A theory of reality


My old blogs were mostly used for Puppy development, so I stayed away from posts about philosophical/religious and political topics. Sometimes I veered onto health and social issues, but only briefly.

It was a question of wearing my Puppy hat, and staying on-topic. Deviating onto other topics, especially philosophical/religious and political, raises emotions -- and that would be too distracting from the central purpose of those blogs.

But not now, I am unleashed!

Of course, I am now going to have to expect some heavy criticism. I will moderate, but will only delete a comment if it is insulting, obscene or extremely vulgar. Flame wars will be truncated. Polite constructive criticisms are welcome.

To get the ball rolling, here is a real humdinger. "A theory of reality" is a separate document, as it is too big to insert into this blog. However, feedback is welcome here.

A theory of reality
http://bkhome.org/insight/theoryreality.htm


Remember, even if you read it and think that I have totally lost the plot in my old age, polite constructive criticisms please.


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Question   Posted on 20 Feb 2014, 5:50 by sausage dog
This reminds me of having heard on TV that Australian aborigines believe their dreams are real and the world they experience while being awake is an illusion. Since my own experience during switching between both worlds tells me different, I'm curious what prompted this belief. There must be a reason for it. Being Australian, maybe you know or might be able to just step outside and ask somebody who does. I'm sitting on the back of the globe in Merry Old Europe hollering all the way around the horizon...

The word and the thing   Posted on 8 Dec 2013, 6:51 by Gyle
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Is the word "tree" the thing it describes or not ?
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The word and the thing   Posted on 8 Dec 2013, 6:41 by Gyle
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Is the word "tree" the thing it describes or not ?
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The knower and the known   Posted on 5 Dec 2013, 10:24 by macumazan
Why bother separate the tree from what you see, as if what you actually see is only a mere reproduction? Your diagram shows images of trees being somehow present in the brain. But tain't so; - what is seen is the tree; - at some distance from your body, and brown with a rough trunk and crowned with green leaves waving in the breeze. That which you perceive, is the tree itself, in glorious 3-D; - not some sort of facsimile of it. As perceiver, you don't stop short of the tree that you perceive. The tree image is not in your brain, rather you extend outside the boundaries of your body to the tree and beyond. Barry Kauler as consciousness, is, in this sense, the world, equally with all puppylinux devotees and everything else. When Barry carks it, as one day he unfortunately will, the grass stays green, the roses still waft their perfume and the polar seas stay cold. Sulfurous fummes still get emitted from volcanoes. It's as the Zen monk said when asked about death: "I won't go anywhere, but don't ask me anything; I shan't answer". The "original face" of Zen is the coloured, aroma-filled world, the same for everybody. If asked "Show me your origianl face before you were born", as Zen masters do, just leave the room. That which is left behind - the world with white clouds moving across a blue sky, with green grass, trees, and all the earthy smells,- was just like that before you were born and continues just the same thereafter, world without end, Amen.

Typo is everywhere, like God...   Posted on 4 Dec 2013, 8:13 by Gyle
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is God a Typo too ?

"That God us help to live eternally."
[There ? but, God, your world.....? ]

"That God help us to live *it* ["this truth"] eternally. Amen".

Of typos and men.   Posted on 4 Dec 2013, 1:16 by dionicio
Another typo:

... like waves in an infinite ocean.

And what a typo, Gyle :)   Posted on 4 Dec 2013, 1:11 by dionicio
It looks beautiful after correction.

Life is one,
and travels across universes
like waves across
an infinite ocean.

:)

Sorry for the, typo   Posted on 27 Nov 2013, 19:23 by Gyle
Sorry there is a typo. More on "include".

"That the one who does not include [= has not this "insight", not "this understanding"], this speech remains free in his heart,..."

The observer IS the observed   Posted on 27 Nov 2013, 9:33 by Gyle

"The one who knows, and what he knows, are one."
Meister Eckhart (1260 - 1328, supposed)

BEATI PAUPERES SPIRITU
(extract)
"If I had wanted to, neither myself nor any thing would be, and if I wasn't, God would not be more. That God is God, I am the cause; If I wasn't, God would not. But it is not necessary to understand this."
...
"Here God and spirit are one and that is poverty essential to contemplate. That does not include this speech remains free in his heart, as long as man is not similar to this truth, we cannot understand it because it is immediate, without veil, flowing directly from the heart of God. That God us help to live eternally. Amen."

The Observing Self   Posted on 26 Nov 2013, 10:00 by dionicio
The kid at the microscope
is the only non-construct.

Even the separation between
Inner-Universe and Outer-Universe
is a construct.

"The Observing Self"
"Mysticism and Psychotherapy"
c. 1982, Arthur J. Deikman
Published by Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN 0-8070-2950-5

Fascinating Parallels to Advaita Vedanta from India   Posted on 26 Nov 2013, 3:39 by Journeyer
Congratulations on undertaking this journey of self-realization. I have been studying texts from Advaita Vedanta philosophy from India which talk about non-duality (which means there is only self and everything else is false). There are so many similarities in those ideas with your own contemplation. I recommend you fall into this rabbit-hole :-)

http://www.advaita.org.uk/about.htm



Sensing reality   Posted on 24 Nov 2013, 22:41 by jrb
It has been many years since I pondered the nature of reality, and came to similar conclusions as your own. Having reached a stage where my physical perceptions and decisions based on those were no longer to be trusted, I came to rely on my feelings, as expressed by my unconscious actions, to guide me. Without getting too involved I will say that listening to my inner self and placing faith in my internal sense of right, wrong and purpose (there are many explanations for how it got there) has led me to a life of joy and contentment.

Personally a day spent wandering spontaneously through the woods is of more value to me than the most refined of cultural or technical activities. Forgive me for saying this but I thought your “visit to Tom Price” was one of the most significant and meaningful of your many accomplishments. Not that I am not grateful for Puppy Linux, frankly it just “feels right” using it.

Cheers, J

Sensing reality   Posted on 24 Nov 2013, 14:29 by jrb
It has been many years since I pondered the nature of reality, and came to similar conclusions as your own. Having reached a stage where my physical perceptions and decisions based on those were no longer to be trusted, I came to rely on my feelings, as expressed by my unconscious actions, to guide me. Without getting too involved I will say that listening to my inner self and placing faith in my internal sense of right, wrong and purpose (there are many explanations for how it got there) has led me to a life of joy and contentment.

Personally a day spent wandering spontaneously through the woods is of more value to me than the most refined of cultural or technical activities. Forgive me for saying this but I thought your “visit to Tom Price” was one of the most significant and meaningful of your many accomplishments. Not that I am not grateful for Puppy Linux, frankly it just “feels right” using it.

Cheers, J

calling lobster   Posted on 23 Nov 2013, 21:07 by aarf
i've decided to withhold comment until after lobster has had time to aim his time machine at it.

Slight mods   Posted on 23 Nov 2013, 18:06 by BarryK
I have edited a couple of lines in the document. In a couple of places I had stated that many people cannot grasp the concepts, but I don't really think that is true. I think that anyone can understand basically what I have presented.

ozsouth, yes, I agree with you. Indulging in intellectual models of "reality" is alright, but only to a certain extent.


Faith   Posted on 23 Nov 2013, 16:22 by ozsouth
Agreed, aside from the I's perception lies faith, in many
directions. Isaac Asimov expressed similarities in thinking.
As I age, I find deep thought increasingly confusing, and
find faith (in Christ, in my case) my only light and security.