“All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.” – Max Planck
Daily Nugget of Gold 1527
Where Does Spirituality Begin?
Our last couple of sessions were focused on things like cellular biology and conscious agents, and for good reason. We want to understand something more about Spirituality. Huh? Yeah, this seems like an odd place to look for it, but we assure you it isn’t. Let’s begin our discussion today with a focus on our awareness. That’s a pretty simple term, “awareness”. Still, as we’ve discussed, there are probably many different levels of awareness. A cell is aware of some things such as the need to take in nourishment. Yes, it has a cell wall, but if it assumed everything beyond the wall was “bad” and out to get it or eat it, it would nothing in, true? Cells don’t work like that. They sense what is outside and decide, on some level, whether or not to admit what is there, in. They don’t do this because they’re just nice guys, they do it to survive.
A cell also pushes waste outside. All of this is true for air as it is for food. We think that the only sane way of looking at this is that there is some level of intelligence driving all of this behavior. It might be very basic, but we think that the more we dwell on what it is that cells do, it’s fairly awe-inspiring given that they have no brain. No brain at all! So what is it that tells them to do all this stuff? Who directs them to have a cell wall and maintain it? Who or what directs some cells to ingest lots of calcium to form bones and others to specialize in taking in air into the body? One may look at how important the task is of eliminating waste from the body is, but who’d really volunteer to do that work?
Perhaps the answer lies in Hoffman’s theory on conscious agents. It seems that conscious agents can observe, decide, and act on what others do, and when they form a group, the can morph into one single entity which makes lots of decisions on the scale of the extremely tiny. Yup, that might explain how the incredibly complex conscious agent known as you acts on your behalf and meets your needs on a consistent basis- maybe.
What do you think of all of this? Do you think Hoffman’s theory can sufficiently explain Spirituality? You see, we’re sitting here thinking about all of this, and while Hoffman is revealing something to us with this work, there seems to be something missing. There’s some piece of the puzzle yet to fall into place. Can you guess what it is?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Where does awareness come from?”
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