by Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D.
During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore—in part because it's fun to do. But there's a far nobler reason. The day our knowledge of the cosmos ceases to expand, we risk regressing to the childish view that the Universe figuratively and literally revolves around us. In that bleak world, arms-bearing, resource-hungry people and nations would be prone to act on their “low contracted prejudices.” And that would be the last gasp of human enlightenment—until the rise of a visionary new culture that could once again embrace the cosmic perspective.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
FOR A LONG TIME, humanity—ever since the individual learned to gaze at the skies—has often been baffled by the awesome power and order displayed by the heavenly bodies above him. In wonder, he asks: Where did all the stars, planets, clouds, stars, as well as the plants, animals, including us, come from? How did they all begin? What is their impact on us humanity today, in particular, on our role and destiny?
But before we explore our Cosmos, it is important that we have a working understanding of what we are trying to explore. What is this Cosmos we are talking about? What is its structure and properties? Or, put it in another way, what are its constitutive elements? How do they operate? Answers to these questions are indispensable in order to guide us what we will be exploring about our Cosmos.
I am proposing a theoretical construct or model - others would call this today an “alternative paradigm.” In this model, I view reality as consisting of some significant dimensions that are interconnected and vibrantly interacting with each other as one whole integrated system, where each part does not exist in isolation outside of the system, but as an essential part which gives life and meaning to the whole. I have categorized these inter-related dimensions into four to include the physical, mental, psychical, and spiritual dimensions.
The physical dimension of our Cosmos is the one observable to us through our naked eyes or telescopes. One glaring feature is what we see in the large-scale dimension, or the macro-cosmos. The macro-cosmos is composed of the clouds, stars, planets, suns, moons. Together with other minor celestial bodies, they compose the galaxy. And the entire macro-cosmos houses billions of known galaxies. Our galaxy is known to be only a tiny part of a larger stellar system, the Milky Way, which is populated by around 200 billion stars, one of which is our Sun. Our Planet Earth is one of the nine planets (let’s include Pluto since it is still out there playing a role in the dynamics of our Cosmos) that revolve around our Sun.
Also included in the physical dimension of our Cosmos is the realm of atom and its sub-atomic particles, which, we can call the micro-cosmos. Although this world is invisible to our naked eyes, it can be observed, through the use of modern microscopes, through the light that it emits. Known also as the microscopic world, this world is also populated by material objects that occupy space and have physical qualities like extension, mass, and electric charge. As we know it today, it is in this realm that the electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks, and leptons reside and operate. An atom is, of course, more than this; it is also an energy, vibrantly traveling as a wave across time and space varying speeds or velocities in the form of a light wave, sound wave, radio wave, micro wave, and the like. But we will explore this realm of the Cosmos later. Suffice it say, that both the macro and the micro realms, are governed by the forces of nature have been discovered to direct their operations, behavior, and their relationships. These four dominant forces are known to us today: gravity, electro-magnetic, weak, and strong nuclear forces. How they operate is an interesting area to explore in our discussions later.
There is a third realm which can be included in the physical dimension of the Cosmos, and this is the meso-cosmos, the world of life from its early beginnings to the development of our ecology that forms the necessary backdrop for the appearance of plants, insects, animals, and other subhuman species. What role the meso-cosmos plays in the overall picture of the Cosmos is an equally exciting territory to explore in our discussions later.
In summary, I have categorized the physical dimension of the Cosmos into three, viz., the macro-cosmos (or the large-scale cosmos), the micro-cosmos, and the meso-cosmos. All these three categories are accessible to us through our five senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste and through the use of telescopes and microscopes. The events occuring at this realm take place within our four-dimensional world of time and space; it is localized and time-bounded. All these three categorization are part of the subjects of our cosmic exploration.
Other than the physical dimension, science speaks of the mental dimension. Physicist Paul Davies states that it is helpful to draw a distinction between the physical and the mental worlds. According to him, “The physical world is populated by material objects that occupy locations in space, and have qualities like extension, mass, electric charge and so on. In contrast, the mental world is populated, not by material objects, but by thoughts” and we can include emotions.
