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Introduction to General Epistemology        Chapter 5       

 

Introduction to General Epistemology
Fifth part: consciousness

 

V-1 Purpose of this part

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This part is in a way the main of this book, and the conclusion of the previous: consciousness exists by itself, and especially for itself. It has its own nature, its own determinants, its own functioning, and its own purposes, independently of any physics, of any biology or genetics, and especially of any materialistic ideology. We are going to see how it works, before studying in the sixth part its stakes in society

None of the methods of neurosciences or physics can explain what really consciousness is. This asks for a completely different explanation, as seen in chapter III-8: consciousness is a logical self-generation process, linking the elements of the experience of consciousness according to its own laws and its own determinism.

V-2 Relationship between consciousness and the brain

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The true scientific definition of consciousness

Consciousness is the fact that we experience the world, that we feel sensation, emotions, pleasure and pain. This definition is perfectly enough as a scientific definition of consciousness, without any need for referring to physical phenomena which are irrelevant for consciousness.

 

Consciousness is Qualia, Chalmer's difficult problem.

The neural reduction hypothesis

The fact that the activities of consciousness match with activities of neurons led to the hypothesis as what this activity of the neurons would be enough to explain alone all the aspects of consciousness. Neurology and cognitive science study consciousness according to this hypothesis.

However none of these explain how we «realize», how we are aware of this information. Worse, there is (while simplifying) one neuron for each different musical note... but they are all identical! How do we feel the different notes, then? This correspondence without physical cause seems one of the best arguments available today, that something else is involved.

The only logical explanation for this situation is that it is the consciousness itself which imputes a relevant meaning to these nerve signals, in order to serve the only needs of this consciousness. This implies that the consciousness «knows» what they represent, as a function of their connections with the sensory organs.

The hypothesis of the logical self-generation of consciousness

We saw in Chapter III-8 that a logical self-generation process is perfectly able of creating a sequence of elements of the experience of consciousness. The result is then a «consciousness», which is aware of all these elements. However a logical self-generation process has no information input. The result is equivalent to a dream.

However, in the ordinary state of consciousness, the consciousness constantly receives information about the physical world, through neurons.

 

It is then clear that the two self-generation processes must communicate, the one of the physical world (the brain) and the one of consciousness.

The hypothesis of consciousness «sticking» to the brain

We then postulate that the logical self-generation law of consciousness incarnated in a brain is that, at each instant, consciousness contains an element of consciousness corresponding to the activity of the active neurons.

Thus we really have a flow of information from the self-generation process of the physical world, toward the one of consciousness, which determines the content of the latter.

And it is the self-generation law of consciousness which assigns to each neuron the matching sensation. No material fact explains why this is so, or what attributes the pitch to each audition neuron.

Reasoning, emotions and intentions would be perceived by consciousness in the same way, from the neural networks which produce them.

Thus consciousness is really a complex structure, containing many imputations, each on the activity of a group of specific neurons.

The logical origin of the process

How a logical self-generation system can start otherwise than from an original «seed», like the ones we saw previously?

There is no difference in nature between a material and a spiritual process. Only the elements they contain are different. There is therefore no fundamental impossibility to a logical relationship between the two, starting from the moment where a self-generation law allows for it.

Scientists call this an emergent property (that they propose as a solution to the dilemma between free will and the materiality of the brain). Considering rule 6 of chapter III-3, I would rather speak of a branching or forking from a self-generation system to another. This situation of forking explains, without anything else, that the branch can continue to receive information from the trunk.

The emergence of consciousness along evolution.

How a physical self-generation process can create a non-physical self-generation process?

We can validly assume that consciousness would have appeared while more and more complex brains appeared, with the evolution of life. And each type of consciousness experience would have appeared with the corresponding neurosensory capacities: vision, hearing, emotions, sense of self, intentions...

My best choice would be the alliance of an emotion with the consciousness of the body, that we could called «sensuality».

the soul of the religions
versus
the «Copenhagen interpretation» of consciousness

(Important note 91 on the use of the word «quantum»)

One of the basic creeds of the religions is the existence of a «soul», which would explain consciousness. The trouble is that this soul makes an ad-hoc element to explain, which would have its own metaphysical existence. Only Buddhism considers consciousness as an «aggregate» of elements, in a series of moments of consciousness which are self-generated and kept running by the law of cause and effect.

The theory of the logical self-generation process of a series of elements of consciousness perfectly accounts for consciousness, without requiring any ad-hoc element.

This theory of consciousness as a logical self-generation process also accounts with survival after death, NDEs, reincarnation. Indeed, rule 5 of chapter III-3 says that the self-generation process of consciousness can continue to run, even when it stops receiving information from the brain.

  

This absence of underlying «soul», which would experience consciousness, could be called «the Copenhagen interpretation» of consciousness.

  

We can still make the religions to agree with the self-generated consciousness theory, if we consider that the self-generation process of consciousness IS the soul.

Psychological consciousness,
or influence of the consciousness on the brain?

In this theory, the information clearly goes from the physical world toward consciousness, but not in the reverse way.

This state of consciousness is what I call «neural consciousness», or «psychological consciousness», is definitively not an enjoyable condition, since it leaves us no freedom, only an illusion of freedom, while we are in fact entirely determined by our neurons, by our genes, by the television.

 

It is clear, for our comfort as well as for testing this hypothesis, that communication in the reverse way must also occur: from the consciousness to the brain.

The most visible case which was scientifically studied is the one of the NDE happening while having a flat electroencephalogram, which is enough alone to demonstrate that consciousness can also exist without the brain. But the NDE also definitively demonstrate that consciousness can take also control of the brain: Without that, we would be unable to remember a NDE!

There are other cases, such as the moments of super-awareness. But let us see free will:

V-3 Free will

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Introduction

For consciousness to have any kind of control on the functioning of the brain requires that information goes from the logical self-generation process of the consciousness, toward the self-generation process of the physical world. After the logical self-generation theory, this requires a special event, able of creating a new self-generation law involving the two realms together.

The free will after religions, law and philosophy

Free will is not about choosing cards or numbers, as in some false neurology experiments.

The original religious definition is to choose the Good. This definition survived the transition to secular law, along with its corollary: responsibility.

Neurological pseudo-free will

After scientistism (note 92), there is no true free will, but «random drawings» made by nervous influences on neurons.

But if we do not master it, it is not free will.

The logical capacities of the brain, and its empathy power, offer us a certain capacity to understand life. Hence a partial free will, but still subjected to the law of material neurons.

What we can actually do with neurological thinking

Despite the limitations seen in the two previous sub-chapters, it is remarkable how this imperfect material instrument, the brain, is still able of providing us with an usable amount of understanding of life and freedom of decision. At least enough for allowing anybody to understand the good and the evil, and to be considered responsible by the courts if we refuse to do so.

The problem however is that it is a time consuming process, that few can really complete alone in a single lifetime.

So that we clearly need a way to go faster.

Weak psychophysical free will

All the experiences described above can provide us with some freedom, but they are all still totally dependent on neurones.

So we are forced to admit that the only true free will, the only one which can really force neurones to obey our consciousness and bring us real insights into a reproducible enough way, is the one which we described in the chapter IV-9: special physical conditions in the neurones create a logical indetermination, which allow for information to pass from the consciousness toward the physical realm. This is what I call «weak parapsychological free will», and it is the only instance where consciousness can really master the neurones and the psychology, instead of being determined by them.

