The Celestial Human


Is the universe a person? Does it have a physical body (the r > 0 dimensional aspect of the universe), and a mind (the r = 0 dimensionless aspect of the universe)? If a human being with a body and mind is the "microcosm", is the "celestial human", with a body and mind on a literally universal scale, the "macrocosm"?


"What is below is like what is above, and what is above is like what is below, for the understanding of the Unity." This is the ancient wisdom of the Emerald Tablet.


Or perhaps the r > 0 physical universe can be imagined as a cosmic brain: the moons and planets are individual brain cells, solar systems are clusters of brain cells, and galaxies are the main structures of the brain. Asteroids, meteorites and all types of interstellar debris are the remnants of dying and dead brain cells. Starlight, cosmic radiation, and the background radiation of the Big Bang: these are electrical signals crackling through the cosmic brain, lighting it up like a cosmic plasma ball. As for black holes, each galaxy is organized and controlled by a supermassive black hole at its centre. Millions of other black holes, born of collapsed suns, are scattered throughout the universe. Every black hole, of whatever size, has an r = 0 singularity at its centre.


These singularities are not inside dimensional existence; they do not inhabit space and time. They are holes in the physical universe, linking it to the r = 0 universe, linking brain with mind. It's easy to be deceived into thinking that there are as many singularities as there are black holes, but a higher level of insight reveals that all of these different singularities are in fact one and the same: there is just one Absolute Singularity, just one r = 0 aspect of existence, outside of space and time, lacking any spatial and temporal characteristics, an eternal Oneness. It is "everywhere and nowhere". Black hole singularities might be thought of as portholes, or portals to r = 0, to the single Universal Mind that controls the physical cosmic brain (r = 0 directs r > 0, just as our minds direct our bodies). Our planet is a node in the cosmic brain, being steered by the Universal Mind. Is it a random accident that life evolved on earth, or was it an event engineered and designed by the Universal Mind? 


Imagine that the universe has a Higher Self and a Lower Self. Like us, it has been on a long and arduous journey, seeking gnosis. But consider this. If, long ago, the universe succeeded in attaining gnosis, if it achieved its Higher Self and the fullest self-actualization of which it was capable, if it accomplished the ultimate Higher Self that Existence can possibly express - cosmic apotheosis - wouldn't that be a suitable definition of God? There could be no higher point, no further stage to which the universe could aspire. This would be the apex of existence, the Absolute Culmination, the dialectical endpoint, the logical conclusion of all evolutionary striving.


But perhaps that final culmination still lies in the future. Perhaps we ourselves are a vital part of the dialectical progression that will make universal perfection a reality. Perhaps we are creating God. And perhaps we are currently in the thrall of the universe's Lower Self - the Demiurge.


We - humanity - are said to be created in God's image. He is the macrocosm and we are the microcosm. But perhaps it is the Demiurge's reflection that we currently see in the mirror. Yet even he will be dialectically transcended in due course.


When we look at the stars, are we looking at the glowing, shining body or brain of the Divine? Is the r = 0 universe the Holy Spirit (Heilige Geist), the Logos (the Word), the Mind of God? And is the r > 0 universe the Corpus Dei - the body of God?


Our minds, those of each and every human being, could be individual "brain cells" of God. God would be the Super Mind, the Over Mind, the Absolute Consciousness that embraces the minds of all intelligent beings in the universe.


Imagine what the human race could accomplish if it could combine the intelligence of every individual, if every human mind contributed to the collective Human Mind. Would any problem defy such an Intelligence embracing almost six and a half billion minds? Imagine the Internet as a consciousness. Can you even begin to comprehend how much knowledge it has at its disposal?


Anything not forbidden is compulsory. If it is possible for the universe to achieve the ultimate actualization of its latent potential then it will do so. And if that supreme evolutionary endpoint is what we call God then God is not only not forbidden, he is compulsory. The universe can, must and will achieve the maximum perfection of which it is capable, and that culmination is God.


Just as a primordial chemical soup on earth billions of years ago contained, all along, the potential to one day produce Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Nietzsche, Pythagoras, Hegel, Leibniz, Simon Magus and all the other luminaries of human history - and perhaps the potential to go much further still - so did the stardust of the cosmos contain within its glowing sparks the potential to create the equivalent, on a universal scale, of what the earth has accomplished. Humanity's evolutionary journey on this earth, taken to its logical conclusion on a cosmic scale, is an evolutionary journey to Divinity. Nothing is more certain.


