Homer Wilson Smith HomerWSmith at lightlink.com
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SELF SYMBOLIZINGNESS AND SELF LUMINOUSNESS

Or finding God under your own pillow.

03/04/07 Sunday 01:10am EST

OK, so we take a conscious unit, and put it in a body in contact
with its physical senses, and we put the body in a tank looking at a
TV set connected to a video camera outside the tank looking at an
American flag.

The causal pathway of referents and symbols can be represented by
the following diagram.

Flag -> CCD -> TV screen -> Retina -> LookedAt/Looker
up     down      up         down        up

We choose these five spots along the pathway because at each
point the symbol is in a focused high picture form format with high
geometrical congruency to the original referent, the flag.

The congruency flip flops upside down and right side up as it
moves along the pathway, and we call this the congruency flip flop.
It's important because the difference in orientation helps to prove
the difference between objects along the way, lest anyone be foolish
enough to collapse them all into one object.

Now first thing to remember is that the terms referent and symbol
are relative to each other, the referent is the earlier event in the
causal pathway, and the symbol is the later event.  ANY earlier event is
a referent to ANY later event which is a symbol for it, as long as there
is a causal pathway between them.

But in particlar when we are trying to see the Flag, the Flag
becomes the referent and the CCD becomes the next symbol of import,

Notice that there is space and time distance between the Flag and
the CCD, from the CCD we can't see the flag directly, and thus one can
never have certainty about the Flag by looking at the CCD.  At best one
can only hope to find a causally connected representation on the CCD of
the Flag, giving some possible evidence that the original Flag may
exist.

The reason of course that there is no certainty about the Flag is
because one is not looking at the flag but looking at the CCD instead.
How can one get cretainty of A by looking at B?  Silly isn't it?

OK, so the Flag is the referent and the CCD is the symbol, but the
guy in the tank can't see the CCD screen either!

So we take the next step in the causal pathway, and we say the CCD
is the referent and the TV screen is the symbol.

Notice again there is space and time distance between the CCD
screen and the TV screen, from the TV screen one can't see the CCD, and
thus there is no certainty of the CCD.

Then we consider the TV screen the referent and the image on the
retina as the symbol.  Again there is space time distance between the TV
screen and the image on the retina, from the retina one can not see the
TV screen, and thus there is no certainty of the TV screen by looking at
the retina.

Then we consider the retina as the referent and the conscious
looked at as the symbol.  Again there is space time distance between the
image on the retina and the image in the conscious display, from the
conscious display one can not see the retina, and thus there is no
certainty about the image on the retina by looking at the conscious
looked at.

But here the pattern changes,

The conscious Looker CAN see the conscious looked at directly.

It's ALL he can see at all of the entire chain.

But by what symbol?  Up to this point all 'seeing' of referents
has been done via symbols.

If we consider the conscious looked at to now be the referent,
what symbol is there for the conscious looker to try to see the
referent by?

Well the point is, if there WERE another symbol after the
conscious looked at, YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE CONSCIOUS LOOKED
AT BY LOOKING AT THAT SYMBOL, AS YOU CAN NEVER SEE A REFERENT BY
LOOKING AT A SYMBOL THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE REFERENT.

Since the looker can see the conscious looked at, he can't be
looking at a symbol for it, but must be looking at the referent
directly.

The referent, the conscious looked at, is acting as a symbol for
itself.  This is self symbolizingness.

And that symbol, when considered another referent, is also acting
as a symbol for itself.  Ad infinitum.

Self symbolizingness is life itself.

This is the light of self consciousness in the night of the void.

It lights nothing but itself, for what else is there to light?

This is a very big deal.

This is self luminousness, and is what gives consciousness
resplendent self awareness.

Resplendent comes from splendor, to shine.

A machine can know no splendor.

Consciousness can shine and KNOW that it shines.  Being and
knowing are one.

The light of consciousness is the self luminousness of the
conscious I AM, which is also the light of God, as God is a multi I
AM being.

Those two colors you are looking at out there, that's God light.

Homer

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