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Life Philosophy Religion Science

Intelligent Design, Evolution and Creation

I have been researching world religions for most of my life.  A great deal of it is to understand myself, but also understand the rest of the world.  We have so much discord over religion, it requires a lifetime to understand from where it sprang to where it will go.

There is only one answer — and each religion has pieces to the larger spiritual puzzle.

So today I felt that I would discuss why Intelligent Design and Evolution can exist — which is the basis for the Waking Dream Mythos — the Way of the Weird.

First, we must remember that we have free will, so we shouldn’t be concerned about fate and “god’s path”.  We should be concerned with the path we create for ourselves, each and every day.  I liken the idea of being “fated” or “destined” to be someone disheartening.  I don’t want my life to have been scripted by someone I can’t see or understand.  I want to be the captain of my own ship and sail where I please.  If I am not in control, then what is the point?

Second, why don’t we entertain the idea that the Creator or Intelligent Designer, simply wrote the rules for the universe to be structured.  Say for a moment that the Creator was a game designer and he simply created the framework for us to play in.  I think Richard Back said it best when he said, “We are the otters of the universe.”  The Creator doesn’t need to be a chess player.  He can simply be interested in creating a world and seeing how it unfolds according to his design — his equation.

I have played far too many MMORPGs and if you spend time in them enough, you can see how they ultimately model our world, and how they evolve without the intervention of the players.  Players form guilds, create an economy, form relationships and ultimately mold the game to their will.  This is also evident that when subsequent versions of the game come out, they always incorporate the wishes of the gamers, and not necessarily the wishes of the programmer.

Evolution does not need to be mutually exclusive with Creationism — this is the simple untruth we’ve been fed.  They can exist in harmony, in the same way that science and religion can co-exist.  The purpose of science is to discover the rules of the game (and in gamer terms the “easter eggs”). Religion teaches us how to play the game together in harmony and peace — because if we cannot attain peace and harmony, we will always be a scourge on this planet.

I personally believe that there is a Creator, though I am unable by design to understand its will — I believe this is because we don’t need to know its will.  And all of our religions have professed to understand the will of the Creator, yet none of them can come to common ground.  It is saddening to see people killing in the name of the Creator, when just about every religion expressly forbids this.  What does it gain us?

The true evil in the world is the notion that we must attain things, and if someone has more than someone else, this is somehow unfair.  And that may be rightly so.  But instead of getting angry that someone has more than you from a materialistic perspective, why not look at what you do have — and not as an exercise in trying to best someone else.  I am not rich, but I don’t hate rich people.  I don’t live in a mansion, but I don’t begrudge someone who does.  If I can’t buy something the moment I want it, due to financial restriction or other, I analyze if I really need it, and if I want it, I simply wait until I can have it.  Patience is not a virtue, it is a necessary aspect of life, because time only moves as fast as it moves and we cannot quicken time, no matter how we try.

The human race has become obsessed with shiny things — just as Ravens are — which means we are an ever growing Unkindness of Ravens, fluttering from store to store and hoarding these meaningless shiny objects.  What we have forgotten is that its not the things, but the people in our lives that make life wonderful.  Its the journey, not the destination.  Each moment has its wonders, if we shed our fears and just look around.  Some days, I take a moment and look up at the sky, because it is wonderful.  And I am able to shed all those stupid thoughts that we all have, and just be for a moment.

I mean, no matter how rich or poor you are, you can find that one thing that makes you happy each  and every day.  A cup of coffee.  A hug from your child.  A kiss from your spouse.  That first sip of wine in the evening with a wonderful meal.  Some of these things you simply cannot buy, no matter how much money you have.

So did the Creator design this wonderful universe so that we can sit around playing with shiny objects?  Or did was it created so that we could mold it and enjoy it — together as one people, one world, one galaxy and one universe?  I think we all know the answers, but fear is what stops us from being a truly wonderful world-wide civilization.

 

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Philosophy

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird

Way of the Weird is an attempt to distill all religions, philosophical disciplines and quantum physics into an easy to understand way of viewing the elegance of our universe. It is clear that the time for religion has come to an end, as it has done nothing but cause polarization in our world. As aptly stated by the Dalai Lama:

“All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”

Way of the Weird is the basis for a series of novels I am writing where people can realize — becoming awakened or enlightened — that the world we have is a product of our imaginations, and a product of the things we allow to happen.

Give the Libellus Somnium a read, and see spread the word if you believe the world can be a dream and not the nightmare it has become.

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Novel Philosophy

The Book of Tristan

I.

