SGMS

Scientific-Gnosticism Memetic-Shamanism

SGMS’s Big TOE

Published by under Uncategorized on January 15, 2010

That’s Theory Of Everything to those counting.

This TOE encompasses not just an explanation of physical phenomena but provides a physical model for the spirit world and consciousness. This is the only TOE I know of that does that and it’s certainly the only one that really has zero hocus pocus.

If you listen closely enough you’ll hear the echoes of the commonalities of every ancient philosophy and religion. From the concept of Anima and Gaia, to the gods and goddesses of greek/roman mythology. From Taoism and the balance of chaos and order to clips of the vedas. It is also very strongly in line with many Pythagorean truths.

The largest problem most will have with the theory is the starting point: Aether. We have developed very little in the area of physics in the past one-hundred years in contrast with the previous years. When considering all we understand of physics, what has been developed in the field during the relativity era is a tiny rider on top of what came before. During those years when most of electromagnetic theory was developed, Aether was a forgone conclusion, no scientist in their right mind would ever suppose that a wave can exist without a medium.

A wave is not a physical thing. It is the changing property of something else. It is a concept and does not actually exist per se. Just like temperature does not exist and sound does not exist except as concepts used to describe an amount of heat energy and a measure of perturbations of air. A wave is simply a description of the way kinetic energy is passed between particles of a substance. IE Concentration and rarefaction or squishing and stretching of a substance as it seeks equilibrium. It is particle motion. This is why, once they discovered that light was a wave, scientists knew there had to be a substance carrying the wave or there would be nothing to experience the wave. Any other assumption is utterly without example, basis or explanation and completely irrational and unscientific in the extreme. It is pure faith without reason. Most people do not know the extreme controversy around relativity that raged for over fifty years was only ended when universities started firing those who did not conform.

Here’s the important part though: E=MC2 is correct. Most of relativity is actually correct and was mostly an agglomeration of all the previous science into a single work. The matter and energy equivalence was actually worked out by a number of scientists before Einstein. Almost all the calculations in relativity were created by someone else. Poincare, Lorentz, Maxwell and many more. Einstein simply eliminated Aether, used all these other theories and slapped his name on it. He didn’t even cite the original contributors and scientific process was well establish by that time so it was considered plagiarism not to have done so. But this isn’t a lesson on history…

So what does all this mean? Simple, there is a black thread of faith and irrationality that has crept into physics and is woven so tightly in it that it’s nearly impossible to dig out. A great deal of physics is correct but all the magical multi-dimensional spooky effects are all artifacts of this thread. I’ve searched for magic my entire life and when I was more a faith-based person I loved that science had these fascinating possibilities. I was crushed to learn that it was all part of the same single mistake. I was devastated to learn that there was no scientific evidence for anything supernatural at all. Not even a little. No time travel, no spooky entanglement. No strings. No observer-based control of the universe. Imagine my existential angst!
Further info at www.anti-relativity.com

Now that I’ve gotten you over the biggest hump I’m going to have to speed things up… a lot.

What we have is a substance that all things are made of called aether. It is the densest substance in the universe. All matter is made up of rarefied aether. What this means is that what we think of as super dense and heavy objects are actually exactly the opposite when contrasted with the substance they are made from. Basically bubbles but far more complex. The reason they are not crushed is because of the kinetic energy stored in them primarily in the form of rotation. Each atom is a complex toroid-like structure. A donut-shaped vortex. The centrifugal force of the particle rotation offsets the exterior pressure such that a vacuum or near vacuum of aether is created. What this means is that matter and energy are one thing and there is only one kind of energy and that is kinetic energy.

The best analogy is to think of a tornado. The rotation causes the air in the center to become so rarefied that a near vacuum can occur but the rarefaction is not localized only to the center, it extends out away from the vortex in a gradient. So when you see a tornado you think of the funnel cloud itself but the tornado exists in a much larger area. The thing you see is only a border condition dealing with the amount of vacuum created. Because of this fact, tornados are drawn to each other and will actually merge. This is because of buoyancy and can only be explained well by a picture. This is the same effect that causes gravity.

Magnetism and Electricity are another form of variations of aether density. Though I have not yet worked out which is rarity and which is density and I believe it may be more complex than that. It may instead have more to do with a configuration of alternating areas of density and rarefaction.

Going back to atomic structure and toroidal vortices, there is another component that must be understood to tie together this model. Vortices give off waves as they transfer energy to the ambient medium and waves pump vortices as they transfer their straight-line motion into circular motion. A standing wave in a medium is accompanied by alternating vortices in that medium. They exist together because of the “gearing” effect that is present in fluids. This gearing effect can be seen in the necessity of a vortex being created as water flows down a tube. The rotation reduces the overall friction allowing the water to flow faster and more smoothly.

So in effect, wave particle duality is simply an interchange of states not a simultaneous description. Particles are vortices, vortices are circular waves.

Another important evidence that brings things to light is the spontaneous formations of vortex crystalline structures observed in plasmas. This bears import wrt the basic crystalline structure of solids. What happens is that when vortices are created in a non-neutral plasma, they eventually arrange themselves into well known crystalline configurations including a central vortex with a single vortex circling it.

 

Particles are not simple toroids but are in fact complex structures of multiple vortices. They are also simultaneously standing waves. To go further the next understanding necessary is cymatics. It is the study of mechanical waves(sound) on fluids or other flowing substances.  Though many videos are available, very few show the internal vortices present in the extremely regular structures created. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCXZF3NiPIk

at 1:10 there is a good capture of some of the internal rotations. This image is a representation of the structure of an atom. You will notice the areas and shape of rotation exactly match the “electron distribution” map well known in quantum physics. Most orbitals are likely transitional states as the standing wave transitions between states but the 3d orbital in particular is easily made out in the previous video. Notice the infinity symbol shape actually matches particle motion.

More complex particles which are of a higher frequency will have more internal vortices. These internal vortices are electrons.

 

The music of the spheres is revealed in the fact that cymatics depends upon not only frequency but the perfect combination of frequency and amplitude to achieve a stable structure. It is also very dependant upon the reactivity of the substance.

A standing wave in the center of a fluid must necessarily create a toroidal vortex to allow particles to gear past eachother as the flows go in and out from the center. This causes symmetrical patterns to arise which are dependant upon the number of standing waves present within the vortex IE the frequency. The amplitude of those waves must be in proper relation to the size of the toroid.

The combination of thesecomplex flows and proper combination of wave height (amplitude) to vortex height gives rise to an infinite flywheel device that is managed by the ambient pressure of aether upon the whole structure. Only waves which are the right amplitude and harmonic can remain in the structure, any other wave will eventually be ejected from the structure. (Taking up and giving off electrons)It seems there may be a one-to-one relationship of standing waves and internal vortices. From this beginning explanation, a creative mind can see how all of quantum physics takes on new meaning.

The periodic nature of all atoms and the harmonics associated now make perfect sense and give rise to a reason why these base eight relationships exist in atomic structure. The diatonic scale. Everything falls perfectly into place. No magic, no hocus pocus or mumbo-jumbo. (did you know dark matter was invented to “fix” why relativity cannot explain the rotation of galaxies and has never been detected in any other way than simply assumed to be there?)

