OVERVIEW ON CONSCIOUSNESS RESEARCHING FINDINGS
- Excerpts from Frontiers of Knowledge
- Blog Posting on or Related to Consciousness
Downloadable Nov. 2016 PPT presentation that provides an overview on the subtle-energy and holographic nature of mind and consciousness:
1. Consciousness Excepts from Frontiers of Knowledge
After the overview of mind-related anomalies, the stage is set to examine the many puzzling expressions of human consciousness. What we have labeled the “normal” state of consciousness is that involving interactions and relationships in what we think of as our “normal” world or reality. In the context of mind-related anomalies, unusual consciousness experiences can be seen as occur when an expanded reality intrudes upon our normal awareness—a reality containing phenomena outside the boundaries of our mainstream-scientific worldview of reality.
If twenty-first century humanity hopes to make progress in understanding consciousness and how it manifests in the universe, quantum mechanics—in which the observer plays a central role—will undoubtedly receive much attention. But I believe the real breakthrough must come from insights into unusual expressions of human consciousness such as telepathy, NDEs, remembrances of past lives, miracle healings, stigmata, and conversations with the deceased. Most of these examples, perhaps all of them, have been observed, reported on, and studied by scientifically trained researchers.
To provide some structure for this post (and in the book), I divide the consciousness anomalies into two groups: (1) those I label “first-order anomalies of the mind” and (2) those whose explanations require the concept of a soul operating in a reality that includes an active presence of spiritual consciousness. These can be considered second-order anomalies of the mind, and they include NDEs, remembrances of past lives, and other soul-related spiritual experiences–these are covered under “spiritual sources.”
First-Order Consciousness Anomalies of the Mind
Theses consciousness anomalies represent an expansion of reality through expressions of consciousness that are unusual and unknown relative to the current scientific mind paradigm. The current scientific skepticism toward unusual consciousness phenomena reflects the direction psychology took in the early part of the twentieth century. Before then, this field had been actively researching and describing a full range of unusual consciousness phenomena that humans express.[i]
In Frontiers of Knowledge, I present seven different consciousness anomalies. Here I show four of these below (telepathy and remote viewing are combine):
- Telepathy and Remote Viewing. Controlled experiments between humans have demonstrated results supporting a process resembling telepathy. Also, experiments have demonstrated the ability of humans to “mentally project” their sensing ability great distances in order to view scenes and activities.
- Placebo effect. Controlled medical drug trials have demonstrated that patients given placebos frequently receive as much benefit as those getting the real drug. This effect has even been demonstrated for surgical operations.
- Transplanted organs and memories. Numerous investigative accounts have described transplant recipients receiving memories and personality traits from their organ donors.
Both the United States and the Soviet Union conducted remote-viewing spying programs during the latter days of the Cold War. With remote viewing, a spy attempts to use paranormal sensing to observe a secret site in another country by projecting their mind to that site or by tuning in to a person at the site. McTaggart recounts the early phase of the US program when Hal Puthoff was the director with Russell Targ assisting. They appeared to have achieved significant success with both skilled psychics and ordinary people.
It is an accepted fact in medicine that the human mind can influence the effectiveness of medical treatments (the placebo effect). In evaluating the effectiveness of new drugs or procedures, standard protocols are used in medical research to isolate the medical procedure’s effectiveness from those created by the placebo effect. Most involve double-blind trials that isolate the placebo effect from both the patients and the dispensing medical personnel. The placebo effect is so significant that proponents of a new drug or procedure cannot claim “scientific proof” of its effectiveness unless it outperforms the placebo treatment.
Lipton, in The Biology of Belief, credits the “belief effect” for some stunning examples of the placebo at work.[ii] My favorite case incorporates a placebo process in a surgery trial performed for arthritic-knee symptoms, during which the patient is anesthetized but no surgery is actually performed other than to create the appearance of a scar. In this trial the lead surgeon reports that the “fake” surgery is as effective as two standard types of surgery. In this and other types of medical trials, patients who receive the placebo treatment cannot believe they haven’t received the “real” surgical treatment. Some even exhibit the side effects of the real treatment that they have been warned to watch for.
