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

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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