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Vis Viva: an Introduction

July, 2010 • The incredible blunders made by the professional fool René Descartes on the laws of motion were an amusing inspiration for Leibniz's discovery of the true principle underlying physics: dynamics. Specifically, Leibniz demonstrated that understanding the power of motion is impossible if you are guided by your senses: only the mind can understand power.

Changing Nature

Sept, 2010 • Some say they are concerned about "saving the environment," but few think about the difference between improving nature and simply letting it be. The history of the Earth is one of constant change, and there is nothing special or fragile about current conditions. Instead of constancy, let's make things better!

Dynamics II: Least Time and Credit

Sept, 2010 • Continuing from the last dynamics video on vis viva, here we cover Fermat's brilliant discovery of least-time (making fun of Descartes again) and apply the least-action approach to economics, specifically, the difference between credit and monetarism.

Decay Rates and Time

Sept, 2010 • The false notion of an empty time and space, containing self-contained, fundamental particles, prevents sane thinking about science, culture, and economics.

Variations in atomic decay rates provide a certain empirical grounding in rejecting the possibility of "empty" space-time. All processes take place in a context, which is implicitly a universal one. This goes for atomic nuclei, economic decisions, and individual lives.

Note: Although a cesium atomic clock was included in a list of possible time-keeping devices, it does not operate based on atomic decay. Consider it as another example of a clock.

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Economic Value: a Return to ‘Future’

Feb, 2011 • Economic value depends on context: only with a clear understanding of a viable future goal can present economic activity be valued. Just as there are no physical properties of substances or particles themselves, so too is economic value not found in the object or job itself: it is found in its contribution to the future. The implications of this for the practice of physics and the paradoxes of quantum mechanics are explored.

A New Quantum Physics: Rejecting Zeus

May, 2011 • Even as an alarming, increasing density of seismic, economic, and political events buffet us, experts in all fields insist that the world around us cannot be understood! Presented here is the explicitly anti-Promethean outlook of quantum mechanics, as a case study of the attack on the human mind, which declares that the universe we live in is fundamentally incomprehensible. Just as quantum mechanics maintains that statistics trumps reason, so too do anti-human earthquake science deniers insist that earthquakes cannot be predicted. (transcript)

Interlude: From Planck to Riemann

June, 2011 • Oyang Teng and Jason Ross discuss some of the implications of the New Quantum Physics video, taking up the fraud of statistical approaches in science. A sneak preview of upcoming work on Riemann.

Riemann I: The Habilitation Dissertation

July, 2011 • Bernhard Riemann's 1854 Habilition Dissertation re-defined the nature of geometry, physics, and the human mind. Often wrongly considered as a mathematical discussion, Riemann places Mind at the center of science, and his programmatic outlook requires that any serious scientist study the creative process itself. Jason Ross presents Riemann's work and its implications. (transcript)

Riemann II(a): Potential and Metaphor

Oct, 2011 • What gets wetter the more it dries? Riddles can help illustrate an important concept for economics and science: the use of metaphor to convey ideas that cannot be stated explicitly. Here, Riemann's use potential theory and Dirichlet's Principle clarify the role of metaphor in language, and the nature of discoveries. (transcript)

Riemann II(b): Abelian Functions

Oct, 2011 • The Apollo mission was estimated to have had a $14 return for every $1 invested. But were they the same dollars? The incommensurable jumps in economics defy normal accounting methods, and Riemann's work on Abelian functions provide an insight into how such leaps can be conceptualized as the substance of economy, rather than as exceptions. This is a difficult topic -- questions and comments are welcomed below. (transcript)

Riemann: A Discussion

Oct, 2011 • Basement research team members Oyang Teng and Jason Ross engage in a discussion about Jason's two recent videos on Riemann, covering such topics as Dirichlet's principle, metaphor, epistemology, and existence demonstrations.

Basement Mail Bag: On Metaphor

Dec, 2011 • In this installment of the Basement Mail Bag, host Ed Hamler and Basement member Jason Ross answer questions that were e-mailed from our national and international audience. This week features questions based on Ross' two latest videos: Riemann II(a): Potential and Metaphor and Riemann II(b): Abelian Functions, on the important role that metaphor plays in illustrating concepts of science and economics.

Metaphor: an Intermezzo

Jan, 2012 • Unlike the brains of animals, the human mind has the power of going beyond the senses, to creatively develop concepts that exist as universal intentions. In both science and art, Lyndon LaRouche has pointed to the concept of metaphor as embodying the kernel of creative thought. In this video, Jason Ross uses several examples from the first modern scientist, Johannes Kepler, to elaborate this concept, and offers an unsettling conclusion on what the goal of economic policy must be. (transcript)

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