We are becoming God.





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Idealism is the philosophical position that the "external world" is the creation of the mind i.e. the dimensional universe (r > 0) is an illusion. The material world, according to idealist thinkers, does not exist independently of the mind. The philosopher Bishop Berkeley is the most extreme exponent of this view. He argued that what we perceive as the material world exists only as an idea in the Mind of God. Our human minds are locked into this magnificent illusion sustained by God's imagination. If God halted the illusion, the material world would instantly disappear. This view is reminiscent of Hinduism where "God" - Brahman - creates an illusory world - Maya - which human minds seek to overcome by attaining enlightenment and becoming one with Brahman.


Immanuel Kant's "transcendental idealism" is the view that the human mind is configured to impose space and time, cause and effect on the external world i.e. these things are not authentic properties of the external world. Our minds create a world of appearances - phenomena - that has no relationship whatsoever to the world of things as they are in themselves - noumena. Because we can't escape from our own minds, we can never gain genuine knowledge of the noumenal world. It's as though we are wearing time-and-space/cause-and-effect goggles that we can never remove. No matter what, we will always see time and space, cause and effect even though they have nothing to do with the true nature of things. We can have knowledge only of mind-generated phenomena and never of noumena.


The noumenal world is outside space and time i.e. it is analogous to r = 0 except whereas the noumenal world, for Kant, is completely unknowable, r = 0, for Illuminists, can be completely known.


Schopenhauer took Kant's theory a radical step forward. He concluded that space and time create the appearance of separate things, but this means that in the noumenal universe, where space and time don't exist, nothing is separate. Whereas Kant thought a different noumenon corresponded to, and underpinned, each individual phenomenon, Schopenhauer realized that there could only be one noumenon which he called "Will": the irrepressible, eternal striving to exist, to survive. There is one universal Will but, in the world of appearances, it manifests itself in the myriad things of the phenomenal world. Trees, water, insects, rocks, stars, air, humans - they are all just different expressions of the single, fundamental, universal Will to exist. Every human is an embodiment of this Will. Our bodies are objectified Will. Schopenhauer said, "My body and my will are one."


So, for Schopenhauer, there is an outer, "objective", physical world of time, space and causation and an inner, subjective, "mental" world of Will, outwith time, space and causation. The outer world of appearances is illusory and the inner world of Will is the true nature of existence where everything is unified. Existence, in its rawest form, is pure Will.


Berkeley, Kant, Schopenhauer, Hinduism and Buddhism offer no explanation (other than the "will of God/Nature") as to why the world should have this rather extraordinary dual nature of an illusory level of appearances overlying noumenal truth (which is usually conceived of in terms of a transcendent unity). 


Idealism denies the reality of the r > 0 physical universe, consigning it to the level of an illusion in the mind. Idealism does not, however, account for what purpose is served by this fantastically elaborate illusion.


Those who subscribe to scientific materialism, on the other hand, take the opposite stance to idealists and deny the reality of the r = 0 aspect of the universe.


Idealism and materialism are two extreme views that both miss the mark. The truth is that r = 0 (idealism) and r > 0 (materialism) are both aspects of the genuine reality: the r >= 0 mental and physical universe.


Materialists are wrong to deny dimensionless existence, and idealists are wrong to regard dimensional existence as an illusion. Illuminism is the reconciliation of the two major philosophical traditions. Dimensional and dimensionless existence are both real; neither is an illusion. They work together dialectically and each influences the other. The profound mysteries that science has hitherto failed to penetrate are caused by science's neglect of the dimensionless universe. Equally, the absurdities that many religions and philosophies (based on idealism) fall into are caused by the neglect of the dimensional universe.


What could be simpler than the coexistence of the dimensional and the dimensionless, of time, space, causation and the principle of individuation (plurality) on the one hand, and timelessness, spacelessness, free will and the principle of interconnectedness (unity) on the other? All the problems of science, philosophy and religion disappear in the r >= 0 universe.


