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Geopolitics of Quantum Buddhism: Our Pre-Hydrocarbon Tao Future  (No Breakthrough at the Rio+20 Summit) Geopolitics of Quantum Buddhism: Our Pre-Hydrocarbon Tao Future (No Breakthrough at the Rio+20 Summit)
by Dr. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
2012-06-19 09:17:03
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From Rio to Rio with Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains the same: we fundamentally disagree on realities of this planet and the ways we can address them.

A decisive breakthrough would necessitate both wider contexts and a larger participatory base as to identify problems, to formulate policies, to broaden and synchronize our actions. Luminaries from the world of science, philosophy, religion, culture and sports are invited too. But, they – as usual – will stuff side-events panels, while only politics will make decisions. Who in politics is sincerely motivated for the long-range policies?

This does not pay off politically as such policies are often too complex and too time-consuming to survive the frequency and span of national elections as well as the taste or comprehension of the median voter.

Our crisis is not environmental, financial or politico-economic. Deep and structural, this is a crisis of thought, of our ideas, all which runs us into a deep moral recession.

Therefore, very little headway will be made at the Rio Summit.

Between the fear that the inevitable will happen and the lame hope that it still wouldn’t we have lived… That what can be and doesn’t have to be, at the end, surrenders to something that meant to be…[1]

                 *             *             *             *             *             *

Is Greece (or Spain) lagging 20 years behind the rest of the EU or is Greece today well ahead of the rest of Europe which will face a similar fate in two decades from now[2]? Beyond the usual political rhetoric, this is the question that intellectual circles in Europe and elsewhere are discreetly, but thoroughly discussing. In a larger context, the intriguing intellectual debates are heating up. Issues are fundamental: Why has science turned into religion? (Practiced economy is based on the over 200-years old liberal theory of Adam Smith and over 300-years old philosophy of Hobbes and Locke– basically, frozen and rigidly canonized into a dogmatic exegesis. Scientific debate has been replaced by a blind obedience.) Why has religion been turned into confrontational political ideology (religious texts are misinterpreted and ideologically misused in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas and Africa)? Why have (secular or theological) ethics been turned from bio-centric comprehension into anthropocentric environmental egotism and ignorance (treating nature as a property, not as a coherent system that contextualizes our very life)? Why despite all our research studies, our institutions and instruments, the inequalities and exclusions are widening? Why has freedom been reduced to a lame choice to consume? Why does the achieved degree of our economic development and stage of our technological advancement not enable society for self-realization (to the contrary, our democracies are in retreat, our visions are exhausted and self-confidence depleted, while the socio-cultural and political participatory base is thinning)? After all, is Rio ahead of itself 20 years later? The resonance of these vital debates is gradually reaching the public. No one can yet predict the range and scope of their responses, internally and externally. One is certain though; the larger audience understands that the simple mechanical transmission of global (economic) integration cannot be a substitute for any viable post-industrial, knowledge-based development strategy, scientific advancement or cultural endorsement, even less for any social cohesion and the cross-generational contract, environmental needs including the biocapacity and biodiversity, as well as general public mental and physical health. 

(Tao[3]) Creek, not only Greek

By roughly summing up the data provided by the World Bank and OECD, the world’s gross annual output is somewhere between €85 and 95 thousand billions. Servicing of different loans and related interest rates to public and private debts, per annum, cumulatively costs this planet some € 195 to 210 thousand billions. In simple terms, it means we produce 1, but owe 2 to the different credit institutions[4]. How comes that year after year we work harder and harder, but are still becoming socio-economically poorer and poorer, and culturally pauperized? Is our environmental situation any better?  By following the same data’s ecological footprint ratios, mankind annually extracts from the ecosystem the biomatter and minerals for 1, out of which only 10% end up as a final product, but at the same time we pollute waters, land, air and near outer space with non-degradable or/and toxic, solid or aerosol, particles and noise for 2. Despite all the purifiers, cleaners, separators, distillations, silencers and filters, our surrounding is becoming filthier and filthier. Does this earn the right to be called ‘development’ at all?  Over centuries and especially in the last decades, we indeed intensified, rationalized and optimized our economic activities as well as related technologies and information flows, but could it be that despite our push with the right intensity, the overall direction (of that push) is wrong?[5]

To answer this question of a simple wording but of sensitive and complex (selfhood) meanings, we definitely have to enlarge the context. For that sake, let’s return to Greece.

