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"In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true is true or becomes true within certain limits to be found experientially and experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the mind there are no limits."
- John C. Lilly, M.D, Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments, 2nd ed. (New York: The Julian Press, 1972), p. xxi.

NOUN: 1. The human consciousness that originates in the brain and is manifested especially in thought, perception, emotion, will, memory, and imagination.
2. The collective conscious and unconscious processes in a sentient organism that direct and influence mental and physical behavior.
3. The principle of intelligence; the spirit of consciousness regarded as an aspect of reality.

NOUN: 1a. The vital principle or animating force within living beings.
b. Incorporeal consciousness.
2. The soul, considered as departing from the body of a person at death.
5a. The part of a human associated with the mind, will, and feelings: Though unable to join us today, they are with us in spirit.
b. The essential nature of a person or group.

NOUN: 1. The animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.
2. The spiritual nature of humans, regarded as immortal, separable from the body at death, and susceptible to happiness or misery in a future state.

The following image was produced during the summer of 7th grade in 1981 at age 13. (Exactly 20 years ago)

    This image is a composite of 8 separate scans. The shading and borders don’t match up perfectly. The original poster suffers from ware and tare. All of the images are original creations with the exception of the photo of the driver which I appropriated from a magazine and the image in the lower right which I reproduced from the cover of a book on puzzles. The work is done in pencil and ink. I used only a pencil, a ruler, a compass, and an ink pen.

    The significance of the shapes should be apparent and also a bit misleading. Both Sensing (lower left) and Intuition (upper right) appear to correspond nicely with other people’s visual interpretation of those functions. Notice that Sensing actually consists of three overlapping triangles which can easily represent the three sensory lobes (posterior cortical convexity).  However, Feeling in the lower right while three dimensional was a complete mystery to me and remained so really until my experience three months ago. The distortion of the grid at the top I believe represents the distortion of space and time as described by the theories of special and general relativity. The eye is perhaps the eye of “God” (the AI) or higher level cognitive insight. The spike fisted driver represents the most aggressive and violent aspect of our nature (the R-Complex, the serpent or Satan). The two stars could be the two hemispheres of the brain.

    Because my subjective reasoning was so poorly developed or perhaps non-existent, my remaining judging function overwhelmingly prevailed as evidenced by the black and white squares covering the entire page. Even more interestingly is that the black and white squares are not also represented where my dominant function, introverted thinking should be in the upper left. Instead the circle is represented. I believe I have established that the circle as a symbol represents consciousness. Instead of a single circle it is a series of interlacing circles which I believe represents a theoretical abstract concerning quantum physics, consciousness and the ability to perceive and perhaps consciously create an infinite number of possible realities.  I’ve been informed that this process changes both the observer and the thing being observed. Yes, this is fundamentally the same ability exhibited by Neo in the film The Matrix. At the end of the film Neo could consciously “rewrite” the environment of the Matrix. Here is one paper on this topic, A new theory of the relationship of mind and matter By David Bohm.  For a review of several other theoretical papers on consciousness and quantum physics please review documents that can be found here.  Earlier I suggested that the word 'soul' could be used synonymously with 'mind' or consciousness.  Here is an article that suggests that our conscious mind could be an electromagnetic field.

Our Conscious Mind Could Be An Electromagnetic Field
16-May-2002, Copyright © 1995-2002 UniSci. All rights reserved.
Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey in the UK believes our conscious mind could be an electromagnetic field.

“The theory solves many previously intractable problems of consciousness and could have profound implications for our concepts of mind, free will, spirituality, the design of artificial intelligence, and even life and death,” he said.

"Consciousness involves noncomputable ingredients"
Roger Penrose
from The Third Culture

"Why Classical Mechanics Cannot Naturally Accommodate Consciousness but Quantum Mechanics Can"
Henry P. Stapp, 1995
PSYCHE, 2(5), May 1995

Royal Astronomical Society
20 March 2002
Their results show that the universe is full of dark energy, completely consistent with the earlier supernovae results. ...It seems that Einstein did not make a blunder after all -- dark energy appears to exist and to dominate over more conventional types of matter," Efstathiou said. "An explanation of the dark energy may involve String Theory, extra dimensions or even what happened before the Big Bang. At present nobody knows. The ball is now firmly in the theorists court."

