanting light.]

Almost by definition,
a player highly skilled in 'the conceptual'
may not be the optimal player for 'the equations',
and vice-versa

(In the 5,000+ years of civilization)
pre-Potentialism Theory
there has never been
an elegant hypothesis
which has withstood sustained scrutiny

I suspect that Potentialism Theory might....

there can be
only ONE
standout conceptual metaphysics

that one is likely
to be an Outlier..... from an Outlier


"a staggering and audacious move" - van den Berg, March 2013


"unparalleled and magisterial"


from the desk of

Hugo van den Berg

University of Warwick
Department of Mathematics
Coventry, United Kingdom


On Birnbaum's Formula


Physics, unlike metaphysics perhaps, is concerned only with description. However, not all descriptions are created equal; it is sometimes possible to capture large swathes of phenomena with a minimum of formal apparatus. Such superb descriptions are what scientists like to think of as “good theories” (all is, in the final analysis, still mere description, a point that is sometimes lost). The game naturally becomes this: to capture as much as possible with as little as possible.

In Birnbaum’s unparalleled and magisterial Summa Metaphysica, we find a pithy quote attributed to a Nobel prize winner [physicist Lederman] who expresses this dream as capturing the universe in a formula that one could print on a T-shirt. Birnbaum, in a staggering and audacious move, displays a formula below this quote.

The formula just stands there, glorious in its splendid isolation. It reads:




Are we to infer that this is the answer to the dream of the physicist recently quoted? The recondite renaissance man Birnbaum does not tell us, at least not directly, not on this page.

Perusal of Summa Metaphysica, two imposing tomes of recondite philosophical-mathematical-poetic musings, indicates that Birnbaum wants the reader to think of Q4P as a single symbol......


[ balance of essay upon request ]




Q4P ( Q4P ( Q4P (


Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential ( Quest for Potential
ad infinitum.



This cosmology keeps matters simple

All - from Eternal Origins to the end of time - 
is one dynamic - 
- in various permutations and states

Simple.......but not so simple


The Missing
Fifth Force
in Physics

There are established theories for four fundamental forces in physics:

Gravity * Electro-Magnetism * Weak Nuclear * Strong Nuclear

Per Michio Kaku and others, "there is a missing 'Fifth Force'
- a force beyond the forces which can be measured in the laboratory".

Perhaps (overarching) Q4P will fill their quest.

Of course, per my little theory, Q4P is overarching -

and the other forces are subsidiary...


see also:


The Fount

- the underlying
hiding in plain sight

# Q4P is not just one of  5-10 major dynamics; it is the sole underlying dynamic 

# Everything we observe - or measure - is a permutation or tangent or offshoot or derivative... of Q4P

# YES / Stranger than science fiction

# As the 'cool kids' sometimes  jab .... Strange, but True


The Spinal Column
of the Cosmic Drama


One (secular) dynamic - Q4P 


-  ignites the Universe

 -  de facto IS the universe

-  choreographs the cosmic drama

-  instigates the celestial creation of the Elements

-  is the essence of life

-  drives evolution

-  and drives the universe itself, forward and onward


Potentialism Theory is pegged to the only
eternal dynamic:
 potential / possibility.     

The theory works elegantly, covers-the-bases, and is bulletproof.

Among the millions of data points out there,
there is not one which belies the theory.



note ~interchangeable terms:

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

Q4P = Infinite quest for Potential = Quest for infinite potential


Does one dynamic drive the entire Cosmic Order?



The universe provides Q4P with a more formidable 'platform'
to seek after C+ and E+


Via the above image
Summa Metaphysica's
Potentialism Theory
is featured as the Back Cover ad
of September or October issue of the
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see academic overview



a simultaneous solution




"Birnbaum considers Quest for Potential∞
to be a ubiquitous and overarching cosmic dynamic...

Quest for its fulfillment
is the underlying core dynamic
of the cosmic order...

All of the countless components of the universe,
including humans,
are striving towards the full realization
of their particular potentialities...."

- Professor Andrei Alyokhin*


* fuller detail further below
or, see


a unified, consistent & fully-integrated

cosmology / metaphysics / philosophy / teleology








Quest for Potential
(infinitely recursive)





Q4P ( Q4P ( Q4P …





Quest for Potential


Quest for Potential


Quest for Potential


ad infinitum


Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory


the direction, driver, arc, essence, core - of the universe





a proposed all-embracing

new paradigm


A New Paradigm

Potentialism Theory - Potential Drives the Cosmic Order - is unique, original and all-embracing.

The formula/theory apparently works across both depth and breadth - universally.
In depth the proposition apparently seamlessly works from macro through micro levels. In breadth, the proposition apparently seamlessly works across the billions of years of known cosmic history;

As well, the theory works elegantly with Q4P (Quest for Potential∞) as the proposed catalyst of the Big Bang itself. Thus, the plot thickens.

The formulation has 100+ articles and 100+ distinguished testimonials to its credit. A Course Text at top universities around the globe, the fully-integrated theory provides a simultaneous solution to a cluster of hitherto intractable bedrock issues.

Since Summa I was published (by Ktav) in 1988, the theory has sent shock waves through the global cosmology and metaphysics establishments. These establishments are entrenched and to a great extent militantly wedded to their (theory of no-theory) Randomness for well-over 150 years.

Inertia? Group-Think? Go along to get along? No viable alternative pre-Summa? Pressure from the hard-line (anti-directional universe) academic clique which controls many key legacy British journals? Route to tenure blocked if the Randomness 'party line' is not toed? Some combination of the above? Whatever the reason, debate has effectively been strangled for a long, long time.

Enter Summa Theory. With philosophical roots in 'directional' Aristotelian thought, revolutionary (and non-aimless) Potentialism Theory sets the stage for a re-boot of literally all scientific fields - across both the hard and soft sciences. All.

As noted, the theory can be encapsulated in the one concise formula noted: Q4P > C+ > E+. No exceptions to the formula across the trillions of data points from the Big Bang to this moment. No infinite quantity of universes needed to get to 21st Century humans.

In the mix, the theory simultaneously and neatly lances metaphysics, cosmology, teleology and "purpose". Cogently and concisely. No fat; No flaws. Good to Go.

Let's Roll.


For quick juxtaposition Potentialism v. Randomness
see amplification further below, or click JUXTAPOSITION


unifying - science, philosophy & spirituality



A secular 'driver' of Evolution

#  Evolution - and inter-related hyper-intelligent design - is driven by -
    neo-eternal (secular) Q4P
    - a hitherto undiscerned (secular) force

#  Evolution is not driven by the (fatally flawed)
    Natural Selection / Random Mutation
    (neo-Darwinian mainstream) working hypothesis 

#  There is no imperative to deploy
    the God of Israel 

    to solve hyper-intelligent design 

   [ amplification across this 140+ panel ScrollDown ]




Potentialism Theory presented via David Birnbaum's 
 3-part treatise Summa Metaphysica
 is a new paradigm metaphysics.

The theory is seemingly bulletproof -
 and is the only known metaphysics
 which is proved inductively

Obviously, there can only be one correct metaphysics.

Proposed, developed, enhanced and vetted 
since Summa I (1988),
 Potentialism Theory challenges
 for that solitary position 
 on the metaphysics/cosmology chessboard.

As the aphorism goes
 in various permutations -
 "we stand on the shoulders of giants,
 but indeed, perhaps we achieve
  a broader, richer, deeper, more fully-integrated 
 perspective, insight and truth"

Note that fine-tuning of the theory
will undoubtedly unfold.

For 40+ page Inductive Proof presentation
 by Mark Davis, see

I have been on the case since 1960.

Others - like Andrei Alyokhin -
 have proposed that this metaphysics
 be deployed as the operative working hypothesis.

The theory is cutting-edge,
to put it mildly

It is "not your mother's Oldsmobile"



see also:


the common denominator

across the depth & breadth

of the universe



To the Readership

I believe that humanity can do better than the sterile, bizarre, nihilstic, and counter-intuitive Randomness formulation - currently foisted across much of academe - as its bedrock working hypothesis.

Per the  Randomness proponents, our entire highly sophisticated and  fully-integrated  universe - ongoing for 14 billion years - is the result of random chance.

Randomness Theory is essentially madcap Alchemy on steroids -  propped-up by a delusional reactionary clique.


We prefer to deal in the realm of reasoned and serious thought. 

Potentialism Theory (explicated here) is an elegant and powerful formulation; it is rich, multi-faceted, heavily vetted, and bulletproof.

The Cosmic Order and our universe are, indeed, quite fine-tuned. And 21st Century humans - and their associated consciousness - are not accidents of cosmic chance.

D Birnbaum


Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

a proposed new paradigm

'working hypothesis' platform

for future fine-tuning & build-out



Potentialism Theory gives its own 'take' on evolution;
Potentialism rejects Natural Selection/Random mutation
as unscientific and fatally flawed on multiple fronts

featuring Birnbaum's unified cosmology/metaphysics/philosophy
with centerpiece overarching Infinite 'Quest for Potential' hypothesis




Note that the sequence of the Summa Metaphysica series is:

Vol I       Religious  Man
Vol II      Spiritual Man
Vol III     Secular Man

but the thematic sequence of this Scroll-Down is reverse,

Secular Man
Spiritual Man
Religious Man  

Hence, the name of the URL  -




An original, - but grasp-able - 21st Century working hypothesis
via one all-encompassing (snapshot) equation

Extraploating back to eternal origins
and tracking across time
with cosmic direction
to the cosmic goal


Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P)
as the common denominator
& the cosmic engine
across time and space
- before and after the Big Bang

seemingly simple, but
powerful, elegant and all-encompassing


~7,000 years of civilization

through this point
So, let’s take a tour of this
(original and fully-vetted)
new paradigm hypothesis
making all these
sweeping 'simultaneous' claims....



the sole eternal 'something'?


The Eternal Dynamic:



A central proposition of Summa:
“Potential” is the sole “concept/dynamic” which can
safely be posited as having been eternal.

By definition.

Meaning, by definition “Potential” – and only “Potential” –
can be conjectured to have been “eternal.”

Upon careful reflection, the above is self-evident.

For “Potential” vectored-in onto – and crystallized-into –
its own maximal Potential arc.

“Potential” thus achieved traction
and has never looked back.

– Birnbaum

* Potential / Possibility


The Eternal Dynamic:



Why does it make sense
to craft a metaphysics
centered around Potential?

To craft a metaphysics, one must commence at eternal origins;
and to commence at eternal origins
one needs an eternal dynamic

A primary goal in any metaphysics is an overarching cosmic dynamic;
and a logical overarching cosmic dynamic would be some
extrapolation of the eternal dynamic

once one has delineated
a truly eternal dynamic,
one can play
in the metaphysics sandbox

– Birnbaum


journal coverage

see   academic overview


Summa's core proposed theme 


#  elegantly unifies Theology-Spirituality-Science


#  is the proposed core 'platform'
for each/all of the sciences -




David Birnbaum, Architect, Potentialism Theory


“Birnbaum's masterpiece work Summa Metaphysica is perhaps the first offering of a new school of spiritual potentialism.”
—Rabbi Benjamin Blech, Yeshiva University

“An original and in this reader’s opinion, very promising point of view. ... the author gathers a philosophically coherent and, in the end, highly modern insight ... He appropriately describes it as a unified metaphysics within the constraints of Jewish doctrine, consistent with its historical development, and consistent with secular scientific thought ...”
—Professor Louis Dupré, Yale University

“Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica II: God and Good is a major intellectual triumph and potential conceptual breakthrough ... it endeavors to weave It-from-Bit Theory into a unified metaphysics - Birnbaum’s (new) School of Potentialism.”
—Scientist John Archibald Wheeler, Princeton University

“Remarkable and profound, Summa Metaphysica II rounds out the author’s powerful and original Cosmic Womb of Potential metaphysics ... Has the author indeed founded a new field — Potentialism? ... Did we all miss the obvious all along?”
—Claude Lévi-Strauss, Paris

“If iconoclast private scholar Birnbaum is the founder of the metaphysical School of Potentialism via his ‘infinite divine potential’ construct, then Daniel Khalil is his foremost Modern Orthodox Jewish explicator.”
—Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, former spiritual leader of the Jewish community of Japan

“Iconoclast Birnbaum is a daring and dynamic intellect ... His avantgarde Potentialism may turn out to be totally wrong — or may turn out to be the ‘irresistible force’ ... perhaps best not to bet against the fascinating hypothesis.”
—Emeritus Professor of Philosophy John Hospers, USC

JEWISH TRIBUNE • DECEMBER 12-18, 2014          9

"May the force be with you"

"Boldly go where no man has gone before"


'What Breathes Fire into the Equations?'


as Working Hypothesis

Potentialism Theory is proposed as a Working Hypothesis for the academic community to be dissected and challenged.

The theory works elegantly - from ‘Eternal Origins’ to the present moment in time

All other known cosmologies heretofore typically break down at multiple key points, including Eternal Origins.

