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Here's my point. The brain can't come up with something it hasn't already experienced. Sure, it can construct some abstract nonsense around a concept enveloping an experience and make it something else comparative to what we know, but that's as far as it can go.
You can't "imagine" a new color for instance. How can you use any language to describe a new color? You can't.
Placing the "god" helmet on your head might induce some of these sensations ( feeling like you're not alone, higher power, uneasiness, love etc) but it won't recreate a fantastical land of light beings, palaces, traveling in a nth dimension, massive upload of information in an "alien language" for a lack of a better word. It won't recreate the actual experience. Just some byproduct of the experience.
I kind of feel as though it would sell the brain/mind short by suggesting it can't produce something for which you've no control of, or ability to describe.
Then my friend, what you've inadvertently done is open a big can of scary worms with this suggestion and I'll tell you why.
Typically, when one just about falls into REM sleep, abstract images will begin to form. Meaningless pictures of nothing really. Until a memory occurs.
If by chance, you slip out of REM and active beta waves happen again (usually when you recognize your dreaming, or sudden falling sensation) you can catch this and recognize how dreams are really formed; because it will only be a 'part' image of your thought and the other part is...just randomly weird, non-connected abstract image. In other words, there is no narrative. Dreams are not scripted. It's a 'what you see is what you get' type of experience jumping chaotically from one subject to another as your mind winds down from the day.
IF, what you say is correct, that we don't give our minds the 'credit' for coming up with fantastical imagery, then this suggests that there is a completely separate "intelligence" or sentient being locked within our own mind. A driving force capable of producing alien wolds impossible to see in our plane of existence. And to further add, each of these experiences are scripted which goes beyond any known scientific understanding of the human brain.
There is no way our brain can 'construct' an experience with narratives, lessons, introspective peeks into ourselves, literally exposing you to your own deepest darkest fears of your own making. The 'brain' does not care about showing you your own weaknesses or sitting you down for a chat when dreaming. However, in NDE experiences it does. It takes you aside and shows you things and sends you back on your way with a life lesson.
So either in the middle of our brain lays an entire universe, or NDE experiences are non-local.
As for the god helmet, I don't think it's inducing sensations, but rather stimulating the areas of the brain that store the memory. Much the same Dr. Penfield's research into seizures.
I must ask - does that memory require a conscious decision in order to be formed or can it form as a reflex to direct stimuli or a previous memory?
but I feel like what we are kind of talking about is the subconscious, which could be the simple answer as to the boogeyman in question.
do you know offhand if Science or Psychology says that they are?
This is what I was getting at though. Why should it be that an intelligence other than some facet of our own (which we simply can't consciously recall within our memory) is calling the shots in this area?. Our subconscious mind from what I've read helps (or manipulates) us all the time. It collects some sub-layer of all the stratified experience that makes up our conscience and then applies it when conditions call for dreams, hallucinations etc. Not to suggest they are the same thing but merely triggers, or conduits to spend that data on. Our subconscious is hidden from us to some extent, therefore so could be the inner architect of said alien worlds, no? Naturally this isn't a separate entity from our own, merely one that isn't regulated in a traditional, conscious way.
Would it be reasonable to presume that those narratives, lessons, introspective peaks come not during the experience itself but with the recollection of them? That the very first playback of the imagery our mind produces is when the actual construction of the experience occurs?
Very interesting... I wonder if there is a way to prove one way or the other whether or not what is being stimulated is a memory pocket, or if it is the source.