FAQ about Absolutics.org


What follows is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about this site, Absolutics.org.

If you have other questions than those listed here, you can contact us at q@absolutics....
Questions particularly concerning the content of Absolutics are treated in SAQ about Absolutics.




Q1 What is Absolutics.org?
Q2 Who is the author of this site and this FAQ?
Q3 Who is Amunagus?
Q4 What is your relationship to Amunagus?
Q5 Are you a cult or something?
Q6 Aren't you, or isn't Amunagus at least, a crackpot?
Q7 Do you believe in Absolutics?

Q8 What is Absolutics?
Q9 What do you mean by "the ultimate end", "the Absolute" and ...?
Q10 Is there such a thing as "the ultimate end" or "the Absolute"? And even if there is, how could we possibly realize "It"?
Q11 On what basis is Absolutics claimed to be "the ultimate philosophy"?

Q12 Is Absolutics philosophy?
Q13 What is the biggest difference between Absolutics and searches for the Absolute before Absolutics?
Q14 Are there, or can there be "Non-Amunagusian Absolutics"?

Q15 Where should we start learning Absolutics?
Q16 Are there materials where Absolutics is described or explained?
Q17 Are there other websites about Absolutics?

Q18 How can I criticize the alleged ultimacy of Absolutics?
Q19 Why are you anonymous?
Q20 Why is this site so tricky?
Q21 Is this site dangerous?
Q22 You are really kidding, aren't you?





Q1   What is Absolutics.org?


A1   This site, Absolutics.org is the official website of Absolutics.
Its main aims are to review, criticize/evaluate and study/practice Absolutics.




Q2   Who is the author of this site and this FAQ?


A2   We are anonymous group members to review, criticize/evaluate and study/practice Absolutics. (See FAQ 19 for our anonymity.) Note that in a certain context, "Absolutics.org" means not only our site name but also our group itself.




Q3   Who is Amunagus?


A3   "Amunagus" is actually nothing but the unknown author's name of a book titled Absolutics, where a certain process named "Absolutics" is fully described.

We presume from this fact among others that Amunagus is a living philosopher, metaphysician or mystic who founded Absolutics, more than which almost nothing is known about him/her. (See more details about Amunagus here.)

S/he is sometimes called not only "extraterrestrial" but also "extracosmic", because of the eccentricity of Absolutics. Some even doubt whether s/he is real, but in our opinion, it doesn't matter who Amunagus really is. What matters is the content of Absolutics.

Anyway, it is doubtless that somebody wrote Absolutics, and we call this somebody Amunagus.




Q4   What is your relationship to Amunagus?


A4   We discovered Absolutics and some other materials written by Amunagus (see FAQ 16 for more about the materials). In this sense, we are the first introducer of Absolutics.

At the same time, we are serious critics of Absolutics and Amunagus. Most of us have PhDs in philosophy and some have deeply trained in various kinds of mystical experiences. Hence, we believe we can handle these far-from-easy tasks: critical review, studies and practice of Absolutics.




Q5   Are you a cult or something?


A5   First of all, we do not worship Amunagus or anyone else, or more generally, anything at all (see FAQ 4, 7).

Secondly, to impose Absolutics (or anything else) upon you would be one of the last things we want. We welcome a critique of Absolutics far more than blind faith in it. In general, we highly encourage you to keep open and critical attitudes toward Absolutics (or, even toward us, Absolutics.org).

Thirdly, even if Absolutics (or Absolutics.org) were to be regarded as something cultic, it could never be dangerous to us all (at least physically). For example, neither Amunagus nor we intend to save the world at least in an ordinary sense (see AsA 7). Please keep in mind that even "God" is too mundane a subject for Amunagus (cf. AsAs God, AsA 2).

We don't find any cultic characteristic within us after all, possibly except our somewhat "esoteric" face, which cannot be helped (see FAQ 19).




Q6   Aren't you, or isn't Amunagus at least, a crackpot?


A6   As to us, you should judge for yourself, by examining our site as a whole.

As to Amunagus, opinions differ even among us whether s/he is a genius, a crackpot, both, or neither. It is perhaps worthwhile to mention that at least one of us regards him/her as an extravagant crank. (See FAQ 7 below for more detail.)




Q7   Do you believe in Absolutics?


A7   Partly yes and partly no.

On the one hand, as researchers, we have been critically examining Absolutics from as various points of view as possible. As a result, some of us have come to the conclusion that Absolutics is not only the most ultimate philosophy, but arguably the most ultimate event in general that human history has ever experienced.

On the other hand, at least one of us regards Absolutics as an extremely bizarre metaphysical delusion and fantasy, one of whose reasons lies in Amunagus' words like
Roughly speaking, there did and can occur five major events in the universe: 1. the beginning of the universe itself, 2. the emergence of life, 3. the emergence of intelligent life (mind), and possibly, 4. the Realization of Absolutics, and less possibly, 5. the Realization of an "Omnipotence".

