Other Dimensions (Out There)

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The main stumbling block with analysing the idea of witnessing another reality, is ensuring that what is experienced, is not a product of the malfunction of the human brain, and its ability to perceive, cognise or interpret. An individual could be suffering from any number of internally generated psychological and physiological conditions, that interfere with the usual process of sensing the material environment. Such divergence away from normal function in the brain (and body), obviously leads to an internally generated view of the physical world, that does not actually exist ‘out there’. If a group of people appear to share a ‘visionary’ experience, it cannot be rejected out of hand, that all concerned are suffering from a perceptual ailment, or that the group is engaging in a ‘cult-like’ activity involving peer pressure, mutual conditioning, and interpretive reinforcement (i.e. a group hallucination). From a scientific perspective, these issues cannot be ignored whilst attempting to establish the theoretical principle of the existence of different planes of reality. Of course, belief systems effect how the world is perceived simply because that is one of their primary functions, but ‘belief’ does not necessarily equate to correct perception or interpretation of reality. Although theoretical physics postulates that other dimensions may exist (i.e. ‘String Theory’ and ‘Quantum Theory’, etc), these realities are mathematical probabilities, and not the product of sensory observation in the usual or mundane sense. In other words, the only manner in which these realities have been understood to exist, is through the use of numbers as cognised by the human brain. This is very different to the structure of religious or spiritual visions of other realities, which always appear to be like this (mundane) reality – but ‘ideal’ in nature. This can be ‘ideally’ good or bad, depending upon belief ad circumstance, but there is no scientific reason why other dimensions should be in anyway ‘familiar’ to human beings and their cognitive sensory array (which has evolved within a particular environment), or even ‘perceptible’ to the human mind in the ordinary sense.

Email: Help with an Exorcism (6.5.2017)

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I received today, an unexpected email from the UK entitled ‘Help with an Exorcism’. As this email contains private information from ‘D’, I will not post it here (but I am posting my email responses to it). This email explained that the individual in question (and their family), suffer from a ‘generational’ curse, which they interpret as ‘demonic’ possession. ‘D’ (who is intelligent and sincere), explained that doors open and tables move on their own, (together with other objects), and the family ‘hears’ demonic voices. ‘D’ further explained (in a subsequent email) that the family had sought medical assistance, and that as the family is open-minded, they had also consulted Islamic and Hindu practitioners – with the spirit bothering them being described as stronger than a ‘Djinn’. Of course, although I respect other people’s experiences and opinions, and listen with a compassionate ear – this does not mean that I necessarily subscribe to what they think. I do acknowledge, however, that ‘fear’ is a great motivator in human affairs, and that once a mind-set is in its grasp, the individual concerned can suffer terribly from its presence. I do not ‘believe’ in ghosts, spirits, demons or gods for that matter, and interpret such notions as being the products of an over-active imagination, often inspired and encouraged by archaic systems of theistic worship (which usually includes the ever-present threat of ‘divine’ or ‘demonic’ punishment). Furthermore, it is my considered opinion that such entities can be cleared-up by a radical transformation of the functionality of the human mind, which (providing the individual is healthy), can be produced through meditation and other forms of mental discipline and specific forms of education.  Obviously if mental illness is involved, the issue might be as simple as a chemical imbalance causing all kinds of unwanted and distressing experiences. Of course,I have never met ‘D’, but I offer here a highly ‘generalised’ response to her plight as an indicator of how logic and science can be applied to the paranormal. I very much view my approach as being one of the use of clarity of thought, as a means to over-come disturbance of thought. Below are a number of my emails to ‘D’:

