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The ‘Epiontic’ Dependently Originating Process of Cyclic Existence According to Early Buddhist Metaphysics (by Graham P. Smetham): Abstract: Some modern Western interpreters of Buddhist teachings and philosophy claim that the original teachings of the Pali Canon were staunchly anti-metaphysical. In this article I exa-mine the early Buddhist worldview and demonstration that this assertion is deeply mistaken. Whilst the early teachings of the Buddha clearly rejected dogmatic metaphysical positions which the Buddha characterised as being ‘extreme’, he also implicitly, yet clearly, taught a subtle metaphysical view of the process of reality which is consistent with the modern quantum ‘epiontic’ (epistemological perception creates ontology) perspective of ‘quantum Darwinism.’ Central to this viewpoint is 1) a non-materialism which indicates that the ultimate process of reality is of the nature of mind; 2) the assertion that the ultimate nature of reality lies between the extremes of ‘existence’ and ‘non-existence’, ‘eternalism’ and ‘nihilism’; 3) the assertion that the epiontic mechanism operates as ‘kamma’, or ‘karma’, a central mechanism for the functioning of conditioned samsaric (cycle of dissatisfactory lives) reality.

On the basis of these fundamental insights the doctrines of ‘rebirth’ and ‘dependent origination’ are shown to be crucial metaphysical components of the overall early Buddhist worldview as taught by the Buddha. These doctrines are also shown to be consistent with modern quantum theory. On the basis of this investigation recent claims that the 3-lifetimes model of dependent origination is mistaken are shown to be desperately misleading. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/156

The Quantum Truth of the Buddhist Metaphysics of the ‘Two Truths’ or ‘Two Realities’ (by Graham P. Smetham): Abstract: According to the ‘Buddhist’ writer Stephen Batchelor the core Buddhist doctrine of the ‘two truths’ or ‘two realities’ is a major mistake on the part of Buddhist practitioners and philosophers throughout the ages. Although this doctrine has been central to Buddhist thinking since the time of the Buddha, Batchelor says that it is a serious mistake, and is completely unscientific. This article show that it is Batchelor who is desperately mistaken because modern quantum theory has validated the metaphysical claim that the ‘classical’ or ‘conventional’ world is an illusion which is derived from the deeper quantum realm. Thus the division into the ‘classical’ realm and the ‘quantum’ realm maps onto the Buddhist distinction between the ‘conventional’ mode of reality and the ‘ultimate’ mode of reality. Far from Buddhist philosophy being ‘unscientific’, it is Batchelor who displays ignorance of modern science. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/157

Aug 9 '12 · Tags: metaphysics, buddhist
Increased Photon Emissions from the Right But Not the Left Hemisphere While Imagining White Light in the Dark: The Potential Connection Between Consciousness and Cerebral Light (by Blake T. Dotta, Michael A. Persinger): Abstract: Measurements by a photomultiplier tube at distances of 15 cm from the head demonstrated significant increases in biophoton energies along the right side but not the left when subjects imagined white light in a dark environment. The increased power density of ~ 3 x 10-11 W/m2 did not occur when the same subjects thought about mundane experiences. The calculated increased photon energy while imagining white light was equivalent to the involvement of action potentials from about 107 cerebral cortical neurons. These values are consistent with the typical numbers of neurons involved with imaginative states as inferred from fMRI technologies and the hypothesized origins of biophotons from lipid and redox reactions within cell membranes. We suggest these results support Bόkkon's hypothesis that specific visual imagery is strongly correlated with the release of biophotons and may be the actual experience of organized matrices of photons. The cognitive coupling with photon emissions would also support the electron spin-mediated hypothesis of Hu and Wu for the origin of consciousness. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/190

The Myth of Mind-Independent Reality & the Metaphysics of Nondual Epiontic Quantum Mindnature (by Graham P. Smetham): Abstract: In this paper I shall argue that the notion of the ‘existence’ of a ‘Mind Independent Reality’ (MIR) is ill conceived if one understands this concept as indicating that there is some ‘ultimate’ or final aspect of reality which is absolutely and totally beyond the mind’s com-prehension or experience. By elucidating the central features of the Buddhist Mind-Only metaphysical account of the operation of the ‘three natures’ of fundamental Mindnature in the context of modern quantum physics and quantum field theory I set out to show that a ‘Metaphysics of Nondual Epiontic Quantum Mindnature’ provides a comprehensive and exhaustive account of the process of reality; an account which has no room or necessity for a mind-independent reality (MIR). http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/188

