BLOG 2020

 

In 2019 I started this blog to be able to freely digress on the various topics covered in the sections of the site, and to update my knowledge on the evolutionary path of the conscious Ego. To comment, send an email to info@vitaumana.it

 

 

   THE CONTROL OF THE PSYCHE (October 2020)

Things of the other world(in 1853 the French playwright and humorist Eugène Nus began to experiment, as a joke with some friends, the movements of a table through the contact of the hands, and later to ask questions to a round table, which answered by blows with the alphabet method; it was the beginning of a series of curious communications that the group of friends attributed to an unidentified alien intelligence)

Where do psychic statements come from?(our mental functioning tunes and elaborates those forms of thought that we feel as our personal heritage, valuing some and discarding others; but in the case of mediumistic communications, one gets the impression that they come from an alien – and in any case unconscious – source, which can value forms of thought that are completely different from ours, often attributed to a superior entity of divine nature that humans should please)

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   THE PATH OF THE EGO (September 2020)

To better understand the Ego(in the pages of this site a prominent role has always been given to the conscious Ego, considered as the center of the experience of our inner life; however the self-knowledge of the Ego is a complex and not easy process, so much so that since ancient times the expression know thyself implied the achievement of a form of wisdom capable of bringing the true Ego, or – as someone prefers to call it – the Self, to consciousness)

The different life experiences(the differences between the life experiences of humans can be remarkable, not only between one culture and another, but also within the same culture; if nothing prevents us from hoping for more balanced living conditions in the future, we must also keep in mind all the experiences that ended in the past, not a few of which were characterized by intense unhappiness; for this reason one always has the impression that the search for the meaning of life implies a reference to something that goes beyond this dimension, unless we want to consider life as a chaotic and meaningless phenomenon)

The Ego tries to know what its true essence is(by undertaking the process of differentiation from the psychic dynamics that involve it, the Ego recognizes itself first of all as a subject who experiences the psyche, through its consciousness: a subject that is not inert and passive, but sensitive and active, which progressively – realizing its autonomy towards the psyche – tries to find out its own path, in the labyrinth of psychic experiences, that leads it towards a goal of liberation, more congenial to its authentic essence)

The Ego's resources(the demands of life engage the Ego, which only with difficulty can discern a path of detachment from the psychic dynamics that involve it; in our culture, the most suitable period to devote to this commitment would be the last third of life, more or less from the age of 60 onwards; however, in most cases, at that age the Ego is already so programmed and conditioned that it is definitively a prisoner of its own habits, and only the call of the spirit can push it to separate from the psychic tunings that dominate it)

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   HUMAN DYNAMICS (August 2020)

The conscious Ego and the forces acting in human dynamics(in witnessing the show of life, and taking part in it, the Ego feels the need to investigate and to know the possible powers that act behind the scenes, and are able to determine the results that are there for all to see; therefore it turns to the psyche, which offers it various options, in the more or less mythologized form of divinity, whose very existence is being questioned today)

Psychic dynamics and technological progress(in this historical period we are experiencing a phase in which technological progress is spreading throughout the world, and objectives of relative improvement of economic conditions are pursued; but in human history very different cultures have alternated one after the other, sometimes conflicting, determined by psychic dynamics oriented towards the submission of the Ego towards higher entities of divine nature, or towards a spiritual evolution aimed to an afterlife)

The Ego, the psyche, the divinity and the spirits(examining the history of the various human cultures, we note how the psyche has involved the Ego in the most diverse orientations in relation to life and its needs - up to the most extreme ascetic practices - in function of the recognition of a superior divine entity and the subjection of the Ego to this entity's will; the existence of divinity can be questioned, but the existence of the psyche and the instruments through which it manifests and imposes itself on the conscious Ego cannot be denied)

The psychic force(in the course of a series of experiments conducted under conditions of strict control between 1871 and 1873, the famous English physicist and chemist Sir William Crookes studied the action of an energy, which he called psychic force, through which particularly gifted mediums, such as Daniel Dunglas Home, could make material objects move without physical contact; more than forty years later similar experiments were conducted by William Crawford; in any case both Crookes and Crawford later recognized the intelligent and autonomous character of the energetic entities that collaborated in the success of the experiments)

