In Theories of Knowledge, by Maurice Cornforth, it was emphasized
that humans have the capacity to juxtapose two real concepts, then
condense them into a novel unified concept. The question becomes,
then, is the new blended concept real. By other words, does it exist,
in and of itself, as an entity that can be measured or sensed outside
the mind's world of imagination.
Seldom are concepts examined, by their holders, for their realness, after they reach a threshold of acceptance with a quorum of members of the holders social circle. As a domain of concepts, no set of concepts exceeds the latitude given for analysis free acceptance than is given to religion, after a quorum of believers causes it to exceed the classification of cult, which is a promotion from mythology.
"Just as the Mandelbrot set increases in complexity the further we zoom into its boundary, so language seems to increase in complexity the further We – as human beings – progress in developing ideas, our knowledge database, our inventions and with new observations… In many way these two particular types of pattern i.e. aural language and visual fractals, run parallel to one another in similar veins of iterative novelty. One is mimicking the other… Except it is not an “exact” replica… It is merely uses the same iterative mathematical ideas to regenerate and reorganise itself with." - http://polynomial.me.uk/tag/mandelbrot/
Nevertheless, intellectual laziness by those of faith, in the Westerner use of the concept, take the inexact replica of scriptural analogy and make them exact dictates of the Word of God.
I have frequently confounded to rage holders of Westerner faiths, when I ask them to help me have faith in their absolute facts from the perspective of faith as used in the Orient. In that part of the world, specifically in the Japanese language, faith in characters is written as two ideograms. The first means to "always tell the truth"; the second, means, "to have all of one's questions answered".
In the Orient, faith only comes when Three Proofs are
1) A Written Proof
2) A Logical Proof
3) An Actual Proof
In the West, the Three Proof, goes by the name of the Scientific Method. In the West, belief that is solely based upon conclusions springing from the scientific method is not faith at all. Although generally superior in reliability of conclusions drawn, the authors of treatise on dialectical method, in the the crucible of the laboratory of life, have not entirely avoided falling prey to failure to be faithful students of their own excellent teachings. Consequently, some, like Conforth, have adopted extraordinarily evil philosophies as social good.
Even in using the the scientific method by way of the dialectical method of thought, constant vigilance is required, along with continuous testings of conclusions for reproducibility.
Despite the broad generality offered about differences between the definitions of "faith" in the Orient versus the West, geographic location does not guarantee that a particular person adheres to one or the other in their personal faith expression.
Religion, universally, defines a thought system which attempts to codify the contract between god(s) and humans. Although agreement may be reached among cultist concerning how many are the god(s), violent to fatal arguments have occurred concerning the fine print of the contract made, as well as, who is authorized to interpret the fine print.
The discrepancy between what is religion and what is science, a discipline that never asserts to be a contract, only the codification of proven inviolable laws of Nature, and Nature's God, is amplified by those who use the term, or claim to be, Buddhists. The incitement to violence found among religionists is no less forceful, when most interpretations of Buddhism are said to be religions, not true Buddhism.
Sidhartha Shakyamuni Gautama Buddha, preached his realizations concerning the real relationships among all which appear to be separate, discrete, entities. For many years, as hundreds of thousands listened to his teachings and formed philosophic schools based upon fragments of his thought.
Unfortunately, for those who had created religious doctrine around what they believed with faith to be the Buddhas will, including deification of The Buddha, he said that all he had said was preparatory remarks, extending over years. He said that all that preceded was to be discarded as fact because it was preparatory analogy. Hearing that, vast mobs of his devotees arose and left in anger. Despite their anger, many did not stop the practices, as religious practices, that Gautama, a buddha among infinite numbers of them, said was not the practice of conduct to be followed.
- analogy: the Rastafarians deified, Emporer Haile Sallasse of Ethopia, a devout Coptic Christian. He considered their worship of him blasphemy and made his repulsion known to them. Nonetheless, the Rastafari trumped his desire with their faith and accused him of error, then, worshiped him still.
When Sakyamuni was informed by steadfast disciples that he had angered and driven away countless followers in what to them seemed (analogy) "bait and switch" religious teachings, Sakyamuni was undisturbed. He called those who had left, "useless twigs and branches" who were unprepared to know truth.
The entirety of true Buddhist teachings is found in what is called the Lotus Sutra. From a Western scientific proof point of view, and an oriental three proofs point of view, true Buddhism is string theory as it informs quantum mechanics physics. The translation of the long title of the Lotus Sutra - Nam Myoho Renge Kyo - Discourse on devotion to a hard to comprehend law of cause and effect modulated by a sound vibration - just short of explicitly calls itself string theory.
