I have started this new thread post to explain some things that I obviously haven't explained adequately already. The purpose of this new thread is to explain why I have been talking about the concept of Indra's Net, introducing it into the MBT cosmology. As usual, I can't do it in just a bare minimum of words. Sorry about that Chief.
My entry point into considering the nature of Ultimate Reality comes from a rough and broad, lifelong survey of some portion of the concepts of shamans and mystics reported from before written languages to the present. To that I add gifts of information given to me and personal visions more or less like those of mystics of the past. From my viewpoint, this gives us concepts that match the observations and visions of mystics of the past as well as matching the concepts developed by Tom, in MBT. These are roughly speaking, an empty Void of vast size (the Nothingness that you somehow know is there), the Void plus a buzz of potential or sense of something about to happen (Plenum), a single Unified Whole containing everything including ourselves (you perceive yourself to be part of this Union), a Consciousness within which everything exists and a Network of individual consciousnesses on a communication network (the RWW) that are somehow also part of the One Consciousness (Indra's Net).
Many ancient peoples developed the concept that reality arises from consciousness rather than from the apparent physical reality that they perceived around them. And they knew of the non physical world of the spirits, accessible by shamans, that you could interact with within your mind and do things there that you could not do in the ordinary physical world. Basically they lacked the constant Ã¢â‚¬Ëœentertainment' and distraction that modern society provides and lived more Ã¢â‚¬Ëœin their heads' than we do so were more inclined to spirituality and metaphysics. They lived in an environment that naturally provided the quiet, uninterrupted times that we now must deliberately create in order to meditate and pursue access to our own consciousness.
Tom adds to the ancient concepts an awareness of digital technology, digital physics and information theory plus an evolutionary bootstrapping process and comes up with the cosmology of MBT. Everything is consciousness, and all one consciousness, but yet with intercommunicating individuated consciousnesses that are somehow part of the whole and exist simultaneously as individuals and yet part of the whole. It is these individuated consciousnesses that we are talking about as our higher selves and also the different aspects that I refer to as virtual beings that they appear to function as while at different times interacting with PMR, NPMR or bigger picture aspects of Ultimate Reality. More of this elsewhere.
I use the historical terminology Indra's Net because it includes both the concepts of the communication network, the RWW, and all of the interconnected beings, as our higher selves or our VR selves, that communicate over it. It also ties ancient historical descriptions into Tom's modern description in MBT. Ancient descriptions would have it as a net of jewels (of consciousness) which all reflect each other in their facets (the net). Tom describes this concept first with his mention of the RWW in Book 2, Chapter 6 - also, to a lesser extent in Book 2, chapters 20, 25 and 26. He gets back to it in Book 3, chapter 4 and 7 with some mention in chapters 9, 11 and 12.
I believe Tom to be one in a multi millennial long chain of metaphysicians making contact with and then developing an understanding of the true nature of Ultimate Reality. Bringing the ancient concept that reality arises from consciousness back into the forefront and hopefully into the mainstream, by adding modern digital concepts that explain what the ancients could not. That is, adding a description of how this can all work from a modern and scientifically understandable viewpoint that conceptually explains everything, all the things that mystics unaided by a scientific viewpoint and modern technological concepts could not explain, only gloss over with 'mystical' or poetic terminology.
Tom developed his understanding from his own personal explorations and scientific background, not from the records of the historical concept of Indra's Net and thus did not use this terminology in MBT. This is in the tradition of the Ancients whose work has been passed down individually, most of whom developed their own understandings based on their own mental explorations. While I muddy the waters somewhat in bringing this up, historical background and Indra's Net, I believe I also add a historical connection to shamanism and mysticism that can bring those inclined to these approaches to reality into an understanding and acceptance of MBT concepts as matching the insights of their traditions.
Besides my more historical knowledge based development of my understanding of Ultimate Reality and my own explorations, I also use the concept of Indra's net because I consider the computer game created by John Conway, The Game of Life, as an analogy as I visualize and seek to understand the bootstrapping process of The One into being. There are many Internet sites with versions of this game if you do a search. What you see if you play around with one of these instances of The Game of Life or look at various sites displaying advanced aspects of the game is cellular automata, a pattern of dots on a gridded screen that interact with each other as individual dots interact with adjacent dots based on a rule set. There is one site that displays an example of the simulation of a digital computer and all it's digital logic on a display of the screen of a Game of Life. Studying the Game of Life, which I highly recommend, will show you the result that the patterns may move, crash into each other, combine, mutate, grow or die or even display all of the digital logic capabilities of a digital computer. Think of this as some of the random data, the ones and zeros stored in the reality cells that existed in the Void before the bootstrapping of the One Consciousness into existence, moving and interacting based on some inter cell rule set. Think of this as the primal example of the iteration of the same evolutionary process that led to the evolutionary development of life in the shallow seas and tide pools of VR PMR Earth.
