Wednesday, December 28

What I believe but can’t really prove:

Just for interests sake I thought I would list what I believe but can’t really prove:
1. Natural selection governs the evolutionary nature of all things to determine their existential status subject to continual and repeated creations.
2. Within this creation exists awareness which acknowledges a superior force or energy which must, by logical necessity, exceed what could be imagined as separate to self. This is the root of all religions and their beliefs.
3. The perceived order of the known universe gives rise to universal laws that mimic grand design even though at the smallest level particles defy these laws and at the outer extremities they break down. So that one can say at the most basic level life remains an ever deepening mystery.
4. All things are dependant and co exist with another and the environment and universe is a product of those entities that inhabit that space.
5. A void is only a void to the extent we are not aware of what makes up that space.
6. Freewill only exists as causality in decisions at the time as opposed to our unknown future about which we might say is more to do with our fate than our choice.
7. Ultimately all that exists can reduce to pure energy of one kind or another.
8. When we die or body dies but we pass on to another form of energy.


gfid said...

we're a bit like an atomic particle trying to understand the mountain it's inside of, aren't we.... mysteries too big for our small capacity to hold them.... but we're hard wired to keep trying. it's one of the things i love about humanity. belated Christmas wishes, dear blog-friend, and hopes for a happy and prosperous New Year.

Mercutio said...

A fine list, Lindsay.
I like this sort of thing.

Not that I’m disagreeing with you here, mind you; but only offering contrarian arguments:

1). What, exactly, constitutes the naturalness of any process of selectivity?
I am reminded of the strains of the celebrated song-smith Daniel Ash:
You can’t go against Nature
Because when you do
Go against Nature
It’s part of Nature too.

2). What if “this creation” and “this superior force or energy” are precisely the same and the one?
For example:
Open your hand and hold it, palm up, out toward your side. You will feel a greater sense of sensation in your palm.
Now, replace your hand in a relaxed position. Direct your attention toward your knee. Your knee will then feel a sense of greater sensation.
That is, what if attention is itself an intrinsic quality of body?
If so, then why do we sleep?
(Please forgive me, but I sometimes enjoy arguing both sides at once.)

3). I truly love that second sentence.

4). I am a little leery of acknowledging only those things which inhabit space.
How many thoughts might I fit into one bowl of vanilla Cavendish?
You might be surprised. . .

5). I would add to this that it is unawareness, even more so than awareness, which defines our existence.

6). Or as I like to say, there are certain pages unwritten on the Books of Life, but the Books we choose, and freely, from the Library of Souls.

7). Oh, but the reduction is only Chapter One of the tale. This same energy we would arrive at were we to reach the ultimate exaltation.

8). Not so; it is this very same energy— 0th Law of Thermodynamics.

A fine list, and I truly enjoyed it.
The sort of thing that makes blogging truly worthwhile.

Happy New Year, to you & yours!
May your stars shine forever, and weeds turn to lush grasses at your feet!

Lindsay Byrnes said...

Hi Garry Fiddler & Mercutio
Thanks for your insightful comments and best wishes for the New Year.
Granny fiddler – during our life the world has expanded from about 2 billion to nearly 7 – so we have survived the largest expansion in our history. You have to be very inventive to do that except that we are collectively making a mess of our planet except for a few bright sparks here and there. Let’s hope in the future we begin to live more within our means.
Thanks for your interesting input. The naturalness of any selective process is underpinned by Darwinian natural selection. However this is not as it was first thought since we also know complex systems can arise effortlessly from non complex beginnings over relatively short durations. Nature in all her abundance has the ability to survive and adapt within or without the conditions conducive to our long term survival.
The idea that “this creation” and “this superior force or energy” is the same makes up many strands of religious thought and philosophy. Our consciousness allows us to engage in such discussions but increasingly is difficult to define. One might well ask – where do all these thoughts go?

Best wishes and happy New Year

susan said...

An excellent list, Lindsay and I was reminded of a quote by John Paul II (the only pope I've respected):

'Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish… We need each other to be what we must be, what we are called to be.'

Lindsay Byrnes said...

Hi Susan - Thanks for your comment and very well put. In Sydney at the moment on hols and only just read your note from a library computer. Best wishes

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