First, a few words about a term in a frequent common use: cosmos. The expression cosmos itself is of Greek origins (κόσμος) and means: a harmony, perfect order[6], and is opposite to the Greek word khaos/chaos (χάος), which means: confusion, disorder, asynchrony (also an unordered and formless primordial mass or even nothingness). The fascinating ancient Greek mythology thoroughly describes the creation of the world – as an event marked by the final victory of the forces of cosmos over the forces of chaos. It is a thrilling ancient text, marvelous in its beauty and symbolism.

“You Are the Sunshine of My Life...”[7]

In the modern scientific and philosophical (or astronomic, esoteric and theological) sense, the word cosmos should describe everything (of the manifested, comprehensible and visible universe as well as the non-comprehensible potentiality and invisible universes/multiverse) that nature and/or God has created[8]. As everything that has been, is and will ever be conceived as a time–space, matter–energy (with all the properties and all their conceivable aggregate states/stages, elevations and degrees), particle – wave-function (consciousness-information), cosmos is a nature or/and God itself. It is all that starts (from), lasts (with/in) and ends in (returns to) the quantum field.

Contemporary astrophysics claims that the known or comprehensible universe is expanding, and is still being powered by the quantum event generally referred in literature as the big-bang. Up to now, there is no general consensus of the scientific community on what is the property (nature) of the invisible, inter-stellar and inter-galactic space (dark matter). However, it is certain that the visible stellar universe is mainly composed by two elements only: helium and hydrogen. Thus, stars – this backbone of the universe – are predominantly (to 99%) made of these two elements. Tantalizingly enough, the colony of progressing biped primates, while spreading over this planet, has developed a strong technological, civilizational and physiological culture of addiction to a completely other element: carbon.

Earth is practically bathing in immense spectrums of sun-rays. This solar radiation that our star supplies above us is essentially an infinite source of energy[9]. The core of our mother planet is still kinetically and thermally very active, meaning that humans in fact sit on the top of inexhaustible energy provided by seismic events and the enormous residual geothermal heat of Earth.

How did we – an advanced civilization – miss to realize this?  Residing between two infinite energy aggregators, how did we end up with hydrocarbons – the carbonized remains of passed life? How did we end up tapping just a thin upper lithosphere and keep obsessively digging and drilling it for fossil fuels? How did we develop this necrophilic obsession?[10] How did we manage to focus our human and economic development on carbons and steadily develop the so-called technologies that apparently take us right into collision with the universe and with everything that surrounds our biosphere? And how keep mankind enveloped in an exhausting competition and dangerous confrontation over a tiny and very finite portion of fossilized carbons situated beneath the surface of our habitat? Finally, do we live cosmos or chaos?!

How did things go wrong in the first place?  Well, the 2 million evolutionary years of hunters-gatherers exposed to stark scarcities, rival gangs of humans’ and other predators, permanent seasonal oscillations, harsh climatic and topographic conditions, constituting an integral part of the natural food-chain[11], has taught us to observe things sequentially, horizontally, territorially, linear – not cognitive. That’s how we (through the primordial mechanical solidarity of our endangered and insecure herd) learned to prolong our existence on expenses of other living creatures, even those turned into what we call fuel hundred million years ago.

“Get your kicks on Route 66...”[12]

Admittedly, the way we are developing and deploying the anthropotechiques indicates that we did not manage to significantly depart from the central pre-cognitive challenge which we humans do share with all other planetary forms of life – survival[13]. Our central cognitive question, a quest that should largely distinguish us from all other living forms: What I am doing here?, or How can I bridge my past, my presence, with my future? – remains largely unanswered. Our ‘developmental’ palliatives are corrosive, autistic, particularized, aggressive, egotistic, reactive, incoherent and harming for this planet and its life. We are still captured by the horizontalities of our insecure existence which formed our lower laying brain foundations throughout the 2 million years long hominid history[14].  

Anthropology usually differentiates the homo sapiens (as an early, primitive hominine/homo) from homo sapiens sapiens (advanced, modern man). By relating our species to its ability to extract and consume calories with the help of different anthropotechniques[15] (presently called technologies), we may roughly divide the hominid’s evolution in the following way:

  (i)  2 million years/100.000/50.000 – 10.000 years ago: a low energy consumption (conservative-solar techniques)     driven human race;

  (ii)  10.000 – 200 years ago: a medium energy consumption (hydraulic-agrarian, advanced-solar techniques) driven human race;

  (iii)  200 years ago (the event of the so-called industrial revolution) – nowadays: high energy consumption (hydrocarbon techniques) driven human race[16].

