“Universal Logic: What is the True Meaning of Life?” Synopsis
“Universal Logic” is set to release in August 2014 by Native Ink Press and will be available as an e-book or trade softcover. It is an interpretation of life and the Universe that works for everyone, regardless of individual beliefs or lack thereof.
The following article is a synopsis and review of the book, which includes the Introduction, Foreword, and a brief summary of each chapter and subchapter. “Universal Logic” utilizes philosophical, scientific, paranormal, and religious insights to interpret the meaning of life and consciousness, from the microscopic to the macroscopic and beyond. It provides various scientific interpretations for such unexplained phenomena as UFOs, ghosts, the sixth sense, a natural interpretation of the soul as a unique quantum signature that acts similar to a radio signal, and much more.
Book also provides unique scientific hypotheses and natural interpretations for some concepts that continue to plague theoretical physicists, such as what existed before the big bang, consciousness and individuality, the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and time travel, among many others. Some theoretical physicists are coming full circle and now perform experiments based on some aspects once considered exclusively paranormal.
The book’s main purpose is to find common ground between the three biggest belief and non-belief systems that pervade society: science, religion, and the paranormal. In the end, we’re all in this together and people should focus more on what they have in common rather than their differences. The link below takes you directly to the book’s website, which is still in the works until it is released. A link to the publisher’s page is provided at the bottom of the article.
"Universal Logic" Website
Do you consider yourself Religious, Spiritual, Agnostic, or Atheist?
All men by nature desire to know.—Aristotle[i]
I cannot, as Bohr and Feynman did, sit for years with my whole mind concentrated upon one deep question. I am interested in too many different directions.—Freeman Dyson[ii]
I believe that pure thought is competent enough to comprehend the world.—Albert Einstein[iii]
Do answers to some of the questions modern science has yet to explain exist? Will scientists ever acknowledge questions like, “What happened before the big bang?” “What is the basis of consciousness?” or “What is the meaning of life?” Does organized religion also fall short of providing adequate explanations to such queries? Are there any alternative, perhaps universal interpretations for some of life’s greatest mysteries, at the very least rational observations that combine modern scientific theories with intuitive logic and common sense; ones that do not altogether eliminate modern religious or spiritual viewpoints?
Does humanity often examine the origin and true nature of the Universe for the meaning of life and human consciousness? Do people, by and large, consider how and why they came to exist and in what manner life in the Universe relates to each and every potential being?
Perhaps many rely on empirical evidence and scientific methodology to interpret the answers to life’s most compelling questions. Maybe for others, religion holds the key to these impeding dilemmas.
Should humanity rely solely on the advice of scientists or theologians and abandon intuitive common sense or logic? Perhaps some common ground can be found between science and religion if one considers religion at all. After all, science refuses to acknowledge any metaphysical interpretation regarding the makeup of the Universe and religion refuses to recognize science as God’s vehicle of nature. There exists no happy medium considering how much the two ideas clash.
What is the true origin of the Universe, and could some form of reality have existed before or outside of it? Do the phrases outside of or before the big bang have any real meaning? Perhaps the big bang was not the ultimate beginning of existence, only everything of which three-dimensional beings in this reality will ever observe. One could imagine a temporal state, or multidimensional container of universes, parallel to ours and outside of three-dimensional observation. How might this state of preexistence relate to us and our Universe, and would it be at all relative?
What lies at the heart of inherent consciousness, something that should reside in all biological life forms? How does this unique consciousness relate to individuality? In other words, what displacement factor separates one individual from another or from another species entirely? Simply put, what makes me, me and you, you? What prevented my consciousness from, instead, residing within another person?
If science determines there is other life in the Universe, what effect would this revelation have on society? What impact would such a discovery have on the big question, which many refer to as the meaning of life?
What is this purported meaning of life? Should one attempt to answer it from our insignificant perspective or, rather, from an all-encompassing, universal one? The latter approach might help one more understand the Universe and existence from “outside the box.”
Perhaps this book will unlock some of those mysteries and more using a rational-thought approach based on principles of pluralism. It employs simple, deductive logic combined with philosophical insights, scientific theories and hypotheses—sometimes pushing the limits of scientific knowledge—and natural religious and metaphysical interpretations to solve some of the basic principles of how and why the Universe and life exists. All we need is an ability to view existence from a universal perspective as opposed to a mere terrestrial one.
