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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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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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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 a body, or system, or phenomenon, is a single substance with dual contents: one is Mass, the other Energy.

A body grows and develops within a supportive environment through an instinctive process of assimilation, transformation and dissipation of energy sources … converting energy into mass and mass into energy. This process is inherited from primal ancestry, but it is subject to the rigors of a Universal Principle E=mc2 “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy-content”* … which demands (without regards to size or level of complexity) that the body attains, and sustains, relatively constant equilibrium between its mass and the energy it assimilates from, and dissipates back into its environment. No exemptions to this rule; nothing in Nature … nothing, not even us … can grow and develop without abiding by this Universal Principle. And if for any reason (environmental devastation, disease, age, catastrophic event) a body is rendered unable to sustain equilibrium between its fundamental contents, it either restructures or perish.

Let us apply the rigors of the Universal Principle to bodies/systems/phenomenon most of us are familiar with: The human body and the human species.

Engendered upon the union of ovum and sperm, each one of us instinctively begins our development within a supportive environment through the process of assimilation, transformation and dissipation of energy sources which are provided, at first, by nutrients in the womb, and thereafter by the resources of the environment at large. From the moment the first two cells merge and become one of us, we innately know how to abide, in order to survive amidst constant change, by the Universal Principle. And so, whether we do it instinctively or with self-determination, at every step of our development … from duplication of cells, to a mature, self-reflective being … we keep what we consume in relative equilibrium with what we put out; we must restructure if we fail to do so, or perish otherwise.

Our species has evolved within the supportive environment of the earth through the instinctive process of assimilation, transformation and dissipation of energy sources … converting energy into mass (population growth) and mass into the energy of evolutionary development. This process is under the equal rigors of the Universal Principle … E=mc2 “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content” … which demands that as the species develops, we attain, and sustain … whether we do it by total instinct or by our determination … a relatively constant equilibrium between what we assimilate from the environment and what we dissipate back into it. If we, as a whole, are unable to sustain this equilibrium, we either restructure, or perish.

Whether it is a molecule, a cell, a tree, a human being, a species, a planet, a galaxy    the process of assimilation, transformation and dissipation in equilibrium with the intake and release of energy sources, is crucial to Survival. But Survival is not possible without the capacity of the body, system or phenomenon, to be in equilibrium with its environment.

And so, if survival in Nature is not possible without the actual physical action of a body, system, or phenomenon to attain … whether it is by instinct or self-determination … relative equilibrium not only between its mass and energy contents, but also with the environment in which its survival depends – would it not then be more accurate for E=mc2 to be represented as (System[e=mc2]), or simply (S[e=mc2])? Would it not the global acceptance of this knowledge bring in us the full realization of the fact that, our exponential growth, compounded by the unsustainable levels of our consumption, is changing irreversibly the chemical equilibrium of the environment in which our survival depends?

*Einstein’s September 1905 paper. Highlight mine.

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56 – E=mc2 and us (Part II) …

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Theoretically we know that atoms are the fundamental stuff we are made of, yet we think of them as something alien, something that belongs to another realm, something that has nothing to do with us.

Early in the Twentieth Century, our Solar System was used as an analogy to try to understand and visualize the structure of atoms. And most of us still cling to this analogy.

Although somehow misleading, the analogy does point to some obvious similarities. As the planets in our solar system circle the Sun in relatively stable orbits, so the electrons in atoms circle a nucleus in relatively stable orbits; as the combined mass content of the planets and Sun is miniscule in relation to the size of the Solar System which extends to the outermost reaches of the Oort Cloud, so the combined mass content of the electrons and nucleus is relatively miniscule in relation to the entire size of the Atom; as the expanses of space in which planets and Sun interact appears to be mostly ‘empty’ to us, so the expanse in which electrons and nucleus interact appears to be mostly ‘empty’.

Where the analogy is misleading is in the assumption that the expanse in which the components of the solar system and those of the atom interact is empty. It is not. It is Energy. But because energy is imperceptible to us we cling to that assumption, and then force it into our understanding of Reality

The universal scope of E=mc2, as explained by Einstein, is that the mass of a body (or system) is a measure of its energy content. [1]

In other words, no matter how big or small, simple or complex, solid or supple a system might be, its mass content (the combined volume of its components) must be equivalent to its energy content for the system to function as a cohesive and dynamic unit. The two contents (energy and mass) complement each other – one a reflection of the other – as they interact with environments; they are the Fundamental Complements of all physical systems in Nature.

Mass is condensed energy and energy is liberated mass”. [2] The contents fluctuate absorbing and releasing energy sources as the body develops, but for the body to sustain a continuous form of existence they must remain in relative equilibrium, one always a relative measure of the other. The body disintegrates once this equilibrium can no longer be sustained. This process, so essential to our survival, is mostly instinctive and beyond our awareness, but we become conscious of it when, for instance, we feel the urgent need to eat and rest to replenish the energy spent on a hyperactive and stressful long day.