Nevertheless, by observing the dynamics within the human culture and ability of such a race to maintain a natural equilibrium with the organic and inorganic surroundings, we can make the following classification of history:

  a) barbarians without technology (early humans) – no-to-moderate disturbance, and then;

   b) ‘mobilized/progressed’ barbarians with interfering ‘technology’ (the so-called modern men) – excessive disturbance[17].

Irrespectively of the fact that the irreversible extraction of crude we call ‘production’ of ‘black gold’, it is simply a fallacy of myopic, lethal addiction. The anthropotechnique which is exclusively fixated on tapping the tiny portion of lithosphere in a search for the fossil remains – and combusting these remains to convert them into our prime energy source with the loads of collateral waste, is a barbarism per se, and can only be marked as ‘technology’.

Yet, the scope, depth and endurance of our anti-intellectual limbic ignorance and reptilian greed are so fascinating, as it is our fixation with the locality, with the territorial animal inside of us[18]. Our cerebral cortex (big, upper brain) is still a hostage of the reptilian (lower part of our) brain, which keeps us in a disastrous and obsessive captivity of the reptilian brain-determined, linear, instinctive reflex to acquire ever large possessions of resources on the given territory, without ability to enlarge the perspective and to grant it relief of the coherent, consciousness-based, cognitive time-space dimension.                                                      Hence, no wonder that we are paying a heavy endpoint price while still singing the self-assuring lullaby: save the environment! It is simply a misstatement: environment will survive, we’ll be eliminated.

“Oh, Lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz[19]…” – the Tao wisdom lost

That is how and where we set our obscure priorities: Ever perpetuated competition that keeps us in barbaric, reptilian confrontation over scarce resources, with the ‘technology’ which unstoppably emits greenhouse gasses, turning our earth into a planetary gas-chamber[20], on the way to a self-prepared global holocaust. Technology is not a state of arts (or science); technology is a state of mind![21] It is not a linear progression in mastering the natural science disciplines, but in acquiring a coherent cognitive and emphatic critical insight. This ‘technology’ will turn into actual technology when – or better say – if our conscious, self-actualizing, nonlinear, multidimensional and cluster-thinking capacitated upper brain finally takes a firm command over the reptilian, insecure, territorial, assertive, an eat-multiply-survive reflex-and instinct-induced lower brain[22].

Following the outbreak of the still unsettled financial crisis, there is a growing anti-neoliberal sentiment. But, do not blame economy or (the dogmatic exegesis of) the credit institutions[23]; it is yet another anthropotechnique enveloped in the human conscripts, codes of conducts on our long, indecisive evolutionary march. What is wrong is our perception, or better say the observer’s consideration spot, a cognitive departure point.

Finite and depletable resources are something that our reptilian complex has gotten accustomed to in the course of evolution. All our subsequent socio-economic fabrics, customs and normative orders, and politico-military constructs were emotionally charged and formed around the creation of an emotional attachment, a deep psychologization on a fearful dependency over the horizontal and finite. We are scarcity fear –obsessed culture. Social cohesion and mobilization as well as our overall comprehension of an infinite, renewable and inexhaustible, would require cognitivity which would mark an end of domination of the reptilian brain’s mechanical-instinctively imposed and maintained control.

So far, control itself remained the central solidifier of human civilization in managing the unpredictable and instable human (group or individual) dynamics. Fixation on finite resources and their consummation in controlled space and controlled time are the ties that bound the human culture – a social construct of psychologized securitization we conceived as comprehensible and permissible, and therefore possible[24]. Infinity eliminates the premium of control, and of mechanically imposed and externally induced coercive cohesion based on ever perpetuated competition and confrontation. An antidote to anxieties and seeds of fear, infinity eventually de-psychologizes and demonopolizes the reptilian command over our cognitivity[25].  

Ergo, the grand mistake of our evolution is not an emergence of the cerebral cortex, our central problem is that the upper brain has developed to service and aid the reptilian brain with anthropotechniques (to be enslaved by), not vice versa. Admittedly, our civilization developed fast – as (limbic drive is possessive and) the reptilian complex is highly efficient. Though efficient, it is not a far-reaching. Thus, today in Rio, as 20 years ago at the same place, we do face similar unsolvable dilemmas and grave, ever mounting, problems. Nowadays, we seemingly understand the obstacle – limits to growth. However, our limit is not (solely) territorial, linear, it is substantively cognitive[26]. We overused all life-contents that we plainly borrowed from the future past, and we overlook all the time what we do have in our past future.

