The relationship between individual and collective experiences and nature

I think that this topic is one that we should all seriously think about

The words below were written by me and were subsequently presented by an environmental scientist in an environment conference in Brussels in 2014.

Quote:

“I believe that every aspect of reality, including nature and our role within it, are simply experiences and groups of experiences that mean something. This includes whether we understand what is going on around us or not. I believe that collective intelligence and collective awareness are different experiences. I also believe that we have allowed these two different types of experiences to evolve in a manner that they are not mutually complimentary to each other. I feel that within this process we have failed to take notice of the well organised hierarchy structures that ants, bees, bats and similar have effectively built their lives around. We have ignored the over arching rules of nature.

It is my opinion that we have encouraged our cultures to become ones that are driven almost solely by cultural intelligence as distinct from them being a working blend of both cultural awareness (an experience unto itself) and cultural intelligence (another experience unto itself).
It seems to me that this wide spread repression of collective awareness has led to individual awareness becoming similarly repressed.

I feel that the problem with the complex arrangements that we have allowed to evolve around ourselves within culture is that we have inadvertently created too many intersections of communication relating to both our individual and collective environment. All these communication junctions are experiences from which we make decisions of one form or another which in turn become another cog in the wider realm of competing collective intelligence. I believe it is because of this process human beings have effectively become confused and perplexed, perplexed on multiple levels according to individual interpretation of what is most likely to be good or bad in life. This means that the successful integration of ideas emanating from both the experiences of collective intelligence and collective awareness becomes problematic, and as such, so does the nature of the experiences that we are having, or expecting to have at any given time.

It follows from these words that individuals are compelled to decide between similarly valued alternatives or mutually exclusive alternatives. I believe that the integration of both collective intelligence as well as collective awareness is critical in terms of how we see and relate to each other and this includes the environment.

I believe that our ineffective melding of cultural intelligence and collective awareness should be replaced by a mutually complimentary model of science that seeks to connect to the wider momentum of nature with as few explanations along the way that is possible. I believe that we should be relating back to the role of individual and collective thoughts (experiences). Nature is an experience. The universe is an experience. Reality is an experience. We are an experience that is derivative of the experience of reality.”

Emergent reality and indivisible information

I believe that if we are to ever fully understand reality then we must also incorporate unknowable [indivisible] information

My regular readers know that I believe all phenomena, including thought construction are both implicit and explicit. My word implicit means information that we all know is real [such as consciousness] but which at the same time it cannot be tested. This is the reason why I have classified metaphysical phenomena such as consciousness as being indivisible information. We can describe indivisible information like consciousness, but physics science generally cannot incorporate consciousness in its modelling. This is because consciousness cannot be defined or measured. I think this is a shame because this means that science models do not seriously incorporate our whole of life experiences, which also means reality.

I recently read an article written by George F. R. Ellis, who talks about this same dilemma in science and I feel you should be aware of Ellis’s ideas as I strongly identify with them. Below you will find the conclusions of Ellis’s essay entitled “On the Nature of Emergent Reality”. I have emboldened sections of the conclusion from the document that I feel  are most pertinent to my argument and you might like to know about them as well. If you have the opportunity to read much of Ellis’s ideas about reality I think that you will feel richly rewarded.

Quote:

“…Conclusion

Reprise: I have given above a view of emergent complex systems where there are structuring relations, triggering relations as well as environmental influences and internal variables, summarised in Figure 9.

Figure 9: The system and its situation: contextual and triggering influences

Ellis daigram 2nov17

Function takes place in the context of a social and physical situation that, together with the values of internal variables, is the current operating environment. Structure is constant on the relevant timescale, enabling the input (triggering events that operate in the given situation – they are varying causal quantities) to have a predictable result. Thus function follows structure. The environment sets the boundary conditions and the internal variables (memory and learnt behaviour patterns) result from past experience. Noise or chance represents the effects of detailed features that we do not know because they are subsumed in the coarse graining leading to higher level descriptions of either the system or the environment. The system structure is determined by developmental processes that use genetic information, read in the context of the system-environment interaction occurring in the organism’s history,  to determine its structure. For example, genes develop a brain capacity to learn language that then results in adaptation of the brain to that specific language. The genetic heritage leading to this result is comes into being through evolutionary adaptation over very long timescales to the past environment. This language then forms the basis of complex symbolic modelling and associated understanding, taking place in a social context,  that guides future actions. Thus human understanding of events and their meanings govern their actions, which then change the situation around them. Symbolic systems are causally effective.

