It's one thing to assert that the waking consciousness is just a user interface; it would be more interesting to give instructions for observing the actual operating system in action. The Gods could certainly do that, but I don't think that it would be easy for a human to know the operations of another's mind that well; although fMRA allows people to see what a brain is doing in reaction to certain stimuli, etc. Those brain researchers have also made arms move and so on, so perhaps they will eventually
Updated 09-14-2013 at 03:04 PM by PeterL
By the candlelight, I write my tale
Of a girl who lived a little while
She grew under pain and threats,
Where is the relief for a life like this?
She fell in love with a beating heart,
But hers was almost dead,
In her smile hope glowed faintly,
Flickeringly, and seemed to fade.
Her life hung in the balance;
She thought, "No second chances,
Life's restrictions leave no time,"
She couldn't find
A discussion that touches on the matter of multiple levels of consciousness came up recently on the Philosophy Forums, where I waste a little time on most days. The post was in regard to the power of humans to have “self-agency,” fundamentally the idea that individuals are independent operators. This hinges on what the “self” is. If you think that your waking consciousness is the thing that is yourself and that makes the decisions to act, then you have missed some important matters. What we usually
Updated 09-10-2013 at 06:49 PM by PeterL
You are living everywhere.
You are rare as a golden bow,
You are unique as one in millions
Your breath moves the breath of the whole;
Where life is, you are there.
At last I knew what spirits know
And light shone down from the billions
Peace, supreme peace!
It amuses our Lord
to pretend we are not He,
to imagine we suffer fear,
I already explained that following trends until they end is usually a winning strategy for predicting the future. By looking at trends that already exist we can make predictions that might be accurate. Individual trends are simple, but putting them together is more interesting.
In high technology the trend for the next century will be toward Quantum computing and time travel and trans-dimensional travel.
In government the present trend is toward centralization of power. This