Subject: Re: Help with an Exorcism
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 09:12
Dear D
Thank you for your email.
Have you considered medical help? Belief can be a powerful stimulus – but the human mind can be subject to all kinds of dysfunction. The reason other methods have not worked, may be because they are non-medical. Will power at a distance cannot affect the inner workings of a mind (or ‘minds’) that is generating certain impulses of a disturbing nature. Of course, this non-religious approach may not be what you are looking for, but I think it is worth consideration.  I suspect that science is the answer – and not theology. As for the Buddhist philosophical approach, the Buddha teaches that all experiencable states are generated by the mind of the individual – and that when a group experiences visionary perceptions – each individual in the group is internally creating the conditions for said projections. Your problem ultimately stems from the outer material conditions processed by the inner workings of the mind – change those outer material  conditions and what the mind has habitually generated will change. These are my initial thoughts and I am open to further discussion on this matter.
Kind Regards
Adrian
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Subject: Re: Help with an Exorcism
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 10:19
Dear D
Thank you for your interesting reply.
For what it is worth, I have studied paranormal activity for over a decade, and have not found any genuine cases of paranormal activity. Generally speaking, an individual (or group) state that they can see, hear, taste, smell, or otherwise ‘feel’ sensory stimulus that is not discernible by an objective observer. In other words, what they think is happening is internally generated and has no correlation to the material environment. On the other hand, as is easily discernible in popular entertainment, many misconstrue physical phenomena as having a non-material basis. A door opening on its own, for instance, can be viewed in any number of illogical ways – including invisible spiritual forces ‘making’ it move. However, if you are immersed in a theological view of the world, material science will seem illogical, and theology will seem correct. My scientific words will come across as ‘not understanding’ your plight, and my view of theology as being illogical, as denying an eternal truth. I can assure you that I am doing neither. I must advise you, however, that genuine Buddhism is a perceptual science and not a religion. It does not accept a god concept as being central to creation, and advocates a logical approach to the interpretation of existence. Meditation strips the mind of greed, hatred, and delusion, and allows the ‘enlightened’ practitioner to perceive a) the empty nature of the mind ground (or perceptual essence), and b) the fact that there is no eternal ‘self’ or ‘soul’. As the Buddha rejected superstition, generally speaking Buddhist monks and learned lay-follows do not recognise the theistic concept of an ‘exorcism’. However, in some places such as Thailand, for instance, on very rare occasions, a Buddhist monk might recite a Buddhist sutta at the bedside of someone who is psychologically and/or physically ill, in the hope that by hearing the words of the Buddha, the (usually very poor) person can straighten their mind and purify their karma (or ‘willed’ thoughts and activities). You sound like a very well educated and sincere person, and if we can move beyond one another’s initial differences in approaching this matter, perhaps our communication can generate somekind of benefit.
All Best Wishes
Adrian
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Subject: Re: Help with an Exorcism
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 10:32
Dear D
Just a thought – have you contacted the Society for Psychical Research (SPR)? This is UK based and I am a Member. This organisation studies paranormal activity and might well be able to offer you the kind of advice and help you require.
Tel: 0207 937 8984 – Email: secretary@spr.ac.uk
All Best Wishes
Adrian
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Subject: Re: Help with an Exorcism
Date: Saturday, May 06, 2017 11:18
Dear D
Thank you for your interesting email.
May I enquire as to your ethnic-cultural background? My family is Anglo-Chinese and although I look European, other members look Chinese – but we are united by a common cultural approach. We practice Chinese Ch’an Buddhism and our root teacher is Master Xu Yun (1840-1959). Ch’an penetrates the ’empty mind ground’ and returns all senses to their non-perceptual root. This clears-up all perceptual matters – as all ‘stills’ in the mind and body. As demons are linked to activity of the deluded mind – any apparent demonic possession also ceases. This is why the Buddha spoke about all kinds of gods and spirits in the unenlightened stage – but stated that they all cease to be generated in the enlightened state. Yes – any number of beings can exist in the unenlightened stage – but do not exist (in a dualistic sense) in the fully enlightened state. Certainly, once greed, hatred, and delusion are uprooted, there is nolonger any negative energy for ghosts and spirits to be created in the mind, body or environment. On the other hand, as delusion is over-come with loving kindness and compassion, even in the deluded state, demons can be struck down with the sword of wisdom. The question is ‘who’ knows this?
Best Wishes
Adrian
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Subject: Re: Help with an Exorcism
Date: Sunday, May 07, 2017 05:12
Dear D
Good idea! The SPR certainly has many decades of experience dealing with this type of phenomena and may well be able to assist or advise you in a manner applicable to your needs and situation. Perception and experience are the essence of human existence, but of course, there is a scale of sensation that spans happiness, neutrality and suffering (to varying degrees). Being stuck in any of these modes of sensation can be problematic, even more so if the perceptions and sensations are of a highly fearful, strange or unusual nature. Whatever the case, and regardless of any outcome in this matter, I think it is important to recognise that perception is as much inwardly generated, as it is a matter of external sensation.
Best Wishes
Adrian

