A Question of Beginnings (II)

January 7, 2012 at 23:55 | Posted in Everything | 20 Comments

II

The universe was caused. The question, “was it caused by some ONE,” is irrelevant, because by “one” we could mean God or singularity, or God causing a singularity, or a singularity causing God, or…we could go on forever.

The IMPORTANT question is of teleology. What are the implications of the cause of the universe?

Some scientists combine existentialism or nihilism with their teleological view of the universe:  and thus, answer the question by saying, “There are no implications.” They would rather be satisfied by explaining something that happens in front of our very eyes. Christians (or the religious) would say that only God knows what the implications of the universe are.

Both views lead to intellectual stagnation and should not be considered at all within the scope of philosophy.

What is the scope of philosophy, and how may we see the teleological implications of the universe’s existence through it?

The scope is Evolution, that generality that Spencer developed around the time of Darwin (and according to his testimony, preceding Darwin).  The Evolution of a system is basically the creation of an efficient exchange of energy between its parts, so that motion begins to decrease while matter begins to accumulate. Thus the evolution of organisms (which is not the sole type of Evolution:  stars evolve, ecosystems evolve, humans still evolve) is one example. We have an accumulation of matter in an individual of a species.

But what are the implications of Evolution? There are two tools of Evolution, Equilibration and Dissolution, that lead us to an answer.

Equilibration is the equal distribution of matter and energy that Evolution is trying to reach. There is currently a cosmic imbalance of energy, and certainly matter, that is being corrected by the effects of the advent of the Universe. Evolution, using this tool, is trying to balance what the cosmos is made of, in order to cause everything to “rest.”

What does “rest” imply? According to Spencer, an “omnipresent death” of everything. But at the same time the contradictory philosopher says that this will be a glorious moment for all species because the individual will be perfected to such an extent that Utopia will be achieved. Try reconciling that with “omnipresent death.”

We find that this idea of “rest” is a focal point of the Buddhist tradition, specifically that of Nirvana. Freud goes to great lengths to link this to his idea of the death drive, which is a striving of organic matter to become inorganic.

This leads us to dissolution, which Spencer posits as the beginning of a new universe after equilibration creates the perfect (and still, or eternally timeless) universe. Dissolution destroys what Evolution creates. Dissolution comes in the form of natural disaster, meteors striking earth, or, really, anything that kills that isn’t a part of genetics.

But what happens if dissolution CANNOT operate?

If equilibration makes everything in the universe perfect, if energy and matter are regulated in such a way that nothing can be changed, will we not truly suffer an “omnipresent death” in which nothing will be possible? How can dissolution operate in a world in which energy transfer has stopped, in which matter has become motionless, in a sense, where time has stopped forever?

The implications of such a teleological find make us question the necessity of further Evolution. We are conscious human beings that can make decisions. We can become the Agents that overcome Evolution, or we can remain puppets of Evolution and carry out its final goal:  that of making the universe into a lifeless mass of perfection.

So while science and religion argue over solving the problem of “Who” or “Who did not” create the universe, let us meditate on what will happen when Evolution has been completed without anyone noticing, without anyone thinking to stop Evolution dead in its tracks, to preserve the universe we have, to keep control of the universe as the highest species known, before it is taken over by a being higher than us along the Evolutionary chain.

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  1. In what scientific basis is the idea that the universe may be going towards an omnipresent death?

    I don’t see how evolution would lead to perfection aside from coincidence, as it isn’t a being with intentions, but just a word used to refer to the principle that things change over large amounts of time as that which cannot be sustained (rather than that which is imperfect) is lost, and that which arises and is significantly beneficial remains. And it only relates to the continued existence of the thing – it’s why after many years of evolution humans still struggle with happiness: it’s not beneficial to survival or the propagation of our genes because it makes us relaxed, despite the fact it’s something we want and many of us use it as a standard for how good a life is.

    Another example of what I’m trying to get across: humans have weak lower backs (they are easily injured), but if we somehow did not end up modifying our species using genetic engineering in the future, this would likely never go away, as it’s no criteria on which to select mates and it doesn’t usually affect people until middle age or older (if ever) and is not usually a barrier to survival.

    Applying this to the universe, I see no reason energy and matter would be lead to equilibration, going by either the way evolution works or how evolution would lead the universe in that direction (what quality does it have that means evolution would lead the universe to it?).

  2. I’m going to respond in a new post, there is so much information that a comment wouldn’t cut it. Very pertinent questions, I was up all night last night (literally) thinking of all the different solutions (I can’t stop my thoughts when they are in motion…), so this comment deserves a post-response. AKH wins the Socratic award of the year for this one.
    But expect a HUGE answer!

  3. cannot really grasp some of the concepts you mention
    or the ones AKH responds with

    Affle is a stupid :U

    I do enjoy reading these though. XP

  4. also: http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1465/randomstq.jpg herr derr

  5. “AKH wins the Socratic award of the year for this one.”

