posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 04:09 PM
2manyquestions' description of altered states in which time seems to slow down dramatically and allow observation of rapid automatic processes is
pretty accurate. It's hard to describe, but I think we've all experienced it at least briefly in some form.
Have you ever seen a ball or a rock coming right for your head? There's a sudden jolt of alarm, and you see the object very clearly and have time to
consciously decide which way to escape. I'm pretty sure this is an alternate configuration of fight or flight that somehow utilizes the conscious
mind rather than downshifting it while acting on reflex. It goes to show just how much is going on behind the scenes- I think that same slow-motion
awareness is always there, but most of what it does goes on the discard pile before it ever gets sent up to our conscious mind.
You can probably encourage impulses from this subconscious awareness to cross the threshold into consciousness if your mental focus is keeping
"noise" in the right pathways along the route those freeze frame moments use. For example, when you're looking for something, you need context- if
you have the right concept of what you are looking for it jumps out when it enters your field of vision, but if you are looking for something you have
never seen before, nothing jumps out and you actually find yourself having to name things you see as you go work by elimination.
Or do you remember when you were a child and liked jumping into the pool repeatedly much more than swimming? Didn't you try to pinpoint the split
second between jumping up and splashing down when you were stationary in mid air? And every one in a while, perhaps because your senses were
"refreshing" at just the right moment, you could perceive that split second of zero velocity in mid air? That's another peek into the relationship
between processor frequency and perception of time.
As for self awareness- it depends how you define the self. Is the program we call ego who we are, the body it's house, and the subconscious brain
just a smarthome remote control for the ego to utilize? Or are we all of our parts and ego just a noisy gear in the machine? It's not far off from
asking where we have a permanent soul or are an emergent phenomenon within the physical brain that will simply stop when the brain dies.
On one hand I feel varying levels of connection to different parts of my body and brain. When a commercial jingle is stuck in my head, I feel that the
thing that is annoyed is me and the thing singing the song is not fully me. I do perceive my "self" as something smaller and more important than the
whole of my body and not necessarily located within my body, even though I have never been able to separate the two. It sometimes feels like I'm
staring at a monitor a thousand miles away and piloting my body like a drone.
On the other hand it seems logical to me this limitation of awareness to a fraction of the brain which examines feedback from the rest but it's not
100% aware of the rest is just a matter of mathematics and proof that we are not more than the sum of parts. Say you're using 100% of your processing
power to solve a problem. You have no processing power left with which to say I am the one doing this.
So double your power, for every bit you process you have another bit to say "I am processing that bit". But you have no remaining resources to say,
"I am the one watching me process that bit". Ad Infinitum- you cannot fit a 1:1 scale model of a box inside the box it is a model of without either
compressing the model or having two things fill the same space at the same time. Therefore, short of quantum computing, self awareness has to be
incomplete and/or time delayed.
It's all very mysterious and exciting that there is for one reason or another a dimension to ourselves we can't see, but may eventually have the
technology to reflect. For most of human history, nobody had any idea what the back of their head looked like. Now imagine that even we finally
invented the mirror and the razor, we discovered that everyone's destiny was written on the back of their head beneath their hair. This could be that