Re: virus: Fwd: The location of God?

psypher (
Mon, 10 May 1999 10:46:54 -0400 (EDT)

...related books:

...both are good. Crick is absolute hardline, Ramachandran thinks we've figured out the "why" of life already, but both are still good.

Quotes from the Ramachandran text:

"For your entire life you've been walking around assuming that your
'self' is anchored to a single body that remains stable and permenent at least until death. Indeed the 'loyalty' of your self to your own body is so axiomatic that you never even pause to think about it, let alone question it. Yet these experiments suggest the exact opposite - that your body image, despite all its appearance of durability, is an entirely transitory internal construct that can be profoundly modified with just a few simple tricks. It is merely a shell that you have created for successefully passing on your genes to your offspring." (pp. 61-62)

"So the first step in understanding perception is to get rid of the
idea of images in the brain and to begin thinking about symbolic descriptions of objects and events in the external world." (p. 66)

"...perhaps we are hallucinating all the time and what we call
perception is arrived at simply by determining which hallucination best conforms to the current sensory input." (p 112)

"Unlike other animals, humans are acutely aware of their own
mortality and are terrified of death. But the study of cosmology gives us a sense of timelessness, of being part of something much larger. The fact that your own personal life is finite is less frightening when you know you are part of an evolving universe - an ever unfolding drama. [...] In this revolution we have given up the idea that there is a soul seperate from our minds and bodies. Far from being terrifying, this idea is very liberating. If you think you're something special in this world, engaging in a lofty inspection of the cosmos from a unique vantage point, your annihilation becomes unnacceptable. But if you're really part of the great cosmic dance of Shiva, rather than a mere spectator, then your inevitable death should be seen as a joyous reunion with nature rather than as a tragedy." (pp. 156 - 157)

"...perhaps its time to recognise that the division between mind and
body may be no more than a pedagogic device for instructing medical students - and not a useful construct for understanding human health, disease and behaviour." (p 221)

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