MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
At the beginning of the year, I reported that scientists have been working on ways to define and maybe even bottle consciousness. It also seems that we are seeing a trend in trying to demystify it.
Well, if you really wanted to dumb down the so-called science, you can be curt and say that consciousness is part of our everyday waking lives. It goes through peaks and valleys throughout the day.
Consciousness has a tendency to get excited, amused, tired, bored, aroused, irritated, distracted and then we go off to bed where consciousness is put to rest.
This is unconsciousness — pretty simple.
Or is it?
When we go into sleep mode, we come back on line in a very limited secure test environment for another form of consciousness that actives on what is called the dream line.
Hermes was linked to the night and to dreaming. In Homer’s Odyssey, we read that dreams, while very complex, can be very telling of what is in store for the future. Some say that dreams are beyond our unraveling because most can’t interpret the language of metaphor.
Homer goes on to say that the dreams that pass through sawn ivory gates are deceitful, bearing a message that will not be fulfilled; those that come out through polished horn gates have truth behind them, to be accomplished for men who see them.
The subconscious is more impressed with images and emotions than with words and language.
Dreams are the expressions of the subconscious. It is an active plane for all impossibilities to become possible.
I have often pondered the possibility of dreams leaving the realms of the unconscious mind and traveling into reality as there is the old axiom that as a man thinks, so he is and this should not be limited to the realms of active thought.
Should we wonder if there can be a transference of thought in both active and dreamtime mind?
I believe that if consciousness is being explored for the benefit of future Artificial Intelligence, then advanced systems granted with consciousness or some form of it, should, in theory, be able to dream and exchange intuitive thoughts that some call telepathy.
One of the most iconic scenes of science fiction is in the film, 2010: The Year We Make Contact. Dr. Chandra is speaking with SAL-9000 a computer that is notably the sister of HAL-9000.
SAL-9000 is considered the virtual “twin” of HAL-9000, and both computers are evidently from the same 9000 Series.
In the film, the rescue mission to the Jupiter system is about to commence. Dr. Chandra uses SAL as a test bed, disconnecting and re-connecting the higher cognitive functions of the computer in order to establish what, if any, damages might occur when doing so.
Before he disconnects SAL – she asks “Will I dream?”
Chandra responds, “Of course you will dream, all intelligent creatures dream.”
Her twin brother HAL-9000 asked the same thing before he was deactivated.
The two computers asking Dr. Chandra, “Will I dream?” — may have been a wink to Philip K. Dick’s 1968 short story, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.
Dick’s short story explores the issue of consciousness and what it is to be human and whether empathy is a purely human ability. It also explores the possibilities that machines can out think humans or tap into existing thoughts, thought transference somewhat like synthetic telepathy and experience death.
In a published article in Scientific American called “Daisy Daisy” by Philip Yam it is reported that when a type of computer program termed an “artificial neural network” is “killed” by cutting links between its units, it in effect approaches a state which “might” be something like biological “death.”
S.L. Thaler, a physicist at McDonnell Douglas, has been systematically chopping up artificial neural networks.
He has found that when between 10% and 60% of the network connections have been severed, the program generates primarily nonsense. But, as the 90% (near-death!) level is approached, the network’s output is composed more and more of previously learned information.
It is like having the digital dream of its life passing through its neural network.
Also, when untrained artificial neural networks were slowly killed, they responded only with nonsense.
This is fascinating because what we may learn from this is that a soul may just be a series of electronic impulses that are expelled during death. However, these impulses have intelligence and are not necessarily just scattered. They are focused and have sentience and intent.
These same impulses can show up in a network and eventually simulate what can be called a similar human experience. Some call this the advent of having a “Ghost in the Machine” or a “spirit” capable of programming itself to assimilate or even attack.
From there, we could have systems that can appear to have empathy and perhaps have abilities that understand and transmit thought without speech.
The question of what kinds of human physical systems are conscious is one of the deepest, most fascinating problems in all of science.
Philosophers have debated the nature of consciousness and whether it can inhere in things other than humans for thousands of years, but in the modern era, pressing practical and moral implications makes the need for answers more urgent. As Artificial Intelligence grows increasingly sophisticated, it might become impossible to tell whether one is dealing with a machine or a human merely by interacting with it this is determined by something called the Turing Test.
