Daily and Oceanic Consciousness: A Dual Modality. Renaud van Quekelberghe
131 Daily and Oceanic Consciousness: A Dual Modality Renaud van Quekelberghe Introduction Duality is an important general theme that has manifestations in almost every area of mathematics (cf. Gowers, 2008). For example, there is a natural association in the projective plane: each point P is associated with the line L that consists of all points orthogonal to P, and each line L is associated with the single point P that is orthogonal to all points in L. Dual objects are to be found in numerous fields of mathematics (e.g., set theory, linear algebra, Fourier transforms, (co-) homology, Hilbert spaces). Duality is also present in quantum mechanics (Bohr’s “wave-particle” com- plementarity, Heisenberg’s uncertainty relations). Within the consciousness field, we can also observe an important dual modality: daily consciousness vs. oceanic consciousness. This dual modality can easily be characterized by a series of properties (dimensions, categories) as indicated in table I. Tab. I. Daily consciousness Oceanic consciousness *relative absolute dependent autonomous conditioned unconditioned *limited unlimited finite infinite 132 *movable unmovable changeable unchangeable temporal timeless mortal immortal *incomplete complete insufficient perfect mixed pure *dual non-dual plural singular manifold simple divisible indivisible individual universal egocentric egoless As already indicated in table I (*), we can reduce the many polarities to a handful of dimensions, such as: • relative - absolute • limited - unlimited • movable - unmovable • incomplete - complete • many - one Surely, each of these five main polarities can be conceived as hyper- dimensions that would be completely sufficient for a clear distinction between daily...
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