Quantum Physics of the Soul (Life) for Dummies

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I created a miniature e-book about Life for Dummies (Square Root of Zero Version).

Cliff notes and important terms:

Cartesian Dualism:  In philosophy of mind, dualism is the assumption that mental phenomena are, in some respects, non-physical, or that the mind and body are not identical. Thus, it encompasses a set of views about the relationship between mind and matter, and is contrasted with other positions, such as physicalism, in the mind–body problem. Source:Wikipedia

According to material realists, consciousness is an anomalous (deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected) epiphenomenon (a secondary phenomenon accompanying another and caused by it; specifically : a secondary mental phenomenon that is caused by and accompanies a physical phenomenon but has no causal influence itself.)

Monistic Idealism is a system of philosophical idealism emphasizing the primacy of the One (as the Absolute or Nature) rather than of the many.  The contrasting view is that of Material Realism.

“The principles of Material Realism…

Strong Objectivity, Causal Determinism, Locality, Physical or Material Monism, and Epiphenomenalism…

are metaphysical (of or relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses) postulates, or assumptions about the nature of being, not conclusions arrived at by experiment.” -Goswami

Epiphenomenalism is a mind–body philosophy marked by the belief that basic physical events (sense organs, neural impulses, and muscle contractions) are causal with respect to mental events (thought, consciousness, and cognition). Mental events are viewed as completely dependent on physical functions and, as such, have no independent existence or causal efficacy; it is a mere appearance. Fear seems to make the heart beat faster; though, according to epiphenomenalism, the state of the nervous system causes the heart to beat faster.[1] Because mental events are a kind of overflow that cannot cause anything physical, yet have non-physical properties, epiphenomenalism is viewed as a form of property dualism. Source: Wikipedia

The last picture is a graphic representation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Plato has Socrates describe a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato’s Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners. Source: Wikipedia

Consciousness, not matter, is fundamental.  This is one of the most important concepts to understand.

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What is the Square Root of Zero?

Many of you might be asking the question:

What is the Square Root of Zero? Well, mathematically, the answer is zero.

“The highest form of pure thought is in mathematics” -Plato

What does that mean? Well, I am glad you asked that. The Square Root of Zero is a Revolution. It is not a technological revolution. It is a Revolution inside each and every one of us. The Square Root of Zero regards the INDIVIDUAL as the highest authority.

“The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. Even the Chinese philosopher was wise enough to regard the individual as the basis of an empire…There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” -Thoreau

The Square Root of Zero is not anti-technology or anti-business. It is only asking the question, What can technology do for us if we can not even understand ourselves and Why do we continue to turn to it for solutions when many of those solutions are already right in front of us?

“To see what is right in front of one’s nose requires a constant struggle” -Orwell

Technology.  What negative consequences are we facing at the moment because of the over-reliance on technology? First, there is the encouragement, or downright attack depending on your level of influence, on the individual to become an absolute perfect consumer. Secondly, there is an relentless drive to supplement happiness with, a naturally occurring, temporary consumption euphoria followed by post-consumption remorse, only to repeat the cycle. It would appear that the individual, in many cases, has been reduced to a permanent state of a teenager that, perhaps, is overly concerned about the acceptance factor of the clothes that they wear, ect. It also begs the question about the influence of technology and the “necessity” of certain people becoming a consumable product themselves and the healthiness of this on a societal level. The Square Root of Zero asks what is advertising, what is propaganda, and have the lines of the two become blurred? There are many possible negative consequences and this only highlights a few of them.

“We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end…The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.” -Orwell

Power.  The Square Root of Zero is about questioning the motives of people who are interested in gaining power for the sole reason of gaining power. Why, when we hear so much about how new inventions will do glorious things for our life, could you suggest that this isn’t the case? The object of confusion is control. The object of control is confusion. This most certainly will bring about some kind of disagreement. However, the Square Root of Zero contends that some people will simply be unable to accept certain ideas because it would require acknowledging ideas outside of their current belief system. Additionally, the Square Root of Zero contends that some people will dismiss, or ignore all together, any evidence contrary to their beliefs to avoid dealing with the discomfort, or outright pain, that change might bring. Thus, these individuals plant themselves squarely in the realm of self-delusion and are unwilling to deal with the “painful truth,” consequently, they are more likely to absorb themselves in technological distraction or put more faith into technology as opposed to its actual usefulness. They might be more simply described as someone like the Tasmanian devil cartoon. They like to go in circles and never really go anywhere, they want you to spin around with them until you get so dizzy and delusional that you take a supporting role in their surreal life. This is why it is a Revolution.

Reality.  The Square Root of Zero attempts to reside in the same reality as “2+2=4” which is different than saying, “because I love chocolate then chocolate must be everyone’s favorite dessert.” Secondly, there is a difference between saying, “many people love chocolate because it tastes good to them” and “because chocolate tastes good, everyone should love chocolate,” the first statement can be confirmed with real facts and the second is a value judgement. The Square Root of Zero is not just about maintaining individual freedom, but the integrity of individual freedom.

“Everyone believes, in how they think it ought to be, Everyone believes, And they’re not going easily. Belief is a beautiful armor, But it makes for the heaviest sword, Like punching underwater, You can never hit who you’re trying for.” -Mayer

The Square Root of Zero tries to be more like drinking from a fresh mountain spring rather than trying to swallow all the water from a fire-hose, which results in nothing other than you getting all wet and, painfully, knocked on your ass. It is a synthesis of over 3000 years of religion, philosophy, and literature that has become lost in the information overload and over-complexities of technology.

How can the Square Root of Zero say things that are so controversial and, perhaps, so damaging to established thought and not have fear of repercussion? The individual, just the same as the Square Root of Zero, has the Freedom to change their views and opinions at anytime by regarding the individual, not as a physically static and unchanging being, but as an ever changing physical and conscious state of being. In other words, I can say whatever I want because I don’t give a damn what you think. However, thoughtful opinions are ALWAYS welcome, but that is about as likely as me taking a refreshing dip in a swimming pool made out of unicorn bones. Nevertheless, the Square Root of Zero will continue to stand up and call to arms the sane, the humble, and the perceptive to drive a titanium sword through the heart of ignorance. Join the Revolution. (A couple of “likes” would be pretty cool too 😉 )  Agreeing with me is not a requirement, but only “encouraged.” HA!

“Speaking of Truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act” -Orwell

As long as I still have legs, I’ll just keep on kicking. SQUAREROOTOFZERO was here.