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n “A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing”, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence M. Krauss reveals that nothing is not nothing. Nothing is something and this he explains, with compelling evidence in the language of particle physics, quantum mechanics and scientific observation, is how the cosmos came into being. Read or listen to the book, or watch his lecture on YouTube. Either way, it might change your perspective on life and how you interpret your own origin. Personally, I love thinking I came from nothing because that’s exactly where I’m headed! But guess what? Nothing is something! The statement defies our inherent sense of intuition, but today we must accept that almost everything that is real about our universe is impossible to detect or interpret using our limited perceptual senses. Take light for example. Light is a form of radiant energy, typically defined as electromagnetic radiation visible to the human eye. The visible region perceived as light is responsible for our sense of sight. For most of history, visible light was the only known part of the electromagnetic spectrum. But the entire spectrum, possible to detect only with imaging sensor technology, consists of a wide range of electromagnetic radiation frequencies, including radio waves, microwaves, gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet, infrared, terahertz and visible radiation. So much for believing only in what we can see or for that matter, in anything without evidence, but here are the facts. Humans literally reconstruct a model of perceived reality in the posterior region of the brain called the visual cortex. Seeing begins when the lens of the eye focuses an external image on the photoreceptive cells of the retina. Photons of light are detected, neural impulses are produced and a signal is sent to the visual cortex to be processed. When you look at anything, what you actually see is an image from the past. We exist in the present, but we can only see in the past because light travels at 299,792,458 m/s and, therefore, takes time to move between objects. Without light we’re all blind. We can only see what was, not actually what is and to see at all, we need light.

The “nothing” in the context of this article refers to the absence of movement, exercise and physical activity plainly evident in the vast majority of the population, especially adults. In spite of media hype and a vast number of recreational centers, gyms and fitness clubs, less than 2% of Canadian adults exercise routinely as a way of life. The “something” that comes from the direct result of doing nothing is empirically obvious. Chronic widespread disease, premature degeneration, mental depression, obesity, heart disease, cancer and well, you get my drift, all manner of physical decay and morbidity. SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING Physical activity is the bane of modern life. We hate it and will do almost anything to avoid it. First world humans have become experts at doing nothing and we even pride ourselves on it. Work that involves the slightest degree of physical exertion is viewed with disdain. Walking a block is a waste of time. Wouldn’t it be great if just lying around doing nothing created optimum health and vibrant wellness? Imagine a world of people existing in stasis using only our brains. But real life isn’t like that, although observation of the conventional-minded masses would suggest we think otherwise. Humans evolved with the need to move and, like it or not, that essential biological need is still firmly established in the language of our genetic code. Physical activity was essential to our ability to hunt and gather, build shelter, defend ourselves and even procreate. In simple terms, if we couldn’t move we died. But sadly and to our national detriment, all of that has now changed. Today we’re breaking all the rules and the penalty is revealed by the law of cause and effect. Our present state of health is the effect. Blatant disregard for physical activity and exercise is the cause. Amidst all the fancy automobiles, beautiful homes and jet airplanes, we’ve created a literal sea of infection, chronic pain and human suffering, all hidden from view behind the latest fashions of silk, linen and synthetics. Do you really think you can hide from reality?

Vista issue 97  

VISTA Magazine is a bimonthly publication dedicated to nutrition, health and wellness.

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