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My Italian friend Leandro made this wonderful video tribute to his adoration of Amira. Leandro is a huge fan of Amira. His story is that about a year ago his wife ran off to France with another man, leaving Leandro to raise their three children on his own. Leandro works in the construction business outside Rome. Due to Covid restrictions in 2020 he found himself struggling financially. Hence he suddenly found himself facing constant heartache, financial and physical hardships, and the huge responsibility of raising three kids. He barely made it through this terrrible time. Only one thing saved him. About the time all this happened to him Leandro discovered Amira Willighagen online and began to watch all her videos. Tears filled his eyes and he found himself mysteriously uplifted and inwardly sustained. Looking back he found that he had a huge debt to Amira. She had literally rescued him with her love and voice.

In this touching and powerfully sentimental video, taken from the final scene in the 1988 Academy Award winning Italian film Cinema Paradiso, a man who looks an awful lot like Leandro himself watches Amira alone in a movie theatre, as she cursteys at the end of all her concerts. The music is the theme song of Cinema Paradiso, written by the late Ennio Morricone.

To celebrate Amira's first CD, it was arranged to combine the release event with her tenth birthday party. The party was held on March 22, 2014 although her birthday was actually March 27. Gordon Heuckeroth, the host of Holland's Got Talent, was there to present Amira with a copy of her CD.

Here I discuss the spiritual path and how it can be understood in the terms of my system of formative perceptual schemata. 31 minutes.

Here I try to clarify some points in my book on perception. It helps to have watched the description of my concept here
My book Evolution of Perception Re-Explained is available on here

Here I try to clarify some points about words in general and some words in particular in the context of philosophy and my books.

My book in a nutshell. Talk given on April 3, 2021 at the AMB Circle of Friends in Myrtle Beach, SC. 38 minutes.

Recorded on April 2, 2021 at the AMB Circle Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. Abbreviated version of talk. 15 minutes.

In some businesses it's important to build a following, but not in philosophy. By "followers" I am referring to video platform followers.

This video is about a minor technical matter pertaining to my new book "Evolution of Perception Re-Explained." You can buy my book at Amazon at

Meher Baba and the Great Reset Part I:
Meher Baba and the Great Reset Part II:

Meher Baba and the Great Reset Part I:
Meher Baba and the Great Reset Part III:

Speaker at end is Anthony Patch, publisher of Entangled Magazine:

Banned on YouTube.

Here I begin to talk about the vitalness of my idea in our current world situation.
Meher Baba and the Great Reset Part II:
The source of the Anthony Patch interview segment at the end of this video is
My book is at Amazon here:

A discussion of the problem of thinking of something being possibly true as evidence that it is and how this relates to my book.

We are in an election season. Today I talk about the fact that politics is downstream from philosophy, and explain what I mean. It is as if a society peers through a common shared lens, and takes the influence of that lens for granted as the truth. What the world needs now is not a rehashing of failed political systems -- communism, socialism, fascism, capitalism, anarchy, or paganism, but a fresh new outlook. I promise just such a fresh outlook in my upcoming book, 'Evolution of Perception Re-Explained,' coming December 22, 2020.

I begin my discussion of reason and rationality by first naming many of the informal ways that people justify their beliefs, before discussing more formal ones like observation, intuition, and logic.

I continue my discussion of reason and rationality from Episode 2, by first pointing out that many of the same principles of observation and testimony apply to 'inner' experience as well as experience of outer objects. For instance, mathematicians testify to things they perceive inwardly by introspection, and yet these truths they report are as solidly true as outer facts, if not more so. The same applies to the testimony of prophets who meditate such as Jesus, Mohammed, and Meher Baba, and it is based on such testimony of truth perceived inwardly upon reflection that we base our faith in God.

I discuss my coming book and what I plan to be doing on my new YouTube channel, The Daily Philosopher.

This movie was made by my good friend Dom Rice of Australia. It is a take on a film scenario by Meher Baba, written in 1931. The film conveys the theme of reincarnation, according to the teachings of Meher Baba. Over five lifetimes, a small group of souls remain together, until one of them achieves spiritual perfection. The film, assembled from short clips from other films, is 24 minutes.

The following is the original scenario in a nutshell:

Life 1
"Cannibals are eating a corpse around a fire in a jungle. One man, X, catches the eye of a young woman, Y. They smile at one another and he throws her a tasty piece of flesh. She eats it. Another man, Z, is jealous and a fight ensues between the two men. X wins and kills Z."

X as the cannibal that wins the girl

Clips from the 1981 comedy 'Caveman.'

