The Illusion of Us

The Suppression and Evolution of Human Consciousness
Author: Matthew LaCroix
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781518671067
Category: Consciousness
Page: 120
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In the Second Edition of The Illusion of Us, we travel down the rabbit hole of knowledge to uncover the secrets behind consciousness and the intelligent design behind reality itself. How did we become so lost and disconnected to the world and universe around us? Perhaps the answer can be found by understanding our multidimensional consciousness and true identity. Could humanity have complete amnesia of a past Golden Age due to cataclysms on Earth which wiped out most of the evidence from a lost time period? The renowned philosopher Plato leaves behind compelling evidence for this theory in both the Timaeus and Critias, linking the lost civilization of Atlantis and its destruction. It's time to finally discover all that we have forgotten and piece together the incredible history that preceded us. Were the gods of mankind simply myth or are we missing an important piece of the puzzle that connects all the way back to the stars... From the guarded writings of the Nag Hammadi Library to the cuneiform tablets of the Enuma Elish and Atrahasis, The Illusion of Us connects the entire story and provides a way to free the shackles from Darwin's Cave. The truth will set you free.

The Illusion of Conscious Will


Author: Daniel M. Wegner,Daniel Gilbert,Thalia Wheatley
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262534924
Category: Philosophy
Page: 432
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Do we consciously cause our actions, or do they happen to us? Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, theologians, and lawyers have long debated the existence of free will versus determinism. With the publication of The Illusion of Conscious Will in 2002, Daniel Wegner proposed an innovative and provocative answer: the feeling of conscious will is created by the mind and brain; it helps us to appreciate and remember our authorship of the things our minds and bodies do. Yes, we feel that we consciously will our actions, Wegner says, but at the same time, our actions happen to us. Although conscious will is an illusion ("the most compelling illusion"), it serves as a guide to understanding ourselves and to developing a sense of responsibility and morality. Wegner was unable to undertake a second edition of the book before his death in 2013; this new edition adds a foreword by Wegner's friend, the prominent psychologist Daniel Gilbert, and an introduction by Wegner's colleague Thalia Wheatley. Approaching conscious will as a topic of psychological study, Wegner examines cases both when people feel that they are willing an act that they are not doing and when they are not willing an act that they in fact are doing in such phenomena as hypnosis, Ouija board spelling, and dissociative identity disorder. Wegner's argument was immediately controversial (called "unwarranted impertinence" by one scholar) but also compelling. Engagingly written, with wit and clarity, The Illusion of Conscious Will was, as Daniel Gilbert writes in the foreword to this edition, Wegner's "magnum opus."

Intelligent Intervention


Author: Robert Steven Thomas
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1457507781
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 544
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Erich von Daniken pioneered and Zecharia Sitchen introduced the world to the concept of Ancient Aliens in the early 1970s. Bauval, Hancock, Dunn, Collins, von Ward and others fleshed in the evidence during the 80's & 90's. In the 21st century it will be David Wilcock and Robert Steven Thomas who convince a critical mass of educated, open-minded people in the world the reality of mankind's true evolution in conjunction with advanced-alien assistance. "Intelligent Intervention" is a contemporary masterpiece. It pulls together all of the most compelling evidence that has been gathering (but ignored by the main-stream Establishment) into a single, comprehensive, accurate description of human history. It reads like science fiction but is science fact. After you complete this book your understanding of history will never be the same. Moreover, you'll come to understand how each one of us can personally contribute to create a kinder world and better future for all humanity. 544 pages; Illustrated; Non-fiction.

