Glen M. Sizemore
gmsizemore at triad.rr.com
Sun Sep 17 09:52:39 EST 2000
If perception requires copies, then how is it that we
perceive the copies? Putting the world inside the
head is no explanation of perception.
"Ian Goddard" <igoddard at erols.mom> wrote in message
news:39b4b62c.279102259 at news.erols.com...
> (graphics: http://www.erols.com/igoddard/paranorm.htm)
> NEUROLOGICAL EXPLANATION FOR PARANORMAL EXPERIENCES
> (c) 12/21/99 Ian Williams Goddard
> Paranormal experiences that transcend the perceived
> confines of the body, such as out-of-body experiences,
> may be seen as evidence of the existence of a "spiritual
> body" that can exceed the confines of the physical body.
> The following, however, provides a simple neurological
> explanation for such paranormal experience.
> THE INTERNAL WORLD MODEL
> Looking at the computer screen before you, you assume
> the screen you're seeing is external to you. However,
> because all that you perceive is in fact data that have
> already entered the interior of your skull, what you
> perceive as external is a neurologically constructed
> model inside your brain of the real world outside your
> brain. (graphic: http://www.erols.com/igoddard/paranorm.htm)
> You never perceive the external world directly, you
> only perceive second-hand "messages" sent via photons
> and sound waves that have already struck your sensory
> apparatus and sent information about the external world
> into your brain where it was processed into the three-
> dimensional model of the real world that you see. The
> things that you perceive as being the genuine articles
> "out there" are actually simulations of them inside your
> brain. (see: http://www.erols.com/igoddard/paranorm.htm)
> Amazing as it seems, this means that what you think of
> as your body is actually a simulation body walking around
> your brain's model of the world! So long as your internal
> model is exact, you can interact with the real world
> without problem. However, if and when the accuracy of
> your internal world model is compromised, paranormal,
> insane, or unsober experience is the result.
> Because the perceived parameter of your body is a
> computational construct of your brain, it can be
> altered by abnormal brain activity. For example, the
> neurological program that places you, the observer, in
> one location in the model could just as well place you
> at any other location in the model, thereby creating
> an out-of-body experience. Or the location of your
> consciousness could appear to expand and engulf the
> entire world-model, resulting in a "cosmic consciousness"
> experience. Or, inside your brain's program, experiences
> like pain could be placed in a location outside your
> simulated body, such as in the perceived location an
> amputated leg used to be, resulting in a "phantom pain"
> apparently outside your body. In each example, only the
> parameters of a simulated body inside the brain are
> transcended, and thus the evidence of a spirit body
> disappears like a ghost.
> CONCLUSION: In comprehending the nature of out-of-body
> expereinces there's one thing we can know for sure: the
> fact that all observed data have already entered the
> skull of the observer leaves no room for doubt that the
> world you perceive including your perceived body is a
> simulation inside your brain of the real world outside
> your brain. The real world is thus never directly
> perceived. One explanation for out-of-body experiences
> is that the observer, or consciousness, moves outside
> the physical body via a spirit body. However, the physical
> evidence indicates that the spirit-body theory rests on
> the illusion that the observer's perceived body and
> environment are the real thing rather than a model inside
> the observer's brain, wherein, as a result of neurological
> anomalies, an observer can transcend the limits of his
> perceived body without actually transcending the limits
> of his real physical body.
> Visit Ian Williams Goddard --> http://www.erols.com/igoddard
> (+) Something can come from nothing, if, and only if, (-)
> (-) that something is equal to nothing ((-)+(+) = 0). (+)
> "[I]n any closed universe the negative gravitational energy
> cancels the energy of matter exactly. The total energy, or
> equivalently the total mass, is precisely equal to zero."
> - + - + Dr. Alan Guth (The Inflationary Universe) + - + -
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