Archive for November, 2010

19 – I am not ‘me’ or ‘them’, I am both.

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

As we look at Humanity … wars, genocide, hate, bigotry, deceit, starvation, decimation of species, imposition of ignorance, unparalleled levels of corruption that send millions into abject poverty and despair while a few are allowed to embezzle and accumulate obscene wealth … it is obvious that the premises of the Paradigm we live by are not only wrong but extremely biased and destructive. Beliefs in a God-given control over a meaningless and machine-like Universe, and a Mind that is separate from and superior to Nature, are devastating visions to live by.

We are not born upon the earth to rule and destroy the earth, we are born out of the earth gestated and nurtured in the womb of women to grow into organic systems of nerves and muscles and blood and desire and an instinctive need to bond and adapt to our world. We grow out of the earth not by ‘divine intervention’ but as common compounds of natural things like cells and a pulsing heart and a driving sexuality and something inexplicable we call Mind which thinks and reflects and makes choices and tries to understand Nature and can change Nature and can be changed by Nature but cannot exist without Nature.

The purpose of Vision for a New World is to introduce a New Paradigm based, not on ancient and destructive fallacies like our current Paradigm is, but on the premise that all natural systems – atoms, cells, human beings, planets, stars, galaxies – are innately driven toward order and complexity from the moment of conception when we are all imprinted with a Universal Blueprint that outlines a master plan for building the cohesive yet adaptable structure of our bodies (see Post 11 for a list of Theories that describe some of the characteristics of this Blueprint).

Let’s try some of the universal characteristics of the master plan on you and me: We both grow a more or less pre-determined structural design and keep it cohesive and give it direction and feeling through the interconnectedness of the entire range of our component elements (Bell’s Theorem) i.e. we feel this most … this intimate interconnectedness of everything in us … in the intensity and untamed pleasure-pain-agony-glory of an orgasm; we both consume and release energy sources while managing to continuously maintain the mass and the energy of our  systems … our bodies … in optimum yet fluctuating states of equilibrium (Relativity) i.e. we both eat and rest after being spent so we can go on, re-charged, using the stored energy to fuel our actions and reactions until we get spent again; although pre-determined by our internal and external environments we both are endowed with a relative degree of freedom to affect or be affected by an evolutionary movement (Evolution) i.e. we can change our surroundings and our lives, and we can be changed by them, can we not?

Another universal characteristic is the concept of Complementarity in Nature. Introduced by Niels Bohr, the Danish Physicist who was one of the founders of Quantum Theory, Complementarity substantiates the fact that natural systems have properties that may appear contradictory but are instead complementary and essential to the system: Light is made out of the atomic particles we call Photons, yet it is also made out of wave-like patterns that interact with environments, thus depending on the observation we may say that Light is either particle-like or wave-like. It is obvious that for analytical purposes we can certainly study individual photons with the exclusion of light waves, and vice versa, but those are nothing more than complementary expressions of the phenomena of Light. Light is not one or the other, it is both at once.

It is the same with our Mind. Our Mind is made out of the cells we call Neurons, yet it is also wave-like patterns of thought that interact with environments. It is true that we can study a single neuron with the exclusion of the wave-like patterns of our thoughts, and vice versa, but those are just complementary expressions of the phenomenon of the Mind. The Mind is not one or the other, it is both at once.

It is the same with Humankind. Our species is made out of unique and individual human beings like you and I, yet it is also the wave-like patterns of growth and motion and direction that as a multi-billion-unit-organism we make as we interact with environments. It is obvious that we can focus our attention on a single human being with the exclusion of the whole species, and vice versa, but those are just complementary expressions of the phenomenon of Humankind. Humankind is not one or the other, we are both at once.

In other words, we are individual and utterly unique entities AND the species we call Humankind, not just ‘me’ or ‘them’ but both at once.

This is a beautiful Truth. But we don’t want any of it! Our political, economic and religious doctrines do not want us to understand that our individuality is an expression of one powerful and amazing organism. The truth frightens us. Its seekers are punished. And we don’t want to be punished.

18 – Relativity [E=mc2] and us …

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The beauty and significance of Einstein’s E=mc2 have not been generally grasped by the non-mathematical mind mainly because the equation does not give us a frame of reference. Einstein saw the innate drive for equilibrium in Nature, and with his famous equation he quantified it: “The mass of a body is equivalent to its energy content.” But we don’t know whose body he was talking about.

There is no refuting the facts that 1- all things in Nature – what we can see and what we cannot … molecules, cells, bone structure, trees, us, metals, gases,  mountains, planets, suns, etc., etc. – are made out of congregations of atoms, and 2- that in order to survive as a unit these congregations of atoms … the systems, the structures, the bodies … must find a way to sustain a constant equivalence between their energy and mass contents.

WE experience this constant demand for equivalence between the energy and the mass of our bodies – mostly instinctively yet oftentimes full of self-determination –when WE for instance know it is time to re-charge, and so WE rest or consume energy sources from the environment, and then WE transform energy into motion or into the generation of new cells or into the fuel that supports our tomorrows, yet WE continuously manage to keep our bodies in equilibrium … day after day … through the ups and downs of our activity and our struggles and our development.

Thus the question begs to be asked: Where are WE in (e=mc2)  where is the commanding element who knows how to interchange fundamental forces and keep them in equilibrium? Wouldn’t it be more realistic to express it as (System [e=mc2]) so what encapsulates fundamental forces and knows how to keep them in balance is included?

So whether it is a cell or a human being or a planetary system or an entire universe, in order to understand its essence we must include the commanding element that binds natural forces and directs them to organize temporarily into continuous yet pliable forms of equilibrium.

But although having a frame of reference will help us get a better sense of the equation, the greatest obstacle to a worldwide acceptance is our unfounded fear to integrate into our minds the irrefutable fact that we are not the believe-the-absurd-and-I’ll-give-you-an-imagined-heaven blind followers of religious dogma, nor the consume-till-you-drop gullible puppets of unsustainable economic doctrines, nor the go-kill-for-my-greed-and-I’ll-give-you-a-medal brainless pawns of destructive political ideologies, but an immensely powerful and self-generating and self-perpetuating and self-reflective congregation of atoms, who as a unit master natural forces and keep them in constant yet fluctuating states of equilibrium while creating desire and motion and the enlightenment that comes with knowing.

Thus it is disturbing to realize that instead of giving us moral direction to find the knowledge of the power contained within us, Science consents without an outcry to something as horrible as the sparing of Hiroshima from conventional bombing so it could serve as a pristine target for a monstrous experiment, or to something as harmful as the condoning of contraceptives by a head of church knowing full well the destructive impact of over-population on our planet, or to something as vile as the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people for no other reason than to satisfy the utter arrogance and ignorance and greed of a head of state.

Although for thousands of years Science has been a fountain of sanity, it has allowed its moral authority to be compromised by losing its soul to weaponry and bigotry, and thus it now stands silenced to decry torture and the imposition of ignorance and irrationality by world leaders lacking a vision for Humanity other than ‘progress’ through the destruction of the world that gives us life.

The power of Einstein’s vision is apparent in the amazing capacity of our solar system to sustain a favorable equilibrium for eons of time so a planet like ours can bring self-awareness into life, or in as beautiful an act as a baby’s attempt to stand alone trying to find the internal equilibrium to empower unimaginable possibilities. Yet knowledge like this is overruled by irrationality and intolerance.