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                                            07/19/07 5:57pm

     Dear Esteemed Sir,

     This is a quick summary of how I have taught the proof to various
people in the past.

     Most are open to it, some are not.

     The proof is taught in 3 phases.

     Phase 1, Objectification of Consciousness and Conscious Experience.

     Very quickly, we define an object as anything that has qualities,
and anything that has qualities is an object.

     We define a something as any object that has some qualities, and a
nothing as any object that has no qualities.

     Notice there can be only one nothing, if there were two different
nothings, their quality sets would have to be different and thus could
not be both empty.

     The quality set of an object is called its state.

     We further assert the following theorem:

     If A and B are objects, and A changes state but B does not, then A
was and is not B, i.e.  A and B were and are two *DIFFERENT* objects.

     People are very used to using their conscious experiences as
symbols for the alleged external physical universe, much as a soldier in
a tank uses an image on his TV set to see the external world.

     The soldier has an outward facing video camera mounted on his tank,
and just so the human being has outward facing eyes mounted on his head.

     Photons that bounce off objects in the alleged physical universe
hit the tank's video camera and are ultimately translated into images on
a TV set inside the tank for the soldier to see.

     Just so, new photons from the TV set hit the eyes and the retina,
and ultimately are translated into conscious experience images for the
being to see.

     The soldier is using the images on the TV as a symbol to keep track
of the referent object in the alleged external universe.  
 
     He hopes that
the TV image will dependably track the state of the external referent
properly.
 
     He certainly doesn't want to see a tree on the TV set when there is
no tree in the external world, nor does he want to NOT see a tree on the
TV set when indeed there is one.

     Notice that the tree in the external physical universe is an
object, and so is the image of that same tree on the TV set, BUT THEY
ARE TWO DIFFERENT OBJECTS.

     The first is the referent, the second is the symbol.

     The symbol state is (hopefully) causally related to the referent
state so the soldier can tell things about the referent by looking at
the symbol.

     Although the referent and symbol tend to look like each other, that
is they share some geometric congruencies, conformancies or similarities
with each other, they are in fact two completely different objects.

     Insanity ensues when the two are inseparably confused with each
other.
 
     We can use our theorem above to prove the two objects of tree and
picture of tree are two DIFFERENT objects.  
 
     The soldier can turn off the TV set so the symbol image on the TV set
disappears, but surely the referent tree is still there.

     B changed, but A did not, thus B is not A.

     Someone of less intelligence might claim that it doesn't
matter than A and B are not the same object.

     They are of course nuts.

     Not only are the referent and symbol two different objects in space
but also in time, because the symbol state is tracking an EARLIER
referent state by the speed of light across the distance that separates
them.

     The speed of photons is about 1 foot per nanosecond, so
if the referent tree is 100 feet away from the video camera
on the tank, the image on the TV set will be about 100 nanoseconds
late.

     Thus what the soldier is seeing on the TV set NOW is
certainly not the tree as it is NOW out in the physical universe.

     At no time is the soldier, who is looking at the symbol in the
tank, in communication with the exetrnal world as it IS NOW.  
 
     He can only see it as it might have been a while ago.
 
     And then only if the causal pathway between the tree and the video
camera on the outside of the tank, and then again between the video
camera and the TV set inside his tank is working properly, that is as
theorized.

     Now of course the soldier understands all this very well, but your
average human being may not.

     For example if you point to the image of the tree on the TV set and
ask the soldier what it is and what it is made of, he will answer, "That
is a tree made of wood."

     But in fact what you pointed at was not a tree at all, but a
rendition of a tree on a TV screen made of glass and phosphors.

     This is called collapsing symbol and referent, the symbol BECOMES
the referent for all practical purposes in the mind of the errant
observer.

     Try planting glass and phospors in the ground and see if it grows.

     Now as I said the soldier understands this, he WANTS the image of
the tree on the TV set to look so perfect it's like he is seeing through
a glass window because he is more interested in what the outside
referent tree is doing than what the inside symbol tree on the TV is
doing.

     The referent object is important to know about, the
symbol object is only important to the degree it accurately
tracks the referent.

     When using symbols to learn about referents in the physical
universe, the symbol gets its existence and purpose from the referent.
and the beings NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE REFERENT.

