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Note: My Anthropic Trilogy web-book, evolving since 1997, is a chronicle of my passing all considered opinion through the lens of my Nirvikalpa Samadhi with both an open-mind and healthy skepticism.
Singularity as Applied to Metaphysics, Cosmology,
Consciousness and Technology
I suggest the metaphysical singularity is not something in the future but is an eternal here and now and whether named Nirvikalpa Samadhi, Satori, Moksha, Cosmic Consciousness or a host of others- its transcendent realization by both historic and modern seers- is gradually finding postmodern rational recognition as our own ultimate non-dual conscious reality. It is unavoidable that the pre-eminent realization experience is compared to a fleeting moment of our union with the mind of God but whose nature beyond light, bliss and love and our non-epiphenomenal relationship with IT remains ambiguous.
Application of the term Singularity:
Big Bang Singularity Wikipedia - Application of singularity in big bang theory.
Gravitational Singularities Wikipedia - Other cosmological models for singularity. The two most important types of spacetime singularities are curvature singularities and conical singularities. Singularities can also be divided according to whether they are covered by an event horizon or not (naked singularities). According to general relativity, the initial state of the universe, at the beginning of the Big Bang, was a singularity. Both general relativity and quantum mechanics break down in describing the Big Bang, but in general, quantum mechanics does not permit particles to inhabit a space smaller than their wavelengths. Another type of singularity predicted by general relativity is inside a black hole: any star collapsing beyond a certain point (the Schwarzschild radius) would form a black hole, inside which a singularity (covered by an event horizon) would be formed, as all the matter would flow into a certain point (or a circular line, if the black hole is rotating). This is again according to general relativity without quantum mechanics, which forbids wavelike particles entering a space smaller than their wavelength. These hypothetical singularities are also known as curvature singularities.
Loop Quantum Gravity Theory Refutes Black Hole Singularities Physics, 2018 Einstein's theory of general relativity predicted that once an object falls inside an event horizon, it ends up at the center of the black hole called a singularity where it is completely crushed. Theoretical physicists have been questioning if singularities really exist through complex mathematical equations over the past several decades with little success until now. Professor Ashtekar and his colleagues, Louisiana State University's Professor Parampreet Singh and Penn State's Dr. Javier Olmedo, developed new mathematical equations that describe black holes in loop quantum gravity and show that black hole singularity does not exist. [Loop quantum gravity theory refutes black hole singularity] "In loop quantum gravity, the fabric of space-time has a tile-like structure, which cannot be divided beyond the smallest tile. We have shown that this is the case inside black holes and therefore there is no singularity." Instead of singularity, loop quantum gravity predicts a funnel to another branch of the space-time. An artist's depiction of loop quantum gravity effects in a black hole. The bottom half of the image depicts the black hole which, according to general relativity, traps everything including light. Loop quantum gravity overcomes this tremendous pull and liberates everything shown in the top half of image, thus solving the fundamental problem of black hole singularity. Image credit: A. Corichi & J.P. Ruiz.
Quantum Cosmological Singularities Cornell University Library search for papers big bang quantum singularity
The Singularity: an Edge interview with Ray Kurzweil: We are entering a new era. I call it "the Singularity." It's a merger between human intelligence and machine intelligence that is going to create something bigger than itself. It's the cutting edge of evolution on our planet.
The Consciousness Singularity bears no relation to the Technological Singularity, which involves the creation of smarter-than-human machines. It is somewhat analogous to Tielhard de Chardin's Omega Point however it is not awaiting some distant evolution of mankind for its creation but is an eternal reality that can be realized here and now. See more 2045 The Year Man Becomes Immortal (Time, Feb 11, 2011)
Teilhard de Chardin - imagines a critical threshold, Omega Point, in which mankind will have reached its highest point of complexification (socialization) and thus its highest point of consciousness. At this point consciousness will rupture through time and space and assert itself on a higher plane of existence from which it can not come back.
