Thoughts On The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind
Watch the video again from the beginning of Part 1. In the era of the bicameral mind the side swatting the hand away would audibly say in a commanding, god like voice, "chose the other shirt."
How does this change your perspectives on history, modern humans, and the consciousness of our society? Do you see why such a focus on the destruction of language through political correctness is the key to the removal of rational arguments? This distortion of language is the preferred method of unconscious people. Often those who have rejected religious positions have tried to create a new religion which is also not rooted in reason, but in the very subjective idea of "fairness". Language gave birth to bicamerality which then gave birth to consciousness so language is a key factor in reason. This is why those that distort language seek to control through unconscious dominance to further their own societal agenda.
I wonder what would happen if instead of discouraging our children from listening for voices in their heads to make decisions, we reward them? Would the partial bicamerality remain longer than it does now? I am not suggesting this but society has shifted away from bicamerality largely as a result of societal neuro-plasticity. Evolution happens over massive amounts of time. We have quite a ways to go before the elimination of unconscious acts and ideas are dumped by the ignorant masses.
It is also interesting to realize that through certain confidence declarations or social dominance dynamics, some people can influence others by tapping into their suggestible subconscious desire to hear a bicameral voice giving commands. We see this most often in hypnosis but also in perceived authority figures. This is one of the ways that cult leaders and others who have convinced individuals or large groups of people that ideas that are completely irrational are true. This seems to work particularly well by inserting new ideas into preexisting religious beliefs. Often the cult leader has authority because of his direct connection to god that is either a bicameral auditory hallucination or deception.
The unconscious mind longs for a bicameral experience of their own, then accepts a confident leader claiming to have such authority. The leader then tends to create a new writing from the old god giving the followers a unique and special quality, playing on both ignorance and the ego.
The key to longevity with these types of cults is to then get the children of the first followers influenced in their bicameral period (between the ages of three and seven). This is why polygamy, the rejection of birth control, or other ways of increasing the number of children is typically encouraged. Then the cult will begin to play heavily on the sunk cost fallacy. In this fallacy a person has invested so much into the cult that they simply can't bring themselves to cut their losses and leave. This is very prevalent fallacy in our culture and the preferred manipulation used both by casinos for gambling and in cults and religious organizations. Of course adding hell or some other punishment construct uses fear to manipulate. The final nail in the coffin is economic and social punishment through excommunication. Most of these cults have a commune or in some cases cities to create a cult-ure that would cost a persons entire life should they decide to apply reason to something that can only be understood through blind faith. From my perspective religions and cults use the same techniques. Religions are just more successful cults.
As a child I remember being involved in the christian equivalent of the Boy Scouts. Pledging allegiance and singing Onward Christian Soldiers. I was receiving training based on old testament bicamerality. I was shown plays of the devil possessing people and showing them taken to hell for renouncing Christ. Taking communion by drinking juice and eating bread that are supposed to represent eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus.
A lot of people oppose change, personal responsibility, and growth, longing for a neurological regression into Eden. They want god to establish behavior with no consciousness to be found and there are those who are pushing forward by rejecting the old tenets of the non absolute bicameral age. Those pursuing actual consciousness through neurological optimization, brain integration and the renunciation of carnal behaviors and political correctness will need to reject the neurotypical desire to oppose change.
The tendency in people who are unconscious of the progression of mind and consciousness, is to hold the peak of the curve as the highest goal. This is the most average point, the most normal. People promoting the average may not see that the fringe 10% at the front that are leading society into uncharted evolved consciousness. These forward thinking, high conscious people need to be rewarded, not punished, for being different. Of course rewarding them would be behaving at a higher level of consciousness than is commonly found on our current bell curve.
It is important that the non-speaking side of the brain was dominant over the submissive speaking side and took on the voice of strong rulers, kings, gods or other authorities. Over time the speaking side has elevated its position from submission to getting seemingly equal influence to appeal to the third interconnected conscious self or the observer of the inner conversation. This dominance attempt one side over the other is the same inevitable relational position that happens when two people interact.
Returning to the hive mind comment from the reference to Rick's girlfriend who dumped him: A hive mind would be the external unification of integrated minds in different bodies, instead of two minds in one head. So you basically have a hive mind in your head. There are pros and cons to this just as there are pros and cons to society resembling more of a hive mind through likes and clicks on a keyboard. The pro is connection to others, the con is loss of individuality.
