image
 
image
 

ABOUT

This page last updated 05 November 2014

The author of the works on this website is Gary T Forbat

Short Autobiography

Born in 1945 shorthly after the end of WWII, I spent my early childhood in Budapest, Hungary. These years witnessed the Soviet Union dominated take-over by the Communists followed by a period of Stalinist purges and suppression.

Finally in 1956, not long after the death of Stalin, there was a reaction against the still Stalinist regime running Hungary with a full uprising lasting several months. Soon overwhelming Soviet forces arrived and swiftly crushed the short lived 'revolution'. These months of conflict opened a rare window of opportunity to escape to the West through the then unguarded Austrian border. My father had left in 1948 to avoid persecution by the Stalinist regime and set up a new life in Australia, where the rest of my family headed.

We landed in Sydney, where I still live to this day(2012). I left school early and went into sales and marketing. In a few years I graduated to property sales. My success led me to real estate development. I set up my own company and purchased properties then re-developed them. The business grew exponentially for 6 years until 1975, when a sudden recession and credit squeeze sent the real estate market into a downward spin. With inflation roaring and interest rates soaring, my real estate business struck difficulties. My gearing was too high. The sudden downturn in values and the drying up of credit made it difficult to generate the cash flow required to maintain the business.

With the business gone, I embarked on a period of education. I was still relatively young and wanted to know more about business conditions and the workings of the economy to be able to better prepare for the future. I thought if I had understood economics better, I may have predicted the downturn and moved earlier to consolidate my assets. During my business career I received conflicting advice from different legal sources, and I could never judge their validity. I thought if I undersood business law better I may be able to validate their advice in the future. I studied intensely for three months and matriculated to enroll at the University of Sydney. The first year I took legal studies and a course on economics. To fill the curriculum to the required four subjects I also took History and Philosophy.

The first year of legal studies and economics was based on a broad overview of the subjects and it satisfied my needs reasonably in those areas. Then I realised that further study would involve highly technical and procedural aspects, so I decided not to continue them to the second year. At the same time the latter two subjects of History and Philosophy came increasingly to draw my interest. I saw the benefits of insight that these fields of knowledge offered and decided to continue in that direction instead.

Ancient History the first year, then Early Modern European and then Late Modern, I gained insights right up to the present. I learnt of former social, political, economic and cultural conditions, the way of life, the flow of power, the personalities, the deeds and events. I gained insights into historical processes underlying medium and long term developments. I also read classic works of literature, learned about art and music, and snippets of understanding gained from many other fields I touched upon through my studies. The study of history and its methodology, not to mention legal studies, sharpened my ability to sort and interpret evidence. It also gives direction of knowing where we have been and the possible directions in which we may be heading. Great insights to be gained into the social reality behind the facade of idealistic theoretics, unrealistic expectations and rhetorical justifications.

Then there was Philosophy. It became another subject of special interest. I read the works of ancient and modern philosophers and the critial appraisals of their views. The study of logic, and epistemology of how we can know things sharpened my mind to see strengths and weaknesses in arguments and situations. Ethics gave me a sense of right and wrong, good and evil and Aesthetics awakened my sense of taste and beauty.

Near the end of my immediate educational period, around 1982, I came upon a thought that revolutionised my thinking. It was highly unconventional for the time, as it still is to this day. I subsequently built a theory around this key concept. It would take many years to perfect it, and many more to devise a clear expression of it. I was never in a situation to be able to work on it exensively as I got no support from the academic establishment. Not surprising though, as academia has its own dynamics and this subject is the domain of just a handful of specialists whose life work and commitment binds them to the theories they espouse. Of course my theory could be thought to be wrong, but I'll let the reader judge that once an understanding of the core idea of the theory is attained. Not as though it would be too difficult. The home page on this website contains a very lucid short explanation of the core theory.

Over the years I kept developing the theory during odd hours and days. Since its first conception around 1982 I managed to significantly broaden the parameters of the core idea. The subject has grown in my mind and carried over into many other fields. Even nowadays new connections come to mind, but scarcely have the quality time to put it into comprehensible text. I fear a lot of these ideas will be lost and much has been lost already. I hope to keep working on the theory as long as I can into the future.

