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TER (towards evolutionary reality) and Nobody’s Universe

The evolution determines why and how we try to figure out this world – with the brain, the heart and the soul. “Nobody’s” emphasizes the illusion, created by the evolution, the science and the religion- that we live, each of us lonely, in the huge, unknown foreign Nobody’s -or God’s Universe. If so, you and me with our senses and our intellect could just clumsily collect its random and tiny, meaningless samples  And this would be our life.

But, there is no Nobody’s Universe.

 

The animal’s nervous system creates a small universe around this animal. This “ reality” around it provides the best possible set of data to secure animal’s goals, which can be translated into human language as happiness. or well being or understanding.

The animals brain is small but very efficient. It ”knows” only what is necessary, like DNA “remembers” only what is needed, the rest is discarded by merciless evolution.  For the animal’s genes, it translates as “survival and continuation’, for the scientists looking at this animal it translates as the source of increase of complexity, the “factory” where the energy is consumed and the information is produced.

  The TEO sees this animal’s universe as one of the myriads of the single organism’s universes, past, present and future. We should look at the World as Personal Universe, constructed exactly the way this animal’s small universe was constructed. Build from birth for happiness, built “from the scratch”, by the developing nervous system. In the process of trying to understand this , we humans divided the functions of our nervous system into perception, thinking, memory, instincts, feelings, dreams, consciousness and others. We categorized endlessly the data (actually the stories) into “reality”, “truth”,”myths” or “faith”.

We humans are hyper-social , so we used in the building process the data from our nervous system and the data from the nervous system of others. The tight mix of data begins from the baby’s first perception of the mother’s smile (“what’s the heck is that? It sure resonates deeply and feels good”) and ends at the death bed. Our Universes overlap, creating a wonderful , eternal tapestry of the personal worlds. They overlap and mingle across the World , but also into the past and in the future.

 

We live in  the World of the Evolutionary Objectivity. It is real and solid and following all rules of science. It is also mine and yours, our personal worlds intertwined as the complex mixture of perceptions, thoughts and feelings, some shared some not. They are felt and understood exactly as the evolution made the communication, the information, the function of the nervous system to be felt and understood for eons.

 

Each of us, me ,you and you and you, has been building this World since birth as the source of the pride, responsibility and concern.

Evo-ob belongs to each being completely….and separately.

Why would we need anything else,? Who and how and why would make anything else?

There is no Nobody’s Universe.

 

The implicit worldview and the explicit worldview

Explicit and implicit worldview,

The World is trying to define itself. We witness the paroxysms of the violence of the heroism , the faith and nihilism. But all of that is nothing else but the sum of each human personal struggle.
People define themselves by living their lives, and desperately trying to make sense of it.
For millennia some of them attempt to express this in literature, art and music.
The philosophers distilled that to several basic categories, represented by the infamous “Big Questions”.
This is the worldview.It is how you see the World, your opinions, your attitude and your guts. In the innate, experiential form, or implicit form- it is in the everybody’s bones.
In the modern times ,as more and more people, are educated, reflective, even obsessed with mindfulness and examining your own mind, the explicit (written down) worldview become more popular.
The domain of philosophers, religious doctrines and scientific theories become the object of the TED talks, self-improvement books or even party conversation.
In the Philozophy.com we are trying to encourage and help an ordinary thinking person to work on his or hers worldview. We think that the answer, or as Vidal call it-”position”, should be short enough to be easily digested and compared with others, but long enough to be meaningful and personal- yours. We arbitrarily decided on the wording of each question, but we included alternative wording or “sub-questions”.
These statements , if they feel yours and true, we believe, can be the very important signposts in your journey to live full and good life.
And if we put them together on the Philozophy.com – we’ll build a smarter planet.

End of Materialism on Philosophy Network

1.1.2014

The Evolution explains the origins and the function of the nervous system.

In the pre- NS world, the interplay between the environment and the organism determines the survival. With increased complexity of the organism, the repertoire of the adaptive reactions increased both in spatial and in the temporal realms.

In pre-NS world the changes of the environment and organisms adaptive reactions are random.

To relate these environment’s  changes to organism’s action you need the behavior.

The behavior includes the information about the environment’s changes (the niche) the ways to remember them , the organism’s action and the way to remember it. Intent/ reward system is also included very early. The evolutionary benefits of processing and of organizing these data, “ pushed”  the development of the nervous system.

So, as I understand this, the content of the organism’s nervous system are these information pieces or neural networks organised in systems  being actually behaviors. This is organism’s Universe with the intent/reward system unifying them into an agent, (in more complex organisms, it become “I” or consciousness).

These Universes overlap , as the experiences overlap, depending on the complexity and socialization  of the organism. This is so simple , especially comparing to the Quantum- everything world. Well, with the Human World it is slightly more complicated , as we are v.v. complex and v.v. hypersocial- so we created from those overlapping experiences  a “Nobody’s Universe”, we call real.