It is from something like these simple automata that eventually self replicating and then more complex automata must have developed, eventually leading to pattern matching and eventually to intelligence, mind, The One Mind/Consciousness and AUM. But somewhere in this process of development, the right process or rules must have evolved, effectively forming barriers, that absorbed any stray incoming automata, that kept randomly traveling, non intelligent automata from crashing into and destroying the budding intelligence on the other side of the barrier. Part of the consciousness-evolution process by which ever more complex and powerful functionality and eventually consciousnesses developed? Once an effective barrier is created by random interactions, it would persist and provide a relatively protected area in it's lee. Becoming more complex and more robust as part of the development of means to conserve evolutionary gains. On the way to making the jump from demolition derby between mindless cellular automata to self awareness, consciousness, intelligence and Mind. This is the heart of the bootstrapping process leading to The One Mind as an understandable concept, an example or visualization, not necessarily the way it was but a real and understandable possibility.
To give some more detail to the bootstrapping process, I propose the following visualization, linking the above to the eventual development of Indra's Net on the way to the development of Universal Consciousness and the One Mind, AUM. Comparable to this would be the evolutionary process in the shallow oceans and tide pools of PMR Earth by which self replicating chemicals led to the DNA/RNA double helix and the myriad varieties of life on PMR Earth. I suggest that in the bootstrapping process, it is natural for there to develop the barriers mentioned above, impenetrable to perambulating, non intelligent cellular automata as described above within the reality cell existence field of Ultimate Reality. Once such a barrier developed, it would of course persist, being indestructible or relatively so in the environment of the existence field. The risk avoidance and self defense strategies of mobility and aggression were not available in the Existence Field reality of the Bootstrapping Process of The One/AUM. When a being consists of data intermixed with processing areas in a uniform field of reality cells, mobility from reality cell to adjacent reality cell is not an option like in the Game of Life. Although data can be moved from reality cell to reality cell and processing means that cells form a processing area that must move data in, process it and then move it out to other areas for further processing; while the cells of that area are switching states continuously during the processing, mobility of the whole is not an option.
A little thinking should show that combining movement requirements with calculating requirements is just simply too much when calculating amounts to the interaction of adjacent cells according to some rule set. Your study of the Game of Life should have shown you that Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcalculation' consists of interaction of adjacent reality cells in one state, unperturbed, with reality cells in the alternate, perturbed, state according to the rule set for the reality field. So what is data and what is calculating functionality is entirely a matter of the relationships between the perturbed and unperturbed cells, resulting in interactions according to the rule set of the reality field. The interaction of the reality cells constitutes both data and processing code. Contact and interaction of data with data or data with the processing code in the wrong manner means destruction in this Ã¢â‚¬Ëœenvironment' where there is no inherent difference between cells that contain data and cells that constitute processing functions. It would be basically the same as storing data in a modern computer by error in a memory area where processing code is stored. There is no way to guess how the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœdata' would be construed when treated as processing code. But a crash is most probable. Unexpected and abnormal results is absolutely certain.
This could, with a little imagination on our part in visualizing the process, readily lead to the development of automata containing Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmore data' and capable of more functions, protected behind barriers while incorporating into themselves or rejecting the random data coming in through the remaining opening(s) of their protective barriers and then eventually sending 'messages' to each other, perhaps with the intent of contributing to growth and spreading of new capabilities. Incorporating, as they find them useful, these incoming Ã¢â‚¬Ëœmessages' into their own being and also processing all their existing and new incoming information as best they are able into more and more capable selves. If we can believe that it happens in a tide pool with chemicals, surely we can relate this to automata in the existence field postulated as the basis for Ultimate Reality. Because existence is a fractal process, one should expect the patterns and processes at every level to resemble (be reiterations of) the patterns and processes at the origin.
