Imagination, Knowledge and Time

I am convinced that anything the human mind can achieve can be created through the use of imagination, knowledge and time.

The human mind is made up of the same fundamental building blocks as all the other stuff in the universe. The imagination is a product of the brain produced or expressed through the human  mind. Hence the imagination is made from the same stuff that is needed to create what it can conceive.

Imagination isn’t enough though. Knowledge is necessary to harness the inherent properties of matter and energy to create what the human imagination can conceive. This knowledge comes through observation and experimentation. 

Our main issue blocking innovation is the sensitivity of our tools to measure phenomena. As these tools of measurement increase their resolution more and more of the inherent properties of matter can be applied to making what has been imagined real. 

 Observation and experimentation require time to produce results. That’s the third component to create the imaginable. Knowledge isn’t free. It must be earned or learned. And no one who is creating something that has never existed before can have any clue as to how long it will take to gain and successfully apply the knowledge needed to marshall the inherent properties of matter to create what they’ve imagined.

The myth, legends, religious stories and modern day comic book heroes are all in my opinion an echo or a shadow of the possibilities that exist in the future. Somehow the human mind through the imagination has glimpsed the unlimited possibilities which are possible by applying imagination plus knowledge acquired and applied over a sufficient time scale. 

Look at the gods of Olympus or the idead of ever lasting life without physical pain or the ability to fly or manipulate objects with just your mind. All these possibilities hinted at by the writers of  today and yesterday are possible. 

Our current limitations are not caused by any inherent limitations of the natural world. There is for all intents and purposes infinite matter and infinite energy in the universe. We need to imagine that we can create solutions and then create the tools to measure and then reorganize matter to make what was once thought impossible, possible. 

I firmly  believe that we will soon have a device to make physical pain obsolete and make natural death a relic of history and thus fulfill the prophetic writings of the faithful and the fanatics. What if the concept of god merely imbodied the possibilities the human mind plus the rest of the matter in the universe could create?

The imagination of poets and priests of the past gave us inspiration and hope that these amazing abilities and undertakings could occur. Take living in heaven among the stars . Now in religious texts we needed to die first. But maybe that was just a metaphor. What  if the death they referred to reallymeant that we needed to shed our doubts and our limiting thoughts?

All problems have solutions if someone is imaginative enough, persists in acquiring and applying  knowledge over a sufficient enough time span. The future is amazingly bright for humanity. We have thousands of years worth of resources on Earth and millions of years of resources at our finger tips in just our own ssystem.

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Being Chronically Human

Hello Fellow Human,

The reason why I’m launching this blog and podcast is to explore the big ideas that can help enhance the experience of being human. I’ve struggled with chronic illness and the complications from that for the past thirty years. Over that time period I’ve done a lot of searching and researching. I’ve read widely from information on neurochemistry to stoic philosophy all in an attempt to alleviate and ameliorate the suffering caused by my different conditions. What I’ve found over these past thirty years is that all the solutions and ideas I was collecting, not only applied to my specific situation, but might also be helpful to anyone else who is dealing with the condition that afflicts us all;  and that is the human condition.

We are all Chronically Human. We all want to be loved, to be valued, and to enjoy as much as possible the experience of existing on this round blue spaceship hurtling through space. We all breathe air, we drink water, we eat, excrete, have to sleep and have a myriad of other basic biological necessities. And we all have fear of physical pain, fear of being alone, and fear of death. We are all a lot alike in some respects but we are also vastly different in other ways. Our biologies follow basic patterns but everyone’s DNA is unique. Our past experiences, our interests, and our capabilities vary vastly from person to person. I want this blog and podcast to be an aggregator of the best ideas out there from our fellow humans who have found solutions to issues that affect us all.

The podcast will be a mix of me talking about what I’ve found interesting and helpful as well as having conversations with others about their life experiences and their professional expertise. I’ll also have transcripts from the podcasts as well as different information that I’ve found associated with the topics covered. Additional posts will be added on a regular basis to the blog about everything from Seasteading to Ancestral Health information to breakthroughs in Fusion Power generation. I believe that every problem has a solution. With imagination added to enough knowledge acquired and applied over a sufficient time span, anything the mind conceives can be accomplished.

I am optimistic about the future of humanity and want to play a small roll in helping shape that future by sharing ideas, conversations and above all hope with those who believe the same thing. I want to form a community of “Free People of Goodwill” that share information and experiences that help shed light on living within the constraints and with the benefits of being human. And as everyone can attest to, it’s not easy being a human being. Dealing on a daily basis with the human condition is confusing, difficult, and painful at times, and at other times it can be exhilarating, joyous, and transcendent. I want more of the latter while accepting that the former is also part of the experience of being Chronically Human.

I look forward to interacting with my fellow humans and discovering new and exciting information together that can help us all thrive while we deal with being Chronically Human.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human