"Be an artist of consciousness. Your picture of reality is your most important creation. Make it powerfully profoundly beautiful."

Alex Grey
@6 months ago
thesummerofmark:

Penrose’s Profound Mysteries
How does the world of abstractions give rise to order in the physical world, i.e. where do the rules that govern physics come from?
How does the physical world give rise to mental processes, i.e. what is the physical origin of consciousness and thought?
How does the mental world access the world of abstractions, i.e. how do thinking beings come to know things that are true?

thesummerofmark:

Penrose’s Profound Mysteries

  1. How does the world of abstractions give rise to order in the physical world, i.e. where do the rules that govern physics come from?
  2. How does the physical world give rise to mental processes, i.e. what is the physical origin of consciousness and thought?
  3. How does the mental world access the world of abstractions, i.e. how do thinking beings come to know things that are true?
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Dreaming in Code Michio Kaku’s ‘Future of the Mind’ 

Kaku takes us to laboratories where researchers are studying the microscopic dynamics of the brain’s wiring. For example, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which tracks neural activity, researchers have recorded how the brain lights up when shown fragments of a video. Scientists can then determine a subject’s neural response to seeing various things. Comparing this dictionary of neural responses to the observed fMRI patterns in a person viewing a different film, researchers can reconstruct a reasonable facsimile of the film based purely on brain activity. With this kind of technique it may even be possible for scientists to crudely identify what people hooked to fMRI machines are dreaming about.

@6 months ago with 3 notes

The new science of religious experiences 

The new science of unusual experience Well, very slowly, there are signs that a Jamesian spirit is returning to academia, and the cross-disciplinary study of ‘unusual’ or ‘altered’ states of consciousness is making a come-back. How and why?

First of all, the rise of neuroscience in the last 20 years is enabling scientists to examine different types of consciousness, including meditative and hypnotic states, and to speak about them without having to use wooly and somewhat discredited terms like ‘the subliminal self’ or ‘the unconscious’.

Secondly, the rise of Positive Psychology has increased interest in peak experiences, and in the study of positive subjective states like happiness, ‘flow’, absorption. It’s also led to an increased interest in ancient spiritual practices like meditation and prayer, and the brain changes they lead to.

Thirdly, consciousness studies has grown up as a strong interdisciplinary field in the last two decades, and has increased interest in altered states of consciousness, whether that be lucid dreaming, hypnotic states, or hallucinations.

Fourth, psychedelic research is finally taking place in academia again, after a thirty year hiatus. The research is being pioneered by two teams, at Imperial and at John Hopkins. Their research is opening the door to explorations of altered states of consciousness. Check out this video by Imperial’s Robin Carhart-Harris for an indication of where psychedelic research is taking us.

Fifth, psychologists and psychiatrists are beginning to explore the widespread prevalence of ‘unusual’ or ‘out-of-the-ordinary’ experiences like hallucinations, hearing voices, trance states and near-death-experiences. And they’re beginning to realise such experiences aren’t necessarily negative, distress-causing or pathological – that they can be meaningful and life-enhancing. I’d mention in particular Dr Emanuelle Peters’ team at KCL, the Hearing Voices project at Durham University, and the work of Dr Peter Fenwick on near-death experiences.

Sixth, many humanities disciplines, including philosophy and history, have taken an ‘emotional turn’ in the last twenty years, and are interested in exploring the history and nature of emotions like awe, wonder and ecstasy. This includes an interest in the emotional and quasi-religious power of the arts, particularly music. There is a renewed interest in what James called ‘religious experience’, but which some scholars now prefer to call ‘special experience’ to show that they can happen in non-religious contexts and to non-theistic people. I’d mention in particular Ann Taves’ 2000 book, Fits, Trances and Visions, which is a fantastic exploration of the history of the study of religious experience, and her 2010 book, Religious Experience Reconsidered, which lays out how inter-disciplinary work could go forward.