     Knowing things about the symbol is considered to be waste of time.

     Who cares if you see a tree.  We only care if there IS a tree.

     Knowledge about the referent is an intrisic goal, valuable in itself.

     Knowledge about the symbol is an instrumental goal, and then
only if knowledge about the symbol leads to knowledge about
the referent.

     The process of going from knowledge about the symbol to knowledge
about the referent is called learning by indirect perception, or
learning by being an effect.
     
     Now let me rephrase that

     The process of going from CERTAIN knowledge about the symbol
ascertained by direct perception of the symbol, to theoretical knowledge
of the referent is called indirect perception of the referent gleaned
via a causal map between the qualities of the symbol and the qualities
of the referent.

     One sees the symbol directly.

     One uses what one sees of the symbol to make theoretical
conclusions about the referent.

     The existence of the symbol DOES NOT necessarily imply the
existence of the referent, no matter how much they look like each other,
and thus one can not prove anything with perfect certainty about the
referent by using the nature and state of the symbol as evidence.

     The soldier doesn't care about the symbol, he only cares about the
referent, and as long as the symbol is being a proper causal slave to
the referent, he would prefer just as well that the symbol not exist at
all.

     He would prefer to be in direct contact with the referent, but he
settles for being in indirect contact wthe referenth it via the symbol
as long as the symbol state faithfully tracks the referent state
properly.

     There are advantages to 'seeing' a referent via looking at a symbol
for it.

     By using the symbol he can 'see' the referent remotely.
 
     The symbol is ALWAYS distant from the referent in space and time,
even if by a microscopic amount, and if the soldier's conscious
renditions ARE his symbol of final authority for the referent, then the
solider can be here, and the referent way out there, and the solider can
still know about it.

     But learning about a referent by looking at a symbol is also a
compromise, as data is lost between referent and symbol, and the longer
the causal pathway is between them, the more 'hops' of cause and effect
there is between them, the more degraded a representation of the
referent the symbol becomes.
 
     Thus accuracy of knowledge is lost.
 
     He wants the tracking between symbol and referent to be so perfect
he can forget he is looking at a symbol and concentrate on the what the
alleged referent is doing.

     But he knows he is doing this, it is part of his training.

     He retains enough lucidity to realize that if the inside symbol
tree on his TV set starts to act up, turn pink or polka dot, he should
fix the TV set, and not go out side and figure out what's wrong with the
outside referent tree!

     Your human being is doing the same thing with his conscious
experiences.
 
     His consciousness is connected to his retina and his eyes, but when
he looks at a tree he thinks he is seeing a *TREE*, not a conscious
picture of a tree.

     Your average human being believes that his eyes are a glass window
to the external world.
 
     So again we invoke the above theorem, and have him close his eyes.
 
     The conscious picture of the tree disappears but surely the
external tree remains.

     Thus his conscious experience of the tree can not possibly be a
tree made of wood, but a conscious image of a tree made of conscious
experience.

     Many humans are walking around in a semi somnambulistic state of
believing that what they see in their consciousness is the alleged
physical universe and not a conscious rendition of it, even though it
is obvious they should know better.

     But again they are MUCH more interested in the alleged external
tree than than they are in the conscious image of it.  
 
     This is probably because if they run into the external tree they
will get hurt, but who has ever been hurt by a conscious image?

     IT IS THE TREE THAT IS IMPORTANT, THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE TREE
WOULD PREFERABLY NOT EXIST!  
 
     People want to see the tree directly,
they don't want to see the tree via looking at a symbol, the symbol
could always be wrong as in hallucination, imagination and dreaming.
 
     So they forget they are looking at the tree via a consciious
experience and pretend they can see the tree itself.

     They try to verify that the symbol is an accurate rendition of
the external referent by squinting harder at the symbol!  
 
     They hope they are squinting harder at the referent, but in the end
they can only see the symbol.
 
     Squinting improves the focus of the photons coming off the
referent to the eyes, and this then cleans up the focus of the symbol.

     But the whole process helps to keep the illusion that they are
seeing the referent directly and that their eyes are a glass window to
the world.

     So their first reaction to being shown this material that at no
time are they seeing a tree made of wood but a self luminous conscious
experience of a tree is "So what?  "What's the difference?  Who cares?
(How dare you!)"

