Prelude (/ˈprɛljuːd/) (noun): An action or event serving as an introduction to something more important…
By the time I finish “The History of Everything” blog, I will be a different person. Older, for sure. Wiser, time will tell. I am not claiming that this blog will influence anyone or have any effects (profound or otherwise) on anybody other than its creator. Nor am I claiming that what I will find out over the course of the next few months will influence my current priorities in life, they will not change. The fact that next to nobody will probably read this is likely testament to that. In fact, if no one other than me actually observes this blog does it even exist? I guess from a Copenhagen interpretation, it exists and it does not exist until I get a “Like”…
The goal of this blog is to fill many gaps. In my case, there are many gaps in what I currently believe in terms of existence and the way we as humans and reality operates. I will be drawing upon many references from various sources and media, from philosophy to physics, from the biblical to the biological, from theories of relativity to theories of relative insanity (and there is plenty of that in my family).
I will attempt to give a linear view of things (but will also loop-in the loop theory), from before the beginning of measureable time, on through the last 13.7 billion years of development projects to infinity and beyond (whatever that may be). I will not attempt to pillory theorists and intellectuals (perhaps with the exception of Richard Dawkins who is neither), nor will I praise them, I will simply present to myself (and anyone else who cares to read this) the thoughts and ideas that have developed over time from a great many people (not many great people) so that the reader can draw their own conclusions to my conclusions.
I am a very simple person who has to have things dumbed-down a lot of the time so my pea-sized brain can take things in, so this blog should not be in any way inaccessible to others (but perhaps paradoxically it will be to me).
If there are things which are factually incorrect within these insane scribblings, they are simply errors of ignorance and I am more than happy to be corrected by the more learned folks of Planet Earth (and in turn will update this blog accordingly).
I have thought long and hard about the key questions I hope to answer during this blogathon. At the time of writing this prelude, I would like to formulate my own logical and most probable answers to the following. If These really are questions without answers, but one can form a diagnosis based on the facts presented, and then weight that with a probability factor :
1. Does God exist and is there such thing as a Grand Design (not including Kevin McCloud)?
2. What was there before the Big Bang?
3. What started the Big Bang?
4. Is there really a missing link?
5. What is reality?
6. What is consciousness?
7. Why are we here?
8. What happens when we die?
9. How will it all end?
10. Is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything really 42?
We live in an age where science is trying to prove everything beyond reasonable doubt, which is not probable because mankind will find it rather difficult to prove the existence or non-existence of God, consciousness and reality. We live in an age where religion and economics is so fractured and fragmented, that we will kill each other over our beliefs or for things we do not possess but want to possess. We live in an age where politics, rules and regulations are adhered to by the docile masses, with those that declare democracy doing so in such a way to make people believe they are free, but they do their upmost to covertly remove true liberty.
All of that said, I believe that there is a shift in human consciousness. There are a growing number of people out there who are looking for unfathomable questions to be answered, how are starting to ask the why are we here type questions. The advent of quantum mechanics (and my little knowledge of it) has proven to me at least as I sit here, that as So-Crates Johnson once said in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure “All that we know, is that we know nothing”. Science may be able to prove beyond reasonable doubt how the universe that we know started, how we as homo sapiens physically evolved over time, but at this point it cannot determine what consciousness and conscious thought is. I don’t think a mathematical formula will ever be able to prove why we are here…
I am at this point reminded that I will not be berating science, nature or religion throughout this piece, mere drawing all of the facts I have in my possession and coming to the most logical conclusion.
To that end I will attempt for each theory/concept I come across to bear the following in mind. I call it the ZSSP (Zipbung’s Sliding Scale of Probability) and each theory/concept will be rated 1 – 7. It goes something like this (adapted from Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion):
1. Fact: 100 per cent probability the theory/concept is true. “I know that it is true.”
2. Strong Belief: Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly believe the theory/concept and assume it to be true.”
3. Leaning Belief: Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe the theory/concept and assume it to be true.”
4. Impartiality: Exactly 50 per cent. “The theory/concept is exactly equiprobable.”
5. Leaning Doubt: Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to disbelieve the theory/concept and assume it to be false.”
6. Strong Doubt: Very low probability, but short of zero. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly disbelieve the theory/concept and assume it to be false.”
7. Fiction: 100 per cent probability the theory/concept is false. “I know that it is not true.”
My journey should be an interesting one that’s for sure. As a parting shot to this the prelude, precursor and preface, I leave you with a Bill Hicks quote to ponder now and as a reference point throughout my journey through The History of Everything:
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly coloured, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defences each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace”…