If I were going to help Deepak in his argument with Leonard (Leonard Mlodinow) I might say:
Our eyes are only capable of seeing a tiny sliver of all the magnetic waves that exist.
“Deepak, ask him whether he believes in the 4th dimension. After he says, ‘Yes,’ ask him to point to it.”
He can’t. He can’t even imagine it. Our brains are incapable of even imagining it. They’re hard wired for only 3 physical and one temporal dimensions. Unfortunately they make a perfect playground on which Social Conditioning can make it’s stamp
of reality only consisting only of what our 5 senses are capable of experiencing. Note that even our eyeballs, as advanced as they are, are only capable of sensing a tiny fraction of the lightwaves that are (Conveniently coined the “Visible Spectrum”)
Isn’t that the same as Spirituality? We can’t point to it, but we know it’s there.
It’s the “Mythic” dimension, which is constantly at right angles, known as “eternity”, to the arrow of time.
“Eternity is in love with the productions of time,” said Blake.
Because like a beautiful work of art needs a canvass to act as a medium for manefestation, even in some sense acting as “foil,” eternity needs the “foil” of time and space to act as “relief” in representing it’s message of the infinite.
Think about it. In order to represent something moving, you have to have another thing standing still, or the message can’t be conveyed.
In the same way, in order to convey the message of “revelation” you need to have the backdrop, the blank canvass, if you will, of a mundane, restricted, and merely mechanical “Worldview.”
Without the Labyrinth, there wouldn’t be the adventure, the magical thread that leads one out.
OK, so I haven’t read the book. Or have I? Quantum theory would say that there is at least one Universe in which I have.
But we’ll stick with the consciousness that I am experiencing now. I haven’t read the book. I’ve seen Deepak tweet about it for a while now. I follow Leonard Mlodinow, and he actually followed me back.
Once I tweeted him saying, “God is Symbol for that which is beyond all thought, beyond what is even capable of being thought.”
He replied, “You sound like Deepak!” I must admit that made me happy. Happy because Deepak is a hero. Happy because not only did he reply, acknowledging me, making me feel part of the conversation, but also because, though I disagree with him (Do I? Again, there is at least one Universe in which I agree with him, but also one in which I am him!) he was cheery. That was nice.
I don’t like debates. That’s one reason I’ve been reticent to begin reading this or even to watch the videos, but I do feel like the fact that Leonard is such a cheery, warm, nice person, that perhaps some benefit can come from it.
My sister put it best on the phone just a while ago, “Maybe he isn’t coming from it from a place where he needs to win.” Debates could be productive activities if neither side had an absolute need to win, in as much as having a desire to come to the truth.
So I don’t know if this post will even be finished. I’m just doing it “stream of consciousness” starting with a couple tweets I sent today (10/8/11) after watching the first 10 minutes of a video of them debating. Again, not liking debates, that’s all I could watch for now.
So if this goes on, if I can continue and actually read the book, this post might actually get done, or at least expand.
My niece who works at the Wall Street Journal, actually sent me a copy that she saw at their offices without even knowing I knew anything about it. I guess lying around. It is definitely an advanced copy. On it read, “Not for resale.” I feel special. Thanks Michelle!
That fact seems kind of Zen to me already.
So here goes the beginning of my ‘real’ post or the beginning of what I’m thinking:
The Scientific Method didn’t create Relativity or Quantum Theory. Inspiration did. It merely verified them.
OK, so what I’m saying here is that the two greatest scientific discoveries of the 20th Century did not come by way of the “Scientific Method” of which Dr. Mdlinow seems to constantly refer. Those discoveries came through imagination and inspiration. They weren’t discovered through a calculatory method, but rather through a creative method, and then later verified by calculations. These achievements have more in common with the revelatory nature of spirituality and mysticism (at least in their birth) than they do with the systems (Science! Physics! Computers!) that they gave birth to.
The Kingdom of Heaven is spread upon the Earth, yet men do not see it.” – Jesus
Why don’t they see it? Here’s a story that might explain:
A young yogi came to his master.
“Master,” he said, “You say ‘Buddha is in all things’?”
“Yes,” replied the master.
“Is the Buddha in me?” asked the student.
“But you said he is in all things.”
“He is in all things, but not in you.”
“Because you are asking the question.”
Do you get it? So the sense of asking the question is actually creating an “Ego” type separation consciousness, actually cutting one off from Unity Consciousness to which one must re-link (“re-ligio” .latin) or re yoke (“Yoga”) in order to have an understanding of that which is beyond thought.