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 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 Hydrogen atoms, the most abundant element in our Universe, can have the same basic configuration (one electron orbiting a nucleus) from one end of the Universe to the other. Or how the mind, when we for instance get hurt, can communicate instantaneously with the body to assess the extent of the injury and respond 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, do not exist.

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

Bell’s Theorem proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature. And I believe that once we accept this truth about us, 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.

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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, and 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

Energy

I

Mass

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 so, as environments change, we are bound to encounter forces that may hinder or encourage our progression, oftentimes creating disturbances with the potential to send us in the opposing direction we wanted to go. But because Life’s hallmark is flexibility and determination, and equilibrium is the crux of survival, we instinctively seek to return to a degree of balance, which often means adapting to environments that may induce learning, transformation, or reckoning.

We inherit the force of Life with its forward movement, but our survival, because it is dependent on environments, 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 not only the highest awareness of the opposing forces we have to contend with but the capacity to reflect upon them, and with purpose, choose.

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