Friday, October 23, 2015



The logical inevitability of a cosmic predilection behind life and existence


The self evident element of creative CHOICE in nature

Bee hives, whether in African forests or in the Indian villages, have hexagonal pockets for storing honey. Does the brain of the bee species is wired with the geometrical figure of hexagon?

Similar cases of uniform, but mysterious life and behaviour patterns in the animal kingdoms are abundant. The closely woven nests of the weaver bird, or the tortoise siblings that hatch out only during a rain so that it could easily flow with water up to the sea - -the astonishing wiring of the life forms always tease human reason to think beyond the evolution theory. The hexagonal shape of the bee-hive or the closely woven nest of the weaver bird may not fit any easy story to link it with the ‘survival’ necessity, or one of  its adaptive techniques. An element of creative ‘CHOICE’ from the part of nature is self evident  in all these cases. The shape of the bee hive could have been triangular or plain spherical, and the shape of the nest of weaver bird could have been different in different continents!

If the root of existence is inorganic matter and its complex manifestations, we may have to stumble a bit for explaining the above element of creative choice, a not likely property of the dead matter. It definitely looks like the property of some kind of a ‘mind’ form. 

The hidden directives behind human instincts and emotions

We may be able to explain most of the animal drives and instincts as pure biological necessity - - -like territorial and mating related fights, fierce protective instinct towards the offspring, their food storing behaviour etc. . But when the same thought line is applied to explain all aspects of human behaviour, one stumbles at various junctures.

At some point of time, man seems to have totally departed from his animal ways. Was it a departure towards the direction of turning into a SUPERMAN in the ladder of evolution?

The most standing out development from the animal stage was his acquiring a ‘notional entity too’ other than the usual physical entity of animals. Ego lives in the notional worlds created by itself. Unlike the physical world, which can be said universal for every one, these notional worlds are subjective for every Ego. Hence, one can say that such notional world lives in man, than man lives in such worlds !

Though animals also are blessed with unique personalities, acquiring special mystery instincts for such notional entities was a marked difference. Some of such instincts that man’s ego entity has developed are:

a)     Glorification of such self
b)     The urge to excel
c)      The urge to expand
d)     The urge to seek order

Before briefly looking at each of the above mystery drives of man’s notional self, one is compelled to admit and realize that these drives have nothing much to do with his mere survival needs.

Glorification drive of ego: Like the gravity energy of earth and other heavenly bodies, man has this ferocious, irrepressible inner pull of his self-hood. He feels utterly responsible to safe-guard, as well as to glorify his entity as a person. If his external circumstances do not put him down too much, he always sense a kind of divinity about himself. This drive is what makes him go for heroic efforts in wars, sports activities, self-sacrifices to save other’s lives etc.
This particular trait of EGO is what urges man to control others; leadership urge included. Leadership urge is there in every one, but methods are very different. While for some one it is sharing what one knows and helping others also to develop and improve, for some others it is imposing one’s ways upon others by force. The second type many a times end-up in making tyrants, or religious fundamentalists, whose idea of self mounts in such way that, he or his group wanted to bring-in the entire world under their control, submission and total hegemony.

Natures plan behind such tendencies in some men might be the awakening of the subdued ones; when oppression becomes unbearable, such people always react, even at the cost violent wars, violence and even massive blood-shed and revolution. Lesson world and mankind must learn from such frequently observed phenomena in history is that, never ever put other men and groups under excessive control and submission !  History is bright proof that, every tyrant and oppressive leaders in history had met defeat and destruction, and FREEDOM and LIBERTY were the winners always !
                                                      
This often takes its extreme negative course also. Suicides are such negative acts, where one’s will to live becomes zero and even minus.

Urge to excel: Though this is closely related to the drive to glorify, the difference is all about excelling over one’s fellow beings. One always experience the inner pull to be better than the other. Competition of all sorts can be understood as manifestations of this particular urge.

Urge to expand: This special drive is what compels him to go for artistic pursuits, an urge to seek one’s hidden colours and feathers. This is an urge to go beyond the known. Hence, writers, painters of repute, singers, and even philosophers and scientists live in worlds beyond the very grasp and reach of ordinary men.

