- Aug 2023
- for: definition, definition - spirituality
- spirituality is simply
- the process of exploring the mysteries of the self and the universe, and
- believing that there is more to life than material survival,
- even if we don’t know what.
- If the material world is what we can observe with our five physical senses,
- the spiritual world is everything else.
- spirituality is simply
- author: Tom Greenwood
date: Aug. 23, 2023
- Tom'w working definition is similiar to neuroscientist David Eangleman's definition of possibilian and possibilianism
- David Eagleman's Possibilian website:
Possibilianism is a philosophy which rejects both the idiosyncratic claims of traditional theism and the positions of certainty in atheism in favor of a middle, exploratory ground. The term was first defined by neuroscientist David Eagleman in relation to his book of fiction Sum. Asked whether he was an atheist or a religious person on a National Public Radio interview in 2009, he replied "I call myself a Possibilian: I'm open to ideas that we don't have any way of testing right now.
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Possibilianism is a philosophy which rejects
- the idiosyncratic claims of traditional theism and
- the positions of certainty in atheism
- in favor of a middle, exploratory ground.
- The term was first defined by neuroscientist David Eagleman in relation to his book of fiction Sum.
- Asked whether he was an atheist or a religious person on a National Public Radio interview in 2009, he replied
- I call myself a Possibilian: I'm open to ideas that we don't have any way of testing right now.
- end quote
- In an interview with the New York Times, he expanded upon this:
- Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet
- we know too much to commit to a particular religion.
- A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story
- (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true.
- But with Possibilianism I'm hoping to define a new position
- one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities.
- Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind;
- it is not interested in committing to any particular story.
- end quote
- Jul 2023
- Jul 2022
when we attribute sensory experiences to 00:06:39 ourselves for instance like the experience of red or the experience of seeing blue the model is external properties and we think of there as being inner properties just like those external properties that somehow we are 00:06:52 um we are seeing immediately
This comment suggests a Color BEing Journey. How can we demonstrate in a compelling way that color is an attribute of the neural architecture of the person and NOT a property of the object we are viewing?
See Color Constancy Illusion here:
David Eagleman in WIRED interview https://hyp.is/go?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdocdrop.org%2Fvideo%2FMJBfn07gZ30%2F&group=world
Beau Lotto, TED Talk https://hyp.is/go?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdocdrop.org%2Fvideo%2Fmf5otGNbkuc%2F&group=world
Andrew Stockman, TEDx talk on how we see color: https://hyp.is/go?url=http%3A%2F%2Fdocdrop.org%2Fvideo%2F_l607r2TSwg%2F&group=world
Science shows that color is an experience of the subject, not a property of the object: https://youtu.be/fQczp0wtZQQ but what Jay will go on to argue, is that this explanation itself is part of the COGNITIVE IMMEDIACY OF EXPERIENCE that we also take for granted.
so here's a straightforward question what color are the strawberries in this photograph the red right wrong those strawberries are gray if you don't 00:00:12 believe me we look for one of the reddest looking patches on this image cut it out now what color is that it's great right but when you put it back on 00:00:25 the image it's red again it's weird right this illusion was created by a Japanese researcher named Akiyoshi Kitaoka and it hinges on something called color constancy it's an incredible visual 00:00:39 phenomenon by which the color of an object appears to stay more or less the same regardless of the lighting conditions under which you see it or the lighting conditions under which your brain thinks you're seeing it
Title: Why your brain thinks these strawberries are red Author: WIRED Date:2022
Use this for BEing journey
- Jun 2022
the brain didn't actually evolve to see the world the way it is. We can't. Instead, the brain evolved to see the world the way it was useful to see in the past. 00:11:53 And how we see is by continually redefining normality. So, how can we take this incredible capacity of plasticity of the brain and get people to experience their world differently? Well, one of the ways we do it in my lab and studio is we translate the light into sound, and we enable people to hear their visual world. And they can navigate the world using their ears. 00:12:22 Here's David on the right, and he's holding a camera. On the left is what his camera sees. And you'll see there's a faint line going across that image. That line is broken up into 32 squares. In each square, we calculate the average color. And then we just simply translate that into sound. And now he's going to turn around, close his eyes, and find a plate on the ground with his eyes closed. 00:12:47 (Continuous sound) (Sound changes momentarily) (Sound changes momentarily) (Sound changes momentarily) (Sound changes momentarily) (Sound changes momentarily) Beau Lotto: He finds it. Amazing, right? So not only can we create a prosthetic for the visually impaired, but we can also investigate how people literally make sense of the world. But we can also do something else. We can also make music with color. 00:13:20 So, working with kids, they created images, thinking about what might the images you see sound like if we could listen to them. And then we translated these images. And this is one of those images. And this is a six-year-old child composing a piece of music for a 32-piece orchestra. And this is what it sounds like. (Electronic representation of orchestral music) 00:14:06 So, a six-year-old child. Okay? Now, what does all this mean? What this suggests is that no one is an outside observer of nature, okay? We're not defined by our central properties, by the bits that make us up. We're defined by our environment and our interaction with that environment, by our ecology. And that ecology is necessarily relative, historical and empirical.
remapping patterns normally experienced in on sensory modality to other sensory modality. This work is like that of Neuroscientist David Eagleman, ie. his vest that translates sound patterns into tactile patterns on a vest and allowing deaf person to "hear" words through feeling corresponding tactile signals.
Donald Hoffman also advocates for evolutionary fitness as what gives meaning to our perceptions of the world.