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The Rubinshteinic Frame Condition Theory -- Why Innovation Has a Universal Function

Updated: Mar 16

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Ms. Tamara Moskal's Synopsis:

No matter how much we learn, there will always be more to discover. Our planet Earth still holds mysteries, and the universe inspires exploration of the unknown. Human advancement through technology and innovation is only possible by proving the traditional paradigms wrong and indefinitely breaking out the rigid "frames" of knowledge. The Frame Condition Theory opens the door to countless possibilities, allowing a never-ending quest in the name of the truth.

Point of Specific Reference: Frame


Contemplating Infinity's Edge

One of the very few philosophical contemplations I had as a kid was this: If we are to reach the end of the universe, what will we find? Will we find endless void, another universe -- or a colossal "frame" of sorts, that prevents us from moving forward in our exploration?

This childhood curiosity has blossomed into a profound realization: Our knowledge is a mere drop in the vast cosmic ocean of reality. No matter how much we learn, there will always be an indefinite amount of data, left to be discovered, analyzed, recorded and distributed.

The very depths of our own planet's oceans hold mysteries yet unseen. Obscure and eerie sea creatures lurk in the darkness, their existence reminds us that the vast diversity of life on our own planet is still left not absolutely known, despite thousands of years of research in biology.

While becoming a master/specialist in a field is possible, becoming an absolute master on every single facet of that field, might as well require us to tend to that field for an entire lifetime. With no relent, and with no remorse towards ourselves. Therefore, even people who are considered the intellectual elite in one or more fields, must resume their studies nonetheless. They mustn't be tempted by rewards, when rewards ruin their lust for learning.

And beyond our planet, whose mysteries still remain undiscovered, the question of extraterrestrial life continues to bother us. And for good reason, of course. Could there be other civilizations gazing at the same stars, pondering the same questions about existence, like some of us do? And what of the even vaster concepts – the possibility of an afterlife, or a spiritual dimension, existent, but hidden from the visible aspect of reality?

The beauty lies in the unknown. If there's no "frame" to limit our exploration, if the universe truly is boundless, then the possibilities are infinite. It's just that we lack the power to fully harness both our individual and collective potential.

For to even explore this universe for ourselves we need to accept our beneficial development as interstellar nomads, independent of Earth's inevitable, limited lifespan. Every unanswered question, every unexplored corner of the cosmos, becomes a doorway to limitless knowledge. The more we learn, the more we realize how much more there is to learn.

Embracing The Infinity Using the Frame Condition Theory

There were things in existence that our ancestors believed were impossible or too unrealistic to be implemented, from air travel to submarines to the ability to converse with people instantly across vast distances. These once over-the-top notions are now commonplace. They're evidence to the boundless potential of human ingenuity, realized through cooperation. Their innovative existence threatened tradition, and still do, and will resume doing so.

The same principle, of technology and innovation proving traditional paradigm wrong, applies today, and deserves to be applied, in the name of the truth. Things we consider impossible might just be waiting for the right spark of innovation to become reality.

All it takes, sometimes, is a single, "Eureka" moment, to dispel our conditional thought, that we are more limited, or framed, than we actually are. Our "frames" of knowledge would only remain as such until an innovative discovery is to crush that delusion. The condition of the "frame", the false, delusional mindset, will only remain as such until it is proven wrong.

And since nothing is in theory indestructible, then innovation has the potential to break our "frames" of knowledge indefinately, or infinitely.

Let's have some examples:

  • A negative example: By leading a project that designed the atomic bomb, J. Robert Oppenheimer revolutionized warfare by reframing the way it works. Although he managed to prevent many future wars thanks to the Mutually-Assured Destruction doctrine that stemmed from it, any country in the world, at the same time, can be entirely demolished with a press of a button.

Who can definitively say there are no intelligent lifeforms out there, mirroring our own cognitive abilities, somewhere in the vast expanse of the universe? Perhaps teleportation, once relegated to science fiction, will one day be a practical mode of travel. And I'm not speaking of Quantum teleportation, which is possible today with atoms and particles.

Who knows, maybe artificial intelligence will evolve to the point where its sentience demands a re-evaluation of its rights and place in our world. It's but one of the long-term, future dangers of artificial intelligence, which is technically still in its infancy.

The key to the Frame Condition Theory, lies in the absence of concrete, objective limitations. As long as there's no undeniable proof that something is utterly impossible, at any given moment of time, the realm of possibility stretches infinitely into the future. This is why I'm confident enough to assume that no rigid "frames" obstruct our access to knowledge.

If anything, the only such "frames" existentare mental or inter-subjective, which is our own delusional product. Since human society is traditionalist by its essence to allow its own harmony, it is largely, if not entirely, anti-intellecutalist. It is, after all, one of the main points of the intellectual: To challenge pre-supposed notions on reality.

Our ignorance is the fuel that ignites the fire of curiosity. That is unless you simply choose to remain ignorant just because absolute knowledge is far from possible. If we were all-knowing by nature, the universe would hold no mysteries, its wonders already laid bare. And philosophy itself would end before it even begun.

Thus, ignorance, within reason, can be a powerful tool. It propels us forward, pushing us to seek understanding and fill the gaps in our knowledge. This leads to a fascinating question: Will humanity ever truly shed its veil of ignorance towards the universe? Would we ever be able to reach the peak of all knowledge?

There is a relatively-certain answer to that question: Should we be relentless in our search for innovation in any given field, we could break any pre-supposed frame of knowledge we merely think exist. There is no other way to know for sure, without relentless inmovation.

Innovation therefore holds a universal functionality in its potential: To make us aware of the vastness of our ignorance.

We've already begun to chip away at the vast unknown. We've discovered planets with glass and acid rain within our own solar system. Others eerily similar to Earth, perhaps even harboring life, given that they contain similar conditions like Earth. We cannot colonize our species properly if we stop being innovative in our collective research. We must keep looking for discoveries so we would be able to act and innovate in accordance to our findings.

Unlike a finite video clip, the universe doesn't have a clear ending, as all energy cannot be created nor destroyed, only be transformed to different forms. Who knows what wonders, what unimaginable possibilities, lie beyond the perceived edge of our cosmos? Perhaps the journey itself, the constant exploration and expansion of knowledge, is the true reward.

For we cannot act in accordance to the truth, if we give up on understanding what the truth is, either because of despair, or a regard of falsehood as the truth itself.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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