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In the Blink of an Eye (1 Viewer)


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I'm starting to think that my most interesting thought occurs after the clock strikes midnight, when I should be sleeping, but am not. Thoughts, comments, and suggestions heavily appreciated. Thanks, everybody.


In the Blink of an Eye

The Kennedy assassination. The great flood. The first moonwalk. The destruction of Atlantis. The downfall of Rome. Did these things really happen? We are told they happened, yes, and it has been written that they happened. Some have said to have seen these things with their own eyes, chronicled evidence detailing them, or even participated in the events themselves. Every fiber of our being seemingly wants to believe that there can be no way that our history is not "real", but still, we must doubt our own past. Why? Some may say that the past is the only thing that is certain in life, but as the power and perceptions of the mind grow, that certainty diminishes.

There can be no reasonable explanation, some may say, as to the nature of life on Earth. There are those who contend that by offering an explanation to life in the form of an all-powerful being, or beings, as the case may be, that humanity is defiled, shot down, in essence, by its own grasps for greater meaning. By denying the existence of a god or many gods, they claim that the human race removes the power it potentially holds. Man has spent millenia worshipping deities, only quickening its own demise; there can be no true advance when life is devoted to worship. Perhaps the explanation for the rapid progress of science is held in the fact that the numbers of agnostic and atheistic scientists has risen.

Beyond the science of that which lays outside of the physical being, there can be no doubt that religion has, historically, attributed the few readily apparent powers of man beyond self-preservation to sources that, to most, remained invisible to the eye. The great innovators of ancient science did not feel it proper portray themselves as the innovators or scientists, but instead as a mere aid to the hands of those that they felt were holding all the cards. Even things that were easily explained physically were attributed to otherworldly phenomena: miracles. The healing power of medicine, in many cultures, was not a matter of botanic and chemical makeup, but made out to be a matter of faith or divine intervention. The death and growth of crops were seen as the will of the Gods, while they could easily -- and correctly -- be attributed to a lack of rainfall in neighboring regions.

By simply allowing the success of man to be washed away by floods of false praise, the history of man has similarly been washed away. Modern times have done away with this, to a degree, placing much of man's progress solely on the shoulders of man. Even still, theism persists, and billions believe that there is some sort of higher power, be it a God, Gods, alien lifeforms, or the fish in the sea. The power of the mind has stepped from its shady backgrounds -- witchcraft, wizardry, and the overall sense of darkness -- and is slowly entering the light. As the possibility of applications directly involving the power of the human brain rises, we shall begin to realize the mistakes of our past: the brutal murder of men, women, and children, the destruction of entire civilizations, and the elimination of pure, unadultered thought.

The human brain produces electrical signals, and with much scientific and mental progress, can be trained to control the physical world. By admitting that our own minds have the ability to exercise control over our physical state of being, we will, in time, come to realize that the only thing creating our physical existence is, of course, the mind. If we truly believe we do not exist, do we even continue to exist? From that, if we cease to exist, will any remnants of us remain in what we once believed to be the physical construction of reality? After all, once we realize the power of the mind in our own existence, is the existence of anything a certainty?

The power of the mind of man is what truly encapsulates our history. We are certain our history has happened, and thus, in our minds, it has. If we are to claim moral highground, then surely a true examination of our history must occur. To deny the past is to deny our own existence, as the things that have come before us are the things that have made us what we are, just as the things that are yet to come will define us in the future. This is what makes it so difficult to re-examine the possibilities of our past objectively -- if we are false, and our history did occur, then our efforts were done for naught, but if we are correct, and the defined past in a historical sense never occurred, then what shall become of us? Will we simply vanish in the blink of an eye, suddenly aware of the limited truth of our own existence?

Matthew Montgomery


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moonty said:
Perhaps the explanation for the rapid progress of science is held in the fact that the numbers of agnostic and atheistic scientists has risen.

I would be interested to learn from what statistical study you derive this?

Many of our scientists, and those from other countries, throughout the history of science were devout believers, as many are today. For those, it is not their skepticism that drives them to understand, but rather a deeper appreciation for the intricacy of the natural universe surrounding them. Read their manuscripts and the many biographies about them.

This site lists just a few from history. http://www.rae.org/scifaith.html and a few essays linked from that site that you might want to browse. http://www.rae.org/essay_author.html