What came first, the object or the word? We naturally believe that early humans perceived a world full of things and objects and then began affixing word-labels to them. In fact, the opposite is true.
Early humans did not perceive the world primarily through the left hemisphere of their brains (LH) in the way we do now. Engagement with the world was first and foremost a right hemisphere (RH) engagement. Remember from Part One the different ways the two hemispheres of the brain have of…Continue
Added by Gus Stiver on March 18, 2019 at 7:49pm — No Comments
As a thought experiment, try to imagine what the world was like for pre-literate humans. Certainly their conception of the world was different. But what about their perception of the world, did primitive humans experience a different reality? We naturally want to say no. Our senses have not changed and we inhabit the same reality so it seems obvious that, other than the changes history has wrought, pre-literate humans inhabited and perceived the same world as we do. The…Continue
Added by Gus Stiver on March 1, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments
Recently, a representative of the Priory of Sion declared that ‘time is dissolving’. In this article, I will explain what the Priory of Sion means by this. I will explain that this declaration is not a metaphysical claim about time itself. Rather, it is a claim about how we experience time. In short: how we experience time is an illusion that we have projected into experience and this illusion is now dissolving. This unnoticed illusion is the reason for our great success as a…Continue
Added by Gus Stiver on February 20, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
It is a tenet of Buddhism that we do not experience reality as it really is. Modern psychology and neuroscience support this notion. The thoughts, feelings, perceptions, and cognitive algorithms that shape our experience were not designed to give us ‘Truth’ or to depict reality accurately, but to help our ancestors survive and reproduce within their specific evolutionary setting. Evolutionary psychology has discovered that our cognitive systems are designed to give us experiences that are,…Continue