The arguments throughout are designed to be inclusive rather than exclusive. They provide interpretations for the meaning of life that are responsive to all religious and non-religious beliefs, respectively. This book produces natural explanations for existence that provide validity for most all viewpoints. Many of the postulates within will help religious adherents, agnostics, and atheists all find a natural, scientific interpretation to some of life’s greatest mysteries, by agreement and for the benefit of mankind. Some of the concepts made clear include such unexplained phenomena as consciousness and the mind, ghosts, the sixth sense, time travel, alien visitation, the existence of a soul, and much more. The interpretations put forth are both natural and scientific, based on logical, thought-provoking conclusions. The scientific-based hypotheses, theories, and ideas in this book will encourage many atheists to consider the possibility of a natural interpretation of life after death as a quantum function. In addition, it will encourage many fundamentalists to consider science as God’s natural tool of creation and progression.
[i] Aristotle. Metaphysics. 350 BCE, p. 1.
[ii] Dyson, Freeman. Imagined Worlds.CambridgeMA: HarvardUniversity Press, 1998.
[iii] Brown, J.R. The Laboratory of the Mind. London: Routledge, 1991, Ch. 5.
[We scientists] are very good at the how of technology, but we’re not as good at the why.—Joe Herkert[i]
I do not agree with the view that the Universe is a mystery, something that one can have intuition about but never fully analyze or comprehend.—Stephen Hawking[ii]
The main purpose of this book is to answer the enduring question of the meaning of life and present it in the simplest, most comprehensible format possible. It tackles the whys of existence, which science neglects and religion fails well enough to explain. It attempts to answer such questions as, “Why am I here?” “What is the purpose of life?” and “What happens to my consciousness after I die?” It presents many compelling questions and pushes the limits of scientific knowledge to answer them.
I exercised a valiant attempt to omit as much complex jargon as possible and utilized a straightforward writing style easy to comprehend. Some topics may seem brief, but was necessary to keep them short in order to fit all the topics throughout into a 300-page book. An extensive glossary is located toward the back for additional reference on bold, italicized words. (Some are italicized to add emphasis or because they outline a title or signify a term. In order to avoid confusion, glossary terms appear in bold print, but only the first time they appear within the main body of text.) The first chapter might be common knowledge for some readers, but is a necessary overview of the basic concepts in astronomy and cosmology to set the stage for upcoming chapters.
This book utilizes scientific, philosophical, paranormal, metaphysical, and religious insights to help answer some of life’s most intriguing questions. I feel a combination thereof is the best method for attaining answers to the mysteries of life and the Universe since science, by itself, cannot.
Some mainstream scientists are dismissive of philosophers and other ideas put forth by theoretical physicists, but this has not impeded my personal logical-reasoning approach toward discovering the true nature of the Universe and subsequent meaning of life.
Martin Rees, in his book Before the Beginning, had this to say about theoretical physicists: “The intellectual leap involved in inventing a zip fastener far surpasses what many theoretical physicists ever achieve!”[iii]
In defense of theoretical physicists, it is not always their job to achieve or invent, instead present viable hypotheses and theories for their academic peers to dissect. The job of the engineer is to develop and construct the mechanical workings of the zipper. The job of the philosopher or theorist is to conjecture such a design is theoretically possible in the first place.
I am nothing more than an observer trying to make sense; using logic as opposed to strict belief or scientific theory; of this vast and wonderful Universe of which you and I are a part. While the book is, for the most part, philosophical, I utilize an Occam’s-razor approach to the nature of reality and existence. After all, the simplest explanation for something is often the right one.
The field of science has existed for about 300 years and use of the term scientist since 1825. What we call science today emerged from natural philosophy. Though we remain infants in the realm of science, primitive man would consider our technology nothing short of magic. At the same time, those of the future will look back at current technology and cry primitive.
The main reason some people distrust science is either because they do not understand it or their religious dogma prohibits it. Nevertheless, it is necessary to embrace and analyze scientific concepts with an open mind. Scientific insight is the best observable tool for which the world has access.