For now, I am settled in a small business environment which keeps me a little too busy to spend adequate time developing the theory to its full extent, though I am hoping that one day when I am in a position to retire from the tedium of business pursuits I can make a more concentrated effort to develop the work toward completion. In the meantime I intend to keep adding to it and refining it as time and circumstances permit.

 
Introduction to the Works

One may wonder how I ever started on this project. I am neither scientist, nor mathematician or physicist, yet here is a work very closely related to these subjects. True, it is also a philosophy, and as a consequence touches upon a wide range of other fields, but I never thought that this would be my fate. It was purely coincidental, just a time of casual musing after studying philosophy and reading on metaphysics that this idea occured to me. But in hindsight it wasn't entirely without foundation. Over the years I have often thought about how these ideas emanated and then developed from my own imagination. It all leads back Descartes' 'cogito ergo sum' argument. When I first studied it in philosophy lectures it surprised me greatly. It was more like a shock of waking from a long sleep.

Previously I always assumed that things of the world of matter were there just the way they seem, but soon I found that our sense impressions of objects are not entirely like the actual things we perceive. From Descartes, who pioneered modern philosophy but who could not quite solve it, I went on to others that took up the consequences of his fidings. John Locke in the 17th century had great insights, then it ramified into various branches and in reaction to it through various thinkers and the many over the centuries who contributed and developed both ideas and counter ideas that continue to the present day. I followed the many branches of thought emanating from these sources. Locke recognised for instance, that colours do not exist outside of consciousness, but they do correspond to certain qualities in the objects perceived. I saw clearly that the other attributes such as shape and depth become evident only through further analysis of the colour impressions we receive as raw visual data in conjunction with other sense impressions. It became clear that all our sense impressions produce subjective representations of objects differring somewhat from the objects themselves. However the correspondence between sense impessions and the objects they represent exist in exact proportions which gives it its logical connection by a kind of equivalence. After all this, eventually I arrived at a better understanding of the entire process between us as conscious rational beings and the world of matter we perceive.

But then I also realised that even if I understood all this, I still had no idea of what the world of matter was and how it worked. When I took a course on philosophical metaphysics, it brought me to the gateway to science. Science is a huge subject and I knew that if I was to learn it from the 'ground up', as others do, it would take many more years which I was not keen to undertake. Then I came up with a possible solution. Through my line of enquiry I had reached to the edge of the scientific reality. There was a window leading to science, and philosophy could offer no further solutions. My strategy was to start from a different angle by beginning from the 'top' by finding the most general ideas and narrowing them toward specific solutions. It wasn't an entirely new approach but as far as I knew nobody so far succeeded in getting through.

I began by looking for the most general aspects ouf the physical world. It seemed to me that there are four broad categories to consider: time, space, matter and forces which causes interaction between matter parts. The next step was to find some connecting relationship between them. Of course anyone can imagine space without matter, like an emptiness or void, but imagining matter without space is quite impossible. Space itself is not a simple three dimensional structure as it needs to pervail in time to give it continued existence. I defined the fusion of time and space as the 'spatial environment' and this had to be somehow primary as matter and forces could not exist without it. Matter is quite easy to imagine inhabiting the spatial environment like furniture in a room but forces were somewhat mysterious until it became clear that forces are closely associated with matter itself, in fact always emanating from matter and therefore likely a function of matter.

As a result of these first impressions I began to work on a foundation concept for the physical world. First I derived a more thorough definition of space and time, then I began to analyse matter. This is where the greatest surprises came. Eventually I found myself exploring a world quite different from my previous idea of it. As I proceeded deeper, matter began to yield its secrets, opening a range of possibilities I could not have imagined previously. Most surprisingly it was, unlike the current ideas, more clearly defined and fully comprehensible. It opened a vast field of understanding which had hitherto been unexplored. As the idea developed everything began to make much more sense about the world, and at the end of my enquiry I was able to gain clearly defined insights into the nature of reality and the limits and capabilities of our existence and civilisation, its future progress and even deriving a universal identity for the human condition. With these insights I came to believe this was a turning point in thinking about the world and the reality at large.

Before proceeding to read the longer version of main theory, I recommend the introductory text at the Home Page..



 

All contents ©Copyright 2012 Structure of Reality
All Rights Reserved Gary T Forbat &