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;
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;
"...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)
"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)
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.
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.
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.