     The soldier would never be so dull, he knows very well what the
difference is because his very life depends on being able to pretend
that symbol and referent are one, when things are working properly, but
to immediately be able to tell the difference when they aren't.

     He can smoothly collapse and uncollapse referent and symbol at
will, and then fix which ever one needs fixing.

     For example say someone plugs a video tape into his TV set and
the soldier starts to see aliens landing.  
 
     Well if he really thought that the TV set were a pure glass window
to the outside world, he wouldn't think to check the TV set now would
he?
 
     He would believe the aliens were landing.

     But continuing lucidity about how the causl pathways really work in
this instance, allows the soldier to check the TV set first for proper
functionality before believing the aliens really are landing.

     But in the end the real answer to "So What?" is science doesn't
care about the answer: if two objects are two *DIFFERENT* objects, then
pure science is interested in that fact for it's own sake.

     The average dullard might think it stupid to consider that his
consciousness of a tree is not a tree made of wood, but in fact this
position of non lucidity removes the possibility that he might start
studying his consciousness AS consciousness for its own sake.

     For example he might want to consider that just because his
conscious experience looks like a tree, does not prove that the TREE
looks like a tree!

     How much do people really know about consciousness?  
 
     I talk to Physics PhD's at Cornell about it, and they giggle
embarassingly.  "Oh that's for the psychology department to study."

     Their implication is 'We KNOW the psychologists don't know
anything, so it's ok to relegate consciousness to them so they can not
know anything about that too!"
 
     Consciousness is an embarassing word to many.  
 
     When you talk about it, people start feeling a bit 'unzipped'.

     People feel about having a consciousness much like they feel about
having a penis or a vagina, it's something they would prefer to cover
with a fig leaf.
 
     And talking about a science of consciousness is like talking about
a science of UFO's, or the healing power of crystals and pyramids.

     I mean who cares about consciousness, most think it is only an
observer, a reporter of what is, it can't DO anything on its own,
everything that goes on in the mind is really happening because of
underlying physical processes that any machine can do better.

     Everyone knows nothing can be known about consciousness and so
therefore anyone pretending to talk about it is a crack pot.

     The sad result is that the only people then talking about
consciousness ARE crackpots, which means they been smoking way too much
crack and way too much pot.

     I get the same reaction from the chemists, biologists, and the
neurologists.  Trying to talk about consciousness makes them giggle and
squirm with embarassment.
 
     Do we see a problem with this?
 
     Everyone of them believes that consciousness is DEPENDENT OR EVEN
MADE OF THE UNDERLYING PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF THE BRAIN, yet not one of
them wants to talk about how one might build something that was
conscious out of parts that are not.

     How do you build a thing which feels pain out of parts that do not?

     Those working on robots would like to know, they want to build
machines that can be tortured.

     Hey wake up stupid, if a machine can care and give a damn, it can
be tortured.
 
     Just torture what it cares about.

     The fact that the whole assembly of parts in a human being is
conscious is *IRRELEVANT* to them, even though there is not one
conscious part in the body's constituency.

     That is actually a major miracle, flying over the heads of PhDs and
department chairs everywhere.

     Remember machines are made of constituency, arrangement and the
result is process.

     Consciousness is the valuable final process.

     There is no consciousness in any of the parts.

     This leaves us with the Grand Unified Ludicrosity of all time that
mere arrangement of non conscious parts can produce consciousness!

     That mere arrangment of parts that can not be perfectly certain of
anything can as a whole produce perfect certainty of its own existence.
 
     And that it cares and gives a damn.

     Talk about emergent phenomenon.

     Not.

     Pain is not the result of an arrangement of force and mass in
motion.

     And when it comes to physical constituents, force and mass in
motion is all you got.

     Many would prefer to defend pyramid power than admit to the
indepenent actuality of their own consciousness.

     And what exactly do we mean by conscious?

     *IS CAPABLE OF PERFECT CERTAINTY VIA DIRECT PERCEPTION.*

     Frankly my diagnosis is that many people suffer from the belief
that consciousness is ONLY useful as a symbol, and has no qualitative
nature or causal consequences of it's own, and thus has no use in
explaining how anything works in this universe.

     Consciousness is only useful as a window to observe what is going
on in the brain, but has no direct causal impingement on what happens
next.
 
