3E - Virtual Un-Reality Consciousness, what is it exactly?...

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Virtual Un-Reality Consciousness, what is it exactly? The Encyclopedia of Psychology defines conscious as: “Awareness of external stimuli and of one's own mental activity.” In essence, definition means being aware that you are having thoughts. According to Charles Tart, who conducts studies on altered states of consciousness, most people don’t experience true consciousness until they reach a state of enlightenment. He argues that ‘regular’ consciousness blocks a person from experiencing this. Daniel Dennett supports Tarts beliefs with his theory of ‘Fame-in-the-brain,’ and Sigmund Freud fuels these ideas with his theory of the ID, EGO, and SUPER-EGO. Gazzaniga has gone so far as to give a name to this ‘cover up’ that the brain presents. Scientists, specifically neurobiologists, trying to figure out the complexity of consciousness need to focus on these processes of the brain that cover up the real story of the world if they are ever going to answer their questions. The studies of these processes by Freud, Dennett, Gazzaniga and Tart will help guide them. Charles Tart focuses on the ideal of enlightenment, seeing the world for what it really is, and not as the reality that our mind puts in front of us. According to him, information comes into our senses, and our mind makes a sort of reality out of that information; he calls it a bio-psycho virtual reality (Tart pg. 33). This mental ‘theater’ gives us the satisfaction that we need and desire when the external world is not providing us with what we want, and so the internal ‘stimulation’ is mistaken for reality because it is more satisfying. The everyday person is unaware of this ‘image’ created by the brain, and the image is their ‘reality’ in every way. Tart argues that this conception is, however,
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not true reality. True reality is something that one can not ‘obtain’ unless he or she has an experience that propels them into a state of enlightenment. This higher state opens up their eyes to the real world around them. It allows the mind to see the world in its natural simplicity. Without this enlightenment, Tart states, “Most of our time and energy is spent
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3E - Virtual Un-Reality Consciousness, what is it exactly?...

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