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252 – As Everything in Nature, We are Reiterations of a Universal Blueprint …

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and the Mandelbrot Set does that for me.

The Mandelbrot Set is a set of complex numbers named in tribute to Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician who coined the word ‘fractals’ to describe the phenomenon of self-similarity in Nature: the reiteration of shapes that appear in ascending and descending scales when natural phenomena – like frost crystals, mountain ranges, interstellar clouds, blood vessels, waves, ferns, clouds, lightning bolts, cauliflowers – are fragmented into smaller or separate parts, not identical, but similar.

Mandelbrot solidified the study of this fragmentation with the striking visualizations of computer-generated programs, like the one shown in the link below, in which a recurring shape keeps reappearing at increasing magnifications.

The Mandelbrot Set is a beautiful insight into the recurrence of self-similarity in Nature. But what is even more beautiful about this recurrence is that it applies not only to the physical phenomena but, most importantly, to the fundamental properties that give them existence. This set of properties, this universal blueprint for the development of evolving phenomena (self-generation, self-organization, bonding, self-regulation, adaptation, self-perpetuation, transformation) is reiterated at ascending and descending scales, thus rendering each part a reiteration of the whole and the whole a reiteration of its parts.

But whether the fragmentation is of interstellar clouds, blood vessels, cauliflowers, human beings, it cannot be reiterated without a reciprocal form of communication between the whole and its parts and vice versa. A form of communication akin to the way the properties of the universal blueprint are reiterated in every part, so the whole is a mirror of each part and each part a mirror of the whole; or the way we reiterate what we are to every cell in our bodies, so we are every cell and every cell is us; or the way we re-create our ancestry into smaller, separate parts, not identical, but related, in the reciprocal act of reproduction.

The Mandelbrot Set proves how profoundly interconnected everything in Nature is. And I believe that once we accept this truth about our reality, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

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245 – As Everything in Nature, We are a (body/system[e=mc2]) …

Monday, June 1st, 2020

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interrelated we are with everything in Nature than a verified scientific theory, and Albert Einstein’s Relativity does that for me.

In 1905, in his famous paper “Does The Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content,” Einstein’s great insight into the nature of our Universe came into life: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.

To comprehend the essence of Einstein’s insight, we must consider:

1 – that mass and energy, which are interchangeable yet different forms of the same thing, constitute the contents of the fundamental substance of evolving bodies, or systems in our Universe,

2 – that as an evolving body converts energy into mass and mass into energy to propel its development, the contents fluctuate,

3 – that as the contents fluctuate, the survival of the body depends, whether by instinct or self-determination, on its capacity to sustain them in relative equilibrium, one content always a measure of the other, and

4 – that for an evolving body to be capable of sustaining its fundamental contents in equilibrium as it changes and develops, it must possess a degree of self-reflection.

As every evolving system in Nature, the human body survives through a process in which it consumes energy sources from the environment, converts the consumed energy into mass, and releases the stored energy as motion, action, creation, transformation. But the key to the continuity of this process is to keep it in equilibrium as we develop and adapt to changing environments (we breathe in and breathe out to energize blood cells [oxygenate], we rest and sleep to re-charge spent energy). And this process, although mostly instinctive in us, is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

Without disregarding the mathematical prowess of the equation, the essence of Einstein’s insight rests not on the quantities of energy and mass in a body, but on the fact that self-reflection is innate in Nature.

Self-reflection is implicit in the equal sign in e=mc2. “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” is not possible without the capacity of the body, whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, to reflect upon its own contents. Therefore I believe that the equation is more precise as (body/system[e=mc2]).

Our intellect, if we let it, is capable of comprehending that we are embedded in a dimension that renders us infinitesimally small from universal dimensions and infinitely vast from atomic dimensions, that we are all evolving systems made up of evolving systems and parts of evolving systems, that we are all profoundly interrelated through the innate search for equilibrium.