Psychic attunements(if we compare some of the psychic tunings experienced a few centuries ago, even within our culture, with those currently prevalent, we note how a transition from theology to psychology occurred, which however did not entail any real advantage for the evolution of the consciousness of the Ego, who still remains at the mercy of the collective psychic dynamics, of the forces that control them, or - alternatively - of chaos)

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   THE BRAIN AND THE PSYCHE (July 2020)

The cultural influence of our knowledge on the brain(for many centuries and in all civilizations the most widespread cultural programs have presented a substantial division between the body and the soul, the latter considered to be the seat of psychic experience; only in recent times a revolution has occurred, that has highlighted the importance and priority of the brain in the processing of information which translates into psychic experience; in the light of this knowledge, every form of psychic experience of the past should also be attributed to the brain, including all those that today are considered erroneous and illusory)

The social function of the brain and the Ego(as they are reworked over time, cultural programs are transmitted to the brains of new members of our complex societies, influencing their functioning; however, within a society, various environments develop and transmit cultural programs that can be very different from each other, and the brain's neural networks can be also activated in an instinctive, congenital way, reacting to stimuli from the environment or the body; in general these activities saturate the brain functioning, relegating the conscious Ego to a passive role and leaving little energy available for its evolution)

The Ego tries to know itself(the Ego can try to drive the brain's mental activity – usually stimulated by external signals and socio-cultural conditioning programs – so to get a satisfactory cognitive image of its own nature; the meditation techniques adopted for this purpose aim at isolating and quieting the mind, so that it focuses on the conscious nucleus involved in psychic experiences; some of these experiences, such as NDEs, prove to be autonomously processed programs, if we want to attribute them only to brain activity)

Boundary psychic experiences(psychic experiences related to non-ordinary states of consciousness, such as NDEs, OBEs, lucid dreams, etc., if attributed to brain activity, would demonstrate an autonomous ability of the brain to determine mental events – very significant for the conscious Ego – even in the absence of stimuli from the environment and acquired cultural programs; in this regard, it can be assumed that the brain performs the function of tuner of signals, coming from a different dimension than that of the ordinary reality of this world, of which the conscious Ego is the recipient)

Psychic reactions to paranormal events(beyond the reactions of wonder and admiration aroused by all human performances that exceed ordinary standards, paranormal events pose problems for the human psyche for which no solution has been found, as they seem to involve energies or entities belonging to a different dimension from our physical one; the attempts made in the past to scientifically investigate these phenomena, or to attribute them to the mental – and therefore cerebral – activity of particularly gifted people, have not given significant results from a cognitive point of view)

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   THE UNIVERSE AND NATURE (July 2020)

The Cosmos and our world(the awareness that our world is only a point in a Cosmos of immense dimensions, within which billions of other worlds similar or very different from ours could exist, has become part of our cultural heritage since a few centuries, but only since a few decades the progress of astronomy has begun to give us an idea of the complexity of the Cosmos, and of the relatively unimportant condition of our planet inside it)

Nature in our world(observing the natural processes active in living organisms before humanity exerted its influence on the natural world, one can distinguish automatisms that do not require any form of individual consciousness, and systems – such as the pleasure/pain polarity – that require a center of perception, prediction and decision to which the control of the organism is partially entrusted; thus a still rudimentary form of consciousness is formed, incapable however of reflection and autonomous creative elaboration)

Nature and the human mind(the human mind shows some innovative processes, compared to those of any other natural organism: first of all humans can interconnect in complex societies – made up of thousands of individuals – within which individual members are assigned differentiated roles; moreover, the operating programs transmitted from one generation to another are dynamic, and can become increasingly complex; the human brain must therefore have the ability to creatively process the acquired information and programs)

Neural networks and psychic experiences(our brains' neural networks – as well as those of other animals' brains – show remarkable information processing capabilities, based on input and output electrochemical signals, which modify the state of the network as a whole and can determine the organism's behavior; but the mental activity that produces the psychic experiences in which our conscious Ego is involved presents more complex aspects, and cannot be attributed only to the information processing by neural networks, unless one recognizes that any information processor – therefore even a man-made computer or robot – does necessarily produce an at least rudimentary form of consciousness)

Elements and dynamics of the game(the elements that determine the destiny of every human being – and the history of humanity as a whole – are the brain, the conscious Ego, the psyche, and the cultural programs, determined by the creative elaboration of previous psychic experiences, which spread in the social milieu through the communicative interaction of the connected brains; cultural programs are transformed over time, as each generation processes those received from the previous generation; the energy and resources available to the conscious Ego and the brain greatly vary from one individual to another, determining – also on the basis of the acquired cultural programs – very different psychic experiences)

