Emergence! (The Ontological Conjecture)

  • Ronald Preston Phipps


Ours is a vacuumless universe - Character and Potential pervade The spatio-temporal manifold!

The manifold is discretely divided As the ancients foretold

By atomicity, by discreteness amid continuity!

Atomicity embedded within atomic occasions Events emerging as a confluence of Antecedent events!

The character and relations within that nexus Constituent of an occasion’s causal past Determine the characteristics and relations Which ingress within the atomic event!

As character ingresses into an atomic occasion,

Bounded by spatial magnitude and temporal duration, The character and potentiality

Within the event’s causal future Emerge, Begat as an occasion’s progeny.

Co-Director, International Center for Process Philosophy, Science and Education