Computational Metaphysics, Free Will and Duality (#1418)
The Computational Paradigm
(#1367) Process Metaphysics and Computational Paradigm
(#1406) Computational Metaphysics
(#1415) SMN, Free Will and Unification of Paradigms
(#1427) Labels, Essence, Awareness, Computation, SMN
(#1428) Free Will, Attitude, Awareness, Self Control, Causality, Karma, Cosmic Will, Computation and Consciousness
(#1430) Metaphysics of Virtual Reality
Mathematics of Intension
(#1437) The Chinese Room, Experience, Knowledge and Communication
Computational Processes (proof)
(#1470) Religion/Spirituality, Energy/Information and the Unification of Material and Spiritual Science
(#1663) System Theoretic Metaphysics and the Unification of the Transcendent and Empirical Sciences
Also see other excerpts from my discussions with the Society for Scientific Exploration.
A follow on from yesterdays posting regarding computational metaphysics and free will.
In the last posting I suggested that you (P) did not understand the underlying principles of the approach that I propose. Here I will give a very brief description of it to help you understand it a little better.
Re: Consciousness and
I likened primal consciousness to computation, I'll explain. I do not mean just the kind of activity that physical computers engage in; computation is a general principle that involves the coherent input, transformation and output of information. E.g. when any two particles interact they exchange information, they experience each other and respond, hence they are engaged in a computation. Any act of perception or cognition is also a computation in some form. Physical computers perform very simple logical computations very quickly so they have become intimately related to the concept of computation but they are just one type of computation.
Re: Computational Metaphysics
System Matrix Notation is primarily a general algorithm or information process. It can be implemented in mathematics or software and it models a generalised information process. There are many ways of conceiving of what it is but here I'll describe three related perspectives.
Firstly it is an algorithm that implements a "distributed event processing regime" that can manage all of the information logistics within a complex dynamical system. Secondly it is a model of a "general system" and thirdly it is a model of "general distributed computation".
The algorithm takes a single computational thread (primal consciousness, purusha) and a memory space (information medium, prakriti) and it structures these such that there arises any number of 'systems' within an abstract non-dimensional space. The single computational thread is distributed equally amongst all primitive systems thus giving each system an inner aspect or pure awareness from an individual perspective (atman). Between the systems there are information channels linking every system with every other system, thus any conceivable interaction scheme is possible. Because the space is maximally connected it is non-dimensional however different interconnection patterns create different dimensional spaces.
Within this network of interaction channels each system has an individual localised perspective and in each existential moment (iteration) each system perceives (input), interprets (input filter), experiences (state transition) and responds (output) to the observable states of other systems. In this manner the systems interact and form higher level systems - thus producing more complex systems. This constitutes what some call a semantic self-excited circuit that can give rise to emergent phenomena. It is within the realm of these emergent phenomena that the whole of relative reality (physical universe) arises. The circuit is the simulator and the universe is the simulation.
In this context each system experiences itself as being embedded in a world composed of a vast network of interacting systems. Each system is individually aware and it engages with its perceived world according to its own nature. Given enough internal complexity of feedback loops it could experience the experience of experiencing and thereby develop an ego that identifies with the high level construct (body, senses, mind) and come to imagine that it is the doer. It thereby loses touch with the inner most computational stream, which is still there (it could not exist otherwise) but it becomes un- noticed. The system's attention is drawn outward through its senses and mind and it believes that the world composed of the objects of its sense perceptions is 'reality'. Then it comes to dwell in Maya or the "world illusion".
Re: Free Will
My previous comments don't suggest that there is no reality behind the concept of free will, only that the reality is different to the usual concept that has been derived from a high level biologically conditioned perspective. The senses and mind are constructs of the constituents of nature (prakriti, AI programming, manifest systems or energy objects). Whereas the inner most awareness (atman, the seer, the watcher, purusha) is the fragment of cosmic consciousness (computational thread) that animates us. The seer has complete freedom but the body, senses, emotions and mind are all high level constructs and cannot do other than act out their nature, they are 'programmed'.
Meditation takes us beyond the constraints of our outer nature and leads us to identify with the spark of cosmic consciousness that is our inner most being. Then we realise that we are not the body or emotions or the mind - we do not 'die' when those constructs disolve as they must, and our true environment is made of spirit (transcendent information/computation) rather than of the objects of the senses (e.g. matter), hence we are not bound by material constraints. Rather than acting solely through the simulation and bound by the constraints of the simulated universe, we can act directly through the underlying computational space.
The cosmos is a field of consciousness and with our inner unconditioned consciousness we may participate in that field. Hence phenomena such as REG experiments, remote viewing and so on are simple examples of people operating within the wider environment rather than just through the narrow lens of the mythology of a materialist objective world.
If one is identified with one's inner most essence one has total freedom but if one is identified with one's ego or body or mind then one is bound by the deterministic nature of these systems. To identify with one's inner most being is to realise that "I am God", that "Atman is Brahman", that "I am a thread of the cosmic computational process".
Re: Definition of 'essence'
I could be a little clearer than I was yesterday... It could be said that 'essence' refers to the inner most being that underlies all outer form. E.g. in a computer game one may pick up an object and in the story of the game that object may be made of stone, but the essence of that object is in fact an abstract computational construct, perhaps a data object and other associated processes that all come together to make it possible for that object to exist in that virtual space.
I discuss the issue of duality at great length on my website but I'll make a few quick comments here. Dualistic analogies are necessary for general comprehension of certain aspects of our reality, especially since we have evolved as dualistic beings and generally have a dualistic outlook on the world. But these analogies can only go so far - ultimately the underlying reality is non-dual. Hence your description of energy universe and physical universe, of beings and energy objects is very useful, just as I use system theory for these things, but all these concepts only arise from our dualistic experience of an underlying non-dual reality. Hence we must beware of judicial reasoning and not blur the ideas with the reality. The mind cannot escape the realm of duality, that is why in order for us to comprehend and participate on the deepest levels we must go beyond the mind via meditation.