I did remember there was one quote in Chopra’s book that I wanted to salvage before shoving it onto the “oblivion shelf”:
“We participate in the universe by finding order and figuring out where the patterns come from. Einstein hit upon a deep truth when he said, ‘I want to know the mind of God; everything else is just details.’ Substitute ‘the purpose of the universe’ for ‘the mind of God’ and you have a goal worth pursuing for a lifetime.” (p73, You Are the Universe, etc.)
I’m pretty sure that is the very thing I said not long ago that I am pursuing in this blog: I want to know the purpose of the universe. I want to know the why’s, and how’s and where’s, and when’s of it all. So if I ever had a doubt that this is the right path for me to follow, I guess Deepak just confirmed for me that it is.
Thank you, Deepak! Maybe that quote alone will move you from the “oblivion shelf” to the “think-about-it shelf” .
He also further described the ‘all choice possibilities’ being explored in M-theory and multiverses, which were favorite subjects of Stephen Hawking and Max Tegmark, besides being one of my favorite subjects in this blog.
But rather than seriously considering the “multiverse” concept, Chopra/Kafatos said they prefer the concept that “the universe is self-organizing, driven by its own working processes. In a self-organizing system, each new layer of creation must regulate the prior layer. So the generation of every new layer in the universe, from particle to star to galaxy to black hole, cannot be considered random, given that it was created from a pre-existing layer that in turn was regulating the layer that produced it.” (p 71)
Hmmm. Who said the multiverse was random, Deepak?
I consider the multiverse intentional and more self-educating by whatever choice is made. Isn’t “self-educating” how they train AI (artificial intelligence) systems? They learn from their previous choices and the results obtained from them, as to how successful those choices were to achieving their end goal? And doesn’t that parallel how humans learn through our species-inherited rewards/punishment behavior motivators—just exponentially faster?
Anyway, those were a few quotes I did mark for further consideration from the You Are the Universe book.
True, one can find substantiating evidence no matter where one looks for any personally-held theory, but that also is a contributing aspect of the expanding human universe we daily live through our own unique perspectives and interpretations.
“It isn’t what we look at that is important, but what we see that makes it so.”