Claude de Contrecoeur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is far easier to enjoy the virtual reality in your own mind than to try to enjoy primitive virtual realities generated by computers! To that effect, you need no money, nothing, except practice! Moreover, by doing so you start to learn a lot about what consciousness is as, for instance, in dreams you are frequently conscious of things which are non-existent in the reality of the awake state. How you can be conscious of things which never existed is an important discovery which opens the scientific exploration of what exactly "consciousness" is. I analysed this, in detail, in my 1980 article.
Scientists have been engaged in big projects to unravel, for instance, the entire DNA structure of the human genome. In my opinion, this is interesting but is not a priority in a technological society as primitive as ours because we are "advanced" technologically but nearly complete ignorants in the domain of the workings of our very own brains. A technological society needs to have as deep a knowledge about the central nervous system (CNS) as it has about exogenous reality, or exoreality. The knowledge about our consciousness and thinking process is minute and the main reason for that is not because this is a difficult thing to achieve but because there is no top priority project meant to study the central nervous system. I have been recommending for years that we should lauch the equivalent of an "Apollo" project for the brain. We need to devote large amounts of money and put scientists in many different fields at work on the same project: unravelling the function of consciousness. I am optimistic that this can be achieved!
Researchers in the brain field should combine two methodologies:
Both methodologies should work hand in hand to constantly generate new synthesis, concepts, and ideas. This is what I started, on a lone path, in 1976. Why? Because I found no serious scientist interested in pursuing such an ambitious and complex quest.
What the public does not know is that the vast majority of scientists are only fonctionnaires (civil servants)! They have no real intellectual curiosity and are mostly interested in promoting their status and making money. These fonctionnaires love hierarchy, like the military! They like to establish pecking orders like chickens insteadof listening to one another. But Science, real Science, has nothing to do with the army or with the behaviour of birds... Science is the human quest for knowledge: everyone can participate and add his stone to the erection of the building of progress. I think I have opened new ways of exploring brain function and I believe that when there is more scientific interest in the field, we will observe a fast explosion in the domain of the neurosciences as a whole (often new knowledge comes when individuals have enough intellectual freedom and curiosity.The ibogaine story is an example of this as all research on ibogaine started after a lone individual made a few interesting observations...). Those savants should be courageous and highly motivated to get to grips with their own consciousness. I have explored the shores and the surroundings of a mostly uncharted land. I invite all other serious researchers to join me in that exploration. The first call, in 1979, went unheard, so I continued on my way as there was no other choice. Convincing people of this and that has never been one of my chief interests and I believe people should convince themselves if they are authentically interested in what they are studying. So I am spreading my present knowledge like a gardener spreading seeds... Reasonable people will take those seeds and make then grow. Unreasonable people will throw the seeds in the dustbin!
I am what people usually call a "pioneer". Pioneers are not special people! They are only highly curious and motivated individuals who are not afraid to take untrodden paths. Why are they not afraid? Because they know how ephemeral life and all human things are. They have no time to waste in futile arguments, social beliefs and other human stereotypes. They know that human beings are only animals doomed to death, like all animals.They know that human behaviours and thoughts are rarely ever objective but always reflect the desire of dominance, as my late friend Dr Henri Laborit discovered. (Human beings struggle in despair to achieve dominance, something reminiscent of the behaviour of wolves or monkeys. The vast majority of "scientists" behave in this way too so it is often useless to waste time with them! As for me I have never been interested in dominance and this imbecile competition which pervades the whole planet now, thanks to the "American" businessmen. I have always favoured communication and sharing, building things together while forgetting about our ridiculous egos. Ego means only destruction. It is totally negative). Their Grail is Knowledge. Their enemy is death, because we are mortal. They have to pursue the quest of Knowledge as fast as possible before death puts them back into non-existence ... until the "end" of eternity. Jean de Ribault, the famous French Protestant who established the first European colony in North America: la Floride Française, "French Florida" (1562) knew all about it ... When the Spanish Menendez came to destroy his settlements and murder most of the French Protestants, Jean de Ribault reminded him that this was a useless action as both of them, in the end, would be nothing more than dust in the wind ... Menendez, embedded in his ego, ordered Jean de Ribault to be killed together with all French over 15 years old and so perished the innocents. Their dust is still somewhere in what is nowadays called Carolina ...
One of these pioneers, to which I dedicate my work, was Joël Scherk, an early French physicist with other pioneers of the Superstrings theory. He died too early from diabetes, at around 30 years old. How tragic, how unfair. But human life is tragic and is unfair because we are still ruled by primitive animal instincts and, still, doomed to die. Death is a form of genetic disease which, I believe, will be harnessed in the future. Unfortunately, this does not apply to us: all of us reading this will die anyhow and return to dust ... which was born a long time ago in the stars! This is the deep absurdity of human life, as Camus pointed out. Life is absurd but we have to struggle, like Sisyphus. We do not know the origins of Reality, the Objective Reality (not to be confused with what we call "universe") but, in a far future, our descendants, I think, might well understand all these things which are, for us, a highly primitive species, still "mysteries". Reality seems to be much more complex than what we know today. Examining the ideas behind, for instance, the known 4 forces or things like Non-Locality (Non-Séparabilité) gives rise to novel ideas about the structure of exogenous reality. Unravelling the workings of the CNS is the first step in the conquest of the future. Exploring our endogenous reality is a prerequisite for all researchers who want to study consciousness. Those who who do not care or refute this exploration are not serious and they are just playing with concepts unrelated to observations... Moreover, consciousness is to be unravelled through the neurosciences not through grotesque ideas coming from something totally unrelated as quantum mechanics. . .
I here hark to the games of Penrose, who wrote a Manifesto of the Grotesque! No credence can be given to any person who has not, first of all, explored his own consciousness in the way described here. Penrose and other physicists are talking about things they do not have the slightest knowledge of. Certainly they are good at physics, but they are not qualified to study consciousness, being totally ignorant with respect to their endogenous reality. How can you dare to talk about consciousness when you have never even explored your own? The immersion in conscious dreams and in experiments with psychotropic molecules is a prerequisite for any serious discussion about consciousness. The late Dr. Joseph Moreau de Tours knew all about it! So what about Penrose and others? To the dustbin! as could have said my favourite writer Cyrano de Bergerac, in 1648!!! A lot of noise for nothing ... and anyhow all of us, like Jean de Ribaut and Menendez, will soon be only dust, as my friend Cyrano de Bergerac has been since 1652! Hommes poussière ... rien n'est vrai, tout est vrai! Rien n'est blanc, rien n'est noir! Tout n'est que nuances de gris ... et vous n'êtes que des cirons, des puces "aux fesses de la nature" comme disait encore le brillant Cyrano!
So here are the exercises you should do regularly to learn to consciously penetrate your endoreality:
The purpose of this exercise is to teach you how to specifically activate some of your memory zones in order to achieve the generation of controlled hallucinations. This is a very difficult exercise but it will train your consciousness to control itself. Focussing your attention is extremely important in the discovery of your memory and consciousness. It should be accompanied by breathing regulation: you need to breathe slowly and regularly, as if you were sleeping. Apparently controlled breathing triggers hallucinations, as experienced by meditating monks.
In the beginning, if you focus your attention on, say, a triangle, you will observe the appearance of a faint triangular shape in the darkness and you will discover that this triangle will have a strong tendency to move, rotate, or simply disappear to be replaced by another faint image. Such faint images are called disattenuated images. A clear and controlled hallucinated image is called a completely disattenuated image, while faint images are called partially disattenuated images. We will explain this later. A normal visual thought is called an attenuated image.
To see a memorised image as clearly as a real image means that you activate the metabolism of a memory zone where this image is stored. Selective metabolic activation of memory zones gives you a lot of power in your dreams and, also, surprisingly, in the exoreality where we all live.
Before reiterations appear you will notice that the darkness on which you are focussing becomes first 3-dimensional, then starts to "boil". By "boiling" I mean that you start to observe sub-hallucinations, constantly appearing and disappearing by MHV transformations. These sub-hallucinations are reminiscent of the surface of boiling water! Not only do these hallucinatory forms constantly change but they are very much imbriqué, intertwined. The same step can be noticed by conventional serotoninergic hallucinogens like psilocine which is, for me, the reference serotoninergic hallucinogen. "Boiling" informational objects and reiterations are the sign of only slight metabolic activation. The same phenomena can be observed at the end of a dream period: if you wake up immediately from dreaming you can still observe (for up to 6 minutes or so) boiling and reiterative informational objects in slow rotation (often from right to left in my case). I call this phenomenon the "disattenuation closure" (fermeture de la désatteacutenuation).