     Even the fact that consciousness has observed something going on
the brain is not then allowed to affect what happens next in the brain
at all.

     Consciousness has become the appendix of the universe, and most are
terrified of bringing it up lest they have a case of appendicitis and
need to have it removed.

     This is odd, no?, that a machine, the brain, which is utterly
incapable of direct perception or pefect certainty of any kind, is none
the less using consciousness as a symbol for an uncertain phyiscal
universe, when the conscious symbol itself IS capable of direct
perception and perfect certainty of itself.

     This is like using solid gold to represent one's wealth in brass.
 
     How did direct perception, an untold marvel possibly bordering on
the divine, become the mundane slave of indirect perception and the
goals of mere physical survival in a cold dead, and uncaring physical
universe?
 
     The only use the universe could find for perfect certainty was as a
symbol for a perfect uncertainty?

     The grand unified theory of everything is all about forces and
masses, not one word about consciousness.
 
     All of existence is merely force and mass in motion, right?

     Pain is merely a symbol for processes going on in the brain in
force and mass, and has no causal agency of it's own, right?

     No causality travels THROUGH consciousness, because consciousness
is at worst a nothing, or at best merely a process that is already going
on in the brain anyhow, best explained by force and mass alone.

     So since consciousness has no causal influence or significance of
any kind of its own, why bother to study it, it's not what is
important.  The real pushers of life are mass and the 4 forces of
nature.

     If consciousness and pain did not exist, the clock work
universe of force and mass in motion would continue on as it
already is, with not a change in sight.

     Wouldn't the world be a better place if consciousness and
pain didn't exist?  
 
     They have no causal agency anyhow beyond the force and mass
underlying them, right?

     But then the word consciousness would never have come up.

     Or perhaps we think the system of parts made of force
and mass ran into and noticed consciousness?

     Perhaps we fancy that force and mass was the EFFECT
of consciousness, and thus started talking about it.

     But what did force and mass run into that was NOT just
more force and mass?

     What is the difference between a system of force and mass,
and a system of force and mass and consciousness?

     Force is causal, it causes changes.

     BUT SO IS PAIN.

     Force and pain may have analogous qualities, but force
is not pain.

     If a panorama of falling dominoes were conscious, would they still
just fall the same as if they were not conscious?
 
     Would they fall because of will and pain, or would they fall
because of force and mass alone?
 
     Is the relationship of pain to will, the same as the relationship
of force to mass?

     Will can clearly generate force to move mass, but what moves will?
 
     Is pain and will JUST force and mass?

     *WHO NEEDS CONSCIOUSNESS TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING?*

     Some would say, love and pain are not causal.

     It's all just force and mass in motion, moving in a perfect
clockwork of mathematical inevitability tempered by some quantum
randomity.

     Right?

     Force and mass does it all.

     "I would found an institution where anyone can find study in any
subject." - Ezra Cornell

     Oh, except for consciousness.
 
     We don't talk about consciousness here.
 
     I went to school for this?

     Personally I find this to be a major schizophrenic rift in the
world of academentia, and what it results in is no one knows anything
about the nature of consciousness, because they are using it full time
as a symbol to learn about alleged referents made only of force and
mass, to learn that consciousness is nothing of import and the alleged
physical universe, WHICH WE HAVE NO CLUE WHETHER IT EVEN EXISTS OR NOT,
is everything of import.

     Consciousness which is capable of perfect certainty of itself is
nothing of import, but the physical universe whose existence we are
forever condemned to be uncertain about, it all of import?
 
     Jesus/Allah save us all.

     STUDYING THE ALLEGED PHYSICAL UNIVERSE HAS BECOME MORE IMPORTANT
THAN STUDYING THE LIVING BREATHING TV SET BY WHICH WE SEE THE PHYSICAL
UNIVERSE.

     So this is silly, if one can euphemize total insanity as such.

     It is time to start studying consciousness AS consciousness, and
forget the world that it represents to us as out there and pretends to
be its underlying cause.
 
     The physical universe is the great pretender, as it pretends
that it created consciousness to perceive itself.

     Well the physical universe is in for a sad awakening because
consciousness can only see itself, it can't see the phyiscal universe at
all.

     Ever.