The Elegance of Enigma: Quantum Darwinism, Quantum Bayesianism (QBism) & Quantum Buddhism (by Graham P. Smetham): Abstract: Quantum Bayesianism or QBism is a new approach to quantum interpretation which offers a radically subjectivist and pan-experientialist account of the functioning of quantum ‘reality’ and the emergence of the ‘classical’ world. In a recent collection of essays Elegance and Enigma: The Quantum Interviews there is a debate between one of the supporters of the QBism paradigm, C. A. Fuchs, and the instigator of ‘quantum Darwinism’, W. Zurek, as to the viability of such a radically subjectivist position. Zurek suggests that the ‘many worlds’ interpretation and the QBism perspectives are extreme views and his perspective steers a ‘middle way’ between the two. In this article I show that an almost identical metaphysical debate occurred in fourteenth and fifteenth Tibetan Buddhism concerning the nature of ultimate reality. The two debates are examined, contrasted and the conclusion that it may be the case that quantum reality may be describable in differing complementary and interrelated ways is drawn. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/189

The Virtual Reality Conjecture (by Brian Whitworth): Abstract: We take our world to be an objective reality, but is it? The assumption that the physical world exists in and of itself has struggled to assimilate the findings of modern physics for some time now. For example, an objective space and time would just "be", but in relativity, space contracts and time dilates. Likewise objective "things" should just inherently exist, but the entities of quantum theory are probability of existence smears, that spread, tunnel, superpose and entangle in physically impossible ways. Cosmology even tells us that our entire physical universe just "popped up", from nowhere, about 14 billion years ago. This is not how an objectively real world should behave! Yet traditional alternatives don't work much better. That the world is just an illusion of the mind doesn't explain its consistent realism and Descartes dualism, that another reality beyond the physical exists, just doubles the existential problem.

It is time to consider an option we might normally dismiss out of hand. This essay explores the virtual reality conjecture, that the physical world is the digital output of non-physical quantum processing. It finds it neither illogical, nor unscientific, nor incompatible with current physics. In this model, quantum entities are programs, movement is the transfer of processing, interactions are processing overloads and the fields of physics are network properties. It has no empty space, no singularities and all the conservations of physics just conserve processing. Its prediction, that the collision of high frequency light in a vacuum can create permanent matter, will test it. If the physical world has the properties of a processing output, physics must rewrite the story behind its equations. http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/268

Commentary on Whitworth's "Virtual Reality Conjecture" (by Lawrence B. Crowell): Abstract: This is my Commentary on Brian Whitworth's "Virtual Reality Conjecture." http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/270

Response to Crowell’s Commentary (by Brian Whitworth): Abstract: Here is my response to Crowell’s Commentary [1] on “The Virtual Reality Conjecture [2].” http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/271

Aug 7 '12 · Tags: virtual reality, conjecture, dialogue
Has CERN Found the God Particle? A Calculation [in 2011] (by Philip E. Gibbs): Abstract: Following the CERN announcement on December 13, 2011, physicists have been giving some very different assessments of the chances that the ATLAS and CMS detectors have seen the Higgs boson. Combining the three things I will consider, I get an overall probability for such a strong signal if there is no Higgs to be about 1 in 30. Perhaps I have failed to account for combinations where more than one of these effects could combine. That requires further coincidences but lets just call the overall result 1 in twenty. In other words, everything considered I take the observed result to be a two sigma effect. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/148

If the LHC Particle Is Real, What Is One of the Other Possibilities than the Higgs Boson? (by Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu): Abstract: In the prespacetime model, an unspinized particle governed by a matrix law is the precursor of all spinized particles and thus steps into the shoes played by the Higgs particle. We speculate here that what has been found at the LHC, if real, is plausibly the unspinized particle of the prespacetime model. The wave function of a fermion or boson is respectively a bispinor or bi-vector but that of the unspinized particle is two-component complex scalar field. Thus, it may have different behavior than that of either the boson or fermion which may be detectable at LHC. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/153

