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Vedic Computation - Redefining Computer Science in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science- Gregory Guthrie- MUM

Vedic Computation - Redefining Computer Science in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science- Gregory Guthrie- MUM

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Vedic Computation: Redefining Computer Sciencein the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science
Gregory GuthrieMaharishi University of ManagementFairfield, Iowa
 Abstract Computer science has a unique and important role in today’s world. With its powerfulsynthesis of new tools and mechanisms through which to express our growing knowledgeof natural law, it has extended and redefined many areas of life to create new disciplines,and new possibilities for the application and development of existing fields.This rapid development is based on progress in two fundamental areas; the disciplineof computer science, and the increasing knowledge of natural law in the applicationareas. Together these have combined to give us new methods, and new depths and extentsof inquiry and achievement. With this phenomenal growth in the capabilities and applications of computing, technology has expanded into areas critical to the safety and stability of our society. This raises important questions about the soundness of these foundations, and therefore the future development and applications of computer scienceand computing technologies. Issues of the correctness, limits, and applications of computation and computing systems are now vital to our future, yet cannot be resolved within the current scope of the discipline. This is because these fundamental issuesrequire a clear understanding and precise description of the structures of intelligenceexpressed in computing systems, and this is not present in computer science, or any other modern scientific discipline. Maharishi Vedic Science, a science of the full range of intelligence including itsrepresentations in objective forms and its realizations in human awareness, provides aunique context for understanding and resolving these problems. Because it provides botha theoretical model and practical techniques for investigating the abstract structure of intelligence and principles of Natural Law common to all application areas, it encompasses and integrates the areas of application knowledge and computationalrepresentations. Reconsidering the fundamental structure of the discipline of computer science and its applications in computing systems in this context, results in new and morecomprehensive understanding of the status and future of the entire field of computing.
Contents
Introduction......................................................................................................192The Science of Computation...........................................................................193Computer Science............................................................................................194Science, Knowledge, and Veda.......................................................................195Scientific Models.............................................................................................196
 
Maharishi Vedic Science.................................................................................198A New Paradigm..............................................................................................199Computational Structures................................................................................200Abstractions.....................................................................................................203Software and Hardware...................................................................................203Models and Programming...............................................................................205Computational Universality............................................................................206Computation.....................................................................................................207Symbolic Computation....................................................................................208Vedic Computation..........................................................................................210Veda as the Programs of Natural Law............................................................213Cosmic Computing..........................................................................................214Machine Intelligence.......................................................................................216The Hazards of Computation..........................................................................218The Future of Computing................................................................................219
Introduction
Computer science is perhaps the quintessential modern science; it merges the mostadvanced applied technologies of electronics and semiconductors with the abstract areasof theoretical mathematics, to form a new capability which has become the hallmark of modern technology. These two divergent foundations are combined through the principleinnovation of computing, the field of software, which has become the ubiquitous tool of modern society. In its applications, computer science provides the tools which are at theforefront of every field of modern endeavor, supporting, extending, and often redefiningthe nature of our lives.Computing has risen to be the universal technology of our modern age. It permeates allaspects of modern life, from applied areas of entertainment, economics, commerce, andbusiness, to the more foundational areas of science, research, and education. Computinghas extended the methods and capabilities of every area in such a manner as to redefinethe possibilities, and often the approaches, of that area. New disciplines have beencreated and old disciplines re-defined.The result is an extension of our senses, actions, and intellect into realms which werehitherto inaccessible, both conceptually and physically. Computing systems andtechnologies have literally transformed life on our planet and become a key ingredient forfuture progress and technology.This rapid development is based on developments in two fundamental areas, thediscipline of computer science, and the increasing knowledge of Natural Law in theapplication areas. Together these have combined to give us new tools, new methods, andnew depths and extents of inquiry and achievement. Each succeeding new level of expansion yields new knowledge, which then recursively enables even greatercapabilities. It is this self enabling loop of development that has created the tremendousgrowth in all areas, including that of computing itself.The pace of the development and application of computing technology has progressedat a pace unknown to other fields. Moore’s law (Moore, 1964), which successfullypredicted the doubling of the capacity of integrated circuits every 18 months from 1964(an increase of over 200,000) is one striking example of the ongoing and long-termnature of this progress. This exponential growth of computing technology has allowed us
 
to build computing systems that are the most complex constructions ever created by man.Today’s programs may consist of many millions of lines of code, and run on verysophisticated desktop processors. These small systems with millions of transistors in theirmicroprocessor controllers execute instructions at several million instructions per second,exceeding the capacity of multimillion-dollar supercomputers from only a few years ago.Individual computers are connected to the global Internet, with millions of communicating systems and even more millions of individual users. And yet, thisemerging computational technology, connectivity, and capability is still in its early years,and still growing rapidly. While there is speculation that we will soon reach the physicallimits of growth on the hardware level, architectural advances within and betweensystems promise to sustain the growth for the foreseeable future.With this explosive growth of technology, it is vital that we locate a sound andcomplete theoretical foundation to guide its development and application. This is theliability of current computing technology. The entire field of computer science is still inits infancy, and is attempting to define its theoretical foundations, and create from themappropriate and effective methodologies for its application areas in the computingtechnologies.This paper begins with an overview of the nature and components of the discipline of computer science, which presents the fundamental concepts and issues of the discipline.Then these same principles are revisited in the broader context of the Science of CreativeIntelligence
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The Science of Computation
Computer science is a relatively new field, and in its formation has combined aspectsof existing disciplines and given rise to new areas of study. The history of computerscience is an interesting interplay and, finally, merger of the disparate fields of theoreticalmathematics and applied electronics. Theoretical mathematicians were interested in thedescriptive power of mathematics, and investigating the limits of such mathematicalmodels. Electronic engineers were simultaneously seeking to discover smaller, faster, andcheaper electronic devices. These explorations converged when it was realized that thediscrete states of mathematical logic could be easily represented as the binary modes of an electronic switch. From this basic connection, and the resulting empowerment of bothfields, the synergy and success of this combination has created new areas of specialization within the existing disciplines, and completely new areas of study. There issome latitude in the terminology of the related and sub-disciplines of computer science,so an overview is given here.Computer science studies the structures, dynamics, and methods of representinginformation, and the limits and extents of these structures to model aspects of natural law.It attempts to discover, describe, and create methods which apply this knowledge tocreate computational models of the real world. These models can be purely symbolic,similar to the symbolic descriptions of nature created in physics or mathematics, or theycan be embodied in physical structures, to create computing machines. Computing

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