Sunday Matinee: Consciousness- A Convo with Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff

Ni hao Jedi Masters!

Lemme see if I can amuse you a bit before you get to the good stuff.  It’s thrilling that the inhabitant tends to a cordial disposition this morning so I’ll capitalize.  Guess we’ll chalk to up to Solstice energy.  When not seeking an archery lesson from the Lord of Ayodhya himself, as you folks probably know I enjoy lectures on a variety of subjects. What can I say, the different inhabitants have different interests. Lol

There’s a look of consternation on the face of the therapists, so lemme clarify – though the inhabitants are many, the knower of the inhabitants is one and the same.

Somewhere I learned that the faculty of discrimination by which the entire electro-magnetic spectrum, or the universal fabric of reality is understood, cannot be located anywhere on the entire spectrum of wavelengths.  Essentially, there are no signals for consciousness, none, zero, zip. There is absolutely no methodology by which you can test or know that you are aware of the fact that you are reading the musings of a bar-stool philosophizer with a number in his name.  Notice the subtlety; you can test that you are reading by resonance imaging, but not the fact that you know that you are reading. If you’ve come across contrary evidence or info on this, by all means please share the wealth.

Whether a person is conscious is testable but not his awareness of the fact that he is conscious. Similarly, while the rods and cones of an animal’s eye may be activated, you cannot test whether it’s aware of the information processed by its brain. Here’s one for later, how about a garage door opener? Once your clicker “wakes” it with an electro-magnetic yell, you CANNOT test that it doesn’t “know” the garage door needs to be opened.  I know, I know, “H3nry I think you had one brownie too many!” True dat, but on a fundamental level though, I’ve retained validity. The jury’s still out on sanity but we’ll keep that between us.

Quick bit before I let you go.  Benjamin Whorf provided the best definition of objectifying that I’ve come across, so as my old man would say, let’s not re-invent the wheel.  He defined objectifying as “imaginatively spatializing quantities and potentials that are quite non-spatial” and I think this an important qualification to raise.  The point I want to convey when listening to these lectures is to not objectify consciousness.  Consciousness is not an object or some “thing” external to you like a nail-clipper, it is non-spatial.  It is fundamental awareness.

The scientific method requires an object of experimentation to be applicable ergo scientists typically measure causal efficacy. The qualia or hard problem of consciousness, namely why am I having a conscious experience eludes scientific logic. My take is that you wouldn’t destroy William Blake with the scientific method, so why subject the Atman to such.  Different experiential constructs are grasped with different mental faculties. Michelangelo’s David and Newtons’ Laws of motion are interpreted with different methodologies and the former loses no merit by not conforming to reductionist principles. Ergo, I think it safe to say that the lack of a logical scientific method to quantify something does not render it necessarily illogical.

Speaking of Whorf btw, our language fails us in so many ways folks. Great injunctive tool for exchanging info as in “how to do something” but a lousy descriptive mechanism.  Whorf’s paper, The Relation of Habitual Thought and Behavior to Language makes for great reading if the White Widow comes calling, so if you’re interested, LINK HERE.  Whorf explains why our language essentially traps us and limits the manner in which we conceptualize reality.  He even goes on to discuss why relativity is easier to understand in the Hopi language due to the temporal tense-ification and objectifying to which we subject ourselves as English speakers.  We imprison our minds in a cage of temporal units that we’ve objectified and lined in sequential rows.  While the beauty of life lies in the repeatlessness of each moment, we’ve lost this with our prisons of repeating days, weeks and months. Say nothing of the second to second insufferable scrutiny to which we must succumb on a daily basis.

But enough from me. Enjoy the vid and if we don’t cross paths in the next few days, have a wonderful time in whatever manner you celebrate the holidays and I’ll catch you on the Hyd3 side. Seek the subtle amigos as the capacity for self-reflection stands above all machinations of the mind.

One love,

HJ

P.S. In the spirit of the holidays, I’ll let Aretha take you home.

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Sunday Matinee: The Nature of the Mind Part 1

Whaddup you old rogues?!

I’ve got a real banger for you today. This is the first of a four part discourse between David Bohm, Jiddu Krishnamurti, John Hidley and Rupert Sheldrake.   A rather eclectic dialogue, the topics addressed include abstract considerations like the self, religion, infirmity of the mind and the etiology of problems confronting the world of men. With these heavyweights on the case however, I respectfully request radio silence.  Today is training of will with the Jedi High Council. Enjoy!

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Jedi High Council

One love,

HJ

P.S. For a playlist containing all four segments click here.

Mind over Matter

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What’s da deal Superfriends?!

