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Jung’s synchronistic universe

Jung’s synchronistic universe | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Synchronicity was one of Jung’s most profound yet least understood discoveries, in part because it cannot be appreciated until we personally step into and experience the synchronistic realm for ourselves. Jung’s discovery of synchronicity was in a sense the parallel in the realm of psychology to Einstein’s discovery of the law of relativity in physics. Because it is so radically discontinuous with our conventional notions of the nature of reality, the experience of synchronicity is so literally mind-blowing that Jung contemplated this phenomenon for over twenty years before he published his thinking about it.

 

Jung’s synchronistic universe was a new world view which embraced linear causality while simultaneously transcending it. A synchronistic universe balances and complements the mechanistic world of linear causality with a realm that is outside of space, time and causality. In a synchronicity, two heterogeneous world-systems, the causal and acausal, interlock and interpenetrate each other for a moment in time, which is both an expression of while creating in the field an aspect of our wholeness to manifest. The synchronistic universe is beginning-less in that we are participating in its creation right now, which is why Jung calls it “an act of creation in time.”

 

by Paul Levy

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Carl Jung’s Archetypes | Wired Cosmos

Carl Jung’s Archetypes | Wired Cosmos | Consciousness | Scoop.it

In order to understand archetypes we must understand the nature and function of the collective unconscious. According to Jung, the collective unconscious is not like the personal unconscious as first introduced by psychoanalysis. It is detached from the personal unconscious because it belongs to the human species as a whole. It is inherited, just as physical aspects of our bodies are inherited. Because of this, a human being does not enter the world as a blank slate but rather with the innate and inherited tendencies of the collective unconscious. These tendencies are what Jung termed “archetypes.”


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#Synchronicity: The Bridge between Matter and Mind

True synchronicities are more than mere chance occurrences. They are characterized by a sense of meaning and numinousness. They provide a bridge between inner and outer worlds, between our private thoughts and external, objective realities. Within a synchronicity, patterns of external events mirror an inner experience; likewise dreams and fantasies may seem to flood over into the external world. To distinguish synchronicities from mere chance occurrences Carl Jung stressed that they must always involve "meaningful coincidence" that lie beyond any explanation involving causal links and connections. They reveal to us an underlying world of patterns, forms and connections that transcend any division between the mental and the material.

 

Synchronicities also act as markers in time, moments of transformation within a life that occur in chairos, when “the time is right”. Thus, while causality ties us to our past, synchronicities can link us to our future. They can also act as significant encounters when a door is opened through which we can pass. One notable encounter took place between the psychologist Carl Jung and the physicist Wolfgang Pauli. This meeting of people from two very different worlds will be explored during the course, including the way it led to Pauli’s remarkable series of dreams which caused him to explore the relationship between psyche and matter and believe that the time was at hand for the "resurrection of spirit” within the world of matter.

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Danijel Drnić's comment, February 21, 2013 4:37 PM
...even I would not have uttered this better.
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Creativity, evolution of mind and the "vertigo of freedom"

Creativity, evolution of mind and the "vertigo of freedom" | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Darwin’s Pharmacy suggests that psychedelics were precisely a mutation in information technology that increased sexually selective fitness, through the capacity to process greater amounts of information, and that they are “extraordinarily sensitive to initial rhetorical traditions.” What this means is that because ecodelic experiences are so sensitive to the context in which we experience them, they can help make us aware of the effect of language and music, etc, on our consciousness, and thereby offer an awareness of our ability to effect our own consciousness through our linguistic and creative choices.

 

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The BioCentrism Theory

Edited by Agape Satori www.facebook.com/agape.insitori Spoken Word by Robert Lanza THE BIOCENTRISM THEORY Without consciousness, "matter" dwells in an undete...
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Danijel Drnić's comment, February 21, 2013 4:32 PM
.. But what if the universe is intelligent?? Then environment has properties of being !!
So ... the conclusion follows ... intelligence is self sufficient!
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Lucid Awareness Gives Incredible Insight Into Human Consciousness | TruthTheory

Lucid Awareness Gives Incredible Insight Into Human Consciousness | TruthTheory | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The human capacity of self-perception, self-reflection and consciousness development are among the unsolved mysteries of neuroscience. Despite modern imaging techniques, it is still impossible to fully visualise what goes on in the brain when people move to consciousness from an unconscious state. The problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to watch our brain during this transitional change. Although this process is the same, every time a person awakens from sleep, the basic activity of our brain is usually greatly reduced during deep sleep. This makes it impossible to clearly delineate the specific brain activity underlying the regained self-perception and consciousness during the transition to wakefulness from the global changes in brain activity that takes place at the same time.

