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5 Circuits Of The Mind?

March 20, 2007

Greed, Groucho:47, 6006 YD (later)

Our chipper friend over at the Concordia Movement has posted something which -surprisingly- actually interests me. Believe me, I’m as shocked as you are.

He is crediting us with a bastardized version of Leary’s 8 Circuits of Human Consciousness, except truncated down to simply five circuits. Perhaps he IS Discordian, after all.

To achieve this amputation he has mashed the last four circuits all into one which, it turns out, oddly enough, doesn’t seem as difficult as one might expect. He calls this circuit the “Enlightened Mind” and pretty much leaves it at that.

Here is the post:

Our ‘friends’, the Discordians, would have us believe, on top of being apes, that each of us also has five minds inside their skulls. I suppose -if it were true- this would go a long way toward explaining their own behaviour at least, if not eveyone else’s.

They claim that the human mind uses steps of evolution and these steps are formed when the human mind reaches a new plateau of development and the mind is ‘imprinted’ with new information in some way. Apparently standard ‘learning throughout life’ isn’t good enough, and the learning must come with much pomp and circumstance. One might be lead to believe -if their critical faculties were turned off- that one needs traumatic events to learn . . . a good excuse for those whose religion is based around causing chaos and disruption? Surely I am just cynical.

The Discordians would have youy believe the five stages of the human mind are as follows:

1: “The Reptile Mind”; the oldest part of the mind, concerned only with safety and nourishment.

2: “The Primate Mind”; concerned with pack status, or group politics, territory.

3: “The Pattern-Making Mind”; the part of the mind which understands how we fit into time and history, putting concepts together.

4: “The Adult Mind”; concerned with group taboos, sexual norms, parenting.

5: “The Enlightened Mind”; the supposed goal of evolution, nirvana.

The Discordians actually promote this schizophrenia as a well-adjusted mind, rather than a sad splintering of a once whole ego. Dividin up our impulses, giving them names, and blaming them for behaviour is a fundamentally flawed concept of logic, and is ultimately lazy and self-serving.

Original Post “Bottled Schizophrenia” can be found here.


October 5, 2006

Envy, Harpo:27, 6006 YD

I’m giving a lot of thought today to standard ideas of left brain/right brain . . . no conclusions really, but I’ve been considering that from reading Leary’s 8-Circuits Of Human Consciousness there seems to be not only a left brain and a right brain mentality but also a ‘top brain’ and ‘bottom brain’; the bottom brain being the old reptile brain of ‘forward/backward’ thinking, and the newer mammalian top brain which is able to comprehend more abstract concepts.

This of course leads me to wonder whether there is anything in a concept of ‘front brain’ and ‘back brain’? Something to consider.