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January 3, 2011
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The E x p a n d i n g Being
10/19/05
"Do not assume anything," said Yoda to Obi-Wan Kenobi.

A paradigm’s critical feature is its set of assumptions, a.k.a. axioms. If someone changes an axiom or lets it fall away, the paradigm is turned upside down. When Galileo let the axiom of the earth being the center of the universe fall away, the paradigm shifted. When Einstein let the axiom of the universe being a flat Euclidean space fall away, the paradigm shifted.

The more axioms you have, the more limited your perspective is. An axiom is a condition or governing rule about something. The more conditions you set, the narrower your vision. For example, if you place the condition on speed in the form of the sound “barrier,�? you are closed to the reality which is that the speed of sound is not a limit on speed. In the extreme case when the number of axioms becomes large, you run the risk of having two axioms contradict each other. If your set of axioms contains a statement and its opposite, you can then literally derive every statement as true.

On the other hand, the fewer conditions you set, i.e., axioms you have, the more expanded your perspective is. It’s a lot like playing chess with fewer and fewer rules: more moves are then possible, translating by analogy to more freedom to see more. With the exception of two contradictory axioms, the fewer axioms you have translates into fewer things being true. True in the sense of either being an axiom or being derivable from the axioms or other true statements. Note that in that statement there are axioms behind what is derivable in a so-called correct manner, such as in the Aristotelian sense.

If you have no axioms, if you don’t presume anything, then your perspective is unlimited. Your mind has total freedom. Truth has to be left undefined for it doesn’t fit the old criteria of being either an axiom or something “correctly�? derivable from either axioms or other true statements.

This is the progression of an expanding being.

Finally, a list of some axioms:
1. in order for a statement to be true, there must be proof;
2. all concepts have an opposite concept;
3. you are your ego;
4. you are your body;
5. sometimes belief/faith is knowledge;
6. knowing about something is knowing something;
7. the universe operates on binary logic, etc.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

January 4, 2011
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There's an old book out there called "The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment"
it's a skinny book..but a good one.

The guy that wrote it says we are all always ina state of either expansion or contraction

oh..here..I found it online

you can read it online now days (Ah! The internet! Will wonders never cease?)
http://freespace.virgin.net/sarah.peter ... zyman.html

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

January 4, 2011
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I'm so lazy as to not just not seek enlightenment anymore, but to not even claim to know it exists, much how like beauty doesn't exist (except in the eye of the beholder).

I can relate to the "I want to read this later when I'm in a weird place."

That's part of the reason I write so much.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

January 7, 2011
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"bionic" wrote: There's an old book out there called "The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment"
it's a skinny book..but a good one.

The guy that wrote it says we are all always ina state of either expansion or contraction

oh..here..I found it online

you can read it online now days (Ah! The internet! Will wonders never cease?)
http://freespace.virgin.net/sarah.peter ... zyman.html

I'll read it this weekend. 😎 Thanks for posting it.

How long ago did you read it ?

“Living backwards!” Alice repeated in great
astonishment. “I never heard of such a thing!”
“—but there’s one great advantage in it, that one’s
memory works both ways.”
— Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

January 8, 2011
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I swear..it might take an hour or two

it's good reading..interesting

worthy of adding to your cache of understanding

especially for you..you're worth it..you'd get it

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

January 8, 2011
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I have been having trouble deciding between long documents and short bursts of words like on these forums.
Coming from you a recommendation means a lot.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

January 8, 2011
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it's really quick easy reading

I came across it 'by accident' years ago

havnet recomended it in years..so..for whatever that is worth

Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams

January 8, 2011
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What is Real --chapter, jumped out at me as something I would enjoy so I'm reading that first. I did also read the forward which I could identify with since I am pretty unproductive. At least in terms of "high functioning" people I'm kind of a slacker...ok big time slacker.

Ok, so it resonates to a great extent to what I understand, my understanding that is. This is the clearest and most succinct version I've seen yet. I employ the play analogy a lot. Some parts are "played" by God, I think. When we meet someone God is pretending to be, they tend to provoke something which is not meant to sound negative only, though negative is one thing God pretends to be, imo. The world as I see it is just a collection of stage props and consciousness is, at first glance, the script of this play. The script though is fairly complex and can write itself. Very interesting stuff.

Shakespeare was definitely on to something. And I'm sure that this is taught in ancient belief systems as well.

The advantage of this document is its succinctness. I like it so far.

It's amazing what you can do with language. Words can be friends. I am fond of the word "if".

"it is easy to grow crazy"

January 13, 2011
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Interesting, I'll have to come back to this thread.

I would challenge your first axiom as impossible, for starters. More later.

"George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd."

January 13, 2011
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There is the un-assumption of those axioms and others like them.

"it is easy to grow crazy"

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