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Could the stars be conscious?

Symbolically what could be better than stars for representing ideas. They have long been a source of wonder, and over millions of years have become ingrained in our shared human psyche. In many if not all religions and mythologies, like the Greek mythos, stars, planets and constellations came to represent entities of great power. For most of the 2 million years that human beings have left their footprints on the sands of time, the stars were alive. Even seen as ancestors who watch over us, a comforting thought when much was mystery, and by necessity, fear ruled supreme. They are permanent fixtures in a ever changing environment, actually have guided us, across desserts and seas.

Look at our own star, it is responsible for all life on Earth. The sun sends out radiation in waves that vary in length from kilometers, to a fraction of a molecule. New methods of observation, show us that the sun itself is a living system, with chaotic, fractal electromagnetic patterns throughout. Could it be argued that stars are conscious? All the cells in your brain were part of a star at one point, so science tells us. They certainly are not inactive objects, constantly broadcasting light across the cosmos.

Must life be organic to be defined as such? Much fear has been expressed in movies such as The Matrix that computing and robotics will produce life. Is it just another example of that pervasive human fear of the unknown that prevents us from witnessing life so foreign to our own understanding? The same fear fostered so efficiently by the Catholic church, that held back the development of human identity a thousand years. The ancients believed that the heavens are alive. The ancient Greeks and hundreds of other civilization created gods to represent the stars. The human mind is capable of contemplating God, but can we even fathom the possibility of consciousness so unlike our own.

Is the shepherd leading us astray?


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    Mar 31 2013: So how do we, as conscious observers understand our own connection to this community of life? Can we communicate with such life let alone understand it?
    or would it be like an ant contemplating the actions and words of a human?

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