“For centuries,” writes Corey S. Powell, who is a contributing editor at Discover Magazine and Aeon Magazine, “modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples and orbiting moons, while Carl Sagan intoned that we are made of star stuff, meaning that the atoms of our bodies were literally forged in the nuclear furnaces of other stars.”
Furthermore, “Gregory Matloff,” writes Powell, “is a veteran physicist at NYC College of Technology, who has ideas that are shocking. Matloff recently published a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit, with a proto-consciousness field that could extend throughout all of space adding that stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their own paths.”
“Put more bluntly,” writes Powell, “Stars and the entire universe may be self-aware. A thinking universe. Furthermore, other philosophers and scientists, such as David Chalmers, a cognitive scientist believes this is possible and adding to that academic list is neuroscientist, Christof Koch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science and British physicist, Sir Roger Penrose.”
The bottom line; is the Universe Conscious? The scientific theorem, Panpsychism, means just that, the cosmos as we know it, is self-aware. The entire cosmos is a conscious, self-aware entity, suggest the above scientists, and is too important to ignore.
Powell writes that, “Three decades ago, Penrose introduced a key element of Panpsychism with his theory that consciousness is rooted in the statistical rules of quantum physics as they apply in the microscopic spaces between neurons in the brain, states Penrose.”
“He justifies his theorem,” continues Powell, “by adding that, one of the hallmarks of life is its ability to adjust its behavior in response to stimulus and astronomically, that is just what Stars and other Cosmic matters do according to Paranego’s Discontinuity theorem, the ability by objects, like stars to adjust their fuel source, emit jets, in only one direction that tends to alter its motion. This has been found to be consistent throughout the cosmos, states Penrose.”
“It appears,” writes Powell, “that humans and quantum physics have a lot in common regarding consciousness, self-awareness, and the ability to change behavior and form as does the Cosmos.”
My question is, if this is true, does this prove that God does exist? If God is the cosmos, are we part of some larger cosmic design? Does it also prove that psychic abilities are real and very common in humans to alter a direction of some event as time is captured differently in the cosmos? Does this mean time travel is possible, as far as being able to see the past and the future? One day, will we say, “Beam me up Scotty?”
Do these scientific theorems prove that angels and miracles exist? Is our self-awareness absorbed back into the cosmos at the death of our physical bodies, since energy is never lost but only changes form? Are these theorems answers to questions long sought by scientists, philosophers and even religious leaders worldwide?
A PARTICIPATORY COSMOS?
“According to Roger Penrose and his theories” writes Powell, “linking consciousness and quantum mechanics to self-awareness and free will begin with quantum events in the brain that inevitably link our minds with the cosmos.”
Inasmuch, as our chemical composition is made of the same stuff stars are made, does this make us cosmic beings? These are interesting theories with strong scientific data that may answer questions long sought by scientists and philosophers.
Finally, “is this the powerfully evoking sense of connectedness that humans feel with our fascination to the cosmos that Albert Einstein called the cosmic religious feeling?” writes Powell.
Was this cosmic feeling the beginning of often misguided religious fervor throughout our human beginnings that man alone was the pinnacle of creation by our cosmic God? According to science, we are what stars are made of and we are a part of some larger cosmic design. As Shakespeare wrote… “We are such stuff as dreams are made on….” The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1, line 175.
Could that be the Cosmos?
By K. D. Dowdall
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If you wish upon a star,
For true love’s sake,
Please don’t tell it,
Where you are,
For stars are fire,
And it will surely,
Take your sight,
For if your love is true,
No star can ere replace,
The light of love,
Upon your face,
Should there be,
The darkest night.
K. D. Dowdall
Fauxcroft writes some of the most meaningful and beautiful poems and prose that I have read. And, this is one of them. This poet writes on a wide range of subjects from the most earthy to the deeply sensual to the metaphysical and deeply philosophical poetic miens that capture deeply held beliefs and feelings that are existential life experience we all may experience in our lifetimes.
I saw a leaf float past my window
and it reminded me that the autumn, fall,
is on it way, as summer begins to peel away
and those lovely warm evenings fade to grey
and those green leaves, at least those that remain,
will turn into a fiery red display
and those that fall start going brown and crisp,
ready for decay.
As autumn, fall comes natures colours put on a resplendent display,
in an effort to try and brighten up darker days,
and echo warmth in times of cold,
many are striking and many are bold,
it reminds me that I must pay
more attention at natures array,
that contrast to the chiaroscuro sky,
showing that this is not a time when all flowers die,
some in this time truly strive and invigorate,
the scene before my eyes
and leaves me happy and full of hope.
in a way…
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J. K, Rowling so very creative and original with her writing and yes, the more transporters the merrier! Thank you for a great reminder, Charles, of what writing and reading does for the soul, the heart, and for the joy it brings to the writer and the reader! K D.
Reblogging: Stone Hearts, by poet, Delia. . A real, tell-it-like-it-is poem about the social jungle and trying to find authenticity where there is little to none. Delia often writes, real, raw and authentic prose and poetry that will catch you unawares, and reach inside you, grab you, and make you see beyond the obvious. K. D.
Happy Friday, SE Readers. It’s time for another round of writing tips we’ve found around the web. If you haven’t read Mae’s post, Understanding Tribes on Triberr, and Staci’s post, Classic TV as an Inspiration for Contemporary Fiction, be sure to check them out.
And now, for this week’s curated content.
- 4 Ways to Write a Thought-Provoking Mentor Character (K M Weiland)—Part 16 of the Dos and Don’ts of Story Telling
- 10 Things New Writers Should Avoid (From Just Publishing)
- Figures of Speech (fifteen classic devices)
- Character Vulnerabilities (ways to advance and strengthen realistic relationships)
- Backmatter (making the most of the stuff after “the end”)
- Conflict (more than just fighting)
- Midpoint (insights)
- Tough Talk (more than just expletives)
- 35 Famous Writers’ Quotes about Writing (mostly links, a few direct quotes)
- Muddle in the Middle (3 tips to fix the sagging middle of your novel)
- 10 Plot Problems, 10…
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