Dreamer's Refuge

A student of the Dhamma and Discipline of the Middle Way

Month: October 2015

The Universe is the infinite hotel in nothingness

Nothing is something. It has an infinite probability to be everything.

If the universe grows, and has no boundary, that is, if you came to the boundary and tried to breach it, the universe would expand to accommodate the matter trying to go outside it.

That is the infinite hotel:

Physicists experimentally realize a quantum Hilbert hotel

The no space or “nothingness” is infinite probability. It could be anything, but it is all possible things and due to that it is “nothing”. In other words it has not collapsed into only one probability which is our spacetime universe.

Putting it all together: Panpsychism and Process Philosophy

Saw an interesting video about Panpsychism:

David brought up an interesting problem… integration of consciousness into a whole.  I have also been a proponent of what is called Process Philosophy (though not by name, I did not know it was an actual philosophy till reading about it and googling it very recently).

In my opinion, I believe that consciousness, like the universe, energy, matter and life are foundational.  They build upon each other in a process.

In other words out of one comes the other. They are not emergent.  In other words it is dependent origination.

You do not have a body, you are your body.  All parts of your body communicate with each other either chemically, or via nerve impulses to create what you perceive as one entity.  The consciousness that is you.  The Brain is the information processing,  memory storage, and probability generator organ.

Some interesting links that are suggestive of that:

Other Research on Consciousness:

Neural cytoskeleton capabilities for learning and memory

Consciousness as a State of Matter

The Emergence of Consciousness in the Quantum Universe

Quantum Mechanics Of Consciousness

Quantum Non-Locality and Universe

Emergent Consciousness: From the Early Universe to Our Mind

Quantum Computation in Brain Microtubules? Decoherence and Biological Feasibility

Anesthesia Points to Deeper Level ‘Quantum Channels’ as Origins of Consciousness

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Biologists discover bacteria communicate like neurons in the brain

This is pretty interesting.

Biologists at UC San Diego have discovered that bacteria—often viewed as lowly, solitary creatures—are actually quite sophisticated in their social interactions and communicate with one another through similar electrical signaling mechanisms as neurons in the human brain.

In a study published in this week’s advance online publication of Nature, the scientists detail the manner by which bacteria living in communities communicate with one another electrically through proteins called “ion channels.”

“Our discovery not only changes the way we think about bacteria, but also how we think about our brain,” said Gürol Süel, an associate professor of molecular biology at UC San Diego who headed the research project. “All of our senses, behavior and intelligence emerge from electrical communications among neurons in the brain mediated by ion channels. Now we find that bacteria use similar ion channels to communicate and resolve metabolic stress. Our discovery suggests that neurological disorders that are triggered by metabolic stress may have ancient bacterial origins, and could thus provide a new perspective on how to treat such conditions.”

I wonder if they can be trained to respond a certain way to stimuli like light or sound, if hooked up to something that can read the electrical signaling.

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The universe really is weird, and a landmark quantum experiment proves it
Historic Delft Experiments tests Einstein’s ‘God does not play dice’ using quantum ‘dice’
NIST team proves ‘spooky action at a distance’ is really real

This is pretty interesting. The everyday world is not as it seems. But this should not come as any great surprise to people that have read the philosophies of Alan Watts, Panpsychism, or Buddhism.

I think it may be time to kill the Buddha.

Philosophically, I think neutral monism is “more” correct.

I find pure materialists, and pure idealists silly.

Ignorant Knowing, Intellectual Knowing & Internalized Knowing

I have been catching up on other people that have come to the realization;

And one thing I think we all have in common is the understanding of what it means to know, intellectually, and knowing things after you have realized. Or the “ignorant” knowing, what I would class “opinion”.

Alan Watts said it best:

Genuine love comes from knowledge, not from a sense of duty or guilt.

Watts, Alan W. (2011-09-28). The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (p. 21). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Telling someone why they should not eat horrible food, or be bigoted toward gay, black, asian people, etc is not enough.  In effect you force a person to accept a point of view without explaining “why” they should not be a bigot.

There are different reasons, understanding of DNA, our ancestors, how sexuality works and the inane dislike of anything not “straight”, regardless of why it occurs.

People need to be educated on the facts, and as they meet people, those facts will, over time, be internalized.  Otherwise, ignorance will take root, and create a wrong understanding of what is.

Alan Watts and Oscillation

Something I heard from Alan Watts:


That reminded me of this:

Study shows staring into someone’s eyes for a long time can cause hallucinations


Alan Watts, Consciousness and Guitars

Having listened to a few Alan Watts lectures, and having past knowledge of Panpsychism, and Buddhism, I had an interesting thought/conjecture about the nature of Consciousness and Death.

I do not know what happens after you die, “I” (an interesting concept) do not remember it… but I like the ideas put forth by Alan Watts, and Buddhism, and have had, what I would describe as a moment of “enlightenment” or Satori. Or what Alan Watts would call “Waking Up”; which for a secular humanist is odd indeed.

A few days after, I had a semi-waking thought (I was in between sleep and being awake);

Expanding on the the Guitar metaphor about the strings being too tight or too lax, and the “middle” tightness being just right:

Your life are the strings, your memories the music.

The Guitar is your consciousness on which life and memories are foundationally built on. The memories and life are your individual music that is rarely unique, but still personalized, and individual to you.

When you die, the strings are cut (think of the Fates from Greek myth cutting the string of life).  The music stops, your ego and “self” dies, but the music you played has intrinsically changed the guitar.

The type of music you play, changes how the wood seasons, a person using the same guitar will know it is their guitar by the sound.  And so like this, the consciousness is shaped, and “changes” with each “rebirth”.

The essence of the life led remains ingrained in consciousness, but the memory, the ego, the self, dies.

No way to test this… but I like the idea none the less.

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