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Can we trace back consciousness, reality, awareness, and free will to a single basic structure without giving up any of them? Can the universe exist in both real and individual ways without being composed of both? This dialogue founds consciousness and freedom of choice on the basis of a new reality concept that also includes the infinite as far as we understand it. Just the simplest distinction contains consciousness. It is not static, but a constant alternation of perspectives. From its entirety and movement, however, there arises a freedom of choice being more than reinterpreted necessity and unpredictability. Although decisions ultimately involve the whole universe, they are free in varying degrees also here and now. The unity and openness of the infinite enables the individual to be creative while this creativity directly and indirectly enters into all other individuals without impeding them. A contrary impression originates only in a narrowed awareness. But even the most conscious and free awareness can neither anticipate all decisions nor extinguish individuality. Their creativity is secured.
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Claus Janew
Alternating Consciousness
From Perception to Infinities
and Back to Free Will
Can we trace back consciousness, reality, awareness, and free will to a single basic
structure without giving up any of them? Can the universe exist in both real and
individual ways without being composed of both? This dialogue founds consciousness and
freedom of choice on the basis of a new reality concept that also includes the infinite as far
as we understand it. Just the simplest distinction contains consciousness. It is not static,
but a constant alternation of perspectives. From its entirety and movement, however,
there arises a freedom of choice being more than reinterpreted necessity and
unpredictability. Although decisions ultimately involve the whole universe, they are free in
varying degrees also here and now. The unity and openness of the infinite enables the
individual to be creative while this creativity directly and indirectly enters into all other
individuals without impeding them. A contrary impression originates only in a narrowed
awareness. But even the most conscious and free awareness can neither anticipate all
decisions nor extinguish individuality. Their creativity is secured.
This e-book is based on my work which was originally completed in German in 2013 and
published in 2014 in the Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research. Get the print
edition with an introductory article from Amazon.
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Day 1: What is a consciousness unit?
Mr. Janew, you claim to have discovered a basic structure of consciousness. What do you mean by
that?
Well, something on which everything else is based on must be as simple as possible. Only then it can
be contained in everything else and determine structure and action there. In part, this something is
even well-known.
Oh? What is it then?
Alternation.
You mean change? Like Heraclitus could not step into the same river twice?
Continuous change is a special form of alternation, with many intermediate steps, which we cannot
easily resolve. But if Heraclitus briefly closes and re-opens his eyes, he has changed his point of view
more clearly.
Okay, forget Heraclitus. We have an alternation. At which point does the consciousness come into
play?
It is already in the play, because alternation is already consciousness, even in its simplest form. Not
only because we observe it, but because it contains something that we have not taken seriously up to
now: The central point. Let us take the simplest conceivable alternation between two whatever, here
represented by alternatively flashing squares:
They must not flash side by side; they can substitute for each other. We need neither space nor time
for this. It is only an alternation of priority. However, each square is only measured against the other,
or there would be none of them. This means that each exists only in the alternation. The alternation is
an entirety. And an entirety has a central point.
Okay, and where is the consciousness?
Look again. The squares are for illustrative purposes only. They could be anything that is in any way
differentiated, demarcated from each other. This difference has an infinitely small center, a third thing,
so to speak, which also stands and falls with the alternation like the alternating sides. Only such an
entirety can work. Everything else falls apart.
And where now is the consciousness?
Consciousness is just this holistic perception. This perception is intuitive and logical; it is
experienced directly, without necessary intermediate stages. And, nevertheless, it can be broken down,
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extended, and understood. It is self-referential and ubiquitous. It reaches to the infinitely small and to
the infinitely big, into the simple and into the complex. It is the most general of our perceptions; and
more than perception we do not have. What else do you want to assign to a consciousness?
Hmm ... So we could also say, conversely: We take our most natural perception and look at its least
structure, and this is that ...
... infinitesimality structure. Yes, exactly. For simplicity's sake we can call it "i-structure."
I-Structure therefore is consciousness?
Yes.
Isn't something still missing here? Feelings, for example? Or perception of a color, a tone?
As everybody knows, all these are oscillations, therefore different forms of alternations, which we
perceive holistically. Now, though, we must be careful:
What I have just described is the absolute minimum, a consciousness unit. Such a minimum can't
differ from other minima without already forming a larger structure with them. This means vice versa:
Each consciousness unit can only exist within a larger consciousness by which it is defined.
Doesn't this mean chasing one's own tail? Shouldn't the units build up a larger consciousness
instead of being determined by it?
One presupposes the other. The larger consciousness needs elements of its structure, and the basic
consciousness needs a larger structure in which it takes a characteristic position. In addition, of course,
we always start with our consciousness that should not be so basic.
What is the difference then between a consciousness unit and an elementary particle if we assume
that the latter is really elementary?
Just this we cannot assume. Up to now, we have still disassembled every particle after a short time if
it has not done this by itself. But if a real elementary particle would exist, it could only interact by
entering a larger relationship, and so it had the same problem as the consciousness unit. It loses its
originality; it only exists in the relationship.
So, only the particular starting point of the perception is original ... ?
Exactly.
However, this perception is not so i-structured, is it? We see surfaces, bodies, et cetera.
It is! Since we always perceive only entireties, every change of a perception is a change of the
entirety. So if you go one step to the side, your holistic perception, let's say of a body, has changed
completely. In order to notice the change you must compare to the perception of the previous entirety,
and so you have the same switching back and forth.
But there are many intermediate stages here. I perceive, after all, a uniform change of my field of
vision.
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Right. This, though, does not change the basic fact of the holistic alternation. Whether it takes place
continuously or by leaps is of secondary importance. You can even say all sides of the alternation are
always also immediately linked to each other, since the only necessary and always existing transition
point is the infinitesimal center between them. An infinitely small transition yet takes place
immediately.
Why do we need this transition if it is not really there?
It is there and not there all at once. For this reason, it is infinitely small and not simply zero. On the
one hand, it is determined exactly as a center; on the other hand, it is empty. We need to have it as
exactly that, as a nothing with a concrete meaning. As a concrete nothing.
To approach this point infinitely, nevertheless, it requires a transition to it. Now you say, this
transition is actually not needed because the alternation between the sides occurs immediately.
This is due to the fact that we have nothing but the alternation. Each intermediate stage toward the
center would also be the goal of an alternation. Thus, we can approximate the central point via many
intermediate alternations, but strictly speaking each center remains immediately accessible. However,
because it can be circumscribed arbitrarily closely, it is also approximated. It is both infinitely small as
well as zero.
A consciousness unit doesn't have meaning at all if it doesn't transition to a structure. It has only
meaning within this structure as their almost infinitesimal center. What I have described as two
alternating whatever are just such structures. An alternation between nothing cannot be, of course.
But alternation as such can be?
Yes. Because everything alternates, and we cannot go beyond alternation as such. It forms the
apparently static structures of the world, which I call therefore "quasi-static." Back-and-forth-
movements, rotations, alternations in all possible forms.
So, in a sense the world becomes ethereal. There is nothing solid, no minimum size, nothing that can
be called truly material. How do you fit the quantum theory in here? In it there is at least Planck's
quantum of action as the smallest arithmetic unit.
This quantum, too, is being questioned yet. As well as the constancy of the "fundamental constants."
An absolute quantity is simply not thought through. Any limit can be exceeded, because this limit is
defined by its momentary exceedance. Try it out!
Nevertheless, quantum physics describes completely different relations, entangled states of so called
particles: Nonlocal correlations, probability waves, etc.
I am inclined to say such unmediated connections over long distances point in the direction which I
have already described. We must see, however, that the declaration of an unmediated link is only
possible outside of the immediacy. We must walk across to the other particle quite normally to
compare its state to "our" particle. Their immediate connection is a conclusion from a non-immediate
connection. Anyway, the immediacy plays a more significant role here than in our everyday
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experience. You can hardly abandon it, because obviously it is structurally deeper rooted. Especially
their probability character suggests that.
This brings me to another question: In How Consciousness Creates Reality you give to the central
point far more meaning. You see in it, so to speak, the continuum of the world compacted. How does
this fit here?
Well, a consciousness unit as the absolutely smallest before zero must alternate at infinite speed,
because there is no space for delays. However, as soon as we go beyond this unit, better said return
from its derivation, the speed can decrease. And with it two manners of perception of the alternation
start to differ: The quasi-static and the dynamic.
The quasi-static perspective you have already indicated ...
Yes, it is the formation of seemingly static objects from the alternation of the perspective ...
... which in turn results from other smaller or larger alternations of perspectives.
Or from remembered and anticipated, mental and sensory, dreamed and awake-conscious
experiences.
That's a lot of perspectives, considering what the world all consists of!
Thus it is. And that's why we cannot follow up them all by our limited consciousness. We always
move within a relatively small frame and then within the next, and so on, keeping the respectively
others in the back of our mind as a potential. We can restore them largely or at least think of them as
restorable, but we do not lose sight of the movement, of the alternation. This is the dynamic manner of
perception. I call it awareness.
Is the aware conscious?
When we alternate into something and back again, both cannot be fully conscious together at any
moment. Nevertheless, we must remain aware of the other side, otherwise the alternation would
disappear, too. We are aware of the potential for restoring that side.
But isn't this a contradiction in itself? The goal of our alternation is not conscious, only the
potential. And, on the other hand, does the alternation consist of both sides equally?
We must simply understand that we have only alternation as such. It includes both sides, but with
alternating priority. There is no pause in which only one side exists or both sides exist at once. So the
alternation is potential in some sense.
Why only in some sense?
Because the potential again seems to exist as such; like a quasi-static object, which alternation
movement we are not conscious of any more. But we have only alternation as such. If we do not
always want to get stuck again, we must get used to looking at it as nothing else than what it is. We
cannot condense it to a static object and complain then about contradictions!
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On the other hand, a quasi-static object is but somehow static or not?
No, just only quasi.
Because we do not look closely?
