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Answers to Some Key Questions relating Science & Spirituality

As part of my previous post – “Quantum Mechanics vs. Consciousness”, some key questions were raised that could be important to a scientific understanding of spirituality. These questions are also the heart and soul of the current Cosmological Conundrum that includes paradoxes of quantum mechanics and its unexplained weirdness. Potential answers are provided based on Holistic Relativity (HR) theory.

The following questions are sincere and require some background knowledge of science to absorb the potential unexpected (out-of-the-box) answers based on Holistic Relativity (HR). These questions and answers involve integration of experience from the wisdom of the ages beyond the theory and experiment based approach of the mainstream science. I am providing the answers below with a well-realized risk of being mis-interpreted or pre-maturely judged to be inadequate since many of them may not be consistent with the current mainstream understanding and most of us are unable to clear our minds of the mainstream claims howsoever full of mysteries, unresolved paradoxes, inconsistencies, inaccuracies, unverifiable artifacts (muti-universes, multi-dimensions etc) not far from pseudo-science or metaphysics.

I humbly request to have patience and an open mind, and evaluate these answers free from the biases of the mainstream. Only then, one may be able to comprehend them and hopefully benefit spiritually as well.

Below are the answers as I best can answer from the Holistic Relativity perspective (For further details please refer to my book – The Hidden Factor):

Q1. What are the most fundamental entities that our Reality made is made of? Is it what you call Consciousness? If so is it quantized?

Mass/energy/space/time continuum is the fundamental entity of Reality. The various degrees of consciousness of the various observers see various specific quantized combinations of these four entities as their perceived relative realities/truths.

Q2. Is HR approach a background independent theory?
Is it fundamentally relational, spaceless and timeless. If so I am sure Newton, Einstein, Mach and Einstein will be proud in for the share of their victory.

HR is no different than the theory of relativity. HR equations are derivatives of the simplified specific and general relativity equations. HR maintains all mathematical features of relativity; hence all existing and new tests and observations to verify relativity equally apply to HR.

Q3. Is HR approach like the Loop Quantum Gravity approach take the Einstein’s general relativity as its vantage point to go down to integrate QM?….. My question is: Do you see a hope in Quantum loop gravity (Roger Penrose) approach which has a long way to go in it’s development..?

I am not intimately familiar with the detailed formulations of the Loop Quantum Gravity. All I can say it is not needed and redundant to explain the observed universe.
Further, I see no hope in quantum approach because of its fundamental fragmentation of the wholesome continuum of reality into isolated fragmented pieces – particles, strings etc. The sum of parts can never be the whole. A pile of fragmented bricks of Taj mahal is not Taj Mahal. A pile of all the physical constituents of human body is not a human being. Any evolution of fragmented reality is diverging by nature into greater and greater complexity due to an increase in entropy. Quantum reality by its very definition is “Discrete” and hence fragmented reality; so it will always be evolving with divergence with increasing chaos, complexity, and uncertainty without converging.

Q4. In HR, is entropy quantized also?

Each different state of relative mass/energy/space/time as perceived by various levels of consciousness of the observer has its own quantized entropy. However, for a fully conscious observer (the frame of reference V=C) representing the state of the zero-point energy, mass, space and time are fully dilated to zero dissolving all boundaries between matter, space, and time. With no boundaries and no mass/energy transfer across a boundary, there is no entropy increase. Such a state is fully isentropic zero entropy state of being of the universe as experienced by the fully conscious observer.

Q5. Does HR support a holographic universe (although speculative has strong indications)? String Theory is shown to naturally incorporate the holographic universe. A hypothetical Universe was shown mathematically to agree with string Theory.

No. Holograms are mere artifacts of the extrapolations of incomplete abstract mathematical constructs of fragmented realities. Just like an elephant is an illusory hologram to the blind touches of the blind observers, a holographic universe is an illusion of the peepholes of the incomplete theories (Quantum) of the fragmented pieces of reality.

Q6. Is Free-Will not illusory? An interesting question: Is Time Travel Possible in HR approach? If so how?

If there is any eternal reality or truth in the universe, that is free will or consciousness. The very existence of the universe and its natural laws are nothing but free will, they exist at their own without ant external cause. If there was no free will, there would be no universe, no scientists, and no science.

Time, as explained by relativity, is a relative reality in the frame of reference of matter alone. Similar to the relativity theory, HR explains the observations of the universe without any explicit consideration of an absolute time or clock in the wholesome universe. The mainstream science imposes or forces this constraint based upon its hypothetical extrapolation of the time measured in the matter domain to the entire universe, a big blunder that has no scientific basis. To date, no experiment has verified the existence of a universal time or clock that could specify a unique time –beginning, evolution, or ending for the whole universe.

Hence, time travel is only a relative reality or an illusion since there is no absolute time. Time travel in this material world seems to be a reality, and the very ego of us human beings tries to impose it on the universe and nature – an old habit not easy to get rid of.

“TIME as such is the most understood and misinterpreted and misapplied concept in the mainstream science.” A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME is the most unscientific characterization that a genuine scientist will never make, but (ironically) a mainstream scientist thrives upon.

Q7. How do you define the term ‘Consciousness’ and ‘spirituality’ in you approach?