Peter Russell Is there a highest state of consciousness? Mahayana Buddhism talks of sahaj samadhi -- the recognition that all phenomena are merely consciousness in its various manifestations. Zen Buddhists speak of total non-duality. Hindu texts refer to the highest state of consciousness as unity with Brahman -- a state in which one knows the source of all creation and all its levels of manifestation. And Christian mystics talk of "oneness with God". What would happen if this were to become a collective experience rather than a blessing bestowed upon one in a hundred million? Would our collective evolution then come to an end? Could it be that, in much the same way as the destiny of matter in a sufficiently massive star is to become a black hole in space, the destiny of a self-conscious species -- should it be sufficiently intelligent -- is a "spiritual supernova." Is this what we are accelerating towards? A moment when the light of inner awakening radiates throughout the world? A white hole in time?
Synchronicity among revelations from Nirvikalpa Samadhi,
singularities of theoretical physics and consciousness science.
There is already a huge body of works proposing synthesis between metaphysics and science and a veritable infinity of permutations and combinations of features that could be thrown into the analytical mix. I won't attempt a review of this compendium but for starters anyone can google synthesis+metaphysics+theoretical+physics for an overview of the subject. For this discussion I will focus on synchronicities that arise between features in my Nirvikalpa Samadhi journey and a few concepts on the forefront of theoretical physics: naked singularities, brane pair of string theory and wormholes.
See various illustrations relating a consciousness Singularity to the well-known singularity in physics, the black hole, where you cannot see beyond the event horizon because light cannot escape from it. In a similar manner, our unaltered, immanent cognitive consciousness prevents our perceiving the consciousness singularity- except through Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
Naked Singularity Scientific American January, 2009. Do Naked Singularities Break the Rules of Physics? The black hole has a troublesome sibling, the naked singularity. Physicists have long thought--hoped--it could never exist. But could it? All kinds of processes unknown to science may occur at the singularity, yet they have no effect on the outside world. Astronomers plotting the orbits of planets and stars can safely ignore the uncertainties introduced by singularities and apply the standard laws of physics with confidence. Whatever happens in a black hole stays in a black hole according to the Cosmic Censorship Hypothesis.
Yet a growing body of research calls this working assumption into question. Researchers have found a wide variety of stellar collapse scenarios in which an event horizon does not in fact form, so that the singularity remains exposed to our view. Physicists call it a naked singularity. Matter and radiation can both fall in and come out. Whereas visiting the singularity inside a black hole would be a one-way trip, you could in principle come as close as you like to a naked singularity and return to tell the tale.
(m-g: This suggests a tantalizing analogy or synchronicity to the role of Nirvikalpa Samadhi realization and its relationship to the phenomenal, material world in which we are born, live in and die. It provides a state of consciousness by which a consciousness singularity is exposed to our view and we are returned to tell the tale.)
My concurrent dual-nondual, 200% reality model finds a poignant synchronicity with the two-brane theory in the cyclic model of the universe in the feature I describe of returning from my samadhi as the stream ejected me into a funnel-like opening in a filamentous membrane . At the time- the membrane appeared to fade into invisability beyond the area impacted by the funnel but later concepualizing suggested that it would likely compose an astral layer configured in relationship to each particular human consciousness whether everyone in a Kumbh Mela multitude on the banks of the Ganges or an astronaut visiting the moon.
Thus- two interacting cosmological branes composing an infinitely recyling dynamic- could be a manifestation of two analogous branes of consciousness, first- our free-will minds by which we perceive immanent material reality and second- a transcendent, deterministic state constituting the ground of all being (Brahman). Whether materialy manifest or consciousness- the two branes could be in a dynamic relationship as in the cyclic model so that ultimate reality may be perceived as infinitely evolving.
A Five-Dimensional Black Hole Could 'Break' General Relativity, Say Physicists (2016) If you thought regular black holes were about as weird and mysterious as space gets, think again, because for the first time, physicists have successfully simulated what would happen to black holes in a five-dimensional world, and the way they behave could threaten our fundamental understanding of how the Universe works. The simulation has suggested that if our Universe is made up of five or more dimensions - something that scientists have struggled to confirm or disprove - Einstein's general theory of relativity, the foundation of modern physics, would be wrong. In other words, five-dimensional black holes would contain gravity so intense, the laws of physics as we know them would fall apart. There's a lot to wrap your head around here, so let's start with the black holes themselves. In a five-dimensional universe, physicists have hypothesised that black holes are more like very thin rings rather than holes, and as they evolve, they can give rise to a series of 'bulges' that become thinner and thinner over time, and eventually break off to form mini black holes elsewhere. The problem with five-dimensional black holes is that they're thought to consist of 'ultragravity rings', where gravity is so intense, it gives rise to a state known as naked singularity. Naked singularity is an event so strange, no one really knows what would occur, except that the laws of general relativity would no longer apply.
