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Through The Wormhole

There’s been a lot of excellent science shows on television, many available on DVD and/or on YouTube. Carl Sagan’s Cosmos immediately comes to mind and MythBusters while highly entertaining has a lot of solid science content too.

However, IMHO, the cream of the crop, the best of the best, has been the Through the Wormhole series hosted by actor Morgan Freeman. Each of the episodes examines one of those nebulous Big Questions.

Here are the questions asked on topics associated with theology, and my personal opinions on each.

Through The Wormhole Season 1: Is There A Creator?

If by that one means an infallible supernatural deity or deities and a creator of so-called Intelligent Design, the answer is “No”, IMHO. However, if we exist in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe, then that had to have been created, but a creation by a fallible flesh-and-blood entity who didn’t quite dot all of the “I’s” and cross all of the “T’s”, thus leaving us with a rather anomalous cosmos (quantum physics anyone?).

A mortal that’s all too human (or maybe extraterrestrial), our Supreme Programmer, helps explain my overriding observation of the cosmos that “there is something screwy somewhere”, again because our Supreme Programmer is a fallible software programmer and has made more than just a couple of oops in our Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe.

Through The Wormhole Season 2: Is There Life After Death?

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Nope. You get one go, and when you snuff it, that’s it, the bucket’s well and truly kicked! Your consciousness (and subconscious) – collectively termed ‘the mind’ does not survive your death. But, and there’s always a but…

There can be if we exist in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe. Terminate Joe Citizen’s life software subroutine; run Joe Citizen’s afterlife software subroutine. Otherwise, I’m afraid the answer is “no”. If you assume an afterlife, you are probably also assuming that you will have possession of all of your five senses, and the ability to process input from those senses and also have your intellect (memories, creativity, emotions, IQ, etc.) intact. Unfortunately, that requires an afterlife where matter and energy exist and your existence will also be grounded in matter and energy. That means, something of your essence, what makes you, you, has to be also grounded in matter and energy and survive your biological death. There’s no evidence that that happens. The entirety of you when you die stays grounded and intact. Your neural network doesn’t detach itself from your deceased body and waft away to La-La Land.

energymatterIf what makes you, you is entirely nebulous and has no actual substance and structure, like a ‘soul’ (whatever that is it is certainly not composed of matter and energy) then even if that nothingness survives your biological death (which is a pretty nebulous concept in itself), it would not be physical and thus not able to process any stimuli in wherever your afterlife is, and in any case how nothingness can store and process memories, creativity, emotions, IQ, etc. is far beyond the realm of what’s rational.

You really don’t want to die, but you really don’t want an eternal afterlife either, so be careful of what you wish for. I mean you’d be bored to ‘death’ after the first million years with billions and trillions of years yet to come and that’s just the beginning! Sounds a bit more like a hell to me! But since your afterlife must take place within the Universe, somewhere, what happens to your afterlife when the Universe finally hits its heat death or collapses back on itself in a Big Brunch (the opposite of the Big Bang). Regardless, it’s curtains for your afterlife.

It’s also clear that your body, when it dies, doesn’t go to an afterlife. If you go to an afterlife, it’s your mind, your consciousness, the essence of what makes you, you that has to make the journey. But what kind of afterlife would that be for a one day old infant or for a 110 year old with severe dementia or for someone middle aged who was an ex-boxer or ex-gridiron player whose head and brain had been so pummeled as to now leave him just a fraction above a vegetative state. The same might apply to someone who had been starved of oxygen for a lengthy time, like a near drowning victim.

What if your afterlife were pretty much the same as your life with a nine-to-five job, a rotten boss, bearing a heavy email galore and unproductive and worthless meetings burden, lots of bills, taxes and a lawn to mow, plus those in-laws and horrible relatives. Add to that mix now a supreme deity that’s cracking the whip at all hours. Now think back to pre-life. Wasn’t it peaceful and tranquil and tax free? What if your post-death were the same as your pre-life, wouldn’t that be ‘heavenly’, and as an added bonus, it’s all somebody else’s problem now.

Through The Wormhole Season 3: Can We Eliminate Evil?

