“One sense of “normal” is statistically normal: what everyone else does. The other is the sense we mean when we talk about the normal operating range of a piece of machinery: what works best. These two senses are already quite far apart. Already someone trying to live well would seem eccentrically abstemious in most of the US. That phenomenon is only going to become more pronounced. You can probably take it as a rule of thumb from now on that if people don’t think you’re weird, you’re living badly.”—The Acceleration Of Addictiveness.
Inherent difficulties of the materialist theory (of existence) have appeared very clearly in the development of physics during the 20th century. This difficulty relates to the question of whether the smallest units of matter such as atoms (of which we and all objects are composed) are ordinary physical objects, whether they exist in the same way as stones or flowers. Here quantum theory has created a complete change in the situation…The smallest units of matter are, in fact, not physical objects in the ordinary sense of the word; they are in Plato’s sense-Ideas.
The startling, totally counterintuitive, yet scientifically proven discovers of physics reveal that our world, at its deepest levels, is not built of tangible discrete objects. Rather when we look closely, we find that reality is as gossamer as a thought, that existence is closer to being an association of ideas that a conglomeration of atoms. The dogmatic myth of materialism has been proven to wanting, more fantasy than fact. Again, in the words of Nobel laureate and biologist George Wald, “The stuff of which physical reality is composed is mind-stuff. It is mind that has composed a physical universe.
These concepts arising from investigations of the material world should force us to reassess the essence of our being. The ultimate reality of life and therefore the significance of death become very different from how our physical bodies experience them. Death signals a modification, really an alteration, in how we perceive life. In the words of Nobel Laureate and physicist Ervin Schroedinger: “So In brief, we do not belong to this natural world that science constructs for us. We, (our personal awareness of being ourselves), are not part of it. We are outside. We are only spectators. The reason why we believe that we are in it, that we belong to the picture, is that our bodies are in the picture…And this is our only way of communicating with them.
The old conundrum of how the physical brain gives rise to our ethereal and elusive consciousness, the sentience of the mind, has evaporated. We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail the mind as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Mind has been present in matter since the inception of the material world. Mind is ubiquitous in our universe, from the simplicity of the smallest atom to the complexity of the human brain.
There’s a good story a friend of mine has a hard time telling. A few years ago she was asked to work on the website of a large, public institution, and they approached her to see if she could come up with something that would last the organization 2 to 3 years. The budget was $7,000 dollars. She scoffed at the budget, but saw the opportunity of the project, and managed to negotiate a higher price of $10,000. Fair enough. The work went as planned, the site launched on time to the delight of the client, and everyone was happy. The new site was revealed in correspondence with a fancy, black-tie event, which my friend was dutifully invited to attend as a thanks for her work.
Sitting in the middle of the banquet hall was a giant ice sculpture. Marveling, she walked up to get a closer look. “Amazing, isn’t it?” asked the man next to her. “It’s hard to believe they could spend $15,000 on an ice sculpture just for this little party for us. I wonder what they’ll do with it once it’s almost melted at the end of the night.”
This is one of the most fascinating articles I have read in a while. I recommend checking it out. It’s approach is highly scientific and it breaks down some really incredible concepts about the mind/addiction/sexual addiction.
"In 1934 Cambridge anthropologist Dr. J. D. Unwin published Sex and Culture. In it he examined 86 cultures spanning 5,000 years with regard to the effects of both sexual restraint and sexual abandon. His perspective was strictly secular, and his findings were not based in moralistic dogma. He found, without exception, that cultures that practiced strict monogamy in marital bonds exhibited what he called creative social energy, and reached the zenith of production. Cultures that had no restraint on sexuality, without exception, deteriorated into mediocrity and chaos. In Houposia, The Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society, published posthumously, he summarized:
In human records, there is no instance of a society retaining its energy after a complete new generation has inherited a tradition which does not insist on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial continence. . . . The evidence is that in the past a class has risen to a position of political dominance because of its great energy and that at the period of its rising, its sexual regulations have always been strict. It has retained its energy and dominated the society so long as its sexual regulations have demanded both pre-nuptial and post-nuptial continence. . . .
While some have avoided using the term “addiction” in the context of natural compulsions such as uncontrolled sexuality, overeating, or gambling, let us consider current scientific evidence regarding the brain and addiction.