The theory of Relativity proves how profoundly interrelated everything in Nature is. And I believe that we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with each other and with Nature when we accept this about us.

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236 – A Cell, a Human Being, the Earth, the Galaxy …

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

At first look, it may be difficult to see a relationship between a cell, us, the Earth, the Milky Way, other than we are all in the same Universe. We obviously have different structural organizations, exist in different magnitudes, adapt according to the different environments in which we exist.

But without disregarding our differences, we are in fact more closely related than we think we are. Cells, human beings, the Earth, the Milky Way, everything in Nature, come into existence imprinted with the same set of properties – a universal blueprint – that links us together by mapping the steps we all must follow in order to survive.

We all come into existence by becoming 1 – a component of a larger system that not only regulates us, but that we can transform, and 2 – a congregation of smaller systems that we not only regulate but that can transform us.

We all develop a preordained yet supple form of existence through a constant counterbalance between the energy we consume and the energy we exert to adapt and survive.

We are all created with the innate power to self-organize, self-generate, self-regulate, self-direct, self-perpetuate, while transforming ourselves and our world.

But of all these universal properties, it is the power for transformation which is the harbinger inducing Life to know itself.

Can we ever acknowledge this about us – that although imprinted with the same universal properties as everything in Nature, we are one of those beautiful creatures in which those properties have begun to induce Life to wonder about the wonder of itself?

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184 – The Meaning, the Essence of E=mc2 …

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

From ancient times, poets, sages, saints, philosophers, scientists, cults, the individual human being, have pondered about the existence of a higher Being. We try to understand this Being with names, beliefs and concepts like Nature, Universe, God, Buddha, Allah, Shiva, the Tao, Life, Spirit, Energy, Creator, etc., etc. But the truth is that we do not know with certainty what this Being is, nor how it emerged into existence, into Life. We have assumptions, theories, hypothesis, but we truly do not know. It is a mystery, as profound as the mystery of Life itself. Yet there is a property of this Being we have come to know through science, and this is that energy and mass played, and continues to play, a fundamental role in its emergence and development, establishing a symmetry where energy is a measure of its mass, and mass a measure of its energy (e=mc2). This symmetry provided the stability essential to its evolution into the unfolding complexity we strive to comprehend.

But this symmetry, this equilibrium in which the content of an element is a constant measure of another, cannot be attained without a degree of self-reflection. As any other body or system in our Universe, the energy sources my changing body consumes must be a continuous measure of its exertion. I could not exist otherwise. And whether I do it consciously or unconsciously, this constant balancing act is not possible without a degree of self-reflection.

Self-reflection is the foundation of Life.

What is beautiful about the level of knowledge we currently have about our Universe, is that science has opened windows to the human mind which organized religion has kept tightly closed with dogma. Those open windows let me peer into the behavior and organization of the Being I am a part of: How, for instance, as I emerged myself, it has emerged with the innate urge to adapt and survive; how, as I evolve myself, it evolves, tentatively, yet steadily, toward higher levels of complexity and order; how, as I do myself, it controls yet frees its own creations, imprinting them with a code of rules that must be followed, yet can be bent.

But the deeper I peer into the composition and complexity of our Universe, the less I know about the reason for its existence, its symmetry, its creativity, the magnificence and ruthlessness of its power. Yet there is a conspicuous Force that propels its existence beyond the natural boundaries that check its evolution; this Force is Self-reflection. The riddle of Life trying to understand itself; the Force of Life reflecting upon its own force. My mind grows beyond the limits of my own body, and I am set free. I am set free to know what I am, to know why a Force inside of me, born into me and all around me, wants me, incites me to reach out, to overcome boundaries, to know. But this Force is, must always be, a reflection of my limitations.

Energy equals mass times the speed of Light squared. The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. I am an organization of about 37 trillion cells plus trillions of bacteria. Their combined mass is the measure of the power I have not only to give structure, motion and purpose to my body, but also the power of a mind able to conceptualize an entire Universe, and wonder about its emergence, about its purpose. Body and mind supporting the symmetry that creates me, that gives me life; measuring each other, reflecting upon one another.

