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The Natural Genesis Vision

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Kak, Subhash. Indian Physics: Outline of Early History. arXiv:physics/0310001. In this 2003 posting, the Oklahoma State University sage scientist (search here and the eprint site) describes how, even centuries ago, this Earthly realm was distinguished by archetypal complements. As the quotes say, a Samkhya school takes a broad, holistic survey, while a Vaisesika mode attends to discrete depths. An amazing parallel then become evident today by their similarity with the brain’s dorsal and ventral streams, along with the right/left hemispheres. But we add that this should not surprise, for as this site tries to report, a phenomenal nature seems to prefer and reproduce this optimum pair everywhere. See also Time, Space and Structure in Ancient India by S. Kak at 0903.3252 (2009) which cites an infinitely recursive, repetitive existence.

The objective of this paper is to present a preliminary outline of early history of physics in India. The focus will be the schools of Vaisesika and Samkhya that were interested in general principles of atomic theory and cosmology. To summarize this background context, the Vedic texts present a tripartite and recursive worldview. The universe is viewed as three regions of earth, space, and sky which in the human being are mirrored in the physical body, the breath, and mind. The processes in the sky, on earth, and within the mind are taken to be connected. The universe is mirrored in the cognitive system, leading to the idea that introspection can yield knowledge. (Introduction)

During the Rgvedic period itself, it had come to be recognized that although nature follows laws, a certain freedom characterizes human behaviour. The fundamental unity of reality is thus split into two distinct categories related to innate nature and cognition. The universe not only exists outside of ourselves, but a copy of it, howsoever imperfect, exists within each one of us. The enumeration of categories as they arise in the space of the mind is the concern of Samkhya. The stated objective is to obtain discriminative knowledge of the manifest, the unmanifest and the knower. On the other hand, Vaisesika deals with the goal attributed to Kanada, the mythical founder of the system, “I shall enumerate everything [in this world] that has the character of being.” (2-3)

The two systems have differing focus. Samkhya addresses evolution at the cosmic and the psychological levels; Vaisesika delves deeper into the nature of substances and its scope includes both physics as well as metaphysics. (3) There is also a complementarity between Samkhya and Vaisesika. By considering the evolution of tattvas, Samkhya emphasizes genesis both as the cosmic as well as the psychological levels. More details related to the constitution of the physical world are provided by Vaisesika. (29)

The Genesis Vision > Historic Precedents

Liljeros, Fredrik, et al. Universal Mechanisms in the Growth of Voluntary Organizations. arXiv:nlin/0310001. We cite this 2003 posting (the eprint site was just getting going) by FL, Stockholm University, Luis Amaral, Northwestern University, and Eugene Stanley, Boston University as an early 21st century example (network theory was just dawning) whence the presence of a common complexity in kind everywhere, even in this case of economic labor unions.

We analyze the growth statistics of Swedish trade unions and find a universal functional form for the probability distribution of growth rates of union size, and a power law dependence of the standard deviation of this distribution on the number of members of the union. We also find that the typical size and the typical number of local chapters scales as a power law of the union size. Intriguingly, our results are similar to results reported for other human organizations of a quite different nature. Our findings are consistent with the possibility that universal mechanisms may exist governing the growth patterns of human organizations. (Abstract)

Planetary Prodigy: A Global Sapiensphere Learns by Her/His Own Self

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > The Book of Nature

Armstrong, Karen. The Lost Art of Scripture: Rescuing the Sacred Texts. New York, Knopf, 2019. In her latest erudite treatise, the British polyscholar worries that the religions of the first Axial Age – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in the west and eastern Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese beliefs have sorely lost their way as they became removed from an original numinous wisdom. These early texts have now been mistranslated, misunderstood and co-opted to serve all manner of counter mayhem. Herein ecumenical sections proceed from Cosmos and Society to Mythos, Logos, Sola Scriptura and Sola Ratio as it surveys the long arduous course of our human expressions. Her claim is that archaic passages out of context, as fundamentalists revert to, nor centuries of mechanical science (Bacon, Newton) or philosophy (Nietzsche), which have come to atomic and cosmic naught, will ever serve and save us today.