Take the age-old problem of free will. In the r > 0 universe, where everything is seemingly controlled by inexorable scientific laws of cause and effect, there is no room for free will. Everything is inescapably determined by the preceding scientific cause. However, once the r = 0 aspect of the universe is introduced, which stands outside scientific time, space and causation, then the causal chain that precludes free will is broken. Hence our experience of free will is no mere illusion, as the most rigorous materialists would contend.


Death in the "mortal" r > 0 domain of time and space is the definite end, but in the r = 0 universe where time and space do not apply, nothing can truly perish. Everything is, in a sense, immortal.


The human brain is the r > 0 manifestation of the r = 0 human mind, thus resolving the mystery of the relationship of brain to mind. But if the human mind is a portal to the r = 0 aspect of the universe (a "microscopic" portal in comparison with black hole singularities which are macroscopic portals) then it is also a portal to the Absolute Mind, the Mind of God.


Imagine that every human mind is unwittingly connected to the greatest mind of all. Most of us never conceive of such a connection; only mystics and those well versed in the esoteric arts have learned how to make use of this channel to the divine. But, every now and again, some of us inadvertently glimpse what is normally hidden.


When we go to sleep, we (largely) shut off our physical r > 0 senses, and then we dream. Time and space become wildly distorted; dead people can appear; we can have transcendent visions. This is exactly what we would expect if our minds were "free-floating" through the r = 0 universe.


The physical can influence the mental but not determine it. The mental, however, can certainly determine the physical. Perform this experiment: think to yourself that you are going to raise your right arm, but then don't actually do so. Wait a few moments and then actually do it. The mere thinking of the thought isn't enough to cause your arm to be raised; you have to will it to happen. Watch your arm as you raise it and consider how miraculous it is that a physical object moves for no other reason than that you have willed it to do so. Schopenhauer adopts a more extreme view: willing your arm to rise does not cause the physical action, rather it is the physical action - it's the "inside" of the action, the inner experience of it. He makes will primary and intellect secondary - we become creatures driven by willful impulses rather than reason.


The r = 0 domain can be considered the primary reality because there are no circumstances in which it could ever disappear, whereas it is possible to imagine the r > 0 domain shrinking down to r = 0, i.e. for the dimensions to be removed from dimensional existence, leaving nothing but dimensionless existence.


The r > 0 domain can emerge as an emanation from the r = 0 domain (in an event such as the Big Bang), but the r = 0 domain can never emerge as an emanation from the r > 0 domain because it is impossible for the r = 0 domain not to exist.




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The Nature of Existence


Existence cannot come from non-existence and nor can non-existence come from existence. Non-existence does not exist, by definition. The "stuff" of which everyone is made has always existed, and always will exist. We were not non-existent before we were born; rather the "stuff" which became us had not yet been brought together. After we die, the stuff of which we are made does not become non-existent; rather it disperses and finds its way into new entities. The future does not yet exist, but all of the seeds for it are already present. The future does not spring into existence from the non-existent but rather it evolves from what already exists; it is an evolution, an extrapolation, of the present.


From "old" existence comes new existence in a never-ending flow. Nothing truly new (i.e. with no precedent, no "ancestor") ever comes into existence. Existence is perpetual becoming. New existence is always a modified form, an evolution, a transformation of what already exists.


Cosmos means "order, good order, orderly arrangement". If the cosmos is an ordered form of existence - as it evidently is - then what properties must raw existence possess to have as a seed within it the cosmos we see around us?


Mathematics - the discipline that deals with patterns, order and organization, that is intimately connected with logic and reason - is embedded in the cosmos. If it weren't, the universe would contain no order - just incomprehensible randomness in which no intelligent life could arise.


"All things are numbers," said the great Illuminatus Pythagoras, reflecting how essential mathematics is to the cosmos.


The universe is one of logic, not illogic. It is rational, not irrational. It can be comprehended by logical beings, who are themselves products of the core logic of the cosmos. Real, authentic knowledge of the universe is possible. Faith - the denial that true knowledge is possible - is a council of despair. Faith is for fools. All religions based on faith are for the simple-minded. Logical necessity guides the cosmos.


The Illuminati refer to a basic unit of thought as a monad (Greek for "unit," "alone"), and sometimes as an "existon" or "psychon". The monad is the most elementary "particle" of dimensionless existence. It is a particle of psychic energy and it can generate quanta of physical, dimensional energy. It may emit such quanta and also reabsorb them.