Planet of Gold


Author: Andreas Paris
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 1606934554
Category: Religion
Page: 364
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Planet of Gold is a fascinating and meticulously researched account of the first stirrings of the Earth, when alien gods mastered our universe. Paris' hypothesis of these gods sending tons of gold from our planet may challenge your beliefs, but with great skill, he weaves a believable and astounding conclusion of why religions developed and how these beliefs have become permanently intertwined in our history. The gold of Earth, transformed into a "monatomic super conducting gold powder," could bring health and longevity. Additionally, it was a powerful and clean energy source. The knowledge about gold powder was the explicit privilege of the gods. For us, it has been classified as 'forbidden knowledge.' The gold, and the gold powder, was the reason behind such events as the creation of man, the confusion of the tongues, the destruction of cities, and the introduction of religions, like Christianity and Islam. Their action, to violently deprive us from using gold powder, is visible in our current state of being: a world dominated by diseases, mental enslavement by religious dogmas, and pollution leading to a climate crisis. Paris' book is a stunningly revealing look at ancient kings, prophets and agents, secret societies, the Holy Inquisition, the Bible, and other religious teachings. Planet of Gold will open your eyes to an entirely different way of observing your faith and your world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR-Andreas Paris lives with his wife and two children in Stockholm, Sweden. He is a retired IT Specialist and is currently working on a second volume about the Planet of Gold.

The 7th Planet, Mercury Rising


Author: Gerald R. Clark
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781505531886
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 590
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This is the book you and I have been waiting for since authoring The Anunnaki of Nibiru released August 4th, 2013. The issues and questions that this research raised with the readers were carefully studied to locate the link between humanity's South African genesis account and today. How does one proceed after discovering that modern man was fashioned by the Anunnaki to supplant the labor force they brought to Earth from Nibiru? This knowledge changes all that we have been coerced into believing as the truth. A theme began to emerge given the lessons accessed from sacred writings. The profound nature of the material provided in this book took time to study, understand, process the lessons and assimilate them into a coherent message. Questions like "If the Anunnaki created mankind, then who created them?" The answer takes one back to the SOURCE of our reality. Are we evolving physically and consciously towards an archetype used in our biological design? Where are we headed as a species and to what extent are our genetic creators shaping the outcome? Who are the Dark Lords behind the NWO and will Light prevail? In my quest to find the ascension path out of our prison planet conditions, no map was found. The truth, as it always has been for participants on the stage of life, is a pathless land. Only through deep seeking at a spiritual level, could the wisdom be accessed. Profound and timely guidance from the pillars of Atlantis hold the keys to our ascension. The time to lift the veil of oppression, barbarian to Mystery School Graduate is here. Portal access to return to the Source of All creation exists. Mystery Schools run by the first Al-Khemist, Thoth the Atlantean, instructed highly qualified candidates in the Ancient Science of Continuous Creation. Some well-known graduates include Plato and Pythagorus. Thoth, also known as Ningishzida in the Sumerian cuneiform records, had many names in cultures separated by thousands of years. Also known as names (AKA) for him cause great consternation in the Abrahamic religions. Ningishzida, Thoth the Atlantean, Thrice Great Hermes, Yehosua (Biblical Jesus) and Melchizedek are just a few. Thoth was one of the immortals that chose to participate in helping mankind out of his quarantined perception prison. Combining genealogy studies, biblical theology, ancient astronaut theory, geopolitical developments, and a deep scientific understanding of the properties and nature of light led to an unexpected outcome, a profound unveiling intended for my supporters. The message and detailed criteria on how to participate in the Great Year ascension is presented to the reader in a manner that is easy to understand, given the complex nature of our reality. The unveiling re-invigorated me to write this book, simultaneous to the timing of the great culling planned for WW3. The reader will undoubtedly put the book down and zealously SEEK TO share the wisdom with family and friends, arming them with the knowledge that removes any remaining ideas or fears about the sting of death as we understand it. Overcoming our fear of death is part of the process to embrace the transformation we experience during aging. What if you knew that death was an illusion and conducted your life to achieve the goals that were determined by the Creator of All to lead you to the reflective consciousness that is the source of space-time and our reality here on the 7th Planet? Where Mercury-Ningishzida's role to raise mankind's consciousness during the ascension window is reaching a crescendo. Join me on this profound life-altering journey where the reader will encounter the mystical process that leads to the knowledge and reality of immortality if one chooses it. May the soul of the universe be with you and provide unmatched peace and comfort holding thy form through the transition to a new reality. I look forward to meeting you all at the SOURCE.