Try quitting something and you will start to see the push and pull between the biological program the mind is rooted in and the conscious mind that is slowly coming into power.
People often recognize the conscious mind as the self when rejecting the body part of self. An example would be appealing to the body as a separate part by saying "feet don't fail me now". An elderly person who has dementia is losing their mind but their body is still alive. Being fully alive requires the cooperation between body and mind. This raises all kinds of questions about ethics. We must use our semi-consious minds to decide these things for ourselves. In the bicameral era, commands from the bicameral god are followed as automatic since the brain commands the heart to beat without any consciousness whatsoever.
Intense stress or neurological malfunction has the potential to trigger a commanding voice. If a modern schizophrenic heard a voice from god telling him to kill his son, we would lock him up. However, in the bible Abraham hears the voice of god telling him to kill his son as a blood sacrifice. Abraham attempts to do this and right before he is about to kill him he hears another voice from god saying he should use an animal instead. Blood sacrifices were far more common in ancient bicamerality. In fact, the old testament god demanded them.
It's interesting how an image showing the story of Abraham looks very similar to the image of a west world bicameral mind I had shown earlier. Abraham was first ordered to kill and then told not to. Deloris was initially told not to kill and then told to. Neither one had a conscious ability to question the "god" of the bicameral mind. There is only the command, no original thought, just submit and kill or sometimes don't. There's a part in the old testament where god gives commands to kill every man, woman, and child. 1 Samuel 15:3
"Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey."
I don't want to start picking apart scripture as I would be here all day but the phrase "god had to" is never valid when you are referring to an all powerful deity. Especially one that is supposed to be pure love. People who are not Jewish should not be reading the Old Testament, which was written from the perspective of god's chosen people because they are the gentiles in that story. If anything, they should read an Old Testament written from the gentiles' perspective.
The New Testament concept of Jesus being the blood sacrifice that god kills enables it to be seen as a sacrificial metaphor for all sin. Now everyone is forgiven even if they keep sinning. In fact, they have to keep sinning but aren't supposed to. Hopefully you can see that the New Testament is far less bicameral than the Old Testament. The literal blood sacrifice has been replaced with metaphor. Jesus and god, have left and now you think for yourself, relying on written language in the bible but waiting for his return so that you can stop having to think for yourself. Christian religions still drink the "blood of Christ" in the communion ritual by drinking wine or juice. The bicameral Abraham from the Old Testament, ready to kill his son at the request of the voice in his head becomes the founder of the Jewish religion, Islam, Christianity, Protestants and Catholics, even Mormons and other cults and sects. They all the Abrahamic religions. The same religions that are battling each other to this day. How much of our society has been consciously and subconsciously influenced by this foundation of sacrifice based on faith to a god only heard inside the head of Abraham; a bicameral voice!?
This is an important point for me personally because in the past, I fell into a popular logical fallacy - argumentum ad populum (Latin for "appeal to the people"). This fallacy attempts to validate something based on mass acceptance. I wondered, how can so many people throughout history and today be wrong? How can they have some attachment to an Abrahamic religion if it isn't true? Now, with the understanding of the evolution of consciousness and the understanding of the breakdown of the bicameral mind, I see that falling into this belief is simply falling back into an old evolutionary program that is no longer necessary. As a recovered alcoholic it is similar to how I think about drinking: unnecessary and destructive to the body, mind and society as a whole. Why do so many people fall into this? Simple evolutionary programming that has not been over-ridden by consciousness. The "devil" made me do it.
How does this make you look at mental illness? A brain exposed to physical, mental, or emotional trauma? A brain on drugs or alcohol, or nutritional deficiencies, or a lack of sleep? All these things lead to neurological regression. Can this understanding change the way we treat mental illness? I think it can, and should.
The truth is no one is ever able to view reality objectively. You are filtering everything through your own brain, your own lens. What if your view is not the one everyone else has? What is true? It is up to your conscious mind to figure it out for yourself or you can regress and turn to writings of bicameral man to make decisions for you.
I am not simply accepting everything in the bicameral theory but I do find it extremely interesting to think about because it points out explanations I had never considered, especially surrounding my religious upbringing. If you want a throwback to my older posts, I do believe that neurological electromagnetic charge does influences consciousness expression potential. The theory of the bicameral mind does not currently take the magnetic cycle into account. It makes me wonder if human consciousness has manifested in physical from as a new born unconscious mind from a high charge state perceived in the virtual space only. We have only experienced the inputs to our brains, and other channels may look very different in an unconscious, high-charge state. But no one knows. This theory also doesn't explain the complexity of the ancients like the pyramids of Egypt that many attempt to explain with aliens.