So now we’ve fixed physics and all the magic is gone. How on earth could this give rise to spirituality???

We must first break down our assumptions about consciousness and what can contain it and what can have experience. We’ve probed the brain in so many ways that all the mysteries are very quickly disappearing. There is a machine that after being given three calibration nouns can guess what noun you are thinking with ~80% accuracy. They have implanted brains with chips that have allowed quadriplegics to control a cursor on a computer screen with thought alone. They’ve taught monkeys to control prosthetic arms with thought alone after some minor implants. Stimulate the correct part of someones brain and they will cry laugh or physically attack you. It’s been done.

A single ant from a colony of army ants will endlessly circle a table when alone, but ant colonies perform the most efficient form of resource exploration and discovery as a group. Exploring fifteen(if I remember correctly) degree increment spokes on an exploration pattern that eventually covers a large circular shape and then upon completion move to a semi-random location at a proper distance from the previous location to begin again. Some have seen the ants pour into obstacles such as small streams and walk across on the dead entangled bodies but then go up into trees to cut leaves to use as boats when confronted with a larger river. Collective intelligence.

We are made up of individual neurons and the loss of a great deal of them does not interrupt our sense of self. We are not a single neuron but something that only exists as a collection and relationships between the collection. Furthermore and more importantly, the firing of neurons is a process of alternating between chemical and electrical signals and these happen in a loop formation between the thalamus and cortex.

We are a loop of electrochemical energy. That loop driven and directed by the shape of the connection of the neurons and upon passing changes the shape of the connection. Just as a river moves a stone so does the stone move the river.

The best explanation of our experience is to simply say we are energy in a loop and the configuration of that energy and the complexity of it gives rise to experience. Experience seems to be an electrical phenomenon. Given the previous explanation of what matter is, everything is an electrical phenomenon. That is to say, aether in motion is experience. If we are complex loops of aether then couldn’t any loop of aether have some sort of experience somewhat similar to our own. Could we not see the magnetosphere of the earth as thalamo-cortical loops? The same true of the sun? And of the other gods such as Jupiter?

If we have not begun to properly detect aether because of our ignorance of it, could there not be free-standing smaller loops that do not have the energy and compactness of a single atom (and yes every atom might be a mind) that we would not be able to detect other than via electromagnetic fluctuations but may have experience and though just as we do?

In addition when a tree grows it is influenced by the way the wind hits it, the way the water flows near it and every event is captured in its growth pattern. As it moves water and sap through itself in yearly cycles does it not pass electromagnetic substances through a specific pattern? How is this not equivelent to memory? The tree grew the way it wanted to grow. What it wanted was dictated by experience and genetics. How are you different?

This is all very metaphysical but at the same time explained in a very mechanistic physical way. Given a more accurate view of physics and an improved view of human experience given to us by modern biology (which has no magical theories in it) we can see that the idea that “everything is mind” may have some roots in concrete fact.

What I’m saying is that everything is one thing. Everything interacts via touch and mechanics. Everything is so complex it seems random but it is in fact the butterfly effect from a level even smaller than we can yet probe. That every mind is made of many smaller minds. That everything is intricately connected and interrelated. I’m saying “as above so below”

There is no magic; nothing that cannot be explained. The unexplained simply hasn’t been properly understood yet (or recently anyway) Nothing happens without a reason. Even though existing as a spirit might be possible it con only be so if there exists somewhere somehow an explanation that works with the rest of reality. Everything works.

Phew! That’s the shortest answer I can give to the meaning structure of life the universe and everything in a single sitting. I’m sure I can do it better given some time though! 😉

More Frequency

Published by under Uncategorized on January 15, 2010

I’ve been writing many blogs and pages in the background and not putting out content frequently. The subjects I want to cover are usually so large that nothing short of a hundred and fifty page dissertation with illustrations and extensivee referencing will do. But with that attitude I end up waiting till I have the time and energy to tackle the monsters so they never get done.

What I intend to do is to try to cover some topics in ultra brief explanations which will end up sounding completely unfounded. I will then have a catalog of topics that I can later explain in detail with pie charts, graphs, power-point presentations and all manner of other paraphernalia. So please excuse the brevity and complexity of some of my upcoming blog posts. I Will eventually create a page that will explain the evidence and the path of reasoning required to arrive at my theories and hypothesees.

IF [Annotated]

Published by under Uncategorized on December 13, 2008

The poem “IF” by Rudyard Kipling may be the most concise guide to honor and virtue ever written. It has inspired me from childhood and most closely matches the code I try to live my life by. In some parts the meaning may not be immediately apparent and given that much of my authoring is meant for my son, I’ve decided to clarify

1) If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

When things go wrong, people become short-sighted and look for someone to blame. If you are a leader or teacher, you are the first target. There is no consideration that things always go wrong, there is just a desire to feel like everything is resolved and that everything will be okay. Identifying the problem is the shortest route to resolution. The shortcut to identifing the problem is blame. Blame is way to offload panic. Don’t let panic and blame infect you and blur your path when it might only be a temporary thing. Remember that factual evidence is all that matters not the excitement or urgency surrounding it. A long-term view and consideration of a situation will lead to the truth. Planning and action cannot be based upon emotion. Fear will lead to animalistic short-sighted behavior.

2) If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,

It takes a powerful man to deny the beliefs of thousands of millions and stand alone against their doubt ridicule and sometimes hatred. Only those who can look at the masses and know that he is still in the right because he holds to evidence and personal experience over the opinions of people who can never discover or invent. Only a trust in yourself will make you your own man and without that trust you will never be able to depart from the herd. Without that departure from the herd you cannot be a trailblazer and a true leader. At the same time it is important to note that there is likely some reason why so many people believe something and while it is typically just because of the sheer weight of numbers, on a rare occasion there is something of value to be had from the crowd. However, for the most part, it is helpful to assume that the truthfulnes of a concept is inversely proportionate to the number of people who subscribe to it.

3) If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Patience is still an important virtue. The ability to put off instant gratification is a measure of consciousness and potency of an individual. Those who are impatient are little more than animals.

4) Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

When those around you are not playing by the rules but are pulling out all the stops to bury you socially, it may seem fair and in your best interest to commit to the fight as wholly as they do or find yourself ousted from your social group. It is however a marring of your honor. To lie, without life and death consequances is the very path of evil that divides people and destroys trust and love. It is better to suffer the consequences and suffer socially then to ever give away a single inch of your honor. If they need to lie, they have proven their lesser nature already. In the end, what is important is how you see yourself and what you know about yourself will previal. Lying is the heart of evil and fear.

5) Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

Hatred is arrogance. To not see that the people who hate you have reasons why they are so full of fear and hate is to once again losing that honorable part of you which separates you from the mindless masses. Forgiveness is a critical part of enlightenment. The ability to know that if you were in their shoes, not only would you do as them, you’d BE them. Stop believing you are some perfect magical being who deserves all the good you have and is the author of all your own good attributes. Your situation in life was handed to you by existence. Everything from your genetics to your nutrition has made you into what you are and given you the capabilities you have. If your neurochemistry was altered slightly, you would be full of rage as well. It’s been done in the lab and it’s being done every day to everyone you know. Alterations which are not the choice of the individual but of the environement. Forgive them for they know not what they do…

6) And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

Though you may be capable of immense self control far beyond those around you, when you believe in yourself and realise you ability was granted to you, you don’t have a need to shove it in people’s faces. While you cannot allow others’ feelings and fears to hold you back from doing what is right, niether should you flaunt your greater abilities and cause others to doubt themselves if there is no need to do so. When nothing but your opinion of yourself matters, you can allow others to feel that they can bring themselves up without showing them a great gulf between you. Do not discourage those who were less fortunate. Encourage them and show them the similarities between you so that they can believe that they can better themselves.

