We insinuated, inThe Universe and "God", what life would be like for us if MM-Theory could be applied asa sort of "mental technology". This was in the section
, and although the more overtmessage there was what life might be like for such beings (if they indeed exist), we did mention briefly thatif they do not exist, they at least might be held up as a model, or perhaps a target, for what we as a speciescould be headed for as we progress along our social, maybe even biological, evolution. Most historiansagree that this seems to be what motivated the Greeks to embark on the path of improvement, and thehumanists of the Renaissance to resume the path. In both cases, the inspiration wasthe idea that man couldimprove his lot, that progress was possible. In the ancient world of the Greeks, itwas the idea that mancould
like the gods if he exercised his virtues (similar to what was implied in our discussion of immaterial beings), and during the Renaissance, it was the idea that man's will waspowerful enough to bringabout changes in the world. I maintain that there are many changes yet to be seen, and such changes beginwhen man understands his potential to actualize them. The aim of this paper is to establish such anunderstanding.
Newton's Lawsof Mechanics
We have seen, in only the short span of three hundred years or thereabouts, how a civilization can go fromthe use of simple tools, the workings of which even a child could comprehend, to ones so complex andpowerful, they raise us up to a level of prowess matched only by the gods in ancient myths and fairy tales.Indeed, should a typical simpleton from three hundred years ago be brought to the present time and beholdthe wonders of modern day technology, he/she would undoubtedly mistake us for having achieved godhood.And why not? What we have achieved in the twentieth century is what all cultures inall times before wouldonly fathom as the workings of gods. It is certainly the caliber of power the Greeks dreamt of achieving whenthey looked up to their gods and wondered if they could ever be like them. It is also the caliber of powerachieved by the immaterial beings described inThe Universe and "God", except in that case the technologyis mental in nature and it is we who look up to them. But my claim, the one underlying the theme of thispaper, is that the achievement of such a form of technology, such an awesome level of power, is within ourreach. It is achievable just like our physical technology many centuries ago. And like the average citizen of those bygone times, many of us today may not understand how such achievements are even possible. It isdifficult to fathom such possibilities when the principles upon which they rest arenot fully grasped. In thecase of our physical technologies, progress in this direction could not be foreseenuntil Newton outlined his
three principles of mechanics
. Only then could the principles upon which a physical technology like whatwe have today be understood and foreseen. The three aspects of all experiences outlined in theBasic Theoryserve the same purpose - they are the principles by which the mental technology proposed in this paper is tobe achieved. Without understanding such principles, whether in the case of physicaltechnology or mental,the possible seems impossible.
The Essence of RealnessProjection Real ThingsQualitivity
Out of the three principles underlying MM-Theory, the second - namely, that all experiences contain the
essence of realness
- is foremost the one on which the vastarray of possible mental technologies is grounded. The old slogan "reality is what you make it" can be takenquite literally with the second principle, and that is precisely what makes mental technologies possible. Of course, one can't make reality anything unless he/she has some degree of control over his/her experiences.We will be getting into the deliberate manipulation of our own neural networks through the shear power of thought, arranging the connections therein into whatever configurations we want, later in this paper. Certainimplications follow, according to MM-Theory, from our ability to do this - namely, that we can control ourexperiences and mold them into a variety of different qualities. This is drawn out of the formal correlationbetween mind and matter given foremost by the Basic Theory, but also by the Advanced Theory. Thus, thiscorrelation coupled with the second principle of experiences serves as the foundation upon which the wholegamut of mental technologies is possible. The first principle - that experiences are the essence of
- and the third principle - that all experiences are meaningful - also have some applications, but not nearly asimpressive as the second principle. The first principle can, for example, be followed to induce alternateexperiences, the likes of which no human being has ever experienced - but only by the second principle canthese experiences be taken as real. The third principle can be followed to instill a sense of spiritualitygrounded on the fact that the universe is truly meaningful, its very existence rooted in a fundamental universalmeaning. As needed as a deep sense of spiritual connection is for our society in these secular andmaterialistic times, this hardly passes as a technological innovation. Even the exploration of alternateexperiences - an application stemming from the first principle - is hard pressed todemonstrate somepractical utility (although we will argue a case for such utility later). But the creation of novel things, evenwhole worlds, by the direct manipulation of one's own mind is an astonishing feat indeed, and so the secondprinciple of MM-Theory is a powerful springboard from which to build a whole slew of potent mentaltechnologies.However, it is not as though we haven't already made great strides in the evolutionof mental technology.Great things had been achieved in physical technology even before the industrial revolution, even before theage of science. The catapult is a prime example. So is the chariot. What kind of mental technology have weachieved in the twentieth century? We have learnt the power of positive thinking toimprove one's mood and
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