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Most people revert to their priors – the beliefs of their tribe or the ones that fit their common sense – and you have to provide an overwhelming amount of rational evidence before the brain notices anything amiss at all.It sounds like, in this model, enlightenment is effectively super-low-bandwidth.At university me and a mate prepared a legitimate engineering case for 3D-printed buildings (or at least large structural components), at a time when the only things being printed were plastic keyrings and parts for 3D printers.Naturally we ‘metaphorically’ threw the document into the trash after we graduated, laughing that it would never get taken seriously. The real process of meditation is paying real close attention to what is happening around you without passing it to the mind immediately for analysis…the mind becomes perceived to be another sense.
This is part of the reason that everything in Western culture went nuts when they discovered LSD, because you had all these people experiencing enlightenment outside of the conformity of the church. You’re just talking about another way of understanding consciousness. It feels to me like the things you’re talking about in very abstract terms are the same things that every other philosopher talks about. Every individual who goes up there sees the same shit, more or less. But (says the devil’s advocate) two Christian saints may have similar experiences of the Beatific Vision, write them down in similar terms, and the average Christian will nod and say it agrees with what they already know of the world (eg that it is run by a triune God who lives in the Empyrean).That story about the blockchain-based dating site gets better: its designer is an enlightened being.I got this from Vinay Gupta’s wiki, which describes some of his thoughts and experiences.I’m going to be transferring the meetup tab of the blog to point there in a few days unless people disagree for some reason. Comment quality this week was generally embarrassing.So in lieu of a Comment of the Week, read lunaranus’ summary of Civilization and Capitalism on the subreddit.