Creation stories are of interest to almost all of us, albeit for different reasons:
- Physicists are interested in how virtual particles pop out of the void.
- Biologists are interested in how new species emerge.
- Chemists are interested in sudden phase transitions.
- Complexity theorists are interested in emergent behaviors.
- Mathematicians are interested to learn how rational numbers can come from the conjugation of irrational numbers.
- We, ourselves, are interested in becoming more effectively creative in all aspects of our lives.
Scientists of today try to track back to a fundamental particle from which others are composed, or a single force from which the others have diverged. Because the Hubble telescope revealed that space between far away galaxies is expanding, our currently-prominent cosmic origin story traces backwards ~fourteen billion years to a Big Bang, an event during which nothing but a pinhead-sized bit of something supposedly exploded to become all that is and ever will be.
When scientists of today get down to the quantum realm, things grow fuzzy. There they have to deal with counter-intuitive conundrums, such as non-locality (an apparently separate thing can be ‘entangled‘ with another apparently separate thing so that each corresponds to the other’s state instantly — without time to transmit signals) and super-position (one thing can be spread out across multiple locations). Non-locality and super-position are science lingo for what Quadernity describes as the “mingled-in” state, wherein metaphysical potentialities pre-exist actualities, such as particles or complex organisms/organizations.
By definition of their profession, modern scientists stop short of entering the realm of immeasurable metaphysicalities. Having only nascent understandings of the fractality of Corporeality and the holographic essence of Consciousness, few if any modern thinkers dare retroject what is known about complex dynamics, phase-transitions and emergent behaviors into hypotheses about the origin of life, much less the origin of the cosmos itself.
Without the professional restrictions of scientism, the ancient philosophers conveyed comprehensive stories of creation, albeit ones that have since been recklessly and repeatedly recast into various versions so that only a few have interpretations still meaningful to us today.
If we assume that creation storytellers from ancient times, like the scientists of today, could merely speculate backwards from a time after the Earth and the Heavens had already been created, how is it that they describe how the Heavens and Earth were brought into being and, moreover, what it was like before the Heavens and Earth were even instigated?
With the unnatural interventions made possible only in the recent past we can watch a fetus develop throughout gestation, from the moment of inception all the way to parturition. Prior to magnificent ultrasound technologies, would we have thought to translate this kind of ‘inside information’ into a story of what the nascent universe was like before and during its birth?
It is not surprising that the ancients considered what it may have been like before anything came to be; creation is a perennial curiosity, after all! It is quite astonishing, however, that anyone from far ancient times could have described for posterity the primal setup, such that it would be aligned with cutting-edge science multiple millennia into the future.
Three possible explanations come to mind:
- The ancients either used their imagination to make up stories of what they thought things were like back when dualities remained unified, or mingled-in, as metaphysical potentialities, and were just lucky to get so much of it right.
- By a feat of personal consciousness, they accessed knowledge from the Akashic Records/Universal Consciousness (reportedly God gave them this knowledge).
- Or, they had technologies beyond anything known of, even today.
Whatever the case, the ancient storytellers of creation take us behind the curtain, all the way back to before Creation/OUTformation began.
Through the lens of Quadernity, Creation is an entire process, rather than an event during which something emerges from non-existence into existence. Rather than a single cosmic event that occurred billions of years ago, Creation, as a process, is continually occurring on every scale/dimension and time-frame throughout the universe.
In Quadernity, the process of Creation, or OUTformation, is complemented by the inverse process of INformation. Again, through the lens of Quadernity, we see INformation as a process, rather than merely a bit of data that has the potential to inform. Each of the entwined processes involve both potentiality and actuality—in other words, the before (gestation) and the during (birth) of anything that comes to pass on any scale.
The universality of Quadernity’s fundamental dynamic shines a new light on creation, making it useful to investigations of both the supposedly-singular occurrence of origination (such as the Big Bang) and of the innumerable streams of creative occurrences (i.e. virtual particles popping into existence, cell divisions, or emergent behaviors).
Numerous translations/versions of the Holy Bible exist. The three most commonly used by Christian churches in America are the English Standard Version (ESV), the King James Version (KJV) and the New International Version (NIV). When I quote from Genesis in this unit, it will be from one of these three versions.
For your reference and comparison, each of the three versions is presented line by line in this Aside: The Seven Days of Creation from Genesis.
For the convenience of readers, the three versions–with their nearly negligible differences emphasized–will be reprinted under the heading of each corresponding chapter.
Genesis unpacks all of creation in seven specific steps that are called “days”. In this unit we review the seven days of creation under a new light.
From the start, let us not assume that these days are mere earth days of 23 hours 56 minutes and 4.1 seconds. In Hindu tradition, for instance, one “day” in the life of Brahma is equivalent to 4.32 billion human years.