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   SMART CONSCIOUSNESS (June 2020)

Knowledge of the world and the psyche(the destiny of some humans involves an expansion of the faculties of consciousness, which orientates intelligence so as to increase our knowledge of the physical and natural world, or of human and social activities; in relatively recent times this smart consciousness has addressed its attention also to the psyche's functioning, an insidious and uncertain fiel of investigation, due to the interactions between subject and object of the research)

The conscious Ego, the real world and the psyche(the conscious Ego is connected to the reality of the world and to the psyche through a psychophysical system that can be compared to a computer, connected to a complex network of billions of other computers with which it exchanges programs and information; towards this complex system the Ego often remains in a condition of passive suggestion, but in some cases an awakening occurs, thanks to which the Ego tries to obtain direct information on its condition, its role and its very essence)

Smart consciousness and the psyche(in confronting the psychic dynamics active in the course of life, consciousness can acquire - over time - its own intelligence and an ability to evaluate, which are made available to the conscious Ego: thus many of the expedients - even culturally programmed - aimed at entangling the Ego in life are revealed, so that the Ego itself can practice in the role of creator of a new program, capable of giving meaning to human experience)

The search for the program(based on their own experiences and the level of evolution reached by their smart consciousness, every human being can – if they wish - try to use the final part of their life to develop their own program that can give a meaning to life itself; it is a personal research, based on a method of acquiring information and experimenting, the results of which - always subjective - can be surprising)

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   THE TWO SIDES OF HUMAN LIFE (May 2020)

The human being as a living organism(the formation of the body of a new human does not differ in complexity from that of primates or other higher mammals; the learning process is much more complex in humans, but in primitive living conditions it could be limited to survival techniques similar to what apes teach their young)

The culturally programmed human being(unlike other animal species, humans receive, since their birth, a series of operating programs determined by the cultural environment in which they are bred; in complex societies, made up of millions of individuals, these programs - whose origin remains obscure - show numerous variations, and not infrequently come into conflict with some instincts deriving from our body's animal origin, involving the conscious Ego in states of suffering)

Consciousness and memory(at the basis of the existence of our conscious Ego, in this life, there is obviously consciousness, without which there cannot be an inner life, but only a possible robotic functioning; however, memory is also necessary, at least a short term memory, to give us the basis on which to establish the continuity of our existence, which cannot consist of a series of moments of consciousness disconnected from each other and immediately forgotten)

The expectations for the future(if our memory is turned towards the past, the evaluations that underlie our choices and our way of acting are almost always based on expectations for the future, both in the short and long term: the fact that life unfolds along an arrow of time implies the transformation of a future – foreseen, imagined or hoped in a certain way – into a past now fixed, immutable and often disappointing)

The tension of living(the economic and psychological functioning of our complex societies feeds itself through the vital tension of the billions of humans who are part of them, whose living conditions adapt, in principle, to the programmatic and conditioning demands of the social systems; what most strike us are the strong differences between the individual destinies of humans, to explain which the psyche has devised various theories, all of them lacking experimental validation)

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   PSYCHIC ENERGY (April 2020)

The mind, the unconscious and the conscious Ego(after highlighting the ambiguities entailed by the use of the term unconscious as a noun, it is interesting to examine the functioning of the human mind both as regards its direct effects on the conscious Ego and with regard to the elaborations carried out by the unconscious mind)

The nature of the conscious Ego(the conscious Ego develops over time, and in adulthood it should have the function of evaluating environmental conditions and mental reactions, and controlling both actions and behaviors as well as inner psychic dynamics; however its development does not proceed in the same way for all human beings, whose functioning often remains controlled by automatisms and conditionings, while the Ego is granted only the role of a (more or less passive) witness of mental experiences)

The effects of psychic energy(psychic energy, as manifested in humans, creates the cultures, civilizations, and all the constructive and technological achievements that have changed the Earth's natural environment; every new member of a complex society becomes a neophyte to whom programmatic information and directives are transferred, which – interacting with his/her brain – determine their behavior and functioning within that system; in most cases this way of functioning exhausts all psychic energy, leaving only a few crumbs for the evolution of the conscious Ego)