 

Scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Psychiatry in Munich and for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and from Charite in Berlin have now studied people who are aware that they are dreaming while being in a dream state, and are also able to deliberately control their dreams. Those so-called lucid dreamers have access to their memories during lucid dreaming, can perform actions and are aware of themselves — although remaining unmistakably in a dream state and not waking up. As author Martin Dresler explains, “In a normal dream, we have a very basal consciousness, we experience perceptions and emotions but we are not aware that we are only dreaming. It’s only in a lucid dream that the dreamer gets a meta-insight into his or her state.”

 

By comparing the activity of the brain during one of these lucid periods with the activity measured immediately before in a normal dream, the scientists were able to identify the characteristic brain activities of lucid awareness.

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Creative Intelligence Through Synergetic Diversity

Creative Intelligence Through Synergetic Diversity | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"The global brain, well, we seem to really need it. As it is right now, humankind is a schizophrenic moron. Or manic-depressive, maybe. Sometimes brilliant and productive, mostly lethargic, largely criminally destructive. Despite that many members of the human race are well-meaning, knowledgeable and resourceful. We desperately need to be connected in a manner that is constructively complex, so as to awaken our collective intelligence. Maybe that is something we can do on the internet, maybe it is a different way of doing a few key things. It appears that none of us are smart enough to solve the puzzle. But we might be smart enough to discover patterns that allow something bigger to emerge. We might not be clever enough to know exactly how to do it, but we might know how to start something that triggers the emergence of a bigger level of intelligence. Patterns that promote self-organization and collective intelligence, even small scale, are a very likely leverage point. One ingredient is to know when to get out of the way, and let useful things happen."

 

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Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub

Non-Human Consciousness Exists Say Experts. Now What? | Singularity Hub | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, some of the leading scientists from around the world congregated at the Hotel Du Vin in Cambridge to discuss the evidence that has amassed over the years. The experts reached a unanimous decision that animals – specifically mammals and birds – are in fact conscious beings. Through advancements in brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and EEG machines, the scientists concluded that animals show a sufficient degree of characteristics that indicate they are not as non-human as some had believed. The official decision was reached late into the night after the Francis Crick Memorial Conference on July 7th.

 

Organized by Philip Low, CEO of NeuroVigil and inventor of the iBrain, the group consisted of 25 of the planet’s top minds on the mind, including honorary guest Stephen Hawking. The scientists discerned the key differences in human and animal brains, mainly found in the frontal cortex, do not play a role in the phenomenon we associate with consciousness. The decision does not in any sense define what consciousness is, which will be a debate that continues to rage on. But moving forward, there are many consequences to this finding that will need to be addressed as we look to develop a more humane relationship with animals.

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 28, 2012 6:18 AM
uou, this shakes a bit my structures
gregorylent's comment, July 28, 2012 12:44 PM
oh just fucking duh .. crikey, western scientists are sooooo retarded, apart from materiality
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Spiral Dynamics: Evolution of Human Consciousness

Spiral Dynamics: Evolution of Human Consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Dr. Graves penned this article after approximately two decades of research on the evolution of human consciousness, more specifically, Spiral Dynamics. Graves believed that humanity as a whole was moving toward becoming a global tribe that wasn’t reminiscent of ancient tribalism, but rather, reflective of the development of collective consciousness.

 

The Stages of Consciousness Development

 

Dr. Graves stated that consciousness developed in seven stages, but later found that some of his subjects moved on to an eighth stage, which went beyond the seventh stage of psychological maturity. It was therefore concluded that the development of consciousness was an open-ended process, even though the prevailing eight stage system still holds forte at large:

 

Survival (Beige) - Where all the attention is focused on survival.

 

Tribal (Purple) - All about social relationships and maintenance of customs.

 

Egocentric (Red) – Explore personal identity and challenge tribal authority figures or belief systems.

 

Authoritarian (Blue) – In order to understand purpose of life and have security need to obey higher authority and rules.

 

Enterprising (Orange) – Awaken independence and achieve results while challenging authority and test possibilities.

 

Humanistic (Green) – Seek love and piece within through sharing and becoming useful in the community.

 

Integrative (Yellow) - Live free and explore what is life about while understanding that chaos and change are natural.

 

Neo-tribal (Turquoise) – Experience the wholeness of existence by becoming one with all things, and restore natural harmony and balance.

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Remaining human: A Buddhist perspective on Occupy Wall Street

Remaining human: A Buddhist perspective on Occupy Wall Street | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Over and over, the Buddha taught that what causes suffering is holding on to inflexible views. The stories that govern our lives are also the narratives that keep us locked into set patterns, habits and addictions. The same psychological tools that the Buddha cultivated for helping us let go of one-track rigid stories can be applied not just personally, but socially. Enlightenment is not personal; it’s collective.