Yes, because we are not able to do it. As soon as we remove from a consciousness unit or from All
That Is to be discussed later we have a restricted speed of alternation. That is we can no longer be
perfectly accurate, no longer apprehend everything, but must make approximations. We condense
seemingly static objects. The alternation movement is being largely suppressed.
How should I imagine this condensing?
Look at the simple example from earlier. Now we have a distance between the alternating sides:
Center between
center and edge
So, there are many intermediate steps, as you said. Accordingly, there are also many intermediate
centers depending on between which steps alternation is happening. An overall center exists anyway.
Now we can even alternate between this center and the edges resulting in new centers, and so on. The
infinitesimality structure does justice to its name quite more clearly.
But I see no condensate.
Don't you? And I've painted the center even suspiciously large! Let us expand the whole a little bit
more to a rotation of the sides:
Do you see it now?
Hmm ... You mean the whole as such?
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Not only that. The whole as such is relatively stable by the repetition of the alternation, the
interdependence of the sides. But its stability is mainly symbolized by the center, because it moves the
least. However, since the whole is extended its most representative central area forms around the
central point:
Where exactly that is does not depend only on the change of the movement ratio in the area between
central point and edge, but also on the importance of the cohesion. For this particular central point
applies only to exactly this entirety. It is related to the latter most strongly.
I understand. The central point is defined only in relation to the entirety.
Exactly. So, the more important the unity of the whole is compared to its differences, the closer the
most representative area condenses at the center. Like this:
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Of space and time we talk, by the way, only because we have got used to it. Actually, varying dream
scenes, melodies, or whatever can also circumscribe a center; make feel an entirety, which condenses
toward this core.
Well, I see, or I rather sense the condensate. What is the quasi-static object here? The condensate or
the entirety?
Strictly speaking, the condensate. Since if we follow more the outsides it becomes quite dynamic, it
resolves into alternating viewpoints. However, we can of course also look at the entirety as such from
different perspectives and assign to it the role of the object, and so on.
So we solidify our imagination ... Anyway, I think you have described alternation and entirety as if
they were self-contained. But in the world, indeed, everything is connected. How then the link to other
alternation structures does come about?
We could also ask the other way around first. Why the sides do recur at all? Why there are turning
points of the movement or change?
Okay, why?
Because, otherwise, there would be no alternation.
Aha. It's already a bit late, but now you should really answer your own question.
Oh, Okay. So, why turning points? They are one side of the alternation, and so, they appear as
outposts in need for some impulse for a return. But you can also invert the alternation in some sense
and consider both sides together as the center, which is circumscribed by the alternation towards it and
back from it.
I think I have a knot somewhere ...
The operation is not symmetrical, but it shows that both sides can exist only together. They are a
split center, split by the alternation. Beyond that is nothing.
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Except other alternations ... Wait a minute. Didn't you say every limit can be exceeded? Then, there
must be something out there, anyway!
And now we come to the question of openness.
Day 2: Choices everywhere
On the openness of alternation it came back to my mind today that, actually, a consciousness unit is
an abstraction from a larger context. So, it cannot be complete at all, and thus, no other wholeness
composed of consciousness units. Or?
Yes, and no. A self-contained unit could not exist for anything else, so far I agree. However, we must
allow these extremes as you will notice.
I'm all ears.
Let us continue with the rotation, because it is more descriptive. Instead, we could take a to-and-fro-
alternation or something more complicated as well.
The path from one side to the other is not as clear-cut as it looks in the drawings. In reality it furcates
continuously, because otherwise it would mean an uncrossable limit. But such a limit is inadmissible
at every moment, because it is not consistently definable.
Why then does anything return to the starting point if there are so many other options?
I have a shocking answer. Yet, first of all, I ask you this: What would be left longest if all
progression routes, open and closed, were used?
Hmm ... The closed ones?
Precisely. And if the open ones were totally open, they would not exist for a single moment. Since
who should perceive an entirety? On the other hand: Total self-containment would change not the
least; so it would be not connectable, not perceivable.
Okay, how do we get out of this dilemma?
No suggestion?
Consciousness unit?
Hit.
But how?
As you know, a consciousness unit is also an entirety, while its sides are alternating immediately in
zero time and hence as immediately into the central point and out of it. It is an infinitely small
alternation structure, but also more than zero.
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Is it what is called an infinitesimal in the non-standard mathematics, a number infinitely close to
zero?
Not really, because these numbers in the non-standard analysis again are treated only as an object. In
contrast, a consciousness unit is constantly flickering. It is alternating between precisely zero and
infinitesimal sides.
Ah! And thus, self-containment and openness are unified! By lying infinitely close to each other.
Not just! But by alternating infinitely fast to each other! This is another thing than an asymptotic
approach in which they meet in the infinitely small. I mean openness and self-containment at the same
moment!
Without contradiction to each other ...
Without unhealthy contradiction. Since the "contradiction" of which we speak here is omnipresent,
the basis of our world. It has no opposite to be preferred, because the latter would disappear at the
same moment.
Didn't they call it earlier a dialectical contradiction? Hegel ...
Hegel didn't call it that, though, he realized the unity of existence and nonexistence, or as he
understood it, of being and nothingness. Not only because one needs the other to be defined, but
because one is constantly transitioning to the other. Everything is always becoming.
And this is something different?
Hegel has only gone halfway. He believed to have proved the necessity of the world process, but he
has already assumed it. Becoming is not alternation. In the becoming there is no furcation, this can
only be added from outside. In the alternation, however, furcation is built in.
Between openness and self-containment, I understand.
Also between different open paths, as we shall see. But let's get back first to the unity of openness
and self-containment. This unity is not lukewarm or vague, although it can be if we dilute it to an
approximation. Instead, it goes to the most precise. There is even no separation between self-
containment and openness in the last consequence, so that objects always find connection to other
objects.
Otherwise, we could not have derived the consciousness units from them as well.
Exactly.
What about the extreme case of total self-containment that you mentioned?
It must be there as well as the extreme case of total openness and all other extreme cases. Since each
side of the alternation is being actually reached, as well as the central point, although only for an
infinitely small moment.
This is why the unity with the other side is possible at all. Slowly I understand.
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I am pleased.
Although I am not shocked.
Huh?
You have promised me a shock.
Oh, yes. Openness in itself is not everything. If the door is already open, we can turn into different
directions as well. Otherwise, we would have a self-containment of its own kind again.
The containment of the direction.
No roundabout, but no other alternative, yes. That is we are again at a furcation.
What do we do now?
We choose.
Oh!
Are you shocked?
Maybe later.
The alternation between two or more sides after all is nothing else than weighing up alternatives. The
only thing we are forced to is keep moving. For alternation is unavoidable on penalty of our
elimination. This means, we are always in a situation of decision-making.
... About the way forward. You have to let this melt in your mouth.
As you wish. Anyway, the direction of further alternation of further movement is indeterminate.
Here I have to digress: Motion is asymmetrical, open, as you know. Nevertheless, it can only exist in
the change-wise perception of its previous segments; otherwise, it dissolves more rapidly than we can
say "Fzz." It would not even have a direction, which in turn only exists in the change-wise comparison
with its alternatives. It would be the extreme case of total openness and therefore of being
structureless.
Again, I do not understand "direction" as spatiotemporal in the first place, but as a direction from one
priority to the other. If we can draw it in the space-time diagram, Okay. However, also associations,
for example, have directions from the important to the not yet important.
Your cats, are they brother and sister?
Are you still with me?
Yes, sorry. Do you speak of a spiral?
Spiral?
Yes, a spiral movement. A back-and-forth-switch between moments while the whole is moving
forward results in a spiral pulled apart to the side.
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Only superficially, though. This spiral is rather a manifestation of an i-structure, of a complete
alternation of moment points, which still jumps forward immediately. An i-structured spiral, if you
like.
Can you give an example?
Of course. We were choosing, do you remember? We are alternating between alternatives of our
further movement, of our potential. One of them we have to take. Let's say, either a new way or an old
one; we are choosing between an open and a self-contained continuation. Only the indetermination
and the choosing as such are determined.
Thus, we are also alternating between this indetermination and our determination to choose. That is
we are circumscribing a center between the alternatives as well as between the alternatives and the
urge to choose.
And by this a center between these both sides ...
Yes.
And centers between this center and the others.
And so on.
This is infinitesimality structure!
All sides of the alternation are identified with each other at some point and at some other even with
their distinction.
What normally doesn't work according to conventional understanding ...
... but as we have seen, is the basis of our world down to the smallest conceivable unit.
Can't we just say, the sides meet in the middle and one of them is being chosen?
We can say much and reveal nothing. Because in this way we cannot explain choosing, only
mechanical continuations and chances. By such a merging we would disregard the necessity to
distinguish things, too. We had merely flowing mush.
By contrast, what you have explained leads to a free choice?
Yes, because the infinitesimal unity of determination and indetermination is not annullable and not
reducible to one side. Free choice, not chance, is the only interpretation that remains.
This is based, as far I can see, on the need to alternate rather than simply continuing.
Only alternation is distinction and unity at once. This alternation, however, can progress to other
alternations. It will do this at some point not to lose touch with the world or, better said, because the
alternatives are too tempting to forever decide against them, though it must not.
But I do. Can we take a short break?
Sure. In the meantime, I succumb again to the temptations of art.
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Alright, so we choose constantly between old and new way, since we always consider the new more
or less. With it, self-containment and openness form an i-structured unity. If we always moderately
decide for the new, we obtain the approximation of a spiral.
Let me think ... If we describe the situation once again by using squares, we now have an alternation
between three instead of two sides, and the third one stands for a new way.
More specifically, it stands for the possibility of a new way. We alternate with a potential as such,
that is to say without realizing it immediately. This is, in fact, an additional alternation. However, it is
the normal case, which we have simplified yesterday, just almost up to a self-containment. If we now,
like before at the door, open the direction of the continuation as well, we get even more alternatives of
alternation:
And because finally everything opens it makes its potential conscious decisions are to be made
constantly. Whether an alternation moves on or not, it is always a more or less free choice of its
consciousness!
