The only reality is God.
Everything else is His imagination, conceived by a mathematican and fabricated by an artist.
Consciousness is God's awareness of Himself.
As only God is, consciousness cannot be divided into some thing that is NOT consciousness; there is nothing but God. Hence, materialism is false.
Consciousness is not epiphenomenal. It always was, is and will be. Epiphenomenalism is the belief that physical and biochemical events within the
human body (sense organs, neural impulses, and muscle contractions, for example) are causal with respect to mental events (thought, consciousness, and
cognition). This denies the possibility of survival of death, awareness outside the body when the brain's neural activity is flatlining, and many
other mental phenomena reported by honest people in the journals of parapsychology. If a theory is contradicted by reported facts, you don't deny
these facts; you throw away the theory. Epiphenomenalism is the shallow conceit of goldfish swimming about in a glass bowl they think is the
Because (whatever neo-materialsts Penrose and Hameroff may say) consciousness is irreducible to events in the space-time continuum, it cannot be
modelled in the customary, scientific manner that reduces something to its parts. Nor can it be created artificially. The AI dream conflates creation
with simulation. The two may be indistinguishable in practical terms but are poles apart, philosophically and metaphysically speaking. They amount to
a category error.
However, consciousness (or, rather, all possible variations in divine consciousness) CAN be mapped. Each variation has its own domain of functioning.
The physical universe is the domain of information exchange and storage mediated by (mostly) the electromagnetic field. Hoffman is correct in thinking
that it is but an interface with something else. But what is this "else"? When you have a map of all the possible forms of consciousness and their
respective domains, you can answer this question. Hoffman cannot answer because he does not have this map, although he would, no doubt, be willing to
admit that it can exist in principle.
Consciousness is not merely fundamental; it is irreducibly everything. Like a fractal, its mathematical map can be found in certain mathematically
complete systems. Amazingly (but not surprisingly), every embodiment of this map is isomorphic to one another: every component of one has its unique
counterpart in every other map. Such isomorphism could not exist unless it was the product of a transcendental intelligence. To attribute it all to
coincidence would be merely an ideologically-motivated act of denial beyond all rational justification.
The isomorphism exhibited by different instances of the universal map of consciousness enables the conceptual unification of the religious traditions
that provide partial renditions of this map. It also builds a bridge between scientific accounts of reality and the superphysical realities that
science on its own cannot deal with because its own philosophical presuppositions deny their very existence. For example, some of you will be
interested to discover that superstring theory (or, rather, M-theory) emerges as an ingredient of the mathematical structure of the map of
consciousness. It implies that superstrings express the very signature of God as the physical manifestation of His consciousness because this
signature can be identified, being common to all other isomorphic representations of His consciousness. This isomorphism has not been assumed but has
been proved rigorously. The religious notion that "God is all" receives astounding, precise, mathematical confirmation. For example, the presence of
the mysterious "perfect number" 496 at the heart of superstring theory is readily explained, as is why there are 10 dimensions of space-time but 26
dimensions when supersymmetry is excluded. In fact, the complete mathematical structure of E8, E8xE8 and the 8-d Gosset polytope representing E8 can
be shown to part of the beautiful mathematics of this map of consciousness.
Such contact with theoretical physics, microbiology etc is possible because this map is a blueprint for all possible manifestations of God, whether a
superstring, a human being or beyond..... What are still scientific mysteries can now be explained in terms of a meta-theory that embraces not just
theories within one branch of science but different branches of science. The map of consciousness generates the true "theory of everything," not just
the materialistic version for particles and fields that theoretical physicists wrongly think applies to everything. It reveals what is projecting so
to speak, onto the "interface" that Hoffman rightly points out is merely the phenomenal world that they encounter.
edit on 19-1-2020 by micpsi
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