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B1. Everything in our environment, including the formulation of inventions, is governed by appropriate laws
We are ready to accept the fact that everything around us is governed by natural laws. No one is surprised that scientists create new technologies and design new machines making use of these laws. Some of us complain about economists who overlook some economic laws, thereby making our life more difficult. We criticize weather forecasting, while at the same time realizing that it is done when not all the atmospheric and climate laws are known or understood. But we are surprised by the statement that scientific discoveries and the creation of new ideas are also governed by particular laws.
The discovery of the Periodic Principle reveals that the process of inventing is not a spontaneous activity that happens at random. It seems rather to be a controlled and predictable consequence of the intellectual state that our civilization reaches at a particular level in its development. It seems that inventions and ideas are always ready and waiting in the "counter-world" (explained in subsection H2.) and more sensitive individuals have the ability to view and extract them continually. But in order to recognize their meaning and to crystallize their final shape, it is necessary for the civilization in which inventors live to achieve an appropriate level of awareness.
There seem to be two separate components of the Periodic Principle. In the case of the Magnocraft and the Oscillatory Chamber only their conjunction would culminate in the creation of a new propelling device. These are:
1. The conceptual crystallization of an idea,
2. The physical completion of a device. Both of these components are governed by different types of laws. The conceptual crystallization is ruled with an iron hand by the set of laws related to physics and mathematics. They determine the operation of subsequent devices, the order of their appearance, and also the approximate time when our civilization will be mature enough to complete them. Moreover, they ensure that statistically in each generation there are a few individuals who can sense a future device and crystallize in their minds its concept.
But as we may realize from the content of this monograph, possessing the final concept of a new device does not automatically guarantee its future construction. This is because the physical completion of a new propulsion is governed by different, sociological laws. The author has not worked out yet their content completely, but he has noticed that they impose a set of very restrictive social, moral, educational and philosophical requirements on the nation which is first able to complete a new propulsion system. Subsequent chapters from this part of the monograph try to identify some of these requirements (especially chapter E). It appears that the laws of the universe prevent unsound nations from overtaking others in the race for the most powerful propelling devices.