This brief and simplified discernment is to complement, inspire, encourage, and support the following scientific quest http://nautil.us/issue/81/maps/an-existential-crisis-in-neuroscience:
A has inspired and encouraged in diverse ways in past discernments, the mind belongs to the subtle body-mind of the many sentient composite body-mind system rather than confined to pictures of brain or the brain. Another way of saying is the picture of infinitely infinite fractal parts of sum of parts of the greater whole is essential or the whole picture of interdependent and interconnectedness of wholeness rather than just fragmented infinitely infinite parts. Otherwise, biological death would mean no life beyond the known physical world which totally contradicted the human experience and phenomena known and reordered 1st and many person(s) empirical data over the millenniums. And as well as the essence, nature, and ground of being. And nature for which life and existence manifested as known in the physical world. The subtle body-mind is the real and true self of nature of being which allows continuous of form-formless or body-mind or spirit-soul transition and evolution beyond the known physical through the intertwinement and entanglement process with the local and non-local cosmos or the greater whole. While the physical body is mean to create, nurture, shape, transform, and purify the subtle body-mind (and spirit-soul) potentialities of possibilities.
There are abundant of species on earth and the universe. However, many neither have subtle body-mind nor the potential. While for many such potentialities of possibilities or emerging subtle body mind are still evolving or developing. And there are species that have achieved such subtle body-mind potential. And while many other species have developed highly evolved subtle body-mind.
It is meaningful and purposeful to analyze or explore species epistemology and ontology (in humane or heartful care and mindful care ways) as means to explore planetary consciousness or epistemology and ontology. And beyond. However, epistemology and ontology of species with no potential for subtle body-mind, without or non-existent subtle body-mind, or still evolving subtle body-mind cannot be equated or compared to species with or evolved subtle body-mind. Another way of saying is, nature mysteries or the essence, nature, and ground of being. And nature would be most in evolved species. And the more and more evolved the species, the higher and higher mysteries of the essence, nature, and ground of being. And nature.
As an example, human species has the potential of perceiving and experiencing the greatest mysteries of life and existence than all known species presently known on earth. And such perception and experience can vary from extraordinary senses to out of this world dream to spirit realms and worlds to OBE to NDE to shared dream, OBE, NDE, and among others out of this known physical world phenomena. And therefore, nature epistemology and ontology not only can most be achieved by human species but also through human species. Other species without or without developed subtle body-mind would not be conscious and aware of such phenomena or experience (which could also be weaken, filtered, or inhibited by many factors such as belief, cognition or states of mind, biologic and genetic, nutrition, physical-health conditions, ways of life and practices, environment and habitat, and among others). And if conscious would not be aware. And for them, the world does not exist beyond their known physical realm.
Since the subtle body mind are far beyond the limits of classical sciences, such exploration feasibility was only possible through experience whether spontaneously or through naturalness-spiritual development and practices. Another ways of saying, the physical body is local (i.e. returned to nature after biological death) while the subtle body-mind is local and non-local. And since they are intertwined and entangled, the physical body can experience the material and immaterial (beyond material world) worlds through the subtle body-mind. However, with progresses not only in sciences but also applied sciences and technology beyond macro and micro worlds or quantum and beyond, such realms of possibilities are more and more within the scientific quest.
And as such, this brief and simplified discernment is to inspire, liberate, encourage, and empower such scientific quest basing on reason through or complement by the human experience and scientific method. Thus, convergence and integration of sciences and naturalness-spiritual pratices and wisdom are essential. While maintain resolute optimism, confident, coherent and collaboration, synergy, and efforts locally and globally or non-locally despite or knowing that the quest is beyond extreme complexity or literally out of this world complexity. And all the while, through the process, transform, empower, and liberate the individual and collective. The alternative is FOREVER lost and confined to be irrelevant in the infinite finite cosmos rather than of meaningful and purposeful usefulness to and as parts the greater whole infinite potentialities of possibilities. And therefore, must rise to the causes, occasions, and opportunities. And also to lead.
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