Thursday, February 26, 2015

O poder da "siesta"

O Diário de Notícias (Portugal) publicou uma notícia relacionada ao trabalho de psiquiatras Portugueses sobre os benefícios de períodos curtos e frequentes de descanso. 

"No Ocidente, a tendência é para se estar ocupado, não pensar, o que faz que as pessoas não se conheçam a si mesmas. 'Não estamos habituados a aprofundar o nosso interior', refere. A sociedade, destaca, não tem como hábito estar tranquila, relaxada e repousada, para depois voltar à atividade."

As práticas bioenergéticas e projectivas ampliam o efeito re-vitalizador e o acesso à acuidade e originalidade mental. Atenção e domínio dessas capacidades podem melhorar a auto-consciência das condições física, energética, emocional e mental. Maior auto-conhecimento pode levar a bem-estar, dinamismo na evolução espiritual, melhores relacionamentos, e maior eficácia (em termos qualificativos e quantitativos). 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Has Physics Killed Philosophy?

The old song said "video killed the radio star." While that prediction is arguable, some are arguing "physics killed philosophy." Physics has the lofty goal of scientifically explaining all of reality. Philosophy, however, helps us deal with what we do not know and it also helps us decide what we know and how we know it. Science arises from this centuries-long and still ongoing philosophical persuit. 

In other words, science seeks to be as objective as possible, but it is, alas, conducted by scientists primarily in scientist's minds, even when using data from physical instruments. 

In this post, we share an essay which criticizes some prominent physicists who have belittled the importance of philosophy: 

PBS has also released a program on the subject of why physics needs philosophy:

We hope to instigate a discussion on the subject, ahead of the 1st International Congress of Conscientiology (ICC) in May, where several speakers will likely demonstrate physics (consciousness science, all sciences) and philosophy are overlapping and interdependent disciplines. 

http://icc.iacworld.org

Science is underpinned by philosophy and has philosophical consequence; science and technology constantly challenge philosophy to be expanded and re-evaluated. 

From paradigms that betray untested assumptions about reality and how we think we know what we know like positivism to the applications of principles like Occam's Razor to the determination of worth of a specific line of study or result (such an added year of life from an expensive medicine), to bioethics and the philosophy of technology, there are plenty of examples of the fruitful and very practical dialogue between science and philosophy. 

Periodically one "kills" the other, only to have it be "reborn" like the Phoenix, adapting to new evidence, new conclusions, and above all, new doubts. 



Please leave your comments!

Nelson Abreu



"[T]here’s a more insidious form of human-centric ontology, as found in many version of scientism. On the one hand, scientism insists that human consciousness is nothing special, and should be naturalized just like everything else. On the other hand, it also wants to preserve knowledge as a special kind of relation to the world quite different from the relations that raindrops and lizards have to the world. Another of putting it… for all their gloating over the fact that people are pieces of matter just like everything else, they also want to claim that the very status of that utterance is somehow special. For them, raindrops know nothing and lizards know very little, and some humans are more knowledgeable than others. This is only possible because thought is given a unique ability to negate and transcend immediate experience, which inanimate matter is never allowed to do in such theories, of course. In short, for all its noir claims that the human doesn’t exist, it elevates the structure of human thought to the ontological pinnacle."
- Philosopher Graham Harman on the folly of reductionist scientism.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

The Tao of the Dow II: Spirituality & Economics - Rudolph Steiner on Interdependence

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was an Austrian philosopher and scientist whose work influenced a number of fields, including agriculture, education, medicine, science, architecture, spiritual development, and social theory. Biodynamic farming and Waldorf schools are contemporary examples inspired by Steiner. In 1922, he gave a course of lectures on economics.

While not constituting an endorsement of his entire philosophy, we share some summaries of his work in economics for general culture, as we explore the link between money and consciousness.