Strong reductionist claims, usually characterised by the phrase `nothing but’ and focusing only on physical existence, simply do not take into account the depth of causation in the real world as indicated above, and the inability of physics on its own to comprehend these interactions and effects.  These claims represent a typical fundamentalist position, claiming a partial truth (based on some subset of causation) to be the whole truth and ignoring the overall rich causal matrix while usually focusing on purely physical elements of causation. They do not and cannot be an adequate basis of explanation or understanding in the real world. Consequently they do not represent an adequate basis for making ontological claims.

This paper has outlined a view of emergent reality in which it is clear that non-physical quantities such as information and goals can have physical effect in the world of particles and forces, and hence must be recognised as having a real existence (Ellis 2003). Associated with this there is a richer ontology than simple physicalism, which omits important causal agencies from its vision. That view does not deal adequately with the real world…”

The original Ellis document online

I have also attached a pdf document to this blog for your added convenience

Irreducible mind theory and the falsity of reductive interpretations of the mind and body relationship

Irreducible Mind is the title of a book that was first published in 2007

The authors are: Edward F. Kelly, Emily Williams Kelly, Adam Crabtree, Alan Gould, Michael Grosso and Bruce Greyson

The book’s contents remain defining and important ones in psychoanalysis to this day

The purpose of this blog is not to talk so much about the book and it’s contents but to look more closely as an extended review of the book by Ulrich Mohrhoff. Mohrhoff’s review discusses the implications of the book Irreducible Mind in relationship to what he considers to be metaphysical nexus between our minds and brains. Mohrhoff introduces sub-quantum ontological physics into his review ideas as he talks about the mind/brain relationship.

In future in my website I will be referring to not only the Irreducible Mind book but more especially so Mohrhoff’s words. I see both these items as being pertinent to not only my physics Awareness model but also my Dual Consciousness [Imiplicit and Explicit] model as well.

You will find Mohrhoff’s review paper here.

You will find another document of reviews relating to the perceived quality nature of the Irreducible Mind book as well.

If you have not heard about the book Irreducible Mind before I feel strongly that you will appreciate me introducing you to both the book as well as Mohrhoff’s ideas.

David Bohm believes there is life, mind and wholeness in all things

It seems that the eminent physicist David Bohm was profoundly affected by his association with both Albert Einstein and the internationally respected philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti

I feel that this is interesting. In this short thirteen minute video presentation Bohm talks about his implicate order theory in physics as it relates to all things. This includes both the universe as well as wider reality as well. You will notice that the Dalai Lama was present at different times during this discussion. I have not included this video into my other blog entitled “Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm talk about life and philosophy” because I believe that this video is more to the point and easier to understand. Readers should note that Bohm died in 1992.

Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm talk about life and philosophy

I present to my readers two rare videos that were recorded sometime in the early 80’s

Unfortunately the quality of these videos is not great. Jiddu Krishnamurti was a highly respected Indian philosopher who died in 1986 and David Bohm was a highly respected physicist who died in 1992. The significant part of these two videos is that Bohm attempted to introduce eastern philosophy into his wider physics model. Krishnamurti was partly responsible for Bohm going down this track in physics and it subsequently destroyed Bohm’s professional physics career. I think that my readers should know about these things.

David Bohm is my favorite physicist.

Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm talk about philosopy and life [part 1]

Jiddu Krishnamurti and David Bohm talk about philosopy and life [part 2]

My favorite philosophical quotation

Profound Einstein quote

I enjoy thinking and writing about philosophy. I also know I am not particularly professional at it. I feel most readers would agree with me this particular verse is written by Albert Einstein would have to rank amongst the most beautiful words that have ever been written in human history. Furthermore it is written in a manner most people are likely to understand.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man… I am satisfied with the mystery of life’s eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature.”

http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/essay.htm

Pretend you are God for a while

Can you imagine designing reality at every level?