Potentialism Theory is proven inductively
        and, also -

the Good that 99% probability  the theory is correct
the Bad that all the textbooks will need to be changed -
                                across ALL the sciences - hard & soft -
                                as there  is  now a new 'platform'
                                And, you know, change the platform - and you 'change the entire game'


see also:


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"Birnbaum's Theory of Potential offers

a unified, grand and dynamic cosmic construct." - HP (UK) 1/2014


Cosmic Prime Mover
Quest for Potential


identity-masked clique
no Driver
hard-line Atheistic
~London area


Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

Simultaneous Solution?



When we were in 6th, 7th grade math, it soon became apparent to us that if a potential solution seemed to resolve two problems simultaneously, it was inevitably the correct solution (to both).

In our case here, we have a concise proposed solution seeming to resolve, perhaps even 18+ overlapping problems simultaneously....


Classic Issues Aligned










a unified

( consistent, overarching, fully integrated)

conceptual line of attack





eternal origins
Life Force
evolutionary theory
universe horizon

one Common Denominator


- with theogony and theodicy in the mix from a Religious perspective,
and, loosely defined, still in the mix from a Spiritual or Secular perspective



* Q4P → C+ → E+


a proposed Framing Concept of the universe



the two key websites




(primarily multi-lingual translations of a selection of articles on Summa)


'it is truly fascinating that

an established scientific theory [contemporary Ecology Theory]

 based on experimental evidence and mathematical models, 

is in such strong agreement [with avant-garde Potentialism Theory]" - Alyokhin 11/2012



cracking the cosmic code





...of first tier of Potentialism Terms
Over the past three decades (since KTAV published Summa I in 1988) Birnbaum's Potentialism Theory has been built-out. As such, it has developed its own lexicon to describe its fundamental principle of Potentialism.

Potentialists define the universal drive of cosmology as the Infinite Quest for Potential. This is the inherent “drive” of the cosmos to seek its own ever-further complexity/sophistication/wondrousness.

Potential journeys towards a non-concretized state of infinite complexity/sophistication/wondrousness. The universe moves inexorably towards this infinite goal.


Potentialism itself represents a new metaphysics/science for a new century. It provides an overarching 21st century metaphysics that seeks no less than to encompass the scientific, the religious, the spiritual, the secular and the philosophical.

Fully encompassing all modern science, Potentialism is potentially (repeat: potentially) a candidate - in due course - for a (true) Theory of Everything – not only in scientific terms, but in all terms meaningful to humankind.

Potentialism seeks to arm those seeking an understanding of the cosmic order with the tools necessary to have a “seat at the table” for this new metaphysics. All are invited as science comes back to the metaphysics table after a de facto three century, post-Spinoza hiatus.

Following is an (abridged) short glossary of core, key terms of Potentialism.


Q4P∞ The Infinite Quest for Infinite Potential
- usually shortened to Quest for Potential in conversation, though the formal name best represents the iterative, infinite nature of Potential. This represents the universe’s innate drive towards fulfilling its true potential. Also commonly denoted as Q4P∞ or, super-shorthand: Q4P.

Note that there are multiple embedded infinities in Q4P∞:


Cosmic Womb of Potential


C+ Complexification
The hypothesized cosmic intermediate drive – “Q4P’s handmaiden” – maneuvering the cosmos towards greater complexity/sophistication/richness/integration/variety/wondrousness.

In turn, note that one of the components of Complexification just-noted above is ‘integration’; meaning, Complexification does not occur divorced from the cosmic landscape; rather, Complexification integrates into-the-process the harmonization/optimization of the ongoing Complexification with the existing bio-landscape.

Complexification seeks quantum jumps – QJs (see entry in this same Glossary) – as opposed to incremental advance.

In its ongoing march of Complexification – the universe moves ever-and-ever closer to what Birnbaum calls Extraordinariation (E+) – the universal end-goal – a horizon to be approached, but never quite realized – and a state otherwise defined as hyper-Complexification.


E+ Extraordinariation.
The end-target of this journey towards increased complexity/sophistication/wondrousness is referred to as Extraordinariation (see Extraordinariation is not so much a precise destination as an ideal goal to be sought-after, albeit never quite fully-realized.

Note that Q4P itself does not quite know precisely what E+ looks like. Q4P is so to speak 'finding its way'. Along these lines, the Cambrian Explosion may have been a re-set.


Q4P∞ → C+ → E+
[ the SuperLaw / Super-Formula ]

The fundamental, core/primal drive of the cosmic dynamic. This represents the Infinite Quest for Potential which drives the cosmic order towards greater and greater complexity and onward towards Extraordinariation.


The fusion of -

Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential
Q3 = Quantum - information processing / computing / engineering

yields >


- the hybrid potential driver

And, it is Q4P/Q3 which tweaks the genomes
... and yields Evolution


Universe Horizon
The denouement of the universe as far out as we can project our infinitely expanding universe


Summa Metaphysica is a paradigm-changing work; it entirely changes the way we look at everything.

- M.D.

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

the eternal

metaphysical spinal column, life force, Chi

of the Cosmic Order



Albert Einstein, in his book The World As I See It, stated that the harmony of natural law "reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."




encapsulation formula
of our universe



In a letter to a child who asked if scientists pray, Einstein wrote, “Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.”





Summa develops the themes
that this proposed formula
is simultaneously:
(a) a dynamic
(b) a description of a process,
(c) the direction of the universe
(d) the teleology / purpose / 'driver' - of the universe
(e) a concise formula encapsuling the entire universe
(f) possibly the formula for 'life force'
(g) the metaphysical/spiritual arc of the Cosmic Order


more amplification below


hitherto undiscerned

Potentialism Theory posits that there exists
a hitherto undiscerned core and transcendent dynamic



Quest for Potential

which not only drives the universe,
but actually IS the universe.


We are all fully integral to this dynamic -
as hard as that proposition might be.

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory


the quantum physics to backstop Summa Theory


a Birnbaum hypothesis

see also 2006 Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd
Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Physics at MIT

This (2006) seminal Lloyd work came out after Summa I (November, 1988)
and Summa II (March, 2005). - and prior to Summa III (2014).


Professor Seth Lloyd - from stellar MIT - furnishes a (timely ; ) crucial -
and hitherto missing - breakthrough
cutting-edge science nuts & bolts mechanics / quantum physics mechanism
to backstop the metaphysics of Summa Theory.


translation: 'Insider' Lloyd of MIT ensures (in 2006) that 'outlier' Birnbaum's proposed (1988, 2005, 2014) global and over-arching (macro-micro) paradigm shift will prevail.


(more on Lloyd:Birnbaum further down)



the quantum physics to backstop Summa Theory (continued)


a Birnbaum hypothesis


the quantum physics to backstop Summa Theory (continued)


a Birnbaum hypothesis


On Cosmology, Evolution
per Lloyd*


"In fact, the chance of an ordered universe like ours arising out of random flips of a coin is so small as to be effectively zero." - p. 57

"The amount of information in a gene can be measured; the human genome possesses some 6 billion bits of information." - p. 15


*Lloyd, Programming the Universe, Knopf, 2007, NY.


see also Birnbaum Extrapolates Lloyd




Aristotelian metaphysics is Push. 

The  Prime  Mover (Latin: primum movens) drives the universe forward.

Potentialism Theory, however, is Push-Pull

Potential both pushes forward and pulls forward (beckons forth).

Like labor at childbirth, which mimics cosmic dynamics, Potentialism Theory metaphysics is Push-Pull.

The potential of a system - large or small - ever-so-subtly opens a potential pathway for the system.


Q4P- directed Evolution

Evolution is not directed by 
Natural Selection / Random Mutation
(the fatally-flawed Darwinian theory)

Evolution is hyper-intelligently designed
by Q4P - a secular dynamic
primed as-its-essence 
to build-out Complexification (C+)
enroute to Extraordinariation (E+)

There is, thus, respectfully,
a powerful secular resolution path to resolving/understanding
the extraordinarily intelligently-crafted
hyper-complex and ongoing journey of Evolution 

The hitherto intractable scientific conundrum of Evolution
is elegantly resolved (by Potentialism Theory)
without deploying concepts of Creator-designed Evolution


'Complexification Evolution'  

Potentialism Theory rejects both
(a) Creationism and (b) Natural Selection

Rather, species have (ensemble) inexorably evolved through
my hypothesized
"Complexification Evolution",

This ever-unfolding dynamic
vectors towards Extraordinariation+
by my hypothesized (secular)
(evolving Quantum Mechanics-based)
Quest for Potential, ( Q4P)

( with Q4P being
the hitherto undiscerned and underlying
primal & ~eternal
cosmic force/dynamic ).

The track of 'Complexification Evolution'
inexorably follows my hypothesized SuperLaw,
 Q4P → C+ → E+


Simultaneously, on a personal level,  I believe that our (secular) universe of Potential itself quests after (elusive) God and Spirituality - 
as components of its inexorable march towards Extraordinariation  - 
under the umbrella of the same above-noted hypothesized  SuperLaw:   


Hyper-Intelligent Design    

# Evolution is, indeed, driven by hyper-intelligent design

# The designer/iterator is (secular) Q4P

# (asserted) Natural Selection / Random Mutation is a non-starter

# No need to deploy the biblical 'Creator' here

# Q4P re-configures genes and designs new ones;
   The 'designer' does not re-purpose mutations


Dissent  against Conventional Wisdom

"The scientist must be free to answer any question,
to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence,
to correct any errors."

- Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory


Fusion Evolution

Metaphysical / Quantum

- Birnbaum, Summa Metaphysica III, January, 2014


Potentialism Evolution



Quest for Potential / Quantum Mechanics


tweaks the genomes (ensemble)



the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel A

Evolution: the next focus of Potentialism Theory




To sketch out Evolution, one needs to craft a new and important term for our lexicon (to encapsule a dynamic)

As per the three panels Birnbaum:Lloyd above, Lloyd furnishes the quantum mechanics to support the Birnbaum metaphysics.

Pegging-off of Lloyd's quantum mechanics (via bits) proposition for Quantum information processing / computing / engineering, let -

Q3 = quantum (via bits) -
information processing /
computing /

We fold Q3 into (fused) Q4P

This (fused) Q4P is what yields Evolution

Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering



And, it is (fused) Q4P which tweaks the genomes
... and yields Evolution



more below...


the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel B


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P

(fused) Q4P tweaking the genomes




Note from D Birnbaum:

What Charles Darwin (On the Origin of Species 1859) reads as 'natural selection'; what George C. Williams (Adaptation and Natural Selection, 1966) and Richard Dawkins (The Selfish Gene 1976) are reading as 'gene-centered Evolution'; what Murray Gell-Man (The Quark and the Jaguar 1994) is viewing as 'complex adaptive systems''; what Stuart Kauffman (At Home in the Universe 1995) is reading as 'self-organizing systems'; what David Pines (Complex Adaptive Matter 2005) is reading as 'complex adaptive matter', are all actually one and the same:

the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis -

What they are viewing, is actually (fused) Q4P tweaking the genomes

More technically, they are (typically) viewing Q4P/Q3 on a local-level/micro-level tweaking an individual genome.

However, the plot thickens....

a) (fused) Q4P Evolution is operating simultaneously in an integrated fashion across all the genomes of our planet (and maybe, maybe - of the universe).

b) Meaning, the educated hypothesis is that plant genomes will be tweaked ensemble with human genomes and ensemble with insect genomes, etc.

c) Why the integrated choreography? Because, of course, all the 'pieces' need to advance (and fit/interact) together ensemble / efficiently / dynamically - on the C+ march towards E+.


note: the now-established phenomenon (per Carl R. Woese d. 2012) of H.G.T (Horizontal Gene Transfer) - that DNA itself can indeed move sideways, across barriers, from one kind of creature to another -  would buttress (Summa's) Fusion Evolution Theory above.

Summa (just above) posits simultaneous (varied) tweaking across 'barriers' (life forms); Woese (in the late 1990s) posited simultaneous identical DNA-cluster replicating across 'barriers'. So, Woese was on a parallel but different track. [However, I suspect that Woese may have missed important variations in the 'replications' - and, in fact, was observing precisely what I am hypothesizing.]


the mechanism: C+ (Complexification)  per Summa
the goal: E+ (Extraordinariation)  per Summa
the physics back-end: see Seth Loyd
for intro to the quantum mechanics piece

Five billion (ever more sophisticated and wondrous) species over the (3.8 billion year) course of life on our planet.

Random mutations crucially setting the stage for the inexorable advance/expansion and Complexification of the species on our planet?
No, the random mutations are a side show, not the main event.

So, Evolution, YES; but the catalyst and driver is (fused) Q4P.

Notwithstanding the politically correct pro-Darwinian view, random genetic mutations in nature are (per Potentialism Theory) respectfully simply not a factor in evolutionary biology. And, yes, correct, Natural Selection, a pillar of modern biology, falls. These two inter-related key planks of iconic Darwinism - Random Mutation as key; Natural Selection as the driver of Evolution] however established in modern science, will not withstand the intellectual assault posed by Potentialism. And, All the king's horses and all the king's men..... Sic Transit Gloria.

["Common Ancestor" aka "Common Descent", another legacy of Darwin, is not challenged by Potentialism Theory directly.]

Respectfully, classic and well-established Probability Theory would reject random mutation generating five billion species over 3.8 billion years as a viable denouement. Probability Theory can be deployed for possibility, not for de facto impossibility*. [To argue to the contrary - per the mainstream consnsus - is, respectfuly, simply group-think run amok.]

