Zero is Freedom

It is also clear that beginning with Plato's pupil Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) and the latter's practical philosophy, the geocentric concept of the celestial system was, after 200 B.C., becoming more and more formally adopted by the "world's" flat-minded power-structure "authorities," despite contradic¬ tory complexities. The difficultly explained geocentric cosmic systems' plan¬ etary behaviors and Sun motion was not considered by the authorities to be an objection since, as they rationalized it, these matters seemingly had no "practical" bearing on everyday affairs. It seems almost equally clear that between 200 B.C. and 200 a.d. a deliberately planned policy was adopted by the combined supreme pohtical and religious power structure of that pe¬ nod, which undertook the conditioning of the human reflexes to miscon¬ ceive and mis-see (or mostly not see at all) the macro-micro-cosmic systems in which we live. Their success drew the curtains on science for 1700 years—until 1500 a.d. That curtain would never again have been raised had it not been for the discovery of that something-called-nothing—the cipher. Because it was "nothing," the information-monopolizing, physical-propertycoveting power structure had overlooked it.

Only the learned-from-others knowledge of the unlimited multiplying and dividing—and thereby ratioing—^and the relative-experiences-evaluating ca¬ pability provided exclusively by the cipher and its leftward positioning of numbers in increments of ten integers, could make possible individual hu¬ man's knowledge of how to escape from the prison of ignorance successfully established by the church-state hierarchy. If you have never been taught about the cipher and its functioning, there is almost no possibility of your accidentally discovering the computationally operative functioning of nothing"—much less feel the necessity of inventing a symbol for that invisible, senseless nothingness. If the positioning of numbers and its computation-facilitating capability had been known by the Alexandrian Greeks, all chances that you might discover this were seemingly banished when the em¬ perors of the Roman Empire usurped and amalgamated the vast religious priesthood power with their already-established military supremacy.

It was the Asiatic, 800 a.d. publishing of the function of the cipher by al-Khwarizmi the Arab that ultimately saved the day when, in about 1200 A.D., knowledge of it reached northern Italy and southem Germany by way of Carthage in North Africa.


The emptiness allowed for freedom of calculations that would usurp the authoritarian powers.

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