I do not believe such a thing exists.  Any animal’s Universe is perfectly real, and My Universe is real. Animal’s do not have any need to burden their nervous system with Nobody’s Universe, the evolutionary process would not allow for it, and I can’t think how the humans could have grown one.  Instead of Subjective vs Objective World, I have one, real My World, with some things more personal  , not overlapping  much, others- heavily overlapped.

Meditation 2014

The meditation becoming a delightful tool of my intellectual journey.

Most people, I think, see meditation as a spiritual practice, but I do not.

It allows me to be more mindful and more grateful.

It gives me peace of mind, new perspectives and new insights.

It is a lot.. and no signs of spirituality ( don’t you need to deal with Spirits???)

It helps me to demystify my mental functions, to see different shades of this function under the arbitrarily made subcategories- now  I am using my intellect, now the memory, now intent or soul or ego…

The meditation helped with my worldview, recently with the new name : intellicentrism.  It puts the reality upside- down and inside out, with meditating I feel that I am ok with it.

Evolutionary Reality

Evolutionary Reality

Only today I realized that it come not only from studying the evolution. I started to meditate daily about 5 years ago? and this practice, close to the Integral Practice is responsible for the creation of the concept of the evolutionary reality.

All I have, all what’s real for me is my Universe. It is almost tautology . But not completely, as this Universe include my knowledge of the Universes of others.  Obviously of My Mom and my Dad, the teachers, authors, and philosophers, inventors and explorers. Also the universes of my ancestors, cavemen, apes and fish. My Universe contain an evolutionary selection and distillation  of knowledge , of the experience, of beneficial behaviors of the countless organisms or complexity units.

I can not imagine Nobody’s Universe.  Certainly the fish  doesn’t know it. So a special Nobody’s Universe Detection System would have to sprouted  somewhere along the evolution?

I think we are the only species which believes that there is Reality beyond my Universe (Nobody’s Universe).

Towards Evolutionary Reality. Basic concepts.

Towards Evolutionary Reality. Basic concepts

The TER is about my universe. So the first assumption is that your universe is similar enough to mine, so the concepts of my universe are relevant for you.

My universe is the one I created and built since my birth And I am still learning about that universe more and more and I am learning also about the process of building it.

I trust that what I learn is true- but to the degree, as the picture changes all the time.

Of course some parts change more, other less, still other seems to be “so true’, that they can not possibly change.

Also some parts are conscious, some not, some I know and remember about, others I do not know or I forgot  them.

During the process of figuring out my Universe I use my Mind.  It looks that this is the name I use to put together  all my figuring out faculties. This is all very vague and seem to be culturally and civilisation- dependant, but generally different parts of my universe correspond to different parts of my Mind. The Consciousness and Unconsciousness correspond to the conscious and unconscious universes of mine.

The perception usually attaches to the real, material world, the thinking produces intellectual universe, the soul- the connection to the divine and the immortal, etc, etc…

Most of my universe I learned from others-the ancestors,  the parents, the teachers, the books, and now- from Google. All this material has ultimately identical origin- from somebody else’s universe, which is built and structured very similarly to mine .

One of the most profound teachings I learned about my Universe is related to the evolution.

It helps me to understand such difficult concepts like energy, time and space.

I see myself as an evolution-created creature trying to figure out my Universe. I think it is an evolved form of the “attempt to survive”.

It is what all animals do , all the time. They are trying to figure out their  Universe in the attempt to survive. The behaviors promoting this goal have inbuilt pleasure incentive, doing otherwise produces pain.

Each of them has its Mind , which directs the behavior.

Now with going back in time, the discussion become linguistically tricky. We shift the names according to the animal’s complexity. For the caveman the”mind” is ok, but for the bat?

All it has (dr.Nagel, au secours!) is the perception, some memory and the instinct.

I believe, that all three are forms of the behavior.

The instinct contains the behaviors genetically and epigenetically selected by evolution, these neural networks should include the metabolism, motor patterns, neurotransmitters flow (“feelings”) and perception system settings and data.

The memory has behaviors from the past, successful and not- the learning history.

The perception has the same behavioral content except it is connected with the neural network denoting “present time” and “near future” combined with “positive planned outcome”.

If we look deeper into, say, bacteria- the same pattern will work, but simpler.

So simple, that maybe can be tested and proved or disproved.

This is an interesting way of thinking – kind of evolutionary form of

cartesian reductionism.  Instead of breaking the matter into smaller and simpler pieces in order to understand the whole thing, one goes back in the evolutionary time examining simpler and simpler organisms.

It uses our understanding of the evolutionary process.

