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Special Press Release: Dr Vernon Neppe and Dr Edward Close win prestigious ISPE international prize: the Whiting Memorial Award for 2016.

Dr. Edward Close and Dr. Vernon Neppe were honored on 9 August 2016 with the coveted 2016 Whiting Memorial Award for “expanding boundaries of scientific understanding”. The Whiting Memorial Fund is a philanthropic fund administered by the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry ("ISPE") ( to reward individuals and groups, whose accomplishments and goals exemplify the ideals of ISPE. This international award is open to everyone, and is given to a person/ persons or organization (outside or within ISPE) who typifies the I.S.P.E. ideal of “someone who strives to benefit society in general through advanced enquiry, original research and/or creative contributions, and who has demonstrated significant progress in these endeavors”. This sought after Prize, therefore, can be given to anyone worldwide in any discipline. The award may be conferred yearly but historically has been seldom awarded, because it is only conferred when the committee unanimously chooses a worthy nominee. ISPE’s only mission is “to attract the world's most intellectually gifted individuals and hopefully direct their achievements for the betterment of all humankind.” ISPE advances no political, governmental, religious, race, gender, ethnic, activist or academic agenda. “This is what ISPE is all about: Making our world better by encouraging profound excellence,” emphasized Stephen Levin, the ISPE President. “This award should have happened a long time ago to Drs Neppe and Close. It’s well-deserved and too long coming.” Dr. Neppe and Dr. Close are already “Diplomates of the ISPE” — the highest public level of ISPE achievement: Currently there are about two dozen such Diplomates worldwide.

In February 2013 in Puebla, Mexico, Dr Neppe and Dr Close received the well-respected Gabino Barreda Award and medal involving their critically important metaparadigm “Triadic Dimensional Distinction Vortical Paradigm” (TDVP). Ironically, that award preceded what might have become even more major contributions because these scientist were able to mathematically prove that finite reality involves 9 spinning dimensions, that all particles are in union with the third property “gimmel’ thought to be consciousness at least in part, that the materialistic model of the atom is refuted, and that the proportions of dark matter and dark energy to the cosmos, correlates exactly with the ratio of gimmel to TRUE in the equivalent cosmological elements, namely predominantly Hydrogen and also Helium. These new findings have contributed to their jointly receiving this new separate esteemed international award, the 2016 Whiting Memorial Prize.

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What is special about the reasoning behind this Whiting Prize award?