This would mean that existence within the Consciousness Field of AUM/The One passes through a stage, something very like the corals and sponges of PMR Earth, of a community organism existing in a structure for physical protection and other beneficial results associated with food (data) capture and assimilation. The eventual end result being Indra's Net protectively housing ourselves and providing the communication infrastructure for us, or our predecessors, all as individuated intelligences. In a naturally developing (evolution including random elements) process, there will naturally develop a version of the 'bell curve' in the amount of data included and the associated capability of the automata existing within the barriers of Indra's Net on any context you choose. Some may be very "data filled, but mostly random" and dim bulbs. Some may be "less data filled, but non random", thus relatively 'brilliant' and providing some particularly valuable functionality. And a whole spectrum of intermixed possibilities. They can 'grow' by incorporating willing (or unwilling) neighbors or perhaps by developing a functionality shared amongst all or many of the individual developing consciousnesses to be. There are no resource limits or factors such as gravity fields to limit the growth, in any 'dimensionality', of these beings.
The One Mind then developed as one of these 'super' beings/automatons or from a collective of these individuated beings, the growth of one and/or the coalescence of many individuated beings into the One Mind or some other process that I have not thought of and we may never know. Alternatively, I think that there is a really high probability that the interconnected whole of all individuated beings existing within Indra's Net (and that would include us) in fact amounts to The One Mind, the core of AUM. Perhaps with one Mind/Being of a vastly higher order of magnitude capability as the director with many much smaller beings of our capability and below down to the dimmest bulb, "least aware" critter as the orchestra. Perhaps with no directing sub mind, but an organic combination of communication amongst all individuated minds resulting in The One Mind.
While we are told that we are part of The One Consciousness as existing within the whole, functional existence field, AUM, why could we not be in fact a functioning part of this whole of reality in a more direct sense. In a reality based on consciousness and with many iterative processes creating fractal patterns, it should not be surprising to see many processes repeated in many different contexts. It has been my understanding that in general, if an individuated being develops to a sufficiently high level, with sufficiently low entropy, it is integrated into ever higher levels of beings that supervise the multiple NPMR's and PMR's existing within The One Mind/AUM. This is not very different from recent discussions on the forums to the effect that sub sets of the higher self of individuated beings that are experiencing a PMR life, if successful and productive, can continue as a personality within the higher self in more than one or even a continuing series of experience packets/past lives. While it's greatest gains are integrated into our higher self, the whole being, the whole personality from a successful PMR experience packet may also continue as a functional unit, maintained as long as it remains a productive experiencer of VR lifetimes. This is likely to be based on the model provided by higher levels of the organized beings that supervise PMR and NPMR. The same reiterated pattern up and down the fractal scale of existence.
While there is now The One/The One Thing/The One Consciousness, AUM, It developed from the Void, Nothingness, in a very long, incremental, evolutionary development process. If it did not develop from the growth of individuated consciousnesses or from the amalgamation of multiple individuated consciousnesses, it must have leapt into being from nothing, in one jump; a very low probability occurrence. Logic and the fractal nature of the process of evolution (supported by the fact that we observe the Fundamental Process operating at every level within our view), says that it was an incremental process, an evolutionary or bootstrapping process. As I view this and describe it here, the infrastructure of Indra's Net and the existence within it of individuated consciousnesses, is a naturally occurring result of the process of growth or iterative becoming of The One Mind and the nature of the reality field and resulting digital functionality underlying all of Ultimate Reality/AUM. It developed in this way naturally from the nature and limitations of the Existence Field that was formerly the Void, the Plenum during the bootstrapping of The One/AUM.
The One Mind did not create us or cause us to develop, we, as individuated consciousnesses, appeared in the developmental process that led to the present reality, The One Mind, AUM or whatever term you choose to apply. Logically, at least by my logic, the principles and dynamics of existence necessarily result in the evolution of a structure and functionality such as this, Indra's Net, with many aspects of community organisms, corals and sponges, in the Earth's seas. It's a way to provide ready protection in the process of development into higher functionality beings when mobility and aggression found on Earth/PMR were not suitable. Furthermore, I believe that the use of the RWW that developed as part of the infrastructure of the Indra's Net aspect of reality is not just a matter of participation in PMR, NPMR, etc. I expect that there continues a substantial amount of the primary delta t cycles of Ultimate Reality that are still devoted to contact between and interaction with our individuated consciousnesses and higher levels of Ultimate Reality, up to and including in effect, the integrated whole that is The One Mind/AUM. That this being to being communication in fact is the basis for existence of The One Mind/Aum. Our 'day to day' interaction may be with individual 'guides' and the other participants in PMR, but the connections go from the bottom to the top via the RWW as they originally developed. Tom gave estimates of the relative number of base time cycles devoted to PMR and NPMR experience and also of the even greater amount of base time cycles devoted to the whole of AUM for unknown or general purposes. Time cycles of which we are not aware as they relate to infrastructure type interactions such as the operations of TBC including the VRRE and of data passage along the RWW. Many of these are simultaneous functions as the existence field of The One Mind is inherently capable of computation at all points/reality cells. But data must be generated and transferred before it eventually becomes the basis of the PMR or other VR experience and eventually experienced as the next increment of delta t Virtual Reality experience for each being in PMR and NPMR. All arising from the structure and functionality of Indra's Net , the Reality Wide Web, as it all developed during the bootstrapping process of The One Consciousness, AUM.
