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by epiphany55
Mon May 09, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: Personal Experiences
Topic: The beauty and horror of nature
Replies: 5
Views: 915

The beauty and horror of nature

Today I went for a walk in the country. In England we have many public footpaths that, when roamed away from slightly, can take us to some very special and undisturbed places. You feel as if it would take many years for another human being to cross your path. In such a densely populated country, thi...
by epiphany55
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

the key master wrote:Actually, you alone do determine what's valid and not valid. Of course considering the thought of others might be a part of that determination. But yes to all that.
Which is surely not unimportant considering I am just one man with one perspective...
by epiphany55
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

The belief in no free will can also equate to man is god, which is one of the reasons some so called spirichul peeps can get very touchy about the subject. Free will was originally a religious concept. It was supposed to be a gift from god that conveniently allowed us to choose to accept that parti...
by epiphany55
Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

The problem of sources of evidence coming together is who decides what gets approved and what gets rejected? ' We' don't weigh it all up and make a judgment. Individuals do. Again, unless you are taking another's word over your own consideration. Two heads are better than one. Ten heads are better ...
by epiphany55
Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

the key master wrote:What do you mean studying the brain suggests fragmentation?
There is no singular locus of self that can be identified in the brain. There are only fragments of activity, information processing, that come together to form the appearance of a singular, subjective whole.
by epiphany55
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

Epiphany, can I ask --- do you consider that you are looking at this from the mind? as if you are your mind? I haven't just appealed to my mind for the answers if that's what you mean. In fact I've been aware of the mind fighting against such notions. The mind wants to believe in free will. It does...
by epiphany55
Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

There is plenty of evidence to support any position you choose. The reality is you choose the evidence selectively. I alone don't determine what constitutes valid evidence - there are effective systems of logic, reason and empirical analysis outside of raw subjective experience to validate whether ...
by epiphany55
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

Epiphany, what exactly are you trying to prove with this thread? Have you not read the 900 million other threads about free will on this forum? What's the purpose of creating....yet....ANOTHER thread with the same limited ideas merely being thrown around in more circular debates? You've already mad...
by epiphany55
Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Re: Free will is just another silly religious belief

Consider the matter from two perspectives. Are we observers? Or are we explorers? Both, although "we", or the singularized "I" is just the lens through which experience, nature essentially, becomes a singular perceivable entity for this particular biological entity. It's more efficient than everyth...
by epiphany55
Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free will is just another silly religious belief
Replies: 79
Views: 6730

Free will is just another silly religious belief

Think your next thought. Now think your next thought. These thoughts are just arisings. Their creation recedes into an unconscious darkness over which you have no control. Yet we humans walk around as if we are the proud authors of our wisdom, courage, righteousness, intelligence... all inescapable ...
by epiphany55
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Can someone explain to me why...
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: Can someone explain to me why...

To me it's like the optical illusion of the two heads and the vase. Your attention can only be on one or the other at any one time. Your attention on pure awareness cannot coincide with your attention on the emotional or judgemental content of thought. As soon as you become fully aware of a thought,...
by epiphany55
Tue May 12, 2015 8:02 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: how to forget the past?
Replies: 7
Views: 653

Re: how to forget the past?

Attachment to this degree always has the potential to cause immense suffering. It's not healthy. You need to feel that you are a whole person (not a half in need of another half) before you go into a relationship. You need to work on becoming less dependent on others, and other things, to make you c...
by epiphany55
Tue May 12, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: Beyond the Physical
Topic: Insightful NDE
Replies: 3
Views: 997

Re: Insightful NDE

Thanks for sharing, Enlightened. My concern here is that Bob Olson seems reluctant to raise the question of whether of not the experience occurred during brain death. This is understandable, since I'm sure he's fully aware there is generally no way to establish that the NDE occurred while the brain ...
by epiphany55
Mon May 11, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ignorance - What and Why?
Replies: 9
Views: 1059

Re: Ignorance - What and Why?

There is ignorance in terms of a lack of information or experience and there is "wilful" ignorance, where one appears to "look the other way" or put their fingers in their ears and go "lalalalala". There is the ignorance of "I don't know" and the ignorance of "I don't want to know". But there does s...
by epiphany55
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why the concept of a personal soul is incoherent
Replies: 24
Views: 1870

Re: Why the concept of a personal soul is incoherent

Human beings will always perceive from within the limitations of their biological form. Even the idea of awareness comes from our experience as aware beings, the awareness itself being limited by the size of the window of perception afforded by our neuronal make-up. So we naturally project this most...