Love urge as the manifestation of the urge to expand :

Even man’s urge to venture into love relations can also be understood as a manifestation of this enigmatic drive. Though materialistic world defines and understood love only as a prelude to reproductive instinct of man, it has many yet not identified dimensions. The partners in love often experience an expansion of their known selves - -both finds themselves in never before known colours, freedom, and loosened and un-inhibited behaviour patterns. What they experience is their newer selves, unimaginably different from their previously familiar forms. The ‘other’ here becomes a special tunnel, a fascinating channel for the one in true love to know much more about himself. Reality is all about what the other perceives as real, here one’s  entity as an unknown enigma to him self. Until now, what one thought about himself was mere fiction. These fictions becomes real when one’s love partner acts as the one who share, and co-experience such fiction, and transform it into the realm of reality!

The more the partners are able to express and expand their selves in the love act, the more expanded become their entities in the matter of notional content. Such enhanced selves when come in contact with the outside world, the colour and nature of such interactions also becomes very different, adding up to the total personality of the person.

Among modern philosophers,only the American one,C.S.Pierce was found recognizing the existential relevance of LOVE;He says in his essay 'Evolutionary Love',:

 " Love,recognizing germs of loveliness in the hateful,gradually warms it into life,and makes it lovely.tat is the sort of evolution which every careful syudent of my essay 'the law of mind' must see that synechism calls for....growth comes only from the ardent impulse to fulfill another's highest impulse" (He offers explanation to St.John's philosophy of love as sacrifice)

Hence, the most enigmatic emotion of LOVE is truly a manifestation of man’s mystery urge to expand by self expression...

The urge to seek order: In the degree of speciality and mystery, this drive to seek ORDER tops other ones we have already familiarised.

What saw man’s civilizational and knowledge wise rising up the present level of life was predominantly due to the most mysterious urge of seeking ORDER hidden in man. Though man understand this urge as his ‘faculty of Reason’, a special faculty that, according to him,  distinguishes himself from the animal kingdom, he is yet to fully realize all its yet unknown dimensions and features. It is without doubt, a seat, or a sensor of existential ORDER that nature has kept hidden in man.

What guided him and helped him to make his innumerable theories, inventions and discoveries was this sense of Reason. It helped him to go from the signs of  the ‘order’ he has found in nature, to the other hidden realms of ‘order’, based on the assurance provided to him by the previously seen mystery sensor of order.

What other faculty helps man to relate a past  relation or a sequence with a present complex fact, and be convinced of its truthfulness? Reasoning is nothing but this creative faculty of man in relating a current fact with an already proven past relation or sequence. This seat of order has its own independent sense, that many a times it warns him of truth and falsehood even without any past precedents !Otherwise, how does man now fully realize that despite all his unimaginable scientific discoveries, his knowledge about life and existence is incomplete ?  Or, he is still short of a unified theory for all his known forms of energy ?

Though man is yet to admit anything beyond dead matter at the root of everything that exists, he had no hesitation to claim ownership of this mystery  faculty of Reason for himself  - -something  he would never succeed to explain as a  property of matter.

The hidden directive of this seat of order: Reason often acts like an instinct, say, like the instinct of sex. It compels man to seek order and consistency in what ever he does, especially in the fulfilment of the other directives of the ego that we have seen above.

 He gets restless when faced with disorder. Injustice in front of his eyes forces him to intervene till justice is prevailed. A photo-frame tilted to a side on the wall disturbs him. Beauty of any kind, whether it is music or an architectural marvel, or a golden sunset, relaxe him. Reason forces revolutionaries to revolt and bring-in freedom.  It makes spiritualists to seek truth, ('order' about life and existence) and scientists to seek answers for the same questions in a different way. Yes…this faculty of Reason works on principles similar to the other instincts of man - -it makes him act, or seek answers in a particular direction.

The PRISM like function of Reason keep on splitting any newly arrived conclusion into its constituent further possibilities and sub-ideas, thus upsetting the balance and the truth of the previously arrived conclusions. This makes man restless again and again for seeking further truths. This goes on as a unchanging process, like the natural direction of rivers. This process act  as if it has a pre-set direction !