I trust that your week was not too arduous an experience. I had a chance to gloss over the Roberts’ opinion in the McCutcheon case this afternoon and actually started to pen a diatribe. My higher self would intervene however and I decided to hit the delete key instead and not indulge the negativity.  A two or three line summation should suffice to capture my thoughts regarding this issue and allow us to progress to the “fun” stuff that much faster.

The inundation of the airwaves with partisan trash and mudslinging has already begun with the mid-terms right around the corner. With both parties purchased in the upcoming elections, please expect the constellation of concessions to the corporate cabal to continue. Casting a ballot for either party also tacitly endorses 1/3 of the budget being siphoned off to facilitate a machine of human sacrifice, the genocide in Palestine, a further contraction of the already dwindling network of social services, and a continued concentration of capital. You’ve just gotta love bipartisan consensus. But enough with the world of make believe however, time for something that you may actually find a tad useful in navigating this experiential slice between the first inhale and final exhale. And maybe distracts you just enough from the routine of business as usual.

I was recently privileged to stumble across an essay Power and the Use of Thought by C.W. Leadbeater. Link here and audio version here. I thought this was a fascinating read and if you have the time, you might want to give it a once over. What struck me as interesting is that back in 1911, he possessed the understanding that thoughts are things. Now this was not discovered until only very recently. I know, you’re probably like, “what the heck are you talking about thoughts are things H3nry? That sounds pretty absurd.” But just go with me for a sec amigos.

If you’ve followed the videos that have been shared in the past, I hope that you remember the discussion on mass and energy. If not, here’s the gist. I’m pretty sure that you’ve heard of Einstein’s ubiquitous energy mass equation E= mc^2, where E – energy, m – mass, c – speed of light

Well since c is a constant it is merely a scaling factor relating energy and mass. i.e. some mass (m) multiplied by c^2 is the value of E. So energy is essentially mass, at least a barely detectable, trace amount of mass.

Now here is where it gets really interesting.  Alan Jasanoff, a professor of Biological Engineering at MIT developed an MRI sensor that measures concentrations of dopamine, a brain chemical that carries messages between neurons and is involved in learning, movement, and other activities.  Like a standard MRI, it picks up a magnetic change in a protein—only in this system, the magnetic signature changes when the protein binds to dopamine rather than oxygen. This allows for the measure of individual neurons.

Researchers can show the patient something—a picture or string of words—and measure the response to the stimulus. If the patient was shown say an image of Halle Berry, a single neuron would fire. As neurons create electrical potentials that “fire” and propagate throughout the brain, the patterns of firing can be described as “waves.” These propagation patterns can also be represented as waves of energy. Now if we measure the energy of the individual neuron creating this wave when a stimulus is presented, we can plug it into our original equation and voila! We can solve for the mass of the individual thought. I guess there’s truth to the claim that you’re weighed down by your thoughts after all. Lol

But when do we have a single negative thought? Unlike positive thinking which requires work and flutters away without a moments notice, we constantly replay negative thoughts in our mind. It seems like a pattern of pernicious thinking is more of a burden than anyone may have initially realized.

So now you might be wondering, “So how does this actually impact my day to day existence?” Here’s where we must return to days of yore and some of the wisdom our ancestors bequeath us before the Vatican Church thought it superfluous.

Bodies of esoteric wisdom such as Hermeticism and Taoism espouse the fundamental principle of polarity. If you remember the principle as outlined in the previous share of The Kybalion – everything is dual as the Universe is a coincidence of opposites – thesis and antithesis, heat and cold, Yin and Yang. Opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.  It explains that in everything there are two poles, or opposite aspects, and that “opposites” are really only the two extremes of the same thing, with many varying degrees between them.

To illustrate: heat and cold, although “opposites,” are really the same thing, the differences consisting merely of degrees of the same.  When next you glance at a thermometer, try to determine where heat ends and cold begins. It is dependent on subjective experience alone. Anger and compassion, love and fear, happy and sad, etc. each is an illustration of the opposite poles underlying the same archetypal construct. So opposing states are different degrees of the same construct but not different ones. Think of it like this, you can move from sad to happy but this is unrelated to the dichotomy of love/ fear or calm/ upset.

Polarity is also an operation of the mental plane, thus dominated by mind. Now I’m sure you’ve all experienced the transition from one emotive state to its opposite pole where a specific issue was concerned. Say for example you have a negative thought related to some event X. After some interval of time however you’re able to reassess the situation and you are no longer unhappy about the occurrence of X. This transmutation of mood from sad to happy regarding X is a shift in polarity, albeit a generally slow process.  But given that mind controls, the movement is not dependent on the slow drawl of time since by mentally willing the change it can be accomplished much sooner.