This is how our bodies evolve, by seeking Balance, because without it we distort and infringe.

We are out of balance: Our exponential growth and level of consumption and dissipation of energy sources are altering the chemical equilibrium of the Earth, and we either readjust or pay the consequences for our infringement.

Yet powerful dominant forces, ignorant in their greed, want us to continue growing and consuming as if there is no tomorrow.

Will we let them?

[1] Parenthesis mine.

[2] Unknown source

Revised October 2018

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18 – Relativity [E=mc2] and us …

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The beauty and significance of Einstein’s e=mc2 have not been generally grasped by the non-mathematical mind, mainly because the explanation of the equation does not give us a frame of reference. Einstein discovered Nature’s innate search for equilibrium, and he quantified it with a body in mind; in his own words: “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.” But under our current understanding of the equation we do not know whose, or what kind of body he was talking about.

There is no refuting the facts that 1 – all things in Nature … molecules, cells, bone structure, trees, us, metals, gases, mountains, planets, suns, etc., etc. … whether we can see them or not, are bodies or systems made of congregations of atoms, and 2- that, to continuously exist as a cohesive unit, these bodies or systems must find a way to sustain a relatively constant equilibrium between their energy and mass contents. This is the meaning of the equal symbol in the equation.

Oftentimes consciously, but mostly instinctively, our bodies experience this constant search for equilibrium when, for instance, wethe commanding element, the operator of the system … feel the need/urge to re-plenish spent energy, and so we rest or ingest energy sources. We then transform that energy into motion, or into the generation of new cells, or into the power, and the decisions, that fuel our development.

Thus, the question begs to be asked: Where are WE, the commanding element, the operator of the body/system in e=mc2? Where is the operator that knows how to interchange fundamental forces while keeping them in equilibrium? Where is the commanding element that keeps each content a measure of the other? Wouldn’t it then be more realistic to express the equation as (System [e=mc2]), so what monitors the fundamental forces and knows how to keep them in balance is included?

To understand the essence of a natural system, whether it is an atom, a cell, a human being, a planetary system, a universe, we must include the commanding element that binds and directs them, whether instinctively or self-determinedly, into continuous yet supple stages of relative equilibrium.

But although having a frame of reference will help us get a better sense of the significance of the equation, the greatest obstacle to a worldwide acceptance is our unfounded fear to integrate into our minds the irrefutable fact that there is immense power within us to master the two fundamental complements, but with the irrevocable condition that we keep them in equilibrium.

It is therefore disturbing to realize that instead of giving us moral direction to find the knowledge of the power contained within us, current scientific ideology consents without an outcry to use knowledge of this power to do something as horrible as the sparing of the city of Hiroshima from conventional bombing so it could serve as a pristine target for a monstrous experiment, or to do something as vile as the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people for no other reason than to satisfy the utter arrogance and greed of a head of state, or to do something as harmful as the condoning of contraceptives by a religious leader knowing full well the destructive impact of over-population  that has thrown us out of equilibrium with our planet,

For hundreds of years science has been a fountain of sanity, but it has allowed its moral authority to be compromised by losing its soul to weaponry and bigotry, and thus it now stands silenced to decry torture and the imposition of ignorance and irrationality by world leaders lacking a vision for Humanity other than ‘progress’ through the destruction of the world that gives us life.

The power of Einstein’s visionary insight is apparent in the amazing capacity of our solar system to sustain a favorable equilibrium for eons of time so our planet can bring conscious self-awareness into life, or in the beautiful attempt of a baby to stand alone trying to find the internal equilibrium that empowers unimaginable possibilities. Yet knowledge about this is overruled by greed, irrationality, and intolerance.

Revised July 2017

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15 – Relativity, Reductionism, and the limits of Science …

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Reductionism: Derogatory often, any theory or method that holds that a complex idea, system, etc., can be completely understood in terms of its simpler parts or components (World English Dictionary).

Currently dominated by Reductionism, Science, especially the natural sciences, has led us to believe that everything can be understood by isolating its minutest component. This is the main reason why our efforts are focused on finding the particle that will explain it all. This is the main reason why we are today totally mystified by the fact that we can only account for ~10 percent of the composition of our Universe; the rest, ~90 percent, is a mystery to us, and in our bafflement, we call it “dark matter”.

Just imagine our quandary, as advanced and intelligent as we think we are, most of our Universe is a mystery to us.

It is obvious that the focus of Science on Reductionism is narrowing our worldview; there is therefore a need for a more encompassing methodology, one that takes into account the incontrovertible facts that 1 –  everything in our Universe (molecules, human beings, planets, solar systems, galaxies, the Universe itself) is a natural system* of cohesive congregations of atoms, 2 – that at the most fundamental level, atoms are equivalent measures of small concentrations of mass and enormous quantities of energy in fluctuating states of self-reflective equilibrium and 3 – that to begin to comprehend a natural system in our Universe, we have to focus not only on its minutest components, but also on the fact that, at the most fundamental level, every natural system (our Universe included) is mass and of energy in fluctuating states of self-reflective equilibrium.