The forth will be the greatest event, and from a teleological point of view, the last.   (AsAs event, emphasis ours)
S/he suggests here that s/he may make happen a greater event than both the beginning of the universe and the Realization of an "Omnipotence"! No one in human history had ever said such a thing even in wildest dreams or jokes. But judging from the circumstances s/he stated, we suspect s/he was definitely serious then. One of us is interested in such "philosophical lunacy" par excellence.

In brief, there are some differences in opinion between us how we should diagnose/evaluate Absolutics. However, be it a genuine phenomenal (noumenal?) monument or a farthest-gone megalomania, almost all of us recognize the very singularity of Absolutics in human history at least.





Q8   What is Absolutics?


A8   According to its founder Amunagus, Absolutics is a whole process to realize the ultimate end of all [of all logically possible worlds and life], the Absolute.

Absolutics is claimed to be "the ultimate philosophy", almost by its definition, i.e., mainly because of its very goal and theme itself: the realization of the ultimate end.




Q9   What do you mean by "the ultimate end", "the Absolute" and the implication above that our ultimate end is the Absolute?


A9   As to the minimal meaning of "the ultimate end" and "the Absolute", see Glossary: ultimate end and Glossary: absoluteness respectively. Suffice it to mention here that they are both key concepts of Absolutics, whose meanings we find both strongest ever possible, which can be self-referentially and properly called "ultimate ultimacy" and "absolute absoluteness" respectively.
(Cf. AsA 9 and AsA 10 respectively.)

"[T]he implication above" cannot be treated here. (See SAQ 19.)




Q10   Is there such a thing as "the ultimate end" or "the Absolute"? And even if there is, how could we possibly realize "It"?
Do you really know anything about the history of philosophy? Isn't it too naive to affirm "Its" existence and realizability?


A10   As these problems also are particularly concerning the content of Absolutics, we cannot treat them here.

However, as it may sound unbearably naive that there really is the ultimate end of all/the Absolute, and that we can realize "It", we would like to emphasize here the following points: Contrary to its appearance of, say, traditional teleology and absolutism, Absolutics is actually compatible with both the strongest possible naturalism, atheism, pluralism, contextualism, relativism, etc and the strongest possible teleology, theism, monism, realism, absolutism, etc. Note that, since Absolutics is (intended to be) consistent with all possible worlds whatsoever, according to Amunagus, it depends on no particular modes or characteristics of our being, universe, life, intelligence, and so on.
(Cf. SAQ 11, 20 and also AsA 3, 6, 13, 14, 15, 20.)




Q11   On what basis/bases is Absolutics claimed to be "the ultimate philosophy"?


A11   Almost by definition. See FAQ 8 above.





Q12   Is Absolutics philosophy?


A12   The answer depends on the definition of philosophy, but there is no doubt anyway that Absolutics is closely akin to philosophy, metaphysics or mysticism.

That being said, we basically regard Absolutics as something beyond them all.

In Absolutics, Amunagus him/herself never uses "philosophy", "metaphysics", "mysticism" or any other word of traditional fields. What is less, s/he doesn't use any proper noun at all in Absolutics. These facts indicate his/her somewhat unique attitude towards his/her creation of Absolutics: Amunagus creates Absolutics as if in a vacuum, ex nihilo.

Only in his/her notes and interviews can we glance his/her views on the position of Absolutics among traditional fields. S/he once remarked as follows after having asserted that Absolutics is the most ultimate philosophy logically possible,
To be more precise, Absolutics is, in fact, not even the ultimate philosophy. It is the Ultimate as such.   (AsAs UP, emphasis ours)
After all, we don't find it fruitful to force categorizing Absolutics onto particular existent fields or genres. Absolutics is simply a process to realize the ultimate end, and probably we should treat it as such.




Q13   What is the biggest difference between Absolutics and searches for the Absolute for more than 2,500 years before Absolutics?
Aren't there many traditions other than Absolutics such as Advaita Vedanta and Deutsche Idealismus to try to realize the Absolute?


A13   Partly yes and partly no.

Seldom mentioning directly, Amunagus would surely know the heritages of his/her predecessors such as Yajnavalkya, Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Chuang Tzu, Nagarjuna, Plotinus, Proclus, Pseudo-Dionysius, Gaudapada, Sankara, J. S. Eriugena, Ibn al-Arabi, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, N. Cusanus, Mulla Sadra, R. Descartes, B. Spinoza, I. Kant, J. G. Fichte, F. W. J. Schelling, G. W. F. Hegel, W. Hamilton, G. Cantor, F. H. Bradley, E. Husserl, K. Nishida, Aurobindo Ghosh, Ramana Maharshi, Teilhard de Chardin, Paul Tillich, F. Merrell-Wolff, F. J. Tipler, Ken Wilber,...