One day/kalpa plus one night/pralaya make up an ahorātra. Deleting the leading letter ‘a’ and the trailing ‘tra’ from ‘ahorātra’, one is left with the word horā. From the Sanskrit word hora we get the English word hour. A day/kalpa and a night/pralaya of Brahma equate to 8.64 billion human years.
During a kalpa the world and all its inhabitants exist (OUTformation into the lower quadrants), while during a pralaya the world and all beings are in a state of invisible and unconscious dissolution (INformation into the upper quadrants).
Seven days per week is a very old institution, being found in Israel, Babylonia and Egypt in pre–Christian centuries. India may, therefore, have known and used it. But the naming of the seven days of the week from the planets is not very old; for it arose in Egypt in the 2nd century B.C. from Greek astrology.
The Spanish and French named the seven days of the week in honor of the seven celestial objects believed to revolve around the earth. They include the five planets visible from Earth—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter—plus the sun and moon.
It is easy enough to recognize that Sunday is the day of the Sun and Monday the day of the Moon. Saturday is the day of Saturn.
The other four days are less obvious. They are named for Teutonic deities.
The Saxons’s god, Tiw, was given a day: Tuesday. The Spanish and French call Tuesday “martes” and “mardi” associating this day with the planet Mars.
Wednesday was named for Woden. Woden’s day became Wednesday. In Spanish Wednesday is ”miercoles” and in French “mercredi”. Wednesday is, therefore, connected to the planet Mercury.
Thursday is Thor’s day. Thor is a god who hurls thunder bolts, and so is Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet associated with Thursday.
Friday is Freya’s day. She is the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility, as is the goddess Venus. The Spanish and French call Friday “viernes” and “vendredi”, respectively, linking Friday to Venus.
Approximately four weeks of seven days each occur within a lunar month (28 days). Thirteen lunar months bring us to 364 days, merely one day shy of our current calendar year.
In a typical century, 37 years have thirteen full moons, compared to 63 years that have only twelve. By upsetting the regular arrangement of church festivals, a year with thirteen full moons instead of twelve posed problems for the monks in charge of the calendars. Hence, the number 13 became an anathema and the solar rather than lunar calendar was adopted. Whether this was due to the difficulties presented when one out of three years had an extra full moon, or whether it was because, in ancient times, the number 13 represented femininity (menstrual cycles follow lunar cycles), we may only speculate.
As a teenager, I did not stop to wonder where the names of each day in the week came from, nor why we have twelve months of varying number of days. Nor did I consider that the Holy Bible may have been written in code. I had been told the Bible statements were infallible and should be taken literally.
Repeated from Lucid Dreams and Library Angels:
When I was fifteen I read the creation story of Genesis in the Holy Bible. Having been told the Bible was the infallible word of God, I was perplexed when I got to ‘Days’ Three and Four. On ‘Day Three’ God had Earth bring forth grasses, herbs and other green plants, and on ‘Day Four’ God put the greater and lesser lights in the sky (presumably the sun and moon). As a teenager, I already understood enough about photosynthesis to recognize that this sequence of ‘Days’ was out of order. The proclaimed infallibility of the Bible, as far as I was concerned back then, was overturned by the time I finished five paragraphs.
More than fifty years have passed since then. At my advanced age, I now see things through the lens of Quadernity, without which myriad things, experiences, and concepts would have remained baffling mysteries.
Using the dual-processes entwined within Quadernity’s lucid-dreams-given models, we find that the “seven days of creation” were correctly sequenced all along. In fact, they could not be ordered accurately in any other way! The more deeply we deduce the essence of each of the seven days, the more we recognize that the ancient creation stories not only agree with each other, but they are also surprisingly agreeable with today’s cutting-edge science!
Just because this unit centers on the Days of Creation as recounted in the Holy Bible’s Book of Genesis, it does not mean that its content will be of interest only to those who practice a Judeo-Christian religion or are aligned with a particular sect or denomination.
Quadernity, the blog-book, is an artistic expression; it is meant neither as an academic critique of sacred scriptures nor of modern sciences. Thanks to Quadernity, the sequential nature of creation in Genesis makes sense and holds fast under the scrutiny of scale, scope, science, and scriptural comparisons. Therefore, I invite you: two billion Christians, one and a half billion Muslims, one billion Hindus, hundreds of millions of Buddhists and Taoists, twenty-five million Sikhs, fourteen million Jews, as well as you: countless eager students of comparative religion, spirituality, philosophy and physics, to please unleash your own curiosity to explore the trans-dogmatic discoveries revealed here, as Quadernity shines “a new light on creation”.
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