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  1. dragon added a topic in Extend   

    Questions, questions!
    When I borrow a book from my local library, the computerized system allows the librarian to tell whether or not you have borrowed a book before. If you have, the librarian reminds you and asks if you still want to take the book out. This is just one example of the growing trend of being prompted by questions whenever one does something.

    The same thing happens when I’m using a computer. “Do you want Windows to remember your password?”, “Do you want Autocomplete on or off?”, “Do you want Windows to ask you this again?”…”Do you want Windows to wipe your a**** for you?”

    On the radio there is a barrage of adverts reminding people to submit their tax returns on time, to get their winter ‘flu jab, to do this, to remember that…………. And so on and so forth ad infinitum (and ad nauseam!).

    The truth is that this would drive any healthy person to insanity. Why is it a growing trend then? It is necessary because people’s minds have become so degraded that they need this sort of spoon feeding in order to function.
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  2. dragon added a topic in Learn   

    Tested for Children by Children
    I have noticed in my local library that some children’s books, advertised as Dyslexia Friendly, also advertise themselves as having been tested by children.

    This attitude to children is very common these days i.e. children are given responsibilities and required to make judgments that ought, in a healthy society, to be the sole responsibility of adults. Publishers are at it, schools are at it….the list is endless. This is extremely bad news.

    In a healthy society, children learn by being apprenticed to adults. (This is how young animals learn, after all.) To burden children with the responsibilities of adults is to cause them severe psychological damage. This is child abuse. And it is not just a few “dirty old men” that are at it - every adult in our society is at it.
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  3. dragon added a topic in Influence   

    The World's Your Oyster?
    Although I have implied it in previous posts, I’ve not actually specifically stated that we live in an Upside Down World. What I mean by this is that, for example, our history is the history of the decline of humanity, not of its progress, that what we consider genius is sickness, and the most able people are not in academic institutions, but living life in normal society and likely to have been classed as non-academic etc., etc.. Rather than going for one long post on the subject, I intend to back it up with many instances of this upside down-ness as I run across them in daily life.

    This is the first of them:



    The World’s Your Oyster?

    The following scene from the film The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) came to mind the other day. In it, Eowyn, King Theoden’s niece, when preparing to go to Helm’s Deep, tells Aragorn that she fears neither pain nor death. Aragorn asks her what she does fear, and she replies: “A cage. To stay behind bars until old age and use accept them.”

    In modern society people do not share Eowyn’s fear. Quite the reverse. People are so used to living in cages that they no longer recognize that they are imprisoned – nor that their cage gets tinier by the year. Take, for example, travel.

    When I traveled abroad in 2002, I was somewhat relieved to escape – but only just – the new “anti-terrorist” airport security measures. Even then, air travel had become much more restricted than a decade previously, while today, to say that foreign travel has become a nightmare is an understatement.

    Travel used to be SO easy. For example, in the early 1980s I was on holiday in Canada. I lost both my passport and my airline ticket. No problem. A new airline ticket was issued, no questions asked, and I got through UK passport control without my passport. Now when I travel abroad, I am extremely nervous about losing tickets/passport - I know I would not get off anything like so lightly again. In fact, in those halcyon days, if one did not have a full passport, one could obtain a 6-month British Visitor’s Passport over the counter at any post office. The nightmare of requiring and obtaining biometric passports was still to come. Yet even in the early 1900s, travel was even easier than 30 or 40 years ago. Poor folks were regularly traveling between Britain and America by boat, for example.

    (Of course, one might argue that travel, being more difficult, does not imply that one is losing one’s freedom. Not true. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. That some governments prefer to put obstacles in the way of travel rather than refusing to issue passports to their citizens produces the same effect i.e. a loss of freedom.)

    It is a recognized phenomenon that severe psychological problems arise as a result of living in captivity i.e. in a cage or prison. So why are people in this society just accepting their loss of freedom? Actually, one has to look at it from the opposite perspective. It is BECAUSE people’s minds have become so dysfunctional that they accept, in fact, need, these bars. As I have suggested in other posts, people have become addicted to power, resulting in a society in which autism is endemic. I have also suggested in earlier posts that even though it may not seem so, we live in the best of all possible worlds. Thus, while loss of freedom damages a healthy mind, the simple truth is that a person who is autistic cannot cope with freedom and needs a restricted environment in order to be able to function. Thus loss of freedom has, as it were, become “a necessary evil”.
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  4. dragon added a post in a topic The Fabulous World of Pnatodragon   

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! “Just the standard issue stuff”, eh? I can just hear the “yawn” and the “I’m bored ‘cos I’ve seen it all before”. This behaviour is standard issue, straight from that book beloved of lads: The Art of Coarse Teasing. None of you have tried the one-worder “Whatever” yet, or “You’re playing the world’s smallest violin”, or …….. or……..please do try and come up with one I haven’t heard before.

    And if you think this is just “the standard issue stuff”, then you only condemn yourselves, only display for all to see the very narrow limits of your education and experience. Get a life!

    As to lack of “creativity”, well, you wouldn’t know it if it got up and bit you on the backside. All I hear when I’m on this forum (not to mention every other one I’ve been on) is people who can s**t philsophy books. So your first step to recovery is to get the philosophy books coming out the right end.

    Well, all this demonstrates is that dragon can be a lad too, and it’s oh so easy.

    PS: Chronicles of Riddick is correct. You fail to understand these myths of our time to your cost.

    PPS: A metaphor for God?!!??? You must be bonkers! Do I need to spell it out? Now, then, children, what is God? God is omnipotent. What does omnipotent mean, children? It means all-powerful. What have I been railing against, children? The worship of power…….can you work out the rest for yourselves?
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  5. dragon added a topic in History and Philosophy of Science   

    The Problem of Reality
    The Problem of Reality

    As I described in my previous post: The Fabulous World of Pantodragon, my understanding is that life is, to all intents and purposes, a video game. But carry the usual Play Station version forward a little, and think of something more like a flight simulator, or, better, the kind of simulators some trainee-surgeons get to use when learning to do operations. In the latter they wear helmets and gloves so that their senses of sight and hearing, and touch in their hands, are cut off from the real world, and they can only hear, see and touch things in the virtual operating theatre. If the virtual-reality generator was good enough, they should be unable to distinguish between ‘reality’ and ‘virtual reality’.

    There are a number of sci-fi films that have explored, and illustrated, this idea. One that comes to mind is ‘EXISTENCE’, in which they have biological video game modules which the players plug into sockets that have been surgically inserted into their spines. When they are plugged into a game the game-data over-rides and blocks anything else coming down their nervous system from their own sense organs and so they experience the game in just the same way as they experience the real world. In other words, they have no way of being able to tell if what they are experiencing is the game world or the real world. The film plays on this confusion.

    At the simplest, most obvious level, most people have had dreams such that they have had trouble deciding whether the event of the dream really happened or not, and maybe sometimes they never can decide. I dreamt once that I had gone to the toilet, and I only know that it was a dream because when I woke up I still needed to go to the toilet. How is that possible? Because we literally DO live in virtual-reality worlds.

    The fact is that we do not experience the ‘real’ world directly. Take seeing, for example. An image of what one is looking at forms on the back of the eye, and that is then turned into an electrical signal that is sent to the brain. The brain then RECONSTRUCTS the experience of seeing. All the other senses are the same. Everything we experience is a virtual reality constructed by the brain out of the data coming from our senses. So, there really is NO EVIDENCE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF A REAL, CORPOREAL WORLD, no evidence that life is anything more than a dream, and, in fact, what we EXPERIENCE very definitely IS a dream, or virtual reality. One might even go so far as to say that it goes against common sense to suppose that there IS a real, material world, because we have no experience of it – it is just that we have such a long acquaintance with the idea, that we are fed on it from the cradle, that everybody else believes it etc etc. That is what makes it seem so plausible.

    So all you have to do to arrive at the total virtual reality version of existence that I have described, is to replace the ‘real world’ with another mind as the source of the information that the mind uses to construct its experience of the world. One might even say it is the ‘simplest’, most obvious assumption, as it leaves us thinking in terms of minds, and thoughts, with which we are familiar, and one does not have to add the extra stuff about material substance – which creates all sorts of problems when one then works backwards and tries to conceptualise what one then means by ‘mind’, and ‘consciousness’ etc.

    I mean, we have learned to take the ‘real’ world so ‘for real’ that we, for the most part, have lost sight of the fact that what IS actually ‘real’ for us is our thoughts and sensations and feeling and the like. When I touch something I have the ‘sensation’ of solidity, that is all. If I chose to believe in a real, solid world, then I am postulating that that ‘sensation’ is caused by an object in some real, solid world; I have to actually POSTULATE the existence of a ‘real’ world.

