Science of the Impossible and Societal Transformation - Part III

 

Today the biggest scientific question is no longer about life and its origins. Today the biggest scientific question is why the universe is so friendly to the emergence of life and intelligence. Understanding this will mean not only appreciating the foundational basis of a science of the impossible. Knowing the answer to this great riddle not only means understanding the cosmic dimensions of human creativity. It also means that one can now harness this knowledge to overcome seemingly "impossible" obstacles to profound societal change and evolution, including the power to change corrupt governments.
Nicanor Perlas

Anthropic Principle

In the 1970s, astrophysicists were struggling with the "impossible" structure and evolution of the universe. There were dozens of improbable aspects to our universe. It seemed that chance alone could not have created the universe and the self -conscious intelligent life (humans today) that emerged after almost 14 billion years of evolution.

They coined the term, "Anthropic Principle" to describe this astonishing discovery. Scientists asked the question: Why is the universe structured the way it is? The Anthropic Principle answers: "because we are here." In other words, there is an inherent directionality in the evolution of the universe, as evidenced by its overcoming one improbability after another, towards the emergence of self-conscious intelligent and creative life.

We will not go into the four versions of the Anthropic Principle that are now the subject of animated debates in the world of astrophysics. Nor shall we explore the Biocosm Hypothesis, a variation of the Anthropic Principle, which postulates that life and intelligence emerged in the universe because the universe itself is alive and intelligent. Let us just appreciate the facts that astrophysicists have encountered, facts that stimulated them to think of such a radical framework as the Anthropic Principle.

 

Six Constants of the Universe and the Improbable

 

Scientists discovered that there are just six key constants that determine the structure and evolution of the universe. Ε (epsilon) defines how firmly atomic nuclei bind together thereby influencing how atoms behave in nature. The cosmic number Ω (omega) measures the amount of matter in our universe. Ν (nu) measures the strength of the electrical forces that hold atoms together, divided by the force of gravity between them. Cosmological constant, Λ (lambda) measures cosmic repulsion. How tightly stars and galaxies are held together can be expressed as a ratio between the force of gravity and the amount of energy needed to disperse them ("antigravity"). This ratio is the fifth number, Q. The sixth number is the number of spatial dimensions in our world, Δ (delta), that is, the three dimensions of space.

What astonished the scientists is how a simple universe, specified by just a few numbers, can evolve, if these numbers are suitable tuned, into our intricately structured cosmos. These six numbers constitute a 'recipe' for a universe. The outcome is sensitive to their values: if any one of them were to be 'untuned', there would be no stars and no life.

Let us look at a few examples to realize the profound implications of this discovery. The constant, N, is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or 10 to the 36th, 1 followed by 36 zeroes. N measures the strength of the electrical forces that hold atoms together, divided by the force of gravity between them. If N had a few less zeros, only a short-lived and miniature universe could exist. No creatures would be larger than insects, and there would be no time for evolution to lead to intelligent life. We would not be around.

Gravity is involved in a number of the constants. A slightly stronger gravitational force would crush the whole universe into a black hole within a million years. A slightly weaker gravitational force would "explode" the universe. Galaxies would not form, nor solar systems. We would not be around. The fine tuning of gravity to make it just right means that there can be no deviation greater than a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of one percent or one divided by 1059 or 1 followed by 59 zeroes.

Even more improbable is the existence of "dark energy" which astrophysicists say constitutes more than 70% of the universe. The fine-tuning here is one in 10120 or 10 followed by 120 zeroes!

This "impossible" structure of the universe is replicated at the molecular level. One in 1 followed by 40 zeroes is the probability of constructing twenty or thirty key amino acids in a sequence to produce a simple enzyme, let alone an organism! In other words, it is not due to chance.

Intelligen Univers or Multiverse

Because the structure of the universe is "impossible" or improbable, scientists are now lined up into two camps. Materialistic scientists are postulating the existence of multiple universes (multiverse) or over 10500+ universes or 1 followed by over 500 zeroes. In a world of infinite kinds of universes, there is more than enough chance and probability that a universe like ours would exist. Unfortunately, for this hypothesis, it is purely speculative and has very little empirical evidence, if any, to support it. From one perspective, it is a desperate attempt to save the materialistic worldview of blind matter, chance and necessity.

The other, larger group of scientists (at least larger in the US) has come to grips with the fact that, clearly, the universe was not created by chance and probability. For these scientists, there is a higher, infinite intelligence involved in the formation and evolution of the universe and the self-conscious intelligent life that arose out of this creative process.

As a result, in recent years, there has been the re-emergence of the "God Hypothesis" in science. Prominent scientists including molecular biologists and astrophysicists, are advancing the hypothesis that there must exist an all powerful infinite intelligence, to account for the dozens of improbable events and features of the universe. Only an Intelligence of this nature can account for the improbable facts discovered by astrophysics.

