Your Brain Might Be a Radio

How "fantastic" stories unlock the nature of consciousness.

| Fall 2014

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“I am making no certain metaphysical claims here, although I am pointing out that our present ones have erased huge swaths of the human experience and, by so doing, have impoverished our thinking.”

Illustration by James Gill/CognitiveBiasParade

"The greatest taboo among serious intellectuals of the century just behind us, in fact, proved to be none of the 'transgressions' itemized by postmodern thinkers: It was, rather, the heresy of challenging a materialist worldview."

—Victoria Nelson, The Secret Life of Puppets (2001)


SCENE 1. Mark Twain was famous for mocking every orthodoxy and convention, including, it turns out, the conventions of space and time. As he relates the events in his diaries, Twain and his brother Henry were working on the riverboat Pennsylvania in June 1858. While they were in port in St. Louis, the writer had a dream:

“In the morning, when I awoke I had been dreaming, and the dream was so vivid, so like reality, that it deceived me, and I thought it was real. In the dream I had seen Henry a corpse. He lay in a metallic burial case. He was dressed in a suit of my clothing, and on his breast lay a great bouquet of flowers, mainly white roses, with a red rose in the centre.”

Twain awoke, got dressed, and prepared to go view the casket. He was walking to the house where he thought the casket lay before he realized “that there was nothing real about this—it was only a dream.”

10/10/2014 11:31:52 AM

Great article! There are more questions than answers about all this. That the knowledge we seek is not accessible by the means with which we seek it, is a key point. Things are unknowable unless we know the context in which to study them. "Science," is not equipped to study psychic or consciousness phenomenon. However, we can individually, experientially, experience such phenomenon, and share with others. We can then begin to achieve a modicum of validation, and strengthen this other, more primal and existential way of knowing. Constant invalidation kills that capacity for knowing in this way.

10/3/2014 11:31:15 AM

The real point about consciousness and why it has not been studied is that the rulers of this place---and the rulers are not necessarily the government in all cases---don't want you to know who you really are. vonNeumann in 1934 wrote a book in 1934 connecting Consciousness and Quantum Physics--that book got suppressed and hidden by the rulers for years--only glimpses of that book have surfaced in the last few years--and the rulers have waged a constant battle to disparage, discredit and destroy anyone who starts getting close to the truth about consciousness and who all of us really are--we are way more than a collection of organic components as the rulers would have us believe--it is convenient and cheap to control us with these limiting thoughts about ourselves. Good news is that the physics of this place is changing--the rulers will no longer be able to control us because our radios will be turned on and consciousness flows with knowledge witll be turned on in the next few years. The rulers will not be able to control us any longer. Hopefully, articles like this will make you aware of the first signs that your radio is activating and the first faint signals begin to uncover the lies the rulers of this place and the truth of who you really are.

9/29/2014 4:02:46 PM

Mr. Kripal may be on to something here. There is an increasing body of evidence that the essence of the universe is not matter but rather Consciousness. In this view matter is merely a kind of recrudescence on a much vaster underlying reality somewhat like the skin upon an apple. In this view our brains do not generate the mind as the Materialists would have; rather our minds are local vortexes of the vaster underlying consciousness and we are thus, as the Buddha said, all just one. The illusion that we are isolated individuals is just that, an illusion. For more on this potentially paradigm shifting hypothesis one might wish to see Dr. Thomas Campbell's "Theory of Everything"

rosemary campbell
9/29/2014 12:13:03 PM

That is wonderful to read this story about Mark Twain and where some of his ideas came from. His ideas for the stories as you wrote above came to him by a helpful guide in the world beyond earth where we go after our death. The spirits of the dead who are believed to zip up to a place called heaven never to return, can in actuality return to earth and put ideas into others and help them write books. They can help them in all aspects of their life, and sometimes the humans never know where these ideas come from. But you are right telling most people these truths will not be met with believability, and some cases they will turn on the person telling them such things, and some of they will go so far as to call a person like this as dillussional, and or crazy in some cases and or strange. This is what Psychics and communicators with the other side have to deal with all the time. One of the reasons the average person is not open to this is the bible says jesus tells us not to dabble in the Occult, but psychics do it all the time and there are many good honest ones out here who want nothing more than to help people see the truth of spirit communication. When a human dies the earthly body dies and is buried but the spirit with all its intelligence and memories goes with it to the spirit world and from there after an adjustment period that spirit can return and channel thoughts and ideas through humans to help with many aspects of their life. I respect the bible and its teachings but I also know that Jesus spoke to those beyond earth and I feel that I and others need to keep everything in its proper place, and treat spirit communication as a scientific research type of endeavor and I believe more scientific minds should step up and help to explore the Universe. Planet Earth is just one planet out there and who knows what else is out there and thats what the Space Program is all about to explore new Horizons and keep an open mind and expand our minds and bring new truths to planet earth because many great minds out there want us to believe and listen to them and welcome their ideas because they still have a lot to offer.

rosemary campbell
9/29/2014 11:58:26 AM

The dream Mark Twain had about the death of his brother into the future is called a Premonition of things to come in the lives of the dreamer or someone they know. With these dreams as a warning of things to come it is possible that Mark Twain could have paid better attention to his dream and realized that his brother was in danger of dieing soon, and perhaps if he had understood what he was seeing he or someone might have taken steps that might have saved his brother from death. I and many other psychics know these things, and when someone consults a ligitimate psychic for a reading they are quite often told of things in their path which can be avoided by taking action to divert them. I meditate and communicate with guides beyond the veil of death and quite often they have given me warnings for some of my relatives and its actually saved their lives, and i believe if people understand these things better we can help each other by sharing our dreams. But first we need to have people better understand these things so they don't dismiss them as just dreams but premonitions and looks into the future.