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#1 Galaxyshock

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 06:49 PM


The Eight-Circuit Model of Consciousness is a hypothesis by Timothy Leary, and later expanded on by Robert Anton Wilson and Antero Alli, that "suggested eight periods [circuits] and twenty-four stages of neurological evolution".[1] The eight circuits, or eight "brains" as referred by other authors, operate within the human nervous system, each corresponding to its own imprint and direct experience of reality.[2] Leary and Alli include three stages for each circuit that details developmental points for each level of consciousness.[3][4][5]

The first four circuits deal with life on earth, and survival of the species. The last four circuits are post-terrestrial, and deal with the evolution of the species, altered states of consciousnessenlightenmentmystical experiences, psychedelic states of mind, and psychic abilities. The proposal suggests that these altered states of consciousness are recently realized, but not widely utilized. Leary describes the first four as "larval circuits", necessary for surviving and functioning in a terrestrial human society, and proposed that the post terrestrial circuits will be useful for future humans who, through a predetermined script, continue to act on their urge to migrate to outer space and live extra-terrestrially.[6] Leary, Wilson, and Alli have written about the idea in depth, and have explored and attempted to define how each circuit operates, both in the lives of individual people and in societies and civilization.

The term "circuit" is equated to a metaphor of the brain being computer hardware, and that the wiring of the brain as circuitry.[7][8]

Leary uses the eight circuits along with recapitulation theory to explain the evolution of the human species, the personal development of an individual, and the biological evolution of all life.[9][10]

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What is people's opinion on this model? Yes it's a hypothesis made by a psychonaut and contains a lot of assumptions and ideas not scientifically proven, and kinda praises the use of psychedelics as the major key to "higher consciousness". Regardless, I think there's truth to it, in fact more than I initially thought. It's interesting to think how the nervous system can evolve and how it operates with those higher circuits active.

 


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Posted 06 September 2018 - 07:12 PM

"psychedelics as the major key to "higher consciousness""

Sure why not pcp?

If you know what pcp is used for in mice...

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#3 Galaxyshock

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Posted 06 September 2018 - 07:27 PM

"psychedelics as the major key to "higher consciousness""

Sure why not pcp?

If you know what pcp is used for in mice...

 

Isn't it used as a schizophrenia mimetic? Based on the model I'd say someone with active psychosis may have some of those higher circuits active with the price of some of the larval circuits becoming less active or tuned: like the 1st circuit concerns with safety so the person feels unsafe and paranoid, or 3rd circuit that concerns rational thinking and language is hindered and, well, "word salad" is sometimes used to describe schizophrenic's talk. So basically the psychotic person becomes lost in the higher circuit content and rewiring of the lower circuits.

 

Really, this model can explain a lot of things when you look into it with open mind.



#4 Daniel Cooper

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 07:00 PM

I wouldn't put much stock in Leary.  He approached the topic like a religious zealot rather than a scientist and he didn't have a medical background (he had a psychology degree). 

 

His "eight circuit model" of the brain is a nice enough theory I suppose, the only problem is there isn't a stitch of empirical evidence for it that I'm aware of.

 

 

 


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:17 AM

Well it's not even a theory but a hypothesis. A theory needs to be backed by evidence. But we can't for example measure much things from the brain to see how these suggested circuits change its function when activated. Yet there is a clear logic to the model that makes a lot of sense. And If anything it's a different way to look at brain chemistry instead of the same old "neurotransmitter x and receptor y".







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