Posts Tagged ‘consciousness’

Peace And Despair II

What causes your “delta” to increase? Decrease? How does your delta vary with time? Are your delta’s mean and variance both close to zero? What do you think the Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Jesus’s deltas were?


February 18, 2012 2 comments

Putting aside the “NotYouAndMe” class name in the bogus BD00 model below for a moment, I think most powerful and wealthy people believe that they can willfully control their feelings, actions, and behaviors via a “Conscious Executive” entity hosted within their brain. Objects of this fictitious class “require” and are “provided” energy by the one and only “life force“.

NotYouAndMe” objects continually execute the “operateUntilDeath()” function in a “while(alive)” loop until the “life force” asynchronously pulls the plug – which can be anytime and anywhere. D’oh!

Each cycle through the “operateUntilDeath()” function goes something like this:

  • Poll your senses for objects and events “out there“.
  • Evaluate the sensor input data against prior memories accumulated and stored in your “Experience Database“.
  • Speak/act according to whether you consciously perceive the current landscape as a threat or an opportunity.

The only problem with the model above (beside the fact that it’s another whacky BD00 concoction) is the “conscious” part playing the CEO of your corpus. That’s why the aggregator class is aptly named “NotYouAndMe“. To see this fallacy more vividly, feast your eyes upon the real, Nobel prize winning “YouAndMe” model  below.

The BD00 mandated reality is that there’s a hidden and oft-denied “Unconscious Executive” behind the scenes that enables/disables the “Conscious Executive” object whenever it damn well pleases. In effect, the “Conscious Executive” gets sloppy seconds on the sensor data only after it’s been censored and chewed up by the “Unconscious Executive”. In totally clueless people like BD00, the “Conscious Executive” is rarely, if ever, “enabled“. D’oh!

How about you dear reader? Do you believe that you’re “fully in control and in charge”? Are you a “Conscious Executive“? The more you believe it, the less it is.

Obscured By Me

January 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Discrete, Not Continuous?

January 9, 2012 12 comments

I’m in the process of reading my seventh layman’s book on quantum physics. It’s written by quantum physicist William Bray and its long winded title is: “Quantum Physics, Near Death Experiences, Eternal Consciousness, Religion, and the Human Soul“.

Mr. Bray writes something fascinating about space and time that I don’t recall seeing in any of the other QP books:

On a Planck scale, each moment exists in an isolated region (we call a Planck interval) of space-time existing only in the past or future to another point, and never in the present. No two things anywhere in space-time share a common present, no matter how close they are to one another, all the way down to 10**(-35) meters, or 10**(-44) seconds, apart. – William Bray (p. 31). Kindle Edition

In other words, Mr. Bray asserts that space and time are not continuous dimensions, they’re discrete. The universe is not analog, it’s digital. The movement of energy and matter in time is herky-jerky, jump-to-jump, like a motion picture. However, it “looks” smooth and continuous because of the lack of resolution and sensitivity of our woefully inadequate senses and sense-extending tools. D’oh!

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Planck time:

Theoretically, this is the smallest time measurement that will ever be possible. As of May 2010, the smallest time interval that was directly measured was on the order of 12 attoseconds (12 × 10**(−18) seconds)…. All scientific experiments and human experiences happen over billions of billions of billions of Planck times, making any events happening at the Planck scale hard to detect.

My interpretation is that we will never be able to mechanistically detect what happens between two adjacent planck time points.

So, what do you think exists between two adjacent, discrete, planck time points? Could it be that bits of infinite consciousness leak into the finite universe?

After doing some superficial research on Mr. Bray, I’ve become quite skeptical:

  • There are no recommendations/testimonials from peers on the inside or backside covers of the book.
  • Googling on “William Joseph Bray” doesn’t reveal that much.
  • He’s got a facebook page, but I’m not a member so I didn’t get to see it.
  • I discovered his web site, and his credentials seem to be too extensive to be believable.

Nevertheless, the book is a fascinatingly refreshing and novel read. In a nutshell, his main theme is that consciousness is not caused by bio-chemical processes in the brain, it’s quite the opposite. Infinite consciousness lies outside of the finite physical universe and it thus paints the universe into being by “collapsing the wavefunction“. Consciousness is the ultimate observer and it creates you and me and everything else in the universe.

