Would you like your A.I. with or without consciousness?

Google “geniuses” are telling us that we are 12 years away from an A.I. that is more “intelligent” than human beings. What does this mean?  Are they right?  In common use, people define the word intelligence with many different expectations despite how dictionaries try to expound upon its classical definition.  Intelligence is a word invented by academics to explain a predictable phenomena that can be graduated like a fever thermometer. Its most succinct definition reads as follows “the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.”  I like that  definition as it is easy to utilize.  However, defining I.Q. in this way fails our unconscious expectations of its application being performed judiciously. So it fails  us seriously when that it does not encompass creativity and other facets of applying knowledge such as doing so in a way that does not create collateral damage. Consider as an example the hand-1571851_640wonders of pharmaceuticals that stop one disease and create two or three new issues…. you know what I mean, you see the commercials. We all wonder if this is intelligence.  At least some times it seems to be so when an antibiotic works and saves your life.  Of course if a fluoroquinolone and your tendons tear from its use crippling you, you are not quite as pleased.

People born with higher I.Q.s do learn faster, in some cases much faster.  They can often apply what they learn quickly and even effectively.  If we create and A.I. that can learn and apply what it has learned quickly and effectively will that mean in is smarter than a human?  Of course we now have to define “smart.” I chose smart, for fun, and because that grasps the popular meaning of intelligence that is more generalized.

Actually I am skeptical that we will have a “true” A.I. anytime soon, at least the type that Isaac Asimov wrote about and endeared his readers to. Isaac’s robots were “smart” and very humanoid.  Isaac’s A.I.s duplicated humanity and is some ways outshined us. They were not only Artificial Intelligences but they were conscious and supremely ethical as required by Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. 

But lets get back to consciousness and try to define it. What is consciousness? We see it often defined as “the state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings.” I prefer to think of it as being aware that I am regardless of whatever surroundings I may find myself in. This harkens back to the famously debated statement, “I think, therefore I am.”  Here, thought is used as a proof of one’s existence and perhaps mindfulness. Proving to oneself that you exist is also consciousness as I see it.  Can we create consciousness or is that “God given” only via a soul as some think?

We already have the ability to create sensory apparatus and motorized limbs that can closely duplicate many human physical endowments. What is appears to be lacking is the intellectual gifts that make a physical being animate itself. When we have the possibly soon to come capacity of creating nearly infinite memory with a holographic compression tool and a possible subatomic substrate, we will be one hand-697264_640step in the direction of creating the Asimov like A.I.  However, nearly endless memory is not enough. Human memory is prodigious and likely soon matched but it will not create self cognizance.

Perhaps what we now need is to add problem solving. As we grow from childhood to maturity our ability to solve problems grows with our experience. We come into this world programmed with the rudimentary skills to do this and we add to it with age and experience.  This can be programmed. What is left now to create a Asimov like A.I. may be consciousness?

When I say “I think therefore I am” it implies that I have a reason to think and this may be consciousness.  However if you mix memory with problem solving skills (a definition of intelligence) it is not likely to get up and fix your car without commands to do so.  It is not self commanding, so to speak.  What makes us self motivating?  At first blush this is quite simple, human need. A piece of metal and crystal with computer form has no clear needs; humans do. But what if it had? Would it become conscious?  We frail humans have many needs. Some of the more obvious are: food (fuel), shelter (pain avoidance), companionship and emotional gratification.  Would giving this to a computer create consciousness?  We could do this!

A computer could have pain sensors helping it avoid damage. Our cars already do in the form of crash detectors. Our cars also know when they are low on fuel, their food. Our A.I. with these skills might now avoid rain, walking into deep water and running out of fuel. It will to some extent be self activating but not conscious. What if we programmed it with a need to have companionship and to see the benefits of working in teams with beings like itself? It could be programmed to “instinctively” form robot tribes to protect itself from the pain of destruction by competitive A.I.s eagle-1245681_640who might take its fuel and shelter if these needs were in short supply.  It would likely now be more self activated but still not conscious. What now if we add emotional needs? It is quite possible to program an inner pain when other A.I.s out perform it in group activities such as searching for fuel etc.  We could even program in some “boasting” into
A.I.s that would create “jealousy” in other A.I.s.  We could in fact, create “pride feelings” in those who achieve more. We could program in competitiveness too, perhaps as a desire to soar with the eagles.  However it is not likely to lead to self awareness.  What is still missing?  How about death?