As a nonprofessional, I feel it is my obligation to analyze and incorporate different aspects of scientific discovery with my own interpretations on the basis such information is intended for the public. Laypersons do not blind themselves with strict scientific methodology, nor do they wrap themselves up in time-consuming, rigorous research confined to one particular field of study or another. That is the job of the scientist. The job of society is to scrutinize the data and offer alternative rebuttals, thereby forcing scientists to keep an open mind and reorganize their individual ideas and methodologies. The main reason the public should do this more often than not is because the personal biases scientists harbor tend to spill over into their respective research.
Science journalist John Horgan, author of the controversial book, The End of Science, was quoted during an interview in an April 2000 issue of Time Magazine. He said, “Sure, scientists are keeping busy, but what are they actually accomplishing?...Scientists will continue making incremental advances, but they will never achieve their most ambitious goals, such as understanding the origin of the Universe, of life and of human consciousness…Inductive logic suggests that the modern era of explosive scientific progress might be an anomaly, a product of a singular convergence of social, intellectual and political factors…No matter how far science does or doesn’t advance, there’s one wild card in even the most pessimistic scenario. If we encounter extraterrestrial life—and especially life intelligent enough to have developed its own science—then all bets are off.”[iv]
Our early twenty-first-century understanding of science is not the ultimate source of knowledge in the Universe, though it may be the best observable tool we now have at our disposal. Though it is a reliable method of obtaining information, it sometimes evolves and changes with the times. I retain a personal respect for science apart from my apparent criticisms. Every once in a while, a renegade like Albert Einstein comes along to shuffle things up a bit, forcing scientists to discard many of their initial biases. It should be noted many of Einstein’s ideas were contemplated before he became a scientist.
What do I mean by universal logic? The basis for true logic is ambiguous. A hundred years ago, few could “logically” comprehend the theory of relativity without a complete interpretation of its basic principles. It was not until Einstein harbored a unique vision and presented the idea to his peers were members of the general public able to perceive and entertain the concept. Logical concepts do evolve over time, including some that are true but seem to defy logic and common sense. What might appear logical today regarding many ideas might not appear so in the distant future. Universal logic is an approach from not only the perspective of Earth and the present but a timeless one from that of the entire Universe. It is a viewpoint I consider outside the boundaries of space, time, and current earthbound knowledge of science and technology.
We are overdue for a logical-based, happy-medium approach to the mysteries of the cosmos as a supplement to stringent scientific methodology and feel-good organized religion. Modern science and contemporary reasoning will evolve, as it always has. In the meantime, let us not wait for given empirical answers to life’s biggest mysteries, in particular those that may require an overhaul a thousand or more years from now. We are the one species on the planet capable of recognizing our place in the Universe, so it is time we open our hearts and minds to an all-inclusive, universal perspective timeless and enduring.
Universal Logic is a book that tries to bridge the discords that exist between science, religion, and metaphysics and does so by finding common ground between those three predominant areas of study and belief. This is the key to interpreting what it is all about…and getting everyone onboard to listen.
Bill J. Sego
Logan, Ohio (2014)
P.S. There are two essential documentary programs I suggest viewing that will help the average reader comprehend some of the more difficult concepts throughout. The first season of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey[v] hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and the first season of Through the Wormhole[vi] with Morgan Freeman will help greatly. They are very entertaining, easy to comprehend, and will give the reader critical insight on topics that might appear challenging.
[i] Herkert, Joe, “The Future of Humanoid Robots.” Discover Magazine. (March 2000): p. 87.
[ii] Hawking, Stephen. Black Holes and Baby Universes. New York: Bantam Books, 1993, p. viii.
[iii] Rees, Martin. Before the Beginning. Reading, MA: Helix Books, 1997, p. 80.
[iv] Horgan, John, “The End of Science.” Time Magazine. (April 10, 2000): p. 110.
[v] Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, Anne Druyan, Fox Network, 2014-.
[vi] Through the Wormhole, Revelations Entertainment, Discovery Communications, 2010-.
CHAPTER 1: A Brief Picture of the Universe
Chapter 1 is a brief overview of astronomy, cosmology, and particle physics, from the smallest known entity to the largest. It introduces the reader to various structures found throughout the Universe and provides a synopsis of its history, from the big bang to the present. It is a necessary introduction for those unfamiliar with the basic structure of the Universe and sets the stage for the rest of the book. It also covers the basics of particle physics.
