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"Self Is a Distributed Concept..."

by Chris Lucas

Self is a distributed concept (a fractal entity, rather like a multidimensional 'wave packet' that encompasses all of reality, is essentially social, but peaks at 'me'.

When I say 'wave packet' (a quantum theory term), I refer to the way that our enlightened consciousness transcends the 'here' of me (the peak of the wave packet) and spreads out to include all of reality (with a strength that decays with distance in space or time).

Thus we connect to everything (because a wave has no 'location' as such) and discard the dualist 'particle' view of a localised 'I' versus 'you'.

It is in the intermeshing of my multi-dimensional wave-packet with yours and those of others that generates the interference patterns that form what Buddhists perhaps call 'dependent co-arising' and which seem to me to relate to the concepts both of karma and of those of holographic mind.

There are many connections between modern science and spiritual concepts I find! I don't know how familiar you are with quantum ideas. This treats all 'objects' as probability distributions, so 'I' exist not only in one place 'here' but to a lesser extent elsewhere also...

When our 'elsewheres' overlap, we get an interference between us which could be synergic (positive karma) or dysergic (negative karma), it is also a bit like a part of a hologram containing all the image (the world in a grain of sand) but in a fuzzier fashion, so we are less clear as to what is outside the main 'I' and its effects.

Enlightenment relates then to bringing into focus these distal effects and understanding that our proximal 'self' is nothing other than the net sum of the overlapping probability patterms of all lifeforms, i.e., a dynamic and not static concept — the dependent co-arising.

My background as a physicist, involved in electromagnetics, showed many 'standing wave' phenomena, and these (caused by 'reflections', i.e., feedback) have many similarities with Evolutionary Stable Systems, the quantum probability function and complexity attractors! All is one, as we often say.

Chris Lucas
CALResCo Group

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