...
You're so quiet.
Hmm ... The continuation is neither a real spiral nor a real jump, but a decision for one or the other
as well?
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Well recognized.
And since we have everywhere alternation equals i-structure equals consciousness, and everything is
more or less open, everything is freely chosen to the corresponding extent.
You got it!
Day 3: Awareness in alternation
If I sum up the last two days, then consciousness is omnipresent and due to its structure freedom of
choice is just as omnipresent.
Right. The urge to change the situation, the i-structure, and the ultimate identity of self-containment
and openness result in a permanent choice of the further path. These three factors are basically one and
the same.
Consciousness.
I-structure, yes.
Or awareness?
This, too, is essentially the same. We have already discussed that every side is always potential, that
there is only alternation as such. If we think to perceive two sides at once, strictly speaking we deceive
ourselves. We lift them out of the broader alternation by turning them crosswise and thereby
seemingly slowing down their alternation.
Seemingly?
I'll come back to this. By the said turning we generate an approximation around the center of the
sides, call it "object" and forget its origin and the details, which we cannot resolve now anymore. The
sides themselves are also formed in such a way and so on, because we can hardly do without crosswise
things. Only a quasi-static consciousness can seemingly exist longer than zero "seconds" and has
"time" to become aware of something.
Man oh man. Awareness must therefore be conscious?
Yes, conscious or subconscious, but never unconscious. Awareness is merely the more potential,
more dynamic consciousness. Or the other way around: Consciousness is the more static awareness.
Stop, stop! What does subconscious mean?
That means conscious below our consciousness in the stricter sense, nothing else than dynamically
existent, only conscious as a potential, as a potential to realize a potential, et cetera. Although always
as the side of an alternation, or it is literally "out."
Okay, it's all potential. "I am aware of something" then means "I am aware of its potentiality"?
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Exactly! We are always talking about the same here. Just don't let confuse yourself!
Well, I'm not sure. Normally, we just don't assume that the subconscious is always accessible to us.
How then do we know it is there?
Because we conclude about it from what is happening to us.
That's it. We reasonably imagine a complex something, which exists "about there" for itself and
occasionally makes itself noticed. This is potential existence, with all uncertainties such a potential
brings with it. We could, of course, find straw as well, if we have a look.
I understand. Is potential existence the same as dynamic existence?
Only the emphasis is different. Dynamic existence is the generic term, but potential existence we can
say if we consider more the potential as such, instead of the alternation. Dynamic existence would
mean the subconscious into which we put ourselves. So, also a greater certainty would be described,
but no absolute.
Well, that has always confused me a bit. Maybe this is a good crossing to why the slowing down of
the alternation is only apparent ...
Let's try it. Have you already wondered how we organize the speeds of the whole alternation
between edge points, edge and center, its center and sides, open and self-contained continuations, et
cetera? And then the alternation with the rest of the universe?
Er ... no.
This question has occupied me much. Within a finite reference frame it is relatively easy to solve.
What is now less conscious to us can alternate faster. Gradations in consciousness therefore can be
gradations in the speed of alternations. If this is indeed the case, it is almost negligible.
How so?
Please, don't get me wrong. We speak of a very basic process here, on which many less basic
processes can be superimposed. Whether something is conscious or subconscious may depend on
many structural differences where we do not ask about speeds. For example, even a very slow
movement can lack the other side of the alternation. On the other hand, we do not come to the
conclusion that there could be another side if we do not hurry ahead of the movement. Higher speed
here means more consciousness.
Or rather more awareness?
More conscious awareness. However, if we do not hurry ahead, does the other side exist at all?
This is like the question whether the moon still exists if we are not looking.
It exists. Because on a deeper level we are looking again and again much faster than with the eyes.
But even faster than in thought. Only then we can find its "track" seemingly subconsciously, catch
sight of "the" moon spontaneously.
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So the speed defines the degree of consciousness anyway?
Ultimately, yes. Although the generality of this finding is a logical conclusion. We don't have to
assign a certain speed to any detail of a complex alternation. For this the structures are too interlaced.
It is sufficient if differences of the perception speed prevent the simultaneousness of two alternations.
There is no simultaneousness of anything?
How should it otherwise alternate with each other, that is enter into a relationship, be perceived?
There can be "alternaneousness" at most, meaning back and forth or, for example, a non-independent
"simultaneousness" like in quantum theory. We talk, by the way, about time again only as one possible
standard.
I know. But I wonder how my perception of a candle can alternate slowly while the further existence
of the moon behind me requires a much higher speed of alternation? Don't both alternations run at the
same time?
In this case there would be no connection between them. As soon as they affect each other
"something" alternates between them, and this is nothing else than a holistic perception focus. Even if
it would be merely a "particle": It leaves a different totality and leads to a different one. A wholeness
becomes another.
The candle becomes the moon.
In principle, yes.
Physicalists will be tearing their hair out!
They rather look after details. Even if they talk of light for which there is, by the way, no physical
time; or of fields and entropy, they need to shift their perception from the candle to the moon in order
to abstract a thin connection between the two. Doing so they perceive like you and me: Individual
entireties in alternation.
So, there is an alternation between all alternations as well.
And since there cannot be simultaneous alternations all must be one single alternation!
But now you have a problem!
An interesting question, isn't it? How do we get together the alternation speeds in an infinite universe
in such a way that they pass into each other without contraction?
Enlighten me.
I have a joker.
I knew it.
For its wholeness an infinite universe needs an infinite alternation speed. Besides, I don't believe that
our concept of speed has an infinite shelf live. But we have to work with what we have and prove its
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consistency also with the help of extreme cases. And something more general than alternation we do
not have.
In fact, the infinite alternation speed, which we have already introduced with the consciousness unit,
provides a lot more options. A fast alternation may seem slow by repetition without reducing its speed:
The entirety circumscribed by the form of the alternation changes without any hurry. Even if it would
be circumscribed infinitely fast. More than this, it could also change itself infinitely fast and would
come as little into conflict with its infinitely fast circumscription.
Arbitrarily fast
Arbitrarily fast
Infinite plus anything is infinite again. That's why I have no problem with the universe. An infinite
alternation speed can circumscribe everything.
One moment. Slowly ... Complete repetition, therefore total self-containment, does not exist, you
said.
I roughly said self-containment and openness are also identical. Like the sides of a consciousness
unit: By immediate alternation to each other.
I remember. The circumscription therefore is as open as closed.
Yes, but the more the unity is emphasized the more slowly or statically it appears. The i-structured
spiral becomes narrower, so to speak, or is just turned crosswise.
... and yet does not lose the connection to the rest of the universe.
Correct. Cross-turning stands for becoming more conscious, more quasi-static.
And now you take the infinity to unite everything that does not fit together?
Only for what can be derived from the finite and according to current understanding can seamlessly
merge into the infinite. As mathematicians do.
Well, I have one more question: On the first day you said all sides are linked also immediately.
Because they as entireties need, strictly speaking, only the infinitesimal center between them for
their distinction, and the same applies to any intermediate stage. This is the i-structure.
That means we have an infinitely fast alternation in everyday live as well?
That's right.
NOW I am shocked!
Come, come, we also said that alternating structures define a consciousness unit.
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In their center! Now, but it looks as if the consciousness unit is extended and corresponds to the
structures themselves. A clear contradiction!
Because thus units define units?
Yes!
Okay, Okay, I admit, the consciousness unit in the center was a simplification, or rather a special
case.
You don't say!
Yes, as a relief for you.
Of course.
In reality we can stick just as little to spatial thinking as to the temporal. This relief sometimes makes
it even more difficult. Or what do you believe is actually an entirety? "Entire" is one, not one after the
other. The entirety, of course, has a structure, but it must also be one! This only works if this identity
is established immediately. So, since everything alternates, at infinite speed.
Now I'm completely confused!
We'll fix that, don’t worry. The perception of the structure –as the perception of the entirety is
simply the alternation of a sole consciousness unit.
I put myself out.
Stay with me. It won't take a minute. Do you remember that an entirety can have only one central
point?
Yes.
No matter how complicatedly we are alternating in detail, the whole has only one single center. How
can this center probably be maintained if in between we are always somewhere else?
Okay, Okay. But the intermediate structures!
They are Inter, not the whole. Crucial for the central point is the whole! So to speak, the apex of the
entire circumscription.
And?
This apex is not the center.
... But it is centered!
Precisely. A ring, for example, a ridge, a crater rim. That is what the central point most severely
refers to, what determines it clearly.
Not what adjoins it ...
Not spatially, no.
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But "establishing"?!
Yes, the apex of the entire dynamic. We could almost say a psychic summit. Or an intensity peak.
It's beginning to get through me. Since a consciousness unit must be derived from a larger structure
and since this derivation culminates out there instead of in the innermost, this unity of ridge and
central point is the representative consciousness unit of the entirety.
Yes.
I am impressed. Accordingly, every intermediate structure which helps to build up the entirety by
alternation must culminate in its own consciousness unit.
Go on.
And so the entirety is formed by one single changing consciousness unit.
Okay now?
Let's see. Maybe after the counterstrike: How can a consciousness unit create itself as an apex if it
must have been created this way in order to its creation?
Now you've got me there, eh?
Well.
You are underestimating the smoothness of the infinite. The infinitely fast alternation of the
consciousness unit forms we had this already by i-structured repetition a quasi-static focus of
consciousness, which can alternate in its turn at any, even infinite speed. So, its top unit may, too,
alternate at infinite speed and, in doing so, may form what it wants.
The infinite moves in the infinite ...
... and creates depending on the form of this movement seemingly slower forms.
The form of the alternation is therefore what matters.
No matter "what" is alternating here. There is, as we have said, only alternation as such.
Let's have a break.
...
As I see it now, every form is produced by the whole universe. Because the only alternation is
moving through any form that is being created at the same moment.
