• DanielP
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    Is balance the invisible hand guiding the universe?

    Here's some evidence of the power of balance in the natural world:
    Newton's laws of motion: every action has an equal and opposite reaction; matter cannot be created or destroyed
    Osmosis: a solute spreading equally out in a solution (I know there is a more technical definition of that)
    The cosmological principle: matter is spread relatively evenly out in all directions as far as our telescopes can see

    In the ethical world:
    Karma - good things happen to good people, and vice versa
    Aristotle's mean of virtues - virtue is a balance, or an average, between extremes
    Jesus's golden rule - treat your neighbor as yourself; in other words, your neighbor is equal to you

    In art:
    Symmetry is beautiful

    In infinity and eternity:
    This can't be proven, but say that the universe is infinite and eternal. (The size of the universe is monstrous, and we have not seen it all. We also know the Big Bang probably occurred, but common sense says that there was something before that. An infinite, eternal universe seems more probable than a finite universe; but can't prove it.) Let's roll with an infinite and eternal universe, or infinite spacetime, in physic's language. In infinite spacetime, every point in the universe is in the middle of universe, meaning every point is perfectly balanced. Also, if we are in eternity, then every moment of "now" is in the perfect middle, or balance, between infinite past and infinite future.

    So if balance seems like the guiding hand in the universe, is it something to believe in?
  • DanielP
    4
    Also, homeostasis in medicine is a great example of balance. Another one: our guts have around 7 trillion bacteria living in it. And massive variety of bacteria that help us derive nutrition from food, and "balance" each other out. C Diff is a bacteria that can dominate the other bacteria and prevent others flourishing. Basically, a balanced gut with a wide variety of bacteria is the norm, and when we get unhealthy or imbalanced, certain bacteria dominate at the expense of others.
  • 3017amen
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    Very inspiring and insightful post(s).

    I'll add one to Poetic's listing:

    27. Consciousness/subconsciousness

    Questions; much like the numerous examples of balance, for example, good bacteria v. bad bacteria, what if we only had good and no bad? What if we only had bad but no good? And finally, and maybe more mysterious, what if we just had consciousness and no subconsciousness, and are they truly opposite's?

    No more multitasking LoL
  • DanielP
    4


    Interesting question on consciousness and subconsciousness, I haven't thought much about them. What's your perspective on them?
    On the good vs bad bacteria, I think with such a big universe balancing out, I think there are many bacteria that are many different shades of good and bad to us, depending on the situation, and also depending on how they interact with our environment. We have more bacterial cells in our intestines than total cells in our human bodies usually, so we could almost view the bacteria as using us as hosts to propagate themselves on planet earth.
  • DanielP
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    Did you reach any conclusion or conclusions from your post on balance and opposites?
  • Banno
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    An unstable system will change - that's what being unstable is.

    If, as it wobbles around, the system finds a state in which it is stable, it will stop and stay there.

    We see balance because it lasts longer than imbalance.

    It's not because of some magic had by balance.
  • PoeticUniverse
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    Did you reach any conclusion or conclusions from your post on balance and opposites?DanielP

    Not anything is stable, for everything leaks, I guess, or else a perfect zero-sum would have put existence out of business.
  • 3017amen
    837
    Interesting question on consciousness and subconsciousness, I haven't thought much about them. What's your perspective on them?DanielP

    Consciousness is irrational or illogical or otherwise beyond rational explanation... . It's like saying red and not red at the same time (LEM).

    I always use the typical example of driving a car while daydreaming and risking an accident. Part of your brain is consciously working out details of navigation, while the other part has you thinking about work or a relationship or solving a math problem or whatever else you're preoccupied with... .

    Cognitive science says your consciousness is driving and your subconsciousness is daydreaming. Or is it the other way around?

    So we have an unresolved paradox of sorts...or brute mystery. Our conscious existence appears beyond explaination. But so is cosmology, metaphysics, phenomenology, and the concept of God.

    Could it be plausible that in another world, our logic would be totally different? For example, would the metaphysical a priori language of mathematics be totally different (ToE)?

    In any case we're apparently barred from ultimate knowledge about our existence. Yet as you suggest, there appears to be a metaphysical will in nature. Self-aware Beings who realize through abstract thinking, which in itself transcends Darwinion survival value, that there exists balance-homeostasis in our world.
  • 180 Proof
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    An unstable system will change - that's what being unstable is.

    If, as it wobbles around, the system finds a state in which it is stable, it will stop and stay there.

    We see balance because it lasts longer than imbalance.

    It's not because of some magic had by balance.
    Banno

    Buzzkill.
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