We have some means to produce it: to stop the attachment to opinions. This can be done in meditation, with some beginner's methods taught in any town of democratic countries. The mental calm resets all the neural signals to zero, and this creates the indeterminacy.

Strong psychophysical free will

Some religious conceptions of free will entail magical events, like visits of angels, descent of divine grâce, etc.

It is probable that these religions are referring to NDEs, to instants of super-consciousness, and others strong psychophysical phenomena.

V-4 Domains with influence of consciousness

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We saw in chapter IV-9 that the action of the consciousness on the neurons could occur during the appearance of an ephemeral space domain, where the laws of physics would be modified, in order to integrate the action of consciousness (psychophysical domain).

Physics and domains of space, in the Theory of the Logical Self-Generation

The RHIC experiment at Brookhaven involved throwing gold nuclei at each other at relativistic speeds. This produces extreme temperatures and pressures, where matter is reduced to a plasma of quarks and gluons. To simplify, this plasma does not contain the information about the rate of formation of matter or anti-matter in our ordinary world. So that several zones are formed, where this rate is different. Physicists call these zones domains. But for the theory of logical self-generation, this is a forking, a new logical self-generation process.

This forking takes place according to the following steps:

-Loss of the information «belonging to a given system».

-Resolution of a paradox according to an arbitrary value, specific to another system

-In the case of RHIC, the mutant particles alway decay through photons, which do not contain the symmetry violation information, so that everything goes back to the way it was before.

Reminder: the operation of organic and electronic neural networks

An electronic neural network is made up of many amplifiers (neurons), which send signals to each other, with variable connections (synapses). When data is presented to the input, then all the outputs will take any value, evolving very quickly, and then converging on the correct answer.

The brain works in a similar way, and this is how it accomplishes non-Aristotelian reasoning in a single synthetic step.

Decision-making by the networks of neurons in the brain

A decision, or a reflection on a complex philosophical problem will bring into play neuronal computing units, responsible for representing the different concepts. The decision will come as a choice between several outputs.

Decision-making requiring a free will

Neuroscience, computer science, game theory, artificial intelligence, ethicists, etc. study decision making only according to materialistic or competitive values. This effectively excludes free will, which is precisely the ability to discover and choose better values.

This however is an action which, first and foremost, requires the removal of all neurotic attachment to any system of values. Intellectual reasoning is of no help either, because an axiomatic system cannot demonstrate its axioms.

However, the neurons are perfectly capable of considering all these solutions. But in this case they produce a logical indeterminacy: the different outputs of the circuit have the same value.

In the frame of the logical self-generation theory, free will requires a transfer of information from the process of consciousness toward the process of the physical world. This however occurs in special circumstances, for example when the physical system contains a logical indetermination.

Small influences, not violating the law of conservation of energy, but adding on a large number of neuronal connections, can be the element which will switch the neural circuit, instead of a physical cause.

This would be how a biased domain would appear, and collapse just after. But the brain has the capacity to remember its result. The free will has modified our choices!

And so, what information is passed from the field of consciousness toward the brain? From the point of view of logic, this will be the axiom of a new way of thinking or loving, more in agreement with the intrinsic motives of consciousness. But what exactly? And how is this more «true» than the current capitalist values? This is what we shall see in the next chapter.

V-5 The meaning of life, the good and the evil

(Permalink) (note 92 on scientistism) The scientistists are at least correct on one point: the physical world offers us no purpose, no meaning of life, no morals.

This situation is not a surprise: If a meaning of life exists, or a morals, etc. then these things make sense only for the consciousness itself. And only the free will can send the message to the brain.

So the meaning of life, messages, morals, can be known only by the consciousness. Now that we know to hear it (to scientifically observe it), then let us see what it has to say.

Practical work: find the meaning of life

Said poetically, the meaning of life is inscribed on the screen of our mind, in the language of the heart. And our eyes automatically come on it, as soon as we stop our inner movie.

 

And what do we find, then?

 

In Second Life, I repeatedly led meditations designed to achieve these conditions. The text was simply «If you take birth again in an entirely new universe, with all the powers that you may wish, starting completely from anew, without any physical or mundane constrain or obligation, but absolutely free to do whatever you want, what would you like to do?» Followed by a few minutes of silence, for each attendee to find his answer.

Attention! Do not read the responses of others before attempting the experiment yourself, because you may be unable to find your own answer!

(select the text under to be able to read it, ONLY after doing the experiment described above):

1) being a given creature

2) being happy, enjoying

3) exploring, knowing

4) sharing, loving others

(Thanks NOT to quote these four points without the warnings and the description of the experiment, in order not to denature the experience of others)

 

Certainly there is no transcendental revelations in there: these desires are quite common, even the fourth. But they still are very specific choices.

The purpose of life

Let us therefore consider these innate desires, not caused by a situation, opinion or culture, as intrinsic properties of consciousness, independent of its content, independent of our opinions, our projects, our culture, our ideology, independent of our happy or depressed state, and even independent of our race, gender and specie! So, we are not empty shells just good at randomly receiving everything which passes by. We are beings who have a purpose.

 

But is it right to base the very orientation of our lives on a single message perceived in a stealth way into our inner consciousness?

 

I say yes, because precisely there is NO other.

And that, free of any physical, genetic, financial etc. determinants, then we are totally free to consecrate ourselves to the real purposes of consciousness.

 

I say yes, because we are consciousnesses, and that, in the field of consciousness, it is consciousness which determines what consciousness must do and how.

And anybody is free to consecrate his life to one or several of these purposes he will choose, applying it as he chooses, using the means he chooses.

The good and the evil

In the view of the above, we can easily complement the specious and truncated reasoning of the scientistists and positivists: certainly, the physical world offers us no ethics. But in this void, consciousness rises alone, and it is totally free to choose its objectives.

  

The oldest, and the most fundamental objective of consciousness is to seek pleasure, and more recently happiness.

The above experience shows more sophisticated purposes, which appeared more recently in the evolution.

Thus, we can define in full authority that the Good is what helps these objectives, and the evil is what opposes them.

Happiness

In the light of what we found, we can define happiness as a state of fundamental satisfaction of consciousness, when it fulfils one of its purposes: being, loving, knowing, sharing, etc. If it cannot, then the frustration at this level results in a feeling of emptiness, of losing our lives.

The satisfaction of our material needs certainly helps to be happy, but it cannot hide our basic dissatisfaction. And it is futile to try to oppose these two kinds of happiness.

  

So, to protect happiness will be to fulfil all the needs of the person, and to propose a better society, see an un ideal. This is what we shall do all along the sixth part on society.

Freedom

The meaning of life defined above allows for a precise definition of freedom: it is the freedom for consciousness to pursue its fundamental purposes.

Science Conclusions

So here we are with a clear and accurate meaning of life, together with strong definitions of good and happiness, upon which to scientifically base the orientation of our personal lives and of our societies (economics, chapter VI-8, politics, chapter VI-10), beauty (chapter VI-9), ethics (chapter VI-2 and following), and even the future evolution of mankind (chapter VI-16).

  

And above all, in the absence of any other direction, moral or philosophical, about such fundamental matters, then the human societies, governments, science, politics, religions, all have the duty of being at the service of this meaning of life, and are in heavy fault when they are not, losing all legitimacy.