Akin to Allan Schore (2019), Karen Armstrong’s insightful reprise and revival is to weave in the dual brain hemispheres, guided by Iain McGilchrist’s 2009 tome, with their right relational, holistic vision and left discrete detail complements. And as Jessica Riskin’s 2016 science history cites, again all the index names are male. What is needed is a recovery of primal prosodic rhythm, active rituals, vital stories, so as to reconnect with an ineffable divine oneness. By these lights and more, we might be able to animate profane mechanism with a once and future sacred significance.

In recent decades, neurologists have discovered that the brain’s right hemisphere is essential to the creation of poetry, music and religion. It is involved with the formation of our sense of self and has a broader, less focused mode of attention than the left hemisphere, which is more pragmatic and selective. The right hemisphere has a holistic rather than an analytical vision; it sees each thing in relation to the whole and perceives the interconnectivedness of reality. It is at home with metaphor, in which disparate entities become one, while the left hemisphere tends to be literal and to wrest things from their context so it can categorize and make use of them. (5)

Scripture, therefore, began as an aristocratic art form. A scripture can be defined as a text that is regarded as sacred, often because it was divinely revealed, and forms part of an authoritative canon. Our English word for it implies a written text, but most were originally composed and transmitted orally. “Scripture” was often sung, chanted or declaimed in a way that separated it from mundane speech, so that the words – a product of the brain’s left hemisphere – were fused with the more indefinable emotions of the right. Scripture was essentially a performative art, and until the modern period, it was nearly always acted out in the drama of ritual and belonged to the world of myth. (10-11)

A Learning Planet > Original Wisdom > World Philosophy

Schwartz, Michael, et al, eds. Dancing with Sophia: Integral Philosophy on the Verge. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019. An original collection that reflects on Ken Wilber’s decadal scholarship by the subtitle name (search). While we appreciate Wilber’s project to reweave perennial, psychological and holistic themes (search), an issue arose with this book. While the name Sophia represents the Greek goddess of wisdom, and has been availed by many endeavors, here all fifteen writers and editors are men. On a December day of impeachment hearings, when a report issued on the long Afghan war concludes it was blundering carnage, an essential woman’s philoSophia is absent.

A Learning Planet > The Spiral of Science

Gates, Alexander, et al. Nature’s Reach: Narrow Work has Broad Impact. Nature. 575/32, 2019. As a contribution to this premier scientific journal’s 150th anniversary, Northeastern University network theorists including Albert-Laszlo Barabasi quantify and explain the long course from individual rudiments to today’s global, multiple coauthor, research teams. See the Science of Science article by Santo Fortunato, et al (search) from this group as a 2018 technical document. As we near 2020, how might it dawn (as time runs out) that this dynamic, instant, worldwide, emergent endeavor is presently gaining knowledge on her/his own.

A Learning Planet > The Spiral of Science > deep

Schneider, Susan. Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. The NASA/Baruch Blumberg Chair at the Library of Congress and cultural communicator provides an accessible, perceptive survey of these diverse algorithmic augmentations as they rush in to reinvent, empower and maybe imperil persons and societies. Of especial interest is the chapter A Universe of Singularities in a Postbiological Cosmos, whence it is assumed that something like the possible transfer (take over) by degrees from human beings (cyborgian) to myriad technological devices (Computocene) phase will have occurred by the billions across the galaxies. It is then contended that this occasion need be factored into exolife searches.

An Organic, Conducive, Habitable MultiUniVerse

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology

Bartelmann, Matthias, et al. Cosmic Structure Formation with Kinetic Field Theory. Annalen der Physik. 531/11, 2019. A ten person team from the University of Heildeberg and ETH Zurich offer further ways that this KFT mathematical conception, initiated by the lead author and colleagues in the earlier 2010s, can be seen well reflect and explain the variegated shape and course of celestial topologies. Search the arXiv eprint site by Bartelmann and the KFT term for much more.