7) If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,

Imagination is the halmark of a true leader and inventor. To dream of better days for all is a admirable trait, but to hold too tightly on to over-idealized concepts is to invite disaster. When dreams are your master, you can no longer find the joy of the present and the appreciation of what currently is. To lose the value of the present hoping for better is a horrific loss; it is the loss of living and life itself. When dreaming of better be sure it is tempered with a satisfaction and thankfulness for the present.

8) If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;

There is a purpose to thought. The eventual outcome of thought should be action. If you only think of solutions but never put forward the effort to implement them, the thought is wasted. If you realize your errors but never implement a plan to help yourself overcome your short-comings, you have done nothing but decreased your faith in yourself. If you think of a thousand inventions but never implement one, what good have you done? Possibilities are infinite, but solutions are finite because our current context – the way things are right now – is also finite.

9) If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

Each time we meet triumph or disaster, our perception of which is which is based upon a very tiny perspective. We cannot know the untold happiness that may come about because of a ‘disaster’, and we cannot know the pain that may be in store because of a ‘triumph’. A million dollar jackpot could separate you from your family and the failure of an endeavor can open up doors of opportunity to a much brighter future. The world is ever changing and we must remember that “This too shall pass” so that we remain on an even keel with a positive attitude of thankfulness for whatever currently is.

10) If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

You cannot stop speaking simply because you know that you will be misunderstood and misrepresented. If you have wisdom to impart, you must do so even with the knowledge that it may be used for evil ends. It is not your responsibility to control that which is beyond you. Instead you must hold to your principles and do what you can to make life better for everyone. You must find peace in your attempt at good even when you must sometimes face that your intent was stripped and replaced by a more sinister purpose. Do the best you can and then find peace in the attempt. Learn what you can when things go awry but do not give in to discouragement.

11) Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

Attachment to the things you’ve accomplished and worked many long years for is natural. We try to prevent the loss of even the smallest things we do: “Hey, I just cleaned that up!”. We must, however, know that most of what we do will be utterly washed away moments after it is accomplished. This idea can make us feel helpless and small. It can be the very stongest of discouragement if it is allowed. We must find peace in the fact that everything we do does last, but simply not in the form we originally intended or attempted. You cannot help but leave your mark, whether it be good or bad. You must find satisfaction that what you have done has served its purpose and that you can do it all again or better yet: choose to do it slightly different with the knowledge of what brought down your first works. When discouraged by the loss of our works, we must be able to look closer to ourselves at the things that matter, such as loved-ones, and be reminded of what is truly valuable. We can find peace in the temporary nature of our accomplishments when we see that everything in the world is temporary on one scale or another. All we truly have is right now and allowing what is past to deny us the joy of future or present accomplishments is a shame indeed. Though what you’ve done may not seem to last, it has written an indelible mark on history regardless how small it may seem to you. And it will again.

12) If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;

While this is a second exhortion against attachement, it is also an exhortion to steer clear of fearful protectiveness of your current position that comes with attachement. To remember that most of what you have is by chance more than by plan anyway, it is merely a ‘winning’. As we have more to lose we many times draw in and avoid risk and thereby avoid opportunity. He doesn’t mean that you should be utterly reckless but that perhaps your protectiveness makes you perceive things as too risky when they are not. The greater the risk the greater the reward. Losing is simply a part of how the game of life works. Once you are at peace with this, it doesn’t upset you. If you allow loss in a game of random chance to keep you from trying again, then you have truly lost.

13) If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

It is always darkest before the dawn. So many times, if we had simply gone a little further, tried a little harder, held on just a little longer, we would have made it out the other side. In the game of life, you’ve never lost until the moment you have given up. Each failure along the road is one more step in the race you do not have to make again. Each hardship we have overcome is one more plateau before the summit. To strive is to live and to give up is to die. Find satisfaction in striving itself because even though the road may go backward a long way for a while and you may feel you’ve lost ground, it’s still the road you have to travel and so therefore each step that seems to take you backwards is, in fact, still a step forward on the path that leads to success.

14) If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,

To be able to help those at the bottom better themselves and to help temper the actions of those on top, you must be able to hold your core and see all sides. When resources are scarce, it seems appealing to exploit others or otherwise compromise principles for survival but to do so is to lose part of oneself. When resources come so easily to hand, it can be hard to forgive those less priveledged for their improper actions, but to do so is to forget your own fallibility. It is a trap that will lead you down another path of exploitation and evil: seeing those less fortunate as deserving their difficult lot in life, and seeing yourself as deserving your good fortune. To forget your good fortune and believe instead that you earned it is the worst of mankind’s flaws.

15) If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

A properly humble spirit allows us to see others foibles in a less intentional light. When we realize that we all have misunderstandings and make improper assumptions and we are all nothing more than little meat machines bumping into each other, it’s difficult to be ‘hurt’ when someone, even a close friend, becomes misled. After all, it could be us that was misled.

16) If all men count with you, but none too much,

We consider the feelings and thoughts of others and base our actions upon them as is correct in a honerable person. But when a person’s feeling and thoughts matters too much we give up our personal volition. We can unwittingly become a slave to their minds and actions. When executing the golden rule we must also be mindful whether or not others are playing by the same rules. We must require the same courtesies of them that we provide to others. Our determination of truth must still come from a scientific perspective, not a socially upheld notion.

17) If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Every moment of your life is ticking away. When we waste that life on feeling bad for ourselves, or angry at others, we’ve lost the joy of life. When we instead turn our attention to accomplishing those things which will bring us and others joy, we can feel a sense of accomplishment and have a knowledge of and pride in our own contribution, regardless of how it all pans out and regardless of anyone else’s perceptions. The more time we spend mourning what was or could have been, the less time we have in making what will be… better. Sieze not only the day, but the exhilaration of each moment.

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

In these principles, most of the joy of life will present itself to you and the pride in yourself and the honor you uphold will give you a life worthy of remembering on your death bed. A life without regret. By changing yourself you change the world. That is what it means to truly be a leader; A man.

–Rudyard Kipling

Order and Chaos: A Homocentric Fallacy

Published by under Uncategorized on September 16, 2008

The concept of a balance between order and chaos has been around for quite some time and has indeed served a useful purpose. Like all models of reality we construct to help us understand the world around us, even a flawed model can serve a purpose for a while but we must eventually refine our models to more precisely match reality if we hope to understand reality properly and continue our journey of discovery and development.

The idea of order and chaos is basically a representation of predictability and unpredictability with a touch of magical thinking. If we can easily predict it, it is orderly. If it is unpredictable, it is chaotic. While this might have been some of the impetus behind these magical labels, it is not an accurate description of the inner workings of the balance between order and chaos.

