From Cosmogenesis To Consciousness: Looking At The “Big Picture”
Science has made remarkable advancements since the relatively recent inception of this very specific and powerful method of inquiry and empirical investigation. Modern science, characterized by the reductionist approach, has been extremely adept at reducing systems to identify the fundamental units, enabling a detailed understanding of the function and behavior of these “reducible” systems via their basic components (hence the moniker reductionistic). Put another way, the scientific method has dismantled the clock and determined with extreme precision how each gear and wheel work functions.
For instance, we know that Mars rotates in 24 hours, 37 minutes, and 23 seconds, with about as much certainty as can be conceivably achieved. We know that it orbits the Sun with a semi-major axis of 1.524 astronomical units (228 million kilometers), an eccentricity of 0.0934, and an average orbital speed of 24 Km/s; from which we know an exact period of 687 days for the Red Planet to make a complete orbit. Knowing the planetary motions of Mars with this degree of precision enables us to exactly determine its periodic orientation to Earth, from which—all-together—we can calculate the velocity boost and total impulse needed to hit an exact orbital trajectory that will take us 55 million km and successfully arrive at a destination only 6,779 km in diameter (like hitting a dime with a longbow arrow from 100 meters away). Similarly, we have been able to visit every planet in the solar system by understanding the orbital mechanics governing their motions.
Our scientific understanding of the natural world is perhaps getting to a sufficiently advanced level that to proceed further, we must begin developing an encompassing purview from which we can gain insight about the operation of the whole, as a coherent and unified system.”
This is impressive, and similar levels of profound knowledge regarding other systems are extremely useful for humanity and our technological civilization. However, such acute knowledge can only go so far in explaining how it all fits together—or even more importantly—how we fit into the natural order and “grand scheme” of the universe. Our scientific understanding of the natural world is perhaps getting to a sufficiently advanced level that to proceed further we must begin developing an encompassing purview from which we can gain insight about the operation of the whole, as a coherent and unified system.
Under the assumption that any system can be described by identifying and characterizing its most fundamental units, to this day we are still searching for a fundamental particle, like vibrating strings of string theory—yet, why should we assume that there is not an infinite regression to smaller and smaller components? Perhaps, as physicist Nassim Haramein has said, “instead of looking for a fundamental particle, we should look for a fundamental pattern of division.” And most importantly, we should elucidate the integral connectivity of all things—that no particle or system can be taken to be isolated; that there are constitutive field interactions extended through space connecting all things.
But this is a property of isolated systems, and no such system has ever been observed or even thought possible to exist within the canon of physics theory. No matter how independent a system might appear, there are always interactions occurring, even if its at the ground-state level of the zero-point field (the vacuum).
Moreover, some of the greatest successes of 20th century science occurred when forces were no longer characterized as being emitted by objects isolated in space, but instead were characterized as ever-present quantum fields. The force interactions of charge and photoelectricity were understood to be oscillations of an ever-present quantized electromagnetic-field; gravity as a geometrization of the spacetime manifold, and even matter has been characterized as mass-energy fluctuations in the field of the quantum vacuum.
Field: a physical quantity that has a value for each point in space and time. It can be thought of as an underlying energy that permeates all of space, as a liquid fills a cup.
It occupies space. It contains energy. Its presence eliminates a true vacuum.”
-John Archibald Wheeler, on the idea of a ‘field’
In previous eras, different fields and objects, particularly of a mechanical nature (including multi-component objects) could be idealized to be isolated and independently acting systems. For instance, the idealization of heat engines allowed for the derivation of the laws of thermodynamics; forces like electromagnetism and gravity were modeled as emissions from objects isolated in space. In limiting cases these reductionist models work, but they are not true characterizations of things as they exist in actuality. The idealized conditions of thermodynamics left us with the conviction that all systems will increase in entropy, what can be thought of as the lowest energy state of any system, which often corresponds to the most disordered arrangement.