After some weeks or months of such training you will have your first conscious dream, in the second phase of your exercise, that is, in the early morning. You will remember it as an extraordinary experience as you will discover that reality is only made of perceptions. Reality for all of us is what we consciously perceive. It does not matter where the incoming information flows from: from exoreality or endoreality. Evolution has put a mechanism which erases the consciousness of our dreams in our central nervous system (CNS). If the mechanism did not exist, all of us would have chosen to live in our respective endorealities and our species would just be extinct!
Just see how people are running into exceedingly primitive computer-generated virtual realities. Imagine what would happen if all people could go, at will, into the ultimate virtual reality of their own mind!!! The mercantilistic society which now prevails would just become extinct as, in our endoreality, we can achieve everything we want at no cost at all. The only cost is learning. In such a future, life would be more tranquil as people would obviously cease to compete and desperately run after "exoreal" objects in order to run, instead, after their own informational objects... When you have access to the informational objects stored into your memory you no longer need money and power to realise your desires. It is far easier to learn how to gratify yourself with informational objects than working like mad to become a millionaire who will have less than you because he can only possess exoreal objects! A proficient conscious dreamer is in a world which is constantly extraordinary. This quality of endoreality is called extraordinarity (extraordinaireté, a quality of endoreality as opposed to non-extraordinarity, which is a quality of exoreality). Moreover, this world is serene, irenic, as it is your own created world. Nobody can run after you in the realm of your endoreality except your fears, materialising in nightmarish forms, as long as you are not aware that they are the product of your stored anxieties.
All reality for any given individual is in their own "mind", that is, their own memory. So the exploration of ourselves becomes the most rewarding thing one can achieve in our lives. Talking with your Unconscious teaches you a lot about what "reality" and human life are...
Nowadays people are not yet alphabetised as regards their ability to penetrate into themselves. Their conscious self is completely at odds with their unconscious self. All these great scientists studying exoreality are still primitives as regards their knowledge of their own selves. They know only the verbal language and the usual sequential analytic tools we use in the Sciences but they do not know how to use their Memory in order to do Science in a different way: more visual, more rapid, more creative. Who knows, for instance, that cannabinoids used with benzodiazepines and with the help of some self-knowledge can enhance creativity? Cannabinoids make you enter a "creative zone" of the mind because they intensify the metabolism of the fabric of memory which are called "Intersections". Cannabinoids stimulate thought to "radiate" into the imaginary space-time of memory through those intersections. Through intersections your thought can spread into many different areas of your memory simultaneously thus giving you a higher perspective of things. I wish all scientists would learn how to use cannabinoids to go faster in their research.
You can divide yourself into two persons, say a woman and a man, and then just make love with yourself! This is an extraordinary fullfilling experience which cannot be described in exoreal terms. You have to discover it by yourself. All these virtual experiences will make you see exoreality into a totally transformed way as endoreality will then appear to be a space of great freedom while exoreality will be considered a form of prison, because exoreality is totally devoid of the extraordinary.
Slowly, slowly you will also get a sense that exoreality is, perhaps, not as real as we think but that it might be just a part of an unknown hyper-reality of which we are totally unaware. Studying my endoreality guided me then to start to be interested in physics because physics teaches you about the nature of exoreality. Why is exoreality so rigid, so simple? Is the rigidity of the structure of exoreality real or only an appearance? Physics can start to give mind-boggling answers to these questions! As for me, now my opinion is that what we call our "universe" is only a small part of a much vaster hyper-reality. I believe much higher forms of intelligences should be able to create exorealities at will, for instance by setting physical constants and creating the forces they want... It is written nowhere that the 4 interactions we know are the only ones in existence in the Objective Reality (not to be confused with our "universe"). It is written nowhere that the values of the physical constants should always be as they are...
I now believe intuitively that all this is only an appearance, like the shadows of Plato's cave, and that forces or constants can be modified at will, giving rise to an extraordinarily complex exoreality: Hyper-Reality. Intertwined but totally disconnected realities may exist, and a lot of other strange things! I think we are at the edge of a revolution in our understanding of the structure of exoreality. Already modern physicists can imagine such hyper-realities of which our own reality would only be a small, "illusory", part.For instance,André Linde, a renowned physicist, described a model of the universe (called the inflationary fractal universe) which looks just like how we might imagine hyper-reality.
When you are in a conscious dream, you will first enjoy yourself, meeting loving women or men, making oneiric friends, visiting Tahiti or Hawaii, the Moon or Mars, etc. Of course all these experiences are imaginary but so is your own life in exoreality! After that, you should analyse the oneiric world, for instance you can try now to evaluate what the degree of freedom that you and your oneiric partners have in the endoreality is. Doing this, you will one day discover that oneiric people are hybrids between yourself and what you think you know about others. For instance, oneiric people can answer any question the same exoreal people could not answer. They can be influenced by your thoughts, etc. They are not always free to behave like they do and, most often, their volition is very weak in front of your own volition. One of the most important things in endoreality is that you can study, first hand, how your memory works. In a way you become your own Sherlock Holmes and this is highly exciting as you are scientifically exploring a world where no scientists have gone before you! You are on your way to become a pioneer of the "mind".
One important thing to do in conscious dreams, for scientists, is to analyse the oneiric reality first-hand, from inside, as this is the best way to study how a biological memory works. The first thing a scientist discovers in endoreality is that the oneiric environment is metastable. Every informational object of a dream is continuously in a metastable state and can change to another metastable state though a "MHV jump". Endoreal informational objects are often relatively stable as long as the dreamer maintains his attention focussed on them. Say if I have a watch on my wrist, this watch will tend to remain the same as long as I am looking at it. If I hide my oneiric arm with the oneiric watch for, say, 30 seconds of oneiric time and then look again at my wrist I will notice that a sudden MHV jump has occurred: my first watch would have transformed into another watch, different, but still a watch because in our memory all homologous informational objects are stored in a common place.
All homologous objects colocalised in a same domain are called, collectively, a Motif Homologiquement Variant (MHV) or a homologously variable pattern. For example, in this example, all the watches I have seen in my life constitute a "single" MHV and a single watch extracted from this MHV is called a "slice" of the MHV. The memory area where an MHV is stored is called a MHV domain. Any MHV can contain a huge amount of informational objects which are extracted into consciousness with metabolic energy. To illustrate this with a simple familiar example just consider a game with soap which has been played, for generations, everywhere by children: in this game, children plunge an annular piece of plastic in liquid soap then blow inside and what happens? Lots of bubbles, with different sizes, sprout out! In the same way, when you inject energy in a MHV (you "heat" the MHV) this MHV starts to "bubble" its slices out into consciousness! A bubbling MHV is called a radiating MHV. The MHV are the shortcuts of dreams and, often, an oneiric scene will change to another oneiric scene through a MHV jump, that is a transformation obeying a law of homologous patterns. MHVs contain enormous quantities of informational objects which have a similar pattern in common. For example, a mushroom and and ashtray with a candle in its middle are very close in shape (pattern) and they are, thus, colocalised. This is why if I observe one visual thought (see drawing) consisting of an upside-down mushroom, for example, and if, all a sudden, this mushroom disappears and is replaced by an ashtray with a candle inside this is because their patterns are very similar and it needs only a small amount of metabolic energy to shift consciousness from the first informational object (the mushroom) to the second informational object (the ashtray with the candle).
TRANSFORMATIONS MOTIFIELLES (Homologuous Pattern Transformations)
In this drawing we can observe the "cheminement" (path?) of a simple visual thought consisting of the image of a mushroom. This thought was observed in complete darkness. Focussing my attention on the darkness I suddenly observed a static mushroom as drawn. Rapidly (less than 2 seconds later) the mushroom disappeared, to be replaced by the image of the ashtray with the candle. Both images evolve in the imaginary space-time of memory through INTERSECTIONS. An intersection is an informational place of memory where informational objects can transform into one another because they share a COMMON simple pattern. Transformations of such visual thoughts, following homologuous pattern rules, are called transformations motifielles in French, which may be translated into English as "Homologuous Pattern Transformations". Such transformations motifielles have been observed by some artists (such as Grandville, Dali) but went unrecognised. Transformations motifielles are always observed when one focusses his attention on his thoughts. They are also, similarly, observed with serotoninergic hallucinogens and cannabinoids or under ... strong stress, meaning that stress enhances the metabolic status of memory. With serotoninergic hallucinogens such transformations seem more static while they are more animated under cannabinoids.
These transformations motifielles demonstrate that thoughts obey rules and are not random. This is an extremely important observation as it shows that "free will" is a figment of our imagination. A thought can proceed into the imaginary space-time of memory only through intersections. This demonstrates the perfectly physical nature of thoughts...
