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Jean-Emile Charon was a physicist and engineer at the l'École Supérieur de Physique et Chimie in France and a specialist in nuclear research at the Commissariat L'Energie Atomique de Saclay.
In 1959, he moved into metaphysics while continuing to do his nuclear research, trying to extend the ideas of Albert Einstein as he searched for a unified theory to encompass the description of all physical phenomena.
Published in an English translation by the Rev. J E Anderson in 1967, Man in Search of Himself develops the theory that in the study of man's make-up, we shall find a better understanding of man's true vocation in the cosmos; and that by modelling ourselves upon Einstein's methods of General Relativity, we can produce a field language for the study of the mechanisms of life.
Charon discusses Newton, Descartes, Teilhard de Chardin, Kurt Gödel, Max Planck, Einstein, Heisenberg, and Jung. He delves into psychoanalysis and compares the languages of religion, science, and art. Embracing the past, present, and future, he traces the processes of evolution till he sees "a new humanity already on the horizon".
It would seem impossible to doubt the reality of this world; it exists objectively, independently of ourselves; we have only to stretch out a hand to feel it.
And yet in dreams and hallucinations we believe equally in the reality of the images which are simply the product of our own minds.
The question at once arises — absurd enough at first sight, but on second thoughts perfectly sound — whether the external world may not simply be an entity that does not really exist, nothing but an image formed by the thought of each individual...
What man is accustomed to call the external world is nothing more or less than what he is capable of knowing, and is quite distinct from the real Universe itself.
One would not be far out in agreeing with the idealists that this known external world is simply the product of human thought; but one might also join the realists in claiming that the known is not the essential, since there exists a perfectly objective real world quite independently of what man is able to apprehend of it.
There is no contradiction between these two points of view as soon as one accepts, in the light of our present scientific knowledge, a more universal frame of reference, that is to say, one not subordinate to man himself.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
well if "every-thing" is energy, than would the "spirit" be energy also?
IF "Spirit" exists, than it follows that it MUST be energy, because there are only 2 things in existence, Energy and Space(nothingness)
therefore, if Spirit = energy
and matter = energy
than spirit = matter
If you would have a thing shrink,
You must first stretch it;
If you would have a thing weakened,
You must first strengthen it;
If you would have a thing laid aside,
You must first set it up;
If you would take from a thing,
You must first give to it.