The Cognos: A New Universe

How did God make the world?
God created the world, that is, He made it out of nothing.
The Catechism


“Recently, in a television interview, the host asked me, “What is an important area for scientific research?” I suggested the time may have come to define a new area for scientific theory and technical research, which I would call “cognitive physics”. Cognitive physicists would try to understand the nature of how humans try to understand. They would investigate how humans create the worlds in which they live; how humans create explanations for those things that they need explanations for; and what humans can do to improve on these methods.

In addition, cognitive physicists would explore the cognos as quantum physicists now explore the cosmos: What is the cognos? What does the cognos do? Of what is the cognos constructed? How big is the cognos? And much more. I offer the following thoughts as the inauguration of cognitive physics and as a worthwhile adventure for scientific theory and technical research. The thinking presented here is serious, speculative, and in the nature of what Einstein might have called a “gedanken” or “thought experiment”. Recent scientific theory does seem to support some of these ideas, however (See the accompanying Bibliography.)

The Greatest Invention in the World

In my opinion, the greatest invention in the world was the invention of America.

On early morning, about 4 a.m., the cry rang out from the crow’s nest, “Tierra! Tierra! and at dawn, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Christopher Columbus, stepped ashore in the New World. Columbus’ project to reach the East Indies by sailing west had become an obsession with him. The Tavalera Commission, appointed by Queen Isabella to investigate Columbus’ “West Indies Project”, had reported that the idea was preposterous. In those days, most people knew that the earth was round; however, they pointed out that Columbus’ mathematics and calculations were wrong and that it would probably take him three years to get to the East Indies, by which time his expedition would have perished. As far as Columbus’ idea–“to discover lands of importance on the way”–was concerned, the Tavalera Commission pointed out with flawless logic this also was impossible, because “God would never have kept lands of any value from his chosen people for so long”. Yet 30 days after Columbus set sail, he discovered half the world.

The Cognos

Where did America exist before Columbus invented it? America existed in the cognos.

– all from Chapter Nine, Page 78 NewSell by Michael Hewitt-Gleeson (Boardroom Books, New York 1984)

2 thoughts on “The Cognos: A New Universe

  1. In reverse, if I’m not here to see it, not here to hear it, not here to touch it, does the world I leave behind still exists? It does. In my mind I’m aware of its existence, I talk to people who are still there, I see it on TV or youtube. I’m just not there but it is. It’s the same for undiscovered lands, undiscovered thoughts, undiscovered laws of physics. They are there. I’m just not or just not aware of them. We exists witouht knowing it all and the all exists without us knowing it.

  2. Everything that existed was at first an idea in the mind of someone, even the smallest garment we wear and the most humble utensil. I am not sure that America, which received this name only later, existed as such in the cognos before being discovered. It seems to me that in the cognos of which Christopher Columbus participated, what existed was, first of all, another route to the Indies, and possibly a new land, new lands. And what existed in the cognos of the inhabitants of these new lands? According to some authors, their occupants were unable to see the ships of the arrivals because they had no idea of ??their existence. How do things – ideas – come to our consciousness? Where do they take off? The cognos differ according to the civilizations, the societies and even more according to the groups to which one belongs. Is the more restricted the set in which one inscribes itself, the more restricted is the ambient cognos? Asking the question is already a response. Conversely, how do you fit into a larger cognos?


    Tout ce qui existe a d’abord été une idée dans l’esprit de quelqu’un, jusqu’au moindre vêtement que nous portons et au plus humble ustensile. Je ne suis pas sûre que l’Amérique, qui n’a reçu ce nom que plus tard, existait en tant que telle dans le cognos avant d’être découverte. Il me semble que dans le cognos dont Christophe Colomb participait, c’e qui existait, c’était d’abord une autre route vers les Indes puis, possiblement, une nouvelle terre, de nouvelles terres. Et qu’est-ce qui existait dans le cognos des habitants de ces nouvelles terres ? A en croire certains auteurs, leurs occupants étaient incapables de voir les bateaux des arrivants parce qu’ils n’avaient pas la moindre idée de leur existence. Comment les choses – les idées – viennent-elles à notre conscience ? D’où prennent-elles leur envol ? Les cognos diffèrent selon les civilisations, les sociétés et plus encore selon les groupes auxquels on appartient. Est-ce que plus l’ensemble dans lequel on s’inscrit est restreint, plus restreint est le cognos ambiant ? Poser la question est déjà une réponse. Inversement, comment s’inscrire dans un plus vaste cognos ?

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