什么是科学主? What Is Scientific GOD? (by Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu): Abstract: 科学主是关于主的科学及主的新科学启示. 它是科学技术时代追求真理和统一的新道路. 科学主从科学角度支持所有传统宗教的大部份精神,神秘和唯心教导. Scientific GOD is about the scientific aspect of GOD and Its new scientific revelations. It is a new pathway to truth and unity in the age of science and technology. Scientific GOD provides scientific bases for many spiritual, mystical and metaphysical teachings of all traditional religions. http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/article/view/154

Aug 7 '12 · Tags: higgs status, 2011. scientific god
Existential Mechanics Part III: The Creation of Experience by the Individual (by Steven E. Kaufman): Abstract: This article describes the limitations that are inherent in the Individual’s creation of experience, both within a given level of Reality and between levels of Reality, owing to the nature of experience as being the product of a relation in which the Individual that is apprehending the experience must always be involved. Also described is the reason that positive emotion is associated with a feeling of connection, while negative emotion is associated with a feeling of disconnection. And finally an experiment is presented that any Individual can perform in order to demonstrate and prove to themself their ability to control the quality of what they create as emotional experience. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/185

Holographic Trans-disciplinary Framework of Consciousness: An Integrative Perspective (by Tamar Levin): Abstract: This paper suggests an integrative framework for conceptualizing human consciousness and compliments it with existing research data. The framework is based on the holographic and trans-disciplinary worldviews and their implied implicate-explicate order and the holographic knowing-becoming-experiencing-valuing human being who interacts interdependently with/within different levels of reality. The framework conceptualizes universal consciousness as a fundamental part of reality/universe that complements physical potentialities and brings them to actual physical states. It regards human consciousness as both structure and system, state and process, means and end, experience, information and energy, having a metaphysical /spiritual /implicit /implicate layer and a physical/ material /explicit and / explicate layer expressed via biological, chemical, and physical processes. It also considers human consciousness as incorporating inward-outward 'space' processes and a backward-forward 'time' system's view expressin/influencing different modes of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and personal and transpersonal elements. The framework focuses on the unique functions, and interactions in heart-soul and brain-mind relations and their effects on states of consciousness. The subjective nature of consciousness is conceptualized in terms of the essence of individuality manifested by the root of the soul, the genetic spiritual-DNA code, and the individual's historic evolution through different life-cycles. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/174

Cells, Neurons, and Qualia: The Holographic Strange Attractor Model (by Claudio Messori): Abstract: A biophysical model to interpret biological, neurological and psychic phenomena is presented, in a quantum-relativistic key. A central role is attributed to the concept of Spin in explaining space-time geometry as well as the genesis of energetic and sub-energetic phenomena. Energy is considered in relation to both its vectorial and scalar components. The dynamic of cells, neurons and qualia is ascribed to the field of nonlinear transient systems of a chaotic kind, and explained in the light of the syntropic action of a quasi-virtual object known as a HoSA (Holographic Strange Attractor). In conclusion, an epigenetic and relativistic location is assigned to the mental fact, thought, and consciousness. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/163

Transcending the Shamed Self (by Gary Schouborg): Abstract: To contribute to understanding self-transcendence, this article provides an account of my personal experience of transcending my shamed self. This requires explaining the kind of self and shame involved. In mystical literature, the consciousness that remains after self-transcendence is sometimes called the Self or non-ego, in contrast to the self or ego, which is the empirical, executive self of ordinary consciousness and functioning. The self includes specific selves that play distinctive roles in various contexts. The specific self transcended in my personal experience was the shamed self, one that was experiencing the self-rejecting emotion of shame. Ordinary discourse as well as philosophical and empirical research often employ the term shame[GMN1] generically while failing to distinguish among at least eight closely related emotions: shyness; embarrassment; fear of rejection; feeling exposed, vulnerable, inferior, or unfulfilled; and self-rejection—shame in the strict sense, the emotion caused by my self-evaluation that I do not deserve love, even my own. The article proceeds in six parts: a summary introduction; a phenomenological account of shame; a phenomenological account of my personal experience of shame; a phenomenological account of my personal experience of transcending my shamed self; a phenomenological account of the aftermath; and an outline of a naturalistic explanation of my self-transcendence. Throughout the article, the term Self refers to an embodied, observing Self that avoids overly identifying with any aspect or function of the self, rather than an ontologically disembodied entity that transcends nature. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/186