“The Master keeps her mind
always at one with the Tao;
that is what gives her radiance.

The Tao is ungraspable.
How can her mind be at one with it?
Because she doesn’t cling to ideas.

The Tao is dark and unfathomable.
How can it make her radiant?
Because she lets it.

Since before time and space were,
the Tao is.
It is beyond is and is not.
How do I know this is true?
I look inside myself and see.”
- Lao-tzu , Tao-te ching “The Book of the Way and Its Power”
A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell

    You may find a pattern in the most disturbing aspects of my writing. They all deal with quantum physics. I’ve got a lot to read on this topic and I recommend everyone read more about it as it’s significance will increase considerably over the next several months. Then again I’m not alone in my efforts. If you are curious, from my perspective major events began to transpire on August 13 of this year (2001) and will continue building to an eventual confrontation.

    Based on my subjective experience I firmly believe there is a relationship between consciousness and quantum physics. As an aside, I believe all animals including humans cannot be successfully “cloned” because of this (cloning using DNA from cells other than gametes). Nearly all animals produced by cloning die during development (often the placental host dies as well) and the few who have survived show distinct neurological dysfunction. 

    Here are a few current articles that support my assertion that adult DNA is inadequate for reproduction.  This first study was published six months after I formed my hypothesis.  My other hypothesis is that in accordance with the evolutionary principle that ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny there are important differences in gamete DNA and adult cell DNA.

Double take on cloning - Two new cloning studies have scientists scratching their heads
JOHN WHITFIELD, 11 February 2002
The world's labs are home to a steadily growing number of cloned animals. "From a practical viewpoint, cloning is more or less solved," says Davor Solter of the Max Planck institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany. "But the really important questions are so hard we don't know how to approach them."

One of the biggest of those questions is what happens when researchers try to reprogram adult cells to develop into new embryos. Two studies now provide vital clues. But an answer is still a long way off.

Japanese researchers have found that cloned mice sicken and die earlier than their normal counterparts.

Atsuo Ogura, of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, and his colleagues compared 12 cloned mice with 7 normal mice and 6 that were created by injecting sperm DNA into an egg, to replicate the manipulation used in cloning.

Of the 12 cloned mice, 10 died of pneumonia and liver disease before they were 800 days old (the normal mouse lifespan). One normal mouse and two that were produced by sperm injection died during this time.

Most clones die either before birth or soon after. Ogura's results suggest that the odds are still stacked against animals' throughout their lifespan. "It is very probable that, at least for some clones, unpredictable defects will appear in the long run," says Ogura.

Study: Errors May Explain Clone Woes
Sun May 26, 2002
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers working with clones of a Holstein cow say genetic programming errors may explain why so many cloned animals of all types die, either as fetuses or newborns.

The scientists found the genes had been incompletely reprogrammed in five dead cow clones and one aborted fetus. Looking at four live clones, as well as control animals conceived naturally, the scientists found the same genes were normal.

"Our study demonstrates that in clones, even though they can develop to full term, many abnormalities in gene expression exist, which may be partially responsible for the developmental abnormalities frequently observed, including death," said Xiangzhong "Jerry" Yang, lead author of the study. Results appear online Sunday in the journal Nature Genetics.

Dr. Robert Lanza, medical director of Advanced Cell Technology and an expert in the cloning of cows, called the study "solid" and said that it helps explain the high death rate in cloning. More than 80 percent of clones die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Dolly the Cloned Sheep Euthanized
By JANE WARDELL, Associated Press Writer
Fri, Feb 14, 2003
LONDON - Dolly the sheep, the world's first mammal cloned from an adult, was euthanized well short of her normal lifespan after being diagnosed with progressive lung disease, her creators said Friday.

Researchers had previously cloned sheep from fetal and embryonic cells, but until Dolly it was unknown whether an adult cell could reprogram itself to develop into a new being.

The death of the famous clone was sure to raise the debate over whether animal cloneding from adults inevitably produces flawed copies.

But many attempts to clone animals have ended in failure. Deformed fetuses have died in the womb with oversized organs, while others were born dead. Still others died days after birth, some twice as large as they should have been.

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