     The conscious symbol is an object in its own right, and thus we
need to make the symbol into its own referent, so we can start learning
how the SYMBOL works, not just use the symbol to study the original
referent of cold, dead and uncaring matter, energy space and time of
which we can have no certainty exists anyhow.

     Not only can't you build a machine that can prove cause exists, you
certainly can never build a machine that gives a damn.

     We need to start studying the TV set inside the tank as its own
object, rather than just use it to study things out side the tank.

     As it will turn out the symbol, the conscious image, always was
more important than the alleged referent in the alleged physical
universe.

     The nature of consciousness, what it is, where it comes from, what
it can do, WILL ALWAYS BE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING GOING ON INSIDE
THAT CONSCIOUSNESS TELLING US ABOUT THE ALLEGED NON CONSCIOUS PHYSICAL
UNIVERSE.

     Now it is true that the symbols seen both by the soldier in the
tank, and the conscious being, are very similar to the referents they
represent, however they are in fact two different objects and thus MUST
have two different quality sets.

     In other words only SOME of the qualities of the symbol TV image
tree are similar to the referent tree while other qualites are very
different from each other indeed.

     For the soldier, the referent tree is made of wood and the symbol
tree is made of glass and phosphors.

     For the conscious being the referent tree is also made of wood,
however the conscious image of the tree is, well certainly not made of
wood.

     So what is it made of then?

     Consciousness is NOT just a process in something else that is not
conscious!

     Consciousness is its own thing, consciousness is SOMETHING and not
a NOTHING, and as such it is MADE OF SOMETHING.

     And it is not made of force and mass in motion, as consciousness
has no space or time to move in!

     Ah, science takes its first step in studying consciousness as
consciousness, rather than as what we have been using it to refer to,
for all all these thousands of years of evolution, the alleged physical
universe.

     At the point that the being sees that his consciousness is not a
nothing, but a something which is its own thing, which he is USING as a
symbol to track alleged referents in the alleged physical universe, then
he has uncollapsed symbol and referent, possibly for the first time in
his life, and he has OBJECTIVIZED CONSCIOUSNESS, recognizing it as an
object with qualities of its own.

     At this point when you point to something and ask him what it is,
he will say with a smile, "That is not a tree made of wood, that is a
tree made of self luminous conscious experience."

     Then you have a Phase 1 completion.

     Phase 2.  Restoration of Personal Integrity.

     We *DEFINE* personal integrity as knowing what you know and
knowing what you don't know.

     Out integrity, then, would be not knowing what you know, or not
knowing what you don't know.

     There are probably 50 ways to interpret the above so the above
two sentences don't make any sense.  Try to find the one way that they
do!

     There are 5 buckets that all knowledge can be divided into.

     1.) Those things you are perfectly certain are true.
     2.) Those things you would bet are probably true.
     3.) Those things you would toss a coin about, perfect 50/50 no clue.
     4.) Those things you would bet are probably false.
     5.) Those things you are perfectly certain are false.

     Notice the bottom two buckets are redundant, because anything in
them can be put in the top two buckets simply by negating the sense of
the statement.

     If you would bet it is false that ostriches can fly, you would
also bet it is true that ostriches can NOT fly.

     If you are certain it is false that you do not exist, then you are
certain it is true that you do exist.

     Out integrity, then, is having various beliefs in the wrong
buckets, not because you are honestly wrong, but because of well,
goofballism in one's approach to truth.

     Thus every belief and every certainty needs to be re certified to
belong in the bucket they are assigned, and if they don't belong in the
bucket they are in, we move them to the bucket they belong in.

     Alot of people for example are 'certain' that God exists, when in
truth they are terrified that admitting they have doubts will land
them in hell forever if in fact He does.  

     They are ORDERED to BELIEVE the bible after all, and any refusal to
believe based on God's orders would be insubordination of the worst
kind.
 
     God is a God of TRUTH you see, but not truth based on evidence, and
not truth based on certainty, but truth based on the Bible's say so.

     Thus they are incapable of being honest with themselves about those
doubts lest God punish them for heresy or disobedience in the end.

     This does not aid the cause of clear thinking.

     This also does not bode well for their immortal ((eternal)) souls,
for if God does exist, then surely God is a God of Truth, and He will
take them to task for NOT admitting those doubts in great detail, and
not putting the 'God exists' idea in the second or third buckets where
it may belong until such certainty is obtained through DIRECT
OBSERVATION.