THE MACROCOSM: Describes such entities as pulsars, quasars, neutron stars, globular clusters, black holes, supernovae, nebulae, galaxies, and much more. Section gives the reader a basic grasp of the most significant cosmic entities.
THE MICROCOSM: Briefly covers what makes up the Universe at the subatomic scale. Section outlines the periodic table of elements and works its way down to subatomic particles and cosmic strings. It explains the differences between atoms, electrons, neutrinos, neutrons, photons, quarks, muons, taus, and others.
SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM: Outlines the basic structure of the Universe as a space-time entity.
THE BIG BANG: Explains how our Universe began from an initial point of infinite density to what we see now.
COSMIC CALENDAR: A synopsis of the entire history of the cosmos in scaled, calendar format. It translates the entire history of the Universe to scale, from January through December. For example, if January 1 is the beginning moment of the Universe, or big bang, humanity did not appear until December 31 at 11:59 p.m.
CHAPTER 2: Faster Than the Speed of Light
This chapter covers Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, the cosmic speed limit, and alternative methods of space travel based on ideas in theoretical physics.
RELATIVITY: Outlines the differences between special and general relativity in an easy-to-follow, comprehensive format.
SPACE TRAVEL: Discusses the different methods of space travel and other potential modes we have yet to discover.
THE MISSION: A thought experiment for how mankind will trek the galaxy hundreds of years from now and how we might react to any intelligent life we encounter.
WARP FACTOR 10: Considers a potential form of space travel that would warp the space-time continuum for instantaneous interstellar mobility. Though it may take thousands of years before quantum physicists discover how to do this, where there is a will, there most certainly will be a way.
CHAPTER 3: The Weight of Things
Chapter 3 discusses gravity and the other three forces of nature, vast distances between galaxies and star systems, incomprehensible weight and composition of certain star types, and dark matter.
GRAVITY—THE WEAK LINK: Outlines the four different forces of nature and explains why gravity is so weak compared to the other three. Also provides reasons for why it is so weak when, to us, it appears so strong.
INCOMPREHENSIBLE DISTANCES: Puts the vast distances between stars and galaxies in relatable perspective and compares it to common examples that make it easy to comprehend.
HEAVY FUEL: Explains the peculiar characteristics for some of the heaviest and strangest stars in the Universe. For example, a teaspoon full of a pulsar or neutron star would weigh as much as Mount Everest!
DARK MATTERS: Dark matter and dark energy are the prevailing theories in cosmology and help explain the 72% of missing matter in the Universe. Dark matter is what clumps together visible matter throughout the cosmos and the reason why it appears so uniform, and dark energy is the driving force behind the continued expansion of that visible matter.
CHAPTER 4: Before the Beginning
This chapter dares to venture beyond the big bang. Many theoretical physicists remain mystified by the potential properties of hyperspace, and this chapter provides some unique insights for what this realm might encompass. It also covers black holes, wormholes, and other strange entities throughout the Universe. In addition, it differentiates between a parallel universe, alternate universe, the many-worlds interpretation, and multiple dimensions in string theory. Few scientists or writers develop a clear or concise interpretation for the different properties of each idea and tend to lump them all together. This chapter goes into extensive detail regarding the different properties of each and incorporates other unique ideas into the mix.
BEGINNING?: Is the big bang the ultimate beginning of all potential forms of existence? Does anything exist outside of the Universe to explain how it got here in the first place?
THE NOTHINGNESS OF HYPERSPACE: Details the properties of what may lie in the spaces or “gaps” between all potential parallel universes. How would hyperspace appear to three-dimensional beings and would we have the capability of observing such a realm in the first place?
DIVINE BEGINNING: Discusses the philosophical applications of the various anthropic principles, or reasons how and why the Universe came into existence. Does it deduce there must have been a divine being that created all we see or that reality is nothing more than a product of nature?
NEED FOR EXISTENCE?: Does existence require a meaning to perpetuate? Is there really an all-encompassing, meaning-of-life principle to explain how and why we exist? If there is no afterlife, would life then appear meaningless?
BLACK HOLES, WORMHOLES, AND THE ORIGIN OF A UNIVERSE: This section discusses the peculiar properties of black holes and wormholes and suggests they might be gateways to a parallel universe with its own set of unique, three-dimensional properties.