The thinking of these scientists is expounded in many articles and books including The God Theory by Bernard Haisch, The Science of God, by Gerald Schroeder, The Language of God, by Francis Collins and The God Experiments, by Gary Schwartz. The people advancing the God Hypothesis are top rate scientists including Collins who managed the 2500-strong scientific team that sequenced the entire human genome.

Why Can Human Consciousness Predict theUnknown

There is another profound aspect connected with the discoveries of astrophysics. Many of the current accepted theories and facts about the universe were predicted first before they were empirically discovered.

For example, scientists postulated the theory of "black holes" many decades ago. Black holes are the remnants of exploded stars. Their gravitational force is so strong that not even light can escape the pull of gravity. Yet it was only around two years ago that scientists actually photographed the picture of a star being sucked in and eaten up by a black hole.

It is a similar case with the "Big Bang" theory of the universe. The theory describes a universe born out of an infinitely small point, basically out of nothing, materially speaking. From this very small beginning, the universe then subsequently expanded to its present astronomical size of over 10 billion light years, creating matter, galaxies, stars, solar systems in the process. It was not until around the late 1980s, decades later, that the microwave energy background of the Big Bang was empirically recorded thus giving credence to the theory. In 2006, the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to the two scientists who measured the background radiation of the Big Bang.

This highly unusual capacity of human consciousness to postulate and discover something before it is verified by the human senses with the aid of technology, is also prevalent in other physical disciplines. For example, using mathematical theories of quantum mechanics, physicists predicted the magnetic properties of the electron before actually measuring it. Subsequent physical measurements agree with the prediction to an accuracy of one part in 100 million.

Such amazing feats of knowledge raise a fundamental, philosophical (epistemological) question. Who are we that, in our consciousness, we can "perceive" in the invisible and predict the existence of things physically unseen. What does the correspondence between our ideas and the actually physically verified laws of the universe say about us, about our nature?

The answer to this puzzle lies is the realm of quantum mechanics and its equally revolutionary discoveries.

The Clue form Quantum Physics

In 1925 a group of scientists inaugurated the third scientific revolution in physics. They called it "quantum mechanics". Just as Einstein's Theory of Relativity made Newtonian physics a subset of itself, quantum mechanics subsumed both Einstein's and Newton's discoveries into a more vast and profound synthetic theory of the universe. Today, scientists consider quantum theory the most successful scientific theory of all time. It is responsible for the workings of many technological inventions including computers, cell phones, and dozens of other modern day technologies.

In the beginning, even Einstein and his followers resisted the theories of quantum mechanics. Most of all, they rejected the notion of "non-locality", a key aspect of quantum theory. Non-locality is a kind of instantaneous cause-and-effect that seems to transcend time and space. For example, twin or "entangled" or previously related quantum particles can influence each other simultaneously even though they are separated by billions of miles.

Einstein called non-locality as a kind of "spooky action at a distance" and resisted this notion throughout his life. He was annoyed with the theory because it challenged his notion that the speed of light is the upper limit of time. Nothing can travel faster than light. And, if human beings broke this barrier, then that would mean that they would have access both to the past and the future. However, non-locality means just that: breaking the upper limits of the speed of light or indicating the existence of still higher principles in the universe that can overcome space and time.

Then, in 1982, scientists in France experimentally confirmed once and for all the reality of non-locality. And this experimental verification has since then been replicated in other research laboratories around the world.

Scientists are discovering non-locality not only in the realm of quantum particles. In an impressive overview of this new science of non-locality, Lynn McTaggart in her book, The Field, demonstrates that non-locality also pervades the world of biology and human consciousness. And astrophysicists are also arguing that the whole universe itself is non-local because all the particles of the universe came from one source during the Big Bang.

Non-Local Supercompur and the Human Brain

These scientific discoveries have been sending shock waves throughout not only the world of science but also to humanity as a whole. They give a powerful clue to a previously unknown property of existence, one that is now radically impacting our self-image and the kind of technologies we are releasing in the world.

The US Department of Defense is currently engaged in the creation of a super quantum computer. This computer, once built, will be the most powerful and unusual computer the world has ever seen. The computer scientists at the Pentagon are planning to use the universe as its hardware to store infinite amounts of information. How? By using the property of non-locality and storing and accessing data stored in the non-local quantum field of the universe!

Meanwhile brain scientists are also postulating a non-local model of human memory. Scientist have long puzzled over the seemingly distributed nature of memory storage in the human brain. It seems that memory is not localized in one specific location in the brain. So now some brain scientists are theorizing that the human brain has non-local properties. They postulate that memories are stored in and accessed from the quantum field of the universe.

Human Capacity to Commune with the World Process

With these scientific discoveries, we can go back and answer the question we posed earlier. Why do we have the power to access the laws and properties of the universe even though we have no physical experience of these laws and properties?

The answer: Human consciousness is non-local in nature. Therefore it is deeply embedded in and in communion with the very essence and processes of the world, of the universe itself, including the non-manifest.