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Our sphere of awareness begins to include everything and everyone. The way we respond to our circumstances shows our commitment to non-harm.

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If we are going to fully express our humanity and wake up as a collective, we need to replace our youthful ideas of transcendence with the hard work of committing to the end of a way of life in which our work is not in-line with our values.

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This is an endless human task. We also have to stop cooperating with the system that breeds greed and confusion as it shapes our lives and our choices. This movement is the beginning of bringing that system to a halt.

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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality

The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Inside researcher Kenneth Hayworth of Harvard University is quoted in The Chronicle Review:


"The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body."


Chronicle continues, "He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.


Why? Ken Hayworth believes that he can live forever.


But first he has to die."


Article by Evan R. Goldstein

Illustrations by Harry Campbell for The Chronicle Review


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 7:39 AM
txs for this Wildcat
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Txs Dan as Well
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Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves

Curation: How the Global Brain Evolves | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Content curation is the natural evolution of our globally networked consciousness.


This sounds like a bunch of hippie drivel, but we really are creating a global brain, of sorts, by encoding human knowledge and tracking human activity. Using the human nodes of this network to strengthen some of these connections while weakening others (by choosing either to pass along i.e., ‘curate’ information or not to pass it along) helps this global brain function better as a system, which in turn increases its power whenever any of us need to tap into it."

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The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel

The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Internet now already has a couple of billion nodes. Each node is a computer. Each one of these computers contains a couple of billion transistors, so it is in principle possible that the complexity of the Internet is such that it feels like something to be conscious. I mean, that’s what it would be if the Internet as a whole has consciousness. Depending on the exact state of the transistors in the Internet, it might feel sad one day and happy another day, or whatever the equivalent is in Internet space. (…)

 

What I’m serious about is that the Internet, in principle, could have conscious states. Now, do these conscious states express happiness? Do they express pain? Pleasure? Anger? Red? Blue? That really depends on the exact kind of relationship between the transistors, the nodes, the computers. It’s more difficult to ascertain what exactly it feels. But there’s no question that in principle it could feel something. (…)

 

Christof Koch, American neuroscientist working on the neural basis of consciousness, Professor of Cognitive and Behavioral Biology at California Institute of Technology, The Nature of Consciousness: How the Internet Could Learn to Feel, The Atlantic, Aug 22, 2012.

 

(Illustration: folkert: Noosphere)

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Danijel Drnić's comment, February 21, 2013 4:39 PM
Have you ever tried to move an arm or a leg just by thinking, not with the mechanics of movement, but simply thoughts??? I failed.
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...negdije davno, davno tko to zna, možda i prije nekoliko miliona godina čovijek je krenuo krivim putem, od prvih crteža u pečinama, prvih slova... nažalost nije bili nikoga da nam kaže da griješimo u prvim koracima.

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The Great Awakening

The Great Awakening | Consciousness | Scoop.it

... what makes these times even more exciting is that we stand on the threshold of the greatest changes in human consciousness ever. Whether it is our relationships with our loved ones, our attitude to money, the ever-increasing pace of life, the environmental crisis, everything is pushing us to wake up to our full mental potential. We are being called to rediscover for ourselves the profound truths of which the great saints and teachers have spoken for thousands of years.

 

At their core, they all have been urging us to become wiser, more compassionate, more psychologically healthy human beings. To let go of our attachments to having things be a certain way, to be less materialistic, less egocentric, less greedy and hungry for power or status. And through this shift in consciousness to find peace in the moment -- the inner peace we have been yearning for all along, but fruitlessly seeking in the world around.

 

This is the next great frontier; not outer space but inner space. The exploration and development of human spirit. This is not an exploration to be conducted by some scientists in a laboratory; it is an exploration in which we are all personally engaged, and it is taking place in the laboratory of life. And it is an exploration that is already underway.

 

By Peter Russell http://www.facebook.com/PeterRussellAuthor/posts/337864066303543

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The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions | Consciousness | Scoop.it

"Dreams are not without sense, nor are they best understood to be expressions of infantile wishes. They are the result of the interconnectedness of new experience with that already stored in memory networks. But memory is never a precise duplicate of the original; instead, it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation. They are formed by pattern recognition between some current emotionally valued experience matching the condensed representation of similarly toned memories. Networks of these become our familiar style of thinking, which gives our behavior continuity and us a coherent sense of who we are. Thus, dream dimensions are elements of the schemas, and both represent accumulated experience and serve to filter and evaluate the new day’s input."

