Monday, December 10, 2012

ZENO'S PARADOX; FREE WILL; CONSCIOUSNESS


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You are going to walk to the shop.

First you travel half the distance.

You are not there yet.

There is another half to travel.

Then you travel the next half of the distance.

You are not there yet.

After this you must travel the next half.

You are not there yet.


There is always a 'half' left to travel.

You can never get to the shop.

There are an infinite number of halfway points, and so according to logic, you'll never be able to get anywhere.

So, we have a paradox, something that must be true but which, obviously, is not true.

This paradox was invented by the philosopher called Zeno.

The answer would appear to be that when you are in motion, on the way to the shop, you cannot have a 'fixed' position, such as 'half way there'.

In other words, Zeno's paradox is based on a false assumption.

Now, think of the people who say that 'free will' is impossible.


A mixture of truth and fiction? Michio Kaku: Science Guru or NWO Propagandist? (March 27, 2011)

What is a hologram?

"If you had a hologram of an apple and cut it into pieces, you'd just have a bunch of smaller apples. 

"Information about the image is in all different parts of the hologram."

A Primer on Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Research suggests that the brain acts like a hologram.

It is possible that our individual consciousness is actually a piece of a hologram of overall consciousness, called the collective unconscious.

According to Carl Jung: "In addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature... there exists a second ... system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals... It consists of ....the archetypes..."

One of the archetypes is "The Wise Old Man or Woman", a mentor, such as Obi-wan in Star Wars, or Gandalf in Lord of the Rings.

Another archetype is "The Shadow", the dark side of human nature.

Jung considered that 'the shadow' differs from the other archetypes because it is more directly related to the individual's personal situation, and less to the collective unconscious.



"I lean with a fearful attraction over the depths of each creature's possibilities and weep for all that lies atrophied under the heavy lid of custom and morality".

- Edouard in The Counterfeiters, by Andre Gide.



Michael Gazzaniga studies brains.

He's a neuroscientist at the University of California.

He has written a book entitled Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain



Gazzaniga reports that various physical forces influence our actions and moods.

So, do we have free will?

Gazzaniga refers to a 2011 study which found that, when people were persuaded that they did not have free will, they became less compassionate and less peaceful.

However, Gazzaniga believes that "there is no scientific reason not to hold people accountable and responsible."

Gazzaniga points out that there is a difference between the MIND and the BRAIN.



In Germany, three year old Paul fell into a pond and died.

On 18th April 2010, we read in The Mail how Paul apparently then came to a gate and met Emmi, his great grandma.

Paul said: "There was a lot of light and I was floating.

"I came to a gate and I saw Grandma Emmi on the other side.

"She said to me, 'What are you doing here Paul? You must go back to mummy and daddy. I will wait for you here.'

"I knew I was in heaven. But grandma said I had to come home. She said that I should go back very quickly.

"Heaven looked nice. But I am glad I am back with mummy and daddy now."

How do we know?

Paul came back to life more than three hours after he had died.

Professor Lothar Schweigerer, director of the clinic where the dead Paul Eicke had been taken, said: "I have never experienced anything like it.

"When children have been underwater for a few minutes they mostly don't make it. This is a most extraordinary case.

"My doctors were close to saying 'we can do no more' after two hours of thorax compression.

"This was because the chances of survival had gone and the little lad must have been brain dead.

"But then suddenly his heart started to beat again ... it was a fantastic miracle."



One in ten people claim to have had an out-of-body experience at some time in their lives.

At Out-of-body - near-death experiences, we read:

In Dr. Raymond Moody's documentary entitled, Life After Life, he interviewed a Russian scientist named Dr. George Rodonaia, who had a near-death out of body experience.

While 'dead' George visited an infant crying in a nearby room.

"George observed that no one could figure out why the infant was crying so persistently.

"But George learned while out of his body that the infant had a broken arm.

"When George returned to life, he told the infant's parents about the broken arm.

"An x-ray revealed that the infant's arm was indeed broken."



There is a question about whether or not consciousness exists outside the body.

Believers in Reincarnation would suggest that consciousness survives death.

