Posted by: Dr Churchill | December 19, 2016

“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe… What we believe determines what we take to be true.” –David Bohm

I was reminded today of the disdain of some folks towards reality, because many liberal democrats in the United States say that they will not accept the President Trump as their president…

As if that makes any difference to the reality at hand.

And that leads me to the examination of what real reality is…

So here we go, because ever since Socrates taught Plato his famous Allegory of the Cave, that Plato carried over to us — we have had issues with the nature of reality.

More modern day geeksters think of it, and ask if we maybe living inside the Matrix or not, or even if we are bound to run like guinea pigs and lab rats, inside some sort of computer animation…

Yet methinks, that Philip K. Dick was both right and wrong when, in contemplating how to build a universe, he wrote that “reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

Reality, after all, is constructed through our very beliefs — not because we have a magical-thinking way of willing events and phenomena into manifesting, but because cognitive science has shown us that the way we direct our attention shapes our perception of what we call “reality.”

That’s what I also believe and express here as a journey to the frontiers of the mind, where an infinitely mind-bending conversation at the intersection of science, religion, and philosophy, takes place.

This must be the contemporary counterpart to Einstein’s conversation with Tagore, because it takes apart our most elemental assumptions about time, space, the origin of the universe and, above all, it shifts our perceptions about the nature of reality, and about the firmament of the very Existence we already take for granted.

Am doubtful of our Existence and of that of the unobserved Universe or of the unexamined Life, and I am ready to engage in this debate with anyone of you, or of your assigns…

And I bring “force majeur” to assist me in the philosophical discussion, from one of my most formidable teachers and mentors that I’ve never met in person, yet feel as if I’ve known them for a whole lifetime, David Bohm. Dr Bohm born back in December 20th of 1917 right after the success of the Russian Revolution that shook the world, evolved into the best Quantum physicist of his generation, and when he visited Berkeley University to give some seminal lectures — amongst them was the definitive lecture on the subject of REALITY, in which the trailblazing theoretical physicist offered an exquisite formulation of the interplay between our beliefs and what we experience as reality.

“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.”

Bohm, as a philosophical physicist offered this exquisite formulation of the interplay between our beliefs and what we experience as reality…

Today, we can read the following categorical belief Decalog from his lecture condensed in mind size bites, bellow:

1) Reality is what we take to be true.
2) What we take to be true is what we believe.
3) What we believe is based upon our perceptions.
5) What we perceive depends on what we look for.
6) What we look for depends on what we think.
7) What we think depends on what we perceive.
8) What we perceive determines what we believe.
9) What we believe determines what we take to be true.
10) What we take to be true is our reality.

No matter how complex our instruments may be, no matter how sophisticated and subtle our theories and calculations, it’s still our consciousness that finally interprets our observations.

And it does so according to its knowledge and conception of the event under consideration.

Therefore, it’s impossible to separate the way consciousness works from the conclusions it makes about an observation.

Yours,

Dr Churchill

PS:

And as it turns out, the various aspects that we make out in a phenomenon are determined not only by how we observe, but also by the concepts that we project onto the phenomenon in question.

And that is the essence of Quantum Physics in action….


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