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‘If a tree falls in the forest and no conscious sentience is there to “hear” it fall, does it make a sound?’

If there is no sentient being with the 5 senses nearby to perceive such sound waves, how can it be “Truth”.

A mad/ delusional person may hear and see things within his/ her 5 senses that may be very different to what you or I perceive with the 5 senses, so that is the mad person’s Truth as far as what his/ her sense tell him/ her.

We can only know Truth that is immediately within our 5 senses in our immediate environment, not something far away as a tree making a sound.

Does my perception of the colour “red” equate to your view of “red” or could my view of “red” be your “blue” from your perspective? We don’t know what happens after death because the brain is destroyed and it is the essential component to sense Truth in our immediate surroundings because it computes signals from the 5 senses. For all we know, we could be living in this dream-world (which me and my perception of you are living in) and then when we die, we don’t wake up from that dream-world because there is no functional brain to process the 5 senses we have for our immediate surroundings.

To sum it up, we only “exist” because we think we exist, all because of our brain processing the 5 senses and interpreting our existence as Truth based on what our 5 senses are telling us.

Being aware of our own Truth through our 5 senses makes us conscious and in doing so builds up our Reality or what we think of Reality.

Therefore, the tree, the forest and the sound made when the tree falls does not exist because there was no sentient beings like ourselves to perceive it to exist or to be “true”.

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Alchemist

Those of the writer’s craft are Alchemists; their spells and transmutations from a piece of paper and blots of ink transmute the mental realms of people, potentially changing their perception, which can fundamentally alter the world and Reality.

Moving on from the mental realms, the Alchemists were not far from the Truth in that you could turn any metal into Gold but that would require tremendous amounts of energy to change the atomic structure of the atom’s components (neutron, electron and proton numbers although methinks you could manipulate the Quarks to do this) and that the Gold itself would be radioactive.

Another idea the Alchemists had was trying to find the Elixir of Life to grant immortality which is not far from the Truth as with Science, understanding more about DNA and how to manipulate it to extend our lifespans along with harnessing immortal cancer cells to our benefit, we could in theory make a concoction that would manipulate our genes to grant life extension.

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Selfishness, selflessness and other random thoughts.

Herein lies the paradox. Consider the Golden Rule made by the great Sage Confucius. Confucius stated, “Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself” and that is a very nice rule indeed, a rule that I generally live by and which mostly in others is lacking much to my annoyance. When you read that Law, take note on the latter part “you would not choose for yourself” and see that despite trying to be selfless and good by treating others well, you first have to think about yourself and the actions done to yourself before you can begin to treat others ethically. Hence by being good and helping others, you in fact are helping or thinking about yourself in the first instance. When you were born, you weren’t born because you chose to be born, that decision was made because your parents wanted you to be born so they could feel good about themselves and because of the continuation of Mankind; at once, the needs of the community and the needs of the individuals are met, much like a legal contract. When person “A” goes to do a charity event to “feel good about himself” and help the charity in question, he has himself aimed to get a reward which is the release of endorphins and other substances released in the neurons which triggers the feeling of happiness despite helping the charity. Happiness is like a painkiller to help make us at ease with our existence which can be very scary sometimes; the thought that you or I can die at any moment despite the low chances of it happening is still a possibility, the slow but steady progress of the days into months, Seasons and years and how routine your life can be makes you wonder where you are headed in life if there is ever a purpose.

Just thinking about colossal black holes at the Galactic centre in our Universe and possible Multiverses made me feel like my mind wanted to escape my skull, like a feeling of giddiness. With that in mind, it makes you wonder that you are an insignificant germ within the grand scheme of things yet we easily forget that fact because of what’s in front of us which is life, the traffic, going to work, going to school etc. Much like reality in general i.e. my body thinks the furniture around me and the house I live in is solid but it actually isn’t because it’s actually energy with very little disorder or entropy. My eyes don’t see that but Science says it is.

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Wave-particle duality.

“The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave” article post.
That’s an old post; I read that ages ago. Brilliant experiment to corroborate other older evidence on this aspect of Reality. Once you have weird things like this being mentioned, it’s hard to disbelieve combining Spirituality and Science.
Like auras, chakras, paranormal, human physiology and extended capability, ying and yang. Ying and Yang is shown here to be particle and wave, the same with Albert Einstein E = m x c x c (E equals mc squared) where energy is related to mass.
And a wave is energy while a particle is mass.
But energy is also a combination of force and distance in which the force is projected. And force is basically a great change in velocity using Force = mass x acceleration equation
Since gravity is a force, gravity is acceleration or a change in velocity. So gravity is a change in velocity. And since gravity occurs at a distance and is a force, gravity is basically energy in that particular direction.
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“Nothing is true, everything is permitted”

What is true for one person is a falsehood for another. What was considered true at one point in time has shown to be false in another point in time, like in Science and Law/ Morality. Everything is permitted as long as money, Laws and Man permit as Man is the measure of things, the decider and arbiter in a Amoral Universe.
Even with statistics and probability, how sure can we be that: the weather is going to be the way it is predicted to be, that our expectations for a job/ romance/ journey time etc will happen. These examples show that very little is 100%, except Death at current Medical and Scientific progress (unless Scientists find a way to prevent Death).
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Thoughts on Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

To raise my Emotional Intelligence/ Emotional Quotient (EQ), I have the idea of constantly monitoring and timing when a particular emotion would occur and note it down. Once I conditioned myself to become aware of emotions after a long period of time, I could create personalised flow-chart action plans to regulate emotions, especially negative emotions. Awareness is key here as if I become conditioned to sense my emotion at a particular time, I can overcome the Amygdala’s knee-jerk reaction (as the amygdala controls emotions in the brain) and allow enough time for my pre-frontal cortex (part of the brain that processes reasoning) to become active and stay rational. It’s only a theory at the moment. Our brains were evolved to respond quickly to emotions from the amygdala, especially anger and fear, during cave men times but this aspect of the brain is not useful in today’s society (over-eating, anger management issues, drug and alcohol addiction, stress, heart problems, violence).
I learnt from Daniel Coleman’s book, “Working with Emotional Intelligence”, that thoughts are not divorced from emotion; so when I was completely clinical and rational in how I thought, it was due to my feeling of calmness which I was unaware of (as Science degrees don’t train us to be aware of our emotions). I thought I was purely rational and unemotional when I had logical thoughts and acted on those thoughts to get a long-term goal.
Once you are aware of your emotions and have planned to control the negative ones, your internal world of emotions and thoughts are regulated. Everything starts in the Mind; if you think and feel happy, an unpleasant person or life event can’t harm you provided you took steps to improve the person or life event with the things under your direct control (like take medicine for your mental/ physical problems, report an issue to an authority).