From: paraps.l/ we learn the following:

Brain specialists, Prof. J.C.Eccles, Dr.Wilder Penfield and Prof.W.H.Thorpe have stated that the brain appears to be an organism to register and channel consciousness rather than produce it.

"The brain is messenger to consciousness", Eccles said.

David J.Chalmers Ph.D. writes in the Scientific American (1997):

"Consciousness, the subjective experience of an inner self, could be a phenomenon forever beyond the reach of neuroscience.

"Even a detailed knowledge of the brain's workings and the neural correlates of consciousness may fail to explain how or why human beings have self-aware minds."

The Lancet of 15th December 2001 published an extensive Near Death Experience (NDE) study by Pim van Lommel, MD, cardiologist at Rijnstate Hospital in Arnhem, Netherlands.

He relates:

"A patient saw during a NDE, besides his deceased grandmother, another man who looked at him full of love. Yet he did not know him.

"More than ten years later he learned that he was born out of wedlock with a Jewish man during WW2.

"This man was deported and killed.

"When he was shown a photo of his biological father he recognised him as the man he had seen ten years before during his NDE"



According to the Telegraph, 22 October 2000, (http://news.telegraph.co.uk/news/l):

1. "THE first scientific study of 'near-death' experiences has found new evidence to suggest that consciousness or the 'soul' can continue to exist after the brain has ceased to function."

2. Two eminent doctors carried out a year-long study of heart attack survivors.

3. Their study concludes that a number of people have almost certainly had 'experiences' after they were pronounced clinically dead.

4. This suggests that the mind or consciousness can survive the death of the brain.

5. The study was based on interviews with survivors of heart attacks at Southampton General Hospital's cardiac unit.

It was published in the respected medical journal Resuscitation.

The study's authors are Dr Peter Fenwick, a consultant neuropsychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and Dr Sam Parnia, a clinical research fellow and registrar at Southampton hospital.



Dr Parnia said: "These people were having these experiences when we wouldn't expect them to happen, when the brain shouldn't be able to sustain lucid processes or allow them to form memories that would last.

"So it might hold an answer to the question of whether mind or consciousness is actually produced by the brain or whether the brain is a kind of intermediary for the mind, which exists independently."

Dr Fenwick said: "If the mind and brain can be independent, then that raises questions about the continuation of consciousness after death.

"It also raises the question about a spiritual component to humans and about a meaningful universe with a purpose rather than a random universe."

Four patients recounted feelings of peace and joy, heightened senses, lost awareness of body, and entering another world.



Dr Parnia, who was trained at the Guys and St Thomas' medical school, University of London, said: "I started off as a sceptic but, having weighed up all the evidence, I now think that there is something going on...

"If ... the brain is like an intermediary which manifests the mind, like a television will act as an intermediary to manifest waves in the air into a picture or a sound, we can show that the mind is still there after the brain is dead. And that is what I think these near-death experiences indicate."



Psychic & Spirit Magazine had an article on 'Divination The Tarot And Quantum Physics', by Cilla Conway, on Mar 16, 2005. (http://www.psychicsahar.com/l )

Conway points out that in the world of Quantum Physics we find: "There is an underlying unity: an energy or ‘field’ that exists throughout the universe....

"All matter in the universe can now be seen as interconnected by waves of energy. Matter itself is part of the same energy field – in other words there is no division between the material and the immaterial...

The 'field' "implies information exchange, as well as energy exchange, and could therefore provide instantaneous communication.

"The phenomena we call ... paranormal, such as telepathy, telekinesis,... and other oracular devices, foresight, intuition, and dreams, would just be part of this exchange, as we are part of The Field.

"As mystics have said for millennia, there is no separation. Equally important, this also corroborates the metaphysical tenet – that we create our own reality...

"Physics and mysticism are beginning to talk the same language: no longer are we considered to be a separate part of existence, nor is mind seen as separate from body.

"Some physicists even say that the cosmos is not only affected by consciousness, but is consciousness.

"As Lynne Taggart says, the physicists’ ‘work suggested a decentralized but unified intelligence that was far grander and more exquisite than Darwin or Newton had imagined, a process that was not random or chaotic, but intelligent and purposeful.’