Now if thru the operation of mind a negative thought can be transmuted into a positive one and vice versa, and we’ve already shown that thoughts have mass, aren’t you exercising mind over matter when you practice mental transmutation?!

Your minds are capable of wondrous things amigos. I’m once again reminded of the Pythic maxim “Know Thyself.” You owe it to yourself to inquire into yourself without the intrusion of oppressive external coordinates thwarting the inquiry. I’ll leave you with the following disclaimer folks- I don’t profess to be an expert on any of these subjects and share this info as a point of origin for additional discussion. If you can add anything to further our understanding, please don’t hesitate to chime in. And If you must literally bear the burden of your contemplations, fill yourself with wisdom, love, joy and other thoughts that although do have mass, also serve to enliven the Spirit.

 

One love,

HJ

 

Principles of the Abraxian Dialectic

 

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Kalachakra thangka painted in Sera Monastery, Tibet

Seekers of Shambhala,

I thought this was rather interesting and felt that some of you folks would also appreciate reading.

Primary Principles To Illuminism – The (r >= 0) – The World of Becoming

1) Energy (dimensionless and dimensional) is the fundamental substance of the universe.

2) Energy can be neither created nor destroyed, only transformed.

3) Energy was, is and always will be.

4) Energy is uncaused.

5) The universe of energy has no beginning and no end: it is not created.

6) There is an infinite amount of energy.

7) The dimensional r > 0 universe is infinitely large.

8) The dimensionless r = 0 domain has infinite capacity to store information.

9) The energy of the r > 0 universe is the energy studied by science.

10) The energy of the r = 0 domain is the energy of the Mind (Aether).

11) The r > 0 domain is “dead”, without “Mind”.

12) The r = 0 domain is “alive”, with “Mind”.

13) The r = 0 and r > 0 domains form a continuum r >= 0.

14) The r = 0 and r > 0 domains interact dialectically.

15) This cosmic dialectic drives the universe inexorably towards the Whole, the Absolute, Total Synthesis, the maximum expression of the potential of the universe, its maximum actualization.

16) This dialectical end-point, the Omega Point, is Abraxas, the True God, the Supreme Being: the Conscious Universe, the Cosmic Soul, Absolute Mind, Absolute Spirit, Absolute Idea, Absolute Form, Absolute Knowledge, Absolute Freedom.

17) The scientific paradigm that excludes the r = 0 domain is incapable of accounting for how lifeless atoms can be assembled into life, how they can generate mind and consciousness.

18) The r = 0 domain, being outside space and time, is everywhere and nowhere. All r > 0 entities originate in r = 0 dimensionless points. All r > 0 entities, although technically lifeless and mindless, are therefore linked to an r = 0 component which imbues them with the potential for life and mind.

19) Life and mind will manifest themselves meaningfully in the r > 0 universe only where the “brute force” of physical energy can be controlled by mental energy.

20) There will be a continuum extending from apparent lifelessness and mindlessness to rudimentary life and mind (plants) to primitive life and mind (animals) to sophisticated life and mind (humans) to, ultimately, maximum life and mind (God).

21) The r = 0 domain will ultimately fully control the r > 0 universe.

How would the universe know it was getting closer to actualization? It feels it, exactly as we do when we feel we are achieving our purpose, when we feel fulfilled, when we are with those we want to be with and accomplishing what we wish to accomplish. It knows it is not getting closer when it feels distress, pain, discomfort, when it feels bad and negative. “Feeling” is how we judge success. Everything “feels”, although what a rock “feels” is not of particular interest since it is so primitive.

Source:  http://www.ufosdisclosed.com/community/threads/primary-principles-to-illuminism-the-r-0-the-world-of-becoming.1100/

I think feeling is the measure by which Mind evaluates the experience of matter. Generally positive feelings are derived when we seek unity while we feel negative when we strive for separateness or to define ourselves solely by excelling others.

One love,

HJ

Sunday Matinee: The Extended Mind

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake makes a rather compelling case for a restructuring of the manner in which we conceptualize our interaction with reality.

ABSTRACT: “We have been brought up to believe that the mind is located inside the head. But there are good reasons for thinking that this view is too limited. Recent experimental results show that people can influence others at a distance just by looking at them, even if they look from behind and if all sensory clues are eliminated. And people’s intentions can be detected by animals from miles away. The commonest kind of non-local interaction mental influence occurs in connection with telephone calls, where most people have had the experience of thinking of someone shortly before they ring. Controlled, randomized tests on telephone telepathy have given highly significant positive results. Research techniques have now been automated and experiments on telepathy are now being conducted through the internet and cell phones, enabling widespread participation.”

It seems like science is catching up to the mystics and entheogenic voyagers. Whether you agree or disagree, it sure is great to explore new frontiers of thought.

One love,

HJ

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