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 Natural System in our Universe, including you and me.

As Natural Systems we must consume and release energy sources to support a continuous form of existence, but because we are dependent on a steady and sustained dissipation of energy sources, we are always in flux, always transforming. Therefore, environmental fluctuations or the availability of resources or opportunities to move up the evolutionary ladder, inevitably influence our unfolding.

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 in order to cope with the new order novel ways to adapt are introduced. The old set of connections, the elements of the old pattern come into contact with each other in original ways and create the new connections necessary to adapt to the demand. If the System is successful in reorganizing, it is transformed into a higher level of complexity. But if it fails, the System will degenerate and may ultimately disappear.

• When a solar system congregates into a star and planets and moons and so forth, it creates an energy-based network of connections that links them all together at many points and in many ways into a relatively stable, cohesive, and dynamic System.
• When a species congregates into groups of organisms with basically the same fundamental characteristics, it creates an energy-based network of connections that links them all 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 and molecules and cells, it creates an energy-based network of connections that links them all 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 is thus challenged when energy sources change. Examples of this are Famines created by changes in food supplies during natural disasters, or the disruptive destruction of wars, or when we lose our jobs and have to cut down on our energy consumption.

Thus depending on the scale and impact of the challenge, the System may have to recoil, or it may use the challenge as an opportunity to evolve into a higher level of complexity, or it might be driven to disappear altogether.

If a new level of stability is accomplished, the System is transformed into a more powerful and more complex organization. But this higher level of complexity demands ever greater sources of energy and will ultimately make the newly re-organized System more unstable, more dependent on the environment, and 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 as a medium for the System to achieve higher levels of complexity and order.

The human species has grown into a multi-billion, techno-advanced, highly diversified, incredibly complex yet unstable and vulnerable System; our astonishing growth is clashing with the limited resources of the earth. And by not taking decisive action to address the impact of our growth on the environment that gives us Life, we are rapidly reaching a threshold from where we may not be able to recover.

Indoctrination into the subservient acceptance of a Paradigm that 1 – Shields our educational systems from teaching us about the impact of overpopulation 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 division and hate and inhibit rational inquiry into our symbiotic relationship with Nature, is driving us into our own destruction.

Like our species, or 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 driven to unfold into relatively pre-determined and shared configurations. And although totally dependent on energy sources for our subsistence, we are all endowed with the dynamism to transform, not only ourselves, but the world around us. Like our species, or the earth, or the solar system, or the Milky Way, We are Catalysts for Transformation.

Accepting the Fact that we embody a 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: Whether we can move beyond our destructive Paradigm, or whether we allow it to destroy 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 beautiful, and insightful, and powerful, and well established scientific Theories like:
Bell’s Theorem
Relativity
Thermodynamics
Complementarity
Uncertainty
Probability
Dissipative Structures
are mostly unknown?

Yet absurdities
– like the existence of a ‘Heaven’ where we will be allowed to adore for eternity a hateful and oppressive deity if we have been totally subservient and gullible,
– or the bizarre idea that we can attain ‘enlightenment’ while the world around us is crumbling under mass killings, and hunger, and ignorance, and insatiable greed,
– or the devastating economic doctrine that an ‘intelligent’ species like ours can grow and consume indefinitely without concern for the limited environment that hosts our existence,
can be widely acceptable and given credibility!!!

Bell’s Theorem has proven that, as in all natural systems in our Universe, the component elements of our bodies are intimately interconnected so we can attain a cohesive and continuous form of existence: Neurons in our brains instantly connect with cells in our feet so we can step hard on the brakes when forewarned by our eyes of an accident in front of our car.
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 fundamental complements reflect upon each other to instinctively maintain sequential states of relative equilibrium (greater mass = greater energy, lesser mass = lesser energy [e=mc2]): As we develop from a fetus into a full grown human being, we consume and release energy sources in relative equivalence to our body weight and level of activity.
The Theory of Complementarity has proven that, as all natural systems in our Universe, we have particle-like and wave-like complementary properties. Our species is made out of individual human beings and the wave-like patterns we create as we interact with environments: Undeniably there is no one else like me in the entire world … with my level of perception and the unique atomic arrangement of my body … yet I only exist because, like billions of other human beings, I am pre-determinedly structured and driven by ancient forces into bonding and seeking pleasure, so the species to which I belong can unfold affecting and being affected by its environment. One of billions, billions of One.
Uncertainty and Probability have proven that, as all natural systems in our Universe, we innately tend to unfold into more or less pre-determined designs amidst an environment charged with complete uncertainty yet pregnant with infinite possibilities: A phone call, or someone else’s action or inaction, or a sudden idea, or an earthquake, can drastically change our lives and twist the path we were assuredly walking … but amidst utter uncertainty we do possess the capacity to plan, and consider myriad possibilities, and can actually turn some of them into Reality.
Dissipative Structures has proven that, as all natural systems in our Universe … atoms, and cells, and planets, and galaxies … we consume, synthesize and release energy sources to sustain an ongoing form of existence: You and I eat and breathe to stay alive, transforming what we consume into ideas, and motion, and action.*

Thus no matter how many religions divide us into sects and how many flags divide us into factions, there will be no rational way to deny the fact that like all natural systems in our Universe … like atoms, and cells, and species, and planets, and galaxies … we come into existence out of an ancient creative force imprinted with a detailed plan … a master blueprint … that drives us into building a cohesive, self-organizing, self-generating and self-reflective form of existence endowed with a relative degree of freedom to affect our own evolution.

So why do we continue following divisive and destructive fabrications?

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

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

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