The Self Illusion

How the Social Brain Creates Identity
Author: Bruce Hood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199969892
Category: Psychology
Page: 368
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Most of us believe that we are unique and coherent individuals, but are we? The idea of a "self" has existed ever since humans began to live in groups and become sociable. Those who embrace the self as an individual in the West, or a member of the group in the East, feel fulfilled and purposeful. This experience seems incredibly real but a wealth of recent scientific evidence reveals that this notion of the independent, coherent self is an illusion - it is not what it seems. Reality as we perceive it is not something that objectively exists, but something that our brains construct from moment to moment, interpreting, summarizing, and substituting information along the way. Like a science fiction movie, we are living in a matrix that is our mind. In The Self Illusion, Dr. Bruce Hood reveals how the self emerges during childhood and how the architecture of the developing brain enables us to become social animals dependent on each other. He explains that self is the product of our relationships and interactions with others, and it exists only in our brains. The author argues, however, that though the self is an illusion, it is one that humans cannot live without. But things are changing as our technology develops and shapes society. The social bonds and relationships that used to take time and effort to form are now undergoing a revolution as we start to put our self online. Social networking activities such as blogging, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter threaten to change the way we behave. Social networking is fast becoming socialization on steroids. The speed and ease at which we can form alliances and relationships is outstripping the same selection processes that shaped our self prior to the internet era. This book ventures into unchartered territory to explain how the idea of the self will never be the same again in the online social world.

The Taboo of Subjectivity

Toward a New Science of Consciousness
Author: B. Alan Wallace
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198038603
Category: Religion
Page: 232
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This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. Alan Wallace draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientific materialism, and scientism. Arguing that the metaphysical doctrine of scientific materialism has taken on the role of ersatz-religion for its adherents, he traces its development from its Greek and Judeo-Christian origins, focusing on the interrelation between the Protestant Reformation and the Scientific Revolution. He looks at scientists' long term resistance to the firsthand study of consciousness and details the ways in which subjectivity has been deemed taboo within the scientific community. In conclusion, Wallace draws on William James's idea for a "science of religion" that would study the nature of religious and, in particular, contemplative experience. In exploring the nature of consciousness, this groundbreaking study will help to bridge the chasm between religious belief and scientific knowledge. It is essential reading for philosophers and historians of science, scholars of religion, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and religion.

The Emotional Construction of Morals


Author: Jesse Prinz
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191608629
Category: Philosophy
Page: 348
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Jesse Prinz argues that recent work in philosophy, neuroscience, and anthropology supports two radical hypotheses about the nature of morality: moral values are based on emotional responses, and these emotional responses are inculcated by culture, not hard-wired through natural selection. In the first half of the book, Jesse Prinz defends the hypothesis that morality has an emotional foundation. Evidence from brain imaging, social psychology, and psychopathology suggest that, when we judge something to be right or wrong, we are merely expressing our emotions. Prinz argues that these emotions do not track objective features of reality; rather, the rightness and wrongness of an act consists in the fact that people are disposed to have certain emotions towards it. In the second half of the book, he turns to a defence of moral relativism. Moral facts depend on emotional responses, and emotional responses vary from culture to culture. Prinz surveys the anthropological record to establish moral variation, and he draws on cultural history to show how attitudes toward practices such as cannibalism and marriage change over time. He also criticizes evidence from animal behaviour and child development that has been taken to support the claim that moral attitudes are hard-wired by natural selection. Prinz concludes that there is no single true morality, but he also argues that some moral values are better than others; moral progress is possible. Throughout the book, Prinz relates his views to contemporary and historical work in philosophical ethics. His views echo themes in the writings of David Hume and Friedrich Nietzsche, but Prinz supports, extends, and revises these classic theories using the resources of cutting-edge cognitive science. The Emotional Construction of Morals will stimulate and challenge anyone who is curious about the nature and origin of moral values.