No, evil cannot be eradicated. Firstly, “evil” is not an absolute thing but resides in the mind of the beholder and there are lots of shades of gray as anyone in the legal system will testify to. What’s evil today might have been acceptable thousands of years ago. You certainly cannot define evil based on ancient religious texts. What one culture considers evil, another culture might be less inclined.

Then there’s the difference between evil thoughts and evil actions but you can’t go to jail for what you’re thinking. What’s evil for an individual might not be considered evil for that individual’s government.

One needs a uniform definition of evil that everyone would absolutely agree upon. That done, if you eliminate evil, evil being some action that everyone agrees is evil, via whatever process you can envision (education, legislation, drugs, implants, mind control, brain surgery, etc.) you basically have made everyone the exact same.

Through The Wormhole Season 3: Did We Invent God?

Yes, albeit it’s perfectly logical that what we term God, or the gods, or deities, is all based on a perfectly understandable misunderstanding or perhaps deliberate misinformation or disinformation. The gods (or God) were in reality not supernatural deities but extraterrestrials given supernatural status, since any advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic to those who are unable to comprehend that technology (Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law).

On the other hand, if ET didn’t exist, humans, human societies and cultures would probably have had to invent deities in order to explain what to them was otherwise unexplainable – like thunder and lightning, the rainbow, solar and lunar eclipses, comets, supernovae, and other ‘anomalies’.

Through The Wormhole Season 4: Did God Create Evolution?

God, or the gods, did not create evolution since there are no supernatural deities.

dnaEvolution by natural selection needs no supernatural guiding hand. There is a very naturalistic explanation in place.

If there was a God, He could have created biological evolution, but using Occam’s Razor, there’s no need to add unnecessary assumptions. However, evolution via artificial selection is of course guided by intelligence(s). When it comes to terrestrial evolution, specifically the evolution of Homo sapiens from primate stock, it’s possible, even likely that ET had some guiding say in that.

Finally, if we live in a Simulated (Virtual Reality) Universe, then the flesh-and-blood mortal Supreme Programmer would have had to create and put relevant software in place that would have allowed the concept of evolution, both biological and cultural, to take place.

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  1. Very interesting questions have been posed on very interesting aspects of our known existence in this cosmos. One is sure many thoughtful people have pondered these questions and formulated their own thoughts and ideas, yet there is sure to be diverging opinions from scientists verses people who have had supernatural experiences.

    I have some personal ideas which are formed from very personal and inexplicable experiences coupled with stories which I read by numerous people who also have had extraordinary experiences and perhaps all this mind blowing stuff which he scientists have unearthed. Put all of this is a huge bowl and try to make sense of it all.

    In a few days, I will return after gathering my thoughts on this fascinating topic. 🙂

  2. IS THERE A CREATOR?

    I believe thoughtful people, in this day and age, with all the up-to-date scientific and theological data, are in a unique position to be able to make up their own minds independently, after consciously observing and allowing their awareness to kick in after viewing and examining all the pros and cons.

    We marvel at the genius and creativity of mankind in various fields where we have excelled astronomically, technologically and otherwise -- unrecognizably in leaps and bounds in the last century. **Lets look at the simple straight forward everyday requirements to live reasonably.
    There is a purpose for everything ‘we’ have created AND EVERYTHING WHICH EXISTS IN OUR LIVES, WAS CREATED/MADE BY SOMEONE. ie. Buildings of all categories, Machinery, Motor vehicles of all categories, Airoplanes, Computers, Telephones, Household furniture and equipment, Agricultural tools and equipment, Clothing etc etc. Gardens which include flowers, vegetables, fruit etc. etc. Farms where animals for mankind’s consumption are reared. All the above and endless lists of ingenius creations. Virtually everything we have created was made for a purpose -- for our own use, survival and enjoyment BY SOMEONE.

    And uncannily, we have the where-with-all on this living planet Earth, to create all we have thus far and more. A remarkable coincidence especially when one is told by the supposed experts that all these intricacies evolved chaotically, haphazardly over millions of years.

