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16969Re: Anything Beyond The Universe? New Theory Changes Our Destiny

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Feb 11, 2010
      Comment received in an email from a very conscious
      (requesting anonymity) Meditation Society of America member:
      "As for the article, it seems to me the author is yearning
      for a way to control his human predicament. There is a lot of oversimplification and supposed understanding."

      medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > By Robert Lanza, MD who is the author of "Biocentrism,"
      > a new book that lays out his theory of everything.
      > We think our destiny is to journey to Mars and
      > beyond. Yet as we build our spacecraft, we're about
      > to be broadsided - from a different direction - by
      > the most explosive event in history.
      > Sometime in the future science will be able to create
      > realities that we can't even begin to imagine. As we
      > evolve, we'll be able to construct other information
      > systems that correspond to other realities, universes
      > based on logic completely different from ours and not
      > based on space and time.
      > Immanuel Kant declared in 1781 that space and time
      > were real, but only indeed as properties of the mind.
      > These algorithms are not only the key to consciousness,
      > but why space and time − indeed the properties of matter
      > itself - are relative to the observer. But a new theory
      > called biocentrism suggests that space and time may not
      > be the only tools that can be used to construct reality.
      > At present, our destiny is to live and die in the
      > everyday world of up and down. But what if, for example,
      > we changed the algorithms so that instead of time being
      > linear, it was 3-dimensional like space? Consciousness
      > would move through the multiverse. We'd be able to walk
      > through time just like we walk through space. And
      > after creeping along for 4 billion years, life would
      > finally figure out how to escape from its corporeal
      > cage. Our destiny would lie in realities that exist
      > outside of the known physical universe.
      > Even science fiction is struggling with the implications. In "Avatar," human consciousness is infused into blue
      > aliens that inhabit a wondrous world. However, according
      > to biocentrism, replicating human intelligence or
      > consciousness will require the same kind of algorithms
      > for employing time and space that we enjoy. Everything
      > we experience is a whirl of information occurring in
      > our heads. Time is simply the summation of spatial
      > states - much like the frames in a film - occurring
      > inside the mind. It's just our way of making sense of
      > things. There's also a peculiar intangibility to space.
      > We can't pick it up and bring it to the laboratory.
      > Like time, space isn't an external object. It's part
      > of the mental software that molds information into
      > multidimensional objects.
      > We take for granted how our mind puts everything
      > together. When I woke up this morning, I was in the
      > middle of a dream that seemed as real as everyday
      > life. I remember looking out over a crowded port
      > with people in the foreground. Further out, there
      > were ships engaged in battle. And still further out
      > to sea was a battleship with radar antenna going
      > around. My mind had somehow created this spatio-temporal
      > experience out of electrochemical information. I
      > could even feel the pebbles under my feet, merging
      > this 3D world with my 'inner' sensations. Life as we
      > know it is defined by this spatial-temporal logic,
      > which traps us in the universe with which we're
      > familiar. Like my dream, the experimental results
      > of quantum theory confirm that the properties of
      > particles in the 'real' world are also observer-determined.
      > Loren Eiseley once wrote: "While I was sitting
      > one night with a poet friend watching a great opera
      > performed in a tent under arc lights, the poet took
      > my arm and pointed silently. Far up, blundering out
      > of the night, a huge Cecropia moth swept past from
      > light to light over the posturings of the actors.
      > 'He doesn't know,' my friend whispered excitedly.
      > 'He's passing through an alien universe brightly lit
      > but invisible to him. He's in another play; he doesn't
      > see us. He doesn't know. Maybe it's happening right
      > now to us.'"
      > Like the moth, we can't see beyond the footlights.
      > The universe is just life's launching-pad. But it
      > won't be rockets that take us the next step. The
      > long-sought Theory of Everything was merely missing
      > a component that was too close for us to have noticed.
      > Some of the thrill that came with the announcement
      > that the human genome had been mapped or the idea that
      > we're close to understanding the Big Bang rests in our
      > innate human desire for completeness and totality. But
      > most of these comprehensive theories fail to take into
      > account one crucial factor: We're creating them. It's
      > the biological creature that fashions the stories, that
      > makes the observations, and that gives names to things.
      > And therein lies the great expanse of our oversight,
      > that until now, science hasn't confronted the one thing
      > that's at once most familiar and most mysterious -
      > consciousness.
      > Reality is simply an information system that
      > involves our consciousness. Until we understand
      > ourselves, we will continue to blunder from light
      > to light, unable to discern the great play that
      > blazes under the opera tent.
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