When playing a musical instrument, all that needs to be done is the bowing of strings, pressing of fingers, and or blowing of air. If these things are done just right, a beautiful sound will come out. Therefore, one might say that a professional trumpet player is a master of buzzing his lips and pressing keys, but this is rarely what comes to mind when we think of great brass musicians and is also rarely the first thing on the mind of a great performer in action. Rather, a musician spends his or her mental energies almost entirely on the art of sound. A trumpet player does not think about every single muscle in his lips and every single electric single that must be sent through his nerves to produce a lovely buzz; he thinks about sweet things or dark things or sad things. He might create a story in his mind that invokes emotions that match the music, or perhaps remember a part of his life in which he felt the same way–if his thoughts are so clearly defined.
Computer science is the methodical manipulation of binary; all that is required for a program to function properly is for the electrons in a series of wires to dance about in just the right pattern at the right time. Therefore, a good programmer could be said to be one who has perfected the craft of creating and running electrical physical systems, but this is not what is taught in computer science classes. A computer programmer spends his mental energy on formal logic and the devising of logical systems in which conceptual objects are created and manipulated as required by the processes of the program.
These two phenomenons are examples of what I will call the complex or figurative model of reality. Complex reality is the model we function on in everyday life. Even that statement is a member of the complex model because it is not true on a simple or literal level. Truly, it is impossible for something to be purely a member of the complex or purely a member of the simple, all things and ideas are members of both to varying degrees; however, the complex is the dominate model.
The complex model is the stuff that most would say, at least upon first consideration, isn’t ultimately real. For example, in the case of the computer programmer, his concept of the “objects” he is creating in “memory” is absolute rubbish when it comes down to what is happening physically in the machine. A computer doesn’t know what an object is; in fact, it doesn’t actually “know” anything. A computer is a piece of metal with electrical and magnetic charges distributed in a specific arrangement throughout it. Therefore, the programmer’s complex model of objects in memory isn’t real, but is rather a mimesis of reality.
Notice, even this description of the complex model is mimesis of what the model actually is. The complex model represents Absolute reality; whereas in my example, the model is representing physical reality (the reality of the computer’s physical processes). Therefore, even my description of the complex model is a member of the complex model.
The simple model is much more difficult to isolate because it is not really used. The simple is the Absolute reality. It is a set of individual metaphysical zeros and ones that are then interpreted and understood within the complex.
One of the reasons I’m bothering to present these two models is that some people do not appreciate the difference. There are always those people who think every question has a simple, concrete answer. Such a person might ask the question: “Do dog’s go to heaven?” And not be satisfied until they get a yes or a no. A friend of mine once asked me that and I began my response by saying something along the lines of, “it depends what you mean by dogs.”
This misunderstanding of the models of reality can lead to great confusion in many biblical doctrines. For example, the Bible seems to suggest that saints go directly to heaven the moment they die, saint don’t rise from death until the coming of Christ on the last day, some people will rise before others, and eternity is not bound to time. There are many more such conflicting doctrines, but these four alone will drive crazy anyone who does not have some sort of grip on the complex model of reality.
Then there are those who only understand complex reality. These are the people who think that truth is whatever you make up inside your mind. Just as the monitory system is not backed by gold, so are ideas not backed by absolutes. These people often seem rather confused when in a debate or intellectual discussion–always chaining their mind about what’s real or what matter’s, and never following any train of thought longer than it gripes their minds with pleasurable stimulation. Indeed, if they would be most honest with themselves, they would admit that they probably aren’t really after much more than the pleasure of philosophizing, because they have no concept of truth to pursue.
The question now becomes: which one of these models is the accurate depiction of reality (i.e. the Absolute depiction)? The answer is neither and both. A third model best describes the reality that is worth believing in, the one in whose belief we already, inevitably function. That model is the model of Fractal reality. The fractal model of reality is a model in which reality is composed of infinite simple reality. Understand that if simple reality were to exist in any finite “quantity,” as I will call it, the complex model of it would be intrinsically false. That is, if I had some finite string of Absolute zeros and ones, and I said that they made up a ploppel, I would be wrong; they only make up a finite string of zeros and ones, because that is what they are. But if I had an infinite string of said binary, it could very well simultaneously be a string of binary and literally be a ploppel. Therefore, it would be entirely true to say both that such a string is a set of zeros and ones or that it is a ploppel. This is Fractal reality.
We truly function on Fractal reality (notice, I wasn’t lying when I said we function on complex reality either, because Fractal reality is just as much complex as it is simple, though I meant function in a different sense at that point). If we believe that a person’s being and its respective character cannot be confined to any written description, and yet it does Absolutely exist and possess concrete qualities, then we believe in fractal reality–where a being and character is made up of infinite concrete qualities.