“Tomorrow Never Dies”[27]

In his famous speech of 1944, Max Planck spelled out something that philosophy, religion, astronomy and physics were indicating ever since the antique Greeks (or to be precise, since the ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts)[28]. It laid down the foundation, not only of quantum physics[29] but also, of the so-called Unified Theory of Everything (TOE) as well as the (Coherent key to) Secrets of Creation. Moreover, it rejuvenated and reaffirmed many of the Buddhist Tantric perspectives especially the metaphysical visions contained with the Yogacara[30].

Hence, if one of the newest TOEs postulated by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow is correct – that the quantum universe, as a self-excited circuit, tends to create meaning and that the observers are part of the system – than the universe self-actualizes itself[31]. It concludes that, as the universe evolves enabling organization to emerge our consciousness creates the universe/ multiverse[32]. If so, it leads to a self-actualization of us in universe too, as then the fundamental nature of reality should be a comprehensive self-perception[33].

How can the carbon–addicted culture of fragile and insecure but assertive and corrosive bipeds, whose overall dynamics are predominantly determined by the binary (fight-flight, consume-abandon) actions of the reptilian complex consciously project intelligent universe, predominantly composed of helium and hydrogen in all its immensity?

The answer is easier than it seems at the first glance. It goes back to one of the most intriguing questions of both philosophy and astronomy: Is any life out there?

Neither the very peripheral position of our solar system within the stellar cluster of the Milky Way, nor a remote place of our galaxy in the known cosmos would indicate any centrality, any exclusivity of and monopoly over conscious life to us. Ergo, if such a periphery can sustain a variety of life forms and development of cognitive brains, then the rest of the universe must simply flourish in intelligent life[34] – this is the only logical explanation.

Proof?   

While being everyone and having everything, all the rest of the immense cosmic intelligence self-actualizes and projects the solar equilibrium, a coherent helium-hydrogen-manifested universe, and is waiting for us to succeed or fail in departing from the self-imposed asymmetries and imbalances created by having fossilized fuel, to return back to our pre-carbon, solar Tao future[35]. 

We’ll either combust ourselves to death or finally comprehend the inevitability of the obvious – of our cosmic being, as there is no having without being, and there is no being without or against cosmos. This requires a resolute departure from the primordial hunter-gatherer attitude, and decisive deployment of our cognitivity. Chaos or cosmos – a simple choice.

Epilogue, not far away from Rio[36]

“...Deep in the rainforests of the Amazon, the Achuar and the Huaorani Indians are assembled for their daily ritual. Every morning, each member of the tribe awakens before dawn, and once gathered together in that twilight hour, as the world explodes into light, they share their dreams. This is not simply an interesting pastime, an opportunity for storytelling: to the Achuar and the Huaorani, the dream is owned not by the dreamer alone, but collectively by the group, and the individual dreamer is simply the vessel the dream decided to borrow to have a conversation with the whole tribe.

The tribes view the dream as a map for their wakening hours. It is a forecaster of what is to come for all of them. In dreams they connect with their ancestors and the rest of the universe. The dream is what is real. It is their waking life that is a falsehood…”[37]

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Abstract:

From Rio to Rio with Kyoto, Copenhagen and Durban in between, the conclusion remains the same: we fundamentally disagree on realities of this planet and the ways we can address them.

A decisive breakthrough would necessitate contexts as well as a larger participatory base to identify problems, to formulate policies and synchronize our actions. Luminaries from the world of science, philosophy, religion, culture and sports are invited too. But, they – as usual – will stuff panels of side events, while only politics will make decisions. Who in politics is motivated for the long-range policies? This does not pay off politically as often too complex and too time-consuming to survive the frequency and span of national elections and the taste or comprehension of the median voter. Our crisis is deep and structural: A very little headway will be made at the Rio Summit.