As in cosmology, randomness is clearly amply present on-stage in Evolution, but, once again, is not the defining component.

In both cosmology and evolutionary biology, (fused) Q4P is 'cracking the whip' and 'running the show'; not Randomness. Evidence? Look around you.

Both cosmology and related evolutionary biology are 'directional', not random-chance. In both cases, we do not ride a multi-billion year trajectory towards E+ (Extraordinariation) via randomness. It is hard enough for ('directional') metaphysical/quantum intelligence (fused) Q4P to pull this off. ; ) Building-out the Cosmic Order - ongoing over the eons - requires a prime time catalyst - (fused) Q4P.

Darwinism is fatally flawed

# The entire Natural Selection / Random Mutations proposition is fatally flawed.

# Natural Selection / Random Mutation will simply not advance the evolution drama. 

a) Except in Marvel (super hero) comic books, mutations are typically weaker than the original;
    a positive mutation is rare, at best;
    does Darwinian logic actually imply devolution (evolution in reverse)?
b) As noted, even if the Darwinian concept were, in principle, viable, one might still need
    a trillion-trillion times the time currently allotted
c) The Cambrian explosion - with an extraordinary multitude of new species
    - within a super-narrow ~19 million year slice of time - belies Darwinism; this issue alone,
    is fatal to the theory 
d) Evolution is achieved by Q4P introducing new genes and by deliberate and complex
    sequenced bio-chemical transformations choreographed by Q4P,
    not via mutations; not by a slo-mo and simplistic stretched-out linear sequence of random mutations,
e) How does one get biological innovation - from linear, spaced-out mutations?
f) Not one species will ever be birthed via this (core and fanciful Darwinian) concept,
    let alone billions of species, even if a trillion years were allotted for one new species.


*See Lloyd, Programming the Universe, Knopf, 2007, NY, p. 57

"In fact, the chance of an ordered universe like ours arising out of random flips of a coin is so small as to be effectively zero."


the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel C


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P




. Cosmology Evolution
aimless/random aimless/random mutation
- with survival-directional
Darwinism then guiding

Thus, Randomness Formulation deploys a non-directional 'play' - aimlessness -
somehow first to ignite our universe. and then to sustain / drive / iterate / optimize / expand
our universe - over a 14 billion year span and counting. In the mix, non-directional 'aimlessness' somehow - miraculously - allegedly via random mutations - drives Evolution forward from a single cell entity to 21st Century humans and associated consciousness. Quite a feat for an 'aimless' play.

Potentialism, on the other hand, deploys its quite-directional core dynamic -
(fused) Q4P - across both Cosmology and Evolution.


Classic Random Mutation Evolution Theory has been inculcated into our psyches since we were in elementary school; it has become de facto dogma.

(Challenger) Evolution Fusion theory is brand new to our psyches, and our brains will need to assess this 'intruder' before accepting/intergrating the new theory. As noted at the top, "Revolutions take time to settle in". But, best not to tarry, as science moves apace...

Note, however, that once one integrates as possible working hypotheses (a) the eternality of potential, and (b) Wheeler's general proposition of It from Bit, the inevitable path vectors to Evolution Fusion - as a (significantly) more powerful alternative working hypothesis.


- DB


[ theory development: historical trajectory ]


the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel D


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P


[ per Potentialism Theory ]

(fused) Q4P tweaks the genomes
[ theory development: historical trajectory ]


c. 350 BCE (384 BCE-322 BCE)
Aristotle /
The universe has 'direction';
but that 'direction' is not known
or delineated by Aristotle

c. 1557 (1534-1572)
Baal Shem Tov / Founder, Hasidism
The entire universe is one interconnected
Life Force

c. 1677 (1632-1677)
Spinoza / Ethics
The universe is a lattice-work;
meaning, it is thoroughly inter-connected

c. 1745 (1698-1760)
Isaac Luria / founder of Modern Kabbalah
The universe emerges from the 'No End'

Darwin / Origin of Species
Evolution / Natural Selection

Birnbaum / Summa I Potentialism Theory
Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P)
ignited and drives the universe;

new paradigm Potentialism Theodicy
gains global traction

Proposed eternal dynamic Infinite Quest for Potential
overthrows all classic metaphysics,
and lays the groundwork for Directional Universe

John Wheeler / "It from Bit"
Information, Physics & Quantum
(Sub-atomic) information bits are the
foundation of the universe.

Birnbaum / Summa II
Q4P drives the universe;

the Birnbaum SuperFormula:
Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P) >
Complexification (C+) >
Extraordinariation (E+)

presentation/delineation of
Direction of the Universe

Provides an Overarching Metaphysics / Simultaneous Solution

Seth Lloyd / Programming the Universe
Quantum Mechanics proposition:
In each atom there are bits which
communicate with bits in other atoms
across the universe - and compute the
advance/buildout of the universe ongoing

'Birnbaum/Potentialism Evolution' theory - with MIT in the mix.

A fully-integrated secular metaphysics/cosmology

Overthrows Randomness across multiple fronts
(including vis à vis Cosmology and Evolution)

Creation Ex Nihilo+



grand unifcation

Metaphysics / Cosmology / Spirituality / Quantum Mechanics / Evolutionary Theory


the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel E


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P


Metaphysics / Cosmology / Spirituality / Quantum Mechanics / Evolutionary Theory




Evolution is, at a minimum, planet-wise




emphasis: All the genomes on our planet are tweaked ensemble. The tweaking is choreographed to channel all the gennomes to harmoniously optimize their C+ with related genomes - and all are ultimately related, of course - enroute together towards E+. And, as noted, the E+ target can - and does - change, as (fused) Q4P intermittently re-calibrates.



Obviously, this SuperFormula+ could only have been valid
from the point that Quantum Mechanics - including its building-out aspect - has been operational in its current form.

Consequently we simply do not know if (fused) Q4P goes as far back as solitary Q4P.



Note: it may take 'a while' to start fleshing-out this panel


The above formula may be of some possible interest to Theory of Everything* aficionados.

*rudimentary/1st generation



[Going-forward, when we articulate Q4P,  the intent is (fused) Q4P.]


the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel F


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P




. Potentialism Darwinism
Common ancestor? Y Y
Species evolve? Y Y
the literal Biblical presentation N N
Evolution gamut planet-wide*;
driven by a transcendent dynamic? Y N
Driver Infinite
Quest for Potential (Q4P)
Conceptual Mechanism Fusion: Metaphysical/ Quantum Mechanics Random
Focused Mechanism (fused) Q4P Random Mutation
Conceptualizer David Birnbaum** (Manhattan) Charles Darwin
(Kent/Greater London)
Core Text Summa III:
Secular Man: The Transcendent Dynamic: 2014
Origin of Species 1859

* and possibly, universe-wide

** incorporates theory-extrapolation of Seth Lloyd of MIT (Programming the Universe 2006)



[Going-forward, when we articulate Q4P,  the intent is (fused) Q4P.]



the Birnbaum Evolution hypothesis
Potentialism Evolution
Summa's Metaphysics fused with Lloyd's Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel G


Q4P is the fusion of -
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering
> into (fused) Q4P



Quantum Mechanics Intelligence


So, not AI (Artificial Intelligence),
but (organic) QMI (Quantum Mechanics Intelligence).

My sub-hypothesis (from my grander overarching Potentialism Theory) is that Q4P/QMI is essentially what has been perceived over the millennia as 'God' or the 'God-Force' or 'a Higher Force'. Through another lens: 'God' is an avatar for Q4P/QMI.


Looking at my above QMI hypothesis through another lens:

 human intelligence 
which produced

- but each is quite distinct and unique



The universe is directional and intentional;
it is not defined by randomness or aimlessness.

Another, more provocative way of articulating the above
is that the universe is smart, as opposed to dumb.


* a Birnbaum-hypothesized term


[Going-forward, when we articulate Q4P,  the intent is (fused) Q4P.]

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

a directional universe

- Birnbaum, Summa Metaphysica II, March, 2005



the alleged competition


the heirs to alchemy?


Issues with the (competing) Randomness formulation


It is clearly dead-wrong
see Direction panel just-above

Internally contradictory?
The same entrenched British Randomness academic clique which fanatically defends its (non-directional) Theory of No Theory - Randomness, simultaneously fanatically defends (directional) Evolution.

Notorious alchemists swore they could turn lead into gold. However that seems like a simple trick compared to contemporary hard-line Randomnist High Priests who profess that their theory turns the random void into our rocking and rolling - for 14 billion years - universe.
Is the Randomness formulation simply the ‘successor theory’ to alchemy?

Second Law of Thermodynamics:
Why does our allegedly random universe not implode from entropy? [hint: because it is driven forward by (competing Potentialism Theory's) Q4P, and not randomly]

combination - The Emperor's Clothes and The Wizard of Oz?
Is the fantastical Randomness formulation not a 1:1 parallel to these just-noted fables of vacuousness?

We are all still waiting for the actual theory:
The hard-line Randomness clique has perfected the dark art of "toxifying" any theorist who dares disagree with their aimless and hollow construct; but, after 150+ years, for their part they have yet to produce an actual theory. [ translation: the Randomness/Aimlessness clique is an intellectual charlatan ]

From the shadows, the Randomnist clique hyper- aggressively mauls 'directional universe' theorists, but never actually seems to present an actual theory. Are we supposed to conflate frenzied attacks with an actual theory? To paraphrase the diss used by Texas cattlemen to characterize big bluster / no substance characters: These Randomness hombres are ALL HAT; NO CATTLE.

defining our universe:
There are many and significant random dimensions to our universe; but, randomness does not define it; rather, (competing Potentialism Theory's) Quest for Potential defines our universe.

'Randomness' Invalidated by Fine-Tuned Universe proposition
Is the universe fine-tuned for life? This proposition has gained increasing prominence and traction.

The proposition reached critical mass in 1999 with the publication of Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees, distinguished British Astronomer Royal. The proposition is directly antithetical to the Randomness proposition; the proposition negates Randomness. Rees went on to become head of the Royal Society.

Randomness may have been frontally challenged prior, including by Summa I, 1988, but Randomness 'is slain' by the 1999 Rees work; and a stake is driven in its heart by Summa II (2005).

'Defaming' is not 'Debating'
Some hard-line Randomness proponents seem confused. 'Defaming opposing theorists' - typically through paid surrogates/hit men - does actually not qualify for 'debating opposing theorists'.

Denial of Negative Reality
The first requirement of a theorist is to deal with reality. The 'denial of negative reality' psychosis can be hazardous to one's legacy. The core tenet of Randomness - non-directionality, has been clearly scientifically demonstrated to be false- on two fronts: Fine-Tuned universe (see Martin Rees, Just Six Numbers (1999) and Direction section from David Birnbaum, Summa Metaphysica II (2005).

Contrary to the first - and only - axiom of Randomness, the universe, is unequivocally directional. See Directional.

'Game Over'?
For over a decade, and on two key different fronts, Randomness is in checkmate. Both Fine-Tuned universe formulation and the empirically demonstrated Complexification C+ / complexity teleology (universe purpose/direction) respectfully frontally render the Randomness formulation of 'no directionality' fatally undermined and disproven. The emperor, indeed, had no clothes.

the Randomness 'Theory of No Theory'
No theory.
No content.
No core work.
No formulation.
No science.
No cosmology.

The earth is not flat; the sun does not orbit the earth; our universe did not randomly ignite, gain traction, evolve, and steadily iterate towards ever-increasing sophistication and wondrousness ongoing for 14 billion years and counting.

intellectual 'sleight of hand" ?
There is no scientific anchoring whatsoever.
Random universe is simply hocus pocus masquerading as science.

product of an "echo chamber" discussion?
Group Think?

Go along to get along?
Bandwagon syndrome?

more akin to the mantra of a medieval nihilistic cult
- than to a serious academic discussion in 21st Century England

a fanatic - and in-vain - gambit
- to align science with hard-line Atheism (de facto a fundamentalist and militant anti-directional universe belief system).

"Big Brother" modus operandi
No debate; No discussion; No competition of ideas.



Other Universes
Postulate Matrix


Postulate #1. Universes do not simply pop-up

Postulate #2. There may or may not be more universes

Postulate #3. If there are other universes. they will each need-be
(a) Potential-based - because Potential is the only eternal something and then
(b) Q4P-ignited, and Q4P-driven

Postulate #4: All universes are hence directional.

Why? Because, as elucidated above, there would appear to be only one eternal dynamic - Potential/Possibility - and without it in the mix, no universes are making an appearance. And with Potential in the mix, every single one of these universes will be quite directional and quite interesting.
As regards the Randomness play re: multiverse....

As we are aware, the Randomness crew found itself in seeming checkmate as a consequence of the 1999 Martin Rees book Just Six Numbers which demonstrated clearly fine-tuned universe, and de facto showed directional universe. The direction of fine-tuned universe? seeking life.

In desperation, the Randomness crew formulated the following attempted escape hatch: Our universe may be directional, but our universe is a random fluke; there are infinite universes, and ours happened to hit it lucky. Meaning, (post-1999) per segments of the Randomness crew, there are Infinite -1 totally aimless universes, and 1 fine-tuned universe (ours).

This escape hatch is fatally flawed, however.

