Non-Mathematism: The Origin of the Mind and Concept of God
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The Origin of the Mind and the Concept of God
|Chapter 1 Origin of the Mind|
|Chapter 2 The Concept of God as Megamind|
|Chapter 3 Dreams and the Soul|
Printed Feb. 2011
Copyright 2010 Dr. H.P. Chow
No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews, or in respect of fair dealing for the purpose of research or private study.
There are two concepts that I wish to establish in this booklet:
1) The Mind originates and exists in a state of non-mathematism;
2) God is Megamind.
If the reader really understands these two concepts, he probably has understood all I have to say.
Such new concepts expressed in this booklet are difficult to comprehend. If most readers can understand half of what I wish to express, I shall be gratified.
I welcome readers to contact me for further discussion, or further elaboration on my basic concepts.
16 Nov 2010
Origin of the Mind
It is very difficult to define Mind.
The Mind is something most abstract but on the other hand every person can feel and know its presence when we are conscious. It can exist in its primitive form in simple organisms like amoeba when we can observe its purposeful activities; or in its highly elaborated form we know of in human beings, manifested in inventions, music, paintings, literature etc, in something we call civilisation.
In its lower form, it is consciousness, feelings, memory etc. In its higher form it is communication, art appreciation, love, hatred, kindness, cruelty, innovation, and so on.
Mind has no form, weight, or substance. It appreciates past and anticipates future so it surpasses time. Mind can think beyond the universe so it surpasses space. In fact, mind is limitless.
Imagine the very beginning of the universe. Be it the "Big Bang" theory or some other events, the Universe is somehow, created.
At the beginning, the Universe is a simple chemical matter and it behaved in a purely physical-mathematical way. It is a vast but simple calculable system.
Then somehow some organisms appeared. These organisms have memory. However, memory alone does not make it unique because some chemicals have memory too, and the modern computer also has memory. As these organisms can react to various stimuli in a great variety of ways, the exact response is difficult to predict even with the most advanced mathematical methods or computers. Furthermore, organisms, even in simple monocellular form like amoeba, can have purposeful activities with intents of their own. They behave as individuals outside of the control of the physical-mathematical system of the Universe. As these organisms evolved, they became multicellular, formed plants and animals and developed into the human beings we are today. The ability to react to external stimuli, to undertake purposeful activities, and most importantly, to demonstrate creativity, stems from what we are all aware of: Our Mind.
The Mind is most peculiar. We know it is there, as certainly as we know there is water and earth.
Yet we can never isolate a piece of it, nor can we take a piece of Mind in our hands. And when we are unconscious or sleeping, it is gone.
If the universe continues to behave in a purely physical-mathematical way, there will be no Mind. Everything is dead.
The Mind can only arise and exist in a non-physical-mathematical system. To make it simple, I'll call it a "Non-mathematical System".
We are used to analysing everything by mathematics. Scientists study the "Big Bang" and "Black Hole" theories by reference to physics and mathematical principles. Some philosophers even dispute the existence or non-existence of God by mathematics.
Scientists use mathematics to study matters of the Universe. However, they are not aware that there can be a Non-mathematical system. This system does not behave according to the mathematics of their knowledge. It is non-calculable. Our Mind arises and exists in this system.
Neuroscientists study neurons and synaptic pathways and their studies clarify a lot about reflexes, memory, and even behaviour of various sorts. However, one thing which they can never solve is how creativeness can originate. What they are observing and analysing are the activities of neurons and synapses themselves, but not how the actions arise.
Some scientists still believe that given the most powerful computer and provided with enough information, purposeful activities and even creativity can be predicted and replicated. How can one by mathematics predict that Issac Newton, by observing the falling apple, can discover the existence of something called "gravitational force"?
How can mathematics predict that Michaelangelo, by fine strokes of numerous variations, and mixing of numerous colours, produce paintings which are purposely designed for the praise of God? How can Mozart, just by response to outside stimuli, without a mind of his own, compile together numerous musical points purposeful to soothe the mind?
The answer to these activities of the Mind can only be that the Mind exists in a non-calculable non-mathematical pattern.
It is not supermathematical because supermathematics measure quantity and is still mathematics. It is not antimathematical because antimathematics measure positivity and negativity and is still mathematical.
Just ask yourself: what am I thinking now and doing at the moment is the result of a series of mathematically calculable events since the production of the universe — how can it be possible?
