By Roland Watson
I've been examining the universe as a whole, and the limits to our understanding that result from the fact that we can only perceive it from the inside. Now, I am going to continue to explore the significance of the universe, the entire mammoth and magnificent thing, including with reference to certain types of unexplained phenomena.
One clue to the perspective of the whole - and, I should add, to the creator, if there is one - can be found in the realm of human experience. What I am talking about here are dreams. This is because dreams approximate the infinite.
Is the universe a dream?
Dreams themselves constitute their own universe - at least sometimes - when there is no apparent link to your waking life. Furthermore, they exist without borders. You never fall off the edge of a dream. They simply go on and on, changing form and time continually. Also, in dreams, the impossible happens. Waterfalls can fall up.
Another explanation for what lies at the edge of the universe, is that there is no edge. The universe itself is a dream.
Are we and the universe the figment of a great imagination, as in a dream? If so, this would explain the issue of boundaries, and the paradox - to us - of infinity, including of space and time. But, if so, does it mean that all of our actions are predetermined by this imagination, as, for instance, the characters in a story. Is it truly the case - as Shakespeare observed - that "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"?
Or, is the imagination so powerful that - one - the universe it produces has invariant properties, and - two - it takes on a life of its own? The "elements" of the dream are independent and not determined. The dream achieves its own reality. In such a case, would it even matter to these elements - to us - if it were a dream?
"The purpose which guided him was not impossible, though it was supernatural. He wanted to dream a man: he wanted to dream him with minute integrity and insert him into reality."
- The Circular Ruins, by Jorge Luis Borges
I said earlier that the universe is alive. Now I am saying it may be a dream. Can it be both: a living dream? And, if it is a dream, then whose dream is it?
Also, through being alive, does the universe have its own consciousness? Does the universe itself, as a whole, know that it exists?
Finally, does it have its own language or means of communication? And, do we, as inseparable parts of it, know this language, and even "speak" it?
A recurring problem in modern physics is that it appears that certain phenomena require superluminous communication. Various experiments have demonstrated non-local linkages. Information appears to be communicated through space faster than light can transmit it; even communicated vast distances instantaneously.
We perceive parts, and in a sense they do exist, but in another sense they do not. Everything is connected to everything else. Furthermore, this is reflected in universal communication. Communication actually occurs two ways: between parts, at or approaching the speed of light, as some form of electromagnetic or other radiation, and also yielding a rapid progression of causes and effects; and, instantaneously, throughout the whole.
Here are two ideas that might help you visualize the latter. First, if you had a rod that was absolutely rigid, and 187,000 miles, or 301,000 kilometers long, and you moved one end of it, the other end would move as well, and simultaneously. This would be a rate of communication faster than the speed of light. Of course, we have seen that matter cannot move faster than 186,000 miles, or 300,000 kilometers per second, but in this case it doesn't. The speed of light is a limit. Instantaneous does not exceed it. It transcends it. It is a completely different form of communication.
Space - or the energy that manifests it, even though it appears to be insubstantial, not rigid at all, may have this instantaneous interconnectivity, in a way that we cannot consciously comprehend. It may have a life structure or process deeper than or which supersedes particles and waves, or for that matter strings.
Secondly, another way to think of this is from the perspective of what constitutes a totality. For example, if something touches my foot, do I know it when the nerve cell at the point of contact communicates this to the next nerve cell, and then cell by cell all the way to the touch receptor area in my brain? Or, do I know it instantaneously, since in touching me, it has touched a self-contained whole?
Indeed, if such a form of universal communication exists, how does it register on us? Does it impact a part of us, such as the brain, or does it somehow flow through our entire body?
It is certainly possible that we have senses other than those of which we are aware, meaning senses that are controlled exclusively by or in our unconscious. In addition, the brain itself may be a sensory organ, and thought a sense - and "vision," distinct from the perceptions that we normally view as preceding it. But, and even though I inferred this earlier when I discussed the great magnitude of our potential range of thought, and the possibility that we have a "higher" unconscious, I do not believe that the brain, as a part of us - albeit the most important part - serves as the focal point of our communication with universal consciousness. All of us must in some way be connected with this consciousness.
Is there any way that we can test this, determine if we have additional sensory and communication abilities? For instance, if the brain has an additional electronic sense, such as those exhibited by sharks and bats, we presumably could learn from where the signals are transmitted and received, and even isolate their frequency and develop our own transmitter and receiver. But, instantaneous communication is not electromagnetic. Is there any way to find evidence of it at the human level, not via particle experiments in physics labs?
To consider both of these possibilities, additional "normal" senses and that we may be part of some universal communication system, we can look to the world of unexplained phenomena, particularly to such things as telepathy and telekinesis, which we traditionally regard as the abilities to read minds and to move objects - and which physicists largely write off as non-existent and hocus-pocus.
Standard unexplained phenomena include knowing when someone is looking at you, and the type of communication that occurs, over long distances, between mother and child - but not father and child, and identical twins. I believe these might be explained electromagnetically, through brain waves. We have seen that a brain generates an electrical current, and we now understand that this can also be considered to be a wave. Furthermore, there is no reason to assume that such waves would be confined to the skull. Such objects are, to a degree, transparent to particle/wave activity. Therefore, I believe what happens when you "feel" that someone is looking at you, is that your brain senses their incoming brain waves - because they are concentrated on you. Indeed, it would be an interesting research project to seek evidence of this communication, and then unearth its various components, including the frequency of the waves, their source in the brain, and how they are directed.
For mothers and children, and identical twins, physics has shown that particles can become correlated, such that a relationship is forever established between them. (This is what underlies entanglement.) This would explain why, even over long distances, such communication can be maintained, although we are consciously unaware of it except in times of great stress. The standard example is a mother sensing that her child has been in an accident, when the brain - the child's brain - apparently sends a magnified signal. I can add, this also explains the lack of a similar father/child connectedness. Such brain waves are not correlated. This must occur in the womb. They must derive from the same organic whole.
What this seems to imply is that subatomic particles interact not only with other atoms of the same part of the universe, but with the atoms of other parts, meaning of people, as well. This suggests that there is real telepathy and telekinesis. However, I wouldn't expect to be able to read someone's thoughts - other than through astute psychological analysis, or to bend spoons. Such a force appears far too weak to accomplish that, and, in any case, we don't want other people reading our thoughts!
Another unexplained phenomenon is the amazing mind and body control that can be achieved through meditation - the significance of which I've already mentioned a few times. In normal circumstances, the mind, or at least the self-conscious part of it, is regularly in a state of chaos. But, through meditation, you can learn to quell the riot in your mind, and this is effectively a form of telekinesis. I believe meditation may even work at the quantum level, by controlling the brain waves between neurons. In other words, you tell your brain which way to move - or not to move at all.
To develop a thought - any thought - your mind has to close off certain synapses, and open up others. This is telekinesis. Indeed, our stream of consciousness conceivably can turn on a single neuron - or "neuronal group," and via any thought mechanism, including perception, neural circuitry overlap, concentration, or chance. All mental processes, including conscious - unconscious communication, meaning between the two, are based on such neural regulation, and with sufficient sensitivity and discipline, they can be controlled.
I will continue in the next article with another unexplained phenomenon, the possibility that beings from other solar systems have visited the earth.
© Roland Watson 2015