Archive for January, 2012

47 – A Vision for a New World …

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

For reasons unbeknown to most of us, Scientists refuse to apply the astonishing discoveries they have made about the physical world to the Human Being (perhaps the only exception is the Theory of Evolution).

Advances in Science leave no doubt that the Human Being, like cells and planets and everything else in Nature, is a physical system made out of atomic particles, yet most scientists have not been able to break away from the centuries-old Paradigm of the ‘superiority’ of man over Nature, thus persisting on separating us from the natural world.

Undeniable as it might be that we are highly complex and evolved creatures, we do abide by the same natural laws that apply to atoms, and cells, and planets. This would be obvious to us if we were taught to take well-proven Theories like
• Bell’s Theorem
• Einstein’s Relativity
• The Laws of Thermodynamics
• Bohr’s Complementarity
• Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
• Pascal’s Probability Principle
• Prigogine’s Dissipative Structures
• Maturana & Valera’s Autopoietic Systems
• Mandelbrot’s Set
• Quantum Field Theory
and, like pieces of a mosaic, put them together into a view of our Universe we’ve never seen before: A living, nurturing and evolving Organism founded on Cohesiveness, Equilibrium, Continuity, Pliability, Tenacity, Self-organization, Uncertainty, Chaos, Possibility, Self-perpetuation, Transformation, Order, Pre-determination and a relative degree of Freedom to adapt.

But instead of trying to understand our Universe as a Whole, the current scientific emphasis on Reductionism and Separation is intent on isolating the smallest atomic particle, believing that by doing so we will understand the true nature of Reality. It is like trying to understand the mystery of the human mind by isolating a neuron.

As the mind of pre-Copernican/pre-Galilean Human Beings had not made the neuronal connections to comprehend the fact that the earth is an element of a System subject to the centrifugal forces of a common star, so the mind of ‘modern’ Human Beings has not been able to make the neuronal connections to comprehend the fact that we are elements of a Universal System that imprints each and all of its component elements with a pre-determined set of rules by which to Exist and Evolve.

To delineate some of these universal rules let me take a few of the Theories scientists have already discovered, and apply them to 3 common universal elements: a Cell, a Human Being and a Galaxy.

• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to have a continuous and dynamic form of existence, the entire range of our component elements … no matter how small or large, simple or complex … must be thoroughly inter-connected for us to be able to form a cohesive and self-directed organization (Bell’s Theorem).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to have a continuous and relatively stable existence, we must attain, and sustain, a more or less constant balance between the energy we consume and the energy we release; without this equilibrium we cease to exist (Relativity & Thermodynamics).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to grow into a more or less pre-determined structural design, we must adhere to a pre-set developmental process, while still remaining distinctive and with a certain degree of freedom to adapt (Complementarity).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to perpetuate a constantly changing form of existence, we must be able to unfold amidst the Uncertainty and the Probability of myriad outcomes (Uncertainty & Probability Principles).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to nourish the emergence of a totally dependent form of existence, we must be able to negotiate available supplies of energy sources. Once supplies become exhausted or are no longer accessible, we either adapt to new sources or cease to exist (Dissipative Structures).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to become integrated as an element of an ongoing evolutionary process, we must be able to create an interactive and protective boundary, and re-generate our own elements, and come endowed with the means to self-perpetuate our System (Autopoietic Systems).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to attain a relatively pre-determined yet evolving shape, we must abide by the self-replicating conventions of primordial prototypes (Mandelbrot Set).
• For a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy to be able to bend our own potential, we must come endowed with a relative degree of freedom to transform and be transformed by the movement of Evolution (Quantum Field Theory).

Although undeniably unique and individual, we do obey a magnanimous Universal plan that imprints us all with supple rules to emerge and exist, while endowing us with a relative degree of freedom to adapt and affect our environments.

Once we are able to overcome the Hubris of our current Paradigm and allow the Vision of this unarguable Truth into our minds, the path to Humanity’s higher level of understanding will open before us.

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46 – Quantum Field Theory and us …

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Before Galileo proved that our perception of being the center of the Universe was mistaken, we truly believed that it was the Sun that rotated around the earth. We consistently saw the Sun rising in the East and disappearing in the West, so our misconception was understandable. We were relying on the raw and limiting perception of our senses to understand our world. Today we still see the same Sun rising in the East and disappearing in the West, but without a hint of doubt we accept the fact that it is the earth that circles the Sun. But the mistaken perception was so deeply ingrained in our minds that it took centuries before we could accept the truth.

