263 – SYMMETRY …

1: balanced proportions 

also : beauty of form arising from balanced proportions

2: the property of being symmetrical

especially: correspondence in size, shape, and relative position of parts on opposite sides of a dividing line or median plane or about a center or axis [1]

 

The time it takes the moon to rotate around its axis is symmetrical with the time it takes it to orbit the Earth.

The human body is a symmetrical proportion of two halves working as one.

The solar system is a symmetrical dance of planets around its star and moons around its planets.

The basic structure of the Hydrogens atoms at one end of the Universe – a nucleus, a single electron, a relatively constant factor that defines spin, life span, and decay – is symmetrical with the Hydrogens atoms at the other end.

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.”

The Fibonacci sequence is symmetry in mathematics and sunflowers.

 

There is order, beauty, and balance in Symmetry. And whether determined by primal forces or its own volition, Symmetry is a form of Self-reflection … there is no proportion, nor continuity, nor order without side reflecting on the other.

Symmetry is self-evident in the obstinate persistence toward the complexity and order of our Universe.

And so the mind is pressed to ponder about the force behind the obstinate persistence of Symmetry:  What is it that drives the self-reflective progression of our Universe not into disorder and chaos, but into order and consequence?

[1] Merriam Webster

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262 – We are a Universe …

The beautiful thing about our current knowledge of our Universe is that science has opened windows to the human intellect that were closed for centuries under the dogmatism of organized religion. Those open windows let us now peer at the beauty and complexity of our Universe, and, most importantly, at the similarities it shares with us. For instance

how, like our Universe, we emerge into existence with the innate urge to self-organize and adapt;

how, like our Universe, we are determined by natural laws that regulate our development while endowing us with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world;

how, like our Universe, we are made whole by the concerted intent of our every component to bond, to regenerate, to survive.

To be whole … to be One … like our Universe, we are a reflection of our every component, and every component is a reflection of what we are.

We are a Universe.

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261 – Imagination …

To rely solely on our limited organic senses for the understanding of reality is to miss the immense and elusive reality that exists beyond them; the reality that can only be glimpsed at with the unlimited sense of our imagination.

If we focus solely on satisfying the immediate needs of our limiting senses, we will never be able to understand the power of our imagination. It is boundless.

We depend on our limited senses for survival, but it is the sense of our imagination that gives us the boundless freedom to explore, to discover, to transform ourselves and our world.

We are pure potential.

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260 – Universal Consciousness …

How can our Universe sustain, amid constant change and across eons of time, the progression of a process self-evidently intent on unfolding into greater and greater levels of complexity and order – from clouds of gas and dust into solar systems, from congregations of cells into self-reflective organisms, from myriads of stars into self-organizing galaxies – if is not for the existence of a universal consciousness?

Our Universe is a system that we assumedly claim to have begun with an explosion out of nowhere; an explosion that has not dissipated as explosions naturally do but has instead turned into the harbinger of Life.

There is no way to account for this kind of development, but for the persistence of a universal consciousness not only intent on advancing into greater complexity and order but doing it with an unfathomable purpose.

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259 – MATRIX …

Matrix | Definition by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.

Every evolving component of our Universe, whether it is an atom, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, you and I, is engendered as reiteration and reiterator of a universal Matrix.

The Matrix is a composite of a set of fundamental properties that are essential to exist, survive, propagate, and a blueprint that charts growth and development with a degree of freedom in transformation. [1]

We are reiterations and reiterators of the universal Matrix. We are engendered with and reiterate it upon everything we engender – cells, skeleton, progeny – which subsequently reiterate the Matrix on everything they engender, and so forth ad infinitum, while transforming ourselves and our world in the process.

Reiteration with a degree of freedom is how we have evolved from our simian ancestry into the techno-wizards of today. It is how cells propagate the supple order of the double helix. It is how Life, and everything it engenders, replicates and evolves.

We are reiterations and reiterators in this universal Order; an Order that is as ancient as Time itself; an Order that connects us all with its unfathomable yet self-evident pursuit of Complexity.

But how, as members of this Order, can we sense the interconnectedness, the bond between us and our cells, between us and the Universe?  How can we?

