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Although the Western Mind (including Colman's, at a guess) shrinks back in horror from mysticism and explicit dualism, it still works on the assumption that Mind is separate from Reality, and that the only way to understand Reality is by making Mind (i.e. abstracted pattern recognition) and Reality as separate as possible.

Thank you for attributing idiotic views to me. I always appreciate that, especially when they're diametrically opposed to my actual views.  I guess I'll just have to become a mystic so I can truly understand things. <sigh>

Turns out that earlier I was discussing with Migeru in IM that the distinction between observer and the observed is entirely artificial. Mind you, mysticism doesn't help at all, because it moves the observer further from the observed, not closer - the observer is really outside reality, floating around in a higher state of consciousness with the other enlightened souls, man.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Jan 2nd, 2008 at 07:38:21 PM EST
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