Ideology is, for many, an excuse to be positive about something without having proof certain. Is it even possible to know for certain, anyway? As Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”
They say that perception is reality and that’s so true. Your reality is based strictly on your perception of things. It works like this: First, you observe things and in the process receive sensory impulses. Your brain interprets these signals and tells you what was observed. This forms your “perception of reality.” The key here is that the brain tells you what reality is – you don’t actually independently form your own “opinion”.
Reality is, in effect, information and this information is communicated throughout the universe. Our bodies are broadcasters and receivers of this information which is processed by our brain generally without our knowledge. Studies have shown that our brains make decisions just over a third of a second before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we think we are conscious, it is our unconscious mind which is actually making our decisions for us. Studies by neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides only 1% to 5% of our cognitive activity.
The subconscious mind is basically a computer with a database of programmed behaviors. It cannot make decisions outside of these programs (i.e. it automatically reacts to situations only with its previously stored behavior responses). In addition, the subconscious mind operates with no control from the conscious mind. For the most part, we are not even aware that it exists and that it is making decisions for us. Therefore, we are not even conscious that we are acting unconsciously. As physicist David Bohm put it, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” The important thing to note, therefore, is that our subconscious mind is creating our “perception of reality”.
The field of science has had a lot to say about this topic. Astrophysicist Arthur Eddington perhaps said it best when he said, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…” So apparently we are dealing with a reality which can best be described as shadows, rather than as solid objects. Neurophysiologist and physicist Karl Pribram stated that we exist in a virtual reality matrix where our brains construct reality by interpreting frequencies that are projections from the Unseen.
The default setting of our brain is the subconscious mind. We live most of our life through the subconscious mind and yet, somehow, we still believe that we live consciously. Further, our beliefs and our perception of reality are formed by our subconscious mind yet we are certain that we are right about those beliefs and we can rarely be convinced otherwise. So the next time that you pick out a bag of potato chips at the market, ask yourself this question. How did I decide to buy this particular brand? The answer is very typically subliminal advertising (i.e. we are reacting to stimuli which we are not consciously aware of). So who is messing with your reality?
“… Max Planck regards consciousness as fundamental (rather than matter)… Therefore, you could look at the universe as being merely a figment of your imagination….”
- The Ethical Warrior, Conversations With A Prophet.
A recent article in Nature News says that a new DNA study from the Harvard Medical School, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, found that ancient man had sex with a still unknown species. That interbreeding apparently helped produce some of the variety that is found in humans today.
However despite all the advanced research in genetics, no one has been able to adequately explain why some people have Rh negative blood. Since life presumably originated in Africa (with Rh positive blood), it’s a mystery as to why Rh negative blood even exists today. So a little background is perhaps in order.
Rh positive refers to an antigen found in our bodies and means, in effect, that there is a DNA link to the Rhesus monkey. Rh negative, then, means that the blood does not share a common DNA with the Rhesus monkey. The really shocking conclusion is that people with Rh negative blood do not share an evolutionary background with the primate family. Therefore, the commonly held theory of evolution is totally lacking for an explanation of this phenomenon.
Of course, some people would like you to believe that this was all the result of some random mutation of unknown origin. However, blood is highly resistant to mutation in any form. For example, the body of a pregnant woman who has Rh negative blood may reject her Rh positive baby while it is in the womb. That’s because our bodies have an immune system which can identify and attack anything which is foreign to the body, like an invading virus or bacteria. In this case, the immune system of a Rh negative body can attack a Rh positive fetus.
However, the body of a Rh positive mother does not fight the Rh negative baby she is carrying. The reason is that Rh blood (type O) can be given to any person with Rh positive blood. Everyone on the face of the earth can receive Rh negative type ‘O’ blood, but these very same ‘O’ negative people cannot receive blood from any other type except their own. It’s, therefore, the universal blood type; in effect, the blood of the gods.
Certainly if we were to believe the Bible, the sons of God (some would say Fallen Angels) interbred with the daughters of Man. That had to have had some long-term genetic repercussions on the species. It might also explain the report that ancient man had sex with some unknown species, dare we say the Fallen Angels. Perhaps it’s related to why the Vatican is so obsessed with searching the heavens through a billion-dollar telescope named Lucifer.
So the Pope is finally telling everyone the truth. The problem is that, like the little boy who cried wolf, some people don’t seem to believe him.
The latest is the story that the Pope believes that Hell does not exist and that the story of Adam and Eve is a fable! As far as I can tell, this story is not true but could easily have been, as the Pope has previously warned Christians that they will eventually need to reevaluate their faith and come to a new understanding of the Bible.