I have already described consciousness in answers above.
Spirituality is the essence of the wisdom of the ages as experienced by and relayed by the great spiritual masters. In a nutshell, it is a complete dissolution of the ego or mind (mass) and merging into the One Wholesome zero-point energy – the consciousness. It is only experience-able but not measurable.

Q8. What is the Cosmology approach in HR? What scenario does it paint? Is it a) Classical Big Bang? b) Inflationary Cosmology c) Cyclical universe.

In HR cosmology, the universe is one single wholesome continuum of infinite number of specific mass/energy/ space/time states as perceived by various observers of varying degree of consciousness. As I explained earlier, there is one unique time in the wholesome continuum universe, hence it is eternal with no Big Bang beginning, inflation, evolution, cycling, or ending etc. The super luminous inflation is nothing but a desperate and incredible attempt of the mainstream cosmology to diffuse the Big ban singularity under the rug and forward a twisted, unverifiable, and relativity-violating concept to explain the uniformity of the observed microwave background radiation. HR eliminates the need for such a superstitious song and dance, which is no more than a pseudo-science in itself violating relativity.

Q9. Does HR resemble a scientific theory? Does it speculate on some possibilities that can be tested?

My book – The Hidden Factor includes comparison of HR predictions against several key observations of the universe. I recently submitted a paper to Physics Review showing good agreement with the recent supernova data exhibiting the accelerated expansion of the universe.
HR is more of a scientific theory than the String Theory, which has been now called by its very own originators – “NOT EVEN WRONG.” HR is more of a scientific theory than Quantum Mechanics (QM) because it provides mechanistic understanding of the paradoxes that have paralyzed QM to its core such as the Observer’s or Measurement Paradox, Multiple Universes, Multiple Dimensions, Quantum Gravity, Super luminous Inflation, Inconsistencies with relativity, Quantum Cosmology Observations, Myriad of Unknown or Unverifiable particles, Anti-matter that is nowhere to be found in a measurable stable state, Dark matter, Dark Energy or vacuum energy or cosmological constant, Big Ban singularity, etc etc. etc. – the list goes on.

As I explained earlier, HR is simply a straightforward application of the relativity theory and as such needs no additional verifications. It simply recognizes and integrates the previously excluded phenomenon of the spontaneous decay from the relativity theory. This phenomenon represents the missing physics, which has thrown the mainstream on a wild-geese chase of QM and its artifact paradoxes that are expected to keep diverging in time with no sign of convergence. Moreover, inclusion of the missing physics simply resolves the outstanding paradoxes of QM, relativity, and cosmology – what else one can ask from a theory?

The unfortunate deadlock in modern science/cosmology turns out to be a blessing in disguise for the practicing mainstream science/cosmology reaping billions of dollars of research funding in high energy physics. I am not holding my breath waiting for a change in the status quo of ignorance and madness; that would be fundamental conflict of interest for the mainstream science – who would be such a fool to cut the branch he/she is standing on?

From Ectoplasm to EVP: a Skeptic’s Seance

My skepticism in contact with the afterlife started as a child over a piece of silky, black fabric.
Snatching it off my parent’s dresser, I asked what it was. My father, local magistrate and upstanding real estate broker had acquired the cloth sample as “evidence”.

“That, my dear, is ectoplasm” he said.

Ectoplasm?!

It was the seventies.

He went on to say it was allegedly a piece of a ghost’s materialization from a séance at the creepy Mountain Springs Hotel over in Ephrata. Or at least that was the claim of the plaintiff.
Materialization? That made sense to my six-year-old self.
It was after all, a piece of cloth.

Long before the seventies, Ephrata, Pennsylvania was home to William Penn’s early- American
Utopia experiment. It became infamous (or as infamous as Ephrata can get) for Camp Silver Belle, a hotbed in it’s day for the early century’s spiritualism movement, housed in the hilltop Mountain Springs Hotel. I was born in Ephrata and had cousins who still lived over that way. I loved going from my house to theirs, passing through the rural Pennsylvania Dutch countryside, crossing the bridge of the old mill, it’s paddle wheel still powering the out-of-time plant, churning up muddy stream water. Just further down from the mill was Silver Belle’s hotel, looking itself like a ghost from another century, with it’s darkened windows and run down Victorian gables and Gothic accents.

Spiritualism in the United States traces it’s notorious beginnings to the mysterious “rappings” of the controversial Fox sisters in the nineteenth century. And like the later found fraudulent Fox sisters,
Camp Silver Belle’s chief medium Edith Post -Parrish’s own trickery was eventually exposed.
Ectoplasm from these séances was often found to be regurgitated cloth or paper, as simple old
fashioned carnival illusion was at work in many, many cases. Yet these all of these women, as many
past and present mediums, had legions of diligent followers, including politicians, artists and writers.
Even though spiritualism itself was and is sometimes considered superficial and fraudulent, was it a past practice, limited only to fakirs and frauds? Any one remember that the Reagan’s had a White House astral advisor?

Fast future forward to a current buzz catching the minds of paranormal pop culture, attracting amateur and professional researchers alike : EVP- Electronic Voice Phenomena. Simply put, EVP is the recording of alleged spirit voices on digital or magnetic tape. The disembodied voices in question are not audibly present during the recording phase, but are there during playback. I’d heard of this kind of thing before, but had written it off as fakiry, as any person could whisper into a microphone and declare it an EVP.

