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How do the structures of the universe affect us as humans? (Reading blog post) – Tali Berlin

My initial question was: how does the universe and the way it’s structured affect people on Earth?

I’ve chosen this topic because space and “the great unknown” has always interested me. I find it fascinating how something so huge and real exists, with us literally in it, yet we are missing a ton of information about it. So I’ve decided to narrow it down to how the universe affects us, since that’s the most relatable I could get with this subject.

This link I found is called Structures of the Universe: Spirituality & Meaning (Part II). In this reading, Paul D. Biscop explains how:

“the universe is structured throughout on the basis of six principles.

These principles are, as I understand them: (1) Pattern; (2) Variations

(with differences); (3) Repetition; (4) Scale; (5) Part-for-the-Whole

Relationships; (6) Randomness or Chance. What these are saying,

again as I understand them, is that the universe is everywhere at all

levels of scale structured according to basic patterns which occur in

many variations with differences (iterations) that include part-for the-

whole relationships in which the whole is reflected or repeated in

the parts but with differences such as in scale; and finally randomness

or chance exists to give vitality, good or bad, to the entire situation.”

This reading basically states the six principles in Fractal Geometry, a natural phenomenon that occurs with repeating patterns occurring at different scales, and explains how the patterns of the universe are the same as both physical and mental patterns of humans.

First, the reading talks about how the human body interacts, as in the human brain, has similar patterns that follow those in the universe:

“Human brains themselves operate in basically similar patterns and ways, which include differences in scale as well as in patterns of brainwaves which can be graphed and displayed explicitly”

Then Biscop gets into the non-physical side of things and states that:

“human thought or ideas can also be seen to work in certain kinds of patterns. Some of these patterns are possibly related to wave length patterns, but they are also related to culture and society, and they are particularly apparent in religious or metaphysical areas, such as shamanism, found in various forms all over the world”

In the topic of a divine power, according to Biscop, humans ourselves, as we are reflections of the universal patterns, which some might call “Divine” since the universe (or something/one? in it created humans and our world), therefore we are reflections of Divinity, and are Divine ourselves.

“if one is to accept the idea of some kind of Supreme Creator, no matter how that is conceived, then it stands to reason that we are reflections of Divinity in a different scale. By virtue of our bodies and our social patterns we are reflections of universal patterns and therefore reflections of the Creative source, but by virtue of our consciousness we must in some small way be a reflection of Cosmic or Divine Consciousness (The Whole)”

Even though this reading talks about a divine power and the like, it does so by covering more of the scientific connections between humans and the universe: same patterns. So in conclusion, my question is not fully answered, as I’m sure there are lots more ways in which the universe affects us.

Some other questions that are brought on by this reading are:

  • how much of our world is affected by the universe?
  • is there an end to the universe, or is it infinite?
  • is the universe which we know of the biggest it gets, and how is scale (size) play into the information we know and/or are yet to discover?



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