The change of existence(the transformations that the conscious Ego undergoes as life goes on - from an initial phase of psychic experimentation to a final phase of research of the meaning of life - can help its evolution from a condition of subjection to psychic experiences and socio-cultural conditionings to a path of liberation from the weaves that ensnare it in the conflicting contradictions of human psyche; at the end of this path the Ego can claim its right to a form of existence more suited to its own spiritual essence)

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   THE AVATAR AND THE GAMER (April 2020)

A massive multiplayer role game(online role-playing games involve the interaction between the characters created by each of the players - the avatars - who can increase their characteristics and resources, earning points or virtual money through their actions, determined by the gamer's choices; the key figures in this genre of games are the Programmer, the Gamer and the Avatar)

The role of the Programmer(if we want to try to compare an MMOG with real life, we must first of all consider that the programmers of the game of life are beyond our cognitive faculties, so much so that some humans deny their very existence; however the program exists, and we always have to deal with it, trying to reveal its secrets, and using the acquired knowledge for what we believe to be our advantage)

Our identification with the Avatar(unlike role-playing games, in which each gamer creates her own avatar starting from initial conditions that are the same for everyone, in real life the psychophysical characteristics of each avatar and the environmental and cultural conditions in which it develops are very variable, and determine to an accentuated extent the subsequent choices made by the avatar, who seems to interpret the role assigned to him by the program, without letting us identify an external figure to whom to assign the role of Gamer)

Looking for the Gamer(while in a computer game the gamer's figure is well defined, and is different from both the programmer and the avatar, in real life the player tends to coincide with the avatar, and both are conditioned by the program; the search for an external figure correspondent to the Gamer, who is also able to evaluate the program according to his needs and the opportunities and resources that are offered to him, can be stimulated in the player-avatar by the experiences in which life involves them)

Who is the Gamer?(in human life everything is determined by a constantly evolving program, in relation to which the hopes, desires and intentions of human beings are generally not very effective, being determined by the program itself, for purposes that remain unknown to us; the player-avatar therefore remains involved in the experience of his/her individual life, which cannot be exchanged with anyone else; it is only by exiting the game that one can rise to the Gamer's point of view, the only one from which one can understand the meaning of the experience and can rate the program)

The experience of the life game(the experience of life - different for each of us - involves above all the player-avatar, but the Gamer maintains its own autonomy and assessment capacity which, to a certain extent, can also be transmitted to the player-avatar, whose existence within the game remains temporary; the Gamer can always interrupt its participation in the game, if this does not interest it or if it is convinced that the program is faulty)

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   THE CREDIBILITY OF A REPORT OF THE FACTS (March 2020)

Our intelligence and the ability to evaluate a report(ascertaining the reality and veracity of paranormal phenomena has always represented an unsolved problem: we examine the case of the medium Goligher, subject of Crawford's experiments, and the subsequent testimony of Fournier d'Albe, who accused the medium of resorting to fraudulent tricks, to see if we can come to an independent and reasonable assessment of how things actually went)

Fournier d'Albe and the Goligher Circle(Fournier d'Albe was an eclectic personality of physicist, inventor, linguist, philosopher and scientific popularizer; his interests also in the field of psychic research led him to participate in twenty verification séances with the Goligher Circle and their medium, from May to August 1921)

Existence and intellectual honesty of William Crawford(the documents show that Crawford was really the person he claimed to be, and all the testimonies of other researchers confirm his good faith, and the diligence with which his experiments were carried out)

The lighting issue in the séances with Fournier d'Albe(Fournier d'Albe claimed that the lighting of the sitting room did not allow to observe what happened at the bottom, in particular under the table, but various other witnesses tell the opposite: moreover not infrequently the table was mediumistically turned upside down, resting with its top on the floor and allowing the light to illuminate even the room's lower part)

Fournier d'Albe's experiments(Fournier d'Albe devised and carried out a series of experiments - quite different from those coherently conducted by Crawford - which, due to the same modes with which they were conceived, whether they succeeded or failed, could not prove anything; in the end he was convinced that the medium, at least in certain circumstances, cheated, and declared it openly even without providing any other evidence than his testimony)

Fournier d'Albe's conclusions(after twenty séances, Fournier – ignoring the successful experiments and relying on the failed ones – put an end to his test activity, claiming that he had not found any phenomenon that could not be explained on the basis of fraudulent activity by the medium and her partners, and thus demolishing the experimental results of Crawford, who was in fact accused of naivety and poor diligence)