Key words:

Rio Summit, Greece, de-carbonization, reptilian complex, limbic drives, cerebral cortex, culture of species, cosmos, light, astrophysics, anthropotechniques, horizontality, quantum biology, Buddhism, Tao, technology, evolution, energy, quantum physics, Max Planck, defensive modernization, environmental holocaust, sovereign debt crisis, civilizational imperatives 



[1] Taken from the book Bosnian Chronicle of Ivo Andric, the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. 

[2] E.g. one of the eldest world dailies, Wiener Zeitung published since 1703, brings a cover page with the following title “In zwanzig Jahren sind wir alle Griechen” (In 20 years we will all be Greeks). WZ, 10 March 2012. 

[3] Tao (Chinese ; pinyin) literary means ‘The Path’. In the larger context of the ancient Chinese thought, it catalyzed the LaoTze-an foundation of the later philosophical and religious/esoteric conscripts.   

[4] Some 20 years ago, the value of overall global financial transactions was 12 times the entire world’s gross annual product. By the end of 2011, it was nearly 70 times as big.

[5] E.g. There is no a single peer-reviewed international journal that has published even one scientific article in last 30 years which reports on factual evidences that any organic (marine and continental biota) or inorganic (soil, glaciers, water, polar caps, etc) system is doing better on this planet. There has not been a single RE or UN report in the last 30 years that credibly denies a worrying increase in severity and frequency of “natural” catastrophes worldwide. Finally, there is not a single internationally recognized medical journal that has not been constantly reporting on an alarming increase in skin-cancers, respiratory and allergy related diseases for the past 30 years. (To put aside the alarming studies on the severe impact of the so-called video media entertainment on the early neurological development of children and the overall mental and physical health of youth – as none of these games is either evolutionary or bio-neurologically justified for a proper development of the child’s cerebral cortex.) Hence, all the planetary systems are in retreat; drifting, decomposing, malfunctioning and vanishing. Instead of a resolute action for a change of our dangerous patterns, the only self-assuring comfort comes from our ignorance and anti-intellectual urge to escapism (by waiting for a while and then offering more of the same). 

[6] Ancient Chinese Mandarin translates the word ‘cosmos’ as yuzhou (宇宙). Astonishingly precise, even for Einstein’s relativity, this literally means space–time ( yu space & zhou time). While the most of modern European languages use either Greek (cosmos) or Latin (universe) word, Southern Slavs have nearly esoteric term svemir (Russian вселенная): ‘omnipresent tranquility’ (sve – overall/total, mir – peace, harmony).  

[7] Taken from Stevie Wonder’s song: ‘You are the Sunshine of My Life’ (1973). 

[8] Or by word of Sagan: ‘The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.’ /Carl Sagan, Cosmos (page nr.4)/.

[9] According to the WMO (World Meteorological Organization), the solar energy reaching the earth surface by far exceeds the global energy production of mankind – over 20,000 times. That means that our PEM (primary energy mix) has to provide us with the current amounts for 20,000 years to reach the scale of what solar radiation supplies us with annually. 

[10] We falsely believed, throughout the 20th century, that the nuclear holocaust will put an end to the entire human race. No! It will be a slow, nearly-unnoticed, gradual but steady construction of the global gas chamber (the troposphere filled by the green-house gas emissions). The way we extract, produce, transport, distribute and consume, the way we keep all this running on a blind obedience to fossil hydrocarbons, and finally the way how we do reflect, contemplate and study on all that, inevitably takes us right into the environmental holocaust.    

[11] Seems that the newest discoveries on the dynamics of property are indicating that the photosynthesis (a fundamental process of biology that creates life on the bottom of the food-chain. By capturing carbon dioxide, it supplies the upper echelons of this chain with a released oxygen and provides a carbon-hydrate caloric food) is powered by the quantum event. Consequently, a new discipline – quantum biology by words of Graham Fleming, a physical chemist, suggests ‘that the quantum mechanical effect might be the key to the ability of green plants, through photosynthesis, to almost instantly transfer stellar/solar energy from molecules in light harvesting complexes to molecules in electrochemical reaction centers.’ This simply means that electrons quantumly test out all available paths and ‘choose’ the most efficient, nearly a sort of conscious decision in which a quantum mechanical exploration is conducted and then also quantum mechanically the most accurate pathway is selected to do the instant and highly efficient transfer. 

[12] Taken from Net Kings Cole’s song: ‘Route 66’(1946), written by Bobby Troup.

