In Memory of Walter Babin (1934 - 2020)
"My background was in business where the greater part of my philosophy was developed. I believe in a fundamental duality and like the post-Hegelians expressed, this is a search for a synthesis between thesis and antithesis. I notice the similarity with mechanical logic (input, operation, output). I noticed that with all philosophers, the tendency was to align themselves with one or the other (mind-matter, good-evil, existence-essence) to the exclusion of its opposite. God is good. There is no matter and so on. My conclusion was that any universal philosophy must contain its opposite. The next realization was that the laws of physics applied to both sides eg. mind and matter. What better moral imperative could there be than "every action has an equal and opposite reaction". If we wish consciousness to be the ultimate reality, then it should be without limitation. It may be the goal or ultimate reality (and a very good one!), otherwise we must deny unconscious content and find alternate explanations for sleep dependency. There appears to be a gradation from unconscious through subconscious through motor responses to awareness, maybe more like jumps. There is little recognition as to how much unconscious content affects our actions. Assumption that the truth is known random actions rather than any presumption of truth."
Walter's conclusion that any universal philosophy must contain its opposite seems to be the reason why he worked so hard at setting up the General Science Journal so that all opinions could be freely aired.
The General Science Journal that he leaves as a legacy to the community will live on, because over the course of his last year among us, he was cautious enough to transfer control of the journal to three administrators who will continue to maintain it.
There is this saying that comes to my mind thinking of what he leaves behind: "Things happen in this world when someone makes them happen"
He definitely was someone who made things happen in the community. He did it in such a way that things will continue happening on account of his dedication and hard work in setting up this informal journal that allows all ideas to be aired for consideration and discussion.
Walter's Obituary can be found at West Elgin Funeral Home: https://westelginfuneralhome.com
On behalf of Tesla Tech, those of us at the Extraordinary Technology Conference and the Institute for New Energy (only a few of us left) we extend Humble Condolences and Great Regards for Walter and his family (including all of his extended family, meaning US.) Walter is already missed!