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The True Nature of Reality Series
The True Nature of Reality: In The Mix – Part 31

In The Mix In our last two journaling exercises, we addressed the concepts of Valid and Invalid Education. The valid system of information is open-ended and welcomes change. The invalid system of information is closed-ended and resists change. These ...

The True Nature of Reality: Invalid Education – Part 30

Invalid Education The opposite of valid information is invalid or wrong information. While nobody sets out to accomplish their life’s goals by purposely making bad decisions or being willfully blind to accurate information, there are many reasons w...

The True Nature of Reality: Valid Education – Part 29

“To claim omniscience is to deny our purpose as seekers and discoverers.” Valid & Invalid Education If knowledge is the key to addressing the problem of Relativity, then we should take some time to think about education. In an earlier...

The True Nature of Reality: Relativity – Part 28

Relativity DEFINITION: rel·a·tiv·i·ty, ˌreləˈtivədē/ (noun) 1. the absence of standards of absolute and universal application. “moral relativity” This post is not about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, although I do find hi...

The True Nature of Reality: Valuation – Part 27

The Fourth Component of Conceptualization The fourth and final component of conceptualization is Valuation.  Definition: Valuation: The act or process of making a judgment about the value of something. Values can be positive, negative, or neutral. I...

The True Nature of Reality: Relational Experience – Part 26

Relational Experience: Concepts are ideas we form about ourselves, others, and our environment. Just like Labels are single word Identifiers for a long list of Attributes, a concept is a simple abstraction of the interactive relationship between two ...

The True Nature of Reality: Attribution – Part 25

Conceptualization is defined as the construction an idea by mentally combining all of its characteristics. Concepts are the constructs we create through the process of learning. If learning is a method by which we can enhance our ability to do or kno...

The True Nature of Reality: Words As Labels – Part 23

We have taken a close look at how the brain receives and processes information from data gathered from our five senses, but how does learning occur? Understanding the process of learning can help give insight into possible errors in cognition and bia...

The True Nature of Reality: You Are Here – 22

This journaling series started with the creation of a model for grasping large concepts like perceived reality, the unknown, and ultimate reality. Next, we spent several sessions examining the limitations and unreliability of sensory perception. Taki...

The True Nature of Reality: Stability At All Costs – 21

The function of the brain is not to perceive reality. The function of the brain is to create a stable reality. Over the past several journaling exercises, we have looked at problems with human perception, exploring how little we see, how much......

The True Nature of Reality: The Spice of Life – 20

They say that variety is the spice of life, but when it comes to flavor, the human sense of taste has only five different sensations. How then do we sense so many different flavors when we eat? It was once believed that......

The True Nature of Reality: No Common Scents – 19

Most people tend to think the majority of their sensory input comes from sight, sound, and touch. Even scientists once believed that the human sense of smell was not as strong as it was during our early evolution, placing the modern human......

The True Nature of Reality: More Than A Feeling – 18

In our last two journaling exercises, we explored the limits of sensory perception and contemplated how the human brain constructs the reality we see and hear. Next, we will take a look at the sense of touch and feeling. Like most senses,......

The True Nature of Reality: Sound Barriers – 17

In our last journaling exercise, Believing Is Seeing, we contemplated our inability to see the world in its entirety. In today’s journaling exercise, we will examine our ability to hear the world around us.  Just like sight, there are several...

The True Nature of Reality: Believing Is Seeing -16

We have all heard the saying “seeing is believing”, but what role does belief play in what we see? In the past few journaling sessions, we have talked about how the brain manufactures the things we see, so what role does the......

The True Nature of Reality: Waves of Light – 15

The sense of sight is a miraculous wonder. Take a look around you and take in everything you see. What your brain is using to process all the images and many colors is something called electromagnetic radiation, something we more commonly refer......

The True Nature of Reality: The Third Dimension – 14

When we look at a flat sheet of paper, it has only two dimensions, height and width, but when we interact with the world there is an added third dimension, depth. Taking a photograph transforms a three dimensional scene into two dimensions,......

The True Nature of Reality: Challenging Reality – 12

In the last journaling exercise, we contemplated the role education plays in expanding or contracting our present understanding of ultimate reality. Using our current model of experience, we learned valid education expands our circle of reality, whil...

The True Nature of Reality: Gathering the Pieces – 10

You have walked your way through an important process designed to help develop a better foundation for discovering more about the true nature of reality. Over the last nine journaling sessions, you have contemplated different pieces of this puzzle, ...

The True Nature of Reality: Thistles and Thorns – 9

They say every rose has its thorn, and the imagination is no exception. During the last journaling session, we took time to acknowledge the importance and beauty of human expression, and in this entry, we will not taint the imaginary realm that......

The True Nature of Reality: Celebrating Imagination – 8

In this part of the contemplation series, we have dedicated ourselves to gaining a clearer understanding of the true nature of reality. So far, we have looked at some of the basic ideas that make up reality and defined three different types......

The True Nature of Reality: Three Circles – 7

In our last journaling exercise, we defined the following three types of experiences: Real experiences. Imaginary experiences. Real experiences that exist outside of our awareness. . In this journaling exercise, we will think about, and better define...

The True Nature of Reality: Unobserved Reality – 6

In our last journaling exercise, we contemplated the question of The Falling Tree. This question was designed to bring our attention to several underlying principles of human experience. The two facets of the falling tree we journaled about were the ...

The True Nature of Reality: The Falling Tree – 5

So far, we have contemplated the things we know to be real and the things we know are imaginary. So, in a sense, we have defined two different categories of experience. Could there be a third category we are missing? This journaling......

The True Nature of Reality: Imagining Real Events – 4

In our last journaling session, we contemplated on the imaginary things in our life. In this session, we will take a deeper look at the imaginary realm. The most common way we escape reality is to project our thoughts into the past......

The True Nature of Reality: An Imaginary World – 3

After spending some time contemplating reality, it only makes sense to spend some time thinking about the imaginary phenomena present in our daily lives. It can be difficult to distinguish the imaginary things in our world. Finding what is not real...

The True Nature of Reality • What Is Real? – 2

Reality is defined as something that has the quality or state of being real. Look around you. What is real? Take a few minutes to write about your daily reality. How do you know if something is real? How do you know......

The Art of Contemplation Intro – 1

Contemplation is defined as the act of thinking deeply or looking carefully at something. It is also considered a type of meditation that can lead one to insights about their own nature and the true nature of reality. In contemplative exercises, ques...