Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Macro-Quantum/Moby Dick Factor

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While quantum mechanics and the theories that pertain insist that, at the micro-level of reality, observations (measurements) of events alter those events, and the outcomes are uncertain (Wigner, Wheeler, and Heisenberg), the same holds true for the macro-world.

That is, if one observes (measures by experiment) something, anything in the overt world, everyday life or the Universe even, that something is altered by the observation (the measurement, the experiment).

Therefore, when cosmologists attack, by theory and/or observation, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, black holes, novae, and anything else in the Universe, the thing observed or theorized about is altered, in some way, by the theorizing or observation.

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Thus, we contend, that if the Universe is, in its totality, the Ineffable God – the ultimate Singularity (despite the many disparate elements) – is observed/measured, it, the Universe or God, will be affected by that distinct conscious effort directed towards it.

This is why we’ve always maintained that Herman Melville’s monumental masterpiece Moby Dick is the greatest work of literature as it discloses the exact nature (essence) of God, the Universe in our reckoning.

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Moby Dick is oblivious to mankind, cloistered, usually, in the depths of the immense voids of the seas.

However, when Moby Dick is sought out, as he is in the [theological] tome, by Ahab and his whalers, that seeking (observation, measurement) causes Moby Dick’s nature to come full force into the “upper world” where the Evil essence of the Great White Whale is made manifest. (See our previous post about Dark Matter/Energy and its Id-like construct.)

Melville isn’t alone in discerning the Evil nature of God (the Universe), but he is the only writer who makes the Evil palpable, and with a poetic metaphor that clarifies for some what we as human beings are dealing with existentially.

But what does this have to do with cosmology, or the pursuit of quantum and macro-realities?

Our continuing point is that scientists (physicists, cosmologists, astronomers, et al.) alter reality when they measure (observe) it, or even think about it, by using mathematics or other conscious hypotheses.

Measuring and mapping the background microwave radiation of the Universe, using the WMAP and Planck satellites, alters that radiation, so that its absolute essence is disturbed, at least to the mappers.

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Just as space-time is relative, reality is relative, and quantum experimentation verifies that relativity.

So how can one know what the true essence of the Universe (or God) is?

At this point, no one can. The Universe is “ineffable” – incomprehensible for all practical purposes, as we keep noting.

Then what is the point, of scientific inquiry particularly? It satiates curiosity, but doesn’t produce much more.

Yet, in the absence of other serious mental gymnastics, scientific methodology isn’t so bad, but its lack of integration with non-scientific disciplines, such as mythology, theology, and aspects of mysticism makes it a poor step-sister to the pursuit of truth, the real reality, hinted at by Plato, and engaged in by such dignitaries as Meister Eckhart, Gurdjieff, Carl Jung, and even William James, among others.

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As promised, that’s where we’ll be going next….

5 comments:

Rich said...

I generally agree with this post but let me just do some mental gymnastics here (I'm working with a regular pentium processor, not a quad core):

1) I am MUCH, MUCH more cynical and think everything we do is mental gymanistics regardless whether the monk, the druggie on the corner or the mathmetician is doing it...essentially there is NOTHING TRULY "good" for us as individuals (or even to us as a group(s)) but PERHAPS only to whatever this place is/wants??!! Therein lies the question! Therein lies the question! Therein lies the question!

Fundamental questions still unanswered in plain english (or whatever languages necessary)...have no fear though everyone, we are important...buy a new car, perhaps five of them....feel important...????

2) I don't agree with looking at things as good and evil or bad or good. This "place" (like coding of some program???) RIGHT FROM THE START through to the present COULD NOT/CANNOT determine the difference between cracking an unfertilized egg open or cracking the skull open of somebody...IT TREATS THEM EXACTLY THE SAME!!! TREATS THEM EXACTLY THE SAME!!! Only we, humans, or well most of us anyway (some of us are evil ya know!!), and maybe some other animals AS PART OF IT ALL, for some UNKNOWN reason(s), EVOLVED????, to see the difference. So, right out of the gate, so to speak, good and bad, good vs. evil is out of the question! False labeling due to humans trying to "rationalize" this place as we always generally try to do of course....right! Need I say more...not really but I will. I "choose" to!

3) EXACTLY how does it all work? For instance, do(es) our observation(s), etc, TRULY indicate our free will to REALLY, REALLY CHANGE THINGS FOR OURSELVES (each and every living/aware individual included) ------- OR ------- are we (and everything else living and/or aware) ONLY some sort of FEEDBACK mechanism(s) for this "place" existing in a determined world. I observe, measure, theorize, etc and it changes, this then changes me, I observe, measure, theorize,etc again and it changes, this again changes me and so on. Something along these lines --- make sense??? Part of the coding of the program, so to speak, in which we cannot EVER?? escape (or sit outside of) and everything being FUNDAMENTALLY determined --- never to TRULY figure it ALL out because WE ARE PRETTY MUCH IT! Have no fear, it only gets better....right??

