Part 03: The Seldon Dialogues, Excerpts -- A ‘‘‘Psychohistorical’’’ Problem.
It is my pleasure, and my honor, as an Officer of the Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.] Office of Public Liaison, to share with you, from time to time, as they are approved for public release by the F.E.D. General Council, key excerpts from the internal writings, and sayings, of our co-founder, Karl Seldon.
The third such release in this new series is pasted in below. [Some E.D. standard edits have been applied, in the version presented below, to the direct transcript of our co-founder’s discourse].
Member, Foundation Encyclopedia Dialectica [F.E.D.],
Officer, F.E.D. Office of Public Liaison.
“... Modern humanity -- modern ‘mathematico-science’ -- has failed to solve general nonlinear differential equations, and, in particular, to discover the general solutions to the differential equations that represent the “laws” of Nature -- e.g., the Newton gravity equations for more than 2 mutually-gravitating bodies [e.g., for stars and planets], the Einstein gravity equations of the General Relativity Theory, the Navier-Stokes equations for flowing matter [e.g., for weather systems], the Klimontovich and Vlasov equations for ionized gases [e.g., for fusion plasmas] -- in short, has failed, so far, to break through ‘‘‘The Nonlinearity Barrier’’’.”
“It is our hypothesis that this failure is no merely “technical difficulty”, no mere failure of mathematical ingenuity, nor is it merely due to a historically-generic “complexity”, to a sheer “objective difficulty” of discovering and expressing such solutions.”
“It is an historically-specific failure, a failure of the modern «mentalité»; of ‘the modern ideology’.”
“Nonlinearity is not just a mathematical-technical problem: It is a psychohistorical problem. ...”