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The reality of who we are- 2

Last time (The reality of who we are -1) I looked at our human construction and explained that actually, at base although we perceive ourselves to be solid, we are nothing more than beings made from vibrating pinches of energy called quanta.

There are two problems here, (more…)

The reality of who we are -1

 One of the main keys in understanding the nature of our reality is understanding, at base, who and what as human beings we actually are. This is so important that I begin all of my talks by explaining this.

On the face of it you may think that the answer is obvious. As we look around us we see flesh and blood seemingly solid biological beings, and animals and plants, interacting with us. What you must understand is that this seeming solidity is an illusion.

Our physical construction

As we were taught at school, we and all of the universe around us are constructed from atoms. All of our bodily systems, flesh blood and bones, ( indeed all of  physical creation) are basically made of atoms of elements in different and often complex combinations.  The interesting fact here is that atoms are themselves mostly empty space.  We are not solid at all.

When learning about the atom we are shown a diagram with a ball type nucleus of protons (+) and neutrons, with ball like electrons (-) whizzing in orbits round it. Numbers of all vary according to which element. They vary from a simple one of each in hydrogen, to multiple of each in the heavy metals.

Energy beings

This standard diagram is very misleading. These little ball thingy’s actually are not solid at all. Each element in the atom (and there are many other interesting bits and bobs also) are themselves nothing more than pinches of vibrating energy in different combinations. These packets of vibrating energy are called quanta. We are no more than energy beings. So why don’t we bleed into each other and our environment?

Well, the energies within each atom hold the atom, and any combination or molecules, together. Seeming solidity is just a factor of the strength or density of each material’s atomic charge. We can walk though air as it is hardly dense at all. We can sit on iron (or a bullet can pass though us) as it is much denser than we are, so the atomic energy is stronger.

This is the real picture!

 

What does this all mean?

There are two types of physics, each with their own laws, that seem to explain how the physical world works. That of the very big and that of the very small.

The Newtonian view of physics governs everything down to the atomic level. This sees the universe as a machine. Every particle acts in a consistent certain way according to the observed rules.

At the sub atomic level though, this does not seems to happen. In fact not only do particles not always follow “ the rules” but they can  behave in ways that give us a whole new perspective on reality.  This I will look at next time.

Aspects of reality

We, at base, are nothing more than beings made of vibrating energy.

 

 

 

 

Teslas’s truth

We think we are on the cutting edge of understanding what lies behind our reality, especially in terms of science.I am always fascinated to realize that many in previous centuries grasped fundamental principles about our existence even though they did not have the language or science to back their assertions up. For instance, Plato and his world of shadows (holographic universe?).

Most remarkable in our time though is Nikola Tesla. I have posted about him at length before. He was writing, thinking and inventing over 100 years ago. Some of his ideas are just now coming into fruition.

I found this quote which may have seemed strange when he wrote it, but is now spot on with current quantum mechanics.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration”
Nikola Tesla

Aspects of reality

All that there is in our reality is a factor of energy, frequency and vibration.

Super Clues to reality – the quantum world

When looking at the nature of our reality you soon realize that it is complex and multilayered  and probably fundamentally unknowable. Even from what we can see, or scientifically detect, about our reality though, there are are super clues if you look carefully enough, to a much bigger picture beyond our current understanding. I have previously identified, in various posts, the super clues of the nature of consciousness, free will, and the mystery of life itself.( See 14/4 The nature of consciousness, 24/4 Why life?, 28/4 Free will) In looking for my next super clue I looked to the fundamental nature of our physical universe its self.

For instance even in looking at how the physical universe works around us, you begin to see that there are two layers of understanding about how everything works.

Firstly, there is three centuries old classical mechanics view of the universe as a machine. This, so called Newtonian view, held that the physical world worked according to strict scientific rules.  For every known input there would be a predictable output. If we did not understand why or how things worked it was because we did not understand the machine properly.

Secondly, and perhaps more interestingly, science has more recently begun to understand the science of the particles that make up the atoms  with which all our physical world, including ourselves, has been created. These tiny particles are, at base, just pinches of vibrating energy, or quanta, in different combinations. These fundamental particles behave though in many weird ways.  These include:

  • Their behavior is not always predictable. The same sort of particle, in the same situation, does not always do the same thing. This is most unmachine like!
  • Some times these particles act as particles, sometimes they act as waves. Waves can do things particle cannot. They can jump gaps, they can be a million miles wide, They can appear to be in many places at once.
  • Once in contact they may always share a link. I read just the other day of research that may indicate that quantum entanglement helps to prevent the molecules of life from breaking apart.
  • When changing form they instantaneously take every possible combination and just settle in to one when  someone observes them. (How they know all this, I have no idea) .  Can we then change reality by power of thought and observation? Are all possibilities happening simultaneously somewhere?

What does this all mean? It is all too weird and complex for mere unscientific mortals like me to properly understand. All I can say is that reality seems to be more uncertain but more interconnected and perhaps more individual than has been previously understood. Perhaps when looking at the origins and mechanics of our physical universe quantum theory may turn out to be the key to really understanding it all. It may be the ultimate super clue of all.

Aspects of reality

An understanding of quantum mechanics may be the key to understanding our reality.

It is also a superclue giving us glimpses of possibilities beyond our physical reality.