V-6 The Nature and cause of the Transcendence

(Permalink) Throughout the previous chapters, we found natural or logical explanations to all the actions attributed to God. Many scientists then invoke the principle of economy of hypothesis (note 45), to state that God would not exist. But the principle of economy of hypothesis is just an heuristic principle (note 2), it does not determine reality!

The explanation that I propose is more subtle, but also much more interesting.

To begin with, in order not to favour certain religions to the detriment of others, we shall no more talk of «God», but of the Transcendence, a much more general concept, but that any religion or spiritual stream can use. This is also the term used in scientific publications, to qualify the spiritual domain, for example in publications on NDEs.

Then we saw in chapter IV-6 that the paradox resolution which created our universe could also feature a logical loop including the whole history of this universe. If this is the case, then the existence of an universe (including ours) is conditioned by certain criteria, or even by a certain result. Finally we saw how consciousness starts during pregnancy, how it establishes free will with a «magical moment», and finally how it sets its own goals, its own reality.

The idea is that all these special events, with no apparent logical cause, still have a common origin: the Transcendence, this very one that all the religions invoke, which mere existence would have logically provoked or guided all these events, in the manner described in this book. Of course this Transcendence is totally unrelated with the bearded God of the Sulpician art, it is even not a character, but a kind of common necessity for all the universes, see a simple logical cause. A kind of project, an ideal vision of beauty, peace and harmony, to which tends all life, all creation.

We cannot know if this transcendence existed «before» our universe, regardless of it, or if it was a creation of consciousness, meaning that it appeared only recently in our universe. We cannot either exclude a Transcendence which would exist in an absolute way, independently of any universe.

But in one case as in the other, the Transcendence would be timeless, and so It would never change. This may look abstract, but it however has important practical consequences. First, It cannot either act or pursue a plan, in the meaning where human consciousness understands these words. This would also explain that we cannot interact with It, on the contrary for instance of extraterrestrials and angels who would manage our world. At last, we would not be able to receive practical information from It, and not seek Its help, regardless of the cruelties of the world. Which explains very simply why It does not intervene against the evil, without the need for any twisted theology or any sadomasochist «need» for evil or suffering. (That it never produced Itself).

Its influence would then be more abstract, such as promoting the events in a certain way, and the only way to receive Its help (providence) would be to place oneself into Its purpose.

This way of seeing things does not change anything essential in any religion, as long as each of these religions admits that it is only one way among others, non-dual, to present things.

Nobody is obliged, but we must always bear the consequences of our choices

If we were unable to obtain any evidence of the existence of the bearded God, however it is completely impossible to deny that the vision of a harmonious world, of beauty and wisdom, is a perfectly appropriate choice, and perfectly within our reach, be it at the level of the orientation of our societies, or at an individual level. The only tools required are our decision, and psychoeducation to be able to implement it, as discussed in chapter V-12.

If we do not do it, things could be very tough. Indeed, if this Transcendence acts in an impersonal way, as part of a logical feedback, then only the universe with the switches in the right position exists, the universe with the switch in the wrong position does not exist. There is therefore no choice, other than to place oneself on the good track, or to be cast away as an old bandage with AIDS. And it is better to be careful, in this world ruled by a small number of unknown persons organizing climate suicide or financial sadomasochism, while the majority is embroiled in the Stockholm syndrome (note 84). Those who chose to be part of the problem will just taste their own cuisine.

The divine paradox

To «Believe» in this Transcendence, in this project of the universe, is not imposed, and nobody will punish us if we do not enter the current. However, if we «do not believe», we remain isolated, alone in the universe, tied by our neurotic desires, with our only technologies to try to make the physical world less uncomfortable and futilely try to escape death. While entering this general current gives us access, not only to the purpose, but also to all the spiritual means to access it.

The only known non-spiritual justification of religious faith is Pascal's wager (note 77). But the attitude that I propose is going much further: it is not about determining a conduct from incomplete information, but about choosing to place ourselves in a reality where the transcendence exists, and allows us to interact with it. Better, we do not do this with «joining» something outside of us, such as a political party or a religion. We recognize that transcendence is part of our essential nature, that it is none other than our true personality, our real desires (the essential purposes of our consciousness, chapter V-5), that we are neither different nor separated of it. (Which means of course that we purify our personality of any auto-delusions, otherwise we wade in high rubbish, such as taking our neurosis or our sexual fantasies as divine injunctions...) Doing so, we gain access to considerable resources, since each «magical moment» will be somehow «loaded» if favour of the essential purpose, that is in our favour.

No more than Pascal's wager, is this a «proof» of the existence of the Transcendence. However it is something much stronger than a scientific demonstration, and which has no equivalent in physics: by the wise use of the creative paradox (Chapter III-3) we CHOOSE in which reality we are!

This concept of a double reality may seem strange, and even suspicious, in the eyes of any rational person. It is however, from the point of view of logics, strictly equivalent to the intricated quantum states of the physicists, which reificate in a single result. For this reason we can say that these two realities are intricated, and each one gets the result he is working for, the reality he tunes with.

This is only a simple consequence of the theory of the logical self-generation.

An excellent example of how this works is the placebo effect, which, remember, produces a materially observable result, from the mere belief in something materially non-existent. Yet he who «believes» in the placebo produces the effect, and he who does not «believe» does not produce it! The same phenomenon can be produced by the traditional religious belief. But the most interesting part is that we can also produce it deliberately, without belief nor lies, through the application of positive visualizations in the non-ego (chapter V-10). This is how the Transcendence can help us: 1) when we connect to It, through non-ego, 2) when we pursue Its purposes.

V-7 supplements.

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How to understand paradoxes in good epistemology

For conventional science, and beyond for all the Western Aristotelian philosophy, paradoxes, and a fortiori the idea of creating reality, seem absurd, heretic, and anyway unmanageable in rational ways. However, the logical bases given throughout this book allow to understand the paradoxes without peculiar difficulties. In these conditions, we can even try to make good use of the resolution of paradoxes, at our advantage, and this, it is still science!

And it is even not a discovery, mathematicians with the number i, or the Buddhist with their «resulting vehicle», are examples of creative absurdity (chapter III-3) skilfully put to practical uses.

Paradoxes and principle of testability.

We therefore understand how some things such as Creation, Transcendence and the Purpose of Life are beyond Popper's principle of testability. Indeed, about Transcendence, Its existence or Its non-existence is undefined, because It is a resolution of a paradox. It is therefore fundamentally indemonstrable, neither testable in practice. If we think in depth, it is the same thing as with money: it is impossible to prove its existence, or its non-existence, since it is a convention, something that we created. However we do not hear Popperians saying that money has no meaning. It is that this philosophy was created against religion, not against money.

Consciousness and scientific objectivity

If, in short, the content of the test tube depends on our thinking, then the very notion of scientific objectivity is compromised, and the scientific study of consciousness seems impossible.

However this is only about the content of consciousness, which, of course, depends on the person, and even varies from one second to another. But the laws and the functioning of consciousness are fixed and objective, because they do not depend on the person, or on his opinions or concerns. And they are therefore just as much as physical objects available to the objective scientific study, even if the observation methods are different.

I agree however that it is more delicate than in physics, since the only available measuring instrument is our own consciousness, that we then need to cleanse from its own opinions or attachments, as seen in chapter II-4 about psychological bias.

Scientific statute of the «multiple reality»

The very notion of science is based on the idea as what reality is unique, and does not depend on the observer. But then, how can we scientifically manage Transcendence, if its observable effects depend on the attitude of the observer? This is not very complicated, and it does not involve any questionable metaphysics or sadomasochistic «unknowability».