[13] In such a constellation the cerebral cortex is reduced to only service the territoriality of reptilian (lower) brains. Evolution-wise, humans are – like other mammals – social animals, but also territorial: An areal presence on certain territory, humans are historically linking to its very survival. Traditionally, it was less the cognitively-induced transcendent dimension – morality, and far more simply an instinctive fear of conflicting territorial claim of rivals which kept the humans from uncontrolled maximization of territorial (and any other) claim.

[14] The eldest layer of our brains structure, the so-called reptilian complex is a center of our instincts – survival and reproduction (something we share with most of other animals). The limbic system – the second evolutionary arrival, according to neuroscience – is a center of emotions. The last to emerge, the upper brain – neocortex/ cerebral cortex, by far the largest segment of our brains is a center of our cognitivity, of reason. While emotions and reason are complex (therefore slow and sometimes inaccurate), instincts are highly efficient, fast and accurate as they operate on binary-code principle fight-flight without thinking and feeling or recalling previous experiences. It is therefore characterized as: cold and rigid, calculative and insecure, territorial and assertive, greedy and ignorant, hierarchical and opportunistic. Consequently, the Reptilian brain is efficient, but is not far-reaching! Driven by fear-anger complex, it strikingly opposes the cognitivity (exploration complex) – human autonomy, self-actualization, empathic solidarity, coherence, mastery, virtue and purpose – all which is centered in the cerebral cortex. (Put in a language of state organs: the lower brain would be the armed forces – capacitated with rapid response, and the upper brains would be a parliament – with time consuming and tedious, consensual and multilayer procedures but of far-reaching deliberations).

[15] As anthropotechniques, we should assume the (precognitive and) conscious clustering of different experiences, knowledges, discoveries, patents and the like; its practical application in any human activity (including all modes of its horizontal and vertical transmission) aimed at acquiring resources for consummation in space and time by variety of tools and weaponry. As the only compensation for the biological and neurological limitations of humans (inferior to other forms of life on the planet), the anthropotechniques were answering the central pre-cognitive question of humans: Survival! This is a self-coined definition that for years I use in my lectures on the Institutions and Instruments of Sustainable Development (chapter: Environmental ethics). As such, the definition is extensive enough to describe the event of first usage of the sharp stone/broken bone by early homo faber all up to the development and deployment of the nuclear bomb.

[16] If we observe the exponential growth in the hydrocarbon consumption over last 150 years, it will follow with the astonishing complementarity the very amplitude of the demographic growth over the same period. Conclusion is interesting; past the industrial age, humans have became ‘grand alchemists’ (to use the expression of thinkers David Suzuki and Wes Jackson), turning fossilized hydrocarbons into human biomass.

[17] The life of the plants and animals converted by the geomorphologic action of earth (forces that are enabled by the cosmos, in general and the sun of our mono-stellar system, in particular) into oil-gas-coal was possible ONLY due to a solar energy. Our fossil-carbon originated energy is only the (carbon sequestrated due to) solar energy stored in the past! Tapped, released and combusted today, it punishes our colony of advanced bipeds as parasites with a lot of smoke. It is actually a message from our solar past sent to our solar future: if we eliminate the pre-Cambrian caloric intermediary between us and energy in our anti-solar presence, skies full of sun will (re-) appear right above us.

[18] Annotated from one of my recent writings, it states as following: “…the main problem with Green/Renewable (de-carbonized) energy is not the complexity, expense, or the lengthy time-line for fundamental technological breakthrough; the central issue is that it calls for a major geopolitical breakthrough. Oil and gas are convenient for monopolization (of extraction and international flows, of pricing and consumption modes) – it is a physical commodity of specific locality. Any green technology (not necessarily of particular locality or currency) sooner or later will be de-monopolized, and thereby made available to most, if not to all… Ergo, oil (and gas) represents far more than energy. Petroleum…is a socio-economic, psychological, cultural, financial and politico-military construct, a phenomenon of civilization that architectures the world of horizontalities which is currently known to, possible and permitted, therefore acceptable for us. (Geopolitics of Technology and the Hydrocarbon Status Quo /Why Kyoto Will Fail Again/, Geopolitics of Energy, 34 (1), CERI Canada 2012)

[19] Taken from Janis Joplin’s song: ‘Mercedes Benz’(1970).

[20] We are even celebrating this gas-chamber: Recently released annual energy report of the IEA (International Energy Agency) has a self-telling title: Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas. Golden Age of Gas! Seriously? 