    Then I give myself a problem: I know I exist, I have a mind and thoughts, but I now have to ask what they are made of, what are thoughts and how can something as disembodied as thoughts interact with the ‘real’ world. I mean, thoughts are not magnetic, they do not have mass and so on, so how can they interact with physical ‘matter’, for it is by virtue of these properties that objects in the real world interact with one another.

    There have been many attempts to solve this conundrum. These range from the proposal that there are two, parallel universes, that of physical reality, and that of mind and thought, and that they, somewhat mysteriously, run synchronously with one another so that they do not have to interact, to the extreme position of denying the existence of mind and thought altogether. To do that one postulates that things like consciousness are merely attributes of the complexity of ‘life chemistry’; ie as molecules and molecular systems get more and more complex, they acquire more and more ‘properties’, more and more abilities, and consciousness is just a property of molecular systems of sufficient complexity.

    Although one is tempted to associate this sort of stuff with Rene Descartes, the idea that ‘life is a dream’ goes way back. There are a number, (I do not know how common it was) of so-called primitive tribes or societies that believed that life was a dream. There is even one present day society – I can’t remember which or where – that believes so strongly in dreams that if a person dreams that another man steals some of his cabbages then he can bring a suit against him and the offender will be held liable to pay compensation. This is not daft when one thinks about the interpretability of dreams. If you dream that someone steals something from you then that really did happen; it is just not literally cabbages – I mean, people steal from each other all the time: ideas, or someone might ‘steal your thunder’, or ‘steal the show’ etc. For example, that last might be represented in dreams thus: you might own a ‘show’ such as a fairground, or circus or something, and someone comes along and steals it from you. The person who steals it from you might be someone known to you, or might not, but one should not be literal in one’s interpretation of who the guilty party is.
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  6. dragon added a post in a topic The Fabulous World of Pnatodragon   


    Sorry I did not pick up on what you were on about before – that first sentence of my post, about putting things in a nutshell. I have explored the possibilities of pictures but I always end up drawing diagrams, and that’s not what I want. I want something that ‘speaks’ to people, not something they have to ‘study’ and ‘analyse’ to make sense of.

    Also the ‘image’ that best illustrates the world view I have described is that of the video game, which I mentioned but perhaps did not highlight sufficiently. But actually, video games provide me with a lot of the imagery to describe my thinking – about how the world works, how the mind works, spirits and more. I would like to make the rest of my reply into a more general post, so please continue at: The Problem of Reality.
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  7. dragon added a post in a topic Apocalypse Now!   


    I gave a couple of examples. I could give endless examples. There are also other ways of knowing what is going on, however when you ask for evidence, you are asking me to prove myself. I do not need to prove myself to anyone but myself. And I have done that. Refer to my post Some Words of Explanation for why I do not need to prove myself and why I am posting to this forum.


    One of the benefits of NOT being a power addict, of being healthy, is that I DO NOT get annoyed. All that emotionalism and troublesome sensitivity to the antics of others is a not a problem for healthyn people. As one half of pantodragon WAS addicted to power, but has come off the drug, she is in a position to know.
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  8. dragon added a post in a topic Apocalypse Now!   

    DaveT:

    You are clearly used to teaching little power addicts. To learn is to live. To play is to live. Normal and healthy is to want to live. Sick is to require to be motivated. You don't see the sparrows that populate gardens having to be kicked out of bed, having to be amused, by their parents so that they will learn to whistle.
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  9. dragon added a post in a topic Apocalypse Now!   


    Yes. And the way it works is demonstrated very nicely by what has happened on this thread. The dead dog has taken over the thread and you are now getting all the sympathy and all the attention. This is emotional manipulation.

    By and large, the Christians popularised this one and it is probably the favourite method of exercising power in our modern society. You have shown as clearly as it is possible to do so that you are a power addict.

    I am sure you cried buckets, but what you felt is another matter.

    If you felt a small fraction of what you say you felt then you are a very sick person indeed. May I refer you to Jane Austin's novel Sense and Sensibility, and may I suggest you read it and learn the lesson.



    You said: "This of course could be said about any time frame after the creation of organized civilization"
    I would agree because the creation of what I assume you mean by orgainised civilisation is the product of power addicts.



