Friday, February 15, 2008

Unbelievable 01:13 - MoL-1 FONT
The Big Bang, Dark Matter, and Sacred Panpsychism

In the beginning, consciousness (spirit) became matter.

Originally I had titled this point Genesis. But then, considering that heading was already taken, considered others. Origin? Source? Cause? I chose Font in its definition as an 'abundant source.' But also liking very much its other connotation as a set of type. For, in many ways, one's cosmology sets the size and face for what's to follow.

The first point, by its position alone, is always a leap of faith. Scientific materialism has as its first the Big Bang. (As an aside, I find it interesting that our culture would use such a violent connotation for this primal point of birth: more indicative of its own thought structure than that of the universe.) But there is some controversy within its own ranks as to its validity as a theory.

From my readings on it, it certainly appears something other than that. Curiously, although the theory doesn't work with what science knows, things are created out of thin air to make it work. If you need something to slow down the explosion (else, this primal stuff would have kept moving outwards), and something to pull things together into galaxies of suns (else, all that primal stuff would have kept itself separate), well, just say it's there: Dark Matter. (A good but lengthy analysis of all this matter and stuff is available online in an essay by Christian de Quincey.)

More importantly, it's believed that all of this starry creation was random and left to luck. Although, as Ken Wilber argues, there's not enough time in the estimated age of the universe for all that chance and happenstance. That being the case, there needs to be some guiding principle in the universe creating all of this creation.

Creationists will insert their God here, their own anthropomorphic creation. Panpsychism, being a bit more humble in its outlook on one species on one planet in one solar system in one galaxy among a billion other galaxies, tends to leave such subjectivity behind, and admit that every quanta in the universe is sentient, that somehow out of the Emptiness of Spirit, this matter of the universe evolved.

Quantum physics points this way; the universe isn't mechanical. Moreover, it appears the universe is subject to our consciousness as well. A particle is a particle or a wave is a wave depending on our observation. And, as Peter Russell asserts, science doesn't have a clue as to how matter at some point became conscious. Again, theorize to your heart's content. But it makes more sense to see consciousness becoming matter, than vice versa. The sacred wisdom of the centuries and millennia speak to the same. And it appears the closer science gets to the truth, the more right that wisdom is.

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