Having attended art school (the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan) I was obligated to take an art history class. What stood out to me in this class was that from early cave art to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and indigenous petroglyphs (art on stone formations) to early western oil paintings, a major shift in consciousness took place when artists put depth perspective into their creative expressions.
It was as though at some moment, during medieval times, artists had the epiphany that the world we always observed had now had a foreground and a background! This new 3-D mindset was called “depth perspective” whereby artists began to depict far away objects in their paintings as smaller, and closer objects as larger.
I was led to believe from this “major” development that human perception had made a transformative leap in consciousness.
Years later, I was introduced to the ideas of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. He put forth a whole different idea about depth perspective called correspondences. His writings provided lots of evidence that all the things visually displayed before us in the natural world were mirror images of psycho-spiritual qualities.
Because all objects in nature inherently contained symbolic and abstract expression, this form of depth perception did not depend on reproducing proper 3-D spacetime relationships. An artist who had a working knowledge of this symbolic language could project deeper levels of meaning regardless of spacetime inexactitudes.
Swedenborg made several other astonishing claims. He stated that Holy Scripture contained this same principle of depth perception within the literal words of its sacred stories! He also stated that in more ancient societies this symbolic knowledge was universally known, but forgotten over time. Remnants of this knowledge were to be found in Egyptian and Babylonian hieroglyphics and hidden within the fantastic stories portrayed in ancient mythology and legends.
But to me, his most astonishing claim was that if one possessed a working knowledge of this rarefied language one could tease out of nature a new scientific paradigm addressing causal process, the ultimate unity of forces and law, and, the layered structure of the universe—in a way that transcends classical, material science.
My new book Proving God explores these unique ideas and attempts to put them within a scientifically plausible theory—a model of reality with explanatory and predictive powers.