In the earlier chapters, I submitted arguments in support of my theory that all chemical reactions are overt manifestations of intelligence. If true, what then might be the source of this intelligence? Is it intrinsic within the material structure of the atom or molecule participating in the chemical reaction, or do atoms and molecules merely serve as vehicles through which intelligence is transmitted or operates? (Is a moving car an intelligent vehicle or is the person behind the steering wheel the actual intelligent driving force?). Perhaps the following thought-exercise might throw some light on possible answers to these questions:
Compare the two dynamic activities described above. From an objective viewpoint, both appear to us as interactions, the former involving people, the latter involving atoms and molecules. We recognise interactions between people as intelligent actions, but not interactions between atoms and molecules, which, to our minds, are not intelligent entities. But, for argument’s sake, what if energy transitions between atoms and molecules in a chemical reaction actually involve the exchange of intelligent information... (information transmitted across as energy patterns representing codes with specific meanings)? Would not such an activity be equivalent to that of ‘living’ atoms and molecules ‘talking’ to one another, like people actively engaged in conversation?
Electromagnetic forces exist as energy waves or as material particles (photons). The world-renowned physicist, Albert Einstein, has shown that energy and matter are equivalent (E=MC2). Thus, atoms and molecules (material forms) are, in a sense, equivalent to energy packages. Now, if it could be established that atoms and molecules actually exchange intelligent information (through energy patterns) when participating in a chemical reaction, then a chemical reaction could be interpreted as a process (or an event) where packages of energy forces on one side exchange intelligent information with packages of energy forces on the other side through communication links also made up of energy forces. In other words, what we are witnessing here is a scenario that depicts energy forces in their multifarious presentations as intrinsically intelligent entities.
Let us examine this idea further. We begin by posing this question: What actually does take place in a chemical reaction? For a precise answer, we need to take a closer look at the structure of the atom:-
For practical purposes, an atom may be viewed as a basic unit of matter consisting of a central nucleus with orbiting electrons (planetary model). If an atom contains many electrons, these electrons will be positioned in different orbiting planes or shells around the nucleus. Those with higher energy states orbit further away from the nucleus. Electrons belonging to the outer shell are the ones that participate in chemical reactions. During chemical reactions, atoms and molecules transfer electrons or share common electrons at their outer shells. Electromagnetic attraction is the ‘glue’ that binds atoms and molecules together and also electrons in orbit around the atomic nucleus. Electromagnetic energy forces operating within the atom are also an integral part of the electromagnetic energy forces that permeate the entire universe. (Radio waves, microwaves, visible light, ultra-violet light, x-rays, gamma rays).
In a chemical reaction, atoms and molecules interact to form new chemical compounds -- molecular configurations of the interacting chemical reagents broken up, their constituent atoms rearranged and re-linked differently in forming these new chemical compounds. During this process, energy exchanges take place between the participating chemical reagents. These energy transits are not confined exclusively to the internal locale of these interacting chemical reagents. Energy may be dispersed to or absorbed from the surrounding external environment. Now, assuming energy forces are intrinsically intelligent, it should then follow that intelligence too may be lost or gained by chemical reagents participating in the chemical reaction. The end-result of a chemical reaction should then see packets of intelligence re-distributed between the newly formed chemical compounds and free energy forces of the universe.
Continuing our thought-exercise, let us visualize atoms and molecules as intelligent entities, each in possession of an intelligent energy package. Now, if these intelligent packages were to be taken apart and re-organized differently in a chemical reaction, what then should become of the initial intelligent packages contained in the original atoms and molecules before these were split up and re-arranged to form the new molecular packages?
Viewing individual atoms and molecules as individual intelligent energy packages, the overt manifestations of a chemical reaction can then be interpreted as the exchange of dialogue or pooling of intelligence between individual atoms and molecules participating in the chemical reaction. A newly processed chemical compound will then be seen to have acquired a certain measured quantity of ‘knowledge’ derived from each of the individual intelligent packages previously contained in those atoms and molecules that had contributed to the structure of the new chemical compound. Furthermore, a newly formed chemical compound with an expanded mass derived through the merger of lesser atoms and molecules will be expected to possess an expanded intelligent capacity. For example, the complex DNA molecule, assembled from sugar molecules and simpler nucleic acid molecules (purines, pyramidines), should command a greater intelligent capacity compared against each of its component sugar and nucleic acid molecules.
What is the rationale for supposing that an expanded molecule forged together in a chemical reaction should possess an expanded intelligent capacity? The answer (I venture) is likely to have something to do with the added molecular linkages created between components of the expanded molecular unit. Perhaps molecular linkages serve as bridges, permitting the transit of electromagnetic energy forces between the material components that make up the molecular unit. If, as proposed, electromagnetic energy forces carry intelligent information, then the added molecular linkages in an expanded molecular unit might conceivably allow for greater permutations and combinations of intelligent exchanges to take place between the components of the expanded unit.
If this hypothesis is correct, then it will follow that the actual intelligent entities operating within all material units are energy forces. We have identified one of these forces... the electromagnetic force... its intrinsic intelligence manifesting itself to us in an overt form as chemical reactions. We have seen that this is the ‘vital’ force that binds atoms together at their outer electron shells to form molecules. This same force also binds electrons in orbit around the atomic nucleus. Outside atoms and molecules, I envisage ‘vital’ electromagnetic forces ranging from radio waves to gamma rays permeating the entire universe.
