OSHO: There Is No God, But I Have Found Something... OSHO International Foundation -- . Osho, a contemporary mystic has spoken on virtually every aspect of human consciousness. In these talks, the human mind is put under the microscope as never before, ***yzed down to the smallest wrinkle. In this talk Osho responds to a question If there is no God, are you an Atheist? There is no God, but that does not mean that I'm an atheist. Certainly I am not a theist -- I am saying there is no God -- but that does not mean that you jump to the opposite, the atheist. The atheist says there is no God also, but when I say there is no God, and the atheists like Charvaka, Karl Marx, Lenin, Epicurus.... When these people say there is no God, there is a tremendous difference between my statement and their statement -- the statements are absolutely similar -- because I say at the same moment that there is godliness. This video is available for translation as part of the 'OSHO TALKS Video Translation Project'. Join the project as a translator at:
The Erum Experience 2011: An April Epiphenomenon Things happened in April.... and they were phenomenal!
David Relman speaking at the Genbank 25th Anniversary David Relman Associate Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA Why You Are Never Alone at Night: Human-Microbial Symbiosis
Aristotelian Social Conservativism While tradition sometimes contains elements of superstition and is held to for non-rational reasons, the phenomenon as a whole exists for sociobiological reasons. In particular each species has evolved an Aristotelian "logos" or natural way of life that is best suited to it. Thus while tradition, and perhaps even the irrational way in which it is sometimes adhered to, is not rational in itself, the phenomenon as a whole exists for rational reasons. Modern social theorists, primarily of the critical theorist left, deny this however. Instead of grounding their theories on a firm scientific basis such as sociobiology they choose to argue that human nature is infinitely malleable and can be reconfigured to "liberate" itself from any rational "oppressive" social structures. Despite this, human sociobiology remains unchanged. Thus attempts to change social patterns beyond a given range leads to evolutionary failure. For example, James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal quantifies this in what is known as the "Roe Effect," where Democrats abort their children more frequently than Republicans, thereby leading to fewer Democratic voters 18 years later. In one article he demonstrates how this phenomenon lead to President Bushes victory in 2004:
MIDNIGHT RIDER.wmv Great video, great arrangement, beautiful message to who understands. Sweet mix of Western culture and Nepalese musical arrangement. Jacky Jj Del is not only a singer, he dreams of a better world without money he considered an epiphenomenon unhappy in human history.
Peter Gabriel Downside up.flv I remember as a child lying on my back for hours in our old house in Birkenhead getting thin downside up epiphenomenon. I used to love that feeling of motionless flight. It was quite moving to remember something so personal. Beautiful.X.
NYC Event: To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion To Be or Not To Be: The Self as Illusion Moderated by Krista Tippett, MDiv Creator and Host of Public Radio's Being Speakers: Pim van Lommel, MD, Hospital Rijnstate, The Netherlands Thomas Metzinger, PhD, University of Mainz, Germany Evan Thompson, PhD, University of Toronto Evidence from studies of the brain and mind point to a construct of the Self resulting from complex neurobiological processes interacting with the environment. If distinct neurobiological correlates of consciousness do in fact exist, does that necessarily imply that the Self is an epiphenomenon and illusion? Furthermore, how do these characterizations of the Self affect the way we represent ourselves, our responsibilities, and our actions in the world? Renowned philosophers Thomas Metzinger and Evan Thompson will join cardiologist and expert on near-death experiences, Pim van Lommel, to examine recent developments in neuroscience and philosophy that shed light on whether our conscious experience of a unified Self is reality or illusion. Date: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Time: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM Reception to Follow Location: The New York Academy of Sciences 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor Tickets: Register at
"Multi tasking" - A model Based on Cognitive series Have you ever wondered having driven the car somewhere, that you don't remember how you got there? While driving you may have listened to music and thought about work. You may have even been chatting on the cell phone. How can one person do all this and drive safely at the same time too? Some people call it ""multi tasking." Are we really multi tasking or is this just a sophisticated way of the function of the mind? Let us explore this using the mind works model and try to elucidate a mechanism (see the video below)to see how this happens. We will take the eye as an example to keep this simple. As we have discussed in previous posts when the eye meets an object eye conscious arises. With meeting of the three contact arises. However if we do not make eye consciousness we do not make eye contact. All three factors, the eye, the object and the eye consciousness have to be present to make eye contact. When we make eye contact there is feeling, perception and mental formations that arises as a result (yellow arrows). The first mental formation (or thought) that arises is the primary cognition and is shown in purple arrows. This is the perception of the object. The thought* that arises as a result is fed back into the mind as a mental object. For example when driving it may be the thought that there is a car in front of you or change in the colour of the traffic light from green to red. The primary cognition will immediately be followed by secondary cognition which is shown in ...
the epiphenomenon of conciousness as it is
Epiphenomenalism 2006. Epiphenomenalsm, the belief that consciousness is an incidental side-effect ("epiphenomenon") or by-product of physical or mechanical reality. On this view, although mental events are in some sense real they have no causal efficacy in the material realm. This theme is put into effect in the year 2006, during the summer.