1) As elucidated above, if there are other universes, they are directional.

2) the Cosmic Order has better things to do than to waste virtually limitless energy launching infinite -1 aimlessrt (and dead-end) universes. [See also Occam’s Razor, wiki]

3) Randomness does not and cannot generate a universe - even a very primitive one.

4) Classic and well-established Probability Theory would reject the "infinite -1 aimless universe theory" with the Cosmic Order randomly birthing, sustaining, and driving our extraordinary and ever-iterating universe over a 14 billion year span as a viable denouement. Probability Theory can be deployed for possibility, not for de facto impossibility*.

*See Lloyd, Programming the Universe, Knopf, 2007, NY, p. 57:

“In fact, the chance of an ordered universe like ours arising out of random flips of a coin is so small as to be effectively zero.”


The Second Law of Thermodynamics

is a strong proof positive for

Potentialism Theory

see SecondLaw1000


For starters, after 14 billion years our universe is accelerating and expanding;
so, clearly Quest for Potential is trumping entropy...

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory


Something from Nothing?

Creation ex nihilo?

Not exactly.

More precisely,
Creation ex Potential
( Creation out of Potential )

But is Potential something or nothing?

Depends on how you look at it.

As noted,
Potential is Eternal - By definition.
Indeed, it is self-evident that Potential is Eternal.

And, Potential/Possibility is the only 'something'
which occupies this unique (eternal) conceptual space.

Thus, we have our suspect.

see 2-part for tangential 


The Footprint of Potential

a rough sketch

Chronology of the Universe

Eternal Origins → Present

( a metaphysics hypothesis )

introductory note: Hitherto Inscrutable Quantum Mechanics (QM) has at least two 'faces' which we are now (OCT 2017) aware of:
(a) the Potential/Possibility/Probabilistic 'face', and
(b) the Wheeler It-from-Bit 'face' as a prelude to the Lloyd Bits Compute the Universe 'face' build-out thereof

# rough sketch chronology - 1

Eternal Potential - as opposed-to Nothing - defines Eternal Origins.

At Eternal Origins, 'Potential reigns supreme'.

# rough sketch chronology - 1.5

* Voids abhor voids 
  (proposed axiom by Summas Theory) 

* The void "couldn't take it" any more

* Realms of Potential
  some realization,
  however abstract

# rough sketch chronology - 1.75

The conjecture:

Within the primordial realms of Potential/Possibility
perhaps just a
single pulse of energy

which germinated from the potential future  
by (hypothesized/theorized)
‘backward causation’ (aka "retrocausality")*** 

tracked-back and unhinged 
the equilibrium of Eternal Origins

*** i.e. a Quantum Mechanics sub-theory that future possibilities (or energy) may somehow impact present possibilities (or energy)

see also quantum fluctuation.....vacuum state fluctuation
origin of the universe

Remember, I just need just one pulse

# rough sketch chronology - 2

Primordial Quantum Mechanics (QM) -
specifically the Potential Face of Primordial Quantum Mechanics (QM),
makes an appearance on-stage in primordial realms

# rough sketch chronology - 3

The interplay of Eternal Potential and Primordial Quantum Mechanics (QM)
→ yields Infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P)

The  chronology/trajectory/direction/purpose/teleology/arc
of the universe
will follow the axis of my hypothesized/proposed*** Super-Formula

Q4P → C+ → E+

Quest for Potential → Complexification → Extraordinariation 


*** proposed 2005 in  Summa II /   section: Direction of the Universe

# rough sketch chronology - 4

The interplay of Q4P and Primordial QM → yields the Wheeler It-from-Bit face of QM.......
Then the build-out of the Wheeler face,
the Lloyd computing face of QM,

THUS, further filling-out pre-Big Bang QM

# rough sketch chronology - 5

Q4P / pre-Big Bang QM plots its escape
from the metaphysical void →
metaphysical cum reality (our evolving universe)

# rough sketch chronology - 6

Q4P / pre-Big Bang QM splits the (hypothesized) Zero-Point and ignites the Big Bang.

[The Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.]

Meaning, Potential,
not Random Chance,
and not some spontaneous genesis - per Wheeler and his disciple Lloyd -
ignites the entire dynamic at Eternal Origins

[ From a metaphysical perspective, splitting the Zero-Point, as well yields polarities:
Pluses:Minuses... Good:Evil... proto-Female:proto-Male... et al..... ]

# rough sketch chronology - 6.5

It was necessary (for Q4P) to instigate/trigger/create
our universe
inasmuch as Q4P needed
an extraordinary PLATFORM
- with a very substantial material/physical dimension -
to more fully play-out
Q4P → C+ → E+

metaphysical realms alone were not a dynamic-enough PLATFORM
to optimize the advancements sought -
including the rate, diversity, complexity, richness, and quality
of advance sought

# rough sketch chronology - 7

Q4P/QM is the prime catalyst on stage choreographing the unfolding universe production; it has vast influence....

# rough sketch chronology - 8

Q4P trumps Entropy
and sustains the advance of our universe.

[ Evolution in a snapshot ]

Q4P = Quest for Potential
Q3 = Quantum-information processing + Quantum-computing + Quantum-engineering

Q4P/Q3 is the author’s fusion of Summa’s Quest for Potential (Q4P) with Lloyd’s Quantum Mechanics;

Q4P/Q3 drives Evolution

(see for fuller presentation)


By the Big Bang point at the latest,
Q4P is fused with Q3
and we deploy the term Q4P to incorporate both together in concert.

# rough sketch chronology - 9

Q4P choreographs the grand cosmic drama/trajectory of
exploding stars across the heavens → elements → life forms on earth → 21st Century humans and advanced consciousness

# rough sketch chronology - 10

Q4P (or a derivative thereof) is the Cosmological Constant identified by Albert Einstein in 1917*; Einstein theorized the Cosmological Constant as the counter-force to gravity's otherwise inevitably imploding the universe. [ Actually, it is reverse, i. e. Gravity slows down the forward march of the Cosmological Constant aka Lambda.

# rough sketch chronology - 11

The Cosmological Constant [Q4P] has become identified with the simplest form of Dark Energy (Wiki / Cosmological Constant / Oct 22, 2017]

[ note: The Cosmological Constant is also known by a shorthand notation lambda, or /\ ]

# rough sketch chronology - 12

"In physical cosmology and astronomy, dark energy [Q4P] is an unknown form of energy which is hypothesized to permeate all of space, tending to accelerate the expansion of the universe." [Wiki / Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017]

[ So,
the Cosmological Constant = lambda = /\ = (simple) dark energy = a salient & manifest derivative of Q4P ]

see also inter-related scientific discussions - the Fifth Force.... Quintessence

YES / By ~2019 - thirty-one years after Summa I - elements of the scientific community are inching closer to Q4P

# rough sketch chronology - 13

"Assuming that the standard model of cosmology is correct, the best current measurements indicate that dark energy [Q4P] contributes 68.3% of the total energy in the present-day observable universe." [Wiki / Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017]

# rough sketch chronology - 14

"Dark energy [Q4P] is the most accepted hypothesis to explain the observations since the 1990s indicating that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate." [Wiki Dark Energy / Oct 22, 2017]

# no Dark Energy [Q4P], then the Big Crunch [imploding universe]
# sufficient Dark Energy [Q4P], then Expanding universe

Meaning, as well, that Potential [Q4P] is the prime determinant of the ultimate denouement of the universe; not gravity; not entropy; and most certainly not randomness

# rough sketch chronology - 15

At every stage/step of the unfolding Cosmic drama/order
- from Eternal Origins thru the present day (and onward) -
Q4P - the hitherto undiscerned dynamic -
is front & center, and, indeed, the driving dynamic.

Q4P is the metaphysical spinal column of the arc of the universe.

See / 40+ page inductive proof

See / initial and partial deductive buttress

* In 1929 (Berlin) Einstein incorrectly retracted his 1917 hypothesis; but the scientific community has upheld the original (1917) hypothesis.

personal note: Both of our families lived in Berlin in 1929, and both emigrated to the USA in the 1930s, Einstein in March 1933 (while lecturing in CA → Princeton, NJ), and Birnbaum in October 1938 (pre-Kristallnact, Berlin → Madison, WISC) 



What are some components of the interrelationship between
the universe ~Life Form
to (the somehow tethered) humans?

The Life Form universe vis-à-vis humans always, always seeks E+

The universe
seeks-after...aches-for...maneuvers-for -
the widest/richest possible panoply of E+ 


The universe is many billions of years old,

and a typical human has a life span of under 100 years


the typical human (and its cohort) is the vehicle through which the universe vicariously has (ever-richer) emotion and related (ever-expansive) consciousness, as we know it


And, not to be discounted, the human - and its cohort - is the vehicle through which the universe itself possibly seeks Spirituality - and, indeed, (elusive) God.

The universe seeks-after its creator

Thus, classic religion has humans facing heavenwards typically in obeissance to God;
but in our schema the (quite formidable) Universe ~Life Form is more mechanistic than humans;
and, indeed, the universe deploys humans to seek/quest for The (elusive) Divine

The universe may be incapable of looking back pre-Big Bang

[Meaning, neo-mechanistic Q4P does not consider itself divine]

Universe > Humans

The Life-Form Universe is the Qi-provider and genome tweaker, among other 'direct benefits' to humans


.............. from humans > the Universe "Cloud" is presumably in-the-mix


Quantum Mechanics (QM)  v. Q4P

It is far from clear where QM ends and where Q4P starts.

 And it is far from clear whether there is 1% overlap or 100% overlap (at this point).

And it is far from clear if/how the overlap % has morphed over the eons.

Simply put, we do not know the precise relationship - 
and if/how that relationship has morphed.

just one dynamic

Potentialism Theory deploys
just one (hypothesized) dynamic - Q4P  - 
across the depth and breadth of cosmic history.

Meaning, just this one overarching dynamic-
Quest for Potential -
has driven the universe,
through this day



The initial and partial
hard physics proof
for Potentialism Theory

Lambda ≈ Dark Energy ≈ Cosmological Constant ≈ Q4P, per Summa Theory.

Lambda = salient Q4P



the Cosmological Constant


Einstein (1917) hypothesized that there was a dynamic countering gravity's pull on the planets; else the planets would crunch together.

Einstein identified this dynamic as the Cosmological Constant.

The world scientific community would later call this force Lambda. 

In reality (per Potentialism Theory) Einstein (1917) had the concept correct, but the seqence/alignment backwards.

The correct seqence/alignment is:
1. Lambda is driving the universe to expand outward;
2. Gravity is putting the brakes on Lambda.

Now, Lambda is salient Q4P,
or in other words
Lambda is Q4P somewhat ‘showing its hand’.
(Elusive) Lambda, in turn, is manifested 'saliently' via Dark Energy.

Lambda, of course, is just the ‘visible’
"tip of the iceberg" of infinite Quest for Potential (Q4P).

Thus, while Volume I of my metaphysics series (Summa Metaphysica) proposing Quest for Potential is copyrighted 1986, Einstein discerned Lambda in 1917; he did not realize - and never realized - that he had hit 'the mother lode' (i.e. the 'driver of the Cosmic Order').

For the record,

In 1929,
Einstein (in error) rejected his own Cosmological Constant concept, calling it his 'biggest blunder'. [Actually, he was right the first time (1917).]

In the 1990s,
New studies confirm that the Cosmological Constant is the best fit for Dark Energy, and offers the most precise and accurate estimate yet of its value.

In 2018,
The current standard model of cosmology is known as the  Lambda-CDM model .

However, maintream science, in parallel to Einstein (1917), still has the  sequence/alignment of the dynamics backwards: See line 4 near top: "In reality...


As of Fall 2018,  in  physical cosmology and astronomy, Dark Energy (Lambda) is considered an unknown form of energy which is hypothesized to permeate all of space, and which is accelerating the expansion of the universe. [Summa / Potentialism Theory, of course, hypothesizes same (1988 →) for Q4P.]

Discerned, Identified, Calculated & Measured

Lambda = salient Q4P


Scientifically Discerned

The scientific community & 
the inadvertent 100+ year hard science unfolding/discovery 
of key components of Potentialism Theory


So, Lambda ≈ Dark Energy ≈ Cosmological Constant ≈ Q4P, per Summa Theory.

Lambda was discerned / identified initially by Einstein in 1917,
but has emerged (by 2018) front & center in astrophysics
via the 'Lambda-CDM Model'
(the standard model of Big Bang cosmology).  

Meaning, Q4P is de facto embedded in - and integral-to - the current standard model of cosmology

re: The Cosmological Constant  ≈ Lambda  ≈  Dark Energy ≈ Q4P, per Summa

1) It was introduced, discerned & calculated (as noted, initially by Einstein, 1917).

2) The best current measurements indicate that Dark Energy 
contributes 68.3 percent of the total energy 
of the present-day observable universe.

3) Dark Energy's density has been precisely measured
(apparently ~7 x 10-30 g/cm3)

4) It is clearly key in driving the universe forward.

5) The current standard model scientific theory has Lambda literally starting its title 

So, scientifically measured on multiple fronts, placed front & center in the standard model title, and generally accepted as driving the universe forward.

Is not Lambda thus direct 1:1 corroboration of a key slice of Potentialism Theory?

