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Counterfactual definiteness

Counterfactual (adjective) : expressing what has not happened but could, would, or might under differing conditions – British Dictionary Counterfactual (noun) : a conditional statement in which the first clause is a past tense subjunctive statement expressing something contrary to … Continue reading

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Different types of synthesis

synthesis by physics duality synthesis by superposition of quantum states synthesis by complementary views synthesis by dialectics synthesis by TOE synthesis by multiple perspectives synthesis by common core Synthesis by physics duality The meaning of “duality” in physics is very … Continue reading

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Credence

I saw the word “credence” in a blog post by Sean Carroll.  He defines credence as “degree of belief.” Here’s an interesting quote from that blog post “Quantum probabilities are really credences — statements about the best degree of belief … Continue reading

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Episteme

Personification of Episteme in Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey. I was drawn to the word “episteme” while I was reading Sohail Inayatullah’s “Understanding Sarkar: The Indian Episteme Macrohistory and Transformative Knowledge.” Sohail Inayatullah has published extensively on macrohistory, futures studies and the … Continue reading

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A selection of resources on mathematics, physics and philosophy

In my previous post I mentioned the existence of a “collective mechanism” that pays attention to improvements/innovations in individual expressions. I try to do my part and bring the reader’s attention to excellent educational resources on math, physics and philosophy. I … Continue reading

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Matter (Mass) is not bottled-up energy

The famous equation of Einstein is usually interpreted as “matter is bottled-up energy.” This interpretation is not quite right! gives the impression that the mass can be converted to energy.  This interpretation is not quite right either. Einstein’s mass/energy equivalence … Continue reading

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What is an event?

image credit In an earlier post titled No space, no time, just events I reported that Kevin H. Knuth and Newshaw Bahrenyi  have published a paper titled A Derivation of Special Relativity from Causal Sets. In that paper they are essentially … Continue reading

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Complementarity Principle of Quantum Mechanics

Niels Bohr regarded the “complementarity principle” as the most fundamental principle of Quantum Mechanics, He introduced the concept of “complementarity” in his Como Lecture in 1927. The formal presentation [1] was given in his book “Atomic theory and the description … Continue reading

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Knower I, Doer I, Done I, Known I

MAHAT or MAHATTATTVA: “I” (“I am,” “I exist”) feeling, existential “I”. AHAM or AHAḾTATTVA: Doer “I”, ego, second mental subjectivity. CITTA: Done “I”, objective “I”, objective mind, mind-stuff. This is the classic (earliest) categorization of the layers of the mind. … Continue reading

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Inference and Propensity

Dictionary definitions: Propensity: an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way. Inference: a conclusion reached on the basis of evidence and reasoning. In the context of spiritual philosophy: propensity: a causal factor influencing an individual entity inference: … Continue reading

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David R. Hawkins on Causality

This is my fourth post in the “causality” series. The first three were: Difference between correlation and causation Phillip Gibbs on Temporal and Ontological Causality Kant, Hume, Reichenbach, Meister Eckhart and others on Causality I think that the following question … Continue reading

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Kant, Hume, Reichenbach, Meister Eckhart and others on Causality

This is my third post in the “causality” series. The first two were: Difference between correlation and causation Phillip Gibbs on Temporal and Ontological Causality Here’s some heavy articles weighing on the concept of causality Kant and Hume on Causality … Continue reading

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David Chalmers on Panpsychism and Panprotopsychism

David Chalmers is my favorite philosopher. I mentioned him in 4 other posts: Academic Studies of Consciousness On the fascination with zombies On different definitions of Monism Narcissistic mystic against scientific materialism David Chalmers is an important thinker. I recommend … Continue reading

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On the fascination with zombies

What is all this fascination with zombies? Just take a look at the list of zombie movies and the list of zombie novels. Even philosophical essays!   I blame David Chalmers for this 🙂 David Chalmers is one of my favorite … Continue reading

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Zero is not Null

I am reading “Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story” by Jim Holt. This is one of the best books I have ever read. In his book Holt examines the fundamental question “Why is there something rather than … Continue reading

