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A MEDITATION ON BROWNIAN MOTION

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Try and imagine all the random movements that brought every grain of sand on this beach to its location in this picture. That's about the scale of motions happening to the molecules of air inside our 1/4 inch cube. Every second. The ordinary is getting pretty extraordinary, isn't it?

Try and imagine all the random motions that brought every grain of sand on this beach to its location in this picture. That's about the scale of motions happening to the molecules of air inside our 1/4 inch cube. Every second. The ordinary is starting to get pretty extraordinary, isn't it?

          [This chapter continues the “assignment” from my Spirit Guide, See Do, to examine the complexities of our mundane reality. The specific construct given me to examine is a hypothetical cube ¼ inch on a side, floating in the air about a foot in front of my face. These meditations on our temporal reality will be followed by an examination of “See Do reality.”]

           And in addition to the heat energy that continually comes into the cube from various directions and the natural air movements in the room, there is this little thing called Brownian Motion. This is the natural random movement of molecules in a gas or liquid. It is much more energetic then you might expect. The molecules are all moving all over the cube all the time. The little vibrations of heat energy send them scattering constantly.

            A dramatic way to demonstrate this is to take a single human hair(even an eyelash) and burn it in a candle flame. Notice how quickly the entire space of the room, or of the house, has clear evidence of some of that very distinctive smell. It is almost unbelievable how quickly it moves. And remember, our sense of smell is not very sensitive at all. There are species of moth that can smell the pheromones of a potential mate at a distance of twenty miles. And track it to its source. There are probably some of those in our little cube too.

            But everything in the room is emitting molecules of its own material into the air all the time. If you walk around and smell everything, you’ll find that everything has a “smell”. Now you usually can’t smell it unless you get very, very close, but those molecules are sloughing off just the same.

If something does “smell” or have an obvious odor, like a candle, perfume, deodorant, soap, shampoo, flowers, just to name some obvious things that might be around, it is because is has more volatile material in its make-up. Meaning that it is made of things that are more likely to evaporate into the air.

            Anyway, all of these molecules are moving out through the room all the time. And with the very present help of Brownian Motion, you can be sure that our little cube is home to at least a little bit of everything that is in the room. And no doubt much that is beyond.

            So there is at least a little of everything around you, everything within sight, right there at your fingertips. Is the “real” world beginning to blur a bit? Hang on, there’s more.

            — continued (Next: the endless tsunami of radio info.)

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