Event Mechanics: A Truth Process | John Ensor Parker
According to Relativity, an Event is something that occurs under defined conditions of Place and Time. Event Mechanics explores Events from the analytical and non-analytical conditions.
Metaphysical theorist Alain Badiou states that philosophy produces Truth from Events via four “truth procedures”: Art, Love, Politics, and Science. Badiou’s major propositions are stated in Being and Event (1988), in which he attempts to reconcile Subject with ontology. His work draws on both Analytical and Continental traditions, while attempting to break out of the confines of language and formula. This effort leads him to combine mathematical formulae with his readings of poets such as Mallarmé and Hölderlin.
Event Mechanics is also an exercise in multi-faceted inquiry. But where Badiou develops Truth through his four Truth Procedures (Art, Love, Politics, Science), Event Mechanics approaches Truth through specific conditions, including hate, passion, melancholy, hope, etc. The relevance of these conditions—which do not apply to current mathematical models of natural law—are related to the Event with other conditions which are measurable, testable, and calculable: time, space, mass, electromagnetic force, gravity, volume, etc.
A Unifying Equation
In studying the natural laws and mathematical principles of mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics—the foundations of Truth—I submit that because individuals are a subset of Truth, that we are governed by the same laws. But our understanding of Truth is surprisingly limited, particularly when it comes to developing models of the most primitive conditions. The work of Event Mechanics suggests that these conditions are simply variables of an overall unifying equation; that is, a theory that explains all interactions through a single model. As with any equation, Truth is essential at every level of input. This is perhaps the greatest challenge: to experience, observe, collect, and analyze our conditions without bias.