KHTK Axioms: A Work in Progress

The following group of KHTK Axioms is an attempt to summarize the fundamentals that are consistent with Buddhism. This project may become part of a PhD thesis.

Even when all the ideas employed in this project may not appear original in themselves, the originality of this project resides in the clarity of what is presented.  I am very proud of the contributions from “Maria,” Chris Thompson and John Christmann of the Facebook Group “Philosophiles“.

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INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS:

  1. For us, existence depends on our ability to look and perceive.
  2. The ability to look and perceive is the result of considerable evolution.
  3. What we perceive has to be manifested already and is persisting.
  4. Knowledge cannot be absolute because there is the level of UNKNOWABLE before manifestation
  5. Resolution of inconsistencies reveals the unknown.

Axiom 0: Unknowable, Manifest, Exist, Evolve, Ability, Look, Perceive, Unknown, Inconsistencies, Knowledge

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KHTK AXIOM ONE
EXISTENCE IS EVERYTHING THAT IS MANIFESTED.
Corollary: There is no existence that is not manifested.
Corollary: Anything that is manifested is capable of being perceived.

  1. There are conjectures made.
  2. All conjectures are thoughts.
  3. Thoughts may be perceived to manifest and exist.
  4. Existence is what it is; there is no separate cause.

Axiom 1: conjecture, thought, (also part of existence)

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KHTK AXIOM TWO
CONJECTURES ABOUT EXISTENCE ARE MANIFESTED AS CONJECTURES.
Corollary: Anything, whether physical or not, when manifested exists.

  1. Uncaused cause, Unmoved mover, God, Supreme Being, and Unconditioned being, as “source of existence,” are all conjectures.
  2. All these “source of existence” manifest and exist as conjectures. They are also part of existence.
  3. Anything, whether physical or metaphysical, when manifested exists.

Axiom 2: Conjectures: Uncaused cause, Unmoved mover, God, Supreme Being, Unconditioned being

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KHTK AXIOM THREE
ANYTHING THAT CAN BE PERCEIVED IS MANIFESTED.

  1. There is no clear consensus on the source of existence (God).
  2. Judaism, Christianity and Islam see God as a being.
  3. To this being are assigned the properties of holiness, justice, sovereignty, omnipotence, omniscience, benevolence, omnipresence, and immortality.
  4. This makes God a part of existence.
  5. Vedas and Eastern religions see God as transcendent.
  6. This makes God unknowable and not part of existence.
  7. God is Unknowable, but conjectures make it part of existence.
  8. The sense of God actually arises with awareness.

Axiom 3: God as source of existence, God as existence, God as Unknowable

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KHTK AXIOM FOUR
EXISTENCE IS “WHAT IS” WITHOUT ANY FURTHER QUALIFICATION.

  1. Existence is naturally consistent.
  2. Arbitrary conjectures introduce inconsistencies.
  3. Presence of inconsistencies indicate arbitrary conjectures.

Axiom 4: Existence, Conjecture, Arbitrary, Inconsistency

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KHTK AXIOM FIVE:
ABSENCE OF  MANIFESTATION GIVES RISE TO MANIFESTATION.

  1. Anything unknown triggers questions, speculations and conjectures.
  2. This results in manifestation of some kind.

Axiom 5: Unknown, Trigger, Question, Speculation, Conjecture 

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KHTK AXIOM SIX:
A MANIFESTATION CONSISTS OF BEINGNESS AND AWARENESS.

  1. Manifestation results in existence, beingness and awareness.
  2. Awareness does not exist independent of beingness.
  3. Beingness does not exist independent of awareness.

Axiom 6: Manifestation, Beingness, Awareness

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KHTK AXIOM SEVEN:
OBJECTIVITY CAN NEVER BE ABSOLUTE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A DEGREE OF SUBJECTIVITY.
Corollary: Subjectivity comes from the viewpoint one assumes.
Corollary: A viewpoint acts as a filter.

  1. Objectivity is lack of conjectures.
  2. But objectivity is never absolute.
  3. Subjectivity introduces conjectures. 
  4. Subjectivity comes from the viewpoint assumed.

Axiom 7: Objectivity, Subjectivity, Viewpoint, Absolute

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KHTK AXIOM EIGHT
EXISTENCE CONSISTS OF MATTER, ENERGY, SPACE, TIME AND THOUGHT.

Faced with Unknowable, considerations are triggered. Consideration starts with visualization of what might be there. Existence is considered in terms of matter, energy, space and time. Matter is a concentrated sphere of fixed beingness. Energy is a larger sphere of activity that includes matter. Space is a still larger sphere that includes all dimensions of beingness and activity. Time considers changes in all these dimensions to the extent of their evolution over a life time. Finally, thought is the complete sphere of considerations.

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  • vinaire  On November 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    The KHTK AXIOMS now seem to have been fine tuned up to AXIOM FIVE. I am ready to tackle the next axiom.

    What really requires to be sorted out at this point are the ideas of beingness, awareness, “awareness of awareness,” etc.

    “Who is being aware?” is like that mind bending question, “What is the cause of cause?”

    One has to be aware of “who” before one may answer, “who is being aware?”

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    • Chris Thompson  On November 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      Especially now is a good time for application of KHTK looking. In my opinion, if we relax, and if we calmly look at, as you say, “what is” then we may dissolve individuality and if we do, then we might find a better paradigm to help us understand.