    You said: A baby crying serves the same purpose as that of a puppy crying
    No, it does not. The price of your power addiction is to have lost awareness of what one might call the "spirit world". Every action is done in a certain spirit. One might say there is an "intention" behind every action. The intention of human babies is to manipulate their parents. The spirit of puppies is quite different, is innocent, is to establish meaningful communication.


    You said: I had never experienced such pain
    Well, you've no one but yourself to blame. One of the prices you pay for excessive emotionalism is that you sensitise yourself such that even a tiny pinprick is experienced as a stab-wound from a knife. I refer you to the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. You have to understand that this story is describing what happens to people who behave like royalty i.e. who like to command attention, who like to be the centre of attention - who expect to be treated, in fact, like royalty and use all sorts of emotional manipulation of other people to get what they want.
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  10. dragon added a post in a topic Some words of explanation   

    To all:

    I made it clear in my post, or thought I did, that your beliefs are your problem. I have no interest in whether or not you believe me. A few of you have hinted at the possibility of entertainment value - run with it, that's good.
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  11. dragon added a topic in Influence   

    Apocalypse Now!
    As the title of this post suggests, I am not predicting that ‘the end is nigh unless ye repent’; I am saying that it is already too late. Death, famine, pestilence and war are already abroad (the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse) and we are IN an apocalypse. It is happening.

    In another post I have talked about POWER, and how a universal addiction to that drug has been the ‘downfall’ of humanity. In the Western World, for example, it is seen as normal that babies should cry. This is not so. Babies should be learning to communicate, and should only use crying to communicate REAL distress. But babies ‘normally’ learn that they can use crying to get attention and manipulate their parents. This is babies tasting power.

    If you are observant you will see it happening all the time. For example: walking past the school playground one day a ball few over the fence just in front of me, and a little girl came up and stood and looked out at me, obviously expecting me to return her ball to her. I would have done so had the episode been an accident, but as I had approached along the path I had noticed the little girl ‘noticing’ me, and had noticed her quickly pick up her ball and deliberately throw it over the fence. I did not return it and when I looked back a few moments later the girl was being hugged and consoled by a bevy of little girls over whom she obviously held sway. This is about control and manipulation. This is about power.

    Everybody adores little James. He is a charming, chatty little boy. I frequently see him with his mother on the bus. He will always be talking to someone, turning in his seat to talk to the people behind, or stopping on the way off the bus and talking to the driver so that the rest of the passengers have to wait. Everyone smiles and thinks him cute. One day I happen to be behind little James on the bus. “What is that?” he asks, pointing to my umbrella. Little James knows perfectly well what it is. There follows a series of similarly inane and pointless questions, to none of which I respond. He gives it a rest and then tries again, with the same ‘disappointing’ result. He turns back to face the front again, and this time I just catch a glimpse of the expression that crosses his face: it is demonic! Really, his face contorts into such an expression of rage that it literally looks like something out of ‘The Exorcist’! So much for the cute, charming little James!

    Not that I actually needed that glimpse to see what little James was about. His conversation was so very clearly not about communicating, but about getting attention. In fact, the old adage that ‘children should be seen and not heard’ is, in fact, true. Children should be interested and curious and wanting to learn about the world, and they do not do that be being the centre of attention; they do it by sitting quietly and observing. Yes, of course they play as well, but at the appropriate time and in the appropriate place. The whole world is exotic and new to a child and it will enjoy just looking and listening and learning – if it is healthy.

    And if it is enjoying the taste of power it will not be just looking and listening and learning, and as a consequence, it looses the ability to observe, listen and learn – and hence science comes along to make up the deficiency.

    And that, basically, is how to understand our history: we live in the ‘best of all possible worlds’, so that, with humanity on the decline, as it looses more and more of its faculties, the loss is made up by the ‘invention’ of institutions and the like.

    So when, due to their addiction to power, people loose the ability and desire to ‘like’ or value things, then money is invented and then everything has a ‘price’, and that is something that power addicts can use.

    When people became incapable of being fully independent, ie fully able to understand the world and people without any outside help, then religions came along to give them rules to live by and the support of others who believed the same things as themselves.

    But whereas the religions used metaphor and myth to explain and account for the world, when people lost the ability to handle metaphor, and could only deal with symbols, and became very ‘literal’ in their interpretation of the world around them, then science came along.

