Talk:Normal Consciousness

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William James

Reports a Connection Experience, induced with Nitrous Oxide, wherein he speaks about "normal waking consciousness" and its how it different than other forms of consciousness which lie separated by the "filmiest of screens."[1].

One conclusion was forced upon my mind at that time, and my impression of its truth has ever since remained unshaken. It is that our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. How to regard them is the question—for they are so discontinuous with ordinary consciousness.[2]

Alan Watts

Describes normal consciousness thusly:

...our normal perception and valuation of the world is a subjective but collective nightmare. They suggest that our ordinary sense of practical reality—of the world as seen on Monday morning—is a construct of socialized conditioning and repression, a system of selective inattention whereby we are taught to screen out aspects and relations within nature which do not accord with the rules of the game of civilized life.[3]

References

  1. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 337). Kindle Edition.
  2. James, William. Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature (p. 337). Kindle Edition.
  3. Watts, Alan W.. This Is It (pp. 24-25). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.