Yes, and namely as an i-structure, otherwise we are silting up in contradictions. We can also say, all
consciousness units transition immediately into each other, since they adjoin each other. Depending on
the form of this transition, consciousness and awareness, objects and potentials originate from it.
Although we have derived the consciousness units only from such objects and potentials?
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Thus, it is. We can base our world view on nothing except on our perception. But we can explore and
investigate it to make it consistent. In this case we get back complex quasi-static focuses of
consciousness, which now can claim any degree of flexibility by themselves and so in turn prove to be
the basis of reasoning. For only movables can enclose something.
Day 4: The unlimited potential
I have understood the origin of freedom of choice through your book "How Consciousness Creates
Reality," at least intuitively. Nevertheless, it seems to me, the explanation by alternation speed is more
obstructive than helpful for an intuitive understanding of i-structure. Apparently, a decision is reduced
to a consciousness unit. Can this be?
... to a consciousness unit which leads to new consciousness units through the identity of both the
urge to change and alternatives. It is equally true, however, that all consciousness units by infinite
alternation speed establish a unity and form quasi-static focuses. Unity becomes intuitive by infinitely
fast alternation, because the latter is the transition to wholeness in zero time. We may simply not
forget the zero. It is not only approximated but reached. This is wholeness! The alternation is only for
the connection to the difference. Wholeness and structure form a contrast which is offset by
alternation.
The alternation, though, is a contrast by itself ... ?
But more precise, since it includes the sides as such. As well as its own wholeness. An alternation
between this wholeness and the difference of the sides is here again without intermediate stage.
So, again zero.
Not zero only! Zero is nothing without its role. The intuition has something to sense.
The alternation.
Are you kidding me?
All right. Intuition equals alternation wholeness.
Down to the infinite small, at any place. That's intuitive enough, I think. If you apply this to a more
complicated entirety, you cannot longer "see" the top unit clearly, but sense it at most. Probably rather
a cluster of units around.
A condensate?
Thus, we feel it. But now around the crater ring, inside and out.
Must not the condensate be in the middle?
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We consider here the apex of the dynamic form. If the condensate is in the middle, then the apex is
there.
Okay, slowly everything fits together. Now I also understand better why you like to draw the
consciousness funnel or reality funnel with an "outside area" like a crater:
It's not really about inside and outside, right?
No, these are limited concepts. It's rather about up and down meaning more conscious or less
conscious. The exact center is an axis passing through everything.
So, all standpoints or perspectives, which I am less conscious of, are located in the stem of the
funnel?
The less conscious the awareness the deeper they are circling. The details are becoming increasingly
subconscious:
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If I have understood you properly, I am not only aware of other consciousness, but of other
awareness. Because the infinitely many other standpoints from which my awareness is being
dynamically built are also just summits of infinite dynamics. Aren't these infinities a bit too much?
Which ones are too much for you?
I mean, how can my awareness apprehend an infinity of infinities and yet remain structured?
Because resolution at infinity is coming too early for you?
Yes.
Don't worry, it's not coming. It's already here.
Sorry?
Awareness is only structured after all because it is suppressing most other standpoints repeatedly into
the increasingly less conscious. Until they almost merge with the central axis. With this axis we
anticipate the infinite. It is not "counted."
??
You feared intuition coming off worst, right? Well, awareness is becoming more and more intuitive
downwards since consciousness of details is strongly decreasing. The "tracks" of the alternation to the
Other are becoming denser and denser and only resolvable if consciousness follows them. That means
where it is at the moment they are hardly conscious anymore. Awareness can consciously anticipate
the infinity only as such in the intuitive knowledge that it is there. As the said axis or as a central
point.
Or as a potential.
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Yes. Since consciousness is slow, we can consider the central point also as an approximation of the
infinite, as a symbol of something to which we can "go" if we "quicken our pace" strongly,
asymptotically up to infinitely.
Fascinating. Must there not be, however, "infinite space," an unfolded infinity that we can
anticipate?
Of course. But it is in the opposite direction.
In the direction of consciousness ...
... and with it of the absolute universal continuum which I have explained in "How Consciousness
Creates Reality."
But an absolute continuum is structureless and cannot be conscious!
So as the zero?
Hmm.
The total unfoldment of absolutely everything to a distinctionless continuum is its collapse at the
same time. But to what? To a Nothing? Then unfoldment had not happened at all. The universal
continuum rather "reflects" on from which it was reached: It exists only for the awareness by which it
is anticipated.
So it does not exist for itself?
Only as a momentary extreme case within an alternation of perspective, like everything else. We
already had this.
The continuum has a perspective?
Only in the alternation with another awareness.
Well, in "How Consciousness Creates Reality" you also describe All That Is, the highest possible
consciousness. It should be located just below the universal continuum, "at the brink of collapsing."
What is it doing there?
I guess it's playing God. We are dealing with an infinitely complex and infinitely large i-structure
forming itself, like everything else, at infinite speed.
It is in a focus?
Not like us. Its alternation has to include everything equally. Nothing may sink into a funnel stem.
Therefore, All That Is is in any focus and differs from it only by one single criterion, which solely is
its own: The unlimited potential to take up a different focus. With that it is but always a certain
perspective of this potential.
I have to digest this for the moment. I am All That Is?
Can you take up any focus? Let's say an infinitely complex and infinitely large one?
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No. But why not after all?
Because the shape of the alternation of your focus has become independent. It does not only seem
slow as a whole, but it has suppressed and forgotten the ability to accelerate sharply.
What did I do to deserve this?
It was like everything else a decision. A lot of decisions, actually. All of them concern the form of
focus shaping but some also concern the form of form shaping. There originated not only
consciousness but self-consciousness. An ego, if you like.
And the ego prevents that I take up a different focus?
The self-consciousness creates stability by rather choking the awareness of the greater potential and
letting pass merely vague ideas. But you may certainly put yourself into the position of a coffee
making questioner and bring me one.
Sorry, I'm on my way.
Thank you. If you have placed your focus then again, please tell me, why didn't you go earlier?
Hmm ... You mean because I am selfish?
Just a bit, of course. You were absorbed and I appreciate that, because it had a meaning: You wanted
to grasp, concentrate, and be wrapped up in your part. This is why we do something like that: We
create structures which do not collapse immediately. The whole universe does it. Otherwise, it would
have remained in the continuum.
Where it had gotten to, even though from a structure?
The classical alternation.
Where had we stopped?
You had choked your awareness.
Ah, how did I do this?
By reflecting on yourself again and again from birth on at the latest. What I find Okay, by the way.
By discovering ourselves anew we contribute to the awareness of All That Is as well.
However, All That Is is not in my ego-focus, as this one has merely a limited potential. So what
rewards does All That Is have?
That's just the point: The infinite focus speed also encompasses any self-consciousness. By the latter
the seemingly slow focus has, indeed, clamped itself to a great extent. But since it moves on, changes
and develops, it reaches its infinite potential again in the infinite at the latest. Yet, because we are
aware of this infinite as a potential to a potential even now of All That Is as such the self-conscious
focus alternation as well must be a sub-frequency of the all-encompassing dynamic.
Would you like some more coffee?
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I'm in progress. Now the million dollar question: How can that be?
How can what be?
I'll tell you: This is nothing but the typical dynamic existence!
Ah.
How is it characterized? The other side of the alternation we are always only aware of. This exactly
is alternation: Everything in the either/or.
What means ...
... All That Is can always only be aware of our focus.
In order to do this, must it not really alternate with it?
Certainly, and only to us this alternation is conscious so little. So there must be still another way of
alternation, which we are using even less consciously.
Well, the consciousness units have, indeed, found one which the slow focus hardly grasps.
You always surprise me. So: Between infinitely fast consciousness units and self-consciously bound
focus there must be at least one other focus alternation with the infinite, which escapes us according to
form and speed of our own focus and, for example, provides for the feeling of a "divine presence."
Such focuses are constantly removing from us and passing into us again, without that we are seeing
ourselves in the situation to "follow" them.
That's strange. Since now we are not dealing anymore with infinite speed, in which everything can
level out. These intermediate speeds are finite! Do they not get in a mess?
Why should they? Our quasi-static alternation, our most superficial focus of consciousness, is not
completely isolated, as you know. No matter how self-reflexively interlaced it is. It still forms out of
the infinitely fast alternation of consciousness units. The accesses to other forms and frequencies
merely escape from it. It skips phases of the whole alternation, as we forget our dreams. Although it
has basically permanent access, even to All That Is.
We just have to find it ... And be able to cope!
Yes. We can cope with it only well measured. Otherwise, we lose ourselves this time on the other
side.
They say we are protected.
This would make sense. Even All That Is needs relatively stable structures to alternate to and to be
aware of. It is diversity, not chaos.
I assume, by All That Is not only the consciousness units are meant, but also the focuses infinitely
fast for their part?
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Yes, all of them; and the slow! Who is on the move fast, can be slow within that also, by temporary
repetition, as usual.
Focuses in focuses in any repetition?
It doesn't matter. This makes a difference only when we become finite. And then we still have an
infinite span on which the speeds can spread. Since All That Is does not become finite for sure.
And so we are only apparently finite.
But this appearance is very real since it is necessary even for All That Is, do you understand?
Because it would, otherwise, evaporate in a continuum?
Got it. So, "bogus" can actually be no question. We are certain structured phases of the overall
movement of the highest consciousness, individual awareness which All That Is, too, is aware of, but
in its individual manner.
All That Is an individual?
Of course. Who else is characterized by infinite potential?
The universal continuum?
Good thought. Both universal continuum and All That Is need us for their determination. Yet, the
continuum does not have its own existence. All That Is does. It has awareness and condenses for us
barely to a consciousness. It forms the state of reflection of the universal continuum. It is the big
brother of the consciousness unit at the other "end."
You say "It condenses for us." Doesn't this show its dependence?
Without us it is nothing! But we and all other focuses of consciousness create it as a structure, as that
what creates us.
Is this fantasy then?
Not more than the perception of our own existence.
I understand. It is on the consistency of the perception.
