Monday, July 27, 2015

The science of consciousness: the bridge between science and spirituality

Meditation in Sri Lanka by Sarvodaya Shramadana

It is an ancient desire to understand the universe intuitively. The hypothesis introduced by the book, ‘The Science of Consciousness’ incorporates theoretical physics such as cosmology and gravity, as well as evolution and the theory of the mind. The book examines material interaction as a cosmologic evolution that increases complexity in a gradual process and culminates in the emergence of the intelligent mind. Such underlying unity of existence resonates with ancient intuition, yet it is based on the most recent scientific research.

The book's conclusion is that three elementary particle classes form the foundation of the universe. These elementary particles are the matter fermions (such as the electron), the mind and the universe. Their identical energy structures and analogue operational principles form a fractal structure of vastly different energy levels and sizes. The smallest of these energy structures are material fermions. Their small size determines immense frequencies and enormous energy levels. However, material fermions are fully governed by the environment, eliminating any freedom. The second energy level is the mind. Its magnitudes larger size means far smaller energies. However, matter takes shape in space, whereas the mental world (society or ecosystem) forms over temporal coordinates, hence operates opposite to matter. The mind’s control over the body gives it considerable degrees of freedom. The universe immense size determines extremely low frequencies and very small energy levels, but infinite degrees of freedom, since it encompasses and governs the other two elementary particles. The coherent, intuitive hypothesis outlines an Aristotelian complexity: an organic, interconnected universe that abhors vacuum. In monotheistic faiths the universe is termed God, and man was created in His image. Although both matter and the universe have symmetric energy structures, they differ by their vastly different degrees of freedom. Being placed between matter and the universe, the mind shows the characteristic of both. The negative attitude mind is overwhelmed by details. Unable to see clearly, it is biased and judgmental. Therefore, such a mind is fully directed by the environment (making it matter-like). Only the positive attitude mind has the wisdom for accepting objective reality, which gives him free will (making it God-like). However, the positive attitude mind has no incentive, or motivation to change. The hypothesis is also congruent with Hinduism. In Hinduism the Ultimate Reality is termed Brahman. Its extremely low frequencies form a gentle, pervasive, infinite, and eternal universe. Although the universe is unchanging for outside observers, it is the initiator of all change. The mental self, Atman, and the universe, Brahman form an interconnected, organic unity.

The hypothesis’ fresh approach has the potential to ameliorate and mend the existing schism between religion and the sciences, and its main tenets can be verified by technically feasible experiments. The recognition that matter fermions, the mind and the universe are analogue quantum systems, a radically new physical world view emerges, which if proven correct, can point toward potential applications in physics and medicine. The hypothesis can explain many currently unexplained phenomena in physics, evolution, neurology and the social sciences. For example the hypothesis recognizes time as information, it redefines entropy as the lack of change and it introduces the theory of gravity and emotions. Its new vision for evolution has implications for social sciences and economy.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Change your motivation to boost your mental potential

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The biological brain gives rise to the mind, a physical system. Interaction with the environment modulates the brain's energy balances. This is the basis of mental regulation via energy and information exchange. During interaction energy imbalances, so called emotions form. In turn emotions trigger actions that recover the energy neutral state of the mind. This way the environment regulates emotion forming animals (such as mammals and birds) by triggering appropriate emotions and the mind automatically produces actions, which extinguishes those emotions. Emotions integrate the mind (and the organism) seamlessly into its environment. The emotional history forms the mind's temporal landscape.

By orienting between the past and the future, the mind interprets stimulus as a binary code, an abstraction of either past or the future. The new is based on the promises and possibilities contained in unsecured, unknown situations, which can even be threatening. But they can also come with the promise of opportunities, such as food or find a mate. The past corresponds to safety and security. From mice to whales and humans, mental regulation is based on these basic mental orientations. The mental states form attitude, which are also binary: either positive or negative attitude can form. Interaction of the environmental stimulus and the mental state leads to appropriate emotions. Negative emotions are the tools of destruction, whereas positive emotions are the success generators of the mind. However, emotions form via complex, nonlinear regulation, the outcome of which cannot be easily predicted. Even positive feelings can produce emptiness and superficiality, which mitigates failure. Inversely, negative emotions can be turned around, producing mental brilliance and successThis complexity gives rise to perplexing real life examples: promising young talents ending as miserable failure, and dismal beginnings that are overturned to spectacular success. This way the individual writes his own history. 

Since orientation toward both future and past can give rise to either positive or negative emotions, mental orientation is a fundamental component of personal success. Goal orientation is an imaginary mental compass that moves toward the future by automatically supplying appropriate attitude in any situation. Even rats remember location clues better when working toward a goal. In human subjects, motivation to obtain rewards reduces conflict-related activation, thereby enhancing performance. Icomputer simulation studies Wissner-Gross and Freer (2013) found that goal-oriented effort was a superior method for success. Working through negative circumstances produces confidence, the mental capital for resolve and motivation toward success. Inversely, confidence permits goal oriented work in spite of problems. 

