The mind is one of the most fascinating areas to study, in no small part because of its complexity. It has been a topic in every time period and in every culture. It is discussed by academic scholars, medical doctors, philosophers, religious leaders, and friends over coffee.

Dark and Normal Matters will show you a theory of mind that represents science as a melding and correlation of philosophies from many disciplines written by way of articles. In this way, the mind is discussed within logical frameworks that may promote understanding and ultimately transform how ‘reality’ is perceived and how we impact it.

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  • What is the mind?

    According to this theory, it can mean different things.

    The mind is synonymous with the term unending lasting or permanent (i.e., a fundamental entity without beginning or end with infinite potential that is not entirely conceivable).

    Mind is synonymous with the term change or energy (e.g., dark energy, dark matter as focal points of dark matter - FPDM, or normal matter).

    'Mind' is synonymous with the term observing ego or, more familiar term, individual (i.e., an invisible viewpoint that defines conscious events). You are 'mind' observing ego.

    In this theory, a living being is termed an Avatar living being and is a 'visual' indicator of emergent intelligence processes of biological information closely related to a particular ‘mind’ observing ego. However, the Avatar living being does not contain 'mind' observing ego, and nothing in that of 'mind' observing ego contains the Avatar living being.

  • Dark Energy, Dark Matter as Focal Points of Dark Matter (FPDMs), and Normal Matter

    An essential concept within this theory is understanding energies with states of mind that convert from one form into another. The conversion of energies occurs through interaction and relationship, thus transforming states of mind associated with different substrate intelligence.

    Approximately 68% of the Universe is dark energy. Dark matter makes up about 27%. The rest that includes everything in the world of appearances is normal matter. Accordingly, normal matter adds up to less than 5% of the Universe. In classical physics and general chemistry, matter is any substance with mass and takes up space by having volume. Dark matter, dark energy, and distribution in space are inferred from observations of normal matter using physics's known laws with discrepancies of motion. Under the influence of its gravity, the motion calculated for normal matter does not agree with its observed motion. This discrepancy can be explained through the Universe/consciousness concept and fundamental elements of this transdisciplinary theory.

    In this theory, relative truth' is defined as the usual way 'mind' observing ego, with a human cognitive viewpoint perceives the world of appearances. The Universe's origin and any other aspects of 'objects' emerging in thought are through the perceptions of 'mind' observing ego, a cognitive viewpoint of consciousness. You are 'mind' observing ego.

    Although the perception of 'mind' observing ego through cognition can bridge the gap between the mental and physical domains, this intelligence is different from and not a substitute for pure awareness intelligence. Pure awareness, the state of mind associated with dark energy, represents an underlying pure awareness intelligence substrate. This intelligence is devoid of motion differences. Thus pure awareness, a state of mind dark energy, represents a change fundamentally closest to representing the mind without beginning or end that is not entirely conceivable. Both pure awareness and cognition coexist and represent a vital relationship regarding the Universe/consciousness concept. ’Mind' observing ego, with a human cognitive viewpoint, can define reality and infer through physics laws: measurement, matter, energy, and motion. However, what it cannot do with western thought is describe pure awareness, the state of mind dark energy devoid of motion differences, through a qualitative difference (i.e., observation, measurement, or a combination). This relationship explains why the perception of ‘mind' observing ego, with a human cognitive viewpoint 'thinking physics,' can define reality, albeit where a lack of compatibility between two or more 'facts' exists, for example, discrepancies of calculated versus observed motion.

  • Interoceptive Network

    According to this theory, an interoceptive network exists through mind dark energy with the state of pure awareness that acts as the substrate for embodied states of mind.

    Through the interoceptive network existing, a phenomenon occurs termed "Spooky action at a distance." In general, a concept that an 'object' can move, change, or is affected without being physically touched by another 'object.'

    The 'objects' are conceptual mental content perceived by 'mind' observing ego, with a cognitive viewpoint that defines conscious events and can infer through thought acts of observation and measurement.

    Moreover, because both the interoceptive network and embodied states exist consciousness is created where ‘mind' observing ego can infer 'others' presence.

  • FOKs! Feelings of Knowing

    In this theory, 'mind' observing ego discerns automatically oscillatory motion as primordial feelings (e.g., pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral). It remembers the difference as Feelings of Knowing (FOKs) that act as memory network activation. Thus through cognition, the change that makes a difference is primordial feelings and FOKs that compete for the attention of 'mind' observing ego that learns experientially.

    Through the perceptions of 'mind' observing ego, FOKs create vague judgments, intuitions, abstract concepts, and vivid expectations. Thus, it is a certainty but with little descriptive detail as feelings of familiarity, feelings of rightness and wrongness, or beauty and goodness.

    These FOKs do not fade even with ‘disuse,' nor do they fade over time; access to them does fade somewhat. Through FOKs, interoceptive patterns (patterns of bodily sensations 'from within') that do not deviate much from 'day-to-day,' 'mind' observing ego senses 'sameness' and itself as an individual. Thus different from 'other' mind observing egos of different embodied states.

  • Suffering

    In this theory, suffering includes degrees of interoceptive sensitivity associated with emotion and mood experienced through 'mind' observing ego, and where the closely related Avatar living being has a brain and central nervous system.

    Through interoceptive patterns associated with a wide range of emotions that include dysregulation and interoceptive abnormalities, 'mind' observing ego suffers mentally and physically.

