David S. Devor
MIND - The Bridging of Spirit and Matter
All of us who are alive today are constantly challenged by nature -
physical existence. Having physical bodies, we also have physical needs.
Those needs have to be met or we suffer and die. We are totally dependent
upon our body for existence in this world. Yet while it is only our
physical substrate, this dependence on the physical renders us vulnerable
on more than just the physical level. Regardless of how we choose to
define ourselves, we must admit that we are hostages to physical matter
and, more specifically, to our ignorance of it.
The quality of our captivity, individually and collectively, depends on our relationship with nature. If we are subsistence farmers on poor land, we have one level of relationship; if we are research scientists in the laboratory, we have another. But both farmer and scientist remain vulnerable to suffering, disease, misadventure and aging. In society, division of labor and specialization sometimes give us the option to interface with other people rather than directly with nature but obviously some people must deal directly with the physical on behalf of us all -- the farmer in his way and the scientist in his.
People dealing with nature, including the farmer, will try to use their wits to improve the results that come of their efforts but the cutting edge of the effort to maximize the benefits from our interface with matter takes place in the arena of pure scientific research where no immediate applications or practical benefits are sought. Pure research reaches only for knowledge - new knowledge - that will, eventually, find application and result in revealing new practical options. This tends to alleviate our subjugation to the natural world and empower us through artificial contrivances all of which, to exist, must obey the laws of nature.
When we come to a new understanding of some aspect of nature, especially a breakthrough understanding, our relationship to existence changes on at least two levels. Externally, regardless of who made the discovery, we gain possibilities, options and freedoms that were formerly denied us by our collective ignorance of matter. New knowledge adds to our options and renders us less vulnerable than before. More cogently, new knowledge of existence further integrates us - our Being - with existence. That which was formerly unknown - hidden - now, in some way, constitutes a part of our lifestyle and even ourselves.
So where is this process leading? With science and technology advancing as they are, what has gone awry with this process of ongoing integration? Why is so much in our world going wrong? Where are the unlimited blessings? The inadequacy of our present integration with existence is evident in many things but, most fundamentally, in our continued vulnerability to disease, misadventure and aging.
Where should this process be leading? Why are we are not witnessing a smooth and rapid transition to a better world. The answer has to do with our attitude towards physical matter and our method for approaching it.
Today, nanotechnology is the scientific discipline that most explicitly
aims at matter
at the molecular, atomic and even subatomic level. Researchers in this
field believe that, eventually, millions of nanocomputers small enough to
be contained in a spoon, when thrown on the ground (or anywhere else
where raw matter is available), will be able to produce a home, a car or
anything else that we want, before our very eyes, depending on their
The idea behind this is that all things are made of the same subatomic building blocks and, given adequate knowledge, need only be molded to our will. The "replicator" in the popular Star Trek, science fiction TV series is based on much the same principle. What we still lack is that level of subatomic knowledge and command.
The reason things are advancing so slowly, even with nanotechnology, is that science has neglected the creative indications necessary for its efficient performance. The integration we need, external and internal, requires an incomparably more intense confrontation between the spirit of the researcher and the natural phenomena he is contemplating than what is currently practiced.
For creative vision to manifest, our mind must become programmed with and mimic the phenomenon being contemplated. In a virtual sense, through its projection within ourselves, we must become the phenomenon we are studying if we are to reveal the secrets of its makeup.
The power of the mind to project visions representing reality is found, most particularly, in its capacity to extrapolate and correlate. If the mind grasps, in sufficient detail and with sufficient accuracy, the visible aspects of a phenomenon, it can, in principle, hypothesize and project estimations concerning aspects that are hidden. Some qualities of a phenomenon will suggest possibilities and constraints in one direction while others will suggest possibilities and constraints in others. Numerous features are normally visible or known and each such feature, in its turn, suggests many other features.
So, to discover, definitively, which combinations are possible and which are not and also how the possible ones combine to form the complete picture of a phenomenon, we ourselves have to become the computer. Our mind must be able to see from above, as it were, the unique set of circumstances that constitute the being of the phenomenon under consideration and how it connects to other phenomena that are the adjacent components of the larger reality. The closest to this kind of seeing or "Accelerated Thought " is called, in the world of computers, "massive parallel processing." Computers might be able to perform this kind of "seeing" if they were able to automatically capture data with the same kind of fine-grained acuity possible to humans when we intensify our effort of observation.
It stands to reason that the fullest realization of this creative capacity can embrace the finest and the coarsest of substances the cosmos has to offer, provided our effort is strong enough. But mobilizing this ultimate effort, in turn, demands an unlimited faith in the possible -- a conviction that the infinite is hidden within the apparently finite and that we are meant to reveal it.
Who among us are capable of this level of faith? For it is most likely that upon them our salvation depends.
Based on the 1993 book:|
PROJECT MIND - The Conscious Conquest of Man & Matter Through Accelerated Thought - by David S. Devor (T.Kun). A Zinor Book, ISBN 1-880646-02-1, softcover, 304 pages including appendix, glossary, index and references.
Back to top