     You remember that little ditty that goes 'the pure in heart
shall SEE God'?  So the guys says 'Heh well my heart isn't pure,
but I BELIEVE in God anyhow! God will FORGIVE me for not seeing
Him directly."

     No he won't.  Until you can see God directly, you are lost veal.

     People get the brownie point for honesty at the Pearly Gates, not
for enforced beliefs based on hubris, arrogance, vanity and conceit, even if
they are right in the end.
 
     *RIGHTNESS* by chance, trust, faith and theory from indirect
perception is not as valuable as rightness by direct perception.
 
     It is a sad statement on humanity that people consider God in such
low esteem that they have to warp their personal integrity in order to
remain in His good standing.

     If there is a God, boy are they in for a surprise.

     "Hmm, you believed in me because the Bible and the National
Enquirer said so?  Hell is that way son."

     The progress of both religion and science on this planet has been
repeatedly damaged by people with "out integrity", especially those who
like to write The Book first and do the research second.

     Out integrity is the opposite of IN integrity.  A person's
integrity can be said to be IN when all his knowledge is properly sorted
according to their appropriate bucket without corruption, temptation and
seduction to place some tidbit in a bucket where it does not belong.
 
     Now there are only two kinds of knowledge, knowledge learned by
direct perception and knowledge learned by indirect perception.

     Indirect perception means learning about A by looking at B in the
hopes of finding a causal imprint on B indicating the possible nature of
A.

     In this case, B is evidence, A is model and the whole thing is a
theory.  Thus we can call knowledge gleaned by indirect perception
theoretical knowledge.

     And here I am going to say something pretty strange and perhaps
hard to swallow and certainly many academentias will Harumph!  their way
around it.

     Theoretical knowledge about causation can never be either true or
false, only workable or unworkable.

     That's a major statement, please do not gloss over it.

     Models are descriptions of things, a listing of their quality sets.

     Since dimensionality precludes direct perception of an object other
than yourself, one can never verify the 'true' quality set of any object
other than oneself.

     At best one can only offer that one's theoretical model of an
object's quality set has stood the test of time.  
 
     This does not prove correctness and in fact does not even increase
the probability of correctness.

     Is Einstein more probably right about how gravity works than
Newton?  
 
     His model tests out better, but in the end so what?  
 
     Perhaps gravity is caused by every breath of God moving the
universe forward in such a way that it looks like there is force or
curved space or 11 dimensional Spaghetti-O's making the world go round.

     Models are models, they can never get at the true nature of cause.

     Worse models may lay out very detailed descriptions of the
quality sets of A and B, and even say that one of the qualities of A
is that it can CAUSE changes in B's quality set.

     But the model will NEVER tell you how or why A can do this.

     How does the model know there isn't a third party causing
A and B in such a way that it looks like A is causing B?

     It can't.

     Certainty of cause between A and B is nonsense.

     That's called the Third Party Law by the way.

     Thus certainty, which applies to truth and not mere workability,
can never apply to theoretical knoweldge.

     Thus claiming certainty of theoretical knowledge gleaned from
indirect observation is a oxymoron, similar to asking what the square
root of a dog is.  
 
     Square roots do not apply to dogs, and neither does truth apply to
theory, and so neither does certainty.

     We loosely talk about proving a theory false with one counter
example, thus leading to the idea that the theory might have been true
in the first place.

     The truth is theories can only be proven unworkable.  They fail the
test of time to predict outcomes properly, but that only means the
theory is unworkable.

     If a theory hasn't failed the test of time, well there is always
more time...

     One might say that if a theory is unworkable then it is
surely false too.  But I wouldn't go down that road, as its
opposite, that the theory is true, is an undefined usage of
the word true.

     Theories are not in the domain of objects that can be
true or false.  
 
     They are merely models that are either workable or unworkable.

     One can rightly claim that "I am certain I have never seen any
instance of this theory proving unworkable", but to then claim "And I am
certain I never will" would be brazen and shameless out integrity.

     This kind of out integrity is a kind of scientific illness.
 
     Oxymorons in one's belief sets are a form of out personal
integrity.

