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by New Paradigm Matrix Foundation


“David Birnbaum Cracks the Cosmic Code” – Huffington Post

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


E+ = Extraordinariation

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



more detail/amplification to follow
or, see


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 ***


for amplification on the (2-sided, of course) Super-Equation,
see 2-sided Equation


“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.


note ~interchangeable terms:

Potentialism Theory = Summa Theory = Birnbaum Theory

Q4P = Infinite quest for Potential = Quest for infinite potential


Does one dynamic drive the entire Cosmic Order?



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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




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



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.

Potentialism Theory 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



a proposed new paradigm

‘working hypothesis’ platform

for future fine-tuning & build-out

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






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


“May the force be with you”

“Boldly go where no man has gone before”


‘What Breathes Fire into the Equations?’




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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



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 based on experimental evidence and

mathematic models is in such a strong agreement…’  –  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.


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


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




Fusion Evolution

Metaphysical / Quantum

– Birnbaum, Summa Metaphysica III, January, 2014







Quest for Potential / Quantum Mechanics


tweaks the genomes (ensemble)



a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics: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 / messaging / engineering, let –

Q3 = quantum (via bits) –
information processing /
messaging /

The fusion of –

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

yields >





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



more below…


a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel B


reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering

Q4P/Q3 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 Q4P/Q3 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) Q4P/Q3 Evolution is operating simultaneously in an integrated fashion across all the genomes of our planet.

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+.



the mechanism: C+ (Complexification)
the goal: E+ (Extraordinariation)
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 Q4P/Q3.

Notwithstanding the politically correct pro-Darwinian view, random genetic mutations in nature are respectively highly unlikely to be the salient factor in evolutionary biology. Once again, the odds are simply too slim (read: impossible) that it all works out along the extraordinary axis which our planet’s history has witnessed.

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, Q4P/Q3 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 Q4P/Q3 to pull this off. ; ) Building-out the Cosmic Order – ongoing over the eons – requires a prime time catalyst – Q4P/Q3.



*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.”


a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel C


reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering




. 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 –
Q4P/Q3 – 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 ]


a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel D



reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering


[ per Potentialism Theory ]

Q4P/Q3 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

‘Fusion 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


a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel E


reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering


Metaphysics / Cosmology / Spirituality / Quantum Mechanics / Evolutionary Theory



Grand Unification


the Super Formula+




Q4P/Q3 → C+ → E+



Potential/Quantum → Complexification → Extraordinariation



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 Q4P/Q3 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 Q4P/Q3 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


a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel F


reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering




. Potentialism Darwinism
the literal
driven by a
Driver Infinite
Quest for
Conceptual Mechanism Fusion:
Conceptualizer David Birnbaum**
Charles Darwin
(Kent/Greater London)
Summa III:
Origin of Species

* and possibly, universe-wide

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




a Birnbaum hypothesis
FUSION: Metaphysics:Quantum Mechanics


Evolution / panel G


reminder: Q4P/Q3 is the fusion of –
Q4P = Infinite Quest for Potential and
Q3 = Quantum – information processing / computing / engineering



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.

Note that there is no compelling philosophical imperative to posit that Q4P/QMI is, as well, intrusive into human affairs – or legislative to human society.**

The multi-faceted Potentialism Theory works elegantly and scientifically; it rejects a classic omnipotent Supreme Being on the one hand and rejects a nihilistic/random universe on the other. The theory readily trumps prevailing paradigms on both the far Right and far Left.

Both the ‘Radical Right’ (Fundamentalist Religious) and ‘Radical Left’ (hard line Atheists / no direction to the universe) have a mutuality of interest in my being removed from the chessboard. Whereas, both those paradigms have long-known gaping logical, philosophical and scientific vulnerabilities, respectfully Potentialism Theory, on the other hand, is apparently bullet-proof. Bullet-proof? After 40 years of vetting starting with Summa I in 1988, it certainly looks like it.

