> Hi Michael, I'm not much of a theorist in the realm of quantum
> mechanics and parallel universes, probably because I don't feel
> much need to reference them to give validity to indigenous
> Nor actually do I attempt to offer metaphysical or mathematical
> theories about how such uncanny parallels can come about. I'm
> just not very mathematically minded. I work with models of
> consciousness instead.
> The basic fact I perceive is that indigenous and traditional
> folks, and moderns such as ourselves in certain circumstances,
> experience a state of permeable consciousness, where the
> Cartesian separation of knowing subject and pre-given object
> "out there" vanish. The self is experienced as the cosmos in
> this case, where it emerges as perfectly reasonable that the
> waters should be vital with sentience and have their unique
> spiritual essence. Not to mention be capable of communication
> with us. Thus, it's not too surprising that the ancient Greeks
> and contemporary Amazonian peoples have parallel mythologies.
> After all, we're all in this living cosmos together from the
> perspective of permeable consciousness, not the weary
> inhabitants of a dead, mechanical universe as most moderns
> experience themselves.
> Even the best science fiction devotes itself to reanimating the
> universe. NO ONE really likes the Cartesian model of
> consciousness. We want to be alive in a living, vital cosmos
> filled with intelligence.
> Okay, that may have been a little long-winded, but I needed to
> establish my basic way of thought here.
> Perhaps you have something to offer about the explanatory power
> of parallel universes in this case?
> Best, Robert
You and Lew are going to get on famously. :))
I have a question for clarity: Could you please define "consciousness" in this context, and can you explain "models of consciousness"? Those of us who are mathematically and technically inclined have a hard time understanding (and buying into) a model with no mathematical foundation or basis in physical reality.