Why Your Body is Not a Machine and Can’t Be “Fixed”

healthy body  “Okay”, you’re saying, “enough with the back story.  Tell me how I can lose weight with new paradigms.”

No problem.  Let’s start.

Isn’t My Body Just a Big, Organic Machine?  It Has “Parts”, Doesn’t It?

What I’ll write about can be applied, by the way, to solve many other challenges you face, but let’s focus on losing weight for now.  I’ll address solving other issues at later dates.

In my last blog post, I described the four main paradigms which arose from the first scientific revolution and have been adopted by the industrialized world.  The first one I mentioned is the machine paradigm.

The machine paradigm was adopted because the science of the first scientific revolution showed us (inaccurately, it turns out) that everything in our universe could be broken down into smaller components.  And all those components work to serve the larger entity they comprise; the smaller components have “jobs” and their jobs are all related to the maximum function of the larger “machine”.

You Mean I’m Not Just a Calorie-Burning Mechanism That Simply Needs Retuning and Better Fuel?

Think about how this paradigm is present in weight loss.  You have been taught to think of your body as a machine.  Your machine (your body) needs the proper fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise) to function properly.  If your machine is not functioning properly, all you need to do is correct your fuel and maintenance problems and it will be “fixed” (you’ll lose your unwanted weight).

Carrying the machine paradigm further, you have also been taught that the “parts” of your machine (your body) are all working in predictable fashion and will respond in predictable ways to changes in your fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise).  If your machine isn’t fixed, your fuel and maintenance changes must not have been the proper ones to make.

But I’ll bet you haven’t found these things to be true in your weight loss efforts.  Most of us haven’t to be sure.  And this paradigm offers you only one option when you find that your changes haven’t worked: since your body is supposed to respond to changes in fuel and maintenance (that’s what the diet promised you, after all), you must seek out new changes to make!

I Always Wondered Why My “Machine” Always Seemed to Be in the Shop!

Does it make sense that, because Americans have found diets and exercise programs to be ineffective, bookstores are literally flooded with new diet books?  Every magazine, too,  screams headlines offering you the next miracle diet which will finally end your quest to lose your unwanted weight.  Within this paradigm, a constant flow of new diets and exercise programs is a must!

Rest assured, a good diet and regularly moving your body are important things.  These recommendations are not wrong.  But the paradigm within which you’re enacting these recommendations is wrong!

Quantum physics shows us that the machine paradigm is 100% wrong.  The smaller parts of larger things do not exist to serve the functioning of the larger entity.  And they most certainly do not function (nor respond to changes) in predictable fashion!

Put the Machine in the Junkyard and Begin Thinking  of Yourself as a Big Group of Voluntarily Cooperating Free-Agents

The machine paradigm has been replaced by a new paradigm (which will eventually become the “conventional wisdom” of the 21st Century because it is truly reflective of how our universe functions).  You might not be using this new paradigm yet, but your children (and grandchildren) will.  But you don’t have to wait until this new paradigm is universally accepted and used; you can start using it right now to lose your unwanted weight!

The new, accurate paradigm which quantum physics has given birth to is called Holism.  Holism says that the smaller parts of larger objects (like your body) are whole systems in-and-of themselves.  And these smaller systems function independently (and sometimes even in opposition of) the larger “thing” they comprise.

So how can adopting holism help you lose your unwanted weight?  In my next blog entry I’ll tell you a story about how your body functions that will probably amaze you (as it also illustrates holism in action).  Stay tuned…

Why Playing Dominos Can Keep You From Achieving Your Goal(s)

Scientific_Revolution_-_Thinkers  If you’ve identified yourself as someone who will benefit from a paradigm change (see my last blog entry), let’s take a moment to examine your current paradigms which are causing you to not attain nor achieve your goal(s) – such as, but not limited to weight loss.

I Thought I Was Done With All This Stuff When I Graduated from High School!

If you remember, the science of the first scientific revolution determined the following about our universe:

  • Each “thing” (including the universe itself) is made of smaller parts with predictable functions.
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
  • The observer and the observed are two separate things.
  • Things occur in a logical, linear fashion.

From these “facts” (hint, hint…you’ll soon learn how quantum physics has re-written these rules), paradigms were created that, unless you choose to objectively examine/change them, form your complete world view.  These paradigms form the fishbowl in which you swim, so to speak.

Here’s the Reason I Risked Putting You To Sleep Just Now

The predominant paradigms which are the most common culprits for keeping you from achieving your goal(s) are:

  1. The machine paradigm – This paradigm can also be called “deconstructive” because it forces us to view ourselves and everything in our world as machines with smaller parts.  In this paradigm, we see the ourselves, and everything else, as comprised of smaller “parts” whose sole function is to make the larger “machine” function.  Within this paradigm, if we want the larger “machine” to function better all we need to do is “fix” it’s parts.
  2. The action paradigm – This paradigm states that action is the single most important component in changing, or having an effect, on anything.  If we want something to be different, this paradigm tells us that we must focus on actions to alter it.  Without action there is no effect upon the world (or ourselves).
  3. The detached observer paradigm – This paradigm tells us that we are non-involved observers of all we see unfolding in front of us.  Think of the stereotypical scientist observing an experiment and taking notes and you’ve got a good idea of what this paradigm teaches us.  You are a passive “viewer” and everything which occurs around you is a “movie” that you have no part in making (unless you get directly involved by taking action).
  4. The logic paradigm – This paradigm teaches us to expect a logical order of events to occur when we take specific action(s).  Think of a line of dominos, placed on end; when the first domino is pushed a chain reaction is triggered which topples each one in order.  When you take an action you can expect a logical result to follow and, similarly, you can trace actions backwards to discover the root cause of anything.

