Archive for November, 2012

67 – Our Universe is a Living System …

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Whether we accept it now or whether we wait 10 or 50 years until we grow more mature, there is no way for us to ultimately incorporate into our perception of Reality the evident Fact that our Universe is a living system. Scientists have been supporting this Fact for as long as a hundred years, and although they do not actually come out and say it, their Theories prove it.

To name a few:
Bell’s Theorem and the Mandelbrot Set prove that our Universe knows, whether instinctively or premeditatedly, how to build and perpetuate an adaptable yet cohesive organization by imprinting every single one of its elements, no matter what size or location or level of complexity, with the same exact universal blueprint: The innate drive to self-generate and self-perpetuate in progressive states of self-reflective equilibrium and with a degree of freedom in adaptation. Just like we know, instinctively or premeditatedly, how to build and perpetuate the adaptable yet cohesive organization of our Body by imprinting every one of our cells, no matter what size or complexity or location, with exactly the same genetic code.

Relativity proves that, whether instinctively or pre-meditatedly, our Universe has learned to sustain relative yet progressive states of equilibrium for over 14 billion years by self-reflecting on the energy requirements to develop its complex and dynamic structure. Just like we learn … mostly unconsciously yet oftentimes pre-meditatedly … to sustain our Body in relative yet progressive states of equilibrium by self-reflecting on the energy needed to develop from fetus, to infancy, to youth and so forth.

Autopoiesis proves that our Universe grows, and continues to grow within a boundary we cannot yet fathom, re-generating and perpetuating its component elements while preserving the unity of its dynamic whole. Just like we grow and continue to grow within the adaptable boundary of our skin, re-generating and perpetuating our component elements while preserving the unity of our Body.

Evolution proves that our Universe obeys a more or less pre-determined and ruthless path of development towards complexity and order, yet at the same time it is allowed to have a relative degree of freedom in adaptation. Just like us; we obey a more or less pre-determined and ruthless path of development towards complexity and order while at the same time we have a relative degree of freedom to adapt to changing environments.

Field Theory proves that the Universe is a force of transformation, affecting and being affected by the primal evolutionary movement in which it totally depends. Just like you and me: We are forces of transformation being affected by the primal evolutionary movement in which we totally depend, yet we have relative power to make an impact on it … to leave our mark.

Acknowledging the Fact that, like you and me, our Universe is a living system, is a critical step to help us out of the control of our centuries-old Paradigm; this dominant and self-centered Paradigm in which we have no Vision for Humanity other than ‘unlimited growth’ and ‘unquestioning faith’.

Acknowledging the Fact that our Universe is a living system will take us into a higher level of understanding from which we can see that, like neurons in a young brain … reaching out, making connections … we are, as far as we know, the pioneers in Self-awareness.

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66 – Self-Reflection …

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

One of Humanity’s greatest insights into the nature of our Universe is Einstein’s E=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. And although the implications of his insight are still incomprehensible to most of us … shame on Science … the equation holds one of the Foundation of Life: The capacity for self-reflection.

The symbols on the equation that most capture our attention are E for Energy and mc2 for mass times the speed of light squared. And although energy and mass are the fundamental elements of our Universe, the essence of the equation is found in the symbol = for continuous equivalence, because the sustained equivalence, or equilibrium, between energy and mass (or any two components of a body for that matter) can only be achieved with a degree of self-reflective equilibrium; which means that an increase in mass must reflect an equivalent increase in energy, and a decrease in energy must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass. Nothing we know of in Nature can exist for long without the capacity of self-reflective equilibrium.

Self-reflective equilibrium is mostly instinctive in Nature. We see it exercised at different levels and degrees in atomic compounds, plants, animals, planets, galaxies. Everything develops and self-preserves by sustaining their mass and energy contents in continuous degrees of equilibrium. But because our Universe inherently moves towards higher complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct into conscious self-reflection; this is self-evident in us: As components of our Universe, we have evolved a brain capable of being conscious of its own capacity to self-reflect.

Self-reflective equilibrium, whether instinctive or conscious, is the Universal Law of Equivalence Einstein encapsulated in e=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”.

The implications of this Universal Law are monumental, yet they are not currently part of our collective Knowledge:

  •    Through sustained stages of relative equilibrium between its mass and energy contents, our Universe has evolved into the high levels of complexity and order self-evident in Nature.
  •    But sustained equilibrium between two contents, whether it is instinctive or self-determined, can only be attained by a degree of self-reflection.
  •    Self-reflection is a property of Life. Therefore, our self-reflective Universe is Alive.

We perceive Reality under a Paradigm that imposes the limiting belief that our Universe is lifeless. This belief hinders reflection upon the obvious Fact that, individually and collectively, we cannot be alive for long without abiding by the Universal Law of Equilibrium. Therefore we have reached a point of non-equilibrium; we are consuming more than our planet can support. Yet reflection upon our imbalance is inhibited, and thus we are at a critical point where our species may not be able to survive for long.

We live in a Universe that has allowed us to be the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly continue to accept the domination of those few individuals trying to obliterate self-reflection. Why?

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