The imaginary solution



To get from A1 to B2 you need a plan.3 That plan is an imaginary solution. An imaginary solution4 is a private5 fantasy.




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The function of an imaginary solution


The function6 of an imaginary solution is to invent7 a quantum of ‘difference that makes a difference.’8 The human9 needs10 to get from A11 to B and which is different from A.12 The (final) B for all dynamic systems is death.13 A depicts the current state (of survival). To avoid getting to the B and so survive the human invents14 a series of imaginary solutions. They take him/her to actual intermediary states15 of A designed to re-charge the dynamic system and so postpone arrival at B.




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In other words, the human survives by transforming16 him/herself via a series of imaginary solutions that are made real.17,18 Each self-transformation from fantasy to fact is intended to avoid the ultimate B.19,20



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1.    A symbolises (the initial state of) an autonomous dynamic state that’s decaying. To avoid death and survive, A must reach B. A world, as private fantasy, in which A and B exist is dualistic whereby dualism emerges as expedient lie/fake news because comforting and politically useful. In a monistic world, B emerges as a variation of A, i.e., as A transformed or reborn.

2.    B (as initially virtual goal) represents a supplemental universe. B is absurd until reached. The fantasy that fails to reach (or become) B is absurd. If it reaches B it’s meaningful. In principle, an act (as fantasy or as contact) is meaningful to a dynamic system (i.e., a life) if it sustains it. In other words, are meaning and absurdity are relative (private perspectives).

3.    A plan, i.e., an imaginary solution as map. A map is not the territory or actual route. A plan is a private fantasy generated by a human’s navigation system (i.e., the brain as Bio-Nav) as best possible survival (meaning arrival) option.

4.    A solution is an outcome or end that’s imagined as certain, therefore real (more specifically, realistic) and meaningful (because it supports survival). Whether or not a solution/fantasy is real or unreal depends on whether it makes contact and increases or decreases survival capacity. Realness and survival are decided by local (thus relative to a dynamic system’s survival configuration) reality testing.

5.    i.e. personal, self-contained, own, eigen, idiosyncratic. Pataphysics deals only with the particular, in other words, with individual (hence random) data transformation quanta (like the human).

6.    Function is here taken as synonymous with means, purpose, goal, end and so on.

7.    Or innovate.

8.    A quantum of difference is defined as ‘a supplementary universe’, to wit, an altered, thus upgraded survival state.

9.    Indeed, every dynamic system. Every cognisable emergent in the universe is a dynamic system that runs down, decays unless recharged. The Buddha was the first to analyse the dynamic system. He postulated that all emergent (i.e., things (Pali: rupas)) were blind dynamic automatons because transient (Pali: annica) therefore the cause of pain (Pali: dukkha), and lacking an independent navigator (or self (Pali: anatta)).

10.    The need to survive is driven by progressive decay, i.e., as loss of survival capacity most often experienced as the fear of death.

11.    And which, being same (and sameness is compressed out, i.e., it does not carry instruction) is decaying because a dynamic system.

12.    The pataphysical view is that a human gradually transforms (i.e., differentiates) into B (i.e., death) delayed by a series of A transformations (or rebirths), to wit: A1,2,3,4,5 > n. Each self-differentiation (as supplementary universe realised) upgrades the survival capacity of the dynamic system.

13.    Death, i.e. the final B. is here understood as A fully decayed or de-merged. In ancient India, during the era of the Upanishads, A was defined as the self (writ small, i.e. the atman) and B as SELF (writ large, i.e. the paratman) but which was fantasized for the benefit of the dying and the Brahmins providing comfort as eternal being, consciousness and bliss.

14.    i.e., fantasizes, imagines, innovates, adapts, evolves and so on.

15.    A human, i.e., any one of 8 billion, has three survival options. The first (i.e. the Winner) is to realize one actual goal A1 (i.e. a private fantasy) and when he/she lives her fantasy/dream and becomes an identified whole differential with maximum impact, usually self-rewarded with happiness. The second (i.e., the Also Ran) is to realize as series of minor A’s and when he/she muddles through with diminished differential impact, thus realness, and usually experienced with varying states of contentment. And the third (i.e., the Loser-as-follower) is to borrow an A and live someone else’s goal/dream resulting in zero differential impact and a lot of misery.

16.    i.e., adapting, thus evolving.

17.    Whether or not the imaginary solution can be made real depends on the availability of reality bits (i.e., quantum contacts, and which are random events that carry instructions) but which are unpredictable. To wit: ‘The next step (i.e., as imaginary universe) is random, hence unpredictable.’

18.    Like all dynamic systems, the human functions as a blind, automatic instructions (or data) transmutation device.                                      more …….

19.    The cartoon indirectly describes the conundrum. For ‘buck’ read: a random event (-as-quantised momentum). “The buck stops with you!” means that the pupil must invent a fantasy (itself unpredictable) as virtual reality (i.e., a random event) which becomes real only when it is struck (always in a relativity vacuum) by an alternate random event, and which too is unpredictable. Collision in a relativity vacuum (hence @c2) renders the colliding random events (-as-quantised-momenta) momentarily real, hence as ‘THINGS’, that is to say as relatively graspable or experiential entities/quanta.

20.    ‘The buck stops with you’ means the buck (a random event-as-unpredictable-datum) is stopped by you if you can (indeed are ready to) catch/block it, and thereby become real and self-meaningful. Hence the ancient Indian adage: “The Guru (as random event) appears when the devotee is ready!” (meaning: capable of fearlessly responding in differently) and therefore change, adapt, be converted, be reborn, survive a chrysalis and survive.