Coptic Spring (Regression, #1)
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Apr 1, 2012 - 116 pages
The Occidental Union rules the world. A stifling ideology combining scientism with collectivism is embraced as the ultimate solution to all of society's troubles and as the cure to the problem of individuality. In the name of safety, equality, and happiness, nothing is left untouched: "Scientists, Bureaucrats, Legislators - Experts Planning the Perfect Society."But reality differs from the State-forged statistics, and the State-planned society is not perfect. The new serfs live in a world where one State, one company, and one trade union drain the life out of them, while State-nurtured mobs, the State's Spawn, terrify them into submission. No hope exists. Darkness shrouds everything.In book one of this four-book series, a serf stumbles upon a terrifying secret while visiting the last State-free bastion in the Occidental Union: the Coptic Territories. Although life was dismal before, the nightmare is just starting.FROM THE AUTHOR:We are stuck in the seventeenth century. Our view of the universe, of reality, meshes smoothly with Newtonian mechanics, where everything progresses in a clockwork fashion and where reality obeys cause-and-effect logic. If event x occurs, for instance, then consequence y must follow. Although this view may form part of the picture, it fails to describe the ultimate reality. The universe, at its most fundamental level, is not Newtonian; classical mechanics breaks down at the microscopic level, at the foundation of reality.Twentieth-century quantum mechanics shattered our Newtonian understanding of the universe.Cause-and-effect logic does not rule every level of the universe, and reality becomes bizarre at the foundations. Even complete knowledge fails to exist at the quantum level, where observers are unable to know the precise location and momentum of subatomic particles. So the universe may be fundamentally unknowable and indeterminate.The twenty-first century may, however, uncover an even deeper layer of reality than the quantum level. This may be the century of information. A few researchers are now suggesting that information, not matter, may form the basis of reality. According to this view, matter and the laws of physics emerge from information rather than information emerging from matter and the laws of physics: "It from bit," as John Wheeler wrote. And research into the holographic principle is supporting these radical ideas.Reality is weirder than we can imagine.Yet our society still embraces mechanistic logic. Our bureaucrats, politicians, and legislators believe that a complex system such as society can be planned perfectly using cause-and-effect precision, even though the universe functions differently. Experts, isolated in sterile rooms, spout "accurate" predictions gathered from limited data and incorrect theories. And our leaders act on these declarations while ignoring other information sources, including the experiences of lay individuals and the wisdom of culture and communities.But the danger arises here: what happens when authorities apply Newtonian logic to advanced non-Newtonian technology? To technology based on a quantum or an informational layer of reality? Or to technology founded on an even deeper layer of unknown reality? What is the world's fate when human arrogance unleashes the unknown?Regression seeks to answer these questions. Although it is a work of dystopian fiction, its warnings are real.
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