Continuing musings on the nature of God

Continuing on from the idea that our minds create a virtual reality by synthesising data from our senses and memory. And that this VR has an omnipresent all knowing consciousness which is our self and we infer that physical reality must also have an omnipresent consciousness which we call God.

I started speculating about Freud’s idea of the Id, the Ego and the Super Ego.

These ideas have now been superseded but perhaps the notion that the mind is made up of various drives or components has some truth.

It therefore occurs to me that we not only infer the existence of God we also infer the existence of the Devil. In fact perhaps most supernatural mythological phenomena can be attributed to our imposing our own psychological drives onto the physical world.

Pizza in the void?

I hear that China Mobile have set up a transmission station on Mount Everest to make it possible for climbers to make calls. How convenient.

When mobile phones first emerged in the 80s I predicated that one day you would be able to stand on an isolated beach anywhere in the world and make a phone call. Well it seems it’s now possible.

However, along with the advance of communications technology the ability to travel has become more available. This sounds great. It means we can all see the world. Not only that, we can call home and say “I’m on a bus travelling along Sukhumvit Road” or “I’m on this beach and I’ve just had my fifth tequila slammer”. Now the Chinese have let us say “I’m standing on top of Mount Everest…..what?…..yeh, yeh, it’s bloody cold”.

I guess what I regret about this is that it homogenises the world. The last time I visited Ko Samui I was sitting down with a bunch of Englishmen within hours eating a mixed grill.

The other downside is, of course, green house gas emissions. Our politicians are afraid to increase the cost of travel as they believe it would be unpopular. Not with me. If I am to travel half way around the world to visit a different culture then I do not want to have the option of a mixed grills and I also believe that I should be willing to pay for that privilege; for it is a privilege not a right. I should be willing to pay with my money and my effort.

Of course one can argue that I can afford to pay more than some. Well at the moment I may have the money but I don’t have the time. When I was younger I had less money and more time.

It is worth remembering that cheap international travel not only destroys remote cultures it destroys local culture too. Whenever I walk along the Embankment in London I am vaguely irritated that my view of the river is obstructed by a wall of enormous tour buses.

We destroy our environment to build massive airports, then destroy the environment of our destination by our mass presence. On a recent visit to Bangkok I stayed just off Rama IV and was told that I must visit the shops and restaurants at Lumphini Park. I did.

I can’t say it’s horrible. It was very good. Excellent food and lots of shops and stalls selling clothes and whatnot at good prices. But this is not Thailand anymore than Blue Water is England.

The travel industry panders to our laziness. It allows arm chair travellers to really travel and take their arm chair with them. I am as guilty as everyone else of course.

However a few times when I have been travelling I have actually felt that I had personally achieved something. Probably the best was while working in Nigeria. I took a car and a driver and travelled from Port Harcourt north to explore. Myself and Victor, my driver, ate boiled eggs and peanuts every morning for breakfast while hurtling along at break neck speeds with the windows wide open. Victor cracking the eggs on his forehead.

In the West we are taught to be cautious of everything. We hide behind our TV screens and tour buses and forget that the world existed before accident insurance and emergency services.

My car was an old Peugeot 303. The driver noticed the knocking noise first. We stopped near some traditional round thatched huts. A young man took a look at the engine and drew the dip stick through his fingers. He rubbed his oily fingers together and felt swarf. We stopped at the next town with a “mechanics village” and I had the engine completely stripped down and rebuilt. Three days later we went on our way.

I negotiated countless check points and was held by police in Abuja for driving the wrong way down a one way street.

 

No gorgeous beaches, no tourist tat and no fancy food. But I did feel I was alive.

I remember hiring a little motor bike in Thailand and touring around. One Englishman told me he would not do this as he had no insurance.

Modern technology enables an Englishman to be anywhere on the face of the earth in around 72 hours. I think we should ask ourselves: Is there anywhere in the world that actually needs an Englishman delivered in 72 hours?

Eurocrats show contempt for the Queen Mother

I have been trawling through some old articles. This was from a newspaper around the time that The Queen Mother died:

Staff at the European Commission continued to chatter jovially while Great Britain observed a minute’s silence for the Queen Mother’s funeral yesterday.

Though Sir Bernard was rebuffed when he asked that British staff be allowed to stop work for one minute at 11:30 loyal Brits down tools anyway. Sir Bernard was ordered to attend a meeting on quotas all morning but refused to speak from 11:30 until 11:31.

“It was intolerable” said Sir Bernard, “At 11:31 and 5 seconds the French delegate deliberately asked me to comment on Mackerel but I maintained a dignified silence despite an Italian poking me and asking ‘has the cat got your tongue’”.

“The Queen Mother said that she could look the East End in the face when she risked her life in the Nazi blitz but we wonder whether these Eurocrats could look the Queen Mother in the face even if she is no longer with us.” said an outraged Sir Bernard.

Proof of God’s existence

I have invented a proof that God exists.
Well it’s based on an idea that I got from TV. I don’t think it was East Enders.
The idea is that our consciousness is always a split second behind reality. This is the time it takes our brains to process our senses and create an alternative reality in our heads. So it will look at a lot of wooden sticks stuck together and think chair.
So then I went on from this to speculate that our version of reality does not exist in an instant in time. It consists of a “sliding window” of a few tenths of seconds. Maybe less. So for something to impinge on our consciousness it will take a little time. This is how subliminal stuff works. It is noticed by our brains but is not important enough to rise up to the surface.
Surprise is an event that is so odd, shocking or different that our sub-conscious passes it straight up to consciousness without processing and just says SHIT!! – FIGHT OR FLIGHT!
Animals vary in their preponderance to surprise. Simple animals are easily surprised as their window of consciousness is smaller. Their version of reality consists of not much more than food/not food. Dogs are harder to surprise but still easier than elephants. It is relatively difficult to surprise an elephant.
It all depends on the expanse and complexity of the version of reality that they carry around in their head. Humans are thought to have the most complex realities and are therefore the most difficult to surprise.
Consider your reaction to Tony Blair getting a job at a bank with a fat pay check. – Yawn. American right wing good buddies with the Saudi’s – ho hum.
Now consider that a consciousness is necessary for the reality to exist and that the larger the reality the more complex the consciousness. Then does it not stand to reason that for the entire universe to exist there must be a consciousness enormous enough to encompass it. The sliding window would necessarily be the entire length of the universe.

Ipso facto God exists.