      Maybe the cause and effect paradigm is lacking in understanding especially in terms of dimension. I am not put off by the “prime mover unmoved” paradigm, but neither am I stuck with it. The filters of individuality and anthropomorphism obfuscate the, for me, very real usefulness of “prime mover unmoved.” Not promoting this, neither am I attempting to falsify it. Anthropomorphism is maybe the most important filter that humans subscribe to that distorts our sense of “what is” existence. The physicist succeeds to a degree because he routinely looks beyond this but may be mistaken to create the filter of determinism to view through. The physicist truly fails when he layers a filter of determinism over a filter of anthropomorphism.

    • Chris Thompson  On November 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      In summation of comment 6199 above; We really must be mindful to be cautious of using the pronoun “who.”

  • vinaire  On November 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    I have added the following two axioms:

    KHTK AXIOM SIX: EXISTENCE IS DEFINED BY BEINGNESS AND AWARENESS.

    Corollary: Awareness does not exist independent of beingness.

    Corollary: Awareness of a manifestation is specific to that manifestation.

    The fact of existing, or being may be referred to by the term BEINGNESS. The fact that existence is established by perceiving may be referred to by the term AWARENESS. Both beingness and awareness are aspects of existence that define each other.

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    KHTK AXIOM SEVEN: PURE CONSIDERATIONS MANIFEST THEMSELVES AS SELF (A BEING).

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    • Chris Thompson  On November 23, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      How clear from anthropomorphism are we staying? For instance, if we roll this back to before there was man, so we still have a valid axiom? Or if we roll this back to before there were extant life-forms, then do we have a valid axiom? My questions are to gain a better understanding of what you mean.

    • vinaire  On November 23, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      These axioms are changing themselves right now. Just wait and see what shape they take.

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    • vinaire  On November 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      See AXIOMS FIVE, SIX and SEVEN above and tell me if they flow from earlier axioms.

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  • vinaire  On November 25, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    I have modified the opening lines of the OPENING POST as follows:

    “The following group of KHTK Axioms is an attempt to summarize the fundamentals that are consistent with Buddhism. This project may become part of a PhD thesis.

    “Even when all the ideas employed in this project may not appear original in themselves, the originality of this project resides in the clarity of what is presented. I am very proud of the contributions from “Maria,” Chris Thompson and John Christmann of the Facebook Group “Philosophiles“.”

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  • vinaire  On November 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    I have added CONJECTURES section to the beginning of the OP:

    CONJECTURES:

    The implicit assumptions of this project are:

    1. KNOWLEDGE IS NOT ABSOLUTE BUT RELATIVE.

    2. THE UNKNOWN MAY BE MADE KNOWN THROUGH THE RESOLUTION OF INCONSISTENCIES.

    For an understanding of inconsistency please refer to: INCONSISTENCY & LOOKING.]

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    • Maria  On November 26, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      I really like your most recent edits on the opening post! Excellent!

    • vinaire  On November 26, 2012 at 5:56 AM

      Thanks. Currently, I am spending time in the Facebook Group “Philosophiles”, which is also helping me.

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  • vinaire  On November 27, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    I have refined all the axioms up to five, and have added the following:

    KHTK AXIOM SIX: IT IS THE ABSENCE OF MANIFESTATION THAT GIVES RISE TO MANIFESTATION.

    Corollary: A manifestation immediately provides beingness and perceptibility.

    Absence of manifestation appears to be an unstable condition like vacuum. It is immediately filled by manifestation. Manifestation then immediately provides beingness and perceptibility.

    When one is confronted by the “unknown” speculations arise immediately. Question, such as, “Where do these manifestations come from?” may arise. But all such questions of where, when, who, what, how, etc., are themselves manifestations. They are answered by this axiom itself.

    Therefore, questions and speculations simply arise when things are not known.

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  • vinaire  On November 30, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    I have added the following:

    KHTK AXIOM SEVEN: OBJECTIVITY CAN NEVER BE ABSOLUTE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A DEGREE OF SUBJECTIVITY.

    Perceptibility of a manifestation allows it to be perceived. However, any perception is subject to how that manifestation is being perceived. This aspect of perception may be called a filter. This filter can be so insubstantial that it is almost transparent, or it can be so substantial that the manifestation appears totally different from what it really is.

    It is the filter, which makes a manifestation appear to be separate from its perception. Essentially, the two should be the same, but, at that point the manifestation may simply appear as a consideration of itself.

    It is the the filter of how something is being perceived, which separates a thing from the consideration of that thing.

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  • vinaire  On December 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    I have added the following. Here seems to be the genesis of fractal:

    KHTK AXIOM EIGHT: SPACE IS THE CONSIDERATION OF MANIFESTATION.

    The consideration of a manifestation may be visualized as a field, or an expanse, made up of points or locations. Each point is recognized by the consideration attached to it. This expanse of points has limit by consideration only.

    The consideration at some point may acquire the dimension of being a reference. That point then becomes a viewpoint from which other points may be viewed or considered.

    The manifestation is then being considered through this viewpoint, rather than simply being considered. This gives us space and also the primary filter.

    Space is represented by dimensions. A dimension is a perceivable aspect of space that gives it quality and quantity.

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  • vinaire  On December 1, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    When a certain aspect of a manifestation is being used as a reference to perceive the manifestation itself, we have a filter.

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