I am Tristan, servant of the Weird and the Creator — the Crier at Twilight. To all the Dreamers, I must warn you of the untruths you are being taught to believe. Awaken your Weirdness so that you can assist in changing the world, our Waking Dream.

II.

My friends, I am compelled to write this missive and urge you to Awaken to the truth of our reality, that the universe is nothing more than a Waking Dream. Some of you have already embraced this notion, as I have proselytized this before in a previous life. Now it has become urgent that you awaken and believe the words I write. Certain individuals, the False Teachers, have infiltrated this reality, and have been actively misleading you and the Sleepers, swaddling you in banality they have created to mask the coming storm. They are everywhere, and you will not know them to see them, for they are hidden among us in plain sight — Immortals and wicked Dreamers.

III.

Those who have Awakened, already know the truth of the Waking Dream, and embracing the Weird will allow you to survive the days and years to come. The coming twilight heralds the end of this civilization — it is inevitable. The Beast walks among you, and we can only hope that he will unwittingly serve our cause by wrenching the sin from the hearts of these False Teachers before they destroy everything — achieving their goals. It was the Creator who unleashed the Beast and the Angel into the Spaces Between, to affect balance in the world, but these plans have surpassed their ability to exact retribution for the infractions against the Logos of the Weird.

IV.

Though I cannot provide you exact guidance on finding these False Teachers, I can give you advice on who to be wary of. They exist in positions of great power across the world, but that is not to say that all of the powerful people in the world are to blame — some work with us. You must believe only things your own Weirdness can ascertain. Since the first Sleeper arose from the last Great Transformation and the Immortals and Dreamers began to return, a plot was born from the mind of a single, insidious Immortal — but I do not know which one. He and those he has mentored have infiltrated these positions of power, meticulously misleading you into forgetting your place in the Waking Dream and effectively relinquishing your control over its design. We now live in the Dream he and those like him have created, and as you can see it is quickly becoming a nightmare.

V.

You have allowed your governments to run amuck through indecision and polarization the False Teachers have seeded among you. The Sleepers have been particularly susceptible to lies, and misinformation, and the False Teachers have used them to elect their minions into places of power within all the world governments, slowly weaving their lies into the fabric of our collective Dream, causing it to become unstable. This is not to say that all politicians are a part of this clandestine plot, because there are some who continue to work tirelessly towards a better world and dream, but they are mired beneath the lies and actions of these nightmarish minions. There is no way to stop the juggernaut of these political machines. This dark cancer has spread through the entire body of the political system, the best one can do is to avoid drawing their attention. And though I plead for you to heed my words, exposing myself to them, I gladly sacrifice myself so that you might be enlightened. Even now as I write this, I have only a few short hours before I will be found and silenced.

VI.

The media has become as corrupted as the governments. And again, there are exceptions, however the voices of those speaking the truth are drowned out by lies and accusations. Those who speak the truth are eventually silenced, or made to be thought of as insane. We are only allowed to see the news that they decide. The news is not of the people, it is the news of the False Teachers, leading us down the path of war, hate and destruction. The news has led us to believe that we are powerless and we should fear one another. There is evil in the world, my friends, however, there is also goodness. The television is not meant to be your sole source of experience. Abandon it, destroy it, ignore it. Explore your world through your own senses, and not the sense of those who are misleading you.

VII.

The time for religion has ended. Religion was created by the Sleepers to try to understand their purpose in the Waking Dream. They have no will of their own, and the minions of deception have infiltrated every aspect of their leadership. Only a precious few have tried to lead us all to a path of peace, but as history will show you, they were all murdered for speaking of the simplicity and elegance of a unified world. Religion has caused more strife on this world than any other aspect of human existence. It has polarized every country, neighborhood and family. There is no separation between religion and the governments. Religion is a tool of control. I tell you openly, my friends, the Creator did not intend for us to wait for his will to be known. He is the Creator of the Universe, we are the creators of the Dream. And when the Creator was finished with our Universe, he continued on to other places in the multiverse, creating other universes for other Dreamers to be born within. This simple truth can be realized by the fact that no one religion can agree on the role of the Creator. Religion has become a catalyst for hate and has ruined the first tenet of the Weird — Coexistence. This is not to say that the gathering of people together in fellowship is the problem. The problem comes when religion tries to say that one is more right than the other. The time for religion, as I have said, is over. We must be thinkers, philosophers and, of course, Dreamers.

VIII.

