Perception, Inception and the Trojan Horse Money Meme - Part Two of Four

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Perception, Inception and the Trojan Horse Money Meme

Chapter Two of Four


Perception Deception


Cognitive Dissonance


The intent of this essay is not to convince the reader of anything other than the need to expand our depth perception of the consensus reality. Consider this essay as an invitation to think free of constraints. Chapters One (here) and Two (here) explore our distorted and manipulated perception of reality while Chapter Three (here) examines the concept of Inception or the implanting of thought or belief memes into our individual minds and our collective culture. Chapter Four (here) discusses a basic roadmap to the expansion of our perceived reality.


This I Can Do, That I Cannot.

We might not think about it this way, but early on in our collective conditioning we are taught the difference between real and not. Yet the line of demarcation between the two is blurry at times. My GI Joe make-believe soldier with the Kung Fu grip was most assuredly real, but my invisible make-believe friend was not. This confused me as a child because from my point of view I didn’t need a physical object to focus my imagination, thus my invisible friend was just as real as the GI Joe.

Actually my friend was more real to me because he was extremely flexible and changeable like ‘real’ people, whereas GI Joe (I called him GI Jack just to be different which infuriated my brother) was always just a plastic solider with a useless hand. Unless, of course, I borrowed some female doll clothes from my sister’s collection for some gender bending. But that’s another story.

Essentially the only difference between the two was that one had a physical presence in the real world. I could project my imagination upon the physical GI-Joe and that was considered OK or ‘real’ simply because my imagination had a physical receptacle or focus, thus grounding me and my imagination in the real world. But projecting my imagination upon a non physical entity was not OK or real because……why exactly? What is it with this narrow minded obsession with all things physically ‘real’ in relation to my non physical consciousness?

What are we afraid of discovering here? Why confine my limitless imagination to those things that are considered grounded in the real world? Why do we insist that only those things that have a physical presence are real? Do we need a physical presence to embody or reflect our projected consciousness in order for both the object and our consciousness to be considered real? Or is a physical presence not made real unless it is embodied by or projected by our consciousness?

We are assured that everything on the outside is real and all that comes from within is not. We tell each other that by studying hard we will make our individual reality ‘better’ through more valuable work, but that working on the inner journey is a waste of time and just plain crazy. And because this is a widely shared belief, for the most part we buy into this meme to the detriment of our inner peace and awareness. But as I will continue to illustrate, in many instances it’s not ‘real’ until we believe that it is real. Does our belief create reality or does reality cause us to believe?

The obvious inference here is that without that education our experienced reality will not be as pleasant as it would be with the higher more specialized training. Likewise, many cultures believe that by finding a soul mate or life partner we will experience a richer, fuller life than if we remain single and ostensibly unhappy. There are countless other examples, but this all begs a question. Are we happier or not, better off or not, simply because this condition is real or because we change our reality to match our conditioned expectations and those with whom we share our reality?

This way for happiness

Living Inside the Placebo Effect

As a reminder, we ended Chapter One discussing the placebo effect and the ‘will’ to live. Essentially a random 5% to 10% of the population appears to be able to ‘heal’ or ‘feel better’ simply because we believe we are receiving drugs or other types of treatment that will help us. This is believed in spite of the fact that we are not being ‘drugged’ or treated in the pharmacological or medical sense, but rather only psychologically. In addition, when modern medicine has nothing left to offer us we are often reminded by the doctor that it all comes down to the patient’s ‘will to live’, as if to say our ‘will’ is a physical force to be reckoned with.

In other words it seems that when we perceive something so strongly that we believe it is ‘real’, we then appear to create a physical reality that mimics our belief. And furthermore, that the active ingredient in this reality creation is the degree or intensity of our belief. If we hold doubt or reservation the creative force is weak or nonexistent. If our belief is strong and unquestioning, whether by subterfuge or honest origin, the creative force is more powerful. So, are we happy or sad because we are in fact happy or sad or because we believe being happy or sad is what we should be experiencing and thus we act in a manner that fulfills our belief and expectation?

