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Our Brain Takes Snapshots

It turns out that the human brain takes a series of snapshots, very quickly, that appears to us as continuous perception. This is the way a movie filmstrip works--the dark line between each frame tricks the eye and the brain to perceiving a series of still images as moving. Could this be why it is so difficult for us to see the visitors--that they can control how they synchronize with our perception?

Just as the body goes through a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle controlled by a circadian clock, brain function undergoes such cyclic activity--but at a much faster rate.

The Medical Xpress website quotes neuroscientist Gregor Thut as saying, "Despite experiencing the world as a continuum, we do not sample our world continuously but in discrete snapshots determined by the cycles of brain rhythms."

Do animal brains experience the world the same way we do? An international group of prominent scientists has signed the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they say that animals are as conscious and aware as humans are.

On the io.9 website, George Dvorsky quotes the Declaration as stating that "the absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors."

The scientific committee is especially impressed with the intelligence of parrots, which, according to the Declaration, "appear to offer, in their behavior, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy a striking case of parallel evolution of consciousness. Evidence of near human-like levels of consciousness has been most dramatically observed in African Gray parrots."

You may not be able to see the Visitors, but you can HEAR all about them from the series of contactee interviews that Anne Strieber has compiled, just for our subscribers. You'll hear from Matt, who suffered some of the same type of ridicule that Whitley did, and from Michael, who saw some amazing creatures, and from MANY OTHERS.



"This is the way a movie filmstrip works--the dark line between each frame tricks the eye and the brain to perceiving a series of still images as moving."

Do you guys just make this stuff up as you go along? No such thing happens, and the dark line between frames plays no part in the illusion. How a film projector actually works can be seen on wikipedia here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movie_projector

Basically each frame is momentarily stationary and a shutter opens to project the single picture, then the shutter closes, the next frame is loaded, repeat. All done rapidly in sequence.

It's this kind of reporting that honestly doesn't do much for this site's credibility, since it makes you look kind of stupid. Sorry to say, but it's the truth. Fortunately there are many fascinating audio shows, and Whitley's often insightful commentary, that keep me coming back as a subscriber.

BobinNJ, the snapshot / filmstrip metaphor for how the brain works is not new news, nor did it originate here. Lots of people have been talking about it for years, and some of us perceive it ourselves. I'm glad the story about the University of Glasgow's research was published in Medical Xpress.

I had correspondence about this several years ago with some former Monroe Institute instructors who were developing their own hemisynch training programs. Our emails about this phenomenon were not directly related to hemisynch technology, but it seemed fairly clear that brain retrainment processes, including various nepharious mind control programming systems, at least partly took advantage of the phenomenon. It has something to do with memory storage, which depends on small bits of data that are then reassembled according to the assumptions of our logic paradigms.

It may also have something to do with the continual pulsing of information back and forth between our selves and our Selves -- between our observer selves and our experiencer selves. We need a moment to evaluate our experiences in order to know how to store the memories, so that we can use the data when we need it later to make a decision involving similar elements (Did we like the experience or not? Did we like the outcome of that string of components? Should we do it again or try something new?)

Every new, singular moment of consciousness is a new opportunity to get unstuck, to wake up from within the matrix, to reevaluate whether the scaffold structure of our judgments still serves us well or has become too limiting. We continually rebuild our paradigms.

The lines between the frames are the portals out. They're like the places between inhalations and exhalations that many meditators work with. Every breath, every moment, every space between the snapshots is the gateway to an alternate universe of infinite possibilities if we're willing to stay flexible about our assumptions and expectations.

I'm so glad this was in the news section here today.

I agree with BobInNJ. This place is an interesting portal into strange things on the edge of the known, but I find myself discarding more and more if there are too many blurry spot videos, stargates or wrong facts, simply because I cannot operate in my daily life. I get to weird. Conspiracy videos has the same effect I've noticed. These things are not something You can talk to others about. It's another world.

If there is a gap between images processed by the mind, then is the gap a specific time interval or is it variable and if specific do each of us have our own specific gap interval? If the interval is variable within each of us then an entity attempting to cloak itself by appearing only during the gap interval couldn't achieve the disappearing act, but if each of us have a specific gap interval then the entity would be seen by some but not all depending on your specific gap interval. Finally, if each of us have a specific gap interval and they are synchronized then, it would seem, a matrix world is definitely what we are living in.

@Saraswati: the metaphor of movie film for the brain is fine. It's the "dark line" thing that's ludicrous. If you just ran film past a projecting lamp at constant speed, there would be no illusion of reality in motion or anything else, it would just be a big confusing blur, dark lines or no dark lines. You might as well say that electronic devices are powered by smoke, because when you let the smoke out they don't work anymore!

If this site ever wanted to have any scientific credibility, they should have been getting their facts straight. The shame of it is, there is what I believe to be truly valuable information to be gleaned from the Striebers and their guests and guest-hosts, but the "news" page is often a complete disaster.

The phenomenon that should be clarified here is the optical processing of images done by the eye.

The cells in the retina register light energy by a reaction of the pigment inside each cell. The speed this happens is known as the 'flicker-fusion' rate. This is the frame rate at which humans see the world -- about sixty frames per second.
Dogs apparently see at a slightly higher frame rate than humans do at 70 - 80 frames per second.

Interestingly, the advent of digital television with higher frame rates now dogs can enjoy TV with us. Older TV technology had a slower frame rate and dogs had a hard time seeing Lassie in prime time.
p.s. - Dogs don't actually see in 'black and white' either, but their visual spectrum is different than ours and probably would make the world seem duller to us.

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