I want  to set a perspective for looking at mind and matter and the relationship between them.  I have lots of implicit assumptions that I hope will come out in the ramblings. Chiefly that mind exists in and may consist of imagination. Secondly that matter really exists in a resonant but possibly non causual relationship with mind. 

 

First turning attention to the physical sciences one  deof ourits main characteristics is constraints:-

This has mind, Sentience, attending to the physical world where it observes ;  Matte and energy subject too and Constraints that manifest form which the mind can recognize and label.  In doing so the observing mind goes from presumptions based on perceptions giving  rise to  towards that resonate with reality and describe and predict its behavior - withing the limited scope of the observing mind(s). Out of this a body of collective knowledge is created where one persons electron is the same as an other's within the agreed  body of knowledge and this is in strong resonance with properties of nature described as electron. Only a  little philosophical thought is required to see that there are no electrons, just nature 'electroning', as one sees electrons and positrons arising from photons

The scientific mind with its constraint of being the observer attends  with the intention of perceiving and recording underlying universal form and this has led to a remarkably consistent and coherent model of most observed phenomena in the observable universe. Remarkable.

We we can make statements like: The proton is a baryon composed of two up quarks and one down quark with a half-life of greater than  10^34 years. Incidentally that is 17 orders of magnitude  greater than the age of the known universe, not immortal , still subject to change, but possibly longer that the life of a God real or imaginary.

Science (Physics) has little to say about the nature of the observing mind. But we can get an idea of what that mind looks like as it has developed through the age of reason and onward into our 21st century.  It has developed a personality.  For those in the know, this 'scientist' mind is humble, knows that their models are only partial, but still has great believe in the integrity and efficacy of its self discipline , constraining itself  to being the observer, asking only about the nature  or matter and not of itself. It has ended up 'in its imagination ' with a view a model of physical reality that is complex in form , majestic in scope, describable in mathematics, and devoid of sentient meaning.

We have to turn towards observing the subjective mind in any search for meaning and that brings us to the first hurdle of Religion.

 

 

Religion is:-

Investing the universe with the qualities of Sentience in order to give a world view which gives our lives meaning. 

Through imagination and received wisdom we create a world for our minds to live in. 

We have very strong habits around accepting the believes and world view of our culture.

We create  a scope beyond our direct experience which is consistent with the views of our peer group

We create our Gods ad deities to be recognisable by our peers, as they do. 

Religion is a set of world views of a peer group with a high about of commonality resonance.