Astro, Phil and Siggy talk about changing your life by using the process cosmos . . .

becoming a success

Introducing Astro, Phil and Siggy
Astro and Phil start out by discussing the process cosmos and then consult Siggy to help them work out how to use the process cosmos to make our lives better.

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Astro and Phil conversation 1
Astro and Phil discuss why it is claimed the cosmos must have had a beginning. Phil asks why it could not have always existed.

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Astro and Phil conversation 2
Because the universe expansion is accelerating, Phil reasons that there may have been a time when it was not expanding. Astro agrees but says this does not negate the need for a beginning. Phil reckons there has always been something and Astro wants to now the nature of that ‘something’.

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Astro and Phil conversation 3
After discussing the aether and rejecting it, Phil makes the claim that space is everything, space is the fundamental substance of the cosmos. Astro is quite amused and says she will look forward to Phil justifying his claim.

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They reject absolute and relativist ideas of space, and reason that because space has the many properties that Astro lists, it must be ‘something’. Using graphical symbols, Phil applies Occam’s Razor to the different ideas of space and objects to reach the simplest idea.

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They reject the idea that space and objects are independent. Phil reasons that a one step process is more probable than a process with two or more step and decides on there being just space, from which objects emerge. Astro accepts this but says they are still no closer to knowing what space is or how it comes about.

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They decide to try and define space by its most obvious property, transparency, the ability to transmit light. Amy points out that light is a form of energy and Phil notes that this fact gives them three options: space allows energy to pass through it; space is compatible with energy, and space is energy. They conclude that space is energy but, although they can’t ask where it came from, they can still ask how it is generated.

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Phil is excited that Astro may have hit on the key question: How is space generated? He suggest a third concept of space, one of it continually coming into existence. Astro thinks astrophysicists would have noticed such a process. Phil compares the idea with a lightbulb which is off 150 times a second but appears to be on continually. If very small parts of space popped into and out of existence very rapidly, we would not notice. Astro still wants to know what is popping into and out of existence.

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Astro notes that space is suffused with energy and Phil asks whether space itself might be an energy field. He introduces the idea that the Heisenberg uncertainty principle might provide a loophole between nothing and something. In the loophole the tension between nothing and something creates energy. Phil calls it an energy fluctuation or an ‘event cell’. It is the accumulation of event cells that creates the energy field we know as ‘space’.

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Phil uses the asymptotic well as an explanation for the creation of toroidinos. Asymptotes indicate the impossibility of there being absolutely nothing or absolutely something. The tension between the asymptotes gives rise to a potential difference which increases until the probabilty of one is reached and a toroidino is occurs at the Planck scale. Astro asks just how small is the Planck scale. Phil notes that if the Planck length was the size of a full stop, the full stop would be the size of the observable universe.

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Phil indicates that the important point is that the Planck scale is 20 orders of magnitude smaller than the nucleus of an atom. Using the idea of a quantum foam, he introduces the concept of the fabric of space. Astro wants to know how to get from the quantum foam to real objects like people and planets. Phil introduces the idea of an event with toroidal topology. Phil explains that all toroidinos are connected to other toroidinos and and all are intrinsic to space.

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In response to Astro’s insisting that Phil explains how to get to real objects, Phil introduces the dynamic toroid or ‘toroidino’, which, because of its topology, has the potential to form patterns which could persist much longer than the individual toroidinos. Phil assures Astro that, because they are popping in and out so quickly, there will be enough occurring in the right places to maintain the pattern. Astro notes that this means everything in the cosmos depends on chance and change.

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On to the subject of the production of known particles such as atoms and molecules, Phil notes three things to remember: first, all particles are intrinsic to space and are what comprise space, secondly, all the particles are popping into and out of existence at a great rate and, thirdly, the particles are constantly forming into patterns of patterns. He introduces the Standard Model, which is itself a pattern. Astro persists in her demand for an explanation of how the patterns form familiar objects.