Kinetic field theory (KFT) is a statistical theory for an ensemble of classical point particles in or out of equilibrium. We here review its application to cosmological structure formation by adapting it to an expanding spatial background and the homogeneous and isotropic, correlated initial conditions for nonlinear cosmic formations. Three approaches are developed which rest either on expanding an interaction operator, averaging the interaction term, or resumming perturbation terms. (Abstract excerpt)

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology

Poulin, Vivian, et al. Early Dark Energy can Resolve the Hubble Tension. arXiv:1811.04083. We cite this entry by Johns Hopkins University astrophysicists including Marc Kamionkowski as an example of the incredible abilities of worldwide research teams with instant shared contact to seemingly quantify any depth and reach of any universal phenomena. In perspective, we peoples seem to be carrying out an intended task, as yet unawares, of cosmic self-realization and individuation. See also Cosmological Constraints from the Hubble Diagram of Quasars at High Redshifts by G. Risaliti and E. Lusso in Nature Astronomy (3/272, 2019) and Have Dark Forces Been Messing with the Cosmos? by Dennis Overbye in the N. Y. Times (February 25, 2019).

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > cosmos

Andrews, Robin George. A Dance that Stops 2 of Neptune’s Moons from Colliding. New York Times. November 21, 2019. The volcanologist and science writer (see his site) comments on Orbits and Resonances of the Regular Moons of Neptune by Marina Brozovic, et al at JPL, NASA, and SETI Institute including Jack Lissauer in Icarus (338/Art. 113462, 2020). Mathematical forces seem to be at work amongst the 14 moons and counting of this gas giant outer world which serve to direct orbital traffic so they stay in their lanes.

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > cosmos

Cimatti, Andrea, et al. Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution: From Primordial Gas to Present-Day Galaxies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. University of Bologna and Kapteyn Astronomical Institute astrophysicists provide a latest, comprehensive edition with regard to a cosmic propensity to fill itself out with trillion stellar spirals of a widest stochastic array

Present-day elliptical, spiral and irregular galaxies are large systems made of stars, gas and dark matter. Their properties result from a variety of physical processes that have occurred during the nearly fourteen billion years since the Big Bang. This comprehensive textbook bridges the gap between introductory and specialized texts as it explains the formation of galaxies from the cosmological recombination of primordial gas to the evolution of the various forms we observe in the Universe today.

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > cosmos

Hooper, Dan. At the Edge of time: Exploring the Mysteries of Our Universe’s First Seconds. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019. The University of Chicago astrophysicist dutifully retraces cosmic history from quantum gravity (10-43 sec), grand unified (10-35 sec) and inflation eras on to quark-gluon plasma, protons, neutrons, atoms, dark matter phases all the way to today, some 13.8 billion years later. But for this natural philoSophia site, we ought to reflect upon our auspicious Earthwisw ability to be a genesis universe’s way of respectively realizing itself.

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > cosmos

Moradt, Rahim, et al. The Newborn Black Hole in GRB 191014C Manifests that it is Alive. arXiv:1911.07552. We cite this entry by International Center for Relativistic Astrophysicists Network (ICRANet) researchers including Remo Ruffini for its radical revision of what constitutes a cosmic “black hole.” Ruffini, now 77, was a 1971 coauthor with its co-conceiver John A. Wheeler of Introducing the Black Hole in Physics Today, so he has been along for the ride. In this paper, rather than drawing everything into itself, as long held that BHs do, via worldwide mathematical theories, this common celestial event ought to rightly be seen as an energy exporter. By this diametric view, these pervasive, phenomenal loci play a vital role in life’s occurrence, evolution and our collective witness. See also Inward Bound: The Incredible Journey of Massive Black Holes as they Pair and Merge by Fazeel Khan, et al at 1911.07946.

