RE: Existence after mortal death...
(21-01-2013 06:26 PM)Luminon Wrote:
(21-01-2013 05:25 PM)Chas Wrote: Actually, the woo does horrify me, but I'm trying to be more polite.
What do you mean, internal? Some of my perception is felt as if outside, beyond the skin. Several inches above, for example. Depends on what, part of it is felt also inside. I'm not sure how do normal people feel, how much aware they are about the insides of their skull, ribcage and so on. how short of skin their sensitivity ends. Do they ever feel any activity in their endocrine glands like hypophysis or epiphysis, or only when their balls get full and itchy?
Everything you describe sounds like it's entirely internal to you. None of it is confirmed as even existing by neuroscientists.
Also it seems that my experience is shared by people all around the world, across the history. It seems to be the common experience in Hinduism, Catholicism, Orthodox church and perhaps Kabbalah, that inspires the art and mystical symbolism. Sufism has some inklings and Rosicrucianism is basically all about it. I've noticed some fiction writers describing the same thing from their own intiative. Add to that some research like of Semjon Kirlian, which is about much more than just pouring voltage into objects and showing off coronary discharge.
I even contacted the writer Greg Bear about it, where he got this physiologic description of the mystical experience. He pointed me towards the book Cohen, J.M. & J-F. Phipps. The Common Experience: Signposts on the Path to Enlightenment. It's not in electronic form, so I couldn't get it, but it's on my mind and list. Bear's book of sci-fi describes some fairly specific neuroscientific passages, so probably some scientists already looked into it, although he calls them "preliminary and inconclusive".
(21-01-2013 05:25 PM)Chas Wrote: Your concept of dark matter bears absolutely no resemblance to what astrophysicists or particle physicists conceive.
Yes, there is some partially non-overlapping information or even conflicting information.
They postulate that dark matter is almost entirely composed of only one kind of particle and they interact very weakly.
No interesting chemistry, therefore no interesting structure or interaction, is likely.
Theoretically, the dark matter you mean might explain my experiences, for them it is not necessary to have any elements or chemistry whatsoever. It is only necessary to have a the WIM particles capable of forming clouds or streams of plasma that can be influenced, shaped, inducted by electric and magnetic fields. Plasma dynamics have enough potential of their own, for example the "sprites" and "elves" of atmospheric discharge or the ball lightning phenomenon. Furthermore, if atoms of dark matter are possible, it would be interesting to consider if they're Rydberg atoms . It seems they have little density and different and larger arrangement of electron orbitals. Great responsivity to electric and magnetic fields, too. That would explain a lot.
At the very most, there is a full-blown dark matter periodic table, I've been told of some heavy and metallic elements, very radiant and conductive ones. At the very least side, there is a scientific study saying that there is de facto almost no dark matter at all in our region of space, let's say the volume of Earth would have about one kilogram of it, not more. This is totally weirding me out, but I'm skeptical. Skepticism means in historical sense not making a decision, alternating between both choices all the time, because one of them might be true and because I'm ignorant on both.
Just because things feel like they are outside of you doesn't mean they actually ARE.
I believe your brain is creating these experiences and that there is no external reality to them.
I'm sure you are not unique in this regard, but that doesn't prove that there are any phenomena external to you.
As for WIMPs, you know that means weakly interacting massive particles
. Weakly Interacting
. They do not interact with electrical or magnetic fields, they likely cannot form a plasma that interacts with matter. Their only effect, according to physicists, is gravitational.
Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method