The Absolutes of Reality

“For most people raised on the so-called ‘Standard Social Science Model’ (Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, Margaret Mead)—the old idea that everything is relative, in flux, unpredictable, and plastic and that nothing is permanent, constant, or universal—what follows is a tracing shock.”  William D. Gairdner, The Book of Absolutes, p.63, 64

I.              Chemistry — The Periodic Table of Elements

II.            Physics

a.    Charge on proton (1.60 x 10 neg 19)

b.    Planck’s Constant (6.63 x 10 to 34)

c.    Speed of Light (3.00 x 10 to 8)

d.    Newton’s gravitational constant (6.67 x 10 to 11)

e.    Weak force constant

f.      Strong force constant

g.    Planck Length

h.    Planck Time

i.      Planck Mass

j.      Electromagnetic fine-structure constant

k.    Etc. etc. Book of Absolutes, p. 311 f

III.          Biology

a.    All humans use language as their principal medium of communication

b.    All human languages have the same underlying architecture

c.    All humans classify themselves in terms of status, class, roles, and kinship and all practice division of labor by age and gender

d.    All humans have poetry, figurative speech, symbolic speech, ceremonial speech, metaphor etc.

e.    All humans use logic, reckon time, distinguish past, present and future

f.      All humans distinguish between normal and abnormal

g.    All humans have sexual regulations

h.    All humans avoid incest relationships

i.      All humans have government leaders, law, rules of conduct

j.      All humans distinguish right from wrong

k.    All humans experience religion

l.      All humans have rules of inheritance

m.  All humans have some form of a worldview

n.    Human males are on average 7% taller than women in all races and about 23% heavier

o.    Human women on average have lighter skeletons, a higher body-fat percentage, lower lung and oxygen uptake capacity, wider pelvis/hip area, and a different hormone-based aggression profile than males

For a complete listing of the 311 human universals see Donald E. Brown’s Human Universals (1991).  Brown was a professor of anthropology (now retired) at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

IV.          Cell Biology

a.    All organisms have come to use lipid membranes

b.    All organisms have come to use nucleic acid, which carries information in the form of a linear sequence of chemical letters

c.    All organisms have come to use an alphabet of exactly four such chemical letters to spell out their genetic messages

d.    All organisms have come to use DNA for genetic information storage and proteins for metabolically active molecules

e.    All organisms have come to construct proteins from an alphabet of twenty amino acids

f.      All organisms have come to use an identical genetic code (the system of rules by which ‘letters’ of every nucleic acid gene are translated into corresponding ‘letters’ of a protein.  See The Book of Absolutes, p. 314 

“By 1908 Einstein’s former teacher Hermann Minkowski…disliked the misleading term ‘relativity’ and urged that the phrase ‘invariant [not variant, constant] postulates’ would be more accurate.  But still no luck.  Another man concerned about the descriptive dishonesty of the term was the mathematician Felix Klein, who proposed that Einstein’s theory be called ‘The Theory of Absolutes.”  But by now it was far too late.  If Klein’s version had taken, we would today be discussing ‘Albert Einstein and his famous Theory of Absolutes,’ which would at least have been closer to the truth of the theory—and we must surely wonder what effect that would have had on the public mind…Einstein whenever he used it he always put it in quotation marks. The Book of Absolutes, p. 84

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