Limited by our organic senses we continue to be unable to perceive many intrinsic facts of Reality: We are, for instance, unable to perceive the continuous flow of Life in its constant transformations from energy into mass and mass into energy; we are unable to perceive the fact that we are made out of myriad living things that temporarily gather together to build our existence; we are unable to see the fact that everything is interconnected and intimately dependent on internal and external environments; we are unable to see that Life is like a stream of water, a flowing field, through which knowledge runs and turns into forces that may be great or small, simple or complex, violent or tender, obsessive or beautiful, destructive or creative; we are unable to see that we are Forces that come into existence with the innate potential to affect and transform the course of Evolution.

Humanity’s evolutionary process is a flowing field in which our bodies influence each other as forces that affect and are affected by our environment in two different yet complimentary ways: One is by our self-initiated actions (Action with Contact) which can modify the environment that surround us, the other is by the environmental forces that act upon our actions and interactions modifying us as we try to create a path through the medium of space and time (Action at a Distance).

Galileo’s perception of Reality was a self-initiated action that modified the Field of human knowledge. He became a Field Operator, turning himself into the force that changed the way we understand Reality. But his action was almost obliterated by the external forces acting upon it. Fortunately for Humankind, although the church ordered the total destruction of his “Dialogue”, a few copies escaped to France and England allowing the force of his argument to ultimately change our understanding of Reality. These two forces … our force to modify and the forces that modify us … are complementary, one cannot exist without the other, and together they determine the extent of our actions.

The simple lesson behind Quantum Field Theory is that, when focused on a goal, we possess the capacity to initiate actions with which, as Field Operators, we may turn into powerful forces that can affect others and start a chain reaction, but remembering always that nothing is accomplished without the consent of the internal and external forces acting upon us.

The explosive increase of our population; the demands of an economic system bent on serving the insatiable greed of a selfish elite; educational systems focused, not on Knowledge, but on promoting and perpetuating an unsustainable economic doctrine; the fear-based and divisive demands of organized religions obsessed with absolute power, are some of the imminent and chilling signs of self-destructive behavior.

It is uncanny to see entire cultures, billions of us, blinded by the destructive belief that the true measure of success is how much material wealth we can accumulate. Although visibly unsustainable, this belief is pounded on us to make us completely oblivious to the impending signs of an environment in crisis.

Political and economic powers are recklessly, insolently, deviously and forcefully silencing the warnings of impending environmental upheaval with the sole purpose to perpetuate a doctrine of unlimited growth which, although successful in the past, is obviously unsustainable today.

Kept in the dark by a religious doctrine trying to destroy the Truth, pre-Galilean Humanity could not see beyond the limitations of our organic senses. Today we are very much in a similar predicament: Politicians, protecting the crumbs they are thrown by corporations, discredit scientific proofs to try to destroy Knowledge.

Once I saw a lapse-time-video taken from a high-rise on Fifth Avenue in New York. The camera had been focused on a heavily frequented clearing in Central Park. It is a well known fact that natural elements tend to follow the path of less resistance. Well, in this video I could see that most people traversed the area by taking the easiest and most direct path. But once in a while individuals, maybe because they had the time, or perhaps because they were forced by circumstances beyond their control, or maybe because they felt adventurous and wanted to explore more of the area, took a different and rarely traversed path. I was reminded then of how changes and mutations occur. Leaders, adventurers, visionaries, revolutionaries, perhaps forced by external factors or driven by their own curiosity or motivated by their own visions, take the ‘less traveled path’ and start a new trend, or discover a new concept, or find a new way to understand things. Their innovations might start a chain reaction, a new and more interesting path might be more frequently followed, and if a critical mass is reached, the new path might become ‘the path of less resistance.’ And then a new transformation is on its way.

Our world is in desperate need of individuals who are willing to take the less traversed path. There is no need for us to follow a self-centered vision of the world. We are magnificent instruments in the unfolding of a Grand Design, and we already possess the common-sense knowledge to create and operate intelligent modes of existence, but Knowledge is being hijacked by Greed.

Our minds possess the capacity to see beyond what our organic senses allow us to see; we hold the power to unleash the most incredible and unimaginable forces, mindful though of the forces trying to enslave us.

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