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 fragmentation in Nature. But what is even more beautiful about it is that fragmentation applies not only to physical structures but, most importantly, to the fundamental properties that give them existence: a universal blueprint to self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, adapt, self-perpetuate, transform. This universal blueprint is reiterated at ascending and descending scales of the structure, 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, or blood vessels, or cauliflowers, it cannot be reiterated without a reciprocal form of communication between the whole and its parts and vice versa, akin to the way we communicate what we are to every cell in our bodies, and they, in unison, communicate it back to us.

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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246 – What has happened to Us? … 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to each other?

How we train the disadvantaged, the poor, to kill for our benefit,

how we send millions of us into poverty, humiliation, agony, despair,

without a place to live,

without a meal to eat,

without a bed to rest,

as we bask in disregard and luxury.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to the poor children of the world?

How we steal their future by robbing them of an education,

how we close our eyes and unburden our intelligence to avoid seeing their plight,

their hunger,

their deaths,

so we can enjoy our comforts – oftentimes in obscene excess – without a bit of guilt.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to animals?

How we destroy their environments,

their livelihoods,

their homes,

how we submit them to slow, painful, horrific deaths,

without caring nor feeling a thing for their suffering.

 

Isn’t it terrible to see what we do to Nature?

How we think of her as a ‘slave’ so we can ravage her beauty,

her nurture,

her balance,

without seeing that it is ourselves we ravage.

Where has our compassion gone? Our intelligence? Where is all the knowledge?

It was heartbreaking to read that our dominant economic ideology is based on the premise that “the share of national wealth distributed as wages must be kept as low as possible to prevent the cost of labor from reducing national wealth”. [1] Have we become so irrational, so utterly selfish, so compassionless, that we believe this inhumanity to be the best way to create a better world!!!?

What has happened to us?

[1] Excerpt from “What Kind of Country Do We Want? by Marilynne Robinson. New York Review. June 11, 2020

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245 – As Everything in Nature, We are a (body/system[e=mc2]) …

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

In 1905, in his famous paper “Does The Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content,” Einstein’s great insight into the nature of our Universe came into life: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.

To comprehend the essence of Einstein’s insight, we must consider:

1 – that mass and energy, which are interchangeable yet different forms of the same thing, constitute the contents of the fundamental substance of evolving bodies, or systems in our Universe,

2 – that as an evolving body converts energy into mass and mass into energy to propel its development, the contents fluctuate,

3 – that as the contents fluctuate, the survival of the body depends, whether by instinct or self-determination, on its capacity to sustain them in relative equilibrium, one content always a measure of the other, and

4 – that for an evolving body to be capable of sustaining its fundamental contents in equilibrium as it changes and develops, it must possess a degree of self-reflection.

As every evolving system in Nature, the human body survives through a process in which it consumes energy sources from the environment, converts the consumed energy into mass, and releases the stored energy as motion, action, creation, transformation. But the key to the continuity of this process is to keep it in equilibrium as we develop and adapt to changing environments (we breathe in and breathe out to energize blood cells [oxygenate], we rest and sleep to re-charge spent energy). And this process, although mostly instinctive in us, is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

Without disregarding the mathematical prowess of the equation, the essence of Einstein’s insight rests not on the quantities of energy and mass in a body, but on the fact that self-reflection is innate in Nature.

Self-reflection is implicit in the equal sign in e=mc2. “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” is not possible without the capacity of the body, whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, to reflect upon its own contents. Therefore I believe that the equation is more precise as (body/system[e=mc2]).

Our intellect, if we let it, is capable of comprehending that we are embedded in a dimension that renders us infinitesimally small from universal dimensions and infinitely vast from atomic dimensions, that we are all evolving systems made up of evolving systems and parts of evolving systems, that we are all profoundly interrelated through the innate search for equilibrium.

The theory of Relativity 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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244 – And then we wonder why …

For millennia, the human-animal has slaughtered its own kind under the justification that it is a necessary, and therefore rightful act to reign control over those who do not fit our doctrines, or destroy those who we contrive as an ‘enemy’ … the ‘scapegoat’ whose livelihood we deem expendable and want to either conquer or vanish from the face of the earth.

Animals, insects, microbes slaughter each other in predatory killings in which they kill more prey than they can immediately eat, usually to procure food for offspring, or to gain valuable killing experience, or to eat later when hunger comes again.

But not us. Our predatory killings are instigated by hate, and then we normalize and popularize them, oftentimes as heroism, through available means like pamphlets, books, political and religious discourse, movies, television, and, currently, through electronic devices which are not only widely available but highly desirable by younger generations, so parents, without a second thought, allow and even encourage children at impressionable ages to play extreme violent ‘games’ where the greater the slaughter and destruction, the greater the feeling of being better, stronger, successful.

And then we wonder why we grow to believe that to be successful is to be violent, destructive and heartless; why we have grown to be the only species we know of that uses its high degree of ‘intelligence’ to devise the cruelest forms of torture and destruction with the purpose to send others – generally the vulnerable and defenseless – into inhumane levels of poverty and degradation?

And then we wonder why we are a civilization where there is so much hate, where we always are in the midst of conflict, always at war, always killing our own – oftentimes by the hundreds and thousands – without a hint of remorse?

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243 – As Everything in Nature, We are a Synthesis of Three Complementary Properties …

There is nothing that empirically proves our profound interrelatedness with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and Niels Bohr’s Complementarity principle gets close to do that for me. I highlight close because the theory does not include a property that is essential for the complete understanding of all evolving systems in Nature.

The most well-known example of Complementarity is the phenomenon of Light as a synthesis of particle-like and wave-like duality. Light manifests as particle-like in its components (photons) and as wave-like in the patterns photons create as they interact with environments. Light is not one or the other; it is both. But Light is also a component of the Universe, and as such, it is universal-like as the manifestation of the common blueprint[i] that maps the development of all the components of our Universe. Therefore, for the principle of Complementarity to provide a complete understanding of Light, it must include the universal-like manifestation: Light is particle-like and wave-like and universal-like.

As all evolving system in our Universe – light, hydrogen, cells, solar systems, galaxies –  human beings are a synthesis of three complementary properties: We are particle-like as individual components of a system (humankind) AND wave-like as the patterns we create as the species affects and is affected by environments AND universal-like as we reiterate the common blueprint that maps the development of all universal components and endows us with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

It is, of course, evident that each complementary property can be explored with the exclusion of the others. The particle-like property of a photon, or a human being, or any evolving system in Nature, can be isolated and studied with the exclusion of the other complementary properties. But by doing so, we forgo the essence of the system we are trying to understand.

In the generation, organization, and bonding together of the components of our bodies, we, like any evolving system in Nature, have no choice; these processes are relatively pre-determined by the demands of the environments in which we exist. But in the way we adapt, self-regulate, and self-perpetuate, whether we do it instinctively or by our own determination, we become pro-active participants in the evolutionary processes of a species. And as we unfold, transforming ourselves and our world, we re-assert the universal mandate that endows us all with a degree of freedom to choose.

The principle of Complementarity proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is. Whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a solar system, a galaxy, we are all synthesis of three complementary properties: we are all particle-like and wave-like and universal-like, not one or the other but all at the same time. And I believe that we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with Nature when we accept this about us.

[i] Self-organize, self-generate, bond, self-regulate, adapt, self-perpetuate, transform.

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