Section 8: Altered States of Consciousness (ASC). By: Don Slack & Melissa Townsend. Chapter 22: Drugs & Altered States. Defining ASCs Objectively Defined “How they were induced” Drugs Various types Hypnosis Problem:
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REM and non-REM states of sleep are physiologically different
Brain is highly active
Resembles waking state
Motor function shut off
Sleeper is harder to waken
What do you think: Dream logic is wonderfully unlike waking logic, with people being composites, objects transforming into other objects, and people doing things for the strangest reasons. All this is accepted by the dreamer who neither notices how peculiar it all is nor realizes that it is a dream (Blackmore, 340).
What does this say about a single, constant, consciousness?
Astral, Etheric, Physical, and several other higher bodies, all of which can separate.
An OBE is an “Astral Projection”
Astral Projection: When consciousness leaves the physical in the form of the astral body sometimes remaining connected by a silver cord.
If the astral body really sees the physical world during astral projection, then it must be interacting with it and hence it must be a detectable physical entity, yet it is supposed to be nonphysical and all attempts at detection have failed.
Sensory input and the body image are disrupted. In response, the cognitive system constructs a new body image, and a plausible world derived from memory and imagination, using the kinds of bird’s eye views that are common in memory and dreams.
Attributable to disruption of temporal lobe function.