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Reversing the Causal Arrow
by Jeffrey Sax
February 6, 2003
There used to be an intricate 'inner' world. Much of 'the world' as a whole
could not be seen... be it heaven, mythical worlds, dream worlds, or wherever
the gods lived. The physical ('objective') world was a medium for expression,
for the god(s) or Creator(s) as well as for humans. The physical world was an
instrument. God(s) and humans pulled the strings.
The objective world was a small part of subjective experience.
Now that has changed. The physical world is seen as the source of our existence.
As science cuts up the world, humans end up being separate, isolated pieces.
There is nothing that is 'us' outside our skin. There is no thought outside our
brain. We are interacting particles. That is all. What happens inside those
particles is called subjective. The inner structure of those particles is so
complex that it is hard to understand and impossible to control. This makes the
subjective unreliable and therefore not very useful.
Subjective experience has become a tiny piece of the objective world. The
contradiction is pretty blatant: science takes pride in its many achievements,
while at the same time doing everything to prove that science itself and its
achievements are merely products of impersonal natural laws.