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Gerrit Teule is a Dutch writer on the subject "Evolution of Consciousness". He is a board member of the Dutch Teilhard de Chardin Foundation and maintains the public part of the website for this foundation, including the discussion forum (www.teilharddechardin.nl). For 30 years he was a technician and computer specialist with IBM, specialising in large systems, complex networks and usage of computers by people without IT knowledge. He later specialized on computer usage by disabled people. Since 1990 is an independent writer. His own website is www.elektromagnetischekracht.nl. Email: email@example.com. This essay is a shortened translation of the last chapter in his book "Our soul has deep grounds" (still unpublished) .
The Formula of the Mentescope
The mentescope is an instrument that allows us to look straight into the mind of all living beings.
According to the American economist Robert Gordon there is a lack of new inventions in our time. All ´new´ inventions are in fact recombinations of rather old inventions, combined by evolutionary technology. Real new inventions, like electricity, steam power, antibiotics, telephone and computers have not been done in the recent past. Their recombination in all kinds of gadgets is just a matter of technology and pricing. Whatever you think about this, there is one absolute new invention, waiting to be discovered. That is the mentescope, an instrument that allows us to look straight into the mind of all living beings. 'Mente' comes from mind and 'scope' comes from seeing. The mentescope does not exist yet, but some modern equipment goes pretty much into this direction already: the fMRI scanner and the encephalograph. These modern instruments allow us to take a look into our brain while it is working. Some neuroscientists think that a thought in our consciousness is ´nothing else than´ an electrochemical reaction in our brain cells. So, why this new invention?
The mentescope with its extraordinary spiritual capabilities will prove that this idea is tragically wrong. That becomes clear when we analyse the functions of the mentescope and the way how it works, or how it is supposed to work. Remember, the instrument is about to be invented. In The Formula of the Mentescope I describe in depth its properties, based on a beautiful algorithm, Eulers Identity, and based on a new quantumtheory for electrons, created by the French physicist Jean Emile Charon. See my previous article on this site: The eonhypothesis in a nutshell.
The invention of a new observation apparatus can have a great influence on the progress in science. Good examples are the invention of the telescope and the microscope; both pushed science forward is an unprecedented way. In fact the whole enlightenment was based on the invention of these instruments and their further developments. Modern materialistic science needs this new invention badly: the mentescope, a yet hypothetical instrument that enables us to see the creative mental activity in a direct way, anywhere in nature and within ourselves. It enables us to see the mental initiative, starting at the Big Bang, as what it has been since that time: the inspiring engine of the whole evolution of consciousness. We perceive the same inspiring engine as our own imperishable soul, the sharp arrow-point of our mind.
This new instrument might correct al lot of shortcomings in the scientific way of thinking, especially concerning the evolution of consciousness. A good example is the purely materialistic vision of neodarwinistic evolutionary theory, were mind and consciousness do not play a significant role. Both are regarded as a non-significant illusion or an epiphenomenon. In fact, the materialistic scientists don't have a clue what to do with mind and consciousness. One short view through the mentescope will be sufficient to correct this simplistic viewpoint, for once and for all. This is comparable with Galileï, who invited the prelates of the Holy Church to take a look though his telescope to see the satellites of Jupiter. The dignitaries refused to come to his home. Will modern neodarwinistic scientists also refuse to take a look though the mentescope?
They should take that intensive look, because there are serious questions waiting for an answer. Is evolution nothing more than a stupid unity of random circumstances and collisions of particles, starting at the Big Bang and later on the survival of the fittest? Or is mind and consciousness playing a fundamental role in the evolution process? Is the Big Bang the starting shot for a mental initiative, a creative power that pushes the evolution forward in the direction of an ever sharper and wider consciousness? Is it possible that this creative power is an integral part of nature itself, and that mind and consciousness are not supernatural at all, but that they are deeply hidden in the 'inside' of material particles? Can information grow autonomously, starting from a tabula rasa, as a basis for all structures in the evolution? What is the memory of nature?
If this mentescope is relevant and workable, we do need a new science of nature indeed. This implies an enlarged theory of evolution, based on truly modern scientific thinking. I call it Evolution 2.0. In this new evolution theory, mind, soul and consciousness will claim their rightful place, starting from the beginning of all. This starting point is the singular point, that turned itself inside out in the Big Bang, sending an awe-inspiring amount of tiny particles in all directions with one mandate: “Go, and come to consciousness”. The book The Formula of the Mentescope describes the physical basis of this mental driving force. It describes in detail the prototype of the mentescope, based on the algorithmic fundament: the most beautiful mathematical formula that exists, Eulers Identity. When Euler discovered this formula, he shouted to a friend: “Now I know that God exists!”
This formula is found to be mathematically true, but nobody knows its meaning. That changes in the course of this book, when step by step all components are given a deep significance and background. We analyse the formula in a true reductionistic way. Finally it gets the most beautiful meaning this formula ever can get.
The prototype of the mentescope is for the time being described as the French horn. At first sight this might seem a bit ridiculous, but it is in fact a crystal clear picture of what it is supposed to do.
The inside of the instrument, symbolically represented by the complex pipe construction in the center, is the main subject of this book, where the formula takes us by the hand for an in depth explanation. By the way, the mentescope is not only meant for inspecting human brains, but it gives us in general a view on the mind and soul of all living beings and even in molecules and atoms individually. It searches for the soul in all matter.
This is a story with some humor and a breathtaking description of a deep and new science. One could read it as a superficial science fiction story or even as a romance between a wonderful formula (from 1730) and an intriguing theory (from 1977). They did not know each other beforehand, but they meet each other in love. At the end of the book they melt together as an cosmic apotheosis. But, be aware, apart from the French horn as a 'running gag' throughout the pages, close reading of the central part of the book reveals a serious attempt to push science forward, based on the work of some original and individual thinking scientists: Jean Emile Charon, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Albert Einstein, John Archibald Wheeler, Carl Jung and many others.
In the book I paraphrase a famous Dutch football philosopher: “You only understand it when you get it”. Grasping the idea of a driving mental force inside of all matter requires a new way of thinking about fundamental physical issues, dimensions and the nature of electrons in particular. Lots of scientists have already been speculating, obviously in their free time, about these new thoughts. This story is in fact a deep scientific and partly intuitive description of the cosmic process starting with the Big Bang, where not only earthly human beings come to consciousness, but the whole universe itself. Didn't Spinoza tell us that intuition is the highest mental property? Isn't this the greatest show in the universe?
This book is written in Dutch and is looking for a publisher that would like to invest in an English translation. Please contact the writer Gerrit Teule, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutch publication: “De Formule van de Mentescoop”, Gerrit Teule, 2016, uitgeverij Aspekt, www.uitgeverijaspekt.nl. 220 pages, ISBN 9789461539243