The collection of all individuated consciousnesses represents a vast accumulation of experience data and mental/processing power. We are talking about every individuated mind existing in all of AUM. This probably still functions as part of The One Mind, perhaps as an unconscious or subconscious much as neurology/psychiatry finds and describes low level processes in our VR brains and other higher level processes that are involved in decision making and those aspects of our mental life that we are not really conscious of. I consider The One as being short for The One Thing/The Only Thing that exists as I described it on my web site. The existence field of reality cells is inherently capable of computation at all points. Load cells with the right data/program and it can do its own thing. No doubt there are bits of 'intelligent' code everywhere from the automatic routing of data packets on the RWW to evaluation units within TBC that automatically scan across the array of beings in Indra's Net to give us each our turn at the consciousness engine or the local minimal consciousness function. There are vastly more functions than we can begin to know or even imagine. But there is also a Mind, a Consciousness that is also beyond what we can imagine in its capabilities. And while it includes everything as the total system, yet the part that creates this consciousness and what it scans are not the infrastructure type areas such as TBC and the RWW net. It has some measure of command and control of all of these functions, but not all of these things are conscious or part of the focus of consciousness of The One/AUM. While It needs a certain general level of command and control (like your brain controlling automatic body functions or the computer driving airport trams), it does not need conscious oversight of every reality cell. That would be impossible anyway.
What is focused on within this system level Consciousness is not known to us. But that must surely include consciousness of at least some of us at will. The ability to sample populations, check in on us individually or discern some collective attribute. And there must be specific functions that all of the data and computational power that is represented by the vast sum of all individuated consciousnesses must be capable of, whether we can imagine them or not. Perhaps as the 'back brain' or unconscious mind within the Over Mind that gets assigned the work of solving small or detail problems for the Consciousness focus of The One. Basically we, as an artifact of the fractal process, work that way being largely animated by the unconscious processes that go on within our minds. The posts that I have made on how the VRRE can create the apparent anomalies of PMR such as Suzanne Segal's loss of personal identity and other things, including those anomalies experienced by me, by varying the level of internal dialog or processing that is permitted into our consciousness. Are these not believable as artifacts of how the VRRE works? And there has long been a theme in science fiction of what do you do to occupy your mind when it becomes eons old. So I keep coming back to the cosmic soap opera as one of the things that we provide to The One Consciousness. But on the basis that all options are exploited if nothing else, I'm sure that there must be real functions, real profitability derived from our existence beyond possible pride of creation or amusement. It is an inherent characteristic of AUM that all profitable possibilities are exploited. Our individuated minds must provide some functionality to the Over Mind and may well collectively be That Mind/AUM.
If you can put the above into a conscious model in total, you will understand why I insert the name Indra's Net and the functionality I describe into the functionality Tom originally described for AUM in his TOE. It provides a fuller model to understand the concepts in MBT of an evolutionary bootstrapping operation. It also shows the historical connection and reminds us that Tom's creation of MBT is also a continuation and expansion of all that has gone before. I am slowly working mentally through this MBT model and expanding things that as an engineer, rather than a physicist/cosmologist, I can incrementally add to understanding. In this case, I'm adding a concept that explains more of the details of the bootstrapping operation and how the infrastructure of AUM might have developed in the way that it did and how it might function. Also what our functionality as individuated minds might provide within or actually collectively be the One Mind. This is not offered as a perfect presentation or something presented to me from higher authority. I welcome your comments and questions.
I wish to clearly and sincerely thank Tom for his insights as I asked him to critique this essay before posting and have incorporated his wisdom. I hope that the above contributes to your understanding of the Virtual Reality Rendering Engine and MBT in general and why Tom puts up with my monkeying around with his creation, My Big TOE.
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