These facts, although incontrovertible, are novel to most of us even though, as most natural systems do, we experience them when we replenish energy spent in action and motion with rest and nourishment, thus keeping our bodies in relative states of continuous equilibrium.

Dominated by the limits of Reductionism, Science has not yet grasped the essence of Einstein’s magnificent insight, yet, in its simplicity, e=mc2 unequivocally proves that no matter how big, small, simple or complex a natural system might be, they attain relative levels of cohesion and permanence by sustaining their energy and mass contents a measure of each other.

Acknowledging the undeniable fact that we are natural systems will allow us to perceive ourselves, at the most fundamental level, as cohesive bonds of energy and mass that consume and release energy sources from and into the environment to empower the continuity of our bodies with instinctive and premeditated motion and purpose.

When ovum and sperm bond to create a human being, enormous amounts of energy are instinctively gathered and consumed to construct the developing structure of our bodies. Once the structure has reached a plateau, energy can begin to be potentially manipulated with determinations other than physical development … learning mathematics, critical thinking … but this higher capacity must be a measure of the evolving physical potential of the body. It is a law of Nature, as immutable as the law that everything that has a beginning must have an end.

And so, this is what we fundamentally are: The dimension of our organic structure … cells, skeletal system, etc. … is our mass; the dimension of force, motion, action, insight … the reach of our minds, the strength of our passions, the power to create a cohesive structure, the ingenuity to go to the moon … is our energy. But Nature demands of us … as of all natural systems … that to attain a temporary form of existence, the mass of our bodies must learn to constantly reflect upon the extent of our energy, and vice versa, so we can sustain uninterrupted states of self-reflective equilibrium. Because once self-reflective equilibrium is no longer feasible, we disintegrate back into the environment where we came from.

Although the generative power of energy is an obvious fact of Life, the limits of Science inhibit us to see ourselves as generators of energy, but whether we acknowledge it or not, this is what we are. We hold within ourselves immense reservoirs of power, and at times we do feel and use this power. I think most of us can relate to times in our lives when we focused our energy – beam-like – into achieving or possessing something or someone. In times as those our fundamental complements, energy and mass, were self-reflecting, premeditatedly, towards the goal.

Imagine our quandary; under the obstinacy with Reductionism of our current scientific methodology; we are more and more aware of the physical composition of our bodies, but almost in total ignorance about our essential and powerful complement. No wonder why we miss so much!

*When I refer to a ‘natural’ system, I refer to open systems, which come into existence through primal evolutionary processes and interact freely with environments; as opposed to closed systems, which are generally man-made to fit specific expectations.

Revised 11/23/16

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13 – Relativity = Self-reflection (Part I)

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Relativity, along with Evolution, is one of our most popular scientific theories. But as Evolution has been reviled for telling the truth and has been misconstrued by being turned into the destructive concept of ‘Might makes Right”, so the theory of Relativity has been constricted almost exclusively to the realm of mathematics and has been restricted by the limits of the speed of Light. And although Relativity does have something to do with the speed of Light and the prowess of its mathematics, its true essence rests not on those, but on the self-reflective equilibrium between the energy and mass of natural systems.

In 1905 Einstein postulated that “the mass of a body is a measure of its energy content”, and with E=mc2 he quantified that measure: Energy equals the mass content of a body times the speed of Light squared.

Natural systems are always changing under the demands of their internal and external environments; energy is transformed into mass and mass is liberated into energy, but the contents remain in relative equilibrium (greater mass = greater energy, less mass = less energy).

Our organic senses are not sophisticated enough to perceive the dimensions of the atomic elements we are made of, nor the planetary or galactic dimensions in which we are embedded. But we do perceive, albeit mostly instinctively, the need for constant equilibrium between the energy and the mass contents of our bodies; and so, amid change, we keep them in constant equilibrium by increasing or decreasing their contents in equal measure. This is how we grow out of the union of an ovum and a sperm into complex and cohesive organisms. This is why we crave for sustenance and rest when we need to replenish the energy spent in action and motion. This is why we feel depleted and perplexed after the physical exertion of a sexual climax. This is how we exercise power; this is how we are subdued by it.

As described in Post 6, and as quantified by e=mc2, we know for a fact that atomic particles are fundamentally made of immense amounts of energy and minute concentrations of mass. And since our bodies are a congregation of myriad atomic particles, it follows that we are powerhouses of energy.

This is undeniably demonstrated by the reach of the energy generated by a Galilei, or an Einstein, or a Gandhi, or even a Hitler. But dominant doctrines do not allow us to know the power contained within us … it is colossal … and it terrifies them … and it frightens us.

Once again, the visionary words of Marianne Williamson come to mind: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”. (Highlight mine)

Revised 11/16/16

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