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144 – An Unorthodox View of Atoms

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Even with our advanced evolutionary progress it has been very difficult for our brains to incorporate the fact that atoms are our most basic component elements; as we have, for instance, incorporated the fact that the earth orbits the sun and not as otherwise appears to our senses, or as we have begun to incorporate … with reticence … the fact that our ancestry is simian and that homo sapiens came out of black Africa.

 Atoms, as immense as our Universe is and so far as we know, congregate into mere 118 elements (see periodic table below), with some of those elements forming chemical compounds such as molecules which, in us, organize into cells, which then organize into hearts, brains, bone, blood, and in unison, create the experience we call Mind, Soul, Inner Force, Energy, Spirit. The capacity of a relatively small amount of elements to congregate with immensurable creativity into myriad manifestations of existence, is undoubtedly inherited from a primordial blueprint that blankets everything created within our Universe … from the most basic elements, to stars and galaxies … with the universal mandate to Self-organize, Self-generate, Bond, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform.

periodic-table

 

Incapable of perceiving with our limited organic senses the self-determination of this universal mandate in atoms, we currently think of them as mechanical, purposeless structures with one or more electrons bound to a nucleus by a ‘magnetic’ force, yet void of the intelligence required to self-organize and bond with increasing complexity. How then to account for the fact that in such an immense Universe as ours, atoms have grouped into mere 118 elements, which makes their astonishing capacity to self-organize in an evolving Universe plainly obvious; how to account for the fact that some of the combinations atoms create as they bond and separate (isotopes, nuclides*) can be as ancient as to be present since the birth of our solar system, which makes it obvious that their architecture can be perpetuated with unimaginable self-determination for billions of years amid an evolving Universe; or how to account for the fact that their ability to associate and dissociate, in affinity with changing environments, is responsible for most of the creativity observed in Nature.

If atoms behave with such a degree of self-determination, if they self-organize with such a creative and dramatically concise order, if they are so adaptable as to being able to congregate with ingenuity and cohesion into myriad self-generating forms, if they are bound, as each one of us is, by the same universal mandate that has given us our intelligence … Self-organize, Self-generate, Bond, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform … there is no way to negate their intelligence.

“Astonishing! Everything is intelligent.” Pythagoras

As Andre Gide once said “All this has been said before – but since nobody listened, it must be said again.”

Anaxagoras:

“In everything there is a share of everything.”

Pythagoras:

“Know thyself and thou will know the Universe.” “Thou shall likewise know that according to Law, the nature of the Universe is in all things.”

“Astonishing! Everything is intelligent.”

Aristotle:

“For the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.”

A World Made by Atoms by Margarete Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle:

Small atoms of themselves a world may make,/For being subtle, every shape they take;/And as they dance about, they places find,/Of forms, that best agree, make every kind./For when we build a house of brick, or stone,/We lay them even, every one by one:/And when we find a gap that’s big, or small,/We seek out stones to fit that place withal./For when as they too big, or little be,/They fall away, and cannot stay, we see./So atoms, as they dance, find places fit,/And there remaining close and fast will knit./Those which not fit, the rest that rove about,/Do never leave, until they thrust them out./Thus by their forms and motions they will be,/Like workmen, which amongst themselves agree;/And so, by chance, may a new world create:/Or else predestinate, may work by fate.

Atoms of the same elements have the same number of protons, called the atomic number: for example, all copper atoms contain 29 protons. Within a single element the number of neutrons may vary, determining the isotope of that element: for example, all hydrogen atoms admit exactly one proton, but isotopes exist with no neutron (hydrogen-1 is by far the most common form). The total number of protons and neutrons determine the nuclide. Wikipedia

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143 – How Different We Will Be …

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Uncanny to realize how most of humankind cannot perceive our intimate connection with our Universe  … our connection to that creative, evolving, living organism that gives us life with a subtle yet forceful mandate: Self-create, self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform … when the connection is in plain sight for all of us to see.

You and I, as the Universe, were engendered with the capacity to generate our own components, to organize them into complex systems, and then to synchronize them to work together to achieve Adaptation, Self-determination and Self-transformation towards complexity.

Perhaps this intimate connection with our Universe is difficult for us to perceive, because it is hard to conceive something as inconceivable as to be like an entire Universe. But how else to account for the fact that we exist, only, because each one of us is imprinted from the moment we are engendered … in the same way we imprint each cell we engender in our bodies … with exactly the same universal mandate: Self-create, Self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform.

Whether the Natural Sciences and Organized Religions disagree with this undeniable aspect of our Reality, is of no consequence to me. Both have disagreed many, many times in our history … oftentimes with extreme cruelty and force … to ideas that open our minds to greater Knowledge, just because they dare to challenge their dogmatic status quo.

I grew up in a world of challenges and contradictions, like most of us do, with fundamentally the same brain, the same organic senses, the same urge to survive amid changing environments, the same instinctive drive to follow … as everybody else … the same universal mandate: Self-create, Self-organize, Become, Bond, Adapt, Regenerate, Self-perpetuate, Self-transform. But I grew up rebelling against any ‘authority’ limiting my mind from exploring beyond what we have already learned, what our limited organic senses allow us to perceive. And observing Nature, and learning from those with open, inquiring minds, I came to perceive our intimate connection with our Universe. It is thus I believe that if I had the capacity to do so, anybody can.

And so it gives me hope to imagine how different humankind will be when all of us can see that, as each one of us is, our Universe also is full of contradictions … rational and irrational, nurturing and cruel, creative and destructive, chaotic and ordered, full of horror and extreme beauty … and that as our Universe urges us to re-generate, and adapt, and survive, and self-transform, It also urges itself to do the same … exactly the same. It is through the perception of this affinity, that an understanding of our intimate connection with the Being that gives us Life, is attained.

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