     Thus the first thing that needs to be done is to clean out of the
bucket of truths that are perfectly certain any theoretical knowledge
gleaned by indirect observation.

     There is nothing wrong with theoretical knowledge, the entirety of
our well being in the phyiscal universe depends on it, but not one
single iota of it belongs in the 'perfectly certain' bucket of
knowledge.
 
     Most of it however might be put in the 'its a good bet' bucket.

     But then people have been walking around their whole lives with
false beliefs and ideas in the wrong buckets.  
 
     Every time an idea is put in the wrong bucket, that paves the way
for more ideas to be put in the wrong buckets.

     For example we have gone over the 5 great lies.

     1.) Earth is flat.  Well, that idea put in the probably true
bucket, prevented people for eons from exploring the seas lest they fall
off the edge of the Earth and never return.

     2.) Earth is the center of the universe.  People ignored FOREVER
the data that the Earth was not the center of the universe, little
things that weren't too important to them at the time compared to their
need to believe that the Earth was the center.  

     For example, these clowns never went to the moon.

     So one misplacement of an idea in the wrong bucket for financial or
political purposes allows other ideas to be ignored or misrelegated and
progress is stopped cold.

     Even Copernicus saw the truth but wanted everything to move in
circles around the Sun.  
 
     Tyco Brahe had the data that said things did move around the Sun,
but didn't move in circles, and Kepler kept wishing he could just throw
out certain points from Tyco's data sets to make things move in circles.
 
     Fixed wrong ideas lead to disaster in the scientific quest.

     Kepler finally realized that things moved in ellipses, and that
opened the door for Newton to come in and change everything.

     3.) Earth is the only planet with life on it.  Well so how do they
know?  The Book says so?  How much research did they do BEFORE they
wrote up the results in the The Book?  The God of Truth is going to be
VERY displeased with some people even if they turn out to be right in
the end.

     The greatest sin to a God of Truth is to write The Book first and
do the research later to fit the book.

     Blind faith is not pretty in the sight of a God of Truth even if it
turns out right.

     4.) This universe is the only universe there is.  Oy Lord, how
small is thy God now?

     5.) Consciousness arose out of the physical universe, consciousness
is mass in motion, chemistry bubbling away at 98.6.

     Ah well now we have stepped in it, haven't we?  
 
     We have been using consciousness for so long to learn about the
alleged physical universe, we forget that we may not have all the
evidence we thought we did that the alleged physical universe exists at
all!

     The mystics have been saying forever that the world is a dream, but
"they can barely feed themselves and lice live in their clothing" (LRH),
so who cares about them?

     If they are so smart, how come they aren't rich?

     Surely if the world were a dream made of consciousness, there would
be SOME evidence for it right?

     But not one iota in sight.  So how come?

     Well maybe people's minds are just too mucked up from false
certainties (physical universe exists) and oxymorons (my theory is
true!), and all the remainder of various ideas being in the wrong
buckets, that their mind just isn't free any more to perceive the very
special things necessary to know "Who or what is cause around here?"

     God or mammon?  
 
     Consciousness or matter, energy, space, time and force?

     So from all this we assert another theorem which says:

     If a perfect certainty has been doubted or denied, or an
uncertainty has been asserted to be certainty, the mind will no longer
be open enough to perceive truth and/or uncertainty as it really is.

     That means just one mistake in one's allocation of ideas to buckets
and the whole process of finding truth stops.

     It's amazing the Earth still turns, eh?
 
     But ever notice how many of the people on Earth are dead, or trying
to make each other dead?

     Now again we need to be real careful about this.  
 
     We are not saying that being honestly wrong will stop progress.

     It is quite OK to hold that the Earth is possibly or even probably
the only planet with life on it, it is not OK at all to hold that it is
CERTAINLY the only planet with life on it, because theoretical knowledge
can't be certain anyhow.

     And it is a carnal sin to claim only one planet has life on it
because my Book says so.
 
     So anything in the certainty bins that really belongs in the maybe
bins is a killer.

     Likewise anything in the maybe bins that OF NECESSITY belong in the
certainty bins is also a killer.

     People walking around thinking that maybe they don't exist, who
doubt that they doubt, that maybe they are someone else's hallucination,
and who are certain they can't be certain of anything belong in Godel
Jail.

