Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Did Giordano Bruno have a historic OBE in outerspace?

The first episode of the new series Cosmos describes the persecution of Giordano Bruno at the hands of the church-state authorities for defending the insight of an infinite universe that was not centered around the Earth.  An animation illustrates what could be interpreted as an exoprojection or an out-of-body experience or projection of the consciousness in outerspace.

This profound experience gave Bruno the insight that the Sun is a star and that, rather than angels (as expressed by English astronomer Thomas Digges) or the like, the other bright spots on the night sky were other suns with their own planetary systems.  Some have criticized the choice of Bruno for the show because he did not arrive at his historic insights in a "scientific manner" and for being a visionary but not a scientist in the modern sense. Did Einstein arrive at his key insights like relating acceleration to gravitation in a "scientific manner"? Such critics dismiss intuition as not part of science, when it has arguably instigated many scientific achievements.  

Even if these advances are later supported by measurement and mathematical models, often they start as insights, ideas, inspirations... and at least sometimes through psychical means.  Not all science is experimental, of course, and in theory it is not limited to the material dimensions, as argued by the emerging field of non-reductionist consciousness research (or even some aspects of theoretical physics).  He was also a deep believer in a God that probably lay beyond his direct experience - objective or subjective - and he may have had a strong tendency to proselytize his then-radical views, which made him undoubtedly a religious figure. However, Giordano Bruno was a seeker of knowledge, questioning the prevailing paradigm of both scientists and theologians of his time: that arguably made him a great scientist, as well, even if his non-material vehicles of manifestation were his scientific instruments.

The idea of infinite space pre-dated to Lucretius, and to Nicolas of Cusa, who related the concept to an infinite God.  According to Buddhist scholars, the Buddha himself experienced lucid projections and other psi phenomena and had insights regarding the infinity of the physical universe, the existence of billions of stars composing a galaxy, one among billions, and that beings undergoing the process of reincarnation inhabited other words as well... these insights came centuries before Kepler, Bruno and Galileo. 

It is likely that the projection of the consciousness has led to insights well "ahead of their time" in the past and that will continue to be the case in the future from the nature of reality and consciousness to innovations in science, technology, business, engineering, medicine and other fields and new solutions, new paradigms to address humanity's challenges.  The consciential paradigm has arisen from such experiences and has contributed to the development of a science of the subjective realm (noetic science, conscientiology, consciousness science) and the application of veridical psi to scientific pursuit.

We wish you, dear reader, insightful lucid projections!

 Giordano Bruno, as animated in Cosmos (Credit: Fox)


CALL FOR PAPERS: 1st Int'l Congress of Conscientiology (ICC), the global conference for non-reductionist consciousness science 

Defending Giordano Bruno: A Response from the Co-Writer of “Cosmos” 
How ‘Cosmos’ Bungles the History of Religion and Science
The "Out of Planet" Experience: the Overview Effect and the OBE (IAC Blog)

Exoprojection (IAC Blog)
Science of the Subjective by Brenda Dunne, Robert Jahn (Princeton PEAR Lab / ICRL

Compiled by IAC Blog regular contributer Nelson Abreu (IAC California, Los Angeles, USA)