Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our House.

Let's take a moment to explore our cosmos as a system. We can imagine our earth as a big round house surrounded by windows giving us a perfect view of the endless sky. This house has many rooms, containing every kind of animal, plant and person we have ever, or will ever know. If at night time we peer outside one of the many windows, we notice that we observe a whole neighborhood of houses. We "appear" to be residing next to several abandoned houses. The abandoned houses do not have any lights on or any activities we can readily observe. In fact, we "appear" to be the only people living in the neighborhood, a neighborhood we call our solar system. As we turn our pair of high-resolution binoculars out into the surrounding neighborhoods (the suburb our neighborhood resides in) we find more seemingly empty houses. That suburb we refer to as an outer spiral arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Beyond the suburbs we can view the entire city, The Milky Way Galaxy. That city is in turn part of a county, (galaxy cluster) the county is part of a state, (galaxy super cluster) the state is part of a nation, (universe) the nation is part of a continent, (multiverse) and the continents make up the entire planet (omniverse.)

House = Earth
Neighborhood = Solar System
Community/Suburb = Galaxy Spiral Arm
City = Galaxy
County = Galaxy Cluster
State = Galaxy Supercluster
Nation = Universe
Continent = Multiverse
Planet = Omniverse

Monday, December 15, 2008

Planck Time

Planck scale time is said to be equal to: 5.39121 × 10−44 seconds, which clearly puts it in the realm of Quantum Mechanics. This minute amount of time is so small that we have no frame of reference to compare it to. Planck time scale is also said to be the rate of time by which the universe recreates itself "moment by moment." (Please see Rob Bryanton's blog for more on this concept-"Imagining the Tenth Dimension." The 'vlogs' video blogs on the "Imagining the Tenth Dimension" site do an excellent job explaining many concepts discussed here as well as on his own site.) So if we are to understand the finer concepts of MWI as well as Quantum Mechanics, Planck scale and its temporal equivalent are important concepts to grasp. Planck scale is usually used in reference to length. Planck mass is also used to measure objects and processes which work within this minute scale.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CERN update! LHC Back up by Summer '09

CERN "We have a lot of work to do over the coming months," said LHC project Leader Lyn Evans, "but we now have the roadmap, the time and the competence necessary to be ready for physics by summer. We are currently in a scheduled annual shutdown until May, so we're hopeful that not too much time will be lost...The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data for the experiments as soon as reasonably possible," said CERN Director General Robert Aymar. "This will be in the summer of 2009...The initial malfunction was caused by a faulty electrical connection between two of the accelerator's magnets. This resulted in mechanical damage and release of helium from the magnet cold mass into the tunnel. Proper safety procedures were in force, the safety systems performed as expected, and no one was put at risk." (From CERN press release given on 12/05/08.)


Back To The Chalkboard (Initial Conditions I.)

We don't actually know the Initial Conditions of our own universe' creation, just thought I'd throw that out there. - And this is an important concession to make if we are to explore in earnest the universe around us. It is less important what we think, what other scientists or researchers think, more important what underlying patterns and the world around us has to say.

Monday, December 8, 2008

5 BIG Questions to be Re-Asked!

Mind, Matter and Energy are what I would consider to be the three jewels of MMT. What can you think of that is not composed of at least one of these three elements. Sound and light are forms of vibrational energy. Space-time has been assumed to be forged within the higher dimensions (possibly the 10th-see Rob Bryanton's "Imagining The Tenth Dimension" for more on this subject) from the elements of matter and energy. Modern physics would have you believe that the universe is finite in space as well as time. It points to red-shift data (this form of analysis measures light from both nearby and distant stars to estimate distance and time relative to earth,) and declares that the universe is a mere 12 to 14 billion years old, with our solar system being only 4.5 billion years old. I find it interesting that the point furthest from earth (as currently observed by our telescopes) is considered the end of space-time and the beginning of our universe. I also find it odd that scientists believe that the universe is expanding, when it is clear that data is inconclusive in this matter. In fact, there is significant data that disproves this theory of an expanding universe all together. There have been documented observations of stars which appeared clearly within the "red," which are now moving "blue." This would indicate that the stars are not moving away from us, but around and through us. Picture an ocean of spiraling galaxy super clusters, within which lie swirling galaxy clusters, galaxies and within them solar systems, planets, beings, cells, atoms, subatomic particles and so on, into infinity. The spectrum may have no end in sight, either way out on the scale. This view is much more consistent with what we see in nature already. Fractal geometry and chaos theory both support a much more complex view of the universe than is currently accepted. It would seem pretentious of us to assume that we lie within the center of the universe, and yet this theory is common today amongst astronomers and physicists. Would it not be more logical to assume that our ability to observe the heavens is (as of yet) unable to find the end of our known universe? Would it not also be more prudent to advise students that we actually do not know if the universe began with a Big Bang, when the universe began, or even if the universe is finite or infinite in both space and time? These questions are no longer being asked, and THEY SHOULD BE!!! It is much more logical to question if the universe had a beginning at all, than to assume that it emerged out of a giant explosion of "absolutely nothing" or even an explosion of "pure energy." What is "pure energy" anyway?
Again here are the BIG questions we all need to re-ask:
1.) What makes up the universe we live in?
2.) How was our universe created/born?
3.) When was our universe born?
4.) Was our universe and all others always in existence?
5.) How large is our universe? Is it finite or infinite?
We need to keep nature in perspective when we ask these questions, what do we see in smaller systems, like eco-spheres?

"...As above, so below..." -Annonymous

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Meaning Of Life.

