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THE MACROGENOME PROJECT

Philosophical Compass. Copyright  ' 2000 by Edward T.M. Ayoub. All Rights Reserved.The Macrogenome Project is Macroknow's intellectual analogue of the Genome Project. It is to the thinking soul what the Genome Project is to living matter. The project's domains include philosophy, political economy, and law. It also includes religion and theology -- Mosaic-Solomonic, Hindu-Vedic, Taoistic, Buddhist, Confucian, Christian, Gnostic, and Islamic.

The inspiration for the Macrogenome Project is Leibniz's deep insight into the nature of the soul as genetic seed and law.

PROJECT GOALS

  1. To map the entire intellectual genetic structure of the dominant philosophies and worldviews that shape our world.

  2. To identify, scrutinize, and compare the ideas, concepts, notions, and thought species and subspecies that make up the dominant philosophies that underlie current policies and legislation. To identify common substructures.

  3. To discover, characterize, and categorize the codes, structures, lineages, and variants of the thought species; and to correlate these with origins, intents, and effects.

  4. To locate, characterize, and catalogue defects in logic and intellection; and to correlate, cross-link, and cross-reference the defects with associated political disorder, social diseases, and economic conflicts and destruction.

  5. To build taxonomic, structure, and modeling databases for grounding philosophies. And to develop analytical tools and expert systems to model, simulate, and predict the outcomes of policies from their genomic structure and associated probabilistic confidences.

  6. To issue timely political, economic, and financial alerts and advisories to political, business, and community leaders.

  7. To promote the worldviews that benefit humankind, especially philosophies that promote and secure authentic freedom and wealth for all.

The Macrogenome Project is an ongoing Macroknow project. The project will generate several open Internet resources. General findings and conclusions will be available to people with access to the Internet free of charge. For a sample Macroknow Education Resource, see http://www.macroknow.com/books.

Sophisticated intellection technologies, databases, and expert systems will be commercialized. For Macroknow Services, see http://www.macroknow.com/services.htm. For Macroknow Publications, see http://www.mindhat.com/.

 

  

LEIBNIZ ON THE NATURE OF THE SOUL

The inspiration for the Macrogenome Projectâ„¢ is Leibniz's deep insight into the nature of the soul as genetic seed and law.

"A body is an aggregation of substances . . . Each of these substances contains in its nature the law of the continuous progression of its own workings and all that has happened to it and all that will happen to it."1a*

"Today . . . when it has been learned through careful investigations made in plant, insect, and animal life, that the organic bodies of nature are never the product of chaos or putrefaction, but always come from seeds in which there was without doubt some preformation, it has been decided that not only is the organic body already present before conception, but also that a soul, in a word, the animal itself, is also in this body . . . "1b*

" . . . [E]verything which is to happen to anyone is already virtually included in his nature or concept, as all the properties are contained in the definition of a circle . . . "1c*

" . . . [T]he soul already includes the idea which is comprised in any particular thought."1d

" . . . [T]he individual concept of each person includes once for all everything which can ever happen to him . . . "1e*


* Emphasis added. Italics in the original.

1 Discourse on Metaphysics. Correspondence with Arnauld. Monadology. Introduction by Paul Janet. Translated by George Montgomery. Lasalle, IL: Open Court Publishing Company, 1902, 1995.
a
Correspondence Relating to the Metaphysics, XXVI Leibniz to Arnauld, Venice, March 23, 1690, at 244.
b
The Monadology, at 268.
c Discourse on Metaphysics, XIII, at 20.
d Discourse on Metaphysics, XXIX, at 48.
e Correspondence Relating to the Metaphysics, I Leibniz to Count Ernst von Hessen-Rheinfels, 1/11 Feb., 1686, at 69.