Did you know that cosmologically parts of us have been everywhere?

This idea underpins my belief of an invisible link between all things, regardless of time, location or circumstance

(since I wrote this blog in 2013 I now know that there is cosmic phenomena entitled entanglement that supports my beliefs in this area).

 Journey of an Atom

Quote:

“We are all star children. Every atom in our bodies was once inside the fiery core of a star that exploded billions of years before our solar system was formed. At the same time, each of us is connected to all other life on this planet in ways we rarely imagine. Simple estimates suggest that each time we take a breath, we could be inhaling atoms exhaled by most other human beings who ever lived. We are not only connected to the stars, but to the full breadth of human history”.

Quote:

“… this story is not about all atoms. Because atoms, like people and dogs, and even cockroaches, have individual histories”.

“…this story is a story about one particular atom in particular, an atom of oxygen, locked in a drop of water, on a planet whose surface is largely covered by water but whose evolution is for the moment dominated by intelligent beings who lived on land. It could, at the present moment, be located in a glass of water you drink as you read this book. It could have been in a drop of sweat dropping from Michael Jordan’s nose as he leapt for a basketball in the final game of his career, or in a large wave that is about to strike land after travelling 4000 miles through the Pacific Ocean. No matter. Our story begins before water it self existed, and end well after the planet on which the water is found s no more, the myriad human tragedies of the eons perhaps long forgotten. It is a story rich in drama, and poetry, with moments of fortune and remarkable serendipity, and more than a few of tragedy”

Source:

“Atom. An Odyssey from the life of the Big Bang to life on earth… and Beyond”

Author: Lawrence M. Krauss. Publisher: Little Brown and Company 2001. ISBN 0 316 64877 0

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What is Process Philosophy?

Process Philosophy:

Quote from Stanford University article cited below:

“The philosophy of process is a venture in metaphysics, the general theory of reality. Its concern is with what exists in the world and with the terms of reference in which this reality is to be understood and explained. The task of metaphysics is, after all, to provide a cogent and plausible account of the nature of reality at the broadest, most synoptic and comprehensive level. And it is to this mission of enabling us to characterize, describe, clarify and explain the most general features of the real that process philosophy addresses itself in its own characteristic way. The guiding idea of its approach is that natural existence consists in and is best understood in terms of processes rather than things — of modes of change rather than fixed stabilities. For processists, change of every sort — physical, organic, psychological — is the pervasive and predominant feature of the real.

Process philosophy diametrically opposes the view — as old as Parmenides and Zeno and the Atomists of Pre-Socratic Greece — that denies processes or downgrades them in the order of being or of understanding by subordinating them to substantial things. By contrast, process philosophy pivots on the thesis that the processual nature of existence is a fundamental fact with which any adequate metaphysic must come to terms.

Process philosophy puts processes at the forefront of philosophical and specifically of ontological concern. Process should here be construed in pretty much the usual way — as a sequentially structured sequence of successive stages or phases. Three factors accordingly come to the fore:

  1. That a process is a complex — a unity of distinct stages or phases. A process is always a matter of now this, now that.
  2. That this complex has a certain temporal coherence and unity, and that processes accordingly have an ineliminably temporal dimension.
  3. That a process has a structure, a formal generic format in virtue of which every concrete process is equipped with a shape or format.”

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/process-philosophy/

[First published Tue Apr 2, 2002; substantive revision Wed Jan 9, 2008]

Quantum Mechanics and Every Day Life

Quantum Mechanics and every day life, Stanford University article

First published Wed Nov 29, 2000; substantive revision Tue Sep 1, 2009

Quote:

“Quantum mechanics is, at least at first glance and at least in part, a mathematical machine for predicting the behaviors of microscopic particles — or, at least, of the measuring instruments we use to explore those behaviors — and in that capacity, it is spectacularly successful: in terms of power and precision, head and shoulders above any theory we have ever had. Mathematically, the theory is well understood; we know what its parts are, how they are put together, and why, in the mechanical sense (i.e., in a sense that can be answered by describing the internal grinding of gear against gear), the whole thing performs the way it does, how the information that gets fed in at one end is converted into what comes out the other. The question of what kind of a world it describes, however, is controversial; there is very little agreement, among physicists and among philosophers, about what the world is like according to quantum mechanics. Minimally interpreted, the theory describes a set of facts about the way the microscopic world impinges on the macroscopic one, how it affects our measuring instruments, described in everyday language or the language of classical mechanics. Disagreement centers on the question of what a microscopic world, which affects our apparatuses in the prescribed manner, is, or even could be, like intrinsically; or how those apparatuses could themselves be built out of microscopic parts of the sort the theory describes.[1]

That is what an interpretation of the theory would provide: a proper account of what the world is like according to quantum mechanics, intrinsically and from the bottom up. The problems with giving an interpretation (not just a comforting, homey sort of interpretation, i.e., not just an interpretation according to which the world isn’t too different from the familiar world of common sense, but any interpretation at all) are dealt with in other sections of this encyclopedia. Here, we are concerned only with the mathematical heart of the theory, the theory in its capacity as a mathematical machine, and — whatever is true of the rest of it — this part of the theory makes exquisitely good sense.”

