Archive for November, 2012

67 – Our Universe is a Living System

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Whether we accept it today or ten or fifty years in the future, it is inevitable for the human intellect to ultimately incorporate into our perception of Reality the Fact that our Universe is a living, self-creating 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, whether it is instinctively or premeditatedly, knows how to interconnect its adaptable yet cohesive organization of innumerable components by imprinting every single one, no matter what size or level of complexity, with a universal blueprint that directs their development: self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, adapt, self-perpetuate, transform with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

Relativity proves that our Universe has learned to sustain the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass) in a progression of states of relative equilibrium by self-reflection; making sure that the content of each complement reflects the content of the other.

Autopoiesis proves that our Universe unfolds within a supple boundary while creating its components and preserving a structural configuration we cannot yet fathom.

Evolution proves that our Universe strives to follow a relatively pre-determined path of development towards complexity and order, with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

Field Theory proves that our Universe is a force for transformation, affecting and being affected by the primal evolutionary movement in which it unfolds.

And if, as our Universe,      we self-generate, self-organize, bond, self-regulate, self-perpetuate, transform with a degree of freedom in adaptation; learn to make sure our level of energy is a reflection of the strength of our bodies; grow and develop by creating and perpetuating our own components while preserving a basic structural configuration; transform ourselves and our world,       because we are alive, so is our Universe.

Acknowledging the Fact that, like you and me, our Universe is a living system is a step that will take us into a level of understanding from which we can realize that, like the learning, reflecting, transforming neurons in a young brain, we are among pioneers in the living, self-creating Universe.

Reviewed March 2020

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66 – Self-Reflection …

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

One of Humanity’s most significant 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 this insight are still incomprehensible to most of us … shame on Science … the equation is one of the foundations for the existence of evolving systems in Nature: 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 rests not on those two symbols but in the symbol = for equivalence. The equal symbol represents the fact that 1 – no evolving system in Nature can exist without a sustained equivalence between the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass), and 2 – that a sustained equivalence between two contents can only be achieved through a degree of self-reflection. In other words, an increase in mass content must reflect an equivalent increase in energy content, and a decrease in energy content must reflect an equivalent decrease in mass content. The system ceases to exist once it cannot sustain this kind of self- reflective equilibrium.

Although self-reflective equilibrium in Nature is mostly instinctive, it is the universal law Einstein encapsulated in E=mc2. But because there is a movement in Nature that tends toward 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, who are becoming more self-conscious of how the power of our instincts not only keeps our bodies in equilibrium but allows us to choose a direction.

The implications of self-reflective equilibrium as a Universal Law are monumental, yet they are not currently part of our collective Knowledge:

  • Our Universe evolves amid constant change into higher levels of complexity and order through a progression of stages in which the contents of its fundamental complements (energy and mass) are sustained in relative equilibrium.
  • But to sustain equilibrium between two changing contents is not possible without a degree of self-reflection … the measure of one content reflects the measure of the other.
  • And to do this in a consistent, sustained way demands self-determination.
  • So there is a simple logic in Einstein’s explanation of its equation: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” It is the body, the Universe in this case, with the self-determination to reflect upon the contents of its fundamental complements and keep them in relative equilibrium so it can choose a direction and strive to evolve into higher levels of complexity and order.
  • And likewise, as components of our Universe, we have the self-determination to reflect upon the contents of our fundamental complements and keep them in relative equilibrium so we can also strive to choose a direction.
  • And highly conscious of our self-determination to evolve into higher levels of complexity and order, 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 pioneers in conscious self-reflection and the awareness it brings to our understanding of ourselves and the Universe in which we exist, yet most of us unquestioningly accept the domination of a Paradigm intent on its obliteration. Why?

Revised March 2020

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