Just because

Just because we’re alive, it doesn’t entitle us to know what life’s all about.

Just because we are made entirely of stardust, it doesn’t prove that there’s nothing more to us.  

Just because we have explanations for the way thing are, it doesn’t mean that we have explained them. 

Just because we can talk about reality, it doesn’t mean we can talk ourselves into it. 

Just because we can see that effects depend on causes, it doesn’t mean that either the cause or the effect explains the difference.

Just because we can equate one thing to another, it doesn’t make them the same.  

Just because we use logic to understand nature, it doesn’t mean that nature is logical.

Just because the stars in the sky are ‘there’ doesn’t mean they are really there.

Just because we know reality as we know it, it doesn’t mean that we really know it.

Just because life is ‘uploaded’ from what ‘is’ already (qua physical necessity), it doesn’t mean that it is not also ‘downloaded’ from what ‘isn’t’ – ‘impossibilities’ becoming possible (qua unrealised potentials).

Just because we haven’t solved the meaning of life, it doesn’t mean that life is necessarily meaningless: it could be that there is more to life and meaning than our narrow version of it – that even the ‘meaningless expanse’ of the universe is a line-of-sight effect – a figment of a narrowed view of what is there to be seen of what can be.

Just because we know what we mean, it doesn’t mean that we know how to say it.

Mike Laidler

 

Contexts

What can we say

about what we say?

Do the limits of our language

delimit our world,

or meanings

our understandings?

Must a certain meaning

preclude its opposite

of necessity

– to avoid contradiction

and place logic in charge

of truth?

 

Mike Laidler

 

 

 

‘Uncanny valley’

Is it nature’s way

to augment itself

with artificialities:

ex-organic

post-evolution

– creation recreated?

Life unliving

vivified with digital spirit

and hyper-intelligence:

impeccable cold logic

untouchable synthetic heart

– exquisitely non-human?

 

Mike Laidler

 

Preparations

What if there more to existence

than the ‘now’ of it

– than all that exists

in and for the time being?

Then does everything in existence

act as a threshold

for that which is yet to be?

And what of explanation?

Is it possible

to find the greater in the lesser

– to see the form of things to come

in all that was?

 

Mike Laidler

 

 

Living Paradoxes

What is this ‘thing’ called life

which carries us forwards

into oblivion?

Was it there at the beginning

when the universe was new

and unfinished?

Was the stardust reborn

– imbrued

with fresh possibilities

– now animated

with needs and purposes

and conscious

of being

both a part of

yet apart from

the cosmic dawn?

 

Mike Laidler

 

 

 

Inferences

What are answers
apart from questions?
Where are the conclusions
laying truth to rest?
Or the numerate realities
apart from our calculations?
Can the physical facts
speak for themselves?
Does knowledge belong to the evidence
that doesn’t need to know?
Where in the universe
dwells the nature of experience?

Mike Laidler

Quantum assurances

What is reality

if explanation is but a version

of the seemingly real

– when “Everything we call real

is made of things that cannot be regarded as real”.

(Niels Bohr)

When from the bowels of ‘the physical’,

extending into states of perception and knowledge,

obtain realities and seeming realities

that do and do not define the nature of the universe

– because the seeming, the knowing and the awareness

do not feature as the underlying action?

 

Mike Laidler

 

 

Ideas evolving

Oblivion to awareness

forms set in parallel

each to the other

everything subliminal

until experienced.

And explanation has nothing to say

of the birth of consciousness

presenting as a precondition

for evolution to be perceived

as the fact that made it.

 

Mike Laidler

 

 

Possibility

Everywhere and nowhere

A repository of all things

actual and hypothetical.

A force to reckon with

turning upon each moment

– inevitabilities from ineffabilities;

everything replete

of what is to be

and not to be.

 

Mike Laidler