The Anunnaki of Nibiru

Mankind's Forgotten Creators, Enslavers, Saviors, and Hidden Architects of the New World Order
Author: Gerald Clark
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
ISBN: 9781491211229
Category: History
Page: 250
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"Zeus and his son Apollo are reigning in the New World Order! How are Obama and the Pope involved? This book will shake the foundations of your belief system. The NWO is tearing down sovereign nations and establishing a universal governing council right before our very eyes. Will the Enkiites thwart Enlil's NWO?--P. [4] of cover.

The Grand Illusion

A Synthesis of Science and Spirituality—Book One
Author: Brendan D. Murphy
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 1452507112
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 590
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The Grand Illusion (TGI) synthesizes the paranormal with today's hard science, seeking to initiate a dramatic reempowering of humanity. You'll no longer consider yourself just a powerless little "meat computer" destined for total annihilation at life's biological end; that outmoded worldview is firmly buried by the material set out within. Here, new and expansive vistas of possibility are laid bare; the forces and energies produced by our consciousness that act on the world around us are blown open for your understanding. Did you know that modern neuroscience considers the brain as a receiver of consciousness rather than the generator of it? Get ready for an introduction to the mysterious "fifth force" known to science-a virtually unshieldable "carrier wave" of consciousness that can travel at speeds far exceeding light. With the knowledge that we are incredible and immortal spiritual beings temporarily inhabiting a dream-like, multidimensional, holographic reality, we can indeed begin to turn life on this planet-which, for many, is a virtual nightmare-into The Grand Illusion. Are you ready to meet yourself? "A masterpiece. If The Grand Illusion were merely paradigm-destroying, which it certainly is for rearguard scientific 'Funda-materialists, ' it would be a satisfying read. Fortunately, for those of us dedicated to establishing a new civilization of consciousness, Brendan Murphy's fascinating, inspiring and seminal work also opens the door to a world of new creative possibilities. ... The Grand Illusion is mind-blowing." -Sol Luckman, author of Potentiate Your DNA

Individuality and Entanglement

The Moral and Material Bases of Social Life
Author: Herbert Gintis
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400883164
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 384
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In this book, acclaimed economist Herbert Gintis ranges widely across many fields—including economics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, moral philosophy, and biology—to provide a rigorous transdisciplinary explanation of some fundamental characteristics of human societies and social behavior. Because such behavior can be understood only through transdisciplinary research, Gintis argues, Individuality and Entanglement advances the effort to unify the behavioral sciences by developing a shared analytical framework—one that bridges research on gene-culture coevolution, the rational-actor model, game theory, and complexity theory. At the same time, the book persuasively demonstrates the rich possibilities of such transdisciplinary work. Everything distinctive about human social life, Gintis argues, flows from the fact that we construct and then play social games. Indeed, society itself is a game with rules, and politics is the arena in which we affirm and change these rules. Individuality is central to our species because the rules do not change through inexorable macrosocial forces. Rather, individuals band together to change the rules. Our minds are also socially entangled, producing behavior that is socially rational, although it violates the standard rules of individually rational choice. Finally, a moral sense is essential for playing games with socially constructed rules. People generally play by the rules, are ashamed when they break the rules, and are offended when others break the rules, even in societies that lack laws, government, and jails. Throughout the book, Gintis shows that it is only by bringing together the behavioral sciences that such basic aspects of human behavior can be understood.

The Book

On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Author: Alan Watts
Publisher: Souvenir Press
ISBN: 0285640127
Category: Religion
Page: 176
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Alan Watts overturns the illusion that individuals are merely 'egos' contained within their bodies who are separate from the rest of the universe. Drawing on the Vedanta religion, Alan Watts explains how a person's identity makes them the centre of the universe, and outlines that the universe has meaning only if each individual places himself at the centre of it. The separation of the Self from the physical universe has led to Mankind's hostile attitude to the environment, and a destructive attitude to Nature. In coming to understand the individual's real place in the universe, Alan Watts presents a critique of Western culture and a healing alternative.