With all that being said, it is important to understand that no action can be taken against any of these False Teachers. The only way to defeat their seditious aims is to stop listening. You must take responsibility for your own life — look, listen, learn. Each of us has a Dream to pursue, and if the Dream is within the confines of the Logos of the Weird, it is good. If we stray from the elegance and simplicity of the Logos, we then become evil. Do not chastise unbelievers, nor should you try to sway others. Like will always attract like, and as the storm subsides, you will find one another and rebuild. You must awaken, realize the dream and believe. Once you have done that, you will be able to salvage the remains of our civilization, usher in a new age of humankind, and hopefully, defeat the powers the wish to destroy us all.

Be well my friends and we will meet again in the Spaces Between.

<– Return

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Philosophy Religion Science

The Seers in the Darkness

As many awakened Dreamers may have noticed, their ability to manipulate the Waking Dream has increased dramatically. We can only speculate that the events that transpired a few short months ago released an enormous amount of Weirdness into our world, making our abilities perform more profoundly. As a result, a new lost book has been rediscovered by Laertes, an ancient scroll that predates the Christian era, and was written in the Language of the Weird.

Over the past few weeks, Laertes was able to translate the document into something useful, which adds a new wrinkle to the events transpiring in the world today. A whole new group of Dreamers has emerged from the Weird, and we are unsure what their intentions are. However, this new revelation, “The Book of Seers“, has given us even more to think about.

There are so many things we have been blind to over the course of human history. We have allowed ourselves to be lulled into blissful ignorance by the banality of the Sleepers, so much so that there are so few of the Dreamers who have actually Awakened to assist in the impending war. However, The Book of Seers conveys the story of an order of Dreamers who have an amazing ability to see the complex fabric of the Weird — which most of the rest of us cannot see, no matter how powerful.

I urge you to read this new addition, as it contains possible clues to the nature of the Waking Dream and the origin of the Weird itself.

We will speak again soon.

The Crier

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The Book of Evolution :: Reblogged from Way of the Weird

Greetings Dreamers.

I apologize for being AWOL for a short time, but two new pieces of the Libellus Somnium was recovered by Laertes. I have been working with Arthur and Laertes to format them and get them posted here for all of you to read.

They were written in the ancient language of the Weird, known as Loethian. And they were recently…acquired…from a source that we’ll not discuss at this time. However, they are original documents and date back to about 7000 years ago. As the world undergoes the Transformation, more information has become available as a matter of necessity. We want to know what’s going on – everyone wants to know what’s going on. We need to understand the events in order to survive them.

The Book of Evolution finally explains the relationship between Evolution, The Creator and Intelligent Design. It explains how all of these things can exist concurrently. And no matter what religion, or non-religion you practice, these findings cannot be disputed without concrete evidence — which only exists in a state of which we are unaware.

Pretty crazy huh? I’m still trying to process this particular passage. Maybe you’ll have a better understanding than I did. I still think my brain is broke.

I give you The Book of Evolution. Share your thoughts.

I’ll speak to you soon.

The Crier

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Book of One Gaming Novel Philosophy

Waking Dream Online

Waking Dream Online (www.wakingdreamonline.com) is the official site for my books, stories and expanded content surrounding the Waking Dream Universe.  I am attempting to build a mythos around which other writers can contribute and grow the ideas — Much like the idea behind the Cthulhu Mythos by Lovecraft [Though I am not at all professing to be anywhere near as talented as he]

The website will have additional content that is not available in the published books.

Currently there are two short stories available for reading in the blog

  • The Charnel House — The story of three gamers turned ghost hunter who stumble on a mysterious house that appears one autumn night in rural Pennsylvania.
  • The Place of the Sisters — This story is a side story set in the 1800’s about three albino girls who find a mysterious place of power in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

There is also the Libellus Somnium — The Little Book of Dreams, which is essentially the philosophy/religion of the Waking Dream Universe.

In addition, you can find out more information about my books, Immortal Memories and Waking Dream: Devlin Book I of the Transformation Series.  There are 9 books planned in the series, with many other side books, especially short story anthologies and histories for each of the Immortals.

All of my writing, music and illustrations revolve around expanding the Waking Dream.  I want to inspire people to embrace their own Weirdness so that we can improve the world.  Because, I truly believe that the universe is nothing more than a waking dream — all we have to do is embrace our individual Weirdness and change the world.

You can subscribe to my blog via this link, or you can login in using your WordPress, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest in my work.

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Explore the Waking Dream

http://www.wakingdreamonline.com

If you haven’t had a chance to check out my new blog, there’s plenty to read.

In addition to my new novel coming out, I have made the site an extension of my writings, so it is almost completely fiction related to the Waking Dream Universe

If you like Dark Fantasy, or post-apocalyptica, you’ll enjoy the experience.