I very much enjoy reading the works of the philosopher/physicist Thomas J. Chalko. He wrote and published an article in 2001 entitled “Is chance or choice the essence of nature?” The article is pertinent to space-time only, but I’ve taken the liberty of extending Chalko’s hypothesis one step further by applying it to all of reality as best as we can generally conceive it to be.

It is not my intention to attempt to write a science-based article relating to Chalko’s ideas except to say that they are consistent with my belief that there exists an overlapping fourth dimension to space-time that is the home of all possibilities to do something. In my blog entitled ‘My Cosmological Pantry’ I talk about a cosmic aether that flows through all things, including ourselves and our Earth. I believe as well that we are also constructed from this same aether. I claim all of reality is no more than patterns of information that add up to being all that exists at every level, and that in our space-time the process is parallel to this but is different because it can be scientifically observed. By this I mean that the particle-wave phenomena in space-time can be observed, can be seen to be non-deterministic and at the same time can be linked to an inherent cosmic intelligence that is entwined in all things i.e. like, a creator of some kind. I have copied and pasted a section of Chalko’s work with the idea that my readers may care to pretend they are God for a while and create all things [reality] by using Chalko’s guidelines. This includes the future as well. The article is easy to read but you will need a good imagination and a couple of spare hours to fully appreciate the rich contents of the text.

Chalko’s discussion about God article:

Chalko Extract

Albert Einstein fully trusted his intuition

Some people live almost entirely by intuition

These are the sorts of reasons Einstein was a scientific genius

Quotes:

“I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise.”

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.”

“When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

“Invention is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure.”

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations. I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am”

“Perhaps we live best and do things best when we are not too conscious of how and why we do them.”

“Indeed, it is not intellect, but intuition which advances humanity. Intuition tells man his purpose in this life.”

“An intuitive child couldn’t accomplish anything without some knowledge. There will come a point in everyone’s life, however, where only intuition can make the leap ahead, without ever knowing precisely how. One can never know why, but one must accept intuition as a fact.”

“Fairy tales and more fairy tales. [in response to a mother who wanted her son to become a scientist and asked Einstein what reading material to give him]. The mother protested that she was really serious about this and she wanted a serious answer; but Dr. Einstein persisted, adding that creative imagination is the essential element in the intellectual equipment of the true scientist, and that fairy tales are the childhood stimulus to this quality.”

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Albert_Einstein

The fantastic philosophical mind of Albert Einstein

I believe that you are likely to be stunned by the scores of Einstein quotations that I am presenting on your behalf today

There is little doubt most persons would have heard of Albert Einstein. In some quarters he is regarded as the most intelligent person that has ever existed in human history. From my limited reading the science community seems to think both Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein should be considered of equal ranking.

I confess that only of recent times have I become better acquainted with the life and times of Albert Einstein. I cannot comment on his scientific genius because obviously I’m totally ill equipped to do so. However, I make the following comments. It seems to me Einstein was a very simple man at heart. He was ruthlessly honest, honest to a degree his peers were often bemused by his views about life, and to a certain degree, his scientific beliefs as well. This is more so towards the end of his life. There is little doubt Einstein was eccentric. He wore high boots to disguise the fact that he did not like wearing socks. He believed any genius he may have had was derivative merely from both intuition and a dedicated desire to think and not common sense. He had a deep inner faith about a life hereafter and frequently talked about his firm belief about the existence of a fourth dimension and one day he would meet his friends there. Einstein was also a dedicated father and deeply moral man.

Einstein always believed in a God figure and never hid this fact. He was not interested in what God is, but he did care to know about what God was thinking. I have learned Einstein was also a prolific writer about life values and life meaning. Many of his views deeply resonate in my own inner self because the manner in which Einstein wrote about life seems to me as though he is actually a key part of reality. Another way of looking at what I am attempting to say it is as though Einstein was the spokesperson for all we commonly refer to as reality.

It is for these reasons I have dedicated extensive time and effort to prepare the list of Einstein quotations. My only wish is that I could have prepared and presented the material a little more professionally. However, I request readers extend understanding to me in this area. I make no secret of the fact I clearly identify with all philosophical ideas Einstein presents to us in his quotations. To me his life and his works are quite miraculous. I cannot help but believe in every one of them.

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