We could design in an inevitable death in which the CPU-Mind simply degrades and stops functioning as a process of memory overloading or randomness inherently created by the repetitive use of its subatomic substrate. In other words it wears out at the subatomic level by being overwhelmed from its self created complexity.  If you don’t like this cause, we can come up with another one more suitable however the bottom line is it dies.  How will this affect possible consciousness?  The A.I. might begin to seek solutions to this issue, it could be self activating all the time.  Is that consciousness?  How about if we make it possible for the A.I. to have sex with an opposite sex A.I. to reproduce itself. Could we also create in its mind a sense of woman-1339124_640family and the special value of family?  Consider that we know trees do this!  Why not A.I.s?  We could even make it possible that each A.I. inherit certain A.I. characteristics from a parent A.I., like genetics. Successful A.I. lives could modify genes so that those inheriting them would be more likely to succeed at survival and reproduction. Would this now endow the A.I. with human consciousness like behavior?   I suspect we are getting close. The sexual behavior could also be sensually and emotionally rewarding so as to be a positive motivating experience as it can be for humans. It could also be only occasionally productive by programming.  The desire for sex would also end with the climax so that the A.I. would not be stuck in a pleasure seeking loop.  We could put this all under the control of a chemical charging system that creates urgency as charge builds in a system much like hormones. It might even be connected to the cycles of the moon and the timing created by the rhythm of the Schumann Resonance.  In this way the “need” to attempt reproduction (sex) would not be a constant.  The A.I. could be programmed to recognize its “child” as its link to immortality and a strength added to its tribe, since death is inevitable.

crucifix-1802224_640We should also create an intellectual skill allowing an A.I. the ability to “put itself in another A.I.’s shoes.” This could be the beginning of compassion and sensitivity. This ability to feel another’s pain, especially at death would add an appreciation for life and perhaps an urgency to live it well. With this programmed, an A.I. might one day say, “let he who has not sinned cast the first water!”

Would we now have consciousness?  It is beginning to me to look like the A.I. will behave in a conscious fashion. Would it now begin to wonder if it will have an existence after “death?” We could of course program an electromagnetic transport for an archive of its experience to a cosmic archive. From this archive we might even pass its experience to a subsequent generation of its family, though placing it at a lower subconscious level of mental access to increase its likelihood of survival after “birth”  or to create new born prodigies.

I think at this point the A.I. will be like Asimov’s.  Will it be conscious?  I am not sure but it makes me wonder if we are too!

 

 

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Brainless Slime Molds Learn & Teach!

tanyalattyDr Tanya Latty, PhD, insect ecology at the University of Calgary said: “I think we’re beginning to realize that brains are not prerequisites for complex and interesting behavior. The majority of life-forms on Earth are brainless, but we know very little about how this brainless majority are able to adapt their behavior in changing environments.

This discovery comes in a study published last week in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Scientists at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France taught some 2,000 slime molds to avoid nasty-tasting substances (nasty to slime molds) while searching for food — and found that the molds could then transmit this behavior to their compatriots simply by fusing with them. In essence, when the slime mold learned to cross a bridge to a petri dish full of food it liked they then put repellant chemicals on the bridge and the slime_mold_on_deadwood-google-reuse-permitslime mold learned  to ignore these repellents to seek food.  It did so by carefully testing the bridge with a fine tentacle of slime as a scouting party.  When the tentacle could cross, eat and return,  the whole blob knew it was safe to do the same and did so.  It did so faster and faster as it established the safety of the crossing.  Even more astounding was that the learned slime mold was able to teach this to new slime molds in came in physical contact with.

In my story character,  Janr Ssor’s,  sci-fi adventures, he discovers that his experience of the universe does not often depend upon the physical structures we commonly associate with our world.  He frequently discovers communications we do not experience but more and more are learning to recognize as in this article on slime molds or my essay, “Is Intelligence In Your Brain? Or Are Scientists Stupid?”, which finds this behaviour in almost equally brainless tiny insects.

