Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Everything is Conscious

Have you ever said to yourself "this room feels comfortable", "the weather feels gloomy", "these flowers liven up the room", etc.?  Or have you ever looked at a scenic view and felt joy from the beauty?  We often say or feel these things, but never really consider that this is a form of communication from the environment.  When we think of communication, we think of movements and sounds coming from "conscious" creatures.  We place consciousness in creatures because we can observe them changing as they please, whether it's moving from place to place, creating or destroying, and most importantly interacting and communicating with one another.  But if we consider how we feel when we see non-living things, it can be said that these non-living things are also communicating to us.  Let me explain why that is.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

No such thing as "random"

There is no such thing as random chance.  What we perceive as something being random or chance is the lack of perception or information behind the cause for that something.  Just because something happens without expectation, does not mean it was random.  In order to make this point clear, let's define what random means first.  For something to be considered random, a variable or variables cannot be determined or predicted to ascertain a predictable or repeatable outcome.  Right off the bat, we can see that the cause for the perception of randomness is the lack of information.  If we knew what those variables were and could calculate what their values would be, then that which seemed random before would no longer appear as such (the other defined aspect of "randomness" is having no conscious direction, purpose or intent, but I'll try to explain why consciousness must always exist).  Statisticians will use probabilities and percentages to demonstrate that chance/luck/randomness exists because of math, but this is merely their way of using reason to understand the world they observe.  Consider that the universe isn't just matter, but there are processes that exist which cannot come from chaos or random chance (not in the way most people think of chaos).  These processes are the fields of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.  All three of these fields describe processes which are not physical, and yet the physical universe cannot exist without these rules.  How did these mental but "absolute" (i.e. observationally unbreakable in this reality) concepts come to exist if randomness was the cause?

Dream adventures

Most of us either barely remember our dreams or don't recall dreaming at all, but some experience fantastical dreams that make their normal reality seem like a hazy dream.  I think everyone should be more aware of their dreams because it is more than most people believe it is.  The fact that we dream alone is an interesting point, one that many people will write off as a biological "blowing off" of the day's steam, or some other unimportant aspect of our body.  If you want to learn more about what dreams are made of, there are exercises to help you develop your ability to recall dreams, and much much more.  You might be asking "why would I want to remember my dreams"?  It isn't that dream recall is what's important.  It is the fact that you are able to utilize your consciousness in your dream that is important.  Without developing this ability, you cannot recall your dreams readily (which the dream experience alone can provide much insight and information) and you are holding back an important aspect of yourself.