PARALLEL UNIVERSES AND OTHER DIMENSIONS: If parallel universes and alternate dimensions exist, what might be their properties and how would they relate to our version of reality? This section differentiates between the various multiverse theories, including multiple dimensions found in string theory. It also outlines how alternate realities and histories to ours would operate and where they might fit into the multiverse pantheon.
VERITABLE BEGINNING?: Can we be certain the big bang was the ultimate beginning of all potential forms of existence? If not, will we ever obtain the technology to observe or measure any alternate form of reality?
CHAPTER 5: The Here and Now
This chapter is based on the idea that time does not really exist. Time is a human construct that measures events occurring in random motion. Its sole purpose is to place moments of continuous reality in chronological order. The collective present is an experience all potential beings throughout the entire universe share. Events or moments that transpire in random motion can be translated as occurring in the past-present or future-present of our consciousness. The idea solves all time travel paradoxes since there is no traversable future or past. Theoretical physicists are split on whether time travel is possible.
THE COLLECTIVE PRESENT: An experience of time shared by all potential beings throughout the entire Universe. The concept allows for events that occur in the elsewhere of our particular perspective of reality, but also points out these random events are still based on a shared experience of overall reality throughout the entire Universe.
THE CONTINUOUS PRESENT: The experience of reality that excludes an arrow of time. All moments in history that have occurred or will occur are part of the continuous present for all perspectives throughout the entire Universe. Theoretical physicist Julian Barbour calls this experience “the Now.”
TIME TRAVEL: Exposes paradoxes and inconsistencies found in time-travel thought experiments to deduce time does not exist as we measure it.
THE INDIVIDUAL DISPLACEMENT PARADOX: A thought experiment that determines why time could not possibly exist. Since we could not exist in two places at once, faster-than-light travel will prove there remains one prevailing perspective for all.
DOES ANYONE HAVE THE TIME?: A recap of the entire chapter, summarizing all points in a sweeping, comprehensive format.
Do you believe time travel is possible?
CHAPTER 6: Beam Me Out, Scotty
Chapter 6 focuses on the individual, collective, and technological aspects of reality to argue modern science is bound to a limited, twentieth-century perspective. It includes various quotes by scientists of the past that have made invalid statements about upcoming scientific discoveries. For example, some have argued the radio, television, computers, and the telephone would never become affordable or practical for personal use. Others have argued there would never be a method of harnessing the power of the atom. All were later disproved, some while they were still alive. This chapter provides several predictions for future technologies, from ten up to a billion years in the future.
INDIVIDUAL PERSPECTIVE: Outlines our perspective in relation to what we know and experience in the surrounding environment. Basically, it puts our place in the Universe in perspective. The second half includes erroneous predictions made by scientists and distinguished individuals from the immediate past.
COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE: An experience of reality shared by all potential beings throughout the entire Universe. For example, the light from a star on the other side of the galaxy is in a different state than what we see from Earth. That star could have already went supernova, but the light we see from our perspective is nothing more than a visual rendition of how it was millions of years ago. Considering the star is in a different state than what we see, its current status forms a collective perspective of shared reality regardless of another’s observation of it from any other relative point in the Milky Way.
TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS: This section compares one’s perspective of today’s technological state to that of someone that lived 300 years ago. How would someone from the past react to the sudden displacement of present technology? Will the future appear just as incomprehensible to someone from the present after being frozen for 300 years? In addition, section ponders what the world would be like right now had Earth began forming just 200 years earlier than it did.
THE FUTURE: Suggests science-fiction writers have a better track record for making accurate predictions of the future than learned scientists or futurists. Predicts what life and technology will resemble from ten up to a billion years in the future.
CHAPTER 7: Why Me?
The seventh chapter outlines all aspects of individuality and, utilizing natural interpretations, attempts to discover what factors dictate individual consciousness. It explains why someone’s consciousness resides in his or her body as opposed to someone else’s and presents potential roadblocks that might arise regarding future applications of life-extension technologies.
INDIVIDUALITY: An introduction to “individual displacement” and why one’s consciousness resides in his or her own body as opposed to someone else’s.