Is Matter an Empirical Epiphenomenon? The existence of matter appears to be so intuitive that we rarely question it. However from a strictly scientific perspective we are never able to observe matter empirically, but only sense perceptions or "qualia." So the question then becomes: Does matter really exist within a positivist framework or is it just an epiphenomenon of our conscious experience of the outside world that we can never really verify?
Eroel 5.1 - Creating Soul and Surviving Death Azrael discusses the implications of the Four Radical Propositions (see Eroel 2). God first began as a human, and was the first to survive physical death by creating the epiphenomenon of soul. The first human to survive death with personality intact became First God. God studied this process, and has come back in time to offer the process to those on the world of his beginning this world. We are in the same situation as when First God began. Azrael Ondi-Ahman is the author of the Gnostic book of scripture, the 'Song of God'.
Consciousness as Epiphenomenon a response to cozmikzen, musings on the nature of consciousness, what sort of "thing" it might be. --- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License
Pursuit of Happiness? Photo essay about the pursuit of happiness and why this pursuit never leads to happiness, as well as an alternative pursuit that indirectly leads to happiness as an epiphenomenon.
God, Heath Robinson, Thomas Aquinas A programme I was listening to on Radio 4 about Thomas Aquinas mentioned his famous 'five proofs for the existence of God', or more precisely, five problems which seem unanswerable to which he appended the words 'and that is what we call God'. Maybe what's going on is is not so much the clutching at straws that you find in traditional 'god of the gaps' arguments, but more a recognition that the way our minds function (basically as kludged together Heath Robinson devices) inevitably leads to anomolous artefacts being created within cognition. It seems to me there are two things that could possibly follow from this; either we regard these wierdnesses as irrelevant epiphenomena, spiritual steam above the factory of thought; or we could try to think of them as conceptual 'spandrels'; exaptative opportunities to think interesting thoughts outside of the machine.
Re: Warning Free will and Determinism seem to have worked as competing forces back when it was legitimate to think of the human mind as some separate substance (thanks to Descartes) which was capable of objectively knowing and controlling the material substance of the world. In this model, the mind was free while matter was determined. I don't think it is possible to take one side of this dichotomy (determinism) and make it true for mind and matter. If we do that, we end up having to say that what we call "mind" is nothing but an epiphenomenon or illusion, and that just doesn't seem right. While we may not be in control of our inner experiences, they are certainly just as real as the world we perceive with our senses. What makes more sense, it seems to me, is to move into an entirely new framework which no longer sees mind as separate from matter. That framework would be novelty/habit, which is discussed in the video linked below. habit and novelty video:
The Eyes Tell All Paul Prater performing one of the routines from his show Epiphenomenon.
Adaptation, Exaptation, Epiphenomenon For some reason I feel uncomfortable with accounts of the status of art which draw on evolutionary models, and I think this is because of the place that art practices must inevetably hold within those models. The results of evolutionary processes, within which I include not only physical features and aptitudes but also psychological mechanisms and cultural artefacts, must fall within a limited taxonomy of types. These products can only be either adaptations; solutions to some reproductive or survival problem, exaptations; which are those features which, though not 'designed' specifically to address an ecological concern, nevertheless prove to be accidentally useful, and epiphenomena; traits and features which serve no useful evolutionary purpose but are non-damaging side-effects, like the steam above the factory. If these are the only possible products of evolutionary developments then art must lie within one of these categories. Stephen Pinker seems to indicate in his writing that he regards it as epiphenomenal. Theories which stress the social function of art seem to point toward an exaptation account. Neither of these is a particularly attractive description of art; one casts it as a truly pointless side-effect and the other as a convenient mechanism for social cohesion, or some other such non-art function. There are no good adaptive accounts but I suspect that too would be similarly unsatisfying. I think the problem is that no-one likes to think of art (or morality ...