So skeptical me was invited to Hollywood’s legendary (and reportedly haunted) Roosevelt Hotel was hosting the DVD release party for the Michael Keaton film White Noise, as my husband and I were covering the event for SciFiSlacker.com. Two of the film’s advisor’s, Tom and Lisa Butler, directors of the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena, were there that night to do live EVP recordings in the more paranormally active spots in the hotel.

After a short presentation describing the phenomenon and the not-so- technical equipment necessary (a simple portable digital recorder, then headphones and audio-enhancing software for playback),
we joined Tom and Lisa upstairs in the legendary Gable-Lombard penthouse suite, a room supposedly with LOTS of ghostly activity. I pulled my digital camera out to photograph the Butlers, but it kept snapping shut, claiming dead batteries. I’d put brand new ones in before we left the house! Almost at the same time, a news crew video cameras had major malfunctions with one, and a dead power pack on the other. Watching their little technical drama, I’d lost track of Michel in the sea of sci-fi journo-geeks. I soon found him alone in the in the two-story suite’s bar (he’s French and likes to be near wine) with our own mini digital recorder, brought originally for interview purposes, turned on.

“I figure if there’s nobody here by the bar, there’s nobody here.” Michel said to me, motioning the area with one hand, recorder in the other. Thank god he was there. I’d probably have forgotten about bringing the recorder he saved me from a blond moment ? I was using a LOT of bleach at the time! It goes to right to the brain…

I smiled silently back at him . “Am I right or am I right?” he added, shooting me a cynical look, even more skeptical than I was. Outside the window was the usual Hollywood Blvd Chinese Theater Corner Chaos, but nothing was happening in the quiet bar. Michel and rejoined the others as the Butlers continued their presentation. Since nothing seemed to be happening, we grabbed our goody bag and snuck out.

Later that evening at home, I first went to drop my PR schwag in my studio. When I returned t the living room Michel had turned white as a ghost himself. After handing me his headphones he jacked into the recorder for better listening, he rewound a bit as I secured them over my ears. Then, there it was. Between Michel saying the sentence “…if there’s nobody by the bar…” and “…am I right?” there is creepy, female sounding voice saying “Leave me alo-o-o-ne!” I was a cynical, skeptical non-believer in EVP, yet I had unwittingly been involved in recording one.

It’s been said that the phenomena had actually started in the 1920′s. Thomas Edison had a hunch that there could be a radio frequency between long and short waves which could possibly make telepathic communication with "the other side".

One EVP of historical note was also recorded without intention by 20th century Renaissance man Friedrich Jürgenson on June 12, 1959. Interested in ornithology, Jürgensen had set up a tape-recorder and a microphone in his secluded garden, attempting to record the song of a local finch. Upon playback of his successful bird-song recording, he was surprised by a sudden interruption in the middle of the tape. First came a strange roaring sound, then a masculine Norwegian voice speaking of "nightly bird voices", followed by a mixed chorus of different bird voices that suddenly stopped and the finch song returned, continuing on to the end of the recording. In attempts to repeat the recording situation, tests at home with a microphone and different background noise succeeded with voices on his tapes. Jürgenson became fascinated by this strange phenomenon. Continued experiments reaped longer sentences – some of them directly addressing him, mentioning his name and commenting on his work.

Jürgenson’s book, "Voices From Space" was read by Dr. Konstantin Raudive in 1964. A student of Carl Jung, Raudive was so impressed that he arranged to meet Jürgenson in 1965. He then collaborated with Jürgenson to take many more EVP recordings. Eventually Raudive worked on his own, recording over 100,000 audiotapes. Everyone wants to go solo. He, like Jürgenson, collaborated at times with Dr. Hans Bender, a rather well-known parapsychologist. Over 400 subjects were involved in Raudive’s research, and apparently all heard "voices". This work culminated in the 1971 publication of his book Breakthrough, wherein he noted several different approaches to EVP recording:

1. Microphone voices: one simply leaves the tape recorder running, with no one talking; one can even
disconnect the microphone.
2. Radio voices: one records the white noise from a radio that is not tuned to any station.
3. Diode voices: one records from what is essentially a crystal set not tuned to a station.

Raudive also listed a number of characteristics common to the voices in the publication:

1. The voice entities speak very rapidly, in a mixture of languages, sometimes as many as 5 or 6.
2. They speak in a definite, identifiable rhythm, which seems unnatural and forced.
3. The rhythmic mode imposes a shortened, telegram-style phrase or sentence structure.
4. Most likely because of the above, grammatical rules are frequently abandoned.

I was surprised to find the Catholic Church, Inc. has been surprisingly encouraging in the investigation
of EVP. Two early Vatican investigators were Italian Catholic priests, Fathers Ernetti and Gemelli, who happened upon the phenomena by chance while recording group Gregorian chants in 1952!
Father Gemelli heard his own father’s voice on tape, calling him by his childhood nickname saying “Zucchini, it is clear, don’t you know it is I?” Deeply troubled by Catholic teaching in regard to contact with the dead, the two priests consulted Pope Pius XII in Rome.
The Pope reassured them:

"Father Gemelli, you really need not worry about this. The existence of this voice is strictly a scientific fact and has nothing to do with spiritism. The recorder is totally objective. It receives and records only sound waves from wherever they come. This experiment may perhaps become the cornerstone for a building for scientific studies which will strengthen people’s faith in a hereafter"
(Hey! It was in, Italian Journal Astra, June 1990 quoted Kubis and Macy, 1995:102 ).