The reductionist approach was able to tackle problems that were comparably simple when compared to the complex systems that we are now attempting to characterize and understand, such as the unpredictable behavior of systems that are ruled by chaos dynamics (think “butterfly effect”) or perhaps the epitomal example: the physics of the living system.
So, now we are dealing with systems that are not easily idealized, systems that are complex, far-from-equilibrium, acutely sensitive to minor perturbations, and which necessarily must begin to be incorporated into a coherent synthesis to understand how all of these “components” the reductionist method has identified relate to one another. We are also quickly nearing some questions that speak to the heart of existence, questions that have previously been safely relegated to philosophy, metaphysics, and religion—Big Questions that present particularly difficult problems for the scientific method to tackle; so much so that some have posited that these ‘hard problems’ are perhaps intractable via the scientific method.
The Resonance Science Foundation has made important strides towards developing a unified science that explains the functioning of the parts by understanding the function of the whole and the integral connectivity of all things. In a sense, this is a movement beyond the reductionist method into a science of connectivity, where it is no longer assumed that systems can be fully explained by the functioning of their most basic elements, but instead that the whole is more than the sum of the parts—what the prescient Buckminister Fuller called synergetics.
The new approach to advance theory to the next level and unify disparate fields of science is looking at systems as being more than the sum of their parts, that in fact the “parts” carry information of the whole, and there is constitutive information exchange (feedback-feedforward information processing) that vastly influences the dynamics underlying the formation of order so that non-random self-organizing forces play a central role in the evolution and development of physical systems of the universe.
The approach to answering these big questions looks at some of the most basic elements of a physics of reality—such as: space, information, time, and explaining how intricate complexity, organizational synergy, and dynamic evolving systems can emerge from relatively simple principles. As an example of this, consider the scale-invariant intricate complexity and infinite diversity within repeating patterns that characterize fractals, which are generated by a simple algorithmic feedback operation.
Don’t worry about the math, but what you see is an algorithm, an iterative function, where a starting number, say 0, is squared and summed with a variable, say -1, and the computed value is plugged back into the original equation and squared. This process is repeated many times, up to and exceeding millions of iterations. When the values of this bounded set are graphed, it produces the amazing Mandelbrot set. An example of simple principles underlying the formation of complex structure and integral order.
Such a feedback operation could also be justifiably posited to be an intrinsic operation of the formation of awareness, and certainly self-awareness, perhaps suggesting that a universe with such feedback-feedforward operations would have an inherent kind of self-awareness (it is certainly self-aware through our consciousness alone). In the big picture, this universal sentience may play a functional role in the natural development of physical systems.
With such a holofractogramic unified physics approach we look to see if we can answer some profound questions, like: can we understand and explain the origins of the Universe? What processes give rise to the structure and dynamics that are observed? Are there natural ordering principles driving the evolution and development of the universe? What is our place in the Cosmos? What role does consciousness play?
These are big questions of science — what have been termed the ‘hard problems’ — since scientific explanations seem to lead to intractable paradoxes and ultimate inexplicability. Yet, when viewed through the cohesive and wholistic understanding of unified physics, we see that the resolutions of these hard problems are relatively simple and intuitively understandable. These big questions will be explored, rendering a global synthesis in which there is a unified model: from cosmogenesis to consciousness.
The implications and applications of Unified Physics are far-ranging in scope, potentially informing every aspect of our experience both here on Earth and beyond. With scientific understanding of the fundamental principles and processes by which the universe operates comes the opportunity to innovate new technologies and ways of living that can bring harmony to our relationship with each other, nature, and liberate humanity from many of the essential challenges we currently face. Through nearly unlimited clean energy generation and gravitational control capacities alone, our entire paradigm of economic and technological infrastructure completely transforms.
We shift from a disconnected worldview — where humanity is left to survive with limited amounts of resources, breeding fear and concepts of lack and scarcity and therefore dominance, war, and control — to a sense of abundance and ease and the ability to direct our energy and resources towards creating a sustainable and thriving world in ecological and social balance.
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