The World According to Me

Do you have a theory about how the world works? Can you boil it down to a few sentences?

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MY THEORY OF THE WORLD: What we think we are:

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 The best creatures anywhere, ever.

What we actually are:

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Recently evolved bipeds.

What we think life’s purpose is: IMG_1641a

To improve our lot.

 What our actual purpose is:

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Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Photo Source: NIAID

To reproduce. Evolve. Host bacteria.

How we think we improve our lot:

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By rearranging things and making ourselves comfortable.

What we actually do:

Copy nature.

What we think we’re uncovering:

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Secrets of the universe.

What we’re actually learning:

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Nature does everything better than we do.

We are bit players. Nature is the boss.

We live on a rock in the middle of nowhere. The important stuff — life, air, breath, companionship, joy, consciousness —  is absolutely free. Our own brains are the most complicated things we’ve ever discovered. We have no idea how this happened, or why. It’s a miracle. And geologically speaking, we’ve just gotten here. What’s next? My suspicion is that whatever is coming, it’s going to be a wild ride.

How do you think the world works?

38 comments

  • Beautifully said and appropriately illustrated! I love the way you point out the contradictions between what we believe about ourselves and what we really are. Though I think a sizable majority of the population is just fine sticking with the beliefs.

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    • It’s easier to believe what we tell ourselves, than what science is telling us. Read in an essay recently that we’re like mother dinosaurs nuzzling our eggs, oblivious to the oncoming comet. Hope that essayist is wrong.

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  • What a remarkable post with some truly stunning images. Loved the air travel vid–and being a pilot, it’s always amazed me how we’ve structured these invisible highways in the sky.
    You’ve provided some great food for thought. I’m certain I’ll be mulling over your question for a while, as I’m fairly certain I’ll never understand how the world actually works. I’m simply grateful for when it does, and hopeful for when it doesn’t.
    Cheers

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    • You’re a pilot? How cool is that? Last summer had my first flight on a very small plane. Thought it would be terrifying, but it was thrilling. Must be something to have the knowledge and skill to take yourself up there. Nothing like air travel to give one perspective on how small we really are, and how amazing we are. Cheers —

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  • I think we’re tried to fix too much. We have to stop tinkering and stand back and take a good look at what we’ve done. We cannot mess with Mother Nature. She’s been patient long enough, but how long before she says, “Enough!?”

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  • So glad your voice is out there, asking these questions.
    I have no idea how the world works, and suspect how the universe works would be beyond me.
    But we can certainly treat our home with more care, no doubt about that.
    Cheers 🙂

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  • That’s not grim at all. To the contrary. This idea that we can somehow manipulate the world into being what we want it to be- as if we’re paining a room- is nonsense. Great post.

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  • Really like this post – truly, it is provoking and your post makes me think thoroughly about our world! All this time I can only think we produce too many humans! 😀
    “Nature does everything better than we do.” -> totally agree!

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  • The cool thing is we are a part of nature too and I know all about Wild Rides… Ha!
    Thanks for bringing this to the party! Have fun clicking on links and meeting my friends…

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    • Since we’re part if nature then all this rearranging is, too, I guess. Here I am trying to get serious and responsible and you are making me smile? Sigh. All right. Pass the party poppers. And how did your Wild Ride get over here??? Cheers —

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    • Maybe better if we don’t unlock it. As Susie says, we’re part of nature, so that kind of gives us carte blanche to do what we want, right? Understanding the mystery might spoil the fun.

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  • I came to mingle from Susie’s party. As you pointed out, we’re relative newcomers here. I think if someone new showed up at my door and started destroying my property, I’d give them the boot. Just sayin’… Good post. Thought provoking.

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  • What a great post J.B. As you know, Susie Sent Me. I really loved this post. Anything that makes us think is always good. Looking forward to more good work from your blog.
    Thanks again for reading about “Cleavus McGee.”

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  • “How do you think the world works?”

    Well, obviously no-one knows; that much we know that we know. Still, even as lay people, we can speculate as inchoate theoretical physicists or mini-Heidegger’s though; so I will:

    I speculate that the world, by which I take it that you mean the universe in its entirety, is developing a means by which it can come to know itself. Part of this is via localised modules of consciousness (the minds of animals, human and non-human), and part is the interconnection of those modules together with inanimate communication networks.

    The obvious question next to pose is why might this might (at an admitted stretch) be so. To that, I have even less of a clue, and yet evolution is tending in that broadly teleological direction from what we are able to observe.

    Many thanks, Hariod.

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  • Wonderful perspective. It seems the same to me, but is that because of my own consciousness? Evolution here on earth, so far, seems to have tended toward more sophisticated levels of consciousness, but will it continue? We’re eliminating 150 other species a day. What’s flourishing? Slime molds. Ants. Cockroaches.

    Most of the species on earth have gone extinct, so clearly this is a lot bigger than us. Maybe I’d better just go back to bed and start the day over.

    Thanks for the visit.

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    • “is that because of my own consciousness?”

      We could say partly that it is; yet your consciousness participates in the world and can only exist due to that participation. You may well disagree, but your consciousness doesn’t exist/manifest in some cranial isolation. Where is it? Difficult question. Right now, it has something to do with the screen you’re staring at as well as the space in between – and beyond and around – amongst a myriad other things, seen and unseen, outside the confines of the cranial cavity.

      Does it matter if human consciousness should cease to exist? If we take our wild hypothesis, I’m not convinced that it does. What we’re speculating upon is some vast network of integrated information that isn’t, or may not be, dependent upon on any great degree of localised intelligence. Maybe we’re here just to get the inanimate, self-replicable networks up and running, after which we become redundant? I’m getting a bit sci-fi now, which I loathe, so will bid you farewell for now.

      Hariod.

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      • Good way to put it: “consciousness participates in the world and can only exist due to that participation.”

        Consciousness consists of layers upon layers of algorithmic electrical/biological/unknown interactions. Who knows where it is? That doesn’t seem like the right question. My intended response to your early comment about pure awareness, was to ask whether we humans can tap into pure awareness, or whether we think we do because of the sensation of oneness, or whether we make up pure awareness because it resembles our own view of consciousness? Convoluted, I know, but fun to speculate about. Thanks again for your response.

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        • What if we leave aside this business of any “sensation of oneness” and just speak of a pellucid space free of all mentation? That seems to me something we might choose to call “pure awareness”.

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  • For certain, Nature is boss, no matter what we do! We imitate nature a lot in art, man-made processes, colours and shapes in art, etc.

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