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Theory of Mind Paul Budding Collective level In terms of the UFO phenomenon and the surreal aspects of the Near Death Experience (NDE… e.g., when the experiencer experiences him or herself in a world of light beings!) I argue that we project cultural interpretations onto what is unknown. The experiencer is probably wrong when it comes to their exact conclusion of what is going on. There is certainly a real phenomenon in both cases (in the NDE the experiencer is continuing to experience… and in the UFO phenomenon the best cases are close encounters so something really is seen). The UFO phenomenon and the NDE are excellent collective examples of ‘unknowns’ (i.e., unknown’s = what is experienced as unfamiliar, exotic, strange) and therefore these famous experiences are inevitable recipients of psychological projection. When confronted with something exotic the mind searches for the cultural interpretation and slaps the cultural interpretation onto the experience.* In the UFO phenomenon the dominant cultural interpretation is currently the extraterrestrial hypothesis (biological beings journeying to earth in nuts n bolts spacecraft designed on another planet). In the NDE the current dominant theory is the afterlife. Yet it should be said that in the latter it’s just as likely that the body is simply destroyed leaving only the mind and that it’s more a continuation of experience as opposed to an afterlife that is in another place. While in Ufology there are many other theories. (secret human split off society, human time- travelers, interdimensionals, etc). The point I am making is that the theories are ALL cultural interpretations and they are projected onto the unknown, exotic, strange… by our cultural mind. The dominant UFO theory; the ‘ETH’ is a cultural projection onto an unknown phenomenon. Where there is an unknown there is projection. But what about the more individual level in life… can we say that we do not know what others are ever thinking and feeling? If so, can we consider everyone else’s mind as an unknown? Individual level If Carl Jung is correct then people project shadow, hero, gods, etc, onto others… and (moreover) people experience complexes and identifications. People power- trip, inflate, dissociate, grow in consciousness and so on and so on. This makes other people hard to understand. i.e., what on earth is X thinking? Feeling? The answer to this dilemma is to know your own psychology because you will project it onto others. My theory of Others Minds = it’s a projected theory of my own mind. If shadow plays a big role in your life then you may not get along with anyone for very long before you project your shadow onto them. Or if your psychology is a power and control psychology then you will project power and control onto others and that will result in suffering for you. Such a person needs to dilute power in their own psyche so as not to be so fast to project power onto others. This is all consistent with the Mirror Archetype hypothesis I discussed in my recent mini paper: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/160554502/Resolving-the-problem-of- Interpretation-in-the-NDE-and-Ufology Image: Famous Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung. Projection is a major part of his psychology. Conclusion "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." (Albert Einstein) Let’s stick with the examples of (1) shadow and (2) power/control. If one of those examples is a major component of X’s psychological make-up then it is in X’s own psychological interests to change. The psychotherapist Lucy Beresford states that the definition of madness is “doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different outcome.” (1st September 2013 on UK’s Sky News). Well experiencing the same psychology consistently day after day and year after year and expecting different psychosocial health is madness. Hence if you are too shadow or power/control orientated then look at people who are not shadow or power/control orientated and try and work out what is different about them.* * Then you will have a point of comparison that will make change easier to achieve. Once attained this will be experienced as ‘anxiety reduction’. You will be psychologically healthier. Other people who previously seemed to be irritating and annoying, will now seem reasonable, decent etc. NOTE * I predict that the ETH will become a Super AI hypothesis … and if we lived forever we would observe it becoming other hypotheses as well. (i.e., always mirroring culture). ** Maybe you see excessive power and control in politicians yet you have much of the same psychology. If so try and focus outside of politics on where there really is progressive work going on. Then you will have a positive image and point of comparison in your mind. This will be experienced as preferable to just shouting at politicians from the sidelines. For example politicians often claim to be spreading liberal democracy around the world. However I think that the internet (global communications) does this. Hence science is given the credit here. As Ray Kurzweil writes… “We’ve gone from about twenty democracies in the world after World War 2 to more than one hundred today largely through the influence of decentralized electronic communication. The biggest wave of democratization, including the fall of the Iron Curtain, occurred during the 1990s with the growth of the internet and related technologies.” (Kurzweil, 2005, p396, The Singularity is Near: When Humans transcend Biology).
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