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Spontaneous Oneirosis in "UFOs" "abductions"?

John johnhkm at netsprint.net.au
Tue Apr 6 11:53:32 EST 1999

The 40 Hz bit got my interest, reminded my Llinas work regarding the
possibility that the intralaminar cells (thalamus) emanate these cycles
which appear to entrain cerebral synchrony. Why we should hope for such
synchrony is a mystery to me, I tend to take a modular view, even of the
elusive consciousness. I wonder if this activity is really designed to
enable wide ranging inhibition, thus allowing for heightened concentration
and a focussed delivery of nutrient resources.

The popular forms of meditation (concentration) are exercises in training
inhibition, personnally I prefer the vispassana styles where the emphasis is
more on open awareness. I think inhibtion has not received sufficient
attention, though this may be a result of, since the 60's at least, a
leaning towards a computer based model of brain function; a perspective I
find particularly distasteful and am consistently amazed at looney
assertions of being able to upload a human consciousness in the next 30
years or so. So what is it we're going to upload?

Perhaps sustained inhibition causes a revolt by the relevant cortical areas
that may be driven by the need to up the nutrient supply. This revolt may
result in strange things happening. It has been shown that visual neurons
fire intensely during sleep and most people dream visually, they don't hear
dreams, they see them. As in dreams, the usual physical constraints are not
factored in because in these states the brain has no real awareness or
memory of the physical constraints; it may have to rely on sensory cues for
this. This may explain why dreams occur and are so fragmentary and strange,
dreams simply being the brain's way of keeping its various parts adequately
fed or flushed. Okay, dreams are very complex stuff, this is a rather minor
part, but chances are that a full explanation of dreams will require a host
of interacting causes. It also makes sense in terms of halluncinations and
UFO experiences, the visual cortex firing away but without adequate sensory
cues to create a 'typical' reality. People who meditate for a long time
often report visions etc; too much religion is built on such proclamations.

Thanks patanie


Instead of turnings its illuminating rays within itself - that is, towards
the will from which it has its principle of existence - consciousness is
kept busy with the objective world of realities and ideas; and when it tries
to look into itself, there is a world of absolute unity where the object of
which it wishes to know is the subject itself. The sword cannot cut itself.

        D. T. Suzuki, Essays in Zen Buddhism

patanie at my-dejanews.com wrote in message
<7ecvp5$q56$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>...
>Below is evidence which,in my opinion, might point to a neuro-psychological
>explanation of alleged "abductions" by "Ufos":
> Volume 11 : Number 4 : Article 1
>                   (Journal of scientific Exploration)
>                    Topographic Brain Mapping of UFO
>                             Experiencers
>                                    by
>                              Norman S. Don
>    Kairos Foundation and University of Illinois at Chicago, 1187
>               Wilmette Ave., no.174, Wilmette, IL 60091
>                                    and
>                                Gilda Moura
>  Kairos Foundation, Caixa Postal 14528, CEP 22412-000, Rio de
>                              Janeiro, Brazil
>                       Volume 11 Number 4: Page 435.
>A cohort of Brazilian subjects, claiming experiences with UFOs
>involving contact or abduction, were selected for topographic brain
>mapping. One of the most important selection criteria was the
>ability to enter into a self-reported, non-ordinary state of
>consciousness or trance that developed spontaneously after their
>abduction or contact experiences. Analysis of their EEGs revealed
>that all subjects entered voluntarily into an hyperaroused trance. In
>this state, they maintained a condition of muscular relaxation and
>immobility while their EEGs exhibited high frequency (beta) activity
>at all 19 electrode sites, but with maximum activity at the prefrontal
>and adjacent loci. Inspection of the EEGs from the
>prefrontal/frontal sites revealed intermittent trains of rhythmic,
>approximately 40 Hz activity, attaining very high amplitudes, at
>times exceeding 40 microvolts. This activity was distinct in
>morphology and frequency from faster, usually concurrent activity,
>probably attributable to scalp muscle discharge (EMG). Analysis of
>40 Hz, midline scalp activity, statistically controlling for the effects
>of EMG, revealed significantly more 40 Hz activity in trance than in
>baseline (p < .006). Also, the dominant alpha frequency increased
>during trance (p < .01). Both EEG findings suggest the occurrence
>of a state of hyperarousal. There was no evidence of epileptiform
>discharges in our data or clinical indications of possible epilepsy.
>Also, there was no brain activity suggestive of psychopathology,
>particularly schizophrenia, nor were there clinical indications of
>The EEG results were related to the physiological
>effects of highly focused attention and recent findings in
>neuroscience. Also noted were similarities to advanced meditative
>states and differences from psychopathology.
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