Science is fascinating in its ongoing  attempts to discover new concepts of truth and reality. The longer I live the more convinced I am that there is less and less difference between scientific proof and theory.  This is not to say that we can not “prove” a theory by methods. smartphone-image-truth It is just puzzling what we are proving? Is it all of reality or just a convenient fragment that suits our needs much as the slime molds discover did its?  Sometimes I wonder, are we the image outside or inside the cell phone? Can we really know?

It would be illogical to deny the success of science when you see a spaceship, whose design is based on millions of years or learning scientific “proven rules”  successfully launch a satellite into orbit. On the other hand, it is one thing to have ultimate knowledge and another to grasp just enough to get through the day.  I believe we are at the latter point in our evolution but often sensing the light of a bigger tomorrow through the one thing science truly tries to teach well, “keep the window to learning open and know that we have no ultimate truths.”  Enjoy the trip, the destination is not our purpose.

Dreams Are Symbolic! ….. don’t steal my comforting belief!

Are Dreams Just Symbolic? Learned men, of significant stature, assure us that our dreams are nothing more than symbolic and expressive venting of our emotional life experience! I have trouble with this concept; because I believe in Dragons. Dragon Vector IllustrationMaybe you should too!

Lucid Dreams Prove Symbolism? In “The Source Field Investigations“, David Wilcock offers carefully explained concepts taken from Dr Stephen LaBerge’s dream research.  LaBerge teaches us  how we  can transform our routine dream experience to Lucid Dreams and in so doing, take control of their outcome.   In the process, he explains,  the symbolism of your dream experience may become  more manifest.  He describes this in an example of  the ogre, who is about to beat you to death, being  transformed by your spiritual love, into a flash of light that melts into your own body and vanishes. Now, LaBerge says, you know the ogre was a dream projection of a part of yourself, that you had yet to forgive and accept, nothing more.  We are then told, that researchers who study dreaming find strong agreement in the symbols and the symbolic nature of dream experiences.  This is an elegant  integration of psychology and dreaming for those who need fairy tales;  but, again I must say that I believe in dragons!  In his book,  “Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind,” Graham Hancock explores both his own personal journey and years of study by  many researchers. In this story, Hancock,  finds that symbolism crosses cultures,  religions, time and space to bare witness to an alternative plain of existence, rather than a common archetypal symbolism as portrayed by Carl Jung.  In my book, “Not Kid’s Games,”  I explore the consequences of the infinite paths of an infinite universe.  If you have yet to read my “Science fiction” book, Not Kids Games,  than for just a moment, fill your mind with its  foundational research,  slip into the path of its comet like ride and see the universe from another perspective!

Not Kids GAmesThe Consequences Of Thought.  Think for a moment, outside the box with me, and envision a world that is not just holographic but built of infinite infinities,  then lets look at the consequences and we will find where my dragons live!

  • In a holographic universe, every point has all the knowledge of every other point; but, like a Jpeg image, it begins to fade and lose detail as it is compressed smaller and smaller.  So here in our tiny bodies (Jpegs) we clearly experience the  world of our own local ongoing creation but only vaguely sense being part of the infinite consensual universe. This gives us a laser like focus on our “unique”  journey in our special reality and yet a feeling for our ultimate origin and destination in death.
  • Now lets consider Nassim Haramein’s concept of infinites bounded by finite space. If you understand,  much as Nassim Haramein teaches, that an infinity can be found in a finite space, you will realize that there is not one universe but surely a multi-verse (which to me means an infinite number of universes of infinitely large or small size).  Wow!  That is a lot to ponder but its consequences are worth trying!  Trust me on this and I will elaborate as we go on.  For now just think of infinite universes by picturing each universe as grain of sand, when seen from afar. Now in your mind’s eye toss that infinite sand into infinite space. Remember the concept of a Galaxy contained in a Jewel such as that on the “belt”  worn by the cat, Orion,  in  the movie Men In Black?
  • Spinoza.  Add one more ingredient to our stewing thoughts and we will complete the recipe for a land where Dragons may be as real as you and I (for whatever that means). Recall how Spinoza explained the Ultimate Substance (cosmic consciousness) as containing everything in order for it to be God Like and therefore omniscient as well as omnipotent?  If this is true then every thought, every dream, every picture in your mind, in all its infinite variations,  must truly exist, for without it, fractalthe cosmic is not omnipotent nor is it omniscient. Another way of understanding  this is to consider what you see when you stand between two parallel mirrored walls. As you gaze into the “unending” fractal like image of yourself and anything else in that space, the endlessly repeating images may seem to curve away and morph just slightly as they flow beyond our viewpoint.  Every object in the universe, every event in time, must have a nearly perfect duplicate with some small variation, or else the universe we live in is not infinite.  [the mind expanding graphic at the left can lead you to more help on understanding fractals at the fractal foundation, its origin]

