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MEDITATION TIME
MEDITATION TIME

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Conclusion MY WORLDVIEW IN A NUTSHELL

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This lecture briefly reviews the most salient ideas expounded in this podcast.

Meditation Time. Conclusion, my world view in a nutshell. By Way of conclusion, allow me to share with you in broad lines, some of the salient aspects of my perspective on things expounded in my essay. Meditation Time. Know yourself and the world around you, which is decidedly secular. It may serve as a collection of signposts to guide you through your cogitations and help you devise your own map of reality and life path. Feel free to challenge what you will, although I believe that we should all be wary of both our convictions and reservations, without falling prey to chronic vacillation. The decisive point is to be diligent in giving whatever inside due consideration before accepting or rejecting it,...

...either in part or in full. One there is no habit that is more instrumental in acquiring self knowledge than mindfulness as a discipline, attention to the unfolding of our lives in every dimension of our experience. Likewise, there is no skill that contributes more to this knowledge than adaptability or the ability to cope with difficulties. We then find mind our place in the world with some measure of composure and contentment enough to accept our situation and see it for what it is, instead of indulging in denial and wishful thinking. Too. Self Knowledge is, in truth, of mind blowing concept, to the extent that it shatters the common illusion of a self that can be meaningfully abstracted from its natural and social context, on the one hand, and from its creative and nurturing foundation...

...on the other. Indeed, the self is embedded in nature and society or exist dynamically and interactively with everything. It is an unstable locus of interconnection and interdependence with our surroundings, which ultimately extend to the entire universe. It is destined to change and eventually perish as a temporal human form that proceeds from a timeless foundation whose creative and nurturing qualities can appropriately be portrayed as divine versus trivial. Here, the concept of divinity is a mere token of reverence toward the generative power of this foundation, without which absolute nothingness would prevail. Additionally, in the current framework, the distinction between temporal form and timeless foundation is purely analytical. Both refer to the two complementary aspects of a single reality. Furthermore, the representation of this foundation as one aspect of a twofold but unified whole...

...is a logical conclusion drawn from a factual observation. The human form encompasses every force, element or structure of the universe as we know it scientifically, and yet it behaves as a single, unified entity. Notwithstanding its complexity. It is a point of universal convergence that necessarily issues from a generative unity. In other words, no chaos of disjointed causes could beget the organically inclusive and cohesive reality of the human form as their natural effect. Lastly, this human form is a highly evolved organism whose living status implies the power to live and even thrive. Its divine foundation is equally creative and nurturing, in the sense that it gives life and supports it to the degree that it can. Similarly,...

...a loving mother brings a child into the world and does her best to procure the means of living and thriving for this child. Three our human form is most likely to live and thrive if it fully embodies the creative and nurturing qualities of its divine foundation by acting responsibly and constructively, in maximum accordance with life, for the purpose us of a good life. We then adapt resourcefully and propitiously to change day after day, until death, which only concerns our temporal human form, not our timeless divine foundation. As such, death opens on to a transcendent eternity or inconceivable beyond. The act of living in maximum accordance with life for the purpose of a good life is an act of self care as an expression of self love. However, self awareness teaches us that our...

...self is an unstable locust of interconnection and inner dependence with our natural and social environment, whose ambit stretches from our immediate surroundings to those that are remote or, further still, infinitely. Our active self care as an expression of self love should therefore be universally inclusive, while keeping in mind that we cannot strive toward the common good in the broadest sense without being alive and relatively well to begin with. This means that the universal inclusiveness of our active self care as an expression of self love demands a compromise that imposes limitations across the board. For, essentially, science methodically investigates the outward manifestations of the divine foundation and question these manifestations constitute, as a whole, an evolutionary process that implies a perpetual transition from potentiality to actuality, and vice versa. Things that are presently...

...manifest were not so at an earlier time and eventually will no longer be manifest. Likewise, things that are not manifest but are potentially so may become manifest at a later time, and so on and so forth, indefinitely in its non manifest or potential form in contrast to its manifest or actual form, the divine foundation of all things and beings in the universe transcends experience as such. It exceeds the empirical grounds of knowledge and therefore lies beyond every image or concept that is predicated on these grounds. A crucial point that I owe to the philosopher Philip Goff about science is that the scientific method dates back, in the first instance to Galileo, who elected to restrict the scope of science to the...