Rudolph Steiner on Economics and Spirituality:
http://www.rudolfsteinerweb.com/
http://www.threefolding.org/
http://www.tripartizione.it/articoli/GGPreparata_Perishable_Money_in_a_Threefold_Commonwealth.pdf

If you understand Spanish, you may find these lectures of interest as well, featuring Joan Melé of Triodos Bank:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=6txm08NAkQg
http://youtube.com/watch?v=UK3hC1xxHQM


To Steiner, interdependence is at the root of most spiritual traditions, and increasingly serves as the foundation of scientific inquiry, including systems theory and quantum mechanics. In the sphere of economics, Rudolf Steiner described it as “associative.” He understood money to be a bridge – a circulatory system – invented to connect human beings in relationships of service.

To Steiner, societies are structured through spiritual life, with educational and cultural aspects, the legal life, with political and social aspects, and economic life, with the production, consumption and distribution. These three founding members of the society obey their own laws and ideals: individual freedom in cultural and spiritual life; Legal equality in life and in the state; and fraternity or solidarity in economic life.

Steiner encouraged us to strive for a less hierarchical, more networked approach to business leadership. Like all philosophers, Steiner was all too human and a product of his time. For instance, a BBC piece has raised questions about how much of his outdated ideas such as those regarding race make their way into schools inspired on his work. It could be argued that Steiner still has much to offer to our contemporary world, but as with any approach or body of knowledge, one must use discernment, a critical mind and apply - put to the test - only what may be constructive. 


Nelson Abreu
IAC California

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Two Nobel Peace Prize laureates discuss the interconnectedness of nature and of nations. To address global crises, we need an economy that is measured by new indices that acknowledge this and takes into account not just capital assets, but ecological and socio-political ones. Discussion with H.H. the Dalai Lama and the Director of University of Washington-Madison's Global Health Institute, co-author of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, president and founder of International Association for Ecology and Health

IAC Blog: Toward an Ecological Mind


Sunday, February 15, 2015

3rd Scientific Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology (Consciousness Science)

The results for the 3rd Scientific Award for Scientific Contribution to Conscientiology (Consciousness Science) have been announced. The award ceremony will take place during the International Congress of Conscientiology in May in Portugal: http://ICC.iacworld.org


The finalists were Marcelo Luz (Brazil, former theologian turned consciousness academic, author of "Onde a Religião Termina"), Luis Minero (El Salvador / USA, out-of-body experience educator, author of Demystifying the OBE), Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi (Switzerland, repeat finalist for this award, quantum physicist, author of The Observer Effect).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

25 Years of the "Pale Blue Dot" Photo

In a previous post, we discussed the "overview effect" that astronauts often experience when seeing the Earth from orbit. Here, we celebrate the photo that Carl Sagan insisted on: one which has little scientific value, but that struck a chord, much like the first picture of the Earth from the Moon. Venturing into outer space has made us realize how important our spaceship Earth is and how petty our conflicts are. While we may feel small against the humbling expanse of the Cosmos, we also cherish our experience of life and a feeling of connection to that Cosmos. 

Piece from Gizmodo:


Carl Sagan's last interview with PBS's Charlie Rose:

Three Psi Studies that Captured Carl Sagan's Curiosity

Sagan: Science as a Way of Thinking

Giordano Bruno's Exoprojection








Your brain on Valentine

In a previous post, IAC blog contributor Nelson Abreu mused about the neural correlates of love as correlations, rather than causes of love. Even if people who have near-death and out-of-body experiences tend to identify themselves as a being beyond the brain, the brain is still very much involved in their physical experience as a sort of antenna or transducer of their more ample, multidimensional consciousness.

Today, we share this piece from Fast Company magazine on a researcher shares the latest on his exploration of the biochemistry and neuroscience related to emotions:

Though many resent the commercialization of the memory of Valentine, known not for chocolates for his sweetheart, but rather for selflessness to those in greater need. We will also leave you with correspondence from Leo Tolstoy to Gandhi and the Indian Independance movement, highlighting the centrality of love: "Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit." 