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Pure Imagination

Come with me, and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.  Take a look, and you’ll see into your imagination – Willy Wonka

As we get closer to the end of the world, ahem, I mean the elections in November, many issues are coming to light that pose significant problems for the rest of us.  But I have to say that we all have the ability to fix all of these problems, but it comes back down to taking action.  I know I’ve said before that we have the power to change the world, but I feel that I must constantly say this, because we all get distracted, disenfranchised, dissociated, depressed, detached and that leads to disbelief.  But we can do it, if we just put our minds to it.  The problem is that we are assailed with one things after the other that kills our spirit.  If you just watch ten minutes of the news, its enough to kill any positive thoughts you may have had.  We sell sorrow on the news, happy doesn’t sell ads.  People want to see death, disorder and destruction.  Why?  I do not know.

“If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” Such a simple thought, and it is simply true.  The most amazing thing about humans, and life in general, is that it has the ability to overcome the equations that define the universe.  Gravity is constantly pulling things together, yet even a blade of grass can overcome its relentless force to grow up to the sun — whereas a lifeless rock can only roll down a hill. But let us not view gravity negatively, let us just assume that it is a mostly benevolent force that takes over in the absense of thought. And gravity gets stronger the more things cluster together.

So, to continue with this allegory, let us look at our society.  Politics, as well as social and moral order, can be viewed as gravity.  These things bind us together, we have rules to govern our lives.  We have a government because we have proven that in many cases we cannot or will not govern ourselves.  We are a society with a fleeting sense of personal responsibility.  And, because we cannot govern ourselves, we have created a tangled web of limiting rules, that have not only limited our actions, they have limited our sense of creativity.  And like gravity, laws and rules have taken over in the absence of thought, or common sense.

What can we do, you might ask.  How can we overcome this ever-increasing legal, social and moral gravity?  We take responsibility for ourselves and learn to create our lives.  Each day, we should wake up, smile that we’ve survived another day, and say, “Today will be another great day!”  It’s not the power of positive thought, it’s the power of will.  I’m not advocating these pyramid schemes, such as the scam known as “The Law of Attraction”.  I don’t need a gimmick to create my life.  I need to have resolve and force of will.  That is all everyone needs.  There is no magic pill or trick to make you anymore in control of your life than you are.  We choose to be where we are, whether we accept it or not.  We chose to be the way we are.

In November, once again, we will be faced with a challenge.  We must choose the right people to lead us.  This is not ideal, because we should each be our own leaders, but we have not been.  It is a very important decision, this year more than ever, because we are in a downward spiral into the abyss. We must all work together to create a better place, for ourselves and our children.

So I will leave you with this — “Anything you want to, do it.  Wanna change the world?  There’s nothing to it.”

 

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Philosophy Religion Science

A Programmer’s View of Religion and the Universe [Part 3]

“The infinite is in the finite of every instant.” – Zen Proverb

This is the my third installment in a series of posts expressing my view of religion and the universe, having been a programmer/analyst for the bulk of my adult life.  In the first post, I began by describing the similarities between the fundamental construction of the universe and how similar it is to the way software is designed.  The second post, I took a look at the concept of “purpose”.  Today I would like to talk about the concept of existence.

Existence is such a nebulous concept.  We can look at something sitting nearby, and it exists.  Or at least we think it exists.  But when we start to delve into the world of the really small, the quantum level, it becomes apparent that existence isn’t exactly what we thought it was.  Things only “tend” to be there — which returns us to the age-old question, “If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there, does it still make a sound?”  Some schools of thought would suggest that it doesn’t fall, or make a sound.  This is possible, or I should say “probably”, because of the nature of the atoms that make up all matter in the universe.  Basically, an atom is composed of a cluster of neutrons and protons, orbited by 1 or more electrons.  Electrons, as observed scientifically, have a “probability wave”, which means there is an equation that governs all the possible positions it can be, everywhere in the universe and not just around the atom.  An electron has a probability, though very small, that it can exist anywhere in the known universe — though that probability may be some insanely small fraction of a percentage — e.g. a million billionths of a percentage point.  The idea is that it is possible, though very improbable.  But understanding this key concept, makes it possible to understand the other “weirdness” that governs our existence.

So what makes an electron “behave” or “tend” to be where you want it?  That is another source of great contention.  Some believe something doesn’t exist unless it is observed by someone, others believe it is there when it interacts with something else.  Either one of these concepts presents another problem.  Who was the first observer, or who was the first interactor?  Aristotle tried to explain this in his book The Metaphysics by introducing the concept of the Unmoved Mover — a primary cause or “mover” of all the motion in the universe.  It had not been moved by any other action, making it perfectly beautiful, indivisible and engaged in perfect contemplation of itself contemplating. 