A mixture of truth and fiction? Michio Kaku: Science Guru or NWO Propagandist? (March 27, 2011)...

aferrismoon comments:

Regarding 'free will' - We do seem to have a minimum amount of restrictions, a result of existing in time and space while in bodies.

I imagine that practical free-will is a state free of the unnecessary restrictions put on us by those who would like to have us 'go such and such a direction'.

Life may be the fine balance twixt minimum restrictions and maximum interconnectedness.

Do we create our own reality?

If the idea is that we can just create a 'reality' I doubt it - but we do 'create' it I guess by consenting to it with others.

REality seems to be a consented upon experience that is shared.

~~~


Penfield - one of the bad guys.

Ann Diamond comments:

You mention Dr. Wilder Penfield. This famous neurologist experimented on children at the Montreal Neurological Institute during the 1950s and 60s.

I am in touch with two survivors of his experiments, one of whom tells me he kept live children in cages in a special wing of the hospital, codenamed "The Farm" - they were orphans or aboriginal children, considered disposable, and sometimes murdered in front of other children, to frighten them into submission.

Carol Rutz mentions Penfield's brain-mapping experiments on her and other children in her memoir A NATION BETRAYED.

Quite a few of his children and grandchildren became quite prominent in Canadian media, as journalists, producers, editors, screenwriters etc.

It strikes me as ironic that deep insights into the nature of our brain functioning have often been obtained through unspeakable torture, which is later covered up as the Great Men of Science become heroes of medicine.

This certain is true in Canada, one of the NWO's prime locations for secret human experimentation.

Penfield, not surprisingly, was an American and a 33rd degree Mason.

12 comments:

aferrismoon said...

Drugs, the Movies and other screen-based media focussing on the overly-sensual, traumatic [ death-TV],and dumb I iamgine may distort 'natural' interconnectedness.

Identity and/or Distraction Politics allowing in 'unifiers' who/which attempt to connect us via exclusive group ideologies.

Note in UK how many go around drinking in gangs - gangs aren't about togetherness they're about excluding others [ and loving it]


cheers

Anonymous said...

just before W W II and said by
some to prepare for it, the Brit government did a lot of experiments in occultism in an attack on Germany, Prop Robert Crookal'a research proved much of what you say here beyond any doubt
Today the BBC liaeses with several quack psychologists such as richard wiseman and the disgraced susan blackmore ina conspiracy to discredit anything paranormal
dr patel

Anonymous said...

If there is precognition, how can there be free will? Time gives us the illusion of free will....or free will gives us the illusion of time.

brian said...

on zenos paradox, you may like to read the sci-fi novel Simulacron 3

Anonymous said...

"Consciousness, the subjective experience of an inner self, could be a phenomenon forever beyond the reach of neuroscience.
Even a detailed knowledge of the brain's workings and the neural correlates of consciousness may fail to explain how or why human beings have self-aware minds."

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Which does seem to indicate our 'mind' developed somewhere else in the universe, not here. What differs us from all other life on Earth is our ability to think, digress, mull-over, analys, develop, and then convert thoughts into reality.

(sorry, can't think of the fancy words after a couple of belts of a full-bodied Zinfandel!)

Well, only WE could invent the technology to create the interweb, monkeys didn't, ants, birds, fish...

I knew people seriously into this stuff, Aang is aware of a few of them, a couple at least have graced his pages. These were very posh, educated, serious professionals, not Icke-type nutters. I was amused at first, then intrigued...

What the heck...

I do know the best ones, ones with genuine psychic abilities, telepathy, were born into it, you can't just train to it as one tried (William Sergent).

I also know they've forgotten how to do much of it, why they were limited to what I've mentioned, no one can actually do magick anymore, the 'Book of Spells' (the DOS root-code) was burned by the evil ones.

I heard stories of 'the good days', the last one who was any good was Merlin, a certain infamous doctor was said to be his direct descendant.

My only claim to fame was once seeing an angel. Only for a few seconds, then she turned into the feisty to-the-manor-born snarling St. Trinian's horse-riding twat she was. "Of course I won, I wouldn't have bothered going otherwise!"

(This, returning from a 'charity-do', that, reading The Times the next day, turned out to be the Debs Ball. Tried to research, but it seems she was the only one who ever had to hand her crown over to the next girl, due to a scandal, thus is not officially recorded).

