Ian Weinberg

5 years ago · 4 min. reading time · visibility ~10 ·

chat Contact the author

thumb_up Relevant message Comment

A personal contribution to the Mind Buzz

A personal contribution to the Mind Buzz

Introduction

Contributors to the understanding of the concept of human consciousness represent a broad spectrum of individuals, each unique in their subjectivity. And while a diversity of subjectivity adds to the richness of the concept of consciousness, the inflexibility of some individuals to respect, consider and evaluate the authentic views of others on the subject, impedes the evolution towards a collective understanding of the concept. At the outset we need to respect that we are, each one of us, subjective beings such that all our sensory experiences, internal thoughts and emotions are channeled through our unique subjective filters. Therefore awe is in the eyes of the beholder and what is awesome to some may not be awesome to others. So as not to be bogged down in semantics, certain concepts need to be defined and bedded down at the outset.

Consciousness: The presence of cognitive function sufficient to register sensory information and/or internal memory-based activity. This may not necessarily be limited to the functioning physical brain. Documented evidence exists which has demonstrated the existence of cognitive function unsupported by measurable neurophysiology.

Awareness: A subjective ‘knowing’ of a concept or entity. This develops from a sensory experience and becomes established through unique, subjective cognitive processing. Integrated with awareness is usually an emotional association.

Belief: A reflection of the subjective understanding of the way of things at any given moment. Belief should be flexible, changing with new information and reasoning. Limiting beliefs are beliefs relating to an earlier life situation (context-based) which are inappropriately applied to later life circumstances. They are inappropriate because flexibility through reasoning has not occurred in respect of a changing environment (context).

Dogma: Blind faith in limiting beliefs which become prescriptive.


Consciousness in a physical dimension

Irrespective of whether physicality is an energy artifact which is converted by our sensory apparatus and cognitive function into mass, time and distance, we live (in this dimension) in very much a physical world. If you jump in front of a moving train you will meet a very physical end, no matter how psychically evolved you are!

In a physical world, consciousness is seated in the brain. We sense (perceive), label entities, integrate their associations and develop our subjective world view (understanding). Our subjective bias in turn, influences and filters perceived (sensed) information.  The process continues to evolve based on our ability to reason. An emotional tag is added to all components of our subjective world view. Emotional tags emerge from an interplay between our physiological needs and their appeasement in the early nurture years. Simply, if needs are promptly met the physiology of fear is allayed through reward. Conversely if needs are delayed or essentially absent as a result of deprivation, fear and anxiety prevail. Fear and anxiety impede reasoning which results in a compromised world view incorporating a higher incidence of limiting beliefs. Genetic and nurture influences are strongly deterministic insofar as our subjective world view is concerned. In mitigation is our ability to reason which is underpinned by neuroplasticity – the process whereby new neuronal connections are made and redundant ones removed. However the potential for neuroplasticity varies depending on the biases and limiting beliefs incorporated within our subjective world view, also referred to as our personal narrative.


Consciousness and the energy dimension

All physical entities have an energy equivalent (E=mc²). The energy dimension has been referred to by various names including singularity, nonlocality and implicate order. In this dimension there is no separation of energy-represented entities in time or space. It is a place of unlimited potential in terms of materializing into physical entities. This is referred to as superposition of entities when in the energy space. When in the physical space, entities are referred to as being in their base state. Human consciousness influences the conversion of energy entities in superposition into physicality by engaging with the entity and defining it (referred to as ‘collapsing the wave of superposition’). This function was definitively validated in two pivotal physics studies in 2015 and 2016. Human consciousness therefore has an intrinsic co-creatorship potential.


Whose thoughts are these?

Intrinsic neural activity is driven by sensory input, intrinsically stored information, the generated neuro-electric field as well as by probable resonance with other entities within the energy dimension/singularity (timeless and spaceless). Volition or cognitive motivation is therefore a result and not a cause of this busy neural activity. Our cognitive function is therefore determined by the configuration created by our nature/nurture heritage (our narrative or subjective world view) and the subsequent interaction of this configuration with the changing physical environments of our life path, together with influences originating within the the singularity. Neuro-electrical activity has been shown experimentally to precede a conscious decision by several milliseconds!


Some thoughts on the meaning and purpose of consciousness

If indeed the universe is 13.9 billion years old, it is remarkable that the basic elements have retained their properties unchanged though this enormous passage of time. This flies in the face of the second law of thermodynamics which states that all physical entities decay into states of disorder over time (increasing entropy). And it is also these same elements which have ultimately given rise to human consciousness and its intrinsic ability to convert the energy equivalent of matter into physicality. Clearly then, human consciousness and its co-creatorship function is incorporated in the source files of some deterministic intelligence.  We co-create in physicality, based on the configuration of our personal narratives, a unique segment of superposition which then goes back into energy superposition as substrate for subsequent co-creation. Random events inevitably occur, however strong heritage determinants and the timeless-spaceless influences of the singularity damp down radical departures from an essentially ordained life path. We will dance our part in the Great Dance, with all that we are and within all that it is!


