Tuesday, July 13

I am far from comfortable in my understanding of the notion of a
'soul'. I'm not sure I'm convinced such a thing exists. Consciousness
apparently exists, but then again, what exactly constitutes
consciousness? If a human is conscious, is an ape? Is a dog? Is a
lobster? I can appreciate the desire to define 'soul' for practical
purposes, but I still get a bit stuck. Perhaps soul and consciousness
can be viewed as different aspects of the same thing--something called
'being'. Within complex organisms (humans), 'being' is a highly
intricate concept. Within simple organisms, this same 'being' still
exists, but at a much more rudimentary level.

3 comments:

  1. It's complicated. When early scientists explored human anatomy, they found a wrinkly organ in the skull and assumed this organ does all your thinking, and all subsequent evidence and was interpreted on this assumption until it was no longer questioned. It's understandable, because they couldn't find any other mechanism for thinking. Their problem was not an incomplete model of anatomy, but an incomplete model of physics. They (and many of us) assume material space to be an objective thing, and that's why nothing makes sense. It's starting to become clear that we're just seeing a material interpretation of a deeper system of data, so we're getting a dumbed-down version of the universe, which is built on concepts that are a lot more complicated than matter and physics.

    I could talk for miles about this and what I know about the mind, if it isn't falling on deaf ears.

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  2. Please, continue if you feel so inclined. I'm listening.

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  3. I have an engineer friend who's part of an organization that makes some unusual machines. Very unusual machines - one of which uses electromagnetic resonance to create mind displacement. It causes a person to use remote-viewing even if they have no experience with psychic abilities, and it's all tried-and-true. The equations behind it are pretty stupendous and I don't understand it as well as they do. They go by a different model of reality. Space functions on a layer of data that models the way atoms behave and interact, creating quantum possibilities before they manifest as solid objects.

    This data layer is where all things are intelligent. It's the reason two electrons can communicate over a long distance - something that's baffled scientists for a while. Essentially, every object has a memory and some form of intelligence on this layer. Obviously a human is smarter than - say - a rock, because we have more organized data fields for conveying information, where a rock is just idly conveying enough data to stay solid.

    It's a little different from the Western concept of a soul, but a little similar. Your mind's data fields can be displaced from the material counterpart, meaning you can still live and function after your cellular body dies. But there's no guarantee of eternal life. You can reincarnate under the right conditions or transfer yourself to new fields, but there are situations where your consciousness data can disperse until you become as incoherent as ambient space.

    Fun stuff though

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