Following the American psychologist Timothy Leary we propose that the imprinting-conditioning-learning of a reality-tunnel can be divided, for convenience, into eight stages, each of which creates a presumed different “circuit” in the nervous system (including the brain.)

I begin where the Buddha, that master psychologist, began, 25 centuries ago: “All that we are is the result of all that we have thought” (Dammapada, first sentence.) In contemporary and somewhat ironic terms this has been reformulated by Leonard Orr, founder of the Theta Seminars, in the simple proposition that the human mind behaves as if divided into two parts, which Orr calls the Thinker and the Prover. The Thinker can think virtually anything; it can think it is mortal (materialist view) or immortal (theological view) or both mortal and immortal (reincarnation model.) It can think its way into creation of a Christian uni-verse, a Marxist universe, a Nazi universe, a nudist universe, a vegetarian Lesbian universe, etc. ad, infin. The Prover is a much simpler mechanicism and operates on the simple rule: What the Thinker thinks, the Prover proves. If the Thinker decides to become an anti-semite, the Prover will prove that Jews are evil; if the Thinker becomes a Marxist, the Prover will prove that Capitalists are evil; if the Thinker becomes a Womans Liberationist, the Prover will prove that men are evil, etc. and ad. infin. again. Conversely, if the Thinker thinks all people are basically decent really, the Prover will prove that, and if the Thinker decides that holy water from Lourdes will cure its lumbago, the Prover will often prove even that, to the astonishment of medical doctors.


One of the best reads this year! Thank you ☀

@saint Good stuff. Now, we need someone to make such a recap for 2023.

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