In chaos theory, the path a drop of water takes is described as chaotic. This leaves the mechanism of the motion in a magical state. It is a religious label rather than a description of the event. The truth of the matter is that there are so many factors involved in the resolution of the path of a single drop of water that it is very unpredictable. This lack of predictability is only because of the lack of knowledge of the observer.

These magical explanations of phenomena have existed throughout the history of mankind. Once it was the god of fire that makes water boil and demons that make people crazy and the world was held up by atlas or a turtle. Now, because of the lack of understanding of electrons we have a model which predicts via probability but instead of understanding that it is a model we believe that electrons magically appear in a  single place when our holy minds observe them.

Order and chaos are better represented by the (still homocentric) terms simplicity and complexity. Or perhaps uniformity and differentiation. Over time it can be thought of as stasis and change. In every explanation of this concept we must understand our bias. In  the terms simplicity and complexity there is an inferred reference. Zoom in on a single portion of a complex system and it seems simple. Zoom out from a simple system and the way it interacts and interconnects with the rest of reality makes it complex. The same is true with uniformity and differentiation. There is an inferred reference of human perspective. Even when considering a time perspective there is the assumption that a picosecond isn’t a near eternity though there may exist a perspective in which it actually is a near eternity.

Do not limit your mind with homocentric arrogance. Do not give credence to any magical explanation.

When you understand that there is a mechanism to everything and that the whole of existence is comprehensible you can be comfortable with your temporary ignorance. Do not let your fear of innocent ignorance cause you to grasp a magical explanation as anything more than a temporary placeholder for future understanding. There is nothing in existence that cannot eventually be explained. All that we have explained does not even touch upon all that exists.

In a desert we can see that the balance is toward simplicity. In a rainforest we can see the balance is toward complexity. We can also see that logic and efficiency are balanced toward simplicity while reason and creativity are balanced toward complexity.

The understanding of the balance of simplicity and complexity can be seen throughout all of nature and the use of this concept in science will help humanity to advance in understanding, but we cannot advance until we eliminate magical thinking which causes us to stop looking deeper into complexity.

Probability Preference and Exception Handling

Published by under Uncategorized on September 10, 2008

In our minds we store a vast array of probabilities. It is more likely when you hear a noise overhead that it is an airplane causing an air disturbance rather than an asteroid. Both are within the realm of possibility. One is usually our automatic choice because of probability.

Probability is context based. Take one of us back in time to a point at which an asteroid is actually plummeting through the atmosphere and me may never even look up because latent inhibition has made us determine that information is useless when because of a change of circumstances, our context fails us. It causes us to incorrectly calculate probability.

Furthermore, it seems that when trying to determine a cause of an event or to predict a course of events that there can be many possibilities that fit but we typically show preference to what we believe to be probable based upon our personal context.

The first thing that would occur to most people is that you should always prefer the thing which is most likely as the explanation. This is “rules based” logical conservative thinking. There are however circumstances in which the less probable selection may be selected. This is choosing the exception as the truer possibility.

Selection of a lesser probability explanation is usually only done because of extension of a variety of modeled paths. We can think out differing scenarios and see that the more likely first explanation becomes less likely upon further examination. What is the mechanism behind this?

This is how we are capable of figuring out what someone means when they say “nice try” after a failed attempt at something. If your context is that people typically are helpful then you assume this person meant to bolster your confidence. If your context is that people typically ridicule mistakes then you assume they are being sarcastic. Regardless of which is the higher rating of probability in your mind, if you have doubt of your first guess, you then weigh other subtle cues to determine if this is the rule or the exception.

The glance to a buddy could denote a simple regard of secondary opinion or input or it could be looking for a shared hidden laugh. Again a probability is considered and now we have a probability stack.

Additionally there is a small laugh. The laugh could be to convey a feeling of “yeah that would have been hard for me too” or it could be “What a loser”. Another probability calculation.

If we have an understanding of this person’s personality we will lean to a larger and more reliable data set for resolving the probability. If we do not have a data set because this is a new person we may simply use a generalized (context based) template of behavior to resolve the stack of probabilities. This is a process that can allow us to categorize something as part of the exceptions instead of the rule.

Better yet we can leave the decision open until further data arrives. Later on upon seeing another small blunder the same guy says: “Hah, good one Einstein”. Suddenly we’ve used pattern recognition to resolve probability. IE a person who would do X would also do Y. It fits in a larger template of behaviors and we believe our general model of people types is more reliable because it has more data. Though we may have originally assumed the best of them, they actually fit in an exception category.

Had that decisive bit of information not come along, we may have had a string of circumstances which could resolve just as easily in one direction or the other, however, simply the frequency of exceptional occurances alone can alter original decision to categorize this person as an asshole or someone with a bad case of foot-in-mouth. A few more seemingly innocuous quips would certainly lead us to believe the guy was an asshole even though he is smiling and friendly to our face. The number of exceptions required for us to decide is determined by our generalized personality calculator. Further yet we have a general fear/trust calculator that underlies this and both are based on context. A person who expected less of people would decide the person was an ass long before a person who hopes for the best in people.

This ability to select a lower probability explanation is also what we use for self-delusion and social manipulation. When a person is actually jealous or some other vice, they know all the possible reasons for their actions and may simply decide that the most innocuous of the explanations is the correct one. The level to which this is checked against other possibilities can, and usually is, reduced to zero or it is checked against a faulty idealized model of self which immediately returns high probability for something that should have been low.

This is the slippery path of deception that most people follow in their minds and are never aware of it. They simply look back at what they did or said and assume the best possible scenario. That is why someone can can say ‘nice hair’ and mean to criticize but when put on the spot about it they may actually feel like their initial intent was to give a compliment. They will give this deceptive answer with confidence and truly believe it themselves. This could be a mark of a small short term memory and therefore less executive function.  IE these people have less ability to examine their own actions because they’ve forgotten them as they happen. But I think it is also likely that people train themselves to notice the actions of others and remember them but they do not track their own actions in short term memory. They live an unexamined life.

The harm of deception is visited on the individual just as much as those around them. This same lack of examination disables a person from being able to make positive change in their own life. It is simply a self-imposed fear of being ‘bad’ or wrong. Without self examination they cannot forgive themselves of mistakes that everyone makes. Guilt can keep one from viewing the past in a more positive light. They must deny the good in their lives and not take responsibility for the negative parts of their past. They cannot see the mistakes of their past as driven by the circumstance and therefore forgivable.

Obviously we must be able to select lower probability ideas and follow them to further conclusions to be able to deal with exceptions. Unfortunately this same mechanism can be used badly. When it becomes progressively worse, the extension of probability becomes ridiculously tenuous without the person realising it. This usually occurs from poor controls on the updating of models. The exception becomes perceived as the rule.

Poor control over the updating of models is unfounded belief. Belief can come from social proof or it can come from experiential knowledge or a combination of both. Inter-model back-checking and comparison can be the difference between a healthy mind and an insane one. The level to which we question our own accuracy/confidence is equal to the level of assurance we need before updating a model. IE some people only need one good source of information or even one simply highly regarded to update a model. Others may require volumes of personal experience.

Frequency of model updates is another important balance of the mind. Requiring too much proof reduces the number of experimental avenues that can be examined. Requiring too little proof can reduce accuracy. When we consider something to be likely or unlikely we must know without doubt that we are biased. There is always a situation in which the exception becomes the rule.

