Pondering truth

Within this website I explore whether there is a spiritual realm, a supernatural realm, containing God, mind, souls, consciousness with its contents (ideas, emotions, love, reason, etc) — this, from a purely philosophical and unreligious point of view. I first assume there is a spiritual realm so as to explore the implications; then I present my conclusions.

Three unique ideas of mine:

There's an online gap between subjects, a void, between:

  1. atheist materialist/physicalist science
  2. religious spirituality
  3. philosophy

What's conspicuously missing is: spiritual philosophy. I hope to fill in this gap, just a little.

These articles comprise my views (thesis, dissertation, treatise) about the nature of reality:

Guiding principle: accept the provably true; reject the provably false. There's a lot in between. (By "proof" I mean: very likely, by mathematical probability.)


Themes

I assume: revealed religions and revealed spiritual paths are untrustworthy sources of knowledge and truth. I therefore reject all their teachings and doctrines (unless verified independently from philosophy or science).

I explore the nature of consciousness and morality, taking the truths and knowledge of modern science (based on the scientific method) as foundational.

The key starting point is that consciousness seems not to be:

  1. a mere illusion created by the brain, nor...
  2. merely an emergent property of the neural network of the brain, nor...
  3. merely the "programs" running in the brain.

Therefore, I postulate another realm (mind-body dualism), a non-physical realm, containing at a minimum consciousness with its contents. This, I call the "spiritual realm".

Having postulated a spiritual realm, other things seem to fit in it, to reside in it — things seemingly not physical:

  1. The contents of consciousness (ideas, emotions, love, reason, feelings, etc)
  2. God
  3. purpose (teleonomy, teleology) — by an intelligent designer
  4. human culture and social realities
  5. minds
  6. souls
  7. mathematics

Certain aspects of reality seem foundational and defy explanation by science, so I postulate also that these have components within the spiritual realm:

  1. It's hard to believe that mere randomness generates biological life; and therefore, mind and consciousness. Invoking natural selection doesn't help, as it is an aspect of the functioning of the physical universe; and the universe has no creative powers.
  2. It's satisfying to imagine that there is one God, a personal God, who creates everything good and beautiful, and who interacts with us from moment to moment. That we can pray to this God, and can worship this God. (I reject Christian conceptions of God.)

    But such a God must be evil, because he/she created or allowed for conscious suffering of conscious creatures.

  3. It seems there must be intelligent design of biological organisms.
  4. The very fact of reality in the first place defies explanation.
  5. There seems to be communication between the souls and spirits of creatures; a supernatural connection of some sort.

And once postulating a spiritual realm, it's required for there to be communication between it and the physical realm:

  1. Communication from the senses and the brain, to the soul.
  2. Communication from the soul to the body to trigger action.
  3. The intelligent designer designs and creates physical biological machinery.
  4. God penetrates every part of the universe and the spiritual realm.

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Materialists/physicalists are fascinated by science; and yes, the universe (the physical realm) with its workings are indeed thrilling. But more thrilling is the spiritual realm; that's where life and love reside — all the things most important in living.

Many atheists assume materialism/physicalism. But consciousness doesn't seem to fit this model, so I instead postulate non-materialism/non-physicalism (mind-body dualism) to discover the implications. Or, more accurately, I combine these:

  1. nondualism (the spiritual realm) for everything non-material (mind, consciousness with its contents, ideas, mathematics, etc).

    But note: I reject the spooky spiritual aspects of nondualism, such as; that reality is in essence the manifestation of pure and universal consciousness.

  2. materialism (the physical realm) for everything material (quantum fields and the standard model, space, time, energy, the laws of conservation, entropy, etc).
  3. both of these having an interface between them of communicating and sharing information at the subatomic quantum mechanics level.

I also postulate that we can't know anything about God, or about the structure or functioning of the spiritual realm; this, because the spiritual is impervious to scientific analysis and experimentation. All we can do about it is to reflect philosophically about what it contains.

And then I presumptuously proceed to describe these unknowable details. This is a clue there is no spiritual realm — because it defies understanding.

All of the above is the only spiritual viewpoint I know of which doesn't in some way reject science.

And so, all these factors are the starting point for my investigation.

After exploring the implications of all this, I present my conclusions.


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Article summaries (for quick reading). I highlight my views on key topics. To view a random one, click on the pretty blue circle having arrows. This is probably the fastest way to get a summary of all my views.


Odds and ends

Regarding writing style: on occasion I use colons: and ellipses... wrong and violate other rules of grammar and syntax. I do this (usually) on purpose, hopefully to good effect to add a bit of color for an otherwise humorless topic. Regarding "he" vs. "she": I use "they". And I don't like saying "their minds" when each has only one, so I prefer "their mind". (Likewise for "husbands, love your wives".) Also, sentence fragments.

On my website I have no links to external sources for these reasons: (1) I don't want broken links littering my site and am tired of fixing them all the time, and (2) I don't want to defend the views of the people providing the ideas.

The URL for this website is misspelled on purpose — spir(no i)tual-philosophy.com

When I first started this website I postulated the existence of a spiritual realm containing God, souls, mind, consciousness with its contents, and etc. But as a result of subsequent analysis and reflection, I abandoned this view. Rather than rewrite the whole thing with my new view and lose the thoughts I originally had, I instead add comments (and also the "Conclusions" and summary articles).

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