Archive for November, 2011

43 – God is not …

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The similarities between the structural characteristics of our bodies and those of our Universe are astonishing.

• Like our Universe, each one of us is a congregation of myriad elements gathered together into a self-bounded, self-generating and self-perpetuating whole;
• Like our Universe, each one of us is a skilled entity with the innate knowledge on how to attain and sustain relative continuity amongst constant change;
• Like our Universe, each one of us is a self-energizing and self-organizing system endowed with the capacity to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution.

These Facts are incontrovertible. In a fundamental way, as everything else in nature, we are little copies of our Universe. There is an incontestable interconnection in our similarities; it is thus difficult to understand why we persist on ignoring this Fact and re-enforcing instead the Fallacy that we are separate and different from the natural world.

There is a Human yearning to know what we truly are. We are naturally very curious, especially during our younger years, but then we are indoctrinated into following political, economic and religious ideologies that are divisive and destructive, and most of them bent on obliterating the natural inquisitiveness of the human mind.

But whether or not we follow a religion or a political or an economic ideology, there is no way to deny the Fact that, like water molecules in the flow of a river, we are participating in the unfolding of a Primordial Force … Something or Someone, immense and intelligent and brutal and creative and self-organizing and terribly chaotic and beautifully ordered … that instinctively and forcefully drives us to bond and self-generate and self-perpetuate. Some may say this Primal Force is Nature, but Nature is just another one of Its manifestations.

When we climax in sexual intercourse, if the intercourse is consented and desired, we touch this Primordial Force; we reach a moment when our minds and every one of our cells become one with It. There is in that moment more than just pleasure; there is wonder at what has taken place, at how mysterious and profound such an essential part of us can be, so urging, so primal, so beautiful. Some of us try to touch this Force through meditation; it is an arduous and lonely and often times rewarding experience, but nothing brings us as close to the Primordial Force as the ecstasy of a sexual climax, especially when it is reached at the same time by both participants. We become One.

God is not the cruel and vengeful old man created by the imagination of men thousands of years ago. God might be the elusive yet touchable living Force that drives us to bond, and self-energize, and self-organize, and self-generate, and self-perpetuate, so It might continue to unfold into greater levels of order and complexity … kind of how we drive neurons in our brains to bond in novel ways so we might continue to evolve into greater levels of awareness … or stupidity.

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42 – Fractal Geometry, the Mandelbrot Set, and the Universal in us.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Fractal Geometry is one of the most succinct and revealing scientific theories of the 20th Century. With Fractals, the French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot overcame the limitations of Classic (Euclidian) Geometry to describe the complexity of irregular shapes in the natural world.

“A Fractal can be defined as ‘A rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,’ a property called self-similarity.” [1]

“The most striking properties of these ‘fractal’ shapes are that their characteristic patterns are found repeatedly at descending and ascending scales, so that their parts, at any scale, are similar in shape to the whole. Mandelbrot illustrates this property of ‘self-similarity’ by breaking a piece out of a cauliflower and pointing out that, by itself, the piece looks just like a small cauliflower. He repeats this demonstration by dividing the part further, taking out another piece, which again looks like a very small cauliflower.” [2] But the most striking examples of self-similarity are found in the reiteration of the most fundamental characteristics of our Universe on every one of its components.

The Mandelbrot Set, a computer-generated program named after Benoit Mandelbrot, was designed to show these repeating patterns at descending and ascending levels of magnification. The set can be seen on YouTube under Mandelbrot Set Zoom. Watch the pattern of the original shape reappear over and over as the program descends deeper and deeper into the set. It is beautiful to watch.

On Post 16 ‘Our Universe is a Hologram’ I wrote about the fact that when a Hologram is broken into pieces, each piece … no matter what size or shape … contains the image of the whole Hologram: ‘Each piece contains the information of the whole’. The Mandelbrot Set is based on this principle, but from a different angle: The Whole is contained in each of its components.

Let’s apply the Mandelbrot Set using some of the fundamental characteristics of our Universe as a Master Model (equilibrium, self-containment, self-generation, self-perpetuation, relative degree of freedom in adaptation) and start a descent into some universal components; a galaxy, a planet, a human being. As we descend into smaller spheres, we begin to see a reiteration of the fundamental characteristics … the blueprint of the Master Model … re-occurring on the components, showing that everything is fundamentally similar, and therefore, interrelated:

  •    As our Universe, our galaxy has obeyed an innate tendency to attain, and sustain, relative states of optimum equilibrium between its energy and mass contents … more mass demands more energy, less energy demands less mass. This is Einstein’s magnificent insight into the nature of reality, e=mc2, which means that no matter how large or small, simple or complex a naturally evolving system might be, its energy and mass contents must remain relatively equivalent.
  •    As our Universe, the Earth has unfolded into a self-contained, self-generating self-perpetuating system while preserving a more or less fundamental configuration.
  •    As our Universe, you and I are endowed with a relative degree of freedom to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution.

The Mandelbrot Set is a new insight into the nature of our Universe. When we zoom in repeatedly from one sphere into another …  from dimension to dimension, from galaxy into solar system, from solar system into planet, from planet into human being, and so forth … we find the reiteration of fundamental characteristics.

And because the fundamental characteristics of our Universe … the common blueprint … are reiterated in each and all of its components, including us, the magnificent mystery can be glimpsed at by understanding ourselves.

Share the knowledge.

[1] From Wikipedia

[2] Excerpts from The Web of Life by F. Capra. Highlight mine.

Revised July 2018

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