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We are programmed from birth to believe that our existence is an unsolvable riddle, but if we make an honest effort, we discover that mystery itself is the riddle. Not just what is the big mystery, but why is there any mystery at all? And what if there isn’t? What if the Mysterium Tremendum is just an internal belief without any external counterpart? What if the answers to life’s biggest questions were all hidden in plain sight?

     “If man will strike, strike through the mask!
      How can the prisoner reach outside except
      by thrusting through the wall?”
                                                 -Captain Ahab 

Those interested in striking through the mask will welcome a theory of everything that makes sense, doesn’t rely on religious or scientific chicanery, and can be easily understood. And those familiar with Jed McKenna and the Enlightenment Trilogy will know that it’s not just a theory.

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Praise for Jed McKenna's Enlightenment Trilogy

“Jed McKenna is an American original.” -Lama Surya Das

“Absolutely marvelous, splendid, perfect books!” -Shri Acharya

“These books have profoundly changed my life.” -C. Jensen

“These three books are precious gifts to humanity.” -E. De Vries

“Thank you for the books. I’ve been waiting all my life for them.” -C. Vankeith

“I can think of no other author I’d recommend more highly.” -M.R. Fleming

"I say an eternal thank you for the Trilogy. The books continue to challenge my mind and life. I ordered my 4th complete set. Nothing compares to this writing." -J.H.

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16. Science: Our Blind Torchbearers

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There is no physical universe – period, full stop.

A ridiculous statement, perhaps, so it should be easy to disprove, but it can’t be disproven. Objective knowledge itself is impossible, meaning that science can never rise above non-probable conjecture. Hence, all science is obviously and inescapably pseudo-science.

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17. Religion: The Magic Turtle

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I’m convinced that if we took the most devout believer out of their belief-conducive environment for a month, away from all their trappings and trinkets, their programs and rituals, away from their codependants and enablers, away from triggers and support systems, away from all the little ways we empower fictions that have no power of their own, then that person, along with my thirty-second elevator pitch and a few moments of honest reflection, could return to the world disabused of their religious affliction, and a real step closer to adulthood..........

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18. Philosophy West

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When we look at Western philosophy, we see little more than armchair academics whose guiding light is not truth, but reputation and career. They have nothing to contribute, so they are effectively confined to clucking at each other and denying their irrelevance. A living philosophy is a journey of the most extreme proportions; a personal inferno, prolonged and bitterest conflict. To take just a single step on this journey is to leave the petty concerns of success and self-image behind forever, so yes, philosophers are non-participants and ideologues. They suit up like players and talk a good game, but never take the field........

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19. Philosophy East

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Most notable among Eastern philosophies for our purposes is the idea that Brahman Is All, where Brahman is without attributes and therefore precisely synonymous with any term we define as without attributes, such as truth or consciousness. Saying Brahman Is All just means we’re using the word Brahman instead of consciousness. Here we’re calling it consciousness because I experience consciousness directly, and I don’t know this Brahman guy from Adam.............

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20. Philosophical Zombies

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Only you know if you exist, but you have no idea about anyone else. In philosophy, this is called the Problem of Other Minds, and the Philosophical Zombie thing is a real tool for understanding that perceived entities – everyone else– cannot be assumed to possess I-Am/Consciousness. They could just be non-sentient actors playing their roles on the stage of my dreamstate – my dreamstage. For all our feelings of community and connectedness, the existence of other people can never be more than a non-probable belief.

I say again – it would be hard to overstate this point – that no mystic or deity or high-placed insider could ever know more than I Am. However you reckon the universe, whatever you believe, no one can ever know more than you know. There is no greater authority in the universe than you. If you know I Am, then you have reached the Knowledge Maximum. Well done, I’m sure your parents would be very proud, if they actually existed......... See All Chapters
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21. The Great Objection

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I agree. Completely. As poppycocky as you want to say it is, I’m with you. I make no objection to this objection. This theory of everything, C-Rex, is simply, obviously, bullshit. Agreed.

But now, before we address this objection, are there any others? Is there anything else to be said against the C-Rex model other than the fact that it’s too ridiculous to be taken seriously? No, there is not, and this is a very important point. The only argument against C-Rex is that it’s ridiculous. That’s it, that’s the full width, breadth and depth of the argument against the C-Rex model. No facts, no proof, no science, no math, no indisputable knowledge or airtight logic, just the overwhelming unbelievability of the idea that there is no universe outside of consciousness.It’s very hard to believe. That’s the only objection.

That’s a real good thing to understand. Once you understand that, then you can understand how truth can be so unhidden, yet so unfound. It is the sheer unbelievability of C-Rex that protects it from detection. The flipside of this is the total believability of U-Rex, and the fact that everyone unreservedly agrees that U-Rex is reality......... See All Chapters
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22. Song of Childhood

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23. Theory & Practice

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I draw this distinction because realization is the false promise many are making; that enlightenment, for instance, is a realization, and that all you have to do is listen and learn and perform practices and try really hard and be really patient and you will have this wonderful realization and be really enlightened. Realizations aren’t the final destinations they’re often promoted as, they’re just another kind of belief, like a depiction of a place. If the place doesn’t really exist, then a depiction is the best version of it, but if the place does really exist, then a depiction is the worst version of it. We settle for a depiction on the assumption that the place doesn’t really exist, or that we can’t really get there, but if the place is true, then it does and we can. And truth, it does not go without saying, is true.............

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