Re: Anything Beyond The Universe? New Theory Changes Our Destiny
- Comment received in an email from a very conscious
(requesting anonymity) Meditation Society of America member:
"As for the article, it seems to me the author is yearning
for a way to control his human predicament. There is a lot of oversimplification and supposed understanding."
medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> By Robert Lanza, MD who is the author of "Biocentrism,"
> a new book that lays out his theory of everything.
> We think our destiny is to journey to Mars and
> beyond. Yet as we build our spacecraft, we're about
> to be broadsided - from a different direction - by
> the most explosive event in history.
> Sometime in the future science will be able to create
> realities that we can't even begin to imagine. As we
> evolve, we'll be able to construct other information
> systems that correspond to other realities, universes
> based on logic completely different from ours and not
> based on space and time.
> Immanuel Kant declared in 1781 that space and time
> were real, but only indeed as properties of the mind.
> These algorithms are not only the key to consciousness,
> but why space and time − indeed the properties of matter
> itself - are relative to the observer. But a new theory
> called biocentrism suggests that space and time may not
> be the only tools that can be used to construct reality.
> At present, our destiny is to live and die in the
> everyday world of up and down. But what if, for example,
> we changed the algorithms so that instead of time being
> linear, it was 3-dimensional like space? Consciousness
> would move through the multiverse. We'd be able to walk
> through time just like we walk through space. And
> after creeping along for 4 billion years, life would
> finally figure out how to escape from its corporeal
> cage. Our destiny would lie in realities that exist
> outside of the known physical universe.
> Even science fiction is struggling with the implications. In "Avatar," human consciousness is infused into blue
> aliens that inhabit a wondrous world. However, according
> to biocentrism, replicating human intelligence or
> consciousness will require the same kind of algorithms
> for employing time and space that we enjoy. Everything
> we experience is a whirl of information occurring in
> our heads. Time is simply the summation of spatial
> states - much like the frames in a film - occurring
> inside the mind. It's just our way of making sense of
> things. There's also a peculiar intangibility to space.
> We can't pick it up and bring it to the laboratory.
> Like time, space isn't an external object. It's part
> of the mental software that molds information into
> multidimensional objects.
> We take for granted how our mind puts everything
> together. When I woke up this morning, I was in the
> middle of a dream that seemed as real as everyday
> life. I remember looking out over a crowded port
> with people in the foreground. Further out, there
> were ships engaged in battle. And still further out
> to sea was a battleship with radar antenna going
> around. My mind had somehow created this spatio-temporal
> experience out of electrochemical information. I
> could even feel the pebbles under my feet, merging
> this 3D world with my 'inner' sensations. Life as we
> know it is defined by this spatial-temporal logic,
> which traps us in the universe with which we're
> familiar. Like my dream, the experimental results
> of quantum theory confirm that the properties of
> particles in the 'real' world are also observer-determined.
> Loren Eiseley once wrote: "While I was sitting
> one night with a poet friend watching a great opera
> performed in a tent under arc lights, the poet took
> my arm and pointed silently. Far up, blundering out
> of the night, a huge Cecropia moth swept past from
> light to light over the posturings of the actors.
> 'He doesn't know,' my friend whispered excitedly.
> 'He's passing through an alien universe brightly lit
> but invisible to him. He's in another play; he doesn't
> see us. He doesn't know. Maybe it's happening right
> now to us.'"
> Like the moth, we can't see beyond the footlights.
> The universe is just life's launching-pad. But it
> won't be rockets that take us the next step. The
> long-sought Theory of Everything was merely missing
> a component that was too close for us to have noticed.
> Some of the thrill that came with the announcement
> that the human genome had been mapped or the idea that
> we're close to understanding the Big Bang rests in our
> innate human desire for completeness and totality. But
> most of these comprehensive theories fail to take into
> account one crucial factor: We're creating them. It's
> the biological creature that fashions the stories, that
> makes the observations, and that gives names to things.
> And therein lies the great expanse of our oversight,
> that until now, science hasn't confronted the one thing
> that's at once most familiar and most mysterious -
> Reality is simply an information system that
> involves our consciousness. Until we understand
> ourselves, we will continue to blunder from light
> to light, unable to discern the great play that
> blazes under the opera tent.
> This article was published on the Huffington Post
> web site and is being used in compliance with the Fair Use
> statutes and not for any commercial purposes.