I’ve often wondered if we create our own reality via the placebo effect with near 100% efficacy. If you think this through, so much of our day is spent interacting with people, places and things which we never question or doubt. We completely and universally accept as ‘real’ everything around us and brush off any outliers with little to no thought. This is the Gold standard in faith and belief, completely accepting at face value and without examination or reservation what we see, hear or touch. In fact, we would consider anyone who does question ‘reality’ to be mentally ill and unstable.

Yet we live in a world where so many individuals and entities are furiously creating alternative realities right in front of our eyes. This is accomplished with substantial help from the control system and various authorities, public myth keepers and other wizards and warlocks. This dream weaving or reality creation appears to be real only because it is accepted as real by the majority, not because it actually is real. So how can something not real co-exist with something that is real? Do we create our own physical reality simply by the strength of our belief which is often measured by our force of will?

Baby Ronald

A Reality Not Realized

Our consumer culture has conditioned many to believe happiness can only be found in certain consumer goods. Yet one third of the population is taking mood and/or perception altering drugs (pain killers, anti-psychotics etc) and two thirds use legal or illegal mood altering compounds such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, ecstasy, even food. This doesn’t sound like happy little consumers to me.

All those advertisements appear to be selling me a dream or a belief, not reality. Maybe what they’re really selling me are expectations or what I like to call deception perceptions. Perhaps I’m being emotionally managed rather than just being sold physical goods and services. I suspect those objects are symbols of an altered reality that those in power are desperate for us to believe are real. And the failure of that sales promotion is presenting as a self medicating population yearning to escape from the insanity. Many years ago I learned about the power of a belief not realized and I suspect this is why so many of us are waiting around to die.

Sixteen years ago I received a phone call from a client who I had worked with for over five years. She was ecstatic and talked so quickly I could barely understand her. She was on her way to the lottery headquarters where she would claim her half of the top prize of $11 million and wanted to know what she should do. I gave her some instructions and told her to stop by when she was done. Three hours later she and her husband came in and she looked like she’d been run over by a truck. Somehow she had made a mistake and had misread one number, missing the top prize.

But her near miss did qualify her for the full second place payout, still a very respectable half million dollars. While I assured her that because of her windfall she could accelerate her retirement by 5 years and never work another day starting today, she was distraught and inconsolable. This formerly happy and loving individual never recovered emotionally, divorcing two years later and dying a broken and bitter woman within the decade.

What happened here? Her experienced reality was clearly influenced by her emotional state and her perception of an alternative reality ‘missed’ as much as by the money she actually won and her early retirement. So which reality was the real reality? She was physically and mentally ‘healthy’ up to the point where she failed to realize an alternative reality that wasn’t ‘real’ to begin with. She had never actually won half of the top prize, but instead had only thought she had. When her imagined reality failed to materialize in the ‘real’ world she crumbled.

How did her emotional state affect her body to the point where it seems to have killed her? Did she lose the will to live? How can it be our ‘will’ if we aren’t actually aware we’re utilizing it on a daily basis? And if we can lose our will to live, can we gain more of it simply by force of our will? I’m not just playing with words here. While science does recognize an emotional and physical connection between the body and the mind, the death certificate listed the cause of her death as myocardial infarction. On second thought I guess they were right. She did die from a broken heart.

Waiting around to die

Making our Reality Fresh Every Day

Are we currently experiencing a financial depression because many of us are out of work and the financial system is collapsing? Or is all of this happening because we believe we’re experiencing a financial depression or collapse? This isn’t a play on words, but a serious examination of what ‘makes’ reality ‘real’. While many claim they never saw the banking collapse coming, the collective doubt within many people about the wisdom of liar, no doc and walking dead/zombie loans was steadily rising until it peaked in 2008.

I’m not talking about ‘official’ pronouncements by the political and financial wizards that Happy Days were here again, which we repeatedly heard during the real estate run up and collapse, but about what was and still is going on in the collective gut of the population. Contrary to popular belief there is a common sense of understanding among the people, often referred to as the collective consciousness. But the wizards convince us to ignore it. Actually seduce is a better word to use here because it exposes our active participation in the process.

