Is it possible to know everything? What does that even mean? To me, it's on-demand access to all there is to know. But is that possible, and if it
is, can it be learned?
We all have heard of Acquired Savant Syndrome. Where someone bumps their head (by having a car accident, or by "simply" falling down the stairs) and
wake up with new talents (becoming mathematical geniuses or being able to produce remarkable pieces of art) or speaking a foreign language they never
spoke before. When such articles appear, we always find in the comments section people joking about knocking their head against the wall to pick up a
language quick or to pass their maths exams. But is there any substance to what these jokes are referring to? Obviously this topic is not simply about
suggesting that you do that. So what else is there?
Let's see. Let's start with something simple. How do we normally acquire knowledge? "It's obvious," you might say, "by learning, mostly
reading". Ok, fair enough. (Or is it?) So how long do you need to read to know everything? Well, to answer that question, you seem to know 2 things:
How much is there to know, and how fast can you read? Without trying to answer these 2 questions, it's a fair estimate that 100 years of continuous
reading probably wouldn't be quite enough for you to get there. You need to either decrease the amount of knowledge, or increase the speed you read
at. The former is out of the question, the latter is, as we know, possible, there are many methods, like using the pointing finger and keep moving it
faster on the words in the book than you can read now. So you use one of these techniques, and you end up like this girl:
Imagine combining this talent with the talent of perfect memory, like the lady in this video has:
It's not just her of course, there are many others, (remember the rainman twins?), so we know that the human brain is capable of prefect recall, and
nothing is ever lost. So where is all the acquired knowledge? Most experts would say it's locked in the subconscious. Then the question becomes, how
does one access the subconscious? (Indeed, why do we even have a subconscious? It's like half of who we are being cut off - seems unnatural
What comes to mind at first is altered states of consciousness. We seem to have pretty good memory while in hypnosis. Also we seem to have access to
vast knowledge in a trance state. Whether one calls it channeling ETs, reading the akashic records (think of Edgar Cayce), or simply having a
visionary dream, it seems that the human brain has access to more knowledge, even, it seems, to unacquired knowledge, in altered states of
consciousness. One valid question might be "Where does it come from?" That could be the topic of a whole new thread. To our discussion that is not
so important, so let's put that aside for now, and simply assume it's all "there" for the accessing. That's what the Convoluted Universe books
suggest anyway. You know, written by the hypnotist who did past life regression for almost 50 years and compiled 5 books about the peculiar
information she acquired from 100s of her patients worldwide over decades. I never forget one of the reviews I read about book 4 on Amazon:
"Dolores takes her clients to the deepest level of trance, the somnambulistic level. To obtain the totality of the information she wants, she
invariably contacts what she calls the subconscious mind or SC, which is actually "the greatest power that there is" which "contains all knowledge
of everything that has ever been, and everything that ever will be"."
Well, that's sort of what we're looking for, except we want it on demand. 2 things need elimination here: the therapist, and the time it takes to
fall into trance (or the altered state of consciousness). The first is easy, everyone has heard of self-hypnosis, the methods are endless, anyone can
learn it. The second seems to be a bit more tricky, and it probably hold the key here. How FAST is it possible to reach a trance state, and, a more
interesting question, is it possible to wake up not coming out of it, that is, to maintain the state? To answer the first half of the question, there
must be a way to speed it up, just like you can learn to read faster. Who said there is a minimum time limit needed to reach trance? Indeed, some
hypnosis clients only take a few seconds. The second half of the question seems to be the real key holder here. Maybe you don't need to bump your
head. Maybe it's unnecessary to spend months and years learning to read faster. Maybe you don't need to even go into a trance? (You forget most of
what you accessed when you wake up anyway.)
So the main question becomes, can one reach and MAINTAIN an altered state of consciousness, and another question that pops up here is, would an
ordinary person be able to handle it? How would you keep a handle on what enters your mind? Wouldn't all the knowledge just flood you? How would that
even feel? Probably the reason we have developed a subconscious in the first place, to maintain a degree of stability. Maybe on-demand access to all
knowledge is not really desirable. But it's the topic of this discussion, so let's explore this a bit further.
The only thing that comes to mind at this point is a woman in Africa that I heard of years and years ago, who was remarkable for (maybe being the only
person found to be) having beta (or was it theta? can't remember) brain waves while going about her daily business. What exactly that does for you,
I'm not sure, but seems to have something to do with what we want here.
Another thing that could be a part of this is something that's always fascinated me. When you have been meditating, obviously that's an altered
state as well, so I could pick hypnosis, trance, sleeping or any other state as well, but how exactly does that work? I mean, why do the brainwave
patterns HAVE to change? Can you open your eyes and maintain the meditative state? Well, that's how Buddhists meditate anyway, a half-open eye. OK,
so can you stand up and maintain? Walk and maintain? You get the point.
And this is where I'd like to leave it at this point and open the thread for discussion and brainstorming, maybe ideas more than opinions, let's get
constructive here and get something out of all this, shall we?