It’s fascinating to watch scientists and scholars try to fit our ancient spiritual heritage into the materialistic paradigm of modern science.
It’s reminiscent of the bizarre star charts and systems drawn up in days of yore, when people believed the Earth was at the center of the universe…
… before Copernicus and Galileo and Kepler came along and proved that the Earth was just one of several planets spinning around the sun.
Suddenly the heavens settled down into a more comprehensible order…
… and epicycles were filed away into the archives of interesting misconceptions.
Our view of the world is taking on similar gyrations today as we try to reconcile the realities of spirit through the filter of material thinking.
One recent article suggests that consciousness somehow emerged from matter and the two became incomprehensibly enmeshed. Those who take a stand on consciousness, then, are classified as:
- eliminativists (matter is real and consciousness is an illusion),
- idealists (consciousness is real and matter is an illusion),
- dualists (consciousness and matter coexist),
- panpsychists (everything is conscious), and
- mysterianists (matter and consciousness are woven together).
There’s some obvious overlap among the five classifications… and, well, they tend to make the world seem more complicated and more clinical than necessary… at least to me… a bit like the epicycles of old.
The classifications overlook the flowing symmetry of spirit, the living multidimensional omniverse. Spirit, as I’ve come to understand it, would be a hybrid of the last four bullet items… and much, much more.
Explaining Magnicent Ancient Monuments of Primitive Cultures
Another recent article explores amazing temples and subterranean chambers designed with advanced acoustics… and concludes that they were “carved out with stone hammers and antler picks.”
It makes more sense (to me at least) that highly advanced technologies, including spiritual technologies, were prevalent on Earth at that time. To try to explain how advanced architecture can be created with primitive tools is another case of spinning modern epicycles to fit grand spiritual truths into a cramped materialistic paradigm.
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Now, as promised, I’ll begin assembling the first in a series of articles on the spirit-face photographs that I gathered through the 1990s… before Polaroid stopped making its film. Going through my archived photos in recent days I’ve found dozens of pictures with intriguing faces that got overlooked among the thousands of pictures taken over the years. So… many of the photos I’ll be posting in the coming weeks have not been made public before. I plan to post the first article this weekend. Thanks for your patience!
Other articles about science and the human spirit:
The material mind skews logic to explain consciousness — Science and NDEs — More modern-day epicycles — Foreign-accent syndrome — Measuring maya — Asteroids pummeled Earth for 2 billion years — Exoplanets and the prospect we’re not alone! — Mysteries of Eden — Combat killing and the human spirit — Noxious capitalism and the human spirit — Aurora theater tragedy — News in perspective — Pfrankenstein’s monster: big pharma — Preventing that pesky apocalyse — A life and afterlife debate — Updating the Therapists’ DSM Bible