Great post,authfriend.  We in Fairfied are certainly meditating on the cutting 
edge of this work; The Fairfield meditating community is the spiritual Fermilab 
of the Unified Field as consciousness research.  These are exciting times in 
scientific research and spiritual advancement.
I am telling you all that we who live in Fairfield in the radiance of the field 
effect of the Domes are within the the fore-front of the great research in 
Wishing you were here too,
-Buck in the Fermilab of the Dome

--- In, "authfriend" <authfriend@...> wrote:
> John Fischer, a philosophy professor at UC-Riverside, has been awarded a $5 
> million grant from the Templeton Foundation to fund essays and "empirical 
> research projects related to immortality." Fisher himself doubts there is 
> such a thing, but he thinks studying the possibility from various angles 
> (including beliefs about it) will be "relevant to the way we live our lives 
> at present."
> Here's an excerpt from a recent interview with Fischer about the Immortality 
> Project (Xeno, I wrote my posts to you before reading this):
> Q: Is it conceivable that there's a version of immortality that exists as 
> something outside the limits of the known universe, or do you have to be 
> religious to believe that? 
> A: I guess you wouldn't have to be religious. You could believe that there 
> are forces or energies or features of the physical universe which we haven't 
> yet identified or can't yet fully describe—that there was a kind of [true] 
> immortality that wouldn't have to be religious. That's possible. It's kind of 
> an abstract possibility that we can't really grasp concretely right now. But 
> I think it's possible and there's lots that we don't know.
> If you think about quantum mechanics and string theory and you try wrap your 
> mind around the possibility that there are many, many dimensions to reality, 
> not just three or four, it starts becoming very hard to comprehend. We have 
> certain concepts of present, past, future, causation, physical objects, 
> acceleration, velocity, location. We apply those ordinary concepts to our 
> ordinary lives and they work pretty well, you know? But once you start 
> thinking about quantum mechanics, string theory, the ordinary concepts just 
> don't apply anymore. And maybe there is a kind of immortality that we have 
> genuinely as part of the physical universe that we can't yet understand.
> Q: Or even beyond the physical universe…
> A: Yeah, beyond the physical universe that we know about. There are 
> philosophers who are dualists who think that the mind is not identical to the 
> brain. Or, if they're property dualists, they think that mental properties 
> are non-physical properties of our brains. And if you think that maybe the 
> universe has non-physical properties, maybe immortality is somehow related to 
> those.
> Q: Is there a basic incompatibility between free will and immortality? And I 
> mean true immortality, not putting my brain in a jar for extreme longevity. 
> A: Well, I'm going to answer another question first, then I'll get back to 
> your question. I definitely think that immortality in the sense of living 
> forever and not dying is completely consistent with free will. Now, if you 
> add that determinism is true or that god exists then it might rule out 
> certain kinds of freedom but I think it's still consistent with other kinds 
> of freedom and it's consistent with moral responsibility. Now, true 
> immortality, especially as conceptualized in a religious view—I don't think 
> that's typically thought of as involving free will.
> If you think about the standard Christian picture, in which you've been 
> virtuous in life and you go to heaven and you have eternal union with god, 
> that's typically not a context in which you have freedom of the will. You're 
> in a blissful union with god forever, but you don't have the freedom to 
> choose evil. You're not conceptualized as planning and acting in accordance 
> with your plans.

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