**The Godel Iceberg is common knowledge among the mathematically-inclined and there is a large readable literature out there on Godel, Russell’s Paradox and the rest. I’ll limit myself to the outlines.**

**Bertrand Russell and Alfred Whitehead wanted to produce a founding Bible that built up the rules of Mathematics from the ground-up.**

**So they began with Peano’s work and titled their opus Principia Mathematica. [1910; Latin titles are always dangerous, vide Wittgenstein and his Tractatus Logico Philosophicus.]**

**The celebrated 3-volume opus was among other much grander ambitions, an attempt to resolve the conflicts between the observing Subject and his inclusion or exclusion in a Set.**

**The issue never found a resolution [Russell and Whitehead had to use a variety of sequenced exceptions to hold the logic together]. Until Kurt Godel came along.**

**In 1952, Harvard University honored the Logician Kurt Godel with an award that read: [For] ‘The discovery of the most significant mathematical truth of the century.’**

**The award was for Kurt Godel’s seminal paper: ‘ On formally undecidable propositions of Principia Mathematica and related systems.’**

**Godel proved that the consistency of any Formal System cannot be proven using the methods of that System without simultaneously violating the basis of consistency of that System itself [There were other issues such as ‘Completeness’. But this will do for now.]**

**A Theorem which itself drew upon the work of Jules Richard and others and went forward in seminal revelations that have hugely influenced modern computer, information and cognition theories. **

**Can you sniff the Self-Loop? **

**In a footnote to his paper Godel notes: ‘ Any Epistemological Antinomy, such as the ‘Liar’s Paradox’ could be used for a similar proof’. Godel’s resolution relies on the form of a famously curious shout by Epimenides the Cretan who declared: ‘All Cretans are liars!’**

**‘All Cretans are liars’ is close. It would be closer if, unless you happen to be a Cretan yourself, it read: ‘All men and women are liars’, for then it would include you, the observer, in any interpretation of this claim. Better still: ‘All Words Lie!’ A full-blooded Self-Eating Expression.**

**The seeming absurdity of the declaration ‘All Words Lie!-itself in words, is intimately related to the assumption of an ‘Independent and Separate Subject’ and from it to the ‘Subject-Object Divide’. The way, the only way to get to its root is to begin at the first presumption of Inquiry, work through the ‘Backward Step’ and wake-up to Śūnyathā.**