These ideas sound very familiar to you, do they not?

These Are All the Ideas Our Lives Have Been Based On; They’re Why We Do What We Do

You undoubtedly believe these things and you should (until you learn differently) because these have been the paradigms of the Western, industrialized world.  You were taught these paradigms, sometimes explicitly and someones subliminally, by well-intentioned people who also believed them and based their lives upon them.  And you adopted them because that’s what everyone else does!

But what if I told that the science those paradigms were built from is not an accurate explanation of how our universe works?

And, if that last statement is true (and it is), is it not easy to see that the paradigms built from that science would not be accurate either?  And, since they are not accurate, isn’t is easy to see why those paradigms are not the most effective “fishbowls” in which to live?  Isn’t easy to envision that if the rules of those paradigms are not accurate, they might have been failing you?

It’s Time to Put Down Your Bat and Grab a Basketball!

Almost like you’ve been trying to play a game of basketball – using the rules, equipment, and playing field of baseball?

If you have experienced frustration and even feelings of failure because you’ve been unable to realize your goal(s), despite your best intentions and hard work, you have great news coming.  You no longer have to ineffectively spin your wheels within your old “fishbowls” because the science of the second scientific revolution, quantum physics provides us with new paradigms that are infinitely more accurate and aligned with how the universe really works!

In my next blog post, we’ll start to look at the science of the second scientific revolution and begin examining how you can use it (and the new paradigms to which it gives birth) to finally start achieving your elusive goal(s)…

How Sir Issac Newton Keeps You from Losing Weight

FrustrationBallBoxArt  The last blog entry spoke to why you should care about paradigms.

Now it’s time to answer two additional questions: Are you a candidate for new paradigms?  And how do you know if you should improve your life by adopting new paradigms?

It should be noted that your current paradigms are neither “right” or “wrong”, in the sense that they are simply the fishbowl in which you are swimming.  Your paradigms are your filter, or lens, for interpreting and making sense of the world.

If you are like the vast majority, you are probably using paradigms which come from the science of the first scientific revolution.  That being said, using the paradigms from the first scientific revolution does not make you “unenlightened” or a simpleton.  They are the paradigms you were taught and they jibe with conventional wisdom (because “everybody else” believes the same).

Let’s start answering this entry’s two questions this way – have you ever been frustrated by your inability to attain or achieve a goal?  You will benefit from new paradigms if you, like many others, have been unable to achieve a goal (like losing weight, having more money, finding a soulmate, finding a satisfying career/job, being a better student, etc.) despite:

  1. Finding a good plan/good directions to follow
  2. Following those plans diligently

If you’re like most people who’ve found attaining a personal or professional goal (or two) remains just out your grasp, you have probably followed a familiar path:

  • You undoubtedly followed a good plan, formula, or method (taught by properly credentialed people) to attain your goal(s).
  • When your hard work didn’t pay off,  you probably spent some time blaming yourself or feeling like some version of a “loser” (because you couldn’t “make it work” like the expert(s) told you it would).
  • Then you  most likely sought out another good plan, formula, or method to attain your goal(s) (which also, ultimately, didn’t work).
  • And the cycle repeated itself.  You may have even given up, resigning yourself to never attaining your dreamed of results.

If the previous list describes you, even in the slightest way, you will benefit greatly from taking a good,  hard look at new paradigms from quantum physics.  These new paradigms, you will soon find, are not “magical”, but they can seem so.  They are also not “feel-good philosophies” although they can appear to be at first glance.  These new paradigms are, in fact, based upon the most accurate science ever created – quantum physics.

Quantum physics, in fact, is so accurate and precise that physicists like Brian Greene (author of The Elegant Universe) will tell you that we are as close to really understanding how our universe truly functions as is humanly possible.

So, if anything in this blog entry describes how you have ever felt after (once again) failing to accomplish a personal or professional goal, you have come to the right place.  The good news is that you are not a failure; the problem is not you.

If seeking and following good information, working hard, and having great desire to achieve a goal were all it took, you would have already attained those goals which still lay just out of your reach.  You’d already have that fit body you want, the fat bank account, the dream job, the wonderful partner, etc.  But, instead of achieving your goal(s), you have been let down by paradigms which are based upon science that is inaccurate and unreliable.

You have been let down by the old science.  The science of Issac Newton and the first scientific revolution.

But you needn’t spin your wheels any longer.  There is a new science, quantum physics, upon which we can build new paradigms.  New paradigms which reflect the way the universe actually functions.  So that, now, when you seek out those good directions, and apply yourself diligently to them, you will see (for, in some cases, the first time) real results that come very close to matching your dreams.

If this blog entry did not describe you in any way, congratulations.  Your paradigms are working for you and there is no need to examine/change them other than satisfy your own intellectual curiosity.

But if I have described frustration you’ve ever felt regarding an inability to achieve or attain a goal, then I hope you’ve answered the two questions at the beginning of this post for yourself.  And I hope you are feeling very optimistic about yourself and your future – you have very good reason to!

Stay tuned as we begin to look at new paradigms in greater detail…