Every year, forty days before Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday. During the hourly celebration a priest blesses ashes and then places them on the forehead of individuals saying words handed down for generations and believed to be from the Creator namely “Remember man that you are dust, and into dust you shall return.”
These are remarkable words and it is remarkable that of all the species on Earth formed from the dust, including the trees, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects, and mammals, only human beings have the consciousness to understand the meaning of the words. On Earth, only human beings have written languages and are capable of storing data in paper print and electronically to create the ‘Fields of Knowledge’. Our human senses together with the accumulated knowledge of the generations form a picture of the world. It is a picture that can change in time with more knowledge. Human beings can add to the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ changing them for future generations and perhaps forming new ‘Fields of Knowledge’. In a similar manner the stars can change the galaxies creating new fields for new generations of stars. It is an amazing process which leads to a very interesting Universe filled with fields that spawn ever changing stars and minds.
Just as the stars were formed from the dust clouds, in nebula, within the galaxies, human beings are formed from the dust on the Earth. Both processes are a remarkable transformation making the dust more energetic and alive. Eventually, the dust runs out of energy and returns to its normal state of being dust. It is as if the dust got energy and became ordered, then, as energy is lost disorder returns.
In this book, we will see how
a) Dust is transformed into galaxies with stars.
b) Dust is transformed into life and consciousness on Earth.
The Universe with the galaxies and the stars contain enormous power and energy, time scales in billions of years, enormous forces and fields that are easily understood by human intelligence through the ‘Fields of Knowledge’.
Like the galaxies, the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ are diverse including all forms of human work and activity.
The atoms that come to life, in a sense, on worlds around the stars contain enormous power and energy. They can transform themselves from solids, to liquid, to gases and vice versa. The atoms can automatically use energy from the star to form molecules and chains of molecules. The atoms can convert energy into life, if the conditions around the star are suitable or if the Creator allows it to come about.
The genetic code in all lifeforms, allows for reproduction and the complex process of allowing for millions of chemical reactions that occur automatically within the bodies of all plants and animals. This justifies the religious belief of a Creator. Metabolism within the bodies of plants and animals converts food into energy without the individual lifeform knowing it is happening.
Life can become conscious of its surroundings via sensors in the case of plants and via a brain and sensors in the case of animals. Earth’s surface has varying temperatures and pressures resulting in different climatic conditions. This gives rise to different biomes where plants and animals live in mutually beneficial relationships. Human consciousness is unique and capable of transforming a planet like Earth by utilizing the available energy.
Data Storage in books and electronically, together with an excellent education system has made the ‘Fields of Knowledge’ very reliable, accurate and easily available in libraries and on the internet.
The billions of galaxies with stars, planets, and moons are all made of the same substance: dust from the universe.
Unlike other lifeforms on Earth, humans possess consciousness—and we’ve created fields of knowledge that are stored in libraries, on the internet, and elsewhere.
Even now, there are some humans that are creating new fields of knowledge, and when they die, they’ll be remembered. They will no doubt influence new thinkers that add to and expand upon their knowledge.
But our fields of knowledge seem to be driving us to use enormous amounts of energy, and we need to consider alternatives, such as a worldwide power network based on solar and wind power.
This book examines those ideas and many others, and while its author believes in a Creator, he thinks it’s up to individuals to decide whether to pray or not to pray.
The overall message is that we must work as hard as we can in our chosen fields to become a star and shape the future for those that come after us as we continue A Journey from Dust to Consciousness.
About the Author
Vincent J. Hyde was born in September 1954 in Calcutta, India.
While living in Calcutta, he studied at Saint Xavier’s College.
He migrated to Sydney, Australia, in February 1970.
While living in Sydney, he completed his secondary education at Marcellin College and Merrylands High School, where he obtained his Higher School Certificate in 1973.
He completed an Electrical Engineering degree course at the University of New South Wales in 1979.
He completed a postgraduate Diploma in Illumination Design at the University of Sydney in 1983.
He worked as an electrical engineer at the NSW Public Works from 1979 to 2014 and retired from active engineering duties in 2014.
Since 2014, Vincent has been writing to continue his professional development.
He is a current member of the Institution of Engineers Australia MIEAust CPEng (ret).