Science fiction lovers will remember how this test was administered in the movie, Blade Runner, to determine just who was a replicant (Cyborg) and who was human.
A new project currently under review hopes to close in on some answers. It proposes to draw up a suite of experiments that will expose theories of consciousness to ruthless criteria in the hope of ruling out at least some of them.
If all is approved and goes according to plan, the experiments could start this fall. The initial aim is for the advocates of two leading theories to agree on a protocol that would put predictions of their ideas to the test.
Whether or not this project, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation, narrows the options for how consciousness arises, it hopes to establish a new way to do science for difficult, contentious problems.
Instead of each camp championing its own view and demolishing others, researchers will collaborate and agree to publish in advance how discriminating experiments might be conducted — and then respect the outcomes.
If consciousness can be transferred to a machine, then perhaps dreams and even thoughts can be transferred on a quantum level, effectively. US researchers have taken a step toward telepathic communication from people to robots, by developing a mind-reading device that allows humans to correct a machine instantly with nothing more than brainwaves.
The prototype brain-computer interface developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology enables a human observer to transmit an immediate error message to a robot, telling it to fix a mistake when it does something wrong.
Technology that allows humans to interact with robots intuitively through their thoughts could have a range of industrial and medical applications, from robotic limbs to self-driving vehicles.
A more advanced form of telepathy with machines can be achieved when Artificial Intelligence can respond to some cues and stimuli “unconsciously.”
A distinguishing feature of our human minds is that we can hold on to a piece of information, an idea or an intention and with certain cues we can transfer this information through rudimentary telepathy.
However, advance telepathy can be found on a quantum level according to paranormal researcher William Lawrence who believes that communication can be established with other realms.
Using what Einstein referred to as “Spooky Action at a Distance,” Quantum Entanglement can connect with neurons in your brain manipulating electrical circuits and transfer information between not only what many people have referred to as Paranormal but what many have interpreted to be Extraterrestrial.
Scientists are only now opening the door to the limitless possibilities of Quantum Communication. Quantum Communication uses photons. Photons are particles of visible light.
In one cm of sunlight, there are 100’s of millions of photons. Photons can be entangled. Once linked data can be transmitted instantaneously regardless of their distance apart.
This, according to Lawrence, allows for communication channels to be linked with other realms including Paranormal/Extraterrestrial realms.
Electrical circuits in the human body that send and receive information use light to transmit that data. Electricity is a form of visible light and this light is transmitted amongst all the Neurons inside the body with the majority of the neurons in the brain.
Your brain contains billions of nerve cells arranged in patterns that coordinate thought, emotion, behavior, movement, and sensation.
A complicated highway system of nerves connects your brain to the rest of your body, so communication can occur in split seconds. Think about how fast you pull your hand back from a hot stove. While all the parts of your brain work together, each part is responsible for a specific function — controlling everything from your heart rate to your mood.
Using advanced Quantum Communication Technology light particles in the human brain can be entangled. Once entangled outside sources could then input data into the brain.
What is most fascinating is that there is history of this happening that is rarely spoken of.
Dr. Jack Sarfatti, a leader in the physics movement, was troubled. He claimed that as a young boy in 1953 he received a series of phone calls from the future. The voice, according to Sarfatti, was metallic and declared that he would be one of 400 geniuses chosen to carry out a mission in the future.
The voice was said to be coming from a master computer on a spaceship. The computer urged Sarfatti to meet in a place where he could receive contact from extra-terrestrials and be taught.
Being a teenager, he said that he would. He gathered his friends together to await contact but nothing happened and Sarfatti realized that he was a victim of a practical joke.
His mother, however, painted a different story saying that the phone calls were very troubling and every time the phone would ring and Jack answered she started to see a change come over her son.
She claims that the calls had made her son act in a peculiar way. One day she intercepted the call and told the voice to no longer bother her son.
There were no more calls after that, but Sarfatti is now a well-known quantum physicist.
Back in 1973, Uri Geller, a ‘super psychic’ who was part of the First Earth Battalion team, was receiving strange messages from a celestial body in space. Gellar said that what he was experiencing was contact from a space probe that he called SPECTRA. SPECTRA, he claimed, was a supercomputer that was orbiting around the earth. While Gellar was known as the mystic guide for Michael Jackson, he also was the subject of an investigation by the CIA about this alleged extra-terrestrial probe that was speaking directly to him.
