Written on Apr 29, 2010 By Dan O'Connor

Building a Foundation-Part 2

All models are just that-Models

An approximation of the real thing. The accuracy of the model depends on the information available and the skill of the model maker.

Atomic Ideas

If I were to ask you to picture an atom I bet you would come up with something very similar to this:

The problem is that this model -called the Bohrs model is obsolete and has been for a long time.

So, why do we think this represents an Atom and more importantly why was it taught for so many years after it was obsolete.

Simple, it is something we can get our heads around.

If I were to tell you that the current (I think) model, called the electron cloud model, states that  electrons form a cloud around the nucleus of an atom. And that we cannot measure the position of even a single electron. We can only calculate the probability of where it might be AND that this probability is only an approximation AND we can only obtain these somewhat inaccurate approximations using the most powerful computers known to man.
And might look something like this
Electron Cloud
Whew! Can you get you head around that? I certainly can’t and that is a very, very simplified description. (sorry, that’s the best I can do).

Quantum Mechanics raises it ugly head

We have Quantum Mechanics to thank for this. In the world of Newtonian physics we could calculate anything. If we had good enough equations we could calculate our way to God.

Then Quantum Mechanics threw in the Uncertainty Principle and said “Sorry guys, it just ain’t so”. It is not a lack of technology. We have the technology to measure precisely enough. It is simply a function of nature that we cannot know everything about everything.

But we like order so we build models to help us function amid the chaos. The primitive atomic models are not so much wrong as steps in a process. Everything learned in the earlier efforts has been incorporated into later models which will themselves evolve into more and more complex renderings.

This leads us to models about life. Any life model ever built whether by me, you, the Greeks and Romans, current and past religions, primitive civilizations, all of them are approximations. Built to help us find our way in an unfathomable world.  The only true heresy is believing our way is the truth.

So what does forging a blade,playing a guitar or doing push ups have to with any of this? I don’t have a clear, concise answer for that either. But I do know that  from the smallest of things can come the biggest of answers.

Here are the bare bones of our model. As time passes we will flesh it out.

We all live on a rare Earth

There exists one source for all life and energy

Life is available to all with no judgment or favor

Religion is mostly about crowd control

Nobody is keeping score.

Discipline is freedom

Heaven (and Hell) as we have been taught does not exist.

There is no evil other than what we ourselves create

Our experiences, skill and knowledge are our only real possessions

There is a vast amount of life other than what we can detect with our five senses

Whether we know it or not we all connected to each other and to a greater whole

A society that does not practice cooperation and compassion dies

Imagination, art and creativity are the foundation and salvation of the human species

Leading a peaceful life does not preclude violence

Some of the most beautifully efficient forms are killing machines

The joy of combat is not the same as wishing to cause harm

Creative energy is never lost

Body, mind, spirit are inseparable

Creationism is a flawed concept

Science has many (but not all) answers

Magic abounds

We are each much more than we know.

Physical skill helps forge a path to the greater whole.

We have the power and can learn the skills to shape our own worlds

What we build now lasts forever

This model has been built from all available data and careful observations.  We reserve the right to alter this model at will.

What’s your model? Have you built one consciously or did you inherit one?

36 Comments

  1. Steve Haase says:

    Great post, Dano. I appreciate your thoughts especially on discipline, creativity, violence and peace. I follow a path called Evolutionary Enlightenment, and one of the core principles is that human consciousness and culture evolves through creative friction. It doesn't evolve in a vacuum, or when we abide peacefully beyond the world in meditation.

    So when I read your words and respond with my ideas from an intention to build something with you, then there's a degree of creative friction… and everyone benefits. The more engagement, the more benefit.

    It's kind of like the sun that way, I suppose. The more hydrogen is colliding together to form helium, the more energy is released.

    • Soulbuilders says:

      Steve, Thanks for the input. Creative friction-I like that term. I have to agree that creativity does not exist in a vacuum. There needs to be some sort of interaction and it does not have to all be agreeable. A certain level of conflict can push us to higher levels and examine why we stand where we do. As a side note-you now have the honor of being the first commenter on my three week old blog. I am pumped-somebody actually read something I wrote:) Dano

    • Soulbuilders says:

      Sigh-

      At first I could not get any replies to show up and now I have too many. Oh well, like I said it is the experiences that counts. However, I would like to not look like a complete dufus

  2. Soulbuilders says:

    Steve,

    Thanks for the input. Creative friction-I like that term. I have to agree that creativity does not exist in a vacuum. There needs to be some sort of interaction and it does not have to all be agreeable. A certain level of conflict can push us to higher levels and examine why we stand where we do.

