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    Christopher Langan

    Christopher Michael Langan (born c. 1952) is an American autodidact whose IQ was reported by 20/20 and other media sources to have been measured at between 195 and 210.[1] Billed by some media sources as "the smartest man in America",[2] he rose to prominence in 1999 while working as a bouncer on Long Island. Langan has developed his own "theory of the relationship between mind and reality" which he calls the "Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU)".

    Some great ideas from this guy. Some ideas also that I think of as soulless.

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    BenRayfield     Sat, May 28, 2011  Permanent link
    I'm guessing you're referring to his proposal to force implants into everyone at age 10 and allow pregnancy only by permission. I can ignore that because it is only 1 of his many ideas.

    I'm still reading his paper "The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: A New Kind of Reality Theory", published in "September 2002 in Progress in Complexity, Information and Design, the journal of the International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design" which you can download at

    I was very surprised after reading the first 7 pages. He has a word for something I've been planning to do for years, a concept so bizarre I've never heard anyone else talk about it: "telic feedback".

    For years I've been planning to network many people's subconscious thoughts together through the internet, using the user-interface of mouse movements and interactive music generated by artificial intelligence in feedback loops between each person and computer, and more feedback loops through the internet. It would find statistical relationships between peoples' subconscious thoughts, between multiple people separated by the internet. Science does not predict any patterns would be found between such people, since they are not communicating. Still, I expect to find such patterns, use artificial intelligence to understand and amplify them, and eventually use such a system to emergently generate a "global telepathy network" as I've been calling it.

    While I'm leaving out a lot of his details, Chris Langan defines "telic feedback" as a feedback loop between syntax (Example: laws of physics) and state (Example: what we see around us), where those are both 2 views of the same universe.

    Telic feedback is a general constraint, logically argued, for what can be the only possibilities of the universe, which forces it to contain its own causes as a closure (a math word) in a completely consistent way. It is not so general that it can't be used. It infinitely narrows down the possibilities to a lower cardinality of infinity. Everything is based on telic feedback, if we know it or not. Since science is not aware of telic feedback, they have only been able to use it in a linear way, which is the same way pure empiricism leads to using it. My plan is to use it dynamicly and recursively, each time building up more "state" that generates more divergent patterns in the "syntax" that generates more divergent patterns in the "state", and so on. Current technology stops at the first few steps and says "It is impossible to go further because quantum randomness can not be predicted". They give up because they insist the universe be a hierarchy, and its not. I can go on for unlimited steps, since I know what telic feedback is and will program such strategy into my software to use this system.

    In terms of how advanced, "Telic feedback" is to current technology as current technology is to a rock tied to a stick to make a hammer. This is why the incredibly small amounts of electricity in peoples brains, organized through software and the internet, will be enough to do big things. In terms of complexity, telic feedback is so simple a child could understand it if they were not first influenced toward the contradictory ways of thinking most people do (Chris Langan calls schools "parrot factories"... very true, but there is no reason one has to continue being a parrot, just remove the contradictions from one's mind), which is why he has to use such big words and many pages to describe something so simple. Read his paper for details. I'm still reading it...

    I will probably eventually contact Chris Langan to ask if he has any ideas on how to better create a "global telepathy network", using telic feedback, but I need to define my plan more exactly first. Thanks for finding this guy.