The meaning, the essence of e=mc2 is Self-reflection, the foundation of Life.

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183 – E=mc2 and Me …

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

I have never been good at mathematics. I didn’t even try when I was in school. Although I can understand their allure, numbers and equations always seemed not just beyond me, but beyond the capacity to explain what is truly important to me: the emergence of conscious self-reflection in Life. Fortunately, I am good at seeing patterns and their logic, and so I was able to survive my tenure in the financial industry while sifting for meaning through mostly mathematical theories.

My early realization, and total acceptance, of the Facts that I am a universal component and not very good at mathematics, brought me to the conclusion that the only way for me to begin to understand what I am in the scheme of the Universe, was by applying to my own body, to my own life, to my own experience, the philosophic knowledge we already possess of the physical theories; in other words, making myself an experimental tool.

My interest in Relativity started with Einstein’s ideas and the impact they made, and continue to make in the way we understand our Universe. He fascinated me for the immensity of his insight … a mind able to envision a fundamental property of Nature, E=mc2 … and so, without previous education in these matters, I embarked on a quest to try to understand the meaning of the famous equation. Most books on the subject were prominently mathematic, but I persisted, trying to find between the equations the meaning of Einstein’s insight. And after many, many years of study, and guided mainly by his own description of the equation on the paper he published in 1905: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”, I begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. And my body was my tool to try to understand this.

I know that at the most basic level my body is made of atoms. I also know that atoms are fundamentally small concentrations of mass and immense reservoirs of energy. Therefore, I fundamentally am a concentration of mass and an immense reservoir of energy.

The mass of my body was easy to figure out: It is what has grown out of two cells into a 5.10” tall, 150 lb. organism; it is what I can touch, what I can weigh, what I can measure, what I can play with; it is what breathes and eats, it is what consumes and dissipates; it is what I direct to sit down or walk; it is what hurts and makes me uncomfortable when I injure myself or get sick.

The energy was more elusive. Where, What was that immense portion of me, the measure of which is equivalent to the content of my mass times the speed of Light squared?

I started comprehending what this immense energy is, when I realized that what I’ve been taught to be subjective, immaterial … mind, thought, ingenuity, curiosity, focus, persistence, imagination … is actually physical energy; energy that I can almost touch, it is so real, so perceptible. I am not only the energy I metabolize and transform into the physical acts of motion, action and reaction; I am also the physical energy of thinking, imagining, focusing, calculating, learning, making decisions that can change the direction of my life, and decisions that sometimes can change the lives of others; I am the physical energy of a mind that is practically boundless, immeasurable, yet endowed with a physical, tangible power to make an impact on my own development and, sometimes, on the development of the world in which I exist.

There is, for me, no clearer example of the power contained in a human mind, than Einstein’s encapsulation of one of the properties of our Universe in e=mc2 . But what the meaning, the true essence of the equation is, I’ll try to explain on my next post.

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155 – A Challenge …

Monday, August 1st, 2016

On previous posts I have written about the universal blueprint that interconnects every component in our Universe with a matrix of fundamental properties: Become, Self-organize, Bond, Self-generate, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform; a matrix that connects everything to ensure not only Survival, but also, with self-evident creativity, the continuity of a process that leads to increasing complexity, and ultimately, to Self-awareness (you and me are evidence of this process). But although this fundamental level of our interconnectedness has been obvious for a long time to visionary scientists, philosophers and poets, our collective mind has not yet incorporated it into our perception of Reality.

It is thus I feel compelled to continue writing about the universal blueprint, because our incapacity to perceive how it connects us with one another and with the rest of Nature is tearing us apart; we are killing each other, we are at war with the creative process that ensures our own survival, we are recklessly changing the chemical equilibrium of the earth’s environment – our source of life.

