A Question

The universe looks one way to humans,  another way to eagles  and yet another way to cats.

So, what does the universe really look like?

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21 responses to “A Question

  1. Yun

    Here is my reply found earlier while typing an email.

    I looked at my arm, and a little ant was caught in the fibers of my angora sweater, struggling for life on a soft sea of wool. I tried helping her off with a mail envelope, then realized one of her legs was caught onto a fiber. She tried climbing onto the envelope, pulling with all her might, then falling back to the sea of wool. At last I found a pair of scissors and cut her free. She fell down the table, I got her safely back onto the envelope, then carried her out to a pot of petunias.

    From cosmology I learned the universe is homogeneous and isotropic – with my central view in any place, every direction from here appears the same. On a morphological perspective, the view is isotropic only, being only the same from a central view – we all are complex stardust, but humans being ‘evolved’, do not see ants as equals. Yet this little ant acts just like me, her struggle is more primal than mine. So here I am a human, looking homogeneously at an ant. The universe must look the same everywhere, our looking just needs to be deeper.

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  2. Thanks Yun for your comment.

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  3. Your posts remind me of this http://i.imgur.com/iYQ4OmU.gif I thought you would like it.

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  4. ‘Look’ itself, has many concepts. Can be both physical, meta-physical, beyond physical realm.

    If it was ‘look’ in a matter of physical, most of the eye will receive the same, unless, there is some cases one can face, illnesses, or other.

    And ‘look’ in a matter of meta-physical, this is the more complex! Our mind has differences although all of us have one thing in common; consciousness. So this means, our thoughts would be so much about it, we do think about how the stars shining on our planet, what knowledge can make us better on seeing the universe? While eagles, they don’t think that way.

    So I conclude using both concepts, universe is just universe. Something outer, but inner as well. The ease feeling of connection. Our consciousness just simply meet in there.

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  5. Thanks for your comment Atika.

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  6. Hi do you have email address I can contact? I got something to talk about. Thank you in advance!

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  7. Haaha a great Q. So, one must be clear on “Actually”. Problem with our mind is we intuitively see things for which logic can’t be flawed. I will give an example in the form of another Q.
    ” Say a person is raised from childhood normally as any other, but this guy perceives the world differently — i.e what is red for us is blue to him and what is blue to him is red for us. So, when ever he sees something red, he “Perceives our blue”, but as his prents trained him and taught him that what he is seeing is “RED”, he names it as RED in his mind. Simlarly for BLUE. Now, his life goes normally as any one else. Only a person who could peep into the minds of this special guy and a normal one, can understand (if such people exist). So, we have no ways to differentiate the ways in which his perception is different from that of ours.

    Similarly, “Actually” is a wrong term. Every one has his perceptions. We are the reference frames for our own observations. But, if one wans to understand the “ABsolute” universe, one needs to go beyod these senses — because senses and mind cause disturbance in our perception (as I explained in my article).
    How to do that ? The Mysticism / esoteric studies help — yoga, meditations, rituals etc etc. All of the ancient wisdom is filled to remove this veil of illusion !!

    Thank You ! Respond critically, I do not mind 😉 😀

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    • I like this answer. But I’ll go one further- we can also understand the fundamental nature of the universe through careful philosophical analysis coupled with scientific observation and form a mental map of what it looks like, from beginning to end, etc. This can then be integrated into our “subjective” spiritual understanding of the world

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    • If you are still out there almost 3 years later . . . What you said about the colors is a question I started asking adults when was a young child. I was always curious about perception. My reality vs someone else’s. How does perception change your reality. How much do you think you can change your reality by changing what you believe you can, without doubt?

      Maybe that is why I left the church and all it taught at age 18, because I was supposed to believe something that had no sense, and eventually found Nichiren Buddhism, which taught cause and effect. Christianity supposedly taught it, too, with the lesson, you reap what you sow, but it was usually only applied when talking about someone else who had a problem, not to oneself about all causes.

      Most people’s perception of life is they are waiting to die to go a better, happy reality, and have no clue how to see the reality in front of them. They pray to something ( an alien perhaps?) out there to fix them. I find life – the power and perception of the mind – to be fascinating. We use so little of it.