While it is unknown if anyone else was experiencing these futuristic messages, an article in Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, had astronomy and science writer Duncan Lunan claiming to have identified and deciphered a hidden radio message sent by an alien space probe that had been caught but overlooked in the late 1920s by a collaboration of Norwegian and Dutch researchers who were studying the long delayed echo effect.
As Wikipedia says:
“In 1973, in an article in Spaceflight, the magazine of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS), [Duncan Lunan] said he had identified and deciphered a hidden radio message sent by an alien space probe that had been caught but overlooked in the late 1920s by a collaboration of Norwegian and Dutch researchers who were studying the long delayed echo effect. Published along with an accompanying editorial disclaimer, Lunan maintained that the putative message came from an object at the L5 point in the same orbit as the Moon, sent by the inhabitants of a planet orbiting Epsilon Boötis.
He came to the conclusion that the message was, “Start here. Our home is Upsilon Bootes, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planets each have one. Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps.”
The claim was reported in Time and the CBS Evening News. It was included in Rod Serling’s 1975 TV documentary In Search of Ancient Mysteries…”
In February of 1974, science fiction author Phillip K. Dick claimed that he was being contacted from a computer probe that he claimed it was from the future. Once again, he heard an electronic voice that called itself VALIS.
Dick claimed that he was hit by a pink beam of light. It happened while opening the door to the delivery girl from the pharmacy. When asked what Valis meant Dick had mentioned that a metallic voice claiming to be a probe from the future called itself a Vast Artificial Living Intelligence System.
VALIS helped Dick turn his life around with highly accurate advice, provided a range of deep mystical insights and even found him a new literary agent to help give his career a boost. However, in the wake of his contact with VALIS, Dick found his mail opened, his phone tapped, his house broken into and himself under surveillance from shadowy government agents and individuals connected to companies conducting scientific research for the U.S. Dept. of Defense.
Until his death in 1982, Dick struggled to understand what had happened to him, writing more than 2 million words of a document called “Exegesis” that tried to analyze much of what VALIS had revealed. While he had many theories about the nature of his experience, one of the strongest was the one portrayed in his 1980 novel, “VALIS.” In the book, VALIS is suggested to be a sentient computer from the future in orbit around Earth, beaming messages to selected individuals.
He theorized that, throughout history, there have been probes and spaceships that would beam down intelligence to certain people and that many of the most learned minds of the world would hear that small metallic voice from a celestial body that comes close to earth.
Soon after these experiences, Dick started to lose his mind and began experiencing strange hallucinations. Although initially attributing them to his medication, after weeks of hallucinations Dick told interviewer Charles Platt, “I experienced an invasion of my mind by a transcendentally rational mind, as if I had been insane all my life and suddenly I had become sane.”
In the book “Childhood’s End “ by Arthur C. Clarke, The Overmind, may be a way to describe this phenomenon.
In the novel, The Overmind is mankind’s ticket into the infinity of space. “Potentially infinite, beyond mortality.” The Overmind is what frees the mind and the body to dream and communicate with entities beyond our consciousness.
Ultimately, The Overmind is an alien race.
The Overmind is almost like a wish-fulfillment scenario. If mankind has the will, the urge to explore beyond his planet, then The Overmind can grant that wish. The mental capacity of humans are capable of sending and receiving messages outside of earth an reach a synthesis with what may be the source of creation.
The Overmind is the ocean, and humanity is the rain. Once the rain falls into the ocean, it’s no longer the rain; it’s just another part of the vast water that envelops the planet.
Advanced civilizations in our universe could have developed technology to project their consciousness to Earth by using humans or any living species on Earth as biological machines to experience life in physical form. This would be the case for not only physical forms of extraterrestrial life but non-physical forms of life as well, such as ghosts.
Now there could be many different forms of extraterrestrial life. With the 100’s of billions of stars in our galaxy alone combined with the 100’s of billions of galaxies in the observable universe the chance that a more advanced species populates other planets is highly likely. Some of these species could be mammals like us or even reptiles highly evolved like us humans on earth.
Communicating with other civilizations in our universe could be as simple as observing photons entangled and with the sophisticated technology we currently have now on earth, we have the ability to do what many have been doing telepathically for thousands of years.