X = Ringo Starr
Y = Shelley Long
Z = John Matuszak

Life 2
"A great but cruel king, Z, is reigning in Turkey; he kills all foreigners who fall into his hands. X, a Persian, is captured by the king and is tortured: he is bound to a tree and lashed; pins are thrust down his fingernails; he is hanged upside down while the soles of his feet are lashed. The king's wife, Y, pities the Persian fellow and asks her husband to forgive X for her sake. Z loves his wife greatly and forgives X, who then becomes a court favorite. Eventually, Queen Y falls in love with the foreigner. The king discovers this and kills them both." (Meher Baba's scenario)

X is the foreigner who comes to Turkey

Clips from the Kung Fu Panda TV series, season one, episode 2 'The Princess and the Po'

Z: The murdered cannibal is now a cruel king; voiced by Dennis Haysbert
X: The lover of the cannibal woman is now a foreigner; voiced by Jack Black
Y: The cannibal woman becomes the cruel king's wife who pities X and asks her husband to spare him; voiced by Kari Wahlgren

Life 3
"Y, a merchant in China and his wife, X, have three daughters and one son. They are millionaires and live lavishly. The merchant is very honest. However, his son, Z, is a corrupt rogue, interested only in drink and drugs. Secretly, he uses his father's money to his own advantage. Z forges Y's check for a large amount, and Y comes to know about it. Instead of helping his son, Y imprisons him. The merchant's wife, X, loves Z and sorrows deeply. Gradually, she pines away. Soon Y, the merchant, becomes disgusted with his life and dies. Z suffers much in prison, and after being freed, he leads a good life and repents. He dies in peace." (Meher Baba's scenario)

X is the grieving mother

Clips from 'It's a Wonderful Life' and 'Jailhouse Rock'

Y: The queen killed by her husband now is an honest merchant in China; portrayed by Jimmy Stewart
Z: The cruel king is now the merchant's son, a spendthrift; portrayed by Elvis Presley
X: The foreigner and queen's lover in the previous life is now the merchant's wife who loves her son; portrayed by Donna Reed

Life 4
X is a king who becomes a mendicant and lives a life of renunciation with his wife Y.

Clips from the 2007 Telugu film 'Gautama Buddha'

X: The Chinese merchant's wife is now a reigning prince in India; portrayed by Sunil Sharma
Y: The Chinese merchant is now the prince's wife; portrayed by Kausha Rach
Z: The rakish son is the prince's spiritually-minded slave;

Life 5

X finds a master (guru) and becomes God-realized. Y and Z become his followers.

Clips are from 'Go West,' 'Duck Soup,' and 'At the Circus.'

X: The former prince has become the elder brother who is a spiritual leader; portrayed by Grouch Marx
Y: The former wife of the prince has become a brother who follows X; portrayed by Harpo Marx
Z: The former slave of the prince has become a brother who also follows X; portrayed by Chico Marx

Go over yet again the difficulty with the external world, and how it came to be a litmus test for common sense, in spite of being scientifically regressive.

Concluding remarks, and why this idea will not be accepted now.

I suggested watching the BBC documentary 'The Century of the Self' if you haven't. It explains the sophistication with which people's thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions can be distorted without their knowing it, to the point they even feel their fed attitudes are rebellious and original. And where the public's natural intuitions about things as basic health and freedom can be perverted and corrupted for selfish ends of others. Namely see manipulation of attitudes about smoking by Edward Bernays.

See also

Download a free PDF copy of my 2004 book, 'The Evolution of Perception,' where I first described my theory of such. I am currently working on a much more thorough rewrite that I plan to have available on Kindle before the end of this year (2020).

Books I mentioned in this talk:
"My Philosophical Development" (1959) by Bertrand Russell, in which he gives a well explained first hand account of the abandonment of Absolute Idealism in around 1903.
"Patterns of Discovery" (1959) by Norwood Hanson. Hanson discusses the form of logic known as retroduction, as well as assumptions about causal chains, and ways of perceiving that influence what we believe we see, all things germane to the topic of these talks.
"Proof of An External World" (1939), a paper by G. E. Moore in which he admits he cannot actually prove the existence of the external world and likely never will. He winds up holding up his hand to prove the existence of the hidden 'external world,' which only demonstrates the existence of the experiential world, my precise point in this talk series.
"The End of Science" (1996) by John Horgan. Horgan describes the end of the era of discovery of laws, and the advent of a period marked by 'ironic science,' such as Hawkings backward time equation. The book is still highly popular and was re-released in 2015.

In this second to last part of this series on causation, I discuss intuitions, the last problematic part of my theory of perception.

Download my book 'Evolution of Perception' for free here:

An addendum to On Cause Part 9, meant to clarify certain points that were poorly explained.

For example, I go over the intended point of the Spam presentation, the notion of several people watching a piano performance, the problems that a process avoids that a theoretical occult object as cause falls into, and the example of Galileo's Tower of Pisa experiment to demonstrate the necessity of the oder of the arriving of perceptual schemata.

I explain why the process that I described in the previous talk avoids the problem of falling into solipsism that other theories that attempt to avoid the problematic external world fall into. Solipsism is the unintended consequence of such theories, whereby the world logically winds up being in an individual's own mind, or an expression of his own ego, a wholly subjective experience. Such a solipsistic view is in fact portrayed in the 1999 movie "The Matrix."

Unfortunately, parts of this talk, I realized later, were not very clear. I plan to clarify those parts in a subsequent video. In particular, I don't think my point was clear in cutting up the can of Spam. It is a thought of mine that the notion of an "external world" might be in part based on the fallacy of thinking of our experiences being located "in" our brain, or in the past "in" our mind. I point out that the process model I suggest that our head/brain are in the phenomenal world (since it evolves with it); and the world is thus not in our head. Your head is in the world, the world is not in your head. Perception is something without location, as it precedes the schema of space. It's not a critical point, just a point of interest to me. So I apologize if this left some listeners flummoxed.

This talk was recorded at the Avatar Meher Baba Circle Center in Myrtle Beach on May 18, 2020.


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