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To me as well it seems her comments are unambiguous:  She has learned how to move from one mind to the other at will, and sees no possible impediment for ANYONE to do the same.  

Though how shall they LEARN to do it?  

This is a really major find, rg:  

A brain-wonk doing true enlightenment.  (Not as delusion); AS enlightenment.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 12:55:06 AM EST
I think the amazing thing was that she was able to stay 'conscious' during the whole experience.

I think that is the key to do the same. From my expierence the 'easiest' way to learn that is meditation and relaxation. Though it something that needs practice, as most people (at least at the beginning) tend to fall asleep when the brain waves slow down.

Another phenomenon were I believe something similar happens is in lucid dreaming.

by Fran on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 11:49:26 AM EST
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The first thing that came to mind when I read this was my personal experience with lucid dreaming. I've always had a rich dream life and got interested in lucid dreaming in the seventies. There was a manual out about supposed Senoi dream culture (and a badly reasoned article by Crick on why dreams should be forgotten.)

I began writing and drawing dreams every morning but it peaked with writing after each dream session. A problem I quickly encountered in writing down dreams was to differentiate "actors" within the dream as well as the dream "watcher" who could float in and out of "points of view" or "actors." By systematically writing dreams, dreaming became far richer, and lucid dreaming was fairly constant- whatever "lucid" means. I presume it means the capacity to reason within the dream and alter the dream's course at "will."

Basically "lucid" dreaming has a "watcher" who can be passive or active while other dream activity is going on.

This can spill over into the wakened state as a possibility to observe one's own thought processes or actions. I guess it's some sort of meta-thought process, such as being able to observe and then recall a sequence of thoughts and what other stimuli may have entruded during that given time span. In a certain way it reflects on the limits of language as a means of codifying sensations, the structural linearity of thought-in-tongue. Yet thinking in words at the same time has a rich latitude of meanings and associations that seem to glimmer on the surface without gaining significance in a conscious context. Dreaming on the contrary appears to exploit language's fertile ambiguities.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sun Mar 23rd, 2008 at 07:30:11 PM EST
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Right here right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are -- I am -- the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form. At one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere.

I am not sure that she meant that literary; science and meditation communities would be rocked. She would have described that not only when speaking about general peaceful coexistence.

BBC has a lecture series with Vilayanur S. Ramachandran - really fascinating. Here is an (unrelated) Youtube clip with this guy talking about split brains. (Is it the left hemisphere "religious" and right "atheist" or other way around? If you listen carefully, he is not consistent on that point.)

(Besides, there is an older BBC series, with Susan Greenfield. Here is a youtube clip.)

by das monde on Tue Mar 25th, 2008 at 06:14:10 AM EST
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You know, I think I might want to get a copy of her book just to settle the question - or to find that she's also vague in the book on whether she's speaking metaphorically or factually.

We could also drop her an e-mail pointing her to this blog entry.

It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Mar 25th, 2008 at 06:22:43 AM EST
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