Archive for May, 2010

7 – Bell’s Theorem …

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

In 1964, the Irish physicist John Stewart Bell challenged scientific orthodoxy with a Theorem that has been called “The most profound discovery in science”.

The basic premise of the Theorem is that for any given natural system – atom, molecule, cell, human being, solar system, galaxy, Universe – to attain and sustain a relative level of stability and cohesiveness amidst the constant changes of its internal and external environments, every one of its component elements, notwithstanding distance nor level of complexity, must be intimately & instantaneously interconnected with all the other elements in the system and with the system as a whole.

This is a monumental insight into the essence of Nature … of Life itself.

Firstly, it gives a deadly blow to the limitations imposed by Relativity, which presumes that nothing can travel faster than the speed of Light. Secondly, it explains how Hydrogen atoms can be so intimately interconnected from one end of our Universe to the other, that they can all adopt and sustain the same obviously advantageous structure of a nucleus and one electron, which has allowed them to grow into the most abundant element in our Universe. The Theorem also explains why we, human beings, billions of us, regardless of how distant we might be from one another, can also be so intimately interconnected as to share the same will to live, and the same need to love and be loved, and the same advantageous knowledge to be able to configure myriad elements into cohesive, self-reflective, self-generating and adaptable organic systems, which has allowed us to become, amidst the constant changes of our internal and external environments, the dominant and most ingenious species in our planet.

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6 – If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth …

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

In order to begin to comprehend the dimensions of the atomic elements our world – including us – is made out of, we come up with simplistic analogies like the one of the atom being similar to a planetary system, or the one below I borrowed from the movie “Mindwalk”:

If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth, an atom would turn out to be the size of a little cherry. And if we could blow up an atom to the size of the Pentagon building in Washington, its nucleus would turn out to be a grain of sand in the center of the building, and its electrons would be tiny little pebbles going round and round the nucleus; the rest of the building, the immense space between the grain of sand and the tiny pebbles, is all energy. But although immense, all this energy can be no more no less than the amount the atom requires to keep the electrons and the nucleus together as a cohesive system [e=mc2].

I use this simplistic analogy to emphasize the vast amounts of energy contained in atomic particles. And so as we begin to accept the irrefutable fact that we are congregations of atoms, we will also begin to understand that we are mostly energy.

 The visionary words of Marianne Williamson from her book “A Return To Love” resonate with this truth: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us”.

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5 – When we put these physical Theories together …

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

In awkward, unorthodox, and non-mathematical language, I will explain what I have learned with an untrained yet logical mind from the philosophies behind the physical Theories listed below:

John Stewart Bell’s Theorem, Albert Einstein’s Relativity, the Laws of Thermodynamics, Niels Bohr’s Complementarity, Werner Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Blaise Pascal’s Probability Principle, Charles Darwin’s Evolution, Ilya Prigogine’s Dissipative Structures, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela’s Autopoietic Systems, Benoit Mandelbrot’s Mandelbrot Set, and Quantum Theory’s Field Theory.

When we put these physical Theories together like pieces in a mosaic, they hint at the essence of a universal blueprint; a common blueprint from which all natural systems – atoms, molecules, human beings, planetary systems, galaxies, etc., etc. – grow into cohesive yet dynamic manifestations of existence innately endowed with a relative degree of freedom to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution.

 Follow me as I put them together.

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