Introduction to Existential Mechanics: How the Relations of Existence to Itself Create the Structure of Reality and What We Experience as Reality (by Steven E. Kaufman): Abstract: This article presents a general description of how the iterative relations of Existence to Itself create two different realities; 1) Realties that are composed of Existence as it is being in relation to Itself, which Realties or Relational Structures, taken together, make up the Structure of Reality, and; 2) realities that are not composed of Existence, but are created where Existence becomes defined in relation to Itself as a result of being in relation to Itself, and which realities or relative existences are the most proximal basis of what Existence apprehends as experience. Thus, Existence is described as that which, through relation to Itself, creates out of Itself the Structure of Reality and is also described as that which apprehends as experiential reality the products of its relations to Itself that are not composed of Itself. Ultimately, what we call Consciousness, i.e., that which apprehends experience, is shown to be not other than Existence that is involved in some relation with Itself and creating a relative existence as a result, which relative existence the Existence involved in that relation must then apprehend as experience. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/182

Existential Mechanics Part I: The Three Progressive Levels of Reality and Experience (by Steven E. Kaufman): Abstract: In this article the three different types of experience that we apprehend, i.e., emotional, mental, and physical, are each related to one of the three different and progressive levels of Realty or Relational Structure that emerge as a result of the iterative process of Existential self-relation. Thus, what is presented is a description of how Existence evolves into different levels of Reality composed of different Relational Structures, while at the same time creating at each level of Reality a distinct type of relative existence apprehended by the Existence involved in those relations as a distinct and particular type of experience. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/183

Existential Mechanics Part II: The Big Picture; The Relation Between the Structure of Reality and What We Experience as Reality (by Steven E. Kaufman): Abstract: In this article both the inner orientation of emotional and mental experience, as well as the outer orientation of physical experience, are described as a function of our particular position and perspective within the fractal Structure of Reality relative to the particular level of Reality at which each of those different types of experience are created. Additionally, the Relational Structure of Reality is described as the framework that underlies our overall apprehension of mental and physical reality by relating the different levels of Reality to different fundamental aspects of what we apprehend as mental and physical reality. Also described is the relation between what is expressed in quantum physics as the wave function and the underlying Structure of Reality from which that expression is derived, including a description of what occurs within that Relational Structure to produce the event referred to as the collapse of the wave function. http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/view/184

Nonlinear Theory of Elementary Particles Part XIII: On the Spectra of Elementary Particles (by Alexander G. Kyriakos): Abstract: Analogically to the representations of classical theory of electromagnetic waves, whose non-linear generalization our theory is, we assume that the reason of appearance of elementary particles’ spectra is the superposition of simple (harmonic) nonlinear (de Broglie) waves, and the reason of disintegrations of particles is the disintegration of the compound nonlinear waves. The purpose of present article will be to show that such superposition exists and its description completely corresponds to modern theoretical representations. http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/248

Fractional Modified Special Relativity (by Hosein Nasrolahpour): Abstract: Fractional calculus represents a natural tool for describing relativistic phenomena in pseudo-Euclidean space-time. In this study, Fractional modified special relativity is presented. We obtain fractional generalized relation for the time dilation. http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/206

Deconstructing Reality: Is Reality Really Real? (by Graham P. Smetham): Abstract: The seemingly solid entities that sentient beings experience as the ‘truth’ or mode of apprehension of the everyday world can, seemingly, be broken down into increasingly small particles. The ‘ultimate’ truth, or ‘ultimate’ level of reality, would, perhaps, be found when there is a ‘particle’ which can no longer be divided, if such things ‘exist’ ultimately. If they do not … well then we arrive at the quantum level, or what Buddhist metaphysics calls ‘emptiness’. In this paper I will use the Buddhist philosopher Dharmakirti’s imaginative deconstruction of reality, in the context of quantum theory, to try to answer the question which seems to be posed by quantum theory: Is ‘Reality’ really real? In our search for the ultimate nature of reality we have to leave behind the ‘seeming’ appearances of the everyday world, however persuasive the appearance may be, and break through to a more ‘ultimate truth’ concerning the nature of reality. We shall discover that Dharmakirti’s philosophical analysis, alongside other Buddhist insights, which lead to the ‘ultimate’ realm of ‘empty’ Mindnature, prefigures modern quantum discoveries, particularly the notion of an ‘Epiontic Universe’ which derives from the ‘quantum Darwinism’ perspective suggested by Wojciech H. Zurek. http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/article/view/249