In creativity workshops in the Philippines, USA, and Europe, participants often characterize their creative experience as being "one with the world". When they say this, they are merely confirming their non-local link to the universal world process, which links them with seemingly limitless ideas and possibilities during their moments of creativity.

The Creative Human Mind and Infinite Intelligence

In light of these discoveries, the comments of Tomas Edison, one of the greatest and most creative inventors of all time, take on a new meaning. Edison has the distinction of having invented the incandescent light bulb that lighted the world for over a century and continues to light hundreds of millions of homes today. True, it is not energy efficient and is now being replaced by more efficient light bulbs including compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs).

But this does not detract from the fact that Edison produced, in addition to the light bulb, 1092 other inventions including industry-creating ones like the typewriter, phonograph, motion picture camera, alkaline storage battery and many others. Edison also wrote down many of his creative ideas in 3,500 notebooks, now preserved in a temperature-controlled vault at the Edison National Historic Site in New Jersey, USA.

Clearly, creativity and innovation oozed out of Edison. And to what did Edison attribute his talent? Edison pointed to two things. First, he said that genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Less known, however, is that he attributed crucial inspirations to his ability to access what he called "infinite intelligence". Edison was not aware of non-locality. But, he unconsciously harnessed its power.

Edison's comments provide an essential entry point regarding human nature, creativity, infinite intelligence and societal transformation. We can now draw out what it means for a world thirsting for vision, power, energy, enthusiasm, perseverance, and courage to create a better planet.

Realizing The Impossible

It has been important to take a look at modern scientific developments because people think it is just blind faith that makes people believe in the "impossible". In fact, these discoveries point to the existence of a "science of the impossible". And if one understands this science, one can manifest new societal possibilities often considered "impossible".

These scientific discoveries indicate that infinite conscious Intelligence predates the creation and existence of the universe. The ideas of this Intelligence have become the laws of astrophysics and the natural sciences. Consciousness is a creative force in the Universe. It creates everything that is – matter and all living things.

We have a spiritual creative power embodied in our minds. Our consciousness is our connection with this pervasive Infinite Intelligence whom some people call, God. Our higher nature is made in the image and likeness of this Infinite Intelligence.

Furthermore, we are the Universe becoming conscious of Itself. The future evolution of our planet depends on what we do with our Divine-given talents. We have entered the age of Conscious Evolution. Will we squander our talents?

One way to understand Conscious Evolution is to link it with our yearning for dignity, respect and freedom. If we yearn for these, then we are experiencing the force of universal evolution at work within us. To seek for freedom, dignity and purpose is to express 14 billion-years of evolution towards greater consciousness, individuation and integration that is now operative within us. Will we use this power to advance or destroy our planet and our very nature?

When we understand this, there are no limits to societal transformation except the limits we unconsciously or ignorantly impose on ourselves. True, realizing this will not mean the immediate transformation of our world. We will need to harness our creative intelligence to transform aspects of our identity that are a hindrance to the flow of the universal process within us. We will also need to use our creativity to provide innovative solutions to structural and systemic problems that plague our societies and our planet. But, at minimum, we need to recognize this sacred creative power within to even seriously think of engaging in the moral act of transforming the world.

We Create Our Future Reality

This, then, in essence is the "Science of the Impossible". We are not just a product of the past. We also have a creative self that has access to an "infinite intelligence" responsible for, among other things, the creation of our present physical universe.

When we are in our creative moment, we are, by virtue of the non-local nature of human consciousness, at one with the Source of our creativity, in communion with the Infinite Intelligence that guides the evolution of worlds.

If we feel hopeless and impotent, it does not necessarily mean that this negative self-image of ourselves is true. We have only forgotten the profound creative power that lies within us. We will only make our hopelessness and our impotence real if we believe and act upon our negative and self-limiting beliefs.

When we are in our creative moment, nothing is "impossible". To say "impossible" is simply to admit that our current level of ordinary thinking cannot grasp the complex logic of an Infinite Intelligence which forms and shapes the birth and future of planets, stars, solar systems, galaxies, and galactic clusters that abound in the universe. Our notion of "impossibility" ends when we enter into the flow of this Infinite Intelligence that allows us to peer into the future possibilities. In our creative state, we have glimpsed, we have tasted the real possibilities of the future from the creative Source of the future itself, the realm of Infinite Intelligence,

Out of this access to the future that is emerging, we situate our intention and will. We will then have a kind of transformative power that is almost as inevitable as a force of nature. Old societal systems will yield before the power of this future that wants to find entry into our world through our creative self. And no power in the world, whether big business, corrupt dictators or governments, or even misdirected elements of civil society can resist it.

There is a new world wanting to be born and it cannot be stopped. As long as there are individuals who have the courage to take risks and courageously act out of their highest ideals and deepest convictions, then the "impossible" will become real. Then new worlds will be born out of the ashes of corrupted and morally decadent societies.

 

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