This specific directive of Reason, when read with the other above observed urges of man’s Ego, compels our sense of Reason to conclude that  all these are devices to carry man towards some mystery goal/direction ? This mystery seat of order relentlessly convey to mind that without having a ‘why’ dimension for life and existence, the ‘how’ dimension can not be explained in totality. Hence, such a directive, if closely analyzed, lead us to the conclusion that it wants to drag man out of the four walls of his ego,and seek realities outside its closed domain.

The stand alone reality of the ‘ego’ is like a cubicle in the free space. It has only its observed realities to define itself, with which it's Reason domain is not contended with. Reason compels man to place his self at more truthful, more consistent and more logically acceptable platforms. Hence the eternal search of man for ultimate reality with his scientific, as well as religious pursuits!

The inevitability of a 'cosmic emotion' behind existence: Properties of matter can be there without the involvement of any emotional content. Oxygen atoms when united with required number of hydrogen atoms, water is the result. It is a stand alone law within the bigger, wider reality of existence. We can not apply the certainty of such isolated laws to infer on the nature of the whole scheme of existence, as the latter includes the kind of very distinct and clear 'mystery directives' in human psyche that we have observed above. 


The element of ‘choice’ that one observes in these directives as well as in many other aspects of existence, has already been explained in above paragraphs. Moreover, the element of the ‘directive’ that we have seen, is what really distinguishes a living entity from a purely ‘inorganic’ substance. A living micro organism has the directive to multiply itself, resist the forces that aims to annihilate it etc. whereas a pure inorganic entity do not have any such natural directive. At microscopic level, to distinguish a life form from a pure inorganic form is a really difficult philosophical problem for scientists ! When one add this 'directive' aspect of life form also to the context, solving this problem would easier.  

The element of ‘choice’, that often looks ‘creative’ in nature, can not be a property of inorganic matter, as such a property, even if science forcibly attribute to it, can not stand the test of the ‘sense’ of Reason that we have clearly seen above.  It violently revolts when asked to accept such inconsistent forms of relations.


Hence, here man’s reason has no other option but to imagine and attribute some kind of an emotional element too in the scheme of existence, besides its natural forces and energy sources that science had already identified.  Without attributing such an emotional content, it is impossible to unite our known stories of science to explain the phenomenon of existence sensibly.  

 As science is reluctant to identify itself as a 'dogma' about the inorganic base of life and existence, it can always keep its doors open towards above possibilities. More over, science is not about its already found laws –it is all about its openness about all new source of knowledge.

This propositions, when read with the propositions that contain at our write-up on Reason at blog spot : http://thesparkleofhumanreason.blogspot.com/, and http://philosopherskorner.blogspot.in/  give us a very different wholeness about man’s life and existence..


Abraham J.Palakudy 

www.conscienceofhesociety.com 
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Ps: My self-published book ' Is reason a sense organ ? A super-mind above the known mind? (amazon.com link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NOEE9I  touches how man could sense, or get to know the emotional predispositions,or predilections of nature/God.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The rationale of 'being' : The existentially inevitable principle of 'duality' explained.

The rationale behind the well evident DUALITY in existence ( that between God and knowing beings, objects and observer etc.) 


Note:  This post is an extract from our book,titled, " Is reason a sense-organ? A super-mind above the known-mind?' available at Amazon.com link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=book+%27is+reason+a+sense+organ%2F, section-2, page 46, 47, 48

Quote:


In order to achieve momentum of existence, perceiving entities (subjects) and plethora of objects were inevitable existential necessities.  Similar to the physical laws that Science recognize, she ( science) has not yet focused her attention into this field; as to what could have been the system, or nature's basic 'organization-principle' behind the emergence of knowing entities in the world ! If she at least recognize this area or realm as a real, and another independent area of nature's plan and organization, half the battle of understanding life and existence would have been won !

The original existential ONENESS could have been got separated into independent synthetic ENTITIES, who formed the perceiving entities (or SUBJECTS)  like man, was possible only through the above seen scheme of every subject turning into natural 'objects' too, before the similarly ordained ‘other’ subjects ! Of course this proposition might demand a good-amount of abstract imagination, to grasp its basis principle... 