The idea of organ transplants passing along memories and personality traits of their donors started coming to the attention of the public in the 1990s with published anecdotes accounts. Paul Pearsall, a psychoneuroimmunologist, researched the transference of memories through organ transplantation. In his book The Heart’s Code, he presents many descriptive accounts of this phenomenon. Pearsall’s 1998 book titled A Change of Heart that described the apparent attitudes, habits and tastes changes experienced by Claire Sylvia after she received a heart and lung transplant in the late 1970s. For example, she developed a new food preference for Kentucky Fried Chicken nuggets, which were found in the jacket of the young man (her donor) when he was killed. Sylvia found her clothing tastes changing too. Also, she began behaving in an aggressive and impetuous manner, which she found was a behavior trait of her donor.
Larry Dossey describes the transplant experiences of the physician mother of a 16-month-old boy named Jerry who drowned in a bathtub. Jerry’s heart was given to a seven-month-old boy named Carter with a congenital heart defect. The woman physician reported the following amazing experiences:
- When Carter first saw her he ran to her and rubbed his nose against her just like Jerry used to do.
- Carter said the same baby talk words as Jerry used to do.
- Carter came to her and her husband, who were staying with the recipient’s family that night, and asked to sleep with them—he then cuddled with them in the same manner Jerry used to do.
She felt her son’s spirit alive in Carter.
[i] See Emily Williams Kelly’s chapter in Irreducible Minds: “Chapter 2: F. W. H. Myers and the Empirical Study of the Mind-Body Problem.”
[ii] Lipton, The Biology of Belief, 137–41. The two types of surgery were: (1) shaving the damaged cartilage and (2) flushing out the knee joint, removing material thought to be causing the inflammatory effect. Patients of both types of surgery and the “fake” surgery all received the same postoperative physical therapy.
Key Scientific References Used for Consciousness
Robert G. Jahn and Brenda J. Dunne, Consciousness and the Source of Reality: The PEAR Odyssey (ICRL Press, 2011). Also at their website: http://www.espresearch.com/espgeneral/doc-AT.shtml
Paul Pearsall, The Heart’s Code: Tapping the Wisdom and Power of Our Heart Energy (Random House, 1998).
Edward F. Kelly, et. al, Irreducible Mind.
HeartMath e-book, Science of The Heart: Exploring the Role of the Heart in Human Performance—An Overview of Research Conducted by the Institute of HeartMath. Available at www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/introduction.html.
McTaggart’s The Field— 4 chapters in Part2: The Extended Mind
Laszlo’s Science and the Akashic Field—Section on “The Puzzles of Consciousness Research”.
2. Blog Posting on or related to consciousness (from earliest to latest)
Obtaining scientific information on human consciousness as a non-physical reality is one of the most significant developments in our age. Physic’s Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg wrote, “If it could be shown that there is any truth to any of these notions, it would be the discovery of the century, much more exciting and important than anything going on today in the normal work of physics.” (continue reading at blog posting)
b. Consciousness and Quantum Mechanics November 12, 2014
The book Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness provides a thorough and detailed story of the efforts by quantum physicists to grapple with the observer effect in quantum mechanics (Q.M.). It has been a “problem” almost since the beginning. The authors are practicing quantum physicists at the Univ. of California, Santa Cruz who created a course for nonphysicists, and this course is the source of the books material. You don’t have to be a quantum physicist to understand it. I am going to just give a few highlights. I will start with Einstein’s efforts to disprove Q.M. (continue reading at blog posting)
Insight into the potential significance of the extraordinary research findings in frontier consciousness and spirituality is provided in a statement by Steven Weinberg, a Nobel Laureate in physics, when he wrote, “If it could be shown that there is any truth to any of these notions [referring to subjects such as telekinesis, astrology, precognition, channeling, and clairvoyance], it would be the discovery of the century [emphasis added], much more exciting and important than anything going on today in the normal work of physics.” (continue reading at blog posting)
d. Talk by Larry Dossey on Consciousness December 7, 2014
As part of John Petersen’s Arlington Institute’s Transition Series in Berkley Springs WV, Dossey gave a talk on consciousness and mind. I found it quit good: informational, inspiring, and uplifting. Some highlights for me are:
- How little mainstream (materialistic) science can say about consciousness tied to the brain: little or no research findings, theory, etc.
(continue reading at blog posting)