From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul> Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:27:07 -0500 Archived: Fri, 04 Feb 2011 06:23:13 -0500 Subject: Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience' >From: Kathy Kasten<catraja.nul> >To:<post.nul> >Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:39:28 +0000 >Subject: Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience' >>From: Nigel Watson<nigelwatson1.nul> >>To: post.nul >>Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:25:23 +0000 >>Subject: Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience' >>>From: Ray Dickenson<r.dickenson.nul> >>>To:<post.nul> >>>Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:50:52 -0000 >>>Subject: 'Standard Abduction Experience'[Was: Hopkins& Jacobs] >>>>From: Steven Kaeser<steve.nul> >>>>To:<post.nul> >>>>Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:21:33 -0500 >>>>Subject: Re: Hopkins& Jacobs ><snip> >Therefore, I feel that if those of you who are truly serious >about entering into a discussion of the phenomena is to acquaint >yourselves with the literature discussing how the brain works. >For a start, PBS is doing a NOVA series called How The Brain >Works. The mechanisms are reduced to a simple, easy to >understand discussion. This goes, as well, for people claiming >to be hypnotherapists. I am very much an observer when it comes to abduction experiences, so you probably would not appreciate my opinion on what it's all about. However, I would like to say that mainstream neuropsychology (and presumably the NOVA series) takes a materialist's view on how the brain works. That is, the mind is seen as a byproduct of brain physiology. I think that's a dead end approach for understanding the mind. There is psychic activity that is more than just a product of prior experience and memory. I recommend "Irreducible Mind" by Kelly et al. (2010) to get a flavor of the kind of psychological theory that is needed. The book resurrects F. W. H. Meyers' theory (1903) on the mind-body relation. Psychology is just starting to recover from the behaviorists' wrong turn. My understanding of Meyers' theory is that the brain is not merely a repository of information. Rather, it is a filter through which information passes. Mostly, the brain filter restricts access to only personal information, but the filter properties can change (via drugs, meditation, etc.) and let trans-personal stuff through. This material may be accessible to multiple people under the right conditions, so it can have the flavor of objective reality. The theory seems to offer a viable framework for understanding the 'abduction' experience without trivializing it. William Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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