Hi, Ted, I finally got Tom's book from Amazon last week. Started reading it. So far so good! I knew I was missing out on a whole chunk of stuff just listening to Youtube videos and reading reviews. Currently on p. 81, where Tom introduces NPMR. This is a rich book. Plenty of substance in this book.
This is not New Age fluff. It's not exactly like reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. It will be challenging for me to forge ahead. I had to struggle through Brian Whitworth's articles. But I know that the effort will be worthwhile.
About 20 years ago, I got my hands on a similar book ... well, not that similar but of the same genre: Frank Tipler's Physics of Immortality. I digested maybe 20% of that book. I hope to digest perhaps 80% of Tom's. Even though I have 2 masters degrees, my background is mostly in the liberal arts, so I'll need to dig into my reserves.
Without this step outside of our 'local' concepts into the metaphysics of the whole Consciousness System as we know it, you have no basis for anything besides some form of deus ex machina to make the machine crank. One can in fact show that Tom's basic model of the metaphysics of the Consciousness System links to the "Pure" mathematics that is inherent to our reality as opposed to derived by mathematicians in the local VR system. It is all one intricate system interconnected at all levels.Ted