xodarap replied 15 years ago (Dec 21st 2008, 11:04:26 am)
Hi Steve and Brent,
As you both know I am in strong agreement with both your positions - albeit very reticent to use a word like "spiritual" as Brent does.
But also I can see why adopting a deep representationalist viewpoint is extraordinarily difficult for most people. The paradigm shift is quite literally earth-shaking. I got here I think because I had been absorbing bits and pieces of related theory and descriptions of supporting evidence [eg Oliver Sachs's _the Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat_, and others] and had experienced a couple of intensely emotional paradigm shifts already.
The reason why our deep changes are like this, IMO, is precisely because the constructs which constitute our thoughts and perceptions of the world are tightly constrained by associations [via amygdala and basal ganglia, whatever,] which key into our deepest level survival strategies. So in effect we cannot change until, at a very deep level, we become ready to accept that the new paradigm does not constitute a threat to our survival. In other words the deep preparatory thinking occurs unconsciously. When the new paradigm becomes apparent, this is a true act of creation within the person's mind wherein an array of previously disparate constructs _fall together_ as a more effective representational strategy.
My assumption is that this process allows a reduction in the amount of energy needed to maintain exclusions between conflicting constructs and in the state of fight/flight arousal which was previously provoked by the potential threat attributed to elements in the conflict.
On my website I have a description of the amazingly powerful emotional effect of such a shift I experienced one day in the late '70s after which I decided to be a Christian [membership since reversed though, which I also describe a bit.]
I also have a copy [with his permission to use it] of My e-friend Peter Main's experience of _seeing_ how representations are in his brain, how the 3Dness experience must be _in_ the brain.