So what exactly does the Pope believe in? Let’s try and break it down. Based on recent public statements made by the Pope and the Vatican, I think that it’s fair to conclude that:
- God has already saved Man. Aside – I guess we can dispense with the concepts of Sin and Salvation then.
- The Bible is not the Word of God.
- It’s okay to take money from the poor to build a billion-dollar telescope for the Church.
- Extraterrestrials are real. Aside – the Pope would even like to do confessions for them.
Connecting the dots, one could easily come to the conclusion that the Pope is angling to be the leader of a new world religion, a religion which venerates and worships extraterrestrials. Maybe that’s why the Vatican named their expensive new telescope Lucifer. Perhaps their expecting his return.
Unfortunately, we can’t talk to God, not unless we’re Neale Donald Walsch. So perhaps the next best thing is to talk to someone who understands a little something about the many worlds of creation. Towards that end, I offer you “Conversations With a Prophet.”
Query: Science says that we don’t exist, at least to the tune of 99.9% (i.e. atoms are made up of 99.9% empty space). So what exactly are we then?
Response: A multi-dimensional life form, whose source lies beyond space and time.
Query: What is the other .1%?
Response: A holographic blur called matter.
Query: Okay, but when Max Planck, the father of quantum physics, says that there is no such thing as matter, what then is the universe?
Response: Your Max Planck regards consciousness as fundamental (rather than matter) – emphasis added. Therefore, you could look at the universe as being merely a figment of your imagination.
Query: I’m confused. Something must exist in order for the universe to even appear to be real, right?
Response: Yes, what exists is an infinitely large field of energy. Matter is merely energy held at a low rate of vibration. If you increased its rate of vibration, the universe and everything in it would simply disappear. It would still exist, albeit in a different form (non-physical) – emphasis added.
Query: So what is reality?
Response: Reality is information. More pragmatically, it’s your perception of what you hear and see.
Query: Are our experiences real?
Response: If they weren’t, what would be the point of your question?
Query: So our experiences, our reality, is real and yet, as Einstein said, it’s an illusion. Why?
Response: It’s real, but it’s just not what you imagine it to be. Think of it as a way that Creation can observe itself.
Query: Then why are we (mankind) here?
Response: You are here as co-creators of the universe. Your consciousness organizes quantum energy, converting it into matter through thought and emotion. The act of observing is therefore an act of creation.
Query: How did the universe come to be?
Response: What you would call God was, and is, the impetus for an essentially self-sustaining universe.
Query: Why don’t we understand these things?
Response: How do I explain? Tell me this: What do you get for the man who has everything and knows everything? The answer is: amnesia. By definition, the one thing that a person who knows everything can’t have is “no memory”. Without memory, one gets to live the dream with a clean slate and thereby have an infinite number of seemingly new experiences.
Query: In other words, one gets to experience a world of infinite possibilities.
Response: Exactly so.
One last question. Why should we believe anything that you have told us?
Response: Is it not said that if you meet the Buddha on the road you should kill him?
What more can one expect from a prophet who answers questions with another question and whose answers simply raise more questions? However, without those answers, we flounder in the web of synchronicity.
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
There’s a magical, almost mystical, place according to science that helps explain where we all came from. It’s found in what they refer to as the quantum world. It’s been the subject of intense speculation and research in scientific circles for almost 100 years beginning with the likes of Albert Einstein. Yet their findings have been mostly withheld from the general public.
Why is that you may ask. Well, that’s an excellent question that deserves more than the few words than I’m going to devote to it. Simply put, we live in a world of information (even far more than we realize) and since information is power, he who has the information has the power and control. Enough said.
But what exactly is the quantum world and what is it like? Well, it’s a world beyond sub-atomic particles where matter dissolves into waves of potential existence and yet it’s a world where all things are united in an indivisible whole. In other words, it’s a world of infinite possibilities contained within a sea of endless energy which is referred to by some as the Zero Point Field. The field could be considered to be the alpha and the omega of our existence.
Astrophysicist Arthur Eddington said that, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…” Eddington’s shadow world (our universe) is real, in a sense. However, what you experience through your extremely limited physical senses is simply a space/time continuum which has been created by holographic projections from the quantum world, which is beyond space and time. The shadow world that you think is real is merely a potential world of possibility.
It’s something that I refer to as the Video Game Effect. For example, the real you doesn’t die when the video game is turned off since you can’t die if you were never born. The real you exists in the quantum world and is a co-operator/co-creator of this reality (the video game world). You turn the game on and play games where the characters die and are “reborn” (when you restart the game). The characters gain experience and powers as they proceed through the game and are successful in “evolving” to higher levels within the game.