On the path of enlightenment, self-realization/actualization and self-examination, we all must look at our ideas and concepts honestly. We must determine where those beliefs came from and if they fit with the rest of reality regardless of how favorably we may view them. We must always be aware of how much our ideas come from social proof and how much come from experience. We must try to see the myriad possibilities we consider and determine our biases. We must be aware of our natural tendencies to automatically view ourselves in a light that may be inaccurate. We must consider our own context and the possible and probable flaws it has. You may find that the world has gone better for you than you had believed. And you might have accidentally stepped on toes along the way too. Everyone has.

To become more truthful with ourselves and others we must closely watch our actions with a third party perspective. We must occasionally be skeptical of our own motives and drives and be aware of self-delusion. We need to always know why we assume something to be the rule or the exception. By being more aware of ourselves we avoid doing harm while taking responsibility for our actions. We accept that mistakes deserve to be excused and we then remember that we did it our way. We tried. We then can believe in our place in the world as an effective person. We can expect things to go our way.

We can see the ways in which the everchanging, unpredictable reality got the better of us and how we can accept responsibility for this moment.

Humility and forgiveness go hand in hand with self-examination. You must be able to forgive others to forgive yourself. And while examining oneself it is critical to not put that same microscope upon others. There is one instance where the capacity for self-delusion may be helpful. Believing the best of others. If you can always assume the best then even when others are doing wrong they will try to live up to your positive expectations of them. Why make yourself sad with the knowledge that others are sometimes mean-spirited, abusive and insensitive. You might accidentally do the same thing sometimes. Feel sorry for the fact that anyone who is abusive, feels the pain of it themself about themself. Instead help them believe in their goodness by being oblivious. Be proud of possibly not “getting” abusiveness.

People tend to believe about you what you believe about yourself. Believe that everyone likes you and that nobody thinks badly of you and they will all believe your social proof.

Focus apon the good things that have happened and forget about the bad things. Remember the good experiences and dismiss the bad ones for the exceptions that they probably are!

Belief: What it’s for

Published by under Uncategorized on September 10, 2008

While belief, as most people understand it, is usually a horrible force of destruction, it has a reason to exist, and when it’s the right kind, can actually be useful.

Believe in yourself. Don’t believe yourself.

The distinction between these two is huge. Believing in yourself can be most one of the most important things in the world and nearly as important is not believing yourself. Believing yourself is all about thinking that your current configuration is correct and the information you’ve been given throughout your life is flawless. This sounds absurd but most people become angry and feel attacked when you question their beliefs. They cannot separate themselves from the information they were given. They cannot see their own innocence in aquiring incorrect beliefs.

Believing in yourself is knowing that you are capable. That you can change and adapt. Seeing your potential as valuable. When you are full of fear you think you must believe yourself or you somehow are not valuable. You lack the ability to see potential as value. You fear that being wrong or being fooled somehow proves you are bad. Mistakes become proof that you are less valuable instead of simply one less step on the road to success.

Belief is what we use to deal with infinity. When your belief system becomes dysfunctional in one direction or another you become either OCD: Flip that switch or check that lock one more time, can’t be too sure! Or you become schizophrenic: It occurs to me that it is possible that someone is following me, therefore they must be!

Why is belief part of our brain then? Because we must be able to assume X to continue to calculate Y and Z. The world is more uncertain than ‘believers’ think; there are more possibilities. Additionally there is a point at which consideration of the possibilities can become cumbersome and consume more time than the value produced by the consideration of those scenarios.

When we consider probabilities and create possible scenarios for dealing with the future we make certain assumptions. We plan our day at work considering that we won’t have a blowout on the way there. Every plan has a variety of hidden assumptions; these are beliefs. The further we plan into the future the more we are presuming a stable environment. The further we plan, the more belief we have.

Belief is a limiting factor. It limits consideration to a few ‘likely’ sets of data. This is necessary to keep us from becoming locked in infinite consideration of the possibilities. This is a presumption based upon a specific context. If people have stolen from you at every opportunity throughout your life, you will plan you life around securing things most people would never consider. If you’ve left extremely valuable goods unprotected all throughout your life and never had them stolen, you will take risks that most people would balk at. You can see how your mind and those around you are balanced either towards consideration of posibilities or reliance upon probabilities. This is typically a left/right brain balance. It can be seen when considering the mindset of mathematicians and artists, republicans/conservatives and democrats/liberals. Most arguments that occur between people can be broken down to two sides: the rule (51+%) versus the exceptions or simply which context is the rule and which is the exception.

With this consideration you begin to see that probability is not real but context driven and dependent upon a stable environment. It is a guess because stable environments are not very common. Given enough time all things change. In addition to this, if your belief in your context is ironclad you may see changes in environment as simply exceptions unworthy of consideration or may see them as so threatening that an exception may cause an entire re-write of expectations. (for instance: totally losing belief in god if alien life is detected)

Each one of us has a context. We have a set of beliefs about the world around us and even ourselves. If we believe in our context we are bound by it. If we instead believe in our own ability to change and adapt then we have no fear of mistakes or being wrong. We see mistakes as a failure of our context not ourselves. We see the error of belief as a simple problem of misinformation. Only through a separation of our beliefs from our value can we have the boldness required to take on an ever-changing landscape.

When you consider your place in the blanace of rules versus exceptions remember the flaws of each side of the argument. ‘The rule’ is expedient and has proven to be useful but may be fundamentally flawed because of an innacurate context. The exception may herald a coming change to ‘the rule’ or may even prove ‘the rule’ as a skewed context but it is usually unproven and may hinder progress because of the infinite mutability of exceptions.

Belief and skepticism both have their values but it is more important to simply try your best to have the best context possible (through education) and then believe in it as necessary to develop theory. But when your best theories fail or even have some problem you must also be aware of the possible flaws in your knowledge and be eager to fix them. You must have balance, and consider that even your idea of balance may be unbalanced!

Your value is your potential not your knowledge or context. If you believe in yourself your potential is unlimited. Never believe in your ‘limitations’.

The Mutability of Preference and Opinion

Published by under Uncategorized on July 25, 2008

Think back in your life for a moment and try to remember times your preference or opinion changed. You used to like one sort of music or another. You used to hate one kind of food as a child but love it now. There should be a number of examples you can immediately think of and many many more if you put your mind to it.

“Happiness is not getting what you want but wanting what you’ve got”

Each of us has within us the ability to change our desires. The reasons we do so are usually brought about by environment though. We once liked a certain style of clothing because everyone else did, but now we see that same style as absurd… because others do.

There are many tools available for changing one’s psyche and overcoming the animal within and usually those tools manipulate our base desires to a more productive end. For instance, a philanthropist can overcome the immediate selfishness of wanting to keep all his possessions by instead turning his selfishness to longer term goals. By giving away his money he gains respect, admiration, self-worth and gratitude. All of these things can sate the lust for self advancement we all have while bettering the world as we better ourselves.

Another tool that can be used to manipulate your psyche to a better long-term end is rebellion. Once you have grasped that many of your desires and ideas were shaped by those around you without your permission or even knowledge you can turn your rebellion and lust for freedom against that programming which was put inside you. You can rebel against a part of yourself which you no longer grant validity. In doing so you break the hold that others have over you and gain true freedom.