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Starting with the ‘toroidinos’, Phil explains they form patterns according to the ontological principle, which is a universal principle that acts at all scales. Astro notes that only gravity acts at all scales. Phil agrees and explains that toroidinos produce gravity by ‘gripping’ space, because they are intrinsic to space, and curving it to varying degrees, depending on the rate of contraction and expansion of regions of toroidinos. Astro still wants to know how the production of gravity produces atoms.
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Phil uses a weather map as an example of how regions of varying pressure and tension occur in large volumes of fluids, such as space, resulting in a ‘gravity-scape’. Astro imagines that this applies all the way up to the cosmos. Phil agrees, stating that it occurs through the formation of patterns at all scales up to the cosmic scale. Promising that he will explain it next time they meet, he then introduces a diagram showing the process of the production of dynamic space, to dynamic nodes and modes of nodes.
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Astro wants to know what Phil means by ‘process’. He explains that, because the toroidinos are popping into and out of existence, the cosmos and everything in it exists as a process of coming into being. Only patterns persist and the modes of the nodes in the patterns are the properties of objects and the identities of people. However, patterns also change as people get older and even patterns of geology change.
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Phil has finally explained how atoms develop from toroidinos, but Astro is not entirely happy. The next animation in this series will explain why Astro is not happy and they will talk about the relevance of Phil’s process cosmos, to our daily life.
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Astro wants to know how Phil’s process cosmos relates to our daily lives. Phil says a person must be prepared to accept the elements of chance and constant change. He points out that the big bang cosmos implies that everything is pre-destined, that people’s lives are pre-determined, whereas, in the process cosmos, they are subject to change.
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To illustrate how the process cosmos can be used to change our habits, Phil uses one of Aristotle’s sayings ‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.’ Repeatedly or regularly doing something is a pattern and, in a process cosmos, patterns can be changed. If a person wants to change a habit, they have to persist with the new pattern long enough for it to become subconscious. Astro thinks they are out of their depth and Phil says, when they next meet, he will bring a psychologist colleague.
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Phil introduces Siggy, a psychologist colleague, who notes that the subconscious memory is about 90 percent of all our memory and that the patterns of our behaviour are stored in our subconscious memory. She believes that it is the process cosmos, with its constant change, that enables us to make changes. Phil thinks the tiny scale of the particles popping into and out of existence means that they can be influenced by our thoughts. Astro still wants to know how to actually change the patterns of her life.
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Siggy points out that our physical and behavioural patterns are what constitute our identity. These patterns change from the time we are born until we die. It is up to us to decide in what way the patterns will change and the changes will make us a new person. They discuss the process of losing five kilograms in ten weeks by visualizing the end result and then planning and practicing the changes.
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In this animation, Astro, Phil and Siggy discuss the problems facing a person who wants to give up smoking. Both psychological and physiological patterns require changing. They decide it is better for a person the try and replace the pattern of being a smoker trying to quit, with the pattern of being a non-smoker.
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How to turn a so called born-loser into a successful person, this is the problem that out intrepid trio have set themselves to solve. Phil brings up Helen Keller as an example of a person who overcame being deaf and blind to be a world famous author and speaker, by rejecting the subconscious pattern that people who are blind and deaf are unable to live useful lives. However, a person first needs to work out what it means to them as an individual to be successful.
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They discuss the importance of having patterns of success in a constantly changing process cosmos, and also the role of parents and others in influencing those patterns. Siggy suggests they brainstorm about what success means to themselves as individuals. Phil gives a personal example of how having an objective created a pattern of success for him.
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Astor asks Phil exctly how, having his objective worked to create success for him. He explains that it caused him to create habits that worked to deepen the subconscious patterns for his success in achieving his objective, despite opposition from parents and others. Siggy summarises that people need to decided on what success means to them and develop subconscious patterns to achieve that success.
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Phil points out that people could not change their subconscious patterns unless the cosmos was a process. Astro wants to get on with ideas for how a born loser can change their subconscious patterns to become successful. It is better to create new subconscious patterns than to try and change old patterns. Phil offers his experience.
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Phil tells his story of how he became a loser and developed the subconscious pattern of being a drinker. However, through going to the library and making a habit of reading “success” books, he generates the new subconscious pattern of inquiring how to be successful. Eventually, he gets a job and becomes successful again.
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Phil tries to explain in detail how he was able to change from being a drunken loser to a successful person, and how he started to think about the process cosmos.
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Astor, Phil and Siggy discuss how the process cosmos makes it possible for people to change their lives by changing the patterns of their behaviour.The latest and last in the series of ‘Changing you life’ animated videos is a summary of the previous 27 and is now available on YouTube, just click the image.

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As with all philosophy, this is a journey of inquiry; enjoy the journey!

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