The Problem with Lloyd Pye (1946-2013)

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I have watched (and enjoyed) a number of Lloyd Pye lectures in the past, and have respected his independence of thought and different approach to the explanation of existence. However, his rather simplistic denial of the theory of evolution due to natural selection, demonstrates a dangerous veering away from established science (premised upon the observation and measurement of phenomena), toward a ‘faith-based’ belief system masquerading as ‘science’. His work has influenced a number of impressionable young people to reject the work of Charles Darwin, and enter the field of pseudo-science – effectively turning-back the clock of human intellectual development. Lloyd Pye would have been on safer ground if he had tried to work within Darwinism and tried to improve or develop its theory and understanding through the rubric of his very interesting and quite often unique ideas and opinion. As a charismatic former US military intelligence officer, Lloyd Pye was more than able to disarm and persuade his audience – even if what he had to say had no bearing on observable reality. Darwinian evolution is an unfolding fact rather than an idea that can be ‘accepted’ or ‘rejected’ – as one might do a god concept. Lloyd Pye appears to have conflated an academic community that sneered at his alternative theories, with the theory of Darwinian evolution. He could have just as easily rejected the academic nay sayers – but kept one foot in the Darwinian camp. As matters transpired, by rejecting Darwinian evolution outright, Lloyd Pye threw the baby out with the bath-water. The point is that simply ‘imagining’ alternative scientific theories and notions does not make them ‘correct’, regardless of how original or entertaining those non-mainstream ideas might appear to be. Modern mainstream understanding exists to retain a certain quality of understanding throughout humanity. Science is important for the survival of humanity because it works. Regardless of whatever Lloyd Pye thought about existence – and I believe he was a good man – nothing of what he taught has been proven objectively correct. As a consequence, he seems to have been engaged in the practice of generating theories about theories. The question is whether any of this entertaining counter-culture is useful for the progression of humanity? Rejecting Darwinism is not useful as far as I am concerned, because ‘rejecting’ proves absolutely ‘nothing’. It does not prove Darwin wrong or Lloyd Pye right – so what is the point? For Darwin’s work to be proven wrong, Lloyd Pye would have had to furnish a whole new theory of development that clearly annuls Darwin’s observations, and his ideas simply do not do that. Enjoy the work of Lloyd Pye by all means, but view them in the context within which they historically appear, and remember that Lloyd Pye never established a competent understanding of Darwin’s theory throughout his many lectures and writings. Therefore, what Lloyd Pye was really rejecting, was his own limited idea of what he thought Darwinian theory was.

