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    I was sitting here on the computer when, out of nowhere my body did something amazingly awkward. I instantly became COMPLETELY self-aware for about 30 seconds. To explain:

    My body registered and cataloged:
    -Temperature (the AC had just kicked on)
    -Comfort (Very high comfort rating, with the exception of my feet)
    -Stress/Pressure (shoes still on at 2:30am)
    -Entire visual spectrum (seeing all of my peripheral all at once perfectly)
    -Heard and comprehended all sounds around me all at once. (Background TV, music playlist, parents speaking in the room around me, the birds chirping, etc.)
    -Also had a slight dizzying effect when I returned myself to normal. A very relieving feeling, actually.

    I discussed this with Metamorphosis and Hexis. Hexis has absolutely never had it happen to him, nor could he make himself start a "self-evaluation/diagnostic." Meta, however, said that, no, that hasn't happened, but he could make his mind do such an evaluation if he so wished it. I don't doubt that he could, but mine was all simultaneous, so it may be fundamentally different than what he'd experience.

    Any thoughts whatsoever?

    (Not sure "exactly" where to put this thread )
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    I was sitting here on the computer when, out of nowhere my body did something amazingly awkward. I instantly became COMPLETELY self-aware for about 30 seconds. To explain:

    My body registered and cataloged:
    -Temperature (the AC had just kicked on)
    -Comfort (Very high comfort rating, with the exception of my feet)
    -Stress/Pressure (shoes still on at 2:30am)
    -Entire visual spectrum (seeing all of my peripheral all at once perfectly)
    -Heard and comprehended all sounds around me all at once. (Background TV, music playlist, parents speaking in the room around me, the birds chirping, etc.)
    -Also had a slight dizzying effect when I returned myself to normal. A very relieving feeling, actually.

    I discussed this with Metamorphosis and Hexis. Hexis has absolutely never had it happen to him, nor could he make himself start a "self-evaluation/diagnostic." Meta, however, said that, no, that hasn't happened, but he could make his mind do such an evaluation if he so wished it. I don't doubt that he could, but mine was all simultaneous, so it may be fundamentally different than what he'd experience.

    Any thoughts whatsoever?

    (Not sure "exactly" where to put this thread )
    Nope. Definitely couldn't do that....not simultaneously especially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    Any thoughts whatsoever?

    (Not sure "exactly" where to put this thread )
    Yep, I've done it............What?.......I'm not going to explain it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ByMySword View Post
    Yep, I've done it............What?.......I'm not going to explain it!
    pfft
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    I think your an alien from mars, we should disect you and turn you into fuel...for the betterment of mankind of course!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    I was sitting here on the computer when, out of nowhere my body did something amazingly awkward. I instantly became COMPLETELY self-aware for about 30 seconds.
    How do you know if you were completely self-aware?

    You simply know that you were more self-aware than normal.

    But perhaps there is a level of self-awareness you have not yet aspired to.

    (just sayin')

    I've had moments where things have 'clicked' tho and the mind starts buzzing on many different tracks at once and it's like sitting in a room full of audio/visual monitors. Hyperfocus in every direction at once. It would probably drive a person mad, eventually, if they did it all the time.
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    I know what you're talking about. That's one of my favorite moments, where all sensory information comes in at once like a flood and you feel content right where you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    How do you know if you were completely self-aware?

    You simply know that you were more self-aware than normal.

    But perhaps there is a level of self-awareness you have not yet aspired to.
    Who knows, I'm open to any explanation.

    Thanks for the input, all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    I instantly became COMPLETELY self-aware for about 30 seconds.
    It could be an episode of reduced blood to your parietal lobe.

    Religious people tend to interpret the experience as a "merging" with God. Others might describe it as an expansion into the world around them. You've described it as "self-awareness"; but the last item in your description shows that it encompasses more than just yourself:

    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    -Heard and comprehended all sounds around me all at once. (Background TV, music playlist, parents speaking in the room around me, the birds chirping, etc.)
    If you have an episode of reduced flow of blood to the parietal lobe, the key feature is a temporary loss of boundaries between yourself and the immediate world (sensations) around you. These involuntary episodes usually happen when people are tired and they last about 30 seconds, as you described. (They can be induced deliberately as well, for longer periods of time, via meditation.)

    Newberg and D'Aquili's attention was drawn to a chunk of the brain's parietal lobe they called the orientation association area. The area is responsible for defining the limits of the physical self, and for generating the perceptions of space in which that self can be oriented. In simpler terms, it draws the line between the self and the rest of existence.

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    Just mentioning it as a possibility. People tend to describe these parietal lobe experiences in very different terms, depending on their personal frame of reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArbiterDewey View Post
    Who knows, I'm open to any explanation.
    Okay, so here's what happened. You were sitting at your computer and the characters from REBOOT were watching you. (Actually that has nothing to do with what happened). So Buddah was watching you from Heaven and thought that since he's already in Heaven, it would be fun to play a trick on an unbeliever. So he asked Jesus which one, and JC was like, "Hey, how about Dewey, he's got nothing going for him, let's fuck with his mind." So they went to the drug store and got some drugs to spiritually inject into you. Their thinking was that you would interpret this as a sign from God and you would start preaching again. Apparently that was entertaining to them, but anyway. So they injected you spiritually with this self-awareness drug and it affected you the way it did and so on. Needless to say, you caused them great disappointment. So shame on you. You think its just like Heaven up there, Dewey? Well you are wrong. Why do you think they let so many bad things happen? They are bored out of their fucking minds. So the next time you get this self-awareness (probably never again since you've blown you're chance), show it. Make some type of intellectual remark or something!!!! Don't just sit there and enjoy it!!!! Don't you know that you're life is for God's pleasure? LOL.

    You know I love ya Dewey!!!! LOL.
    Last edited by ByMySword; 02-23-2008 at 07:15 PM.

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