Skeptics offer the possibility of radio cross-modulation as an explanation for EVP.
It reminds me of television’s Partridge Family when Lori’s brand–new braces picking up local stations,
or when Gilligan was broadcasting short wave through his dental fillings. Raudive dismissed the latter possibility, stated that the EVP voices cannot be radio since one never hears music, call letters, or other obvious elements of radio transmission. Another skeptical explanation is apophenia. This is a common perceptual phenomenon whereby we perceive connections and find meaning in unrelated things. In other words, it involves seeing or hearing patterns where in reality, none exist. A much more common example of apophenia happens when people are in the shower, and think they hear the telephone or door bell ringing. The white noise of the shower tricks our ears.
Our brain picks certain sounds out from the audio spectrum, and our ears “hear” a doorbell.

Is communication with the dead really possible? The very Perception of such itself is a very complex animal. Our brains anthropomorphically seek to find patterns, like with pareidolia phenomena, apophenia’s visual cousin, whereby thousands of people claim to see the face of Jesus on a tortilla chip!

Humans tend to see and hear we expect to see and hear. This perception, or misperception, may not
perceptively take a lot conscious effort per se, but illusion can be so ambiguous that it is completely subjective in meaning to the eye, or in the case of EVP, the ear, of the beholder.

Like a Rorschach test, once we think we detect a pattern, it is hard to ignore it, and generally,
we take it to be meaningful.

As a young child, my personal experience in communicating with the afterlife was limited to contacting the Holy Ghost through prayer and sneaking the occasional Oiuja board session with my big sister when my parents weren’t home. Sure, I was taught to believe in life after death at our conservative Methodist church, but not to mess with it , as séances and such were “of the devil”. That little piece of black silk showed me seeing, wasn’t always believing. As I grew older and researched more, of course I grew wary of spiritualism’s cheap commercialism. My interest and studies in stage magic and mentalism exposed
even more illusion and entertaining trickery, especially in the realm of "the séance".

However, being completely cynical about EVP, yet capturing one reopened my mind to possibility.

Was our accidental EVP a disembodied voice from beyond? Or was it the thought transmission from one of the other few female journalist in the room, surrounded by unwanted male attention, as a flock of guys straight from "Beauty and the Geek", her subconscious begging them “Leave me alo-o-o-ne!” ?

Even if the latter possibilty is the case, we still have a special phenomenon here that deserves further investigation. Perhaps certain authentication studies may be moot, as the physics of "the other side"
may vastly differ from our own. And yes, fraud exists. I’m just not sure what else does.
All I know, is that I don’t know. And lotsa weird stuff does happen at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel.

Meanwhile, back in Ephrata, they tore down good ol’ Camp Silver Belle and put up an Applebees.

I love America.

And ribs for under $9.99.

Curried Chickpeas

The recipe of the week is Curried Chickpeas. This is one of my “go to” recipes after a busy day. The recipe is very simple and satisfying. Serve with a grain, such as basmati rice or quinoa to make this a complete protein meal. Enjoy!

1 teaspoon ghee or olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon fresh garlic (optional)
Pinch of red chili flakes
½ cup chopped leek
1 teaspoon curry powder or Surya Spice Blend
1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced small
½ cup tomatoes, chopped
1 cup vegetable stock
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 cups cooked chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
½ cup low-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

In a medium sauce pan heat the ghee or olive oil, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic (optional), red chili flakes and leeks on medium high heat. Sauté for two minutes then add the curry powder, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, vegetable stock and sea salt. Lower heat and cook for 10 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender. Add the chickpeas and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Then finish with adding the fresh spinach and coconut milk. Let cool and serve with a grain such as basmati rice or quinoa. Garnish with the fresh cilantro.

Enjoy.

Quantum Mechanics vs. Consciousness

Does quantum mechanics (QM) represent reality? Can QM explain consciousness, free will, and spirituality?
So long as the inner workings of QM remain a black box devoid of a mechanistic/physical understanding, its mysteries, paradoxes, and internal inconsistencies would keep it paralyzed to represent the ultimate reality and consciousness/spirituality.

Recently, there have been active discussions as part of the Renee Reeser Zelnick’s – April 23, 2007 IB post related to the SCIENCE & CONSCIOUSNESS conference in Santa Fe as well as the Holistic Quantum Relativity (HQR) posts by DK. The following perspective on QM and its strengths and weaknesses may be helpful in addressing these discussions.

