> Correct me if wrong ...... maybe someone can summon Jesus to
> visible appearance ... or persuade Mohammed to float back down
> from the clouds to proof the 'truth' of religious after-life claims &c.
Since no one knows what Jesus looked like (he could have been a gay black
hippie freak, or at least he could have played one on TV), I guess one
would need to employ one's pineal third eye to see him clearly. <pshaw!>
The voice of Mohammed must have been beautifully persuasive (as the
superstar rock idol of his time), harmoniously combining the poesy of the
language with a compelling outline of the culture... with a bit of
If one gets down with memes identical to those of ancient masters of
enlightenment, identical patterns of rhythm and views of identical claims,
etc., ...identical neuronal connections and processes could emerge which
effectively clone or reincarnate the "truth" revealed to ancient mystics.
So what? Everybody still gets stoned in the same old ways (eating moldy
rye bread and psychedelic mushrooms instead of taking postmodern
psychoactive ecstasy drugs isn't much of a change), and everybody still
has their own brand of soap to sell. Can adults feel exactly the way they
felt as children? According to Dean Martin, "It happens all the time... If
you're young at heart."
If you really want to summon Jesus, or Mohammed, or Zarathustra "to
visible appearance," you aim too low; you aspire to mediocrity. Why not do
something marvelously extropic instead... Why not become as enlightened as
Jesus, as virtuoso as Mohammed, or as godly as Zarathustra? Then you can
feel exactly like they felt, know precisely what they knew, and see the
universe where you began as if for the first time.
Useless hypotheses: consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind,
"What is Truth?"
"Visualize whirled peas."
--P. Neal Ghland
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