Physics of the Subconscious
(.....Self, Precognition, Universe.....)

From Connections Through Time, Issue 7; April - June 2000

......1-Physics--The Subconscious & the Self
......2-Intuition--Subconscious & an Ongoing Precognition Experiment
......3-Nervous System--Conscious & Subconscious Connection to the Universe

The SubConscious and the Self

Scientific modeling of the subconscious (SC) aspects of the self into an integrated view of reality is not imminent, to say the least. An integrated view of realty would have to include the mysteries of consciousness as studied in the fields of psychiatry and psychology as well as the unification of quantum mechanics and relativity theory. No easy task!

Distinctions exist in the definitions of 'subconscious' and 'unconscious'. The unconscious mind, for example, is usually envisioned as being "further away" from the 'conscious mind'. We will use SC to denote subconscious AND unconscious.

The SC and self are closely related through consciousness. Here is a definition of "self" from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary;
SELF -Self-, n.; pl. Selves. 1. The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; a person as a distinct individual; a being regarded as having personality.

You might want to focus your "reflective consciousness" upon the following questions;
    How important do you believe your SC is?

    What capabilities and influence do you believe it has on your life?

    Do you believe you can increase-modify the capabilities of your SC in a conscious fashion?

    Do you believe that you have a "deeper self" or "higher self", or that you are part of a "collective consciousness" that is accessible to you?

Scientists have examined the reality of the SC for over a century. Sigmund Freud was the scientist ( medical researcher ) who first introduced western society to the concept of a SC that could strongly interact with the outer conscious self. For Freud, the SC was that part of the mind that stores memories and desires. He was particularly interested in suppressed memories and emotionally charged desires ( especially sexual desires ) that were actively pushed-down into the unconscious part of the self. He connected these types of repressed childhood memories with adult behavior and dreams. He gave birth to psychoanalysis as a scientific tool for recovering these memories and for investigating the mind and human behavior.

Carl Jung ( 1875 to 1961 ) studied with Freud and eventually founded his own school of "Analytical Psychology". Jung introduced two new concepts that remain controversial to this day;
    1-Collective Unconscious
    "...While the personal unconscious is made up essentially of contents which have at one time been conscious, but which have disappeared from consciousness through having been forgotten or repressed, the contents of the collective unconscious have never been in consciousness, and therefore have never been individually acquired but owe their existence exclusively to heredity. Whereas the personal unconscious consists for the most part of complexes, the content of the collective unconscious is made up essentially of archetypes." (Jung, quoted from Description of the Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious)

    "...Of the archetypes he says, 'Indeed, not even our thought can clearly grasp them, because it never invented them'.(1) Nevertheless it has been possible to isolate various figures, which recur in dreams and fantasy series, which appear to have a typical significance for human beings, and which can be correlated with historical parallels and myths from all over the world; these Jung, after much careful research work, has described as some of the principal archetypes affecting human thought and behavior, and has named the persona, the shadow, the anima and animus, the old wise man, the earth mother, and the self. Here again we need to remember, when speaking of archetypes of the collective unconscious, that there are no watertight compartments in the mind, and that even the archetypes can have a personal aspect." Quoted from An Introduction to Jung's Psychology by Frieda Fordham.

    "...The self, however, can include both the conscious and the unconscious. It appears to act as something like a magnet to the disparate elements of the personality and the processes of the unconscious, and is the centre of' this totality as the ego is the centre of consciousness, for it is the function which unites all the opposing elements in man and woman, consciousness and unconsciousness, good and bad, male and female, &c., and in so doing transmutes them. To reach it necessitates acceptance of what is inferior in one's nature, as well as what is irrational and chaotic. ...
    The term 'self' is not used by Jung as in everyday speech, but in the Eastern manner, where as Atman, Purusha, Brahman, it has been a familiar philosophical concept from time immemorial. In Hindu thought the self is the supreme principle, the supreme oneness of being." Quote from Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious by Frieda Fordham.

