Friday, November 14, 2008

Unprincipled Certainty

The Unprincipled Certainty
A Political Science Theory Postulated by Mason Williams
The Uncertainty Principle:
Heisenberg’s "The Uncertainty Principle" is a scientific theory of quantum mechanics that states:
"The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa." --Heisenberg, uncertainty paper, 1927
As I understand it, this translates as; in the process of examining something, you change the nature of the subject you’re scrutinizing. In other words, you alter the nature of something in the act of examining it.

Applying the principle to water, though it seems like water is water, you can’t observe or analyze moving water by stopping it to "understand" it. Moving water has a different ecology than still water. Motion is an integral part of its content, just as standing is an integral part of still water.

As expressed in a scene from the Coen Brothers film, The Man Who Wasn’t There:
LAWYER: (Freddy Riedenschneider)
…This guy in Germany… he’s got this theory.
If you want to test something scientifically, …you gotta look at it, but sometimes when you look at it, your looking changes it. The Uncertainty Principle, sounds screwy, but even Einstein says this guy Heisenberg’s onto something.

The Unprincipled Certainty
My theory, The Unprincipled Certainty, is a political science concept that states:
"The more imprecisely a position is determined, the more precisely you’re going to get away with it." --Williams, unprincipled paper, 2003
It is based on the assumption that by not looking at what politicians are doing, they will not change. This is particularly applicable to the leadership of the Bush Administration.
Simply put, it means that their politically unprincipled position toward science is a certainty.
A good example of this is the war in Iraq. Why we’re really there has never been precisely stated and therefore the future outcome is precisely unknown.

One could apply The Unprincipled Certainty to the deregulation of the financial sector. The more "hands-off" the political position was, the more corrupt the financial market became.

The Unprincipled Certainty relates to politics in a different way than The Uncertainty Principle relates to science. Whereas The Uncertainty Principle is a theory, possibly leading to fact, which has the support of the scientific community, The Unprincipled Certainty is a fact leading to a possible theory, a derivative of political non-support for science in the realm of squat-dumb mechanics.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Whats Happening Right Now

I am gearing up for some rapidly approaching Christmas concerts here in Oregon.

2 here in Eugene at the Hult Center - on December 13th and 14th.

My Band and I will perform with the Eugene Concert Choir, the South Eugene High School Concert Choir, Young Men's Ensemble & The Classics, Spencer Butte Middle School Choir, and members of the Oregon Mozart Players. For more info and tickets go to

The next concert will be in Roseburg - on December 19th.

In Roseburg we'll perform with the Umpqua Community College Symphony Orchestra & the Umpqua Singers. The concert will be in the Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College.
For tickets go to

I am also breathing a big sigh of relief after dodging last weeks big bullet.

Thank goodness we can see an end to the self-servative regime.

Here's a poem I wrote, last weekend, in the height of the election madness...

Dirty Politics
The Vulgar Truth

Mud slinging campaigns
for political gains
are slurs from the curs who conceive ’em.
The truth, come to pass,
is your head’s up their ass
as far as you’ll believe ‘em!

Those ads on the tube
prezoom you’re a boob
who’ll fall for these half-baked lies.
The truth, evermore
since eons of yore
crocks of shit will always draw flies.