Quantum Mechanics: Richard Feynman (1918 – 1988):
“I think it is safe to say that no one understands Quantum Mechanics.” (Richard Feynman)
“One does not, by knowing all the physical laws as we know them today, immediately obtain an understanding of anything much.” (Richard Feynman, Quantum Mechanics)
“The more you see how strangely Nature behaves, the harder it is to make a model that explains how even the simplest phenomena actually work. So, theoretical physics has given up on that.” (Richard Feynman, Quantum Mechanics)

Quantum mechanics (QM) is a great theory that has revealed the inner details of the inanimate matter allowing us to make great materialistic advances and electronic gadgetry such as cell phones, HDTV, computers, internet etc. However, QM’s application to consciousness and spirituality is highly questionable because of the following fundamental inconsistencies and flaws as presented in my book – “The Hidden Factor: An Approach for Resolving Paradoxes of Science, Cosmology, and Universal Reality.” The deficiencies and incompleteness (as Einstein noted) in QM formulations are the root causes that fail quantum mechanics to predict 96% of the universe limiting its successes to only predicting the classical matter (4%). This is also evidenced by the fact that quantum mechanics predictions of the vacuum energy (the cosmological constant) of the empty space are in error by horrendous 120 orders of magnitude. The deficiencies in QM are as follows:

1. The Heisenberg Uncertainty, which forms the basis of quantum mechanics, is commonly but mistakenly understood as the basis for consciousness or free will. This uncertainty is not inherent in nature but an artifact of the chosen measurement method by science that is applicable or accurate only for measurements in the classical or fixed space and time. The errors inherent in this method for measuring the behavior of common heavier particles such as atoms and molecules are small and hence have contributed to the known successes of quantum mechanics in everyday technological applications in the material world. However, the errors get amplified to almost infinite amounts when applied to the very small new and allusive fundamental particles proposed for high energy physics investigations, wherein the relativistic effects become extremely important. Because of these errors and inconsistencies, the physics of the very small remains allusive leading to the still unresolved paradoxes of quantum mechanics at the most fundamental level such as the Measurement or Observer Paradox and the quantum gravity. Since the phenomenon of consciousness operates at very small scales (below Planck’s scale), quantum mechanics arguments are inappropriate for its description.
2. Counter to the common knowledge and assumptions, uncertainty can never be the basis for the free will. A free will can exist only in conjunction with certainty and eternity of the natural laws of the universe. For example, one cannot walk up straight at own free will if there is no certain and unchanging law of gravity. A randomly varying and uncertain law of gravity would deny the free will to be able to walk up straight.
3. Quantum mechanics relies upon the observations of a conscious observer without which there would be no quantum reality or quantum mechanics. However, there is no scientific description of the observer that brings quantum mechanics into reality or existence. The vicious circular logic that is often used by experts in science and other fields is that on one hand quantum mechanics is often used as a basis to explain consciousness, while quantum mechanics itself relies on the consciousness of the observer.
4. One of the fundamental assumptions made by quantum mechanics and quantum cosmology is that the net mass-energy of the universe is zero. The standard Big Bang model is based on this completely arbitrary assumption. The artifact of this very assumption (mistakenly) leads to the presumed existence of anti-matter that is nowhere to be found, to cancel out the net positive energy of matter in the universe. And, similarly the anti-particles, again not observed as yet as a stable entity in the same amount as the real matter, have to be presumed to cancel out the actual particles. Ultimately, one mistake leads to another, and a whole virtual world has to be (mistakenly) created that represents the so-called virtual world.

Bottom line, symmetry arguments are only artifacts of mistaken assumption of the zero wholesome energy of the universe (since the mainstream science believes that the universe is nothingness because some religious folks and scriptures said so) and not the underlying reality of nature. Truth or spirituality can be founded only on the basis of reality and not myths or mistaken assumptions.

Mainstream quantum mechanics particle physics theories are incomplete (as Einstein said too), and appropriate for applying to spirituality and consciousness. The quantum mechanics is marred with serious unexplained and unresolved paradoxes such as -quantum gravity, dark energy, dark matter, Big Bang or black hole singularity, and unseen or inexperienced multiple universe and multi-dimensions beyond 4 space-time dimensions etc.

The mainstream science has gracefully failed to advertise these embarrassing failures of quantum mechanics and have been able to hide them under the beautiful rug of its successes in the domain of matter and particles on local scales, and in electronic gadgetry and toys mesmerizing the common folks. Unfortunately, these material successes fail badly to explain consciousness and concepts needed for describing spirituality. It is impossible to use a mystery or black box to explain another bigger mystery.

Using QM to explain consciousness is like using blindness to explain light. The Quantum Observer or Measurement paradox assures the blindness of QM to the extent that it even makes the existence of the universe an unexplained mystery or myth in itself.

A more consistent scientific basis of consciousness and free will is shown to be the spontaneous decay of the particles or masses via converting to the zero-point energy wherein the space-time dilates to zero representing the eternity and omnipresence. This new innovative approach to consciousness, defined herein as the Holistic Relativity, is also shown to resolve the current paradoxes of quantum mechanics, general relativity, and cosmology. Unfortunately, the mainstream science is too overwhelmed with its materialistic mainstream theories and not ready as yet to open up to such a new innovative out-of-the-box approach.

Reports from the Edge of Evolution. Or Something

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
-Arthur Schopenhauer

I am amused and shocked @ what ire was raised, simply by stating I’m attending the SCIENCE & CONSCIOUSNESS conference in Sante Fe.

While the critics and skeptics may say what they will, I had a educationally entertaining and mind opening time hearing the presentations of Intentblog’s own Dr. David Simon-
Yes Janet, an MD!
(see previous entry thread)
and the exciting work of Dr. Gary Schwartz
Yes people, a PhD!
( again, see previous thread)-

Really I encourage anyone interesting in the debate of science vs. pseudo-science to check my previous post’s thread:

http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/04/greetings_from.html#more

DO we really create our own individual realities through our belief system?
Ask Plato.

