ETHICS of the MIND

ETHICS ISSUES:  SCIENCE and the MIND

“Mind is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, feeling and judgment…”  So says Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia.  Notice that the term is mind, not the mind.  Mind is not a physical thing, but instead a metaphysical ‘complex of faculties’ (abilities, capacities), a function of the brain and nervous system (things of substance).  While mind is not material, it still is. Without it we would be not.

Your mind is yours alone, working within your individual self.  It processes information that comes from without as well as what it itself generates, combining real and imagined data, random associations, unique experiences and every other input seen or unseen, heard or unheard, touched or untouched, smelled or unsmelled, tasted or not, to create an increasingly unique (metaphysical) structure. The process doesn’t follow a direct

ETHICS ISSUES: TRUTH & FACTS (of LIFE)

ETHICS, TRUTH and NATURE

Ethics is all about truth, and the truth is: Nature Bats Last.  No matter what man does, nature has the last word.  Here’s another truism:

Nature Doesn’t Lie.  Nature is exactly what it is, no more, no less—the essence of truth. And truth is exactly what it is—no more, no less than perfection. We don’t define perfection because we can’t achieve it.  It remains beyond us.  Further, we have stipulated truth as being free of lies (i.e., untruths are not truth.  Duh…).

But that’s as far as we can go. Truth can’t be perfectly defined because truth is an a priori cause—a First Principle–that can’t be defined by its effect[s]i.e., truth is a givenEverything requires truth to even be (exist) in the first place.  (This means that truth must have preceded even the Universe, which couldn’t exist without it). www.extremeethics.org/?p=974

But the concept (of truth) has to be articulated to some degree so that we can deal with it—after all, that’s why man invented words.  The following definition (not original) is based on perfection (another First Principle):  a verified or indisputable fact, proposition, principle; being in conformity with reality, transcending even what may be perceived.  In other words, although something may be true, we may not comprehend it. This is important.  As an example:  consider the Universe.  It’s real, but we don’t fully comprehend it.  It’s literally beyond us.

EDUCATION ISSUES: CREATION vs. EVOLUTION

EDUCATION – CREATION or EVOLUTION?

Are Creation and Evolution mutually exclusive?  I vote NO, and present the following in support of my thesis.

It’s been my purpose for the past several years to work toward justifying the physical world with the metaphysical (science with the spiritual).  Science being a child of philosophy, I believe that both are on parallel tracks that will link again when we finally know the truth. It’s my goal to fuse the two approaches insofar as possible while realizing that full spiritual understanding is out of my (or anyone else’s) range.  That said:

The Universe had to have a beginning, a cause (every effect has a cause).  Everything that is has to come from ‘somewhere’—have a beginning.

Creation says that there is a creator; Evolution says that it all ‘just happened’ after some initial event—say, the Big Bang.

Looking at the Big

ETHICAL ISSUES: ENLIGHTENMENT

ETHICS: A  PERSONAL ENLIGHTENMENT   (Part I)

About twenty years ago I experienced a life-changing epiphany.  What caused it I can’t say, but I know that it happened.  I was there, and my life since that time is witness to it.  The story’s in two parts, both from my book, To Tell The Truth… PART  I follows.  PART  II will come later.

I was in anything but a spiritual mode when I fell asleep one clear and moonless night in a Colorado B&B, but about 3AM  I shot bolt upright in bed shouting “It doesn’t matter!” loud enough to wake myself up.  The room was in white light—bright but not overpowering—and there were no shadows.  It was still dark outside.  Hard to imagine, but true.

Why I woke up just then or what didn’t matter wasn’t

ETHICS ISSUES: Peak Experiences

ETHICAL ISSUES: THE PEAK EXPERIENCE

American psychologist and philosopher Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970) coined this term to describe nonreligious quasi-mystical and mystical experiences.  Peak experiences are sudden intense feelings of well-being, and an awareness of “ultimate truth” and the essence of all things. Accompanying these experiences is a heightened sense of control over the body and emotions.

Maslow described peak experiences as self-validating, self-justifying; never negative, unpleasant or evil; disoriented in time and space; and accompanied by a loss of fear, anxiety, doubts, and inhibitions. Relative are those peak experiences in which there remains an awareness of subject and object, and which are extensions of the individual’s own experiences. Absolute experiences are characteristic of the mystical—timeless, spaceless, characterized by unity, in which the subject and object become one. These highest peaks include “feelings of limitless horizons opening up to the vision, the feeling of being simultaneously more powerful and