I realise this sort of stuff is derided as rubbish, there is no proof out there. But I'm open-minded. I have to be, for I saw what I saw.

A girl, in an ordinary livingroom, 40W bulb (dull) dressed in her white silk gown, her entire being emiting a blinding light so the room was lit like a movie set, small gossamer-thin wings flaxing slightly...

...and she raised her eyes to meet mine, with a look of abject love in them...

Our host nudged me, "You noticed too?"

"Yes, Merlin."

Maybe one day we'll be enlightened.

(I'm a good writer, ain't I, maybe I should take up writing sci-fi novels!)

Anonymous said...

Sorry aangirfan but off topic here. John Wards 'The Slog' has been very good on the paedophile subject lately, but something odd is going on there now.

http://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/paedophile-rings-political-correctness/#comment-143606

He's posted an obviously fake photo of Peter Tatchell carrying a PIE banner at a Unison rally. The image seems to originate from the BNP. John Ward been taken to task over this but has ignored requests to take it down and has given no proper response to any queries regarding the matter in this or any following posts. He's undermining his credibility with this. What is he up to?

CanSpeccy said...

Interesting questions.

You have Kaku tagged right.

See also Fake, Flake, Fantasist or Shill: Kaku promoting Madonna's crotch as part of a wonderful new world order globalist culture.

P.S. Thanks for the link the other day.

Anonymous said...

Interesting post!

Tania Kotsos web site is very interesting on this topic
http://www.mind-your-reality.com/ and separately there are centuries of activity around ritual magic which are arguably a battle of wills, real or imagined



Anonymous said...

Thank you for your mention of Jung here, Aang; Jung is one of my all time favourite thinkers/writers, whose ideas have inspired me for around four decades. Also Christ's words.

We co-create our reality, not always with our consent; we exercise our free will when we choose our response/attitude to what/how others treat us.

In my experiences on Planet Earth, and ONLY with spiritual direction from a gifted man, have I learned the TRUTH of the kingdom of heaven/peace/serenity that is ETERNAL.

Nothing divine dies, but is eternally transformed.

I am a Dreamer, and my spiritual director has helped me 'think' about my dreams, so that I have started to learn to see myself and the world, as God sees me and the world.

My dreams have for numerous years illuminated my Life Path, and spiritual direction has enabled me to be alone in this world, and not be 'done in' by the viciousness of others, and the illnesses that follow.

That is not to say I will not experience illness or discomfort, but I have learned for myself the wisdom of Paul's words: Christ in me and I in Christ,
and being content in all things, with little and much.

peace xx

Anonymous said...

"If there is precognition, how can there be free will? Time gives us the illusion of free will....or free will gives us the illusion of time." Anonymous

On that note, I know very little about, but am fascinated with, remote viewing. I'm wondering if the military-industrial-complex with their admitted capability of remote viewing, and their rumored ability to time travel, are able to remote view the past or future? Thoughts?

Ann Diamond said...

You mention Dr. Wilder Penfield. This famous neurologist experimented on children at the Montreal Neurological Institute during the 1950s and 60s. I am in touch with two survivors of his experiments, one of whom tells me he kept live children in cages in a special wing of the hospital, codenamed "The Farm" -- they were orphans or aboriginal children, considered disposable, and sometimes murdered in front of other children, to frighten them into submission.

Carol Rutz mentions Penfield's brain-mapping experiments on her and other children in her memoir A NATION BETRAYED.

Quite a few of his children and grandchildren became quite prominent in Canadian media, as journalists, producers, editors, screenwriters etc.

It strikes me as ironic that deep insights into the nature of our brain functioning have often been obtained through unspeakable torture, which is later covered up as the Great Men of Science become heroes of medicine. This certain is true in Canada, one of the NWO's prime locations for secret human experimentation.

Penfield, not surprisingly, was an American and a 33rd degree Mason.

Anonymous said...

This is hardly the place for lengthy discussion in depth about refuctionism, materialism, and the pseudo-science of Kaku et al.

I do recommend the book The Taboo of Subjectivity by B. Alan Wallace. Top notch food for thought!

 
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