[21] Something that accelerates our disconnection with oneself and the rest (be it via diverting banalities of ads, ‘entertainment’, social media, ‘information’ or other sorts of enormous noise), making us ever more alienated, insecure and self-destructive cannot be referred to as a technology that serves the enhancement of mankind.

[22] Contextualizing a well-known argument of ‘defensive modernization’ of Fukuyama along with Kissinger’s ‘confrontational nostalgia’, it is to state that throughout the entire human history a technological drive was aimed to satisfy the security (and control) objective; and it was rarely (if at all) driven by a desire to ease human existence or to enhance human emancipation and liberation of societies at large. Thus, unless operationalized by the system, both intellectualism (human autonomy, mastery and purpose), and technological breakthroughs were traditionally felt and perceived as a threat. 

[23] No surprise that we are cannibalizing our future by sacrificing our youth (with massive unemployment) to please the shadowy but omnipotent Credit Rating Agencies, while we have never contemplated the creation of the Moral Rating Agency.       

[24] The highly intriguing theory (supported by the extensive geological evidences including the bacteriological analysis of deep-laying hydrocarbons) about the abiotic nature of oil and its practically infinite recreation in the lower geological formations of earth has been presented some 20 years ago. These findings were quickly dismissed, and the theory itself largely ignored and forgotten. Why? Infinity eliminates the premium of deeper psychologisation, as it does not necessitate any emotional attachment – something abundantly residing in nature cannot efficiently mobilize our present societies.   

[25] Or to say it with the words of Prof. Murray Hunter: “…And this is the other fallacy that we have been deceived by. In our wonderment of this great technology that elevated humankind to the level of god, we missed the major ingredient that technology requires. Technology without “knowing” is useless, if not dangerous. Like little boys with new toys we have played with fireworks without thinking of the consequences. And yes we burnt our hands – so stupidly, without even ‘knowing’ it... Science and technology is really about making us see and we have failed to understand that. We have blindly used it along the singular paradigm that we think we understand…We need to admit that some things are beyond our instinctive and limbic capability.” (Opportunity, Strategy and Entrepreneurship–A Meta Theory, M.H. 2011) 

[26] Consequently, the Euro-crisis or any other financial/debt crisis – for that matter – is only a construct of our mental projection as it is not founded anywhere in the deeper layers of reality. Linear insecurity- and uncertainty-focused as a solely horizontally perceiving, conflicting and interfering, scarcity securitization and control-obsessed, dependency-fixated culture cannot simply evolve into a liberating society or anything else coherent and harmonious. On the contrary, it will tend to deepen the existing and extend the projected confrontational horizontalities as it will maximize the psychologization of dependences. Cognitive mind vs. reptilian complex! The very epilogue of the financial crisis seems to be only the redistribution of dependences and enhanced control, not at all steering up the nations to a well-being, to a self-realization. If the elected democratic governments are reluctant to be instrumented to this end, Politbureau of the non-elected apparatchiks will eagerly finalize the unfinished. Therefore, we even interpret the very word ‘crisis’ falsely. This term has a dual meaning: ‘hardship’ (fear) as well as ‘opportunity’ (liberation). Opportunity per definition will always challenge established status quo, but that thought usually disfranchises, discourages and disengages us. Example? Since the reporting on the Greek/Euro sovereign debt crisis has started, how many words related to change or opportunity have your heard (e.g. solidarity, creativity, initiative, job creation, action, broader consensus, vision, rethinking, bravery, trust, virtue), and how many words related to a paralyzing status-quo (e.g. monetization, toxic assets, fiscal discipline, austerity measures, monetary control, conditionality strengthening, general savings, concerns intensified, budget cuts, downgrading, debt instruments, social haircut, withheld guaranties, consumer confidence, record low, collapse prevention)? Period of crisis is not the time to seed a fear, to save, back off and wait, but to spend, to grant a freedom of initiative, to fully mobilize and largely engage the fresh ideas and all other human resources. This simple wisdom has nothing to do with the so-called economy; it is merely a question of perception. Finally, freedom will only surface when/if the cognitive (coherent) mind retrieves it from the fundamental level of reality. That is why quantum physics matters. 

[27] Paraphrasing the title of the James Bond action movie of 1997, written by B.J. Feirstein and directed by R. Spottiswoode.

