Thursday, December 19, 2013
Consciousness and the Nature of Reality
In order not to lose sight of the objective of science while looking at the details of mathematical models (not seeing the forest for the trees) we have to keep in mind what it is that we are doing, and keep asking ourselves what it is we are looking for. In general, I believe, we are looking for the answer to the question “What is the nature of reality?”
In my search for the answers to that question, I started with the conviction that matter, energy, space, time, and consciousness are inseparably linked as finite aspects of one infinite thing: that we call reality; and that what makes them seem separate is the conscious drawing of distinctions. Any detailed study of the physical vehicle of human consciousness leads to the conclusion that what we take for reality is not reality at all, but simply a representation made up of images constructed in the brain. Of course, there actually is an existential reality, but, what is it and how can we know it? The polymath Leibnitz and others have opined that the most pertinent question is: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” And, indeed, if the second law of thermodynamics was in operation from the beginning, there should be no universe at all. If a big bang happened, it should have expanded and radiated to infinity, returning within nanoseconds to maximum entropy. My answer to the question “why is there something rather than nothing?” is Consciousness. My hypothesis is: none of the six forms of reality (matter, energy and individualized consciousness, space, time and primary consciousness) exists without the others. Reality, including the physical universe, exists solely because of the action of consciousness, drawing distinctions and organizing those distinctions into logical patterns.
It is on the basis of this hypothesis that I set out to put consciousness into the equations of science in order to discover how consciousness shapes the form of reality, creating and maintaining something instead of nothing. So what we are looking for is evidence revealing how consciousness insures the formation of stable structures in the physical universe that can support life. In looking for this evidence, we are investigating the very edge of science: the interaction of mind and matter, the place where the logical patterns of Primary Consciousness become finite patterns of energy. The Conveyance Equation, Σni=1 (Xn)m = Zm, is the mathematical expression of this process. The restriction of its quantifiers to integers reflects the quantization of finite distinctions of matter and energy. Its simplest expression in one dimension gives us the basis of arithmetic and algebra. The Pythagorean Theorem is its expression in two dimensions and its integral form in three dimensions and beyond is governed by Fermat’s Last Theorem. The TRUE unit unifies matter, energy, space, time and consciousness at the sub-quantal level of the most basic building blocks that make up quarks. In this context, the ratios of matter/energy units to consciousness units for atoms and molecules are significant, indicating the extent to which consciousness is involved. The fact that Hydrogen has the highest ratio of all (0.7000) is significant, and the fact that Carbon, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Phosphorus, the other elements that make up the DNA molecule, all have the same ratio (0.3488) is also significant. This is a reflection of the fact that they all have the same number of electrons, protons and neutrons, as you point out, but these atoms are stable structures only because of the operation of consciousness through the Conveyance Equation. Without this symmetry imposed by the logical structure of consciousness, they would decay rapidly.
It may be that all of the naturally stable elements are necessary for life, and this may make the specific ratios of life–supporting elements and molecules seem unimportant, but I think this is again missing seeing the forest by focusing on the trees. The C to m/E ratios for Adenine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine the molecules that, linked together by sugars and phosphates, are the building blocks of DNA, are around 0.4587 for to 0.4837, significantly higher than the ratios for any single element except Hydrogen. I believe this is significant. These numbers are all dependent on the integer solution of the Conveyance Equation I used. Assuming parsimony in nature, I used the simplest (smallest integers) solution that would not result in negative total TRUE units. There are other solutions that might be interesting for further research, to apply to see if the resulting ratios are different.