posted on Feb, 20 2017 @ 03:41 PM
As per my usual threads, only people who appreciate complex thinking, science and a naturalistic explanation of reality will appreciate what I have to
write. Processual universe. This means that we and everything that exists is made out of matter in motion. I cannot stress this point
enough. If you do not subscribe to this understanding of reality (metaphysics, or ontology), you are essentially denying reality. Denying quantum
physics, denying the complexity sciences, denying systems biology, systems psychology and sociology. If you cannot accept that you are a
biodynamical system that has emerged within natures natural processes, you are kidding yourself. You simply don't know this because you
haven't been brought into awareness of it. And since the society we live within trains us in our stereotypical ways of responding - by activating
feelings and needs that this society is careful not to normalize as an object of actual conversation - and so reflection - you are simply not living
with reference to how reality - your body, brain, and consciousness - actually works.
If you listen to the empirical evidences of the sciences, Humans have learned that we live in a
We are not "things", but PHENOMENA
This is an important reference point for sane thinking - a link to the "processual metaphysics" that allows us to think about social issues in a
sane and ontologically accurate way: a way that is accountable - responsive - to the empirical evidences of our natural sciences.
When you take a processual understanding of what we are and how we construct reality, many popular issues today strike one as profoundly deluded i.e.
out of touch with a processual metaphysics. These issues arise, furthermore, from the propagation of a fantasy metaphysics that has no basis in actual
reality i.e. both the world we interface, its dynamical patterning, and how we ourselves - our minds - emerge through the dynamics of that patterning.
"Essentialism" - the ontological basis of individualism, is a Human delusion - a fantasy - that is only believed to be true by people who reference
reality in wrong (i.e. dualistic) ways. For instance, since modern physics, biology and the brain sciences have come to understand Human consciousness
to be an emergent product of large-scale activity of billions of interacting neurons - particularly the pre-frontal and dorsolateral aspects of the
frontal lobe - it is no longer possible to speak of consciousness as being independent of the brain when neurologists and neurpsychologists have
established beyond any doubt that loss of structure has corresponding losses on the nature of conscious experience. Indeed, some people with only half
a hemisphere - as a result of a hemispheroctomy as a treatment for uncontrollable epilepsy - display remarkable "integration" of consciousness, yet
indicate those tell-tale losses that come with only half a brain. For instance, a person with only a left-hemisphere will be particularly focused and
attentive to the world in terms of linear cause-effect relations. Mind you - emotions work - but in different ways. A person with just a left
hemisphere - the language hemisphere - will be inclined towards those same 'attractors' that come naturally with Human experience, but will achieve
that state very differently from someone with a right-hemisphere (where emotion is mostly lateralized). Conversely, a person with just a right
hemisphere (same operation, just the problem is on the left side instead of the right), the world and others are related to in a much more holistic
way, but with corresponding difficulties in following the linear, sequential, delineation of relations.
This is irrefutable proof that consciousness is 'shaped' by the brain - and the consciousness you get - it must be understood - has NOTHING TO DO
WITH YOUR OWN CHOICE. There is no 'homunculus' standing outside 'willing' or 'volunteering' to be one way or another. Rather, the brain - its
structure, itself a function of relations with the environment, determines the feelings you feel and the interpretations you give to them.
Why Acting Promotes Dissociation
Actors have got to be some of the most epistemologically naive minds there are. A simple question: what crafts consciousness - i.e. the brain?
Emotion. Emotion is not simply something that we feel or something that makes "life worth living". Emotion is also a sculpting mechanism of the
brain, and so there is nothing neutral - no "standing back" - from pretending to be other people, with their emotions, and imaging that
when the day's acting is over, you can somehow "return to being you".
It is the myth of a "unitary actor" - a person who acts, that creates the naive conviction that acting doesn't mess with your consciousness
by creating 'unbridged' experiences of self - neurological attractors - that are themselves not simply linked to the plot, setting and storyline of
a particular character within an imaginary world - but with the feelings you have as you attempt to play the character.
In other words, there is an intense 'externality' in the mind of the actor to their own self-experirence as a Human being i.e. to their own
history and development into a person with particular feelings, sensitivities and motivations. In other words, the actor seems more concerned
about being other people, than being their own selves.
I feel only someone with a processual and natural understanding of reality can appreciate what sort of internal mis-wirings and subsequent confusion
of consciousness (i.e. untenable philosophical beliefs) when a mind continuously constructs itself according to unrealistic ideals, based upon
a singular focus on fantasy and the spectacle, all the while dissociating - existing out of touch - with the actual cause-effect dynamics that
underlie the construction of their actual minds.
To be an actor, in other words, is not sufficient in itself to be a cause of massive-dissociation - and thus, hypocrisy, inconsistency, and
multiplicitly in perspective. It is theoretically possible to have a "self-state" that functions at the top of hierarchical system of
self-experience, such that acting and the effects of it on the self is limited to the contexts in which it is carried out. However, this is a very
complicated intellectual and cognitive configuration that entails being very educated, and motivated to understand your self in terms of your
changing structure. Suffice to say, the pedophilia and wanton consumerism of many within hollywood does not support this way of being, and so,
instead of using acting responsibly, it is now a days used in exactly the sorts of ways that would make Donald Trump, his cult of "alternative
facts", and a general disconnection from actual reality, a dynamically potentiated possibility.
Nothing happens in a "void". There is a culture of totalitarianism within minds before it materializes within society.