the Hole-y D(o)nut
Since the dawn of thought we humans have asked ourselves where it is that consciousness comes from.
Our greatest philosophers - Plato, Spinoza, Carlin - have puzzled over how they can be exercising their Puzzler and be aware that they are puzzled about puzzling over their Puzzler at the same time?
If the brain is just a squishy organ residing at the top of the spinal column for the processing of sensory inputs, does a larger brain generate more consciousness than a smaller brain?
Is consciousness a property of mind?
If so, what exactly is the mind, and where is it?
Or are the brain and the mind one and the same?
Is it possible to have a mind and not have a brain?
(American voting patterns would seem to substantiate this)
Truth be told, scientists haven't gotten any farther in figuring this all out than our first ancestor who pointed to the stars in a moment of frightening self-awareness and asked, "Hey, Oog, take a look. Could that be a guy's belt right there?"
Physicists now speculate as to whether the entire universe itself may actually be conscious.
They ask whether consciousness might not in fact reside outside of the brain and be a single field of consciousness that permeates the entire universe.
Under this theory, consciousness propagates on all possible wavelengths at the same time, throughout the entire universe, while our brains are quantum receivers tuned to receive consciousness within a tiny bandwidth of this vast spectrum, thereby creating our own personal brand of awareness.
This would imply that each of us is an individual "radio station" that tunes into this universal consciousness on our own personal wavelength which we then outwardly display as our "personality."
This actually makes sense when you stop to think about it.
After all, electromagnetic radio waves from dozens of radio shows -- from Bible belt talk radio show to 70's retro Hispanic disco music -- are passing through your body right this second.
Are you aware of these?
No, but that's only because your brain doesn't receive on conventional radio broadcast frequencies.
What if your brain does receive on your own unique consciousness broadcast frequency?
That would make your personal sense of awareness unique to you.
SIDEBAR: This could well explain the behavior of certain individuals we all know (in-laws, politicians...) who appear to be suffering from some serious static interference! Or maybe they just have a twist in their antenna?
If consciousness resides inside the mind, does consciousness cease at physical death, which means the mind dies too?
Or does consciousness persist in a different form somewhere else?
If so, where is that somewhere else?
Could this be what modern practitioners of bronze age religions refer to as "heaven"?
Does this confuse you, Dear Reader?
If so, could your confusion be the result of an imperfectly tuned quantum consciousness receiver?
Could poor reception be the real underlying cause of ADD, ADHD, OCD, TV, voting and other mental disorders?
Let's jump into the rabbit hole and go all the way down, shall we?
As you read these very words, are you aware that you are reading these words?
Were you aware of reading these words before we pointed it out?
Or were you just reading happily along, blithely unaware of reading and, for that matter, unaware that you were unaware that you were reading?
Now that we have jolted you into awareness, where does your awakened awareness reside?
Inside your mind in an as-yet-undiscovered awareness processing lobe?
Or inside your entire brain, like a unified field of general awareness?
What if you are actually not reading these words?
What if an intergalactic consciousness originating outside of yourself is reading these words and creating the illusion inside your head that it is you who is doing the reading?
Could you prove otherwise? Well... could you? See what we mean?
Speaking of seeing, what about what you think you see?
Hold your hand at arm's length in front of your face. The light that reflects off of your hand enters your eye and is focused onto the retina at the back of your eyeball then transmitted via electrical signals to that area of the brain that process visual imagery.
This process allows you to "see" your hand, right? Not so fast!
Are you actually seeing your hand, or are you seeing an image -- a mere visual representation -- of your hand?
Where, exactly, does this image reside? A few feet in front of your eyes?
Or inside your mind which creates the illusion of projecting that image in front of your eyes?
Let's go a little deeper and share some mushroom with Alice (liberals, please nibble from the left side).
What if there is no physical reality to your world at all? For that matter, what if there is no YOU!?
What if what you think of as "you" exists solely inside the equivalent of the Holodeck in Star Trek?
What if there is nothing in the physical space around you because there is no physical space?
What if everything your brain perceives as physical reality is in fact a representation of reality being beamed into your mind by a higher consciousness which uses your brain as both receiver and transmitter?
In other words, what if you, Dear Reader, don't really exist at all?
What if you're just the universe's way of expressing itself through the space you occupy?
Talk about taking solipsism to a whole new level! So are we D(o)nutarians alone in asking questions like these? Apparently not.
An example is reflected in this article by none other than Deepak Chopra in which he asks: "Does the Universe Have a Mind?"
To which we would ask, does Mr. Chopra have a mind?
Or is what he thinks of as his mind really just occupied territory being controlled by a Universal Mind that beams thoughts like these into his brain and lets him think of them as his own?
Heh, there's some subject matter for an entirely new book, and a new stream of juicy publishing royalties!
The answer to these conundrums lies at the very heart of D(o)nutarianism where diligent researchers laboring since the dawn of what humans call "time" have discovered everything there is to know about, well, pretty much everything.
We just can't release this information all at once or it would cause WORLDWIDE PANIC.
Not to mention that instant understanding of everything there is to know would cause utter intellectual lassitude among the general public and there would be no further point to life here on Earth other than mere reproduction.
And even the most libidinous individual can only do that so many hours each day.
With the conversation about the origin of consciousness reaching a new peak, we D(o)nutarians felt the time had come to share with you the true nature of the mind, of consciousness and of physical reality.
Strap in... this is going to be a rough ride.
As is known to astronomers, the shape of the observable universe is pretty much a circle. OK, an ellipse, but that's just a circle that got bent a little out of shape. And we all know how that feels!
Now, what does the inside of a torus look like? Right, like a circle.
And what is the Great Orifice that resides at the center of His Hole-yness if not the largest of all possible circles?
Here we enter the holiest of holies.
The truth known to Inner Circle D(o)nutarians is that the entire observable universe resides entirely within the Great Orifice at the center of the Hole-y D(o)nut.
SCIENCE FACT: As the Hole-y D(o)nut rotates, frictional forces conveyed through subquantum wavicles known as "donars" drag the universe along with it, causing it to slowly rotate.
As eons pass, the rotational velocity of the Great Center accelerates, causing increasing centrifugal forces to propel all know reality to the outside of the observable universe.
Once this process is complete, the inside of the universe is left an absolute blank containing no mass, no energy, no quantum foam, no super strings, no consciousness, no gods, no Elvis... nothing.
It is at this point that everything begins anew in what physicists call the "Big Bang" which is when the first turgid shaft of primal light penetrates the Great Orifice which then climaxes in a stupendous Galactic O-Gasm, soon after which a new Universe, pregnant with possibility, is birthed amidst great pain and suffering.
We D(o)nutarians have always known the truth of this, passed down as esoteric knowledge from the earliest D(o)nauts.
Yes, our ancestors possessed advanced antigravitic plasma beam technology that allowed them to travel to the stars within just a few minutes, have lunch with his Holey-ness, receive divine wisdom and understanding, and be back before the evening news.
Unfortunately, when Atlantis sank in the Great Cataclysm of 12,800 years ago (a fact just now being discovered by geologists and other so-called scientists), all traces of early D(o)nutaria were washed away.
This website is our modest effort to re-introduce humanity to his H(o)le-yness.
And research like this isn't cheap... so be sure to dough-nate on the way out.
The Hole-y D(o)nut watches over you (... but mostly just watches you) every minute of every day, so be sure to be a cheerful giver.