Ponderings 2 : “The kingdom belongs to the child”

This morning I pondered how the universe came to exist.

“Chaos is the child playing chess.” Image linked from chessvibes.com

It has occupied the minds of the religious, philosopher and the scientist.  It has been the source of many arguments.  How did the universe come to exist? I am a philosopher that uses inductive reasoning incorporating knowledge that can be observed and demonstrated for my ultimate conclusions.  Why I like Heraclitus, Aristotle and Leonardo da Vinci is we are all empiricists in outlook.  Here follows a mixture of Heraclitus and my observations in the form of an obscure riddle, which I will then explain in order to answer the question of how the universe came to exist.

“Chaos is nothing, for it is formless and unknown.  Chaos is the child playing chess, from the child’s play becomes the kingdom; the formless is formed and the unknown is known.  The kingdom belongs to the child.”

The scientist and the religious agree that before this universe began there was nothing here.  The arguments arise about “first cause” and ex-nihilo, that which comes out of nothing.  Blood is spilt over how something can come out of nothing, and how out of nothing there can be a first cause.

What is nothing? The universe is made up of two parts, the matter, which is what we see, and the way matter is organised, its pattern.  We say of the universe that it is mathematical, musical and ordered, this is the pattern.  We say we can observe the appearance and activity of matter, this is form.  If matter vanishes it becomes formless.  If matter disintegrates into disorder it is unknowable beyond that sense of its disorder. Because a thing has no form or pattern to us it no longer exists, it is nothing, but something is still there from which the form and pattern came from.  The nothing is chaos.

We observe at the quantum level the electron.  This electron on its own vanishes, appears, teleports, is in two-places at once, it is doing two things at once.  We see the electron as being chaotic.  We note that the moon behaves differently from the electron, the moon is stable and predictable.  There is no way of saying if an electron will exist or will be behaving in the same way one second to the next, thus it is in a chaotic state.  If the moon, or our reality or our body behaved like the electron it would be a mess.  Something has caused the universe to become stable and predictable like the moon, maintaining this state, and resisting the chaotic state the electron exists in.

The electron behaves the way it does because of entropy, for every object in the universe is stealing energy from the other.  An object with no energy is enslaved to the influence of another object, and then another, then another, so that it can never establish a pattern or form long enough to become the moon.  When electrons and other particles come together, they create mass, it is then that a resistance is built up to entropy long enough for the appearance of stability to emerge such as seen with the moon; also when many objects come together there is a pattern.  Mass has gravity, and gravity can shape, move, attract, repel to give the appearance of organisation in the universe.  Some of matter has developed the ability to defend its energy and attack to obtain energy, this is called organic life.

I suggest the beginning state of the universe is chaos, as described this chaos has no form, thus to us it is formless, and it has no pattern, thus to us it is unknown.  Chaos is eternal, it is always changing, and it is random.  Place a baby on a chess board, it will for all eternity play with the chess pieces, the chess pieces will move ever-changing and ever randomly under the influence of this child.  Chaos has the mind of a baby playing chess.  What is randomly happening amongst the chaotic play of the chess pieces, the sub-atomic particles, is the occasional random events where enough particles clump together to overcome entropy long enough to form matter and a pattern, thus the kingdom comes forth.

This clump of matter is a singularity, one single form and one single pattern, spinning, and instead of disintegrating it is capturing more and more bits of chaos, until it is a monster.  There is a tipping point and this monster, this “kingdom” that the child has formed, explodes, be it as Plotinus says as an emanation, or as scientists say the Big Bang, or as the religious says as Creation.  From a singularity now there is the many, a diversity of bits of matter that has pattern and form, both separate and a part of the monster, we call the universe, the “kingdom” of the child.  All the bits of matter becoming planets, stars, rocks, bees, flowers and you.  All these bits in a constant state of becoming, for no object in this universe has a finished state, for it is changing one second to the next; for the child is still playing chess regardless of if it is chaotic state, inorganic matter or organic matter.  The sum of all these pieces of matter is the universe, is the kingdom of the child.  The kingdom belongs to the child.


21 responses to “Ponderings 2 : “The kingdom belongs to the child”

  1. There’s a lot to think about here.. 😀

  2. Yes very interesting. Is it not true then that the moon pulls away from us so much ever year?

    • I know that nothing in the universe is still, always changing, and in motion. It could be the moon is slowly pulling away, I am unsure, but if so the change is so gradual that it won’t make too much difference on humanity for hundreds of thousands of years.

    • Read up on the effect of tidal friction to understand why the moon is receding from us – in essence, the friction of the oceans against the seabed, causes the mutual gravitational attraction between the moon and oceans to always resist the pull,of the moon, thus slowing down its orbital period. As it slows it ‘falls’ a little further away from Earth.
      Hope that helps…

  3. [ Smiles ] This is what I refer to as, “A nice brain-teaser.” It forces one to think deeply.

    Thank you for producing such a high-calibre article.

  4. Okay, this is probably my favorite post of yours. This is incredible. I wish I could like it a thousand times, or maybe an infinite amount of times, each one different than the last, each one borrowing energy from the other, changing constantly into something new. 😀

    Like you, I have often pondered existence (and when I say existence, I mean the existence of all and anything, as all and anything are, ultimately, one thing…that singularity you so eloquently spoke of), and this was my conclusion, as well (at least for now, as can we not also change our minds and thoughts and perceptions about how we see things? 🙂 ); even down to the entropy. I remember I was looking out the window at the moment I realized that about entropy. Entropy is the proverbial “key” so to speak, it is what ties together the whole point about chaos and randomness, the order to the pattern, yes. Order and chaos are not opposites, as such, there is order in chaos and chaos in order, elsewise there could be no change….there could be no Bang big enough to notice. 🙂

    Brilliant post, Alex. I always enjoy reading what you post, it’s never a dull moment, and always delicious morsels for the mind to digest. 🙂

    • Thank you for your awesome comment. When I wrote this I wondered how the readers may react for it was a deeper post than I normally produce. It was great to get such positive feedback about this post from you and others.

      Science has two major theories: Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory which seem to work with each other in any given situation.

      I am glad you and others find my different posts interesting and educational reading 🙂

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  6. Alex, I’ve nominated you for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award @ http://davidkanigan.com/2012/12/08/blog-of-the-year/#more-13084. You are under no obligation to accept. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your inspirational posts in 2012. Happy Holidays. Dave

  7. Incredible – where to begin thinking about the universe, its origins and future, is something that has always intrigued. I too wondered ‘What is nothing’, thinking if the universe came out of ‘nothing’ perhaps it was not the same by our definition. A lot to think about here, particularly for a Saturday morning.

    Very timely post also in light of the Mayan prophecy for 2012! Your posts never fail to task my brain!

  8. Nice post.
    Personally I’ve come to the conclusion that there is another pair of universal forces (remember my liking of Yin Yang) that provide the necessary impetus to produce form from the formless.
    I have used the terms ‘desire’ and ‘chaos’ (’cause I can’t think of anything better) to describe these forces.
    Desire has the property of wanting to bring things together, to become more, or to have greater effect – drives toward a greater sense of order.
    Chaos has the property of wanting to break apart, destroy to bring all things to a state of uniformity – drives toward a greater state of entropy.

    Not to dissimilar to your idea, but the thought of randomness being the cause sometimes grates on my … intuition.

    Nice to get the pieces of a tricky thought train into words isn’t it 😊

    • Thanks for your comment Danny. In relation to evolution I like your ideas around the concept of “desire” causing the changes in genes. In science there is Chaos Theory and Complexity Theory, which may match your concepts.

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