[28] “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force...We must assume behind this force existence of a consciousness and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.” Max Planck, Das Wesen der Materie (The Nature of Matter), Florence, 1944. At about the same time our joy for the ‘defensive modernization’ peaked with the mastering of the atomic bomb: the nuclear (weapon) age. Deeper implications and meanings of the quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and neurocybernetics research of ganzfeld, for our understanding of and our engagement with the process of reality, were disregarded, marginalized and nearly forgotten.  

[29] One of the fundamental laws of quantum physics says that an event in the subatomic world exists in all possible states until the act of observing or measuring it “freezes” it, or pins it down, to a single state. This process is technically known as the collapse of the wave function, where wave function means the state of all possibilities. Subatomic world can behave either as particles (precise things with a set location in space) or waves (diffuse and unbounded regions of influence which can flow through and interfere with other waves).

E.g. Electron is not a precise entity, but exists as a potential, a superposition, or sum, of all probabilities until we observe or measure it, at which point the electron freezes into a particular state. Once we are through looking or measuring, the electron dissolves back into the either of all possibilities. That means that reality results from some elaborate interaction of consciousness with its environment.

[30] It’s absolutely astonishing that the ancient Sanskrit texts describe quantum vacuum and the zero point of the quantum field – by term sunya. This word should be interpreted as describing a cosmic seed of nothingness which (hanging in a limbo of non-experience) is swollen by potentiality – an egg of infinite potentiality or shunyata on a brink to burst into a deep infinite-dimensional sea of manifestation/s. No wonder that the arithmetic sign of number zero (that the rest of us took from Hindus) is actually an egg-shape, the same one called ‘origin’ in geometry to mark the center or beginning of a coordinate plane. 

[31] Sharing this anthropic viewpoint that the quantum wavefunction of the primordial meaningless universe stands on the very edge of time-space and meaning, and that the collapse of the wavefunction (an inception of cosmos) marks materialization of previously shapeless, non-experienced potentiality (that becomes possibility, an experienced classical event, by action of consciousness), Henry Stapp describes potentiality-consciousness as: ‘the two-way quantum psycho-physical bridge’.

[32] It would correspond to the Buddhist expression karma (usually misinterpreted in the West by reducing it to a lame moral conscript). The word karma has far more extensive meaning in Buddhism and should be understood as an (intractable) action which leaves an informational imprint in all deeper levels of realities which can be activated at some future point in time. Hence, this self-synthesizing universe paradigm of quantum physics fully corresponds with the Buddhist Yogacara assumption that all perceptions do leave traces which make future similar perceptions more probable – origins of the potentialities within the quantum realm.

[33] Vedas describes it as siddhis – psychic event (comes after profound meditative states) when the meditator experiences a feeling of omniscient knowing – a sense of seeing everywhere at once (the state of illuminating darkness, of superrich nothingness); or when the subject enters a state of unity with the single object being focused upon (sometimes followed by a psychokinetic effect: levitation or moving objects at a distance). In nearly every instance, the recipient eliminates the sensory bombardment of everyday and taps into a deep well of alert receptivity. Could it be that this art is like any other form of communication, but the noise of our everyday lives prevents us hearing it?

[34] It reads that the universe performs as the (mindful) intentional servomechanism which is immensely unified, yet at the same time infinitely divers. Stepping closer to the Eastern philosophies of wholistic comprehension, it strikingly opposes the scientific (Newtown-Descartes-Darwin ‘Clockwork universe’) and the religious (dualistic, binary-code-like) picture that the West embedded in its institutions and determined actions in its long standing quest for global domination.

[35] Consciousness – at its most basic level – is coherent light. That is why stellar illumination, not only its solar energy matters.   

[36] Those interested in numerology would come to an interesting numerical interpretation of the Summit Rio+20. Tentatively, it may state as: this time in Rio, it will be +20 – ‘2’ (dualism, binary-code) faces ‘0’ (wholeness, an omnipotent egg-shape field of all potentialities).

[37] Quoted from Schlitz, M. (1998) On consciousness, causation, and evolution, Alternative Therapies 1998, Vol.4, No.6

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Anis H. Bajrektarevic, Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member

Chairperson for Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies

Vienna, 13 JUN 2012

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This article is an integral version of the key-note speech to be presented at                                  the 11th International E – Forum (Int. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Exposition),               03–06 September 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



      
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Emanuel Paparella2012-06-19 22:41:09
After reading this Cassandra like warning to "homo sapiens" the urgent question arises: Is anybody listening out there?


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