The Adaptable Mind

Look Around — Life’s Happening

Have you ever noticed something for the first time in a place you’ve been daily and wondered how you’ve never seen it before? Most of us can probably answer yes to this question. Focus, or concentration, is something we consider important, especially in work settings, but can it also be hindering us? As we go through our day-to-day lives, we ... Read More »

Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer

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“In the province of the mind…there are no limits.” -John C. Lilly That was the conclusion of the late neuroscientist and psychoanalyst John C Lilly more than a half a century ago. In a small summary report written for the National Institute of Mental Health, entitled Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer (1966-1967), Lilly lends his unique insight after five years of ... Read More »

ALTERED STATES: Sensory Deprivation and the Mind

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Imagine a state of mind in total sensory deprivation: floating in a void abandoned by sound, absent of all light, and devoid of gravity. In this void there is no sense of up and down, left or right; the perceivable contrast between the you-internal and the world-external has faded away. In this void you are simply a plane of being—the “I” who thinks, ... Read More »

ALTERED STATES: The Parallels Between Physics and the Mind

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All human knowledge is derived from human experience…and there can be no essential difference between the raw materials of physics and the raw materials of psychology. -E. B. Titchener (1867-1927) How does one see the unseeable? By altering the state of observation. In other words: change the rules of the game, change how we “see.” Altered states of observation are ... Read More »