Archive for November, 2012

67 – Our Universe is a Living System

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Whether we accept it now or in 10 or 50 years, there is no way for the human intellect to ultimately incorporate into our perception of Reality the Fact that our Universe is a living system. Scientists have been supporting this Fact for a long time, and although they do not actually come out and say it, their Theories prove it.

Below are a few of the theories that prove this Fact:

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 interconnecting every single one of its components, no matter what size, location, or level of complexity, with a universal blueprint: self-generate and self-perpetuate in progressive states of equilibrium with a degree of freedom in adaptation. This is what we do as one of our Universe’s living components: we not only generate and perpetuate the organization of our bodies by following the universal blueprint, but we imprint it on each one of our components.

Relativity proves that, whether instinctively or premeditatedly, our Universe has learned to sustain the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass) through progressive states of equilibrium for over 14 billion years, by reflecting on the energy requirements to develop its complex and dynamic structure. This is what we do as one of its living components, as we learn, mostly instinctively yet oftentimes premeditatedly, to sustain the fundamental complements of our Body in relative yet progressive states of equilibrium, by reflecting on the energy needed to develop from fetus to infancy, to youth, and so forth.

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

Evolution proves that our Universe obeys a relatively pre-determined path of development towards complexity and order, but with a degree of freedom in adaptation. Just like us; we obey a relatively pre-determined path of development towards complexity and order, but with a degree of freedom to adapt to changing environments.

Field Theory proves that the Universe is a force for transformation, affecting and being affected by the primal evolutionary movement in which it unfolds. Just like you and me: We are forces of transformation affecting and being affected by the primal evolutionary movement in which we unfold.

Acknowledging the Fact that, like you and me, our Universe is a living system – learning, reflecting, growing, obeying, transforming – is a critical step to move beyond the control of a centuries-old and destructive Paradigm with no Vision for Humanity other than ‘unlimited growth’, ‘unsustainable consumerism’, 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 … learning, reaching out, making connections, we are among 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: Their 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 the essence of the equation is found in the symbol = for equivalence. This symbol represents the fact that 1 – no naturally evolving system in Nature can exist without a sustained equivalence of its fundamental elements (energy and mass), and 2 – that sustained equivalence between the contents of 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.

Although self-reflective equilibrium in Nature is mostly instinctive, nothing we know of, without regards to size or level of complexity, can exist without it.

Whether conscious or instinctive, self-reflective equilibrium is the Universal Law of Equivalence encapsulated by Einstein in e=mc2. But because everything in Nature tends toward complexity and order, the capacity for self-reflective equilibrium is evolving beyond pure instinct into conscious self-reflection. This is self-evident in us, whom, as living systems, have become aware not only that we are alive, but that we are conscious of a mind able to reflect upon itself and the world in which it exists.

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

  •   Our Universe has evolved into self-evident levels of complexity and order through progressive stages of equilibrium between its mass and energy contents; energy converting into mass and mass into energy in myriad sizes and configurations, but always in equilibrium as it unfolds into complexity.
  •   But sustained equilibrium between two contents amid constant change can only be attained with a degree of self-reflection; one content always a measure of the other.
  •   And self-reflection demands decision-making. There is a simple logic on Einstein’s own explanation of its equation: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. If, as a body changes, one content is to always remain a measure of the other, the body must reflect upon them, and act.
  •   And being able to be conscious about this process, we are among pioneers.

We 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 level of consumption 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 be able to continue fostering our evolution.

We are the recipients of conscious self-reflection, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on its obliteration. Why?

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