Process or Product?

Which are we: Process or Product?

I was watching a video of a robotic arm spewing toothpaste-consistency clay from its endpoint nozzle onto a non-revolving turn-table. (Similar to a 3-D printer circling a center point.)

As the robotic arm repeatedly circled the table, revolution by revolution, the clay emitted in the process slowly began to form a tube circle, then build circle upon successive circle until it became vessel-like in appearance.clayextrusionunifornm

After the clay tubing grew to about a foot tall, the engineers must have gotten programming-creative and began to do odd loops and tweaks in the circling process until the vase formed some loopy design anomalies that were pretty interesting.  This was the artistic part of the robotic forming process—artistry through coded engineering.

The end product in this clay extrusion process was the completed vase that was actually quite interesting and ingenious in its own right, but at roboarmclay34.jpgthe same time left me a little unenthusiastic about creating art objects in this manner because it took the potter’s hands out of the process (and I really enjoyed hand-thrown pottery class).

Artificial and engineered-robotic intelligence can create amazing objects, and yes, a programmer had to input the initial coding to make it all happen—that is true. But watching this clay vessel being formed which was meant more for aesthetic appreciation rather than function—created without a human’s personal touch—felt not only impersonal to me; it felt pointless in some ways.claystrudergit42.JPG

Robotic or engineered processes are meant for duplication ease and consistency in creating multiples of a product or the components of that product. That is why it was introduced into industrial settings—to eliminate the human factor and all the financial/actuarial detritus because of that.

But when it comes to considering the ART value of the robotic-product that is created, is it a human-generated, unique artifact reflective of the culture that created it or a mass-produced lump of hardened clay devoid of aspirational intentions other than to make more money? Maybe that is best determined by the ‘creator’ of the product.

So then I thought about the old, Isaac Asimov short-story called “The Last Question” where all of life has long ago passed away leaving only an omniscient AI computer that recreates the basis for restarting the entire LIFE process again with the simple statement to itself of “Let there be light!”

This leads me to another thought that perhaps we are not so much a product of life as we are more of a continuing life process, along with the popular mythology image playing in my mind of God creating the first human from a lump of clay and breathing LIFE into it. Did S/He do it through a clay-extrusion tube?

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For us as humans, our life process is imperfect and constantly changing, but we are still yearning for our own, as well as our species, continuation on this planet.

But to follow up on that thought, if we are instead life products, then there are billions of us on this earth doing what we do in our own good interests and bad. And we are fast filling up our earth’s warehouse with human vessels—some of which are more functional than others.

However, if we are life processes and all billions of us are in motion toward change of some sort—then we represent LIFE itself in process as an evolution of intentions and cause/effect actions taken toward both short-term goals and long-term results, personally and as a collective consciousness.

The true intention of our origins is a puzzle we haven’t yet solved, even though we frequently speculate on origin possibilities.

For the most part, I know we tend to think of ourselves as the creator and determiner of our own fates and ai circuits56.jpgdestinies, but are we really in charge of our lives here or are we just mass-produced products of some AI-designed extrusion process that “peoples” this particular planet for some enigmatic reason?

I don’t really know which we are, but if we are created by an omniscient AI, perhaps it is time for a program change to a smarter, less self-destructive vessel.

Just a suggestion.

 

The Purpose of the Universe

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 tolledivinepurposeof universe‘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 multidefinition4.jpgTegmark, 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?  wattsquote76

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.”

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So Many Questions (part 2)

Sometimes it only takes a provocative graphic to set me toholographic uniboxes.jpg thinking about the overall picture of ‘why we are here,’ but then I realized that the real question I should be considering is to first determine exactly where HERE is.

I don’t mean HERE as in on this aquatic planet circling a solar system cycling along the rippling spirals of the Milky Way Galaxy, which in turn is being sucked away into a massive Black Hole of nothingness—recycling all that once-important matter back to non-matter.

No.

aiheadcontrolI mean as the graphic above implies: “HERE” as a minute micro-bit in the Holographic Universe operating system created by an advanced AI (artificial intelligence) so far beyond our wildest possibilities that we can’t even consider the implications of it existing, let alone the purpose for why it has created what we refer to as LIFE.

HERE as little more than a thought-fart in the Great Creator’s possibility scale for exploration and examination.

HERE as a consciousness bacterium attempting to grow into a colony of similarly-designed bacteria whose sole purpose appears to be propagation, expansion, and awareness acceleration.

HERE possibly as education or entertainment to something we may or may not be capable of understanding.

It’s not unusual that throughout our lives, we keep asking ourselves “Why are we here?” but we often fail to grasp the far more important underlying matrix issue of where the heck is HERE?!!!srboxesrainbow

Anytime I think I start to better understand the unified picture of our existence and start to comprehend what’s really happening to us and around us, I keep reminding myself that the absolute TRUTH is more likely to be beyond what my feeble brain can ever comprehend, so that’s why we are all provided with relative TRUTHs—relative to this plane of existence and relative to our rules of engagement with it.

In other words, the laws of physics, as we presently know them, only work in this dimension of existence. When we probe other dimensions, those laws fail to apply.

What set this latest rant off was that I was listening to a presenter a few days ago, SRskyscrapersand she referred to our life experience in this plane of existence as the “simulated-reality experience.”  Of course it wasn’t the first I’d heard of calling LIFE in general a “simulated reality.”  Even the great Vedic yogis—the ancient seers of Allness—referred to LIFE as the “great illusion.”

I’ve even speculated about it myself in previous posts because I’m pretty sure there is more to what is transpiring to us and around us than what we think is happening. But because it was this particular presenter saying it and because of my feeling that harmonious resonance inside me when she said it—which is my body’s reaction telling me “That statement was TRUTH,” it shifted my thoughts to a new level of acceptance of the concept and spurred me to further questioning who the behind-the-scene controllers are in this virtual-reality game we live.

I mean, don’t you want to know who is running the show? Don’t you want to know the real purposes behind what we are exposed to daily and why certain situations even occur? Why certain people appear in your life? Why certain people leave? What you feel? Why you feel it?

Sure, I can tie all the ‘multi-lives we’ve lived’ aspect back to our High Selves who are the repositories of data from all those life experiences, BUT beyond the High Self, ….who sets the entire process in motion and what purpose does that controller have to do so?

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All you need to consider is how life-like your dreams can be (tastes, smells, feels) to realize that dreams are simulated-realities, and this life we live daily could just as easily be a far more intricate SR than our dreams.

I really wish I had the answers to all of this wild speculation about our collective life experience, but so far, …I only have the questions.