Every thought, every dream, every single thing that you are conscious of is both contributed to and shared by other versions of yourself. Each version (whether they are aware of MMT or not) instinctively believes that they are alone, that their thoughts are their own, that the dreams they dream at night are their own. It is an illusion that is needed, as we progress through our life. We live our everyday lives with some degree of identity, we identify with ourself as an individual, as unique and somehow different from all other beings. There is some truth in this illusion (as there is with all illusions) that there are none just exactly like ourself, only others so very like us that we may never know what the differences are. It is hard to allow this perspective much application because our world demands a certain degree of individuality, and because the starkness of our physical world does not readily reveal the true nature of ourselves. The psychology of today is not ready for a world view that seeks to integrate all consciousness or even all versions of oneself. The science of today views the universe and all existence as finite, composed of matter and energy. MMT views the universe and all existence to be composed of three unique and omniversal elements; matter, energy and consciousness. This last element is lacking within the theories of modern physics, so it does not understand the true identity or significance of the observer. Modern Quantum Physics is on the very verge of realizing that the observer is the reason that the universe exists as it does. If you remove energy then the equation collapses, if you remove matter then the equation collapses, and if you remove "mind" then the equation collapses. These sacred three elements are the very reason we exist, they are in essence, the meaning of life!

A Night In The Life... An Introduction to MMT continued

As we explore MMT (Many Minds Theory) more we find that the ties should not stop short of the entire consciousness of every living being. In some sense we are all one. Together we compose a rich tapestry interwoven with the fibers that are the lives of every being that has ever lived or will ever live. On this level the illusion of separateness has vanished and the whole that remains is all inclusive. We could call this aspect of MMT the "unity perspective." But there remains within this expansive view of self a perspective that takes into account the individual as a group. Each being has an innumerable amount of versions of themselves living within other parallel universes. I hesitate to call these versions of beings "twins" because they should be both more similar and more different than what actual twins should be. The relationship should be more like subtle hues of color. Some versions should be so identical that they could be swapped into each others universe without any real hope of detection, even by themselves. Other versions could be so different that they might even appear as distant relatives. In this way versions could appear more different than they actually are. At their core lies the same mind, that same consciousness. What pair of actual twins, even as they appear identical, could ever truly share the other's mind? So it is that I say that they should be more similar and more different than what twins should be to one another. Consider also that some versions should be relatively younger, others older, some in the moment of being conceived, some in the process of dying. There is not just everywhere, but everywhen to consider once we explore the omniverse as it should exist. Think how much one could gain by talking with an elder that is not just a relative , but a version of yourself. Each version could provide a unique perspective as they shared thoughts, feelings and memories with the others. MMT views the "whole" self, the integrated self, as an interconnected being, composed of an almost infinite number of versions, many of which might never know that they are part of a larger "whole." This larger mind or soul would well be aware of its condition, and of the many versions lives. This soul should be a very complex being, as it lives with the experience the intimate knowledge of all the: toils, troubles, sadness, joy, excitements of the individual selves. It would truly know the agony and the ecstasy of every single version's life as it happened, and all at once. This bitter-sweet symphony would unfold seemingly without end. The questions would remain. How many versions are there? How many have there been? How many will there be? It might be comforting to know that there were just so many, that the life might end. To the larger "mind" it would not end, to the individual mind it might seem that way. I think it all boils down to perspective and memory. If one had the perspective of the "whole" and a perfect memory, one would be aware of one's immortality. But the memory fades, and the complete perspective is limited to the portion of ourselves that can contain it. Consider all the events, emotions and energies of the "whole." What being do you know that can contain that sort of energy, can withstand that sort of emotion, or that can maintain it s sanity while such a torrent of woes besets it? That portion of the self, the "whole," must too belong to all other "wholes" as a collective being, just as we belong to it. That even larger portion could be seen as God, the sum of all wisdom, all consciousness and all power. This view seeks to provide a new paradigm for our growing world, one that includes all and excludes none. It seeks to bring all life together in omniversal harmony, keeping the truth that all life is present within each being. Each being is both a distinct sovereign and a community unto itself, as well as a member of a larger community of all life across the omniverse.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Quantum Ethics II. (The Metta Sutra) From The Buddha.

The Metta Sutra (passage taken from the Pali text, of The Buddha)

"This is the work for those who are skilled and peaceful, who seek the good:

May they be able and upright, straightforward, of gentle speech and not proud.
May they be content and easily supported, unburdened with their senses calmed.
May they be wise, not arrogant and without desire for the possessions of others.
May they do nothing mean or that the wise would reprove.
May all beings be happy.
May they live in safety and joy.
All living beings, whether weak or strong, tall, stout, medium or short, seen or unseen,
near or distant, born or to be born, may they all be happy.
Let no one deceive another or despise any being in any state,
let none by anger or hatred wish harm to another.
As a mother watches over her child, willing to risk her own life to protect her only child,
so with a boundless heart should one cherish all living beings,
suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one's waking hours,
may one remain mindful of this heart and this way of living that is the best in the world.
Unattached to speculations, views and sense desires, with clear vision,
such a person will never be reborn in the cycles of suffering."

I belong to a local meditation group, at the close of every session the following passage is read:

"May the merit of our practice be shared with all beings, in all worlds, in all directions,
May all beings be at peace,
May all beings be free from suffering,
May all beings be free from harm,
May all beings be free from fear,
May all beings be happy,
And may all beings awaken."

(This a great little prayer or mantra, taken largely from the Metta Sutra above.)

If you will notice that the second passage in blue makes no specific designations as to who the prayer is directed to, or from. This is done to bring one a sense of unity with all beings that exist, will exist or have existed in the past, it is all-inclusive, excluding none. There is a great amount of wisdom to be gained from this perspective, and if applied, it slowly but steadily begins to change one's behavior toward both oneself and all others. If one is to evolve into the kind of being by which that greatest possible perspective and life is gained, a new and radical form of ethics must be practiced, if not perfected.