After some consideration, there's a possibility in times of absolute or close to absolute bicamerality, the dominant god-brain was able to have heightened perception in high magnetism phases of time. This would lead to the advancements we see in history. Were the pyramids and other ancient monuments bicameral control towers for a submissive unconscious population? This would allow the laborers to mindlessly devote themselves to the construction of these monuments and what better reason to construct them as huge bicameral control towers like cell towers put in high places to allow for better influence. Absolute power and control is a always a good explanation of the effort and use of resources that would have been required to build those pyramids and monuments. This is similar to a hive mind with worker bees directed by the queen bee or in this case, the god or pharaoh. In fact, the pharos were seen as gods. All increased by the increased uni-directional magnetic field of the earth. This would make the population of the planet large, but the actual decision makers as few as the number of civilizations. This would explain how bicamerality would result in organized civilization as opposed to a bunch of people having disorganized voices. I can't imagine thousands of schizophrenics being able to build the pyramids together. A bicameral hive mind is one of the only explanations that would work.
The high-charge brains or "gods" would have control and a much greater ability. Fast forward to today and we are now individuals separated from the bicameral hive-mind, but in a low-charge state with far less neuro potential. This is a quantity vs quality issue, but wouldn't this look much like the age of the gods? Could the bicameral mechanisms in the human brain still be driven like an antenna by the monuments of the "gods" emitting a unified control frequency received through bicamerality? This would be one unified bicameral command voice. Nothing is worse for large scale civilization than individual thought where people are conscious enough to decide to follow orders or not. The modern military is a good example of this. The soldiers agree when they sign up to stop using their conscious mind to asses for themselves, and follow orders without question. Much like a hive mind willing to sacrifice themselves for the hive. A remnant of this would be the god of the Old Testament saying "build me a temple or an arch", but my thought is that in absolute bicamerality all people had to mindlessly carry out the orders.
I test all ideas against fractal intelligence and see that in this case the unification of one's own mind dissolving the bicameral mind would result in a lower fractal hive mind within one's self. What I mean by this is that as you establish organized consciousness in your own mind, your body is then controlled by it. If the hand didn't do what the conscious mind told it to, this would become chaotic. So the question is not wether a hive mind is good or bad, but instead at what fractal level is a hive-mind preferable. Could the decline in unidirectional magnetism slowly reduce the charge potential in humans to be set up as a hive mind, causing the unified bicameral control system to be dis-intigrated and reconfigured into individual consciousness? This is an obscure idea but also a unique one and unique ideas are very rare. This needs to be flushed out in much greater detail. Who knows what has been swept away by time?
To tie this to religion which has been my focus in this blog, the historical and to some degree modern Catholic church was a hive-mind where the pope interacted with god and the Catholics were made to submit to the authority of the church. As protestant Christianity began to take hold, the hive mind of the church broke apart, leading to individual interpretations that caused greater and greater division resulting in countless separate denominations. Is this good or bad? If the pope makes bad choices, which many popes have done, then not being subject to him is a good thing. Of course, if you want to have agreement within the group to accomplish more, you have to be larger and have more centralized control which protestant Christians do not and fundamentally can not have as one organized power. In my experience, most Christians do not know much church history. The image below shows organizations within Christian history. Can you see this time line and its connection to the breakdown of the bicameral mind?
As I look around and think about the ideas in this blog, it seems to me that in the evolutionary process of consciousness potential the human race is at the level of a five year old child. Lets keep maturing. If you want to know how conscious you are, see if you are mastering your mind and body or serving its carnal desires. You addictions will tell you how conscious you are. You may be thinking "i'm not an alcoholic". Ok, but is sugar your god? Or sex? How about social media? Coffee or food? Now listen to the excuses you come up with and realize your ability to ignore them and see how truly conscious you are. Remember, self-esteem is directly connected to self discipline. Challenge yourself to grow and mature. It means doing the things you don't want to do.
Growing up is hard. Take responsibility for yourself, regulate your own behaviors out of wisdom, not fear.
Thanks to my family. To Angela Fisher, soon to be Angela Alexander, for editing this blog. Also for helping me to sort out all these ideas and for walking this path of learning with me. Thanks to Caden, who some day years from now may read this post and realize just how much watching him learn and grow has helped me learn and grow.
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