Civilization and Its Discontents


Author: Sigmund Freud,General Press
Publisher: GENERAL PRESS
ISBN: 9387669521
Category: History
Page: 136
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Civilization and Its Discontents is one of the last of Freud's books, written in the decade before his death and first published in German in 1929. It is considered his most brilliant work. In it he states his views on the broad question of man's place in the world. It seeks to answer several questions fundamental to human society and its organization: What influences led to the creation of civilization? Why and how did it come to be? What determines civilization’s trajectory? Freud’s theories on the effect of the knowledge of death on human existence and the birth of art are central to his work. Many of humankind's primitive instincts (for example, the desire to kill and the insatiable craving for sexual gratification) are clearly harmful to the well-being of a human community. As a result, civilization creates laws that prohibit killing, rape, and adultery, and it implements severe punishments if such commandments are broken. This process, argues Freud, is an inherent quality of civilization that instills perpetual feelings of discontent in its citizens. Freud's theme is that what works for civilization doesn't necessarily work for man. Man, by nature aggressive and egotistical, seeks self-satisfaction.

The Psychology of Revolution


Author: Gustave Le Bon
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
ISBN: 9781603031929
Category: History
Page: 340
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When renowned French sociologist GUSTAVE LE BON (1841-1931), who pioneered the field of mass psychology, took a fresh, scientific look at the subject of revolution-and in particular, the French Revolution-he stripped away legend and illusion to find the core reality. In this profound and insightful work, a replica of the 1913 edition, he explores the mob mentality of revolutionaries-religious, scientific, and political-examines the motives of their leaders, and discusses how new forms of democratic belief and practice arise from popular movements. Students of history and the human mind alike will find it a fascinating read. ALSO FROM COSIMO: Le Bon's The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind

The Sense of Beauty


Author: George Santayana
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486117456
Category: Philosophy
Page: 192
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The great philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist masterfully offers his fascinating outline of Aesthetics Theory. Drawing on the art, literature, and social sciences involved, Santayana discusses the nature of beauty, form, and expression.

The Future of an Illusion


Author: Sigmund Freud
Publisher: Broadview Press
ISBN: 1554810655
Category: Psychology
Page: 200
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Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, declared that religion is a universal obsessional neurosis in his famous work of 1927, The Future of an Illusion. This work provoked immediate controversy and has continued to be an important reference for anyone interested in the intersection of philosophy, psychology, religion, and culture. Included in this volume is Oskar Pfister’s critical engagement with Freud’s views on religion. Pfister, a Swiss pastor and lay analyst, defends mature religion from Freud’s “scientism.” Freud’s and Pfister’s texts have been updated in Gregory C. Richter’s translations from the original German.

The Psychology of Socialism


Author: Gustave Le Bon
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9781412838610
Category: Political Science
Page: 415
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The Psychology of Socialism was first published in 1899 in a period of crisis for French democracy. The Third Republic had survived an attempted coup detat, only to be confronted with what Georges Sorel and others called the "Bohemian revolution"-the triumph of radical and socialist forces in the Dreyfus Affair. The emotionalism and hysteria of the period convinced Le Bon that most political controversy is based neither on reasoned deliberation nor rational interest, but on a psychology that partakes of hysterical religiosity.

Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will


Author: William R. Klemm
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0128052899
Category: Medical
Page: 118
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Making a Scientific Case for Conscious Agency and Free Will makes a series of arguments that certain human behaviors are impossible to explain in the absence of free will, and that free will emerges from materialistic processes of brain function. It outlines future directions for neuroscience studies that can harness emerging technologies and tools for systems-level analysis. All humans have the sensation that they consciously will certain things to happen and that, in the absence of external constraints, they are free to choose from among alternatives. This notion of free will is deemed obvious by the average person based on common experience. Free will is frequently defended with arguments stemming from social, legal, philosophical, and religious perspectives. But these arguments appeal to consequences—not causes—of choices and decisions. In the past 3 decades, debate has raged within the scientific community over whether free will is in fact an illusion. Because free will would require conscious agency, the supporting corollary is that consciousness itself cannot do anything and is merely an observer rather than an actor. Considers arguments for and against free will from religious, social, legal, and neuroscience perspectives Provides thorough coverage of the manifold human behaviors that can be explained only by free will, from consciousness to creativity Outlines future directions for further neuroscience research into the topic