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      • Yes, I still exist…. Atleast I percieve to be so… 😁 Hehe…
        Well, this platform may not be right one to put my ideas forward, as the present author takes prominent role here, to your comment. But if you can find a symphony of thoughts with the ideas of my blog, may be I can proceed there starting with your comment/reaction to them… An answer in single paragh is no answer at all. But a familiarity with a person’s thoughts will let the ideas emerge in each other with perfect sync.

        All the best for your path of self exploration. 🙂

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  8. Thanks for giving your views.

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  9. If you saw my reply to your comment on my blog, this is exactly what I’m getting at with the post about relativity. There is no “in itself” reality, its all relative to the observer!! Something that parallels Buddhist insights about reality

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  10. I’ll go one further- what does the universe really “look” like? Imagine the universe from a “God’s eye” point of view, from the view of cosmology- the entire universe, seen as if from outside, where you can observe all of time in a single instant, viewing the universe as a 4 dimensional object from an omniscient viewer’s perspective- you see every lifeform that every was, is, or will be, each particle, how everything connects. The viewpoint, if you wish, of a perfectly enlightened Being.

    So the point is, for mere mortals, we can never know exactly what the universe “really looks like”. But we can imagine it, and that’s the great thing about abstract thought! As well as our ever expanding rational scientific knowledge of the world.

    Then you get into a long philosophical discussion about whether science can really “objectively” view the world if you don’t put in emotion, etc. etc. etc.

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  11. Hi amorinoblog,

    Thanks amorinoblog for your comments. There is much to think about in your comments, so I will think and reply later.

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  12. Hi amorinoblog,

    You wrote,” There is no “in itself” reality, its all relative to the observer! ”

    At this moment, when you look to your left you see something different from what you see when you look to your right.

    Why is that?

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  13. The doesn’t “look like” anything. Looking is what we sense-perceive beings do. What it is another matter.

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  14. Thanks for your comment.

    O.K. that is all right.

    At this moment, when you look to your left you see something different from what you see when you look to your right.

    Why is that?

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  15. Ironically my husband were talking about this very thing yesterday, but the subject had to do with the preception some other life in the universe would have about us if we were to meet. We were listening to the radio ( science friday NPR ) and the host was talking about the radio waves that have been sent out. How could another intelligent being (?) determine if we were friend or foe . . . or food?

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  16. SonniQ, Thanks for all your comments.

    You wrote, ” I was always curious about perception. My reality vs someone else’s. How does perception change your reality.”

    If you are interested in these questions and are willing to do some serious thinking on this subject (it is hard work I warn you!), I will ask you some questions:

    What do you mean by ‘reality’ ?

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    • Reality is verily YOU. What “you” percieve, what you measure what you observe, what you feel, etc are what I would say “modes” of Reality. So, Reality is sum total of this. WHen this sum total is made having “you” as a seperate centre (i.e. when one is in the mode of reality where he/she exists seperate from others/other things) it is called “Personal Reality” – very specific to that person. BUt when one transforms to what we are defining as reality, he has the centre every where and hence the sum total ha no meaning, because he is verily eveything/everyone.But if one asks, what happens to reality when one dies, then the answer would be — the concept of death is for body — which again is another mode of one reality – a mode of dissolution. So, if one defines the reality to be this, the REALITY becomes verily the GOD or the ONE IN ALL or the “I AM THAT I AM” or ……. etc. —- EXAMPLE to sync in this idea:

      “Imagine a black board. It has infinite centres (or points) on it. BUt when you put a dot with a chalk, that centre becomes a seperate centre – an expressed centre and it again has infinite circles around it. WHen you draw a circle with a radius, it becomes a personalised circle of horizon for that dot. The dot is individual and circle is his world of observation. The relaton he has with the world i.e. radius to circumference is called “PI” which has exstensive occult depths. ANyway, when the dot dissolves/erased what happens? IT becomes verily the board and one with all infinite points ”

      I knwo there are many inbetween line sto be filled, but this is the envelope of basic thought that I would put forward.

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