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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

The Laurel & Hardy Theory of Consciouness
by Colin Wilson

"... It seemed to me that the relation between the conscious and the unconscious is more like the relation between Laurel and Hardy in the old movie. Ollie- consciousness- is basically the boss. Stan takes his cues from Ollie. If Ollie looks cheerful, Stan is positively ecstatic. Stan always over-reacts... But the real business of the right [side of the brain] seems to be to add a dimension of meaning to our lives."
"And now it should be possible to grasp the real importance of the left-ego. It is, and is intended to be, the controller. Consider what happens in hypnosis. The subject is apparently reduced to sleep; yet an EEG machine shows that he is awake. What happens, I would suggest is that the hypnotist has put the left brain to sleep, while the right remains awake. (The nature of hypnosis is still not understood; this is my own theory.) An interesting thing now happens. The subject is capable of more remarkable feats in the hypnotic state than when normally awake. The hypnotist might, for example, tell him that he will now lie with his shoulders on one chair and his legs on another, while a strong man will stand on his stomach, yet he will remain as rigid as a board. And, incredibly, the subject does precisely that. This is, of course, the phenomenon that Charcot observed- the amazing powers of that 'other self', when not constrained and undermined by the left brain. Then why can the subject not perform such feats when in his conscious state? Because he doesn't believe he can. When the hypnotist tells the 'other self' to perform some unusual feat, he is the voice of authority, and the other self responds like a well-trained soldier. Its own left-ego lacks that authority; it is manifestly nervous and unsure of itself. If, in fact, the left-ego could somehow generate that authority, the powers it could release might well be described as superhuman."

"Lawrence, then was mistaken. It is not true that head-conscious has become too dominant. It is not dominant enough."

posted by NEXUS  # 5:22 AM


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