Education: Life and Consciousness:

 

The Nature of Thought Part III

 

by Mr. Iain Kirkaldy-Willis,

Naturalistic Philosopher

Canary Islands, Spain

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Philosophy is very much about who we are. There is something intriguing about this. If you stand in front of the mirror taking a look at yourself, you probably think you are looking at who you are. Well, you are not! You are looking at who you were. The person you see is a result of what you thought, said and did, before now. What is intriguing about this is that if I am not so happy about what I am looking at, well, if I consider the matter differently, talk about that and behave and do things, otherwise, it will change. Who I become will be different, because I have thought, said and done things differently. In this I do not have to be stuck with who I was. I can let it go and move on!

 

Much of what we think about who we are, the scheme of things and our place in life is based on inadequate, incomplete, even false information. We are misinformed. For example, we think of ourselves as rational beings; that our sciences embody rational investigation of the world, and that the pursuit of scientific knowledge is the pinnacle of that approach to living. The matter is actually not like this. We already saw, in the first article, that there is something flawed about our thought processes, in that absolutely everything about us just is not so! - how we see things; what we want out of life; the way we want the world to be, our, oh so rational, objection to pretty well everything and the ends towards which science is bent by us. This subjectively slanted reasoning makes us a danger to both ourselves and the world. Yet, this character flaw is so at variance with the reflection on having human experience and on the nature of energy, life and consciousness proposed in the previous article. There is obviously more to this matter!

 

Science-in-the-lab tells us about genetics and distinctive genetic structures, such as our own. It turns up genes for this and that and the next thing to do with various aspects of our make-up, such as personal penchants, physical characteristics, proneness to physical ailments, and behavioural tendencies. On top of which, science-in-the-lab actively pursues the genetic engineering of human, animal, plant, insect and microbial organisms down what is a one way street, in that there is always something more, just around the next corner, with no turning back. However, science-in-the-lab overlooks what is going on in life outside-the-lab, for instance, how our mentality, the attitude we have, the emotions at play within us and the way we live are constantly engineering our genetics, our health and our well-being, anyway! Then there is the fact that a huge amount of our DNA has nothing to do with the genetics of the biological organism we inhabit. (Science puts it at 95%.) The ramifications to this are shattering, in the light of how all that work is done by individuals who are, according to contemporary estimation, less than 1% human in terms of overall gene activity in their bodies, using 10% of the capacity of all the activity that is going on in their bodies and brains, to investigate and mine no more than that same 1% of genetic activity! You know, it is scientific endeavour that has arrived at these estimates. Yet the scientific establishment proceeds with blatant disregard for its own findings, totally oblivious to whether there are any implications, let alone what those might be!

 

Genetic configurations are infinitely variable; capable of holding the code for absolutely anything; preserving that, and replicating it. Our genetics carry the stamp of who we are as individuals, a species, a race, and our inheritance, in each respect. Yet, at the same time, our thoughts and feelings alter, modify and even change that. Therein is the key to how things actually work and, therefore, to who we are. Or, if we go back to that intriguing thought at the beginning, our thoughts and feelings have the power to grow who we are, meaning grow us beyond what we have become, grow us into more of what is genetically there for us to be. If we could better use that for which we have the capacity, each of us could in fact be galloping along the path of fulfilling more and more of our genetic potential in everyday life.

 

Well, here is a sequence of 3 image/text presentations, the Enigma of Life, Transcendence and the Inversion of Reality for whatever light you might find them bringing to the matter.

 

For correspondence with the author, contact: E-mail: ink_w@msn.com

 

Presentation A
Presentation B
Presentation C



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