    My answer is quite simple. This/these infinite universe/s, galaxies, solar systems, planets, stars, black holes, dark energy/matter and their cyclic processes etc. etc. -- mind blowing, magnificent, intriguing living machinery was created by the supreme unseen being -- “GOD”, the supreme designer and creator of all that is, Who knows and sees all things, even our most secret thoughts. And we have been placed in a zone and fittingly, in the most perfect zone to be able to observe these magnifcent activities. Let’s not argue the point and instead acknowledge this fact and praise GOD for this wonderment.

    A very poor analogy is the Big Brother House in a TV reality show, the house mates have rules but are generally free within a confined space for the allocated period. They have all they need within reason -- facilitated by the UNSEEN INVISIBLE Big Brother who knows and sees all things within the house. Their behaviour is judged by Big Brother who sets the rules and the viewers who facilitate the judgement process. If we are able to do this at this level with the technology we have, can you imagine what ‘GOD the supreme creator’ is able to do.

    • An addendum to the above is the vital issue of dna of all living organisms. including mankind. Scientists, atheista, agnostics and others who argue the GOD point, have got to be brain-dead if they cannot acknowledge the mind boggling genius of a Creator at work when looking at the complex and intricate design and structure of DNA.

  3. IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?

    **Why wouldn’t there be life after death?
    **Why couldn’t there be a continuity in another form on another realm after death? After all, this physical universe is all about cycles, recycling, renewal, multiplication on various levels.
    **It’s about tangibles and intangibles, it’s about what we think is reality and about dreams whilst asleep.
    **It’s about opposites -- darkness & light, visible & invisible, good & evil, wet & dry, happy & sad, on & off, up & down, negative & positive, life & death, bitter & sweet poverty & wealth etc. etc. etc. AND a physical & spiritual realm.
    It’s about being on holiday in the Bahamas for a period of time, where one can indulge in all and sundry but return home at the end of all the indulgences.

    I could refer the author to the works of the bible which talks at length about life and death and a supernatural world in a spirtual realm after death, but that would be a futile exercise if he was ignorant as well as an atheist or agnostic in outlook and belief.

    However, I could put some simple and logical scenarios before him. Joe Bloggs commits suicide by a drug over-dose. As his lifeless body lies on the bed, we observe, recognise and identify his corpse
    as Joe Bloggs in every sense but with an anomoly -- the absence of the conscious awareness ‘life force’ which was always an invisible force but electrified his physical body giving him life. His ody is there but his 5 sense organs which were sensual physical facilitators and windows, serving the once inhabiting entity have been left behind with the corpse when the spiritual entity vacated the temporary abode. The spirit has no further use of these organs in a spiritual realm.

    Is there a spiritual realm after death or is it wishful thinking and yearning for some kind of life continuance?

    We have heard of numerous testimonies from people who claim to have had a glimpse of this after-life or have seen and spoken to deceased people. Are these people bonkers, hallucinating or deluded? Perhaps there are some people who fall in this category whereas there are many who have had a real personal experience.

    Personal experiences are key to acceptance of this puzzle.

    Have I had any of these types of experiences? The answer is yes and that is why I can say with absolute conviction -- life does exist after death.

    Are there entities of the invisible sort which interact with the living? Yes there are, because have had numerous past personal experiences.

    Is there a supernatural realm with light beings? Yes there is without a doubt, because I have had an awesome unexpected visitation which still leaves me gasping with disbelief.

    Is there a living invisible-conscious-all knowing enabling force which permeates and interacts with me? Yes without a doubt, I know this to be a fact because I’m living proof with experiences on a daily basis which makes me smile and yet always leaves me amazed. That permeating omnipresence is what I have named ‘GOD’.

    Did Jesus Christ sacrifice His life for me? Did He shed His blood for me on the cross? Yes He did, some of you may think I’m crazy, I tell you in all honesty and with complete sanity, He did indeed, because when I was about 9 years old, I experienced a ‘live’ vision and even touched His blood. And I needed to reflect on this vision many years later when I had developed doubts about the authenticity of this truth.

    I never thought I would ever expose myself publically on these issues in such a personal manner because of the ridicule which these topics attract. But I have now declared the above publically and can elaborate honestly on any of the declarations if I am questioned more closely about my experiences.

    I am open to any questions.

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