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Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience'

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



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