So if our reality in any way resembles a video game, who created it? Jim Gates, a theoretical physicist, claims that certain String Theory equations, which describe the fundamental nature of our reality, contain embedded computer codes just like the codes used by your computer’s web browser. If true, this would confirm that we are indeed living in a virtual reality matrix. The stunning conclusion would be that our reality is nothing more than a bunch of 1s and 0s in a computer code and that God must have been a computer programmer!
Most of the ills in the world today are a byproduct of our faulty way of thinking about ourselves as being separate from everyone else, which results in political, ideological and cultural differences. The good news is, though, that the magical realm of the quantum world and the Zero Point Field can be accessed by anybody, with or without science. With this new knowledge we can free ourselves from the illusion of separatism and thereby change the world for the better. The findings from scientific research into the quantum world are far-reaching, with the potential to completely change every social institution on the planet; everything from religion to government to “dark” projects like the militarization of the paranormal. However, some people would prefer that you never hear about man’s “quantum” leap in knowledge…but, of course, now you know.
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
Some people believe that they lead meaningful lives, ones with real meaning and purpose. So is a meaningful life the byproduct of what we make of our lives or does real meaning spring from life having intrinsic value? Philosophers have been debating that question seemingly forever.
Unfortunately, a multitude of people live in despair today because they have no meaningful idea about what the future holds. This despair is deeply rooted in a lack of hope, because hope holds out some sort of a promise for the future. As a general rule, people want to be reassured about the future so that they can be happy in the present despite what life throws at them.
Although there are many different forms of philosophy, philosophers generally fall into two groups: those that believe in God and those that don’t believe that a god exists. This results in a strong divergence of ideas with regards to man’s hope about the future. For example, in the latter group there are well-known philosophers like De Sade, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer and Bertrand Russell. They generally believed that both individuals, and collectively mankind, have no purpose in the universe. Because of this deeply depressing prospect, the question of life’s meaning posed a difficult challenge for them. For example, Bertrand Russell believed that man should build his life on the “firm foundation of unyielding despair.”
Existentialists such as Sartre believe that, since there was no pre-existent meaning or purpose to life, people need to create meaning in their own lives (where there was none before). Further, Sartre would say that since there was no God, man has no standard of human behavior (moral values) and without any such values man’s actions cannot be judged to be either right or wrong. For example in Existentialism is a Humanism, Sartre agreed with Dostoevsky that “If God does not exist, everything is permitted (from The Brothers Karamazov).”
In the other group, we have, by and large, people who already have a set belief system about life based upon their personal religious beliefs. We even have different flavors of religion, and denominations within a particular religion, for different people. Their religion is usually the by-product of where they grew up and what religion their parents practiced, as opposed to a rational examination of all religions and the selection of one. They have faith that God exists, even though they have no proof, because their holy book tells them so. Each person can point to a different holy book that their religion says (self-proclaims) is the Word of God. In order for them to live purposefully, they have each had to make a leap of faith to affirm a reason for living (and beyond that a hope for immortality).
Many religions also bring their believers a sense of justice based on the reward of good or the punishment of evil. Unfortunately, belief in the gods of religion doesn’t make man moral otherwise we wouldn’t have had so many wars in God’s name. Anyway, who is to say what is moral and what is not – a holy book? If so, which one?
I happen to believe in the sanctity of life but, of course, that means different things to different people. For me, the sanctity of life is a universal principle which I believe a vast majority of people understand on at least an intuitive level. That’s why most people would say that it’s generally wrong to take another human life. The key is that we can have this understanding with or without a holy book and regardless of whether or not we are a believer.
Mathematically, one’s existence is a statistical improbability which defies any rational or logical explanation. That makes you either a freak of nature or the result of some conscious miracle of life. It’s only been somewhat recently that science has come to grips with the concept that what you really are is a being whose thoughts are being filtered through a virtual reality matrix. As Einstein so aptly put it, “He (man) experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.” Nevertheless, for both believers and non-believers, it’s quite okay to act on your beliefs as that’s certainly a legitimate way for man to try and define himself. Just remember, though, whatever it is that you think you know, is probably wrong.
“At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-British philosopher
A Nobel Prize in physics was recently awarded for the discovery of the Higgs boson, better known as The God Particle. The search for the Higgs boson had been ongoing for some forty years at a cost of billions of dollars. However, having found the Higgs boson, physicists still apparently don’t know exactly what to make of it.