This more cosmic love or maxi-fraternity, is the sentiment and value that inevitably emerges from our consciential evolution, whether brought about by near-death experiences, out-of-body experiences, or other transformative experiences of life.  This perspective leads us to seek to evolve and help others evolve towards greater and greater realization of this cosmic fraternity.  Naturally, we seek a partner in life that shares these priorities of growth and altruism. We could call this type of couple, an evolutionary duo, subject of a course that is currently going on at IAC San Francisco and online. If you missed it, look for it at an IAC center near you or online.

Whichever kind of love you celebrate, we hope you enjoy your day. 

“Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills.” - Leo Tolstoy




"Love is metaphysical gravity" 
- Buckminster Fuller (Critical Path, 1981)

Description of the course "Evolutionary Duo"

This course explores the concept of the evolutionary duo, a couple who choose to spend their lives together romantically and with the aim of helping maximize each other's evolution. The course is perfect for individuals who are single and would like to find a more evolutionary partner; as well as for couples who want to evolve together more.

In an evolutionary duo, two mature lucid intraphysical consciousnesses with good affinity come together to carry out their evolutionary commitments (existential program or life mission), through a steady, positive, productive, wide-ranging, and holistic coexistence. The evolutionary duo is the epitome of synergy, with 1 plus 1 equaling more than 2.

Some characteristics of the evolutionary duo are mutual support and understanding, priority of multidimensional origins, evolutionary growth, priority of executing the existential program, living the admiration-disagreement binomial, affective-sexual bond, and putting 'ours' in front of 'mine' and 'yours.'

Some of main topics that will be explained and benefits of being in an evolutionary duo are:

  • Dynamization of both partners' evolution
  • Psychic abilities developed and exercised within the duo
  • Frequent telepathy
  • Maximum freedom in society, experienced within the duo
  • Recycling or inversion planned and executed in the duo
  • Cosmoethics developed and experienced in a twosome
The course will give tips for how to transform your current relationship into an evolutionary duo and, for those of who are single, how to attract such a partner into your life. 


Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Tao of the Dow: Consciousness & Economics

To some, consciousness may seem like an abstract subject of study, devoid of practical consequence for what most people value in their day-to-day lives.  For instance, what does the possibility suggested by near-death experiences that reality could extend beyond the material realm have to do with the Gross Domestic Product?  

Financial news discuss GDP, interest rates, the value of stocks, the price of oil, and other numerical parameters.  However, underneath all these apparently objective matters, we find flows of information in a power struggle between various agents and interest groups.  Here, rule intentions, strategies, actions, reactions, words, interpretations, prognostications, models of reality... These are, in turn, based on attitudes and patterns of behavior, which are ultimately rooted in what we value or prioritize in accordance to our individual natures and how we respond or affect the overall culture (collective unconscious, zeitgeist, morphic field, information field, noosphere, or holothosene).

If individual consciousness changes as a result of transformative experiences like out-of-body or near-death experiences, their paradigm-shift may reflect on what they value: rather than material things and a will to power over others, they may shift toward enriching experiences and a will to power over their own immaturities, weaknesses - the darker and ignorant aspects of their own nature - and to develop their internal powers, knowledge, capacities or qualities.  Such transformative experiences can lead one to foster cooperation and increased well-being and goodwill for others as oneself. 

A post-materialist, non-reductionist, collaborative paradigm centered on human potential associated with such transpersonal experiences would certainly result in a very different economic system from past failed models and current models in crisis. 

We do not have to look to psi phenomena for transformative experience.  When humankind took the first picture of Earth from outer space, it revealed to itself the beauty of its Home, its Space Ship, and the ignorance of divisiveness and ecocide.  As consumers, people in developed nations are less apathetic to child and slave labor and anti-ecological practices, holding companies accountable to a higher ethical standard.  The sharing, connectivity and neutrality of the Internet, once tasted, is now worth fighting for and people are not willing to relinquish it to particular interests. Instead, they are disrupting old ways of being and doing, through sharing ideas, resources and creations.  