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qm/

Metaphor For Life (One cabin boy speaks)

A metaphor about life

Life can be likened to being on board a very large majestic cruise liner. Pleasures abound everywhere if they are sought, as are angst’s if rendered the scope to to similarly intrude. Immaturity, passion, neglect, perpetual searching for excitement and adventure, and others – all ensure this.

 So complete freedom to access the ship with its multitudinous dark mysterious corridors is ours; as is our ability to assess the nobility, or otherwise, of all fellow travellers and other life creatures. Within this apparent limitless opportunity, however, there is but two seemingly non-negotiable exclusions.

Both the engine room and wheel house controlling rudder functions are, by architectural design, well out of bounds to all except a ruthlessly persistent, select few. Even they cannot unduly influence the massive machines of propulsion and control. Powerful motors and unseen systems keep whirling away. The guiding hand of the chief engineer and originating architect are nowhere to be found. The cruise carries on even when we are long beyond mere remnant remains.

From ‘Empathic Insights’

Jonathon Freeman

1999, ISBN 0957761708 1

Spur Line

Use it before you forget it.

 Most people know of the phrase ‘spur of the moment’ and what it means: a momentary impulse. Few people today use the phrase ‘spur line’ as railways have declined as a popular mode of transport. A spur line is a deviation track from a main railway track leading to some alternative destination; and a spur line may also have sub-spur lines running from it to alternative locations. Some maybe just to a wheat silo in the middle of nowhere. For the most people it would have no interest, but for a farmer or grain and feed agent it could be the focal point of their entire lives. All of us dream about owning and controlling our own little spur lines leading somewhere that is important to us. As individuals, however, we are rarely taught to think in terms of ‘I’ and the well being of ‘I’, but the wellbeing of ‘us’. This means, of course, family, place of employment and the wider community at large.

From early childhood this process begins. We are all led to believe that if we learn about the things of life, and live them out according to our learning and understanding, then as adults something  ‘magic’ will eventually happen, with all our dreams eventually coming true. The fact that this destination could be some forty years or so down the track seems irrelevant to us when we are in our (say) twenties. “It is all worth it” we argue. We will have kids, my partner and I will be in love forever and ever, we must buy the right size house in the right location and own the right sort of car to match that socio-economic location. This is regardless of affordability to the family unit itself, or the burden to the individual partners of the relationship who are trying to maintain what many would see as both daring, and leading to an eventual domestic implosion. This is where spur lines are so important to such people.

 All of us need specific realisable objectives in life. Setting ‘bars’ too high is counter productive. We all need time out with our partners to rediscover not only what we like most in them, but to find out where the ‘train’ is on its journey, and where all occupants of the carriages are as well. In a typical family carriage, occupants are also drivers, regardless of gender. They assume responsibility for the whole train when it is cruising between main line stations. To be responsible they must also have joint control.  Life is very, very unforgiving if this is ever in doubt. The meaning of control needs to be occasionally tabled, not debated. Achieving mutual respect is a crucial part of this process, as is full respect of each other’s truths and values, regardless of their own. Expressions of love through token acts of endearment are important, as is tactility, no matter however briefly, conveyed through touch, squeeze or feel. The act of sex in such an environment is not lust, it is a legitimate expression of both parties attempting to reach ‘oneness’, because ‘we’ both care about each other, as well as ‘us’ . That is, as a bonded pair driving a sometimes ‘rickety train’ to a somewhat nebulous somewhere, guided only by rails assumed to be strong; nearly always in a paranoid state of fear of derailment and related disaster.

The choice to deviate the train to a spur line is ours alone to make. The engine and single carriage can take that line to wherever the drivers in partnership want to take it, when they choose, and for how long. The remaining carriages can be sidelined at a friendly station to ensure all regular bits of day to day stuff are cared for whilst they are absent.

To illustrate the point, let us for lighter reading, take insight into how one happy engine felt when it witnessed ‘re humanisation.’

“The engine, however, was now as well in a position to ‘cut loose’. It wanted to be wild too, as its drivers decided to jointly open the throttle, not a little, but widely. The roaring engine silenced the tornado-like wind being scooped into open windows all across the port, starboard and front; destroying any residual evidence of prior social conformity. Undressed flesh, contorted faces and windswept hair prevailed. What may or may not follow next is for readers’ imagination only, but be assured the engine’s pistons thumped along merrily in tandem as well.”

What has been outlined is equally applicable to individuals. Adventure on a separate spur line of individual choosing, in complete non-accountable trust, is crucial for partnership survival. ‘Spur of the moment’ type stuff too? Yes! Be spontaneous. Be funny. A private journey is a private journey. We are all having one. We do not own each other. We simply need each other.

Jonathon Freeman

26/7/04