History is essentially codified memories as either written or, just as powerfully, as oral traditions. Humans seem to have developed a fascination with history and in our Western Culture the beliefs associated with the Abrahamic religions are the ruling paradigms.
Gunnar Heinsohn offered a pertinent explanation for the development of religion from the natural catastrophes of the Bronze-Age era, and initially ended the scope of his study at 1 AD but in 2016 realised his analysis had to be extended to the end of the Middle Ages, or approximately 1000 AD/CE, (whatever datum takes one’s fancy).
Observation of the overtly religious engaged in their prayers and devotions leads to the conclusion that they have immersed themselves in their imaginal world or matrix to the often total exclusion of physical reality, the here and now. Lost in thought or prayer is an apt description, and when one is thoroughly lost in one’s imaginal world by the constant repetition of mantras and prayers, the imaginal starts to become reality, or more accurately, surreality, when one only sees what is believed, and which then leads to the fabrication of history that is compatible with the cultural consensus and the prevailing intellectual or ideological paradigms.
The act of thinking involves the regurgitation of memories into grammatically agreed on templates which result in ideas which then become dogmas and hence as axioms on which various intellectual superstructures are then built, leading to religion and more recently science, among other fabrications.
The act of thinking involves shifting one’s attention from the physical here and now to the repetition of memories and thoughts that involves repeating internally or vocally memorized sounds since all words are phonetic representations of physically sensed phenomena. Thinking is actually the replay of memorized sounds either internally or externally as speaking to oneself. Those sensed phenomena exist solely in the physical domain, so when a Bronze-Age ancestor saw a terrifying prodigy in the sky or heavens, that emitted heat, fire and noxious gases, burning and ruining all and sundry in its path, that ancestor would have described it as some pagan god, an overwhelming force from the heavens. And if the Bronze-Age ancestor had a rudimentary language but no words for such a novel phenomenon, then he would have tried to describe it metaphorically, so that if it moved like a serpent then it would be described as a sky serpent breathing fire, etc.. No metaphor would result in a neologism.
The very act of thinking actually thus involves shifting one’s attention from the here and now internally into the past by repeating or replaying memories that from previous repetition have become habits, and once habituated to one or other specific thought patterns, become psychologically trapped in those thought patterns and everything then becomes interpreted in terms of those thought habits. All thoughts are based on the past, since all thoughts are concatenations of words that are in essence memories of sensed phenomena which are always from the past.
Belief could be considered an intellectual Matrix (of the motion picture of the same name) that we fabricate to insulate ourselves from physical reality.
While the head bobbing habits of the overtly religious in their devotions could be interpreted as an escape from the reality of the here and now, since the human brain is actually only capable of one conscious activity at a time, such individuals are totally absorbed in their devotions and thus unaware of their surroundings. Being lost in thought is the more popular understanding of this phenomenon, so the scientific geniuses lost in their thought worlds fabricating thought-experiments involving imaginals, are no different to their fellow coreligionists – both are lost in their thought worlds and on returning to reality insist that what they imagined was real.
The problem is that we tend to worship and socially elevate such individuals to positions of authority. And from their intellectual ivory towers these authorities fabricate the various religious and scientific dogmas as received history. Our problem is that rather concluding these “geniuses” are brain-damaged goods, no different to the poor wretches who have succumbed to opiates and other chemical stimulants, we instead see them as the epitomes of intellectual excellence, whether religious or scientific. ( A student who scores 100% in their exams are merely displaying their ability to recite faithfully what their brains have been washed with).
The Matrix is a wonderful thing, especially when one has been blue-pilled. The Matrix is also built over an underlying consciousness that we no longer recognize having lost ourselves in the insulating matrix of the thought world. It could be said that Man’s original sin was to start thinking.
More on this in future posts.