To prove the extent of our interconnectedness, I will demonstrate how … without regards to race, faith, orientation … the properties of the universal blueprint render us all fundamentally the same.

Becoming: Becoming is not of our choice; we are all engendered, without our consent, to become participants in the unfolding of a creative process.

Self-organization: The process of self-organization in our bodies is not of our choice either; at conception we inherit the blueprint that maps the species-compelled generation and organization of our supple framework.

Bonding: We bond in two complementary ways: One is internal, as we interconnect all of our components into a cohesive and functional body; the other is external, as we interconnect with other bodies in lasting or fleeting relationships.

Self-generation: We self-generate in two complimentary ways: One is the capacity to generate our own components, the other is the capacity to generate our kin.

Adaptation: Whether we do it instinctively or with a degree of self-determination, we adapt to the changes and demands of environments by regulating the energy sources we consume and the energy sources we release.

Self-perpetuation: Survival is our most primal urge, and in satisfying it with boundless creativity we perpetuate not only the survival of our own species, but the survival of the unfolding process that engenders us.

Transformation: We have the innate capacity to transform, and be transformed by, the world in which we exist. And depending on opportunities, or the lack of them, our capacity to transform and be transformed … whether destructive or creative, limiting or nurturing, minor or monumental … is transferred onto successive generations.

I believe that if every one of us knows how deeply interconnected we are … how identical in essence, how equally dependent on the equilibrium of the environment … we will stop overwhelming our source of life – we will stop killing each other.

I challenge anybody to look inward into the beauty, and the simplicity, and the creativity of the universal blueprint within her/his own life, and then continue to disown its equalizing power.

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154 – On Holography …

Friday, July 15th, 2016

How holograms work: Laser light is much purer than ordinary light. In ordinary light the waves are random, jumbled up and run along like schoolchildren racing down a corridor when the bell rings for home time. But in a laser beam the light waves are coherent; they all travel precisely in step, like soldiers marching on parade.

When a laser beam is split up in two to make a hologram, the light waves in each beam continue to travel in identical steps. But while one of the beams, the reference beam, is directed unencumbered onto a recording medium, the other, the object beam, is first directed at the object, and then redirected onto the recording medium. Since the object beam was disturbed by reflecting off the outer surface of the object when the two beams are recombined in the photographic plate, they intersect and interfere with each other, and the interference pattern they create is a virtual image of the object. That image is burned permanently by the beams into the photographic plate, and the hologram becomes a permanent record of what something looks like seen from any angle.

Since every point in the hologram catches light waves from every point in the object, wherever you look at the hologram you see exactly every point as if you had been looking at the real object, and as you move your head around, the holographic image appears to change just as the image of a real object changes. That is why holograms appear to be three-dimensional.

And this is really neat – If you break a hologram into tiny pieces, you can still see the entire object in any of the pieces: smash a glass hologram of a cup into bits and you can still see the entire cup in any of the bits! Each piece of a hologram contains a particular perspective of the image, but it includes the entire object. [1]

In the words of the Norwegian intellectual Jostein Gaarder in “Sophie’s World”: If a hologram “depicts a car, for example, and the hologram is fragmented, we will see a picture of the whole car even though we only have the part of the hologram that showed the bumper. This is because the whole subject is present in every tiny part. In a sense, our bodies are built up in the same way. If I loosen a skin cell from my finger, the nucleus will contain not only the characteristics of my skin; the same cell will also reveal what kind of eyes I have, the color of my hair, the number and type of my fingers, and so on. Every cell of the human body carries a blueprint of the way all the other cells are constructed. So there is ‘something of everything’ in every single cell. The whole exists in each tiny part.” [2]