When you can journey down this path you can begin to see how there are movies like waterworld or a variety of other “hated” movies which you could actually find a way to enjoy. You may so strongly believe that it is your own will that makes you hate waterworld that this example may not have the ring it needs but it is unlikely that early in your progress you will be able to even find your own unaltered opinion. I hope for your sake that you can think of at least one thing which is “universally hated” that you either secretely or openly like. If not then it should be blatently obvious to you that your will has been utterly taken from you by mob mentality.

With the supposition you are not utterly a drone, then find an example in which you differ. Find that spark of individuality and nurture it. There is a feeling of satisfying rebellion that goes along with it. Knowing that you are your own person and you have decided that others opinions be-damned you will like whatever you want to like.

If you can do this you can expand it every day. You can expand it to every part of your life from your taste in food and movies, to what clothes you wear. Once your individuality has expanded and the slavery of your mind is ended, new options will open themselves to you.

When you can begin to find the good in every situation. When you can decide to not only accept every situation but love it and all it has to offer. Only then are you truly free. Difficulties simply become learning experiences. Trials become a challenge to overcome and a contrast which make other times even sweeter.

Rebel against the preferences put in you. Fight againt the opinions that were slipped into your mind. Free your mind from slavery. Why should you not feel utter joy and contentent at every moment? Why should your life ever feel incomplete?

If you have changed your opinions then you can change your opinions. If you have changed your preferences then you can change your preferences. It’s time to become the master of your mind and to love life at every moment.

It will not happen instantly; it never has before has it? Then patiently work towards being easy to please. Inexorably move towards needing nothing but what you already have to feel complete and satisfied. It is the feeling you’ve been after all this time anyway. Why not try changing the inside instead of the outside to achieve the happiness you want? You’ll find it is far easier and always more successful.

One place to start is money. Do you need to get a promotion so you can work more long hours and fret more? Do you need to have more to protect from others and more to lose? Do you need more money to get more stuff to make more money which will never make you happy?

Look at you life and ask yourself what you really want. Do you want to feel good inside? Peaceful and content? Or do you want to try for more of something which you will likely never get. Do you want to waste your life desperately trying to get happiness or do you want to start feeling more happiness right now no matter what is going on? Isn’t searching for something more simply just another way to say that what you have isn’t good enough? …that your life isn’t good enough. Isn’t it just a way to convince yourself you are unhappy and therefore actually make yourself unhappy?

Do you really think that something from the outside caused you to feel good? Isn’t feeling good simply chemicals/electricity inside your brain? Didn’t your own brain produce the feeling of happiness you’ve felt before? Wasn’t there a time as a child the simplest things enthralled you? Satisfied you? When someone slays a monster in a video game, are they relieved because they have ended some real threat to their person? Was the adrenaline coursing through their veins there because they were actually in danger?

Why have you been so desperately searching for things to give you a feeling when you’ve had the power to simply produce the feeling inside you all along? Isn’t that silly?

Gullibility, Innocence and Love

Published by under Uncategorized on June 24, 2008

Gullibility is seen as a bad trait but it is in fact part of the loving and trusting aspect of humanity. It is to be revered if it is not because of willful ignorance. If a person is a willing student of life yet they can be easily tricked it is simply because they trust people easily.

Part of being a good person is being tricked sometimes. Without a level of trust, you are showing no love towards others and in your defense you certainly offend. That is to say that the best defense is a good offense and you will subconsciously maneuver to screw people before they screw you when you ‘know’ they are up to no good. But there will be times when you ‘know’ they are up to no good and it will turn out you are the one causing pain and taking from another.

We must be at peace with the necessity of being tricked, abused and swindled. It’s part of being a good person. Once you accept this as a price you pay to make the world a better place, you can be at peace with even what seems to the fearful to be the most embarrassing oversights.

“I don’t donate to charities because I heard about how 90% of the money goes to the people who run them”

“I don’t give money to homeless people because they’ll just drink it away and I don’t want to add to their problem”

Policeman: “I shot the bum because he looked like he had a gun! A fourteen year old kid shot someone for no reason just the other day for god’s sake…”

“I can’t perform CPR on that dying man! Do you know that the families of those that die frequently sue and take everything from a person who was just trying to help?”

If you were a man with a prosthetic nose who had been laughed at many times, you might not know that the guy you just punched when you couldn’t take it anymore was laughing at something else. Maybe many of those others weren’t laughing at you after all?

There are so many times throughout our lives that someone says something they are unaware might mean something different to us. Many times we then take the misunderstood slight and hold it against them. Later we then say some passive aggressive remark “retaliating” for the hurt we misinterpreted because of our skewed expectation. We in fact are the aggressor many times because of these subtleties and misunderstandings.

“I don’t mean to be “nosey“, but where did you get that tie? Haha”

To our prosthetic nose wearer it is obvious by the needless emphasis on “nosey” that this fellow just approached him and insulted him, merely using the pretense of asking about his tie. But this is only because he didn’t know that the approaching fellow had just finished telling his buddy that he liked the tie and was going to ask about it and is oblivious to the prosthesis. His friend who knows this “asking people” is a common behavior calls him “nosey” which he frequently does in such a situation. He then walks over to ask, using the phrase above. The emphasis was self-deprecation. The laugh was just a little self-consciousness about approaching a stranger with such a question.

If Prosthesis just punches the guy, eventually someone will figure out the misunderstanding but what if Prosthesis says to Nosey, “I bought it at an expensive store, I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested”? Or “The tie store…” Because of the indirect nature of the responses, they get off on a bad foot, each believing something bad about the other. If this had been in a situation where they might see one another frequently, more misunderstandings will likely escalate into a situation which makes them enemies. Notice that the abused Prosthesis fellow becomes the abuser who is at fault in this relationship. Is it really his fault though?

Justice needs to be served to those who abuse others but not by treating everyone as guilty. I recently was on a trip to Moldova where nobody ever seemed to smile. I’ve found that in cities and depressed areas when compared to rural areas there is an obvious difference in how much someone smiles. It is easy to figure out this discrepancy if the right perspective is given.

When a used car salesman walks up to you with nothing more than greed and exploitation on his mind what does he look like? (Big smile) When a con artist of any kind talks to you what does he look like? When you do not suspect someone of malicious intent who smiles at you, what do you do in return? You smile. Your smile shows trust and signals the success of the con artist. When exploiters abound, smiling is a mark of innocence and ignorance. It marks you as an easy target. In places where there are too many exploiters, (wolves) smiling means you are either a con-man or a dupe. In small rural communities there are no anonymous dealings. Lives are too interconnected for anyone to get away with an abuse without people finding out and it coming back to bite them. However, the flip side of this is that good deeds don’t go unnoticed and those come back around as well. We used to know who made good chairs and gave them the money they deserved for those quality products. In those communities smiling means that the two of you are going to try to cooperate to achieve best outcome for each other and the community.

Without justice, a society crumbles into an untrusting and divided state. It becomes a feedback loop in which abuse -accidental and purposeful- become a norm and true cooperation, love and the deluge of benefits that come from those things are snuffed out entirely.

“Why should I spend more time in hand-crafting a chair that will last a lifetime when my competitor will make one that will last a year for slightly less, make a huge profit and push me out of the market?”