    Science looks after the autistic mind. It offers the support of authority, like a parent, of shared perceptions, offers the security of predictability, and of rules and order. And, of course, it sees the world in very literal terms. It also puts ‘knowledge’ above ‘ability’ and ‘understanding’, and, well, ‘knowledge is power’! Yes, power addicts have no interest in understanding things, but the certainly see lots of value in ‘knowledge’.

    As for technology, to quote (approximately) from ‘Harry Potter’: it’s marvellous the things people invent to get by without magic! The implication is the same as I have been making above: that technology is just making up for increasing deficiencies of the human mind, bolstering it, providing a crutch.

    But the decline continues, and so you go from walking stick, to crutches to wheel chairs --- and what then?

    If you think of autism as essentially the place into which the minds of people are descending, and think about what that means in terms of loss of awareness, and loss of abilities, and of what suits the minds of people who are severely autistic, as opposed to those who are less so, then look at the history of human culture, you will find that it is interpretable in the terms I have suggested above: ie the more modern developments are, the more they support the needs of minds that are further gone into autism.
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  12. dragon added a post in a topic The Fabulous World of Pnatodragon   

    To all:

    As I said in my post "Some Words of Explanation", I had to go and live in a remote location, isolated from the mainstream of society to do the thinking that went behind all this. You brilliantly show why. You are necromomngers!!!
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  13. dragon added a post in a topic The Fabulous World of Pnatodragon   


    I refer you to this paragraph in the OP:

    ---having said that it should be obvious that I would not want anyone to just ‘believe’ what I say, nor to give up their own current beliefs. But if I spark an interest then you need to find out for yourself – ask your Quew. You need to ask a question of some sort. A health question would be good. For example, one of us (see PS below) experienced problems with her hip, such that it basically stiffened up and stopped working. She was concerned that the joint might be faulty and require surgical intervention. Shortly thereafter she had a dream which showed an image of a perfectly working hip joint. She took this to mean that there was, in fact, nothing wrong with the joint, a fact which was born out in time. (The problem was in fact tension caused by stress and it has been cured.) So, choose a health concern and formulate a question then wait for an answer. It will not necessarily come in a dream. It may be that someone you happen to meet will say something relevant, or you might notice something in a book which is relevant – the answer can come from anywhere.
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  14. dragon added a post in a topic The Roots of Western Civilisation   


    Well, I did ask for it I suppose! A challenge, that is – although this is not exactly what I had in mind. Nevertheless, what can I make of this?

    You have gone to the outer reaches of Physics and brought back a couple of ideas: strings and the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory.

    At this point I have to admit to not having kept up to date with ‘current event’ in physics – in common with everything else – since I went off to do my own thinking. The isolation from the rest of the world was necessary to get the job done.

    I have heard of strings, of course; they’ve been around for a while. As to the ‘many worlds interpretation’ of quantum theory, I don’t even remember having heard about it. If I was to hazard a guess, I would suppose it might be a version of the idea of parallel universes -- which I think is usually associated with General Relativity, along with such exotica as time travel, but here we really are getting into the outer reaches of the outer reaches of physics, which, nevertheless, has not stopped some researchers spending a considerable amount of time looking for tachyons!—anyway, to return to my guess, parallel worlds might enter quantum theory by way of ‘probability’. I mean, when you interpret the wave nature of matter/energy in term of probability, you may be creating options of the form of: well probably I’ll find the particle here, but there is always the lesser probability that I will find it there, and then it is not a huge leap to postulating the idea of the existence of many worlds – I am way off the mark, or getting close?

    Anyway, ‘having heard of’ is not the same as understanding, and in properly rising to your challenge I would have to do a lot of work and, on a rewards for effort basis, I don’t think the effort is worth it.

    Let me explain it this way: what I am doing as regards tracing the history of ideas and what is driving it, is of the nature of a jig-saw puzzle. So I have collected, say, 1000 pieces of a puzzle of unknown size, and I have been able to fit them together such that a clear picture is beginning to emerge. I go on finding pieces and they go on fitting into the picture. At some stage I can predict what is going to be on the missing pieces and where they are going to fit into the picture.

    The fact that ALL the pieces fit together like a jig-saw and make a coherent larger picture, plus the ability to predict, is all the ‘proof’ one needs to confirm one’s ideas.

    If you have done any jig-saw puzzles you will know that the most efficient and fastest way to do them is to do the easiest bit first. Then once you have the easy bits done and the picture is beginning to emerge, then the other, harder bits fall into place much quicker and more easily.

