Blog: Effect and Cause - 2014-08-23
Aristotelian and Newtonian two-valued, space-time logic philosophy and science are demonstrated to be essentially of a mind construct basis by developments in quantum mechanics and the related fledgling field of science of consciousness. Those historical three-dimensional views were popular for a couple thousand years because they proved so workable in taming the wild, creating material comforts, and suppressing and killing competitors for those comforts (fundamental motives driving the evolution of civilization). Aristotle and Newton were not only worshipped by scientists for centuries, their theories were ruthlessly enforced on society by the predominant Western church as it considered their theories 'proved' that an anthropomorphic God was at the center of the universe who set the whole frenzied cosmos in motion. Having monopolized the communication channels to God, a tremendous continually increasing fortune was at stake in promoting those views. That binary thinking remains a mainstay of social darwinists today who preach 'survival of the fittest' or as Hubbard's mentor Aleister Crowly put it 'Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law' to justify their rapacity and greed.
This is not to say Aristotle and Newton were not pillars in humankind's evolution toward greater understanding. In fact, few compare to their contributions. It is to say, however, wisdom and understanding like life itself continually evolve. And that mental and spiritual philosophies grounded in limited logic are to some degree obsolete. Just as many of Newton's and Aristotle's principles are defied and transcended by nuclear and quantum physics (whose breakthroughs at least 70% of our economy is based upon), so are those of the mental and spiritual philosophies based upon their systems of thought.
In the traditional Cartesian (strict mind vs. matter view, as validated and supported by Aristotelian and Newtonian thought) construct, in the beginning there was a cause and the entire purpose of the cause was the creation of an effect; and we are all more or less the effect of the resultant infinity of cause-effect sequences. Therapies that promise to wed one or return one to the native, original cause in all this set themselves up for lifetime income from clients/adherents. Their 'why traps' are outfitted with an infinity of divining in the never-ending cause-effect sequences. It is akin to charging a squirrel for running in a wheel for eternity when modern science has demonstrated that 'cause' isn't any more important than 'effect' and that in ultimate reality (read beyond the traditional five animal senses) does not even necessarily precede it.