    As a side note-you now have the honor of being the first commenter on my three week old blog. I am pumped-somebody actually read something I wrote:)

    Dano

  3. Very thought provoking post Dano.

  4. Soulbuilders says:

    That's the idea there Coach Deb. Thanks for stopping by. You are my second comment ever on my very first blog. Please come back anytime.

    Dano

  5. For whatever reason, this really hit me: Some of the most beautifully efficient forms are killing machines.

    We sometimes forget that there's beauty in our demise. We forget that destruction is another part of beauty. We forget that not everything that's "pretty" is beautiful, and that there are many "ugly" things that yield wonderful shape and form.

    Forms, patterns, moving from a big vast open to something useful… you've got it.

  6. tobin says:

    i agree with alot of it thanks! the science of Keylontics has shown me the closet physics and creation mechanics I have found so far…pretty deep and interesting material. (keylontic science).

  7. Kim says:

    Creative energy is never lost – love that concept!

    And welcome to the blogosphere! : )

  8. Rick says:

    Great way to put the Atom model/metaphor to use. I'd make your last sentence up there, "This model has been built from all available data and careful observations. We reserve the right to alter this model at will." bold as well, since it's at least as important as the rest of your framework above that. Looking forward to more.

  9. Hey Dan,

    Some thought provoking ideas there. I'm watching a TV show called the Enlightened Universe right now that talks a lot about the paradigm shift from Newtonian ideas to Quantum Mechanics. Interesting stuff!

    I use a couple of great models in my work: Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and Claire Graves's Bio-Psycho-Social model of Human Development.

    I've borrowed mine from the masters. I've also trained substantially with a guy called Dr Joseph Riggio who put together a model called the Mythoself. His ideas are worth checking out.

    I also agree magic abounds!

    Dennis

  10. Jim Bob Howard says:

    Interesting model… as you say, it’s not the thing itself but an approximation. Some comments on the model as you have defined it:

    > We all live on a rare Earth

    Given. After decades of looking for extraterrestrial life, it still only exists in our imaginations and works of art created from that imagination.

    > There exists one source for all life and energy

    Considering the consistency of how life begins, continues, and ends; and the consistency of energy, this would appear to be true. But is it possible to prove this?

    > Life is available to all with no judgment or favor

    True, all things being equal. However, many people deny life to others by applying judgment and/or favor.

    > Religion is mostly about crowd control

    Interesting statement. I’d like to see a post explaining what you mean.

    > Nobody is keeping score.

    Everyone is keeping score on some level. If you mean, “Nobody ‘out there’ is keeping score,” how are you sure of that from empirical evidence?

    > Discipline is freedom

    In many ways, absolutely; especially self-discipline.

    > Heaven (and Hell) as we have been taught does not exist.

    This statement is too vague. “We” have most likely been taught different things. If you mean “this is all there is” and nothing exists beyond this rare Earth, again… it would be hard to prove that from empirical evidence.

    > There is no evil other than what we ourselves create

    We certainly create a lot! But are you saying that it’s only evil if we create it and call it that? In other words, what others create is not evil unless they deem it so? Or are you again saying that there is nothing beyond our physical experience that can or can’t be evil?

    Other statements below contradict this.

    > Our experiences, skill and knowledge are our only real possessions

    What about our life, which you earlier stated is available to all without judgment or favor? Do we not own our lives?

    > There is a vast amount of life other than what we can detect with our five senses

    How do you know? And if that’s true, might that “undetectable life” also have the ability to create evil?

    > Whether we know it or not we all connected to each other and to a greater whole

    How do you know?

    > A society that does not practice cooperation and compassion dies

    Is this empirically true? Has the lack of cooperation and compassion been the death of every dead society? Does cooperation and compassion ensure the survival of a society?

    > Imagination, art and creativity are the foundation and salvation of the human species

    Salvation from (or to) what?

    > Leading a peaceful life does not preclude violence

    True.

    > Some of the most beautifully efficient forms are killing machines

    True.

    > The joy of combat is not the same as wishing to cause harm

    True.

    > Creative energy is never lost

    How can you prove that? Might the energy, if left unexpressed, be lost? And even if expressed, what keeps it from being “lost.”

    > Body, mind, spirit are inseparable

    How do you prove that? And what is your definition of “mind” and “spirit?” By so saying, are you stating that are distinct but inseparable? Or that they are indistinct and therefore inseparable?

