Excerpts, Part 3: Time Rise 2

For the people who think that the brain and Mind are the same thing, there's nothing to worry about. So, too, for those who deny Mind's existence altogether. But for others who wonder about, y'know, "stuff," the universe in all its majesty is displaying its less than perfect side. It seems to me that Dualism is as unnecessary a concept as most of the other isms - Idealism, Existentialism, Epiphenomenalism, et al - that have tried to rationalize or refute it. That mankind should be inherently endowed with such an inelegant, assymetrical inbalance as a split-personality at its very core seems ironic . . . nay, irrational. Nature would never tolerate such a screwy organism, not for long at any rate. Only humans could study their own manifest reality and have the self-defining audacity to declare it contradictory.

Patching together these polarized concepts, these dualities of real/not real, has been all but impossible within the closed ranks of classical systems. But in quantum systems, and the New Physics of the late 20th century, inventive new theories are possible. Only within the last decade have physicists and philosophers envisioned a common ground for the disparities of the ages. The esteemed physicist and Oxford professor of mathematics, Roger Penrose (who helped prove the existence of Black Holes in 1965), has argued convincingly that Consciousness could likely function in a plane of Reality where existence is barely describable in conventional terms, and where clock-time and materiality have no precise meaning: That is the quantum level.

If Penrose is correct, the interaction of quantum potential within the brain's electrochemical circuitry could possibly identify the original cause of our ontological uncertainties. Our inherited dualistic perceptions of self, if explained so elegantly, would annul thousands of years of tortured philosophical quandary.

Yes, we do function in two cosmological planes simultaneously. No, it's not a problem.