Our Universe is like a hologram. It imprints each and every one of its creations, you and I included, with the same blueprint that commands us to comply with a set of universal properties – Become, Self-organize, Bond, Self-generate, Self-regulate, Adapt, Self-perpetuate, Transform – while at the same time endowing us with a degree of freedom to affect and be affected by our internal and external environments. This is the blueprint of Creation: Every time a new cell is created, something eminently new and eminently old is created. This is how you and I are created anew upon the lessons of our primal inheritance. This is how our Universe re-creates itself. This kind of interrelatedness is about impossible for us to comprehend under a Paradigm based on the belief that we are separated from Nature. But amazingly enough, over two thousand years ago, the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras [500-428 BC] already saw the interrelatedness of everything: “There is something of everything in everything”. And since every one of us is imprinted with the same universal blueprint, the whole magnificent mystery can be glimpsed at by understanding ourselves. The answers to the mystery of the Universe are contained within us.

[1] Abstracted from “How holograms work” at And “When a piece is a whole” from

[2] Highlights mine

Revised August 2020   

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151 – We are Citizens of the Universe

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

There is a growing number of people … especially amid younger generations … beginning to see themselves not as citizens of a Nation, but as citizens of the World.

This movement has been incited by the brutalities committed in the name of Nationalism, and by the shortsighted disregard of Nations and multi-national corporations for the disadvantaged and for the environment.

With the degree of intelligence we have already acquired through our evolution, it is uncanny to witness a world that continues to totally disregard the value of human life; a world that continues to oppress the oppressed … as in barbaric epochs … through warmongering, terror, cruelty, corruption, poverty.  Aldous Huxley’s words on our war ethos resonate today with intense poignancy: “One has this extraordinary and paradoxical spectacle of unprecedented skill and knowledge and devotion and work and money being poured out on projects which can lead not to life, liberty, and happiness, but only to misery, to servitude, and to death.”[i]

Although it is exciting to see movement towards the recognition of our citizenship of the World, I hope it leads, soon, to the recognition not just of our citizenship of the World, but of our citizenship of the Universe – as we fundamentally are.

This is why it amazes me to no end to see how scientists, already in the possession of physical theories that clearly demonstrate our connection with our Universe, cannot see the connection because they treat the individual theories they specialize in as if they have nothing to do with the rest on Nature, thus overlooking the Universal Process that encompasses not only the infinitesimally small and the infinitely immense, but also the world in between … the world of our experience.

Everything in Nature is bound by and participates in a Universal Process; a Process that begins upon Becoming and proceeds into Self-organization, Bonding, Self-generation, Adaptation, Self-perpetuation, Transformation. The universality of this Process is self-evident in all of Nature, and although it manifests in infinitely diverse ways … trees, stars, human beings … nothing can exist without it. But what is not self-evident, not yet, is the Plan … the magnificent Blueprint … that unites us all through a set of universal characteristics transmitted from generation to generation (akin to our DNA code) ensuring the perpetuation of the Process.

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here.”[ii]

Trees, stars, human beings are congregations of interconnected components which we intuitively bond together into cohesive, dynamic, pliable and self-sufficient systems (Bell’s Theorem).

Trees, stars, human beings attain Permanence through a sustained equilibrium between the energy we consume and the energy we generate (Relativity, Dissipative Structures).

Trees, stars, human beings self-contain, self-regulate, self-generate and self-perpetuate while maintaining our given configuration (Autopoiesis).

Trees, stars, human beings are utterly unique in our composition and, at the same time, common components of the digressions and progressions of our parent system (Complementarity).

Trees, stars, human beings self-organize as a cohesive, self-sufficient unit through the reiteration, at every level of our system, of an overruling evolutionary model (Mandelbrot Set).

Trees, stars, human beings develop in accord with the evolutionary process of a parent species, yet we are undeniably endowed with a degree of choice in adaptation (Evolution).

Trees, stars, human beings are catalysts for transformation (Quantum Field Theory).

When we look deeply not into what separates us, but what unites us, it is impossible not to see the connection: As the trees and the stars, we are citizens of the Universe.

