Searching For God

Seeking Proof
A true belief in God is unavoidable for a rational person.  Such a belief is founded fully on acknowledged truths. Scientists generally accept the Big Bang theory, even though they have no way of personally verifying its truth.  Science bases its theories on the laws of nature, which were discovered to apply absolutely to the known cosmos.  The law of gravity was probably true because precise mathematical logic supported it.  The physical interactions predicted by such laws have been stable across billions of years of time. Such consistent relationships are defined as axioms. An axiom is a scientific truth, accepted without proof.  Logical reasoning and consistency are the foundations of scientific truths.  Such truths explain the Big Bang theory.

Mind Knows More
On the other hand,, the statement "God is good" cannot be reasoned out logically.  It is merely a feeling.  It is a pattern recognized by some people.  In reality, human pattern recognition is more powerful than science in identifying the meanings of concepts.    People understand the differences between the word "grin" and the word "smile."  Science cannot define the difference.  Does an absence of logical precision mean that smiles and grins do not exist?  Are they not true?  The mind comprehends more things than science.  We must abandon the "logical precision" requirement for discovering truth.  But, consistency is the basis for believing axioms.  Ideas such as "smile" and "grin" have been expressed consistently over thousands of years.  The ideas in human language, which have appeared consistently across centuries contain truths. Such truths cannot be measured on the basis of precise definitions.  Like axioms, they are reasonable truths.

Language Speaks
People have expressed some ideas, consistently across living history.  The sounds used to make the words of common objects and ideas are strikingly similar across the globe. Researchers found that, in thousands of languages, basic concepts, such as body parts, family relationships or aspects of the natural world, there are common sounds. There are universally recognized concepts in words and language. If consistency over time is proof, then the human language provides proof that words can represent real world relationships and concepts.  Even if they lack precise definitions, such ideas define truths perceived by the mind.


God Is Real
The words "good and evil intentions" are as material as gravity and magnetism. They describe social cause and effect relationships. Just as physical laws control the known universe, good and evil forces also operate in that universe.  Is it an impossibility that there could be a God?  That He has good intentions?  Or, that the laws of nature tend inexorably towards the collapse of order in the universe? Just because these are vague ideas, do they lack serious consideration?  Consistency of the expression of these ideas across history suggests that they could be true. Smiles and grins exist.  God is a real world force.


Emergence
There are events, which cannot be explained by science.  The human mind contains a hierarchy of pattern recognition systems. While lower levels recognize objects and events, thoughts "emerge" from a region called the claustrum. Thoughts are the final pattern recognition firing patterns on a real time “screen,” perceived by conscious awareness. While the impulses of one hundred billion neurons power the nervous system, current research points to a single organ, the claustrum, which acts as a “conductor,” which coordinates the highest cortical levels of the system. Thoughts "emerge into subjective experience" from the combinatorial firing patterns on the claustrum "screen."

The Emergent Space
We are consciously aware of many things. Sensory perceptions, the recognition and recall of significant events, the experience of emotions, perception of the physical activities of the system and perception of the results of mental search processes reach conscious awareness. At 
the claustrum level, we have a "subjective awareness," which emerges as a "soul," who sees this page.  Science has no explanations for the very personal experiences of this  “ghost in the machine.”  In the theory of complex systems, "emergence" is the effect, where new patterns arise out of myriad simple interactions. New properties do emerge at higher levels of complexity. Psychology emerges from biology and biology from chemistry. The whole completely differs from the sum of its parts. 

A Higher Intelligence
When neural impulses reach the claustrum, they emerge into conscious thoughts. People interact with each other in the emergent space ruled by the meanings of words. The laws of social conduct, as defined by words, apply to this space. Immensely powerful intelligences could also operate in this space. The consistent use of the word "God" and "Evil" across history points to the human recognition of such intelligences in the emergent space.  Science defends the theory of evolution and explains life as the output of an unusually lucky "blind watchmaker."  This reasoning has a low probability of being true.  The existence of a higher intelligence, which inhabits the emergent space, has far greater probability of being closer to the truth.  It is the truth.  God exists.


Simplicity Of The Explanation
The probability that life is accidental is impossibly low.  The flagellum is present in virtually all living cells. It enables cells to move about. It is an irreducibly complex microscopic
 water cooled engine driven by proton motive force.  Its  propeller, u-joint and rotor rotate at upto 1,00,000 rpm.  With a clutch and a brake, it can reverse directions in a 1/4 turn.  Its instructions and short term memory are hard wired.  It assembles and repairs itself.  Science explains that this information-rich, integrated system is produced by an accidental combination of molecules. Like suggesting that a gas turbine came together untouched by intention and purpose - by accident.  An acknowledgment, that God assembled it, avoids the implausible acrobatics demanded by science  to justify millions of such miracles of creation.