Lambda ≈ Dark Energy ≈ Cosmological Constant 
is thus the scientifically (measurable /measured) manifestation of Q4P.

Not bad having key components one's (revolutionary) metaphysics/cosmology theory de facto  scientifically discerned over a 101 year period (1917 to date).

So, Einstein tripped-over Q4P in 1917, but misread its overarching power and centrality.

And the scientific community at-large has yet to grasp Lambda's full dimensions.


The Cosmological Constant's identification (1917) by Einstein (hence, the discovery of a 'physical' manifestation of Summa's Q4P),
is the rough equivalent of Sir Arthur Eddington's (May 29, 1919) solar eclipse proof of Einstein's curvature of space time theory.

Except that, as noted, in Einstein's (Cosmological Constant) case, he radically missed the full import.


Psychologically and scientifically, Einstein was fixated on gravity as the central motif of the Cosmic Order; thus, to Einstein, other dynamics - like Lambda - essentially play supporting or reaction roles.

However, from my Potentialism-centric - and hopefully objective -  view of the Cosmic Order, whereas gravity (a physical dynamic) is very central in our universe, it is trumped in importance/impact/centrality by overarching Q4P - the overarching metaphysical dynamic of the Cosmic Order.


I respectfully believe that Lambda crucially moves the needle on Potentialism - from  theory to partially scientifically discerned.
And, indeed, the Lambda-CDM Model is more precisely, the Q4P-CDM Model.  

In a twist of fate, Potentialism Theory was partially/inadvertently discerned & partially validated (1917) by scientific great Einstein - before the Potentialism Metaphysics/Cosmology theory was even conceptualized/presented/disseminated (1988 and onwards) by Outsider/Outlier Birnbaum. Rumor has it that I was not even born until 1950. And via scientific advances in understanding the Cosmological Constant  ≈  Dark Energy - which is actually Q4P Energy, the academic establishment has advanced our scientific knowledge of Potentialism Theory, and to some partial extent, validated it.


Thus, the mainstream academic community may want the interloper (Birnbaum) to stop messing in their turf with his over-the-top theory; but they have unwittingly albeit scientifically - and from multiple angles - given significant scientific evidence and buttress - over a 100-year span - to Summa's avant-garde theory (1988 →).

Put another way, the establishment academic community has radically strengthened  Potentialism's position on the metaphysics/cosmology chessboard. With respect, there is no known theory which can successfully challenge Potentialism.

Q4P Hiding in Plain Sight

Lambda = salient Q4P

The Misnomer
'Dark Energy'

The correct appellation would be: 
 Salient Q4P Energy  

'Dark Energy' is meaningless in this astrophysics arena;
there is nothing dark about it

'Salient Q4P Energy' ( 'SQE' ) is meaningful - and precise.

The Boss

Lambda = salient Q4P


an integral part
of the over-arching cosmic dynamic


Einstein and scientists to follow tend to view Lambda as a stand-alone dynamic;
however, Lambda is just a salient portion of overarching Q4P;
and that is part of the reason that Einstein et al. have such great difficulty with Lambda.

Q4P reigns supreme
and Lambda is just a salient segment of it.



The Birnbaum super-formula

Q4PC+ → E+

Quest for Potential∞ → Complexification → Extraordinatiation


[ the inviolate arc of the universe ]


an infinitely iterative dynamic


[ the full-spectrum macro & micro level
common denominator trajectory
of the Cosmic Order ]


the eternal - teleology / chi / direction / modus operandi - of the universe

The Q4P Constellation

The ~intersection / ~fusion / ~collaboration of

Q4P ( Quest for Potential ) 
QM ( Quantum Mechanics )
AI ( the AI dimension of QM )
ML ( the 'Machine Learning'     
dimension of our universe)

and integral

genome tweaking by the Constellation

ultimately yields >

21st century humans

and the current
particular state of our universe -
of course,
by the moment


'a ground-breaking theory'

'Potentialism is the central drive of the cosmos'


Quick Juxtaposition
directional? Directional Non-directional
status Challenger Establishment
prime protagonist Birnbaum secretive clique
cosmic 'driver' Cosmic Prime Mover no 'Driver'
range Universalistic hard-line Atheistic
direction/teleology Quest for Potential Aimlessness
home base USA England
best origin date 1988, 2005, 2014 1859
known for (directional) Q4P (random) mutation


"The Chart"


"The Chart"
Fuller Juxtaposition
Potentialsm v. Randomness

[note: red type signifies problematic]

. Issue A B C
. . Potentialism (classic) Randomness Randomness / Infinite Multiverse hybrid
1 Number of Data Points Supporting the Particular Formulation trillions 0 0
2 Is the Formulation "Falsifiable"? aaa YES YES, but indeed found false bbb / formulation DISCREDITED NO ddd
[so, unscientific Formulation]
3 Is our own universe fine-tuned? YES / Q4P NO bbb
/ so Formulation DISCREDITED
4 Consonant with Second Law of Thermodynamics? ccc YES NO ccc
[so, major flaw in Formulation]
5 Simultaneous Solution? YES NO
[so, weaker Formulation]
6 Provable Inductively? YES fff NO
[so, weaker Formulation]
[so, weaker Formulation]
7 Number of Universes neccessary for Formulation 1 1 infinite∞ eee
8 Stalking horse for a Fundamentalist doctrine NO YES,
for hard-line Atheism
9 Internally contradictory? NO YES ggg
10 Follows the principles of Formal Logic? hhh YES NO hhh
11 Empirically observational? YES NO hhh NO iii
12 Oblivious to contradictory evidence? jjj NO YES jjj
13 A 'centerpiece text'? SUMMA ? ?
14 A core equation presented? YES Q4P → C+ → E+ NEVER NOT YET
15 Universe origin / catalyst & calibration of Big Bang Q4P via the quantum calibrated the move and ignited the universe kkk random NO
16 directional YES NO actually partially directional mmm
17 diversity of phenomena the formulation can explain ALL NONE
18 'connects the dots' YES, all NO, none
19 explanatory capability YES
NONE. explanatory impotence
20 linked-to Quantum Mechanics nihilism, hard-line Atheism
21 A 'higher force' exists YES NO; contemptuous of idea;
22 compatible-with discovery science ppp YES NO
23 patterns to the universe YES NO; contemptuous of idea
24 direction to the universe YES NO; contemptuous of idea
25 'direction to the universe' provable? YES
center section
demonstrable qqq
invalidates the Randomness Formulation qqq
26 Core of Theory provable? provable / see C+ qqq proven wrong from two directions: 1999: Fine-tuned Universe (Rees) 2005: C+ directional (Birnbaum)
27 spirituality possible YES NO; contemptuous of idea
28 infinite divine possible? YES possible / possible infinite divine potential absolutely not; not even a 'direction' to the universe is possible
29 articles? 100+
see qqq
vicariously plant toxic & defamatory articles on opposing theorists in the accommodating Chronicle of Higher Education (sic) sss
30 underlying world-view universalist doctrinaire hard-line Atheist / Fundamentalist Anti-Theist / axiomatic - No direction/pattern whatsoever to universe (excption: Evolution)
31 Evolution YES; but see important footnotettt YES / actually worshipful; of their deity Darwin uuu
32 intellectual heir to > Aristotelian directionality; Spinozan lattice matrix alchemy; Emperor's Clothes fable
33 Cosmic Origins
(way back pre-pre-
Big Bang)
Q4P split
''pure ZERO'
Into positive and negative bits yyy
no clue
34 Cosmology? Q4P → C+ → E+ qqq clueless / worship Randomness
35 Teleology same
Q4P → C+ → E+ qqq
clueless / worship Randomness
36 Cosmic Goal? E+
Extraordinariation qqq
clueless / worship Randomness
37 Is formullation-
bullet-proof www bullet-ridden xxx
38 structurally textbook 'scientific'? YES NO
see 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
see 2, 6, 11, 17, 18, 19

Note that issues 2, 6, and 11 (just above) are inter-related;
they are each related-to 'testability';
they are each not precisely the same.

False is bad;
Falsifiable [means, can be checked] is good.
see Falsifiability Wiki

see Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees, 1999
plus see Fine-Tuned Universe Wiki

The Randomness crew presents an aimless universe. But, per the Second Law of Thermodynamics,
an aimless universe with no central dynamic, should implode. See also separate panel below -
white text on blue background: The Second Law of Thermodynamics

therefore not scientific / merely speculation

Many observers, including this theorist, believe that even infinite∞ universes
are insufficient for their speculation. Furthermore, this hybrid firmulation will need Q4P in any event -
for the ignition, traction, sustainment and ongoing development of every single one of these universes.

see for 40+ page proof of Summa Theory by Mark Davis
see for article in Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center publication

The Randomness directional and sole dynamic of Evolution contradicts its over-arching mythology
of (non-directional) Randomness.

Asserts a grandiose negative axiom. In toto the Randomness fomulation axiomatically and cavalierly
dismisses any possible direction -
physical or metaphysical - to our ordered, expanding
and accelerating universe: Have they indeed checked out every nook and cranny across the span of
our universe - across its 14 billion year span?

We canot observe potential universes outside our own.

See Just Six Numbers, Rees (1999) et al.
Rees makes the case that the universe is fine-tuned.
See Complexification [C+] per Birnbaum (1988 and onwards)
[see major focus in Intro to Summa II, March, 2005;
Potentialism Theory's posited direction of the universe is
that (Brnbaum-hypothesized) Complexification + is the core
mechanistic driver, and is, indeed, obviously directional.
See also subsequent - similar but leaner - presentation
on 'ever-increasing complexity' - per Seth Lloyd,
Programming the Universe, Knopf (2007), pps. 5, 199-200.
Of course, presumably many others have observed the basic trajectory.
So, integrating Summa and Lloyd, Complexification is a metaphysical imperative
which translates into the physical advance via quantum messaging.

Juxtaposed against Seth Lloyd, "Then all at once the universe sprang into existence". Ibid, p. 45

Per this speculative hybrid proposition, the Cosmic Order is primed to generate infinite∞ universes

see Discovery Science Wiki




a) The general concept of Evolution stands.
b) 'Survivability' as a necessary component stands.
c) However, Randomness falls
[ see ]
d) Random Mutation is not the 'driver'

Even though Evolution directly contradicts Randomness (directionless)

No flaw whatsoever discerned; Summa I was published 1988 by KTAV,
and, notwithstanding the Randomness / Atheist 30-year agita over Potentialism Theory,
they are unable to punch a hole in it - large or small.

breaks down on multiple fronts / see this very chart / the universe is both fine-tuned and directional

Meaning, Potentialism differentiates betwen earlier Cosmic Origins and later Universe Origins.

Summa defines 'Cosmic Order' as everything-everything, metaphysical and physical; and defines
'our universe' as our known universe, Big Bang and onwards.


The clinical translation: Randomness is quite flawed - on multiple fronts.


The 'street' translation: Those Randomness boys are 'peddling snake oil'.


Paradigm changing revolutions
often present a scenario of a complacent entrenched
seemingly omnipotent
immovable object
overthrown by a maverick
irresistible force
- whose time has come

- Thomas Kuhn


finessing Einstein's macro universe with Planck's micro universe?

Mission Possible?



the theory is operative across time & space:

pre-Big Bang + catalyst of Big Bang + post-Big Bang


“All that was new in the work, was false,
and all that was true, was old”

– May 1859
sample / negative initial academic reaction
by Professor Samuel Haughton
of Dublin, Ireland
to Charles Darwin’s newly-published
Origin of Species



'the Common Denominator of 14 billion years of cosmic history/evolvement...'


'Complexification (C+) gets us from a single-cell organism ~4 billion years ago > to Beethoven'




There is an order to our universe - on multiple levels.


Key Pillars

[ key inter-related hypotheses ]


Key Pillars
of Summa Theory
in Volume
I 1988
II 2005
II 2005
II 2005
Q4P∞ C+ E+
II 2005
III 2014



see   academic overview


the fount and engine of the cosmic order



"in some manner, mind, and physical law are

part of a common scheme, mutually supporting"



see also Paul Davies Video
15 min / August 2019


"the Quest for Potential Theory challenges for the throne"


"a powerful hybrid construct - Potentialism/Quantum Universe

which readily trumps Randomness..."


for Potentialism Theory's
Cosmic Tool Kit

("advanced warfare")


(1) move cursor to center

(2) then note full-screen option icon / bottom right of gray border

see also


a unified and overarching


universal Common Denominator hypothesis


Metaphysics → Cosmology → Evolution






Does the Glove Fit?


       "If it doesn't fit, 
              you must acquit"

                     - Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran  6/9/14
                            on behalf of O.J. Simpson
                                (at the riveting Simpson murder trial)

in our discussion realm of metaphysics

      if the GLOVE (Potentialism Theory)
            does, indeed, apparently FIT (all the facts)
               ( i.e. all the trillions of bona fide truly established facts )


          might you just have 
               very serious Working Hypothesis

                  - for a genuine Theory of Everything...



"the Greeks"


Conceptual Theorist

Remember, I view myself as a

      Conceptual Theorist / Metaphysicist

                  and not as a

            Scientist / Physicist

Simultaneously, however, my theory must dovetail with good science.