  1. First, Dr Vernon Neppe and Dr Edward Close developed a new scientific model, the “Triadic Dimensional Distinction Vortical Paradigm” (TDVP). What’s its relevance? TDVP has universally applicable groundbreaking implications being multidisciplinary, especially impacting specialists in the sub-disciplines of mathematics, quantum physics, cosmology, systems theory, biology, consciousness research, psychology, philosophy, phenomenology and philosophy of science.
  2. The fundamental TDVP axiom is that not only are there substrates of Space and Time, but there is also a third substrate, the extent of Consciousness. All three are separate and yet tethered together like an arm to a shoulder, never to be completely separated. TDVP changes the fundamental basis of reality: Why’s this important? Because before scientists spoke about Space-Time. Now they can talk about Space-Time-Consciousness, a dramatic paradigm shift.
  3. Not satisfied with these findings, these scientists then mathematically proved (they did not just hypothesize or theorize) that our finite reality consists specifically of 9 spinning dimensions (9-D) (not any other low number). Why is 9-D important? Because, before we had thought that we could explain everything in our experience applying 3 dimensions of Space in a moment in time (“3S-1t”). Close and Neppe showed that 3S-1t was insufficient to describe some of the more subtle rules of physics. Nevertheless, our 3S-1t experience of living is not negated, it’s just there’s much more to our existence, including these added dimensions.
  4. Fourth, Drs. Neppe and Close proposed that these 9 spinning dimensions are quantized —they consist of whole three-dimensional pieces —and have volume. These are contained (‘embedded’) in an infinite reality that is continuous and extends forever. Why is that important? This means that we all exist in a single unit. Furthermore, the so-called “spiritual” can impact on our experience all the time, and with feedback both ways, we can change and modify our free-will. Everything is part of each other. Science finally is not an enemy of the mystical but a unified with spirituality.
  5. But does TDVP fundamentally change reality? Yes, it constitutes possibly the most important paradigm shift of this century, because it is so far-reaching: Now, not only is there a measurable extent of Space, Time and Consciousness (STC), but Close and Neppe have maintained that this STC only has meaning when the ‘container’, a mathematically demonstrated third substance (called “gimmel”) comes into play. The presence of gimmel ultimately unifies, for the first time ever, quantum, macroscopic and cosmological reality: There is now just one set of rules. Gimmel is the container—the receptacle—of consciousness, and because gimmel is necessarily quantized and volumetric, the mathematics produces dramatic results: Gimmel is astonishingly important for multiple reasons!
    • a. We now can mathematically prove that even dark matter and dark energy is linked with gimmel: Neppe and Close argue gimmel is in part or completely consciousness. Imagine an age old problem of cosmology being linked with consciousness!
    • b. Close and Neppe even have introduced a math equation for consciousness. This is the first ever such equation.
    • c. Additionally, the two scientists have demonstrated mathematically that the atom as we know it, with protons, electrons and neutrons but no gimmel, simply cannot exist as atoms would then just fly apart. This means that they have refuted the idea of materialism at the level of an atom. The only way the atom could be stable is for its fundamental particles have to have that third substance (gimmel)—they need extra for the mathematics to balance.
    • d. The correlation of the Life Elements in the Periodic Table of the Elements has confirmed expectations in biology: We would expect the elements of life to be Oxygen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Calcium, and Magnesium. But strangely Silicon is also one. All these Life Elements are in union with more gimmel than the other reactive elements and in exactly the same proportion! Even more so, the most abundant element in the cosmos, Hydrogen (H1), is in union with the most gimmel consciousness: This is likely because H1 replaces its absent neutron with more ‘gimmel’ equivalent. Next, not surprisingly, comes water, which has more gimmel than any other compound! And phosphorus is not a symmetric element of life: Instead, it is asymmetric, allowing for energy exchanges in the life elements. The abundant noble gases Helium and Neon have the same amount of gimmel as the life elements, but they are not life elements because they’re inert and non-reactive because of their complete electron shells.
    • e. Moreover, remarkably, Murray Gell-Mann won the Nobel Prize, mainly because he discovered the subatomic particles called Gluons, regarded as the ‘glue’ for quarks. Neppe and Close have shown that the gluon concept that influences the tiny particles in the nucleus and protons is likely to be wrong. Instead, this effect is due to gimmel, which, by contrast, markedly impacts the electrons and also rotates through the 9 dimensions.
    • f. Moreover, the presence of this container, Gimmel, which almost by exclusion reflects at least in part a broader ‘consciousness’, allows for an appreciation of something that is debated but which Close and Neppe—and even apparently Einstein in his later years— regard as correct: Mathematics is not just for calculation, it reflects part of our fundamental reality.
  6. What about now? What is the current thinking? After seven years, even the fundamental axioms of TDVP appear to work: Space-Time-Consciousness (extent) have always been tethered together, and the infinite is a central and necessary aspect to our whole, unitary dynamic reality that constitutes TDVP. And from this many different applications and models have evolved.
  7. Is there a role for TDVP beyond Science? Yes, there is. TDVP and its many tentacles are applicable not only in Science, but even in Philosophy. Indeed, Neppe and Close have developed a new model called “Unified Monism” (UM). This is apparently the first philosophical model based on Science initially. Additionally, UM might be the only versatile ‘mind-body model’: It can work in our real world of 3S-1t experience; in ‘altered states of consciousness’ which is hypothesized to reflect some of these higher dimensions; and, it’s applicable even in alleged survival after bodily death. Each explanation appears to reflect a different level. This means that Unified Monism can incorporate several of the other philosophical models that might be applicable but only relative to a specific standpoint: Idealism, in which nothing else besides mind exists may be pertinent in the context of the infinite alone; and TDVP avoids the problem of the absence of a need to locate where the Descartes Dualistic mind and body interact (because they’re part of the same all-encompassing unit); and Spinoza’s deity in his Pantheism can be incorporated into UM, but UM ‘impacts’ occur not only from a possible divinity, but from other consciousness, plus mass and energy; and the final versatile aspect of UM, is that it still is able to relate to our simple practical 3S-1t world of physical overt experience (but in TDVP, and UM, we recognizing the ostensible materialism is simply part of our existence, and much of this is covert at higher dimensional levels and intruding through the influence of the infinite.

These findings, obviously, make TDVP groundbreaking and a revolution because of its multiple paradigms in different disciplines. Because it is so broad ranging, already at least three different scientists who’ve studied the Neppe-Close work are mentioning a Nobel Prize. One has even verbalized more than one Nobel, because several of the findings above independently are worthy of this prize.

