Thursday, March 29, 2012

Science jumping to conclusions? Never!

I was reading an article from 2006 that seem to draw a conclusion that certain perceptions of patients were triggered by electrical stimulation of specific brain regions.  Because they were able to cause and remove at-will supposed perceptions similar in kind to spiritual insights (such as out of body or ghostly encounters) by controlling an external electrical signal, they concluded that the stimulation of a specific brain region was the cause.  The problem with this conclusion is that they ignore the stimulus as a potential cause as it too was a trigger.  This is a major issue that I have with jumping to conclusions by selectively perceiving what the experimenter wants to perceive.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Chicken or the egg: An argument for intelligent design

In recent years, the debate over intelligent design has been widely reported on in the news media.  Prominent atheists have clashed with various groups and government entities decrying the concept of intelligent design.  Much of the debate centers around the distinction between creation and existence.  The religious argue for the existence of an intelligent deity outside of themselves that organized matter into existence, while the atheist argues that existence does not need external intelligent design for its existence, but only the raw materials and time is necessary given enough permutations.

The chicken or the egg problem for me is which came first: matter or the laws which govern matter?  I believe that intelligent design must exist for physical existence simply because the factors necessary for "non-intelligent" design (matter) requires intelligent design (laws governing matter).  When you consider this, it's even more interesting how science tries to understand these laws that allows the observable nature to exist and have behavior, and yet they merely accept without question these law's existence.  In other words, they question and seek how matter came to be and thus come to understand the laws, but do not ask the same of these laws.  As an aside, my perspective does not presume any religious connotations in the way that organized religions view intelligent design (the single creator/deity concept).  In fact, I do not believe in "creation" at all (making something from nothing), but instead that consciousness transforms itself into form ("matter", which is the term we came up with to represent the things we can perceive with our senses, is just one type of form).  This is tied to the premise that actuality is the product of observation; that what we think of as reality must logically be the product of some intelligent observer because observation is necessary for all probabilities to become actuality (I'm aware that many people who hear this will refute it saying "observation" is not related to anything conscious, but that depends on the definition of consciousness.  Those who say that consciousness has nothing to do with the notion of "observation" or "measurement" is referring to an egotistical consciousness which is not what I am referring to.  I am saying consciousness is the ability to be aware of its own existence and that is what I refer to as "observation".  How do you know that "you" exist if not because "you" are conscious?  So because "you" are conscious, "you", whatever that may be whether conceptual or physical, exists.).

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Moses and the Exodus interpreted

We've all read or heard the story of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt's bondage.  What most people believe, however, is that the story is a historical documentary of one of Israel's major trials and tribulations where God helped them from their plight.  What I believe is that the story of Moses is not meant to be understood as a historical representation.  Instead, the story is explaining the spiritual condition of Man (aka the soul, not mankind).  Think of it as a long parable.  Why are there so little archeological evidence of those events written in the bible?  Because many of the tales speaking of the things I've written about are from much older times ( some several hundreds of thousands to millions of years past) through visions and legends, that have been carried forward and retold at different eras with words that the people of the times can relate with.  With these retelling, the true message is spoken through the tale, but the tale itself may contain different characters, conditions, and conclusions depending on the social norms.  Notice that none of these religious tales exist in modern times?  That's because the underlying message within the tales are still here in the books and anecdotes of people today; those who have had visions, experiences (such as near death, out of body, and trance-states), and insights that speak of the true nature of ourselves and our true reality.