We do not need mysteries, such as Deities or quantum mechanics(!), to describe thoughts. The same applies for consciousness which is a collection, a sum, of simple mutually interacting thoughts.
Memory is composed entirely of MHVs which are also all intertwined. This gives rise to the discontinuity of our thoughts. For instance, the vision of a mushroom is a simple visual continuous thought. As long as that mushroom remains the same my visual thought is continuous. When, suddenly, my consciousness drifts away through a MHV jump then it becomes discontinuousor through the help of cannabinoids which enhance the metabolic status of MHVs. The idea of an MHV is extraordinarily powerful, as it then permits the scientist to begin to understand how the oneiric or schizophrenic consciousnesses are structured. A schizophrenic thinks in the same way as a normal dreamer: his consciousness just follows the way memory is organised: into MHVs. The difference between a schizophrenic and a normal waking person is that the MHVs in a schizophrenic mind are more active metabolically and so MHVs start to "radiate" meaning that discontinuity of thought is enhanced. MHVs radiation is also found in those religious mystics claimimg to have reached a "complete understanding" of the "universe"...
There are a lot of things to explore and analyse in conscious dreams. I will now explain some of the things I have discovered since 1976, when I first penetrated a conscious dream.
The brain is also equipped with another very important structure called the dérepixélisateur in French, which could be translated as the "derepixelator" or DRP. The DRP is responsible for the continuity of our consciousness during waking time. During dreaming, the DRP also stops functioning, thus introducing discontinuity in our thoughts which become fragmented, like in schizophrenia (due to enhanced metabolism in MHVs). In fact, schizophrenia is, essentially, a disease of the DRP which is malfunctioning. The DRP is thus responsible for the normality of our consciousness during our waking periods. We do not know yet which brain structures are involved in the DRP but one structure which seems to be a part of this system is the hippocampus (incidentally, the hippocampus contains cannabinoid receptors and such receptors should, logically, be involved in the generation of schizophrenic consciousness).
The DRP controls the informational structure of our consciousness and maintains the stability of this structure by preventing MHV radiation. In every individual there is a baseline level of MHV radiation which maintains him in contact with exoreality. If this baseline level of radiation is increased, then thoughts become discontinuous and we appear to be "crazy" to an exoreal observer! MHV radiation is increased in the normal dreaming state but decreased in the conscious dream state. This means that during a conscious dream those brain structures crucially involved in the waking state form of consciousness are in a lower metabolic state. This is a very important realisation, as it should now be possible, with PET tomography, to localise those structures responsible for the waking form of consciousness... Surely this will be a great achievement in the study of consciousness. The DRP is, very probably, a system which controls the intensity of metabolism in the areas which give rise to consciousness. When metabolic activity is low in these areas, then we have our normal structure of consciousness. The structure of consciousness is also called a "pixelation pattern" (motif de pixélisation in French). When metabolic activity becomes elevated, then our consciousness becomes metastable and dissolves into a mosaic of unrelated informational events. During our waking time, the DRP maintains a low metabolism in the areas of our brain responsible for consciousness. So the DRP (and also the attenuator!) is a metabolic modulator. Understanding how the DRP works is understanding many different states of consciousness, from the normal waking type of consciousness to the dream or schizophrenic types of consciousness. The functioning of the DRP and the attenuator are interrelated. Depending on these interrelations you will get different states of consciousness.
There is also another system which is fundamental in order to understand different states of consciousness. It is called the SBEM (systéme de blocage des éfférences motrices) in French and I will keep the same acronym in English. The SBEM is a neuronal system which blocks motor efferents during the onset of dreaming but which does not work during schizophrenic states, where it remains inactive. This is why schizophrenics express an oneiric way of thinking while awake.
The normal dreaming state will thus be:
The conscious dream state will be:
Attenuator: Inactive (consequence: increased metabolism in our
DRP: Active (consequence: decreased metabolism in our consciousness areas)
The hallucinatory schizophrenic state will be:
The non-hallucinatory schizophrenic state will be:
Hallucinatory states, drug-induced, will be:
Attenuator: More or less inactive
Make yourself proficient in conscious dreams as this will be the next human revolution to come, a revolution as important as the discovery of fire or of writing.
For example a mushroom "A", stored in 1976, and an exceedingly close mushroom "B", stored in 1989, will be intertwined, stacked, very closely, independently of their respective time coordinates. This means that if the mushroom "A" appears into your oneiric consciousness it may very well be followed (through a simple MHV jump) by the mushroom "B". What is important to notice here is that each of these mushrooms is part of a larger MCV stored from exoreality. So if you are watching the mushroom "A" in an oneiric scene you may well be, in fact, in 1976 and when this mushroom connects to the mushroom "B" your consciousness could very well jump into the MCV associated with mushroom "B", meaning that you would all of a sudden jump from 1976 to 1989 via those mushrooms. MHVs are not always as simple as in this example...
Here is an example of motion MHV: in a train, in Tokyo, I look at the passenger door opening with a certain velocity. Suddenly the image of a crab opening its arms at the same subjective velocity of the door appears into my consciousness! What links the image of the door to the image of the crab is just a motion of similar speed... The apparent complexity of our thoughts can be reduced to basic MHVs connecting different MCVs. The more you observe your thoughts and the more you become keen to discover the links which connect apparently different thoughts.
Our memory thus stores information according to patterns. For instance spherical objects will be stored in the same memory area, triangular objects will be stored in their own memory area, etc. Our memory stores also information in a continuous way. This form of information storage is called MCV memory from "mémoire à motifs continûment variants". In fact, analysis seems to suggest that MCV memory is only an illusion and an expression of MHV memory where all stored patterns flow in the same time direction. So to each slice of MHV we can assign a time coordinate and when a set of slices of MHV have similar time coordinates then this produces continuity and the illusion of MCV memory. All this has been fascinating brainstorming and research for me, from 1976 to 1989! This is the first time I have shared some of my knowledge with many people.
An area which stores homologous patterns is called a domaine d'homologie motifielle in French, which may be translated as "homologous pattern domain". For instance, all the heads of people we have seen in our life are stored in a common homologous pattern domain which can be called, for convenience, a "pattern domain of heads": a MHV of heads! All those stored heads constitute a MHV of heads while one head is a slice, a section of this MHV, as we saw previously. This is important to keep in mind. But one head per se can also be subdivided into more "elementary" MHVs: so a slice of a MHV of heads, for instance, contains in itself other slices made of many mutually interacting MHVs. If we take one head (that is, one slice of a MHV of heads) and then introduce continuity by rotating this given head in the imaginary space-time of our memory we obtain a given MCV. A moving slice of MHV in time generates, radiates potential MHVs contained in its structure. This is reminiscent of fractals.
In the consciousness of normal people, those domains are always in a very low metabolic state. Thus, the patterns stored in these domains do not radiate outside. Metabolically inactive patterns, then, do not enter into consciousness, making our consciousness rather continuous. If the metabolic status of these domains is increased, then these domains start to radiate in all directions in our memory, introducing discontinuity, as our consciousness will start to flow according to pattern homologies. This can best be observed with the psychotropic cannabinoids, as cannabinoids, specifically, enhance the metabolism of homologous pattern domains thus giving rise to the typical discontinuous thoughts of a person intoxicated with cannabinoids. This, in fact, is the beginning of madness as pure madness will be characterised by a still higher metabolic activity in these domains. The thoughts of schizophrenics will thus be, essentially, discontinuous and this discontinuity will naturally put them in a state of total confusion as their consciousness will then become illusioned. The French psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph Moreau de Tours seems to have understood this phenomenon in his book "Du Haschich et de l'Aliénation Mentale", published in 1845 - one of the greatest ever books written on the mind.
When homologous pattern domains are very active metabolically then proper recognition of exogenous patterns is disturbed and consciousness becomes "fragmented" because it, in fact, radiates in different stored homologous patterns. So, schizophrenia is a state of hypermnesia. There is a limit to the quantity of homologous patterns which can be recalled per unit of time. When this limit is crossed, then we become crazy or we start, also, to dream! (This limit is called the seuil d'illusion in French). This means that no drug will ever be invented which could intensify our recalls indefinitely, as indefinite recall just generates consciousness radiation, which is confusion! Cannabinoids are memory enhancers but, under their influence, we remember so many things that we just forget them nearly as soon as we have remembered them!!! To the outside observer, this looks like amnesia but this is, actually, hypermnesia. This physiological limit to proper conscious recall reminds us a bit of the problem of uncertainty discovered by Heisenberg. However, creative individuals, by continuously and nearly obsessively thinking of some ideas, enhance the metabolic status of the areas where their ideas are stored (these are hyper-complex MHVs) giving rise to a phenomenon of interaction/synthesis in homologous pattern domains. This interaction/synthesis is the basis of Creativity. So creative individuals learn to enhance the metabolic activity of hyper-complex MHVs. Interaction/synthesis is a phenomenon which continuously goes on in MHV domains. This process continuously generates order.
