Introduction to Human Internal Modelling of Reality

This is a great introduction to how the human central nervous system models reality, by Michael McIntyre (luckily not the bumbling unfunnyman of stand-up non-comedy, but rather the Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University).

The refreshing thing about this obviously free-minded thinker is that he points out we are assuming there actually is a reality “out there” which we are modelling “in here”. This is an assumption modern materialist science dare not question (in fact it doesn’t even feature on their reality maps). He also repeatedly refers to his own ideas as a model, and is also comfortable moving between models to explain the same phenomenon. In other words, he’s a model agnostic. Science needs more people like this.

6:01 — “No organism can afford to be conscious of matters to which it could deal on unconscious levels. Why? Because there’s far too great a cost of considering all the number of possibilities … It would take the age of the Universe”. One lens I came up with through which to view this is that this is what the Universe is actually doing — it’s experiencing all possibilities through us. Another point I would make here is that being able to change which possibilities the brain sees and pursues is what metaprogramming is all about (Circuit VI on the Eight-Circuit Model).

He waffles towards the end, spending too much time relating birdsong to the harmonic series (obviously his pet delight, as all mad scientists seem to have), but the presentation contains gold. I especially liked the bits at 7:22 about Platonic forms. We can take his idea further here by extrapolating these simplified geometric forms to more complex human psychological forms — and that’s how we arrive at the “archetypes” found in the gods of Greek mythology, and Carl Jung’s collective unconscious. For Eight-Circuit Model fans, these forms fall under Circuit VII.

When modelling reality, we learn as much about ourselves as we do that which we are modelling. This is what Sir Arthur Eddington meant when he said: “We have found a strange footprint on the shores of the unknown. We have devised profound and elaborate theories, one after another, to account for its origin. At last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the footprint. And lo! It is our own.”

A more esoteric take on the whole thing: Beyond Theology! The Science of Godmanship by Robert Anton Wilson (hit Ctrl+A if you have trouble reading the awful formatting).

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2 Responses

  1. Vick says:

    I love stuff like this, reminds me I cant really know anything for sure.

  2. WIll Freemen says:

    Brilliant, picked up butterflies as well, lots of great lenses to try on

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