Tag Archives: Transcendentalism

A letter to David Haury

Hi David,
 
Interesting article you have in:
 
 
When reflecting on the origin of truth, one discovers that this particular issue does not really belong to science. The topic is closer to philosophy, i.e., epistemology where Kant made his mark, but even this does not do the topic justice. According to intuitionist understanding, apparent truth springs from something more innate: a trust worthy awareness, of which knowing thy self becomes more fundamental. Or in other words, to win a trust that grounds us to broad reality, there must be a vetting process to puts our most tightly held beliefs to the test. Unfortunately, this vetting process is not traditional science, rather it is closer to a transcendental science as Edmund Husserl noted.
 
Putting the “scientific theory of evolution” to the test does NOT return Darwin`s theory of evolution, it returns something different as I explain in my paper:
 

Two-sided emotion and universal grammar

I wrote before about the two-sidedness of emotionality. This should not be surprising, sense emotionality relates to motivation, desire, action and intention. Because action and intention come to bear on the question of determinism and freewill, we see that emotion relates directly to Kant`s third antinomy that is found two-sided: i.e., it is just as easy to interpret emotion from the vantage point offered by liberation and self-determination, as it is to argue that emotion is the by-product of circumstance beyond our control.

This explains why traditional science can`t explain emotion, and why emotion can only be studied with a transcendental science. This explains why the unscrupulous libertine can interpret emotions one way, and act in a different way; that is, the libertine will equivocate his two interpretations of emotionality depending on what is most expedient.

I offer two definitions that may find relevance, assuming my intuition is pristine enough:

1. Prejudice: a premature articulation and judgment of what emotion that is found sense-certain.

2. Intolerance: a call to respect the two-sidedness of one`s own emotionality, while enforcing a one-sided interpretation of the emotionality coming from others.

Question: Assuming God`s plan is to avoid prejudice and intolerance, and noting that Kant`s third antinomy offers a doorway into Trinitarian philosophy where emotionality is found sourcing the middle-term that holds the sides of the antinomy together, then how might we arrive at the universal grammar that is now underwritten by the emotionality that is found transcendent?

When faced with emotion we may slow down, to give emotion enough time for its articulation and thoughtful action. Feeling may be treated by reflex action where we give ourselves over to subconscious control, which is fine. However, to avoid being a libertine we seek a pathway beyond prejudice, defined above, and this implies that enough time must pass to bring deliberation to a proper conclusion. Then we may act, noting that deliberation is followed by liberation. Note, however, to avoid intolerance there must also be a call to respect the two-sided emotionality that is found transcendent. So not just any conclusion will do, and more work may be noted.

Awareness finds itself with the articulation of the emotion that is found sense-certain. But note, this is as much the emotion returning to its transcendent source by liberation, and so awareness finds its self in its provisionality that is less than an absolute understanding. Therefore, this provisionality should open itself up to its own two-sidedness again, lest more unresolved tension remain for further rounds of articulation. The less aware, or the libertine, will fall short in these demands. Nevertheless, I believe the universality of this pattern remains, and hence we find the universal grammar.

Oneness

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Article reads: A Sufi or a Yogi understands that we all are the children of God, and in this world of variety, man is His finest manifestation. Man unites with others in the family tie, which is the first step in his evolution.

Experience the truth

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Article reads: Truth is one but the means to know it are numerous. Hence the facts regarding the Truth are many. Facts are not self-explanatory; they are analysed by theories and theses and these may differ from each other. We have accumulated vast mounds of information about the Truth, but very few have experienced the Truth.

Making sense of the soul

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Article reads: Some of us are fixated too much on the logical side, completely denying the power of intuition and spiritual needs. But as the world changes, we are getting an internal feeling based on hope and faith even during this age of logic. While we have benefited greatly from our logical side, at the same time we know that we can’t feel fully content just based on that.

Implications of ID

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http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/broader-implications-of-id/

Article reads: In the popular media, ID is often portrayed as Creationism in new clothes.  And indeed, even among ID proponents, the creation implications tend to be predominantly emphasized.  Yet the theory underpinning Intelligent Design has implications beyond the realm of biological history, perhaps it is a much broader theory than most realize at first.  In fact, it may even describe a comprehensive worldview.  The primary reason that ID has such an impact is because materialism underlies many areas of modern thought, and ID is an alternative hypothesis to materialism.

Spirituality of being One

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http://www.examiner.com/new-thought-in-san-francisco/what-is-spirituality-all-about

Article reads: Spirituality is that we are all One, just atoms rearranged in a different way.  Different physical manifestations of the One.  When you consider that, that you are a physical manifestation of the One, what do you wish to do with that?   Know…be still and know…and then go and be love.  That is what spirituality is all about.

His illumining light

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/A-dazzling-life/Article1-734852.aspx

Article reads: There is someone who wishes you to be in delight and joy. If you can be in joy — not the outer joy of going here and there, buying material things, socialising — but real joy and inner fulfilment, then you can spontaneously repose faith in Him.

Trust behind deeper faith

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http://blogs.psychcentral.com/happiness/2011/08/faith-in-faith/

Article reads: The second, deeper, faith is gentler and heart-derived. When we see people who weather terrible suffering with grace, we are watching such faith in action. There may or may not be a particular religious belief system at work, but peace in the face of terror arises from heartfelt confidence in cosmic ‘rightness’ that arises from the deeper wells of human spirit. It is faith that the universe is so lovely and mysterious that the only sensible stance is to surrender before its howling gales with awe. It bespeaks a tender relationship with life that makes no demands, but accepts the gift of every living moment.

Transcendental consciousness

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Article reads: Scientists first proposed the existence of a fourth state of consciousness in the early 1970s, when UCLA researchers discovered that people practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique shifted into a state never before seen in a physiology lab. In the history of science, if there has been a single, overarching moment of “East meets West,” surely, it was this. The pioneering research appeared in Scientific American, American Journal of Physiology and the journal Science. The findings were expanded by numerous follow-up studies done at other research institutes and medical schools, establishing meditation as a new frontier of scientific research.