The Lotus Sutra contains within it all of the currently accepted
consequences of quantum mechanics investigation, including
Heisenbergs Principle of Uncertainty, Shroedingers statements on the
indeterminate nature of the momentary states of entities, until they
are observed, the true attributes of all entities, not omitting
space-time and hyperdimensional physics and how they entangle,
In this video, Douglas Hofstadter speaks about the condensation of memes to form analogies that attempt to represent external reality of which no single word available, in the observer's vocabulary, is sufficient.
http://youtu.be/n8m7lFQ3njk - video
Click here for a transcript of the lecture.
As the mind of a Supreme God, Lord and Savior of all
arch-technologist pretending to be gods, is beyond the creative
capacity of all, by definition, it is not impossible for God by
intelligent design to have formed the hyperdimensional universe that
is explicitly stated to exist in Vedic and derivative texts and which
is implicitly necessary for string theory to be correct. To the
extent that a careful reading of Genesis, alone, reveals internal
contradictions, none of the following contradicts the Bible.
In the true life of Schroedinger's cat as a tesseract there is nothing in the theory which bars bifurcating film strips, as below, from combining again in a "future" that is but an observation of a momentary frame in the tesseract whole of the epic movie of the cat's life. At the point of apparent bifurcation, the heterogeneous string resonances that result in rhythms called the true entity of life and the physical manifestation of life do not have to be equal distributed in the after bifurcation existences, prior to a reunification that gives the whole a dramatically different appearance of its form.
Few would argue that the infant you is a different person than will be the geriatric you, despite radically different appearance, because the non-granularity of the whole life is taken for granted. Why then is granular existence applied to the true entity of life when applied to manifesting in one physical form, metamorphosized from another, due to our disability to process space-time as it truly exists independent of our observation?
Consequence, as I see it, then: Reincarnation cynicism, as opposed
to skepticism, that dismisses verified data as fanciful, because how
can a person (the true entity of eternal life) which presented itself
in physical form, last in 1945, be the same person (true entity of
eternal life) that presents itself in radically different appearance,
starting in 1993, is a failure to appreciate that the eternal entity
of life exists in more than a tesseract, but in hyperdimensional
time-space without the granular moment to moment attributes upon it
that we with our limited processing capabilities place.
Frequently it is reported by persons who have had a near death experience (NDE) that they were able to have full realization of their actual unsegmented eternal lives, together with how their entity of existence entangled with all others existences, while they were in the "dead" condition. On this matter, perhaps, Whenesh-pii Ndishnikaaz Neegoniwabungigaywin, can give us a personal testimony.
In conclusion, I believe that hypothesis, with observed phenomena, with anecdotal reports of those that have experienced the theory manifesting as fact, granting with arrogance from humans beings the ability to a Supreme Being to manifest all logical, non-contradictory thoughts a human being can imagine and more, as HIS construction of HIS reality, indicates, with a preponderance of evidence, a truth, within our flawed interpretation, that reincarnation exists. As a corollary to that consensus, acknowledging its phenomenal existence does not contradict the Sacred Scriptures of any major faith system of this planet, and certainly not the LDS.
Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.
The quantum-mechanical "Schrödinger's cat" paradox according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point. The cat is both alive and dead—regardless of whether the box is opened—but the "alive" and "dead" cats are in different branches of the universe that are equally real but cannot interact with each other.
Concerning the foregoing, in other words, allow Shanti's Stream of
Consciousness, lend an explanation.
A stream of water encounters a large rock in the center of the stream bed. The water parts into two flows, as it passes around the rock and then returns as one unified flow.
An overview, from a tree top, of the water before and after the rock reveals only one continuous stream. Standing on the bank above the rock location the stream is translucent. At the site of the rock, sand is kicked up by the turbulence. Below the rock's location, the single stream is muddied.
When one looks to one side of the rock, while standing upon it, and then to the other side, it appears that there exist two streams. In New York City, a similar situation is called the East River on the east side of Manhattan and the Hudson River on the west side. When the waters reach The Battery at the tip of the island, they are called New York Bay. It's artificial designations of an illusion.
In the hyperdimensional reality of the eternal entity of life, represented by the stream, a bifurcating obstacle may be encountered, say a rock dropped on one's head causing death. Thus, turbulence is perceived in the entity of life.
If, or when, at some further point the water, as with a proposed recombination of the entity of life and a manifestation of a physical body, has a different appearance, has not the stream reincarnated, to an observer too close to see the continuous whole stream?