In terms familiar for the scientists, we can say that the world with Transcendence and the world without Transcendence are like two entangled «quantum states». Our mindset is then the «field» which will reify one or the other of these two states, in each of the various occasions of our lives. (Of course it is not as formal as quantum physics, but it is still more than a simple analogy).

This removes any scientific statute from «skepticism» or «zetetics», and even from ordinary materialism. Indeed this attitude is in fact the exact equivalent to cheating, such as to disconnect the instrument of observation, and then pretend that the phenomenon does not exist.

How Transcendence needs our choices and our responsibility.

To proceed in this way builds a world which enables the Transcendence to express itself. It may look pretentious to contribute to Transcendence, but it is indeed actually what It requests: it is up to us, consciousnesses with emotions and intelligence, to give a body to the subtle suggestions of the Transcendence, into our concepts, our projects and into our actions. Indeed, as It is not an humanoid character, Transcendence cannot act by Itself. It can therefore only speak through us, through our emotions, our ideas, our concepts, our personalities, our actions, our creations, our civilizations. But in serving It, it is our own happiness and our own lives that we are building, because remember: Transcendence is not a power foreign to us, but a fundamental property of our own consciousnesses.

The Promethean temptation

From an ethical or spiritual point of view, as seen in chapter V-5 and chapter V-7, there is no «divine message» which would forbid us from doing «unnatural» things. However we must not «think we are God», with sects, «personal development» without spirit, hedonism without spirit, atheism, materialism, technocracy, exploitative genetic engineering, ego inflation, false masters, false mediums, extropianism, immortality or robotic bodies without free will, repressing other's spirituality, etc. It goes without saying that any of these perversions costs the instantaneous loss of contact with Transcendence, as seen millions of times in public.

The statute of religious faith

Most religious persons will think that finally I justify their faith. But there is a dangerous trap here too. Indeed, for most religious persons, faith is only a belief, also locked by a neurosis of opinion, which hides the Transcendence behind beards and dogmas. The remedy is therefore the same: to cure the neurosis of opinion. This alone allows us to receive the true message of the Transcendence, and allows us to emerge from arbitrary beliefs in order to reach the true reality of Transcendence.

Converging concepts used by other religions and philosophies

Catholicism often speak of the «original sin». I think that this refers, beyond the symbolic stories, to the fundamental problem of having a divine immaterial consciousness into a material body.

The idea of receiving the «divine grace» refers at our spiritual consciousness, that is the Transcendence (chapter V-7), taking power over our physical brain. Which happens when we do what Buddhism calls «abandoning the grasping at our self».

On the other hand, without Transcendence, the communist idea of removing our «bourgeois conditioning» mostly turned into a stalking instrument, while the drugs harden our neural circuits against the influence of our consciousness. As to current psychology, neurology and psychiatry, they are simply unable to grasp at the matter

How can Transcendence be everywhere?

How can the Transcendence manifest everywhere in the same way, without exchanging information between Its different manifestations? Indeed we see It in meditation, in mental calm, in moments of Superconsciousness, in NDE, and most likely after death. And the contact is always radical. And always in the same direction.

It would be that the Transcendence may result from the sole logical self-generation law of consciousness, without being any content or information in this said consciousness. So that we understand that it always gives the same result, as in the formation of a crystal, without the need from receiving information from a single source.

The principle of economy of absurdity.

These situations resort from what we called «creative absurdity» in chapter III-3. In a general way, when reality is indeterminate, it reificates at random, according to one of the possible values of the undetermined parameter. But never the determined values are changed (rule 5).

We could call this the «economy of absurdity» principle, because it limits, precisely, the effects of a logical indeterminacy to what is strictly necessary to allow for the logical self-generation process to continue. So the result is the less illogical as possible, or the less arbitrary as possible.

«Magical moment» and logical self-generation law of consciousness.

We saw in chapter III-3 the notion of nib, which is the elementary point of a logical self-generation process, for example the turn in a series of numbers. In physics, it is the quantum interaction. The brain also has a nib: the synchronous discharge of neurons. Finally the consciousness has the element of consciousness experience. But consciousness is also fond of special nibs creating new elements, whereas physics is very stingy of them (only the «symmetry breaking» of the Big Bang).

We note in short that the nibs of physics are Aristotelian (obey the mathematical apparatus of Quantum Mechanics) whereas the nibs of consciousness are non-Aristotelian. This last point gives them infinitely more flexibility in their functioning, as seen in chapter I-6. This non-Aristotelian behaviour is easily observed in the sequence of wandering thoughts, dreams, NDEs, sleep paralysis, etc.

Therefore ultimately any logical self-generation system is «quantum» (note 91). The final point of the theory of logical self-generation will be made in chapter VII-4.

The «dissolution» of consciousness

This disturbing expression is often used by spiritual masters, because it is the key to communication with our consciousness, instead of the ramblings of our neurons. Let us see how this happens in a more general case:

In a spiritual universe formed solely of elements of the consciousness experience, we are aware of this or that element if that element also is in our own stream of consciousness. However, if it is entirely determined by our stream, then the experience is a dream, where we do not communicate with anyone. If on the contrary our stream of consciousness is determined only by the considered universe, then we have no control on the experience. The solution, as probably implemented in the spiritual universes specially designed to ensure our happiness, is a certain «quantum» probability (note 91) that this or that element is determined by our consciousness or by the universe, in a certain space around us. At this price, we can share a real experience with others, which is not a phantasmatic reverie.

Then the case of the meditator sitting in the physical world is not different from the previous one. If he is a beginner, his experience of consciousness is entirely determined by the physical universe (his neurons). However, advanced meditations allow for some blending, then creating a control from our consciousness over the brain.

It may even happen that this «blending» is not zero for our physical world. People with a non-zero value would then enjoy «magical powers».

Personal merit or divine grace?

Some spiritual currents state that we can reach high spiritual level only with receiving the «divine grace», while others are based on the accumulation of enough «merit» (training). Actually, these two statements are non-dual, allowing for an infinity of different paths where each person obtains the grace with a different quantity and quality of merit.

But this very non-duality allows for the errors explained in chapter I-5, like doing nothing just waiting for the grace, doing evil thinking that the grace will pardon us, or even dangerous fallacies like the Calvinist predetermination.

V-8 The states of consciousness

(Permalink) This non-essential chapter is strongly summarized, but the plan is respected. It comments on the different ordinary states of consciousness.

The waking state. In this state, the process of logical self-generation of consciousness (chapter V-2) usually copies the physical events taking place in the brain. Thus the content of ordinary consciousness is created by the brain.

Sleep. In this state, the neurons eliciting experiences of consciousness are neutralized. However, a process of logical self-generation cannot stop: we should therefore have an NDE at this moment. Unconsciousness would result from the nibs of the consciousness jumping all the time of sleep at once, giving at awakening this impression of a missing time.

Dreaming is similar to waking, except that the scenarios are created by a dream engine in the brain. Spiritual worlds probably function like dreams. Dreams are usually meaningless, but there can be:

- Premonitory dreams, when consciousness intervenes.

- Meaningful dreams, often repetitive, sometimes frightening, prompted by worries, subtle clues, etc. The trouble is that these dreams proceed by symbols which are difficult to decode (more in the linked chapter).

