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Mind is an onion to which reason is but a skin. Our rational and irrational aspects make out real motives suspect. Take the case of Socrates. He is accused of impiety and is condemned to death. Real reason was something else. Take the case of Uriah whom David, the  King of Israel  had killed. Official version was that he was killed in action. The truth of the case hinged on his adultery with his wife Bathsheba. But by the spirit of the Lord his crime was revealed to him. In the manner we explain ourselves to the world, the public persona and our motives lie different shades of meaning. My use of onion as an analogy is (to) illustrate this complex aspect of mind. Mind is not any part of human anatomy but a world in which certain interlocking arrangement exists between internal thinking process and external stimuli.Add to this electro-chemical impulses on which neural information rides.

Why are we keen to explain ourselves when we are not obliged to give account? Human beings of all the beings on this planet are Homo sapiens, the wise ones. We feel in the fitness of things where it is only our thoughts and the reasonableness of these can put us at ease. But is it the only way we can feel as part of our home planet? How dogs or birds make sense of the world is altogether different. Snakes have sets of sensors beneath their jaws and create an infrared picture of their environment. Their movement and hunting habits are quite different from other species. It is no less adequate or less real. Be that as it may Earth and the universe can be counted meaningful to us only when we understand them rationally.

We will then have to admit that if we think up one universe, a multiverse also is quite possible. Whether one or many what it boils down to is this: man as with other species must account for nature. There is only one nature possible in which rational mind of man is coordinating with nature of the externals– Nature to designate as distinct from his own, to get the best out of that particular transaction. Every species will have its special needs and peculiar ways these may be satisfied.

Nature of universe as perceived by human beings is internalized, where reason is only a tool to give standpoint of each its appropriateness. According to Leibniz the German philosopher, the actual world was the best of all possible worlds, which he arrived at in his attempt to explain the nature of God. He viewed God as Omnipotent God. From that standpoint he stated God was good. Voltaire the skeptic on the other hand ridiculed the notion. For the Frenchman whose optimism was lost in the Lisbon earthquake in which some 100,000 people, innocents and bad alike had perished, viewed God differently. For the French skeptic his nature was to be explained from the effect. Here you see reason when explained from two standpoints cannot agree. The German explained the nature of the world from Cause while Voltaire chose to explain the nature from the effects. Reason may approach the nature of the world from a particular standpoint. In short reason may suit the nature of human beings to explain Nature and if other species employ other means they are not less served. The universe is unknowable in all parts yet nature of a life form interfacing with Nature is its own reward.

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The Buck glowed with strange fires, and it followed with unerring sense the track of the doe. But in his wake rose up puffs of points of light with colors that struck the ravens with foreboding. It was not part of their calculation.
“What are they?” Null shrilled.
Knull said,” I am stumped. I guess these are spun off from all that energy the tree acquired in defining Space and Time. Nothing more we can do but watch how these develop?”
Null went blank and snapped out of its spell screaming “The Ghost Runners!”
Later he asked,” What put that thought into my mind?”
“It of course! But what worries me more than anything else, “Who is dead here anyway?”
Knull had reason to feel puzzled. ‘How can there be ghosts without death as a reality?’
Or were they angels, flames of fire spun out of Will (or Thought?)
The ghost runners were as incidental as humans transfer parasites evolved alongside through many cycles of their birth.
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Boughs of the tree shook heavily and consequently the leaves began to glow and like froth skimmed off the many jagged waves of a choppy sea. The bright cloud lifted by itself and the raven broke loose flapping their wings. Null asked conversationally, “A buck for the doe. Like us – we are made for one another?”
Knull said, “What use is a shape if it cannot be pinned down? What use is It if it cannot think and express? ”
“Yes I am the Thought you its Active Agent and the Buck?
Knull answered promptly: Merely incidental.”
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At Dublin’s Abbey Theater, poet-playwright Yeats was searching for a particular effect for a glorious sunset. He wanted realism and he coaxed the electricians to try harder with the colors and equipments at their disposal to come up with the effect he could approve. The technicians did all that they could and their experiments at one point elicited a cry of approval. ‘That’s it! Yeats cried stepping forward,’ Hold it, Hold it!’
‘We can’t hold it, sir’ came the stagehand’s apologetic voice,’ The theater is on fire.’
(Sir. Cedric Hardwicke-A Victorian in orbit/Methuen, London)
( posted in wordpress under Theatrical Types)

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