NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 35:
Prior to excerpting the Ramana Maharshi disciple, Master Nome in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 26, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.
[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]
Fine-Tuned Universe 26:
Michael Behe & others argued for the presence in the living cell of various “irreducible complexities” that would require the agency of Intelligence to bring them about. But they left open “the simplest possible design scenario,” This would posit “a single cell – formed billions of years ago – that already contained all information to produce descendent organisms” via Evolution. They suppose that “irreducibly complex” systems that manifested themselves long afterward, such as that which produces complex blood-clotting, might have had their designs already present in potency in that first cell but not yet “turned on”. The force of this suggestion depends on what “turning on” amounts to.
The original ID, Intelligent Design argument would require it to involve a “special” action on the Designer’s part, which would seriously dilute the notion of pre-established “potential”. On the other hand, if such special “turn on” action is not required, the “complexities” hardly qualify as “irreducible.”
On the Cosmic scale, the Irreducible Complexity theorists postulated an enormous Inflation of the infant Universe during the 1st fraction of a second. This lasted no longer than 10−35 seconds. But that, in a brief moment, this Multiplied the diameter of the Universe by a mind-boggling factor of perhaps 1050 – 1090.
Problems thereby solved included the “Flatness Problem,” the tight constraint on the initial Energy Density that had given rise to the Fine-Tuning issue in the first place. It was shown that the Inflationary Expansion would be so great that it would force the density of the infant Universe to the critical value, no matter what the initial density might have been.
The need for Fine-Tuning of the Density Parameter would in this way be eliminated, or at least reduced, & the Principle of Indifference would once more reign for the pre-Inflation state, which could have any of the possible values of the Energy Density.
Besides handling anomalies, Inflation had 2 other major features in its favor. It could explain the Isotropy of the CMB Cosmic Microwave Radiation, for which Collins and & Hawking had attempted to develop an Anthropic explanation. More significantly, as later developments would show, it could make use of Quantum Theory to provide an answer to a long-standing puzzle. Where were the great in-homogeneities needed for galactic formation to come from if the background radiation was isotropic ?
Inflation would have the effect of magnifying Quantum fluctuations to such an extent that they could furnish the necessary “galactic seeds”. That would depend on finding that the radiation was not in fact perfectly isotropic, as it had originally seemed to be. But very tiny departures from isotropy were found by means of extraordinarily precise satellite observations. Furthermore, the pattern of these departures across the width of the sky is claimed to offer strong support to the Inflation hypothesis.
Other support has come, for example, from the distribution of diffuse inter-galactic gas in the very early Universe. It has to be said, however, that as yet no adequate theory has been formulated that can explain why the Inflation occurred. The hypothesis does not yet have as strong a mandate, therefore, as does the Big Bang theory to which it is an addendum. But as matters stand, it would be fair to say that the warrant for the original claim of Fine-Tuning for the initial Cosmic conditions had been substantially weakened. The Universe may have had a “chaotic” starting point after all.
Alas, for the Atheists, Inflation has since been defeated by later satellite observations, so Theistic Anthropic & Irreducible Complexity theses still stand.
Some more selected verses from the Ramana Maharshi disciple, Master Nome disciple:
The Wise free themselves from the Mind, from Thought, realizing that all Duality, which is all experience other than the Self, is a creation of the Mind. Such “creation” is due to thoughts & is composed of thoughts. Abidance, free from thought, requires one to abide free from dualistic notions regarding the Mind itself. The unmoving Self does not “travel” through the Mind, & thought does not “drag” the ever-still, transcendent Self about. The Self is silent & untouched, endowed with the supreme, solitary power of Reality. The Self does not contend with thought, as if thought were an enemy with its own power. Self-Inquiry entails freedom from the pursuit of delusive thoughts that, in the form of vasanas (or tendencies) form Samsara. Self-Knowledge is not merely a blank Mind in which thought activity is temporarily stilled. For Self-Realization, one should know the Self’s freedom thought & the true nature of the Mind. Inquiring: “for whom is this thought, for whom is this Mind ?” one should seek the Knowledge of the Self, beyond all mental modes & states. Inquiring: “Who am I ?” one should know true Being, interior to any thought, more formless than any thoughts, transcendent of all thought, more formless than any thought, transcendent of all thought, & ever free from all thought. After carefully reading the written instruction-order left with 1 empty bottle he smiles to see they have upped their order and he replaces the 1 empty with 2 full bottles. You get the sense that payment would be a small issue if there was any payment.
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