But where would such quanta appear in the dimensional universe? Should it be "here" or "there" or "over there"? So where? Anywhere. Nowhere is privileged over anywhere else. There is no sufficient reason for one place to be better than another or preferred over another. Therefore a quantum of dimensional energy can arise in any possible location, which implies a dimensional universe that extends infinitely in all directions.


Energy is the basic substance of existence, the arche, the first principle. Energy has two aspects: dimensionless and dimensional. Dimensionless energy is the primary form from which dimensional physical energy can be generated - this is what happened at the Big Bang. Dimensional energy can lose its dimensionality and return to its original dimensionless form - this is what happens, for example, at the singularity of a black hole.


Energy is eternal movement. Energy is mental and physical. The mental aspect is the basis of what we call "life" and is capable of evolving into consciousness. The physical aspect is scientific and lifeless.


The events that take place in the physical universe as a result of the actions of physical energy imprint themselves on the mental aspect of energy, and vice versa i.e. the two aspects are part of a mutual, synergic feedback process, continually reinforcing each other. The "language" of order and organization that evolves from this feedback between the mental and physical aspects is mathematics.


In the physical aspect of the universe, the mathematical behavior of dimensional energy manifests itself as the "laws of physics" (which can only be understood mathematically), and in the mental aspect of the universe, the mathematical behavior of dimensionless energy manifests itself as the "laws of thought" - logic and reason (which can be treated mathematically).


But the mental aspect of the universe isn't exclusively rational (look at the behavior of human beings). There is another component, perhaps the most important of all: feeling. The "carrier wave" of emotion is music: "audible mathematics". It was the great Illuminatus Pythagoras who was the first to recognize music as intrinsically mathematical. Leibniz, another great Illuminatus, said, "Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting."


Inextricably associated with emotion are pleasure and pain, and these can give rise to a new form of rationality, no longer based on the laws of mathematical logic, but on the separate logic of pleasure and pain. There is an overwhelming tendency for intelligent beings to wish to maximize pleasure and minimize pain. The pursuit of pleasure and avoidance of pain become ends in themselves. "Reason" is no longer a disinterested, dispassionate unfolding of relentless machine-like logic but a tool to be deployed to get the most favorable result from the pleasure-pain equation. No machine could ever be considered human-like until it could "feel", and respond accordingly.


So, the language of energy, both dimensional and dimensionless, is grounded in mathematics, and even pleasure and pain are mathematical in origin. (Think of pleasure as harmonious notes and pain as stabbing, discordant notes). Reason and desire, which are often said to be in conflict with each other, are applications of different types of rationality, one based on the logic of thought and the other on the logic of feeling. Jung contrasted Thinking with Feeling in his personality studies. Some of us think our way through a problem while others feel their way through.


The point of this is to demonstrate that an immense variety of phenomena - including the whole carnival of human existence - can be traced back to an extremely small set of core laws involved in the behavior of dimensionless and dimensional energy, glued together by mathematics in the form of physics (scientific mathematics), thinking (logical mathematics) and feeling (the mathematics of music). Schopenhauer regarded music as a copy of the Will, hence its extraordinary power over us, and why it moves us emotionally and, often, physically (through dancing to it).


John Conway's "Game of Life" shows how complex behavior can arise from a small, simple set of rules.



Imagine what would emerge from the laws of mathematics combined with dialectical progress.


Existence is Becoming, not Being. Its intrinsic nature is to contain movement, and also an ordering principle. Movement and order are the basis of dialectics because new, higher states of order can be built from earlier, less ordered states.


The universe is dialectical. The universe is eternal becoming. It cannot logically be any other way. It has always existed and it will always exist. The underlying logic of the universe is eternally the same. But the way in which the universe physically evolves from the core logic is not fixed. Anything that can happen (that is not logically impossible) will definitely happen in an eternal logical universe. Anything that is not forbidden by the core logic is compulsory. This is the starting point of any discussion of the nature of the universe.


The question is does the core logic of the eternal logical universe imply a logical apex i.e. a maximum expression of the underlying logic? Can logic become self-aware? Can a logic based on a few simple rules lead to something as astonishingly complex as God?