THE SOUL: This section compares religious and paranormal interpretations of life after death and presents an alternative, scientific one. It also takes a logical approach to animal consciousness. Referred to in the book as one’s unique individual displacement, the “soul” may be a perfectly natural phenomenon that acts as a type of quantum-energy signature residing in all life forms.
LIFE AFTER DEATH: Discusses different life-extension technologies and ideas for what happens to our consciousness after we die.
INDIVIDUAL DISPLACEMENT SIGNATURE: A scientific hypothesis of infinite, individual existence and how one’s unique consciousness may perpetuate as a quantum function. Each living creature harbors a unique pattern of consciousness based on a specific DNA structure, which acts similar to a distinct radio signal at the subatomic level. It is a verifiable hypothesis since future applications of reviving the brain and consciousness of a preserved body may depend on it. Otherwise, what is revived may be nothing more than a copy or clone. Saving consciousness onto a hard drive is another method that may depend on such a quantum signal.
THE ORIGIN OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Sets the stage for the next chapter by defining consciousness and suggesting it did not just appear at some magical point during our evolutionary progression.
Do you believe we have some form of immortal soul?
CHAPTER 8: “I Think, Therefore I Am…I Think”
Chapter 8 delves into consciousness on many levels. It surmises all living creatures harbor some type of consciousness, but on different evolutionary levels of observation. It suggests the Universe may be a living entity and individual conscious beings within are a culmination of its overall collective consciousness. This chapter explores reality from various perspectives and provides scientific interpretations for some aspects of the paranormal.
RELATIVE CONSCIOUSNESS: Compares different levels of consciousness from one being to the next and how evolution played a part in developing those distinctions.
PERCEIVED REALITY: Focuses on how the perception of reality can be different from not only one species to the next, but also from one person to another. Though a human’s perspective is different from that of an ant’s, both share a collective perception of the same reality.
UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Explores the notion that the Universe may be a living organism and living beings within it are a collective extension of that entity.
DIFFERENT LEVELS OF OBSERVATION: Puts technological perspective in context to show our twenty-first-century observation of reality is extremely limited. In other words, we could not begin to imagine what the future will reveal.
MULTIPLE SPECTRUMS OF 3-DIMENSIONAL REALITY: Outlines the different levels of observation found throughout the electromagnetic spectrum.
WHAT IS REALITY?: Argues reality is very subjective, but is not contingent on observation from any living being. Since there was a moment during the formation of the Universe when there was no life around to observe it, the logical conclusion is existence does not rely on biological observation to perpetuate.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY AND UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA: Outlines a natural, scientific explanation for some of the seemingly valid paranormal reports out there. Some aspects of quantum physics and the many-worlds interpretation of alternate realities or histories briefly crossing over to this one may allow for what some might interpret as a “ghost.” Sometimes we might catch a glimpse of an alternate version of someone that may have died in this reality, but is very much alive in that one. Perhaps the other version of said individual decided to remain home the day an alternate version of him was involved in a fatal accident.
ESP, or the sixth sense, may harbor an inherent scientific explanation. Everything in the Universe is connected in one way or the other, perhaps by some type of underlying quantum energy. Since we use only a small portion of our brains, communicating with an evolved version of our minds may, one day, be as common as with our mouths. Developers are working on a cognitive device used for the purpose of virtual telepathy. Since we might already possess the pathways to do this, such devices may fine-tune those extra-sensory abilities. This section also interprets morphic fields as a type of animal sixth sense to lend additional evidence in support of this hypothesis.
CHAPTER 9: Relative Intelligence
This chapter presents many different theories for artificial intelligence and neural networks, including future applications for each. It concludes with biological and artificial methods that will allow us to extend our lives indefinitely and live forever.
BIOLOGICAL INTELLIGENCE: What does it mean to be “intelligent?” If there are other civilizations out there millions of years more advanced, would they consider us intelligent in any sense of the word? Would we be worthy? If they compare their intellect to ours the way we do a dog or cat, what might that suggest with regard to animal intelligence?
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Focuses on various forms of artificial intelligence and predictions of future applications.
BIOLOGICAL AND MECHANICAL INTEGRATION: Discusses potential methods of different life-extension technologies and how humanity will evolve over time to incorporate the synthetic or mechanical.
