Creation, life, god, chaos et alThis is a mind-state dump attempting to record my current thoughts regarding geek.neo's blog on fnuckle under the "philosophy" setion.
The creation bit follows loosely the structure that I used to describe this to Gnome over the weekend.
First off, the concept of "othering" certain of our faculties in order to comprehend them is time-honoured, particularly in buddhism, although it is not explicit. These days a psychologist would probably parcel it off as dissociative personality disorder, which it really isn't.
The "othering" of the metaphysical is an interesting habit of mankind. Personally I wouldn't use "othering" to describe what I understand this phenomenon to be, as othering to me means an imposed distinction on a set that could (should?) otherwise be treated homogeneously. Whereas the matter/mind/spirit connection is not necessarily a continuum as evidenced by the ability to exist without connecting to that spark.
Now onto creation:In the beginning...
Before I go any further, I think it prudent to mention that due to the simple rule-based (even fractal) nature of the universe, microcosm inevitably reflects macrocosm and so this, my view, is presented from a universe-centric standpoint, whereas this site takes an earth-centric standpoint and geek.neo took a mind-centric standpoint. Personally I believe that it is by investigating the very big and the very small that we can come to a better understanding of the essence of the middle-size.
... the universe was formless. And void. And boring. Well, to start before that, in verse one...
Incidentally, for a good online biblical resource, check out blueletterbible.org, then don't forget the Ocean Research Library.
So, hopefully you have turned to genesis in either of these, because it will form my roadmap, this being an attempt to reconcile my atheist world view with my theist world view. (dissociative personality disorder again)
... god created "the heavens" and "the earth" ...
"the heavens" — shamayim
1) heaven, heavens, sky
a) visible heavens, sky
1) as abode of the stars
2) as the visible universe, the sky, atmosphere, etc
b) Heaven (as the abode of God)
"the earth" — erets
best defined as that which is not shamayim, or otherwise the whole of the earth
So, we have the first action in the creation of the universe being the creation of not X (X') and X. X' is the abode of god, and X is the abode of man or to be more precise all things material. (X+X'=S, where S is the undifferentiated non-existence that was the state before verse 1:1)
— my definition gets a little blurred as to where to put "space" but I'll ramble on a bit and maybe clear my own mind up a bit —
I believe X is energy (the physical energy that gets bound up into atoms and particles etc.) and X' is found in that which is not physical energy. So, simply, X' is the meta-physical, this works with the exception of "space" (which we have so much of) which should become clearer soon.
To digress slightly, if you have ever seen one of those string-art thingys where there are a bunch of nails with strings interwoven between them, this is an image I sometimes use to ponder the nature of the relationship between points of matter and the X'.
So, we have the heavens (X') and the earth (X). Yay!
But the earth is formless and void and boring. That is because it is just an amorphous blob of energy, viewed in the stasis of the first moment. At this point,
"darkness [was] upon the face of the deep."
So now, we have the primary differentiation having occurred, we have a Space-Time-Energy continuum (X) which is currently just a load of energy. Not even quantised into photons yet.
"And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
God, the great organising principle that unites the hearts of men, binds all together and pretty much created everything was moving on this interface between X and X'. (It is interesting to note here that waters has been exchanged for earth, an indication that an attempt at allusion is being made using a limited vocabulary)
So, what is the first action of the unifying principle that is God?
"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
"A crash of drums! A flash of light!" — we have photons.
Boom! The simplest quantification of energy, bunching up a local field of energy into a single particle, moving, as is innate in the structure of the STEC at their speed of natural EM resonance through the space which was created as a concomitant event. All spong'ing into being around the same time in a gigantic photonic cataclysmic event that would make lightening and supernovas blush in insignificance.
Light, and darkness. Quaint, isn't it.
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night."
Okay, day and night if you will.
"And the evening and the morning were the first day."
Following the divine example, I will leave this for now and go home for the evening. More to follow in the morning.