    "A term coined by Carl Jung to denote meaningful coincidence. Events bound by synchronicity are connected by similarity, by meaning, by resonance rather than by causality." (Syncronicity: Useful References)

    Synchronicity is often summarized by saying "There is no such thing as a coincidence". When someone has a dream about a person they have not seen in years, and that person shows up on their doorstep the next day, that is synchronicity and not coincidence according to Jung. This concept is very closely related to precognition, since events are not longer driven primarily by our usual understanding of causality. "...Events bound by synchronicity are connected by similarity, by meaning, by resonance rather than by causality." Do you believe that your SC may be aware of apparent "coincidences" before they occur?

    So, the ideas concerning precognition have been around for a long time. Scientific data supporting this reality is more recent (References with Links: Stanford Research Institute and Princeton University). These data support the general idea that the SC indeed has access to future information in addition to past personal memories. These connections with the future are somehow broader than the usual causal connections. Cause and effect is real, but seems to be only part of the story of consciousness and the abilities of the SC.


The SubConscious and an Ongoing Precognition Experiment

From Connections Through Time, Issue 7; April - June 2000

The SubConscious (SC) is a rather important, although generally ignored part of each of us. The capabilities of the SC that we take for granted are rather remarkable! In addition to the psychological aspects discussed in the previous section, the SC takes care of your breathing, heart beating, and most of the complex "automatic" activities we do every day, such as walking. The last thing you would want to do is to have to think about moving each of the muscles involved in taking a single step! What other capabilities might the SC have?

Science does not understand the details of how the human nervous system can guide our bodies through rather complex physical tasks based on something as subtle as an intention. All you need to do is intend to walk, and presto, you're walking. Learning to walk is a bit harder, but with the intention to learn how to "do it", with a deep desire to succeed, with practice and feedback (like falling when you do it wrong!), and with persistence, you do master the complex skill of walking. Stop for a moment to realize that it is truly your SC that has learned to walk. Your SC learns it so well, that you no longer have to be conscious of "trying to walk". You can go on "automatic".

Precognition is like walking. Science doesn't understand how it works, but with the intention to learn how to "do it", with a deep desire to succeed, with practice, feedback, and persistence, you can master this skill. You don't understand how you walk, and you won't understand how you can predict future events with better than chance odds, but you can do both.

P-I-A focuses on creating an environment where people can train their SCs to "do precognition" when desired. We also focus on developing practical applications. We recently funded 7 people to view the future as part of the AVM Project. This project involves the prediction of the nature of an animal, Vegetable, or Mineral (AVM) target-photo that will be chosen in the future based on random associations with changes in future stock prices.

There are different approaches for training the SC and conscious "minds" to communicate with each other to do precognition. One approach that has been well-documented is Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV). Four of the 7 viewers used an "ideogram" approach adopted from their CRV training with the assistance of Lyn Buchanan, who was a consultant on this project.

An ideogram (defined more precisely below) is a type of automatic writing, with subsequent probing, of a "doodle" that is intended to distinguish different types of target gestalts. In our case, the three gestalt types are animal, Vegetable and Mineral. The ideogram approach illustrates how the SC ( we use SC to include the "unconscious" ) is central to getting predictions.

Here are quotes from the published CRV manual used by the U.S. government to train CRVers.

"... remote viewing theory postulates a non-material "Matrix" in which any and all information about any person, place or thing may be obtained through the agency of a hypothesized "signal line." The viewer psychically perceives and decodes this signal line and objectifies the information so obtained.
    1-Definitions: (selected)
      f. Conscious; Perceiving, apprehending, or noticing with a degree of controlled thought or observation; recognizing as something external. Present especially to the senses. Involving rational power, perception, and awareness. By definition, the "conscious" part of the human being is that portion of the human consciousness which is linked most closely to and limited by the material world.

      g. Autonomic Nervous System (ANS); A part of the vertebrate nervous system that innervates smooth and cardiac muscle and glandular tissues, governs actions that are more or less automatic, and consists of the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system (Webster's 3rd Int. Unabr.).

      h. Ideogram; The reflexive mark made on the paper as a result of the impingement of the signal on the autonomic nervous system and its subsequent transmittal through this system to the arm and hand muscles, which transfers it through the pen onto the paper.