...objective and quantifiable aspect of the world, which could be translated rigorously in the language of mathematics, thereby leaving out the subjective and qualitative aspect of the scientists or any other sension entity. Consequently, science proves intrinsically an apt to deliver the goods. On the subject of consciousness proper, as opposed to brain states that correlate with consciousness and can be observed via functional Mr Eyes in the context of neurobiological studies, some philosophers of science, like Daniel Dennett, conveniently dismiss consciousness as an illusion, which is self defeating for the simple reason that consciousness is the seat of experience and thus of science itself. Indeed, if we assume that consciousness is an illusion, although this assumption is contradictory, an illusion presupposes consciousness, then experience in the science we derive from it follow suit,...

...and any scientific truth claim about anything as illusory. This is especially the case with consciousness, which is outside the range of scientific competency, at least in the current incarnation of science, framed in materialistic reductionism. The philosopher David Chalmers appositely refers to consciousness as the hard problem. How can the inward reality of consciousness, or more generally, sentience as the capacity for experience, no matter how elementary, be explained on the basis of a purely physical universe, reduced to the outward appearance of things? Arguably, it doesn't make ontological sense, even if we bring to bear the evolutionary process that introduces the concept of a urgents in proportion to an increasing order of complexity. That is, the kind...

...of novelty emerging from this increase should, in the main, be congruent with the nature of being observed at the lower thresholds of complexity. Similarly, the butterfly and the worm like larva from which it grows into a winged insect, share a common, similar origin that operates within an internally consistent plane of reality. Therefore, the subjective quality of sentience cannot logically be derived from an objective quantity of stuff, reductively characterized as strictly physical, without invoking a miraculous singularity no less outlandish than the story of God infusing spirit into matter that Abrahamic religions would have you believe. In the final analysis, it appears that Pan psychism is the most ontologically coherent theoretical option, although, ironically, it is largely untestable or unfalsifiable and hence on Scientific Pan Psychism posits tentatively that the universe is...

...a twofold, if unified whole, comprising an intangible inner dimension of sentience ranging from the most elementary to the most complex, and a perceivable outer dimension of physicality. This twofold, if unified, whole seems best described by the concept of logos as the divine language specific to the creative and nurturing foundation of the universe. Of special interest is the parallel that can be drawn between the sentience physicality complex and its signified signifier, homolog, inspired by the linguist Ferdinand Assur, who held that the Union of form and content is the basic condition for a meaningful discourse. Five, when touching on the issues of the evolutionary process and the generative power that undergirds this process, from the most elementary phenomena to the most complex, we implicitly raise the question of universal determinism. This brings...

...me to a historical turning point in the exploration of this question, pitting Albert Einstein, whose theory of general relativity was in keeping with that of determinism. God doesn't play dice with the universe, against the Copenhagen duo Niels Bor and Werner Heisenberg, who gave a probabilistic interpretation of quantum mechanics. According to this interpretation, a quantum mechanical system occupies a closed field of open possibilities, which remain in a state of superposition, presented as a wave function in Erwin Schrodinger's equation, until the intervention of a measuring observer collapses the way function or reduces the system to randomly settle into one of these possibilities. To connect intuitively with this odd marriage of randomness and necessity, reminiscent of improvisational jazz that loosely follows...

...a melody striking metaphor from the astrophysicist Hubert Reeves. Picture yourself wanting to purchase a gala apple. As you face a display of equally palatable gala apples at a grocery store. You Hem and half for a minute, failing to see any reason to prefer one of these gala apples over the others, when suddenly a second customer intimates that they would also like to avail themselves of this display press to choose at once. You arbitrarily grab any of the equally palpable gala apples before your eyes. Your choice is thereupon both a product of definite intention and protracted indecision that is resolved under pressure. Interestingly, if you complete this thought experiment by picturing a group of customers like you, whose count equals the number of gala apples in the display. You Stumble on this epiphany. Collectively,...

...these customers wind up purchasing all the gala apples in the display, as though their choices were a matter of unadulterated determination. Only when you increase the granularity of observation to the individual level does the odd marriage of random this and necessity become evident. I submit that, depending on the scale of observation, the world is either probabilistic, not merely due to a problem of measure but as a fact of nature, or seems deterministic. Six, for the purpose of self adjustment, human consciousness is a flexible attitudinal interface that mediates the emotional responses of the individual to his or her circumstances, which offer a unique combination of difficulties and opportunities. The key to effective coping is adjusting our attitude toward...

...our circumstances in such a constructive and active fashion that we achieve, within their confines, an appreciable measure of serenity and contentment. To put it differently, in the form of Assimile, the art of coping is like the art of sailing in the face of a wind that feels contrary at first blush. The secret lies in looking past this bad initial impression and adjusting our sale appropriately in order to harness the kinetic energy of the wind and propel ourselves favorably. I shall end on that positive note, in spite of the temptation to further cover this inexhaustible topic, hoping that I have reached an acceptable middle ground between the impossibility of completeness and the desirability of substance.

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