Whereas s/he asserts the crucial differences between them all and Absolutics.
What's the biggest difference then? Once asked this question, Amunagus answered as follows.
Well,... any so-called "search for the Absolute" before Absolutics has never really searched for the Absolute, much less realized It.   (AsAs difference, emphasis ours)
Although s/he must have been half-kidding then, these words contain some certain truth. Absolutics, by definition, seeks the Absolute as the ultimate end per se, and nothing else at all had ever tried that at least definitely. This is the key difference.
(See SAQ 8 for more detail.)




Q14   Are there, or can there be "Non-Amunagusian Absolutics"?


A14   Do you mean by "Non-Amunagusian Absolutics", like Non-Euclidean Geometry, some other processes than the original Amunagusian Absolutics to realize the ultimate end/the Absolute? Then, our answer is also partly yes and partly no.

As stated in FAQ 13 above, there were, are and will always be some possibilities to be created so-called searches for the Absolute, which might be called quasi-Absolutics or semi-Absolutics.

But at the same time, strictly speaking, there can be no other Absolutics than the original Amunagusian Absolutics, because there can be only one whole process (at most) to realize the ultimate end of all/the Absolute, and this is what the original Amunagusian Absolutics is all about.
(This argument depends on certain traits of Amunagusian concepts of "the ultimate end" and "absoluteness". See FAQ 9 and SAQ 25 for more detail.)





Q15   Where should we start learning Absolutics?
Are there any good introductions to Absolutics?


A15   We believe that this site, Absolutics.org is the best starting point to learn Absolutics. Actually, we are the only direct accessor to Absolutics and Amunagus at present.




Q16   Are there materials where Absolutics is described or explained?


A16   Not many, but yes, there are some.

First of all, there is an Amunagus' magnum opus, Absolutics, which contains a full description of Absolutics, all of which you can read at "hidden pages" of this site.

There are no other known books of Absolutics by Amunagus, but there are his/her notes and interviews that might be helpful, some of which you can read at AsA and AsAs.

Additionally, there are several articles and treatises on Absolutics written by absoluticians. We, Absolutics.org try to collect them all and will make them open on the Web.




Q17   Are there other websites about Absolutics?


A17   Absolutics.org is practically the only original and authentic site of Absolutics at present.





Q18   How can I criticize the alleged ultimacy of Absolutics?
What kind of interactivity do you have in this site?


A18   If and only if you want to submit what you consider to be the ultimate philosophy or something more ultimate than Absolutics, you can use "Ultimate Philosophy" Submission Form.

When you want to suggest a link, you can use a link-suggestion mail form.

There is also a forum of Absolutics.org for general purposes.




Q19   Why are you anonymous?
How can I believe you, while you keep your real name(s) undisclosed? Don't you know that to identify your authorship is one of the most fundamental morals in serious scholarly activities?


A19   We want to keep ourselves anonymous, partly because we think that the subject like Absolutics should be judged solely by its content, not by the names of the persons who write it. Why don't you just "blind review" what we write and Absolutics?

As to the "morals", we are fully aware that to identify the authorship is vital for all academic or artistic activities, because author's originalities and copyrights are to be definite. However, on the World Wide Web, any content can or should be identified by its identifier, i.e., URL. Even the originalities can be identified by referring some Web archives.

Hence, evaluating its merits (cf. FAQ 21) and demerits, we decided to prioritize the former and make ourselves anonymous. (Anyway, at least some of our real names are available to anyone who cares to search seriously.)




Q20   Why is this site so tricky?
Why do you hide certain pages? Why do we need a password or the like to reach these pages? And why are some pages just blank?


A20   First of all, we don't actually hide anything. We just set some pages to be connected only indirectly in order to avoid giving too strong stimuli to certain people.

The reason some pages look blank (besides neti,neti,...html, which is blank) is basically the same.
These pages may appear with dragging or just pointing the screen, and may be printable even if unseen on the screen.

Anyway, you can surely reach and read any pages without any particular password to be known beforehand. All you need is to devise.




Q21   Is this site dangerous?
I wonder if some tricky JavaScripts required in some pages may be dangerous to my PC.


A21   There is nothing dangerous in this site in this sense.




Q22   You are really thoroughly kidding, aren't you? I guess it's not April first.
Or at least Amunagus must be/have been kidding. Or rather, "Amunagus" itself might be a joke.


A22   It's also the question you must answer by yourself.

It should be pointed out anyway that whether s/he (and/or we) are kidding or not is not as important as whether Absolutics is true or not.






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