Nothing appears to happen in any context that includes human activity and human relationships without the involvement of human thinking. The starting point of all human action seems to be the split second before humans make decisions which demand considering the consequences of taking any physical or mental action whatsoever. The absence of sufficient time to deliberate or to arrive at a decision that heeds “sound” prior advice permits humans to do things they may regret when the results of their actions are disappointing, life-threatening, or life-ending.
In a sincere effort to define this “thinking process,” I offer the following: conceiving ideas, analyzing relationships, reasoning by using logic, calculating, projecting, creating, making decisions to act or not, and choosing how to react. These various concepts of the “thought process” describe the activities going on somewhere in the human consciousness in evaluating and digesting the stimuli received from the physical human senses and interweaving into the process the inspirational ideas that drift into our consciousness from who knows where. It’s presumed that humans have a unique capability to think because they have a highly developed brain. Those animals who do not possess one neuron for “thinking and making decisions” are deemed to be guided by their “animal instincts” which determine how they act and react.
Do plants think? Do individual cells think? Do sub-atomic particles think? Of course not, not in the way humans think. Yet, each plant, each cell, and each atom knows what it is, where it can go, what it can do, and with whom it can associate. Doesn’t such behavior require some innate ability to discriminate, evaluate, analyze, and consider the options available to the individual atom, cell, and plant about what to do next?
In my opinion, any action to change instantaneously or alter over a longer period of time the status quo of anything, small or large, requires deliberate consideration at some locus where decision-making is accomplished. Such decision making activity weighs the options available of doing something specific or doing absolutely nothing.
The broader concept of “thinking” that I am suggesting may be unacceptable to scientists, philosophers, and members of the public today. Yet, expanding the definition of this process is essential if we are to escape the limitations of the current parameters that circumscribe prevalent theories about the universe.
In the most recent issue of the New Scientist Magazine, three articles inspired me to question certain scientific theories in vogue. Much deeper analysis and professional research and experimentation are necessary to resolve the unanswered questions such as: What is the true nature of gravity? How can a “dumb” drop of oil escape a maze? Was there a prior “evolution” of life that enabled the familiar Darwinian evolution to occur?
To these imponderables I would add a few other unanswered questions from recent periodicals: What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy? Why didn’t the “anti-matter” from the Big Bang cancel out all the “matter” that remains in the physical universe? If there are more than four dimensions, how do we confirm that?
Speculation abounds in every theory about the universe. Humans must delve deeper into the mysteries behind the conundrums raised by current theories and explain the paradoxes in nature more satisfactorily. If scientists aren’t more creative in postulating logical answers that may seem illogical at first, scientific progress will be very slow or nil.
If my conclusion is right that all action depends on the intervention of thought at some level which triggers the impetus to start the ball rolling, a sprout growing, a limb appearing, we must ask ourselves: Can anything without a brain be engaged in the thinking process somehow? Thinking at the most basic level includes acquiescing to and carrying out orders without objection, automatically recognizing and obeying Nature’s laws, and being creative and imaginative when there is liberty to choose between the few alternative options available. For example, mutations are the creative activity from some DNA split during the reproductive process.
Such “decision-making” activities are examples of actions being initiated when a “moment of truth” is approached mentally or physically that demands immediate compliance or stiff resistence (depending on the circumstances)to some Law of Nature. Some thought producing mechanism or procedure, undetectable by the human senses but located somewhere, is activated and responds by making a decision using either stored criteria or some respected advice from an external source that promptly communicates with the thought producing mechanism.
Even if scientists were successful in identifying a graviton, finding a trace of the God particle, and theorizing an explanation for the residue of matter that wasn’t cancelled by anti-matter, they would only be taking small steps to understanding how the Laws of Nature regulate everything in the universe.
They would be uncovering small bits of evidence for the incredibly complex organization of the physical elements, but they would not be probing deeply enough to figure out how the irresistible regulation of Nature’s Laws is accomplished. There must be some communication network that informs every infinitesimal sub-atomic particle what its role is, where it is allowed to go, with whom it can associate or blend, and how to respond to the multitude of unique situations it would encounter.