On every conceivable level.
Still: Has All That Is an own consciousness or not?
Since its awareness apprehends every other at infinite speed, it couldn't be more conscious!
Nevertheless, most of it is always just subconscious, for it remains individual, as you know. Even for
All That Is! But it can condense only for us, from a restricted viewpoint.
So, if All That Is is in a certain focus, it is condensing for itself?
If it is not using its potential, it is just not All That Is anymore. It is only a focus with a condensed
potential for higher things, briefly: With a condensed imagination of the highest consciousness. Even
if this potential is available at any time. But if All That Is is using its potential, it is this potential.
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That's heavy stuff.
One thing with this whole focus alternation model bothers me, though: In order to explain relatively
small processes we have to deal very quickly with high alternation speeds. In my mind, this challenges
the plausibility of the concept.
That's another story. In the beginning, new theories seldom give rise to good feelings because they
are simply unusual. This one is consistent, as far as I can tell after years of investigation. Whether it is
applicable to all putatively material things in detail we should explore motivated by this logical
consistency.
Please, also keep in mind how fast we can change whole scenes, for example, in a dream. And these
are rather snapshots. We may not stick to a movement idea that arose from the carriage age. Even the
speed of light cannot be a serious barrier outside the well-known space-time, if it ever was. We don't
send information, but alternate entireties.
Into the unknown, but you can project anything.
The only question is whether it harmonizes with known processes. Infinitely large things we just
don't need in practical terms. We are talking here about that extensively only because we, as already
said, test the consistency with the help of the extremes. On the other hand, we do not make the whole
stranger than it is, anyway. Normally, we just accept it.
Yes, we accept a lot and become uncomfortable if someone questions us.
I would like to prevent a misunderstanding, though: Wholeness remains intuitive in my model as
well! Because the described transition to wholeness is not its derivation, but the connection to it.
Wholeness and structure are not derived from each other but are sides of alternation. Just as the central
and turning points that we have already discussed. Consequently, without intuition there is no
alternation.
And no structure.
Nothing at all.
Day 5: Indestructible
I had to think about what you mean by culmination, apex, or summit. How can the starting point of a
perspective, an intensity peak of perception, arise from alternations? Mustn't I assume a certain peak
to become aware of an alternation?
That’s how it is ultimately. We go out from a perception. It is holistic and therefore unique, because
any comparison with other wholes would create a new whole. Hence, this unique wholeness of our
perception is always the starting point. It is the current intensity peak. Everything we then investigate
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are relations with other wholes, whether partial entireties or being outside ones. Just the alternation of
wholes.
Couldn't there be a higher partial summit within our wholeness?
We can define the summit this way: It is the conscious aspect most strongly determining the
awareness. If it is conscious less, it cannot be the apex of the awareness, because we are always
talking of the conscious. On the other hand, if it determines the awareness less, it is not the most
intensive unit.
But it is also the result of alternating consciousness units, focusses, and so on?
Yes. Only the starting point is not. We go out from the summit and examine its relations with other
summits, which lead back to our summit. However, by doing so we have extended our awareness and
thus have created a new summit. This is the real result of the movement. Reaching the starting point
would be more difficult, though not impossible.
We are yet again with the i-structured spiral.
We cannot escape from this. But now we see better that the summit is not the largest consciousness.
And how should it be? It is the funnel edge, not the funnel. It could even lie closely around the center.
Instead, it is important that the relevant decisions emanate from it.
Ah, I understand. That’s why it has to be the most conscious aspect: Because decisions are made
consciously by definition.
Or because everything is consciousness and therefore decides constantly.
So, if a partial summit would be higher, more determining, the larger whole would be less conscious.
Yes. Although it’s not a partial summit then, but the overall one.
Okay. Another question: We found that the movement of an entirety follows the decisions of its i-
structure. It has very different alternatives: Slow and fast; this or another direction. How does it
happen that this movement "skips" a faster alternation in favor of a slower one, that the accesses to
higher frequencies "escape" from it, as you said?
As you know, alternation happens in leaps and bounds by nature. Apparent continuity comes about
only by close together experienced entireties. Therefore, we can also make immense jumps. Let’s say,
from the couch to the star system Alpha Centauri and back to our juice while only the couch and the
juice are related to each other, and everything else is taken for nonsense. Thus, it is the assessment, the
selection of the summit from the overall alternation, that makes the difference.
And who makes this choice?
We do this by deciding on priorities, on a certain perspective of the overall alternation. In this
perspective we are aware of the stars only distantly. Instead, we have turned the alternation between
couch and juice crosswise, slowed it down, and made it quasi-statically conscious.
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Did we change the direction of the overall alternation for it?
We have designed a certain alternation out of other alternations. Thereby, we have restructured the
overall alternation. Yes, yes, to infinity.
We always have a perspective ...
... and we change nothing but this perspective. From the infinitely large and fast we could in
principle design everything by decisions of the already designed if we would not have interlaced
ourselves to an extent where we have little idea. By choosing a new form of the alternation we choose
a new wholeness and a new perspective, and vice versa:
Form = Wholeness = Perspective
A chaos or continuum cannot choose anything. So, the choice must ultimately originate from All That
Is as the largest form, the largest consciousness at all.
Precisely. In the end, everything is a "divine" choice, but not without asking us.
All That Is creates us to ask for our opinion?
Not only for our opinion, but for our decision. Everything is i-structured and hence decides
constantly between alternative sequels of its alternation. Intuitively, holistic, mind you.
Whatever that means in the case of my saucer.
Your saucer has been created to stop your spilt, not to make its own way. It may decide at best
within 1mm play left or right of the cup.
But how does it do this? It is made of porcelain!
How then do you come to think of it being a saucer?
I perceive it as such.
Only because of that it is used as such, only because of that it "is" such a thing. So if it wants to
move to the kitchen, you do with it.
Because it exists only in my perception as a saucer ...
Exactly. The decision to switch over to the kitchen is made by the entirety of the saucer and the
coffee drinker and other circumstances. Here, you undoubtedly have the privilege to be allowed to
identify with the summit of the situation alternation entirety. So, with the most determining aspect.
However, if the coffee turns out awful this may change temporarily.
Will the coffee then decide that I will pour it away?
In the entirety of coffee and drinker the coffee has temporarily taken over the direction. You, by
contrast, have decreased to your reflexes. Only afterwards you remember your veto power and perhaps
still drink it.
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What if I do not touch the coffee at all? Does it decide to evaporate, or does it do this simply because
it is hot?
I would say because it is hot.
So, no decision?
I am not to judge whether it cannot decide on one or the other damp streak. Just as little in which
manner the saucer is involved in whether it is set down 1mm to the right or the left. Also, physicists
can’t do that honestly but refer to the chaos theory.
... which makes infinitely small triggers responsible for bigger changes.
But if you restrict a situation until only minimal margins remain you don’t need to wonder if this is
the case then.
That’s interesting. Since, actually, we see it just the other way around: The world is relatively rigid,
and we are flexible and conscious enough to make active decisions, freely or not.
If they are not free they are no decisions, no choices, by the way. Why your coffee evaporates at all I
can explain only physically, too. But now I can ask why such a thing happens under similar conditions
always similarly if it must be a chosen event by general logical considerations. A physicist, by
contrast, would stop with the statement of a so-called physical law.
So, the question is: Who has chosen this law and why? Or should we say "enacted"?
Since the answer is not conscious to us we must look into the subconscious. By that I mean, of
course, everything conscious, which we are aware of, but as good as not consciously. Everything in
the stem of the reality funnel.
Up to All That Is?
Yes, because, as you have already stated, everything we perceive has its origin there, respectively is
connected to it. By the way, I think "enacted" makes more sense with the stability chosen at the same
moment. Hence, we have neither to think with every step whether the ground holds nor whether the
coffee freezes with the next gulp. That's reasonable, right?
Quite.
So, if we can agree on the fact that everything is basically chosen, the question why there are
regularities another such concept delicacy can surprise us just as little as a physicist. We must
look, like him, only after the details. Although with a different emphasis.
A spiritual emphasis.
And without excluding physics. It is the result of unknown decision-making processes.
However, as for the spiritual details we are groping about in the dark.
Because we are not looking for them. If we would make the same research effort in this direction as
in physics, we would be further ahead in all respects.
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Okay. Can you briefly summarize this decision-making process starting from All That Is?
Well, All That Is, as the most complex possible structure, has not only the largest selection of
alternatives but also the highest density of conscious moments of choice. It can choose anything at all,
it is pure potential.
Is this the same like energy?
No, energy is abstract. Potential is always on concrete, at least in this context. Even if all concrete is
meant it is not assimilated to a flow or congestion, but remains in the alternation as such.
Agree. So, what does All That Is choose now?
Since it has to unite unity and structure this altogether amounts to a hierarchical order. Other variants
may not claim the equal range of existence. They don’t have the same degree of order and many
coincide qualitatively: A fog bank hardly differs from the others and can claim in the spectrum of
possible orders not as much space as more structured variants.
This is pretty much the opposite of what most physicists say.
They think differently. They don't really combine microstates, but count their combinations. Thus,
they conclude a high probability of chaotic states. And then they need a not really explained "big
bang" to put down the presence of order to something at all. But where does the order of the big bang
come from?
It resembles a bit what you have just described: Order because in the end nothing else is left.
A little bit, yes. But it is a dead and limited order that lacks the consequence, as we have seen. It
lacks wholeness, alternation, consciousness, openness ...
... and thus freedom of choice.
Although it is, of course, a choice of each researcher to pay this price and to abstract from the
individuality of perception and his own consciousness.
Let’s continue with the freedom of choice: Does order still arise from it?
Where would we end up, otherwise? Seriously: We could hardly grasp comparatively large
agglomerations of consciousness, which is why we are aware of them only far below in the stem of the
reality funnel, as a deep idea, so to speak.
However, this idea could be very vague.
