posted on May, 4 2015 @ 11:28 AM
Thanks for posting this, CIAGypsy. I read about this study sometime last week and it really fascinated me. It’s one of the more interesting
pieces of research I’ve read about lately, and it struck me as being somewhat profound. and revealing in it’s implications. Maybe I’m
overstating it a bit, and just putting my admitted ignorance on display here, but to me that study made a bold statement about our questionable grip
on “reality” and the role we play in it.
We humans have been struggling to understand and define the essence of consciousness, the mind and brain, sentience vs perception, our concept of
self, etc., etc., etc. and how it all relates since we became aware beings. The greatest minds in all of history have debated it endlessly, attempted
to quantify it, and come to grips with it in some understandable fashion. And yet, it’s as much a mystery now as it’s ever been. Well, maybe
almost. I think in the last 20 or so years we’ve made a lot of progress, and we’re finally beginning to see a tiny glimmer at the end of the
What impressed me most about the study this OP refers to was how quickly the brain took ownership over the perceived other body across the room in
order to reconcile the illusory sensory data being fed into it. Maybe the sense of self is not on sacred ground, after all, and it’s just our
adultrous, internal GPS lover, ready to cheat at the drop of a switch. Most notably for an AI developer, perhaps self-awareness will naturally emerge
as the result of increasingly complex sensory processing.
This reminded me of another study done recently that tried to shed some light on how to model conscious states on various levels. I don’t recall
where I read it, but one of the clues it seemed to reveal involved how our brain might form an overall conscious perception from all the sensory
information continually bombarding it from the surrounding environment. They monitored the various functional areas within the brain where specific
types of sensory information is processed. They were using some pretty complex imaging techniques to capture a comprehensive image of all these
functional areas working in tandem. The result was really amazing. It revealed more brain/neural interconnectivity than was expected, but still pretty
much followed a standard networking scheme. It showed that each specific functional brain component was physically connected to, and communicating
with, all other functional areas simultaneously, even when they seemed unrelated. Being consciously aware involved integrating the (filtered)
data from all the functional brain components to create the big picture. Sight alone, or sound alone, or any other sense alone isn’t adequate
to produce full conscious awareness, but when combined the big puzzle (perception) emerges.
This thread brought of some poetic lyrics to mind written by a band called the Moody Blues. One of their songs started out with the words:
Cold-hearted Orb that rules the night,
Remove the colors from our sight.
Red is grey, and yellow white.
But we decide which is right,
And which is an illusion...
I thought the study mentioned by the OP was very revealing, and the point of it wasn’t to disprove OOBE's. The study was to help clarify/understand
the concept of self and the nature of it’s functioning. They (MSM) could have, should have, explained the study without mentioning the OOBE
phenomena, but figured it would be more sensational if they did. At least that’s my take on it...