National Academy of Sciences, ' These authors have also presented unpublished information from eleven Adverse Drug Reaction Reports associated with the use of vitamin A during pregnancy that were filed with the FDA. The biases that contributed to the decision to report or publish these cases of malformed vitamin A-exposed infants are unknown but are probably substantial. Some of these infants have malformations similar to those found among isotretinoin-exposed infants; the malformations of the others were quite different.
Our ability to dream shows that the brain contains the neural machinery to accomplish this feat. Further, the nature of human perception provides strong evidence that this reality creating machine is activated whenever we are conscious, and that we can be aware of nothing but this artificial reality.
When we are awake, this inner reality is constructed to coarsely represent the physical environment around us. When we dream, the reality creating machine is running amok, creating an inner reality that is chaotic and unrelated to the outside world.
This mental architecture is consistent with evolutionary adaptation, the human perception of reality, and the nature of dreaming.
Perhaps most important, it provides a solution to the mind-body paradox, where the first-person and third-person perspectives see the mind as fundamentally different things. Introduction The human mind appears to us in two completely different ways.
On one hand, science sees the mind as the operation of the brain, the electrochemical activity in a vast network of nerve cells.
But on the other hand, we each see ourselves as a conscious being, capable of thinking, feeling, and experiencing the world around us. We see the redness of a rose, smell its fragrance, and appreciate its beauty. We contemplate the meaning of life, and freely decide how to think and act.
These aspects of the mind seem to entail something beyond the physical world, something that is fundamentally different from the machine-like operation of the brain. But how can this be?
How can the mind appear as one thing from the outside, but as an entirely different thing from the inside? The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness is directed at solving this paradox. Our starting point will be an examination of how we understand reality, and why this results in the mind-body paradox being such a mystery.
Our task is to precisely identify the problem, and just as important, outline what would count as a solution. Properly defining the question takes us more than halfway to the answer.
This is followed by discussing a strange situation that could exist in our universe, what we will call an Information-Limited Subreality. This leads us to a key property of how we observe and understand reality, the Principle of Relative Reduction. It is within this principle that we find the solution to the mind-body problem.
However, there are consequences to this solution, requiring us to change the way we view reality and ourselves. The scientific evidence for these assertions is examined, from the origin and function of the human brain, to the strange world of our dreams.
How We Understand Reality The first step in understanding consciousness is to examine how we understand other things in the world. The human mind inherently tries to understand complex things by breaking them into simpler components.
This is a basic strategy we have all used since childhood; it is a fundamental part of the way we think. Analyzing problems in this way is called reduction, since it reduces something that is complex into something that is more elementary.
It is the single most important method used by both scientists and everyday people to understand the world around them.The term extrasensory perception was popularized by Joseph Banks Rhine in refers to the ability to acquire information that you cannot receive through normal sensory information.
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Abstract The Inner Light Theory of Consciousness is based on an extraordinary assertion: human awareness exists within a manufactured reality, something that is distinct and separate from the external physical universe.
Did Bem really find evidence of extrasensory perception, or will his paper turn out to be an embarrassment? Already, there are doubts in the scientific world. "It's obvious. 1 Retinol or retinyl esters 2 See Food and Nutrition Board: National Academy of Sciences, ' 3 Kamm, '82; Kamm et al, ' 4 Rosa et al., ' At least seven case reports of adverse pregnancy outcome associated with a daily intake of vitamin A of 25, IU or more have been published (Rosa et al., '86).