My dragons are hungry, as it is early morning in Narangia.  I can hear them beating their leathery wings against the bronze bars that form the gates to their stables.  It is  located just before the bridge in front of our castle.  They know this will get my attention and I will come and feed them.  Then I will take one chosen one, as is my habit, for a flight high over our city walls.

Now that you have eaten my my mind-filling stew, rich in esoterics , what happens when you dream of the Ogre?  You recall, the Ogre with the steel like death grip around your neck, who is about to beat you to death?  When you now express infinite love for all living beings and beam that from your eyes to his soul, he again melts into your being and all is well;  but, it no longer means that he is a small mundane projection of you, that you are dealing ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????with on Freud’s Couch.  Now instead it is your real experience in one of the infinite universes. An experience in which the flash of light is your death from his wrecking ball like fist  and the merging is now your return to the cosmic. In the cosmic you find awareness of your true self,  your infinite nature no longer compressed to a Jpeg of human existence.  For the moment, you are dead physically but alive spiritually.

It may be true that the objects in your dream were  experienced because of your mental state, created my external or internal frustration (stimuli). They are easily labeled “symbolic.”  On the other hand, your mind may have tuned into the infinite experience that the universe (cosmic consciousness) knows!  Though it can be symbolic to you, it is as real somewhere in the universe as is your awakening in a sweat, with ice cold skin and an ache in your stomach.  When you are half awake in your miserable state of sleep crying,  “no more, no more”  it is because you are tired of death and re-birth to a new world with hidden pain as well as some pleasure.  For a moment you recall that, like the fractal image above, you are born over and over,  a small probe launched into the cloud of reality to bring back knowledge of one variation on experience. As you bask in the all knowing light of the Cosmic, for a moment, before you consciousness re-compresses to a Jpeg,  you understand the dream of infinity!  You know there is dark and there is light, there is cold and there is hot, there is infinitely big and infinitely small.

The universe (reality)  is, as Nassim Haramein says, perhaps being created and destroyed by a toroidal rotating field of energy, a  3-D version of the flat oscilloscope image.  From the infinitely large, your true self for a timeless instant,  you are now again compressing to an infinitely small dot of  Jpeg consciousness in the endless storm of the sea of life’s adventure.   Every symbol in the dream of life or the dream of sleep,  is an attunement of your mind adjusted to the symbols vibrational frequency like an FM radio.  As you tune into each “station,” the  meaning of its story is best gathered by your experience, in which you feel the pain or joy of its alternate reality.  If it was a ‘bad” dream, and you cry “no more pain, no more pain” it is up to you to change the channel.

Something to think about.

Janr

Why Your High IQ Can Make You Stupid

Does brain size matter?  Einstein had a smaller brain, Edison said he learned 10,000 ways not to make a light bulb by failing his way to success. Henry Ford had little knowledge of many subject other than manufacturing that interested him.When publicly accused of being an “idiot,’ he said, he could find a fact man, if he needed one, for 25 Cent and hour salary. Or better yet purchase and Almanac for 25 Cents.  Why should he clutter his head with useless trivia? What made all brain-head-viewthese people succeed was not necessarily genius but more likely the Magic Of Thinking Big.

What is the difference between a “genius”  and a failure?   Why do “bright”  people got to work for Monsanto and produce dangerous toxic genetic monstrosities without concern?  Why do men with 150 point IQ’s  sometimes drive dump trucks, if anyone will hire them? Read on and see if you can solve this riddle.

