Open to all,
its definitive credo is:
Universal human progress by private and voluntary means.
Radical Positivists of the world unite, and make it a better place for all!
Underlying existence is enigma: a chaos of potential, nothing combined into being.
Chaos tends to generate coherence.
From the chaotic enigma come existence, dynamism, and purpose.
These are inextricably intermingled, three aspects of an ultimately singular entity.
Humans cannot fully comprehend the nature of the singular entity or even its three aspects.
In the sector of the universe we inhabit, we perceive some free energy coalescing in matter, some not; some of each level of matter coalescing, stage by stage, into atoms, some not; some atoms combining in molecules, some not; and some molecules developing the ability to absorb energy and matter and replicate their structures, some not. At that point life begins.
It is the compulsive imperative of all that lives, to survive.
Survival implies prevalence. Living things strive to prevail over and within their environments. Doing so improves survival chances.
Survival implies prosperity. Living things attempt to absorb more nutrient than they expend, and accumulate surplus, in ways extending from oils and fats to human securities portfolios. Accumulation of surplus also improves survival chances.
Survival implies proliferation. Living things survive both as specimens and species. Procreation replaces specimens. With prosperity, it occurs abundantly. Specimens disperse, that is, proliferate. Local disasters no longer threaten the species. Proliferation thereby improves chances of species survival.
The natural imperative to survive, prevail, prosper, and proliferate was recognized in ancient times by people who did not differentiate among science, philosophy, and religion. They attributed the fundamental imperative to divine ordination, the Word of the purposive aspect of the unity that emerged from the primordial chaos.
They stated it in the first creation account in the Book of Genesis as commandments to all living things to go forth, be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. And, in the particular case of humans, to have dominion.
Living beings display three survival strategies: parasitism, predation, and providence.
Of the three, providence is most effective and benign. Humans, with the capacity of verbalized abstract thought, are uniquely capable of providence.
Providence is productivity plus prudence.
Providence is the optimal and appropriate survival strategy for human beings, characteristic of maturity and responsibility, as the others are characteristic of infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
Fulfillment by provident activity is the ultimate aim, but material benefit and progress retain priority until all humankind has fair access to sufficiency.
For human beings, insistence on provident behavior in able adults is morally optimal.
It is appropriate to subordinate countervailing propositions to providence.
Each iteration of existence contains all of the others, as well as dynamism and purpose. Each contains those we humans perceive as precedent, in actuality, and those we consider subsequent in potentiality, as the primordial, chaotic enigma contained all.
Nature experiments; specimens are variegated within species; humans, members of a new and developing species, are particularly so. Personalities and group personalities called cultures differ due to genetic heritage, environmental influence, and impression and conviction acquired by experience. Even among provident and benevolent specimens and groups, particular units are not always compatible.
The most provident methods of accommodating diversity within the human species are maximum feasible individual liberty and group autonomy. These methods permit contemporaneous, multiple experiments and confer the benefit of comparison, inspiring positive self-modification and permitting it to be voluntary and free of coercion and humiliation. Competition is a method of making and testing comparisons.
There are many implications. Radical Positivism is a non-comprehensive, nonexclusive, empirically-based system of perception and cognition that accommodates personal and cultural religious convictions as matters beyond the scope of its contemplations.
John G Lankford