    All this is by way of an explanation as to why I consider the outer reaches of physics a poor return for effort. (Also, living in a small town with a small library, and no library of my own, and no internet access of my own, my resources are severely limited.) (Also, this is just a very small part of the totality of things I have to do as regards the larger project.)

    However, I can offer a few thoughts.

    On the subject of parallel universes, something is flickering in the back of my mind, and I think it is that the idea of parallel universes is part of Ancient Hindu mythology. If that is correct, then considering that the Persian Empire stretched from the Middle-East to India, and that the Ancient Greeks had plenty of ‘contact’, generally in the form of war, with Persia, then it would not be surprising to find the concept of parallel universes appearing somewhere in Greek philosophy.

    Of course, it was Alexander the Great who conquered the Persian Empire, and Aristotle (who was a pupil of Plato who was a pupil of Socrates) was Alexander’s tutor, so that places the contact with the Persians right at the hey-day of Greek philosophy.

    Can’t do much with ‘strings’ though, I’m afraid.

    But how about this: one Greek proposed that the substance of the cosmos consisted of indivisible particles which he called ‘atoms’. Another then said, ‘Oh no it isn’t’, and proposed that the substance of the universe is continuous and endlessly divisible – the good, old Hegelian dialectic; it is SO useful – then a third comes along and proposes a synthesis, i.e. that the universe is composed of both atoms and endlessly divisible substance – at which point we arrive at classical physics where the universe consists of matter and energy, matter being atomic, while energy is a wave and endlessly divisible.

    Then along come Quantum Theory and proposes and even better synthesis: all the substance of the universe is simultaneously atomic and endlessly divisible = wave/particle duality.

    When one explores the ‘creation myth’ of physics (the Big Bang and subsequent evolution of the universe) and compares it to the ‘creation myths’ of countless old religions, most of which start with a Big Bang i.e. a moment of creation as opposed to, say, endlessness, no beginning no end, one cannot help feeling that one is just reading a ‘modernised’ version of the old myths – like reading James Joyce’s ULYSSES and comparing it to Homer’s ODYSSEY.

    The parallel are more than mere coincidence, more than just an indication of a lack of ‘new’ ideas. When the myths are interpreted they tell us what was going on in the minds of their creators and ‘believers’. So the fact that the myths of our time parallel the myths of old is because the same things are going on in the minds of people today as back then – except that the modern mind has become very ‘literal’ and impoverished: hence the rich, metaphorical cosmos of gods and goddesses has been replaced by the literal, symbolic cosmos of science. Also, the cosmos’ of old were not so rule-bound as the cosmos of today.

    If you escape those worlds, escape the world of science and the religions, and enter the world of dreams, you leave rules behind. You leave behind symbolism and literalness. You enter a world without rules, but which has a different kind of order: it is the world of ‘meaning’ and of metaphor.

    When I travelled abroad (which I did a lot in my youth) I sometimes entered into conversation with people with whom I did not share a common language. We would use gestures, mime, point to objects in the environment and, occasionally, we might have a pen and paper to help things along. When these conversations were successful you ‘just knew’ what the other person meant, and you would use gestures and sound and mime to get your point across and keep improvising until they nodded and indicated they’d grasped your meaning.

    This is the cosmos of dreams. There are no definitions, no grammar or rules. It’s all about ‘I know what you mean.’ (and that’s got a lot to do with why I write this way rather than with academic formality.)

    And this: in the not-so-distant past, when Christians were forced to account for dinosaur bones, some argued that God must have placed, or ‘planted’ these bones of ‘mythical’ monsters in the earth for reasons of his own. That idea doesn’t sound so improbable if one thinks in terms of a virtual reality existence. i.e. the world need not be so unchangeable, so fixed, and that applies to the greater cosmos as well: what ‘it looks’ like today need not be what it will ‘look like’ tomorrow, and what is possible today may not be all that is possible tomorrow.
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  15. dragon added a post in a topic The Causes of Evil?   



    You vastly underestimate the human mind, and note, I say mind rather than brain. The distinction is drawn in my post: The Fabulous World of Pantodragon. In that same post you will find a description of the world as being interpretable. That gets one to understanding that Plato's Cave is a giveaway about the state of Plato's mind: it is a very nice description of autism.
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