The optimal universe is the one that can create the most diverse phenomena from the smallest set of core principles and properties. It is also the one that can create the highest summit of actualization. Existence begets God. It has no choice. God is compulsory, the maximum expression of the latent potential of the universe, the ultimate becoming.


"The universe was brought into being in a less than fully formed state, but was gifted to transform itself from unformed matter into a truly marvelous array of structure and life forms."


--St. Augustine


Existence is the relentless, perpetual unfolding of the core properties of the elementary particles of existence: monads, units of thought composed of dimensionless psychic energy, from which quanta of dimensional energy can emanate. Information from the physical universe and from other monads can be encoded onto each monad.


The Principle of Sufficient Reason says that there is no sufficient reason why there should be only a single monad. As soon as you have one, there is no logical reason why there shouldn't be an infinite number with the same properties as the first.


This, therefore, is the basic model of existence: an infinite number of monads in dimensionless existence (meaning an infinite amount of psychic energy), each of which can create one or more quanta of dimensional, physical energy, thus allowing an infinitely large dimensional universe to be populated with an infinite number of quanta of physical energy.


The infinite number of monads has always existed and always will exist. Nothing created them and nor can anything annihilate them: they are the basic units of existence. They are uncaused: they cannot have a cause because there is nothing to cause them. They are the first link in the chain of becoming. They are why there is something rather than nothing. They are the fundamental, unalterable facts of existence. They are dialectical, and the purpose of the dialectic is to take the universe from the state of maximum potential to the state of maximum actualization. The inner, core logic of the universe is to keep "becoming", and eventually that process will arrive at the highest point of becoming that the universe can possibly attain. To put it another way: the universe will inevitably create God. The universe has an implicit teleology. Even though it doesn't know it, its purpose is to give birth to God. It will keep trying, unceasingly, untiringly, blindly groping forward step by step, until it succeeds.


Here is truth. God does not create the universe. Precisely the reverse is true. The universe creates God.


This is perhaps the profoundest statement of all, and what makes Illuminism so different from all other religions. God is not the First Cause and the Prime Mover. He might instead be regarded as the Last Effect, that for which the whole universe moved. Any atheist can subscribe to the God of Illuminism because he is part of evolution: he is what evolution is striving to achieve, its logical endpoint.


But once the God of Evolution has come into existence then he controls evolution, just as human beings now regularly alter the course of evolution on earth. Billions of humans are alive today who would certainly be dead had not humanity become intelligent enough to understand and exploit agriculture, science, medicine, civilization etc. Humans are increasingly the masters of evolution, and have certainly ceased to be its helpless servants and victims (as ordinary animals are).


God is the end of the chain of evolution, and the beginning of a new chain of existence that is his to define. God, the culmination of evolution, thereby transcends evolution. He is transcendence itself.


God, once he stands outside of evolution, is the master of creation. The universe created him, but now he can reverse the process and create the universe anew. This is the essence of the "Divine Suicide": God creates the new universe from himself.


God can be in the paradoxical position of being both the creation of the universe and its creator (just as humans, the creations of evolution, can create future evolution via genetic engineering), and so we have a mechanism for the universe to cycle on forever. In one phase, it is in the process of creating God. Having succeeded, it is then, in the second phase, ruled by God until he chooses to start creation all over again, using himself as the raw material. And thus we return to the first phase, and again the universe strives to reach its maximum actualization - God. And the beat goes on. To eternity.


Imagine the human race as a single person i.e. all of the talents and intelligence of humanity combined in a single personality. Wouldn't that be vastly superior to any individual human being? Would any problem resist the collective, focused intelligence of all humanity? If a few geniuses have made breathtaking leaps in our understanding of the universe, imagine the intelligence of all the geniuses merged into a single, sublime intelligence. Wouldn't that be an entity that might have some of the characteristics of what we call God? That would be achieved simply by allowing the consciousnesses of individual human beings to evolve into a collective consciousness of humanity.