Where Are “You”? If you believe that ‘YOU’ are the product of your brain and are located somewhere in your head, you are buying into the fantasy that the Church Of Science has invented to detract from the “illogical”  religious belief that you are a spiritual being and part of the Eternal God or Spinoza’s  Cosmic Consciousness (whichever you prefer). Now I am not an advocate of practicing religion nor do I believe that any form of religion is “righter” than others.  I do however believe that your brain is not you but a transceiver to where your real you exists.  When you look at the creative insights of many of the world’s “best minds,’  minds that have changed history by changing our paradigm of the world, you will often find that their discoveries were made when not thinking but merely relaxing, walking or playing.  Why is this? People say it is the creative insight of their “sub conscious”  mind solving problems for them.  For this sentence to make sense we have to invent the  “sub conscious” mind,  for which we have never established any physical organ.  It makes far more sense to picture capturing the solution from the infinite cosmic mind by a process described by the the Rosicrucians and handed down for centuries by those who belong to mystical societies of  the thinkers.  These men and women have turned out to be the doers, movers and sharkers who have changed history.

So why does a high IQ make you stupid?  It does not  truly make you stupid but it can significantly detract your from your true creative capabilities.  Being able to “learn” fast whether it is to solve puzzles or recall data is likely a sign of an intense and focused mind; but, I believe calling it “genius”  and making countless others “average” by comparison,  was created by  professorial people to help them with their Hypnotism Conceptinferiority complexes!  When you hypnotize any mentally capable person, you can make them recall and solve problems (Learn) far faster than “average” people. I was once taught to master the skill of Karate and split a large 3/4 inch thick board of wood in a 45 minute hypnosis session (as were a couple hundred others in Marshall Sylver’s audience. The next day we learned to put out flaming torches in our mouth without fear!  I am sure there is more to IQ than just good focus but to equate it with being in some way with productive value to humanity is, I believe, false. If you read the book, Outliers,  you will learn the success story behind great Canadian hockey players. It is the same story behind the “productive”  value of  high IQ children.  In a quick two second synopsis, “Outliers”  really teaches us that those that those whom you lavish praise, attention and training upon, will likely produce results!

It is my contention that people who live in their mind and are myopic “geniuses”  or  “average” people who choose not to succeed creatively because cultural conditioning has made them believe they are too “average” to accomplish anything great waste their lives for the same reason, they are out of touch with the cosmic which is wear we all really reside.  What makes us believe these illusions of our “Limited Self?”   Consider TV, for example,  or School teacher and college professors who have the superiority complex that crushes average people into paying homage to their genius and self demoting themselves to relative idiocy.

Plants Have Telepathy,  Why Not You?  In reading The Source Field Investigations, by David Wilcox,   you can see balancehow research is proving the existence of a communication connection between all living matter and even likely what we think of as inert matter, such as Earth and stone. If this is true, are we not connected to everything?  The pineal gland has been shown to be formed much like an eye and sensitive to photons (light).  For centuries its form has been central to many religious teachings as a source of insight.  Unlike the subconscious mind that has no anatomical existence, it is more and more likely that the pineal gland,  at the center of your brain, is connected with some sort of perception.  If so it may be the third eye that is depicted in many religious and metaphysical drawings, your connection to the infinite.

So how does a High IQ make you “stupid?”   The answer, I believe, is that societies subliminal messages to both hi IQ and Average people is depressive to true genius, genius that creates with the infinite source we often call the Muse.  Genius which I equate with the Cosmic Consciousness, or our “real self” has been named for centuries as the connection with the infinite. Musicians get out of its way by the hypnotic practice of music,  creative geniuses like Einstein take walks or make discoveries on trolley rides.  When your mundane consciousness is not stealing your attention, the infinite becomes awake within!  Why do so many great teachers say “find God within?”    Like Elisabeth Haich in her book, INITIATION,  I cannot fathom that a mote of dust with wings too small to see and a nearly undetectable brain, can find food, eat, sleep, find mates, reproduce, fight off attackers and do all this while flying in 3 dimensional space because of its brain power (a microscopic spec within a mote of dust).  I have flown and airplane twice, it is just not that simple. To believe we are in our heads, is to bow down to the Idol of science and I bow down to no idols. How about you?

Janr

 

 

 

 

Scientists Use Weather To Forecast Flu Season

It’s official, weather forecasts predict the flu.  As I write about it in sci-fi stories, it just sometimes seems to happen in reality, but with less drama.  It is now possible to predict flu season peaks and occurrences based on weather reports!  Why?

Well, science likes to think they know why and they say that it is because those hot dry days influence the bugs and other vectors that transmit disease to multiply and therefore speed up the disease migration process.  So that’s the scientist’s brilliant answer.  But, I have a question left unanswered….

