Garbage in, garbage out, and the Second Coming – Part I

I thought I could get this all out in one post, but turns out I had more to say than I thought, so here is Part I. Part II coming tomorrow…

In my day job, I am a web application developer and spend my days writing code for sites rather like this one you are viewing now. Well, not quite like this one really, more “business-y” style ones, but you get the drift. We have a saying in my trade, “garbage in, garbage out.” It basically means to us that no matter how great an application you create, if you put bad data into it, you are going to get bad data out. Part of our job as developers is to try to add as many safeguards as possible to prevent users from being able to put bad data in – validation and checks that notify the user that the data is invalid, and prompt them to correct it. Of course, there is no way to avoid all such instances, as a value that may be perfectly valid may still be incorrect or inaccurate. If you’re entering the name of your third child and put in “Jenniher” instead of “Jennifer,” that’s a perfectly valid sequence of characters, though inaccurate. And even if we make the application completely bulletproof, there is a deeper layer that can cause issues, one that is often completely overlooked and transparent to the end user most of the time, and that’t the OS – the operating system. Think Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. Most of the time, the OS runs smoothly, and we don’t even know it’s there. But if there are issues, they are typically major, and we could end up seeing the “blue screen of death” and losing everything.

I see our brains as quantum computers and think that very similar concepts apply. Our subconscious is like our OS – most of the time, it runs completely unseen, unnoticed, and everything goes smoothly for us. Our conscious mind is like the main processor, our thoughts like the applications, and all the external input – music, TV, web content, movies, books, conversations, etc – like the data going into the applications. We use our conscious minds to filter out the stuff we don’t like, let the stuff we do pass through for further processing, and spend our days doing this continually as we wade through the ever-increasing deluge of data. But honestly, there is just so much data coming so fast, that our filters often times can’t keep up, and so to take some strain off our processors, we loosen them up a little bit – let more stuff through, just ignore it. An example for me is some of the song lyrics I referenced in one of my past posts. I love the music, like to sing along, so I let words and phrases that I don’t agree with at all get past my filters because there is just too much other, more important stuff to think about.

And underlying all this conscious thought, there is our subconscious, our OS, constantly running. And while we are not even aware of it, it is soaking up all kinds of stuff we are not even consciously aware of. For those of us who tend to be on the more reflective, self-aware side, it’s probably a little less, but it still happens. And just like an OS on a computer, if something gets stuck in it, or we have an issue in there, it is much more difficult to find and get fixed. We can’t simply uninstall it as we would an application, or stop thinking about it as in the case of conscious thoughts. We often have to take it to a specialist to get fixed – a PC repair place in the case of a computer, and a psychiatrist or counselor in the case of something in the subconscious. Of course, many of the issues like depression, anxiety, etc are noticeable in our conscious thoughts, but are often related to traumas or stories we tell ourselves that we are not even aware of – they run deep under our conscious awareness. So where am I going with all of this?

The materialist philosophy has been programmed into us for the last several hundred, maybe even thousands of years, at the level of our OS, our subconscious. It has been drilled into us so deeply, the central idea about what is real, what is possible and what is not, that most of us don’t even notice or question it. Anything that can’t be explained using materialist science – and I mean anything and EVERYTHING – is written off as some kind of delusion, some psychic “mumbo jumbo” (the LOVE to use the ‘mumbo jumbo’ term), solipsism, pseudo-science, you name it. Just something not nice though, something that indicates some lack of intelligence or validity. At the same time, any theory, now matter how whacky, implausible or improbable is completely valid and acceptable as long as one of them comes up with at, and they all agree with it – e.g. the many worlds hypothesis, which states that any time any person in the universe makes a decision, 2 new entirely separate universes spin off, one for each decision, such that every moment, literally billions of universes are sprouted. That, that is completely valid, even as utterly preposterous, unbelievable and improbable as it sounds. And by “they,” I mean the scientific philosophical shot-callers who decide who gets published and who doesn’t – who gets grants and prestige, and who gets pushed to the fringes. So they have decided, told us, programmed into us our beliefs about reality, and those beliefs have shaped us and our world. And through music, TV, politics, advertising, school curriculums, etc, they reinforce those materialist beliefs.

But they are starting to run into some real issues. It all started with the birth of quantum physics. Initially, they thought they could just separate it out (the Copenhagen Interpretation, which Einstein did NOT like, think “God does not play dice…”) and simply state that there would be one theory for everything above the atomic scale, Newtonian Physics, and one for everything smaller, quantum physics. And they have gotten away with that quite nicely for the last almost hundred years, sending everyone off on some great quest to find that one, unifying theory, a “theory of everything” that would unite the two schools of thought. And any time anyone tried to even hint at some deeper meaning or possible metaphysical connection to things like entanglement or superposition, it was just more of the negative campaign ads against it.

But as much as they have tried to assure us all that they would be able to explain everything, they are starting to run into some real issues. I think they were pretty confident that once some of the strange paradoxes of the quantum world could actually be tested instead of just living as thought experiments, they would discover something was off, their materialist view still held sway, and they could introduce some new theory. But every day, we see the results of experiments being published, results that I have highlighted here on my blog, that defy materialist logic and reason : the arrow of time being reversed, objective reality being different for 2 people observing the same thing, quantum entanglement producing instantaneous effects over vast distances – they are proving that all of that stuff is REAL. They can’t completely explain it yet using materialism, but they refuse to even CONSIDER any theory not based on it. But never mind that. That’s not what’s important about all this anway.

What is important about it then? Hopefully something since I just made you read all that, right? Lol. The thing that is SO important is that, whether they like it or not, they are providing the product keys for the OS upgrade so many of us have been waiting and praying for. When a person reads something published in a reputable scientific journal that states that objective reality isn’t real, and scientists have PROVED it – just think what a profound effect that must have on our subconscious even if consciously we could care less. When we read something that says some “mysterious force” seems to have guided the early development of the universe, then vanished, what parts of the collective unconscious that has been developed over millions of years must jolt awake and think of the ancient creation myths, the old stories of darkness falling on the face of the deep, and that God, that Spirit, that Source, that Higher Consciousness from which we were created. Indeed, I know that when I read those articles, something very deep within me, something beyond scientific explanation, resonates, almost vibrates, sending chills up and down my spine as I feel the very foundation of my – of our – reality shifting.

Tomorrow, I will continue and get to the “Second Coming” part of this. Spoiler alert – it is NOT about some guy coming back to save us all (sorry if you’re bummed about that) – at least not in the sense you might think. And I guess it is pretty appropriate that I talk about the second coming in the second part, eh? The law of correspondence is so cool… more on that later too.

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