0065 Section 3, Chapter 10(continued) Yoga Vasistha The sphere of infinite space and the sphere of infinite consciousness. Buddhist meditative states, the fifth and sixth arupa jhanas. Space is infinite. Everyday space contains infinite variety of things. It contains the stream of experiencing. Consciousness is aware of this. Therefore consciousness too is infinite. There is no limit to what we can be aware of. There is no difference between an object and awareness of that object. This has to be realised. Otherwise the world is experienced as inert and consciousness is relegated to an "epiphenomenon". Experiencing objectivity. Objectivity has nothing to do with your personal psychology. Give up adherence to your notions and identification with the cognitive process. What is left is the infinite. It is not an epiphenomenon nor is it inert. Text: Yoga Vasistha Book 1, February 13 Video Index ***
0800 Section 6.2, Chapter 73 (continued) Yoga Vasistha In the middle of cosmic dissolution creation begins once again starting with consciousness. In the Indian teachings, everything begins with consciousness. In the West, some argue that consciousness does not even exist. The context for matter is consciousness. There is difficulty in appreciating this. Give consciousness its proper place. The difficulty in understanding Hindu and Buddhist teachings arises from not properly appreciating consciousness. It is the heart of everything that is happening right now. Is this not perfectly obvious? Acknowledge what is obvious rather than try to explain it away! Consciousness tries hard to explain itself away! It is the nature of consciousness to identify with what is happening within it. If there is more than one thing happening then we have space and time. Time, space, action, matter, awareness of the meaning words - these are some of the forms that consciousness takes. The ativahika body is the body of all our notions like a storm cloud filled with electrical charge. This gives the momentum to the development of denser notions. Consciousness shines as the body. The ideas of head and feet arise and so on. Consciousness considers itself to be being and non-being (life and death), taking and rejecting (desire and aversion), social identity, etc. Consciousness does not really become anything. It is simply consciousness in consciousness. Believing otherwise is ***. Consciousness is the unborn 'I'. It is like the man shouting in his ...
History of Bad Ideas #1: Nature=Fascism "There should be no argument in regard to morality in art; there is no morality in nature."—Auguste Rodin "I read a quote recently...I'm gonna paraphrase.... 'Just like there's no morality in nature there's no morality in art.' ... people always demand that artists deliver some sort of meaning and truth, and when that truth's hideous they throw up their arms and get upset and have hurt feelings and it's 'you're ruining people's lives' ... the object is to make people feel something. There's no rule that it has to be something good." -Johnny Ryan "Nature... is vile and base...there's a lot of misery. But it is the same misery that is all around us. The trees ... are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don't think they - they sing. They just screech in pain...There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it... there is some sort of harmony; it is the harmony of overwhelming & collective murder." —Werner Herzog "Equality does not exist in nature." — "The political model of nature is FASCISM!" there is no charity in the animal world....THERE IS ALSO NO LIBERTY IN THE ANIMAL WORLD! There is no protected private property in the animal world, it's...he political model of nature is FASCISM! ...Equality does not exist in nature. Nature IS Fascistic The National Socialist "religion of nature," as one historian has described it, was a volatile admixture of primeval teutonic nature ...
0959 Consciousness Denial (Yoga Vasistha Interlude) You know the truth already but you are in severe denial. But the truth keeps trying to break through. The truth of one consciousness. We have the deep intuition that it is one thing. The Grand Unified Field Theory. We are composed of hydrogen atoms. When hydrogen atoms get into a certain pattern they become sentient. This is an item of belief. Awareness, sentience and experience. You have a sense of being an individual. One individual. What does this consist of? The body? You are not your aspects. They are aspects which exist within the consciousness that is you. Some try to explain consciousness away as an epiphenomenon of matter, some kind of illusion. We have a sense of being one unchanging self. This is the truth which we deny. We might substitute it with second-rate notions of being a 'soul'. We have a tendency to create large umbrella terms which encompass everything, dream, life, the universe. The ultimate umbrella term is Brahman. This is the reality we keep avoiding, keep denying. Accept it, enter into it, live your life in appreciation of this consciousness. Video Index: ***
Mal-Birth Death Backwards Into Your Own Causality Music by Mal- Song-Birth Death Backwards Into Your Own Causality Album-Vertiginous Discordia Rationality --==Lyrics==-- A Wild reversed whip-like rope to suffocate all hope. Kill chance and possibility with the sum of your versatility. Ecstatic movement inverse in rehearse of a storm-like motion. Sacred,arcane Notion. This death is from the same point as self and meaning. Lost all feeling. This breath is from the same point of health and keeling. I know this kneeling. Backwards to consult the fallacy. Loss is meaning. Empty fellowship of head ends all. Self till time is dead. This causation has got to be fed. Genesis of percipitance is incidence of presidence, this death is still in intrepidness, but not all is here for me. Blasted words of untold scourges! Casted mords of unmold gorges! A Hecatomb of promise Yet this reason followed a line to assign a demise to unfold as slow as it can know itself. Disease creeps upon my brow so sweet, like release, I let it eat, be it full, and to annull. This death is backwards into my causality. This breath is forwards into thine causality. It connects to disconnect, with fatality. An epiphenomenon to justice. A blackened symbol to orifice. A malign will to artifice. This death is backwards into my causality. This breath is forwards into thine causality. It connects to disconnect with fatality. Swallow Whole the Self All Layers of psyche built upon fabric of denial, This is true beginning. All mornings and nights burn together for a ...
Epiphenomenon May 2009
The Mystic Mage's Exhibit Epiphenomenon, consisting of Ryan, Joe, Derek, Eric, and Matt, playing a song called "The Mystic Mage's Exhibit" at the Ironwood Ridge High School Talent Show on November 19, 2008.