Thanks Lal for the reply, really interesting.
Regarding the experiments – since phenomena are conditioned does that mean that we actually create the conditions for the results to manifest rather than ‘magically’ make them happen?
I read the mind actually creates suddhātthakā in minute quantities, but do they pop into existence just like that and not as a result of conditions? Would our mind be the direct ‘condition’ then? Would the results in the experiments be related to the experimenter’s creating suddhātthakā?
It would seem to me that if all living beings in all realms stopped creating conditions for dhammā then “the universe as we know it” would seize to exist, because “nobody would need it”. Is that a correct assumption? That would mean that as in the experiment so in daily life we bring everything to ourselves on our own.
So all suffering, in all realms, is made by the very same beings which experience it and they experience it because they don’t know/believe they’re “willingly” creating it (or creating the conditions for it).