WILL HUMANITY BECOME GOD?: Once humanity becomes advanced enough to traverse the stars, we would appear God-like should we encounter any primitive civilizations. Since there are no limits to how advanced technology will become, it would appear as magic to any primitive civilization we might encounter.
CHAPTER 10: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Chapter 10 is all about different religions and spiritual groups around the world. It points out some flaws in certain belief systems, but, in general, embraces the differences between each. Ultimately, it argues all belief and non-belief systems are valid provided they do not infringe on another’s.
RELIGION: Provides a chart comparing the different groups of organized religion and discusses the different types of religion found all over the world.
GOD: Suggests God should have no gender or personification. A patriarchal deity is biased and illogical. The idea of a male deity does nothing to promote equality between man and woman since a Creator should incorporate aspects of both or neither.
THE BIBLE: Compares the different Greek and Hebrew translations of the single English word hell and how Dante Allighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” influenced Christian thought and perception throughout the ages.
BIBLICAL MISINTERPRETATIONS: Discusses various misinterpretations and mistranslations found throughout the Old and New Testaments, in particular those regarding Christian holidays of heavy pagan influence. Also compares the three main types of Christians: naïve, ultraistic, and rational disciples.
NATURE: This section is about modern Paganism and other nature-oriented religions. It highlights the common misconceptions people harbor of them. It also determines a natural representation of God is more plausible than a personified rendition with male attributes.
FREEWILL: Are our lives determined by fate or freewill? This section utilizes logical deduction to conclude freewill reigns supreme, unless we live in a virtual reality universe.
RATIONALITY: Is following a particular religion a rational approach to belief? Is there any type of cosmotheology out there open to all potential forms of life throughout the Universe, let alone here on our planet?
SIMPLICITY: Organized religion may provide a simplistic interpretation of life and the Universe. Does that suggest it is the central, most accurate portrayal of divinity? Though religion may provide much in the way of solace when it comes to our ultimate death, in the end we may be deluding ourselves based on wishful thinking.
MORALITY: Is morality attainable exclusively through religion? Can one be a moral person and not be religious? This section deduces that religion is not a key component of morality, but what we choose to believe or practice is a personal choice that no one has a right to infringe upon. Similarly, a person should retain the right to choose no religion provided his or her beliefs or lack thereof do not infringe upon another’s.
CHAPTER 11: On the Origin of Life
Chapter 11 outlines how life originated and flourished on this planet. It provides theories for how life from another star system could appear and how prevalent it might be in the Universe. Evolution and natural selection are discussed at great length. The following sections reveals how science and religion can work together to form a basis for how life and the Universe came about. Evolution could have been God’s systematic method of creation, especially since the Roman Catholic Church has given scientists their blessing when it comes to matters of geology.
THE ORIGIN OF ORGANISMS: Depicts the lack of rationality behind creationism and introduces an alternative approach that combines both science and religion.
WHAT IS LIFE?: Dissects what it means for something to be considered alive. Is something alive because it was born and is biological, or is it possible for a mechanical or artificial being to be considered equally alive?
CREATIONISM: Exposes the flaws behind creationism and proposes science and evolution should be incorporated into any belief system since the two are not necessarily incompatible.
EVOLUTION AND NATURAL SELECTION: Explains the differences between these theories and how they compare to creationism. Also outlines the evolution of Earth and provides a diagram for each Era or Epoch. The end of the section discusses how machines and technology both evolve over time.
Do you believe UFOs are extraterrestrial in nature or have a mundane, earthbound explanation?
CHAPTER 12: Is There Anybody Out There?
This chapter examines the extraterrestrial hypothesis and UFO phenomenon. It points out why most scientists refuse to do serious research on the topic for all the wrong reasons. There are a select few that agree it deserves more attention based on the plethora of unexplained cases, but not enough in agreement to make it a worthwhile endeavor. Some of the cases, where there seems no alternative explanation, would stand up in a court of law. The biggest reason scientists refuse to take it seriously is because of the stigma it carries and the fear of academic ridicule. The last subchapter outlines a happy-medium approach to the topic for both believers and non-believers. This approach prevents either party from making a rash judgment. After all, if an irrefutable case ever presents itself in the near future, those who were adamantly opposed would face extensive criticism. It would give believers a pass to ridicule those scientists for their premature skepticism and failure to take the subject seriously, perhaps providing the general public with reason to further distrust science.
