Does the human mind work like the universe works?

I have a calendar on the door of my office that shows beautiful color photographs of various nebulas and nurseries for star formation in outer space.

As I meditate on a particular picture of cosmic gases cohering into new stellar structures it becomes apparent that nature is following a rational and logical pattern. Gazing at the color photo of gases congealing into new formations and anticipating the future trajectory of this process, it is clear that creation moves from general things to specific things.

In other words, the cosmic gas cloud transforms itself from its primal general existence to more of a particular or detailed existence with a greater number of parts. Thus we have the emergence of greater complexity.

If we follow the trajectory of a gas cloud, which ultimately produced our sun and the planet earth, even more detailed structures emerge. Evolution continues this trajectory towards greater specificity and complexity in the higher order structures of living organisms. Each genus (general) category of plants and animals leads to species (specifics).

Finally, we get to the human brain. Scientists are in agreement that the human brain represents the most complex structure in the universe.

With the appearance of the human brain, the cosmic trajectory of general things into particular things continues in an unexpected area. As we humans each grow up and learn things from the outside world, our consciousness moves from a general perception to a more detailed and specified perception of the world. As this happens the human memory advances from general ideas to more detailed and complex concepts.

Such complex concepts are not provided by mere observation of the natural world through the five senses. These specific ideas are more abstract—like concepts of justice, fairness, morality, mutual love and religion.

Religion therefore is God’s lawful strategy to shape human thought into a belief system or worldview that extends the beauty of the universe into GOODNESS.

The universe is striving to work like God works! So should we!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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6 Responses to Does the human mind work like the universe works?

  1. Glenn says:


    As I meditate on a particular picture of cosmic gases cohering into new stellar structures it becomes apparent that nature is following a rational and logical pattern.

    I’m confused–are you suggesting that nebulous thinking is rational and logical?

    No, no, can’t be that.

    Must be that the evolving of nebulous thinking into thinking rational and logical, is itself rational and logical.


  2. thegodguy says:

    Dear Glenn,

    All process is from generals to specifics – whether it be that which leads to complexity of physical, biological or mental structure. This comes straight from Swedenborg.

    Spiritually yours,

  3. You made me think of yet another continuum… that our arrival at specifics about anything leads to other generalizations when we realize the simplistic nature of the studied entity. Simple to complex to simple, i.e. understanding that within the complex there are simple structures common to many other things making them appear complex. You know, it’s like energy IS and all forms of the same energy just are, vibrating at a different frequency. I love what you are bringing to light and appreciate your scholarliness. Dr. Roger A. Boger, author of “Your Einstein Complex”

  4. thegodguy says:

    Dear Dr. Boger,

    Thank you for your supportive words. Do not leave out discrete levels of order which follow similar but their own distinct continuums. The universe and the human mind contain both “continuous” and “discrete” levels of structure and process. For instance, there can be physical space, mental space and spiritual space, which are analogous but distinct realities. This allows for theology and God to be brought lawfully into the scientific conversation of order and orientation in the universe.

    Spiritually yours,

  5. 4XLuke says:

    F R A C T A L S

    • thegodguy says:

      Fractals do mathematically communicate that similar patterns prevail on different scales but do they lead to God and can they throw light on the question of values?

      Spiritually yours,

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