- Instinctive or biological dreams, which content is coded by our genes in the brain, in order to inform the consciousness of certain important biological stakes.

Lucid dreaming is usually defined as a dream where one is aware of dreaming. It is a powerful but difficult tantric yoga. The novelty is that scientists are interested in it, looking for various ways to produce it.

Meditation is an ordinary waking state, where the consciousness gains influence on the brain, with various means such as non-attachment to opinions and mental emptiness. Depending on the degree of liberation of the brain, we speak of more or less deep or advanced meditation.

Orgasm has the particularity of neutralizing the frontal cortex, which then makes possible to practice very specific and intense meditations, more easily than through a long training. This is the reason why the Tantras try to multiply orgasms, through renouncing to ejaculation.

Sleep paralysis is a normal and natural phenomenon, where apparently the consciousness itself is dreaming, instead of following the dreams of the brain. It is a very interesting state, similar to lucid dreaming, which can easily lead to OBE or ESP.

Sadistic sickos have fun terrifying people by making them believe that the visions are demons (incubi and succubi), hostile aliens (alien abduction) or even «hallucinations» (wikipedia)

OBE, more known under the name of astral travel, seems to be an extension of sleep paralysis, with ESP showing real places that we cannot normally perceive from our body (these ESP must be verified, so that we can say that we really had an OBE). We also find this state during the first phase of NDEs.

Instants of super-consciousness are sensations, sometimes diffuse, sometimes dazzling, about an immediate danger, or important information about the meaning of life, etc. It is a very common parapsychological phenomenon, which many ordinary people have experienced. But it remains tainted with mystery: if our consciousness (or other's?) is able to manifest itself in such a radical way, why does not it do it all the time?

Memory. There is a lot of confusion about memory. Scientists usually explain it by changes in the synapses of neurons. However, this produces learning, not memories. The memory of past events could actually be located in the spiritual consciousness (the logical self-generation process of consciousness). This is even necessary for NDE memories, as scientifically demonstrated by the Dutch study.

False memories can be created by dangerous mental manipulations, while «unconscious memories coming out years later» are inventions for ransoming innocent people, or for pretending to be an extraterrestrial contact.

Drugs have largely illusory effects, even hardening the ego by reinforcing neuronal impulses against the influence of consciousness. In their ignorance of spirituality, some scientists study the «entheogenic» effects of drugs, which are in fact only unrelated hallucinations. Anyone wishing to pursue a spiritual path must begin by abstaining from all drugs.

Hypnosis. It seems that all the effects attributed to hypnosis can be explained with only ordinary psychological influences, in particularly suggestible or submissive people.

Coma is a state of total absence of consciousness. I think that the explanation of this unconsciousness is the same as for sleep. With the difference that coma would be a «safe mode» (confirmed by Dr. Sam Parnia)

But there would remain an activity of the brain, at the level of biological control centres. The process of consciousness would then skip the unconscious time. Only when the brain completely stops, including the biological regulations, would consciousness lose all means of knowing its state, allowing the NDE process to start.

Brain damage differs from coma in that consciousness is still present, but limited (delirium, disability) or unable to express itself (locked-in syndrome). When faced with an apparently unconscious person, it is imperative to try to find out his or her true state: 1) by allowing him or her to express by modifying his or her electroencephalogram 2) by evaluating the remaining resources of the brain with a tomography or a PET scan. What was done for Stephen Hawking must be available to everyone. This is also a case where euthanasia at the request of the victim is justified, but I add with spiritual guidance.

V-9 NDE, Afterlife and Reincarnation

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The NDE

The NDE (Near Death Experience) occurs when the brain is totally stopped. It is the first case of a parapsychological phenomenon explicitly recognized as such in a «mainstream» science journal by the «Dutch study» in the leading medical journal «The Lancet». (Full text, other studies by the IANDS. More links here)

Reminder: NDEs for dummies. NDEs are nowadays part of the major facts that everybody is supposed to know, like contraception or climate change. Yet I still meet people who are not aware of them, hence this reminder.

These are memories sometimes reported by dying people who have passed the natural point of no return, but who were brought back to life by modern medicine. They show a first stage characterized by OBEs, and a second stage (the «core experience»), which look like the start in an afterlife world.

According to the theory of logical self-generation, if the brain is stopped, the process of logical self-generation of consciousness does not receive any more information from it. The consciousness would then begin to function on its own resources, producing the symbolic experiences such as the tunnel and then the Light. In advanced experiences, it would connect to an afterlife world, receiving information (sensations) from it, such as visions of landscapes and people.

The NDE offers a fantastic view on the dying process, with each stage signalling the cessation of a brain function, or the connection to a spiritual world. For example, the tunnel would signal the shutdown of the brain, and the light would appear when the consciousness realizes its own nature.

There is no reason to think that the experience would be different for a person dying permanently. Indeed, consciousness is already causally disconnected from the brain when it stops, long before it is destroyed. This is what allows the return, but this possibility is not necessary for the continuation.

The beginning of the experience seems similar to a sleep paralysis with NDE and associated parapsychological phenomena (OBE, ESP, telepathy).

The being of light. Its nature has been the subject of much debate, some religious people seeing God in it. In fact, the being of light would essentially be a reflection of our own consciousness, idealized. This vision also occurs in advanced meditations. But this reflection is also an emanation of the Transcendence, which explains the purity of its messages, and also its neutrality.

The advanced experiences seem to occur when the consciousness connects to an afterlife world. It is difficult to prove this, but some experiencers bring back verifiable information.

How does one remember the experience, if the brain is completely shut down at that moment? I had already noticed in version 1 that these memories are a parapsychological phenomenon, a point confirmed since by the «Dutch study». Even the ordinary events memory could work in this way!

Deathbed visions occur in ordinary consciousness, without NDEs. Probably the degradation of the brain's capacities would allow the consciousness to influence it more easily.

The Dream Yoga would also create similar conditions.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Bardo Thödol

The Bardo Thödöl also describes the stages of an NDE, in a way which corroborates the scientific data on this subject. This makes of it an essential testimony. But it goes further, by describing how the contact between the consciousness of the dying person and an afterlife world is established: It is the very strong attraction of the consciousness towards any sensation (even unpleasant) that starts the exchange of information between the two systems, ensuring the «incarnation» of the consciousness in another universe.

The «Bardo of Becoming»

If we follow the indications of the Bardo Thödöl, the «Bardo of Becoming» seems to be a state where the consciousness is alone, bound to its own logical self-generation process, without receiving information from any other. Very varied visions appear then, of its own creation, to which the consciousness will immediately grasp at, because it has an inveterate need to attach itself to appearances, and to consider them as «the reality». This need is so strong that it overrides fear and suffering: the consciousness can then reify terrifying or painful visions, which it will nevertheless desperately cling at, as «the reality». Instead, the average meditator may simply recognize these visions as mere visions, and not cling at them. We can even visualize the visions becoming beautiful or interesting. This is what I did with the bad visions of sleep paralysis, with success.

Spiritual worlds

In some advanced NDEs, the experiencer encounters other characters, as well as heavenly landscapes or grand monuments. It is likely that these visions should be taken literally, including incredible crystal cities and other symbolic monuments. However, this does not necessarily mean that these cities would exist somewhere permanently. Indeed, if it is enough to visualize something to make it visible, then why to keep it somewhere? Thus the very notion of continuous space dear to physics loses its meaning, to the benefit of a blurred space (chapter I-3), changing, dreamlike, but nevertheless very real for those who live in it.

