Re: is deterministic materialism a delusion post by keith russell » mon mar 29, 2010 4:44 am meleagar wrote: in other threads i briefly outlined the science that directly contradicts materialism and determinism. A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “universe,” a part limited in time and space he experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
Materialism is a delusion in that it is a belief that’s established on the assumption that immaterial things do not exist putting aside for now the fact that billions of people over the course of human history have testified to having a transcendent experience and also putting aside for now the fact of this baffling mystery of. Mastering materialism the deceptions and delusions of materialism stem from its inevitable superficiality materialism traps us, unawares, in a world of possessions hag-ridden by irrational fears of likely loss and lurking dangers finally, it degrades creativity to consumption.
So if anything, levels of materialism are heading still higher, even as work becomes harder to come by, and young people feel less inclined to enthusiastically pursue it perhaps we should call them the frustration generation. The mystics and physicists, therefore, both make the outrageous claim that the materialistic belief in an objective world independent of observation is a delusion or, in buddhist terms, all objects are empty of any inherent existence. What is materialism materialism is the belief that matter is the only reality in life and everything else, such as mind, feelings, emotions, beauty etc are just the by-products of the brain's physical and chemical activity, with no independent existence of their own. As the brilliant scholar rupert sheldrake observes, “since the nineteenth century, (materialism’s) advocates have promised that science will explain everything in terms of physics and chemistry science will show that there is no god and no purpose in the universe it will reveal that god is a delusion inside human minds and hence in human brains and it will prove that brains are nothing but complex machines.
It is clearly a case of not being defended by the ego if someone is researching some imaginary hypothesis as written above- for isntance that materialism is a delusional determinism it seems approachable but sure your right to an extent. Sheldrake wrote:the science delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to fill in this is a very widespread belief in our society.
Although materialism undermines the basis of all religions, nevertheless, materialism is of special interest to buddhists, because buddhism is the only religion that has a sufficiently strong philosophical basis to confront it buddhism can argue rationally against materialism, whereas less intellectually grounded religions can only bury their heads in the sand and ignore it, while their congregations decline and their institutions get taken over by small cliques of extremists. The nationalist's delusion trump’s supporters backed a time-honored american political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.
Within the view of materialism, our most obvious human potential is to be as self-fulfilled as possible (via the available materialistic means) while we are still alive fulfillment is in human (not spiritual) terms: bodily pleasure and emotional contentment this delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires. T rumpism emerged from a haze of delusion, denial, pride, and cruelty—not as a historical anomaly, but as a profoundly american phenomenon this explains both how tens of millions of white americans could pull the lever for a candidate running on a racist platform and justify doing so, and why a predominantly white political class would search so desperately for an alternative explanation for what it had just seen.