I would call it a more infinitesimal i-structure. This is different from a condensate. The alternation
paths with the deeper are maintained and are just closely bundled. Thus, we can find everything again
if we open ourselves. But only with a certain probability.
How is that?
Alternation = consciousness = freedom of choice. Do you remember?
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So, we don’t know if we choose the right thing when diving?
We don’t know if our subconsciousness will choose the right thing. Or if what we are looking for has
slipped away in the meantime. At least, we may consider the next large consciousness agglomeration
in our subconsciousness as an entity. We arise from it in the funnel image and alternate constantly into
it and back, but we hardly remember that. It's rather like a dream-like sensation, or intuition. I have
described this in my book How Consciousness Creates Reality. The Full Version in detail.
Yes, the entity is for various reasons more stable and therefore our anchor base.
Since this is more conscious to the entity and we are its "children," and since it holds the role of the
"guardian of order" in the hierarchy of our entireties, it will determine or inspire our behavior to a
considerable degree. It provides impulses, which reach us out of the funnel stem, and to be seen "from
above" they are difficult to separate from our own choices.
Only if we exert our self-consciousness some things become clearer.
To a certain degree. But in the end impulses and choices merge.
So, we may not hope for an ultimate decision between determination and freedom?
Ultimately everything is free chosen by All That Is. Although by us, as we know us, only in a
relatively small part. And we often don’t even know in which one.
This doesn’t sound like conscious reality creation.
Compared to a through and through determined or random world it is much more what we can
create! However, the decisions of all consciousness slip in and prestructure the probabilities available
to us. So we operate in a hierarchy of probabilities, which we restructure by our decisions, as all other
individuals do.
That’s why we don’t fly to Alpha Centauri, but stick to our juice on the couch.
Obviously, a high probability has arisen from the whole tangled awareness for the alternatives water
or juice.
When you say "create," do you mean only a free choice?
Basically yes, because this is what entails everything else. But creation means figuratively also
emphasize, lift out.
What do we lift out from what?
We lift out the priorities, the respective intensities of our life from all others by restructuring our
hierarchy of probabilities, our perspective, our awareness, with every movement. Since everything is
linked, this change reaches into the infinite. We create, so to speak, a new universe at every moment.
If we create a new universe, what was there before?
All other perspectives, of course. They are still there as well. There are, as you know, only
perspectives of the overall alternation. The term "universe" is misleading, because it suggests one
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same world for all. Such a thing can’t exist. Also, nobody lives in an own world bubble, but in an
individual awareness of the overall alternation.
I must cut in again.
Sure.
But a hierarchy of priorities is also a hierarchy of different alternation speeds. How can my
awareness, so my very individual hierarchy of alternation speeds, be a part of your individual
awareness? Obviously, you can’t experience my focus with the same slowness as I do, but only your
own.
Ingenious objection. But it depends only on the individual differences of the alternation speeds. So, I
am aware of your focus really faster and less consciously than you, but basically nothing prevents
me from being completely aware of your hierarchy of speeds. Because, although they are shifted for
me "backwards" your speed differences are preserved to me to the infinite. Infinite plus X minus Y is
still infinite. The fact that to me your awareness is less conscious is self-evident. We have spoken of
this.
That is ... The infinite would thus preserve the form of my individual hierarchy?
Of course. All That Is isn’t called so in vain.
But the universal continuum ... ?
... is only a single standpoint in the alternation of All That Is, furthermore, one which has meaning
only as an extreme value within this alternation. I cannot rule out, though, that it reflects on something
else than you, but you are preserved, since All That Is alternates through all possible hierarchies. It is
unlimited potential.
So, there is no destruction, not even by resolution at infinity?
No, there isn’t. What we have carelessly called "resolution" is a passing disappearance in the infinite
"distant", to the consciousness in the infinitely little accessible. This "point" of disappearance can be
also an infinite alternation speed, which we perceive as an infinitesimal wholeness. The infinite fulfills
both functions: Reconciliation and recoverability of the opposites.
Day 6: All-Encompassing creativity
I have noted a brief summary about entirety:
Every perception is individual. On the one hand, because it is only possible from a single
perspective, and on the other hand, because it intuitively unites the perceived structure. If we change
the perspective we therefore change the entire perception. To put different perceptions in relation to
each other we must alternate between them and form thus a new intuitive entirety which contains the
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alternation as such. However, this was already valid for the first perception, which is why it is always
about the entirety of alternations.
Fortunately, we perceive this entirety largely diffusely as a condensed unity, particularly if we look
at the alternation crosswise, but even if we are in its line. In the latter case, the condensate
camouflages our potential to reach the other side of the alternation.
I was not aware of having expressed myself so clearly ...
... But if we want to be precise, we must follow the alternation to the infinitely small to analyze its
entirety. In doing it so we find that different levels of structure are formed at seemingly different
speeds of alternation up to the infinite speed of the consciousness units, one of which is also the
summit of our seemingly slow perception. With it the last connection between the intuitive entirety and
the sides of the alternation is established.
Amen. I congratulate you! What shall we do with the rest of the day?
I’m still left with a few questions.
Go ahead.
You said All That Is has a structure. If it alternates through everything and is thereby pure potential,
how can it have then a certain structure?
At the risk that you suspect me again to abuse the infinite as a projection screen: Yes, we can
indicate main features of a probable overall order resulting from its combination ability and of its
development results. This is the hierarchical order of entireties intimated yesterday, the production of
limited offshoots of the awareness of a more comprehensive entity. All the other variations of
alternation remain untouched; we will only deal less with them.
So, we don’t prescribe All That Is how it has to alternate?
No, all alternation paths are equal. But we see this one more often than other ones because this
creates less inner contradictions.
And this does not restrict the potential of All That Is? And thus, freedom of choice generally?
No. One cannot demand, though, that self-created contradictions are cured at the same place. If I
want to go to the left and right at once, this is a contradiction in itself "within the framework of my
existence." I can only resolve it by extending this framework, so for example, by soaring up or by
splitting up myself. If I expect All That Is to prefer alternation structures with little association to me,
it will just not do that. Since for me only exists what in the broadest sense fits me. We create God in
our image.
It seems to me that you have missed your profession.
You’re telling me!
Nevertheless, as a result we have now but a restriction of All That Is.
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Only for us. We have tried to see something concrete in All That Is. This is justified because we have
a relationship with it. But it is already a condensation, even if for us it's the most general one.
Our extraterrestrial friends could therefore recognize other most general structures in it?
To do this, they would probably have to be so alien to us that we can hardly speak of friends. But it
is not ruled out.
And a much higher developed entity could have both versions assimilated into an even more general
one?
Yes.
Then All That Is could be also something completely different from what we believe?
Absolutely. Here we go with what we know as far as possible, not more.
Okay. So, the reality funnel is the image of our narrowing knowledge, isn’t it?
Yes, with the narrowest point standing also for the universal continuum, which does not know
differences.
Hence, it is completely "inside" as well as completely "outside."
Yes, and only an infinitely little step an infinitesimal "alternation step" closer to it we find All
That Is. Abstractly, we may imagine it as an infinite large complex. Nevertheless, its concrete
complexity is in the funnel stem, in the subconscious, where we are aware of it as compressed almost
to amorphousness.
Isn’t this more an overlapping of details in perspective?
Yes and no. We can shift arbitrarily many details "backwards" since we speak of the smooth infinite.
However, if we disregard this to be fair because it already concerns the most complex structure we
still compress it to a diffusely appearing potential. The pure dynamic of All That Is unites all
structures as such at infinite alternation speed. For us, slow cosmopolites, this speed appears as an
extreme density.
It appears so to me as well.
At the end, "compression" is a metaphor that includes much of what we encounter in this context:
Entanglement of alternating perspectives, enfoldment of structures, and condensation of dynamic. Or
in the reverse direction: Expression in slower forms, expansion of consciousness, and disentanglement
of awareness. Well, whatever: The dynamic of All That Is is what influences us the most in the
broadest sense.
And yet, All That Is can be topped by our own unity with the universal continuum, if I have properly
understood you in "How Consciousness Creates Reality. The Full Version." Because out of the unity
with the center, we decide.
Is this a question?
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Quite a statement. Or do you disagree?
No, it sounds a bit mystic, but it’s true: In the universal continuum and thus in this deepest certain
point of the funnel everything merges as well as all other funnels. This point exists for every
awareness. It collapses with the center of every alternation from which i-structured unity we choose.
We perform therefore basically the same act of choice as All That Is, and so we can even oppose
"God."
Considered conversely, though, countless "divine" choices also manifest themselves in us ...
... which is why for our consciousness relatively little is left to be done. If we consider, however, our
entire focus hierarchy as what makes us up, "we" decide about literally everything that happens to us.
That sounds more like reality creation. What about the decisions of the other funnels?
Since all other awareness also crowds in our funnel stem, all alternatives and choices of these
individuals do it as well.
By "individual" do you mean the entire focus hierarchy of an awareness?
Simply awareness. It is, as you know, always a unique, indivisible perspective of all.
Awareness = Reality Funnel = Focus Hierarchy
= Consciousness Hierarchy = Probability Hierarchy
Have I missed out one?
I know, you only describe different aspects of the universal alternation. As for the hierarchy of
probabilities: It contains also all the individual worlds between which other individuals decide, just as
those which we have not chosen?
Since there can’t be final limits our awareness must contain simply everything, just All That Is. By
far, the most of everything, however, it’s not conscious to us at best it's a residual feeling and in any
case is not as the other individuals are aware of it. Everything is re-mixed if we lift out our
perspective. On the other hand, we have only alternation and arise only from it. We remain thus aware
of the individuality of the others. The transition to them is i-structured; so please don’t fix me to one
side.
There was still something with the i-structure ...
Right; such a deeply sensed idea I have called "more infinitesimal i-structure." There is not another
word for it since this concept is fundamentally new. It is not about a condensate, but rather a "sensing
of the path." Of course, we always condense something, but this is not the point here. Instead, it
overlays it. The deeper awareness is camouflaged by the approximations which we form from the
more superficial part of the alternation. Casually speaking, cars camouflage climate change.
