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November 12, 2019

OMG Where Do They Get These People (Sometimes a Blurb is Enough)

Filed under: Culture,Reason,Science — Steve Ruis @ 9:41 am
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I subscribe to a number of book recommendation lists, which is how this book came to may attention: Mind to Matter: The Astonishing Science of How Your Brain Creates Material Reality by Dawson Church. Here’s the Amazon.com blurb: (Note: I am sorry it is so long but it is also effing priceless.)

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I am not, repeat NOT, recommending this book.

Best Health Book of 2018 – American Book Fest.
Best Science Books of 2018 – Bookbub.

Every creation begins as a thought, from a symphony to a marriage to an ice cream cone to a rocket launch. When we have an intention, a complex chain of events begins in our brains. Thoughts travel as electrical impulses along neural pathways. When neurons fire together they wire together, creating electromagnetic fields. These fields are invisible energy, yet they influence the molecules of matter around us the way a magnet organizes iron filings.

In Mind to Matter, award-winning researcher Dawson Church explains the science showing how our minds create matter. Different intentions produce different fields and different material creations. The thoughts and energy fields we cultivate in our minds condition the atoms and molecules around us. We can now trace the science behind each link in chain from thought to thing, showing the surprising ways in which our intentions create the material world.

The science in the book is illustrated by many authentic case histories of people who harnessed the extraordinary power of the mind to create. They include:

  • Adeline, whose Stage 4 cancer disappeared after she imagined “healing stars”
    • Raymond Aaron and two of his clients, each of whom manifested $1 million in the same week
    • Elon Musk, who bounced back from devastating tragedy to found Tesla and SpaceX
    • Graham Phillips, who grew the emotional regulation part of his brain by 22.8% in two months
    • Jennifer Graf, whose grandfather’s long-dead radio came to life to play love songs the day of her wedding
    • Harold, whose 80% hearing loss reversed in an hour
    • Joe Marana, whose deceased sister comforted him from beyond the grave
    • Rick Geggie, whose clogged arteries cleared up the night before cardiac surgery
    • Matthias Rust, a teen whose “airplane flight for peace” changed the fate of superpowers
    • Wanda Burch, whose dream about cancer told the surgeon exactly where to look for it
    • An MIT freshman student who can precipitate sodium crystals with his mind
    • John, who found himself floating out of his body and returned to find his AIDS healed
    • Dean, whose cortisol levels dropped by 48% in a single hour

In Mind to Matter, Dawson Church shows that these outcomes aren’t a lucky accident only a few people experience. Neuroscientists have measured a specific brain wave formula that is linked to manifestation. This “flow state” can be learned and applied by anyone. New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology, vibration, and quantum physics connect each step in the process by which mind creates matter. They show that the whole universe is self-organizing, and when our minds are in a state of flow, they coordinate with nature’s emergent intelligence to produce synchronous outcomes. The book contained over 150 photos and illustrations that explain the process, while an “Extended Play” section at the end of each chapter provides additional resources. As Mind to Matter drops each piece of the scientific puzzle into place, it leaves us with a profound understanding of the enormous creative potential of our minds. It also gives us a road map to cultivating these remarkable brain states in our daily lives.

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This is what happens when you blend a few facts with a few opinions. It has been discovered in the past years that we do not interact directly with “reality.” To be able to keep track of reality, we create a simulacrum of it in our minds and interact through it. This gives us quite a number of benefits. For one the simulacrum requires less detail and so a lot of the information streaming into our sensory organs can just be jettisoned, unless it has a significant effect upon your ability to survive. Consider that right now you have this truly immense sensory organ, your skin, which is sending sensory information to your brain for . . . what? Storage? Processing? What was the side of your thigh feeling 20 minutes ago? That didn’t get stored, eh? What happens to sensory information that gets sent to the brain and doesn’t get storied? (Hint: Bye-bye, useless info.) Another benefit is we can experiment with things in our imagination without the consequences of trying them out in reality, e.g. I shoulda punched that guy in the nose!.

Okay, so you take this evolutionary feature and you combine with the opinion, say, “everything happens for a reason.” What do you get? You get the nonsense of this book. A massive testament to the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy (the Latin means: “after this, therefore because of this”) and is an informal fallacy that claims that since event B followed event A, event B must have been caused by event A. It is often shortened simply to post hoc fallacy.

So, someone prays for their illness to be cured and voila, their illness is cured and they believe their prayer was answered. The doctors, nurses, hospitals, antibiotics, all of that stuff . . . is irrelevant.

Since “we create our own reality,” in our minds we actually create physical reality. WTF? This phrase (“we create our own reality”) has been used a lot in the personal development community, but it is a metaphor, not a physical claim. To claim that it is physical is a little like saying I made this painting of the tree outside my window . . . therefore it is the tree outside my window. Hello? We are creating a virtual map/simulation of reality in our heads. That is not the same as creating the reality outside our heads.

Can you imagine if this “version” of reality were actually the case. We would have dueling realities on display currently. “I want the #23 bus to come now!” versus “No, I want the #35 bus first!” “I want my mother to dies soon so I can have my inheritance” versus “Oh god, I don’t want to die yet, I want to see my latest grandchild first.”

Do we get banjo music in the background as these duels of will take place? Or does each reality get expressed separately? Talk about a multiverse! We would be up to our asses with realities. where would we put them all?