4)What is the degree of ACTUAL influence do we (and anything else) have over ourselves and this "place"...if there is such a thing as us (and other living/aware things) having free will?

5) How long does/would it take for any "GOOD" macroworld (WHOLE WORLD!!) changes to take place? Only as fast as our hands and minds can move????? We'll be waiting for FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR (need I go on with "FAR"???) TOO LONG as we have been doing!! Anyway, this CHANGE would mean nothing for us individuals at present...oh, silly, silly me...time is OUR PROBLEM! Time and time again....our problem! Our problem, our problem, our problem! Let us continue with just a little more though since that is what we "all" "like" to do...continue!

6) What do these changes ACTUALLY have to do with us (again, each and every living/aware individual included), if anything at all? It CERTAINLY seems like nothing because right out of the gate we were treated worse than crap! Remember the egg and the skull???????????????????? Or did you forget? Oh, right, you are special.....beyond the egg...silly, silly, so, so silly me.

cyregray said...

It seems to me that the post suggests that anything we observe we change by nature making an observation. I would postulate that this is true to some degree, in all situations, however the devil is in the details as not all things observed are changed by the same degree.

Maybe RRR can correct me if I'm wrong, but I got the impression from the post that studying anything, scientifically, is more or less futile due to changes made by observations. With this I would strongly disagree.

Example: Scientifically Studying psychopathy seems to be of the utmost importance given our current situation here on Earth.

This example in an of itself is interesting because the changes brought about by studying the phenomenon would quite likely, prevent disaster on a macro-social scale. Making things like the Iraq War, and similar entanglements seem psychotic to learned individuals.

So here we have a change being made by the observation that fundamentally improves the situation for everyone.

Learning about Psychopaths, their true nature, and how they infect and over time - take over - governments will effectively prevent them from doing so in the future.

I also got the impression - and again, correct me if im off - that RRR is equating Moby Dick with the search for Truth. What confused me is that essentially, Moby Dick is a tale of revenge, not a search for higher meaning in life. So in that respect, i think the King Arthur/Holy Grail legends make a much better literary comparison to the search for truth.

RRRGroup said...

C:

Observing (measuring) an event, at the quantum level or any other level will alter that event, but the kind of observation will also affect how that event is altered, as you seem to correctly suggest.

A malevolent observation will affect the event differently than a benevolent or benign observation (measurement).

This should be fleshed out further we think.)

While Moby Dick does have an overt sub-plot about revenge and Ahab's obsession, that was, according to Lewis Mumford, merely a guise to cover Melville's insinuation that God is, in essence, Evil.

(The color of The Whale -- white -- was also a throw-off by Melville, as he himself noted in a letter to Hawthorne.)

cyregray said...

Thanks for the reply R.

I was wondering, observations by their inherant nature tend to be neutral, they just are. So could you give an example of a benevolent vs malevolent observation?

Ah i see where you were going now, in that respect then Melville is putting out a gnostic idea - that the god of this world, the 'material' god is evil. Which with i def agree. Overall thou I'd say that this bit: "However, when Moby Dick is sought out, as he is in the [theological] tome, by Ahab and his whalers, that seeking (observation, measurement) causes Moby Dick’s nature to come full force into the “upper world” where the Evil essence of the Great White Whale is made manifest."

...is a little off, or at least unclear. When you read Gurdjieff, he talks about the general law - and i think you could def parallel the general law with the white whale. In the same respect you could equate it with the Gnostic material god. When you seek truth, you incur it's wrath, life becomes difficult, and obstacles are placed in your way. Basically, 'the system' adjusts to discourage truth seeking and 'knock you back in line' sotospeak.

Balance itself is evident in nature, and given, 'As above, so below' - we know that it is equally represented above. Given that, i don't think we can label God or the Universe as 'good' or 'evil', it is both just as nature is.

Though i do agree we tend to see much more of the darkside of that nature then we do the lightside, as for why that is i cannot say, except that a lot of it is due to our ignorance of the true nature of psychopathy, esp what they do to groups of normal people.

RRRGroup said...

C:

Observation (measurement) by benevolent entities (or benign instruments) will not produce adverse actions or reactions.

For example, as Shindler observed the German Jews they benefitted by his observation, whereas when Goebbels and Eichmann observed (and actually measured) the Jews, the Holocaust resulted.

Had neither Shindler or the Nazis observed the Jews, nothing at all would have occurred (to them).

As for the Evil God, Melville, saw God (represented by Moby Dick) as intrinsically Evil; this is the real God.

The Gnostics believed that their Evil God was the demiurge (demi urgos) -- not God but the god beneath God....a false God (Yahweh).

I hope Bruce Duensing jumps in here to make all this a bit clearer, providing correctives to my comments....

RRR