I find it interesting how the materialist community is always so quick on the draw to criticize-
However, I find the state of modern medicine can best be summed up by the following model

A Brief History of Medicine:

2000 B.C.
"Here, eat this root!"
1000 A.D.
"That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer!"
1500 A.D.
"That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion!"
1940 A.D.
"That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill!"
1985 A.D.
"This pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic!"
2000 A.D.
"That antibiotic doesn’t work anymore.
Here, eat this root!"

Struggles Are Necessary

When a friend asks you for help, when do you say yes and when you don´t?

If you see somebody struggle or suffer, when do you help and when just stay put?

Last night I saw by chance an episode from the animal world on TV which illustrates perfectly why most of the times one helps the most with not helping at all.

Does this always apply? Is it really that easy?

In emergencies surely not. If somebody is bleeding, lying on the street, hit by a car, most "normal" people don´t have to think about that twice, will stop their car and help as good as they can. Instinctively. At least that should be the natural and normal reaction.

What I mean is for example if you see friends living their lives in quiet desperation, without direction, always suffering, always sick, always without money, always needing something, always the victim … in one or the other occasion, it seems so easy to just help them out.

But are you doing them a favor?

In these kind of situations I find it most difficult to say no and stick with it. Don´t get me wrong, I am not saying "don´t help your friends" – I am saying: ask yourself and discuss honestly, if helping in whatever way is the best thing to do or if you are just avoiding struggle that the person needs to make it stronger. I find that a difficult topic and decision to make. What are your thoughts on that?

As I wrote in the beginning, last night I whitnessed a short episode about that on TV. A Leopard mum was walking around with her cubs. A shiny day, everything allright, hunger.

The mother led the juniors to place where they had to wait for her while she went to hunt some game. She did what she set out to do, hunted two big ones and hid them so she could go and get her kids to eat. On the way from their hideout to the food, they had to walk on the bank of a river, over some big rocks and gaps and it was already difficult for the maybe 20"-high mini-leopards to follow their mom. That didn´t stop her. Shortly before they reached the food, the mom jumped a maybe 6 ft. high wall of dirt into the grass above.

No problem at all for her.

The first cub jumped also and impressed with a great jump, reached out to some roots hanging out of the dirt and pulled himself up, started eating.

The second cub tried to do the same but failed in the first jump, fell down and started sort of crying. He was looking for another way to get up there, but there was none and he didn´t stop crying.

After a while, realizing that neither his mom nor his brother weren´t even looking for him but eating, he jumped again into the dirt wall.

Before that, he had stopped crying and taken the heart of a leopard.

He reached into some roots like his brother before and with great effort managed to get up there.

He ate. Sooo good. So nourishing. And a bit stronger than before. Possible that next time he won´t even cry anymore and just try until he makes it. Only a few minutes later he was playing again.

Did the mom with not acting at all make him stronger?

Some of you may know the story of the "The Moth and the Cocoon" by an unknown author:

"A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. He took it home so that he could watch the butterfly come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help and took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily.

But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened!
In fact, the little butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was able to fly.
What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to get through the tiny opening were God’s way of forcing fluid from the body into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle.

By depriving the butterfly of a struggle, he deprived it of health."

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. But where is the line to separate between when you need to struggle and when you need a helping hand?

Just look at the difficulties for the "rich countries" trying to help the "poor countries."

No question that humanity demands that the one who has gives to the one who doesn´t.

Personally, I don´t want to see only one child starving – yet, despite the heavy programs thought out and running and lots of money spent for many years, and – most insane – lots of food available and the calculatory ability to feed everybody on this planet earth, there are still people dying from hunger – what about that struggle?

Are we supposed to act like the leopard mum and not help those who are hungry… Where is the line? How do we answer that at this stage of our human development, where we fly to the moon but cannot even solve such seemingly easy topics. What do you think?

Science, Experience, & Reality

It is hard to disagree with most of the comments forwarded by Dr. Parmjit Singh in his IB weekly intent post – God as a Mental Construct on April 15, 2007. However, his post misses some important and deeper insights embedded in my earlier IB post – Science vs. God on April 6, 2007, which I would like to reiterate in this post.

1. Science and religion are not irreconcilable, but are already demonstrated to be bridgeable via integrating science of consciousness as described in my book – The Hidden Factor and several of my published papers.

2. There is nothing new to the fact that human beings will keep on arguing and debating even if science and religion are unified thru a common understanding. Just as bees will keep stinging, frogs will keep jumping, sun will keep rising and setting, time will keep moving, humans will keep doing what they have been doing. This should not stop the awakened and conscious human beings to show path of enlightenment to the seekers diligently searching for the truth. Let the darkness of pessimism about human nature not overshadow the opportunity and potential for enlightenment.

3. The great spiritual masters have known these realities of hurdles imposed by society, religion, politics, and traditions in communicating their path to others. But they never deflected from communicating their path of truth to others via speaking, singing, writings, or spiritual practices etc. The problems of linguistic constructs and their potential misinterpretations by masses are no reasons to not use language as a tool of communication to many potential human beings who can benefit from it immensely in improving their lives. Let pessimism or negativity not overcome the positive benefits to the real seekers who have capacity to absorb the essence of the valuable message in any kind of language. The wise person only needs the subtle clues to make true sense of what is being conveyed. Just one lighted candle can lighten many other candles.

