The way things are.
Visualizing what is instead of what’s seen
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness. We already know that on top of everything we experience with our senses there’s a bunch of other stuff that our senses don’t have access to. We know that there’s more stuff that exists than our senses can capture and we know that there’s more to reality than our technological sensors can discern. We know that we‘re made of tiny little things and everything else is also made of tiny little things and we know that we’re separate from those other things in ways that are important to us. If we leave enough hydrogen laying around for long enough we eventually get you wondering why your consciousness emerged from a bunch of hydrogen.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness. We all have experiences where things “feel” off or odd in a way that resonates strangely within us. These experiences exist and have been described for as long as we’ve been describing our experiences. These feelings are as simple as a small intuitive feeling and as powerful as love.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness. The United States government has been steadily shifting its position on the existence of UFOs for the past little while. They now call them UAPs. If you explore the space of UAPs and take the core elements seriously (as the United States government is currently doing) you are immediately led to the discovery of a wild quantity of credible metaphysical phenomena.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness. The CIA tells us remote viewing is real. It’s not just the CIA, of course, but I like to focus on them because they’re so heavily connected to the subject and their presence merits serious consideration of what exactly was going on when the CIA discovered remote viewing was real.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness. Some (or all?) culture happens in the space of consciousness. This means that culture is real in some way that is different than how things are real here, around us, in spacetime — but the things which exist in culture are none-the-less real. Ideas are real and alive in the way that ideas are real and alive.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness
If we accept that there are undiscovered physics of consciousness many metaphysical-seeming elements of the events which occur and sustain religion appear to be correct or true or right — and also the religions they sustain are the imperfect manifestations of the impossibly glorious ideals they represent. Whatever the concept of religion may represent in the component of reality related to the undiscovered physics of consciousness (which must have been created by any creator if there is a creator), it has also evolved as social structures used to maintain power and influence in specific regions of the world over the timescale of our history. Religion often attempts to be the institutional representation of profound and powerful truths about the nature of reality that are often only discernible through meaningful and challenging experiences — and a lot of the time religion has succeeded in offering meaningful individual experiences to practitioners.
The positive benefit of religiosity on some religious people is undeniable — an attempt to deny or discredit it is profoundly dogmatic and irrational. Yes, religion has often been at the center of some of the greatest failures in the history of our collaborative civilization, but these failures often happen for many of the same reasons secular power structures behave harmfully to humans at scale.
I understand that I’m not supposed to be saying this stuff. I’m comfortable trying to say it is because I have a profound respect for what is represented by religious traditions and its practitioners. I see the beautiful impact it can have on the lives of its practitioners — especially when it isn’t also a social tool connected to conflict and the manifestation of power being used against others.
The competition of many religions exists in the space of culture — not in the space of faith. We invent religion around faith the way we invent science around math. Religions are invented and developed at least in part by distinct, collaborative groups of conscious humans.
Religion emerges from the space of consciousness, inspired by faith, and manifests into the space of culture.
Religion and science are in the space of culture.
There do not appear to be clear, direct messages from the Devine or a creator to everyone everywhere— other than the existence of the created — so it looks like the only higher messaging we have access to comes in the form of individual experiences by specific individuals or groups. Many religious or spiritual practices claim that you can find your own messaging through meditative practice. This is an act which can be described as using biological and psychological technology to enhance the connection of our consciousness with the space of consciousness.
Culture is full of the testimony of countless individuals claiming to have achieved something like this and in many cases we are able to review their progress and see that it’s been beneficial to them. People of every faith can pray or meditate their way to a transcendent experience. Some people seem to have more exceptional abilities than others but it looks like anyone can work towards it. It’s a feature of our form and not a feature of our faith.
Faith-like behaviour emerges from consciousness
The culture of science has exceptional or inspired individuals as well. There are many religious scientists. People become inspired by some connection from the space of consciousness and they are compelled to build, create, or explore something. Artists call these inspirations muses. Science and religion both inspire artistic pursuits.
Faith-like behaviour is ubiquitous throughout our civilization. It’s incredibly powerful and very significant and must be treated with respect because we all have some version of it. This is the space of unprovable beliefs around which no resolution is available because the belief is contingent on the outcome of something unimaginably complex and beyond our control.
If you don’t manifest faith-like behaviour for a religion… you manifest it for your government, or your economic system, or the safety of our planet as it careens through the cosmos, or something else.
Your faith-like behaviour may be different from those who have values different than your own but its influence on you is equal in capacity to the influence of theirs on them, the measurement of which is inaccessible to others because it’s locked within a subjective experience.
We put our faith in science to figure everything out
…but then science came back to us with a huge chunk of the matter and energy of reality being totally unknown. Things sat like this for so long.
We’ve given science long enough to see that a quick and clean resolution to this quandary isn’t possible and further innovation is required. Many people within the scientific community are saying this. It’s time to update our view of science in order to accept that the long term goals of science can be warped by manifestations of faith-like behaviour from the individuals who hold the most power in the systems of science, to the detriment of all.
I’m not saying throw it all out, but think about the very real examples I gave at the start of this article which point toward the undiscovered physics of consciousness, the undiscovered physics of your mind, and think about how harmful it may be that Science isn’t really open to exploring or understanding this.
How is science doing at figuring out reality?
I’m sincerely asking. I honestly don’t know. I think it’s a spectacular failure of the institutions of education and science that we don’t have a better answer to this question yet.
I don’t mean “what is reality?” because that question is probably impossibly hard, I mean “How are we doing with figuring out reality?”.
Having answers to this question locked away in esoteric scientific research that is inaccessible to the people to whom it applies is no better than having answers to this question locked away behind religious doctrine. Amazing effort goes into understanding the nature of reality and we’re doing a terrible job of communicating the output of this effort to most people. That doesn’t mean the effort isn’t commendable and the output isn’t amazing. We simply need more.
Stephen Wolfram just released a very large piece of writing explaining the current state of the Wolfram Physics Project. It’s very impressive and compelling stuff and so much of it is well beyond my capacity to easily consume or understand.
The Physicalization of Metamathematics and Its Implications for the Foundations of…
One of the many surprising (and to me, unexpected) implications of our Physics Project is its suggestion of a very deep…
My background as a software developer and experience as a data scientist biases me in favour of finding all of this work very compelling — even after acknowledging that I don’t understand a lot of it. I’ll continue to follow the development of this project and try to understand it to the best of my abilities. I hope future versions of articles on this subject have the word “consciousness” more than once. I worry that an unwillingness to be open to the undiscovered physics of consciousness will manifest as blind spots in the data interpretation and analysis required to understand reality as presented by this project.
If the Wolfram Physics Project is on the right track they’ll have (a gross oversimplification): discerned math that explains Remote Viewing.
What else don’t we know?
One thing I don’t know is… what to do with all of this. It’s overwhelming. It’s also real and applicable to my life and the lives of everyone around me so I feel compelled to focus on it.
There are undiscovered physics of consciousness.
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