This drama of DUALITY was an inevitable essential of the scheme of existence. Devising the scheme of the 'Phenomenal' world was a highly imaginative ( creative) choice of nature, for the purpose of the emergence of SYNTHETIC entities, like man, animals and plants.


The original existential unity might have been a suffocating dead SILENCE ! A unity of that sort is not capable of knowing of itself. To attain the very status of BEING, and its momentum and life, that primordial UNITY ( or oneness) had to be transformed into a DUALITY. The greatest existential urge, the hidden universal emotion, it seems, was that of letting itself known!

How could the primordial unity, or the 'oneness' be divided for meeting such an existential purpose? The scheme of PHENOMENA was the answer. Phenomena could produce synthetic entities, which could perceive each other as entities different from them, and give birth to INDEPENDENCE of the ENTITIES, though SYNTHETIC. (meaning, without any core substance, but entities evolving on the principle of INTERSUBJECTIVITY).

The duality principle of existence more explained 

We have seen above that DUALITY was nature's scheme for the emergence of ENTITIES, because, entities were the first necessity for knowing. We have seen above that an object gains status of an ENTITY only when a subject perceives it. It is a mutually provided status, and a central aspect of the scheme of existence.


Here, a keen observer could see some truth in what the great philosopher Bishop Berkeley had claimed: matter cannot exist without a perceiving entity. What he might have meant was the inevitability of the DUALITY in existence ! But world did not understand him properly, and laughed at him citing the reality of every object int the world irrespective of the need of any observer or perceiving entity. Dr. Johnson famously kicked a milestone and showed his badly hurt foot in proof of the opposite reality ! He and the world took the serious existential law in its laughably naive sense. 


A somewhat naive example for the truthfulness of this proposition is the sure and certain existence of millions of stars, and even galaxies of stars, at unknown, remote corners of our universe! Their existence is equal to NON-EXISTENCE for us, as we do know them in real terms! 

Many present unknown mysteries about our universe are equal to NON-EXISTENT for us, on the same principle. Something gains the status of an object or reality only when some-other perceiving entities give them their meaning by the virtue, or type of their relation to it.



Such attributing a status of reality does not mean that the observer has known the object in its noumenal reality.( the 'in-itself' category of Kant) Such category of knowing, by the pre-set knowing mechanism of such beings was called by Kant as 'phenomena'.   

Nature has used this scheme as the working principle for the phenomenal world. The mind organ was schemed for the emergence of ENTITIES, so that they perceive phenomena. As we have seen above, in the example of new born babies that their EGO takes birth as and when they start having their own experiences. It is not the other way; ego born first, and then he starts experiencing objects and events. The objects and experiences give birth to one’s entity. 


A physical body was the first essentiality for the emergence of such entities, for achieving tangibility.


Drives like hunger, thirst, sexual urge for procreation, automatic urges for excretion etc. were devised to ensure its automatic working. The next essentiality was the emergence of the BODY of the SPIRIT, as the ‘knower’.Ego’s emergence was devised to achieve this end. We have seen how ego emerges on the principle of the OWNERSHIP of one’s sense experiences.


Thus, when a complete entity is born, his SPIRITUAL or noumenal urges originates to take the entity to the higher realms. His sense of Reason urges the entity to look for higher realities to link him with his IN ITSELF source, thus achieving the ‘ends’ of the scheme of existence. It is equal to ‘nothingness’ in the absence of ‘knowing’ entities in existence.


Obviously, our science’s attempt to know about the physical universe without some insight into
such possible schemes of existence would be like an attempt by monkeys to understand an air-craft’s spare part that landed in the jungle; without first knowing about the existence of an aircraft, whatever speculative theories they make will not help them to really KNOW the object.  


From the above examples and arguments, we have no way but to conclude that the emergence of KNOWING entities was the essence of existential purpose, because, reality is a mutually 
provided state, between subjects and objects. 

We find it difficult to accept the truth of this existential scheme because the observer here is not the single ego of you and me, but the impersonal SPIRIT of the scientific community that we represent. Such spirits are capable of possessing man, and altering his thoughts, stand and behaviour.