    2. Discussion:
      RV theory relies on a rather Freudian model of human consciousness levels. The lowest level of consciousness is paradoxically named the "unconscious." All this label really means is that that part of our mental processes we know as physical "awareness" or "consciousness" does not have access to what goes on there. It is apparently this part of the individual's psyche that first detects and receives the signal line. From here it is passed to the autonomic nervous system. When the signal line impinges on the ANS, the information is converted into a reflexive nervous response conducted through muscular channels controlled by the ANS. If so allowed, this response will manifest itself as an ideogram. ...
Three viewers used less formal techniques, in particular, "hunches". However, all viewers intended to acquire the precog info from their SCs and communicate with their conscious minds to report the predictions.

Human Nervous System

Our Conscious and Subconscious Connection to the Universe

From Connections Through Time, Issue 3; April - June 1999

The human nervous system contains roughly 100 billion nerve cells. In the last issue we noted that our Milky Way Galaxy contains roughly 100 billion stars. So, it is worth pausing for a moment to appreciate that each of us is as complex, mysterious and magnificent as any astronomical entity in our wondrous universe.

Yes, human beings are a bit smaller than galaxies; however, the Big Bang is our common source. Our consciousness connects us directly to the universe through our nervous system. The nervous system keeps us aware of our environment and allows us to react to it as well as initiate actions. Some of our actions and reactions are conscious and some are performed by our subconscious. How we are able to be conscious of ourselves and our environment, how we are able to think, sing, appreciate art, feel love, contemplate the universe, and perform precognition are among the deeper mysteries of the human nervous system.

Following is a brief summary about the physics of the human nervous system. The figures are linked to their respective references and a couple of online references used in preparing the following information are included for additional details.

The nervous system consists of the central and peripheral nervous systems. The central nervous system includes the spinal cord and the brain. Perception, movement control, learning, memory and other higher neural functions are carried out in the brain. The spinal cord contains the nerves for rhythmic motor behavior, mediates reflexes and conducts sensory information to the brain. The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves that lie outside the brain and spinal cord. The two systems are so intertwined that, in reality, there is one nervous system per person.

Information about the environment is acquired through sensory cells that are specialized to respond to a particular external stimulus. In all cases, the sensory cell generates an electrical signal in response to the stimulus. The basic signaling unit of the nervous system is the nerve cell, or neuron, which comes in many different shapes, sizes and chemical content.

The general layout of a nerve cell (neuron) is roughly as follows: Information via electrochemical signals is received on dendrites and passed on thru an axon. The electrical signal in axons is a brief voltage change called an action potential, or nerve impulse, which can travel long distances, sometimes at high speeds, without changing size or shape. When an action potential arrives at the ends of the axon, it interacts with up to thousands of neighboring cells across synapses. The electrochemical interactions at these synapses modify the intensity of the signals as they pass from cell to cell.

The details of what happens across the synapse is rather complex as indicated in the figure at the left. Human beings have around 100 trillion, or so, synapses! We are indeed complex "electrochemical structures" which likely have enormous capabilities not yet appreciated by most of us. Hey, maybe there are enlightened souls among us - most of us are still on our journeys, however.

Using the electron microscope, Dr. Pati Irish in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington has taken the picture at the right of a synapse. The "d" represents a dendrite and the "R" represents an axon terminal. The black area is the synapse between the terminal of one neuron and dendrite of another.

The nervous system appears to be influenced by its own neurons-synapses activity and connections. In infants and children, these connections seem to come in an over-abundance for the actual need. If you use a particular pathway, it becomes solidified and stronger, and establishes itself. Pathways that are not used fall away, sometimes permanently. (Use it or lose it to some extent.) One of the latest regions of our brains to stop forming synapses is the prefrontal cortex, the outer region of the brain directly behind your forehead. Here the process of synapse formation goes on into mid-teen years.

There is no doubt that we can continue to improve our brain power later in life. Just as researchers are finding that physical activities help the body stay healthy, mental activities also have great benefit for keeping the nervous system healthy.