~ Open Source Mysticism
A Fully Inclusive Consciousness Model
The Paranormal
The term "paranormal" means "beyond normal" (para + normal).  The temporal aperture continuum model suggests that the larger the temporal aperture volume associated with a given person or entity, the less the likelihood that a given event is paranormal.  It stands to reason. For an entity - really a deity - blessed with a hypothetical infinite temporal aperture volume, absolutely nothing would be paranormal since all events and objects in all dimensions forever would be part of that entity's here-and-now experience.  At the other end on the temporal aperture continuum where our hypothetical amoeba resides, just about any event and insight outside of microscopic movements would be paranormal.  What may be normal for an individual with an expanded temporal aperture could be paranormal for a person with a narrower temporal aperture.  The term "paranormal" is highly relative in the temporal aperture consciousness model.

Getting to our every day existence, let's speculate on how an ESP event may manifest.  Such events are statistically beyond our normal experience and are labeled paranormal.

On page 11 we observe that all energy and knowledge exists and is conveyed as scintillations - a multidimensional spray of waves and/or particles that we capture and integrate into sensations, perceptions, and concepts. We filter most of that stream in the course of our existence due to typical human three-dimensional limitations as discussed earlier. So in the temporal aperture model, an ESP event occurs when a person successfully apprehends and cognizes a statistically unexpected bit of meaningful knowledge in the vast stream available to everyone.

Let's turn once again to technical analogy to propose the mechanisms for an ephemeral ESP event. Our everyday knowledge and experience is comprised of integrated forms we habitually assemble from the spray of incoming information.  These events are nominally solid and coherent to create the illusion of a smooth stable existence framework for our lives.  However, it is likely that a fringe "signal" may statistically be detected and cognized outside the normal range of experience.  What we would label ESP event information is always present but only statistically captured since we prefer to cognize within our habitual and expected psychological constructs.

So finally let's look at real world radio receiving systems to see if we can derive some clues to the process of a "fringe reception" labeled ESP in the same way we analogized the temporal aperture notion to the aperture of a common antenna structure.  Any contemporary receiving system we choose will necessarily be incomplete - as are all concepts - since we have only current technology to study, and this technology will inevitably improve.  But we'll do the best we can.

In general, the most modern communication systems use "spread spectrum" technology where bits of information are conveyed on carrier frequencies that are sequenced over a wide range of frequencies.  The receiver typically requires a "key" that describes the sequencing so that the transmitted frequencies can be tracked, detected, and ultimately integrated to recover data.  Earlier these systems were used in exotic or military situations for reliability and/or security reasons.  Nowadays cordless and cellular phones using this technology can be bought at reasonable cost.  Modern digital electronics has commodified a once rare and expensive technology.

There's an interesting history to spread spectrum technology. It was earlier called "frequency hopping" and was a June 10, 1941 patented invention by actress Hedy Lamarr and music composer George Antheil.  They relied on music analogies to generate a significant technical invention in the same way that we are here relying on technical analogies to create our new temporal aperture consciousness model.  In fact Hedy Lamarr may be a poster person for all the notions in this website with her extreme personality diversity ranging from stunningly beautiful actress to technological visionary.  Similarly with musical and technical visionary George Antheil. Here we have an example how nominally unsophisticated persons with broad agile minds could demonstrate recognizable genius in an unpredicted way.

A suitable spread spectrum radio system requires:

  • An appropriate antenna
  • A broadband, sensitive specialized receiver
  • A agile frequency control system 

The sentient being analogy to these components is a combination of sensitive awareness and the broadest possible development of the mind across its potential capabilities.  This analogy leads to the conclusion that a "renaissance person" or polymath with the widest variety of mental skills and development at hand would be most likely to be able to integrate incoming scintillated data that is not so neatly coherent as the common everyday experiences expected by our nominally habituated minds.  Not only would the broadly developed person possibly be better able to integrate seemingly disconnected knowledge, but that person's mind will likely be more agile than usual as it must constantly make the shift from one mental mode to another, i.e., designing a rocket motor in the afternoon and doing a ballet class in the evening. This agility is very important by our spread spectrum "frequency hopping" analogy from radio communications systems.

A good artistic interpretation skill may come in handy also since the mind may respond to incomplete fringe "data" and present images and concepts only vaguely related to a potential full meaning. ESP events may thus often have the accuracy of information presented in dreams since the incoming information is incomplete and only partially coherent. We may all constantly receive ESP information, but the bits and pieces are generally incomprehensible in the manner of dream experiences.  A "broadband" mind would have the best shot at collecting as much fringe ESP information as possible so as to integrate it to the most valid potential meaning.

Furthermore, it may be possible for that broadband polymath mind to better capture fringe ESP data if it had a "key" as in the spread spectrum radio system.  The nature and acquisition of that key is an interesting question. It would have to first be defined. It may be that the person or entity with the largest temporal aperture extent simply has a big collection of "encryption" keys.

Here is a summary:

  • "Paranormal" is a relative term dependent on the extent of a subject's temporal aperture. Events that are paranormal in a lesser temporal aperture volume would be normal in a larger - more inclusive - temporal aperture.
  • The proposed best "receiver" for statistical ESP events may be the person with the broadest, most agile mindscape. In fact, this is a working definition of a more extensive temporal aperture volume.  The personal psychology diversity in a true renaissance person may give them large advantage in potentially recovering and cognizing ESP sensations, perceptions, and concepts. This stands to reason regardless of whether one accepts the temporal aperture consciousness model.
  • Everyone alive can accurately claim to have occasional ESP or "psi" experiences as they randomly and accidentally access fringe data.  It may be possible to optimize the mind for these experiences by training it to be as broad and agile as possible.
  • It is proposed that psi event data is everywhere present the same as our more commonly acquired events.  We may however lack a "key" not unlike the encryption key that controls laptop usage in a Starbuck's or every day wireless home computer network.  As it were, the computer is locked out of the Internet until a key is typed in. In the human analogy case, it will be interesting to ascertain the nature of such keys in our own cognition realms. 

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