The popular view that black holes (BH) are dark objects, a sink of energy rather than an energy source, arises from three assumptions, that they are (i) in vacuum, (ii) in a flat space-time, and (iii) stationary. As a result, the search for a mechanism to extract the energy from a BH, able to power gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and active galactic nuclei (AGNs), has been unsuccessful. Here we show that an electrodynamical process of BH energy extraction occurs in the "inner engine", composed of a rotating BH in a background of low-density ionized plasma and an ordered magnetic field. The blackholic quantum of energy is emitted in the entire Universe in view of the cosmological presence of GRBs. This suggests the intriguing possibility that, rather than representing the end of life, BHs may have a relevant role in the evolution of life in our Universe. (Abstract)

Finally, we would like to remark that, the emission of the blackholic quantum of energy, 1037 erg, with a timescale of 10-14 s, occurs in the entire Universe in view of the cosmological homogeneous presence of GRBs. This suggests the intriguing possibility that, rather than representing the end of life, BHs and their linearly polarized “blackholic quanta”, may have a relevant role in the creation of the DNA and of evolution of life in our
Universe. (4)

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > cosmos

Vazza, Franco. How Complex is the Cosmic Web?. arXiv:1911.11029. We cite this by a University of Bologna astrophysicist as another example of innovative, sophisticated methods by which to simulate and describe the entire spatial and temporal reach of the celestial universe which our collective sapience has found itself. How fantastic is it that in a few decades our phenomenal species seems innately capable of, seemingly made for, such observances. We also note that some forty years after Erich Jantsch’s 1980 work The Self-Organizing Universe (search), it is now been proven that this dynamic creativity is how nature works.

The growth of large-scale cosmic structure is a beautiful exemplification of how complexity can emerge in our Universe, starting from simple initial conditions and physical laws. Using cosmological numerical simulations, I applied tools from Information Theory to quantify the amount of complexity in the simulated cosmic volume, as a function of epoch and environment. The most complex environment in the simulated cosmic web is found to be the periphery of large-scale structures (e.g. galaxy clusters and filaments), where it is greater than more rarefied regions. (Abstract)

The Universe that astrophysicists routinely analyze gives a spectacular example of such emergence from simple initial conditions: somehow the Universe could self-organize on an enormous range of scales without any external intervention, transitioning from the smoothest and simplest possible initial condition (a nearly scale-invariant background of matter fluctuations) to a majestic hierarchy of clustered sources. (1)

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > quantum CS

jaeger, Gregg, et al. Second Quantum Revolution: Foundational Questions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. 375/20160397, 2016. GJ, Boston University, Andrei Khrennikov, Linnaeus University, Sweden and Paolo Perinotti, University of Pavia, Italy introduce a special issue to survey this 21st century and 2010s conceptual frontier. Some papers are Quantum-like Dynamics Applied to Cognition, Contexuality in Canonical Systems, and Quantum Potentiality Revisited. See also The Second Quantum Revolution: Challenges of Molecular Chemistry by Matteo Atzori and Roberta Sessoli in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (141/29, 2019) for another use of this phrase.

Recent theoretical and experimental successes in quantum physics are considered by many to be forging a second quantum revolution. These successes clearly indicate that important quantum technological improvements are on the way. However, many important foundational issues in quantum theory have not yet been clearly resolved, e.g. the quantum measurement problem, the justification of the application of the quantum formalism for macroscopic systems, the possibility of going beyond quantum theory, quantum non-locality, the relativistic treatment of entanglement and an indisputable understanding of the probabilistic structure of Bell's argument.

Animate Cosmos > Quantum Cosmology > physics

Ansari, Mohammad and Lee Smolin. Self-Organized Criticality in Quantum Gravity. Classical and Quantum Gravity. 25/095016, 2008. Perimeter Institute theorists advance an early glimpse of nature’s actual innate tendency to seek and maintain itself in an active balance between two coincidental, often complementary opposite states.

We study a simple model of spin network evolution motivated by the hypothesis that the emergence of classical spacetime from a discrete microscopic dynamics may be a self-organized critical process. Self-organized critical systems are statistical systems that naturally evolve without fine tuning to critical states in which correlation functions are scale invariant. We study several rules for evolution of frozen spin networks in which the spins labeling the edges evolve on a fixed graph. We find evidence for a set of rules which behaves analogously to sand pile models in which a critical state emerges without fine tuning, in which some correlation functions become scale invariant. (Abstract)

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