Good science, in turn, would not include the ‘quack pseudo-science’ of the Randomness gang,
nor with their assorted academic and media  perversions. .

As noted, Potentialism Theory is proven inductively -

Another way of saying that is that -

 >> No data point known to mankind conflicts with Potentialism Theory <<


(see also


"Bard College Conference"

Summa's conceptual breakthrough:

unifying Science and Religion





unifying science-spirituality-religion


August 21, 2016
↓ A.M. "Bard Grads / Millennials" Panel Summa Metaphysica - with David Birnbaum



August 21, 2016
↓ P.M. "Bard Grads / Millennials" Panel Summa Metaphysica - with David Birnbaum


"the desire for a unified world picture is irrepressible"


see also

David Birnbaum / Summa Metaphysica / Potentialism Theory

Unifying Science, Religion & Philosophy

October 28, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Unifying Science, Spirituality & Philosophy




February 6, 2015
EPOCH TIMES: Tikkun Olam & David Birnbaum’s Summa Metaphysica


February 5, 2015
IDEASTAP: The History of Ideas & Summa Metaphysica’s Potentialism Theory


February 4, 2015
FUTURE TECH: The Birnbaum Theorem


January 28, 2015
WORLD.EDU: Philosophy: The Prime Mover of the Cosmos?


November 20, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: The Singularity of the Big Bang:
Juxtaposing Entrenched Orthodoxy Theory v. Potentialism Theory


November 20, 2014
ROCKET NEWS: The Core DNA of the Cosmic Order


November 19, 2014
WORLD.EDU: Philosophy: The Simultaneous Solution


November 9, 2014
NEW ZEALAND TIMES: God Does Not Play Dice with the Universe


June 4, 2014
EPOCH TIMES: Birnbaum’s Beethoven or Darwin’s Beethoven



April 8, 2014
ACADEMIA.EDU: Unifying Theory: The Quest to Unify Science, Philosophy and Spirituality


Feb 25, 2014
FUTURE TECH: 7000 Years in the Making



Why do you insist....

"Why do you insist that the universe is not a conscious intelligence,
when it gives birth to conscious intelligence"

- Cicero, c. 44 BCE


Remember, Potentialism Theory does not go so far as to say that the universe is a 'conscious intelligence'; rather, that the prime underlying dynamic (Q4P) is a hyper-intelligence.

Indeed, per the theory, humans (and the universe) are created, in part, to vicariously secure 'consciousness' for the the underlying dynamic Q4P.



Proven Inductively


Harvard Kennedy School


now, back to the 'beginning of the beginning'


Primordial Cosmic Realms*
working hypothesis

1) Potential/Possibility is eternal**

[But what is the catalyst morphing
(seemingly passive) Potential into (pro-active) Quest for Potential (Q4P)?]

2) Primordial (potential/possibility-oriented) Quantum Mechanics (QM)*** and
(eternal) Potential supercharge each other

a) Potential → Quest for Potential∞ (Q4P)
[This 'quest' will have both intentionality and ~instinct intelligence]

b) Primodial QM → Primodial+ QM

3) In due course, Q4P will deploy/harness both (pre-Big Bang primordial)
Quantum Mechanics (QM) and (pre-Big Bang primordial) Classic Physics
- to split 'ZERO' - and ignite our universe via the Big Bang.... the Genesis Point.



Creation Ex Nihilo+

So, it would seem that
Creation Ex Nihilo
(Creation from Nothing)
falls, as well, to Summa/Potentialism Theory

So we, indeed, would seem to have a viable metaphysical/scientific ('fusion' again) working hypothesis for one of the iconic Holy Grails of metaphysics//philosophy/cosmology

I might prefer to call the finesse -

.....Creation Ex Nihilo+


Potential is more than Nothing

Basically, two potential-related 'somethings' supercharge each other -

Summa's metaphysical Eternal Potential was 'impacted' by the primordial incarnation (specifically, the potential-possibility aspect thereof, of) Planck/Einstein's Quantum Mechanics (QM) - to yield Summa's proposed Prime Mover (primum movens) ............ Q4P

And this Prime Mover can be viewed as either secular or spiritual or Divine (or some variation thereof), depending on one's predilection.


# Be clear that I did not (have the nerve to) mess around with integrating QM whatsoever into Summa/Potentialism Theory until I read Lloyd's ("Programing") book in 2006 - and observed the extraordinary 1:1 parallel to Summa I (1988) and Summa II (2005); however, like a stem cell, QM would seem to have many vibrant 'faces'... and thus, the QM plot thickened... and here we are

# As you are aware, I integrate the Wheeler/Lloyd QM It/Bit build-out into my Summa/Potentialism theory Evolution build-out several years later - in 2014 in Summa III; however, the above Primordial Cosmic Realms QM build-out is new****.

# Be alert that, contrary to point (2) above, there are those who assert that QM does not exist (in any form) pre-Big Bang; respectfully, they are wrong*****; however, even if they are right, point (2) above will then simply need to be tweaked as follows .The potential/possibility of (potential-possibility-oriented) QM jump-started Q4P from Eternal Potential. ******



* before our universe was even created

** As noted, BY DEFINITION....Self-Evident

*** In our deployment of QM in primordial realms we are focusing on the classic 'possibility' aspect of QM;
in our deployment of QM via a' vis Evolution we are focusing on the Wheeler/Lloyd 'bit-build-out
aspect of QM.

**** I had 'radar lock' at post-Yom Kippur Break-Fast Sept 30, 2017 while harassing the (philosophically sharp)
NYU Medical School student next to me - after struggling with the issue for several decades.
As we were going down the NYU Kimmel Building elevator after the buffet, I asked him what he liked best
about the theory. His response: "It would appear to be a viable and quite all-encompassing theory;
and in science the more all-encompassing viable theory prevails."

***** QM needs to be operational pre-Big Bang, because QM is (quite-specifically) needed
to arrange the precise settings for the Big Bang; QM has the tool-kit to do same -
and 100th generation IBM's Watson (c. 3000 CE) was not in the picture yet....

****** As is apparent, this (fallback) version would be weaker than my preferred version (above).

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory



David Birnbaum Academic Bio


David Birnbaum is a philosophical writer, conceptual theorist, historical chronicler and editor.

# universal secular philosophy & Jewish religious philosophy:

Birnbaum is known globally as “the architect of Potentialism Theory” – a unified philosophy/cosmology/metaphysics. The paradigm-challenging theory - presented through three prisms - is delineated in Birnbaum’s 3-volume Summa Metaphysica series (1988, 2005, 2014).  See 

A riposte to Summa Theologica of (St.) Thomas Aquinas, the (original) Birnbaum treatise challenges both the mainstream Western philosophy of Aristotelianism as well as the well propped-up British/atheistic cosmology of Randomness.

The Summa Metaphysica series was the focus of an international academic conference on Science & Religion April 16-19, 2012  at BARD College (see

The focus of over 150 reviews and articles, Summa Metaphysica has been an assigned Course Text at over 15 institutions of higher learning globally. The work has been very widely covered globally. (see for 100+ articles on the series as well as the Course Text institutions. 

The first volume of the Summa series, God and Evil (KTAV, 1988) is considered by many to be a breakthrough modern day classic in the field of religious philosophy and of theodicy, in particular. See also

#  editor, Jewish thought & spirituality:

David Birnbaum is the conceptualizer and Editor-in-Chief of the Mesorah Matrix series on Jewish thought and spirituality. The series spans 10-volumes with 10 respective themes and includes 200+ original pieces from 150+ global Jewish thought leader essayists. See

#  historical chronicler and author:

In the history realm, David Birnbaum is the author/chronicler of the 2-volume The Crucifixion – of the Jews. The 2-volume set (published in 2009) traces a direct trajectory from the Canon Gospels in the First Century to Auschwitz in the Twentieth. In November 2019, ten years after the publication of The Crucifixion,  the Church of England / Anglican Communion issued a major document/report "God's Unfailing Word" - which accepted/confirmed many of the key thrusts of the (highly-controversial) Birnbaum frontal challenge to the Church of a decade prior. See

The inter-related Birnbam history series is his 7-volume Jews, Church and Civilization. See  

# education

David Birnbaum has served on the faculty of the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. He is a graduate of Yeshiva of Forest Hills (Dov Revel), Yeshiva University High School (MTA), City College of New York (CCNY), and Harvard.

See also,



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Running the Gauntlet ...


The author of a new theory is typically compelled to
'run a gauntlet of toxicity' before the new theory even gets a fair hearing

A sequenced list of toxic gambits deployed by entrenched orthodoxy academic establishments v. dynamic new paradigm theories follows:

First, the theory is politically boxed-out

Second, the theoretician/author is dissed and/or defamed - to undermine the theory

Third, the theory is cavalierly dismissed

Fourth, fake flaws in the theory are manufactured/asserted by the (now increasingly-desperate) Establishment

Fifth, the theory is aggressively politically opposed by the (now panicking) Establishment

Sixth, the (original) theory is challenged as being not so original in any event - by the (now up against the wall) Establishment

Seventh, in league with the Establishment, wannabe players attempt to co-opt original authorship

- extrapolation of saw/maxim
by Arthur Schopenhauer,
German philosopher


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The two current salient
overarching paradigm options are:

• Entrenched
• old paradigm
• aimless
• heir to alchemy
• a Theory of No Theory
• anti-scientific
• parochial / hard-line Atheistic / Fundamentalist
• no core text / no website
• hierarchy: secret / ~London / legally at-risk


• Challenger
• new paradigm
• directional
• heir to Aristotelian 'directionalism'
• a well-vetted theory
• bullet-proof
• universalistic
• Summa Metaphysica 3-volume treatise*
• hierarchy: D. Birnbaum / Manhattan


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God of IsraelQ4P∞
max consciousnessYN
potentially vengefulYN
has emotionYN
seeks emotion
seeks greatest good
for the greatest number
averse to evilYY
able to eliminate evilNN
IS everything NY
directional universeYY
ostensibly creates
a ~finished universe
allow for / mandate
self-perceives itself
as Divine
seeks  spiritualityNM
seeks after GodNM
origin explainedN~Y
theodicy issue
theogony issue
centerpiece of
a religion?

The above-noted inter-related aspects of Q4P are pretty incredible; however, once one accepts as working hypotheses -  the Big Bang as well as both the Potential and Computational 'faces' of Quantum Mechanics, the above is not a Mission Impossible leap,


The Sanctity of Human Life

Per Potentialism Theory, the core of Life is Q4P

and Q4P is more like an infinite metaphysical river.

Thus, murder, for instance,

would, as well, be an attack on the core of the Cosmic Order

- aside from the crime of the murder of the individual victim.

And, the human, after all, is the apex production (to date)

of Infinite Quest for Potential.


The (true) Origin of Life

in the Cosmic Order
The emergence of Q4P from  Eternal Potential
is the origin of metaphysical life

in our universe
When metaphysical Q4P transmutes at the Big Bang (13.7 billion years ago)
into its metaphysical-physical hybrid state 'Universe", 
life is de facto initiated/introduced into our universe (simultaneous with the Big Bang).

(Mophie/battery) Q4P
plugs-into (CellPhone) Universe.

catalyst for Complexification on Earth
Thus, life, seemingly the most complex/profound "thing" of all,
comes at the very beginning of Complexification (C+) on Earth,
(as it was transplanted from metaphysical realms),
and not billions of years into its trajectory.

How is that?

Because no Complexification (of life Forms) can occur until there is the spark of life

Therefore Q4P needed to get us to life quickly

Therefore, Q4P needed to (first) transmute itself  >  our Universe

Therefore, (first) the Big Bang

But, again, how did the most complex/profound "thing" come so early?

Because as noted, the spark of life (via Q4P)
had actually been on the march for eons pre-Big Bang


Key Steps to Life

1) Q4P emerges from Eternal Potential

2) Q4P transmutes > (into)  our Universe (at the Bang point)
             in part to instigate the life platform

3) (Per Potentialism Theory) Life actually emerges on Earth simultaneous
    with the birth of our planet:

However, here is the current scientific widsdom:

13.7 billion years ago:  Big Bang 
4.54 billion years ago: formation of Earth
4.28 billion years ago: earliest (current*) guestimate for genesis of  life
3.77 billion years ago: latest (current*) guestimate for genesis of life  

Per Potentialism Theory, evidence of life should increasingly be discovered ever closer and closer to the formation of the planet (4.54 billion years ago)


It is not that life happened to emerge on Earth


Q4P (the pure-metaphysical life force) transmuted  >  our Universe
as the necessary (precursor) morphing to launch metaphysical/physical life

- with the Earth, in turn, being the designated platform for the 'genesis/creation' of life

But, metaphysical life came along for the ride with Q4P;
and metaphysical/physical life (example: human life later down the road
was thus only a mini-step away



Q4P builds-out  platforms
as advanced bases for Complexification

Universe > Earth > Life  >  ............................Humans
with all respectively being (stacked) platforms/bases in progression


*   Jan 15, 2020 (wiki)
** see more in Summa III



Morphing & Transmuting


the Q4P transformation from Pure Metaphysical  >  Hybrid

the underlying logic for the hypothesis


Pure Metaphysical>Hybrid Metaphysical-Physical:
(pre-Big Bang)(post-Big Bang)
Intangibletangible  (our universe)


a) one accepts as a working hypothesis the Big Bang theory 
   (the crucial corroborating [background radiation] evidence came in 1964)
b) and considers a core premise of  Potentialism Theory (see Summa III [2014]) 
    that Q4P ignited the Big Bang
b2) and notes that life began proximate to the formation of the Earth
c) and considers Potentialism's premise that Dark Energy and Dark Matter are (direct) derivatives of Q4P 
d) and notes how Dark Energy and Dark Matter are the preponderance of the universe
e) and notes our ever-expanding and now accelerating universe
f) and notes the various (extraordinarily improbable) twists and turns that the universe
   seems to have taken  enroute to life  - and in sustaining life - on earth to this day,
g) and notes the related extraordinary fine-tuning of the many, many constants necessary for life on earth
h) and notes how the very laws of physics may have been altered over the eons
i) and considers that Q4P is the catalyst and driver - and complexifier - of the universe



(j) it is not a super-leap to hypothesize -

# that our universe was/is the 'incarnation of choice' for formerly 100% metaphysical Q4P

# that the core underlying dynamic was seeking a platform - a more versatile and powerful hybrid metaphysical-physical platform - from which to launch/sustain/develop (physical) life - and direct the next levels of Complexification enroute to Extraordinariation.