But a few days ago we have clarified that we can anticipate the infinite only as such. Yet, the
individuality of most other worlds gets lost for us?
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I can only appeal to your intuition. We anticipate the transition to the infinite, meaning this act, not
only the universal continuum or the central axis. Alone they would have no meaning as we have
already noted. In the transition nothing gets lost, though. I-Structure is just this total unity of
definiteness and indefiniteness within every not total unity. So, we can continue this act of transition
on and on realizing infinitely much.
Although we do not know what it will be? On the one hand, everything is already there, and on the
other, it is not there?
Everything is in All That Is. However, All That Is as well can be merely aware of the most, since it
remains individual. We have said All That Is forms the state of reflection of the universal continuum.
It is this total unity of definiteness and indefiniteness and less total unities. It is choosing and forming.
So, all infinite awareness is contained in All That Is, even if it is infinitely remote and subconscious.
So, even if every choice is free, it only creates what is already present somewhere in the all-
encompassing alternation.
Yes. Is choosing another infinite universe not creative enough to you?
I think neither of us is too modest. Isn’t there a bit more?
We are there.
I see.
Really?
Maybe you could explain it anyway?
Yes, we slowpokes afford what is not possible for All That Is: To go a way which is freely enough
chosen as well as unique. All That Is must become us in order to experience the way. It cannot take
this way because we are choosing it.
Are we not even a part of All That Is?
We are, but in a way that ensures our all-encompassing creativity and I think, also of those of all
other individuals:
Creativity = Slowness + Freedom of Choice
+ Infinity of Awareness • Infinity of the Way
If one of the components is missing, the way of the individual either was already gone or is
repeatable and without the infinities even "below" All That Is.
Why can’t it be repeated?
Because then it must already be known. But on the one hand, nobody except All That Is can take up
and hold with certainty our entire hierarchy which is going this way. And on the other hand, nobody
not even ourselves will eternally make the same decisions again. Not even for very long, since for
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doing this the conscious awareness of the further way had to expand exponentially due to the many
possible divergences. The relative slowness of the movement would be jeopardized soon.
Or we do without a large part of our freedom and let us guide ourselves by All That Is ...
This, too, would be a permanent choice. However, a minimal residual probability of special cases is
not sufficient to question the creativity of almost all slow ways.
And All That Is in turn is too fast for these ways.
Day 7: Free will
I would like to revert to the freedom of choice. I wonder how conflicting decisions of two individuals
can lead to a free choice of each. For example, if I decide to continue this conversation and you
decide to end it, are we both still free?
A contradiction arises of course, in so far as it is harder for me now to charm you out of the room.
And it is harder for you now to persuade me to go on talking. Certainly, we could refer to the question
why we have brought ourselves in this situation at all. A basic solution, however, one should not shift
"backwards." It must also apply here and now.
That’s what I was getting at.
So, apart from the origin of the situation, in it we as we know ourselves must still have a certain
degree of freedom.
Not only in it, but everywhere! Because such conflicts should exist on all levels of consciousness. In
any case, on the finite ones.
Okay, but one after the other. And let us better speak of awareness, because this refers directly to the
transitions between all individuals.
Agree.
If my decision requires a quite specific decision of you, this world in which you decide exactly so
and not otherwise must be realized in an ultimately limitless All That Is. And the world in which you
decide otherwise must be realized, too, because I also could have decided otherwise in your sense.
So each version is realized. Just as in the many-worlds-interpretation of quantum theory?
The quantum theory in its today’s form offers at best similes for these events in everyday life. We do
not need it to explain them. We know anyhow that every world is individual and must be realized if
the universe has no final boundaries. With the i-structure we also have a reason for the proximity of
the alternatives, and instead of chance we have a real choice between them.
But do we split up our world as well as in the quantum interpretation?
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"Split up" doesn’t hit. Since for the so called past basically the same must apply as for the present.
We speak of different development or decision-making processes meeting and separating, and
between which a constant alternation is taking place. The perception of all that is the individual
awareness.
So am I, though I am staying here, also aware of the world in which I am gone?
Only less conscious, yes. I am, too, aware of such a world, but in my way. Just as in a world in
which you are gone this continuation of our talk is less conscious to me, rather dream-like, as a
vanishing potential.
Well, but you could completely and utterly decide to let me throw out. And I could do nothing
against it in the end. Where is my freedom here?
You could do very little against it. Nothing is complete and utter here, otherwise you were already
off. Yet, the question is legitimate. Remember All That Is taking up another infinite awareness at any
moment. Such an awareness corresponds to your reality as well as to mine and to our collective
approximation in which you are here as well as to that one in which you are off. There are ultimately
no contradictory realities, because they are not forced to unite under contradictory conditions.
By "contradictory" do you mean again self-created "contradictions in themselves," not colliding
decisions?
Yes, contradictions to the own preconditions; such as when we both would insist on prevailing in the
same reality. Then it ends with fisticuffs and at the latest, when the police arrives, it is done for your
freedom.
There are yet no same realities ...
No, that’s right. Only if we start to fight we mutually restrict ourselves because this was not really
what we wanted. We both have tried to limit the freedom of choice of the other. This is the
contradiction in itself here: We cannot want conflicting things without having to leave the other an
alternative. This is a self-constructed problem.
According to your theory, this problem should dissolve, nevertheless, by one ultimately agreeing to
lose.
Only just too late to prevent the unwanted situation. If we allow getting to the extreme, we both can
lose by killing each other. But we both cannot win without changing the self-chosen preconditions.
Then the question is: How do we attune to each other to let arise a certain situation, to maintain it,
and to change it?
That is, to form a "collective" reality, an approximation individual in its turn of the alternation
between individuals? How do we come to agree on anything? How do we make a common choice?
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Of course, we could say again: All That Is decides as a whole and we are the current summit which
is involved in it and experiences the result. Yet, we experience ourselves as different individuals and
want to know how these single phases of the all-encompassing alternation co-operate.
Exactly! Let’s have it!
I take back the term "focus" because it is so nicely simple. Actually it is, as said, always about
awareness, its alternating conscious summit.
Focus is fine. A movable consciousness within a more diffuse totality, I can imagine better.
The focus alternates between partial aspects of a more encompassing focus as well as between this
whole and the parts. It is one single alternation.
That describes the overall situation?
Yes. For example, we alternate viewpoints if we imagine alternative continuations, if we put
ourselves a bit into each other’s position, if we are discussing. This dynamic situation has an overall
central point and every partial focus has its own. And everything is i-structured.
Here we go!
Out of the unity with these centers, decisions are constantly made. However, since the partial
focusses are integrated into the definition of the overall focus, their relation to the overall center point
is greater than to any mere point of contact between them. Correspondingly, the partial decisions are
more strongly linked to the collective decision.
What does it mean "linked"?
We speak of i-structure. Unities of circumscriptions and central points are formed, which are always
total at some place, meaning in the partial circumscriptions as well as in the overall circumscription
and in every intermediate circumscription. And since the circumscriptions become denser towards the
collective center their relation to each other increases the decisions are more strongly identified with
each other there.
Is there no other term?
No, it’s the same as for "i-structure". The i-structure becomes denser. With it everything is said,
actually, since by this way the partial decisions become one single major decision.
Without separation?
Separation is caused by suppression into the subconscious. But we speak of conscious decisions
here. These originate from the unity with identity, from the identity of identity and distinction.
So, do all decide in one single act together?
Thoroughly made conscious yes. Only the constant suppression into the less conscious gives the
impression of different decisions. And now don’t give me the alternation speeds! How they fit, we
already have sufficiently discussed.
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I don’t. But you must admit that the biggest "part" of this decision is again made in the
subconscious.
It is ultimately the decision of All That Is, even to which a lot is always subconscious. How should it
be different for us?
Fine, I’ll try to summarize: A decision is made out of the ultimately total unity of the alternatives
individuals, individual paths, et ceterawith their common central point and with the pressure from
the continuing alternation.
So, we have discussed it a few days ago.
This constellation also applies to every partial aspect of the overall alternation; but because the
parts are related to their entirety the said constellation is more concentrated around the overall center
than if it were merely a loose aggregation.
The convolution of the whole concentrates and thus that of the overall decision to be made. But you
may calmly call it i-structure.
Is the i-structure being decision in itself, so to speak, thus pulled together making its choice as a
whole?
Exactly. It is useless, of course, to locate the center somewhere in the room between us. It is just not
about spatial relations. In fact, any extent is merely a metaphor for the traceability of the alternations.
We have infinitesimal centers at any place, even "between" part and whole, whatever this might mean
"spatially." If the i-structure becomes denser, the unity of identity and distinction increases, which
reduces determination and randomness, and raises the freedom of choice. With information transfer
and similar movements we cannot even roughly explain this. But they are partial aspects of this event.
Do you postulate therefore a whole new process beyond transmission and simultaneity?
Not beyond, but including them as limited perceptions, abstractions, approximations. What would it
mean, for example, to make a non-violent joint decision even though we are initially at odds? We
would talk to each other, exchange sensitivities and arguments, that is, so-called information. In fact,
individual standpoints are alternated, summits of awareness. We change our potentials and their
meaning for our potential and so on, feedback loops, circumscriptions. Do you understand what I
mean?
Yes.
From this whole alternating and circumscribing we can abstract sounds or characters, which have
often similar meanings in similar contexts. These are quasi our information bits, where it is
immediately clear that a bit has meaning only in a context. It is the condensation of a larger context to
a smaller context bit floating freely in the room which never loses touch with its origin, though.
Because if the receiver of the small bit contexts wants to understand us, he must have learned in which
larger context they are to be put. What we exchange, therefore, are not bare information, but contexts.
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Although, only to fractions, just bits, since the rest remains relatively unchanged. It has actually been
exchanged before learned.
Interesting. What if we do not talk at all and keep a straight face, but each of us is going to do the
opposite? You want to stand up and end the conversation, but I remain seated. Then, how do we come
to joint decisions?
