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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 exactly like you, or me, in the entire Universe, none … AND we are utterly common … there are billions of beings like you, and me, with relatively the same bodily structure, the same organic senses, the same urge to survive … AND we are utterly universal … as the components we are made out of, and the components we are embedded into, we embody the dictates of a universal mandate: Become, Self-organize, Bond, Self-generate, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform.

In becoming and in the self-organization of our bodies, we have no choice; we are pre-determined by evolutionary consent. But in bonding and self-generating and adapting … whether by instinct or self-determination … we begin our journey as active participants on the wave-like evolutionary movement of our species. And in self-perpetuating and transforming ourselves and our world, we assert our uniqueness through our relative degree of freedom to chose.

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 mandate, 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.

Niels Bohr’s Complementarity Principle is based on two of the complementary properties: particle-like (unique) and wave-like (collective). The classical 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 uniqueness AND wave-like in the patterns created by their collective interactions with environments. But the Principle of Complementarity has completely overlooked the universal-like complement that dictates Light’s unfolding and without which the phenomena could not exist. Light is particle-like AND wave-like AND universal-like. Not one or the other but 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 everything in Nature … every physical system or phenomena … obeys the dictates of a universal mandate as syntheses 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 uniqueness AND wave-like in the collective evolutionary movement of our kind AND universal-like in our evolution under 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 this all I get is an incomplete and distorted picture of what you are.

We are 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 this threefold nature of our being into the understanding of what we are, will we begin to understand what we are.

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145 – On Dimensions …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

We tend to think of Dimensions almost exclusively under the perspective of Physics and Mathematics (two dimensions, three dimensions, ten dimensions etc., etc.). But there are other Dimensions, some of which are intimately intertwined with us … the dimension of the cells, the molecules, the earth’s environment … others appear to loom distant … the dimension of the stars, the galaxies, the clusters of galaxies … yet are entwined with us by the recurrent pattern of a universal blueprint that defines us all: Become, Self-organize, Bond, Self-generate, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform.

We live in a Universe of multi-scaled and interrelated dimensions in which larger dimensions … the dimensions of stars, galaxies, clusters of galaxies … cannot exist without the smaller dimensions … the dimensions of atomic particles, molecules … nor the smaller dimensions can exist without the larger ones.

A dimension is what we experience as the ‘environment’ in which we exist and evolve; the environment that incites us to become, and self-organize, and bond, and regenerate, and adapt, and transform. We know there are other dimensions within us … the environments of cells and molecules and atoms … that although seemingly independent from us, just like us also become, and self-organize, and bond, and regenerate, and adapt, and transform. We also know that there are other dimensions in which our lives are embedded and dependent upon … the environments of species and the earth and the solar system … which although seemingly independent from us, also become, and self-organize, and bond, and regenerate, and adapt, and transform.

 And so besides the dimensions of Physics and Mathematics, a dimension is the distinct environment … scales within scales within scales … in which the recurrent pattern of becoming and self-organizing and bonding and regenerating and adapting and transforming, is repeated at increasing and decreasing scales in individual systems (entities) as well as in congregation of systems (species) … atomic particles, complex molecules, microbes, insects, vertebrate and invertebrate creatures, plants, planets, solar systems, galaxies, clusters of galaxies. This recurrent pattern is flexibly pre-determined and so, open to Transformation.

It is thus that the existence of a human being, for instance, although relatively pre-determined by the distinct environment of the solar system in which human life has been allowed to evolve, has a degree of choice in adaptation … we do have the capacity, although not always in creative ways, to transform ourselves and the world around us. Proportionately, although the existence of a DNA molecule is relatively pre-determined by the distinct environment in which DNA molecules are allowed to evolve, it has a degree of choice in adaptation. Proportionately, although the existence of a solar system is relatively pre-determined by the distinct environment in which solar systems are allowed to evolve, it has a degree of choice in adaptation … ours wouldn’t have had otherwise the choice of creating the environment for the evolution of conscious self-awareness; the relatively steady environment that has brought perhaps something entirely new into the Universe.

But dimensions can be imperceptible from each other. The dimension of our solar system, for instance, is imperceptible from the dimension of humankind, as the dimension of humankind is imperceptible from the dimension of the solar system … just try as you may to find any hint of us in the picture of earth (arrow)* taken by Cassini spacecraft from the rings of Saturn.

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Similarly, the dimension of a human being is imperceptible from the dimension of a neuron in our brains, as the dimension of a neuron is imperceptible from the dimension of a human being, yet, as we well now know, they are intimately intertwined … a single neuron can be the catalyst for a complete change in us.

The recurrent pattern of the universal blueprint emerges at all scales without regards to size or level of complexity, intertwining all the dimensions and creating Symmetry across the entire Universe; a Symmetry our current understanding does not allow us to perceive, which enfolds the fact that a supple pre-determination and a degree of self-determination (a degree of choice) are universal properties, yet relative to the dimension in which individual systems (entities) as well as congregation of systems (species) exist and evolve.

Besides the dimensions of Physics and Mathematics, there are many other dimensions … “So, in this world, may many others be” in Margaret Cavendish insightful poem below … which are imperceptible from our own dimension, yet intimately interwoven with us, and us with them.

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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