Carrie Hatzel

Perth, Australia

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Carrie Hatzel
Posted about 3 years ago
How does virtuality translate into reality?
Hi Tim Thank you for your reply. I am not a physicist, and had not connected the concept of gravity with the double slit experiment which shows that light particles can display the characteristics of both waves and particles? Seems I have some reading to do on gravity specifically and quantum physics generally! :) And yes, I think there might be connections to consciousness in a lot of areas that we have not realised or discovered yet. Lots of paths to the one truth?
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Carrie Hatzel
Posted about 3 years ago
How does virtuality translate into reality?
Thank you for your reply Andrew Are you familiar with Deepak Chopra's book and his ideas? I have not read any of his other books so am not sure if he talks about this in any of his others. The idea that everything comes to us via a "firestorm of electrochemical activity" and that there is no way to prove that anything is real is a fascinating one for me. I keep finding myself stopping and touching everyday objects and trying to discern their reality! As for dreaming and being able to tell the difference between the dream state and the waking state, and also whether you are looking at a photo or the real thing, Chopra says that the visual cortex is the part that is being used for all, but that the locations of brain cell activity shift slightly from one to the other, which is why we can distinguish between them. However he does say that the brain has pulled a "remarkable sleight of hand" on us"because there is no direct connection between the bodies raw data and our subjective sense of the real world". Although if I think about this too hard it could be quite unsettling, it is completely fascinating, and certainly helps with humility! There was already the realisation of how tiny each of us is in the huge vastness of the Universe/ creation, but now we also know that everything is energy - and more space than solid matter and that, even more amazingly, we can't even prove that there is anything outside of the brain! I'm still confused as to the implications of all this, but in the meantime, I am open to these new (for me) ideas and will continue to read up on them, while also continuing with my studies in practical philosophy and attempting to live a "good life". By the way, I do believe in one absolute truth, just that we haven't discovered it yet....
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Carrie Hatzel
Posted about 3 years ago
Technology doesn't create loneliness, it reveals it. Once revealed, technology can help alleviate isolation and spur connection.
In my opinion, a good place to start would be phone etiquette, i.e. no texting/ facebooking at the dinner table, in meetings, when you are with friends. Balance is needed. Too much of anything is not good, lets have a bit of moderation and basic good manners please. I think Sherry's message is going to be even more relevant in 10 years time than it is now, unfortunately.
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Carrie Hatzel
Posted about 3 years ago
How does virtuality translate into reality?
Deepak Chopra, The Book of Secrets, p20 "... as convincing as the material world looks, to the great embarrassment of modern science, no-one has been able to prove that it is real.", "... any neurologist will assure you that the brain offers no proof that the outside world really existsand many hints that it doesn't." This is a new and fascinating area to me. Thank you for starting this very interesting conversation Nicolette.