     Godel Jail is where people go when they commit either of the two
sins against truth of doubting a perfect certainty, or asserting an
uncertainty as truth.

     Formally they are charged with asserting a perfect certainty into
an uncertainty or worse a falsity, or asserting an uncertainty into a
perfect certainty.

     The end result is a kind of insanity where they begin to babble
self denying statements like all generalizations are false, and there
are no absolutes.

     Wind between the ears.

     Thus it is not an impossible goal to clean up any person's personal
integrity as long as they are willing to do so.

     Perfect certainties are obvious, and so are uncertainties,
theoretical knowledge.

     But one has to let go of the doubts asserted as truth lest one be
punished for honest doubt.

     And one has to let go of the perfect certainties asserted as doubts
because the light of perfect certainty was horrifying.

     A LOT of people deny the existence of perfect certainty simply
because it gives them the willies, the Cosmic Qualms or a bad case of
philosophical vertigo.

     Ooohhhh yeah!

     Once the bins are all straightened out and personal integrity is
restored in its entirety, then and only then can the mind be open enough
to have the visionary experiences necessary to see what the true nature
of consciousness and existence might be.

     There is more truth worth knowing inside of us than outside of us
in the alleged physical universe.

     In fact I will assert in all good faith that when one's personal
integrity is completely clean again, one will have no idea whether the
alleged physical universe exists or not.

     Thus that particular idea will be in bin 3, 50/50 no clue.

     The 50/50 mark of not knowing whether the world is a dream or not
is the hot edged fence that keeps one awake and aware looking for any
slightest hint either way.

     For if the world is not a dream, the conscious unit is mortal and
will surely die one day, and no one has had time enough for love, and
never will.

     If the world is a dream, the conscious unit is immortal ((eternal))
and will live forever outside of time, and be able to engage in time as
it will, forever for free.

     "I doubt I am, therefore I am, for a nothing could not wonder if it
was a nothing or a something." - Descartes.

     "I know I am with perfect certainty, therefore I am forever."

     Descartes wrote that in a secret notebook that no one has found
yet.

     Attaining the 50/50 state of not knowing whether the world is a
dream or not, the being has attained a Phase 2 completion.  He won't be
happy, but he will be a lot saner than those around him who haven't
gotten there yet.
 
     3.) The Proof Proper.

     With the being yearning for new data to finally end his torment on
the fence of 50/50, we introduce the ideas of perfect certainty,
distance and learning by being an effect.

     Very simply, if two objects are separated by a distance, the only
way they can learn about each other is by learning by being an effect of
each other.

     Since effect does not prove cause, learning by being an effect
can not produce learning with certainty of any kind about the source
of those effects.

     If A affects B, B can never see A, B can only see the effects in
HIMSELF allegedly caused by A.

     Since consciousness CAN learn with certainty about its own color
forms and self, there can be no distance between learner and learned
about.

     Thus if you can see with perfect certainty two different colors out
there, they can't be out there because if they were out there you
couldn't see them.

     If A and B are separated by an actual distance, then the only way B
can learn about A is to be the effect of A and from those changes IN
ITSELF, B can begin to draw theories about the suspected nature of A.

     At no time can B see A at all, because B is not A.

     Distance between two objects precludes direct perception and thus
precludes the self luminous light of perfect certainty.

     You can SEE red and green, thus there can be no distance between
you and what you see.  That is the conscious light of perfect certainty.

     Distance between two objects mandates indirect perception and thus
mandates the darkness of theory and model.

     That which is directly seen is therefore not separated from one.

     NO MATTER HOW MUCH IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS.

     Thus consciousness has no distance in that part of its nature which
can see itself with perfect certainty, and thus is non dimensional in
that nature.

     Once that is perceived, the rest follows in due time, the being is
well on their way to a new and wonderful adventure of consciousness is
something, and the alleged physical universe is, well, who the hell
cares as there is NO evidence for it at all.

     Actuality virtualizes Reality, and there CAN BE NO EVIDENCE
that the Reality is Actual at all.

     Reality is a pretense that the being knowingly and willingly
engages in with full awareness of the consequences.

     Amnesia of that choice to engage in amnesia is just another
amnesia.

     That amnesia of choice is the proper and ONLY address of spiritual
auditing.

     Your faithful servant,

     Homer Wilson Smith

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