75 – The New Paradigm (Part I) …

Organized religions, stubbornly ignoring the common primal ancestry of human nature – our collective instincts to bond, to seek pleasure, to consume living things to survive – continue to promote their dogma of Division without regard for the intolerance and hostility it incites. And science, especially the physical sciences, stubbornly ignoring the common spiritual ancestry of human nature – our inherent need to understand what is greater than us, to comprehend the intangible yet defining forces that bound and steer our lives – continue to promote the limiting dogma that Life, Nature, the Universe itself, can only be understood by reducing them to measurable quantities, while the immeasurable – the reach of the mind, our sense of wonder, the self-determined path of Nature towards complexity and order – does not seem to merit the quest of scientific endeavor.

These dogmatic forces, battling for supremacy to control human perception, hinder our understanding of the primal forces that, although constricting the body, give the mind unlimited boundaries and immeasurable power.

It is thus uncanny to see how Science, already possessing a catalog of theories that incontestably prove the common properties that link all naturally evolving systems in Nature, bizarrely concur with organized religion on keeping the human intellect enslaved by dogma.

According to current scientific theories, naturally evolving systems like molecules, cells, trees, solar systems, galaxies are:

  • Congregations of interconnected components bonded together into a cohesive whole (Bell’s Theorem).
  • Fluctuating mass and energy contents innately tending to consecutive states of optimum equilibrium (Relativity).
  • Synthesis of complementary properties manifested as particle-like in their individuality and wave-like in their species’ evolutionary movement and universal-like in their conformity to a common blueprint of development (Complementarity).
  • Relatively pre-determined configurations of existence unfolding amid the uncertainty and probabilities of changing environments (Uncertainty & Probability).
  • Dynamic bundles of energy dependent on the consumption and dissipation of energy sources for survival (Dissipative Structures).
  • Self-contained, self-generating, self-perpetuating systems with the capacity to regulate their own components while preserving a fundamental structural configuration (Autopoietic Systems).
  • Open, learning systems with the capacity to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution, yet ultimately determined by their internal and external environments (Evolution).
  • Reiterations and reiterators of a Universal Matrix that predetermines existence while endowing a degree of freedom in transformation (Mandelbrot Set).
  • Catalysts for transformation (Quantum Field Theory).

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And so, as naturally evolving systems like a molecule, a cell, a tree, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, we are syntheses of complementary properties manifested as unique individuals and the wave-like developmental patterns of our species and universal-like in our compliance with a common blueprint of development. And we are assemblies of interconnected components organized into a cohesive organism. And at our most fundamental level, we are fluctuating bundles of energy and mass that innately tend to equilibrium. And we are dependent for survival on our consumption and dissipation of energy sources. And we are learning systems with the capacity to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution. And we are reiterations and reiterators of a Universal Matrix that pre-determines our existence while endowing us with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world, we are a catalyst for transformation.

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The fundamental purpose of Religion is to promote Understanding, Tolerance, Love. The fundamental purpose of science is to promote Openness, Learning, Vision. Yet misled by entrenched dogma, they betray their true purpose, which I believe is to find a new paradigm –– a vision for Humanity based on the principle that we are intimately linked to the unbroken movement steering the progression of Nature toward complexity and order, an unbroken movement that has come to endow us … each and all of us … with a mind capable not only to conceptualize the Universe but, reflecting upon itself, see the Connection, the undeniable Link.

Revised January 2022

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