We as untrusting consumers have no choice but buy the cheaper chair because both manufacturers say they have quality construction. There is no way for us -other than to learn chair making- to determine a difference because our trust level is zero from all the lying and liars who are rewarded by those who trust. Therefore we must buy the worse quality product because the price is the only variable we can actually judge. Eventually those who used to trust feel foolish for rewarding evil people and then add to the problem in a more direct way by not trusting.

Deception has become a subtle and fine art which animals have been using for millions of years. Unfortunately for a system of justice, a bird which walks around with it’s wing limp could just as easily have had a cramp in a muscle or could have just felt like stretching repeatedly. It never “said” it was wounded. Deception is a tool of exploitation. It is a tool of pure competition for the purpose of raising one individual above another in some way. Every tiny deception we perform is for personal gain over another.

The second critically important aspect of innocence is the ability to disbelieve what everyone knows is true and to disbelieve in personal experience. Everyone knew the sun went round the earth and everyone knew a man can’t fly. Everyone knew the earth was flat and everything was made of the four elements. Even the gullibility mindset which allows us to believe easily will allow us to believe something else which has more evidence to support it just as easily as we believe something we already know to be true. Innocence and gullibility are a type of humility about our own knowledge which is absolutely essential for invention and innovation.

If you flip a coin ninety-nine times and each time it comes up heads, what is the percentage chance that it will come up tails on the one-hundredth time? It is hard wired in our brains to believe that it will be strongly to one side or the other but the truth is that it is still exactly 50/50. One of the truths of reality is that anything truly random will also stack up at times so that a small perspective will give an inaccurate idea of probability over time. Sometimes you really will flip a coin ten times and it come up one side all in a row but it doesn’t mean anything.

Many of us have a few unlikely bad events happen to us in short succession and it causes us to expect unlikely bad things to happen more frequently than is realistic. By expecting it, we interpret small inconveniences as bad things to prove our theory correct. In turn we lower our mood and miss opportunity because we know it won’t turn out well. The flip side of opportunity is risk. Even if the risk is so small we lose nothing other than the feeling of failure, we begin to steer clear of risks and the opportunities they offer. We create our own bad luck. This is the mechanism of the “Law of Attraction”.

Part of innocence is fearlessness. When we decide to disbelieve past failure as a predictor of the future we open ourselves to possibility. Many times, because we have not struck at rich by thirty(or some better goal), we believe we actually have less possibility of great things happening than younger people. This is an obvious fallacy that nearly all adults fall into. It is fear that holds us back from our dreams. It is the heedless ignorant innocence of youth that empowers people to accomplish the impossible.

Innocence is what allows us to see possibility instead of improbability. Bravery and humility can make you innocent again. Only when we face our fears, deny our misgivings and bravely engage the future with the humility to say, “I might be wrong. Everyone might be wrong.” can we forgive our failures and let go of guilt and inadequacy.

Only when we forgive ourselves and forgive others their missteps and offenses can we reap the limitless rewards of cooperation and love. If you lose your innocence and allow yourself to constantly believe ill of others, you will become one of them. You become an abuser by default.

There is a price to pay for exploitation as a way of life. We pay it on a societal level though, and over time. It is only because others like you stop trusting and stop willingly paying the price of gullibility that a society crumbles. There is universal justice in this world even if it is on a longer time line than you might prefer.

The Zen of Christianity

Published by under Uncategorized on June 11, 2008

Many who are not christian can not understand the pull of it. They can understand a social club but cannot conceive of anything else to be gleaned from it.

If anything, there is significant current reasons to despise it with it’s pedophile pastors, faith-healing hucksters, TV evangelizing charlatans and a marked penchant for child abuse. In addition we can point to historically enlightening events such as the crusades, the inquisition, witch trials and other slaughter of innocents on a large scale. Anyone with an understanding of history and lack of blinders can fall off a wagon into a pile of reasons to abhor christianity. At the same time there are so many positive values taught in christianity and many positive things come from non-fundamentalist christians. There are many decent honest and loving christians to be found.

This dichotomy is a great mystery to all non christians. Why is there such a gigantic scope of behavior among them. What do the decent christians get from it? While I could elaborate on how easily the religion can be twisted and catered to fit any agenda, I prefer to elaborate on the mechanism of the positive aspects of the religion.

In particular there are two guiding principles that those familiar with a broad variety of religions and/or a grounding in modern psychology may be able to recognize. There are two components common to a “path to enlightenment” that can be found. Forgiveness and submission to god’s will are what christians call them. To the rest of us it is guiltlessly living in the moment and the freedom of giving up control. Or more concisely: freedom from responsibility of the past and the future.

When as a christian you are told that Jesus forgives and absolves you of all your wrong doing, you are capable of shedding guilt and responsibility and are no longer acting out on your belief in your own worthlessness. Those who are burdened with guilt and negative self beliefs are doomed to repeat them; this is psychology 101. By gaining the forgiveness of Jesus, a person is able to shed the belief that they are as worthless as their parents told them they were. They can stop believing for a moment that they are “bad” and instead blame satan or their “sin nature”. Once freed of these oppressive beliefs, they can finally believe in their ability to change and be considered a new person by others and more importantly different from their own perspective.

The second principle helps in maintaining a focus on the moment by freeing a person from responsibility for the future. When you are repeatedly told that “god is in control”, that it is “god’s will”, and that “all things work together for the good of them that love the lord”, the burden of trying to over plan the future and the feelings of guilt or failure and inadequacy that come from the vagaries of fate, are pushed away. As we age, we are all pulled into the swirling current of “responsibility” wherein we are told that we have control over our world and are required to exercise it. Even when we give our best within the bounds of what we are given we fail. Without a scapegoat for this failure we can become obsessed with planning or believing in our own inadequacy.

It is my hope that with the understanding of the roots of christianity and relief that those roots can provide that we all can incorporate the valuable lessons without the pitfallsthat so many christians suffer. So many christians forget their early lessons of redemption and cannot always feel like a new person so they begin to feel guilt for their continued “failings”. They can fall prey to judging others and therefore judging themselves too harshly. They begin to feel responsible for their future instead of leaving it up to god.

By understanding our own helplessness in the face of the universe and fate we can focus on changing ourselves without guilt slowing us down. We can begin the cycle of improvement while seeing each “failure” as just one of the many steps to success.

By understanding our own helplessness against the universe we can forgive ourselves and therefore others even when they do us wrong or do things in a worse way. We know that the credit for our “betterness” belongs to circumstance, the universe, or even god. And their “worseness” is also just a function of their position and starting conditions. When we see those who are actually better than us we can feel peace that they had unfair advantages over us just as we have unfair advantages over others. And of course we can also see or at least assume the unfair disadvantages of others.

This results in yet another principle of christianity: humility. Not humility that leads us to believe we are somehow bad or less than others but instead a humility that lets us know we are no different than others in a certain way. Though we may actually be more effective as a person and may do more good things which everyone can agree makes a better person, we still know that the ability to do such things are a function of circumstance so a lesser would still be a equal to us if given perfectly equal circumstance. (genetics and experiences) We humbly remember our unfair advantages.

Once we forgive ourselves and others we can focus on changing ourselves. Though even this tiny amount of control may be illusion, at the very least we can see things the way they are and have peace.