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Difference between pseudoscience, metaphysics, spiritual philosophy and science

Science is good, metaphysics is good, spiritual philosophy is great but pseudoscience is bad. This is my position. If you ask scientists they would say “science is good, metaphysics is bad, and pseudoscience is very bad.” Scientists would not differentiate … Continue reading

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Narcissistic Mystic against Scientific Materialism

Popular media is under the impression that physicists are becoming more open-minded about the mysteries of the universe and the dominance of the “scientific materialism” – most dogmatic form of materialism – is waning. My observation is quite the opposite. … Continue reading

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Metaphysics is a misunderstood word

Image credit I noticed that people have very different notions of metaphysics. Even among the physicists the connotations of metaphysics vary widely. Let’s start with the literal meaning of metaphysics. The word meta usually means an abstraction from another concept … Continue reading

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Aham or Ego

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti explains Aham (Ego, “I do” consciousness, or second subjectivity) “Matter is the crudest manifestation of citta and citta is a metamorphosed form of Cosmic Consciousness. The two subtler manifestations of Cosmic Consciousness, the Mahattattva and Ahaḿtattva, are … Continue reading

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Anatolian School in the Philosophy of Science

There is an ancient tradition of Natural Philosophy in Anatolia. This tradition goes back 2600 years to Thales of Miletus (image on the left) and Anaximander of Miletus. In the 20′th century the ancient tradition transformed itself into Philosophy of … Continue reading

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PhilSci Archive

The PhilSci Archive is an electronic archive for papers in Philosophy of Science. It serves a similar purpose as the arXiv which is much broader in scope. The PhilSci Archive is as important as the SEP (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). You … Continue reading

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Analysis and Synthesis

“Spiritual philosophy is synthetic and those who have chosen this path are proceeding with their sadhana of attaining oneness. Hence, experienced scientists on this path cannot even think of destroying the hard earned emerald glow of the experience of other … Continue reading

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Fun with Aphorisms

I love aphorisms. Ancient Greeks loved aphorisms too. My paternal ancestry is rooted in Anatolia and Greece. That may explain my fondness for aphorisms. I don’t create aphorisms intentionally but I was blessed with few over the years. I wanted … Continue reading

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Relative Truth is Objective

Image credit What is relative truth? Cosmos is the relative truth. The term “relative” refers to the derivative nature of the Cosmos. Is there an absolute truth? Yes, there is. Godhead (Absolute Being, Consciousness with capital “C”) is the absolute … Continue reading

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Attraction to Abstraction

Image credit Abstract ideas are unpopular. I hesitate every time I post an article discussing an abstract idea. There is no one around me who is willing to listen and discuss abstract ideas with me. In the office I am … Continue reading

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Mystery

The most powerful force in the universe is the attraction of a mystery. We fear the unknown but we are attracted to it.  The powerful attraction of the hidden truth is irresistible. We cannot accept the possibility of a random … Continue reading

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On Different Definitions of Monism

I came across an article written by Michael Shermer in 2004. He is a well-known author and columnist for the Scientific American magazine. In that article he gives a definition for monism: “Dualists hold that body and soul are separate … Continue reading

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Why is uncertainty intrinsic in the Cosmos?

There is an intrinsic uncertainty in the physical universe as detailed by quantum mechanics. I think that this intrinsic uncertainty extends to the wider Cosmos (totality of physical, mental and spiritual universes). Why is uncertainty intrinsic? The root cause of … Continue reading

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New Perspective on Unification

Please read this as an outline of a research program. This is a rough sketch of what I want to write about in the future. Unification is not about nature Unification is not about nature. Nature is unified anyway. Unification … Continue reading

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How Do I Know?

