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That is not the problem. "As for quantum mechanics, we know it's not right." And indeed, Quantum Mechanics may well get replaced by something else.
Here is the problem: The unmitigatedness of interaction (in the case of entangled pairs) has been put to physical experiment, and this aspect of Quantum Mechanics IS correct. Which means it will also be part of whatever supersedes Quantum Mechanics.
This is not acceptable to the Western mind, unfortunately, it IS acceptable to Reality. It is part of how Reality works.
This is perhaps the key point of Herbert's book.
There is only one world-view I know of that approaches reality on this point--Vodun, or Haitian (and by extension, African) magic. There may be others I don't know of.
The Fates are kind.
But then I don't believe in any of this religious/spiritual stuff that apparently underlies the "Western" mind.
In all forms of Christianity the material is a real (though denigrated) category. The spiritual is thought to exist and is exhalted, but is separated from the material.
The Modern West arises co-incidentally with modern science, which investigates public knowledge--that is, that which is publicly verifiable through demonstration or experiment. This leaves out dreams and visions (the most important part of reality in many cultures), but at this point it does not pass judgment on them.
By the 19th century certain ancient notions that had been adopted by Christianity as unalterable dogma were shown by science to be false in fact, leading to a war between Christian religion and science. One consequence of the war was that science moved from non-study of the non-material, to active denial of the non-material. Science adopted a wholly materialistic point of view.
Several non-Western cultures blur the material-spiritual distinction. The interest is not in how to separate them, but in how they relate--how they inform each other.
If you were really non-materialist you would not be Western in mind.
The Fates are kind.
Most of the "the West" is definitely not materialist - the problem is that they conflate their mythos with their logos and expect certainty when there is and can be none. And they're afraid to say "I don't know".
the world is what it is
But WHAT is it? I don't think we know. A metaphysics is one's underlying model for everything. Are there metaphysics that actually work?
This as an inquiry, not angst.
And they're afraid to say "I don't know".
"Don't know" is the starting point for Zen: It is okay not to know--not at all the worst place to be. ;)
The Fates are kind.
Are there metaphysics that actually work?
But WHAT is it?
I've always had a fondness for an 'answer' provided in the Yoga Vasistha (India, 500 CE).
"The world is an impression left by the telling of a story."
My problem with such metaphors is that instead of being compelling for some insight, they are compelling for being antropomorphic, that is, referring to stuff we have 'innate sense of' and don't immediately think of something whose meaning could be philosophically (or metaphysically) complicated itself.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
In the classical Indian scheme, there are 6 complementary views... none of which paints the whole picture... these views are called:
Nyaya: Sets forth the rules and limits of thought/logic/language
Vaisheshika: Analysis (an ancient atomic theory is part of this approach)
Samkhya: An atheistic, dualistic approach which posits an essential difference between matter and mind
Mimamsa: A theistic approach
Vedanta: Posits an essential non-duality
These are considered complementary approaches.
In all forms of Christianity<snip>
Why does everyone insist that Christianity is some simple set of axioms? Christianity is not like dolls cut out of folded paper. We create god in our own image and that image shifts and changes with the individual and the time. Just to be clear here I am speaking of organised Christianity.
Christianity is not some fossil that has been dug out of the ground. Attitudes and ideas of today are found in the religions of today. Christianity in particular has fractured like a pane of glass dropped on the pavement. Like humpty dumpty there are those desperately trying to put it back together, and like humpty dumpty they will fail.
For a bunch of mathematicians, the lack of precision is surprising. Is this the quality of mathematical work? It is 99% true so we will call it universal?
There is a deeper problem than the 1% of Christianity that is not part of all forms of Christianity, and that is the way Christianity is changing. It is affected and altered by the same things that affect everyone. Today's Christianity is not the same as yesterdays. There are people who desperately cling to their vision of the past, but even they put forward a new version of their beliefs and myths. The landscape that they build their beliefs on has changed, so too must be what they build on that landscape.
Not all Christians dress in funny fashions that date from your grandmother, or great grandmother's time.
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