Imagination May Be the Answer

I was listening to the C-Realm podcast number 25 today, which included an interview with Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent, which is apparently about ancient knowledge of DNA within shamanic cultures. The host KMO read an excerpt at the beginning about the proteins which make up DNA and RNA, and how these proteins are statistically extremely unlikely to have come together to form the coding systems of DNA and RNA by pure chance. Numerically the odds are 1 in 10 to the 80th power, or something like that, which makes the number larger than the number of atoms in the known universe.

Then I was thinking about the idea of a universal attractor, which is basically that rather than the universe being pushed from the past into the future, it is pulled by the future from the past. In other words the cause of the universe is not the Big Bang, the Big Bang is caused by the end of the universe, or perhaps just an event that happens in the universe. I don’t really buy into the notion that it is one or the other, either the attractor or chronological cause and effect. It may be that both of these mechanisms operate in the universe simultaneously and independently.

If we can imagine a future in which time travel is possible, these ideas don’t seem so far fetched at all. Time travel in physical human form may never be possible, but it seems very likely that forms outside of our realm do travel through time. The information in light, at least, is able to make the journey intact from billions of years in the past up to the present, our present. It is conceivable, and has been speculated, that there are other forms of energy or particles which travel into the past.

Whether the future and past actually exist on a physical level is highly speculative. But what if they exist somehow as information? What if something similar to memory and imagination are intrinsic aspects of the universe, memory representing the past, and imagination the future? Then the future and the past do really exist, and they coalesce into a seemingly solid reality we call the present. Further, the cosmic imagination might affect memory to some extent, through the present moment where they meet. This is similar to how the human imagination fills in gaps in memory, which is well documented in psychology. The converse seems logical as well, as imagination relies to some extent on previous forms and concepts, combining and rearranging them into novelty.

Now imagine that at some time and place, maybe in this universe in the future, maybe in another universe in the past, information somehow gains the ability to travel through time. This isn’t so far fetched. In fact, I believe it is happening in your head at this moment. But what if information could actually travel to a murky collective memory of the past, an objective past, with definite events which we can all agree upon, but one which has many missing details, which is embedded with the possibility of being changed by information from the future? What if we could send information to this past? What information would we send? Would we send information that would affect the primordial soup at the beginning of the universe, increasing the likelihood that those amino acids would combine into the right proteins which would turn into DNA and then into cells? Or possibly, are amino acids also tapped into the collective imagination, being pulled into the future by the attractor, namely, the possibility of becoming more complex and novel life forms?

I guess what I am getting at here is that there is always a point at which the idea of cause and effect breaks down. For the creationist it is the question of where did God come from; for the atheist it is what caused the Big Bang. Terrence McKenna talks about the fact that all of cosmological science rests on the idea of the Big Bang, but the Big Bang is not a fact – it is really a Big Assumption. Similarly, scientific theories about parallel universes, extra dimensions of space and time, etc., also rest on big assumptions. These scientific and religious assumptions  are often at odds with each other, conflicting with each other in competition for a certain space in our mind which craves to be filled with an answer, the ultimate answer, which tells us how we got here. But none of these answers is ever truly satisfying, because we know deep down that they rest on these big assumptions. They are not real answers. So it is interesting that the place these answers come from, the place so many consider to be the ultimate in UN-reality, THE IMAGINATION, is actually a real thing that we all experience and can agree upon as existing. Imagination is undeniably real. The ideas which spring from it are hit and miss, but when it comes to ultimate answers, imagination ITSELF may be it. I think it is a much shorter leap of faith, to imagine that imagination is an intrinsic part of the universe, and that the so-called physical universe is based in this imagination (which also includes memory), than to assume the opposite; that the universe just came into existence at random, for no reason, and then somehow developed imagination after it had randomly evolved to human form. Somehow, it seems the most human-centric, the most unlikely of possibilities; just as unlikely and human-centric as a male God creating the universe and humans in seven days and putting humans at the center of things.

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