Archive for August, 2020

250 – As Everything in Nature, We are Dynamic Organizations of Interconnected Components …

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature more than a verified scientific theory, and John Stewart Bell’s Theorem does that for me.

Bell’s Theorem shows us that in Nature, “there are interactions between events that are too far apart in space and too close together in time for the events to be connected even by signals moving at the speed of light.” [1] Contrary to our dominant scientific understanding of reality, the Theorem shows us that there are interactions faster than the speed of light. This explains how, for instance, Hydrogen, the most abundant element in our Universe, can have every single one of its fundamental units, the Hydrogen atom, equally configured with one electron and a proton from one end of the Universe to the other. Or how, when we are injured, the mind can communicate instantaneously back and forth with the area of the injury, assessing the extent of the damage, and responding accordingly.

What Bell proved with his Theorem is that there is a world in which the dogmatic prohibitions we impose on Nature, like stating that ‘nothing’ can be faster than the speed of light, only exist in the equations of scientists to be overridden when they are proved wrong.

Evolving systems – like atoms, cells, you and I, planetary systems, galaxies, the Universe itself – are systems in which every component, without regard to distance or level of complexity, is instantly connected with every other component in the system and with the system as a whole. Evolving systems cannot function nor survive amid changing environments without this thorough and immediate interconnectedness. Like an atom, or a cell, or a planetary system, you and I cannot be what we are without every part in our bodies being instantly connected with every other part and with we, the operator, so we can go where we must go, do what we must do, be what we must be.

Bell’s Theorem proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature. And I believe that once we accept this truth about ourselves, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with each other and with the world that gives us life.

[1] Excerpted from Sheldon Goldstein et al. “Bell’s Theorem” on scholarpedia.org.

Revised May 2022   

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249 – Opposing yet Complimenting Forces …

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Survival in our Universe is a contest between opposing yet complimenting forces, some of which tend toward complexity and order, while others toward disorder and chaos. These forces are an indelible part of Life, and because they cannot exist without an opposite, the crux of survival is to seek equilibrium between them.

Life is a tussle between complementing opposites:

Good

E

Bad

Life

Q

Death

Reason

U

Instinct

Activity

I

Inaction

Consciousness

L

Unconsciousness

Free Will

I

Determinism

Future

B

Past

Creation

R

Destruction

Uniqueness

I

Commonness

Suppleness

U

Rigidity

Order

M

Chaos

As elements of Life’s progression toward complexity and order, we depend on environmental sources to exist. And as environments change, we are bound to encounter forces that may hinder or encourage our progression, creating disturbances that oftentimes send us in the opposing direction than the one we were seeking. But because Life’s hallmark is flexibility, and equilibrium is the crux of survival, we, either by instinct or self-determination, seek to return to a degree of balance which usually demands a degree of transformation to adapt to the changing environment.

We inherit the force of Life with its forward movement, but due to our dependence on environments and their demands and fluctuations, survival is a constant tussle between opposing yet complimenting forces. Yet we seem to be, as far as we know, the one creature in Nature possessing the conscious awareness of this dilemma and the capacity to reflect and, with purpose, choose.

Revised April 2022   

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