And it is through our appearance as Homo sapiens that the mental dimension of our Cosmos fully developed. As human beings, we possess the faculties that are able to perceive stimuli, from the external world, which we call the objective reality. These faculties are our sensory perceptions, our brain, and our mind. Our sensory organs include the five physical sense. These senses have the ability to pick up external stimuli that are immediately transmitted into our brain. The information perceived by our five physical senses and processed by our brain are transformed by a higher faculty, THE HUMAN MIND, which possesses the capability to transmute these external phenomena into thoughts and emotions. And it is through this faculty that we, human beings, are able to create our world. How?
When we think and emote, we are sending out energies that vibrate and resonate across time, space, and matter. These vibrations, science tells us, are able to fashion forms, systems, structures, and processes that eventually form the world we live in. This is how we construct our world - our belief system, our economic system, our political system, our value system, and so on. All these systems are simply a result of our mental constructs.
And many quantum physicists now speak of a still higher faculty, THE HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, which explains our experiences of self-awareness, and our ability to be conscious of others and our surroundings.
The third dimension proposed to compose our Cosmos is the psychical dimension. Its inclusion as the third significant dimension is quite a daring one, if not outrageous, to many. Understandably, it can raise so many eyebrows and, perhaps, frightful looks, especially from the mainstream of physical or natural sciences. This is even truer with the addition in the proposed cosmic paradigm of the spiritual dimension. And the cause for this unwholesome reaction is just perfectly judicious and sound from the perspective of a discipline trained in the use of reason, logic, causality, continuing verification from objective facts of varying conditions, and where everything need to be proven through the rigor of scientific experimentation.
On the other hand, the “sensitive,” “psychic,” and “theist” would highly welcome this addition as part of our Cosmos. All these mixed and conflicting reactions to consider the psychical and spirit dimensions in our exploration of the Cosmos only reflect the divergent views held by humanity in our description of the Cosmos. Maybe, it’s high time to no longer ignore these metaphysical phenomena even in the scientific discussions, and to accept them merely as differing views held by humanity because of its differing beliefs, culture, and academic training. This is, in fact, this attitude of openness that modern science espoused for the past few years.
The psychical dimension is the world where paranormal or strange phenomena and events occur. These occurrences are considered “paranormal” since they cannot be explained or verified from our five physical sensory experiences of sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. They happen without any cause, even defying logic as well as our concept of time and space. Events occur simultaneously, implying instantaneous communication. Things, events, then, travel faster than the speed of light. And maybe there is no more need of time since everything happens at the same time in a continuoum; there is no more past and future; everything is the present moment. There is as well no more need for information transfer and the concept of space has become irrelevant. The only way to explain and verify all this is by going deeper into the quantum world, through our extra-sensory perceptions, or ESP, and, as the giants of quantum physics would venture to say, to “experience” the events that are happening between the observer-participant and the object being observed. Indeed, this kind of an experience is not sensory because the object being observed cannot be reached by our ordinary senses. And indeed modern science now talks about, and even does some experimentation on, such strange phenomena and events as mental telepathy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, invisibility, teleportation, mind reading, bi-location, reincarnation, karma, near-death-experiences, and the like.
The spirit dimension of our four-dimensional Cosmos is another contentious subject, but which is now gaining more space and attention in the discussions, studies, and laboratory works of modern scientists. Science has recently introduced us to the idea of the presence of extra dimensions, worlds that are beyond our four-dimensional world of time and space. This realm is described by science as the world of vibrating strings and membranes that can continually create new universes. Science has discovered already 11 extra dimensions, and some physicists even advance, that there could be an infinite number of them exhibiting infinite number of sizes and shapes. Their detection is made possible because of String Theory, which later developed to become the M Theory. These two theories led to the shocking discovery there exists parallel universes beyond our physical world. Because of this, we, human beings, are believed to be no longer living alone in the universe. The concept of universe has become, multiverse.
