The Unknown Influence

“Unknown influence” is the most fascinating factor that has always occupied human interest. While browsing through the Wikipedia I came across the following explanations, which I have presented in slightly modified form.

A Phenomenon is any observable occurrence.

The Noumenon is a posited object or event that is known (if at all) without the use of the senses.

Numen means, literally, “an influence perceptible by mind but not by senses.”

Senses are physiological capacities of organisms that provide inputs for perception.

Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed.


Those subscribing to the explanations above do not look at mind as a sense organ. Buddhism presents a very different viewpoint. It looks at mind as just another sense organ like the body. See Observation, Experience and Looking.


Numinous is an English adjective describing the power or presence of a divinity.

Divinity refers to some transcendent or transcendental power or deity, or its attributes or manifestations in the world.

Transcendence refers to the aspect of nature which is wholly independent of (and removed from) the physical universe.

Immanence refers to theories, in which the divine is seen to be manifested in or encompassing of the material world.

The Divine presence basically boils down to an unknown influence.


The unknown influence could simply be conceived as something the mind perceives. However, the conception of this perception gets complicated when mind is not conceived as a sense organ.


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  • Chris Thompson  On December 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Good topic. If I understand your summation correctly, you are paving a road. This is the projection of my mind based on my many conversations with you.

    The mind as a sense organ is much more. It reasons with the information and concludes. It extrapolates to fill in places where uncalculated data would naturally fit. When a sequitur chain of thought called reasoning experiences a gap, then one concludes rightly “unknown influence.”

    Now I will bite. Where you going?


  • vinaire  On December 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    In looking, mind is used as a sense organ, and computing is regarded as a phenomenon to be observed.

    I hope to be going toward the unknowable through investigation of the fundamentals.



  • Chris Thompson  On December 11, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Alright then.


  • vinaire  On March 13, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    My recent observation is that, ideally, computation is instantaneous with looking.

    This is the case when looking is practiced 24/7 in an effortless manner. Thus, ponderous thinking may be the result of a lack of looking.

    Maybe the unknown influence is there to the degree one is not looking.



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