And the dishonesty in the phrasing of things! Consider “• Graham Phillips, who grew the emotional regulation part of his brain by 22.8% in two months.“ The way this was worded, it sounds as if this guy did the deed himself. If so, how did he do this? Was it through telepathy, mental manipulation of existing matter or the creation ex nihilo of new matter? If he could do it at all, why did it take two months. Were drugs being used? Were transfusions of stem cells involved? I guess you have to buy the book to find out. And don’t get me started on “• Elon Musk, who bounced back from devastating tragedy to found Tesla and SpaceX.” Gosh, a human being bouncing back from tragedy and doing something significant. Now that almost never happens! Must have been the magical creation of reality, I am sure.

Charlatans to the right of me, charlatans to the left of me, into the Valley of Ignorance I rode!

Addendum The opinion “Every creation begins as a thought.” may just be true, but what about all of the thoughts that are not creations, e.g. I think I will have a beer and a sandwich? How come I have to go to the store, buy the ingredients and make my own damned sandwich? How come my mind can’t create one on demand? What is it about physical reality that these people just can’t live with?! Inquiring minds want to know!

14 Comments »

  1. You do create your own reality, but it depends entirely on the choices you make. Want to be a lawyer? Make the choice to enter law school, then make later choices that keep you on that path. Want to fly? Make the choice to take up pilot lessons. Want to win the lotto? Buy a ticket. Reality-creation is a game of increasing the odds for something to happen.

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    Comment by john zande — November 12, 2019 @ 9:52 am | Reply

    • That is what is meant by the slogan used in self-improvement communities, but that is not what these people are claiming.

      Also the creation of one’s reality is heavily proscribed by one’s circumstances. Be born into chattel slavery and you will find your reality heavily proscribed. (Not that you will have no effect, but that the realm of possibilities for you is quiet restricted.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 9:58 am | Reply

      • It’s hard, it requires dedication and a lot of physical work, but there’s a way out of chattel slavery. They even made a movie about a true story: Conan the Barbarian.

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        Comment by john zande — November 12, 2019 @ 10:15 am | Reply

        • Ah, driving your enemies before you and hearing the lamentations of their women. The true source of happiness. Well, that and the Black Lotus.

          A shorter route out of chattel slavery is “kill the master, head for the hills.” While not wildly successful, it did work from time to time. I suggest that the South’s post Civil War attitudes were based in the constant fear that slaves would rise up and kill them in their beds. (South Carolina had more slaves than free men for quite some time before the war.) The current demonization of young black men is rooted in the same historical fear, a meme passed from generation to generation of white folks.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 10:23 am | Reply

          • Well, I did see the video of a police officer rightly harassing a black man last week for illegally eating a sandwich. The nerve. Eating a sandwich!

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            Comment by john zande — November 12, 2019 @ 10:32 am | Reply

            • Eating while Black is a citable offence in some of our communities, as is playing with toy guns, driving, shopping. Black people should really avoid these illegal activities.

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              Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

    Seriously. I think this relationship between mind and matter is somewhat complicated. There is plenty of evidence of placebo effects and they are a major problem for drug effectiveness or any sort of therapeutic intervention testing. So I’m not exactly sure where the limits are.

    This book, however, looks to have gone beyond any reasonable limits we can infer at this time.

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    Comment by James Cross — November 12, 2019 @ 9:54 am | Reply

    • There are manifold things we do not understand … yet. And jumping to conclusions is not good exercise! I witnessed first hand a woman who doused our property to drill a new water well and told us what we would find at what depths in an area that had no water table (hard granite was often just below the soil). She predicted two sources of water at two different depths, the lower one being the better and voila, it was so. I can’t explain that and the woman would take no money (she considered her ability as a gift from her god). In order to understand it it would have to be observed over and over again and no one seems interested, so whether or not there is a rational explanation, I cannot say. I suspect, that is have a strong opinion, that if there is an explanation, it doesn’t involve “magic.”

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  3. It’s truly amazing what some people will say/write in order to make a few bucks …

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    Comment by Nan — November 12, 2019 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • A few bucks? My books sell about as well as the Bubonic plague. I would kill for a few books. Actually, If my books killed, I’d have a few bucks … but I don’t, so they don’t.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

      • Yes, but …

        You see, (I’m guessing) your books contain actual facts and figures. Not airy-fairy stuff that simply sounds like facts and figures. People tend to be much more taken in by the latter. All you need to do is change your style! 😄

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        Comment by Nan — November 12, 2019 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

        • I suspect that preaching to the choir pays well considering the sales numbers of The Case for Christ and The Purpose Driven Life. Both were unreadable because of poor writing and errors, errors, errors, but they sold and still sell in massive numbers. My best guess is that you can make the most money by selling books to people who do not read.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — November 12, 2019 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

  4. Hey Mr. President, I like banjo music. In fact even some very good classic rock songs have a banjo in them.
    This book seems to be a terrible waste of good trees. So many books are just like this one in that respect.
    My long dead wife who was an RN told me many times that medicine/science knew a good deal about the brain, an organ, but not very much at all about the mind. My solution (if you care to let me call it such) is this; It is all mind over matter. I you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
    Now, off to listen to some old rock with a banjo in the song.
    (No, I don’t have a list of those rock/banjo songs. Too lazy to look them up.)

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 13, 2019 @ 5:18 am | Reply

    • We are just begiining to learn how the brain works and the mind will follow somewhat afterward. But, being curious apes, we speculate, speculate, speculate. We always want to be the first to say “I told you so,” even though we were guessing at the time. This is why people say “I have a theory as to why …” and not “I have an opinion as to why …” Having “a theory” makes it sound as it you know what you are talking about.

      With regard to the banjo music (and I am a fan, from Bluegrass to Bela Fleck) I was thinking of “Dueling Banjos” from the movie “Deliverance” at the time.

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