It started with a bang. The big bang! And after eons evolving here on Earth we find ourselves firmly ensconced within the cosmic cradle of space/time -- constrained by the one-way march of time, confined by physical limitations, and not really sure where we came from or where we are going.
Before the big bang there was neither space nor time, at least not as we now know them. Anyway that is what the best scientific minds tell us; fact is, we know nothing about the realm that preceded the big bang. However, with the big bang space opened, time flowed, and the evolution of complexity commenced. Immediately following the onset of the big bang, the process of evolution began its developmental activities by combining tiny particles of matter. Atoms merged with atoms and soon were forming molecules. The zeal of the evolutionary process to reach for increased complexity continued its march until molecules formed cells and in time these inanimate cells crossed the critical threshold to become tiny living entities.
To enable this occurrence, the laws of force and energy joined to form matter in evermore intricate arrangements making a universe where in time on one planet the rare event of life occurred. After eons of slow development in the water, muck and mud of an obscure planet called Earth, aided and abetted by the sun's radiant energy and perhaps supercharged by a bolt of lightning, a few molecules coupled to start the inexorable march toward life. Slowly, molecules joined and rejoined, combined and recombined until finally a single-celled entity appeared with the rudimentary features we recognize as life. Inanimate matter had complexified and joined the long upscale journey toward higher forms. At some point in this long evolutionary process, cellular recombinations were identified as the act of mating, a mere extension of the mysterious early attraction of tiny particles of matter for each other. Continuing over time this tendency to merge brought about more complex cellular arrangements and led to living entities. Bundles of brain cells became organized in intricate networks that enabled the birth of the life-preserving attribute of instinct, soon to be followed by intelligence.
This process has proceeded under the auspices of natural law, the software package instilled in the universe at the beginning of time. These universal rules of operation guided the formation of matter in the direction of life as unremittingly as imbedded software directs the operation of your computer toward a specified output. It is only natural then to ask the source of this intelligent set of laws. More will be said later about some of the proposed explanations for how natural law originated. Now, as human intelligence reaches new levels, we are beginning to apprehend the pervasiveness of the phenomenon of consciousness. We are in awe of the power behind its origin and find ourselves wondering where this awareness will take us. The earth, our solar system and the entire universe can be thought of as immersed in a huge energy field of intelligence and consciousness. Whether this field is a faint electromagnetic force field or some other still-mysterious energy or quantum field, we are not yet certain. Time will tell as our high-tech instruments grow more sensitive and our own individual awareness gains more access to the universal source of this field.
What we do know is that when brains evolve to a sufficiently high level of complexity, they have an increased capacity to tap into a super field of intelligence. Across the species and within the human species, there is a gradient in the quality of levels that have access to this super field and hence to individual mental clarity. Each human brain acts as a focal node through which this larger field of intelligence can pass on information, insight, and a general sense of awareness about self, life, and the world.
Within the processing systems of the brain, there is a mix of information provided through the physical senses with conscious awareness. During its evolutionary process, humanity slowly became aware first of its earthly surroundings and eventually of the universe in its grandeur. Likewise each of us, following birth, slowly experiences this same awakening of consciousness as we come to see our interpretation of the world and ourselves as unique instances in the phenomenon of life. Moreover, as humans we are not only aware of this awakening within ourselves but we are aware that we are aware of it. This is the current level of human self-reflective consciousness. Where do we go from here? It is clear that consciousness, as a an inevitable consequence of life, is slowly unfolding both in ourselves individually and in humanity collectively as a species. As life spiraled upward and gained more complexity, consciousness emerged to accompany and guide it. In our personal lives we can see how, as we become psychologically more complex via normal growth processes and the acquisition of knowledge, consciousness slowly unfurls. As we learn and grow smarter, the brain increases capacity by adding new neuronal pathways between brain cells. Much like the stages of physical maturation, levels of consciousness follow a step function as knowledge and insight accumulate. But there are obvious physical limits to the complexity which can occur within the human brain; nevertheless, there are features beyond the physical brain waiting to accommodate the further expansion of consciousness and human intelligence.
We should understand that though there are complexity limitations due to the approximate 1500 cc size of the human brain, there is enormous yet-to-developed potential waiting in the wings. As the power of mind increases with growth in brain complexity, there is an amplified ability for gaining access to the aura of intelligent energy surrounding each human body. In tandem, the brain and the aura provide a new and powerful facility for accessing the higher levels of cosmic consciousness and intelligence.
There are other possibilities for the unrelenting quest by life to advance the growth of intelligence. Think for a minute about the substrate provided by individual brain cells that function as the building blocks for the information processing device we call the human brain. Information passes between these individual brain cells via electrical and chemical signals that follow neuronal pathways created by learning and experience. Then, extrapolate this model to one with each human brain acting as an individual cell or building block for the next higher-level of brain function. This would a brain working on a global scale. Now you have the basis for the concept which some call the noosphere, others refer to it as the Gaia hypothesis. So, the next step in the relentless march of life on the road leading from simplicity to complexity, from individual to cosmic consciousness may be to integrate the advances made in our personal awareness with a collective super consciousness.
We begin with an overview of some of the newest concepts that underpin the emerging view that we live within a surrounding sea of universal energy and order. This world-encompassing envelope of flowing energized intelligence is carried on waveforms and the very nature of the universe at its most fundamental level is being recognized as a vast ocean of quantum waves whose cosmic mission is to distribute energy and information.
Our human senses are tuned to perceive only those waves in a narrow band of the electromagnetic spectrum that we call light. All of the colors and shapes we see in the world result from transformations of this limited range of electromagnetic energy made inside the brain. Sound waves, too, are converted into information and stored as knowledge in brain circuits.
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August 01, 2010
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