Aug 4 '12 · Tags: physics, reality, different approach
SGJ 3(6) Published: Higgs Discovery, Shadow of God Particle, Key to Happiness & Ancient Wisdom Scientific GOD Journal has just published Volume 3 Issue 6 entitled "Higgs Discovery, Shadow of God Particle, Key to Happiness & Ancient Wisdom" at http://scigod.com/index.php/sgj/issue/view/24 :


Scientific Genesis in the Making: Higgs Discovery & the Shadow of God Particle (Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu)

Higgs Reports

Live Higgs Report on July 4, 2012 & Congratulations - It's a Boson (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Higgs Essays

The Higgs Boson and the Power of Consistency (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Is It Really Higgs? (by Matti Pitkanen)

Vita Principalis: Road to Single Mathematical Particle (by Dainis Zeps)


The Key to Happiness in Existence (by Steven E. Kaufman)

Ancient Wisdom in Modern Age: An Archaic Renaissance (by Iona Miller, Paul Wildman)

The Esoteric Thesis: Unspeakable Things & Unknowable Truths (by Paul Wildman)


The Weak Force as Manifestation of Anima Mundi: An Exploration (by Iona Miller)

Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research has just published Volume 3 Issue 7 entitled "Higgs Discovery, 'God Particle' Plus Important Aspects of Consciousness" at http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/issue/view/26.

Table of Contents: http://jcer.com/index.php/jcj/issue/view/26


Dawn of a Brave New World: Higgs Discovery & the “God Particle” (by Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu)

Higgs Reports

Live Higgs Report on July 4, 2012 & Congratulations - It's a Boson (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Higgs Essays

The Higgs Boson and the Power of Consistency (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Is It Really Higgs? (by Matti Pitkanen)

Creatio Ex Nihilo: Road to Single Mathematical Particle (by Dainis Zeps)


What We Can Learn about Consciousness from Altered States of Consciousness (by Imants Baruss)

The Secret of Happiness (by Steven E. Kaufman)

Ethology, Evolution, Mind & Consciousness (by Glen McBride)

Empty Diamonds & the Diamond Cutter Sutra: Mindful Reflections on Materialist Metaphysical Dogmatism I, II & III (by Graham P. Smetham).

Prespacetime Journal has just published a Special Issue 3(9) entitled "Great Triumph in 21st Century Particle Physics: The Discovery of a New Particle & the Aftermath" at http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/issue/view/32.

Table of Contents: http://prespacetime.com/index.php/pst/issue/view/32


The Higgs Boson and the Power of Consistency (by Philip E. Gibbs)

A Great Triumph in 21st Century Particle Physics: the Discovery of a New Particle & the Aftermath (by Huping Hu, Maoxin Wu)

Special Reports

Higgs Live, viXra Combinations and Congratulations - It's an Boson (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Tevatron Squeeze 2.9 Sigma Higgs Signal (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Higgs Essays

A Review of Higgs Particle Physics (by Lawrence B. Crowell)

Is It Really Higgs? (by Matti Pitkänen)

The Higgs Boson (by B. G. Sidharth)

Crossroads on Way to Single Mathematical Particle (by Dainis Zeps)


Are Unofficial Higgs Combinations Valid? Unofficial Higgs Discovery with 2011 Data and H --> WW Revisited (by Philip E. Gibbs)

Decomposing Electromagnetism's Four-potential into Quantizable and non-Quantizable Parts via Conserved Spacelike Projections of the Four-current (by Steven K. Kauffmann)

Preferred Extremals of Kahler Action & Solutions of the Modified Dirac Equation? (by Matti Pitkänen)

Hunting the Higgs Boson Using the Cholesky Decomposition of an Indefinite Matrix (by John R Smith, Milan Nikolic, Stephen P. Smith)

The Zero-mass Renormalization Group Differential Equations and Limit Cycles in Non-smooth Initial Value Problems (by Xiao-Jun Yang)

Doppler Effect of Time and Space (by Giovanni Zazella)


Who Will/should Get the Nobel Prize for the Higgs Boson? (by Philip E. Gibbs)


Post-Higgs LHC Update (by Philip E. Gibbs)

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