That communication system, invisible, silent, and so far unaccounted for by scientific research lies in the ultimate substratum of the invention called “The Universe.” In what dimension can that be found, who knows? In what exotic mathematical formula lies a correct simulation of the physical universe, who can guess? That there may be more space/time dimensions than four, or some approximate mathematical representation for the “Theory of Everything” is mere speculation. Any Theory of Everything would remain a mystery until the substratum where thought-provoked decision-making takes place has been thoroughly investigated and understood. The power to influence all actions in the universe is yet unidentified, and its location remains a deep mystery.
Speculating about the unseen is where science is today, so why not publish a theory about the “Command Center” where ideas are conceived and thoughts are conveyed to recipients who have no brains and no visible receiving and recording mechanisms? If Dark Matter and Energy are palpable and their existence plausible to intelligent human scientists, why not a primogenitor system that is superior to the communication systems that humans seem blessed with?
Curious inventors have uncovered the principles of transmitting and receiving information electronically, and they have developed modern sophisticated systems for communicating among humans using the latest evolving technology. In addition, scientists are unraveling the role that memes play in influencing the minds of humans without exactly knowing why and how human consciousness responds in the way it does.
The Laws of Nature deduced so far have been used to advance human knowledge of what is happening in the physical environment and what is likely to happen. Scientists study what physical conditions must be available to initiate certain anticipated events. Why not look deeper into how the necessary physical conditions come about, what triggers the process that generates the ultimate result, and what intelligence is working behind the scenes in communicating how each sub-atomic particle involved is to behave or respond?
For example, a response to a force requires an item in the force field to accede to the force if it must, or ignore the force if it doesn’t apply to the item resident in the field where the force is empowered. Who informs the item of its options? Or how does a senseless bit of matter know what to do under the influence of the force?
Unconsciously, certain metallic objects submit to a magnetic force. The resultant effect begs the question: How can a magnet attract or repel a susceptible object just because the object is within the range of the magnet’s influence? Who says, “Do as I say?” And what replies, “Will do” or “Bug off?” The object that accedes knows (or somehow realizes) that it has no other choice. Obviously, verbal communication doesn’t take place, but “body language” seems to confirm that something similar to human thoughts have been exchanged and understood.
The phenomena perceived/observed by humans seem to be responding to some intelligent design that spells out the proper behavior for the infinitesimal and restricts the various activities of the conglomerates of these sub-atomic particles. Although there appears to be some flexibility permitted at the more sophisticated levels of activity, the design seems to be so mysterious, complex, and diabolical that a network of an omniscient intelligence must be coordinating the interrelationships of everything.
What the substratum where thoughts are communicated might consist of and how it actually communicates evade my human comprehension and imagination. However, a layman’s analysis of how human laws are implemented and enforced points to the existence of some “exotic device” or complex process that is absolutely essential 1.) To communicate the inviolable Laws of Nature to all the constituent elements that must obey them, and 2.) To impede the slightest disobedience to these laws everywhere in the known/observable physical universe now and in the future. This startling theory about the universal involvement in decision-making from some command central – possibly possessing more weird characteristics than quantum mechanics – may be so counterintuitive that humans may never be able decipher how it accomplishes its mission.
Trying to reverse engineer universal laws using our limited human perspective and an imperfect system of law enforcement may be counterproductive and a waste of time. Nevertheless, in trying to do that, intelligent humans who think “outside the box” must answer the nagging question about how the “omniscient intelligence” that governs the universe is able to supply “on the spot” guidance instantaneously to all the diverse constituents that abound in the universe which seem to be obeying the numerous basic Laws of Nature that humans think they have come to understand.
NASA had a command center in Houston guiding decisions about moon flights. Where is the locus of the Command Center for the Cosmos?
May 17, 2010.