Buddhist masters affirm that powerful spiritual entities create such stable worlds, for the use of consciousnesses that have not yet mastered this domain. Even the electronic virtual worlds show how much and how strongly the consciousness invests in what is presented as the reality. Thus the consciousness can quickly adapt and invest itself in new conditions, possibly totally different from the material world.

Reincarnation.

The Bardo Thödöl also describes the process of reincarnation. But it brings a significant nuance to what is expected in atheistic and materialistic Western societies. For many of us, reincarnation seems to be the ultimate in desirability: to be able to live and relive ad infinitum! But in fact, why should we wish to remain in the material world, if the first spiritual world that comes along is a thousand times better? Especially since the reincarnations which are beginning in these times of climate change and nuclear disasters are likely to end painfully, well before their normal term. I would therefore not be surprised if most evolved people actually flee this Earth where nobody listens them (or worse), and are warmly invited elsewhere, where their skills will actually be appreciated and usefully employed (chapter VI-16).

The Bardo Thödöl says that the process of reincarnation can begin when the consciousness feels an attraction to a womb, in which we guess that a child is being formed. The raw attraction to the physical world can then play nasty tricks on us, if the womb in question is an animal, or even a malevolent or incapable human. But this is what would happen to many consciousnesses...

The beyond, spiritual worlds and reincarnation, according to the theory of logical self-generation

All this provides a very simple and general definition of incarnation: it is when the consciousness establishes a communication link with a universe. Incarnation is when two processes of logical self-generation communicate. If the information goes from the universe to the consciousness, then the latter perceives the said universe as «real». In the other direction, the consciousness can act on the universe, which is called having spiritual powers.

News: hints of the negative NDEs

According to an IANDS study, negative NDEs are roughly of four types:

-Similar to positive, but the person finds the experience unpleasant.

-Empty universe (void), feeling of absolute loneliness and non-existence.

-Infernal experiences, with beings in great distress, or sinister worlds.

-Negative judgment, similar to the positive NDE, but the «light» makes the person understand that he/she is condemnable.

There is no statistical relationship between the type of NDE and the characteristics of the person, except that the last three types are more likely to happen to people in a state of great self-doubt. People with negative NDEs usually take them as a lesson, and they understand on their own the spiritual methods applicable to negative experiences.

Basically, these experiences confirm the «dream» part of the NDE experience. They would be the case where, after the «bardo of becoming» the consciousness produces its own visions and scenarios, and frantically grasps at them, even if they are terrifying.

Chapitre V-10 The Evolution of consciousness: from the animal to spiritual enlightenment

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The animal consciousness

Animals are incapable of free will, and even of introspection. Many humans are still stuck at this stage, and we can often recognize them to their stereotyped, repetitive behaviours and absurd opinions, or their inability to question their fundamental choices.

We saw in chapter V-2 that the emergence of a logical self-generation system of consciousness would have for initial cause the manipulation of abstract or complex informations (images, stakes) by specialized cells. These conditions appeared progressively, between 500 and 340 million years ago.

Psychological consciousness.

Psychological consciousness is the basic state of the adult human without any psychoeducation. This state is characterized by the total submission to neurosis: hate or attachment to opinions, people or things, creating terrible suffering.

However (chapter V-3) this state still offers some freedom of analysis and introspection, allowing for a minority to access science and spirituality.

Toward spirituality

However, any person who engages in this path has to understand that the purpose of life, or the good and the evil, are basically defined by consciousness (chapter V-5). Caring of our consciousness is called spirituality.

A genuine spiritual practice allows to control the psychological consciousness, enough to ensure at least an harmonious social life and a stable happiness. Higher spiritual practices seek higher consciousness states or preparation for the afterlife.

However on our way we are going to meet one enemy, much tougher, vicious and relentless than any other: our ego.

What definition of the ego?

There are many fanciful definitions of the ego, some seeing it as «our personality», thus seeking to strengthen it. The spiritual idea of destroying the ego therefore seems very disturbing to them.

Most often, however, the ego is seen as a personality defect: egocentricity, or the bloated ego of the sociopaths. But even so, it is only one problem among others, neither more important nor more dangerous.

But in high spirituality, aiming at the highest states of consciousness, we hear about of complete destruction of the ego, of non-self, of ataraxia, of dissolution of consciousness in the Great Whole... Expressions which are in fact the result of approximate translations of misunderstood concepts, spread in the spiritualist literature of the beginning of the 20th century.

What the ego really is, why it is necessary to destroy it, and what happens when we do it

In the state of psychological consciousness (chapter V-3), the content of the consciousness is only copying the content of the brain. It is thus the latter which brews all our opinions, our feelings, our desires, our intentions, etc. (This is the view of current neurosciences, 2022).

The problem is that this brain is a material object, which obeys the laws of physics, and therefore has no access to the purposes and stakes of consciousness (chapter V-5). This makes that it produces alternately and indifferently happy or painful results, often against our most fundamental interests. It is this parasitic activity which is generally called the ego in spirituality, and which we shall call the neural ego in the frame of the theory of the logical self-generation of consciousness. It is therefore something different and much more fundamental than the simple egotism.

The whole art of spirituality is therefore for the consciousness to gradually take control of the brain, through various trainings such as meditation, introspection, mental emptiness, etc., in order to neutralize its anarchic and disruptive activity. It is this activity which is called the destruction of the ego. This process begins with the elimination of our defects (including egocentricity), continues with the construction of a free and happy personality, and ends up with the obtention of higher states of consciousness: holiness, Arhat state, Buddhahood... totally free from all material influences.

Thus, all the extraordinary and enviable characteristics of the spiritual awakening can be summarized in the sole power taking of the logical self-generation process of the consciousness over the logical self-generation process of the brain!

The resistance of the ego

The problem at this point is that the neural ego will heavily interfere with the process. Indeed, if «we» decide to meditate, it is in fact this ego which will «do the meditation». This is precisely the opposite of what we want to do: we are truly meditating only when our consciousness is no longer trying to obtain a result. Thus the whole spiritual process will be affected, from the initial decision to the last illusions, with our brain imitating meditation, imitating awakening, even fabricating false experiences, beliefs, opinions, visions, etc. To this inner problem, external dangers will add: sects, false teachings, adverse situations, repression, etc.

The situation is not, however, hopeless. But it requires us to come back to the foundation at every moment: to stop all thought and leave only the consciousness. And this whatever the «advanced» exercise we are doing. At the beginning this leaves the consciousness free for only a fraction of a second, but little by little this time increases. We can also occupy the ego with mantras, or make it devote itself to useful activities, such as humanitarian work. The ultimate way, however, is to recognize that our ego is not us, or even that it is only an illusion.

All the spiritual methods, texts, statues, masters, exercises, allow us to advance slowly, over the years, to accomplish something which in theory would take only some minutes.

Do not destroy the ego too early

In fact we do not destroy the neural ego itself, but the attachment of our consciousness to it.

Some people may think that we could get rid of the neural ego by destroying the brain, that is by committing suicide. It goes without saying that no spiritual current advocates this solution:

-As our consciousness copies the brain, it would take all its neuroses with it. And we likely cannot cure them in the afterlife! Only a healthy brain can do that. (I suppose that this happens thanks to the influence of the two self-generation processes the one on he other, only possible in an incarnated consciousness) Assuming that we find a new one (new incarnation), we would be back at the starting point, or even worse.