Mind Science

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Modern science (which was known by Buddha and the ancient Greeks), purports to objectively ‘measure’ physical matter, and ‘investigate’ its nature. This process is juxtaposed to the state of idealism, which is the observation of the interior of the mind, and the projection of what is seen onto the objective world – mistaking the former for the latter. What is important here, is the acknowledgement that whatever model of perception an individual lives within, it is the agency of the human mind that is the prime-mover of understanding. In theory it is entirely possible to exist only within an ideal world, where an individual consciousness is completely detached from the external physical world. This would require the maintenance of the physical body (and brain) to sustain the functionality of the mind. Of course, if everyone did this, and reality was redefined as a consequence, it would ultimately mean that the physical world would have to be abandoned. The paradox here is that everyone’s physical body would have to exist within a special machine that would require continuous maintenance. This would mean that some human beings would have to remain in the objective world to look after those who have abandoned it for what amounts to be a fantasy world. On the other hand, the world of imagination has to be side-lined for the human mind to focus on the scientific observation of physical matter. This would appear logical because ALL human beings are born not into the world of imagination, but firmly into the physical world. However, imagination does possess a very important function in that it can speculate and create the next stage of objective science. Imagination is also the natural home of religion. Religion itself has created a sophisticated view of the external world that only exists within the interior of the mind itself. In a very real sense, religion represents an ‘abandonment’ of the objective world, but as it does not possess a technological science, the body of religionists cannot fully leave the physical world whilst their bodies are still alive, hence the requirement for mythological visions of heaven and after-life, etc. The point that might well be missed by humanity pursuing this dichotomy, is that consciousness itself is inherently linked with the fabric of the universe (multi verse) itself, and that neither objective science nor religion has been able to establish an effective method to realise this connection. The science of the future will probably be beyond objective science and religion. Although it is possible that religion could make this breakthrough, it is doubtful that it will due to the current state of religions preventing any progressive developments whilst always seeking political power and converts. Modern science, on the other hand, definitely does possess the ability to transcend these barriers of perception, but again is hindered by political and economic constraints. In the meantime, individuals can choose to progress human evolution by deciding to think beyond the current socially accepted limitations of perception. This may not be easy – as sometimes the powers that be will attempt to oppress any progress in a certain direction that might deprive a privileged minority of their power and influence. In reality, progression requires bravery, insight and resolve.

A Non-Threatening Mystery

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The problem with the agency of ‘mystery’ as a conveyor of meaning, is that it is premised upon ‘not knowing’. This means that in the process of acquiring certainty, uncertainty becomes a prime mover. This differs from modern science in as much as the method of knowledge acquisition is dependent upon the eradication of ‘uncertainty’, as a means to secure ‘certainty’. Of course, a scientific mystery is different from a religious mystery in as much as it indicates an area of research not yet clarified through logical investigation. A religious mystery, on the other hand, provides a type of emotional support lacking in the scientific method, but does not supply a similar robust intellectual response. Yes, theology can be sophisticated, meandering, complicated, obscure and dogmatic, but it can never be scientifically ‘proven’ to be correct or to even exist – but such is the nature of reality. For some, for instance, the prospect of space travel can appear mysterious because it is unknown, but this does not mean that it is ‘unknowable’. Religion, by its very nature, is known only through its ‘unknowable’ nature, and herein lies its attraction for many people. It is not a matter of being ‘anti-religious’, but rather a matter of understanding the difference in how the human mind functions within the two systems under discussion. The problem with theistic rapture, is that the experiencer can stay in a dark cave for decades, and end his or her life staring at what is believed to be the divine, whilst contributing nothing to the scientific development of humanity. Poverty, illness, famine, drought, illiteracy and homelessness are not resolved by this approach to self-absorption. Although somekind of inner freedom is hinted at, nothing changes on the outer plain. Science, strictly speaking, does not require religion to function, and the same can be said for religion and its relationship to science. Both systems exist in parallel, but the battle in recent centuries has been which paradigm should direct human affairs – and secular science has proven its material worth by making human life better. Of course, with regards to the technologically-led destructive nature of the arms industry, a case can be made to suggest that science (at least in part), has contributed immeasurably to the over-all suffering of humanity, quite often in some of the most brutal ways imaginable. This criticism of science (and one of its uses) is undoubtedly true. However, the monopoly upon social destruction is not owned exclusively by science, as the Christian religion has had its fair share of committing mass atrocities over the last thousand years or so (the same observation and criticism can be equally levelled at numerous other religions). Perhaps it is better to state that humanity has a thread running through its genetic programming that has the capacity for immense violence, and that this capacity has been activated and operated in a vicious manner at various stages of its evolutionary development. This being the case, it is this propensity for violence that needs to be developed out of the human system as a means to secure a better future. This is where the various peace-orientated ideals contained within most religions and spiritual paths can be useful for the further evolution of humanity. This need not clash with the scientific paradigm, but exist peacefully alongside it. Although science may pursue a non-religious narrative, this does not necessarily mean that science is ‘anti-religious’. In reality, as religion cannot be ‘measured’ or ‘quantified’, it is of no interest to the scientific method, and exists outside of it. As science does not operate through the agency of ‘faith’, religionists should have no opinion about it, and yet the world is full of individuals that purport to support religion or science from a diametrically opposing position. This is not useful or helpful for the development of humanity, but this is not the complete story, as many religionists today study science, and many otherwise hard-nosed scientists profess a religious faith outside the laboratory. An appreciation of nature, and the sheer randomness of its creation and functionality maybe termed a non-threatening mystery that does not compromise the material essence of modern science. From the scientific perspective, religion can be explained scientifically (through the auspices of psychology and psychiatry, as well as secular philosophy), and need not necessarily be an issue that requires confronting, even if it does not obviously contribute toward the scientific method.

