Eugene Wigner veered away from von Neumann’s view of the essential role of consciousness in quantum measurement.
Gene feared the rabbit hole
is a bit less timid, in that regard.
is a monist solipsist.
What is a measurement without a record?
What is a record?
God only knows!
What is an unobserved universe?
What is an observed universe?
Folks would say that we’re looking at it.
We can easily imagine the solar system without the Earth. We can imagine this universe without life.
But wait a minute........
How would we know that it was _this_ universe?
How can we discern one unobservable universe from any other?
We are assuming that there must reside, therein, a homunculus....... a kind of mini me that can serve as a proxy observer.
This is what many of us think is the essence of pantheism....... lots of little homunculi running around.
What is the Quantum, other than a homunculus?
Where is Occam when we need him?
Let’s face it, sports fans, we are God’s homunculi...... and we do run around.
And are we ever entangled!
To say that we are social beings might be an understatement.
And there is only one record...... the Akashic one.
The Akashic record is not terribly unlike the Cloud....... but also, open your eyes
...... it’s all around us.
So where does the monism come in?
It comes with the unity of consciousness.
Consciousness is unified....... all the way up, and all the way down.
Our universal faculty of communication points in that direction.
Is your sensation of green likely to be something else?
Synesthesia points towards a unity.
The mere concept of personal identity..... self awareness.... begs for an explanation.
The universality of the concept of personhood points to a common ground of our Being.
And....... so what?
Well, I observe that the cat exists, and my friend observes that I exist.
Where does the buck stop?
Why should it have to stop?
It can’t stop.
If it ever stops........ game over.
Where does the game start?
Can it start?
Our cosmic homunculus is the Logos Spermatikos........ the strangely looping bootstrap........ floating in the Abyss?
Humanity seems poised...... lemming like....... on the edge of the Abyss.
If we wish to speak of time, we may speak of the unity of the Present.
Was globalism too much unity?
Well, it was unity without community.
We were the lumpen proletariat....... it was communism without the slightest sense of communalism.
It was the lonely crowd....... nothing organic about it.
There was scant sense of participation. There was more participation in the Capitol Hill mob.
Global populism is an attempt to find our roots...... amidst all the noise and chaos.
The Abyss...... the dark night of the soul....... for all its impersonal character, is another thing that we have in common. It’s something that we all have to embrace....... at the ground of our being.
And how many abysses are there?
How many purples are there....... how many loves?
And what do we make of agape?
Yes, if we were contacted by galactic aliens
, we might have to readdress the issue of monism and pluralism.
I think we may have sufficient angels and demons already on tap.
The extra terrestrial hypothesis (ETH) is not friendly to the BPWH.
If there is one ETW, there are likely to be an infinity ♾.
Most ufologists positively salivate over the possibility.
Oh, little chick
believes in other worlds, but they are on the other side of the green door
....... this is the IDH/UTH. It is a different kettle of fish
There are a plethora of worlds..... no further than the other side of our eyelids, if we put our minds to it....... or so Chivo tells us.
The reports back from most such travelers is to just forget it....... we have more than enough on our plates...... right here..... right now.
Would personalism be more convincing, if, instead of the Sun over our heads, we had a sunlamp?
With the ‘natural’ Sun, we get the ETH and Star Trek for free.
And even little chick
derives much pleasure from perusing the photos of distant galaxies
. The artwork is spectacular.