Here is a simple example of interaction/synthesis. Let us take a MHV of mushrooms. Now let us take two sections (two slices) of this MHV like 2 particular mushrooms. It is very important to notice here that, most probably, these mushrooms were not stored at the same time. Maybe one would have been stored in September 1979 and the other one in October 1991. These 2 mushrooms can informationally interact and thus produce a new hybrid mushroom which was never observed in exoreality. This new mushroom will immediately be stored in the MHV of mushrooms. What is important to realise is that this hybridisation process is the basis of the Imaginary. Without interaction/synthesis in MHVs men would never have imagined anything different from what they perceive in exoreality. Myths, religions, all these things arose through interaction/synthesis in MHV domains.
So biological or artificial memories working by MHV storage inevitably give rise to an Imaginary. But what is more important to know, in our example, is that the new hybrid mushroom is a time composite.
Let us call our first 2 mushrooms A and B and the first hybrid produced C. Now that we have A, B and C nothing forbids new interactions/synthesis to proceed like, for instance, the merging of A and C to give D or the merging of B and C to give E. This can go on "forever": D might interact with A to give F, and so on. So an MHV becomes more and more complex, more and more ordered and structured with the passing of time. This is very important in understanding what "creativity" is. All these hybrids are spatial hybrids and time hybrids and this is why consciousness looks so free because it can go through all these "holes" linking different informational objects through a lot of MHV jumps. Consciousness itself can also become hybridised and give rise to bizarre thinking in dreams or madness. One example I have was the observation in a dream of little tadpoles which I interpreted, in my consciousness, as seedlings of bamboos!
Such a state of consciousness can be reasonably described by a phenomenon of partial modal recognition and absence of informational transfer. In the above dream I made a model which describes how visually perceived tadpoles can be "consciously" interpreted as tadpoles. The model also predicts the opposite case, for instance, in which the visual observation of bamboo seedlings could be evaluated by consciousness as being tadpoles! It took me about a year of thinking to discover this model.
So the first step in a CNS which gives rise to the phenomenon called "consciousness" is a process of superimposition of homologuous patterns. This is why we can so easily have "full consciousness" of non-exogenous events during a dream or if we become crazy (dérepixélisé, as I say in French!). Illusion is an extraordinary phenomenon which gives us the possibility of being conscious of practically any non exogenously real event! Because of this, many scientists studying "psychedelic" drugs have fallen into that trap to the point of believing in the exoreal nature of their illusions... This is understandable. Scientists are only humans and you need a lot of analytical power not to fall in the illusion trap as illusions are so nice and comfortable to believe, especially for atheists! Other illusions that anybody can experience are visual illusions based on artistic drawings. They obey the same rule as all illusions: superimposition of homologuous patterns. Cannabinoids can induce pretty nice illusions as you mostly stay just under the threshold of illusion (seuil d'illusion). Experiencing one of these cannabinic illusions I discovered that consciousness was, primarily, a process of comparison of homologuous patterns. In this instance, I was walking under échafaudages (scaffolding) in my home town of Genève when I suddenly experienced a very nice illusion as soon as I entered inside those échafaudages. I was transported into a similar experience, which I had lived before in Bângkoc, Siam! I could feel exactly like when I was under a homologuous échafaudage in Bângkoc, "hearing" Thai people speaking and laughing, imagining the heat, the nearby river, etc, exactly as if I was just reliving the whole situation. Had I lost the idea that I was in Genève and not in Bângkoc I would have appeared, to an ignorant outside observer, just as any schizophrenic appears to their medical similarly ignorant environment...
What is funny is that I made this observation while sleeping in the house of a Catholic priest, in Mousashi-Kosougi, near Tôkyô!!! If he had known what I had in mind... he might well have "ketobassed" me out of his place ("ketobasu" means, in Japanese, to kick, and it is a very amusing word for Japanese ears!)! My work on the mind has been much intertwined with love affairs with "des femmes asiatiques", Asian women, and I am happy that my discovery of MHVs was revealed in such a beautiful way: les fesses d'une japonaise (the buttocks of a Japanese woman!)... Ouh là, là . Scientific discovery through buttocks! I hope this will never disappear from textbooks in the future!!! The buttocks have always been one of my favourite sweets of women's anatomy. Men have achieved a lot of things in History in the name of buttocks! This is not well enough emphasised. Who knows now that, for instance, one of the greatest achievements of the British Empire was done because of a woman? It was for a woman that Pitt successfully destroyed New-France and French America!!! Each success he had against the French he would report to his wife in loving terms... like sweet presents for her so to show her that he was a real macho, someone to be admired and respected! Unfortunately, all that was made at the cost of blood, invasions, murders, and usurpations!
So, as I said, women's buttocks are essential in human History! At least, in my personal case, the end-result of my admiration for beautiful "fesses" is made at no cost at all: it is totally pacific and will be useful for all mankind! Another observation which perplexed me for perhaps two years before I solved it was an observation which I made in a dream (Hobson has it in Harvard, like the buttocks too...). In that conscious dream I was in front of a table and on the table was a blue fish. I seized the fish in my right hand and when I reopened my hand the fish had transformed into... a blue mouse with globulous fish eyes. I was extremely puzzled about how two dissimilar shapes could be connected as I was convinced that there was an underlying logical link between these two informational objects. Thinking obsessively about that only gave me headaches while I was attempting to make theoretical models to explain this transformation. And, one day, while I was walking through a market in Bângkoc (Siam), with my great love Patanîe Pongpatchamnânouète, I started to have a "fit of creativity"! Looking at all the fruits surrounding me I started to imagine them radiating, bubbling with MHVs. It was all beautiful. Suddenly, I saw in my mind the 3D image of a rotating fish and a rotating mouse which interpenetrated while in rotation. Then the rotation froze and here I could clearly see a common intersection between the fish shape and the mouse shape (see drawing)! At last I had found the underlying connection I was looking for, which was of course a peculiar MHV contained in both the fish shape and the mouse shape, as you can see in the illustration. That was a nice day but very soon my attention came back to my cherished Patanîe who reminded me of some fruits in the market called "mancoûtes". The love of Patanîe was essential in my work and creativity and love was very often totally intertwined. Et c'est pour toi, notamment, ma Patanîe chérie, que j'écris ces lignes. C'est mon cadeau car toutes les femmes aiment être fières de leur Amant! Je ne veux pas que l'Histoire oublie à quel point tu as été mon inspiration, comme Hiroé, Kazoué avant, Miyouqui. Je veux que l'on se rende compte que la créativité est intimement liée à la joie... et à l'absence de toute militarisation hiérarchique de la Science qui n'est que la fille naturelle de la Philosophie: la Philosophie Naturelle.
This state looks quite similar to the state of consciousness induced by the combination of a cannabinoid and a benzodiazepine. It is completely different from the state of consciousness induced by the reference serotoninergic hallucinogen psilocine. For instance, as far as I am concerned, I never felt any illusion with psilocine. The old proverb saying that genius and madness are very close is well illustrated when you are knowledgeable about the state of consciousness induced by cannabinoids and when you can experience natural creativity episodes! As I said before, everything is a question of metabolic activation. If you increase MHV metabolism you start to become potentially creative and more conscious, more aware of a lot of things because you can detect all the pattern homologies between your thoughts and external objects. But this is done at a cost! Time perception is altered and your lucidity is good only in short intervals. On longer intervals it might well give rise to confusion.
Cannabinoids seem to increase memory zone metabolism to the fringes of madness while NMDA receptors antagonists seem to increase this metabolism still to higher levels, kicking the consciousness of the subject into fullblown illusions! I have seen one person in my life going over the illusion threshold (seuil d'illusion) with cannabinoids... she was Japanese and she looked really schizophrenic for about 30 minutes. Authentic schizophrenics seem especially sensitive to the effects of cannabinoids. Anyhow it is clear for me that creativity and madness are very near indeed! The creative individual manages from time to time to have excursions just near the illusion threshold while the insane individual goes past this threshold never to return! Capito?
Introspective observation with cannabinoids gives you a good understanding of the dreaming, or schizophrenic, mind, as cannabinoids are, primarily, illusiogenic molecules. You do not get the same insight with hallucinogens as hallucinations, and illusions are completely different phenomena. An illusion is a state in which an exogenous pattern is not correctly identified, while a hallucination is a state in which you perceive something which just exists in your memory. In an hallucination your memory adds something to the exogenous perceived reality while in an illusion your memory wrongly identifies an exogenous pattern.