    > Creationism is a flawed concept

    As is Evolution. What are the flaws that you see in Creationism?

    > Science has many (but not all) answers

    To what questions? Music also has many answers.

    > Magic abounds

    How do you prove that? Define “magic.”

    > We are each much more than we know.

    I agree, but we may disagree on more of “what?”

    > Physical skill helps forge a path to the greater whole.

    Perhaps. But what other skills help? And what is the benefit of having “the greater whole” as the goal?

    > We have the power and can learn the skills to shape our own worlds

    A world is a large thing. Or it can mean something small. Without a definition of terms, statements can mean different things to different people.

    > What we build now lasts forever

    How can we possibly prove that? Many cities and monuments have been built which are now lost; many that were called Wonders!

    Dano, I think you’re following some important lines of thought, and I look forward to seeing where the journey takes you.

  11. Susan Milligan says:

    Every drop of water that was created here on Earth is still here. In another form perhaps, but it's still here. Every person who has ever lived is still here. In another form after death that has organically returned to the Earth but those elements that make us human remain.. Same goes for all the animals and sea life. That beautiful gold band, might be on your finger but it still belongs to the earth. Its true that you can't take it with you cause you aren't going anywhere. The Earth is the ultimate green, recycling, compost making, water renewing, life-sustaning machine. We have no posessions, everything is available for our use or pleasure but we don't own it. How well we take care of this life sustaning machine is up to us.

    We need ideas to be 'creative', but there is nothing new under the sun. When we 'create' we use what has always been here and we put it together in another way.
    Albert Einstein knew us very well: ""The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.""

    • Soulbuilders says:

      "We have no possessions, everything is available for our use or pleasure but we don't own it. "

      Susan you are so right

      And another secret to Creativity

      "You are a master when you can hide all of your mistakes":)

    • Soulbuilders says:

      "We have no possessions, everything is available for our use or pleasure but we don't own it. "

      Susan you are so right

      And another secret to Creativity

      "You are a master when you can hide all of your mistakes":)

  12. Guzzimundi says:

    Well, we are all somehow, somewhere connected. What would make you think you could escape human curiosity? Nice post. Keep up the good work. We watch. Often, just silently.

  13. Soulbuilders says:

    Chris,
    Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    I have given up trying to reconcile my love of beautifully deadly objects-Peregrine falcons/F-14s/Katanas/a hunting cat. I think it has to do with what you said about forms and patterns and also intent. I have no need or desire to carry out the intent. But the intent is what shapes the forms and patterns of these things and pares them down to the absolute essentials needed to succeed. Therein lies the beauty. The paradox is that without the intent, they are simply paper tigers.

    Your comments and those of all the others are great. I knew when I started building this site 5 months ago I would either simply be ignored or open up a big O' can of worms. Here we go:)

  14. Soulbuilders says:

    Chris,
    Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    I have given up trying to reconcile my love of beautifully deadly objects-Peregrine falcons/F-14s/Katanas/a hunting cat. I think it has to do with what you said about forms and patterns and also intent. I have no need or desire to carry out the intent. But the intent is what shapes the forms and patterns of these things and pares them down to the absolute essentials needed to succeed. Therein lies the beauty. The paradox is that without the intent, they are simply paper tigers.

    Your comments and those of all the others are great. I knew when I started building this site 5 months ago I would either simply be ignored or open up a big O' can of worms. Here we go:)

  15. Soulbuilders says:

    Hi Tobin,

    I will have to check this (Keylontics) out. Thanks for the support

  16. Soulbuilders says:

    Thanks Kim-I am glad to be here I think

  17. Soulbuilders says:

    Rick
    That is good point about the last line and I did go back and forth on it. But in the end I decided that I wanted to separate that statement from the whole.

    Welcome to my world:)

  18. Soulbuilders says:

    Dennis,

    I really have a tough time with the quantum mechanics concepts-but I am hardly alone in that. I can also see right now that my channels for new information have just gone up exponentially beyond what I can keep up with.
    It is good though-after building my own base of ideas in a relative vacuum I can look at other ideas and concepts without feeling threatened by them. I can then pick what to add to my model.

    Thanks for stopping by I look forward to additional discussions

  19. Soulbuilders says:

    "We watch. Often, just silently."

    I know and to be honest it kind of scares me. But I have stepped into the circle and drawn my blade. There is nothing left to it but to dance:)

    Thank you

  20. The things that humans do to each other and animals with intelligently designed killing machines are far from beautiful.

    But the lessons humanity have learned and are learning lead to a beautiful state of being.

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