So having investigated the nature of mind and self,
you come to the conclusion that self is a delusion of mind.
Knowledge itself is part of that delusion,
and in consequence knowledge is … ‘nothing’
What follows is,
only logic combining knowledge
hence … 🙂 ‘nothing’
What is left when we know that self is an illusion?
Well, it looks kind of nihilistic:
- i am mind, and mind has a concept about self. can i equate mind to self?
- i am awareness, but two elementary particles are also aware of the fields surrounding them, so with some reductionist logic, I’m just a bunch of particles sensing each other
- to make it more digestable: I’m just a hierarchy, a holon(1) of particles sensing each other
-> bare consequence: the holon will disintegrate when life ends
People have invented metaphysics to get around the bare consequences of the preceding logic:
one method is to not equate ‘me’ with the ‘physical mind’
and to create a metaphysical counterpart of it:
a soul in most religions,
clearlight consciousness in buddhism.
Unfortunately, all metaphysics is based on sand:
If there is no consciousness
outside the physical platform,
then there is no metaphysics;
but we cannot prove anything outside the physical platform,
we simply don’t have tools to measure anything in that realm.
Using empirical methods, we can not (yet/ever) prove anything metaphysical:
- processes of near death experiences(2) and the use of mind altering substances like LSD(3) and DMT(4) and others, are very similar. Perhaps both processes are happening when the left brain hemisphere is the first to resign?
- there is the account of Jill Bolte Taylor(5), a neuro-scientist, inferring that if we disconnect our left brain hemispere we disconnect the talking self, the google in our head and experience interconnectedness.
Perhaps the left brain is the one saying:
I’m mind, I’m google in your head, i’m self, I’m ME, I think therefore I am
Perhaps the right brain is saying:
I am awareness
Underestimated Reality: I’m a dual brain, and no half is better than the other … ?
links and footnotes:
- A holon (Greek: ὅλον, holon neuter form of ὅλος, holos “whole”) is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part. The word was coined by Arthur Koestler in his book The Ghost in the Machine (1967, p. 48).
- Near Death Experience Research Foundation, NDERF.org
- footage on youtube of some LSD experiments
- Neuroscientist Describes Her DMT Trip
- Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight