This is a little thought experiment I came up with some time ago to help me think about conscious awareness, and how information within the external world is stored, combined and shared.
Woman in a box
A woman called Freda attending hospital for a routine operation is asked to choose a number between 111 – 999, and key it into an electronic device without anyone else seeing, and to also write the number secretly on a card, and seal it inside an envelope. Such that no one other than Freda knows the number. Freda is not told the reason for this.
Freda is then taken into the hospital theater and anaesthetised so as to induce a loss of consciousness. Unknown to Freda, the electronic device into which she entered the number is actually a portable timer, and the number she entered corresponds to the number of seconds that the timer will begin counting down from, once activated. Whilst active, the timer will continue counting down until it reaches zero, at which time it is capable of triggering the activation of any device it is attached to. Continue reading →
As some of you will know, I believe that the classic NDE (cardiac arrest in hospital) is the result of one or more third parties, laying down a pattern on the experients brain whilst it has become more exposed to external fields, due to a loss in power of it’s endogenous EM field.
What I’ve tried to show in the very simplistic diagram below are two experients existing patterns, one sad, the other angry, which are overlayed by an external third parties pattern. In each case the differences between these patterns is processed by the experient, resulting in an NDE that attempts to understand and incorporate the differences.
Fig 1. External fields intersecting an exposed brain, lay down a new pattern which is processed, and the differences are understood in terms of the NDE.
Each experient understands and incorporates the new pattern in their own way, the angry experient has a repelling experience (red), and the sad experient has an attractive experience (green). However, both experients are simply trying to incorporate the new pattern, and understand it in the most appropriate way.
Here’s a diagram (Fig. 1.) I produced during 2013, to aid me in thinking about the relationships between the sense of space I experience with different states/senses during wakefulness.
When I say, ‘sense of space’, what I’m really talking about is my perception of the location for each of these states/senses, in relation to where my sense of ‘self’ is currently located. If your not sure what I’m talking about, don’t give up, it should become clearer as you read more.
Fig. 1. Ordering of my perceptions, according to the sense of space they produce.
Note that the scaling of the diagram, and the positioning/ordering of the labels are completely arbitrary. It’s my own idea, I don’t know if it has any validity, or indeed whether others have already documented these relationships in the past. Continue reading →
I recently watched part of a presentation on Youtube by Dr Michael Graziano concerning his ideas about consciousness (below). In the video at 8:07 he shows a graph which I find interesting. You’ll need to watch from the start of the video to understand this experiment though.
Ehrsson’s team have published an interesting new paper in which they claim that a subjects experiences whilst in an induced OBE state, can later be shown as impaired, when the subject is asked to recall the experience in a normal (none OBE) state. Continue reading →
Helene Gauchou and Ronald Rensink at University of British Columbia published a paper back in 2012 titled “Expression of nonconscious knowledge via ideomotor actions” in which they used a Ouija board to access unconscious knowledge in blindfolded subjects. I read this paper back then, but obviously didn’t understand it’s significance at that time. Here’s a link to their paper: Continue reading →
Canada based author and journalist Patricia Pearson has a new book coming out May 2014 provocatively entitled “Opening Heaven’s Door: investigating stories of life, death and what comes after”. Patricia has spent over 5 years researching her book, motivated by her strange experiences around the time she lost both her father and sister – recounted at a recent TEDx presentation she was asked to speak at. Patricia began her investigation because she couldn’t find any reasonable explanation for her experiences within our current scientific understanding of the world. Continue reading →