My question is what caused the seasonal changes that started the expansion of the vector animal propagation?  ……. Now, looking back on the news and research, fractal treewe have recently noted that bacteria in the clouds can affect the weather.  So perhaps it is that these bugs change the weather so the flu vectors can multiply and transmit the bugs to us to make us sick.  Wow!  It almost sounds like a conspiracy.

The funny thing about conspiracy is that it implies intelligence and who would give the Earth an IQ test?  I mean,  from clouds, to weather,  to animals, to insects, to viruses all working in some kind of harmonious behavior to spread the flu almost begins to describe a pretty big chunk of the Earth.  We can easily connect more dots like,  the evaporation from the soil and plants that affects the clouds… and on and on.  So is the whole planet conspiring to reduce overpopulation from its surface and at the end point of this process use viruses to achieve this goal?

It’s something to think about.  I have,  and it is part of one of my publications in the making.  I write Sci-Fi because you won’t believe reality.  Here is the story about forecasting the flu (but not my reality).

http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=57561879&feed_id=null&videofeed=null

Janr Ssor

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity #TED : http://on.ted.com/jA3y In several of my essays you will find my concern for our children’s future and the failure of our education system to recognize the gift of diversity! We routinely drug and discourage the gifted amongst us, those that refuse to be re-made into clones of a teacher, a teacher’s shadow. It is often quoted , with a sense of humor, “those who can create do, those who cannot teach.” This reality endangers the lives of our children and the survival of America! Watch the excellent and entertaining TED TALKS video from the above link and truly grasp this issue. Janr

Is intelligence In Your Brain? Or Are Scientists Stupid?

Is there evidence that we inhabit our brains?

How smart and really like us are animals? Every wonder? About 13 years ago we went to a friends house and he insisted on having his neighbor bring over a small poodle that the neighbor did not want. My wife and I had two dogs and did not want a third yet, my friend insisted we see the dog.

My wife picked up the small white toy poodle, named Missy, and put it on her lap. It was very sad looking and it was shaking with fear. She began to pet it gently to calm it and at that point the owner laughed. I asked what was funny and he said, “no one has ever picked up that animal before, it is funny to see someone holding it.’

It turned out that his x-wife left him with the, dog, house and kids 6 months earlier. He hated the dog and kicked it to get it into its cage. He told us how he had another animal, a Myna bird, or should I say “had.” His kids were supposed to care for it and the dog. One morning his kids had come running to him saying the bird was lying dead in the cage. He said, “I let that teach them a lesson. Since they had not fed the bird it starved to death.”

I looked at him and said, “Don’t you know that it is a horrible painful way to die to starve to death? It is what the Nazis did to the 12,000,000 Jews and Christians they killed in Germany?”

He laughed again, and said, “Give me a break, they are just animals! They are mechanical and have no feelings.” At that point I knew he was a psychopath and the dog deserved a better chance in life.

Needless to say we took the dog home. In two weeks it gained 7 pounds and went from a trembling 7 pounds to a happy 14 pound puppy. However, if anyone puts a hand near the dog other then ‘trusted friends’ that Missy knows, she will nip their fingers to scare them away. We have tried dog psychologists and several trainers but she is forever fearful of being hurt by people like that psychopath who owned her. Even now, 12 years later.

Now that Missy is older and has cataracts, she has developed a fear of climbing our wooden steps since she slipped on them one night. For the last year she does not climb stairs.

A few months ago we went on a trip for 4 days and, as usual, arranged for the doggy sitter to come and visit with Missy 4 times a day. My wife did this a month in advance. We left on Wednesday and when we returned on Sunday the usual long note logging the sitters visits was very short and our check for her work was on the table. The note said that the sitter had her worst nightmare come true. She had forgotten about Missy! On Saturday, reading her email from my wife (to remind her), she discovered her mistake. She rushed to our house and found Missy starving and without water but still alive!

Missy seemed fine when we saw her but certainly very, very happy to see us. There was however a new unusual behavior. She follows us everywhere and has rushes for the door to try to follow us out, even when we tell her we will be back shortly, which she always did fine with before. In other words, Missy has fear of abandonment. In fact she is so fearful that she goes up and down the slippery wooden steps even in the dark!