#  that Q4P was compelled to morph for the purpose  (just-noted)

#  that the formerly purely metaphysical core dynamic (Q4P) transmuted via the Big Bang into a hybrid metyaphysical/physical entity - our universe.



The Cambrian Explosion

and our Theory

Earth: formed:   ~4.5 billion years ago

'Before the Cambrian explosion, most organisms were simple...'  ***

Cambrian explosion:    ~ 0.5 billion years ago

' event approximately 541 million years ago in the Cambrian period
when most major animal phyla appeared in the fossil record.
It lasted for about 13 – 25 million years
and resulted in the divergence of most modern metazoan phyla.
The event was accompanied by major diversification of other organisms.' ***

So, focusing on Q4P, what is happening in this picture?

My best assessment is that for Q4P. the first 4 billion (post-formation of Earth)
year period was 'schooling' / 'warm-up'

Q4P experimented and learned; it steadily advanced up the slope of the learning curve

At the Cambrian point, Q4P made-its-move

It had  just tested the gears for Complexification for 4 billion years -
and Q4P astutely integrated the new-found knowledge

At Cambrian it mustered its powers - and choreographed/designed a new platform for Extraordinariation - the explosion of diversified organisms...


***  Cambrian Explosion  / WIKI / 1/22/20


What comes next?

Our premise is that, aside from the broader goal of Complexification enroute to Extraordinariation, Q4P seeks to (vicariously) play out dimensions of Consciousness and Love.

So, following that thrust, no reason to doubt that Q4P will seek to follow-up ongoing on those two thrusts. And, one suspects that ever-expanding Consciousness has priority between the two thrusts.

So, what does ever-expanding Consciousness imply?
I have not truly focused on that question, but I believe that it is a very key question to be addressed by all.


the Greeks?

How did the (great) Greeks totally miss Q4P

Philosophers were looking for an entity, not a force

Furthermore, the 'force' here is actually a 'quest'

And, in any event, philosophers were geared towards parsing the dimensions of classic God, as opposed-to totally replacing classic (dynamic and thoroughly conscious) God with a new paradigm 'something'..... still it is 'curious'

A psychologist in the audience at one of my lectures opined that Q4P did not want to be discovered until now - for whatever combination of reasons it might have - and our psyches were consequently cloaked  hitherto (by Q4P) on that point

Others conjecture that a certain level of Evolutionary consciousness had to be reached before the theory could be conceptualized  - and understood - and then accepted; that, the concept of a metaphysical quest (for an intangible - 'potential') driving the Cosmic Order would have been "a bridge too far" to reach any traction whatsoever hitherto








As noted, a key Biblcal name of God
Self-identified at The 'Burning Bush' saga
c. 1250 BCE exodus from Egypt
- Book of Exodus [ Shemot ] 3:14 is -
(in the Biblical hebrew) Eheyeh Asher Eheyeh


And, if the Divine
is the God of Potential
then THEODICY ( the problem of evil )
and THEOGONY ( the origins of the Divine )
both fall into place philosophically

See Summa I: God and Evil: Religious Man
for elucidation

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

excerpt from    
God and Evil  (Summa Metaphysica I)
KTAV Publishing, NJ  1988,
from section 100.00: The Epicenter of the Divine,  pps: 66-67  


Holy Divine Potential.....
the infinite Divine blaze leapt forth...."

Independent of time, matter, and energy, and indeed, independent of a universe, existed Holy Divine Potential—the primordial Divine. At the eternal origins of out-of-time: Holy Potential within potential within potential ad infinitum—tracking to the forward edges of time.

At the embryonic stage of holiness, deep in the womb of nothingness, deep at the core of out-of-time, hinged on an indefinable and infinite circularity, there was an ascending holy metaphysical fire: Yearning, imploring, calling forth into the void.

[The concept of a primordial Divine has clear and direct precedent in the concept of the En Sof of Kabbalah.]

Traversing the Bridge
And as nature abhors a vacuum, Holy Potential abhors nothingness. This is a cosmic axiom.

Simultaneous with the eternal origins of out-of-time, an equilibrium of nothingness was thrown into disequilibrium by its own Holy Potential. Exploding and imploding. Echoing through this day and racing towards infinite time, Holy Potential screamed forth.

Flowing from the Essence of the Divine, the infinite holy potential of the Divine demanded more expression. Among these elements were the potentials for creation of the universe, and within the latter the potentials for man to quest for his spiritual potentia1, as well as others, including mercy, love, truth, justice, beauty, and harmony. The holy potential core of the Divine demanded more than just potentia1. For the potentialities of Divine creation are inherent in the eternal Divine origins and in the Divine Essence itself.

At the eye of the primal cosmic storm, warping from out-of-time towards time, unzipping the cosmic void into positives and negatives, the infinite Divine blaze leapt forth. A creative supraconscious dynamic, transcending time, space, and eternity. Focusing its holy metaphysical force. Genesis.

and God divided the light from the darkness.
—Genesis 1:4

A holy dynamic flows forth through this day, tracing its origins to the inner core of the Divine. Beneath the eddies and swirls at the surface of the cosmic stream, beneath the deep and powerful major cosmic currents, from out of the epicenter of the holy, flows the deepest primal current—questing, beseeching, and indeed, screaming—for ultimate potentiality.

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC


Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC


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Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

selected excerpts from book flap


Summa Metaphysica I




David Birnbaum’s God and Evil is a major philosophical study which systematically confronts the philosophical problem of evil, and the Holocaust in particular...

Summa Metaphysica I: God and Evil: Religious Man (1988) is the first of three books in Birnbaum’s landmark three-volume Summa Metaphysica series crafted over a twenty-six year period...

In Book #1 of the series, Birnbaum introduces the concepts of Quest for Potential (Q4P), as well as God of Potential...

According to Birnbaum’s paradigm, Quest for Potential∞ drives Man and God/god and the Cosmos. Potential is the nexus. God of Potential is juxtaposed against Man of Autonomy-Freedom-Potential...

Combining modern and classic, rationalist and mystic themes...

The Summa series reshapes the contours of metaphysics, philosophy, and theology.




Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC


Quest for Potential  -   THE SACRED DYNAMIC

more excerpts

excerpts from
God and Evil (Summa Metaphysica I)
KTAV Publishing, NJ, 1988,
from section 300:00: The Underlying Dynamic
pps. 78-82



Holy quest for potential is the underlying core dynamic of the cosmic order.

Holy quest for potential—our parallel to the kabbalistic En Sof—is the “primal scream” of the cosmos...

Holy Potential, emanating through and from the Divine essence, radiates through the universe—questing, pulsating, exploding, reaching, energizing, expanding, in time and out-of-time...

It is at the core of the holy/natural drive of the cosmos. It is the primal engine of cosmic existence.


The Genesis Point: From there on through this day the majesty of creation seeks its maximal potential.

Life is daring. The cosmos strives not just for survival; it quests for its maximal potential...

Long before Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give to man, God grasped life from out of the void and created fire and man.


The universe seeks its maximum and optimal potential—inexorably. For this, we postulate, is its raison d’être.


“Holy Potentiality” is a thoroughly overarching dynamic, emanating from the infinitely holy through creation to the far reaches of the cosmic order. Soloveitchik notes: “He is the Lord of the hosts, who resides in every infinitessimal particle of creation and the whole universe is replete with His glory.”


At the Genesis Point, a Divine spark leapt forth. The spark initiates a cycle of becoming, creation, and rebirth. It is the core of this spiritual blaze of potentiality whose ultimate perfect achievement is a primal cosmic end. It is this transcendental flame which directly continues the spark of Life which the Divine infused through Primal Man.


The cosmic thrust for potential is man-centered. Within this constraint, the cosmos seeks its own perfection. The quests for spirituality and perfection, and the attendant quests for freedom, harmony, and beauty find their source in the metaphysical spark which actualized the cosmos. It was the origin of this quest of quests which bridged the gap from “nothingness” to “Somethingness.”



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pegging-off of Summa I  section 400.20

Updated focus on the 0-point  


So, why is there Evil at all?


I form the light, and create darkness;
I make peace, and create evil; I am the Lord,
Who has made all these things.

- Isaiah 45:5


Evil has its source in the good.

- Augustine



At eternal origins, there was just the 0-point.

At some point
Potential split 0 into -

Positives and Negatives,
Pluses and Minuses,
Matter and anti-Matter,
Good and Evil

To ignite a universe,
one must split 0

And if one splits 0,
there will thus of necessity
be Evil
in the mix

There would apparently
simply be no way
to create or update the universe
with no Evil in it; else that
would have been The Plan.

Do you insist on No Evil?
Then, No universe.

Do you wish a  universe?
Then Evil will
be an actor.


The concept of the primordial 0 being split into PLUSES and MINUSES has resonance, whether from esoteric ancient strains, through Summa Metaphysica I (1988), and then through contemporary (21st Century) Quantum Mechanics.

See "IT from BIT" (1990) theoretical physics hypothesis of Princeton’s iconic John Wheeler (1911-2008), and developed via his intellectual heir, MIT's Quantum guru Seth Lloyd. See, in particular, Lloyd's (seminal) Programming the Universe, 2006, Knopf. See in further focus Lloyd's Chapter 3: The Computational Universe (subsection: The Story of the Universe).  


So, in 2006 Lloyd's quantum mechanics 21st Century physics fortuitously makes an appearance just after Summa Metaphysica II (2005) and Summa Metaphysica I (1988); his work buttress aspects of Potentialsm Theory's metaphysics (theodicy and Eternal Origins components), which, in turn provides philosophical buttress for aspects of the God of Israel handed-down by Moses at Sinai (c.1250 BCE).   


 more theological texture 

The midrash (Jewish exegesis, parable and lore)
has the (omnipotent) Divine
weeping over Evil

Thus, a Divine not quite "omnipotent"
and not quite
impervious to Evil & suffering






Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory = Q4P Theory

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What is the Lifespan of Q4P Universe?

#  Q4P has eternal origins
[ see the En Sof primordial God of (kabbalist) Luria (b. 1534) ]
[ brought up in Summa 1 (1988) ]

# Q4P endeavors to be eternal going forward


Then, try to integrate the following to understand Q4P:


# The universe is an evolvement of Q4P

# We are all integral to Q4P/Universe

# One can (optionally) posit that Q4P is the God Force

#  See (quick)
( lead-in to )

# See
( displayed, as well, in )

# Note the (panentheistic) God of the BESHT
( the BESHT = the Baal Shem Tov, [b. 1698]
the spiritual founder of Hasidic Judaism )
[  brought up in Summa 2  (2005)  ] 

# Seth Lloyd's Programming the Universe (2006)
          [ which builds upon John Wheeler's It from Bit ]

possibly with Divine spark / drive

#  Remember the ALIEN sci fi series
(introduced 1979)
wherein the alien entity
learns, integrates, iterates,
and gets stronger daily 

In our case, Q4P, a more benign entity, does same 

i.e. We have a unique variation of Process Theology

#  An all-encompassing suis generis
UI ( Universe Intelligence )
( with Divine Spark/Drive in-the-mix? )
[ of which WE are each components ]
the universe
- to optimize, among other objectives, perpetual advance.

#  Our universe - a potentially perpetual motion force/entity - 
to play-out
its perpetual motion potential

# Thus, the potential - but far from guaranteed - lifespan of our Q4P universe
is infnite 

# However, Q4P in its pure form is eternal, regardless



The Universe (aka Q4P) is expanding ongoing;
currently this expansion rate is accelerating.

Q4P must vigilantly advance forward 
with sufficient (Lambda) velocity/force to
prevail against entropy.

Q4P must contend with gravity, as well,
which simultaneously
enhances, maintains, and threatens the universe.


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Quick Overview


One Proposed Working Hypothesis

Potentialism Theory hypothesizes that if we introduce one (conceptualized) metaphysical concept - Quest for Potential∞ - as the eternal 'driver' of the Cosmic Order, then entire inter-related clusters of hitherto unresolved issues across science, religion, metaphysics and philosophy - including (but not limited to) cosmology, cosmogony, theogony, theodicy, teleology and evolutionary biology - are all simultaniously lanced.

