By Robert Bruce Baird
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation. – Herbert Spencer”
Albert Einstein - "We are seeking for simplest possible scheme of thought that will bind together observed facts."
"If we do not expect unexpected, we will never find it." – Heraclitus
"Human beings, by changing inner attitudes of their minds, can change outer aspects of their lives." - William James
"I feel that if we could be serious for an hour and really fathom, delve into ourselves as much as we can, we should be able to release, not through any action of will, a certain sense of energy that is awake all time, which is beyond thought." – Jiddhu Krishnamurti, Madras, 1961
Heraclitus: "… conceded existence of an over-riding, all-encompassing unity, in which apparently contradictory opposites are all linked to one another, in a single, regular, cohesive system of balanced, harmonious measure and just order."
“Consciousness is a singular of which plural is unknown. There is only one thing, and that which seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing, produced by a deception, Indian maya, as in a gallery of mirrors.” – Erwin Schrödinger
I think this means that all talk about anomalous or truthful science is a bunch of you know what from ego of man. We are 'connected' and our real self is not our ego. I am also of opinion that he sees something I think is nature of reality about personality that some insist continues in such things as past-life regressions. Yes, perhaps through limbo and obsessions some things stay in this materially focused frame of reference (I have performed exorcisms) but when we are reborn all those memories of other lives are memories of a collective oversoul not anything like an individual soul. Maya and samsara or 'busy-mind' do indeed deceive as he says - and though a few will gain great insight into plural they will still be far from totally informed. Thus we must be open to all possibilities.
“Inherent to wave mechanics are mechanisms of wave superposition and parallel and non-linear information processing. And these mechanisms, which are also affected and regulated by laws of thermodynamics, are responsible for information growth and evolution of biological matter. Information begets information.” – Laurent from Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Our reason (philosophy), should concern our 'selves' with field of metaphysics. Metaphysics is study of three entities: ‘individual being’, universe or what we call reality and what lies beyond universe. Metaphysics is study of how and why ‘individual being’, universe, and what lies beyond universe interact with each other. Metaphysics is study of whether or not all three, or for that matter if any of three, exist. Metaphysics is study of how and why three interact, if in fact they do exist. Metaphysics is pondering over questions: Where are we? What are we? Why do we exist? It could be argued that Descartes was one of its more prominent figures with his initiation of concept of ‘knowing’, of existing, when he said ‘Cogito, ergo sum’ (I think, therefore I am). Or, as Popeye said "I yam wut I Yam".
There are many people who are secure in knowledge that all is right with world and they feel good about how they personally think about themselves and their soul. I confess I have a lot of confidence but I am not so certain about what human experience really entails. I see so much more all time. The opening of each door seems to lead to there being more doors and more books to write therefore. The people who are sure of god being in heaven or those who have bought ‘world of seems to be’ may not like this honest expression of what might be real; but they should know that most of physicists sense there is a lot more than even they know. I love quantum physicists for all wondrous soulful things they seem to be able to explain better than me in so many ways. I can hope that a few readers will be those who do not believe in soul and that after reading this they will be less certain but I do not encourage belief or closure of possibilities it brings. There are many ways that illusions of separation cause transient errors made by ego or persona (Greek for mask) worn by actors during a momentary diversion called life.
In fact I do not think of soul as continuing beyond this event horizon or material body with anything that ego or personality contains although I do think some of elemental energy in a limbo state can impact on these reported re-incarnations with something like that until person grows or harmonizes enough to move on. Religious I am not, for certain; mystic I can be at times I suppose; but mostly I observe like alchemists who developed scientific method.
A neuroscience forum which I was invited to has had many people respond to various postings without identifying themselves. I think some of that is because they have a reputation to protect or job they value. Here is one such response to a thread I started.
“Science is reductionist whereas mysticism is broadly integrative. It would seem that science and mysticism occupy anti-podal positions. They are both concerned with truth, yet go about it differently. Science seeks to objectively and mathematically describe truth, whereas mysticism seeks to experience truth. Science and mysticism are flip sides of same coin. The greatest scientists have invariantly been deeply mystical. I'm tempted to say that greatest mystics have invariantly been deeply scientific, or at least had an appreciation for science, but this I'm less certain of.”
I responded by saying I agreed and that I was certain sages or greatest scientists were indeed very spiritual. One of those sages is David Bohm (Whose Holographic Universe has many adherents at Yerkes Primate Center where hard physiological proofs are found.) and here is a little of how he approached physics.
“In an interview in 1989 at Nils Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, where Bohm presented his views, Bohm spoke on his theory of wholeness and implicate order. The conversation centered around a new worldview that is developing in part of Western world, one that places more focus on wholeness and process than analysis of separate parts. Bohm explained basics of theory of relativity and its more revolutionary offspring, quantum theory. Either theory, if carried out to its extreme, violates every concept on which we base our understanding of reality. Both challenge our notions of our world and ourselves.