Knowledge of self is the only power that we have and the only control that matters. Forgiveness helps us overcome self-delusion which hides our faults and makes us repeat them. Giving up and being satisfied with even failure allows us to keep plodding along at improving ourselves without the guilt that leads to self-delusion.

Free Will Revisited

Published by under Uncategorized on April 22, 2008

As with nearly every thing in existence the idea of free will has two sides. These sides tend to correspond with logic and abstraction/emotion. While in “The Illusion of Free Will” I highlight the logical fact of our input-output nature, this view can ‘feel’ helpless. This helplessness is the reason we all have a need to reject the idea of absolute destiny. We must ‘feel’ the ability to change our world and impact our destiny or we give up. The idea of free will must be redefined within workable boundaries. It is a concept that is useful in dealing with other concepts such as time, but in the end it must be realized that all these concepts are only tools for dealing with now.

SGMS considers that there are two sides to our mind with extremely different purposes. The two sides must hold the differing but complementing memes to function optimally. This can sound like contradiction but only to those who give a cursory examination.

We must emotionally feel okay and along for the ride of life. We must feel a peace about the world that comes from knowing that we are not actually in control but we must also feel a sense of control and ability to improve our situation in life. We want control without responsibility and fault. We have seemingly conflicting desires but when all of reality is considered it is no so conflicting; they are simply differing tools for differing situations. Taking these tools and directing them is a critical part of happiness and fulfillment in life.

We have three areas to deal with about experience and we often mix up their importance: The past, the present, and the future. There is only truly the eternal ‘now’ but the concepts of time are very useful and necessary. We must be able to focus on the experience of now but using the context of the past with a little consideration of the future.

Now is the most important by far because your past experiences and context are always one-sided and can be completely contrived. At any moment, if you have an open mind, you can again have the ‘Aha!’ moment that you did when you were a teenager and realized your parents had you believing some really ridiculous things. However, this time it might be that you realize your group of friends were wrong, or your spouse was wrong or the television was wrong. You realize you’ve been lied to and you need not feel foolish for believing the absurd. So we must concede that our context is flawed, biased and always to be looked at with incredulity though still useful in certain situations.

Though you seem to be able to predict the future generally, when it gets down to specifics you always find that your plans rarely go as planned. The more specifically you plan the more inaccurate the plan unfolds. We all know this yet we still roll the dice like a gambler hoping that this next time it will pay off. On a rare occasion it does and keeps us gambling but the success rate when examined is just as much a waste of resources and time as gambling is a waste of money.

Our perpetually skewed picture of the past adulterates our prediction of the future. In the face of these facts, the most useful strategy seems to be the ability to be adaptive. To have ability and talent rather than raw knowledge alone. We must be like a child, assessing the nature of the present and appreciating every moment for its new uniqueness and its variety of hidden qualities. We must remain aware of our excusable ignorance but always working with wonderment and excitement to eliminate it.

Just as ‘Now’ is more important than the other concepts of time. True understanding is more important than knowledge of facts. Knowledge is transient and context dependant. Knowledge is only useful for building a picture of interaction and dependency. It is only useful for building understanding. Only through understanding are we able to predict and adapt.

The universe is a collection of interrelating information. Only by becoming a center of interrelating information do you become a larger ‘rock’ in the stream. The way things interact shape the universe and the ‘behaviors’ of the universe that we see around us. The things that happen are only because of the underlying schema. Events are the product of interaction, but not just interaction but a specific type and order of interaction. In this way, understanding is a model of the universe. By having understanding that matches the universe, we become a small model of the universe itself. We become a machine that better mirrors the machine which created us. In this way we also become creators, just like the universe creates.

As information flows through the interaction schema that we call the universe, it is shaped and changed and caused to to interact in a specific fashion. As we understand more, information flows through us and interacts in the same way as the universe. We are better able to predict the universe because we are more like it. As we understand more we become an agent of the universe. We become a tool for shaping and ordering. Our ‘will’ becomes more like the ‘will’ of the universe. What is will but desire and what shapes desire but understanding.

As we understand we gain an ability to change the things around us, we become a larger and more important part of the machinery of the universe. As the information and events of the world flow through us we change it and move it, but we do so because the flow of information accumulated in a way which created us and continues to shape us.

Because we are a part of the universe we take part in changing it and forging it because of our presence. The form and function of our presence was because of the culmination of all the interactions before us. In this way we have the free will to act within our nature but just as a tree cannot act outside of its nature, neither can we at any moment behave outside our own momentary nature. But because we are part of the universe and able to guide the flow of the universe as it touches us, we can cause a feedback loop to begin within ourselves. We can guide the evolution of our current self.

With a little understanding we can get more understanding and expand ourselves. Through expanding our tools we expand our impact and therefore our perceived ‘control’. By causing our mind or spirit-meme to match the universe we gain more of the power of the universe because of our similarity to the universe.

Control is still essentially an illusion but as we gain understanding we become more the author of ourselves and by becoming the author of ourselves we change the way things flow through us. Though we might not have been the initial spark we still become the tool that accomplishes the task.
We can still have pride in ourselves but that pride must also accompany understanding. Though one officer might actually run down and capture a serial killer that he sees on a patrol he did not do the detective work, the forensics, the profiling and he did not design the microscopes or the radios or the cars or the myriad other tools that allowed him to make the arrest. He likely didn’t make the coffee that kept him awake nor did he even make the decision that he would be on patrol that night. He didn’t make any of the decisions that identified the perpetrator but he was the eventual tool of the system that made the arrest.

Though we can have pride in our value and the impact we have we must realize what contributed to who we are in the context of the entire universe. The source of our value and impact is not our own but it is nice to admire the impact of the thing the universe created. Once we realize our smallness and become okay with it, we no longer see free will in the same way. Once we realize we are and integral part of the universe we can see that we are a thing we created through the power of destiny and that we are part and parcel in that process.

When we gain understanding we see our ‘will’ as created by the universe and how we are currently the universe’s tools by which destiny is played out. In this way we can see our power as part of the universe but realize our smallness and eventual lack of fault in the workings of such a greater thing.
Life is a creation of the universe and life created us. We have a choice to become larger or smaller in the universe. That choice or ‘arrest’ may have been set up by the universe but we still make it. By making the decision to become something better, we increase our domain and power within the universe even though the decision was the eventual result of the universe’s working. When a person chooses to remain ignorant and destructive they simply become a tool for the force of unbalance.

If we strive for better then we were meant to strive for better. Without striving there is no success. If we sit in the corner and accept a lack of control then we were meant to and never do accomplish great things. We accept and therefore create our destiny as a broken tool.

Exercise the power of change granted to you by the universe. Accept the gift of understanding by seeking it. Be at peace with your place in the universe and enjoy the ride but be all that you can be and you may find there is no limit to what you can and were meant to be. You may be the tool of change the universe uses.

Our wants and our will are simply a product of the complex machinery of the universe which we are an integral part of. We are just as much a part of shaping the universe as gravity is. Our will and thoughts are just as much a mechanism (tool of change) of nature as gravity is. Logically, we have no free will, but abstractly (through the grasping of complexity via abstraction), there is something that might be thought of as free will.

We can do what we want but what we want was done to us.

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