Monday, September 20, 2010

Pen Meets Paper Sept.20'10

Opinion by Helge Nome
In the not-too-distant past our forbears looked at the rising and setting sun, the moon’s movement across the sky and the points of light we call stars migrate across the heavens at night. And they pondered about the mechanism that kept it all going. The idea of rotating spheres took hold, with the heavenly bodies fixed to the wall of the spheres. In order to account for what was observed, a remarkably complex arrangement of rotating spherical bodies was postulated.
When Galileo and others improved the telescope to a point where became a useful tool in the observation of the heavenly bodies, the idea of spheres had to yield to what could be independently observed using this new tool. The vested interests of the day did their best to suppress the newly found knowledge but eventually had to concede that “their king had no clothes” and the conception of the universe changed from one centered on the Earth to one centered on the Sun. One thing didn’t change: The model was still essentially a mechanistic one where the heavenly bodies were perceived as inert “objects” spinning around their axis and around each other in rather complex ways, with the Sun at the center.
Now, for the next step: Imagine an elemental organism suspended in some kind of embryonic fluid. It reminds one of a simple cell with a fuzzily defined wall surrounding a more dense and energetic fluid than the embryonic fluid with some tiny specs floating around inside and a larger and highly energetic spec near the center. Looking inside this little cell with a microscope, we find that it is literally teaming with activity and that the little specs move in orderly ways around the bigger energetic one. In fact, when we observe the big one more closely we find that it is like a pulsating little heart, gushing energy into the cell around it and so maintaining the integrity of the cell walls, so that the embryonic fluid flows by, for the most part.
This is getting really interesting, so we take a very close look at that heart and are almost overpowered by the complexity of the incredible array of energetic events we observe in and around it. This most certainly does not fit the description of a “thing”. On the contrary, it is an entity that is more alive than “anything” else we have encountered in the embryonic fluid.
Over time we notice that the intensity of the energetic activity of this heart changes somewhat and that one of the specs floating around it looks more white during periods of decreased activity.
The size of the cell wall of the organism also shrinks during such periods, pushed smaller by the pressure of the embryonic fluid.
Moving back to our home on the tiny spec that is getting whiter, we now have a generation of instruments that is the next step up from what Galileo had at his disposal and we can observe what was considered to be a relatively unchanging sun disk to be a highly energetic individual subject to unpredictable mood changes. And right now, Aten is taking it easy and we are chilling out...
As for predictions, the upcoming hurricane season will likely be a rather mild one.

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