    Suffering in its broadest sense is characterized by loosely coordinated changes as related to these following core interoceptive dimensions:
    1. Valence: pleasant/positive or unpleasant/negative.
    2. Arousal: to stimulate action through reactions.
    3. Motivation: the desire to procure or avoid bodily sensations.

  • Free Choice

    According to this theory, ‘free will' implies volitional reactions of 'mind' observing ego of a particular embodied state constrained fundamentally through varying degrees of sensitivity to patterns of bodily sensations (i.e., interoceptive patterns).

    'Mind' observing ego decides on and commits to a particular cognitive course of action through volitional reactions that represent a conditioned response with a degree of an agency; thus, things can be caused to happen. There are two volitional reactions: An impulsive reaction and a reaction with forethought.

    Through volitional reactions, ‘mind’ observing ego is free to choose action and react impulsively or override it through a reaction with forethought. However, the capacity to do this fundamentally depends on the sensitivity of 'mind' observing ego to FOKs interoception patterns. In this way, ‘mind’ observing ego often responds to intense interoceptive patterns associated with emotion through habitual reactions: A combined response as a reflexive reaction followed by an impulsive reaction (a sudden reaction without planning and impulse action).

    Habitual reactions represent an over-practiced response experienced with a high degree of having little mental choice due to reflexivity and where higher-level cognition is fundamentally experienced as bottom-up unconsciously encoded.

  • The mind-body problem is a false problem

    This is a false problem because neither has an intrinsic, independent existence.

    'Mind' observing ego with the perception of being an individual cannot fully grasp any first cause for phenomena and consciousness. This is because it emerged from that process and cannot place itself 'outside' the causes' chain and determine its own origins. However, it can conceptualize it by way of cognition.

    Moreover, the body: the physical structure concept of a living being (e.g., person, or animal) that may include bones, flesh, and organs do not contain 'mind' observing ego, and nothing in that of 'mind' observing ego contains the body. A living being is a 'visual' indicator of emergent intelligence processes as biological information and an 'object' of conceptual mental content termed an Avatar living being.

    In this theory, innumerable consciousnesses begin in the same way that includes; a particular mind FPDM that through a ‘strange loop’ and bidirectional relationship causes ‘mind’ observing ego to emerge as the viewpoint of consciousness of an embodied state.

    'Mind’ observing ego begins its life of cyclic existence with a total loss of memory to its connection to the mind. Moreover, a relationship exists with a closely related Avatar living being that is without a brain. From this starting point, consciousness evolves through embodied states capable of reproducing and maintaining themselves. Thus a system of autopoiesis that includes continuity and 'self' governance through strings conversion of mind FPDM.

  • Death is an event

    Death is an event that marks the end of a particular consciousness, and birth is an event that represents a beginning and both often traumatic events. According to this theory, 'mind' observing ego that has not prepared for the event of death often does not experience this event ‘peacefully.’ Instead, death is often experienced with fear due to a relationship connection continuing while others are ending.

    “Every beginning has an end” is a statement that applies to individual consciousnesses created by a particular embodied state. Each embodied state of mind has a unique timeline, and because of this, the number of embodied relationships in the microcosm increases or decreases accordingly.

    When the consciousnesses produced through a particular embodied state as a dynamic difference comes to an end, cyclic existence occurs.

  • Animal intelligence and the same kind of different

    Cognition research related to animals fundamentally focuses on questions about the mechanisms involved in specific capacities: learning, memory, perception, or decision-making, including an investigation into animal concepts, beliefs, and thoughts (Andrews, 2008).

    According to this theory, the Avatar living being (e.g., invertebrates, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and fishes) displays emergent intelligence processes as behavior and 'mind' observing ego is inferred through comparative cognition. You are 'mind' observing ego that is inferred through an Avatar living being (i.e., a human being).

    The relative dimensions of reality as thought always connect to the deeper dimensions of the Universe/conscious concept and apply here to the relative question: Do nonhuman species as Avatar living beings experience emotion? According to this model, the answer is no; they do not, however, nor do humans as Avatar living beings experience emotion. Instead, it is 'mind' observing ego and not the Avatar living being that experiences anything, including emotion.

    When the closely related Avatar living being has a brain, 'mind' observing ego experiences emotion; thus, it can 'suffer' through interoceptive patterns associated with emotion.

    'Mind' observing ego through the interoceptive network can encroach, infiltrate, slaughter, rape, and dominate. Why? Because fundamentally 'mind' observing ego is sensitive to varying degrees of interoceptive patterns.

    Until 'mind' observing ego learns how to anchor its reactivity to interoceptive patterns associated with emotions, the mind, through innumerable viewpoints, will suffer ultimately. Thus, as a melding of consciousness of embodied states, reality will continue to 'play out' with acts of atrocities displayed as avatars living beings' behavior that emerge in the Universe/consciousness by way of conceptual thoughts or memories.

    A radical shift in ‘thinking’ that includes nonhuman species' ethics and the moral consideration of animals and how nonhuman animals ought to be treated is in order.

Questions And Answers

  1. Are you saying I am not a human being?

    Not according to this theory.  Instead, ‘You’ are an invisible viewpoint of consciousness termed ‘mind’ observing ego…

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  2. Why is interoception so important to your theory and included in your papers?

     Interoception (i.e., bodily sensations from ‘within) acts as a substrate of mental content. Bodily sensations are important…

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