[i] Aldous Huxley: The Human Situation, Santa Barbara Lectures, 1959

[ii] From “Desiderata” by Max Erhmann

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150 – Making Sense of (S[e=mc2]) …

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

It is very difficult for the non-scientist, non-mathematical mind to comprehend the concept of Einstein’s E=mc2: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” (his own words, highlight mine), but it will be less difficult when we add the “body”, the System, as a fundamental part of it (S[e=mc2]).

The vast distances between the planets, between the stars, between the galaxies, are difficult for the human mind to comprehend. And so to have a vague sense of what those distances are, let us review some of the information we already possess starting with the picture below taken by the Cassini Spacecraft in 2013, which shows Earth from the rings of Saturn as a tiny spec of light (click on picture to enlarge).



Since the orbits of the planets around the Sun are ellipses, the distance between Earth and Saturn when closest to each other is approximately 1.2 billion kilometers (746 million miles), and when farthest from each other is 1.7 billion kilometers (1 billion miles). To simplify these enormous distances between the bodies of our Solar System, Astronomers use Astronomical Units (au) which is the average distance from Earth to the Sun at 150 million kilometers (93 million miles). And so the average distance from Earth to Saturn is a mere 10 au, as compared to the distance from the Sun to the Heliopause at 100 au (see chart below showing Voyager 1 traversing the Heliopause in 2014 after 36 years of travel), and the distance from the Sun to the Oort Cloud (the theoretical boundary of our Solar System) at ~100,000 au.



To simplify the astronomical distances beyond our Solar System, Astronomers use Light Years which is the distance Light travels in a year at 299,792 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second. And so, for instance, the distance from the Sun to the farthest edge of the Solar System is 0.3 light-years, and the distance from our Sun to our nearest star, Alpha Centaury (a binary star system), is 4.3 light-years.

When we consider all together 1 – the vastness of our Solar System, 2 – the fact that the Sun holds 99.8% and the planets, moons, asteroids, etc., 0.2% of the mass content of the entire System, and 3 – the fact that the rest of the Solar System, what we call ‘the void’, is the energy content the System exerts … the pull and push … to sustain relative equilibrium as a cohesive unit,     we can then begin to glimpse at the meaning of the quantities in Einstein’s equation: The mass content of the Solar System, 1.0014 solar masses, times 299,792 km (186,000 ml) squared, is the relative measure of the energy contained in a bubble with an estimated diameter of 200,000 au (see picture below).



Our Sun is an average-sized star, with other stars in our galaxy 100 times more massive and others just 1/10 of its mass, and it is 4.3 light-years away from our closest star, Alpha Centaury. If we assume 1 – that to be relatively stable each star must maintain a distance from its neighbors proportional to its mass, and 2 – if we take the number of stars in the Milky Way at 200 to 400 billion embedded in a sphere estimated to be ~180,000 light-years in diameter,   we can then begin to fathom the content of the vast voids between its stars … what we currently call “dark energy or dark matter” … which is the equivalent energy the galaxy requires to survive while spiraling through space as a cohesive unit.

Now, considering 1 – that the Milky Way and Andromeda are currently about 2.5 million light-years apart, 2 – that our Universe has, at least, 100 billion galaxies embedded within an oval bubble estimated to be 93 billion light-years in diameter … and expanding … and 3 – that if all those galaxies are separated, like the Milky Way and Andromeda, by distances proportional to their mass,    we can then begin to fathom the contents of the immense voids between them … what we currently call “Dark Matter or Dark Energy” … which is the energy the Universe requires to survive as a cohesive unit, while it has been unfolding across eons and eons of time into manifold levels of complexity and order.

These figures are staggering … incomprehensible to the human mind … and are, as we know full well, subject to revisions as technology improves. And yet they are even more staggering at the other end of the spectrum; there are, for instance, an estimated 32.7 trillion cells in a human body with ~86 billion neurons in the human brain, and each neuron has an estimated ~200 to ~700 trillion atoms, and each atom is a pocket of relatively minute mass and enormous energy content … think Hiroshima.

