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Jonathan's talk at the Laws of Form Conference 2022 in Liverpool, England.
Jonathan offers expert proofreading and editing on the freelance site "Fiverr." His primary area of expertise is in philosophy, politics and science manuscripts, but he is open to other subjects as well. Jonathan has authored a total of 4 books, his most recent being published in 2021 by the renowned philosophy and culture publisher Wipf and Stock.
It's been said that a society which separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools. Philosopher Jonathan Mize pushes this ancient wisdom to its rational and practical limit as he dives into deep topics with fervor. Pronoia Philosophy's practical and dynamic approach reminds us that, as the saying goes, it's better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war!
GOD VERSUS LANGUAGE: CONTRASTING METAPHYSICAL METHODS OF WITTGENSTEIN’S TRACTATUS AND LANGAN’S CTMU
Christopher Langan's Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU) was first published no less than two decades ago. Unfortunately, however, this work has received little attention from contemporary academia. Mr. Langan is often lambasted for his ostensible prolixity, obscurantism, and his writings' supposed "lack of rigor". However, if one holds steadfastly to one's own curiosity and powers of intellectual discernment, one will unearth a theory that will indeed shake this very world as we know it. In this book, I endeavor, through a cross-analysis with Langan's work with that of Ludwig Wittgenstein, to illustrate the CTMU in all of its metaphysical and spiritual grandeur, leading the reader to form his own conclusions about the theory.
A novel metaphysical paradigm is knocking at our door. Christopher Langan's Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU), though it is currently underappreciated, is a theory of everything that has the potential to alter every facet of our world. In this short book, the author presents the core ideas of Langan's theory in a simple and straightforward manner, drawing stylistic inspiration from the illustrious philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: JOURNEYING FROM IDENTITY POLITICS TO HUMAN POLITICS
I was lost and totally confused. The year was 2016 and I voted for Hillary Clinton for President of the United States. Being a mere nineteen years old—battling severe depression and social anxiety—I was looking for “Hope” and I was looking for “Progress”. In this book, I start out by chronicling my personal political journey, moving from the bowels of the modern left to the opening arms of the modern right. Following this, I lead the reader on a hard-hitting analytical journey, addressing and deftly dismissing some of the modern left’s most persuasive and most used tools of narrative. In the end, things are poignantly brought back to home, as I address the overall deficiencies of the liberal idea of “progress” and how this relates to the theme of finding personal meaning in one’s own life. This is at once a heartfelt story of personal triumph and a profoundly rigorous and witty treatment of liberal rhetoric. Hold on to your hats.
MODERNITY & THE RISE OF THE POCKET GOD
Modernity and the Rise of the Pocket God explores the relationship between modern religion and ancient values. Journey through the bucolic fields of the ancient villager, en route to the concrete jungles and splendid skylines of the modern city-goer. See what wedded the ancient believer to his God and his fellow believers. Then glimpse the growing chasm between the modern believer, her society, and her Father. And, in the end, see what us modern folks can do to attain an ancient-like communion with the Lord.
Today is the age of “fact.” Modern media, of all ideologies, eagerly gets its hands on anything and everything that can be tabulated, neatly packaged and branded as “indisputable truth.” But rarely do we stop and think about what we mean by “true.” Philosophers of the 21st century still argue about what the concept “true” even means. How can we—as everyday citizens—be expected to wield this formidable “f-word” with poise and fervor? Perhaps the best place to start is with the history of the “fact-check.” How did this cultural fixture form, and where is it leading us? Although the intentions of fact-checking are noble enough—many of its key players see themselves as reforming an increasingly emotional, subjective trend of journalism—its basic assumptions can be dangerous. Fact-checking’s strongest virtue, the zeal for truth, threatens to tie public society up into recklessly self-assured knots. We must resist the urge to oversimplify what it means to be “true” and “false,” “disputable” and “indisputable.” We must step out from behind our streamlined screens and engage with this world as it is—beautifully messy and splendidly complex.
SKETCHES OF A SELF-BUILDING CALCULUS
The great beast that was self-reference, against all common sense, has proved little more than a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Georg Cantor, the father of set theory, said “By a set we understand any collection of mathematical objects (including sets),” admitting the inescapable self-reference of the concept. Computer scientists acknowledge that “Turing machines” have the capacity to simulate themselves. Self-reference is ubiquitous. And it need not be synonymous with paradox. In this prefaced collection of research papers, I attempt to explain why this is so. But don’t worry—it’s not all dry and brittle formalism!
In the preface, I trace the history of art as it relates to philosophy and logic; full color images and all. I don’t get too caught up in the “isms” or the movements, but I do draw some exciting parallels between specific types of art and forms of reasoning. Kazimir Malevich and his “abstract art” offer a glimpse into the paradigm of abstraction that bloomed in the early 20th century. Surrealism, the off-the-wall, larger-than-life movement sheds some light on the nature of logical paradox. And the legendary M.C. Escher and his self-referential sketches offer us a way forward. At the end of it all, one thing shines brightly—human reasoning is a self-resolving paradox.
BRINGING THE MATHEMATICIAN INTO THE EQUATION: A NEW DIRECTION FOR METAMATHEMATICS
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
REVIEWER | PHILOSOPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
March 2018 - August 2018
After having my submission, "A Guiding Framework for Micro-Social Doxastic-Intentional Dynamics" make it to the final stages of review, I was offered the opportunity to review several articles for the journal. At the time, I was an undergraduate student in my junior year.
APA PACIFIC DIVISION | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
I was one of three other undergraduate students in the country chosen to present my research at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting in San Francisco. The title of my paper was "The Gulf of Identity: A Logical Analysis of our Contemporary Obsession with Social Identification". This paper is available on my ResearchGate.
January 2017 - Current
I am an expositor of and philosopher and logician under the novel CTMU paradigm. The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU) is a metaphysical theory of everything originated by Christopher Langan. I am a member of Langan's IQ society--The Ultranet.
I have written a total of four academic papers, two of which are related to the CTMU. I am also the author of one of the first book-length CTMU expositions, God versus Language (2019), which has sold internationally from Australia to Slovenia. In terms of future academic work, I plan to continue to research the myriad applications and implications of Langan's CTMU, drawing upon my novel form of logic, termed "PQG logic".