Consciousness Mediated Quantum Gravitational Collapse Via Generated Wormholes: From Macrosopic Biophysical to Microsopic Quantum Arguments by Dejan Rakovic and Miroljub Dugic. Proc 3rd Int. Conf. Computational Intelligence & Neuroscience, Research Triangle Park/Durham, NC, 1998. The EM field is only one out of four manifestations of the unified physical field, it can be tentatively generalized that the unified field may be internal conscious display for various physical processes, implying that Nature itself has consciousness at all structural levels - which is supported by analogous mathematical formalisms of Feynman's version of the Schroedinger equation and Hopfield's holographic neural network dynamics, implying similar information processing on both microscopic quantum and macroscopic biophysical levels.
Revelations of Chance by Roderick Main - Chapter 3: The Spiritual Dimension of Spontaneous Synchronicities; The spiritual concepts whose relationships to synchronicity I shall discuss are numinosity, miraculousness, transformation, unity, transcendence and immanence, providence, and revelation. Roderick Main examines what Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung called meaningful coincidence.
Defining two classes of materialist or physicalism bias: Traditional/naive materialism is the belief that there is a material world and that that is the only ontological realm which exists. Modern materialism is the belief that all patterns of connection and influence can be reduced to physical patterns of connection and influence - that physical determinism is necessarily true. Either protocol rejects any and all reality to theistic, metaphysical, paranormal, numinous or transcendent epiphenomena while even more ephemeral topics such as dark energy, wormholes and god particles are respected as visionary knowledge since they are evolved from the physicalist continuum of theoretical physics. Meanwhile- the entire subject of consciousness is cast into limbo.
The Uncaused Beginning of the Universe:- In Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology by Quentin Smith, 1993 - (New York: Clarendon Press)
God and the Initial Cosmological Singularity: A Reply to Quentin Smith by Dr. William Lane Craig Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. The standard Big Bang model, which has become the controlling paradigm for contemporary cosmology, thus drops into the theologian's lap just that crucial premis which, according to Aquinas, makes God's existence practically undeniable. Quentin Smith disagrees. He argues that the standard model "is actually inconsistent with theism" and that, therefore, an atheistic interpretation of the Big Bang "is in fact better justified than the theistic interpretation." He claims, indeed, to have established "a coherent and plausible atheistic interpretation" of the origin of the universe.
In another response to Smith- The Virtual Inevitability of Singularities in Inflationary Models of the Macro Universe: The Probability of Creation of the Macro Universe - An Address to the 2007 Conference: Physics and the God of Abraham (Spokane, Washington) by Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., Gonzaga University. Prior to the discovery of evidence for an inflationary era (and its vacuum energy), all five of these conditions were thought to be met in the universe. Quentin Smith summarized the consequences of this by noting: "it belongs analytically to the concept of the cosmological singularity that it is not the effect of prior physical events. The definition of a singularity that is employed in the singularity theorems entails that it is impossible to extend the space-time manifold beyond the singularity. The definition in question is based on the concept of inextendible curves [which must avoid implying infinite curvature and other similar mathematical paradoxes]". This effectively rules out the idea that the singularity is an effect of some prior natural process.
One Cosmos Under God by Robert W. Godwin Reader's Review: I was most struck, personally, by the symbolic system Bob has devised (starting on p. 207) "to create an unsaturated spiritual language through which each individual may 'realize' and 'discover' their meaning." In this system O stands for "the ultimate, unchanging, unqualified, non-dual ground and source of our being." I 'discovered' this to mean everything above and beyond what the senses tell us is there; the One Big Thing that surrounds everything else, that contains it, The Thing that we all too easily forget as we go about our business.