A Hypothesis of Universal Interconnection
© 2019 Vernon Miles Kerr, vernonmileskerr.com
Living in a black box, as we do, that which happens before birth and after death is a mystery, to most of us. Other than musty religious texts and orally communicated myths, we haven’t a clue. I’m not knocking the religious; at least those who put absolute faith in these traditions have peace of mind — to the degree of depth in their belief, that is. The rest of us are left to ponder, to hypothesize. The current hypothesis came to me in my customary caffeine-induced morning meditations. It usually takes two cups to reach this level of meditative bliss. Here is a tweet I posted moments after receiving this “revelation.”
In addition to explaining near-death-experiences, “The Infinite We”, might also explain examples of apparent mental-telepathy. This would be another instance of averting our attention to another part of the spiritual matrix — from our own local part of the spiritual-web to someone else’s. The transitory and infrequent nature of these experiences would seem to indicate that we either do not have control over these experiences or we are not sufficiently evolved to use them at will. If we were, there would definitely be “privacy” issues to deal with.
Moving on to other ramifications of an “Infinite-We,” the concept might also explain mysterious answers to prayer, where someone — apparently a normal human —shows up out of the blue to render physical aid or some other kind of solution to a dire problem or quandary.
An Infinite-We, might also explain flashes of god-like insight so common in the autobiographies of renowned scientists, artists and musicians. Many of these instant-revelations have moved human civilization forward in “quantum leaps,” over the centuries.
The Infinite-We concept would also have to include members of other civilizations spread throughout physical existence, many of which may be far more advanced than we “earthly” creatures. After all, in geologic terms, our own “super-intelligence.” compared to other earthly creatures, has only sprung up in very recent times. This raises a big “why.” Why did our level of intelligence and creativity spring up “all of a sudden” as it did? Is there some active agency that selects and initiates prospective members into the Infinite We? I invite you to meditate on that question with me, and to share your thoughts.
Update May 18, 2019
More on the Infinite-We
My Twitter posts,
#GodAsWe and #TheInfiniteWe relate to earlier tweets where I discussed the current but rather obscure scientific hypothesis that the Universe itself, due to the effects of quantum-entanglement, could be an almost infinite neural-network similar to the one in our own brains—a mind. If that is the case, then our own minds could be equally entangled, making we humans a part of that network.
Explaining the “Infinite-We” hypothesis in purely physical terms, as a result of quantum-entanglement, seems to blur the line between what we conceive as “physical” and what we conceive as “spiritual.” Even early humans thought of invisible agencies, causations, as “spirit.” Some Native American Tribes spoke of a supreme being as the “Great Spirit.” The Christian tradition speaks of a “Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost,” — sometimes, almost as a commodity as in, being “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Upon his baptism people reported seeing a dove descending upon Jesus, apparently a symbol of that spirit. That image, in itself, blurs the line between spiritual and physical, between agency and commodity. Perhaps an infinite neural network is the commodity and we humans and any other interconnected intelligent creatures are the agency.
Update May 22, 2019
Mind as Process
The water of the ocean is the medium, each wave is a process. Each of these processes is initiated and affected by outside forces, such as the moon’s gravity, the wind or even the occasional earthquake. We cannot see a “wave” we can only see the effect of that process on the water. It moves, it rises it crashes upon the shore, sometimes with disastrous results. But each wave is transitory,
The brain and its neural network is the medium, each thought is a process. Each thought is initiated and affected by outside forces, in this case sensory input from our eyes, ears and skin, but also other interpretive-processes: thought-reactions to the sensory input. We cannot see a “thought” but we can experience the behaviors which may result from the thought, which includes speech — describing one’s reaction to the thought and even extrapolating on its ramifications.