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by epiphany55
Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: awareness
Replies: 21
Views: 2348

Re: awareness

Everything is one at the quantum level, but is everything one consciousness ? That is the question. To me, giving "oneness" the property of consciousness is a leap beyond the evidence we have. But this does not take away from the (as good as) fact that there is only separation of form, in terms of h...
by epiphany55
Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: HOW DO I REACT? TO THIS
Replies: 11
Views: 1415

Re: HOW DO I REACT? TO THIS

As someone who has done what many would consider bad things (although I can't say if they are the same things you are speaking of), I was fortunate in that I quickly became fully conscious of the potential harm my actions may eventually cause and essentially "grew out of" that behaviour, without any...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 19, 2014 2:48 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Death
Replies: 14
Views: 2059

Re: Death

But here's the thing: the means of acquiring this evidence and this understanding are strictly limited by the evolutionary constraints of this particular biological species at this particular point in time. Human beings generally believe that they have the capacity to fully grasp the inscrutable wo...
by epiphany55
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Death
Replies: 14
Views: 2059

Re: Death

I don't see it as a cruel joke played on us by the cosmos, rather we play the joke on ourselves by assuming all this complexity and wonder must have been given to us by a creative, conscious intelligence. Of course, this is not outside the realms of possibility, but then we're in the realm of many p...
by epiphany55
Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 2056

Re: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

My overall take was that he was courageous just in publishing this book considering his widely-known atheist position. Yet at the same time the book seems cowardly, like he just won't push beyond the safe boundaries of science. He is timid about suggesting any of his own ideas. For example, in his ...
by epiphany55
Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 2056

Re: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

I certainly believe, from reading this book, that Sam will help to break the taboo of spirituality among the non-religious. Even just accepting the role of mediation in improving one's mental health and outlook on life is a step forward for the sceptics. It's because Harris is more inviting of philo...
by epiphany55
Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:46 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Drugs and alcohol
Replies: 6
Views: 3149

Re: Drugs and alcohol

I enjoy a drink and the odd puff. Nature has given us many treasures (and I mean fresh from the earth) with which to explore the depths of the mind. Psychoactive substances can open doors to certain cognitive processes that aren't available when sober. This is why creative folk (artists, musicians, ...
by epiphany55
Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Pain body
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: Pain body

I was fitting a new washer a few weeks ago and the tap handle broke on the water supply. Water was jetting out threatening to flood the entire room. Needless to say I panicked (and cursed the "idiot who fitted a cheap plastic handle on a metal tap" :D ) as I tried desperately to turn off the tap usi...
by epiphany55
Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:49 am
Forum: Recommended Books
Topic: Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 2056

Waking Up - A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion

For some time I've been interested in the convergence between philosophy, especially Eastern philosophy surrounding the nature of the self, and modern science. Sam Harris helps to bridge that convergence in his latest book Waking Up. Harris, a neuroscientist, sceptic and staunch atheist, is in a see...
by epiphany55
Mon Nov 03, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: New earth
Replies: 6
Views: 1181

Re: New earth

We don't know where ET spends all his money, but frankly I couldn't care less how much money he makes. You can access his wisdom for free using many sources on the internet. You don't need to go to one of his talks to fully understand his philosophy. People who choose to go and pay the entry fee do ...
by epiphany55
Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: Looking for a mindful meditation audio
Replies: 4
Views: 1115

Re: Looking for a mindful meditation audio

I found Sam Harris's guided meditations very effective. Hope you do too.

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/mind ... meditation
by epiphany55
Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?
Replies: 37
Views: 5352

Re: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?

Science is taking NDE's seriously... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/life-after-death-largestever-study-provides-evidence-that-out-of-body-and-neardeath-experiences-may-actually-be-real-9780195.html Dr Parnia said that the findings of the study as a whole suggested that “the recalled exper...
by epiphany55
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:17 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?
Replies: 37
Views: 5352

Re: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?

Contrary perspectives often seem unfair, especially to those with whom it contradicts. It's not the contrary perspective that's unfair, it's claiming that scientists necessarily reject something without consideration because it doesn't align with current theory. I can't speak for all scientists, bu...
by epiphany55
Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: Questions
Topic: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?
Replies: 37
Views: 5352

Re: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?

There is considerable evidence of all kinds of possibilities on all sides of the issue. For me, experience, when it comes from so many thousands of anecdotal sources, merits broad consideration and should not be discounted on the word cadre of materialist scientists. Scientists, who come from a bac...
by epiphany55
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?
Replies: 37
Views: 5352

Re: An intelligent universe/God.... is it true?

It depends on how you define intelligence. Complexity is often seen as synonymous with intelligence. But evolution has demonstrated that mind boggling complexity can arise out of simplicity through nothing other than blind forces subject to cause and effect. Even if something can make decisions, pla...