The fusion of my Potentialism Theory - with MIT LLoyd's (information communication & computation) quantum mechanics - provides a quite-powerful proposition: A seamless A-Z metaphysics/physics/cosmology. Sort of what many people have been seeking for a long time.

A well-vetted and quite-possibly correct simultaneous solution - a fully integrated,all-embracing metaphysics / new paradigm - is perhaps something worth evaluating. One concept (Quest for Potential∞) resolving conundrums across a dozen+ fields? If essentially on the mark, it would indeed transform the world as we know it.

That is what SummaMetaphysica/Potentialism has proposed - starting with the focus on theodicy in Summa I: God and Evil in 1988.

All data-points vector towards the theory being correct. After 28+ years of public vetting, not a single flaw has been discerned in it. And as we know from 7th grade mathematics, elegant possible simultaneous solutions inevitably have a way of turning out to be correct.

Potentialism proposes that our universe indeed has a direction (Quest for Potential∞). Advocates of an aimless and random universe have been having a public nervous breakdown over the theory since God and Evil (Summa I) was published by KTAV twenty-eight years - and six printings - ago in 1988.

Potentialism Theory is, as well, simple yet powerful (i.e. infinitely nested). And indeed, to add irony to the potentially pivotal theory, its proposed key to the cosmic code - Quest for Potential∞ - has always been 'hiding in plain sight'.

The theory can be viewed through a religious lens (see Summa Metaphysica I: God and Evil); a spiritual lens (see Summa Metaphysica II: God and Good) or a secular lens (see Summa Metaphysica III: The Transcendent Dynamic).

The theory shatters various 'idols' along the way. The world is not flat, nor is the universe random - by any means. The universe may be far more dynamic and fully-integrated than hitherto suspected, to put matters mildly.

Various entrenched 'priesthoods' - whether in academe or otherwise - will diss any truly threatening paradigm - and will fight rearguard battles, sometimes vicious ones, to protect their power prerogatives. But these reactionary efforts against a formidable new paradigm will ultimately fail.

The Random Universe formulation is simply old-fashioned fundamentalist and strident hard-line Atheism masked as science.

The 14th-16th Century Vatican persecuting theorists for propounding helio-centrism, is now replaced by a hard-line Randomnist hierarchy in England (globally) undermining the careers of directional-universe theoreticians.

A zealous religious Inquisition is replaced by a zealous antireligious inquisition;
Bogus Middle Ages Church doctrine is replaced by bogus 21st Century hard-line Random Universe doctrine.

In each case, too much power leading directly to ruinous and implacable hard-line doctrine - and from thence onto destruction of truth and lives.

Ultimately, the most powerful currency prevails in commerce, and the most powerful ideas/concepts prevail in the history of ideas. Thomas S. Kuhn discussed the fierce institutional resistance faced by paradigm challenges. See his 1962 classic, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

One can argue that my little Harvard degree is not in philosophy - or one can look at the overwhelming evidence behind the proposition - and 'listen to the music'.

I invite you to examine the hypothesis and expand your minds and your souls.




David B.



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Has the Entrenched Randomness Clique Strangled Global Debate?



The Fall of Randomness

subtext: the ramifications of
the Randomness clique's abuse of power

The m.o.:
From the shadows, their 'leadership clique' has rationalized a pattern of
ongoing nefarious antics/gambits to destroy competing theorists.

unable to compete 'on the merits'
the clique deploys academic thuggery -
with slander, defamation, and misinformation
as consistently central to its messaging
- in targeting opposing theorists for destruction

The net result:
Institutionalizing the strangulation (by the Randomness clique) of global debate
as (somehow) acceptable academic practice & norm

extra-legal modus operandi
one cannot assert that their m.o. is a legal one
Is the closest descrition - 'racketeering & corrupt' ?

a few medieval ogres calling their shots
suppress all debate * crush all dissent * destroy all dissenters

actually a fundamentalist/hard-line/militant/nihilistic cult
masquerading as a scientific theory

radicalizing classic Atheism
- from (scientifically tenable) ideological opposition to classic Creationist God,
into (scientifically untenable) hard-line Atheism -
with strident opposition to any 'direction' whatsoever in the universe
as core doctrine.

In the mix,
Their stratagem conveniently aims to toxify competing theorists (typically American),
and attempts to sideline these American theories (typically 'directional universe').

The 'cover':
slap-on-the-back jocularity and pompous self-righteous (misplaced) arrogance

The internal (delusional) mantra:
"We are Imperial" - and we alone - and unilaterally -
will decide what is acceptable academic discourse

Conflating an anti-religious ideology
- with academic teachings

As 90%+ of science academicians in England happen to conveniently be hard-line Atheists, they will merge a fundamentalist ideology (stridently anti-theist), with a (false) scientific hunch (an anti-directional universe); they will then advocate Randomness/Aimlessness - as (alleged) science.
The two - a strident fundamentalist ideology and (false) a hunch - will become one and the same: the (convoluted) 'science' of the Atheist British academics.

the putative 'side benefit':
Presumably the Randomness clique would get to divvy-up global academic influence -
with 'legacy' and sundry accolades in-the-mix....

the ancillary toxic gambits:
the 'gaming' of Google and Wikipedia

teaching the wrong course
The Randomness clique should not be teaching Cosmology;
they should be teaching a course which they actually truly understand:
"Fascism for Beginners" : An Introductory Course

does not actually qualify as science
should not really even be brought up in the Science Department courses;
sort of, a wrong turn in the history of science;
simply not serious

hijacked and mutated classic Atheism
mutated Atheism from: disbelievers in classic God >
rabid and millitant opponents of any 'direction' to the universe

Zombie DNA
we come, we destroy; darkness trumps light; despair trumps hope

We are the nihilist Randomness cultists

Three racketeering identity-masked ghouls on pinnacle British campuses
are allowed to decree verdicts of academic Life or Death
on cosmology/philosophy academics across America ???
- while Cambridge - Oxford - Imperial
hear no evil; see no evil ?
- while cutting-edge American theorists are conveniently undermined
and/or systematically destroyed?
- And while The Chronicle (DC-based) always 'happens' to deliver
the core (often virulently) negativity attack? - which can conveniently and readily
be parlayed by the ghouls' acolytes into a high-profile destructive Guardian article and/or
Wikipedia piece to aid & abet the steady academic asphyxiation of the target theorist?

a (very) small secretive, psychologically twisted clique
- dictates (quack) 'science' to the world?

- by neutralizing/eliminating competing theorists via -
secretly commissioned toxic articles; bare-knuckled academic blackmail;
and gaming Google/Wikipedia?

The core Randomness hierarchy permanently in hiding?

Three thuggish from-the-shadows misfits...

Self-appointed to play

Sadistic cowards...

[NOTE. My family exited Berlin in 1938; we have seen these fascist freaks before...]

The collateral damage:
# a 100+ year (at least as far back as 1900) freeze of scientific advance across multiple fields
# a betrayal of the world's trust in British academe
# the unhinging of England's venerable core academic integrity


But, as noted in the above Scroll Down, Randomness - as front & center - now falls on both key fronts: Cosmology and Evolution

And, all the king's horses
and all the king's men

Couldn't put Humpty Dumpty
back together again

see also


To the Reader

I have worked on this project since age ten (1960), 57 years ago, when I was a 4th grade student at (Modern Orthodox Jewish) Yeshiva Dov Revel of Forest Hills, Queens, NY.

About 1/2 of the parents had emigrated from Europe at some point post-1900, some tattooed with blue numbers on their forearms. Everyone was motivated. Dual-curriculum Dov Revel was the toughest school I ever attended, Harvard-included. Per the school's DNA, established science trumped theology. And, of course, we were exposed to challenge on all fronts.

On the science front, things were hopping in the '50s and '60s in Astronomy, in particular. As you recall, in Spring 1964 Bell Labs researchers in nearby NJ accidentally corroborated the Big Bang via cosmic microwave background radiation, and a new era was de facto ushered in. That vey same Spring 1964, I graduated eighth grade. My little Astronomy hobby morphed into my little Metaphysics hobby.

As you know, the first (volume of the Summa series) work came out 1988, 29 years ago.

I have studied the world and the theory from as many angles as I could during this entire 55+ year duration (1960 - now ). The theory has been exhaustively vetted. At the 3+ day 2012 BARD conference, no vulnerability was discerned in Summa/Potentialism.

I am confident in the theory.

Please be wary of any academic group - however fancy - whose signature m.o. is the de-legitimization and defamation of competing theorists; whose single-minded stratagem is the relentless obfuscation or suppression of debate - at all costs.

This is my chosen modality to break the little stranglehold of that crypto-academic group.

May truth and global advance be the ultimate victors.


Humbly submitted to my fellow voyagers on life's extraordinary journey.


D. Birnbaum


alert to the enemies of science masquerading as fancy academics:


Rumor has it 
that a core group of
hard-line British atheists
        has perfected the art of "character assassination"
(of 'directional universe' theorists)
-  with "plausible deniability" by the Brits in-the-mix;
they are a little weak on intellectual integrity and theory, however.




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The logo of the DOJ/FBI is for identification of the statutory authority.

The reward is doubled for the identity-masked head of the racketeering organization.


Note from a Friend
Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial
et al.

Best not to allow a foothold on your campuses to those who would strangle global debate

Respectfully do not allow academic thugs to hide behind your skirts

Best not to allow enemies of science to position yourselves as their 'enablers'

"Scientia Imperii decus et tutamen"

Note that Cambridge University, in particular, has more than enough leverage
to unilaterally put an end to all of this Golden Triangle academic thuggery - within 24 hours.



see RandomnessBoys





With special homage to timeless thinkers -

A.I. Kook
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Thomas Merton

We hitch a ride on the shoulders of giants,
so we can potentially scan the edge of the horizon
just a touch further out....


And, of course we salute our esteemed guide Guatama Buddha


- Birnbaum



Summa Metaphysica


1988 (Summa I) Religious Man

# Proposed Theodicy/Theogony resolution
closes the two key philosophical vulnerabilities in Religion

# Proposed eternal dynamic Infinite Quest for Potential
lays groundwork for Directional Universe

# Lays groundwork for the unification of Science, Spirituality and Religion


2005 (Summa II) Spiritual Man

# Demonstrates Directional Universe

# Proposes formula for the cosmic code: Q4P∞ → C+ → E+
Meaning, the cosmos is most certainly directional, and most certainly not random

# Provides an Overarching Metaphysics / Simultaneous Solution

# Provides new metaphysical/philosophical/cosmological standing to Spirituality


2014 (Summa III) Secular Man

# Overthrows Randomness/Aimlessness* across multiple fronts

# Proposed 'Fusion Evolution' theory
(a) supplanting Random Mutation as the key platform in Evolution, and
(b) deploying a fusion of Summa’s metaphysics and Quantum Mechanics - Q4P/Q3 - as the key catalyst.

# Completes Summa's proposed unification of Science, Spirituality and Religion

# Creation Ex Nihilo+

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For Consideration


The British should consider upholding the intellectual integrity of debate and discussion - as opposed to obsessively and gangland-style propping-up quack-science Randomness and/or the complete 1859 theory of British favorite son Darwin:


# Racketeering will not endlessly hold back the tide of
scientific advance
# Character assassination is a strange way to uphold British glory
# Academic blackmail has consequences
# Further attempted foisting of the debunked Randomness
formulation across global academe is weird
# Messing around with felony-invoking RICO
(Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act) may prove ill-advised
# Planting destructo articles and/or defamation in The Chronicle or
The Guardian wears thin
# Gaming Google and Wikipedia has a limited shelf-life
# Misplaced and bizarre chauvinism will inevitably boomerang
# Betrayal of the world's students may not resonate well globally....


The British should consider looking in the mirror -
and try real hard to remember who they once were




note the terrifying alternate title
of Darwin's key work


Some posit that the iconic Darwin work served as the
quack-science underpinning for the Third Reich's nefarious and murderous eugenics undertakings.

Note the 'heavily-loaded' terminology (alternate title) -

And note the ominous
resonance with the German Mein Kampf (My Struggle),
Hitler's key work 66 years later.

The time arc from the Liberation of Auschwitz to now is 75 years to the day (Jan 27, 2020); the toxicity emanating from the quack-cohort bowels of Britain is more intense than ever.

So, now we have an additional suspect group (aside from pathological /obsessive British nationalists rooting for hometown favorite Darwin) - for the virulence and magnitude of the vicious anonymous attacks and planted defamations - on theorists not playing ball with Darwinism.





All glory is fleeting


Randomness/Aimlessness (as the key 'cosmic catalyst') is 'done' (debunked).*1 .

The Darwinism version of Evolution is 'done' (debunked).*2 .

The anti-scientific 'infinite random universes'
formulation is 'done' (debunked).*3

The 100+ year dark ages brought to you courtesy of the British randomnist cabal will now start to steadily collapse of its own intellectual and moral bankruptcy.




all elucidated above in

*1 Quest for Potential is the prime catalyst

*2 Fusion Evolution trumps Darwinism / See

*3 Any/all universes need-be Potential-driven and directional