[To refresh your memories, the Radical Right needs an authoritarian/all-powerful Supreme Entity; the Radical Left needs the polar opposite: Aimlessness/Randomness. Both zealot/militant philosophies break down philosophically/logically/scientifically in short order; both fanatically resist/deny ‘negative reality’. Sort of like the (defeated) 1945 Japanese infantryman on Okinawa who never gave up to the Americans, and lurks on, cave to cave, for decades. Both extremes are used to citing the litany of deficiencies at the other extreme to prove their own superiority. But in looking at Potentialism Theory each extreme is forced to confront the harsh reality that there is, indeed, now a quite-powerful paradigm on the table – front & center – without any discerned vulnerabilities.]


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 stupid.


* a Birnbaum-hypothesized term

** See my Summa Metaphysica I: Reliigious Man: God and Evil.



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.

he 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



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



The Footprint of Potential

a rough sketch chronology

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.

#  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)

…as well as the SuperFormula: (i.e. the direction/definer of the cosmos)
Q4P → C+ → E+

# 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 – evolves,
thus substantially filling-out pre-Big Bang QM.

# rough sketch chronology – 5

Q4P / pre-Big Bang QM plots the escape of the purely metaphysical – from the void into →
metaphysical cum reality

# rough sketch chronology – 6

Q4P / pre-Big Bang QM splits the (hypothesized) Zero-Point and ignites the Big Bang.
Meaning, Potential, not Random chance, ignites the universe

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

# 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.

technical note: Q4P/Q3 (see is the author’s fusion of Summa’s Quest for Potential (Q4P) with
Lloyd’s Quantum Mechanics; Post- Big Bang the author will use the term Q4P  and the term Q4P/Q3 inter-changeably.

# 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

Q4P/Q3  drives Evolution.

# 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.

# 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 = 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

* 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 United States in the 1930s, Einstein in March 1933, and Birnbaum in October 1938.


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 ***


‘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
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 YES
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
for hard-line Atheism
9 Internally contradictory? NO YES ggg
10 Follows the principles
of Formal Logic? hhh
YES NO hhh
11 Empirically
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+
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 / 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
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
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
Big Bang)
Q4P split
”pure ZERO’
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 changingrevolutions
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 …life, mind, and physical law are

part of a common scheme, mutually supporting”


“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”)


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



a unified and overarching


universal Common Denominator hypothesis


Metaphysics → Cosmology → Evolution








“the Greeks”



“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”



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




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).



David Birnbaum Academic Bio


David Birnbaum is a conceptual theorist. His first work God and Evil (KTAV, 1988) is considered by many to be a breakthrough modern day classic in the field of theodicy. See

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

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

The focus of 150+ reviews/articles, Summa Metaphysica has been an assigned Course Text at over 15 institutions of higher learning globally. See

Summa Metaphysica was the focus of an international academic conference on Science & Religion in April 16-19 2012 (see The work has been very widely covered globally. See

David Birnbaum is the Editor-in-Chief of the Mesorah Matrix series on Jewish thought and spirituality. The sui generis series spans 10-volumes and 10 themes. The entire series is comprised of 200+ specially commissioned original pieces from 150-180 global Jewish thought leader essayists. See

In the history realm, David Birnbaum is the author/chronicler of the 2-volume The Crucifixion – of the Jews, and of the 7-volume Jews, Church & Civilization. His Crucifixion series, in particular, traces a direct trajectory from the Canonical Gospels in the First Century to Auschwitz in the Twentieth. See

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


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


to review Road Map for Summa Theory

(Summa I & II only)


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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




[ from Summa I: God and Evil: PART II: The “Quest for Potential” Unified Formulation ]


the Genesis Point


“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.


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.”






a unified

theodicy / theology / theogony / philosophy / purpose

to review Summa Theory Outline
18 propositions


(Summa I & II only)


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[ alert / mini-flip-book / see note below ]

(mini-flip-book above)
click arrow on right >
for 10 interesting focus articles on Summa I
[note: 3 of the 10 are focused on the embedded Kabbalah matrix]


infinite divine potential

‘common ground’

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Unifying Science & Spirituality



by Benjamin Blech




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.










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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.



see also formal inductive


in summation



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


*online in toto


Thank You

Thank you for graciously reviewing this presentation.

I hope I have laid out the argument cogently.


[ for the fuller treatment, see, of course. ]




Has the Entrenched Randomness Clique Strangled Global Debate?


The Fall of Randomness