Formally “Reversing Reality: Revised Edition”.
This stream of thought has been revised, reworked, and refined a countless number of times, and yet again rethought. Now I will post this a third time. For now, this is the final edition. Yes, I’m posting this again. No, I don’t give a fuck how others define these terms.
Events that occur “in accordance with ones will” add an unnecessary operator by attributing it to supernatural forces. This argument posits that for this to occur two things must hold true.
1. Our experiences are indeterministic.
2. This is influenced by the acausal.
It could point to evidence of a possible interaction that suggests a “bottom up” construction of the objective made up by smaller components. Impact of the causal is limited to ‘what it can reach’.
With all things affecting one another, A butterfly effect is negligible to an ecosystem because it lacks significant impact, there is a threshold to what it can effect. It’s causal reach is minimized by other chains.
There is a shared experience of independent chains subjected to The Law of Averages. Every person experiences their own in a “collective” mashing of intersecting and interacting chains. Events cascade out and influence is proportional to impact. In other words: The Objective is an illusion created by its individual components acting on their own volition.
The Acausal ‘s Influence
I make the same intuitive leap as those that would argue “God did it”. Beyond that what is perceived as your ‘magical effect’ is only being interpreted as significant or causally related. Repetition of perceived results can at most be determined ‘anamolous’. All that can be definitively known is “it is a coincidence/statistical chance”. Like seeing the same number 5 times in a row on a roulette wheel, and drawing causal connection to yourself.
But can there be? Can you will a roulette wheel? Or is more like reading the “chance” of the situation and knowing when to place your bet?
As chance is the governing component, it must be applied throughout my explanation. And just like the roulette wheel, every spin is a new causal chain, with the same odds, but there is an increased chance that exists separate from the spinning of the wheel in the form of a naturally occurring equilibrium, the same equilibrium that brings you ‘counting cards’.
Consider the causal like each individual spin and the acausal like the board showing the trend of the day. And the mechanism by which numbers hit.
It is only counterintuitive to eliminate the divine, channels, and forces because people are programmed it by an imposed top-down world view. It is then believed you send out “intent” -> it goes through a relay -> and it “manifests”. That being the causal chain.
Seems more like:
Intent + psychodrama -> randomly occurring chance + timing -> retroactive assumption of effect.
But one might ask, “what about those ‘miracles’, those things that happen so synchronously that it must be a manifestation of something“?
Cop out answer: You at most “make it hit” through a spontaneous influencing of a remote chain and new sequence of events. Like “jumping” causal chains.
Indeterminism + The ‘Spontaneous’ Chain
I will attempt to explain this with a willed ‘curse’ manifesting via indeterminism and a car accident.
Example: You’ve been cursed. Now you are driving and as you pass through a green light, smack. You’re t-boned. Consider the accident “Y”. The “X” (or “Z” in reference to your experience) is the moment the other car ran the red light.
The faulted vehicle explains that a (rotted) branch snapping off a tree near the intersection distracted them. This branch snapping becomes “X” in a new chain that both ends another(*) and results in the indeterministic crash.
(*) – the naturally occurring equilibrium.
Still, the magician can walk away feeling powerful. This, despite all the many variations of events that could have happened to retroactively take credit for. What are the odds of a tree branch snapping? What made it snap? Perhaps it’s just timing and inevitability?
This was a chain influencing their subjective causal experience, an unlikely occurrence and indeterministic from their perspective despite that the tree was rotted and was bound to snap eventually.
There will never be a way to prove that your intent has jumped to a remote chain and impacted it without the same pitfalls as all faith based religions.
In summation: The’divine’ exists through a process of confirmation bias and a possible ability to effect the causal through loopholes in its indeterministic nature. Our independent and shared experience exists apart from but is governed by an ebb and flow of chance and statistical probability.
You may do something, but it was likely to happen anyway. You can only take credit for timing.