Don’t forget, BD00 is a self-proclaimed L’artiste, so don’t believe a word he sez. What do you think?

The Universal Process Of Personal Experience

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Yesterday’s post revealed to the world the static structure of the system in our head that brings personal experience to life. In the scoop of a lifetime (Geraldo Rivera eat your heart out), the system elements (mind, ego, thoughts, feelings) and the relationships between them were unmasked and exposed for all to marvel at. Woot!

Today, on the day we camp out at the feed trough and give thanks, we’ll explore the mysterious dynamics involved in this system design from the divine. Lo and behold… the universal process that creates personal experience from nothingness:

Via a yet undiscovered secret global WiMax communication system that uses quantum tunneling for zero latency source-to-sink transmission, impersonal thoughts (conjured up in the sole Thought Factory located in China) are manufactured and coupled to the ether. The mechanistic brain then serves as a receiver of thoughts and the source of fuel for the personal Ego.

Next up in the zero latency pipeline is the Ego (a.k.a the “little” me). The Ego analyzes, interprets, gives meaning to, and binds feelings to each received thought that it decides to accept. These “I” thoughts are then injected into the Mind and, voila, personal experience is manifest!

So that’s it folks. Rejoice! You don’t have to go to church anymore and you can call off the search for enlightenment . By using BD00 as a conduit from the unknown to the known, the universe has revealed all.

No Going Back

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

So, what does Steve Taylor mean by “pathological over development of the ego“? I think he means the obsessive desire for power, status, and material wealth regardless of its cost to other people and nature. What do you think he means? Do you even agree with his assessment that the world’s collective psyche needs to transition to a new, enlightened state?

Steve recommends practicing meditation and it’s sibling, mindfulness, as the best means of quieting the mind and loosening the iron grip of the ego. Too bad I suck at both of them and, for some strange reason, I choose not to make the time to practice them. I’m too occupied with searching for, and hoarding,  intellectual knowledge to complete myself – even though I know that the effort won’t pay off.

Make Meaning

April 6, 2011 2 comments

Can you make meaning out of this freakin’ sketch? I can’t. As I drew it, I struggled to come up with some profound (lol!) words to express my thoughts on the thick and impenetrable “personal filter” (a.k.a UCB) that prevents us from experiencing what’s truly real – which is nothing, er, “no thing“?

Out Of Body, Head, And Mind

February 6, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve heard and read about people who’ve supposedly undergone “out of body” experiences. Hell, I haven’t even had an “out of head” experience, let alone a body-vacating one. Now, “out of mind” experiences are a different story. Those are where you remain in your head (so you’re still in your body) but not in your mind. In your body, in your head, out of your mind. Yepp, I’ve experienced several of those. As a matter of fact, I think I’ve been out of my mind ever since I started writing this stupid blog. Agree?

How about you? Which “out of” experiences have you had?


January 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Steve Taylor‘s “The Fall” is an epic work. It’s both an academic and spiritual tour de force that covers the birth and subsequent explosion of the human ego throughout history. Using documented evidence from a wide range of archaeologists and anthropologists, he presents (what I opine is) an overwhelming argument that there is no innate “selfish gene“. You know, the one that everyone seemingly takes for granted and conveniently blames for man’s inhumanity to man.

In a nutshell, Mr. Taylor asserts that before 8000 BCE (yes, he goes all the way back to the dawn of man and painstakingly traces the life of the ego right up to us)  all the available historical evidence points to the non-existence of war, oppression, patriarchy, and human exploitation of others. Please bookmark this page, read the book for the juicy details, and report your personal conclusions back here. Regardless of whether your UCB has been altered, I’d love to hear your before-and-after thoughts on the subject.

Don’t Sign That Check!

June 21, 2010 1 comment

When someone presses your buttons and tries to insult you or your strongly held beliefs, you don’t have to automatically fall into a defensive position and start your own retaliatory offensive onslaught. It’s like the perp has written out a check from your checkbook, but your signature is required for him/her to cash it in.

The trick is to realize the meteoric rise in emotional temperature before your ego, or what Eckhart Tolle calls the pain body, takes over the steering wheel. Alas, even knowing this, I have the hardest time keeping the cap on the pen.

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