Cognitive-Theoretic Model (Langan)

Chris Langan: The Bouncer, Rancher, And Conspiracy Theorist Who Might Be The World’s Smartest Man

Despite having little formal education, horse rancher Christopher Michael Langan has an IQ of between 195 and 210 and often lays claim to the title of smartest man alive.

Imagine the world’s most intelligent person. Are they examining a test tube? Gazing at a chalkboard full of complex equations? Giving orders in a boardroom? None of these descriptions fit Christopher Langan, who some consider America’s smartest man alive.

Born into poverty, Langan demonstrated high intelligence from a young age. In fact, he has one of the highest IQs ever recorded. But Langan doesn’t spend his days teaching on Ivy League campuses or overseeing national laboratories. Instead, the “smartest man in the world” lives a quiet life as a horse rancher.

Christopher Langan

…But the mind of the “smartest person in the world” kept on working. In his free time, Christopher Langan tried to untangle the secrets of the universe by developing a “theory of everything.” He calls it the Cognition-Theoretic Model of the Universe, or CTMU for short.

“It includes physics and the natural sciences, but it also goes to a level above. A level on which you can talk about the entirety of science,” Langan explained, noting that CTMU could prove the existence of God.

However, the “smartest man in the world” doubts it’ll ever be read, published, or taken seriously. He thinks his lack of academic credentials will continue to hinder him.

The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: A New Kind of Reality Theory – Christopher Michael Langan


Inasmuch as science is observational or perceptual in nature, the goal of providing a scientific model and mechanism for the evolution of complex systems ultimately requires a supporting theory of reality of which perception itself is the model (or theory-to-universe mapping). Where information is the abstract currency of perception, such a theory must incorporate the theory of information while extending the information concept to incorporate reflexive self-processing in order to achieve an intrinsic (self-contained) description of reality. This extension is associated with a limiting formulation of model theory identifying mental and physical reality, resulting in a reflexively self-generating, self-modeling theory of reality identical to its universe on the syntactic level. By the nature of its derivation, this theory, the Cognitive Theoretic Model of the Universe or CTMU, can be regarded as a supertautological reality-theoretic extension of logic.

Uniting the theory of reality with an advanced form of computational language theory, the CTMU describes reality as a Self-Configuring Self-Processing Language or SCSPL, a reflexive intrinsic language characterized not only by self-reference and recursive self-definition, but full self-configuration and self- execution (reflexive read-write functionality). SCSPL reality embodies a dual-aspect monism consisting of infocognition, self-transducing information residing in self-recognizing SCSPL elements called syntactic operators. The CTMU identifies itself with the structure of these operators and thus with the distributive syntax of its self-modeling SCSPL universe, including the reflexive grammar by which the universe refines itself from unbound telesis or UBT, a primordial realm of infocognitive potential free of informational constraint. Under the guidance of a limiting (intrinsic) form of anthropic principle called the Telic Principle, SCSPL evolves by telic recursion, jointly configuring syntax and state while maximizing a generalized self- selection parameter and adjusting on the fly to freely-changing internal conditions. SCSPL relates space, time and object by means of conspansive duality and conspansion, an SCSPL-grammatical process featuring an alternation between dual phases of existence associated with design and actualization and related to the familiar wave-particle duality of quantum mechanics.

By distributing the design phase of reality over the actualization phase, conspansive spacetime also provides a distributed mechanism for Intelligent Design, adjoining to the restrictive principle of natural selection a basic means of generating information and complexity. Addressing physical evolution on not only the biological but cosmic level, the CTMU addresses the most evident deficiencies and paradoxes associated with conventional discrete and continuum models of reality, including temporal directionality and accelerating cosmic expansion, while preserving virtually all of the major benefits of current scientific and mathematical paradigms.

 Simulation #785 Chris Langan — CTMU

Chris Langan is Founder of Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe (CTMU) which is a Theory of Everything explaining the connection between mind and reality.

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Langan’s concepts align directly with Edgar Mitchell’s concepts on the holofractal model of reality involving a self-conscious and constantly evolving universe.