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11.3. Is there anything more?

Is there, at all, anything beyond experiencing?

Or is it to experience identical to the Experiencer?

How can the latter be possible?

Everything else we experience in this world, we experience as having its origin in a cause.

The cause may be something that preceded in time, or something arose as a consequence of contrasts – polarity, relativity, as when darkness is equal to the absence of light, or when something is perceived as big compared to something small.

When we experience, we follow the same logic.

We use previous experiences to interpret new experiences.

We compare to understand. But when we go all the way to the core and ask for the first cause of all experiences, their common origin – we end up in an impossible place. We have nothing to compare with, no scientific knowledge of anything prior.

With experiencing as a method, we can know nothing about the Experiencer itself other than that it exists.

This appears to be impossible, unacceptable.

Our learned logic says that there must be a cause even for the very first experience. We try to objectify our subjectivity. From our limited perspective, we give it names like God, Yahweh, Allah, Tao, Shiva, etc.

That is what it looks like from the position of a human being. We have no method of studying our mental origins. Science's most widely used method, reductionism, does not suffice. We meet a barrier. We can not describe the barrier itself, nor what may be behind it, if anything.

So what other methods of research exist?