-We would not destroy the attachment to our neuronal ego, which is also a neurosis. See the previous case.

-We should not extrapolate from NDE reports that the afterlife is necessarily pleasant. Actually, we do not know: 85% of people do not report any memories, and no journalist has ever returned from the afterlife. The only known testimony, the Bardo Thödöl, even entices to circumspection.

In the end, the shortest path to free us from suffering is to sit on our cushion and practice the steps of spiritual development, patiently eliminating neuroses and attachments. Even one session can improve our chances.

 

There is another reason: it is the neural ego which builds our personality, our tastes, our aspirations, our character traits. And when we are not meditating, we trust it to behave in life and to make decisions. Well, it is recommended to meditate before making any decision. But meditation is not a parapsychological phenomenon, it will not bring information. Still it is a precious help to avoid acting under the influence of emotions like anger.

To summarize, I think that every person should have two goals in life:

1) To develop his «ordinary» personality (to learn, to explore, to heal neuroses and psychoses)

2) To seek spiritual awakening and develop his spiritual personality (his spiritual body).

The non-duality between neuronal ego and spiritual awareness.

The above leads to a non-duality (Chapter I-3) between the neuronal ego (the body) and the spirit (the consciousness).

It is the non-attachment to infantile material interests which protects the consciousness from enslavement by the neural ego. But rejection of the body cannot protect us, because rejection is as much an attachment, just of the opposite sign. Hence the danger of mortification practices.

We must remember that the brain is not only a fantastic tool which allows us to reason, visualize, work, love, etc., but it is also an awesome self-generating algorithm which has generated our whole personality: our tastes, our abilities, our friendships, etc.

Angels

Religions often mention «angels» as real and superhuman characters, that only saints or prophets actually meet. Some see them as created by God, others see them as evolved former Humans.

Without negating the previous, we note that it is very common to feel a presence besides us, during meditation. It happens even to beginners. I asked what is the meaning of this to several lamas, and they replied, either not to pay attention to these, or to consider them as our Yidam. I am not sure what these presences really are: dreams, or real visitors encouraging spiritual practitioners? They appear and disappear, do not give informations, and have a propensity for sex. Is this what the prophets of the past were speaking about?

What I do finally is, when they are here, to think at them as real persons, while keeping this thinking non-dual with the idea that they are dreams. Indeed it would be very dangerous to make us believe things about this.

Demons

The theory of the logical self-generation does not predict the existence of entities which would be principles of evil. Indeed, good and evil are defined only in relation to consciousness, so that they cannot exist apart from consciousness.

This is ultimately extremely reassuring: there is no absolute evil, no necessary evil, no unavoidable evil.

And no demons.

However modern neurology shows that the concept of demons is an excellent allegory for the different neurotic or neurological conditioning which entice us to commit actions with painful consequences, for others (crimes...) or for us (drugs...). So that, no matter if they are real characters or not: we must still be permanently cautious to avoid them.

Mental void and Emptiness

When Buddhism speaks of Emptiness, it is a metaphysical conception, quite similar to the theory of the logical self-generation that I propose.

However, this Emptiness also plays an important role in meditation, under the name of mental void or mental emptiness. The principle is to stop any thought of neurological origin, in order to access the pure spiritual consciousness.

This state is quite difficult to obtain, because if ever it occurs, we are enthusiast, we evaluate it, we try to use it. The problem is that all these activities are precisely activities of the neuronal ego. This frantic grasping then stops the whole experience.

From this, the often recommended method: watch for «the gap between two thoughts», and then apply non-action (chapter I-3) to our own thoughts, so that this state can persist.

High spirituality

If ordinary spirituality consists in eliminating our psychological defects, we can define high spirituality as the means to escape from the neural ego, and even from the determinisms of the material world. The most frequent means are usually called Yogas or Tantras: meditation on emptiness (sometimes dream yoga), Kundalini yoga (the Tantras of energy) or visualizing oneself as a deity (the Yidam) endowed with a marvellous body and all the desirable spiritual qualities.

There are innumerable concepts, methods and exercises in many different spiritual contexts. But the general idea which emerges is that it is pleasure and positive feelings which build spiritual consciousness and emancipate the logical self-generation process of consciousness from the physical process of the brain.

The «dissolution» of consciousness

This disturbing expression is often used by spiritual masters, because it is the key to communication with our consciousness, instead of the ramblings of our neurons. Let us see how this happens in a more general case:

In a spiritual universe formed solely of elements of the consciousness experience, we are aware of this or that element if that element also is in our own stream of consciousness. However, if it is entirely determined by our stream, then the experience is a dream, where we do not communicate with anyone. If on the contrary our stream of consciousness is determined only by the considered universe, then we have no control on the experience. The solution, as probably implemented in the spiritual universes specially designed to ensure our happiness, is a certain «quantum» probability (note 91) that this or that element is determined by our consciousness or by the universe, in a certain space around us. At this price, we can share a real experience with others, which is not a phantasmatic reverie.

Then the case of the meditator sitting in the physical world is not different from the previous one. If he is a beginner, his experience of consciousness is entirely determined by the physical universe (his neurons). However, advanced meditations allow for some blending, then creating a control from our consciousness over the brain.

It may even happen that this «blending» is not zero for our physical world. People with a non-zero value would then enjoy «magical powers».

The scientific study of the parapsychological phenomena accompanying spiritual awakening.

There are a variety of such phenomena: miracles, odours of sanctity, bodies which do not decompose, the Tukdam (Geshe Djampal Gyamtso, under scientific observation, in 2007 in Pomaia, Italy, and Geshe Lobsang Tengye, whom I saw with my own eyes, in 2019 at the Vajra Yogini Institute).

A specious argument against miracles is that they would only happen in the past, hinting that they would be legendary. This argument is a misuse of statistics for rare events, and we have the proof in the case of meteorite craters: looking at the list of known craters, the big ones are old, and the small ones recent. However, we cannot conclude that their size would decrease with time.

Another difficulty is that people take vows not to show their powers, which complicates their scientific study. I would advise, however, to open your eyes in the presence of current great masters... If they avoid showing off their powers, they nevertheless use them in a discreet but useful way.

Well, what if we do not find enough yogis capable of producing these phenomena? There is still a way to test: engage yourself on the path. This way you will have a totally objective and reproducible observation.

The danger of the denigration of spirituality

History shows that it is quite easy to convert people to a new religion (Romanisation, Christianisation, Islamisation, atheisation, television) However it is impossible to force people to have a real spiritual practice: people engage in a path if they trust it.

But damaging this trust can then break the energy of the meditator. This is what happens with cults, false masters, etc. But it is especially what are doing materialistic ideologies, pseudo-psychology or pseudo-neurology and their falsification of science. Not to forget stalking in daily life (In France, we have to bear the niqab hunt, discrimination against vegetarians at school, etc.)

This makes that spirituality denial, and its corollary parapsychology denial, will be the next large fight of our civilizations against the forces of nothing. Indeed spirituality denial is much more dangerous to social order than climate denial.

V-11 The traditional Karma

(Permalink) The materialistic West has understood karma completely wrong. Forget Lobsang Rampa, forget the television. Karma is not a «force» which avenges us in Youtube videos.