The extra or metaphysical dimension of the Cosmos is totally invisible to us and, as science theorized, there are indications, that they are populated by extraterrestrial life and extraterrestrial beings, whose civilizations are much, much advance and higher than ours. Because of this theory, science now talks of space travel, time travel, wormholes, building space machines and space stations, creating life, and even entertains the idea that UFOs are intergalactic space ships maneuvered by extraterrestrial beings whose knowledge of our Cosmos is such that they could travel faster than time.
Like the physical and mental worlds, the psychical and spirit dimensions of our Cosmos are governed by forces, laws, principles, and which some even refer to it as the “Conscious and Intelligent Mind,” "The Matrix of All Matter," “Intelligent Designer,” or God but which, nonetheless, are still to be discovered by humanity through mathematics - the language of science. What are these forces or who are these entities? How do they operate? And how do these forces or entities influence humanity’s beliefs and actions? This is indeed another enticing subject of study which can be initially approached from the perspective of the natural sciences.
Thus, we have laid down and proposed a four-dimensional view of our Cosmos – the physical, mental, psychical, and the spirit dimensions, each governed by their respective laws or principles that complement each other, and which form essential pieces for the harmonious and orderly functioning of the entire cosmic system. And we human beings stand at the threshold of the physical, mental, psychical, and spiritual worlds. In fact, we are the exact replica of our four-layered Cosmos. We have the faculties and capabilities to be in these four worlds instantaneously and even simultaneously.
In this four-dimensional view of our Cosmos, I propose the existence of a cosmic wave field that allows instantaneous transfer, shifting, and interaction of information, objects, and phenomena across any region of space and time. This wave field theory draws its origin from Albert Einstein’s gravitational wave field theory of the curved space time fabric of large objects, Louis de Broglie’s wave-particle nature of matter at the subatomic particle, and biochemist Rupert Sheldrake’s morphogenetic field. More picturesquely, in our proposed cosmic wave field theory, our Cosmos can be viewed as a web, very similar to a spider web every line of which (straight, curve, circular, crooked, spiral, etc.) has neither beginning nor end and is connected to all the other web lines as one whole system.
As waves, our cosmic wave field continually vibrates with energy that resonates every other region of space-time regardless of the dimension and levels of our Cosmos. The wave is carried in the form of electromagnetic waves, microwaves, radio waves, sound waves, and water waves. Because of this wave nature, information, objects, and events can occur in one dimension or level of life and existence and can be instantaneously transported through all the other dimensions and vice-versa. In our day-to-day experience, this could mean that objects, phenomena, and events occurring in the physical or sensory dimension can simultaneously occur in the psychical and spiritual dimensions of reality and thrown back, even as events occurring in the metaphysical dimensions can also be transported to the physical and physiological dimensions of our Cosmos and come back to its original state. The experience and perception we encounter in the metaphysical realms are no longer sensory, but extrasensory. It is in this manner of interaction that all the parts in our Cosmos are really interconnected and interrelated. The isolation of one part that we experience in this reality is actually an individual particle that exists and lives as part of the functioning one whole integrated Cosmos of ours.
In exploring our four-dimensional Cosmos, I will be approaching it initially from the perspective of the physical sciences; in particular, from the viewpoint of physics, molecular biology, and neurobiology or neuroscience. Then, I will proceed to the social sciences, in particular, from the aspects of anthropology, psychology, economics, and sociology; then, proceed further to the discipline of the arts and humanities. The approach adopted by the proposed paradigm, then, is multi-disciplinary or inter-disciplinary. In the end, I will present my reflections and conclusions from our exploration of the four-dimensional Cosmos.
At this early stage, one may ask anticipatedly, what answers could the divergent disciplines offer us in response to the fundamental questions we raised about our role and future as well as our relationship with nature and each other? Is the holistic approach we will be utilizing able to offer explanations that are relevant and meaningful to today's globalizing world? Is it possible that today's highly specialized and competing disciplines will be able to offer similar or parallel answers to the questions humanity has been raising for over hundreds and thousands of years? What merits can humanity reap when we view our reality from various disciplinary perspectives? In the final analysis, the knowledge we may derive from exploring our universe then becomes even more exciting by the holistic approach and method we will be utilizing.#