EGOCENTRIC PERSPECTIVE: Takes a logical approach to the possibility of other life in the Universe and deduces that any suggestion we are alone among the trillions of stars is nothing more than an egocentric position.
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGISTS, EXOBIOLOGISTS, AND ASTROBIOLOGISTS: Entertains the possibilities of extraterrestrial life resembling human beings and that most forms of life will appear as uniform as the Universe itself.
THE SETI SEARCH: Outlines the history of the SETI program. This section criticizes the staunch position SETI scientists endorse with regard to the extraterrestrial hypothesis and points out the obvious conflict of interest. Advanced civilizations Types I through V are introduced. Our current level of energy output and technology puts us at Type 0.7 status.
THE DRAKE EQUATION: An equation formulated by SETI astronomer Frank Drake, which deduces there could be anywhere from 100 to one million sentient civilizations in our galaxy alone, but settles on a rough estimate of 10,000.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF UFOs: Presents the most popular unexplained UFO cases throughout history and focuses on those seeming to have no alternative explanation.
PHYSICAL EVIDENCE?: Focuses on the most significant UFO videos captured in recent history and presents the evidence in a manner that would stand up in a court of law.
CONTACT: Introduces scenarios of potential contact with extraterrestrials and how humanity would react. Also outlines possible methods of interstellar mobility, such as future technology to bend the space-time continuum.
THE HAPPY MEDIUM: The happy-medium approach is a rational method of handling the UFO phenomenon and extraterrestrial hypothesis. It cautions against wanton belief and is critical of sightings that might have a mundane explanation. In addition, it cautions scientists and staunch skeptics against dismissing the phenomenon offhand without first doing serious research to eliminate the various UFO cases that, on the surface, have no mundane explanation. Provides many quotes by distinguished scientists arguing for the same approach.
CHAPTER 13: To Infinity, and Beyond…
Chapter 13 is a culmination of the entire book and sums up the meaning of life in the final subchapter. It starts out with possible scenarios for the end of the Universe. Halfway through, it covers different possibilities for the future survival of our species and lists 20 ways the world could end. The Universe is old enough to harbor a Type IV civilization, or one four to five billion years ahead of us. If so, they would have mastered all aspects of quantum mechanics and developed the technology to recreate the entire history of the Universe in a virtual reality program, a concept similar to what is portrayed in the movie, “The Matrix.” This reality would be indistinguishable from the real world. In theory, we could reside in one this very moment. Some theoretical physicists admit this openly and provide valid reasons why. This book takes such theories to the next level and provides other unique interpretations found in no other publication.
THE BIG CRUNCH: Outlines the most popular scenarios for how the Universe will come to an end. Though it will be several billion years in the future, nothing lasts forever.
SPIRITUALITY: Offers an alternative approach to organized religion and explains why a person does not have to believe in a divine being to live a spiritual life. Also explains why Buddhism does not belong in a religious category, but more resembles a form of organized spiritualism. This section presents theories for the mind and consciousness as natural components of the brain, misinterpreted as spiritual in nature.
DEATH: Explains how the thought of life coming to an end helped promote religious ideas and fundamentalism. But instead of dismissing some religious notions of life after death offhand, it provides a scientific or natural interpretation of the afterlife as a virtual reality program constructed by “God” or a Type IV civilization billions of years ahead of us. “Heaven” may be nothing more than a virtual universe where you relive several lifetimes or take part in a different life you wish to experience.
SURVIVAL: Lists 20 different ways the world could end.
A JOURNEY TO THE ENDS OF TIME: A thought experiment for how humanity may travel the stars and spread its people throughout the galaxy.
THE MEANING OF LIFE: A culmination of the entire book, summed up in a single, forty-word-long sentence that says it all.
“Universal Logic” is a book for the ages. Not only is it ahead of its time, but some of the so-called radical ideas throughout help promote a way of life intended for the betterment of mankind. It suggests we are all in this together and should embrace our differences instead of combating them. It is high time we discover a method of doing so in order to better get along. Life is too short to constantly fight and bicker over religious differences…especially if this is the only one we will ever have the chance to experience.
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