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Friday, June 11, 2010

Biocentrism - The Meaning of Life - The Eternal Maze

What is Biocentrism?  Biocentrism tells us space and time aren't objects -- they're the mind's tools for putting everything together.

We all want to know what happens when we die.  We all also wonder what if time is truly elastic and if we are simply in one particular spot based on our own consciousness.  Can we bend time?

I once studied a pattern on the carpet of the Soho Grand after smoking a particularly good joint. I thought I had discovered the maze of life. The un-ending interlocking pattern of eternity.  I called it the eternal maze.  I wrote on a napkin while stoned, "You have recognized the eternal maze, before you recognized the ‘e’ within the maze."  A new film trailer for the movie "Inception" uses this famous graphic in its film title.

So when I saw this pattern used in the graphics of Inception, it really caught my attention.  See the film trailer HERE.

I have been anticipating this film more than any other in years.   The first trailer released about 6 months ago (trailer) got me thinking it might be about biocentrism and dreams.

In an article by Robert Lanza at Huffington Post he asks:

What happens when we die? Do we rot into the ground, or do we go to heaven (or hell, if we've been bad)? Experiments suggest the answer is simpler than anyone thought. Without the glue of consciousness, time essentially reboots.

The mystery of life and death can't be examined by visiting the Galapagos or looking through a microscope. It lies deeper. It involves our very selves. We wake and find ourselves in the present. There are stairs below us, which we seem to have climbed; there are stairs above us, which go upward into the unknown future. But the mind stands at the door by which we entered and gives us the memories by which we go about our day. Everything is ordered and predictable. We're like cuckoo birds who appear through a door each morning. We fancy there's a clockwork set in motion at the beginning of time.

But if you remove everything from space, what's left? Nothing. The same applies for time -- you can't put it in a jar. You can't see through the bone surrounding your brain (everything you experience is information in your mind). Biocentrism tells us space and time aren't objects -- they're the mind's tools for putting everything together.

Before he died, Einstein said "Now Besso [an old friend] has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us ... know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." In fact, it was Einstein's theory of relativity that showed that space and time are indeed relative to the observer. Quantum theory ended the classical view that particles exist if we don't perceive them. But if the world is observer-created, we shouldn't be surprised that it's destroyed with each of us. Nor should we be surprised that space and time vanish, and with them all Newtonian conceptions of order and prediction.

It's here at last, where we approach the imagined border of ourselves, the wooded boundary where in the old fairy tale the fox and the hare say goodnight to each other. At death, we all know, consciousness is gone, and so too the continuity in the connection of times and places. Where then, do we find ourselves? On stairs that can be intercalated anywhere, like those that Hermes won with the dice of the moon, that Osiris might be born. We think that the past is past and the future the future. But as Einstein realized, this simply isn't the case.

Without consciousness, space and time are nothing; in reality you can take any time -- whether past or future -− as your new frame of reference. Death is a reboot that leads to all potentialities.


  1. Saw a link to your post at Daily Show. Very cool!!

  2. dreaming is the first clue that there's more