Illusions are fundamental in order to understand the oneiric and schizophrenic states of consciousness. The only well-known illusiogens have, until now, been the psychotropic cannabinoids. However NMDA receptors antagonists are clearly also illusiogenic and even much more illusiogenic than cannabinoids because they kick the normal waking state of consciousness into a strong state of illusions. Salvinorin, a diterpene hallucinogenic molecule from Salvia divinorum, may be also illusiogenic but I have not tested this molecule yet. Cannabinoids have a lot of properties different from the hallucinogens. For instance, they disrupt the speed of attenuation. This speed is decreased under cannabinoids and this phenomenon gives rise to the "time dilation" observed under these drugs. Under cannabinoids small sequences of time perception are continuously reiterated and superimposed on ongoing perception in real time.
Time perception is strongly modulated by serotonin. For instance, the specific serotonin re-uptake blockers, such as fluvoxamine or zimelidine, suppress the perception of time as thoughts are decreased in consciousness. The number of spontaneous thoughts per unit of time is essential in our subjective perception of time flow. When we have few thoughts per unit of time, then time flow seems slowed. On the contrary, when we have a lot of thoughts per unit of time, then time flow seems augmented. So cannabinoids and serotonin reuptake blockers act on opposite direction as far as time perception is concerned. Psilocine is also extremely interesting because it seems to delocalise consciousness. With psilocine, for instance, you can,simultaneously focus your attention on different things going on and follow each of these things individually! To understand this phenomenon we should again go back to the basics of memory organisation: the MHVs.
This is the reason why all people disconnected from their endorealities are, in fact, situated in one fragment of reality, not reality in its entirety. So, people studying consciousness while not being conscious of their own endoreality are in error. They are busy with dream-like preoccupations, not reality...
Our memory is so quite similar to a coral where myriads of polyps inhabit the same domain. Each endoreal person, including yourself, can be compared to a polyp inhabiting this space: memory. So in our endoreality many people live together in a same imaginary (virtual) space-time. But to appear in this space-time the memory zones containing those people have, of course, to become metabolically active. Normally, we are "ourselves", during waking times, because only those memory zones responsible for the generation or our self are active. If other memory zones become active then we obtain the phenomenon of "multiple" personalities! When we dream a very small percentage of our memory is highly metabolically active. If everything was active, then dreaming would not mirror exoreality but be a space of total confusion! This is what seems to happen in the mind of those people who have experienced an ineffable mystic experience where their consciousness, apparently, radiates in many homologuous patterns simultaneously, giving to the mystic this feeling that he can comprehend "everything" at the same time.
The discovery that memory is like a coral is a great thing because you discover that, in fact, you are never "alone"! Loneliness is only an illusion because of your inability to contact those other people stored in the coral of your memory... When you can establish a contact with those people, then it can solve a lot of problems you encounter in exoreality like, for instance, the exoreal loss of loved ones. If a loved person dies in exoreality he, first of all, dies for himself but continues to live in all endorealities of those people who stored his informational representation... Remember that our realities are made of only representations akin to oneiric informational objects. So, basically, they are not real(!) because a representation can never accurately reproduce the objective object. The distortion between the reprsentation and its object is so great that any representation can be then considered as oneiric-like, oneiric-mimetic.
If I am in love, for instance, in exoreality with Hiroé (my exoreal Japanese loved one) I am, in fact, in love only with a representation of Hiroé which is not at all the complete objective Hiroe... I am then in love with a complex 3D image similar to a complex 3D image of a dream... My Hiroé in exoreality and endoreality are identical for me, so meeting Hiroé in exoreality or endoreality is not so much different (as long as I do not interfere with her oneiric will)!
A cat under 200mg of fluvoxamine will sit in any position (for instance paws behind the head!) you put him because he also has no more thoughts in his mind. Having no thoughts he "forgets", in this example, that you placed his paws behind his head and he will stay like this in a kind of serotoninergic cataplexy! Very funny to observe for others... a friend of mine to whom I was joking about my cat under fluvoxamine (he did not know about that) would say: "Eh bé? Je n'ai jamais vu un chat comme-ça" (I have never seen a cat like this)! He would think that my cat was the most bizarre cat in the world, staying quietly with her paws behind her head!! Anything disturbing serotonine can lead to alterations in subjective time flow. For instance, if the speed of attenuation is decreased, as under cannabinoids, time seems to be very long because there are a lot of informational objects filling consciousness! Under cannabinoids there seems to be concomittant disturbances in both serotonine and GABA neurotransmission. How both neurotransmitters are exactly linked I still do not know. In fact time distortion under cannabinoids can be modulated, to a certain extent, by benzodiazepine receptors. Clonazepam is quite efficient in this respect.
As I am not a physicist I do not know what is really exoreal time (I wonder if physicists really know about that either!) but I certainly know that endoreal time depends on the quantity of informational objects flowing into consciousness per arbitrary unit of exoreal time!!! The more consciousness is filled with informational events, the more subjective time lengthens. The less consciousness is filled, the more time comes to a halt giving a feeling of "no time" or "eternity", in subjective terms. Psilocine's alterations on time perception are still not well-understood by the author... give me time and I will find an explanation!
In summary the serotoninergic consciousness is radically the opposite of the "cannabinoid" consciousness.
Experiments of mine have shown that by slightly modifying brain neurochemistry we can think in completely opposing ways and argue, for instance, with pseudo-logical arguments to justify this brain neurochemistry unconsciously. For instance if I modify my brain biochemistry in a more dopaminergic way, or more serotoninergic way or if I experiment with a sociabilising molecule such as gamma-hydroxybutyrate or even ingest female hormones, then I will see very clearly in myself how my thoughts only reflect my CNS biochemistry. This can be quite spectacular sometimes as you may find yourself arguing "logically" in opposing ways, depending on the induced biochemical modifications!
For a psychopharmacologist there is no such thing as "free will", etc. This belief is only a prejudiced judeochristian cultural belief and a delusion. There are only states of consciousness expressing a particular CNS biochemistry. This is an extremely important scientific and philosophical observation as it teaches us that any human discourse is always suspect as someone will always just express, verbally, his particular CNS biochemistry.
When you become aware of this crucial fact you no longer feel an urgency to communicate with others in a pseudo "communication", as words are merely a way of altering the brain neurochemistry of someone else so he may share the same delusions as yours! Words are thus similar to psychotropic drugs and such words as "love" or "hate", "freedom", etc, are particularly hallucinogenic. Politicians are experts in using hallucinogenic words in order to manipulate the mental states of others. So are playboys with their victims!
All great dictators, such as Hitler, etc, have always been very keen at manipulating the biochemistry of others through word-induced emotional hallucinations, which are called corticolimbic hallucinations. These hallucinations are far worse than cortical hallucinations induced by molecules like psilocine or other "hallucinogens". Corticolimbic hallucinations mostly go unrecognised in nature as people are not aware that they are, very often, hallucinating corticolimbically. This is why I also call these everyday hallucinations "unidentified hallucinations". These hallucinations are the most dangerous forms of hallucination for the human species and have been and are at the root of man's aggressive and violent behaviour intra-specifically. All wars, all conflicts start with corticolimbic hallucinations. . .
A human being can never have perfect objectivity, and the examples in Science are numerous: to discourage us from trying to attain an authentic objectivity, as scientists, like everybody, mostly express their own frustrations or delusions in their discourses. Science is not objective even though it tries to reach objectivity. Science is the expression of the human mind and we can conceive that very advanced intelligences could be completely at odds with what we believe they should do as their "science" will also reflect the organisation of their "central nervous system" or equivalent.
It is very probable that advanced intelligences no longer use symbolic sequential communication but, instead, non-symbolic non-sequential communication as this form of communication is extremely accurate and fast. I guess that in the future the human species will modify its the function of the CNS through a new science, yet to be born, called neuromorphogenetics. With this knowledge we will create de novo new communicating structures capable of transmitting and receiving non-symbolic non-sequential information. This will create a big gap between the present-day homo sapiens and the new homo yet to be born. In fact, a lot of reflection on this topic leads me to think that there are levels of intelligence and that the superior level has no logical interest even in trying to "communicate" with the lower levels.
This is why I believe people like Carl Sagan, etc, who replaced the quest for God by the quest of extraterrestrial intelligences (ETI) are, unconsciously, deluding themselves in the desperate search for a meaning and transcendance of life. I firmly believe that there will never be any form of "communication" between homo sapiens and ETI.
