Sunday, October 03, 2010

Conversations with God

It is a huge book containing nearly 3000 pages of material in a sequence of nine books written by Neale Donald Walsch. One of the main ideas presented in "Conversations with God" reveals that at the highest level there is no separation between anything and there is only one of us; there is only God, and everything is God. It is idea taken from Spinoza who argued that God and Nature were two names for the same reality, namely the single substance that underlies the universe and of which all lesser "entities" are actually modes or modifications, that all things are determined by Nature to exist and cause effects, and that the complex chain of cause and effect are only understood in part. That humans presume themselves to have free will, he argues, is a result of their awareness of appetites while being unable to understand the reasons why they want and act as they do. Well do we really want to give up our individuality and possibly our free will? Or is it just convenient for some people to think that we have no free will, hence we can not be accountable for our actions.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Contact the Movie

Exploring the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life is the main theme of this movie. Based on the novel of the same name by Carl Sagan, is the story of a radio astronomer who after many years of research, discovers an intelligent signal broadcast from outer space. She and her fellow scientists are able to decipher the message which consists of detailed instructions for building a machine to travel to other planetary systems.

One of the other themes in Contact is that of science being perceived by some as being in conflict with those who believe in God. Throughout much of the film, both are seen as existing outside of the other's domain. There is initially a very clear stipulation that scientists can try to understand the universe without needing to introduce God into any explanations. Dr. Arroway, the heroine of the tale, when asked if she believes in God replies that there is no evidence for or against the existence of God. Joss, however, is shown as a moderate religious man. In one of their conversations, Joss reminds Dr. Arroway that people can have experiences that make them hold beliefs even if they do not have objectively verifiable evidence to support such beliefs.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Moral Dualism

Moral dualism is the belief of the conflict as in western religions or coexistence as in eastern religions of two entities the good and the evil or "benign" and the "malign". Most religious systems have some form of moral dualism. In the dual mind, which is the personal ego we're all operating out of, knows by comparison, by differentiation, by distinction and by separation. It's a process of affirmation and denial, the classic Western debate and the smarter person is supposed to win. Dual thinking is good in the world of science, ordinary logic of getting you through the day. But once you approach mystery, infinity, eternity, God, the great concepts like freedom, the dualistic mind falls short. It can't deal with it, it can't know it, it divides the field. The dualistic thinking is inherently a self-cancelling system. It always divides. On the other hand the contemplation is simply my word for non-dual thinking, where you get your own ego and fear out of the way, and you look at things as they are, not as you want them to be, it just is what it is what it is. And you let that confront you. That's always a humiliation for the ego. So that's why people don't like to grow up into the contemplative mind, or non-dual thinking, because it is experienced as a loss of control.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Cosmic Acceleration

After Hubble has observed redshift of distant galaxies we came to conclusion that the universe is expanding. But can you try to imagine what was it like just after the Big Bang? All the matter in the universe was very close and considering the gravitational forces everything should collapse back in a short time. So, why it continued to expand as it did? Why the universe did not contract on itself in a Big Crunch? It had to be an incredible force to overcome the gravitational pull. That is where dark energy comes in, as hypothetical form of energy which permeates the universe and has strong negative pressure.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Cosmology and Microwave Glow

From BACK TO THE BEGINNING one hour program on SBS:
Hosted by astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, this program outlines the major discoveries in the science of cosmology, beginning with the most important of them all - the discovery of the microwave glow and the Big Bang in the mid 1960s. Robert Wilson and Arno Penzias were looking for the source of the annoying hiss that interfered with early satellite communications on behalf of the phone company AT&T (who built Telstar, the first satellite to transmit transatlantic phone calls). They picked up a faint microwave signal, apparently coming from empty space. This gave substance to a radical theory explored by a team of Princeton University scientists led by Bob Dickie that the entire universe had actually been born in a tremendous burst of energy billions of years ago - the Big Bang. The microwave glow was the left-over heat from the Big Bang. Further studies showed that there were concentrations of matter in the microwave glow, which confirmed that the universe did indeed evolve from the cataclysm of the Big Bang and today, with advances in technology, scientists can map out the cosmos as it was in its infancy 380,000 years ago.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Religions Timeline

Looking at timeline and origin of major religions I have a feeling that we are running out of ideas. There was nothing new in many hundreds years.

Are we going to have any new religions in the near future?


Thursday, January 05, 2006

Silencium Universi

Solipsistic brains also seek union with spirits larger than those of other minds and societies. Once embarked in this direction minds encounter no logical barriers to finding spirits in animals, rocks and plants, in the least particles of physics, in Gaia, or in the entire universe. The safest course for a brain may be to act as if there were others "out there", in what mathematicians call "Pascal's wager". If it is mistaken, it suffers mere loneliness, but if it is correct, it gains early warning of opportunities and dangers. The same scenario is played for the same reason on a world-wide scale by cosmologists like Carl Sagan in search of extraterrestrial intelligence. The tenacity with which humans hold to the belief that something out there cares, despite what Stanislav Lem (1983) called the "silencium universi", clearly manifests an important aspect of intentional dynamics.

The excerpt from *Societies of Brains* by Walter J. Freeman

Monday, December 12, 2005

Question Time

Here is the qestion board where you can pose a question.
I am not sure about the quality of the answers yet.
Give it a try:
If you have a question, or need some advice, ask Einstein!