A number of highly significant myths are borne out by the new science. As stated by Gilbert Ryle:
A myth is, of course, not a fairy story. It is the presentation of facts belonging to one category in the idioms appropriate to another. To explode a myth is accordingly not to deny the facts but to re-allocate them. (1949, 8)
These great myths are simply the facts of reality, expressed in the idioms of folklore and religion. Here the greatest myth of all is exploded. The material on this page draws on the principles described in QBism, Interactive Destiny and Quantum Karma. I address Christianity as this is the religion with which I am deeply familiar – full disclosure. I am, however, better described as a variety of Buddhist.
Nowadays the concept of trinity is that God is three consubstantial persons. But the original idea appears to have been much more generic. Tertullian, who may be considered to be the father of Latin Christianity, held that the Gnostic trinity is a doctrine of three natures. As stated by James M. West in On the Gnostic Trinity:
Tertullian’s description of the Gnostic “trinity” shows no connection with the three persons but instead refers to a doctrine of three natures. What Tertullian actually describes is a Gnostic doctrine which maintains that the universe is comprised of three fundamental substances or natures, which are identified as spirit, soul and matter (2009).
These three different natures are of course what are described here as the three different types of phenomena, of the three different logical types. The principles clearly apply to the concept of the three principle attributes of the individual person as described here. They apply also to the Holy Trinity of the Christian faith.
In the light of modern science, immortality sounds like wishful nonsense. But as explained in Quantum Immortality this is the automatic conclusion from quantum theory in the light of three logical types. Hugh Everett, the author of the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory, did not write about quantum immortality, but it is clear he expected to live forever. In the current paradigm that appears ludicrously optimistic given the problems with the idea in the standard framework. But of course Everett was defining the physics of the inside view. His intuition was that this guaranteed everyone immortality, and in the light of the trinity of logical types, he was absolutely right. The entity that passes from one lifetime to the next is not of course the body but the consciousness of the world hologram. It is the 4D holographic movie that passes from moment to moment, and from lifetime to lifetime.
The reality you are encountering is the four-dimensional space-time, matter-and-energy movie of life. Consciousness is the third-logical-type phenomenon of the universe, the moving point that brings reality to life. This is what breathes fire into the equations to answer Hawking’s famous question. Taken all together with the body that instantiates the world hologram at any given moment, this is the perceiving subject. It is triune, three in one. This is why the subject is in a direct and immediate relationship to reality, in a way that seems utterly bizarre to our present worldview.
The body is indeed what you are, but the world hologram is also what you are, and you are the experiencing as well. You are the movie of life, and, at a different level, the experiencer of the movie. You are at cause. You are constantly engaged in interactive destiny, shaping which version of events, all over the world, you are likely to observe taking place. As the world hologram in the experience of consciousness you are immortal. The world hologram is the soul of the great myths.
The Holy Trinity
As shown on the main pages, the trinity of logical types form the operational structure of existence at large. Remarkably, the three logical types are faithfully represented in the great myth of the Holy Trinity, in the poetic terms of the three persons in one God. God the Father stands for the totality of all existence, the universe itself. This provides the first, primitive logical type: every possible moment, laid out in the space of all possible worlds. Consciousness is a fundamental property of this totality. This corresponds precisely to God the Holy Spirit. It is literally the spirit of the whole: holy means of the whole, and spirit means that which brings to life. So it is that property of the whole that breathes life into reality, by iterating the moments. It is to the physical reality as the projector is to the frames of the movie. It is of the third logical type.
Each living inside view, each reality ‘in here’, is brought into existence by the interaction of the Spirit with the Father. Perhaps most challenging of all, this corresponds to a God the Son, literally a product of this interaction, a child process in terms of I.T. This, of course, is a phenomenon of the second logical type, the ongoing sequence of moments, a movie of life in action. Every perceiving subject, male or female, human or not, is a God the Son.
So the Holy Trinity is none other than the trinity of fundamental logical types. Incidentally, Ryle was debunking the concept of mind as something other than the brain: the longstanding concept of body-mind dualism. However, as we now see, the body is first-logical-type, the mind, taken to be the world hologram, is second-logical-type, and consciousness is third-logical-type: not just a dualism but a trinity.
Although the great triune myth is a deep insight into of the nature of reality, just the opposite is the case with dogma. Dogma is shown to be inherently false, by definition. Dogma is defined as a statement about the facts of reality that has no evidence in reality. But in the world one is experiencing, amidst the universe of all possibilities, only that which has been observed is determinate; and everything else is indeterminate. By definition, dogma is not backed by any observations. So, whether a specific dogma is true or not, is not just uncertain; it is indeterminate. In other words, it is simply wrong to say it is definitely true. Ironically therefore, the claim that a dogma is definitely true, defines it as false. Certain spiritual principles dovetail precisely with accepted scientific fact, a body of knowledge that is all based on extensively-researched and well-documented observations. It turns out that certain myths are directly borne out by these principles. As we have seen, they are in fact fundamental principles of reality, expressed in the idioms of more primitive cultures. But it is only these principles that are confirmed.
Quantum mysticism is a derogatory term sometimes used for explanations of spiritual and religious beliefs based on quantum theory. In particular, the idea of consciousness being relevant to the science of how things actually happen has been scoffed at as ludicrous. But as shown here it is not only relevant but essential. The moving frame of reference is specifically required, and we know from direct evidence that this is the frame of reference of consciousness.
As analysis in terms of logical type shows, in order for the static layout of physical reality to come to life, a phenomenon of the third logical type must be at work. As Weyl states, consciousness solves the great paradox; this is how reality actually works. Mystics get the last laugh. It turns out the great spiritual leaders of the ages were not just escapist romantics; they really did discover truths that have eluded us until now.
We have got so used to dismissing everything about the ancient religions in our cynical modern culture that it may seem that all this cannot be right. However, as Professor David Wallace of Oxford University dryly states in this regard:
Our intuitions about what is “reasonable” or “imaginable” were designed to aid our ancestors on the savannahs of Africa, and the universe is not obliged to conform to them. (2010, 69)
Our minds, like our bodies, are the products of lengthy evolution. The reality defined by the new physics has been unimaginable, but it is very important to realise that this is a problem with our imagination, and our worldview, not the physics. This does not, however, mean that the tide of irrational new age ideas associated with quantum theory has any validity. Some, however, are exactly right.
We stand on the brink of a revolutionary change to our understanding of reality, possibly the greatest of all time. It transforms not only our concept of the world but also our concept of ourselves. And it is knowledge with immediate everyday benefit to all. You are immortal: the world hologram spans lifetimes. Interactive destiny, the ‘karma’ of tradition, is simply the effect of Strange Attractors. These are not just lucky guesses by our ancestors. There is truth in the great myths.