1. the evolution improves efficiency with tiny steps, it can not shift/exchange a principle or a basic mechanism.

2. all we see are winning behaviors, losers died away, if we see “loser” it means that the evolutionary behavior boundaries were poorly understood.  The behaviors go across the organism, organs or the culture. These are our boundaries invented by us to help to understand, not the evolution’s .

3. The time, the evolution, the complexity and the entropy has the same “arrow”, why?, our process of the understanding has the opposite. These concepts helped us to understand and organise the universe, while reaching further and further in space and time with our science.

The biocentrism postulates that the life created matter. This is revolutionary, this is fantastic. What is most extraordinary that Dr. Lanza and others before and after him, developed the idea on the base of the understanding of quantum physics.

I got it through the understanding of the evolution.

Heylighen, Clement and Gershenson with their complexity science and systems theory are very close to it.

Goswami and Meher Baba with their spiritual paths are practically saying the same.

Still, it is so preposterous, nobody pays any attention.

Basic concepts of the TER are biological. Not philosophical( like Kant’s) not mathematical or physical, not thermodynamical or experiential or spiritual. Biological and secondarily- social.

I am me, and not you, but your experience is like mine. This is this and that is that. And not otherwise around.

And this is my Universe, not yours, not my Mom’s, not my grandson’s.

It is not  the Universe I saw as a baby, or as an embryo. Not the bat’s Universe.

When I and a bat are in the same cave , we both see real cave, completely different,  two perfect, hard realities in the same time, the same place.

Do we need to worry that when we both (the bat and I) leave the cave , it disappears? And which one is left as Nobody’s cave.

It looks how I see it. It lays inside my understanding. It is true, it is one, it is real.

It is not an illusion, the illusion implies the existence of the second world behind , the real one.

So, it is similar to the biocentrism, but not exactly the same.

It is not that the life crated matter.

Neither life , nor the matter are independent or even prominent entities in my understanding,

The matter of scientists it is just play of words, you can not touch it, the relationships between the forces, complexity and the energy.The matter of normal people is the trick of the senses invented 400 million years ago , somewhere  about the Cambrian Explosion.

The evolutionary algorithm works independently of the matter and life.

When I was conceived,  the complexity, the time and the energy/space started as me.

I guess, the same happened to the first one- my imagination sees this process extended and stretched for billions of years- more and more of the first one, of the first live organism , of the first conscious one, of the first me.

So there is my universe, and I believe there is your universe, but I do not think there is Nobody’s Universe.

It is not the life that created it, not the consciousness, these are biological concepts.While the basic assumptions of the TER are biological.( or “organic”) the “flip” is not biological, I am not discovering any biological properties, this is philosophical, it is my understanding that created it. So my universe is not in my head, it is conceptual, it is everywhere, reaching back to the immobile, pre- time, pre-energy the mathematical universe of possibility.

It is preposterous , but the implications are practical. (see: “TER- how to act”).

1.1.2014

The Evolution explains the origins and the function of the nervous system.

In the pre- NS world, the interplay between the environment and the organism determines the survival. With increased complexity of the organism the repertoire of the adaptive reactions increased both in spatial and in the temporal realms.

In pre-NS world the changes of the environment and organisms adaptive reactions are random.

To relate these environment’s  changes to organism’s action you need the behavior.

The behavior includes the information about the environment’s changes (the niche) the ways to remember them , organisms action and the way to remember it. Intent/ reward system is also included very early. These information processing “ need” “ pushed”  the development of the nervous system.

So, as I understand this, the content of the organism’s nervous system are these information pieces or neural networks organised in systems  being actually behaviors.This is organism’s Universe with the intent/reward system unifying them into an agent, (in more complex organisms it become “I” or consciousness)

These Universes overlap , as the experiences overlap, depending on the complexity and socialization  of the organism. This is so simple , especially comparing to the Quantum- everything world. Well, with the Human World it is slightly more complicated , as we are v.v. complex and v.v. hypersocial- so we created from those overlapping experiences this Nobody’s Universe, we call real.

To summarize:

As a “modern human” I automatically divide the experiences into two types.

One world is my subjectivity, my inside World. There, my mental faculties can distinguish different  parts : my perceptions, my feelings, my memories, my beliefs, my consciousness.

The other world is the outside World .

The animals  have mostly outside world- their reality. The higher animals have more memory and emotions, but a simple worm- only outside, real, true, worm- independent World. Of course our worm is deeply wrong- her primitive nervous system tells her : eat, stop, go, eat- what kind of world it is?

Well, as a 2 week old embryo, I was not much smarter, even as a baby, the world was simple and unified : eat, stop, sleep, cry…

Then my mental faculties, around 6 to 8 month of age made the split: inside vs outside.

