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The Universe in Black and White
A Plain and Simple Illustrated Guide to Time, Space and the Meaning of Life
By Terry Favour
Hierophant PublishingCopyright © 2012 Terry Favour
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What is a paradigm?
A paradigm is the totality of how a person or a culture views reality.
In this book, I am describing a view that is generally held by most people in the Western (as opposed to the Eastern) part of the world.
This view illustrates the limits of our physical and psychological worlds that can be documented by science and understood by the average person.
Our current viewpoint began more than 2,000 years ago, with ever increasing and more complex probing into and documentation of the natural world.
Today our technology is extremely sophisticated and has made some discoveries that are so startling that they must be termed replete, and therefore defined as paradigmal.
How a Paradigm Shifts
To further describe how a change in paradigm happens, imagine that you have just walked into a friend's living room. There is a bouquet of flowers on a table but you don't notice it. You are more interested in a big-screen TV that your friend has just purchased. You and your friend spend several hours figuring out how to program this new technological wonder to suit your friend's needs. Never once do you notice the bouquet.
If you leave your friend's house never having noticed the flowers, in your world those flowers don't exist — because your intent and attention were focused elsewhere.
When a paradigm shift occurs, it is not because that truth is new, but because it is a truth that has gone unnoticed. One's intent and attention have been focused elsewhere.
For more than 2,000 years, the Western mind has been focused on the big-screen TV and how it works. In other words, the Western mind has been examining the nature of the substance we call matter, its properties and its laws.
Has this focus missed something?
Keeping in mind what has been presented, let's examine dualism — because its study will point toward the answer to this question.
What is duality and what has it to do with you and me?
It is very important to our discovery of what has been missed, that the nature of duality is understood.
Dualism involves the old idea that we can't know joy without sorrow, that we can't know hot without cold.
Imagine that you live on a planet that has 98.6-degree weather everywhere all the time. In fact, nothing on the planet has a temperature other than 98.6. No one there has ever heard of or experienced any other temperature.
Neither you nor anyone else would have a concept of cold. For that matter, you wouldn't have a concept of hot either. In fact, on your planet there would not be a concept of temperature, or of 98.6 degrees, at all. The whole issue of temperature would be unknown to you.
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