About J. S. Parker

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  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    The recent insights into the foundations of quantum mechanics reveal information as the fundamental essence of reality, abolishing the dualism of mind and matter. Information is the substratum of space, time, matter and energy. We can make a convincing case for its being the essence of the soul, and the measure of good and evil. Consciousness, a longstanding mystery, can now be seen as an inevitable consequence of information processing within the brain, the hardware implementing the mind. Physics, at every level from the sub-atomic to the cosmological, can be seen as information processing: even...
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    One way forward from this conceptual roadblock is neither to accept nor reject Plato’s dualism – ideas and reality – but to generalize it: to recognize a spectrum of explanatory levels, a hierarchy of conceptualizations, at successive levels of synthesis or reduction. The appropriate level for analysis of a particular problem depends on the nature of the problem. Suddenly, this problem turns around. The revolution in quantum theory enables us to see the truth. Instead of struggling to find the intangible within the concrete, we see the concrete as illusory. The atoms which make up the material...
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    Instead of trying to amend our instinctive, flying-billiard-ball picture of atomic physics to make it consistent with quantum experiments and eliminate the paradoxes which result from such a concrete picture, another strategy is to focus, not on the particles, but on the events they manifest and the information they carry. To do this, we must abandon the natural idea of a universe made of objects and instead see reality as made up of happenings – events and processes.
  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    The mind is the subjectivist description of the functioning of the brain.
  • J. shared from a Personal Document
    By ‘idealism’ we mean that the external world is simply an ‘idea’ that exists within the mind. This is not to say that there is not an external world out there but simply that we can never perceive that world directly. It is presented to us as an internally generated mental construct.
    Note: Anthony Peake
(Portland, OR USA)
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