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

 

 

Quantum selves

Many worlds, many paths
– probabilities cast into being.
Multiple selves waiting to be observed
– fixed by our inner gaze.
The mystery of entanglement
– an image of what we might be
emerging from the shadow of what we were.

Mike Laidler

Consciousness first

Would we know that consciousness exists

without being conscious first?

Come to think of it

would we know that anything exists

– including thought?

Therefore, why believe

that neural operations in the brain

somehow gauge its reality

by being different

and indifferent?

 

Mike Laidler