Aristotle and the Ground State

Reference: Unmoved mover

The unmoved mover is a philosophical concept described by Aristotle as a primary cause or “mover” of all the motion in the universe. As is implicit in the name, the “unmoved mover” moves other things, but is not itself moved by any prior action.

Scientifically, the unmoved mover is equivalent to an absolute static. However, an absolute static is not possible in this universe because static-dynamic exists only in pair. This pair may be represented by a scale of infinite gradients where one end approaches increasing static value and the other end approaches increasing dynamic value in an asymptotic manner.

Thus, static and dynamic do not exist independent of each other. There is no static that exists in isolation. There is no “unmoved mover.” Static is always relative to dynamic. There is always relative motion.

One may presume no relative motion, but that would also mean no awareness because awareness arises only with relative motion. This would be the Ground State of “absence of awareness.”

Aristotle argues that “there must be an immortal, unchanging being, ultimately responsible for all wholeness and orderliness in the sensible world”; and to prove this he invents an impressive array of new concepts that includes  potentiality and actuality, the four causes, hylomorphism, the theory of categories, and, of course, the “first cause” or unmoved mover.

But one may ask, “How does that immortal, unchanging being of Aristotle come about?” Or, “How does such an argument come about?” Or, “How does anything come about?”

The Ground State of “absence of awareness” provides a basis from which it becomes possible to start answering such questions. We don’t really need Aristotle’s complex explanations that use a wide variety of new concepts. All this complexity only seems to generate more mystery and confusion.

The concept of Static in Scientology is simply the concept of Aristotle’s “Unmoved mover” wrapped up in a new garb. Since the Scientology static has the ability to postulate and to perceive, there is awareness associated with this Static. Thus, such a Static is not something inherently permanent; and, like Aristotle’s unchanging being, it also arises somehow.

All we are asking is, “How does anything come about?” This boils down to the question, “How does awareness come about?”

So the basic question that needs to be answered is, “What is awareness? How does it arise?”

Whatever is beyond awareness is unknowable. The idea of primary cause may simply be dropped. It is not required.


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  • Chris Thompson  On August 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Possibly, at least in this context, “what is beyond awareness is unknowable” is synonymous with “unawareness.”


    • vinaire  On August 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      I see it as “absence of awareness.”


      • Chris Thompson  On August 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        How would that be different?


      • vinaire  On August 10, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        It is similar to the difference between unknown and unknowable.

        With unawareness there can still be a stimuli and the person is simply unaware of it.

        With absence of awareness there could be no possibility of awareness because there is no stimulus.


  • christianscientology  On August 12, 2014 at 12:20 PM


    That which is “beyond awareness” is unknowable but can be experienced. If it couldn’t be, you would not be able to write about it, which you obviously love. And why NOT.



  • vinaire  On August 12, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Dear Pip,

    My writing about “beyond awareness” is simply a logical projection from the following assumptions:

    (1) If there is awareness then there must also be “absence of awareness” per the nature of duality.

    (2) Nothing can be known or experienced in the absence of awareness per the definition of awareness.

    We are basically down to the sense of duality and awareness. One can definitely speculate what is beyond awareness, which is what you are doing. I am stopping at the “absence of awareness” to be consistent.



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