Lacewing wrote: I'm not sure that's what's happening. I see non-theists saying that they have neither. There's nothing to believe nor deny. It almost seems like denial can only be performed against something that exists. In the case of a god, there is simply nothing there for non-theists... so there is no denial. Do you see what I mean? Are you in denial that there's a huge spaceship hovering in the sky above you? It is simply not there for you. There is no denial.
As I see it there are two kinds of skepticism related to denial. There is intellectual skepticism which I believe is a healthy human quality. A person who blindly believes becomes victim to every form of deceit. Then there is emotional skepticism. It is an attitude of denial that prevents any form of impartiality. The prejudging of emotional skepticism denies objectivity.
"The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil." - Simone Weil
This is how the normal intellectual questions concerning the human relationship to higher consciousness degenerate into meaningless emotional ad hom attacks. This is why blind deniers are so dangerous in school systems. The emotional attitude of skepticism maintained by many adults in education represses the open mind normal for a young student.
They commit the logical fallacy of dilemma emotionally. Consider Dalek Prime for example. He wrote
Nick, I've already explained twice elsewhere why the universe can't possibly be conscious. Either refute my explanation, or shut up about it.
He hasn’t refuted anything intellectually since he doesn’t know what it is. He has refuted it in his mind emotionally. Suppose some kid reads Jacob Needleman’s book “A Sense of the Cosmos” in which there is a section on the conscious universe. His prof has this attitude of emotional denial. Can you see why the kid would shut up about it and gradually turn off to impartial contemplation? Only a few students can be like Simone and beat them at their own game. Her brother Andre wrote of Simone: "It will now be I think 23 years that you made your entry into the phenomenal world to create the greatest pain in the ass for rectors and school directors."
A brilliant young person with an open mind has to be willing to deal with many emotional blind deniers without losing their sanity in order to survive this experience. Albert Camus called Simone the Only great mind of our times. Surviving all these emotional skeptics and their negativity and still come out on top is a rare but inspiring gift for all young brilliant open minded pains in the ass who begin to doubt themselves.
I think I know what you're talking about... as it sounds like a near-death experience I had, in which I was aware of vast space without any human needs or ideas... it was just awareness with no judgments attached. AWESOME!!! If that is similar to what you're referring to, I would say... that is not a "god", nor would I classify it as some sort of "thinking consciousness". It was just awareness (as ONE) without agenda. There is no contents when we're talking about "all"... because contents would require a separate container to put the contents into, in order to make it contents. There is no separation of contents and container. There is no separation of us and god. Separation is simply illusion/manifestation to play with. That's how I see it, anyway.
You are fortunate to have had such an experience IMO. I agree that consciousness without content is pure awareness within which all potential is present as “ideas”. No-thing is pure awareness with potential. Nothing in contrast is void of conscious potential. Pure awareness for us is pure conscious affirmation. It doesn’t include denial. Yet this quality is within existence and the quality of consciousness people refer to as the source is outside the limits of time and space: Creation including humanity is consciously within the Source so our highest conscious potential cannot be at the level of inclusion as the Source. This is why the Source cannot be denied. The best we can do is open ourselves to contemplation which blind denial will prevent. Of course you mentioned the solution. "Know Thyself." Strive for the conscious experience of oneself. Unfortunately blind denial is more fun and great for inflating ones ego so why bother with reality?