Chapter 0 is where everything starts, the zero, or starting point for the entire book. The "Friday Group" is immediately plunged into a heated discussion over the Nature of the Universe and the role that Perception plays in modeling the world.
An apparently simple question (puzzle) stumps the group — not due to the answer, but simply because a WAITRESS posits a question (puzzle) that no one in the GROUP can answer (solve).
Chapter 1 explores the idea of the Universe in much greater detail, positing that the Universe is actually infinite in Nature. This idea of infinity is closer to the idea of boundlessness, rather than "extremely big" or "extremely small".
Since this conception of the Universe contains *everything* by definition, it is also boundless — making the idea of anything "outside of it" impossible (once again, by definition).
This chapter covers the concept of the "Mutual Arising of Opposites", borrowed from and inspired by the Taoist sages, as well as Alan Watts in greater depth.
I continue with additional graphic means of description and experiments that you can do with a simple pen and paper to understand how we (may) give rise to the phenomenal world through our mental models.
After looking over this Appendix recently (June 2020), I will be the first to say that this Appendix needs some updating. The Absolute is actually absolutely continuous AND discrete - as being The Absolute it subsumes all pairs of complements.
While this may be somewhat difficult to grasp (after all, it only took me another 2 1/2 years to articulate after publishing the book), if something is absolutely continuous, then it has no break points or points of discontinuity.
Paradoxically, this also makes The Absolute absolutely discrete, as it is exactly One Thing due to its Unbroken Nature.
Appendix II focuses on the "Rules for Exegesis" when interpreting holy books. I found this reference invaluable in helping me shift my vantage point and perspectives across the multiple authors and works (to say nothing of the characters) while writing and editing "Science & Perception".
Science & Perception - Author's Perspective
Although it is coming up on 2 1/2 years since I first published "Science & Perception", I feel that the ideas it contains (and the path it follows) are more relevant than ever.Some people say that we are living in a post-truth world, and that simply isn't so. We are living a Read more…