CCCP: Biased European History

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Secular history in the contemporary West claims to be ‘objective’ and therefore ‘truthful’, but is it? History is a matter of interpreting ‘recorded’ events that are said to have happened in the past, supported – wherever possible – by corroborating evidence. In this sense, the subject of history assumes for itself an air of ‘scientific’ certainty, despite the fact that what it observes (and in a sense ‘measures’) are not natural processes. History, unlike a successful scientific experiment, cannot be replicated under laboratory conditions. In many ways, history is ‘hearsay’ elevated to the level of orthodox fact. Furthermore, history is written by those classes that dominate society at any given moment in time, and who ‘win’ or ‘prevail’ during any major (or minor) conflict. In this sense, history is not objective at all, but represents a certain class-view of itself and its activities which are ‘privileged’ over any other view or interpretation of events. In the case of Western Europe, its bias is toward the bourgeois (i.e. ‘middle’) class, and its preferred Judeo-Christian religious outlook. Even in its secular form, European history is shot-through with the Judeo-Christian theological view of a preferred ‘good’ and a rejected ‘evil’.

The history of the USA, for instance, is presented as a priori ‘good’ even though the well-known historical facts point to the exact opposite conclusion. Europeans invaded an already occupied landmass uninvited, and due to their bias Christian beliefs, declared the indigenous inhabitants to be ‘evil’ and therefore not ‘worthy’ of life or land. From there on in, killing these people in their millions was simply a matter of routine policy. To assist the Europeans in their orgy of murder, rape and pillage, the indigenous peoples of Africa were captured, enslaved, and shipped in the boat-load to the USA to do all the hard manual work for no pay. The USA was built upon genocide, rape, murder and exploitation, and all these aspects exist today within contemporary American society, where two-thirds of the population live either in abject poverty – or close to it – whilst one-third lord it over the rest, enjoying an opulent lifestyle premised entirely upon the inequality hot-wired into the US capitalist system. This ‘evil’ existence is assumed to be ‘good’ in virtually all European history books (a habit of interpretation repeated throughout European civilisation).

The Soviet Union, by way of contrast, was premised upon the exact opposite of US-style genocide and capitalist exploitation, thoroughly rejecting all forms of bourgeois capitalist exploitation, murder, rape and pillage. Despite this political, economic and social framework that mirrors in many ways the ‘goodness’ exhibited by Jesus Christ himself, European historians reject the Soviet era and term it a priori ‘evil’. This demonstrates the non-scientific basis of contemporary European history, and confirms it being solely in the service of the bourgeois capitalist system. As modern Christianity had abandoned the original Socialist and Anarchic teachings of Jesus Christ, bringing its theology into accord with the strictures of modern capitalist exploitation of the masses – Karl Marx thoroughly rejected it as a means to administer a ‘just’ and ‘fair’ society. Although Christians certainly existed in the USSR, the Soviet State remained ‘independent’ of religious influence – a choice of Soviet self-determination often termed ‘evil’ by European historians. What is interesting is that the USA founded its system of government in exactly the same manner – embracing secularism and rejecting religion as a guiding influence upon secular authority. Whereas the US has continued throughout its history to use military force, invasion, murder and religious conversion as a means to perpetuate its own particular brand of predatory capitalism, the USSR did none of these ‘evil’ things, simply because it did not support or pursue the capitalist agenda. As European history is biased, the actual ‘facts’ do not effect its general trend of presenting the Soviet Union in the exact opposite light to how it operated in reality. In many ways, the ‘sins’ of US domestic and foreign policy are ‘projected’ upon the Soviet Union and given credence by a brain-washed public that do not possess the educational tools to ‘see through’ the lies. Although the USSR was an officially ‘atheistic’ State, it behaved in a much more ‘Christian’ manner than the government of the USA that pays lip-service to Christian theology, whilst simultaneously committing mass-murder around the globe.

Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) & Logical Thinking

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Every great thinker is a mixture of the limitations of the times within which he or she lived, and a spark of genius that transcends those very same constraints. In fact, I would say that a genius is not necessarily a privileged member of the dominant or riling class – on the contrary – the pampering this class receives tends to negate the function of genius, or at least negates its emerging into society (through transcendent modes of thought), but in the case of Sir Francis Bacon, brought-up as he was, in the religiously dominated upper classes of feudal England, the spark of genius definitely did emerge with a vengeance that threatened the very edifice of the privileged society that he was apart. This is why Sir Francis Bacon is considered the father of modern experiential science. Although his works often made allusions to religious motif, the implications and conclusions of that work definitely lay ‘beyond’ the scope of religious thinking, and thoroughly entered the realms of ‘logical’ and ‘rational’ analytical thinking. Even within his work of fiction entitled ‘The New Atlantis’ (published after his death), he explained the Solomon Institute, which existed to logically analyse and map all of physical existence, and thereby extend humanity’s understanding of the world within which it lived. This notion of Bacon’s is thought to have been the inspiration behind the founding of the Royal Society (1660) in the UK – the Latin motto of which reads ‘nullius in verba’ – or ‘take no one’s word for it’. This development signifies a clean-break from inverted modes of thought associated with theism and theistic modes of analysis, and the turning of the mind the ‘right way around’. The assumptions of religion were laid to one-side, and the characteristics of various phenomena were examined in an objective manner, that sought understanding through a detached observation. This inevitably led to the idea of experimentation and the replication of results to prove hypotheses.

Teaching Evolution Effectively to Transform Human Understanding

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Evolution is an established academic fact, but as this is a new field of research, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through natural selection is an unfolding process that requires modification as new evidence comes to light. Unlike the ready-made teachings associated with religion, academic theories are in many ways a work in progress. Theology, with its central premise of a divine entity, does not require improving – only understanding and accepting, because such a teaching premised upon the authority of tradition, does not require updating or changing. In fact, any attempt to alter or modify theology is met by the various established churches with the charge of ‘blasphemy’. However, science is not at war with religion as certain academic or religionists would have the world believe, as each understanding of reality is distinct and not reliant upon the other. For dogmatic religion, science premised upon the collection of objective evidence is anathema, whilst for established science, religious belief is irrelevant – this is why the two realms of interpretation really have no connection. What is required in today’s progressive classrooms is a greater emphasis upon evolutionary theory, and the clarity of thought this brings humanity. This should not be a problem for religion, as such institutions teach exclusively theology in their churches with no reference whatsoever to modern learning and understanding. This being the case, it should be established under law that the school classroom is secular – whilst religious teachings remain the sole enterprise of religionists and their specialist theological centres of learning – with no confusion or conflating of the truth. Believing in religion is not a problem, but such a belief should not be used to ‘high-jack’ the secularist agenda of rational and logical thinking. A problem prevalent in the US (but less so in Europe due to Socialistic-type education systems), is that of religionists deliberately pursuing a path of conflict by attempting to infiltrate the institutes of established sciences, and through the strictures of theology, seeking to dislodge the rational agendas being taught. This is an attempt (primarily by the religious right), to replace secular ‘logic’ with theological ‘faith’. This is a battle that does not exist. Religionists are perfectly welcome to continue to pursue their theological path, and in so doing, should leave the academic community alone to pursue its rational agenda. In today’s post-modern world, it is secular science that is making the world a better place to live for the entirety of humanity – differing economic systems not withstanding. If a religionist truly believes in the theistic entity that lies at the heart of theology – then that faith should be so strong and unshakeable that systems of modern logic will not affect it at all. This principle can be seen in the lives of professional scientists that retain a religious faith in their private lives, but which keep the two dimensions entirely separate. Children and young people must understand how a rational and logical mind functions, and this must be conveyed at a young age, primarily through a secular education system. In this way, the stupidity of a lack of critical thought will be avoided. The following video demonstrates the cultivated stupidity of a young American who uses the language and conventions of a modern education to ‘attack’ evolutionary theory. The lack of understanding is palpable and reflects the current ‘anti-intellectual’ agenda being pursued in the USA. What this individual fails to see, is how his own mind is operating. He cannot help but make a fool of himself by ‘projecting’ onto Darwinian evolutionary theory, the limitations implicit in his own religious belief system. Perhaps the greatest ignorance is not understanding how our own minds work. The academic Laurence Krauss is lecturing superbly here – and his progressive performance makes a mockery of the ignorant commentator’s attempt to belittle and ridicule:

