“Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.” – Stanislav Grof
Daily Nugget of Gold 1550
A Nice Juicy Steak
We started this series on 3D printing by talking about a lecture given by Deepak Chopra which we were virtually attending through the magic of the internet. (OK, it was on YouTube) As Dr. Chopra was giving this talk, he brought up physicist John Wheeler’s theory of “It from Bit” and elaborated that if physical matter indeed is something born out of nothing but information, that we could solve many of the world’s problems with the amazing advances in science being practically applied, such as the case with 3D printers.
Yes, it’s possible to make a gun with a 3D printer, but it’s also possible to make substitute body parts with this technology- not only possible- but in both cases, it’s been done! Still, as of right now, 3D printers re-form chemicals or food material into new shapes, and at the very cutting edge, work in guiding the chemical processes needed to manufacture things. Chopra wasn’t just talking about that, though. He said to imagine, if you will, creating a steak out of nothing but information, so you could eat something made of meat without having to kill an animal to get it. By this point you probably figured out why it took SO LONG for us to arrive here.
Immediately some fear thoughts may be coming to mind for people. It’s one thing to stick a piece of plastic (say, a replacement knee, for example) into the body which was made in a 3D printer, but it’s an entirely different thing to eat something like a “steak” which was created- not in a cow, but in a machine using only information as the source of material. Absurd, right?
Well, if Wheeler was correct, it certainly should be possible to do this, although we are probably a long way off right now. If what we think of is matter is actually information acted upon by our consciousness in some sort of “participatory” manner, then the trick to making a 3D printer capable of doing this wouldn’t be from the information end of it, that we can do already. The trick would be to find a way to infuse consciousness into the machine’s workings. While that sounds far-fetched, some people think that they can create the ability of artificial intelligence to become conscious. While your author isn’t so sure of that- there may be another, more simple method of accomplishing this.
Already, science has shown that using our intent alone, we can affect the outcome of physical experiments- mind over matter. The interface we need might already exist, in other words… it might just be something we need to practice at more in order to get good at it. That’s some food for thought, isn’t it? Care for a bite?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“Just how powerful is my intent?”
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