DMB writes: Within the pages of A Dog Ear'd Cosmos – a Socratic dialogue recently released by Lulu Independent Press – an "imagined" discussion with a lost canine companion unfolds. The book posits a connection exists between Zero-Point Energy, "the multi-dimensional volume" enclosed by curved space-time, and a concept developed by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Georg Groddeck before them: "the Collective Unconscious."
In the world of physics, quantum-particle interactions have been
thought, since Fenyman's work, to somehow be "a-causal" - as the
Fenyman diagrams describing them appear to hold validity regardless of
a diagrams' "orientation" with respect to space-time coordinates.
Likening these interactions to undulations in the surface of an ocean
of repressed awareness, Dog Ear'd Cosmos asks a pertinent question: if
space-time appears "curved," then what does it curve around or enclose?
Could "what lies beneath" the perceived surface of our Universe
correlate with a "Collective Unconscious?"
experiences as being like swirling iridescent patterns in the surface
of a "Cosmic soap-bubble," the dialogue probes the logical extensions
of such a model, with the world-views of advanced physics and cosmology
melding (with slight alterations) into insights from psychoanalytical
explorations like a well-crafted dove-tail joint. What with human
awareness typically confined to "the turbulent surface" of the Cosmos,
no wonder we often feel cramped for psychic space and wind up embroiled
in battles over personal territory, both physical and psychic.
this nascent model, the undulations of a sub-phenomenal ocean of
repressed, yet still living awareness appear in consciousness as
platonic "shadow-plays" (whose cast of characters include
quantum-particle interactions, macro-scale objects and perhaps even
feelings and thoughts). Perhaps not too surprisingly, such a model has
been inspired by attempts to reconcile the authors’ explorations in the
physical sciences and mathematics with teachings of mystical
traditions, East and West.
In process of dialogue,
the participants compare both space-time and "what-lies beneath" to a
"spiritual cramp in the Mind of God." Highly-platonic in orientation,
the discussion presents a Zero-point Energy related rationale for the
differentiation of objects and experience in our Universe, a
differentiation that has puzzled physicists and cosmologists... One
dialog participant effectively asks: How could differentiated
structures have emerged in a Universe operating under consistent
physical laws, from the seed of a symmetrical "Singulaity Explosion"
like the Big Bang? What could account for the breaking of symmetry?
Answer: A Zero-point related "disappearance" (or reabsorption) of
subtle forms of energy, facilitated - of all things, by the authentic
forgiveness lessons learned by consciousness itself. Apparently, the
discussion participants have willingness to question the Laws of
Thermodynamics and Conservation of Energy on behalf of Life, picking up
a thread started by physicist David Bohm’s explorations of "the
Strangely, the Christian concept of
forgiveness appears in revamped form such as to emphasize a growing
sense of gratitude, responsibility for experience, as well as a playful
sense of humor. Highly speculative, this work does not appear in
science's genre proper
and might be rejected out of hand by
the scientific community at large... nevertheless the book does a
fairly good job of asking questions geared toward recontextualizing
current discussion within the Scientific Academy, and hopefully does so
in a accessible and unpretentious manner.
Author, A Dog Ear'd Cosmos