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 foundations for the existence of naturally evolving systems: The capacity for self-reflection.

The symbols in the equation that most capture our attention are E for Energy, and mc2 for mass times the speed of light squared. But its essence is found in the symbol = for equivalence. This symbol represents the fact that 1 – no system in Nature can exist for long without a sustained equivalence of its fundamental elements (energy and mass) and 2 – that sustained equivalence between two elements can only be achieved through a degree of self-reflective equilibrium. In other words, an increase in mass must reflect an equivalent increase in energy, and a decrease in energy must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass. Nothing in Nature we know of exists without self-reflective equilibrium.

Self-reflective equilibrium is mostly instinctive in Nature. Without regards to size or level of complexity, naturally evolving systems (atomic compounds, plants, animals, planets, galaxies) develop and self-preserve through the continuous equilibrium of their fundamental elements. But because everything in Nature tends toward complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct and into conscious self-reflection. This is self-evident in us: As naturally evolving systems, we have developed a brain capable of being conscious of our own capacity to self-reflect.

Whether conscious or instinctive, self-reflective equilibrium 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:

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

We have come to perceive Reality under a Paradigm that inhibits reflection upon the Fact that life cannot exist for long without abiding by the Universal Law of Equilibrium. Our exponential growth and our level of consumption under this Paradigm have thrown our species out of equilibrium with the chemical balance of the environment that supports us. As a result, we have reached a critical point where our environment may not able to continue to foster our evolution.

We live in a Universe that has allowed us to be the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on the obliteration of self-reflection. Why?

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