Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Celtic Metaphysics and Consciousness

Academic journal article Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy

Celtic Metaphysics and Consciousness

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"In addition to its roman and Christian sources, today's Europe traces its roots from its Celtic heritage which is there for all to see"

President of Palazzo Grassi (Venice) in exhibition catalogue for "The Celts; the Origins of Europe", (Cunliffe, 2003, p. 2)

"Is there such a thing as Celtic culture? The answer must be 'no'" (ibid p. 65).


Since its foundation in 2014, fom has initiated a reparse of nature based on the following principles:

1. It must be consistent with best practice in science and society;

2. It must take account of ontological differences, for example between the physical and biological;

3. Neuroscience, it is self-evident, cannot be simpler than the math reasoning that comprises our physical theories of the world;

4. In like vein, consciousness studies cannot be simpler than our total experience of reality

We were led to certain radical conclusions; for example, causal explanation must vary in nature between the physical and biological. Theories of the brain must become several orders of magnitude more complex in order to work. our late member WJ Freeman demonstrated that the initial sensory stimulus has been lost by the time the input is processed in the cortex and most experience is what he terms "solipsistic"

Thus, to create a "science" of consciousness, we need a formalism which distinguishes mere solipsistic "awakeness" from moments in which experience is authentic. It seems to be the case that the game could not be bigger; it is as if we have been compelled to view consciousness as nothing less that the absolute becoming manifest in us.

If that is the case, we can distinguish such moments from our normal alienated, indeed subaltern experience. We can invoke quantum physics to argue that the noetic products of such moments have permanent effects on reality. Indeed, we can claim charter from 20th century physics to argue that human beings are indeed part of a thingless, entangled, noetic reality that the best minds of the 21st century will spend their careers trying to understand.

Similarly, a new "religious" expression is fundamentally a re-designation of what is to be considered sacred. There are a few constraints:

1. It should be consistent with best practice in science;

2. It should be non-sectarian;

3. It should assert the freedoms of thought, political participation and inquiry perfected in western culture.

Metaphysics is often assumed as referring to the ancient library categorization of Aristotle's work--the books beyond (meta) those dealing with nature. Modern physics has challenged modern thought to reparse our sense of how we fit in the cosmos. In the first place, massive bodies distort space-time in general relativity. In a sense, special relativity had presaged this by making space and time relative to the observer, the better to maintain the laws of nature as identical to each observer.

With QM, we enter a hall of mirrors. To summarize, it seems to be the case that in addition to normal cognition, there is another act of mind that involves recourse to access to a thingless, infinite, noetic realm, without which observation/measurement cannot take place. The hypothesis here is that such measurement arises when an organic entity becomes capable of math reasoning >= in formal power to standard arithmetic. The progress to such competence has been brilliantly elucidated by thinkers like Piaget; his contemporary Godel made explicit the emergent non-computational processes that were necessitated by the undecidability/incompleteness emergent.

In short, consciousness is needed to decide such propositions. Yet such consciousness is not a process; it is the fact that processes have been transcended. Alternatively put, it is Nature in its self-unfolding knowing itself through us. …

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