Richard Warren Field, January 2009
COURSE OF STUDY
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Consciousness is the human interface with the Universe. Understanding the physical/biological/chemical attributes of consciousness will help me to understand our own equipment for absorbing, analyzing and understanding the Universe. Studying the precise nature of human consciousness will help my understanding of reality by shedding light on our own lens for viewing it.
Mathematics is the common language of the Universe. Language, culture, even life itself can manifest in many variations. But numerical axioms cannot vary at any corner of the Universe, or in any alternate reality. Whatever they are called, whatever system is used to organize and label them, numerical systems themselves cannot help but be consistent. If we encounter other intelligences, no matter how exotic or unusual they are, our best chance of communicating with those intelligences will be through setting up a common language through numerical concepts. Side areas to explore will be other potentially mathematically based entities that could turn out to be Universal, such as music.
Is time itself a Universal constant, or are humans stuck in one of many possible manifestations of time? Could it be that everything exists always, in one big space-time conglomeration, and we humans experience our consciousness in remote segments of that space-time conglomeration? This type of thinking could answer concerns about death, because if everything exists always, then we are always conscious at some point in the time line. I will explore cutting edge ideas about time, as a key issue to address to reconcile physics and metaphysics.
Physics—At the Edges of Observable Reality?
- The macro: The edge of the Universe as it expands from the big bang beginnings. Among other subjects, I will study recent findings of Hubble Telescope, which has peered back into time within 300,000 years of the beginning of the Universe. This is close to the beginning. What will that information bring to this discussion?
- The micro: Particle accelerators have us looking at small components of matter, components that may finally be indivisible and blur the distinction between energy and matter. Are we at the alpha components, the forces and particles of nature at their most basic? The micro and appear nearly ready to come together in a unified concept.
- The nature of matter and energy, the cutting edge thinking on what matter and energy are, and how they interact, and how we fit in to this as conscious beings, will be part of this study.
What is it, and is the key to ultimate questions of “God” and the beginning and ultimate end of the Universe within an understanding of infinity? Is infinity knowable to us or not?
Some form of a survey of the historical and philosophical theories of the Universe.
Here are some comments on what I have studied so far:
Ken Wilber - A Brief History of
Lynne McTaggert - The Field, The Intention Experiment
Ervin Laszlo - Science and the Akashic Field
Gregg Braden - The Divine Matrix
Amit Goswani - The Self-Aware Universe
Michael Talbot - The Holographic Universe
David Bohm - Wholeness and the Implicate Order
(Interim Course of Study Comment -1)
Michio Kaku - Hyperspace
Brian Greene - The Fabric of the Cosmos
Jean-Pierre Luminet - The Wraparound Universe
Murray Gell-Mann - The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the Complex
Helen R. Quinn and Yossi Nir - The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter
Ernest Sternglass - Before the Big Bang
Paul Davies - The Last Three Minutes
P. W. Atkins - Creation Revisited
(Interim Course of Study Comment -2)
Ferris - The Whole Shebang
K. C. Cole - The Hole in the Universe
Flatland (and related materials)