The answer is in us.

 

[1] Properties: Interconnectedness, equilibrium, triality, dissipation, self-creation, progression, reiteration, propagation.

Blueprint: Self-organization, bonding, self-generation, adaptation, self-regulation, self-perpetuation, transformation.

The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories; for example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the essence of Bell’s Theorem, Equilibrium is the essence of Relativity, Progression is the essence of Evolution. The Universal Blueprint has been derived from my understanding of the evolutionary process of evolving systems in Nature; for instance, how cells, galaxies, animals, self-organize and bond into cohesive systems that adapt to changing environments with a degree of freedom to transform themselves and their world.

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258 – I cannot Stop Wondering Why …

I cannot stop wondering why, with all the technological advances we have made, with all the scientific knowledge we have accumulated, with all the wisdom great minds have taught us, we still insist on perpetuating a paradigm in which we perceive Nature as something alien and separate from us. This is the reason why, because we cannot see the wind softly blowing around us nor understand it as a form of Life that gives us life, we poison it.

For the sake of a simple analogy, let me compare us to some stubborn little fish that, because he cannot perceive water as the medium that gives him life, thinks he has a separate existence from it. But fish him out of the water, and he is dead in minutes. We are not much different. Supporting destructive ideologies like ‘limitless consumerism’ and ‘unlimited growth’, we tenaciously cling to the belief that we can ravage the environment that gives us life because we think we can exist without Nature.

It is easy yet disturbing to see why this old paradigm has taken such a stronghold on us. Amid all the destruction they bring upon our world, we have not gotten over the fallacy of Descartes’ separation of mind and body, nor those religious beliefs that enslave us under fear and ignorance with empty and deceitful promises, nor those political and economic ideologies that brainwash us into promoting the devastation of the same environment that sustains us and gives us life.

The truth the promoters of these fallacies are afraid to acknowledge is that Nature – atoms, the Universe, us – is a unity. But in the urge to perpetuate their dominance over us, our institutions of learning and governance are unable to accept this unity and the fundamental part we play in it. It is thus that, to our detriment, they either ignore it or deny it.

I cannot say it enough: Our current beliefs are based on destructive fallacies. And under the dominance of institutions bent on promoting them for their selfish benefit, it is about impossible for us to comprehend the beauty and significance of being human in a deeply interconnected Universe. And yet, this is what we are.

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257 – As Everything in Nature, We are Fields of Energy, and Purpose …

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

Quantum Field Theory studies how fields are created and transformed into forces that become the energy of action and change.

A field in physics is a region in which two or more bodies separated in space exert a force on each other that can modify and be modified as it propagates through a medium.

Think about the force the sun exerts on the planets and how it propagates through space. The force modifies the distances, the composition, and the orbits of the planets and is modified by the medium in which it propagates amid other stars. This force is the energy driving action and change; it is the ‘operator’ that modifies and is modified.

Think about the force that cells in an organism exert on each other and how it propagates through their environment. The force is modified by the primal inheritance that shapes their evolution, and it modifies by reiterating amid constant change the organism’s relatively predetermined configuration. This force is the energy of action and change; it is the ‘operator’ that modifies and is modified.

Think about the force that we, you and I, exert on each other and how it is propagated through our environment. This force is modified by the way we communicate and adapt to change. And it modifies our environment by propagating our hopes and our fears. This force is the energy of action and change; it is the ’operator’ of a field of action.

And whether it is a solar system, a cell, a human being, or anything in Nature for that matter, when the force is focused on doing something, affecting something, transforming something, we have to designate it with the attribute, whether instinctive or self-determined, of Purpose … the capacity to affect or change with resolve the existing state of a system.

The simple lesson behind Quantum Field Theory is that, whether it is a cell, a human being, a solar system, the Universe itself, we are all fields of energy in which forces may be created and propagated. And when the forces focus on a goal, we may turn into energy fields in which we become an ‘operator’ with the potential to modify and be modified by our world. But without ever forgetting that nothing happens without the consent of the internal and external forces acting upon us.

Quantum Field Theory proves how interconnected we are with everything in Nature. And 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.

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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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