The universe can be produced physics-mathematics, the Mind cannot.
The Concept of God as Megamind
As my analysis of the origin of the Mind progressed, I soon realized this can lead to better understanding of the nature of God.
What traverses space without limits? What defies time, can go to the past and predict the future, and can exist at the present?
What is almighty, its scope of ideas and imaginations can go beyond our physical limits?
It is something which is very much the same as the state of the Mind we know of.
God exists as a megamind. A Mind that is so vast as to encompass every Mind. God as a megamind is limitless — beyond comparison with any Mind that we know of, including the human Mind. Such "vastness" is only a concept for our human understanding. It is not a measurement of magnitude we know of in the mathematical calculations for matters of the Universe.
Can God be a supermind, some sort of Mind above human Mind?
At present, we do not have the slightest idea of whether a different sort of Mind can exist, or what is the nature of a supermind, so I would rather recognise God as a megamind.
The best way to understand God as a megamind is to imagine our own Mind being God of the numerous cells of our own body. Our individual cells in fact have Minds of their own. In this analogy, neurons may represent human beings or higher animals; macrophages may represent larger animals like whales or elephants; smaller cells like lymphocytes may represent insects; bones are land masses; body fluids can be rivers and oceans, and so on.
And what is above these cells and in fact controls their activities? It is our Mind which is something abstract, with no form or weight, something with which each human cell has no direct contact but which, if the individual cell has high enough intelligence, should know it is there and guiding the cell's individual activities. Each cell has a Mind of its own, although the cell's Mind is much more primitive as compared to the human Mind.
If we accept the above analogy, then we may presume we understand the nature of God and understand who He is, what He is, and what we can compare Him with. But such understanding of God must be limited, because I am sure that our human Mind's intellectual ability is far from perfect, as it is limited by our understanding of dimensions.
When our bodies perish, our individual Minds will be non-existent. When the universe disappear, God will also be non-existent.
Body and Mind coexist; God and cosmos coexist.
How about the soul? It is something I still cannot well understand but which I will further elaborate on in the next chapter on dreams.
My theory on the nature of God has one basic similarity to various religious beliefs like Christianity, Islamism, and various forms of Paganisms etc — we all believe there is a God almighty. However, those religions place too much emphasis on asking people to go through their various figureheads — Jesus Christ, Mohammed, various mountain spirits, etc — to reach God. My belief goes to directly understanding and reaching God without these various forms of worship.
God is never a physical object. Depicting God like human beings or in various forms of statues, even though arguing that they are just symbolic, is misleading. These religious beliefs do not understand that God exists in a state of Mind, a megamind.
Voltaire rightly pointed out that God is non-material. However, he did not understand that God is akin to the human Mind.
This belief that God is not only non-material, but high and above, God is non-calculable, can be called "Non-mathematism".
Believers in this theory can call themselves "Non-mathematists". Or someone can devise a better name for this belief.
Chapter 3: Dreams and the Soul
Dreams and Soul are the byproducts of the Mind.
Everyone experiences dreams. Dreams, no matter how real or magnificent, do not perform real tasks. The Mind can. So dreams cannot be part of the Mind itself.
Dreams only occur in the living body, so it coexists with the Mind, which also can only exist in the living body.
Dreams are dissociated with the real physical world, so it is also a non-mathematical state.
Combining all the above understandings, dreams are best understood as the byproduct of the Mind.
After the body extinguishes, the Mind also vanishes. What can persist after death? If a soul can exist after the body perishes then the soul cannot also be the Mind. My theory is that it can only be the byproduct of the Mind — a dream-like state. If there is a soul that exists after the Mind vanishes, it is a dream-like state.
So now we can have a vague idea of what our future soul can be. In fact, when we dream, we can feel our soul.
Dreams can be regarded as our soul which we experience when we are alive. After death, our dream-like state as our soul persists.
All the above understanding of Mind, God, dreams and souls are largely logical deductions. However, I must admit there is an element of philosophical belief in some aspects.
When my comprehension of the origin of the Mind slowly evolved to the understanding that there must be a non-mathematical world where the Mind originates and exists, I felt liberated. My understanding of the nature of God as megamind followed logically. However, it is my search for the understanding of dream and soul that puzzled me a lot, and I must admit that it is in respect of these that a certain degree of philosophical belief is required.