How do I know what I know? When I say space-time-matter emerged from the primordial fabric I get the usual question: “how do you know?” When I say ‘the primordial fabric is a formation within the Cosmic Mind’ the critical … Continue reading

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More cryptic notes

In my previous post titled “Model of a Model,” I mentioned that I was going to write a post on the many interpretations of the quantum mechanical wavefunction. It turned out to be quite a project. It will be a … Continue reading

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Jadasphota

This is a follow-up on the previous posts titled New Perspective on the Quantum Mechanical Nature: Seeking Freedom Few Comments on Microscopic Black Holes where the ontological principles Consciousness cannot be confined for long Seeking freedom is one of the … Continue reading

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Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP)

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) is prepared and maintained by the The Metaphysics Research Lab Center for the Study of Language and Information Stanford University Stanford, CA 94305-4115 http://plato.stanford.edu/ Use the “Search the SEP” box on the top left Each … Continue reading

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No Thermal Death for the Universe

In 2011 the Nobel Prize in physics was shared by Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae.” Prior to their research we knew … Continue reading

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It is not just semantics

Words matter in Spiritual Philosophy Basis of existence is Consciousness; everything was created out of Consciousness. Materialists say that this is just semantics. Now replace the word “Consciousness” with “matter” Basis of existence is matter; everything was created out of … Continue reading

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Ananda Sutram

Ananda Sutram was composed in Sanskrit by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in the year 1961. It summarizes the Ananda Marga philosophy in sutra format. It consists of five chapters and 85 sutras describing the universe, the mind, the soul and the … Continue reading

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The Five Fundamental Factors (Bhutas)

The cosmology of Ananda Marga philosophy is known as Brahmacakra or the Cycle of Creation. The 5 fundamental (rudimental) factors mentioned in Brahmacakra refer to the stages of creation where the physical universe emerges from the Cosmic Citta (primordial fabric). In … Continue reading

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What is your law?

I will continue with my Edge series. Previous postings were: Edge What questions are you asking yourself? The 2004 Edge question was: What is your law? I have multiple laws: The first one below has been mentioned by countless people … Continue reading

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What questions are you asking yourself?

I was not planning to answer the questions posed by the Edge society mentioned in my previous post but I changed my mind. I think it can be fun. I will start with the 1998 question which was: What questions … Continue reading

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Academic Studies of Consciousness

Academic institutions in America are dominated by scientific materialists. This does not stop the courageous pioneer scientists who work on consciousness. Knowing the circumstances I cannot stress enough how courageous these scientists are.  One of these academicians is David Chalmers who … Continue reading

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All in One, One in All

I have been fascinated by these words of wisdom: All in One, One in All. Say it in reverse. All in One, One in All. It is the same no matter how you organize the words. It gives me so … Continue reading

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Secret of the Universe

I often ask my 12 year old son about the secret of the universe, hoping that God gives me a hint through him. He always says that we will never know the secret. Having been trained as a physicist I … Continue reading

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Intuitional Science (6) – Substance, Quanta, Wavelength

It seems that Scholastic philosophers were obsessed with the concept of “substance.” The Rationalists continued the discussion. When Empiricism emerged the concept of “substance” was slowly forgotten. In the age of science no one talks about “substance” anymore. I was … Continue reading

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Intuitional Science (3) – Few Comments on Mind and Matter

I have been thinking about the concept of Hypostatic Union (hypostasis). This concept was discussed among the Christian philosophers. It refers to the incarnation of Divinity. I will not discuss Christian theology. Instead, I will start by mentioning Leibniz’s interpretation … Continue reading

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Intuitional Science (1) – Definition

This is the first piece of a series. I wanted to classify these writings under the “Intuitional Science” category. My understanding of the term is a little different from the traditional meaning. In the past the term “Intuitional Science” was … Continue reading

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On the Human Story of Leibniz

Leibniz is one of my heroes. I feel a special affinity to him. Most people are interested in his complex philosophical system. I find his metaphysical concepts very interesting too but I am also interested in the human story of … Continue reading

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Confusion about Entropy

The word entropy entered the popular culture. This may not be a good thing because even scientists are confused about the definition of entropy. I was trained as a physicist and I was confused about it for a long time. … Continue reading

