Saturday, November 26, 2016
There cannot be an infinite series of conditioned realities. A conditioned reality is a reality which is dependent on other things (component parts) for its existence. A hydrogen atom is a conditioned reality, because protons and electrons must exist for hydrogen atoms to exist. Since matter cannot be infinitely small, and since an atom does not have an infinite number of component parts, there must be an ultimate bottom to the component layers--an unconditioned reality. Also, since each component layer is completely dependent on the layer beneath it there must be an unconditioned reality to give rise to the component layers for the same reason that an infinite series of zeros does not add up to one. I have no reason to believe this ultimate reality is merciful, loving, or angry. However, I believe that because of this unconditioned reality it may be possible for the patterns of our consciousness to be uploaded to this essence, this unconditioned reality, and replicated in other parts of the cosmos. Given an infinite set of possible scenarios this seems at least probable. Evidence for this possible process lies in the fact that particles may "pop into and out of existence." It is not logically coherent to say that particles ACTUALLY cease to exist then come back into existence. Many aspects of the universe are counterintuitive, but this does not mean the universe works in a way that is logically incoherent. Particles unform into the essence, then the essence re-forms them later. This debunks materialism, because the essence is not a material form of reality, since all material forms of reality are made of component parts. And since this essence actively sustains the cosmos, it is God.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
In the Upanishads there is a good story (one among many): Brahma came before the god of fire and said, "Who are you?" The god of fire said, "I am the god of fire. I can burn all things on earth." So Brahma placed a straw before the god of fire and said, "Burn this." But the god of fire could not burn it. Then the god of fire went back to all the other gods and said, "Who is this being that fills us with wonder?" --Show a god his limitations and he will be enthralled. Show a man his limitations and he will hate you.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
I think what we're going to discover from this is that a society must be polite to be kind. That's why our ancestors invented rules of etiquette. We have forgotten that. Rules of etiquette engender in people a habitual kindness. It's rude to yell racial slurs at someone. It's rude to walk down the middle of a street at 2a.m. yelling at the top of your lungs. Politeness is formal kindness. No society can last without it.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Some scientists say that because of evolutionary bias we do not perceive reality as it is. One could perform an experiment. Take a picture of a rock. If the image of the rock in the photo matches the appearance of the rock you see with your naked eyes then you are perceiving the rock correctly.