Thursday, December 17, 2009

Building a religion....

I think I am on to something here. In addition to annoying people about multiple universes, I've had this long-running schtick about starting my own religion. Again, around the bonfire, after a few drinks, I would argue that I could start a religion or church, and within 10 years have at least a million followers and a dozen pink Cadillacs for my "church." Gullible Americans would be my flock. Relevant music break time:

Now that I have been reading about biocentrism, I think I have found my calling. It's like I was on the road to Damascus and a bright light shone down upon mine eyes. Multiple, infinite universes, combined with a religion. Perfect for me. In some alternate universe I already have my megachurch. Sorry Ron, no giant inflatable pig.

In my previous post about multiple universes and [non]death, I quoted Dr. Robert Lanza (he's a "real" doctor, as in prominent biologist/M.D., but that doesn't mean he can't be a nutjob). Here is a quick summary of his theory of biocentrism:

Similar to Kant's arguments, what we call space and time are merely forms of our perception, rather than "real" external physical objects. Lanza's updated theory seems to be based on quantum theory, including the idea that observation controls reality. He cites seven principles. You can skim these, they are a little confusing, to say the least:
1. What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness. An external reality, if it existed, would by definition have to exist in space. But this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
2. Our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined. They are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
3. The behavior of subatomic particles, indeed all particles and objects, is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer. Without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves.
4. Without consciousness, matter dwells in an undetermined state of probability. Any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state.
5. The structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism. The universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around. The universe is simply the complete spatio-temporal logic of the self.
6. Time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception. It is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe.
7. Space, like time, is not an object or a thing. Space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality. We carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells. Thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.
Just need three more for a nice even 10, five for each stone tablet. No, I don't understand all seven, but sometimes I get a glimpse of what he is trying to say. After hearing a nonsense poem in Wonderland, Alice said something like "it fills my head with ideas, but I don't know exactly what they are." Same here.

By the way for those of you still looking for that perfect Christmas present for me, click here for a make your own multiple universe kit.

Okay, that's gotten weird enough for now. But I think I have my church. Send money.