The Tom Bearden



    The fourth law of logic is absolutely indispensable in physics. We use it every day and do not realize it in probability. But what after all is probability? Let us use a very simple example to get at the answer to that question. Let us use the face of a die turned up. How can I model that, before the die is thrown?
    Now we can only think by operationalism. To operate and output something is to automatically put it in the past. It's happened, it's gone, the moment you do it. To perceive an object is to put it in the past. To determine it is to put it in the past. To observe it is to put it in the past. There is no observed, perceived, detected, measured, or determined present. That is, there is no separated, exclusive, determined present such as is specified by the first three laws of logicthe fourth law is the present, by the waybut in observational physics which deals with determined, observed past phenomena, there exists no present. The future has not yet been observed, so it also is the unobserved. Only the past therefore is the observed. How then can one ever hope to model the unobserved present or the unobserved future?
    If I look at the problem of the die with one face up, it is in the past. When I see it, it is in the past. When I think it, it is in the past. So if all I can observe, think, or perceive is the die in the past, how can I ever model it in the future? It's very simple! If I drive any problem set to its absolute boundary limit, it turns into its own opposite by the fourth law of logic, by the law of the boundary. So how do I do that with this problem of the die?
    The problem set is specified by the condition "the perceived die with one face up"; this is the most recent past. Now simply find all the most immediate pasts you can get to meet the condition specified, and gather them all up together, and they then must turn into and comprise precisely the opposite, the immediate future. In this problem set, I can construct and collect six such pasts, each consisting of the perceived die with one face up. So by the fourth law of logic, those six faces up collected together as an ensemble represent the future and in fact are identical to the future. The present, which is simply the boundary between the most immediate past and the most immediate future, was specified by applying the fourth law of logic in the first place: the identity of the most immediate past and the most immediate future, being binocular, is unperceived, but it is the present nonetheless. So that is what probability isan application of the fourth law of logic, so that the most immediate future can be represented in terms of the most immediate pastand physicists and mathematicians have been doing this ever since they have been doing physics and mathematics.
    Without the fourth law of logic, there exists no rigorous logical basis for probability! So the fourth law is a very useful law indeed. We have simply failed to realize that we have been applying it all along.
    The ontological problem can also be solved as follows: to state that "A is not" is to state that "A is" is not; to absent a presented thing is to first present it; to be "not-being" is a clear statement of the problem. By the first three laws of logic, the problem is not soluble. By the fourth law, it is simple since being and not-being can be identified. All distinction between present (being) and absent (not being) can be lost.