The Olfactory  Database
Human intelligence extracts its answers from an immense knowledge base. In 2004, a Nobel Prize was awarded for the discovery that the olfactory system uses combinatorial codes to identify millions of smells. Those coded memories are stored in the nervous system. This website suggests that intuition, an algorithmic routine, identifies the context of pertinent smells to decide the approach and avoidance behaviors of animals. On an astronomically larger scale, the brain stores knowledge of the patterns of light, sound, taste and smells as the memories of past experiences. The brain reasons, plans and solves problems by locating wise responses from this vast knowledge base.  The brain is an intelligence.

An Infinite Database
A superior intelligence could have created life. 
Intelligence can be  the dynamic process, which searches an available database and locates wise responses to solve problems in the environment. An intelligence requires a vast database.  If the emergent space is time dimensioned, then its database contains the entire history of life experiences.  Going back and forth in time, an intelligence in the emergent space can access such a database to design and assemble more efficient molecules.  This avoids the need for  "accidental combinations" as the explanation for the assembly of the brilliantly complex living systems.  Such an intelligence could combine its experience of two different systems to build a new system. The evolution story records how fins developed into arms and feet.  That is the transfer of an existing abstract design concept for propulsion to a new environment.  It is less likely to be "lucky" new combinations of DNA molecules.

Quantum Science
While human intelligence is dependent on the structure of nerve cells, the emergent space operates in the ideas world. Recent advances in quantum science suggest that material reality could be just probability functions.  Is it impossible to speculate that the behavior of every molecule in the cosmos is controlled in this space?  Is it difficult for a superior intelligence to creatively influence probability in the random combinations of molecules to assemble a replicating flagellum?   Is it impossible that the laws of nature could trigger earthquakes and famines?  In truth, Good and evil coexist.

Miracles
The essence of the God experience is the conviction that a benevolent deity cares. Many believers gain insights, garnered from beyond their own stores of experience. Then, there are miracles. The writer has direct experience, of a lady doctor paralyzed in a wheelchair for years. At a healing session, she felt a change come over her. The healer publicly announced that power had gone out from him. Later in the night, the doctor got up from her bed and walked alone to the toilet. She has walked ever since. There are innumerable such stories. Science summarily dismisses such reports.  Science trusts only physical laws. Should the experiences of thousands of generations of humanity be ignored as mere fiction? Is it impossible that a higher intelligence could decide to act, however erratically, to bring about such events?


Win Or Lose
Faith exists in the emergent space.  It cannot be rationally explained.  The believer feels his or her life meets a divine purpose. God is seen to be good. The intention of God is life and abundance.  God has allowed free will and entropy.  Evil and misfortunes come from the devil. The occurrence of disasters does not change the nature of God.    God either saves believers  from disaster, or grants them the strength to withstand their troubles. God will win in the end. A good world will dominate the universe.  Without guarantees, the believer has hope and peace of mind.  Those who lack faith, lack belief in any meaningful purpose in life and anticipate disaster. Their option is often depression and suicides.

Somatic Markers
The human mind makes decisions in milliseconds through pattern recognition of combinatorial codes. Antonio Damasio suggests that the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) despatch "somatic markers," which “bias the thoughts and decisions of individuals.”  Somatic markers add a sophisticated range of feelings, which decide priorities for decision making in the nervous system.   Socially relevant experiences record those markers and control a person's beliefs.  Negative life experiences result in a bitter view of life.


Seek Help
The belief system is largely managed by feelings. Constant negative thoughts bring on depression. On the other hand, a continuous recounting of one's blessings can build more positive feelings of gratitude to God and increase the possibility of linking up to a very real God, who exists in the emergent space. Across history, many great minds have acknowledged the presence of God. Many, who acknowledge their own weakness and seek divine advice, have received valuable insights and peace of mind. Every day, somewhere in the world, a miracle happens to witness His presence.

Convert Your VMPFC
A belief in God is not your choice. Your VMPFC makes that decision. You can choose to fill it with negative thoughts and be increasingly convinced that there is no God.  This leads often to depression and even suicide. Such setbacks have been reported with unusual consistency and may even be a truth. God can be a real force for good, who exists in the emergent space. There is nothing impossible about that. If a happy life is your choice, you can throw away thoughts that question the existence of God.

An Awesome God
Be still and know God.  His laws span a billion galaxies.  They operate at the minuscule quantum level.  He has given you life on a tiny planet. He has created you in His image - with enough intelligence to appreciate the grandeur of His creation.  He will win in the end.  He will create life and abundance for all of eternity across  the cosmos.  In the meantime, He will guide you into still waters. A true belief in God is unavoidable.  Trust your own ability to recognize patterns.  Acknowledge a truth
 uncovered by millions across the span of human history.



JUST THINK...   What happens when you begin to talk? Your nervous system has picked an emotion. It has articulated an idea around it, chosen apt words from a vocabulary of thousands of words, arranged them in lexical and grammatical order and adjusted the pitch of your voice. Before you speak you've no consciousness of the words you will use. Who's actually in charge?  This question leads to the question "What is consciousness itself?" Is consciousness a spirit living in a human body?  Is it a mystical life form that emerges from the nervous system?  This is the hard problem of consciousness. 


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