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."

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 Evolution of Consciousness

As Revealed Through Initiation-knowledge : Thirteen Lectures, Two Addresses, Two Sessions of Answering Questions Held in Penmaenmawr, North Wales, from 18 to 31 August 1923, Supplemented by Drawings
Author: Rudolf Steiner
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
ISBN: 1855841290
Category: Philosophy
Page: 297
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According to the research of initiate Rudolf Steiner, humanity is in a continual process of transformation and evolution. Modern consciousness, based primarily on sensory perception and abstract logic, differs considerably from the consciousness of ancient human beings. Steiner tells us that the ancients saw human beings as microcosms, or concentrations, of cosmic laws and activities. The loss of such knowledge has led to an existential quest for meaning and even the cul-de-sac we know as atheism. In these comprehensive lectures, delivered to an English audience, Steiner discusses the very real possibility of reconnecting to the cosmos today. He explains how we can develop higher faculties of consciousness what he calls "imagination, inspiration, " and "intuition" and vividly describes life after death and how individuals progress through the planetary spheres. In these spheres, he tells us, tasks and purpose for future incarnations are prepared in cooperation with spiritual beings of the heavenly hierarchies. The lectures culminate in a call for us to take charge of our own destiny through conscious, free development of our spiritual potential. This new edition of a fundamental work from Rudolf Steiner features a revised translation, as well as previously unavailable addresses and Steiner s answers to questions from his audience."

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.

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind


Author: Julian Jaynes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547527543
Category: Science
Page: 512
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At the heart of this classic, seminal book is Julian Jaynes's still-controversial thesis that human consciousness did not begin far back in animal evolution but instead is a learned process that came about only three thousand years ago and is still developing. The implications of this revolutionary scientific paradigm extend into virtually every aspect of our psychology, our history and culture, our religion -- and indeed our future.

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

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.

Way of the Weirdo


Author: Jason Gregory
Publisher: Innercircle Publishing
ISBN: 9781882918454
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 192
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"Dedicated to the seen, the unknown and the beyond." We have come to a moment in time where we all need to make a choice. We can either maintain on our perilous course with the destruction of our world and the ultimate extinction of the human species, or we can choose the alternative. So now you have to choose. Are you going to uphold the status quo and participate in the eventual annihilation of the human race? If the answer is yes then close the book now and go on about your day as if this never happened. If you are still here then I must congratulate you for choosing the alternative. The alternative choice we are faced with is not some system or revolution which will guide us in a different direction. It is a path; it is a journey to explore who we truly are.A journey to understand our inner and outer worlds within ourselves which will guide us to our next step in our eventual evolutionary process. It is within this book where we will travel along the path together, but let me assure you that this journey is no leisurely stroll beside a pristine lake. The journey is a rough road that will shake the foundation of the way we perceive the world to its inner core.The path is not paved out of marble stone, so it is not meant to be easy. But if you can persist along this rough path it will eventually manifest into the beautiful path which you envisioned. The path we are on together will give you a better understanding of why our world is the way it is at the moment, where we are going, who we are and why we are here. The journey through the pages of this book may give you the sense of how we can achieve this peaceful world which we have all longed for. So it is time to begin the path within. - www.innercirclepublishing.com

Society Of Mind


Author: Marvin Minsky
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0671657135
Category: Psychology
Page: 339
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An authority on artificial intelligence introduces a theory that explores the workings of the human mind and the mysteries of thought

Consciousness Explained


Author: Daniel C. Dennett
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316439487
Category: Psychology
Page: 528
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"Brilliant...as audacious as its title....Mr. Dennett's exposition is nothing short of brilliant." --George Johnson, New York Times Book Review Consciousness Explained is a a full-scale exploration of human consciousness. In this landmark book, Daniel Dennett refutes the traditional, commonsense theory of consciousness and presents a new model, based on a wealth of information from the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence. Our current theories about conscious life-of people, animal, even robots--are transformed by the new perspectives found in this book.

The Convoluted Universe: Book 3


Author: Dolores Cannon
Publisher: Ozark Mountain Publishing
ISBN: 1886940797
Category: History
Page: 693
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This sequel to The Convoluted Universe - Book One provides metaphysical information obtained through numerous subjects by hypnotic past-life regression.

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 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 Superhuman Mind

Free the Genius in Your Brain
Author: Berit Brogaard, PhD,Kristian Marlow, MA
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 069819036X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 304
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Did you know your brain has superpowers? Berit Brogaard, PhD, and Kristian Marlow, MA, study people with astonishing talents—memory champions, human echolocators, musical virtuosos, math geniuses, and synesthetes who taste colors and hear faces. But as amazing as these abilities are, they are not mysterious. Our brains constantly process a huge amount of information below our awareness, and what these gifted individuals have in common is that through practice, injury, an innate brain disorder, or even more unusual circumstances, they have managed to gain a degree of conscious access to this potent processing power. The Superhuman Mind takes us inside the lives and brains of geniuses, savants, virtuosos, and a wide variety of ordinary people who have acquired truly extraordinary talents, one way or another. Delving into the neurological underpinnings of these abilities, the authors even reveal how we can acquire some of them ourselves—from perfect pitch and lightning fast math skills to supercharged creativity. The Superhuman Mind is a book full of the fascinating science readers look for from the likes of Oliver Sacks, combined with the exhilarating promise of Moonwalking with Einstein.

The Ego Tunnel

The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self
Author: Thomas Metzinger
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458759164
Category: Philosophy
Page: 490
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We're used to thinking about the self as an independent entity, something that we either have or are. In The Ego Tunnel, philosopher Thomas Metzinger claims otherwise: No such thing as a self exists. The conscious self is the content of a model created by our brain - an internal image, but one we cannot experience as an image. Everything we experience is ''a virtual self in a virtual reality.'' But if the self is not ''real,'' why and how did it evolve? How does the brain construct it? Do we still have souls, free will, personal autonomy, or moral accountability? In a time when the science of cognition is becoming as controversial as evolution, The Ego Tunnel provides a stunningly original take on the mystery of the mind.

Astrotheology and Shamanism


Author: Jan Irvin,Andrew Rutajit
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781585091072
Category: Religion
Page: 236
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Introduction by Jordan Maxwell. This well-researched work returns us to the earliest known forms of religion and nature worship to show how our modern religions formed and where they came from. Also brings us into modern times, reviving and supporting the important work of John Marco Allegro, author of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross. Reveals how natural entheogens, including the Amanita muscaria mushroom, were used by those seeking higher consciousness and an authentic religious experience. A must read for researchers investigating the origins of religion and the symbology used by modern religions of today. Includes extensive bibliography, 185 illustrations and over 500 footnotes.

The Folly of Fools

The Logic of Deceit and Self-deception in Human Life
Author: Robert Trivers
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465027555
Category: Science
Page: 397
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Explores the author's theorized evolutionary basis for self-deception, which he says is tied to group conflict, courtship, neurophysiology, and immunology, but can be negated by awareness of it and its results.

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.