As the collective conscience evolves, so does the economy - often as a result planted by a few pioneers of conscience and vision, the result of our own intellectual and spiritual evolution and by crises and other events that mark us, accelerated by connectivity technology.  Economics are rooted in human behavior - the most influential thinkers on economics from Adam Smith to Karl Marx understood this.

As technology takes over more and more jobs that were once performed by humans, attributes like creativity and innovation (traits associated with lucid dreamers and conscious projectors, for example) become more valuable.  On the other hand, the means of production and its associated wealth are become more and more concentrated on a smaller population.  More and more people are becoming redundant to economic production.  Technological breakthroughs and social benefits that can extend the quality and duration of life are often quite expensive.  This is forcing societies to evaluate, not the price of gold (which is partially objectively and partially subjectively determined), but the value of a human life.  Is the worth of a human being determined by his or her accumulation, expenditure, or production of wealth? 

What is truly important in life? Will you defend only your own, short-term security? Attempt to secure your membership in corporate, local or national elites that defend their own power and freedoms? 

With smaller tax bases, as people are less able to rely on nation-states and are looking increasingly to contribute to their community for human security, because it is the right thing to do and because our connectivity ensures that someone else's problem becomes your problem sooner or later, even in other countries. How can we foster individual liberty and potential, while caring for the liberty and potential of others?

The highest human principles value dignity, virtue, liberty, knowledge, relationships, human potential, and well-being.  Our actions show our values are not always in line with our principles.  Why not? This is the realm of consciousness science and allied academic fields like psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, neuroscience, political science.  Specialists from these and other fields will converge in Portugal, May 22-24 for the International Congress of Conscientiology (Consciousness Science).  The experiences, experiments and theories to be discussed at the ICC are all centered on the nature of consciousness and our conception of reality: the root-level of all our manifestations, which affect our ethics or values, patterns of behavior and attitudes.  In turn, these provide the ubiquitous, nearly-invisible, but powerful framework that underlies what, how and why we do what we do individually, socially and as a global village. 

As "Samurai Management" and "Dharma Marketing" author and ICC panel moderator Paulo Vieira de Castro says "we are born empty-handed and we die empty-handed," so the accumulation of capital and material goods is clearly a pathology. Castro also reminds us that a cow in a pasture appears content, because it is expected to act as a cow - no more, no less. Capital went from a means to an end, but human unhappiness prevails, because humans are in dissonance with their own nature as an interconnected consciousness in a progress of self-realization. Sharing, collaboration, applied self-knowledge and growing with others, must replace hording, separation, competition and self-ignorance. 

Change your consciousness, change your world. See you in May, in Portugal at the ICC!

Nelson Abreu
Los Angeles



ADAM SMITH

KARL MARX

“Watch your thoughts, they become words;
watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits;
watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
FRANK OUTLAW

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

MAHATMA GANDHI



Friday, February 6, 2015

Quantum Physics & Consciousness: Is the measurement problem necessarily a consciousness "observer effect"?

Quantum physics is often evoked by non-physicists to try to explain consciousness phenomena, sometimes irking some specialists who recognize poorly founded claims or misunderstood concepts - not to mention those who think psi phenomena are non-sense. On the other hand, some of the pioneers of the field became convinced that consciousness was a fundamental part of physical reality. Who better than a quantum physicist who is also a self-researcher who has experienced energy, OBE's and more to address the issue: what does it mean to take both consciousness and physics seriously? 


We are looking forward to the talk by the always-insightful and rigorous Massimiliano Sassoli de Bianchi, PhD. The physicist and "paraphysicist" is one of the keynote speakers of the International Congress of Conscientiology.

You can listen to a conversation with the author of The Observer Effect in an IAC podcast
To learn more, a new video showing how quantia physics' central problem, the so-called measurement problem (aka "the observer effect"), may be solved is now available on the physicist's Youtube channel.