Intellect is a conservation of energy for future action

More detailed explanation for some of these and other questions about the mind can be found in the book, The Science of Consciousness

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

The four step plan for creative success

Raphael: The School of Athens (Plato)

We live in a century of immense change. Yesterday's answers cannot resolve the complex problems we face every day. At almost every level and at almost any position we have to invent new solutions or formulate things anew. Creativity especially shows close correlation to professional achievement and leadership. But creativity is important not only to improve work performance but it is increasingly essential in solving every-day problems of our increasingly complex lives. Creativity  is a productive lifestyle, which improves the quality of life overall. Although measures of intelligence show an gradual increase due to positive changes in social and technological environments, unfortunately a reverse trend is found in case of creativity.

Enhancing creativity through positive mental change lead to long term creative accomplishments and overall success. Creativity requires alternating between divergent and convergent thinking, which culminates in the aha moment, and makes discovery so pleasurable. Understanding the nature and operation of the mind is the first step to accomplish meaningful mental change. Although arbitrary creative ideas happen to anybody, it takes systematic preparation to achieve mental excellence, which is essential to achieve long term creative success. There are four crucial elements for creativity.

(1)  Understand the problem. Without knowing the crux of the contradiction or failings of the problem, creating or finding a solution is not possible. However, detailed understanding is not required! In fact, too many details are often confusing and misleading. Your insight of the problem must be to the point, sharp as a needle, with which to puncture the perceived resistance of the difficulty.

(2)  Accept the place where you are. Creativity is not a linear progress. Most often creative solutions come to those, who are not positioned well in the organization or even come from outside. The lower you find yourself compared to your expectation, the better you are positioned for a breakthrough.

(3)  Be immersed in the problem. All creative people have a hundred percent mental commitment. They cannot be disturbed! Whereas environmental disturbances disrupt most people, creative minds thrive on stressful situations, which further sharpen their resolve toward the goal.

(4) Keep a light disposition. Children do not feel inhibited by expectation or social pressure. Their genuineness allows them to see into the essence of things with a creative potential. Playful activities possess an inner freedom, which is conducive for creativity. Eliminating shaming, criticism and pressure, will allow creative instincts to flourish.

This last point is important. Mental commitment is not a forceful and rigid concentration; in fact, creative people do not seem to work on the problem at all! Einstein often received creative inspiration while chatting with friends, or engaged in other mundane activity. Mozart was known to enjoy light hearted partying with friends, but he could 'see' a whole symphony in a flash of creative moment. Creativity visits a clear, playful mind: live with a clear conscience. This allows a mental openness toward others and the world. Do not weigh down your mind with worries, lies, remorse. Get rid of grudges, hurts of any kind as soon as you have them. This is an emotionally difficult, and meticulous task, but well worth the effort! You will have to develop a personal method that you can regularly follow. Go for a walk; focus on a mantra, or meditation, with which to liberate your mind from negative mindset. Very often mental house cleaning will immediately create space for a creative solution. Follow up and work on your idea. Ideas are only as good as the diligent, persistent work that follows them. You must have the courage and determination to act! Fear of failure is incapacitating. When we act in spite of fear, we move toward success. Do not get discouraged, if you receive unworkable, faulty answer at first. If you are persistent and remain optimistic, creative solutions will visit you.

Have a note book in which to collect your unedited thoughts. Some people have a journal at their bedside, to immediately write down ideas as they have them. If you write regularly, your creative potential will accumulate and form as an interconnected whole.

Creativity cannot be planned for, but can be cultivated. 

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Black holes: science and imagination

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Simulated black hole (Wikipedia) 

Black holes are a fashionable subject not only in science, but also in the popular imagination. Their mysterious nature is twofold. First, black holes are ‘black,’ therefore invisible, second, their horizons form a singularity, beyond which even physics is unknowable. For this reason, black holes easily lend themselves to bizarre ideas. Black holes originated as a consequence of Einstein’s general relativity, although it was a mathematical conclusions reached by Karl Schwarzschild in 1916. For a long time not only the interpretation of Schwarzschild's solution was missing, but black hole detection was also a technical impossibility. Today black holes are the subjects of films, and scientific speculation, connected by supposed wormholes to distant worlds, entangled particles, lost information. 

Black holes form by the gravitational collapse of extremely dense matter, therefore are considered immensely dense objects. In the last stage of black hole formation a horizon supposed to form, which irreversibly separates it from the rest of the universe. However, these ideas have been called into question recently. Almheiri and colleagues (2012) examined black hole entanglement and found that black hole horizons function as firewalls, burning up any unwitting trespasser. This conclusion is supported by Landauer's principle, which states a thermodynamic connection between energy and information. Since black holes are information saturated, they would be devoid of energy. This way, incoming particles would have to transform all energy into information. As a consequence, black holes are the end of time, matter and all existence. Nothing more than their information saturated horizon, black holes cannot be approached. This way black holes can be likened to the fabric of a balloon, formulating the outer boundary of the universe.

This way, there is no possibility of wormholes in and around the black holes. Although the suggestion, that black holes are gateways to other universes is exciting, it is also without any scientific validity. Like the banks of a river that contain the body of water, black holes seem to simply contain the universe. As the riverbed can inform about the past of a river, black hole horizons are information depositories, although inaccessible, about the past of the universe.

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