Reality Series: Type I-somatic

Today, I decided to revisit the series of blogs discussing the true nature of our mental realities. If you have not as yet had an opportunity to study the psychological model developed at the Institute, now is such time.

To review, during wakefulness, sensory data impinges the surface of our bodies, such surfaces being the interface between what is within and what is without. The eyes, the ears, the tongue, the nose, and the skin are all interface organs.

From this richness of sensory information, the central nervous system filters out all data which is not immediately relevant to the matter at hand; samples information saved within our several memory systems, and generates a virtual image which is back-projected onto the appropriate physical objects providing the sensory data. Subsequently, during wakefulness, the sum total of each physical image generated from sensory data is merged so to form a local virtual world image filled with animate and inanimate objects. There is no ‘theater of mind.’

These mind-brain virtual worlds generated from similar physical surroundings by individuals are amazingly consistent with each other on self-report (barring hallucinations). Moreover, each responds similarly to specific optical and auditory illusions. The reliability and predictability of science are the strongest evidence for validating the overlay of a realized physical world upon a primary existing physicality.

Type I diurnal Reality is defined by the general mental overlay of the virtual physical with the actual physical during wakefulness. As we will see tomorrow, it is not exactly accurate to say that our acting-receiving egos are present in the physical, as our bodies are; Rather, our egos exist solely in the virtual physical (there is also type I nocturnal reality–see blogs).

Subsequently, none should be surprised when I suggest that your mindbrain was born with the facility to generate, maintain, and monitor a second virtual image, in addition to that of your outside locality. Your mindbrain continuously processes gigabits of afferent sensorimotor, somatic, and visceral information data sampled (at the skin surface and within) so to produce a fine-grained, three-dimensional image of your physical body comprising small volumes of organ tissue (actual scale currently unknown). Such virtual image being back-projected onto the body so to correspond in actual inner physical space.

As a visual aid to understanding the three-dimensional structure imaged by the CNS, I suggest each of you go to http://www.biodigital.com and join for free. By spending a few minutes with this digital human anatomy site, you will understand and be able to utilize the virtual image created by your mind brain. [NB: that the distribution of blood vessels and nerve fibers are much more dense than shown.]

The CNS possesses the capacity to monitor the extracellular milieu surrounding the various cells of the body (minimally, biochemical and electrical), including, the skin. Much of the milieu sampling appears to be secondary to retrograde axonal transport of extracellular chemicals produced (normal, immunogenic, inflammatory, or traumatic) in the vicinity of the axonal endings of small, unmyelinated, low conduction speed nerves named C-fibers. C-fibers are responsible for transmitting sensations of itch, temperature, pressure, tonic nociception, joint position and space, and muscle status. Many such fibers are operational in both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic system being concerned with catabolic activity and the parasympathetic with anabolic activity; matched fiber sets are provided to all organ systems.

In close proximity to the sensory nervous system (including the large, myelinated, high conduction speed delta and beta fibers), though less dense, are the nerves controlling smooth and skeletal muscle, both sampled by the sensory nerves.

The afferent input from the sensory nerves is not haphazardly arranged in the sensory cortex, rather, the various parts of the body are separately represented along the length of the sensory cortex forming a distorted “little man or woman” called homunculus.

Normally, we do not pay much attention to our virtual body image, but, the mindbrain is constantly monitoring the relation of its somatic image to its world image so to respond to beneficial or adverse situations. Our conscious awareness is only stimulated when we respond to a threat or pleasantry with covert or overt muscular activity.

Generally, we are consciously unaware of the myriad organ activities (hormonal, messenger molecules, chemicals, digestion, circulation, and so on) occurring throughout the day and night so to maintain a healthy body state of homeostasis. Simultaneously, such biochemical activities are monitored by the mindbrain and integrated into the 3-dimensional virtual body image so to inform the CNS of the local and global status of its instrument.

Many persons believe that animate bodies possess what is called ‘intrinsic body or cellular memory,’ though, I am unaware of any strong scientific studies supporting such beliefs. However, this concept takes on new meaning when we realize that the CNS possesses a real-time, real-space image of the current condition of the body (as well as memories of prior conditions). Moreover, as the CNS orchestrates the totality of the peripheral nervous system, both as to afferent and efferent information, it is able to initiate changes within the actual body via motor feedback to traumatized areas so to control the rapidity and effectiveness of healing.

The Institute’s virtual body image model is the only model which appears to resolve the long argued mind–body conundrum introduced by Rene Descartes, i.e., how does the aphysical mind communicate with the physical body? Simple, the activity of the CNS generates a real-time, virtual image which is ‘spatially’ overlaid upon the underlying tissue substrate. Whenever, biological changes occur in a tissue bed, such changes are transmitted to the CNS by the nervous tissue resulting in a tissue bed specific modification of the body’s homoeostatic, virtual image. I imagine that the time scales of such peripheral-central-peripheral information exchanges are on the order of seconds.

Presuming, the biophysical activity of the mindbrain is capable of forming an aphysical alter idem (a duplicate other) of the physical body, then, one must admit that the human CNS also produces aphysical representations of objects, creatures, words, music, pain, and so on, be such of internal tissues or our geographical environment. Moreover, the fact that all of us generate rich dream worlds full of mythological and impossible creatures, is sufficient proof that the CNS possesses extensive and very sophisticated ‘imagining operators.’

The commonly held belief that humans possess [one] nonphysical souls, astral selves, masters within, or duplicate-selves, [two] formed from atypical substances / energies, and [three] can travel outside the body arises from interpretive, cognitive errors as to the neurogenic production of the aphysical alter idem. Such cognitive errors being reinforced by mental experiences arising during our nocturnal dreams.

The existence of aphysical images is supported by our dreamworld experience. However, such experiences introduce further complications, i.e., to experience an aphysical mental image requires observation by an aphysical observer. Such observers arising from the CNS image operators(s) de novo, or arising from the combined action of the CNS image operator(s) and a primary aphysical source. This subject is fit for contemplation. One day I will return to it.

Clearly, those portions of the brain involved in understanding and producing speech is activated by linguistic thoughts, whether expressed or not. Subsequently, as the CNS processes oral, written, and silent speech, it has the capacity to provide such psychoneural data to the appropriate organ system via the biophysical processes. Autobiographical and semantic memory systems are important contributors too such alter idem. The overlaid virtual image is not the driver or activator, only the mediator.

Such model explaining how clinicians can induce healing and relieve organic nociception using hypnotic techniques, including, visualization, energy and other complementary psychologies, without having to invoke magical forces and miracles. Such changes resulting from ongoing, bidirectional information exchange within the two ends of our extended nervous system; coupled with reflected changes in our somatic virtual images.

When people visual portions of their body, they activate the virtual body image, and so can make changes, both physically and emotionally.

More later. Think on it and try to find ways to convince yourself.

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