1. Is it possible for a person who possesses many belief traps and fears to have a low entropy consciousness? For example, my grandparents are very strict conservative Christians, but they are some of the most loving and caring people I know.
Tom: There are many facets and sides to an individual. All do not evolve together equally and at the same time. Yes, it is possible to be lower entropy in one area of your development and higher entropy in another area – less extreme cases (a little higher here , a little lower there) are common while more extreme cases are unusual.
2. I agree with the majority of what you say about the use of consciousness altering drugs, but are there any boundary conditions that could be applied to this? Although I have never used LSD or any other psychedelic drugs, I have heard about the potential therapeutic uses for LSD. Apparently people on their death bed who take LSD will be much less afraid of death and are more ready to leave this world. Also, a study noted that the use of psilocybin mushrooms relieved the anxiety in terminally ill patients and people with depression/other psychological disorders. This happiness and relaxation obtained from the use of these drugs might just be temporary or false, but there might be some beneficial uses if the users motivation and intentions are in the right place. Also, couldn't a one time use open the mind of an intelligent and responsible adult to the point where their interest in further exploration of reality is sparked? Obviously these drugs are widely abused, but perhaps there are some situations in which their use could be beneficial.
Tom: I agree completely with what you say. But those “some situations” you refer to are highly specific to individuals with very special needs and circumstances – generally under the prescription and supervision of professionals within a supportive environment -- the relatively teeny tiny upside tip to psychotropic drug usage is attached to a huge downside that is all too ready and willing to explode with enthusiasm if encouraged. However that upside should be both encouraged and implemented as long as it does not also energize the downside at the same time (e.g., it is very easy to seriously affect (in a negative or counterproductive way) the consciousness quality and evolutionary potential of 100,000 people with something as trivial as a careless comment by an influential person). The point here is to very carefully devise processes and environments that end up doing more good than harm, helping more people than they hurt.
3. This was probably mentioned in your book, and I will attempt to find it, but I would like to hear more about it anyway if that's okay.. How is the phenomena of quantum entanglement explained through your TOE? Does it have something to do with the psi uncertainty principle? Is it an actual instantaneous reaction, or is that an illusion generated by our limited view?
Tom: Take a look at the 14 segments of the Hawaii seminar on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/twcjr44. The best metaphor to describe Entanglement is that it generated with an “IF, Then” statement. Still not instantaneous from a bigger picture (the “then statement is executed the very next delta-t through the timing loop) by a single DELTA-t. But it is as “instantaneous” as it is possible to get from our PMR perspective within a digital simulation running.
4. When exploring NPMR, how is it possible to tell the difference between an unactualized past/future state and a present reality?
Tom: The data within the probable future data base is simply arranged by the probability of all the possibilities – one must query it carefully by specifying the allowable error bars (for example: only see those associated probability chains that are .87 or greater of being actualized). The historical past database (actualized and unactualized) is all one big database. Again one must query it carefully (select advanced query ;-) ) to get the output desired. Queries are generated by one’s intent and must be very specific.
5a. Do you have any thoughts on lucid dreaming? I am a little confused about how this fits in with your theory. If dreaming is just another area of NPMR, then when one realizes that they are in a dream state, what happens? Is it just a greater level of awareness inside that area?
Tom: Their decision space within that reality frame grows.
5b. And why do lucid dreams feel so much different from OOBEs?
Tom: Because of the way (beliefs, attitudes, expectations, and cognitive awareness) in which one comes to each experience.
6. I must admit that one of my main reasons for wanting to explore NPMR is for entertainment. I definitely want to explore, discover, learn, and experiment, but I am also greatly looking forward to flying, seeing things I have cannot yet imagine, experiencing incredible environments, etc.. Will this hinder my progress?
Tom: That depends how much ego you have invested in it.
7a. In addition to this, in my recent lucid dreams I have not been able to fly when I attempt to. I am wondering if my intentions are not in the right place?
Tom: Possibly but probably not.
7b. Or if I am doubting my ability to fly in that state.
Tom: More likely. It is not “doubting” as much as it is deep seated fear/belief/expectation and an intellect that is analyzing and judging the process in real time. Just do it and analyze it later until you gain more control (drop more ego).
8. This is a bit of a stretch, but I find it amusing to think about. Is it possible that AUM is just a simulation run by an even bigger reality that produces the illusion that consciousness is fundamental?
Tom: Yes. Once one extrapolates beyond ones possibility for direct or even indirect experience one reaches the realm of pure conjecture -- then many things might be possible. A better question that is less ambitious is: does that possibility seem likely or necessary. Though one can get a little farther with that inquiry, no final conclusions are possible – error bars are very wide (there is much uncertainty). An even less ambitious question, though still intractable, is : Does it matter to us -- and from our local PMR perspective and purpose, does it matter if it matters.
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