Homo sapiens, for instance, does not communicate with mice because they are separated by a big gap in intelligence. Likewise, ETI capable of reaching our planet will certainly not waste their time with such a primitive species as homo sapiens. Very probably ETI capable of reaching Earth would already use a non-symbolic non-sequential means of communication, the result of this being non-communication between the two species! Another thing which would certainly fundamentally separate ETI from us is that they should have learned not to age as ageing and death are the most fundamental problem for any intelligence.
When homo sapiens has given rise to a new more advanced homo (and probably immortal, as death is a kind of genetic disease which must be repaired) he will soon fade away and I feel this may happen quite fast, maybe just in a millenium. It is science-fiction to think that homo sapiens will remain the same in a near future. Homo sapiens are doomed to disappear rapidly and give rise to more advanced beings. In a way the real human, as I conceive it, still does not exist as homo sapiens still share a lot in common with animals.
One day there will be real humans but we are not yet those humans. We are pre-humans, still very bestial and doomed to a grotesque destiny because of senescence.
Consciousness is, basically, a process involving pattern recognition. Pattern recognition does not automatically lead to objective consciousness as we can be (in dreams or in schizophrenia) conscious of non-existent "memories". In dreams or schizophrenia we can be conscious of things which never existed in exoreality. Why? Because our consciousness is illusioned, as can happen under high doses of cannabinoids. To be conscious of false memories is a highly exciting experience which opens you up to a quasi-infinite number of subjective imaginary experiences!
To develop all this here is time-consuming and needs some drawings!
In this observation I first saw a fish which looked like the one drawn here.It looked a bit like a bizarre "baliste" (trigger fish?). The disattenuated image of the fish was a bit coloured with orange hues, like an object you see in darkness faintly lighted by the setting sun. This observation occured when I was quite stressed, one night in Bângkoc, Siam, as I guess stress can increase the metabolism of memory zones so giving rise to slight or strong disattenuations. The stress was due to the fact that my girlfriend Juliette Bourdat (a quite sweet extraordinary French-Vietnamese who helped me a lot in my work) was in a depressive mood that night and that I felt unable to help her. So as my stress rose I started to observe a lot of disattenuated imges while in our bed, listening to the songs of Siamese toads singing, outside in the night! This night I observed a lot of "transformations motifielles"; even a very interesting animated one in which I could see the back of a running horse (buttocks, tail and legs) transforming, in animation, into the back of a similarly positioned running man and so on, in a repetitive cycle (Hobson has this drawing! After he saw some of my drawings he sent me similar drawings done by a 19th century French artist called Grandville). What was specific in that observation was, again, the homologuous pattern of the buttocks and legs with the addition of the frequency of the moving legs. Visual thoughts can also be linked by a homologuous movement, like the frequency associated to a moving object... For instance, moving my head in a certain way I suddenly see the image of Arnorld Schwartznegger moving in the same way! If scientists had proceeded to study the CNS through the scientific study of disattenuations they could have easily discovered a lot of things which are very difficult to study just by external observation. Unfortunately most of them are very stubborn to novel ideas and will act in the same way as those stupid priests who refused to look through Galileo's telescope at the satellites of Jupiter or the spots on the sun because, they said, "the sun could not have anything altering its purity"... This kind of stubbornness (which I ironically call "le syndrôme testiculaire" (the testicular syndrome) is a typical male "dopaminergic" behaviour which Pierre Boule has magnificently illustrated in his famous book "La Planète des Singes" (The Planet of the Apes). In Pierre Boule's book the hero (who is French, by the way, and not American!) of the story, who is depicted by Charlton Heston in the US film, is named in a very interesting name: Ulysse Mérou. A "mérou" is a kind of very big fish living in the Mediterranean sea and supposed to be quite smart! I think this name was not chosen at random, neither the first name "Ulysse" (Ulysses, in English). Ulysse Mérou's intelligence (like the mérou) would be in sharp contrast with the stubborn and stupid "scientists" depicted by Boule as talking orang-outans... The US film depicted quite well the primitiveness of the "orang-outan" scientists who form the vast majority of the "common" kind of "scientists" in reality! For me they are the perfect illustration of the vast majority of so-called scientists you find in Universities, etc. They are struggling like baboons to establish their pecking order and dominance, as my late friend, Dr Henri Laborit, has demonstrated. They sterilise the imagination and enthusiasm of authentic creative scientists who have nothing to do with competition, ego and dominance. So if you are imaginative or creative you do not have much choice left in front of these orang-outans afflicted with their "testicular syndrome", something typical of males! But enough digression. Bon! Let us come back to this illustrated fish! So the fish suddenly disappeared to be transformed into a sunflower! Then the sunflower became transformed into "les alvéoles d'une ruche d'abeille" (a honeycomb). Afterwards the image shifted back to the "baliste" fish, in an oscillating movement. So what linked all these images was a roughly homologuous pattern: the reiterative fish scales, the reiterative interior of the sunflower and the reiterated bees' "alveoles".
Suffice to say that when an exoreal pattern is compared (in our memory) with its corresponding endoreal pattern we become conscious of things which really exist in exoreality. But when an exoreal pattern is compared to a slightly modified endoreal pattern then we become conscious of non-existent things. This is the basis of most dream or madness experiences.
What regulates this proper or improper pattern recognition is the metabolic state of memory areas involved in specific pattern recognition. A high metabolic rate in homologous pattern domains will give rise to erroneous pattern recognition as homologous pattern domains start to radiate in the imaginary space-time of memory.
Consciousness is a story of pattern recognition and metabolism. This is why consciousness is strongly modified by drugs enhancing or diminishing brain metabolism in memory areas. For instance, the specific serotonin-reuptake blockers decrease metabolism and thus consciousness becomes empty, lethargic, while enhancing dopamine neurotransmission leads to enhanced metabolism and thus enhanced consciousness. Serotonin is, mostly (keeping apart the story of 5-HT2A receptors!), the molecule of tranquility, placidity. It makes us unreactive to events, such as stress, sexual desire, etc. Serotonin decreases all baseline behaviours. Dopamine, on the contrary, is an ubiquitous metabolic activator and it stimulates activity, confidence, clarity of consciousness (up to the frontier of illusion where, consciousness, starts to radiate and thus becomes "confused"!). Overconsciousness is thus equal to apparent confusion for an external observer, as demonstrated with experiments involving cannabinoids and benzodiazepines. Things are very clearly recalled but almost instantaneously forgotten because of consciousness radiation.
From what we already know we can make the following summary:
In our normal waking state of consciousness we can be conscious of a few things only but for an extended period of time. In a radiating state of consciousness we can be conscious of a lot of things but for a very short time only. We saw before how we could modulate consciousness radiation through cannabinoids and benzodiazepines. But the fact to be remembered here is that consciousness is nothing other than a metabolic activation of a memory area! Consciousness then becomes easily understandable and is not mysterious any more! In particular we no longer need to introduce crazy mystical ideas or crazy ideas arising from quantum mechanics (!) in order to understand what consciousness is! The study of consciousness is a problem of informational neurobiology. It has nothing whatsoever to do with religion or physics.
Elle commence quand une perception devient entretenue, par un mouvement de va et vient (c'est à dire la résonance ici définie), entre deux régions mémoires. Je suis ainsi conscient d'une tranche de M.H.V, par exemple, lorsqu'il existe une boucle fermée, résonante, de circulation informationnelle dans ce MHV.
Etre "conscient" c'est la sensation subjective que nous éprouvons lorsqu'un tel phénomène de résonance se produit! Point à la ligne. Il est inutile de chercher plus loin car tout se trouve dans cet énoncé qu paraît si banal...
La première image qui saute aux yeux, pour donner une visualisation symbolique de ce phénomène, c'est le rayon de lumière laser qui se reflète, en un va et vient, entre deux miroirs. La conscience d'un motif c'est un peu comme cette analogie: elle n'existe que tant que le rayon de lumière se reflète incessamment entre les deux miroirs.
Quand la résonance se déplace on a alors une conscience d'abord rayonnante puis illusionée, une fois franchi le seuil métabolique du seuil d'illusion.
Au delà d'un certain seuil de déplacement de la résonance les liens entre les différents systèmes résonants deviennent de plus en plus disjoints et la conscience se "fragmente" donc, comme sous haschich, c'est à dire qu'elle rayonne intensément.
Quand l'énergie métabolique dans une zone mémoire est égale ou plus grande que le seuil d'illusion les systèmes mémoriels résonnent, alors, de façon *eacute;tendue, introduisant, dès lors, une distorsion totale de la conscience par rapport à la perception: La conscience est illusionée car elle n'est plus en relation biunivoque avec la perception.
