Archive for October, 2010

17 – On the Concept of Free Will …

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The fact that we are still debating the issue of Free Will against Determinism in Nature is a clear indication of how dominated we still are by irrational arguments. As with Evolution versus Creationism or Theism versus Atheism, some of us believe that for our claim to be true the opposing one must be false.

Determinism is the concept that the worlds of the microcosm and the macrocosm are absolutely pre-determined by antecedent causes or by natural events (Note here the exclusion of our world, the world of the human being).

Free Will is the concept that rational agents have a choice of a course of action from among various alternatives (Note that this concept refers only to rational agents, meaning us, since we absurdly believe that we are the only rational agents in Nature).

The inexorable pull of pre-determinism in the way our existence inevitably progresses towards an optimum stage of development, and into its own disintegration thereafter, is obvious to us. And so is the autonomy and freedom of our restless mind.

Determinism and Free Will don’t oppose each other; on the contrary, they complement each other. So why are we still debating them? Couldn’t it be that some people in power want to use them to forward their absurd beliefs?

There is no refuting the facts that all natural systems (atoms, molecules, human beings, planetary systems, galaxies) are 1- component elements of a multi-dimensional Universe 2- unfold into unique entities within favorable yet limiting environments 3- ultimately dissolve back into the environment where we came from and 4- are endowed with a certain degree of freedom in adaptation.

But when a dimension, like the dimension in which human beings exist, is perceived from other dimensions – the dimension of the planetary system for example – we become indiscernible.

Free Will and Determinism are innate in Nature, but they are relative to the dimensions in which they are experienced and from which they are observed. 

To bring these concepts to a level we can easily relate to, let’s try them on you, the person reading these words. You are a current component of the planet we call Earth. As small and insignificant as you are against the immensity of the planet, you are, without doubt or further discussion, in possession of a relative degree of freedom to go places or choose from different options or think what to do about tomorrow. But in the same way as a neuron in your own brain – extending its tendrils to reach other neurons in the making of your mind – cannot be perceived from the dimension of your daily existence, your existence – as you grow and reach out and bond and choose and dream – cannot be perceived from the dimension of the planet. You are imperceptible from that point of view. Have you seen the beautiful images of Earth taken from space? … there is no sign of you in them. But there you are! Choosing. Trying to live a Life as best you can. Yet knowing that Freedom has limits.

In the indomitable will to self-perpetuate, in the instinctive drive to bond, in the compelling urge to leave our mark in the world, a relative degree of freedom is the engine of purpose and design. It is the fundamental force that makes us active participants in the evolution of the living organism from which we grow into existence, yet we are pre-determined to go back, after we have made our mark in the world, into the ingenious unknown from where we were created.

16 – Our Universe is a Hologram …

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Most of us are familiar with holograms and how they reproduce objects in three-dimensional images. But what most of us don’t know is the significance of the fact that if a small portion of a hologram is removed and then illuminated with a laser beam, it reproduces the three-dimensional image of the entire object, albeit smaller.

The reason for this is that when the object is being recorded on a holographic plate, light waves from the whole object come into each point of the hologram, thus impregnating every point with the information of the whole.

The Norwegian intellectual Jostein Gaarder in his book “Sophie’s World” explains this in a wonderfully simple way: Modern laser technology can produce so-called holograms. If one of these holograms depicts a car, for example, and the hologram is fragmented, we will see a picture of the whole car even though we only have the part of the hologram that showed the bumper. This is because the whole subject is present in every tiny part. In a sense, our bodies are built up in the same way. If I loosen a skin cell from my finger, the nucleus will contain not only the characteristics of my skin; the same cell will also reveal what kind of eyes I have, the color of my hair, the number and type of my fingers, and so on. Every cell of the human body carries a blueprint of the way all the other cells are constructed. So there is ‘something of everything’ in every single cell. The whole exists in each tiny part (highlights are mine). 

The Quantum physicist David Bohm basically said the same decades ago: “The fundamental essence of the whole is enfolded in each of its parts”.

And the Persian poet Rumi said the same in the 13th Century: “What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe”.

And the Ionian philosopher Anaxagoras (500-428 BC) said the same thousands of years ago: “There is something of everything in everything”.

This knowledge has been around for a long time, but it is not yet a part of our understanding of Reality!!!

In a very fundamental way our Universe is a Hologram, and every one of its component elements … every atom, every molecule, every human being, every planetary system, every galaxy … is imprinted with a common set of universal characteristics. The significance of this fact is monumental: To be cohesive and evolve into the amazing levels of order and complexity where self-awareness arises, our Universe impregnates every single one of its component elements, no matter how minute or immense or simple or intricate, with a Universal Blueprint.

On post #11, I listed some of the universal characteristics Science has discovered and the Theories behind them; the  two characteristics listed below have been briefly discussed in other posts (details on Bell’s Theorem and Relativity can be found under Categories):

  1.     1.    The first universal characteristic is the intimate interconnectedness of all the component elements of natural systems, so we can perpetuate cohesive yet adaptable forms of organization.
  2.    2.    And the second one is the instinctive and premeditated drive of all natural systems to attain, and sustain, optimum states of equilibrium between the mass of our structures and the energy we consume and exert, so we can power our own evolution.

As more universal characteristics are described it will become unmistakably clear that, as natural systems and as universal elements, each one of us embodies a Universal Blueprint … ‘The whole exists in each part’ … thus the whole thing, the whole magnificent mystery can be glimpsed at by understanding ourselves.

But knowledge of this kind, so essential to our understanding of what it means to be a human being in a Universe obviously conducive to the evolution of ingenuity and self-reflection, is obliterated by the banalities constantly fed to us by the corporate media and by the heartbreaking surrender of Universities to an unsustainable economic doctrine, so a corporate elite can irresponsibly and greedily pillage and destroy the environment all of us need to survive. We have created the monsters that are destroying us. They are lying to us to deceive us and keep us ignorant, while they are killing people to make a profit.