It was provoked by Conversation with Neil Warren and the video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQ-ZaU6FHNw
Thanks Neil. The point of an analogy, is to illuminate the subject under discussion. The 'onion analogy' has many applications, and no doubt many more, including but not discussed, the TRUTH in any situation.
Thanks for referring me to the above. I'm a pragmatist and realist. I find the 'Guardian Alliance' rescuing anyone pretty irrational. The mind is its own place and the creator of its unique reality that may not equate with any objective assessment. There is the scientific approach and a psuedo scientific approach that may even convince the proselytizer.
Its interesting that the diagram looks like an onion ring, with resonances to the Ptolemaic but less impressive! It is sobering to think there are people that make a living out of duping others with their tosh. Meanwhile the real issues and dangers in the world are avoided. It is very possible that state agengies fund them merely to distract and to discredit all so called 'conspiracy theorists' - many with truth on their side!
Humans have always wrestled, at one level or another, with the meta-physical, usually evidenced in some form of religious belief that becomes formalised with associated ritualistic practices. These invariably lay claim to the miraculous and extra-dimensional. It's almost as if it is programmed into the human personality and psyche.
We are essentially brain in body, a combination that has set humans apart from all other creatures in immagination and creativity. 9Yet we cannot sniff as well as dog, or navigate as well as a swallow, or survive radiation as well as a beetle!) It has also made us arrogant and cruel.
We believe the 'outer' physical world is an objective reality, and indeed the experimental method supports it, because amazingly it follows set rules throughout the whole universe, but equally it can only be appreciated though our mind and senses. When they go, it goes in a personal sense at least, and permanently when death intervenes.
A deluded mind can be convinced of nonsense and nothing will persuade otherwise. This is not the same as saying that some ideas, first considered nonsense, have subsequently been supported by experiment or experience and become staples of our modern world view. All in all, as individuals, we are but passing figments of out own imagination and may even be the ultimate destruction of it. The following may be of interest.http://www.physicsoftheuniverse.com/cosmological.html