Par exemple le couple des zones résonantes A et B qui entrainent une conscience correcte de l'exomotif A se brise pour laisser place à un nouveau couple résonant de A et C (C étant un motif proche de B). La nouvelle raisonnance entre A et C est une conscience illusionnée! Et voilà!
En illustrant ceci imaginons les motifs en question:
Les cannabinoïdes psychotropes ainsi que les antagonistes des récepteurs au NMDA ont la propriété d'orienter la conscience vers des chemins d'illlusion de plus en plus intenses. Un chemin d'illusion c'est le domaine de la conscience qui se situe au-delà du seuil d'illusion. C'est le domaine de la conscience des fous et de l'homme qui rêve, chaque nuit!
La folie ce n'est rien d'autre que cela.
C'est ainsi qu'il faut entendre la "fragmentation" de la conscience chez le dérepixélisé: une suite d'erreurs de reconnaissance motifielle engendrant alors des résonances erronées. Pour reprendre un terme d'informatique "l'adressage" de l'information perceptive se fait de façon erroné, suite à un hypermétabolisme local qui engendre des micro ou des macro-illusions, via la rayonnance motifielle. La "conscience" n'est que dans le va et vient d'une information, entrenue dans la durée, dans une résonance. Point à la ligne. Et c'est clair comme du cristal de roche! Cela a des conséquences socio-philosophiques coperniciennes.
A thought can evolve in time only by passing through intersections. Intersections are at the basis of potential intelligence. When intersections become more and more complex then intelligence progressively emerges from such a kind of memory. In fact, it is difficult to conceive of intelligences based on different types of memories... Intersections seem to be a must for the birth of intelligence. For instance, if there were no intersections in our memory then we would stay visually paralysed with the never-ending observation of a single mushroom, in our above example!
Our memory is,in fact, a vast array of intersections between informational objects. A thought, in a small time interval, can then be defined as a sum of intersections plus the sum of their potential mutual interactions. This applies to vision, sound, olfaction, etc. Biological memories are intersecting memories where everything is intertwined, interconnected, and thus highly "compressed". Moreover, the nature of MHV domains makes the imaginary space-time of memory a bit similar to a fractal but this does not mean that memory is, in fact, a fractal! Much more work is needed in order to evaluate this idea!
Dans l'état normal de la conscience éveillée un train de pensée - figure 2 - (symbolisé donc par une succession de petites perles noires) "rayonne" peu c'est à dire que la pensée ne saute pas, brusquement, aux intersections qui la composent sans pouvoir rebrousser correctement son chemin, si nécessaire. De temps à autre on peut apercevoir des sauts MHV (ici deux sauts) mais ceux-ci, de faible intensité métabolique, n'interrompent pas la continuité globale de la conscience car la rayonnance motifielle étant faible la conscience est incapable de franchir le seuil d'illusion qui la rendrait discontinue, comme sous des doses élevées de cannabinoïdes ou bien sous l'action plus intense des antagonistes des récepteurs au NMDA. L'expression "sauter du coq à l'âne" exprime, familièrement, l'existence de ces sauts MHV de faible intensité métabolique!
Dans la figure 3 nous symbolisons deux cas de figure rencontrés sous l'influence d'un cannabinoïde psychotrope: le cannabinoïde induit la rayonnance motifielle représentée, ici, par les étoiles rayonnantes. Dans les intersections rendues métaboliquement actives par un cannabinoïde, la pensée devient discontinue et saute sur un autre trajet puis répète ce processus (ici nous représentons 6 trains de pensée, 6 sauts du coq à l'âne!), ce qui est représenté en "a". Les intersections métaboliquement actives peuvent éjecter la conscience dans n'importe quelle direction de l'espace multidimensionnel de la mémoire, comme une sorte de feu d'artifice,pour prendre une bonne image! Quand ce phénomène se produit, le sujet oublie ce à quoi il pensait avant d'avoir franchi l'intersection car sa conscience est incapable de rebrousser chemin sans se perdre en route car si elle retourne vers l'intersection la probabilité d'orientation de la conscience dans toutes les directions de la mémoire est équiprobable.
Il est donc quasimment impossible de retrouver son chemin d'origine ce qui engendre un "oubli" apparent seulement. Dans le cas de figure "b" nous associons une benzodiazépine à un cannabinoïde et dans une proportion utile à la découverte créative car nous voulons, simultanément, avoir accès aux domaines d'homologies motifielles sans pour autant tous les oublier une fois perçu! A cet effet, il faut donc que notre pensée puisse rayonner plus que d'accoutumé dans les intersections mais avec la possibilité de pouvoir rebrousser chemin, c'est à dire de ne pas oublier lors d'un passage sur un point d'oubli potentiel. Cela signifie qu'il faut donc métaboliquement favoriser la continuité de la pensée en réduisant l'intensité des rayonnances motifielles afin de ne pas atteindre le seuil d'illusion. Les benzodiazépines augmentant l'atténuation permettent donc de réduire la rayonnance motifielle générée par les cannabinoïdes!
Dans ce cas de figure on peut accéder, brièvement, aux domaines d'homologies motifielles sans pour autant irrémédiablement se perdre et être donc capable de retourner sur le chemin initial, ici représenté par la ligne droite et non brisée à chaque section de MHV, comme dans le cas "a". Dans la figure 4, nous symbolisons une pensée vue de loin, c'est à dire qu'elle paraît continue. Imaginons cette pensée comme une corde se déplaçant dans la mémoire durant un certain temps. A chacun de ses déplacements, l'intérieur de la corde balaye un certain volume d'intersections. Si nous observons une section de cette pensée agrandie à l'aide d'une loupe imaginaire (figure 5) et dans un espace de temps infinitésimal (quand Delta.t tend vers 0) on constate qu'une section de pensée (conscience) est un ensemble contenant une certaine quantité indéfinie d'intersections et de leurs compositions.
La conscience, donc, quand "t" tend vers 0, est un ensemble d'intersections et de leurs compositions. Corollairement, la conscience, sur un intervalle de temps, c'est l'intégrale de toutes ces sections. Comme nous le voyons sur la figure symbolique 7, qui représente en trois dimensions, seulement, l'espace multidimensionnel de la mémoire. Notre mémoire est constituée d'une quasi infinité d'intersections qui sont "immobiles". L'immobilité d'une intersection veut dire qu'elle est métaboliquement inactive. La mobilité d'une intersection signifie que celle-ci est devenue, métaboliquement, active, prête a faire partie de la conscience. Bien entendu la conscience ne peut apparaître que lorsque des ensembles d'intersections deviennent métaboliquement actifs. De là nous reformulons notre définition: La conscience, sur un intervalle de temps, c'est l'intégrale de toutes les sections de pensée contenant des intersections métaboliquement actives. Vue l'immensité intersectionnelle de la mémoire et le Bas-Métabolisme de l'état d'éveil on comprend que la conscience éveillée est très faiblement consciente...!
But some badly understood exceptions arise frequently. For instance even though I was in Asia for some years I would rarely dream of Asians, even friends I would see everyday, but I could easily dream of Europeans I would just see for some minutes? Why? This seems to be related to my past in the sense that Caucasians are negatively perceived in my "unconscious" (now conscious!!!) while I feel perfectly at ease with Asians. It so happens that in dreams we are affected much more easily by negative potentially dangerous external informations than by positive ones. This is, evidently, a remnant of our animal inheritance because we have to give more attention to potential dangers than pleasures. Danger has been the stuff of everyday life since the beginning of life itself. So anything perceived as threatening will easily give rise to dreams. Natural paranoia comes first in dreams!
So why do we dream, daily, preferentially of distant endogenous events? Because the recall of memories is directly related to the metabolic activity going on in our memory zones. The higher the metabolism, the further in the past our consciousness travels. This is easily observed in conscious dreams or if one has very good recall of normal oneiric phenomena. As dreaming is a period of higher CNS metabolism than the normal waking state we thus, logically, go back into the past. The same applies with drug-induced hallucinations.
Typical SSRIs increase attenuation and sleep. They also suppress dream recall and can have a beneficial effects on headaches, contrary to fluoxetine. Fluoxetine, very probably, mildly stimulates 5-HT2A serotoninergic receptors linked to dopamine, thus giving rise to all the atypical effects observed with this molecule. No pro-attenuation phenomena have been noticed under fluoxetine, contrary to other SSRIs like fluvoxamine or zimelidine.