I believe it is only one world. My universe- real, and perceived  by different mental faculties like pictures in a kaleidoscope-the dreams, the forests, the angels, the angers, Plato and my daughters- then my brain will ( partly unconsciously) sort this out. It will use multiple filters- usability, reliability, probability, categories, personal experience etc.

I believe your Universe is similar, and Sox’s my cat’s and the simple worm’s.

And there is no Nobody’s World.

The consequences of this theory I described in “TER how to act” in my blog.

Veritas Institute, Worldview Internet Game

Dear Board Member,

 

I wanted my friends and family to play my Veritas Worldview Game, but nobody seemed to want to, until cajoled mercilessly.

To play one needs to answer 14 questions, by doing so creating your personal worldview.

The questions you are answering to build your worldview are somewhat philosophical and by that they are surprisingly “safe”.

It is not easy to openly mess with received opinions and conventional wisdom of the people around you, your family and friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Do not anger gods, bosses and social opinion.

But when you deal more abstractly in terms of your world view, expressed in your own words, you somehow get around these constraints.

You exercise your thinking and creativity, while keeping safe your spiritual values and social position.

 

The intellectual inquiry into your philosophical worldview, while not so easy , in the same time is so natural and safe and accepted. It is almost like figuring out what this shape of a cloud reminds you of.

You can argue and argue but your “elephant” is still the best for you…. And in two minutes it may be “a bear”.

The answering these questions turned out to be much less fun than I expected , and many people did not want other people to know what they think…

 

So I thought that they need to be on the advisory board , so they couldn’t refuse…

But advisory board of what? A LLC? , may be a corporation or a “center’ for something? Eureka!

Veritas Institute.

It started as as joke, but after more talking and thinking it  became an idea on its own.

The idea that everybody deserves to experience his/her individuality as an essential part of freedom. This way “my own worldview” should be a way to inquire about your own truth – opinions, emotions, your own self.

 

So, “long live”, for the Institute, there is so many forces which can be focused and cooperating there. The people for “critical thinking”,”worldview” philosophers, like Vidal , Heylighen and others,  the Bowen Center from DC, the Evolutionaries from California, the world peacemakers, the mindfulness promoting people, all kind of thinkers and dreamers etc, etc…

You are invited to be the board member.

Responsibility? Plan to attend the Board Party once a year, breathe deeply, do the good work, stop when you’re done.

 

Please create your explicit worldview by answering the questions below.

Answer should be between 20 to 200 characters long .

There is the spreadsheet with the existing answers on my Google Drive, if you are ready to add your answers, please let me know. I will share with you this spreadsheet and you will be able to browse and write your stuff in.

Very soon the game goes live on internet, and anybody will be able to play.

Veritas Institute

Tomasz and Sophia Voychehovski- co-founders and co-directors

Financial adviser – David Levis

The Board:

Linda Voychehovski literary adviser

Lucas Prater- art adviser

Peter Brown- customer’s psychology adviser

Dosia Boron- European philosophy specialist

Richard Barrali – mindfulness and sales

Jan Sabbo – friendships and surgery

Leslie Bloom – feminism and multicultural adviser

Zibin Guo- Eastern anthropology

Luke Lea and Pat Lea- American Culture and Landscape

Andrew Warner- physical wellbeing

Tom Cable- medical wellbeing

Craig Kronenberg- architecture

James Friedli – real estate

Ron Whitmire- marketing and business adviser

Jann Sullivan – Center for Mindful Living liaison

William Dwyer – Bowen Center liaison.

Witold Kapuscinski- vision adviser

Tommy Boron- youth liaison (East)

Robert Kronenberg – youth liaison (West)

 

Veritas Institute Spiritual Council

Piotrus Wojciechowski- film and Christianity (east), also liaison with the Podhale Wisdom Academy

Gregg Sullivan- legal and Christianity(west)

Kaukab Naseer- Islam adviser

Jonathan Cohen- Judaic adviser

tom kunesh- atheism and shamanism

Lenny Rubin- yogic adviser

Kittisaro and Thanissara –  Buddhist advisers

 

New , proposed, order of questions:

 

I. How do you find happiness?

II. Is there a free will? Can you make a difference?

III. What is the meaning of life?

IV. How do you find truth?

V. What is an origin of good, beauty and truth?

VI. What is an origin of evil?

VII. What is the role of the evolution?

VIII. How did the Universe begin?

IX. What is going to happen to humankind?

X. What will happen after you die?

XI. What about Extraterrestial Intelligence?

XII. What is the nature of the mind?

XIII. What is the Universe made of?

XIV. What question is missing?

12.27.13

I underestimated the difficulty of the creating and writing down a condensed (so others can compare) , but the personal, meaningful, interesting worldview.

Only few could do it.

Now I know that you need to study the psychology and the techniques of how to create a worldview and then you need to attempt to teach the “creating your worldview 101”.