To better understand the pursuit of The God Particle, it’s important to understand that the science of physics deals with things that are part of the physical universe, specifically things we can observe and measure. Werner Heisenberg, theoretical physicist and creator of the Uncertainty Principle, said this about the pursuit of all things physical, “The atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts.” So I pose this question: What is the value in only pursuing an understanding of the “unreal” physical world? The physical world is simply the effect while the cause emanates from the quantum world, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time.
Science has endeavored in vain for nearly the last one hundred years to try and explain that which has no explanation (in the physical world). You see, Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, two of the most important theories in science, don’t agree with one another. The biggest reason for this dilemma is that science only observes and measures the physical universe. It treats Creation as a closed system. By that, I mean that our physical universe is deemed to be the entirety of everything that was ever created. Strangely enough, scientists say that the so-called “dark matter” which comprises most of the physical universe is missing. However, “dark matter” can be said to exist only on the blackboards of theoretical physicists because their formulas recognize that the formulas themselves don’t work. So they invented “dark matter” to fill in the hole – and what a big hole it is (big enough to lose almost the entire universe in).
We observe the universe from within. By that, I mean that we are physically located within the universe and, therefore, our only vantage point is outward towards the observable universe. But what if we could observe the universe from the outside looking in? What if we could see the energy flows that come from beyond the universe, from the rest of Creation, and that we could see that those energy flows stream directly into our universe. Then, one might come to the conclusion that those energy flows are responsible for life in the universe, and that they are responsible for the movement of galaxies and solar systems (rather than the relatively weak force of gravity).
Even if you couldn’t observe the universe from the outside, simply having this understanding of how energy moves throughout Creation would radically change scientific research. There would be no more need to look for the latest flavor of a Higgs boson and no more need to search for the Theory of Everything. By the way, Stephen Hawking has already given up on finding a Theory of Everything (see his book The Grand Design). As for “dark matter”, we would understand that it exists outside of our universe. That’s why it’s “missing” as you can’t observe what lies beyond space and time.
So now we’ve found The God Particle. Big deal! It certainly doesn’t prove the existence of God, as if any particle ever could. Isn’t it time to admit that we’ve been looking for the origins of the universe in all the wrong places? In reality, we could learn more by looking at a snowflake or a butterfly than by looking for a God Particle. After all, you can learn something about the painter simply by looking at his painting (Nature).
“Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
Everybody is in love with ideology. Actually, it would be more correct more to say that everybody is in love with their OWN ideology. The truth is that many people don’t care about other people’s opinions, and they feel justified because they are certain that they are right.
Ideology is a wonderful thing. Where else can a person be absolutely certain about something that they might know very little about? One of my favorite sayings along these lines is from Dorion Sagan who said, “The difference between science and philosophy is that the scientist learns more and more about less and less until she knows everything about nothing, whereas a philosopher learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about everything.”
With regards to science, Paul Feyerabend, a philosopher of science himself, said that, “…it (science) is inherently superior only for those who have already decided in favor of a certain ideology.” Take creationism vs. evolution, for example. I ask you, how many scientists who are atheists endorse creationism and, conversely, how many scientists who believe in God endorse evolution? Atheists, by definition, have to believe in evolution since they must have a way of explaining how they came into existence without God. On the other hand, scientists who believe in God, by definition, must believe that life came into being through Intelligent Design. Different people can look at the same research and come to two totally different conclusions simply because they were certain of the outcome before they even looked at the evidence. In other words, ideology was the driver.
Of course, with ideology comes certainty, a certainty usually born out of the complete acceptance of someone else’s idea. In religion, it’s sometimes referred to as “blind faith”. The battle for the minds of people generally begins with those who feel vastly superior to others. They are as certain of their own ideology as they are of their own intellectual superiority. Never mind that the wisest of men is probably not that much removed from the intellect of a donkey. As Albert Einstein once observed, “The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe.” However, that never kept people from proclaiming with absolute certainty that the world was once flat or the sun once revolved around the Earth.
Fortunately, many of the great minds have been wise enough to admit that they didn’t know everything about nothing. Socrates, for example, said that, “I know one thing; that I know nothing.” Even some scientists have been willing to admit that their theories are not much more than formulas on a blackboard. It was neuroscientist David Eagleman who said that, “What a life in science really teaches you is the vastness of our ignorance.” Further, theoretical physicist Andrew Strominger admitted this about the Big Bang Theory, “A singularity is when we don’t know what to do. What’s so embarrassing about singularities is that we can’t predict what’s going to come out of it.”
Yet most people persist in their belief that their ideology is correct. Worse yet, they are certain of it. I guess they figure that they know better than the likes of Socrates and Einstein. It’s one of the great truisms of all-time that man doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. Yet, in spite of that, they still claim to be certain. Based upon what the greats have said, I can only presume that what man is really certain of is his own stupidity.
