256 – We are Immersed in the Universe, and the Universe is Immersed in Us …

It is incontestable that we are immersed in an ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming Universe.

But of all the sentient organisms we know of, we seem to be the only ones aware that, as the neurons in the developing brain of a human child build connections that will ultimately bring Awareness, we are building the connections that will ultimately make us aware that, by being ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming like our Universe, we are interconnected.

As we are immersed in the Universe, the Universe is immersed in us.

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255 – As Everything in Nature, We are Pure Potential amid Uncertainty and Probability …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than verified scientific theories, and the Uncertainty Principle and Probability Theory do that for me.

Uncertainty and probability are powerful and inescapable elements of existence. The concepts were introduced in mathematical form to the scientific world as the Uncertainty Principle by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, and Probability Theory by Gerolamo Cardano, Pierre de Fermat and, Blaise Pascal in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The uncertainty principle asserts a fundamental limit to the precision with which the values for certain physical quantities of a particle, such as position and momentum, can be predicted even if all initial conditions are specified. The probability theory establishes the odds of how likely an event is to occur. [1] Or in more familiar words, the theories assert the fundamental limit in Nature that it is possible to predict an event’s probable occurrence, but it is not possible to predict its outcome with precision. This applies to everything in our Universe. For example, the Andromeda and the Milky Way galaxies are estimated to collide in about four and a half billion years, but although the probability of the event can be made with scientific knowledge, its precise outcome is uncertain. Or we can plan to leave the house for work/school at a specific time, but although based on experience we can predict the arrival time at our destination, we can never be certain.

Existence is a result of the tendency of Evolution to unfold into complexity amid the uncertainty of an infinite set of probabilities. Existence is but a potentiality, an uncertain probability manifesting into one out of myriad probable configurations. Which one of those configurations becomes a reality can never be predicted with absolute certainty, only the likelihood of its occurrence. We are pure potential amid the uncertainty of an infinite set of probabilities.

A combination of 1 – the progressive movement of Evolution, 2 – the uncertainty and probability of chance events, and 3 – the role of the individual as a seminal force, is what ultimately determines which potentiality is manifested. Its unfolding in the dimensions of time and space is completely uncertain yet relatively predictable.

Probability establishes the odds for the occurrence, or not, of a future event, “crunching data from the past and using it as a torch to peer into the future … Pascal’s Probability theory gave us the possibility of seeing the world in terms of the rich range of consequences.” [2]

Whether it is an atom, or a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy, one of the certainties of existence is the total uncertainty of what is going to happen next. We may make an estimated guess at what may probably happen, but it may turn out to be wrong, or right, or somewhere in between. An event can never be predicted with certainty, only the probability of its occurrence.

The Uncertainty Principle and the Probability Theory prove how interconnected we are with everything in Nature. Once we accept this truth about ourselves, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

[1] Concepts of the Theories were taken from Wikipedia

[2] Excerpts from Discovering the Odds by John F. Ross, Smithsonian

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254 – On Vacation …

If everything goes as planned, I will post again on November 1, 2020.

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253 – Cusp …

  1. a point of transition between two different states.
  2. a pointed end where two curves meet. [1]

 

The world in which we exist appears to be not only in the cusp between the microcosm and the macrocosm

but equivalently affected by both …

We are made up of the stuff of one,

embedded in the stuff of the other,

and configured,

loosely,

by the rules of both.

 

The world in which we exist is a world of transition and integration,

a world in which we seem to be a meeting point

between the world that configures us – our bodies, our instincts, our transformations,

and the world that sets us free – our minds, our imagination, our hopes.

Two seemingly separate worlds

come into one.

 

[1] Google’s English Dictionary

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252 – As Everything in Nature, We are Reiterations of a Universal Blueprint …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and the Mandelbrot Set does that for me.

The Mandelbrot Set is a set of complex numbers named in tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician who coined the word ‘fractals’ to describe the phenomenon of self-similarity in Nature: the reiteration of shapes that appear in ascending and descending scales when natural phenomena – like frost crystals, mountain ranges, interstellar clouds, blood vessels, waves, ferns, clouds, lightning bolts, cauliflowers – are fragmented into smaller or separate parts, not identical, but similar.

Mandelbrot solidified the study of this fragmentation with the striking visualizations of computer-generated programs, like the one shown in the link below, in which a recurring shape keeps reappearing at increasing magnifications.

https://youtu.be/9G6uO7ZHtK8

The Mandelbrot Set is a beautiful insight into the recurrence of self-similarity in Nature. But what is even more beautiful about this recurrence is that it applies not only to the physical phenomena but, most importantly, to the fundamental properties that give them existence. This set of properties, this universal blueprint for the development of evolving phenomena (self-generation, self-organization, bonding, self-regulation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, transformation) is reiterated at ascending and descending scales, thus rendering each part a reiteration of the whole and the whole a reiteration of its parts.

But whether the fragmentation is of interstellar clouds, blood vessels, cauliflowers, human beings, it cannot be reiterated without a reciprocal form of communication between the whole and its parts and vice versa. A form of communication akin to the way the properties of the universal blueprint are reiterated in every part, so the whole is a mirror of each part and each part a mirror of the whole; or the way we reiterate what we are to every cell in our bodies, so we are every cell and every cell is us; or the way we re-create our ancestry into smaller, separate parts, not identical, but related, in the reciprocal act of reproduction.

The Mandelbrot Set proves how profoundly interconnected everything in Nature is. And I believe that once we accept this truth about our reality, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

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251 – And so do we …

 

 

 

Photograph inside a Hydrogen atom (click on the pictures to enlarge

 

 

 

 

Human cell with visible mitochondria.