Moreover, there are already numerous practical applications in the physical, consciousness and life sciences. There are also hundreds of other testable hypotheses, which should keep scientists busy for centuries. TDVP is a model that has never been refuted. Instead, it has grown enormously over the years, supporting more and more testable proofs and scientific applications.

As Dr Neppe explains: “Some of our work is definitive because it can be mathematically proven like the 9 dimensions, the atom not being stable without gimmel, and the dark matter, dark energy linkage with gimmel. And some is speculative though supported, such as the links with infinity. The properties of infinity cannot be greatly understood, but we postulate the infinite is responsible for the order in reality and, indeed, for life. If that is so, and we think it is, that is huge!”

And Dr Close added, “Please remember that that ‘highest level of proof’ in these cases is mathematics. That is why much of our work is so definitive. Moreover, anyone can replicate our work provided they know the several mathematical techniques required.” Neppe adds: “Despite the proof of many aspects, we cannot just neglect the other portions that still require major aspects to be demonstrated. Even more so some components, particularly the exact content of infinity, remain speculative. In these instances, the proposed ideas still fit, but they’re like pieces in a massive incomplete jigsaw puzzle that need to be further studied: Our findings vary in advancement in the number of jigsaw pieces already fitting, but seven years of working together have suggested that the majority of our work is fundamentally correct. We have not encountered a significant stumbling block, which most other models discover early on.”

Close amplified: “This is so much so that our TDVP model has been regarded by some others as the first possible ‘Theory of Everything’ (TOE). Whether that’s so, time might tell.” Neppe had the last word, “Certainly, TDVP appears, at this point, to be the major competitor: It scores a perfect 39/39 on criteria. Nevertheless, we both dislike the ‘TOE’ term because it implies all-knowingness and has varied meanings. Our ‘TOE’ is certainly not all-knowing —only a divinity is. Instead, the concepts fit many ‘metaparadigms’, extending many aspects of new knowledge: TDVP is a paradigm shift that still works flawlessly in the specifics that it addresses.”

But there is more: A critically contribution to the discipline of the Philosophy of Science. This is the remarkable related principle of the Neppe-Close LFAF (Lower Dimensional Feasibility, Absent Falsification) technique to test new paradigms and hypotheses in science. The feasibility concept of LFAF extends science, and this is very pertinent, inter alia, to the study of extra dimensions, to evolution, to cosmology and to medicine, as well as to studying TDVP, itself. LFAF is, therefore, separate from the Close-Neppe TDVP, but TDVP applies LFAF.

As Edward Close mentions: “Extending science and the scientific method is enormously important in today’s complex world. Effectively, this technique has been used frequently in science, but it’s often labeled as ‘metaphysics’. We’ve been using this in evolution and cosmology and in Medicine and in Psychology, at times, though we perceive that as solid science when it would not fit Carl Popper’s definition at all. We haven’t formally recognized this application, though tacitly realized it was needed. Imagine Evolution without it, for example.” In effect, Drs Neppe and Close have extended the basic paradigm of science that previously required Popperian falsifiability. “The data of what has not been falsified can be perceived as part of that gigantic jigsaw puzzle, but each piece must definitively add a little more to that puzzle,” added Vernon Neppe.

“Does it all work?”  To Close, “The proof of the pudding is in the eating: We’ve tried to emphasize the empirical applications all the time.” And Neppe adds: “Some of these puddings are already very palatable—they’re proven and demonstrated though we or others can add some more spices; some are being cooked at this point —there are already important findings; and some have barely begun—these are speculative and based on our current presumptions.”

“Has it been worth it?”  To Vernon Neppe: “Yes, indeed. This has literally been a labor of love—but a labor, too, of blood, toil and sweat: We’ve not yet had a single penny of funding, but we’re doing all this, sometimes at 4AM, because we ‘know’ it has to be done. It’s our hope that some wealthy benefactor will recognize the value of our work, and allow us time to work full-time at it, with several collaborators. This has been the song we’re trying to sing in this world.”

“Who comes first, Close or Neppe?”  Dr Close explains further: “Neither and both! We regard ourselves as equal first authors on all of this. We have needed each other, because we started as different specialists who came together to pioneer a new discipline—what we’ve called ‘Dimensional Biopsychophysics’.” And Dr Neppe adds: “ We could not have done it on our own! There are just too many components. Metaphorically, if we were circular, we would each be at different rotational points, but with no beginning—that comparison is ironic because it’s like the spinning vortices that are part of our model! We’ve often relied on extending our consciousness, and our apparent creativity.”

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