When I first read Edwin Abbott’s Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (1884) over a decade ago I was really impressed with both his storytelling skill and his vision for the human predicament. That is, we live in a multidimensional universe, but our socialization often encourages us to tune out anything but everyday, ordinary social, cultural and economic phenomena. Thus, we become like the main character in Flatland, aware of a larger universe but unable to connect with it without feeling ridiculed, ostracized, or worse.
Now the book has been turned into animated movie featuring the voice of Martin Sheen and other actors. I thought they did a great job with it, preserving the impact of the original story while benefiting from the latest animation techniques. Read more about the Flatland movie here.
New research in the mathematics of randomness gives more support for the idea that universe is based on fundamental underlying patterns of order. One type of research looking at random matrix networks shows that even completely random patterns give rise to coherent waves, called “open channels,” that can pass through opaque surfaces more than would be expected from randomized light.
Another outcome of this research is that it can be shown even completely randomized data sets give rise to statistical correlations. This is known as the “curse of dimensionality.” It seems to particularly affect economics by creating the illusion of patterns in long-range historical data.
The larger implication of this research is that even quantum structures can be approximated very accurately with random numbers suggesting that there are deep, underlying patterns in nature that are hidden from view. See New Scientist, 10 April 2010.
Another similar type of research recently mentioned in the magazine Science suggests a related idea. Randomly arranged networks of materials seem to be able to create organized patterns of energy called “Anderson-localizations.” Even the highly disordered materials create coherent photon waves including infinite-range correlations. The authors refer to this phenomena as a type of “engineered disorder.” These phenomena suggest that spontaneous ordered energy systems are the norm in our universe, rather than the exception. See Science, 12 March 2010.
This research, taken together, provides more evidence for the type of phenomena we continue to see around crop circles and remote viewing: spontaneously organized information arising out of seemingly random patterns.
Read more about randomness and Black Swan events here.
This fascinating discussion between Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff covers many issues such as what consciousness is, the idea of quantum superposition and quantum consciousness, and how the future can flow back into the present via the Aharanov-Bohm effect. Read the interview here.
New similarities in rock art symbols, such as those from the famed Chauvet Caves in France, from around the world 30,000 to 40,000 years ago is puzzling scientists. (New Scientist, February 20th, 2010) Basically, there are about 26 symbols which are found in almost all types of rock art, from everywhere on the planet. Given that these neolithic groups were physically isolated from each other, scientists are curious as to why the symbols are all the same. One scientist suggested a “cognitive change” that put art in peoples’ heads all at the same time, a rapid evolution in human artistic ability across all human groups.
I would suggest that the resonant energy of the symbols, carved in crystalline rock structures, was transmitted telepathically from one group to the other, spontaneously across large distances. This is consistent with Rupert Sheldrakes’ theories of morphogenic fields and other related research by Dr. William Tiller, Dean Radin, Dr. Masaru Emoto and others. So the spontaneous and simultaneous development of artistic abilities among various pre-modern humans may also have been accompanied by the appearance of resonant, telepathic abilities.
It’s not as far fetched as it may sound. Similar, uniquely-shaped crystals have been known to appear spontaneously at different locations. This would be something like the “hundredth monkey syndrome” seen in the spread of fads and fashions. Why wouldn’t it possible with shapes embedded in a crystalline substrate? At least it’s certainly one intriguing possibility.
I’ve started reading Daniel H. Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. This work was summarized a few years ago by Wired Magazine in its article “Revenge of the Right-Brain.” If you are interested in many of the topics posted on this blog, you will definitely enjoy this book. Pink shows why right-brain thinking is so valuable and why it is needed more than ever in our declining and troubled economy. We learn how the right-brain differs from it’s left-brain sibling and why it’s unique abilities tend to be less utilized and under-appreciated by modern industrial societies. Here’s my brief YouTube Review of the book.
Startling new research reported in Science Magazine suggests that the quantum field of the universe has a fractal distribution. Fractals are objects that appear increasingly detailed the closer you look like galaxies, mountains, rivers, and the human cardiovascular system, for example. Measurements of a commonly found semiconductor show that electron waves, under certain circumstance, in this case near the metal-insulator boundary, appear as fractals. It was previously thought that the waves would localize in a uniform, regular way. This new research shows that waves are fractally distributed according to a power-law.
The significance of this finding is that supports the idea that many different types of systems, at various scales, are capable of self-organization. This is because systems with fractal distributions often possess chaotic dynamics which in turn support self-generating evolutionary-processes. As discussed in Opening Minds, and elsewhere on this blog, it is highly likely that chaotic, self-organized processes are found in remote viewing phenomena and also the unexplained effects of crop circles.
A recent study done at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, found that patients with existing heart disease who meditated daily for 5-years, compared to a control group, had a 47 percent lower risk of heart attacks, stokes, and death. The meditating group performed even better than those taking statin drugs. The authors of the study attribute the benefits of meditation to its effect on lowering blood pressure and stress hormones in the body. (ScienceNOW Daily News 16 November 2009)
It doesn’t get any more direct than this: Dr. Edgar Mitchell, former astronaut and now head of the Institute of Noetic Science, says he’s been told by credentialed military officials that extraterrestrials are real and have been visiting Earth for a long time. Watch this recent interview here.
In another interview, he also confirms that the Roswell crash involved an extraterrestrial craft. (He grew up in the area and says the old-timers, whom he’s talked with, know what really happened.) Watch the interview here.