 

 

 

 

 

Whirlpool galaxy M51 and its companion NGC5194

The internet pictures shown above depict a Hydrogen atom, a human cell, and a galaxy. These objects are all universal components and as such,

have a history with a common denominator,

a beginning that stems back to the same point in space and time

and a force within that mandates them to

self-generate,

self-organize,

self-regulate,

bond,

consume,

adapt,

self-perpetuate,

transform.

 

And so do we … you and I.

 

Like atoms, and cells, and galaxies,

we have a history that stems back to the same point in space and time

and we embody a force so encompassing and powerful that it mandates every one of our components to abide by its mandate

and yet

it endows us with a degree of freedom to bend it.

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250 – As Everything in Nature, We are Dynamic Organizations of Interconnected Components …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and John Stewart Bell’s Theorem does that for me.

Bell’s Theorem shows us that in Nature, “there are interactions between events that are too far apart in space and too close together in time for the events to be connected even by signals moving at the speed of light.” [1] Contrary to our dominant scientific understanding of reality, the Theorem shows us that there are interactions faster than the speed of light. This explains how Hydrogen atoms, the most abundant element in our Universe, can have the same basic configuration (one electron orbiting a nucleus) from one end of the Universe to the other. Or how the mind, when we for instance get hurt, can communicate instantaneously with the body to assess the extent of the injury and respond accordingly.

What Bell proved with his Theorem is that there is a world in which the dogmatic prohibitions we impose on Nature, like stating that ‘nothing’ can be faster than the speed of light, do not exist.

Naturally evolving systems – like atoms, cells, you and I, planetary systems, galaxies, the Universe itself – are systems in which, without regards to distance or level of complexity, every component is instantaneously connected with every other component in the system and with the system as a whole. Evolving systems cannot function nor survive amid constantly changing environments without this thorough and immediate interconnectedness. Like an atom, a cell, a planetary system, the Universe itself, you and I cannot be what we are without every part in our bodies instantly and in concert connecting with every other part, so we can go where we want to go, do what we want to do, be what we want to be.

Bell’s Theorem proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature. And I believe that once we accept this truth about us, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with each other and with the world that gives us life.

[1] Excerpted from Sheldon Goldstein et al. “Bell’s Theorem” on scholarpedia.org.

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249 – Opposing yet Complimenting Forces …

Survival in our Universe is a contest between opposing yet complimenting forces, some of which tend toward complexity and order, and others toward disorder and chaos. These forces are an indelible part of Life, and because they cannot exist without an opposite, the crux of survival is to seek equilibrium between them.

Life is a tussle between complementing opposites:

Good

E

Bad

Life

Q

Death

Reason

U

Instinct

Energy

I

Mass

Consciousness

L

Unconsciousness

Free Will

I

Determinism

Future

B

Past

Creation

R

Destruction

Uniqueness

I

Commonness

Suppleness

U

Rigidity

Order

M

Chaos

As elements of Life’s progression toward complexity and order, we depend on environmental sources to exist. And so, as environments change, we are bound to encounter forces that may hinder or encourage our progression, oftentimes creating disturbances with the potential to send us in the opposing direction we wanted to go. But because Life’s hallmark is flexibility and determination, and equilibrium is the crux of survival, we instinctively seek to return to a degree of balance, which often means adapting to environments that may induce learning, transformation, or reckoning.

We inherit the force of Life with its forward movement, but our survival, because it is dependent on environments, is a constant tussle between opposing yet complimenting forces. Yet we seem to be, as far as we know, the one creature in Nature possessing not only the highest awareness of the opposing forces we have to contend with but the capacity to reflect upon them, and with purpose, choose.

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248 – Untitled …

Cancer is showing its ugly face for the third time in my immediate family.

I will post again in August.

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247 – As Everything in Nature, We are Evolving Systems …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interrelated we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and Charles Darwin’s Evolution does that for me.

The word evolution comes from the Latin evolutio, meaning “to unroll like a scroll”.

What we perceive as the progressive movement of Evolution is the universal will to live converging in us and all around us. Evolution is the engine of change, and change incites choice, and choice demands reflection.

Evolution is the universal process through which evolving systems unfold toward higher levels of complexity and order. This process can be directed from within (instinct, self-determination) or from without (pre-determination, environmental fluctuations). The fundamental model of the process is based on self-generation, self-organization, self-regulation, and bonding; and its dynamic for self-perpetuation is based on a degree of freedom in adaptation. Evolution is a living, transformative process that can be violent, greedy, destructive, cruel, chaotic, ugly, yet also tender, nurturing, organized, thoughtful, creative, beautiful. Evolution creates to destroy and destroys to create.

As the unit of Evolution, evolving systems are vulnerable to the fluctuations and demands of their internal and external environments, but this vulnerability is decreased by bonding with larger, more established systems. But to belong, to adapt, to fit in, to accept the instituted generational characteristics and values of other systems, demands self-reflection. And to reach a degree of self-reflection where the system knows that it not only belongs to a manipulative system but that the system itself can be manipulated. This, I believe, is the fundamental aim of Evolution.

Whether it is an atom, a human being, a species, a galaxy, the above mentioned evolutionary properties apply equally to all evolving systems in Nature.  We all come into existence with the fundamental purpose to perpetuate a universal evolutionary process that inherently tends to unfold toward complexity and order. Transmitted from generation to generation, this process is based on creation, organization, regulation, bonding, and transformation with a degree of freedom in adaptation, a degree if freedom to make choices. And whether our choices are instinctive or self-determined, this degree of freedom to choose, to decide, rends us all vulnerable to the fluctuations of our internal and external environments, yet it makes us stronger by belonging, by adapting, by accepting, and by doing so, we heighten not only our chances for our survival but the survival of the universal process with which we unfold.

The theory of Evolution proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is. And I believe that we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with each other and with Nature when we accept this about us.

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