Cholinergic hallucinations are, apparently, monochrome in nature and come suddenly, in flashes. The appearance of letters have often been noticed with anti-cholinergics. Sometimes these letters appeared in a reiterated way. Complex monochrome, translucent, 3 D images can be observed. These images "vibrate" a bit like if they were made of some semi-solid flowing water. Contrary to serotonin, which is involved in attenuation and disattenuation, acetylcholine seems only to be involved in disattenuation: blocking cholinergic neurotransmission can give rise to hallucinations but increase in cholinergic transmission does not increase attenuation, as demonstrated with pilocarpine.
NMDA receptor antagonists give rise to disattenuations. How this exactly works is unclear but demonstrates that glutamate is involved in these phenomena. Disattenuations induced by NMDA antagonists are more oneiric-like than serotoninergic hallucinations and so reflect a higher metabolic activation than serotoninergic disattenuations. These hallucinations are completely similar to natural hallucinations arising when a person approaches death conditions. All over the world the same invariants have been reported in these natural hallucinations. These invariants have been completely experimentally reproduced by ketamine which is a NMDA receptor antagonist!
It is now believed that when the brain is in a hypoxic state there is a massive release of glutamate and of "endopsychosins" which give rise to these hallucinations. NMDA hallucinogens often induce the perception of "presences" around the experimenter. However, I have also noticed "presences" (in fact a benevolent image of myself!!) with cannabinoids!! Presences could also be felt with buprenorphine and psilocine. Under buprenorphine they are overwhelming, while under psilocine they are much less overwhelming. With psilocinee I felt a comfortable presence who would protect me from anything which could happen to me so, of course, I then feel very tranquil and comfortable! Of course all these presences are totally illusory!!!
As risperidone can, apparently, block hallucinations induced by phencyclidine and related compounds it is assumed that glutamate may, indirectly, act as a 5-HT2A receptor stimulant. The nature of hallucinations induced by NMDA receptors antagonists seems to be more complex than those induced by direct 5-HT2A agonists. Unfortunately, I have not studied this myself so I cannot elaborate more on that topic. Buprenorphine, an opiate, can induce interesting faint hallucinations consisting of transparent images of animated people, for instance. The more you concentrate, in darkness, under buprenorphine and the more you feel "closer" to these hallucinations and, sometimes, you may even start to engage in imaginary conversations with imaginary people. Typically with buprenorphine you may feel surrounded by people or "presences" all around you or even see a lot of people surrounding you! This is again reminiscent of oneiric phenomena noted in conditions of low oxygen in the brain, as when someone approaches death... I presume that a person engaged in this activity may completely lose contact with reality! No reiterative phenomena have been noticed by myself. Buprenorphine-induced hallucinations bring to mind what people have reported under NMDA receptor antagonists or the natural diterpene hallucinogen salvinorin A. The mechanism of action of salvinorin A is still unknown but deserves very serious research as it could give new information regarding psychotic states. As I do not have first hand observation with salvinorin I will classify this unusual hallucinogen as an "oneirogen". Why? Because, according to the descriptions of the effects of salvinorin by experimenters, it seems to trigger short pure oneiric episodes. This looks a bit like an artificially induced transient conscious dream flash.
Salvinorin's hallucinations seem to come "only" in darkness and silence. First, some familiar serotoninergic-like hallucinations are observed then, all of a sudden, the experimenter is projected into a full transient endoreality while apparently preserving his normal waking state consciousness (Valdes,etc). Salvinorin may, thus, induce short REM episodes while awake and so, literally, suddenly "kick" the experimenter directly into a normal oneiric scene. This has to be explored in the lab yet!
If this hypothesis is correct then salvinorin may become an important tool in investigating more deeply how REM sleep is triggered. We already know that cholinergic cells play an important role in this phenomenon. Salvinorin may or may not act on these cholinergic neurons. So I seriously advise dream researchers to explore the effects of salvinorin... Until now mostly laymen have explored the oneirogenic properties of salvinorin by growing Salvia Divinorum (Labiaceae), a Mexican sage which contains this remarkable molecule (for more informations on this topic, make a net-search with Alta-Vista!).
Cannabinoid hallucinations are generated only with heavy doses of cannabis sativa. They are coloured and animated and exhibit typical MHV transformations. Cannabinoid hallucinations are not only visual but also auditory and consist of sounds increasing and then decreasing in intensity and also transforming into other sound patterns through audio MHVs. Sometimes red seems to predominate, like with MDMA induced hallucinations or just simple hallucinations induced by concentration. However, MDMA hallucinations differ from cannabinoid hallucinations as informational objects appear as if composed of a multitude of stacked slices (feuillets). The red colouring predominates under MDMA while disattenuations induced by psilocine start (in my case) by a sudden intensification of darkness: closing your eyes you seem to observe an extraordinary intensity of black spreading all over your visual field! Then reddish or greenish "treillis" shapes appear giving rise to informational objects flowing through MHVs.
An interesting observation under cannabinoids is the appearance of a red tunnel where you seem to be moving inside. The entrance of this tunnel is like the corolla of a Convolvulus flower! This is reminiscent of descriptions by people who were near to death... So cannabinoids may share some common properties with NMDA receptor antagonists. As regards cannabinoids, you can notice a strong time distorsion which seems GABAergic in nature as it can be substantially reduced by GABAergic agents such as benzodiazepines, at least when the dose of cannabinoids is subjectively small. GABA is also involved in attenuation as benzodiazepines enhance attenuation while privation of benzodiazepines in a benzodiazepine-dependent subject gives rise to disattenuations. Baclofene, a GABAB agonist, can induce false recalls during the waking state, similar to what can be experienced in dreams. You will properly observe exoreality under baclofene but you will have a lot of imaginary memories interfering with your thinking.
An interesting side-topic of my research on hallucinations is that "flying saucers" reports cannot be explained by hallucinations as they mostly never contain any trace of hallucinatory phenomena! So "flying saucers" are not the products of hallucinations and can be understood only in terms of lies, confabulations, or description of authentic unknown phenomena. Flying saucers are very rarely reiterated, never contain aigrettes, do not "melt" like Dali's watches and do not transform into other bizarre objects through MHV jumps!!! For instance, if flying saucers were hallucinatory in nature they should transform into other hallucinatory objects through homologous patterns: descriptions of flying saucers giving rise, let us say, to a woman's breast, etc, should frequently be observed! In the field of religion, however, things described by religious observers fit in with hallucinatory phenomena: reiterated angels, presence of benevolent "spirits" (as observed under cannabinoids, buprenorphine or psilocine), visions of the clouds "opening" (easily seen under psilocine!). One psilocine-induced phenomenon, however, can be sometimes found in "flying saucer observations" like the sense that time becomes still. So when a person reports "flying saucers" together with an alteration of time perception, this is, very probably, hallucinatory in nature.
We have to come back here, to this very important phenomenon which is at the root of imagination and creativity: information-synthesis. Watching my Chaetodon I could well imagine that they sprouted from different slices of a common MHV because those slices were, informationally speaking, further apart from one another than in usual reiterations. Then I saw all these Chaetodon coalesce into a larger brownish fish while realising that this process was certainly due to a sudden interaction/synthesis phenomenon going on between all those fish! I then realised easily that complex images are generated by a myriad of MHVs being activated and then giving rise to mutually interacting MHV slices in an ever-ongoing process of interaction/synthesis ramifying in all directions of the imaginary space-time of memory. This brings fractals to mind, but fractals are simple and static, not complex and self-interacting. It is a bit difficult to transcribe into words but I could explain all this very well through an animation! Any company who would like to make those animations should contact me! Watching the animation gives you the answer instantaneously, as it is so crystal-clear, so evident! So this process of activation of myriads of mutually interactive MHVs, through a very high rate of interaction/synthesis, can elegantly generate all the complexity of an animated 3-dimensional dream MCV box. To explain that to you, clearly, is another matter... mama mia!
Some dopamine here and, say, Robert will say discourse "A". Some more serotonine there and Robert will have discourse "B"! Some tyrosine hydroxylase activation and Robert may very well give rise to discourse "C", etc, etc, etc, and bla, bla! So no logical discourse is really "logical" as it contains suspicious subjectivity, a subjectivity which cannot be erased at all. Our CNS works like that, not like a purely logical computer! In this subjectivity we nearly always find dominance as Henri Laborit has well demonstrated... All human beings seek dominance, consciously or not. When you are aware of that you do not converse any more with others unless you are sure that their "logical" arguments are not based on a desire for dominance... This is the reason why Laborit hated to talk with people and much preferred writing. True communication will be achieved only when the human desire of dominance has been complety eradicated in the future CNS remodelled through Neuromorphogenetics. This desire of dominance is commonly seen in the "fonctionnaires" scientists!! It is a primitive behaviour that they share with monkeys and wolves...