But is it likely that humans are the summit of universal evolution? Can't we imagine vastly more intelligent beings than ourselves? Then imagine combining all of their intelligences. In fact, imagine combining all of the intelligences that exist in the universe. The r = 0 domain is where all "mind" in the universe exists i.e. it all exists in a single "place". If all the minds linked to the r = 0 domain combined then they would form Absolute Mind, and that would be none other than God. Each of us is a "cell" of the Absolute Mind. If we can expand our minds, we can tune into Absolute Mind, the Mind of God. We ourselves, if we can harness Absolute Mind, can become God. It is no empty claim. It is the logical opportunity afforded by the r = 0 domain. But, to harness Absolute Mind, we need to infinitely expand our limited human minds.





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The Logical Universe of Self-Awareness


Imagine the human brain as something akin to an interactive TV set: it provides the r > 0 dimensional hardware via which a signal can be received from the r = 0 dimensionless domain, and it also transmits sensory information back to the r = 0 domain. The signals passing back and forth between the r = 0 and r > 0 domains constitute a continual feedback loop. A conscious human being is an outcome of this feedback loop. It cannot be stressed enough that it is the dimensional world which supports the principium individuationis - the principle of individuation. Everything in the r = 0 domain is fundamentally interconnected. How could you ever develop an individual identity if you were permanently intertwined with everything else? You need to be separated from other things if you wish to achieve unique self-awareness. The r > 0 domain provides the mechanism of individuation. It is essential to having a separate identity. 


Alan Turing added another ingredient to understanding the development of consciousness. He drew a parallel with a nuclear fission pile. Little happens unless a critical size is attained and then a breathtaking chain-reaction occurs. All non-human animals on earth are below the critical threshold required for an explosion of mental activity leading to self-consciousness. Only we humans have developed brains with so many neural connections that a chain reaction of consciousness is inevitable.


In his famous book Gödel, Escher and Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas R. Hofstadter talks about Strange Loops which he defines as follows: "The 'Strange Loop' phenomenon occurs whenever, by moving upwards (or downwards) through the levels of some hierarchical system, we unexpectedly find ourselves right back where we started."


He says, "Implicit in the concept of Strange Loops is infinity since what is a loop but a way of representing an endless process in a finite way?"


He argued that consciousness comes from a strange loop. There's much to be said for this view. An infinite feedback loop between the r = 0 domain and a unique physical being in the r > 0 domain (with a "critical mass" brain) would constitute such a strange loop.


Hofstadter says, "In short, an 'I' comes about - in my view, at least - via a kind of vortex whereby patterns in a brain mirror the brain's mirroring of the world, and eventually mirror themselves, whereupon the vortex of 'I' becomes a real, causal entity."


We would amend this to, "Patterns in the mind mirror the brain's mirroring of the world, and eventually mirror themselves." In other words, it's the sensory information that a physical brain provides to an abstract mind that allows the mind to reflect on that sensory data and then, finally, to reflect on the fact that it's reflecting on it, at which stage it is conscious of its own consciousness, hence it is self-conscious and has completed the required strange loop. We would also contend, as Hegel did, that another similar consciousness is essential to truly complete this process i.e. a consciousness must be able to reflect that its consciousness is different from that of another similar being i.e. it must possess Theory of Mind - the knowledge that another mind possesses different thoughts from those of itself.


Hofstadter makes extensive use of Gödel's famous Incompleteness Theorem in his argument. There's no question that self-referential statements, which lie at the core of Gödel's Theorem, are astoundingly profound:


"This statement is false." Is that true, false or undecidable?


"This statement cannot be proved." Is that true, false or undecidable?


How would a machine ever decide? Would it go into a perpetual loop?


Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem concerns statements of axiomatic systems that are true but cannot be proved i.e. provability is a weaker concept than truth. The question that often arises is whether a machine could recognize a true statement as true if it had no axiomatic means of proving it. Only self-aware beings that can understand the paradoxes and subtleties of self-referential statements would appear capable of this. Hence a machine would need to become self-aware, to transcend its axiomatic programming, before it could do likewise. To put it another way, can logic itself become self-aware? Can it recognize its own limitations? Dialectical logic is the best means of achieving this since its whole purpose is to overcome contradictions and view them as part of an all-embracing whole. It is the whole that can see the limitations of the parts. The central principle of "gestalt" thinking is that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Something has to transcend all limited axiomatic systems to be able to see all possible truths.


Is God the ultimate Gödel Being, the ultimate Gestalt?