The criticism towards Fournier d'Albe(although almost all experts in the field of psychical research criticized both the method used by Fournier and the hasty conclusions he had reached, his book – as often happens – was accepted by the non-specialized press as a definitive unmasking of the fraud of which Crawford would have been a victim, due to his naivety, thus demolishing the remarkable results that the latter had reached during six years of experiments)

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   THE ALIEN MATTER (February 2020)

William J. Crawford's investigations(between 1915 and 1920, in Belfast, engineer Crawford carried out a series of experiments and measurements to investigate and quantify the consistency of the ectoplasmic matter by which a young medium levitated tables and produced raps even of strong intensity)

Crawford's experiments(Crawford performed over a hundred accurate measurements of the weight of the medium before and after the séances, and during the levitation and production of raps; he also measured the effects of the forces that made the tables levitate, and used various instruments, some of which devised by himself, to make sure that levitations and raps were produced exclusively by what he called «psychic forces»)

Crawford's theory and its validations(Crawford believed that from the medium's body a kind of plasma matter was emanated, normally invisible but in some cases tangible, which could interact with ordinary matter, causing levitations and raps; his accurate measurements allowed him to develop a coherent theory about the forms in which this matter was molded and the ways in which the active forces were applied in order to obtain the various physical phenomena)

The plasma matter(based on the results of his experiments, Crawford developed a theory on the consistency of plasma matter, emanated from the medium's body, and on the formation of rigid structures that had to absorb and transfer the physical forces of the objects levitated, or applied to them by some persons; in some circumstances it was possible to touch the plasma matter, and in his last months Crawford was also able to make it visible in a series of photos taken with magnesium flash)

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   THE CREATIVE MIND (January 2020)

The origin and spread of mental programs(the mental programs shared by a sufficient number of human brains acquire a lot of strength, and are implanted with remarkable ease in the brains of children and young people: evidently the average human brain does not have sufficient resources to assess by itself the value and adherence to reality of mental programs, since it is not uncommon for it to be enchanted by absurd ideas; at the same time, it is thanks to mental creativity that new programs are produced, which are successful in spreading in the brain network)

The charm of the world show(the interaction between our brain and certain particular stimuli from the environment generates a mental activity focused on wonder and enjoyment, both towards some aspects of the spectacle offered by nature and towards some creative elaborations of the human mind, such as music or stage performances; however, an advanced mental education is needed in order to appreciate and intensely enjoy high-level creative performances)

Creative inspiration(the main resource of human brain is creativity, through which some people can conceive, design and implement not only works of art and technological products, but also new forms of social organization and new laws, and develop new ideas that can be then spread in the social milieu; the consequences of social creative projects can only be assessed in the aftermath, and not infrequently present negative and disruptive aspects that had not been foreseen by their promoters)

The origin of creativity(the universal creative process, from which our brain also originated, can be interpreted as the manifestation of a creative Mind – without attributing to this Mind any anthropomorphic personification – by analogy with the creative activity of the human mind; in this sense, the intelligent and conscious activity of the our mind can be considered as a manifestation of a creative spark inherited from the creative Mind, about which we are unable to say whether or not it has its own conscious will)

The mental interpretation of our world(the natural creative process is interpreted by the human mind on the basis of the information at its disposal, according to criteria that often do not correspond to the laws of nature, for which the fate of a single organism is completely irrelevant; moreover, in relatively recent times, a radical change occurred in the information framework, with the discovery of single-celled organisms and the fact that, for over two billion years, they were the only life forms present on this planet)

The mental interpretation of human condition(based on its cognitive faculties, the human mind gradually reveals the complexity of nature's creative processes, understanding the fundamental importance of the microscopic level of life, which underlies the evolution of complex organisms; at the same time it reflects on the conflicting divergence between the dynamics of nature, completely indifferent to the individual destiny of living beings, and the mental instances – summarized in the term humaneness – that lead it to desire and plan a more harmonious and happy human condition than the current one)

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Blog 2020
Control of the Psyche
The path of the Ego
Human dynamics
Brain and Psyche
Universe and Nature
Smart consciousness
The two sides of life
Psychic energy
Avatar and the Gamer
Credibility of a report
The alien matter
The creative Mind