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My Favorite Books

I excluded fiction from this list. I also excluded many scientific and technical books which are truly my favorites but they would not be appropriate here. Another excluded category is the esoteric books. The following are the books that I … Continue reading

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The Renaissance Problem

Renaissance is dear to my heart. I volunteer for the Renaissance Universal movement and I often think about the significance of the European Renaissance. Renaissance means rebirth in French. It is often stated that the European Renaissance started in Florence, … Continue reading

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Unity of Being (Absolute Monism)

Introduction Unity of Being and Absolute Monism refer to the same concept. There is only ONE Absolute Being in existence. Cosmos including all the physical universes and the infinite number of souls are transformations or internal reflections of this Absolute Being … Continue reading

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Duality and Interaction

Duality is the outcome of an interaction. The fundamental interaction that is sometimes symbolized by the yin/yang symbol is the binding action of Prakrti (Cosmic Operative Principle) on Puruśa (Cosmic Cognitive Principle). This binding action is the fundamental interaction. The binding … Continue reading

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Number Symbolism

Zero : Dimensionless Infinity of Consciousness Geometric representation of zero is a dot (point) because a point is zero-dimensional. The Absolute Unqualified Consciousness (Nirguna Brahma) is symbolized by a point because Nirguna Brahma is beyond this creation, it is beyond … Continue reading

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Analytic Process Always Causes Multiplicity

What is analysis? Dividing Separating Differentiating Slicing and dicing Examining the differences Increasing the resolution of a view Examining the change Examining the rate of change Identifying the components Identifying the constituents Identifying the frequency components Spectral analysis Demarcation Duality … Continue reading

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Anthropic Principle in Physics and Spiritual Philosophy

Introduction The anthropic principle is often used as a weapon in the tiresome debates between “creationists” and “scientific materialists”. Resistance of “scientific materialists” to the idea of Divinity is rooted in their individual psychological development and the sociology of the … Continue reading

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Tzimtzum (Şimşum)

Isaac Luria introduced the concept of Tzimtzum (Şimşum) which states that God began the process of creation by “contracting” His infinite light in order to allow for a “conceptual space” in which a finite and seemingly independent world could exist. … Continue reading

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Existence

Each unit of Cosmos has a center or nucleus which is the identity (the I of the entity). In spiritual philosophy the center=nucleus=identity is also known as the “I am consciousness” or simply as “unit consciousness”. The unit consciousness (atman) is connected to … Continue reading

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Fihi Ma Fihi (It is what It IS)

It is what it IS The “Fihi Ma Fihi” is a prose work of Rumi written in Farsi (Persian). It consists of 72 discourses. Like Masnavi it was written during the last few years of Rumi’s life. The literal translation … Continue reading

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Immanence and Transcendence

The divine essence is both immanent and transcendent. Is this a paradox? There is a way to gain insights into this apparent paradox. Mental clarity can be found by considering the special relativity of consciousness. What is generally understood by … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Principle

Introduction Absolute Unqualified Consciousness (Godhead, Nirguna Brahma, Absolute Being, Ein Sof, Alam-i Hahut), or whatever name you invent to describe the indescribable infinity of love and bliss, is totally beyond mind and comprehension. It is an undivided whole. Creation is … Continue reading

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Aspects of Rajoguna, Tamoguna, Sattvaguna

The 3 gunas constitute the foundation of the Brahmacakra theory which was modernized and reformulated by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti [1] [2] . The 3 gunas explain not only the multiplicity and variation seen in the physical universe but the aspects … Continue reading

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Spiritual Philosophy of Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (May 21, 1921 – October 21, 1990), also known by his spiritual name Shrii Shrii Anandamurti was one of the highest expressions of universal teacher in human history. He was the founder of Ananda Marga. In all … Continue reading

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Haji Bektash Veli

Haji Bektash Veli was a great Sufi teacher, humanist and philosopher who lived in Anatolia in the 13’th century. He is the eponym of the Bektashi Sufi order and is considered as one of the principal teachers of Alevism. He … Continue reading

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