A Complex Universe of Remarkable Simplicity
5 - Memory
If Eternons can memorize past experiences, where and how do they keep this information? Do they have a brain? Are they some kind of electronic chip? Our technologies are directly inspired by the Eternons who make us. A look at such technologies gives us a hint of the Eternon way.
For centuries, only our human mind could memorize a melody. Then, we invented conventional symbols on paper. Later, it was the turn of sculpted grooves on records and magnetized patterns on tapes. Today, we have mastered the art of memorizing sounds, pictures, and much more, into digital form. Actually, the entire information contained in the universe can be coded in such digital fashion.
A book in Chinese uses several thousand different ideograms. Its translation in English requires merely eighty characters. But no moe than two digits, 0 and 1, suffice to represents all the Chinese and English texts of the world.
For instance if we convert the alphabet as follows: a=0, b=1, c=10, d=11, and so on, the word "cab" reads: 10 0 1. Ultimately, any word can be a succession of digits composed of 1s and 0s. Digital technology, found in computers and compact discs, uses such two-sign, or binary, language. But above all, and long before human thought of it, binary language is the language of Eternons.
There is fascinating symbolism in the fact that the universe may be represented merely by "1" and "0", by being and void, by light and darkness. In truth, this symbolism has its roots in the Eternon reality. The memory of Eternons is light; a light that vibrates and stores information in binary patterns.
With the phenomenon of light, we meet again mind-boggling numbers. Visible light, the only one our eyes perceive, is a blend of electromagnetic pulsations repeating some 1014 times per second. Yes, over a hundred thousand billion vibrations every second! Light truly has an immense coding capacity. Enough, at any rate, for an Eternon to "memorize" its entire perception of the universe.
Our myths and religions proclaim that light is life. Eternons, ethereal particles of cosmic light, surely agree. And with them, expressions such as "enlightenment," or "luminous insight" take on their real significance.
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