 

Over-Coming Systemic Disempowerment

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The problem with gesture politics and single issue protests is that the Bourgeois State simply ‘meets’ and ‘contains’ each flare-up, keeping one disaffected group from another (with the false propaganda that each special interest group has nothing in common with the other). This is the working class disunited by the Bourgeois System – and kept disempowered in that state. This is the opposite process to unionism. Instead of protesting this issue or that issue from a one dimensional perspective, all protests should be presented for what they are – as a resistance to the concerted bourgeois attack upon the working class! Bourgeois attacks on the homeless, Muslims, Jews, poor, unemployed, homosexual, Black, White, Asian, animals, housing, healthcare, work, benefits, sexuality, gender, defence, science, technology, sport, art, travel and general culture, are all important issues in their own right, of course they are, but they also indicate different aspects of attacking the samething – namely the working class! We should ‘unite’ around our differences to become stronger in the face of this relentless bourgeois attack. In this way, if we respond ‘together’ as an organic whole, the bourgeois class would have to tread very carefully as it faces the possibility of losing all its dominance over us – which should serve as the premise for all united working class protest. We must ‘take’ our rights because the bourgeoisie will never give them freely away.

Paranormal: Understanding the Inverted Mind

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‘The basis of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet found himself or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being encamped outside the world. Man is the world of man, the state, society. This state, this society, produce religion, an inverted world-consciousness, because they are an inverted world. Religion is the general theory of that world, its encyclopaedic compendium, its logic in a popular form, its spiritualistic point d’honneur, its enthusiasm, its moral sanction, its solemn complement, its universal source of consolation and justification. It is the fantastic realisation of the human essence because the human essence has no true reality. The struggle against religion is therefore indirectly a fight against the world of which religion is the spiritual aroma.

(Karl Marx: Abstract – The Introduction to Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right)

Religion fulfils the role of providing a sense of profound but otherwise undefined, wonderment for humanity. Following the strictures of Judeo-Christian theology, the religionist view separates the world into the dichotomy of ‘matter’ and ‘spirit’, with spirit being assumed to be the real world, and the material plane presented as the ‘false’ world. The two world are assumed to exist side by side, with the existence of the spiritual world being sustained through the agency of ‘faith’ due to the lack of tangible evidence. The main problem with this model is that the spiritual world of religion is only known and conveyed within the confines of the physical world. This means that religion is only known through that which it is thought to transcend. The material world, although appearing to theology to be transitory and ultimately unreal, is in fact the very vehicle within which religion is generated and perpetuated. Although there is every form of evidence for the existence of the physical world (with regard to it being ‘sensed’), there is no similar evidence to ‘prove’ in the material sense that religion ‘exists’ either on this plane, or any other.