Approaching this extended reality

As unique entities, we will play our part as determined by these comprehensive determinants. We will co-create that which is resonant with our configurations. We don’t seem to have that much absolute free will independent of these all-pervading influences.  There are however definitive mind states which allow us to transcend our unique, heritage-determined corner and potential limiting beliefs. These include: 

· Developing a conscious awareness of ourselves and the extended environment

· Incorporating a degree of sensitivity to the subjective space of others

· Applying the function of reason to establish clarity before arriving at an opinion/belief

· Contributing value (making something better than it was before you engaged with it) – to self and the greater                   environment. In this way we become pro-evolutionary.


Further reading:

www.pninet.com/articles/Memory.pdf

www.pninet.com/articles/Oscillate(A)v2.pdf           


                                                          Copyright reserved - Ian Weinberg 2017

thumb_up Relevant message Comment
Comments
Randall Burns

Randall Burns

4 years ago #25

#32
HaHa! Ian Weinberg, I tell my Cooks, "The older I get, the more I realize what I don't know", which is drawn from the following Confucius quote, "Real knowledge is knowing the extent of one's ignorance"

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #24

#31
Thanks for that Randall Burns In my case neuro has been the great humbler - the more I got to know it, the less I knew!

Randall Burns

Randall Burns

4 years ago #23

Excellent article Ian Weinberg Logical, very well presented, easy to digest. The physiology aspects, the "mechanics" of how our brain works, is fascinating and your expertise and input in this area is invaluable. I was brought up in a world of academics, (mother and father both PhD's, Economics and Physics), and in my experience I have found that the most, (as you say), "inflexible" people were also the most "educated", (not my parents nor most of their contemporaries). it comes down to the age old struggle/battle with the individual "ego" which can afflict anyone regardless of experience or education. Well done sir!

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #22

#27
Deborah - here's another article which may contribute further understanding to the subject. See - https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/united-in-energy

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #21

#27
ESP/PK is defined as remote viewing or motor influence, not mediated by the 5 senses or normal motor pathways. As regards your other questions - no real answers at this time.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #20

#25
Thanks Deborah. You ask an interesting question - one that I can't answer. However some circumstantial observations - ESP/PK ability appears to be related to dysfunction of the left fronto-temporal lobe such that the right fronto-temporal is released from left hemisphere dominance. The right hemisphere appears to support creativity, big picture sensitivity and ESP. Experiments have shown greater success in creative abilities when the left fronto-temporal is artificially suppressed with trans-cranial stimulation. ESP is more successful in slower (Alpha) EEG activity. Slowing the EEG using biofeedback techniques has resulted in greater ESP success.

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #19

Ian Weinberg Concise , full of brilliant facts....now more to say, Thank you

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

"And while a diversity of subjectivity adds to the richness of the concept of consciousness, the inflexibility of some individuals to respect, consider and evaluate the authentic views of others on the subject, impedes the evolution towards a collective understanding of the concept." Ahhhhh so true

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #17

#21
Thanks for sharing your perspective and thanks for the complimentary words. Indeed a very interesting time. I truly believe that the ultimate frontier is that which exists at the interface between consciousness and the realm of quantum and relativistic physics. Just one little point that I would raise - the fact that human consciousness 'co-creates' by shifting 'matter' from superposition to base physical state, implies that there is no 'end-point' - the substrate is in dynamic flux directly as a result of our conscious engagement with it. I would submit that it is therefore more valuable to study and understand the system and its 'source files'. From this space we would gain greater insights into the components and substrate.

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #16

Wow, what a brilliant buzz, Dr. Weinberg! Thank you for fleshing out (no pun intended) these comprehensive and complicated topics like only a neurology expert could. Just a couple of random thoughts. 1) First, when it comes to space and the Universe, the best scientists on Earth apparently still don't know what they don't know. They have a handle on some the "known unknowns" but not the "unknown unknowns." Thus, the more we leverage the power of new telescopes (ground and space based) to peer outside our own solar system, explore new galaxies and look back to the beginnings of time as we know it (per the Big Bang), the more we find out how little we actually know. Thus, space remains a vast mystery, regardless of whether humans are too arrogant to comprehend this fact (like in the time of Galileo and Copernicus when it was thought the Earth was the center of the entire Universe. What a farce). 2) Second, it will be interesting to observe the future expected merger of human intelligence with artificial intelligence (transhumanism). This raises fundamental questions about altered states of consciousness, such as surpassing the "singularity" and potential transcendence to alternative states of consciousness outside the bodily experience -- in which neural networks might exist in cyberspace by combining the mapping of individual human brains with vast quantum computing power to form new states of reality. It's most certainly a lot to wrap one's head around as we move closer from science fiction to science fact.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #15

#18
Thank you very much for the positive feedback Tausif. It is gratifying to know that I've contributed some value to your personal space.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #14

Ian Weinberg writes, "Awe is in the eyes of the Beeholder!"

