The only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.
Alan Watts, The Myth of Myself” —quoted in Tam Hunt, Mind, World, God: Science and Spirit in the 21st Century
—John Wheeler” —Graham Smetham, Quantum Buddhism
Even if you watched the TV version before it was cancelled, this is a good read!
We really do live in a Minkowski block universe, and the concept of ‘now’ really is an illusion. The future, the present, and the past are each just as real and just as immutable.” —Robert Sawyer, Flashforward
In other words the universe uses the perceiving process within the dualistic world of experience in order to explore and also perfect its own nature. Human beings occupy a central place in the process because they are the universe’s agents in the process of universal self-exploration, self-perfection and self-transcendence.” —Graham Smetham, Quantum Buddhism
Is technology a part of us?
Or are we a part of a larger “technology”?
Technology’s dominance ultimately stems not from its birth in human minds but from its origin in the same self-organization that brought galaxies, planets, life, and minds into existence. It is part of a great asymmetrical arc that begins at the big bang and extends into ever more abstract and immaterial forms over time. The arc is the slow yet irreversible liberation from the ancient imperative of matter and energy.” —Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
On the nature of “nowness”
Being in now is being in transcendence. What is called “being in now,” when “now” is part of time is never really being in now, since now has no duration, it cannot contain contents for awareness. Hence, whenever I am aware of something, I am really aware of the past. But there is a possibility of really being in the now: All contents are removed and now expands into a domain to which measurements do not apply.” —Shimon Malin, The Eye That Sees Itself