“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”
- Greek philosopher Democritus
The Bible says that God created all things and saw that they were good. It seems to me that God should have known, in advance, that they would have been good (or not) and he wouldn’t have had to wait to “see” the result of his creation. To me, this implies that God could not anticipate the results and thus the Creation was an experiment!
A prime example of this in the Bible is the Flood Story. According to the Bible, God saw that his Creation was no longer good and so decided to destroy what he had created and start over (with Noah). It was, in effect, a complete reversal of his original Creation. Again, why hadn’t God known that his creation was going to turn out this way and if he did why did he create it in the first place….unless it was an experiment.
The same thing is true with respect to Satan. Why would God knowingly create an evil being…unless Satan was the result of an experiment that God couldn’t anticipate the outcome of. Therefore, one could easily come to the conclusion that the creation of life was a process of trial and error. As a general rule, God could not intervene without invalidating the experiment.
How else could one explain the complete lack of logic in God’s actions, at least the God as defined by theology. Unless of course, God, as we have come to believe in Him, is not really God, the Prime Creator. That alone might explain a God who created evil, a God who was not omniscient and a God who would willingly destroy his own Creation. Please explain to me again why we pray to such a god?
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a miracle; neither science nor religion can adequately explain it. So let’s start with some basic chemistry.
For the most part, human life requires two things to exist: oxygen and water. About half of the earth’s crust and more than half of our bodies are made up of oxygen and yet the universe consists of just 1% oxygen. So where does the oxygen come from? Science has said that it is provided by the photosynthesis of living organisms (plants), which use the energy of sunlight to produce oxygen. Since human life cannot exist without oxygen and oxygen can only be made with the help of the sun’s energy, it would seem obvious that the sun might be considered the source of life. That certainly would be consistent with the ancients who equated the sun with God. Of course, that doesn’t explain where the plants came from, or for that matter the sun either.
Then, there’s nitrogen. Without nitrogen life couldn’t exist as it is responsible for, among other things, the proteins/DNA in our bodies. It constitutes a negligible amount of the universe and yet it makes up the vast majority of our atmosphere. Overall, 98% of the universe consists of hydrogen and helium, but the earth’s atmosphere consists primarily of nitrogen and oxygen. That’s nothing short of a miracle and flies in the face of logic. So how did so much of the nitrogen in the universe wind up here in earth’s atmosphere. There’s lots of theories, but apparently no one really knows.
Of course, there’s also water. Approximately 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Water plays a critical role in virtually every biochemical reaction and thus is the fundamental building block of life and yet water can act outside the physical laws of Nature (e.g. water rises in trees against gravity). In addition, current scientific research seems to suggest that water has a memory; it’s alive in a manner of speaking.
Moving into the realm of physics, we have gravity. I think everybody has at least some idea of what gravity is having experienced it in their daily lives. Without gravity, life is for the most part impossible. However, science is still trying to come to grips with this mysterious force. This has led one theoretical physicist to admit that when you do calculations concerning gravity, “…you get stupid answers. The math simply doesn’t work.”
The hottest thing in science today seems to be genetics and the enigma of DNA. Just think of it. Trillions of cells in our body each encoded with instructions on how to operate and grow our bodies; and these trillions of cells are all working in precise harmony with every other cell. The neural circuitry in our brains uses algorithms undreamt of in modern science, way beyond the capabilities of the most sophisticated supercomputer. Yet, we can’t figure out how those instructions (similar to computer code) got there. Who exactly was the programmer, anyway?
These are just are a few of the things in the physical world that might lead one to the conclusion that the chance for life in the universe, absent some form of intelligence, is infinitesimal. But what about the quantum world, you might ask? Well, ask away because the quantum world is beyond man’s power to observe and therefore will probably forever be a mystery. What little we seem to know is that the in the quantum world everything is different than in the physical world, including different laws of physics. The physical world appears to be simply the effect, with the quantum world being the cause. You could say that the quantum world is the true reality and we are living, or perhaps more correctly dreaming, inside a virtual reality matrix.
So here we stand today vacillating between two diametrically opposed beliefs (God vs. evolution); between two fairy tales, one of the Genesis story and one as to how so many dead chemicals, in the primordial soup, somehow coalesced into life. George Wald, a Nobel laureate, stated that it had been scientifically proven that spontaneous generation of a living organism was impossible. Yet he still chose to believe in something that, in his own words, was impossible rather than to believe in a Creator. That pretty much sums up for me the utter absurdity of man’s rationalization on this issue. I can only assume that if I were to return here in another 2,000 years the very same argument would still be ongoing!
“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”