Dangerous situations are avoided because of learned behavior. Learned behavior is created when perception samples experience. In this case, a previous experience with the quality of “dangerous” has been recorded for future retrieval. When this dangerous situation reoccurs we make an association and match it with a past experience. This association produces a warning signal that alerts us to make due corrections. We are constantly sorting out sense data; this is basically done by contrasting one thing against the other. The contrasting nature of perception is there to guide us along the path of least resistance, this path guarantees more life. The ability to make crucial distinctions allows life to prevail and flourish. The ability to detect contrasting experiences formalizes all behavior of living creatures and creates patterns of habit. Particularly as we learn what to eat and what not to eat, and how to avoid situations where you might be eaten. When you are able to contrast this from that you begin to assemble a memory bank of situations that can be recalled and threaded meaningfully. An example of such contrasting experiences could be day and night, hot and cold, big or small, friendly or foe. Life threatening situations are then avoided through behavior recall. Because of contrast, rods in the eye can follow lines and perceive two dimensional maps of reality. This simple mechanism of understanding is the seed of complex behavior and thought. Thinking is executed by contrasting things put logically together. Logic states that things have or do not have particular properties. Our current technology has been constructed with this principle, software uses contrasting algorithms such as: if not this then that statements, and binary code hardware is based on contrasting representations of 0’s and 1’s.
These off and on switches are like the cell’s membrane learned ability to open and close minute channels. When these channels open, radical ions seep and interlock with key molecules inside the cytoplasm and nucleus. This neat little trick allowed the first Eukaryote cells to flourish on Earth. This behavior was not a result of aggregate complexity. Behind this formidable act is something other than causal serendipity randomly playing the arrow of upward causation. Perhaps a ripple of the divine hand in the form of emergent behavior. Perhaps resonating morphic fields from beyond briefing fine instructions to the cell lab. There is a substantial difference between the properties of an object, lets say a granite rock that passively weathers environmental entropy randomly over time and the subject quality like of the unicellular structures that actively compose life. The later quantifies and measures reality with a purpose. And that purpose is to observe the universe appear and disappear. Contrasting experience categorizes and freeze frames reality, allowing life to plot points along the arrow of time.
Each snapshot formalizes reality creating the illusion of separation. When you are comparing this from that, you are measuring the level of contrast, the properties of contrast, the hue of contrast and intensity of contrast. When life forms engage in contrasting, however simple an organism, a measurement is made. Quantum physics tells us that when a measurement takes place the material world pops into existence. You could say that contrasting experiences make sense of the perceived reality as it coalesces the wave particle duality, virtually freezing all things that surround us. We become so marveled by this magic that glues the fabric of space time that we have come to take the universe and its laws for granted. This appreciation is so persuasive, that we consider ourselves and everything around us as different and discreetly separate. Separation allows life forms to navigate this universal surface without collisions. However this surface of navigation is only four dimension’s deep.
In objective materialism we are taught to think of this universe as a hostile place full of obstacles and discreet things. Although this manifestation can be very real, all other possible scenarios of the imaginary are distinct possibilities as well, including content full of blessings. The role life plays in shaping the possible universes is directly related to the subjects influence in the quantum measurement paradox. The picture of surface reality fails to account for the intentionality of the subjective experience, on this surface we all appear to be objects and different. On a deeper level there is a fundamental connectivity between everything. At that level the granite rock reverberates with my quantum particles and light emitting properties. Do not feel surprised if we can very well be influencing and intending the reality we attend to. In this lucid dream the universe can be your best friend. Good evidence of this relationship is the fact that in-spite of the incredible odds at winning the lottery of life, you have been manifested. The miracle that is you can only be explained because the universe conspired in your favor.
All the nuclear particles that comprise you where all ready there at the time of your conception, they have been there in an interconnected field of possibilities since the beginning of time, the miracle within is the mysterious force that made them all dance together when you became alive.
The uniqueness of your point of view is your contribution to the sum of all. This uniqueness flows in an engine that experiences novelty all the time. Novelty is recognized as such when nothing you have already experienced resembles the moment you are experiencing now. Creativity is novel observation channeled through the downward arrow of causation. In creative insight organisms do and see new things suddenly. When the experience is novel a new contrasting property of space is registered. This increases the field of form and structures. However no two experiences are alike and every experience is always novel and multidimensional. Even as passive observers we are never in the same fabric of space bubbling along the surface of time. When you contrast the past with the perception of nowness, you disallow new possibilities and replace what you discover with a two dimensional paint coat of past experiences. The trivialization of reality into parts of a linear program is a gross misrepresentation of the realness of reality. Borrowed messages from culture and other people intentionally suppress your honest present moment experience full of newness. Out of habit, thinking can deceive us to relive beliefs and stories that become who we are. Thoughts have a monopoly over you, and they will defend this control over who you are. Who you are is but accumulated layers of contrasting experiences, fitted tightly into a box constantly reassuring themselves as your fingerprint. But are you really that? When you become aware of this distinction, you are able to remove yourself from past contrasting thoughts and meet the eagle’s point of view soaring above the convoluting surface witnessing the universe at zero degrees of separation.
Carlos Cuellar Brown