4. Let us not be mistaken or prematurely assume the supposedly fail proof role and absoluteness of experience in realizing the true nature of reality. A subjective experience is not beyond doubt or debate. Moreover, an experience could be as much a mental construct as linguistic word/phrase or scientific concept. Hallucination experience is one example of such mental construct. From Wikipedia,

“Hallucination is a sensory perception experienced in the absence of an external stimulus, as distinct from an illusion, which is a misperception of an external stimulus. …..Studies have now shown hallucinatory experiences take place across the population as a whole. Previous studies, one as early as 1894[1], have reported that approximately 10% of the population experience hallucinations. A recent survey of over 9,000 people reported a much higher figure with almost 39% of people reported hallucinatory experiences, 27% of which reported daytime hallucinations, mostly outside the context of illness or drug use……Various theories have been put forward to explain the occurrence of hallucinations. When psychodynamic (Freudian) theories were popular in psychiatry, hallucinations were seen as a projection of unconscious wishes, thoughts and wants. As biological theories have become orthodox, hallucinations are more often thought of (by psychiatrists at least) as being caused by functional deficits in the brain.”

5. Human beings are much more blessed than being subservient to serendipity or random chance to realize the truth. No spiritual master has recommended serendipity as the path to salvation. They unequivocally declared that a serious seeker finds the truth (Nanak- Jo Khoje Tin Paiya). Even Einstein declared – “God does not play dice.” Those who are unable to realize this absolute human potential remain free to keep themselves imprisoned in their presumed ignorance of chance or randomness as a savior.

The bottom line is that all experiences need to be scrutinized and validated as much as the linguistic or mathematical/scientific arguments to ascertain their correctness in representing reality. We all are familiar with the many fake and con self-acclaimed gurus, saints, and religious holy men declaring their so-called divine experiences. The well acclaimed experience of a suicide bomber as feeling of being in heaven, while blowing himself or herself up, is another example that no experience is absolute and devoid of mental constructs.

This is where the need for a holistic scientific approach that is not biased in materialism alone but integrated with consciousness becomes important for validating the authenticity of any linguistic, mathematical, experiment, or experience based conclusions.

Let us not throw the baby of a consciousness based holistic scientific approach with the bathwater of linguistic weaknesses and the debating/doubting nature of the human beast.

Love

Avtar

Materialism to the Pipes o’ Panpsychism: What is your TRUTH?

A few years ago, I was wonderfully lost, wandering around the streets of Paris. Trying to get my bearings in a beautifully historic neighborhood, I’d stopped by chance, in front of a row of lovely old homes. Turning around, I noticed a small plaque on one wall, claiming the house was a former home of famed French philosopher Rene Descartes.

Lyrics from Eric Idle’s “The Bruce’s Philosophers Song” began to run through my head:

“Immanuel Kant was a real piss ant
Who was very rarely stable.

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.”

I mentally fast-forwarded to the verse:


“And René Descartes was a drunken fart.
‘I drink, therefore I am.’”

I’d discovered Monty Python around the same time I was introduced to Western philosophy in junior high.

Monsieur Descartes is widely credited responsible for the first of four major philosophic worldviews some folks still tightly embrace today:

DUALISM- Essentially dualism tells us the mind and matter, while both real, are separate.
Dualism teaches us that the natural world is radically divided into two parts: the mental and the physical. The physical extends in space while the mental does not. However this leaves us with the question ofinteraction. Mind/body cause and effect would certainly require a connection and be of a similar type. Dualism disallows this. How can the immaterial mind cause anything to happen in the material body, or vice versa? How then, to paraphrase Dr. Christian De Quincey’s favorite question, does “the ghost enter the machine”? Dualism requires a supernatural miracle as answer to these rational questions.

MATERIALISM- This form of monism claims that only matter (physical bodies, elements and processes)
is real. Everything in existence is reducible to what is material or physical in nature. Materialism’s flaw is that of emergence. How then, does mind rise out of “mindless” matter? How do subjective states of consciousness (intention, belief, desire, etc), emerge from objective brain/body matter? Subjectivity derived from objectivity would be unnatural. Materialism denies the very miracle it requires for such an emergence to occur.

IDEALISM- This monist viewpoint opposes materialism in that only mind/consciousness is
real. Idealism asks us to believe that physical matter is brought about only as a product or an illusion
(as in the Maya hypothesis) of the mind. The problem with this worldview is that of realism. If nothing but spirit is real, how does idealism account for living with matter in reality on a daily basis? It doesn’t. Idealism wants us to refuse nature and deny its reality, sweeping it under the philosopher’s rug. Again we’re gonna need a miracle to support these tenets, so long as idealism deems everything in existence
to be supernatural.

PANPSYCHISM- This ontology teaches that mind and matter are inseparable and sentient. Both mind and matter, being real and natural, share in commonality, the feeling of a consciousness that goes “all the way down” to the quantum level. No supernatural miracle is needed to connect the two, or answer the “hard problem” of “how does matter give rise to mind?” Subjectivity and objectivity no longer conflict, as they are derived of the same essence.

