Uniting Heaven and Earth

February 1, 2009

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The heavens have long symbolized the eternal, changeless perfection of the divine, while the earth has symbolized the ephemeral, changing flux of existence. Since ancient times, this division of heaven and earth has been a profound symbol of the separation humans feel from their divine source. We experience ourselves as ephemeral beings exiled from the […]

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1, 2, 3 Creation

January 30, 2009

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The creation of the cosmos, or cosmogenesis, may be symbolized as an emanation from a nondual reality (1) into duality (2), trinity (3), and further multiplicity. This archetypal pattern is represented in the universal symbol of the tree of life. At its base, the tree is a single trunk, representing the cosmic axis, or axis […]

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Aspects of Quantum Measurement

November 28, 2008

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In the mathematical formalism of quantum theory, there are two levels that are important to keep clearly distinct: 1) observables/operators and 2) outcomes/eigenstates. At the first level, one observable is selected by the experimenter from among various observables. At the second level, the measurement of a selected observable is actually performed and an outcome is […]

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Pseudo-problems in Physics

November 25, 2008

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Most problems in physics are genuine problems with interesting solutions. There are a few problems, though, that are described as problems of physics, but are actually pseudo-problems. They arise from a fundamental misunderstanding about the nature of theories. One such problem arises as the explanatory gap between the abstract description of the world by a […]

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A Moving Image of Eternity

November 24, 2008

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What is the nature of time? In our contemporary culture, this is considered a question for physics to answer. In Einstein’s general relativity, time (as well as space) are relative and dynamic, depending on gravity and mass. Time is part of the nature of the physical world. In the Timaeus, Plato also expresses a view […]

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A Reconciliation of the Linear and Circular

October 19, 2008

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The concepts of linear and circular are root metaphors in many worldviews. For example, linear and circular provide root metaphors for the conception of time. The linear and circular are fundamentally different in several respects. The circular, for example, has the quality of recurrence while the linear has the quality of infinite extension without repetition. […]

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Evolution of Abstraction in Physics and Mathematics

June 10, 2008

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One of the key characteristics of the evolution of mathematics and physics has been a progressing increase in the degree of abstraction and generality. First, let’s consider how the description of nature as physics has developed toward increasing generalization. The ancient description of planetary motion set forth concrete geometric models in which the planets moved […]

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