According to the various currents of Eastern spirituality, karma is simply the law of cause and effect, the same as in physics. There is therefore nothing inexplicable by classical science in the concept of karma: the laws of physics as well as the laws of psychology are karmas. Of course, spirituality considers things mainly from a spiritual point of view: the laws which govern the functioning of our consciousness. In fact, the closest common concept to karma is what we call habit forming. The basic idea is that our karma binds us to this capitalist material world, and more generally to suffering, or that it determines our destination after death (heaven, rebirth, hell...). The whole practice is therefore precisely about getting rid of the links of karma.

 

Within the framework of the theory of logical self-generation, we can consider that traditional karma and the laws of logical self-generation of consciousness are the same thing. We imagine that these laws are in fact complex and numerous, much more so than in religious views, and studying them will be an exciting science.

 

Karma is not a magical force capable of changing the physical world. But the accumulation of our actions can produce a very similar result. A good example is eating meat: the numerous ethical violations necessary for this are the cause of innumerable pollution, new diseases, famines, etc. Thus, even without a direct cause and effect relationship, our state of mind and our actions can create dangerous situations, or traps in which we fall into later.

It is therefore better not to play the smartest with karma, especially when we do not know how it works.

 

Can consciousness end? In a general way, a logical self-generation system cannot be stopped. Which, in the case of consciousness, has the great advantage of making it immortal. However, in mathematics we find series which stop at a certain point, like x-1/x. Is this true for a consciousness? After all, 88% of people do not report NDEs, and we do not know why. Could it be that a too lousy, too bad or too materialistic consciousness can self-destruct at the moment of death?

A common observation is that a consciousness loses capacities. For example, when a love affair turns into stalking, we lose the desire to start another one.

V-12 The neurotic consciousness

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Neuroses are psychological diseases, not psychiatric diseases. Basically they are wrong programming of otherwise healthy neural networks. For instance racism.

This strongly resumed chapter studies how neuroses manipulate us, by selecting our observations, and how so many people think and behave in stupid or harmful ways. We study neuroses like opinions, belief, dishonesty, submission or opposition do society, ideological viruses, the psychological bias.

Psychoeducation can solve all these problems, as an example how I vanquished racism myself.

The psychoeducated society, the denial of emotions, and neurotic artificial neural networks.

V-13 The psychotic consciousness and sociopaths

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Psychoses are psychiatric diseases, not psychological diseases. They are altered functioning of neurones. They do not respond to psychoeducation, and need psychiatric care.

This strongly resumed chapter mostly focuses on sociopaths, since they are too numerous and «not sick enough» to be locked in psychiatry. For this reason, psychiatrists published list of criterion to recognize them. It is very advisable for all to learn these lists.

After seeing how sociopaths are skilful to obtain the power in any group (ponerology), we study their various methods and attitudes: tickling the limits, their language, on the Internet, in children, and their domination and submission plays.

V-14 The functionning of the brain

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This strongly resumed chapter deals with the way the brain develops and grows, guided by pleasure or displeasure. This explains how this growth can be impaired by unpleasant feelings and on the contrary favoured by positive emotions, positive thinking and social recognition.

Examples are provided, like amblyopia, sociopathy, the shame of a bad mark a school making us bad in a subject, etc.

We also discuss how this is impacted by reincarnation, and at last of brain implants.

V-15 education

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This strongly resumed chapter draws the conclusions of the previous on the growth of the brain.

Today school being still more or less based on the sadomasochist master-submissive model, it often fails bringing the expected results, especially when shame and social exclusion literally kill children's energy. On the other hand, pleasure and social recognition can bring much better results.

Learning the limits, breast feeding, social education, psychoeducation, and only after the acquisition of knowledge.

The pedagogy systems, the role of the entourage, education as a tool of ideological formatting, the authentic purpose of education.

V-16 Instinct, intuition, phobias, fantasies, etc.

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This strongly resumed chapter aims at unravelling common misconceptions and confusions on these things.

Instinct and phobia are genetically-created neural conditioning, like the images in a new computer. Instinct is not a god.

Intuition is, in some cases, a parapsychological phenomenon, but most often an illusion.

Fantasies are personal preferences, which may be congenital or which may appear in life.

Why flowers are beautiful may result from a co-evolution. This has implications in an objective definition of beauty, chapter VI-9.

V-17 prana, chakras, vibrations, energies,
dimensions,spirits of nature, tree huggers
and everything that Muggles hate

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This strongly resumed chapter tries to get objective definitions to all these things. Mainly:

-Vibrations are not strange mystical stuff, but emotions associated with sensations.

-Energy is simply the desire to do things. It is kindled by social recognition.

-Prana is simply feeling good. This feeling tells that the body is working fine, it can even guide us with food.

-Chakras are objects of visualisation. We visualise pleasant sensations there. When this sensation arises spontaneously, the chakra is open.

V-18 The consciousness of robots

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This topic was subjected to intense boosting or reducing misinformation, and often disinformation.

-Today science has no mean to tell if a robot is conscious. Any statement in this direction is a lie, either by scientists, google or the porn industry.

-Worse, even if science created inadvertently a conscious robot, the denial of consciousness may make these scientists torture or enslave this consciousness, without knowing it (or pretending not to know).

-General Epistemology and the Logical Self-Generation theory of consciousness are better equipped to apprehend this question. We could for instance use the phowa to send our consciousness in a specially designed robot when the physical body dies. However this would be a very poor and dramatically reduced experience, compared to life in a natural body, and all the more compared to psychical universes.

VI-19 The cyrlikars©

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Neurosciences are right on nearby all the path from sensory organs to consciousness, save precisely this very last step: how a neural activity induces a consciousness experience?

A simple fact allows for an interesting reply: there is (while simplifying) one neurone of audition per note. But they all are identical! But then, how can they each give the sensation of a different note? There is only one simple reply: it is the consciousness self-generation system which does an imputation on each neurone. This imputation is then one of its self-generation laws, producing the sensation of a defined note, when its neuron is activated.

This bijection then allows to define cyrlikars: a cyrlikar is the functional association of a neural network, and of the consciousness experiences which arise when it is activated. Each learning of the network produces a different sensation. So a cyrlikar is both a material and a spiritual object.

A reverse cyrlikar would happen with free will (chapter V-3) when the consciousness manages to control the brain. We then have the inverse of the bijection.

Creating an artificial reverse cyrlikar would then be a definitive proof of the whole theory. Basically it would use a neural network, with random generators as inputs (sigma phi upsilon model). A training of a person, and maybe of the network itself, would then allow the person to control the circuit, without materially acting on it.

VI-20 The Planetary Logos

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Numerous traditions refer to the Planetary Logos, either as a set of archetypes (Jung), or a conscious entity (Sanat Kumara, Gaia), or a gathering of evolved beings (Shambhala). The idea even spread in fiction works (Zonama Sekot in Star Wars, or Atman in the Altor series).

After the logical self-generation theory of consciousness, such a conscious entity can appear from the evolution of the whole life on Earth, after the same process making the individual consciousness to appear in a brain. So that the Earth Logos may contain a lot of important things, like the prototypes of all the cyrlikars of the brain, and this for all the species, including disappeared ones. Evidences are discussed.

Working with the Logos allows to much hasten the evolution of Mankind. Is this already happening? This is possible, as we see ideas like peace, equality, ecology, spreading in previously impervious milieus, despite the silence or hostility of the media. But this is serious business, not a game for wannabe spiritualists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to General Epistemology        Chapter 5       

 

 

 

 

 

 

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