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #13

I continue to find your posts "awesome" Ian Weinberg. I appreciate how you are able to organize complex ideas in such a user friendly way. The only part that I need to go over a few more times before I am able to articulate what it is I am not quite in agreement with, is your definition of "Belief". I'd like to share a couple of things I came across today that I found interesting. One, (I paraphrase); Death is a fact, but how we deal with this fact is subjective. Two, I started reading Kurt Goldstein's The Organism and found Oliver Sacks forward very much in the spirit of the work I have read by you.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #12

#11
No apologies necessary...I like to throw a curve every now and again;-)

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #11

Sara Jacobovici

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #10

Gerald Hecht

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #9

Milos Djukic

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #8

#9
Apology for the mis-spelling of your name Cyndi.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

4 years ago #7

#9
I guess you just nailed it Cindi! Pleasure to connect with you.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #6

"Intrinsic neural activity is driven by sensory input, intrinsically stored information, the generated neuro-electric field as well as by probable resonance with other entities within the energy dimension." "All of our thoughts are working together to create what we experience as our physical world; The thoughts that are dominant create the projection." I believe it was Albert Einstein who said that...and he further stated that had he not come up with his theory of relativity, somebody else would have because it was an 'idea' whose time had come....Interesting....So whose idea was it??? His....Or a collective consciousness that he had managed to tap into as a result of his beliefs at the time... “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it…Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but create it; This is not philosophy, this is physics” I believe Albert was considered to be quite daft during his time...Perhaps because he was so far ahead of his 'Time.' "The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena it will make more progress in one decade than in all of the previous centuries of its existence." ~Nikola Tesla

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

4 years ago #5

"The understanding of the concept of human consciousness represent a broad spectrum of individuals, each unique in their subjectivity...The inflexibility of some individuals to respect, consider and evaluate the authentic views of others on the subject, impedes the evolution towards a collective understanding of the concept." Ian Weinberg....I encounter these individuals every time I broach the subject of conscious memory existing beyond physical form...Most of these individuals are scientists or have very deep religious roots and seem to find it troublesome that the 'commoner' or 'lay person' could achieve a higher conscious state that has taken them years to 'physically cultivate' having gone through extraordinary lengths of study and practice within the 'physical realm.' I am told my concepts are not possible as they are not in accordance with what Sages of various disciplines have passed down to us through millenia. To that end I am further informed that consciousness cannot exist without physical form and cannot do the things I have suggested...To that I would suggest we create within the landscape of our lives that which is accordance with OUR beliefs...NOT the beliefs of others...Their experiences are unique to their own version of the world as THEY know it...Our individual experiences are meant to serve as a guide through the evolutionary process of expanded awareness...and that means ALL of us...Certainly not just a chosen few.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

4 years ago #4

A timeless series of thoughts. Thanks for bringing it forward.

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #3

A lot of food for thought and thank you for explaining consciousness Ian Weinberg. I agree couldn't agree more with this statement, "These include: gratitude for the experience of life and its blessings as emanating from the source files of creation; respect, sensitivity and empathy for others - since we all are connected in the timeless-spaceless zone; calmness and trust in acknowledging that we are small but unique components in an awesomely vast system" Sensitivity and empathy play a major role in many relationships whether they are personal or professional!

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #2

Ian Weinberg A super post on one of the big questions of life - what is consciousness? I find it fascinating that neuro-electrical activity takes place a few milliseconds before a conscious decision. Which may lead to another big question - the existence and extent of free will. Or as someone said: "My will is free but my won't is not". The emotional tags you refer to overlaps with what Antonio Damasio calls the somatic moment/memory. A thought provoking read - thanks Ian.

Ian Weinberg

Ian Weinberg

5 years ago #1

Awe is in the eyes of the Beeholder!

More articles from Ian Weinberg

View blog
1 year ago · 2 min. reading time
Ian Weinberg

Self-actualization post Covid

The concept of self-actualization is used pretty l ...

1 year ago · 6 min. reading time
Ian Weinberg

The plot sickens

The ‘experts’ are in a modelling muddle. My respon ...

1 year ago · 2 min. reading time
Ian Weinberg

Who cares?

In this age of multiple human issues which have be ...