How about staring at each other?
Seriously?
Well, it could end up in that. Not as a dominance affectation, but as an unexpressed attunement.
Consciously or subconsciously.
You mean telepathically?
Maybe. How should an external observer know this if we do not express it? We could only know as
participants. Or not even then if we close our minds too much to the inner expression. However, if the
subconscious is not completely different from the conscious and in this case they could hardly be
connected then we have an i-structured attunement out of mutually alternating awareness.
And how about the bit that we have laid on the table and that is perceived by someone who does not
have our context? He reads something else from it, but he reads something. How can he do this at all
if everything is context-based?
He might not even read a pure difference, you think?
That’s how one can look at it.
That’s right; the pure difference is an abstraction, too. If not, it would, indeed, be as concrete as its
so-called information carrier, say, a match. Or, for my part, an electron.
Then I ask differently: Why do all electrons look so similar and most of all: How do they make
decisions if they are so simple?
Ah, yes, now we could start, of course, with quantum theory, which describes in which patterns such
an electron appears, disappears, jumps and curls. These alternations appear to be random, only
statistically predictable. But we have to understand that i-structure is much more subtle and complex
than electrons or quarks. Because it also encompasses "their" overall combinations and relations,
including those of the "observer."
So, I cannot tell you why an electron turns up where it does. But if I am applying our findings on
alternation, every electron-like relation will arise from an i-structured attunement process which
contains at least elementary free decisions.
This sounds like a subquantum level à la David Bohm plus free will ...
Whether Bohm or not, but sublevel definitely. Even if we would be this sublevel.
Sorry?
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We might even partake of something that causes and dissolves electrons. As long as I don’t know
anything more specific about this level I cannot locate it.
Okay, we stop speculating. Apparently the "hardness" of the matter perception is the "hard problem"
of all idealistic theories. Would you say that your theory is idealistic?
If you insist on this lame division, my theory is, in the end, idealistic. However, it offers a new
understanding of consciousness and matter, and it comes to the conclusion that there is ultimately no
matter, but everything is consciousness. Rather awareness. Without this understanding one will not
accept my explanation of free will, either.
I think so, too. In fact, you put the freedom of choice in the first place, while the stability of the world
now requires explanation, rather than the other way around.
Yes, but with the concept of awareness the "hard problem" becomes a "soft problem." Then it is not
anymore about the principle, but only about the details to be explored. Such a science of consciousness
will be concerned, above all, with direct experiences and reach far beyond today’s psychology.
How, nonetheless, do you explain the almost legendary hardness of a billiard ball? According to
your idea we would have to fluctuate constantly into it. Why then are we aware of it so stable?
The ball is a ball, of course, only superficially. Instead, its atoms point to many small states of
consciousness that we can take up. They are aspects of our awareness. However, they are so distant to
our known state of consciousness that we can hardly assign their constant taking up to ourselves. The
psychological detour is too big to strike us. Therefore, our deception about an externally "given" ball.
Besides, the alternation between focusses as similar as atoms can be coiled much more densely, so
that their common approximation appears massive compared to the loose circumscriptions we have
discussed. The possible differences in density are non-linear and hence huge. So they pretend a
fundamental difference, which we perceive as hardness.
Could this be the reason for the greater stability of our entity as well? It isn’t yet a billiard ball, is
it?
I don’t hope so. It unites considerably more varied states and is thus a more dynamic entirety. Its
stability must therefore be based on a complex harmony of its alternation, rather than on an adjustment
of its phases. In addition, there is the perspectival compression in the funnel stem by our ignorance.
I must think here of dreams. In them, circumscriptions and decisions would have to take place
likewise, only much faster.
If we perceive our dreams carefully, and I mean particularly the feelings in them, we learn exactly
this: The visually most different scenes are in a feedback-relationship to each other while we make
decisions out of these circumscriptions with such ease that they appear to us spontaneous.
But this, they could really be.
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Of course. The subconscious produces suggestions which are being coupled with our dream-
conscious judgment and are eventually dismissed or further developed. In every scene there are more
points of contact than in the waking state. This great flexibility enables a closer cooperation of the
dream state with the subconscious: Decision questions are alternately processed faster.
Perhaps we should allow ourselves more daydreaming.
Precisely! With our insistence on concentrated alertness we cover too many inspirations. Unless, we
don’t want any. What I wanted to get at, though, is this: The flexibility in a dream makes us feel the
great inner harmony with some effort even in a nightmare. And the best: This harmony continues in
the waking state then we only perceive it less. If we interpret life like a dream this becomes more
conscious to us.
Okay, I have another question: Is a significant degree of freedom of choice dependent on a brain, or
at least on a very high complexity?
Basically only on awareness. We have already talked about very simple circumscriptions. For their
perception no brain is necessary. We need it for our discussion only. Any little interaction must occur
between entireties, thus consist of circumscriptions, and has a certain degree of freedom via its i-
structure. This freedom cannot be great, indeed; otherwise, these simple structures would dissolve
almost immediately and could hardly act as such. In contrast, a complex structure is internally more
flexible and just thereby preserves its overall stability. So, it can afford more freedom externally.
As far as it is not restricted by its creator in the broadest sense. Such as for a computer.
That’s how it is. The computer’s restriction is mainly being not complex, just complicated. We want
to be able to control it by rigid programming. Of course, an independently evolving robot is
conceivable, with a much more flexible mental center to which we have given only few basic
conditions. Whether such a construction leads to a free will distinguishable from occasional crashes
remains to be seen.
In a sense we are but again with unknown stability causes also of matter.
Yet, we have a "material" now from which even stability laws can be constructed: The i-structure or
alternation structure pervading anything at all. "Interaction" is only a simplification. "Matter" as well,
but it dissolves one floor below.
A stability or symmetry law, such as the conservation of energy, would be then a condensation from
a more encompassing alternation structure?
Yes. Alternation is symmetry-oriented anyway, since it just "returns." The condensation of an
alternation of potentials to a balance of abstract potential of pure energy is therefore not a too long
step sequence. But as learned from alternation, there must be alternatives to the conservation of the
known energy. Only the "contact surface" for them has been reduced by the condensation.
So, maybe close spiritual spheres could still interfere with physics?
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I’m certain of it. Not only in the quantum field, but everywhere where we do not "look": Between
conscious alternation pairs, close to the funnel axis. The perceived energy balance must be thereby
disturbed as little as our everyday actions by a second of daydreaming.
The energy conservation is therefore a condensation from a more varied balance of alternating
potentials. Potential but is condensed awareness, and awareness is i-structured. Hence, both this
balance of potentials and the conservation of energy were basically voluntary agreements?
On a much more encompassing level than is conscious to us, yes.
Well, in the face of that, have our actions a noteworthy importance for other individuals? Or are we
hierarchy summit or not merely sparklets in space?
Since we are all summits of our individual awareness that expands into all other awareness,
everything we do in the most comprehensive sense is equivalent! At the top there is always only a
single consciousness unit. The perceived difference originates below it in the larger consciousness
and dissolves again even further below in the subconscious.
But the consciousness unit is tiny! And if we make the subconscious conscious we restore the
conscious difference!
Right. Yet, hierarchy is hierarchy, because they are all infinite. What I decide changes the
probabilities in every other awareness and vice versa. Only by persistently fading out large parts of
them we can forget their influence or delegate it to others.
Quite concrete: If I want to eliminate poverty in the world, can I do more than making donations and
signing petitions?
You are doing more by wanting something different! Even if you do not become active. Because
what you think, feel, believe, and wish, enters the focus alternation of your awareness and with it the
awareness of all others. They may block the new potential since they decide as freely. But the
probability distribution of their alternatives has already changed.
If you really think different, you will soon act differently. This is, however, "only" the visible part,
which in turn strengthens the invisible focusing. Altogether, we create a global collective on similar
probability lines. More we can hardly expect, since the stability of a situation also has deeper causes in
ourselves which we don’t want to change at all and which, besides, are usually less conscious to us.
So, the difference between poor and rich can be, for example, a thoroughly welcomed challenge for
both sides. Regardless of how we cope with it.
Nevertheless, the knowledge of being an absolutely unique individual among others can induce a
shock of loneliness.
Here the knowledge must help that we are even closer connected to each other than we thought, only
differently, dynamically. However, some dilute this connection immediately to a diffuse all-is-one
consciousness that is certainly more convenient, but merely satisfies an emotional need.
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What do you think in this context of the frequently invoked love?
It depends on what you understand by love. I think you mean neither sex nor infatuation, for both are
rather limited, indeed.
And more arbitrary than I would like.
I know what you mean. After all, for many people a long-term need is the basis: They want to
maintain and develop the bond. But what do they search beyond the delirious state? A gentler form,
Okay. Meanwhile I believe, we should either expand our understanding of love or think beyond this
concept. Love is the result of something we would not call so according to current understanding.
What could that be? Possibly your i-structure?
If you consider it unbiasedly, what do you sense?
Utmost abstraction, I would say. And a certain "floating."
Perhaps this is the case only because we are dependent on our thinking that doesn’t grasp all aspects.
If we, on the other hand, bet only on feelings we have a "blurring." A deeper truth would show up also
in the forms of sensation, feeling, and thought. But it would have an own quality, a subtlety and
lucidity that satisfies if it is harmonious more comprehensively.
Is this the so-called enlightened witness?
I don’t know. I don’t expect of an enlightened constant equanimity, how boring! But that, even if he
gets upset, he knows what he is doing. Not that he controls everything; only that he could if necessary.
I have listened, but I just had to note what occurred to me on the keyword i-structure:
Alternately identification with me, the other, and the whole
Mutual enfoldment and unfoldment of the alternation sides
Existence in the other
Mirroring of the self
And aren’t all these features of love? Whether in relation to people, objects, or All That Is? We can
even add the potentials of awareness:
Freedom
Harmony
Value fulfillment
Creativity
This, too, sounds to me like a circumscription of love.
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