Missy is very smart dog. She has strong feelings and a great memory. The first time she met my brother, Steve, she loved him and allowed him to pet her. It was the same with my cleaning lady, Deborah. Others who she does not trust, she remembers as well. She has only seen my daughter who lives on the other side of the Earth in Vienna a few times and years ago, but the minute she sees her she knows her and is happy to greet her.

I have to tell you that toy poodles have small heads but having lived with Missy for 13 years, I know that she learns and remembers better than most smart people I know. I also clearly see that she is full of emotions and expresses her love with kisses enough to make your hands sore. You literally have to tell her, “No more kisses!”

Now I have taken flying lessons and I can assure you it is no easy task to pilot a plane in 3 dimensions. Just the other day when working on my computer I noted a small speck of dust floating in front of the screen. I found it interesting to note that it floated up and down in a way I rarely expected air currents in the room to move. Looking more closely, I discovered that the dust mote was really some form of flying insect. It was so very small that my very good eyesight could just barley resolve its details.

It then occurred to me that this living dust mote, was able to, find food, feed, eliminate, find mates, have sex and reproduce as well as fly and navigate successfully in 3 dimensional space! Now I wondered, my dog Missy’s brain was fraction of mine in size. This living dust mote had a brain so small I could not find without the aid of a microscope.

I had frequently wondered what science really knows about our mind. I am a doctor and I have long ago learned NOT to accept anything you learn from scientists as the gospel truth. After all, we are limited in our perception of the universe and as such we make the best approximation of reality with our ‘theories’ and then if they prove out in the scientific lab we assume they are ‘proven.’ But, proven only means Useful! Any thinking man knows we have no facts that are 100%, just ‘proven’ theories and models of the universe that can be, for our needs, very reliable.

Science says you are created by the neuro-chemical interactions in your mind. If we cut into your brain with a scalpel, you will no longer be you! Bullets and surgery have proven this, they say. On the other hand, if we keep in mind my rule about science never being 100% correct, we could imagine that the brain is a transceiver that connects us to a non-physical spiritual self. So maybe we don’t live in our brains and that is why much of our neurotransmitters are found in our stomach and why people say things like, “I have a gut feeling…..”

Now I was not hallucinating about the flying mote but that brings up another topic, Hallucinations. Science says they are unreal creations of a dysfunctional mind. But is this a scientific truth? There is some research to the contrary. Consider that drawings by people in the stone age have much in common with those drawn by todays shamans using hallucinogens to experience what they believe is an alternative reality. In cave drawings found across the world many thousands of years old and in very different cultures, there are again very many common paintings. In many of these caves there is evidence that the artists used magic mushrooms or some plant to experience these creative visions.

What might be a possible explanation for common art work such as ‘humans with animal heads’ that were drawn by vastly different cultures across times as far distant as the stone age is to our current era? Well, in the era of the Internet we could say that some common communication like our ubiquitous web sites would do it. But, this did not exist in the stone age. On the other hand, if we exist outside our bodies as part of the Akashic Record this could explain the common drawings.

Whatever the answer is, I suspect that there is more to us than a few pounds of fat and neurons in our head. My dog, Missy, not only has strong emotions, an excellent memory and obvious intelligence, she has something most of us do not have! Missy can go out for a walk and find plants to eat that help her when she is sick! Can you? Scientists says this is ‘innate intelligence.’ This is the way the ‘Intelligentsia’ likes to put down animals as stupid creatures with simple minds with precoded knowledge. They can then claim that animals are too stupid to learn from their own thinking and some sort of marvelous symbolic code that written language affords us so they compensate with a pre-recorded message. Is this true?

Consider that animals may be in contact with things we are not. Perhaps they do not need magic potions of mushrooms to open their eyes to an alternative world that exists outside of our limited perception. In that case, they have more than we have in terms of mental abilities. Then again, I do recall kids seeing invisible friends and other fancies that stern adult warnings scared out of them. How about you, do you recall anything from your childhood that you were told to stop thinking or talking about!

When we evolved our Neocortex and became so smart did the neocortex filter out a view of reality that we now can only garner with drugs or trance dancing?

So the question persists. Do we inhabit our brains or is it a transceiver? I for one believe the latter but you chose whatever makes sense to your intuition.