Guest blog – Prof Minesh Khashu – Multiple Realities

Delighted to feature a blog from Prof Minesh Khashu who will also be speaking at our Cumbrian summit in March 2016 – Gareth Presch.

By Professor Minesh Khashu: @mkrettiwt

I am a Consultant Neonatologist & Prof. of Perinatal Health in Dorset, England and would describe myself as a Clinical leader reimagining healthcare with a focus on system wide transformation, continuous Quality Improvement and Patient Centred Care. I have experience of clinical management and leadership at hospital, regional and national level including strategic change, system redesign, large scale quality improvement and development of national guidance and multi stakeholder collaboration. Apart from clinical medicine, poetry and metaphysics are close to my heart. I want to make health and care a social movement and am happy to share some ideas and plans for implementation with like minded individuals and teams. We can and will make a difference!

The World of Multiple Realities & the Perception Spectrum

We experience the world through our senses and generate an ‘image’ of the world. This is what we perceive as our ‘reality’. Others experience the world in their own way and as such ‘multiple realities’ are generated. The presence of these ‘multiple realities’ coupled by a lack of understanding and acknowledgement of the presence of multiple realities is the basis of all the conflict in the world. This conflict manifests at individual, family, societal, national and the international level.

To add to our difficulty, the multiple realities, are not just generated within a human domain but much beyond.

Let us look at a few examples:

1. Humans can hear frequencies mainly between 20 and 20,000 Hz. Other animals have much different ‘spectrums’ of hearing e.g. the dog. From an auditory perspective our view of the world is limited by those frequencies. However, from an audiological perspective there is much more in the universe than our ears make us believe. Similarly we can ‘see’ within a particular wavelength spectrum whereas other animals may ‘see’ within a different spectrum. This is what I call a PERCEPTION SPECTRUM. It is best to conceptualise these as circles and it is clear that our circle of perception is different to other species, though there is some overlap e.g. as can be seen in a Venn diagram.

Our world is thus quite different to what a ‘dog’ or a ‘bat’ might perceive.

2. The world can be divided into two large groups: living and non living. The living can further be divided into animals and plants. We initially thought that plants do not ‘sense’ or perceive. Now we know better. We don’t know exactly how a tree ‘perceives’ the world. We also at present believe that non living objects don’t perceive. Yes they don’t perceive like us but they may have a perception spectrum which at present is beyond our comprehension. As a man of science and spirituality, as a sincere seeker, I would like to keep an open mind. We don’t know what we don’t know.

3. We are looking for ‘life’ in the solar system and beyond. Unfortunately we are constrained by our perception spectrum. We are looking for ‘life’ as we see it.

One might think:  We all know that! Why bother about it?

An understanding, an acknowledgement of multiple realities and PERCEPTION SPECTRUMS has huge practical value:

a) It can improve relationships among humans; it can make humans more ‘inclusive’ towards other species and the whole world.

b) It can help us explore beyond our view or spectrum of ‘life’. This should be the focus of future scientific endeavour.

c) The realisation of all the perception spectrums, their interplay within the whole of creation and an all encompassing perception spectrum which captures the essence of all that ‘is’ is a state of ENLIGHTENMENT.

Moreover, everything in this universe started from just ‘one’ thing and as such, at least theoretically there should be a unifying theory for everything i.e. the omniscient theory. What is this omniscient theory and how do we arrive at it?

Our world is as much defined by what we ‘see’ or perceive as it is by how much we choose to ‘suppress’ or ‘ignore’. This is well established scientifically. For example, in terms of our vision, the images from our two eyes are partly suppressed by the brain to generate a unifying image and binocular vision. From a different perspective, what we see or don’t see is restricted by the colours or wavelengths we can perceive. We have no idea which ‘colours’ we can’t see and how the world would look through the ‘eyes’ of someone or something with a different visual spectrum.

Furthermore our world is to a large extent physically defined by states of matter i.e. solid, liquid and gas. This is so engraved in our psyche that we find it difficult to comprehend that these states are not absolute but relative as they are based on our perception spectrum. A ‘solid’ object like a brick is a ‘solid’ for us but for a tiny particle that can pass through the brick, is the brick really solid? A similar reasoning can be extrapolated to other perceptions as well.

Moreover we know that one particle can be, at least theoretically, transformed into any other, one element into another and one state of matter into another. As a corollary from this we can infer that what separates one particle from another or one object from another in the universe is just a gap – a gap or period of time or transformation. From this we can conclude that if we had access to the appropriate ‘measure’ or ‘assessment’ we would be able to ‘view’ this gap and how one particle or object transforms into another and thus how the entire universe is ‘one’.

This seems odd. Should it be?

If everything in the universe is one, then there must be a set of rules or properties that unite and govern everything in this universe i.e. a theory of everything or anomniscient theory that understands and explains all there is  to understand and explain.

How do we humans get to the denouement?


*The opinions expressed are the blogger’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the World Health Innovation Summit.

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