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146 – We Are Utterly Unique AND Utterly Common AND Utterly Universal …

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

We are utterly unique – there is no other being with exactly the same composition as you or me in the entire Universe – AND we are utterly common – there are billions of beings like you or me with relatively the same bodily configuration, the same organic senses, the same urge to survive – AND we are utterly universal – as everything in Nature, upon becoming we are imprinted with a universal blueprint that dictates our development: Self-organize, self-generate,  bond, self-regulate, self-perpetuate, transform, with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

In becoming and in the structural self-organization of our bodies, we have no choice; this is pre-determined by evolutionary consent. But in bonding, self-generating, self-regulating, adapting self-perpetuating, and transforming ourselves and our world – whether by instinct or self-determination – we journey as active participants in the evolutionary movement of our species with a relative degree of freedom to choose.

Monistic and Dualistic arguments overlook the fact that we are neither monistic nor dualist, but syntheses of threefold complementary properties. Embodying the dictates of the universal blueprint, we are unique in our individuality AND common in the collective evolutionary movement of the species AND universal in our subjection to a rigorous yet supple mandate. We are not one or two properties at a time, we are all at the same time.

Niels Bohr’s Complementarity Principle is based on two of the complementary properties: particle-like (individual) and wave-like (collective). The classic example of Complementarity as it stands today is the phenomena of Light, which is both particle-like AND wave-like. Each photon of Light is particle-like in its individuality AND wave-like in the patterns created by their collective interactions with environments. But the Principle of Complementarity has completely overlooked the universal complement that dictates Light’s unfolding and without which it could not exist. Light is particle-like AND wave-like AND universal-like. Not one or the other. All at the same time.

Extrapolating the Principle of Complementarity to the macroscopic world of species, and solar systems, and galaxies, it is possible to see that every system or phenomena in Nature obey the dictates of the universal mandate as a synthesis of a threefold set of complementary properties. Look, for instance, at the Milky Way, at our solar system, at our species, at each one of us, we are all particle-like in our individuality AND wave-like in the collective evolutionary movement of our kind AND universal-like in our compliance with the same universal mandate. It is true that I can observe you without the inclusion of how you affect or are affected by the evolutionary process of our species, or I can observe you without the inclusion of the universal mandate that dictates the unfolding of your existence, but by doing so, all I get is an incomplete and distorted picture of what you are.

We are a synthesis of a threefold set of complementary properties. We are utterly unique AND utterly common AND utterly universal, not one or the other but all at the same time. And not until we incorporate the threefold nature of our existence that we will begin to understand what we truly are.

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145 – On Dimensions …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

We tend to think of dimensions almost exclusively under the perspectives of physics and mathematics (two dimensions, three dimensions, ten dimensions). But there are other dimensions, like the dimensions of the atoms and the cells from which we are made, the dimensions of the earth’s environment in which we exist and evolve, and the dimensions of the stars and galaxies in which we are embedded.

A dimension, to me, is what is perceived as the ‘environment’ with which we not only interact but that determines our composition and configuration. But although all the dimensions in our Universe are intimately intertwined with each other, we are unable to perceive the connections without the assistance of scientific instruments. It is thus that the fact that they are all interconnected is imperceptible to us.

We live in a multi-scaled Universe – spheres within spheres within spheres – in which the components of the macroscopic dimensions (solar systems, galaxies) are interwoven with the components of the microscopic dimensions (atoms, molecules) through the sharing of a universal blueprint that, without regards to size or level of complexity, maps their development with a degree of freedom in adaptation.

The properties of this universal blueprint (self-organization, self-generation, bonding, self-regulation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, transformation), are reiterated throughout the entire Universe at increasing and decreasing scales in individual and in congregations of systems.

But although dimensions are interconnected, they can be imperceptible from each other. The dimension of the atomic particles is imperceptible from the human dimension, and the human dimension is imperceptible from the dimension of our solar system – just try as you may to find any hint of us in the picture of earth (arrow)* taken by the Cassini spacecraft from the rings of Saturn.

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Similarly, the dimension of a neuron in our brains is as imperceptible from the dimension of the human being as our dimension is imperceptible from the dimension of a neuron. And yet, as we well know, they are intimately intertwined – neurons are catalysts for change in us, as we are catalysts for change in them. It is thus conscious self-awareness has brought perhaps something entirely new into the Universe.

The recurrent pattern of the universal blueprint emerges at all scales, intertwining the components of all the dimensions and creating symmetry across the entire Universe; a symmetry that, although we are not yet capable to perceive, enfolds the fact that a supple pre-determination with a degree of self-determination (a degree of choice) is universal yet relative to the dimension in which individual systems, as well as congregation of them, exist and evolve.

Besides the dimensions of physics and mathematics, there are many other dimensions which, in the words of Margaret Cavendish insightful poem below, may be imperceptible from each other yet intimately interwoven.

Of Many Worlds in This World by Margaret Cavendish:

Just like as in a nest of boxes round,/Degrees of sizes in each box are found:/So, in this world, may many others be/Thinner and less, and less still by degree:/Although they are not subject to our sense,/A world may be no bigger than two-pence./Nature is curious, and such works may shape,/Which our dull senses easily escape:/For creatures, small as atoms, may there be,/If every one a creature’s figure bear./If atoms four, a world can make, then see/What several worlds might in an ear-ring be:/For, millions of those atoms may be in/The head of one small, little, single pin./And if thus small, then ladies may well wear/A world of worlds, as pendents in each ear.

*  nasa.gov

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