- Jan 21, 2020
lol. I didn't say THAT was a volcano. What I was trying to relay to you is that the story tellers are using the same CONCEPT/IDEA of smoke and fire in order to get people to relate this with the presence of God. God was present, according to them, the smoke and fire at Sinai/Horeb. So now this is an established THEME that can be used in other places.It is not a Volcano because it stood at the tent and between two encampments and it is descending smoke, so whatever Moses was describing was not a volcano.
I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt that this is relevant enough for me to listen and comment on the video.
MLK, like many preachers, is good. He is passionate, energetic, and charismatic. But that doesn't mean the "voice of Jesus" he heard was anything other than his own consciousness utilizing his memories and the ideas contained within his neural network in order to comfort him the same way that other people think they see ghosts or talk to loved ones who have passed. If you believe something strong enough your mind tries to make it true. Your mind cannot see, hear, taste, touch. It's experiences are fed to it and influenced through other systems (mostly the nervous system). I had my own experiences of having Night Terrors. I thought I saw what I could only describe to you as a succubus, attacking me in my sleep. At the time I believed in demons. And at the time I hadn't gotten a sleep study to know that I had sleep apnea and didn't know that I wasn't breathing.
In other words... I was ignorant and that ignorance was a breeding ground for superstition. My MIND filled in the gaps of knowledge with beliefs because it wanted and needed to make sense of my experience but it had no scientific basis in fact to do so. I was "UNFAMILIAR" with sleep apnea and sleep paralysis. It didn't help that I was up late at night. But to me it's one of the most frightening experiences you can have because you don't know if you're sleep or awake because both words are colliding. Many people see demons or shadows as a result. And when I was paralyzed I fought to move my body or even yell, but couldn't do it.
Am I lying? Absolutely not. I recall a similar experience at least twice, but the memory of 1 sometimes seems like 2. But does that mean I saw a real demon? No. Could I try to say that the real medical things that was happening to my body put me in some kind of altered state of consciousness in which I could interact with demons and it was a real attack and when I mentally called on God/Jesus he came and saved me? I could tell you that and many people (who already believe) would believe that. Because they want to believe.
So I'm saying this... that there are rational and scientific explanations for things. At the same time our minds also play a role in what we experience and that experience is influenced by our beliefs. Intelligence, is a recursive loop of processing information. That's how learning is achieved. But the mind really doesn't care between reality an imagination. Our ego does. If you have a photo of your family on your phone, do you think your phone cares that's a photo of real people? Of course not. So on a "biological hardware" level part of us doesn't really care whether stimuli is real or not. Our brains just want to identify it in order to classify it. Children have more nightmares and tend to see things in the dark more than adults because their brains have to be trained to classify everything they see, even when there isn't enough light. And if it can't do it, and it can grab an idea from their imagination, maybe something like something they saw previously on TV, the brain don't give a **** where that image came from. It just matches it. And so the child sees something that is not just the thing, but partially the monster they think it might be.
A good modern example I think I can use is autocomplete the way that you text on your phone, or you are typing an email in gmail... the system is trying to recognize what you are saying, even before you say it. But this recognition is all about patterns and it has to be trained. And the dumber it is the more nonsensical the result is. However, the more it trains the more accurate it becomes, the better it gets. Such is the future of AI.
So with all due respect to Dr. King, just because he was a powerful man and a good man, doesn't mean he was a scientist or that he was factually correct about everything he ever experienced in life. And I don't need to be influenced by his interpretation of his own experiences. Neither do you. It is a choice you make. Preachers are in a position to be motivated by the desire to make people believe. In some cases I think this makes them prone to lie. In other cases I believe this makes them susceptible to faulty or superstitious interpretations in which their own "internal voice" begins to mimic their belief and so they are literally talking to themselves but they think they're talking to God or Jesus or Mary or whoever.