There is an everlasting war of ideas being fought and I do not wish to be a causality casualty.

On certain levels, the above summations all posses tender nuggets of truthful wisdom.
Coincidentally, they also seem to somewhat mirror my own ever-evolving philosophic
timeline. Moving from the early foundation of my conservative upbringing of Evangelical Methodist entrenchment (dualism as good vs. evil/mind vs. body), to my rebellious Atheist to Agnostic to
Gnostic days (materialism=physical reality/lack of spirit), to a hippy eastern-esque vibe (idealism =illusion/nothing is real). Through all this, I’ve thought a lot about perception and my place in the world. Consciousness, to me, feels like it “goes all the way down”. Mind and matter both being sentient, feel intuitively, like a sound idea to me. There seems an honest simplicity to its theories. It defines me not only of being one with nature, but being one of nature. In the past, I’ve clung to certain inherited or adopted belief structures, until some new information or experience came along to shake it and whisk me into a new personal paradigm. Panpsychism and Idealism seem to be the (w)holistic philosophic viewpoints on a continuum I can live with and within. It fits with my personal feeling that somehow It (the cosmos; the all) is all unified.

Help me folks-
which one appeals to y’all?!?!

What if more human beings were introduced to the panpsychist and idealist worldviews and then
realized they have a shared, interconnected consciousness with the natural world? Maybe they’d
seek less dominion over it, and each other. Perhaps we’d all become better stewards of
the planet. When one examines a Mandelbrot fractal, one identifies the tiniest non-dividable sub-particle of the microcosm is the macrocosm. Perhaps this epiphany of sorts would reveal that harming even a small part (or particle) of ourselves, we affect our whole.

Putting this summation together has kick started my head into spinning the wheels of reason. For me, The Philosopher’s Gift of reason-based knowing may very well be contained in Pandora’s Box. The neat wrapping paper and bow are now crumpled on the floor, and the return receipt is lost, I’m not able to it back in. In Greek, dora from doron means gift. In German, gift translates as toxin, venom or poison. Perhaps this is no accident linguistically, alluding to a tree of knowledge, Garden of Eden metaphor? I’ll follow this path down the rabbit hole after we get into the next series of language-focused class lectures. Although I’d like to dig more into the depths of Panpsychism symbolic nature, I’ve just learned one of Pandora’s unleashed evils was prolixity.
Getting comfortable personally with the mind/body problem has become intuitive for me. The feeling-based knowing I discovered over the past fifteen years in entheogenic/shamanic settings and explorations, seem to transcend reason. This is what Dr. De Quincey refers to as the “Shaman’s Gift”. If I could find that return receipt for the above mentioned “Philosopher’s Gift”, I’d consider an exchange, no refund needed.

It seems to me that perhaps this modern worldview of panpsychism, hand-in-hand with
quantum physics, with all its’ paradoxical characteristics of uncertainty and indeterminacy,
as demonstrated by Thomas Young’s double slit experiment and Werner Heisenberg’s
quantum observations, may be a metaphor for consciousness itself. It simply cannot be pinned down. Newtonian systems of measurement and containment cannot possibly gauge that which
is limitless and immeasurable and subjective. And what we currently may perceive as random may actually contain (or be contained by) an order that is unseen from our current vantage point. A fresh viewpoint may possibly shift the supernatural into the realm of the natural. Today’s miracles are tomorrow’s science. Perception may very well be in the eye of the observer. Now wait, I’m starting to sound more like a sort of promissory idealist. Every good story requires a little conflict.

Look what it did for Descartes. It got him a plaque.

Feel free to correct me.

I am still learning….

Wild Rice Pilaf with Asparagus Tips

This week’s recipe is a wild rice pilaf topped with fresh asparagus. Adding a variety of different grains in your diet is recommended. Wild rice has a delicious nutty flavor. This makes a wonderful entrée or side dish. Enjoy.

Wild Rice Pilaf with Asparagus Tips

2 Tablespoons ghee or olive oil
1 leek, white part only, cleaned and small dice
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
2 cup wild rice
4 1/2 cups vegetable stock
2 bay leaves (whole)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch black Pepper
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

In a medium sauce pan heat the ghee or olive oil, leek and red bell pepper on medium-high heat. Sauté for two minutes. Add the wild rice and let toast for three minutes. Add the vegetable stock, bay leaves, dried thyme, sea salt and black pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 30-35 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir in the fresh parsley. Place the Asparagus tips on top of the pilaf.

Asparagus Tips
1 bunch fresh asparagus (1 lb)
1 1/2 cup Vegetable stock or water
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ teaspoon dried dill
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Clean the asparagus and trim the stalks about 1 inch from the bottom. In a medium sauté pan, cook the asparagus in the vegetable stock or water and a pinch of sea salt. Cover and let the asparagus steam for about 5 minutes or until the asparagus is tender (be careful not to overcook). Drain the excess liquid out and sprinkle on the sea salt, black pepper, dried dill, and the fresh lemon juice. Place on top of the wild rice pilaf.

When a Child Dies

A child is precious and lives in its mother heart from the very moment it is conceived. A shocking story appeared on TV in India last week about the plight of dead children raising many disturbing questions.

If hinduism professes that a child cannot be creamated, maybe it is time this belief was reviewed if one wants to spare the child a demeaning farewell.

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