    :3

    *googles socratic and finds http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_method*

    Cool. :3

    “I’m going to respond in a new post, there is so much information that a comment wouldn’t cut it. Very pertinent questions, I was up all night last night (literally) thinking of all the different solutions (I can’t stop my thoughts when they are in motion…), so this comment deserves a post-response.”
    […]
    “But expect a HUGE answer!”

    This is gonna be awesome.

    “also: http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/1465/randomstq.jpg herr derr”

    COWCOWCOWCOWCOWCOW

  6. Oh…my…lanta. AXLE HOW DID YOU FIND THIS. And:


    “cannot really grasp some of the concepts you mention
    or the ones AKH responds with
    Affle is a stupid :U
    I do enjoy reading these though. XP”


    What topic would you want me to do next? I can always take some suggestions because I don’t have very much material to work with.


    AKH, this will be a challenge, I haven’t had time this week to do it. School has been overwhelming this first week back. But it will come…in time.

  7. I found it reading your old AKHlog posts
    somewhere before IM LEAVING post #5395892859 *shot*
    Joking, but yeah. Also, Mabinogi. Dogbro and hellahound, just to be an idiot. Did I spend 12000NX on that? Yes. AM I PROUD OF MYSELF? HELL YES I AM.

  8. “I found it reading your old AKHlog posts
    somewhere before IM LEAVING post #5395892859 *shot*
    Joking, but yeah.”


    Haha.


    “Also, Mabinogi. Dogbro and hellahound, just to be an idiot. Did I spend 12000NX on that? Yes. AM I PROUD OF MYSELF? HELL YES I AM.”


    What the fuck, haha.


    Mabinogi was such a waste of money.

  9. “AKH, this will be a challenge, I haven’t had time this week to do it. School has been overwhelming this first week back. But it will come…in time.”

    That’s fine. Also, glad I gave you a challenge. :3

  10. “What the fuck, haha.


    Mabinogi was such a waste of money.”

    Referencing Sweet Bro (dogbro) & Hella Jeff (hellahound)
    Also, Mabinogi may be a waste of money, but the way I look at it now is its just as much a ‘waste’ as World of Warcraft, which I also enjoy paying for & playing. So… I dunno, doesnt seem to matter to me anymore. XP

    Why am I having a convo via akhlog when I have your email
    derrrrrrrr

  11. “Why am I having a convo via akhlog when I have your email
    derrrrrrrr”


    I sent you a response way back, still waiting on that. You enjoy mabinogi now? What?

  12. shenanigans

  13. That’s a Jersey-ish thing to say, don’t you think…Guv’nah?

  14. JUJUJUJUJANGOOOOOOO

  15. HO MAI IT’S JANGO

  16. Jango!

  17. Don’t be silly guys, it clearly reads “NOT JANGO”. It’s not Jango because, well, they say so.

  18. Or is the signification of “not Jango” pointing to Jango (the actual being behind the name or the concept) because the concept, “Jango,” cannot sufficiently signify Jango? What if his inherent truth is bound up with the negating concept of “not Jango?” Basically, Jango has to express himself in concept form as “not Jango” in order to get across that he is really Jango. The negating element of “not Jango” expresses Jango because he has always come across as being such. This is a unique mark of his being that we must take into consideration. Plus, the truth of Jango’s being must be brought to the internet through “not Jango” even though it would appear to be false. Compare it to these two examples, a joke, and a paradox:

    There is a joke from the defunct German Democratic Republic about a worker who moves to Serbia. He tells his friends that he will write truthful letters in blue ink and false letters in red ink because he knows that his mail will be censored in Germany. He writes this letter to his friends after he arrives in Serbia: “Everything is wonderful here: the shops are full, food is abundant, apartments are large and properly heated, cinemas show films from the West, there are many beautiful girls ready for an affair — the only thing you can’t get is red ink.”

    So basically, the letter implies that everything is false, because red ink was not obtainable in Serbia. However, if this is true, then is the statement about red ink false? Or should we take the mention of red ink (true being), written in blue (the “concept” of being) as a statement of a hidden truth amidst the lie?

    Also take for example the liar paradox. Take for instance, this statement: “All Cretans are liars.” Good. Now imagine a Cretan originated this statement. If a Cretan says that all Cretans are liars, this means that they are liars: but then, how do you know if this statement is true, because he is a Cretan? Say that the statement is false; then the Cretan is lying. So it’s an endless paradox if you look at it as a function of binary true/false. But look at it from the personal view of the Cretan who said this statement. It is impossible that at all times all Cretans are liars. Thus the inherent truth or hidden truth is that the original Cretan is lying, and revealing something of his personality by identifying himself as both a Cretan and a liar.

    Same goes for Jango.

  19. “Or is the signification of “not Jango” pointing to Jango <HUGEASS EXPLANATION>”

    LOL

  20. PILOT WAS ASKING FOR IT :B

    IF YOU READ THAT WHOLE THING I’M SORRY (though I was being QUITE serious)


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