On the Nature of Matter and Mind



On the Nature of Matter and Mind
By Muslim Shahid

Matter is in constant activity though we may not perceive it directly. Matter is “active” (moving, rotating, spinning, twisting, vibrating, evolving, growing, expanding, exchanging, transforming, etc.) within and throughout space. This activity of matter found in our environments exhibits itself in various happenings, sequential changes, and observations that we call “events”. An event is an occurrence that happens in our environment. For the most part we can see these events in nature with our naked eye, or experience them through our physical interactions with matter. Everything that we see, touch, taste, hear, and smell is matter and this matter is contained within what we as man have come to define as the universe.

Fundamentally, but not exclusively, man acquires knowledge from the events of the material universe by way of his five senses. Through our five senses we find that some things in our physical reality are concrete, have shapes, dimensions, odors, colors, flavors, volume, while others are abstract, elusive, and difficult to define. Even more so, we find that some events lead to discomfort, while other events could result in the loss of life. It is by way of our five senses that we are able to interact with this universe physically and mentally to derive material benefit, comfort, and support. We can conclude that the basis for man’s social progress, academic, industrial, and scientific advancements comes from the quintessential knowledge (information) that is dispersed so eloquently throughout our material environment long before the man had awaken to his reality of self! This information found in creation is fed to our amoeba type brain as food for burning, for feeding, for learning, compelling the man on towards the process of high-level thinking, a thing innate in the Homo sapiens primordial DNA. Thus, matter speaks to man in its own system of communication. Man interprets this communication from matter, translates, and shares this knowledge to other men by the use of a tool called “language”, which is composed of something called “words“.

Man develops “words”, which comprises the language to describe and classify his observations and events that he experiences from his physical environment. For example, words like hot, cold, warm, sweet, sour, cool, dry, large, and small are all derived from man’s observations and interactions with this material universal reality that he lives in. We can say that “words” are meanings of expressions and descriptions that already exist in our universal reality, ready at some time to be translated into common tools of languages. The different languages of the “word” are not important themselves, but rather the descriptions, expressions, and meanings associated with the “word” are the endpoints of focus. So in the beginning of our universe were a “word” or “words”, and when a man observes or experiences an event in the physical creation, the “word” then takes on flesh.

From these observations we find that the human mental process is capable of taking concrete observational events from the natural environment and converts these events into an abstract (not concrete) language that describes and defines these events without losing the substance and meanings of the original observations. Therefore, the larger material reality, the universe, influences man’s evolution not only physically but also mentally, and spiritually. Compared to the other animate species that inhabit the planet earth one can conclude that man is the expression matter evolved at the highest levels out of our known universal material reality.

Muslim D. Shahid is an accomplished research scientist and author with more than 100 patents world wide. His writings on topics of science, man, health, human disease, and industry has been an learning and inspiration to many in the field of science and beyond. For more information on Muslim D. Shahid visit

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