Things in our Universe are mostly made out of energy, and we are no exception. That is the reason why we can move our bodies to accomplish incredible physical and mental feats … climbing Everest; engendering and raising a progeny; landing a man on the moon; imagining, as Einstein did, the proportion of energy to mass in our Universe; seeing, as Darwin did, the unfolding of Evolution through creativity in adaptation, or simply getting up each morning to face the world. But this is a subject for another post.

It is incontestable that we are immersed in a fantastic, immensely creative, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating Universe, and that we are, as far as we know, the only beings becoming more and more consciously aware that, with about 86 billion neurons in our brains, we are like the first little neuron in a developing infant which, upon the first days after birth, begins to build the web of interconnections that ultimately brings the conscious self-awareness of the world within its own and beyond its own.

Our quandary is that we have fields of inquiry searching for the smallest particle, and other fields searching for the farthest object in our Universe. And unless we integrate them into one field of inquiry; a field encompassing the microcosm and the macrocosm and the world in between … the world of our experience …. we will never be able to see the astonishing, self-creating beauty of the Whole Being from which we are made and within which we are immersed.

And so the beauty of Relativity we are not yet aware of, is that it unites every single body in our Universe … without regards to levels of complexity, and from the infinitesimally small to the infinitely immense … with the common urge to survive, whether by instinct or conscious self-determination, through the attainment of the equilibrium embodied in the equal symbol of (S[e=mc2]); “The mass of a body … or system … is a measure of its energy content”.

Source of pictures: Internet sites (earth-from-saturn-900Mmiles-cassini.jpg), (Voyager-1-Goes-Interstellar.jpg), (kuiper_oort.jpg)

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148 – (System[e=mc2]) or simply (S[e=mc2]) …

Friday, April 15th, 2016

At the most fundamental level, evolving bodies or systems in our Universe (atoms, cells, human beings, solar systems, galaxies), are a substance of fluctuating yet equivalent mass and energy contents.

An evolving body grows and develops within a supportive environment through a process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources. In this process, energy is converted into mass and mass into energy while their contents remain in equilibrium. This is a primordial process subject to the rigors of the Universal Principle Einstein encompassed in E=mc2, an equation that demands that,  for a body to be functional, it must maintain its mass and energy contents in relative equilibrium. This is explicit in Einstein’s own explanation of his equation “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”. The role of the ‘body’ is to measure the contents and, in symbiosis with environments, maintain them in equilibrium. And when or if for any reason (environmental devastation, disease, age, catastrophic event), the body is rendered unable to abide by the Principle, it either restructures or perish.

Let me apply the rigors of the Universal Principle to a couple of familiar systems: The human body and the human species.

Engendered upon the union of ovum and sperm, we begin our development through a process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources, which are provided at first by the nutrients of the supportive environment of the womb, and then by the environment at large. From the moment the first two cells merge, and by actively abiding by the demands of the Universal Principle, our body takes over its own survival. It is so that, at every step of our development, from the duplication of the first cells to the actions of a mature, self-reflective being, we keep what we consume in relative equilibrium with what we exert. We must restructure if we fail to do so, or otherwise perish.

Our species has evolved within a supportive environment through a primordial process of assimilation, transformation, and dissipation of energy sources in which energy is converted into mass (population) and mass into energy (growth). Whether it is just a few of us or billions, and whether we do it by instinct or self-determination, we abide by the Universal Principle by collectively maintaining in relative equilibrium what we assimilate from the environment with what we dissipate back into it. If we are unable to sustain this equilibrium, we either restructure or perish altogether.

No evolving system we know of in Nature can exist for long without taking active participation in its own survival.

Therefore, whether the body is that of a molecule, a cell, a tree, a human being, a species, a planet, a galaxy, would it not be more accurate for the equation that quantifies the role of our bodies to be represented, instead of E=mc2, by the more factual (System[e=mc2]), or simply (S[e=mc2])?

*Einstein’s September 1905 paper. Highlight mine.

Revised September 2020   

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