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6 – If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth …

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

In order to begin to comprehend the dimensions of the atomic elements our world – including us – is made out of, we come up with simplistic analogies like the one of the atom being similar to a planetary system, or the one below I borrowed from the movie “Mindwalk”:

If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth, an atom would turn out to be the size of a little cherry. And if we could blow up an atom to the size of the Pentagon building in Washington, its nucleus would turn out to be a grain of sand in the center of the building, and its electrons would be tiny little pebbles going round and round the nucleus; the rest of the building, the immense space between the grain of sand and the tiny pebbles, is all energy. But although immense, all this energy can be no more no less than the amount the atom requires to keep the electrons and the nucleus together as a cohesive system [e=mc2].

I use this simplistic analogy to emphasize the vast amounts of energy contained in atomic particles. And so as we begin to accept the irrefutable fact that we are congregations of atoms, we will also begin to understand that we are mostly energy.

 The visionary words of Marianne Williamson from her book “A Return To Love” resonate with this truth: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us”.

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5 – When we put these physical Theories together …

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

In awkward, unorthodox, and non-mathematical language, I will explain what I have learned with an untrained yet logical mind from the philosophies behind the physical Theories listed below:

John Stewart Bell’s Theorem, Albert Einstein’s Relativity, the Laws of Thermodynamics, Niels Bohr’s Complementarity, Werner Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Blaise Pascal’s Probability Principle, Charles Darwin’s Evolution, Ilya Prigogine’s Dissipative Structures, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela’s Autopoietic Systems, Benoit Mandelbrot’s Mandelbrot Set, and Quantum Theory’s Field Theory.

When we put these physical Theories together like pieces in a mosaic, they hint at the essence of a universal blueprint; a common blueprint from which all natural systems – atoms, molecules, human beings, planetary systems, galaxies, etc., etc. – grow into cohesive yet dynamic manifestations of existence innately endowed with a relative degree of freedom to manipulate and be manipulated by the movement of Evolution.

 Follow me as I put them together.

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4 – As far as we know, we are one of the most incredible creations of Nature …

Friday, April 30th, 2010

As far as we know, we are one of the most incredible creations of Nature. But we are full of misconceptions, and our unrealistic perception of Reality overwhelms our common sense and chains us to destructive myths.

We cannot continue for long believing that we can destabilize the natural balance of the environment without having to face the consequences of our actions; we cannot continue ignoring the fact that we are temporary elements of a species completely dependent on a progressive yet relatively pre-determined evolutionary process; we cannot continue perceiving our world with archaic ideas that are hundreds or even thousands of years old.

We have no vision for our future, except growth.

The knowledge to incite a new revolution in thought … like those incited by Galilei and Darwin … has been in place for over a century now, but our timidity to question ancient and irrational ideologies extinguishes the best in us and throws millions to succumb under the ignominy of ignorance and hate.

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3 – The human brain evolves into greater levels of complexity…

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The human brain evolves into greater levels of complexity and greater capacity to comprehend Reality through paradigm shifts.

A very clear paradigm shift in human history is the one that took place between our concept of nature before the Copernican/Galilean era – when we saw the sun coming up in the East and going down in the West and assumed that the earth was the center of the universe – and our concept of nature today when our brain has been re-configured to unquestionably accept the fact that it is the earth that rotates around the sun. But our current concept of nature, in addition to unsustainable economic demands and irrational religious ideologies, is still dominated by ancient and destructive fallacies (Bacon’s man’s mastery over nature, Descartes’ mind severance from the body, Newton’s mechanical and meaningless Universe, Darwin’s Evolution twisted into ‘might makes right’), and it is destroying us.

If we are to survive into the future, if we are to leave a decent world to our descendants, a shift in the way we understand our world is desperately needed. We need a concept of Reality based on the irrefutable fact that, although incredibly complex and conscious of our own self-awareness, we grow out of the environment into natural systems made out of atoms, just like the myriad natural systems with which we share our world.

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2 – What If Our Concept of Nature is a Fallacy?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

As Jeremy Rifkin wrote in “Algeny”: “The fact is, we human beings cannot live without some agreed-upon idea of what nature and life are all about. When we ponder what our own personal fate might be after the last breath of life is extracted, or when we try to imagine what existed before existence itself, we are likely to become paralyzed with doubt. Our concept of nature allows us to overcome these ultimate anxieties. It provides us with some of the answers, enough to get along. A concept of nature, then, is more than just an explanation of how living things interact with one another. It also serves as a reference point for deciphering the meaning of existence itself”.

But what about if our concept of Nature, the Paradigm under which we currently understand Reality, is a fallacy?

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1 – The Central Tenets of our current Paradigm are fallacies …

Friday, March 26th, 2010

The central tenets of the Paradigm under which we currently understand Reality are fallacies: Under dominant scientific and religious doctrines, we believe that we have been created by the personal intervention of ‘beings’ imagined by primitive man; we believe that under the mandate of these imagined beings we have the right to control, enslave, and even destroy Nature without taken an iota of responsibility for the consequences of our actions; we believe that the Universe is meaningless and machine-like and can only be understood by isolating its most fundamental atomic elements; we  believe that we are superior to and separate from the natural world from which we grow into existence.

These fallacies embolden us to perpetuate the deadly belief in our absolute preeminence in the hierarchy of life; they are the reason why we perpetrate the most horrendous crimes while haughtily disregarding the fact that we are destroying the same environment that gives us life.

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