The missing piece of the jigsaw is research into extra-sensory perception, which remains pretty fringe, as far as I know, although a few brave souls, like Rupert Sheldrake, continue to research it outside academia. - See more at: http://philosophyforlife.org/the-new-science-of-religious-experiences/#sthash.Qi0iKvHN.dpuf

@6 months ago
#philosophy #philosophy for life #consciousness 
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
- Nikola Tesla
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/08/10-scientific-studies-that-prove-consciousness-can-alter-our-physical-material-world/

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

- Nikola Tesla

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/03/08/10-scientific-studies-that-prove-consciousness-can-alter-our-physical-material-world/

@6 months ago with 117 notes
#tesla #nikola tesla #conscious being #conscious experience #conscious objectors 
“For people, generally, their story of the universe and the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.”
- Thomas Berry
http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/religion-science-and-spirit-a-sacred-story-for-our-time

“For people, generally, their story of the universe and the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.”

- Thomas Berry

http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/religion-science-and-spirit-a-sacred-story-for-our-time

@6 months ago
#Thomas berry #consciousness #existence #nature of existence 

"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."

Max Planck
@10 months ago with 5 notes
#existence #natureofexistence #atheism #Free Thinking Atheism #free thought #science #mystery #Max Planck #max planck 

"In our tenure of this planet, we have accumulated dangerous, evolutionary baggage — propensities for aggression and ritual, submission to leaders, hostility to outsiders, all of which puts our survival in some doubt. We have also acquired compassion for others, love for our children, a desire to learn from history and experience, and a great, soaring passionate intelligence — the clear tools for our continued survival and prosperity."

Carl Sagan
@10 months ago with 12 notes
#Sagan #sagansense #carl sagan #existence #survival #evolution 

"I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

Max Planck
@6 months ago with 4 notes
#max planck 

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

Frank Herbert, Dune
@6 months ago with 3 notes
#dune #frank herbert #fear #mind killer 

Fearless Science, Cassandra Vieten

@6 months ago with 1 note
#Vieten #conscious being #consciousness 
THIS IS BIG. HUGE.
"Orch OR appears to be on firm ground, and will be well represented at the Tucson conference. Sir Roger Penrose will give the keynote address, and Hameroff and Bandyopadhyay will speak in a session with Tegmark following Koch and Tononi. Deepak Chopra will defend Eastern spiritual approaches in a session with John Searle, and Sam Parnia will discuss near death and out-of-body studies with Sue Blackmore. In the conference opener, Chalmers and Dennett square off on the ‘hard problem’.
Neuronal computationalists have held the scientific high ground for decades, but the quantum underdogs are catching up rapidly. The two views will clash in erstwhile ‘Wild West’ Tucson, a modern day science-of-consciousness ‘shootout at the OK corral’.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/collision-course-in-the-s_b_4982567.html

THIS IS BIG. HUGE.

"Orch OR appears to be on firm ground, and will be well represented at the Tucson conference. Sir Roger Penrose will give the keynote address, and Hameroff and Bandyopadhyay will speak in a session with Tegmark following Koch and Tononi. Deepak Chopra will defend Eastern spiritual approaches in a session with John Searle, and Sam Parnia will discuss near death and out-of-body studies with Sue Blackmore. In the conference opener, Chalmers and Dennett square off on the ‘hard problem’.

Neuronal computationalists have held the scientific high ground for decades, but the quantum underdogs are catching up rapidly. The two views will clash in erstwhile ‘Wild West’ Tucson, a modern day science-of-consciousness ‘shootout at the OK corral’.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deepak-chopra/collision-course-in-the-s_b_4982567.html

@6 months ago with 5 notes
#Stuart Hameroff #roger penrose #David Chalmers #Orch OR #consciousness #the problem of consciousness #the emperor's new mind #consciousness coalition #center for consciousness 
"The democracy of death encompasses us all," Dr. Feifel once wrote. "To deny or ignore it distorts life’s pattern… In gaining an awareness of death, we sharpen and intensify our awareness of life."
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304104504579377160102817476

"The democracy of death encompasses us all," Dr. Feifel once wrote. "To deny or ignore it distorts life’s pattern… In gaining an awareness of death, we sharpen and intensify our awareness of life."

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304104504579377160102817476

@6 months ago with 1 note
#death #existence #nature of existence #conscious objectors 
@10 months ago with 2 notes

From Hitchens to Dawkins: Where are the women of New Atheism? 

THIS BIBLICAL BULLSHIT might be one answer:

“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.”
–I Corinthians xiv. 34-5

@10 months ago with 1 note
#atheism #new atheism #women of atheism #biblical bullshit