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 == The Watcher ==  == The Watcher == 
  
-<​html>"​THE world is my idea":​— this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this, he has attained to philosophical wisdom. It then becomes clear and certain to him that what he knows is not a sun and an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth; that the world which surrounds him is there only as idea, i.e., only in relation to something else, the consciousness,​ which is himself.((http://​www.egs.edu/​library/​arthur-schopenhauer/​quotes/​))+<​html>"​The world is my idea":​— this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this, he has attained to philosophical wisdom. It then becomes clear and certain to him that what he knows is not a sun and an earth, but only an eye that sees a sun, a hand that feels an earth; that the world which surrounds him is there only as idea, i.e., only in relation to something else, the consciousness,​ which is himself.((http://​www.egs.edu/​library/​arthur-schopenhauer/​quotes/​))
 Schopenhauer,​ Arthur and R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp (Translators). The World as Will and Representation. 1844.</​html>​ Schopenhauer,​ Arthur and R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp (Translators). The World as Will and Representation. 1844.</​html>​
  
-The scientific method is built upon the philosophy of radical doubt((https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Discourse_on_the_Method)). This is the idea that we should put aside everything which can be doubted, and hold to be true only those things of which we can be certain. But if one is to follow this philosophy to its extreme, it becomes clear that there is no evidence, and nor can there be an evidence, for the idea of a material world existing independently of our perceptions of it. In fact, as Schopenhauer taught, the entirety of human experience - the entirety of what we can say for sure exists - falls into two categories: the subject of perception and knowledge, and the object of perception and knowledge.+The scientific method is built upon the philosophy of radical doubt((https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Discourse_on_the_Method)). This is the idea that we should put aside everything which can be doubted, and hold to be true only those things of which we can be certain. But if one is to follow this philosophy to its extreme, it becomes clear that there is no evidence, and nor could there possibly ​be any evidence, for the idea of a material world existing independently of our perceptions of it. In fact, as Schopenhauer taught, the entirety of human experience - the entirety of what we can say for sure exists - falls into two categories: the subject of perception and knowledge, and the object of perception and knowledge.
  
-The object, or that which is known, is the physical universe. The subject, or that which knows, includes ​humanity ​at the least. The two are mutually dependent, but also exclusive. The subject is always that which knows and cannot itself be know - or else it would by definition become the object and cease to be the subject.+The object, or that which is known, is the physical universe. The subject, or that which knows, includes ​human consciousness ​at the least. The two are mutually dependent, but also exclusive. The subject is always that which knows and cannot itself be know - or else it would by definition become the object and cease to be the subject.
  
 Space, as a description of the relative size and positioning of objects, and time, as a description of the order of changes in relative position of multiple objects, both belong to the object - and not the subject. The subject can therefore be said to exist outside of, or separate from time and space. It is eternal, infinite and ineffable - much like our descriptions of spiritual existence. Space, as a description of the relative size and positioning of objects, and time, as a description of the order of changes in relative position of multiple objects, both belong to the object - and not the subject. The subject can therefore be said to exist outside of, or separate from time and space. It is eternal, infinite and ineffable - much like our descriptions of spiritual existence.
  
-We therefore have a potential definition of the spirit, which adheres more strictly to the radical scepticism at the heart of science than does materialistic science itself. Tantalizingly there are even suggestions from quantum physics((https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Observer_effect)) which suggest that the objective world does indeed require a '​subject of perception'​ in order to exist. And interestingly,​ any human experience of the pure subject, the perceiver itself separate from what is perceive, would seem to match closely the Buddhist descriptions of experiencing the emptiness or enlightenment.+We therefore have a potential definition of the spirit, which adheres more strictly to the radical scepticism at the heart of science than does materialistic science itself. Tantalizingly there are even suggestions from quantum physics((https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Observer_effect)) which suggest that the objective world does indeed require a '​subject of perception'​ in order to exist. And interestingly,​ any human experience of the pure subject, the perceiver itself separate from what is perceived, would seem to closely ​match the Buddhist descriptions of experiencing the emptiness or enlightenment.
  
 Although of course all of this is largely speculative,​ and we cannot say for certain that it represents the fundamental reality of existence, it is interesting to note that it is not impossible to reach rational explanations for spiritual phenomena, and that such explanation may be defined with at least as much certainty as the concepts of materialistic science. ​ Although of course all of this is largely speculative,​ and we cannot say for certain that it represents the fundamental reality of existence, it is interesting to note that it is not impossible to reach rational explanations for spiritual phenomena, and that such explanation may be defined with at least as much certainty as the concepts of materialistic science. ​
  
 Categories: [[Category:​Religion]] | [[Category:​Buddhism]] | [[Category:​Esoteric and Occult]] Categories: [[Category:​Religion]] | [[Category:​Buddhism]] | [[Category:​Esoteric and Occult]]

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