Modern science is irreligious because it is reliant upon the correct observation and recording of physical phenomena. When physical phenomena is correctly categorised and understood by the human mind, the human mind is nolonger functioning in an inverted manner (which sees spirit directing matter), but fully comprehends the fact that physical matter is manipulated through the agency of logically observable cause and effect, and that it is this law that governs the physical processes, and which dictates what happens in the world. As human beings possess an advanced intellect that is capable of planning and building, the world is moulded and transformed through directed human labour. This is just as true for architecture, as it is for medicine, or physics, etc. None of these important subjects are premised upon blind faith, but rather upon the most pristine and clear use of logic and reason. The human mind assesses the exact state of matter, learns how and why it changes, and is able, therefore, to manipulate the direction of that change. It is the power of the human intellect that is able to perform this task, and develop methods that lead to a better physical world for humanity to inhabit. However, as humanity has lived under the directorship of the Christian church for over a thousand years, the habit of gaining comfort from a blind faith is difficult to break.

The paranormal industry is a modern attempt at recreating the mystery associated with theistic faith, or established religion. Its nature is always that of implied ‘other worldliness’, that is never proven to exist, and this is its attraction. Even before the advent of the internet, the paranormal as a subject was known to be a big seller. Today, the paranormal is proliferated throughout the world and generates millions of dollars of income for certain individuals that peddle such a consumable. The paranormal is used as a form of ‘infotainment’, where a story is presented that implies at the very least an unsolvable mystery, and at the very most, as proof of the existence of a hither unseen spiritual realm. None of this transcends the material brain that generates it, and is therefore, a product of the material world. Simply imagining another realm does not mean that this alternative realm exists, regardless of how the facts on this plane are manipulated in a attempt to prove its existence. Every so-called paranormal event has an explanation within the physical world that does not involve religiosity. This is also true of those situations which are baffling at the moment due to a lack of evidence and understanding. A aeroplane that when missing around 60 years ago, for instance, the disappearance of which attracted an immense body of folklore developed around UFO abductions – is found hidden from view in a crash site on the side of a remote mountain. Despite how many times logic and reason triumphs over uninformed speculation, the power of theistic religion always retains its attractiveness to a certain type of human mind. This is odd when it is considered that ‘mystery’ (i.e. ‘not knowing’), is preferred over ‘certainty’, even though humanity has benefited immeasurably through the certainty of ‘knowing’ (i.e. science), and suffered equally immeasurably from ‘not knowing’ (i.e. ignorance).

As a concrete example of the inverted mind at work in the realm of the paranormal, the following entertaining story will suffice:

1815: The case of Diderici Who Vanished into Thin Air!

In 1815, a singular event occurred at the prison of Weichselmünde in Poland. A valet named Diderici had been imprisoned for impersonating his master after the latter had died of a stroke. On this particular day, he was one of many prisoners shackled together in a line and walking in the exercise yard of the prison.
Inexplicably, Diderici began to fade from view. In later interviews with prisoners and guards, it was determined that — in full view of the men both in front and behind the prisoner — Diderici became invisible; and moments later, his manacles clinked to the ground, slack, showing they were no longer holding anything. Nothing more was ever heard of Diderici.
The Real Story of Diderici

A prisoner named Diderici did in fact go missing at Weichselmünde prison, but in 1812~1813, not 1815. Due to a previous escape attempt, Diderici had to wear heavy iron fetters at all times. When the prison was surrendered by the French back to the Prussians in 1813, the roll of prisoners was checked and Diderici was found to have the word ‘missing’ written next to his name. When the commandant was questioned about where Diderici was, he offered up his guess that the heavily-weighted prisoner had possibly leaped or fallen into the Vistula River while walking on the walls of the fortress at a moment when he was not being watched… which sounds suspiciously like it wasn’t accidental, though it is also true that Diderici had attempted to escape once already. Perhaps he had tried again, successfully or not. So he did not vanish supernaturally in full view of witnesses, as the legend attests.

(Both Extracts From: http://anomalyinfo.com/Stories/didericis-actual-fate)

 

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