Author Topic: Deepak Chopra Says there there is no way to prove existence of an outside world  (Read 1100 times)

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Any neurologist will assure you that the brain offers no proof that the outside world really exists and many hints that it
doesn’t.

All the brain does, in fact, is to receive continuous signals about the body’s state of chemical balance,
temperature, and oxygen consumption, along with a crackling stream of nerve impulses. This mass of raw
data starts out as chemical bursts with attached electrical charges. These blips run up and down a tangled
web of spidery nerve cells, and once a signal reaches the brain, like a runner from the edge of the Empire
bringing a message to Rome, the cortex assembles the raw data into even more complex arrangements of
electrical and chemical blips.

The cortex doesn’t inform us about this never-ending data processing, which is all that is happening
inside gray matter. Instead, the cortex tells us about the world—it allows us to perceive sights, sounds,
tastes, smells, and textures—the whole array of creation. The brain has pulled an enormous trick on us, a
remarkable sleight of hand, because there is no direct connection between the body’s raw data and our
subjective sense of an outside world.

For all anyone knows, the entire outside world could be a dream. When I’m in bed having a dream, I
see a world of events just as vivid as the waking world (for most of us, the other four senses are
scattered unevenly throughout our dreams, but some dreamers can touch, taste, hear, and smell as
accurately as they can while awake). But when I open my eyes in the morning, I know that these vivid
events were all produced inside my head. I’d never make the mistake of falling for this trick because I
already assume that dreams aren’t real.

So does my brain dedicate one apparatus to making the dream world and another to the waking world?
No, it doesn’t. In terms of cerebral function, the dream mechanism doesn’t flick off when I wake up. The
same visual cortex in the rear of my skull allows me to see an object—a tree, a face, the sky—whether I
am seeing it in memory, in a dream, in a photo, or standing before me. The locations of brain cell activity
shift slightly from one to the other, which is why I can distinguish among a dream, a photo, and the real
thing, yet the same fundamental process is constantly taking place. I am manufacturing a tree, a face, or
the sky from what is actually a random tangle of spidery nerves shooting bursts of chemicals and
electrical charges in my brain and all around my body. No matter how hard I try, I will never find a single
pattern of chemicals and charges in the shape of a tree, a face, or any other shape. There is just a
fire-storm of electrochemical activity.

This embarrassing problem—that there is no way to prove the existence of an outside world—undermines the entire basis of materialism. Thus we arrive at the second spiritual secret:You are not in the world; the world is in you.

The only reason that rocks are solid is that the brain registers a flurry of electrical signals as touch; the
only reason the sun shines is that the brain registers another flurry of electrical signals as sight. There is no
sunlight in my brain, whose interior remains as dark as a limestone cavern no matter how bright it is
outside.

Having said that the whole world is created in me, I immediately realize that you could say the same
thing. Are you in my dream or am I in yours—or are we all trapped in some bizarre combination of each
other’s personal version of events? To me, this isn’t a problem but the very heart of spirituality. Everyone
is a creator. The mystery of how all these individual viewpoints somehow mesh, so that your world and
mine can harmonize, is the very thing that makes people seek spiritual answers. For there is no doubt that
reality is full of conflict but also full of harmony. It is very liberating to realize that as creators we generate
every aspect, good or bad, of our experience. In this way, each of us is the center of creation.

Source:  Book Of Secrets