There is therefore also something which moves it. And since that which moves and is moved is intermediate, there is something which moves without being moved, being eternal, substance, and actuality. – Aristotle The Metaphysics 12.7

 This very elegant philosophical concept allows the universe to exist without an observer, but it leaves the 13 billion year old elephant in the room — What was or is the unmoved mover? And how did it get there?  This question again introduces a plethora of concepts which you are probably already familiar with – creationism on one hand, the big bang on the other.  And unfortunately, this is where all human reason must end, as there is currently no known way to see beyond the moment of that our universe came into existence, because nothing was there to record those events.  Try as we may, spending billions of dollars to smash atoms together, hoping to get a glimpse of that first moment when the first particle formed, giving way to the universe.  But we have not discovered it yet, and I would have to say that we probably never will.  Not that we aren’t intelligent, and resourceful, but because the question and the answer are irrelevant.

We are so entirely wrapped up in the pursuit of finding the purpose to it all, we have forgotten that the moment is what matters.  We have existence, do we really need to understand why it is here?  Isn’t existence its own question and answer?  So back to the programmer’s perspective, do you need to know how your computer works internally to use and enjoy it?  Certainly not. We do not need to understand how the universe works to enjoy it, or utilize it.  We knew nothing about the universe, really, 2000 years ago and we survived, lived life and persisted. 

I write software using fundamental components.  I am the unmoved mover as far as my programs are concerned.  I am that which is programmed but programmed by myself and myself alone.  Do my bits of code wonder how they came into existence, while they await to perform their functions?  Who is to say.

Next time, we’ll explore the pinnacle of existence — life and the state of being.

 

 

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A Programmer’s View of Religion and the Universe [Part 2]

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” – Hamlet I.v

In the first part of this post, I began by explaining the similarities between modern software programming and the fundamental design of the universe.  It is no coincidence that these similarities exist, because at the base of everything is the one unifying language — Mathematics.  All things can be discussed in terms of mathematics, and all things can be quantified, to some degree, using mathematics.  So in order to define the “design” we must look to mathematics.

From this we can draw the conclusion that the architect of the universe is most likely a mathematician, but this is not to say that the architect created mathematics.  Mathematics simply exists and does not require creation, just as the fundamental state of existence does not require creation.  Mathematics and existence simply “are”.  It is very difficult for us to grasp this concept, because everything we see around us was created in some form or fashion, or at least that is the way we see it. 

In software development, there arises a need before there is a plan.  A customer describes the need to solve a problem, and a program is architected, engineered and coded to meet the need.  In all my years as a programmer, I have never seen a program appear out of thin air to meet the need; someone must design it, create it and define its parameters.  If we look around us, we see any number of objects lying on the desk before us; pencil, monitor, keyboard, checkbook, house, building, car.  All these things we created to meet a need or serve a purpose, and we use them until they are broken or no longer needed.  We don’t usually keep things around us, or create things, that serve no purpose.  But what is purpose?

The word “purpose” is a very broad term because we can define it so many different ways in the context of day-to-day life.  For instance, look at the purpose of a fork as opposed to a work of art.  Some would say that a fork has a higher purpose than a work of art because art does not perform a necessary function.  We as humans assign purpose to everything, and if something has not collective purpose, we tend to disregard it.  So we should turn that discriminate eye on ourselves.  What purpose do we as humans serve?  This question is what has spurred the millenia long strife of religion.  We cannot truly assign a purpose to ourselves, as a result, God has become the purpose, as we identify ourselves as his children.  This is not to say that this is wrong, but we must then put ourselves in the same role with our own children.  At the base level, children are a drain on our existence.  Our time and resources are spent to care for them, to teach them, to prepare them to have their own children.  One could argue that a child is no more purposeful than the work of art I mentioned above.  However, with a different understanding of purpose, children and artwork provide some level of entertainment and joy.  They enrich our lives, allowing us to enjoy the act of existing.  But what is existence?

Existence, like mathematics, just “is”.  And that is all we know at this point since we cannot define, or unable to ever define, why something like the universe would exist at all.  According to everything we know about science, it would have been much easier had nothing ever existed at all — a universe of tranquility, energy in a perpetual state of oneness and still. Everything around us all the time is trying to return to this state of stillness, only instead of becoming more still, it becomes more chaotic and more disorganized.  And unfortunately, once you’ve disorganized something, in the perspective of space AND time, you cannot reorganize it.  Time disallows us to ever return something to its exact state.  How is this, you might ask?  That is the realm of entropy.

For today, I leave you with these words to ponder, and I would love to hear comments or observations.