If electromagnetic energy forces are intrinsically intelligent as proposed, and if intelligent communication between energy units does take place according to my hypothesis, then the scenario of intelligent exchanges described below may not be too far out at all:
The conjured-up scenario described above is not without a logical basis to it. Observe that, even from the ‘non-vital’ aspect, chemical reactions are always triggered off by an external energy source. For example: thermal energy from a burning match initiates the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen; an electric current passed through electrolytes brings about the chemical changes in electrolysis; the energy of sunlight is required for the chemistry of photosynthesis in plants; the energy of ultra-violet light converts oxygen in the atmosphere to ozone. In absolute zero temperature, no chemical reactions can take place. These observations clearly indicate that dynamic universal energy forces outside units of atoms and molecules actively participate in chemical interactions between these particulate units, seemingly instructing or perhaps joining hands with these local atomic and molecular units in carrying out the dynamic processes we recognise as chemical reactions.
From a ‘vital’ viewpoint, an ‘enlightened’ external observer might be able to make out a chemical reaction as an overt manifestation of occult intelligent universal and local energy forces actively engaged in a joint operation -- the chemical reaction serving as the doorway through which intrinsic intelligence of ‘formless’ energy emerges to reveal itself to us in a recognisable material form. This concept requires the assumption that intelligent exchanges are taking place, or intelligent signals are being spontaneously created within energy forces around us all the time but escape detection by our sensory organs (in the same way that our sensory faculties are insensitive to TV and radio signals that are everywhere around us).
Assuming we are correct in our conjecture that universal energy forces possess intelligent properties, why then are we unaware of this pervasive vitality that is supposedly everywhere around us? Why do these forces not communicate directly with us as one intelligent entity to another? Why this elaborate exercise of working their way through the molecular linkages of matter before surfacing to reveal themselves to us in a recognisable ‘intelligent’ form as chemical reactions? Perhaps the following observation may help to provide us with the answers we are looking for:
Matter and energy are two different physical states. The physical laws that govern matter differ from those that govern energy forces. The language of energy forces, even if detectable or identifiable, would probably appear as gibberish to intelligent beings in the material state. Assuming an intelligent entity comprising of energy forces exists in this universe… and if this intelligent entity should wish to extend its influence into the material state… how should it go about achieving this objective? I would imagine that it must first of all have its language in an energy form translated into the language of matter (chemistry) before it can make itself understood by all entities or living beings in the material state. A clearer idea of this concept can be seen in the parallel relationship drawn between a person and the computer he operates:
When I type in commands on my computer keyboard, I am communicating with my PC in the language I normally use, which happens to be English. But the computer’s simple brain (CPU) cannot cope with the complexities of such a sophisticated language as English. Before my computer can process and execute my instructions, these must first be translated into a simpler language the computer’s CPU can understand.
The language the computer uses is called machine language. It is created out of simple binary codes. These codes are determined by just two positions of a switch - on or off. When a letter is typed on the computer keyboard, this is converted into a binary code (bits and bytes) that corresponds to the letter typed. Combinations of binary codes form the machine language. The circuitry within the computer provides the collective channels through which binary codes are sent in the form of electronic signals.
The computer itself has no intrinsic intelligence. All its hardware and software components are created by intelligent human beings. The intelligent functions the computer performs originate from an external source, the human operator who keys instructions into it. The computer translates these instructions into the intelligent functions it performs. Without the human operator, the computer stands as a cold, inanimate piece of equipment. It only becomes warm and ‘alive’ when its circuits are infused with energy in the form of an electric current. (Cp. the presence of electrical activity in the living human brain, and the absence of this activity upon brain death.)
Keeping in mind all that has been said so far, we may now try to deduce how a system of intelligent codes might possibly work in the state of matter. Examine a schematic model of a DNA molecule. Notice the maze of connections that go to make up its molecular linkages. Does this not resemble the other kind of maze described above... the electronic circuitry of a computer? The similarity is sufficiently striking to allow room for an idea that molecular linkages might be the ‘electronic’ circuits through which intelligent energy patterns are translated into those material patterns that shape the intelligent expressions we recognise in the state of matter. The circuitry that determines these codes is seen as the pathways taken by electromagnetic forces at the outer electron shells of atoms or molecules. We may never be able to decipher these codes. Unlike the primitive binary codes of the computer or even the complex neuronal electrical codes of the human brain, molecular codes should belong to a plane of intelligence far above that existing at our human level. Perhaps the presence of complex molecular circuits allow for the passage of complex electromagnetic energy signals in the form of intelligent energy patterns -- energy signals flitting through the maze of molecular linkages, selecting and operating switches in the circuits as they forge ahead, and in the process creating intelligent material patterns that determine the functional properties of the molecule.
It has been suggested that atoms and molecules possess intrinsic intelligence. (Animism). This intelligence is carried in electromagnetic energy forces as energy code patterns, meandering through molecular linkages, creating intelligent material code patterns in the process. (The ‘driver’ behind the steering wheel of the car). The electromagnetic energy forces within these atoms and molecules blend with the surrounding electromagnetic forces of the universe, and may actually be contiguous limb-protrusions or excursions of universal energy forces into the material state. If reality is truly reflected in the analogy between computer circuits and molecular linkages, then the implications are profound... viz., molecular linkages exist for the sole purpose of providing the circuitry for the translation of intelligence from an energy state to a material state.
Within this purview, atoms and molecules are seen relegated to the status of inanimate hardware objects. The DNA molecule, generally accepted as the fundamental unit of life, is then seen as a microchip of a biological computer. This leaves us facing the possible cold reality depicting all living beings including ourselves as nothing more than sophisticated biological computers, switched on only by the presence of a vital quantity within us... the intelligence that is intrinsic within electromagnetic energy forces. If we can see sense in this surrealistic proposal that goes against all conventional and orthodox teachings of today, then we will have broken through the psychological barrier, clearing the way for us to take on the broader challenging concept (to be discussed in later chapters of this book) advocating that
ALL UNIVERSAL ENERGY FORCES ARE INTRINSICALLY INTELLIGENT !!
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