Archive for July, 2011

35 – On Dissipative Structures (Part II)

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Theory of Dissipative Structures gives us an insight into a Universal Order embodied in every physical system in our Universe, including you and me.

As all physical systems in our Universe, we must consume, synthesize, and dissipate energy sources to support the continuity of our form of existence. But because we are dependent on the steady availability of energy sources, environmental fluctuations inevitably influence our unfolding. Therefore, we are always in flux, always transforming.

Minor fluctuations may be surmounted without noticeable impact on the structural integrity of the system, but if the disturbance is significant, a part or the entire system may have to be re-organized.

During a major fluctuation like the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, or the plague that devastated Europe in the 1300s, the system is shaken up, and novel ways to adapt are introduced to cope with the new order. The old set of connections, the elements of the old pattern come into contact in original ways, creating new connections to adapt to the demand. If the system is successful in reorganizing, it will transform into a higher or simpler level of complexity, but if it fails, it will degenerate and ultimately disappear.

– When a solar system is formed into a star, planets, moons, and so forth, it creates an energy-based network of connections that link them together at many points and in many ways into a relatively stable, cohesive, and dynamic system. – When a species congregates into groups with basically the same fundamental characteristics, it creates an energy-based network of connections that link them together at many points and in many ways into a relatively stable, cohesive, and dynamic system. – When a human being congregates into groups of atoms, cells, organs, and so forth, it creates an energy-based network of connections that link them together at many points and in many ways into a relatively stable, cohesive, and dynamic system.

But because the connections can only be sustained by a steady and dependable dissipation of energy sources, the system is vulnerable and challenged when energy sources change. Examples of this are famines created by changes in food supplies during natural or man-made disasters, or the disruptive destruction of wars, or when we lose our jobs and must cut down on our energy consumption.

Thus, depending on the scale and impact of the challenge, the system may have to recoil, or might be annihilated altogether, or may use the challenge as an opportunity to evolve into a different level of complexity.

If a higher level of complexity is achieved, the new organization will demand greater sources of energy; this will rend the newly re-organized system more unstable, more dependent on resources, more vulnerable to internal and external fluctuations.

Notice the paradox, the more complex or intricately connected the system is, the more vulnerable and unstable it becomes. So, increased complexity means increased vulnerability and instability. Amazingly enough, this very instability is the key either for the disintegration and ultimate demise of the system, or a medium for the system to achieve higher levels of complexity and order.

The human species has grown into a multi-billion, technologically advanced, highly diversified, incredibly complex yet unstable and vulnerable system. Our astonishing growth is clashing with the stability of the environment on which our lives depend. And by not taking decisive action to address the impact of our growth, we are rapidly reaching a threshold from where we may not be able to recover.

Indoctrination into the subservient acceptance of a Paradigm driving us into our own destruction, 1 – Shields our educational systems from teaching us about the impact of  exponential population growth, 2 – Perpetuates the unsustainable economic doctrine of insatiable consumerism, 3 – Allows corporations to devastate natural resources, 4 – Silences visionary, inquiring and dissenting minds, 5 – Promotes beliefs that incite not only division and hate but inhibit rational inquiry into our symbiotic relationship with Nature.

Like the earth, or the solar system, or the Milky Way, we are highly complex creations of Nature; each one of us is a one-of-a-kind organization of interconnected elements, and although totally dependent on energy sources for our subsistence, we are all endowed with the dynamism to transform not only ourselves but our world. We are Catalysts for Transformation.

Accepting the Fact that we not only embody but participate in a life-giving Universal Order, will catapult us into a more rational and beautiful understanding of ourselves and of the world that gives us Life.

So, this is our plight: We either move beyond our destructive Paradigm, or we allow it to ravage us.

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34 – Why do we follow Divisive and Destructive Fabrications?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Isn’t it inconceivable that at this stage and age in the evolution of what we call “civilized man”, the human implications of the beautiful, insightful, powerful, and well established scientific Theories listed below, are mostly unknown?

Bell’s Theorem

Relativity

Thermodynamics

Complementarity

Uncertainty

Probability

Dissipative Structures

Yet absurdities like the ones below can be widely acceptable and given credibility!!!

– the existence of a ‘Heaven’ where we will be allowed to adore for eternity a hateful and vengeful deity, but only if we have been totally subservient and gullible;

– the bizarre idea that we can attain ‘enlightenment’ while the world around us is crumbling under mass killings, cruelty, hunger, ignorance, insatiable greed;

– the devastating economic system that promotes the doctrine that an ‘intelligent’ species like ours can exponentially grow and consume indefinitely without concern for the impact on the environment that hosts our existence.

Bell’s Theorem has proven that as in all physical systems in our Universe, the components of our bodies are intimately interconnected for us to attain a dynamic, cohesive, and continuous form of existence: Neurons in our brains connect instantly with cells in our feet so we can step on the brakes of our car when forewarned by our eyes of an accident in front of us.

The Theories of Relativity & Thermodynamics have proven that energy and mass, and not atomic particles, are our most fundamental complements (The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content [Einstein]), and that these complements reflect upon each other to instinctively maintain sequential states of relative equilibrium: Greater mass = greater energy, lesser mass = lesser energy (e=mc2).

The Theory of Complementarity has proven that as in all physical systems in our Universe, we have particle-like and wave-like complementary properties. Our species is made out of unique human beings and the wave-like patterns created as we interact with each other and with environments. There is no one in the entire world with my unique atomic composition, yet I exist only because I am pre-determinedly driven like billions of other human beings to bond and seek pleasure, so our species can be perpetuated. One of billions, billions of One.

Uncertainty and Probability have proven that as all physical systems in our Universe, we unfold into relatively pre-determined yet supple structural designs amid environments charged with uncertainty yet pregnant with probabilities: A phone call,  someone else’s action or inaction, a sudden illness, an earthquake, an electrical fire, can drastically change our lives and derail the path we were assuredly following, and yet, amid utter uncertainty, we do possess the capacity to plan for the future, consider probabilities, and oftentimes turn them into Reality.

Dissipative Structures has proven that as all physical systems in our Universe … atoms, cells, trees, planets, galaxies … we consume energy sources from the environment, synthesize them into volume and mass, and dissipate them into motion and action to sustain and perpetuate our existence: You and I eat and breathe to stay alive, transforming what we consume into ideas, motion, action, transformation. *

Thus, no matter how many religions divide us into sects, how many flags divide us into factions, there will be no rational way to deny the fact that, like all physical systems in our Universe, we come into existence out of an ancient creative force imprinted with a blueprint that shows us how to build a cohesive, self-organizing, self-generating and self-reflective form of existence endowed with a relative degree of freedom to affect our own evolution.

With empirical knowledge like this already proven, why do we continue following divisive and destructive fabrications?

Could it be that the Truth … so evident, so incontestable … remains hidden because it terrifies those who clip our wings, so our spirits cannot soar?

*Refer to Post 5 for detailed information on the Theories.

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