For example, it was such an impersonal spirit that had possessed German citizens during Hitler's regime, and made them join the mission of their leader, in annihilating the Jewish community! Ego is habitual of both being self-possessed, as well as getting trans-migrated in others, as alien SPIRITS.This feature of Ego could alter the identity of objects and realities of man as an individual, and that of the world, as larger communities. 




Posted by: Abraham J. Palakudy

www.conscienceofhesociety.com
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Friday, March 27, 2015

How could we explain diseases,wars and tragedies in life ?

( This is an extract from our Amazon.com book, ' Is reason a sense-organ? A super-mind above the known-mind ?, posted with the intention of explaining the most popular question or argument of those who buy only the scientific explanation of reality: How could death,diseases,wars and tragedies of life could be explained, if God, or the predilection of nature, or the 'whole' is kind and merciful ?  - -link to the book's e.version is :http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008NOEE9I)

The question of how ORIGINAL is man's FREE WILL!

Coming back to man, his mind organ, which is specifically designed to know and deal PHENOMENA, is instrumental in creating the ENTITY, or the OWNER figure, the EGO, as already seen earlier. When this synthetic OWNER of phenomenal experiences remains totally cut-off from all deeper sources of existence, life becomes a stand alone affair for such subjects. 

It is the MIND of such synthetic OWNERS of life experiences that Kant had referred to as 'CLOSED' ( means, they could never catch-up with the 'in-itself' category of objects or reality) to the ‘in itself’ reality of the objects of the senses. Science too accepts only such a mind, as the exclusive instrument of knowing at the disposal of man.

The concept of FREE WILL of living beings seems limited to having a 'synthetic sense of ownership' for ones’ own actions, and its consequences. When the ownership itself is synthetic, how can his experiences be original, and substance-filled?

He eats when hunger compels him, relieves himself of body wastes when specialized pressures tease him, seeks love and a sex partner when massive inborn urges disturb him, exercises his body when an urge to 'exert' reminds him to be on his toes, and finally, seeks truth, beauty and art compelled by the cravings of the internal sense of Reason ( please get to know of this unrecognized internal DRIVES of our faculty of reason from link: http://thesparkleofhumanreason.blogspot.in/)

 It would be very interesting a subject to probe more, as to how much human act is the product of man's FREE WILL!

But it seems, with the said synthetic ownership, when he cuts-itself off from his existential sources, he could be turning himself into a LAW UNTO HIMSELF, in the phenomenal realm, and God/Nature could have kept aside a separate system of law, based on CAUSE and EFFECT, to manage this kind of a show. Man's FREEWILL seems applicable only in its limited meaning, in this domain!

Life's sorrowful experiences, its emotional and physical calamities and ups and downs appear CAUSE and EFFECT driven, or even purely accidental, when looked at through the eyes of such synthetic self-holders. Hence, the uncertainties, and the personal and natural calamities in life are peculiar experiences of the individual EGOS, when they are trapped within the STAND-ALONE reality of its four walls! When it remains cut off from the spiritual source of existence, and within the dreaded walls of EGO, it has no choice but to experience such calamities as (being) real, in all its worldly meaning and severity!


This life and death question of human life, the cause of its untold suffering and uncertainties has no other explanation than what has been depicted above! The phenomenal realm is a totally cut-off (from the source of life and reality) synthetic realm, where the drama of life takes place for majority of the men. When man thinks that he, as his EGO, is the one and only entity and OWNER that EXPERIENCES life, the other controlling energies of existence back-off, thus making the realm under the mastery of the EGO!

But, it is a fat that,when man manages to free himself from the vicious catch of Ego, and attain some kind of oneness with existence, all the pains as well as ecstasies of such persons are really felt and shared by mother nature ! She is as keen to get herself liberated from traumas of such entities as the victims themselves. Hence the miraculous recovery of spiritual individuals from serious issues faced in the realm of life.

The force behind existence is NOT a mathematical-coldness as Science believes. Life has 'sense' and relevance at the level of every individual.

posted by: Abraham J. Palakudy 
www.conscienceofthesociety.com

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