 

Rosalind D. Cartwright's The Twenty-four Hour Mind: The Role of Sleep and Dreaming in Our Emotional Lives


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Depression

Depression | Consciousness | Scoop.it

As a soul-centred psychiatric therapist, I am disturbed that so many people are being seduced into viewing the often valuable and necessary sufferings of soul, which include most experiences of depression, as 'mental illness'. In other words, sufferers of depression are often forced to endure, in addition to their pain and energy loss, the stigma of being told that they're 'ill', hence that their depression is a problem to be eliminated, or that it has no value, meaning, or purpose.


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What is Heart Intelligence?

What is Heart Intelligence? | Consciousness | Scoop.it

During the 1960s and ’70s physiologists John and Beatrice Lacey conducted research that showed the heart actually communicates with the brain in ways that greatly affect how we perceive and react to the world around us. Today, more than a half century after the Laceys began their research, we know a great deal more about the intelligent heart:

 

- The heart sends us emotional and intuitive signals to help govern our lives.


- The heart directs and aligns many systems in the body so that they can function in harmony with one another.


- The heart has its own independent complex nervous system known as “the brain in the heart.”


- The heart’s independent brain and nervous system relay information to the brain in the cranium, creating a two-way communication system between heart and brain.

 
- The heart makes many of its own decisions.


- The heart starts beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has been formed, a process that scientists call autorhythmic.


- Human beings form an emotional brain long before a rational one, and a beating heart before either.


Researchers at various institutions began showing in the 1980s and ’90s that success in life depends more on an individual’s ability to effectively manage emotions than on the intellectual ability of the brain in the head. These findings naturally resulted in people wanting to know how to infuse emotions with intelligence.

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The brain runs its show incognito

The brain runs its show incognito | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Eagleman’s new book, Incognito, examines the unconscious part of our brains — the complex neural networks that are constantly fighting one another and influencing how we act, the things we’re attracted to, and the thoughts that we have.

 

Eagleman refers to consciousness as “a tiny stowaway on a transatlantic steamship, taking credit for the journey without acknowledging the massive engineering underfoot.” His book investigates this fact and its implications in decision making. He explains how the mind does enormous amount of work to reach the moment when you can gleefully say, “I just thought of something!” He emphasizes how we often take credit for our ideas without considering the “the vast, hidden machinery behind the scenes.”

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Mariana Soffer's comment, August 3, 2012 6:08 AM
This rocks
gregorylent's comment, August 3, 2012 9:55 AM
yet still, rooted in phrenology 2.0, thinking meat makes consciousness ... tell me mr. eagleman, what is the magic that drives the brain?
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What Is Love? - Amit Goswami

Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, Theoretical Quantum Physicist, talks about the emotion of "love" in humanity in the documentary "The Quantum Activist". http://www.am...
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The Age of Consciousness

The Age of Consciousness | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Age of Consciousness is gradually unfolding in all areas of society from our daily lives to our business practices. It seems that everywhere we turn there is reference to mindfulness, or consciousness, people making a difference, changing our world, or giving back in some form or another. Conscious philosophies and practices are gradually finding their way into mainstream society. In time, this can only lead to a huge shift in humanity.

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Epistemology and Fourth Order Consciousness - Interview with Robert Kegan

Epistemology and Fourth Order Consciousness - Interview with Robert Kegan | Consciousness | Scoop.it

And this realization is what promotes the transformation from the fourth to the fifth order of consciousness. So, you start to build a way of constructing the world that is much more friendly to contradiction, to oppositeness, to being able to hold on to multiple systems of thinking. You begin to see that the life project is not about continuing to defend one formation of the self but about the ability to have the self literally be transformative. This means that the self is more about movement through different forms of consciousness than about the defending and identifying with any one form.

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David Abram on Magic as a form of consciousness

"Magic is participating in a world of multiple intelligences with the intuition that every form one perceives - from swallow swooping overhead to the fly on a blade of grass, and indeed the blade of grass itself - is an experiencing form, an entity with its own predilections and sensations that are very different from our own."
Source: David Abram. The Spell of the Sensuous. Vintage, 1997, p. 10


Cited by Susan Greenwood, at http://www.philhine.org.uk/writings/ess_naturemagic.html

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Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity

Collective Presencing: A New Human Capacity | Consciousness | Scoop.it

This is the first in a series of articles introducing the phenomenon and practice of Collective Presencing, a new capacity evolving in humanity at this time. Great thinkers have foreseen its coming—we recognise it in Aurobindo’s descent of the supramental and Teilhard de Chardin’s noosphere. But what exactly do those terms mean? Where these gifted individuals intuited and envisioned the birth of this new collective capacity at the dawn of the last century, we are now starting to be able to describe it from experience. While many might recognise the phenomenon from transpersonal group work and other such practices, so far as we are aware, this is the first attempt to articulate it as a path and a set of capacities that can be intentionally developed.

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‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI

‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the Introduction to this issue.


“Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.”


Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs, Goertzel and Ilke’ note.

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