By ignoring the inner warning bells and our gut instinct, the insanity builds to levels higher than if it were to burn off naturally. The average Joe knew deep down inside that something was seriously wrong even as s/he piled on more and more debt. The banking magicians and government enablers told us what we wanted to hear to help quell the growing inner doubt. Sounds like moral hazard for the average Joe, doesn’t it? And the same thing is happening again in ever quickening cycles.

The entire basis for the Fed’s daily POMO spell casting is simplicity itself. The financial wizards and political warlocks are pumping massive amounts of computer generated money into a financial system that’s based entirely upon the willingness of the people to participate in it (surrender to it) in order for it to be sustained. In effect people must suspend disbelief and believe in the currency and the financial and political wizards to keep the balloon inflating. Have you ever really thought about the juice, the power, behind the term ‘moral suasion’ with regard to the Fed?

This sounds more like (science) fiction than ‘reality’ to me. In fact it appears to be very similar to watching a television program. To apply critical or logical thought to our ‘real’ time soap opera reality show would ruin the whole thing. In fact maybe that’s where we get our conditioning and training from, which in turn prepares us to live in our ‘real’ 3D world. You know, that fully immersive 50” flat screen LCD 3D surround sound real world simulator called our TV. 

The masters of the universe are trying to restore ‘confidence’ in a make believe financial system through reality distortion techniques. And they expend considerable time and effort to convince us our economic world is ‘real’. They understand better than anyone else that it is our belief that makes it real, not their machinations. By artificially inflating the financial markets, thus demonstrating to the masses that the stock market and economy is improving, they are trying to signal that the economy is getting better to evoke a specific, call it positive, placebo effect response in the masses.

This in turn (we are told) will improve the population’s attitude and thus the behavior of the masses. We will then begin to act as if the depression has ended. Confidence restored, the now invigorated consumer spends even more money we don’t have, but we will earn in the future from our work, thus ending the depression. This then assures everyone there will be enough work for all to continue the process. And they claim this is reality. Actually it sounds more like mass hypnotism or a collective trance to me.

If when reading the various Fed speeches and economist position papers you were to strike out all the numerical mumbo jumbo, what it all comes down to is a massive psychological operation being perpetrated upon not only the American people but the global village. The masters of the universe are essentially admitting that continued economic growth is entirely dependent upon the perception of you and me that ‘reality’ (as measured and thus validated by GDP and all that economic mumbo jumbo) can be altered simply by wanting it to be so. In other words, they recognize that our reality flows from our perception and/or belief and not the other way around.

Circular Insanity

To Be (Real) or Not To Be (Real), That Is The Question

One can point to shelves of books full of all the theory and history you wish in order to ‘prove’ that by doing this or that the economy will improve. But every reading I apply to economic theory tells me it is all about manipulation of public perception in order to create a different reality. The numbers and history are simply trotted out in order to ‘prove’ to us that their psychological operation is actually well researched economic policy, thus giving us a reason to believe it is ‘real’. It is belief that moves the economic mountain, not reality.

Even the term ‘depression’ is based upon an emotional condition or perceived reality. In fact before the 1900’s depressions and recessions were called ‘panics’, an even more severe form of emotional expression. While the financial wizards assure us it’s all quantifiable and thus ‘real’, it all sounds like warlock black magic or wizardry spell casting when seen from a distance. And in many ways it is.

Does the reader remember a well known economic warlock telling us a while back that our economic problems were caused by a collective psychological depression and that if only we would straighten up and fly right all would be fine? While he was roundly derided here on Zero Hedge as well as in dozens of other publications and blogs I contend that in many respects he was speaking the truth. He was telling us that our perception and belief creates our shared reality.

Read the last few paragraphs again and show me anything ‘real’ other than our reactions to various promoted perceptions and beliefs. It sounds to me like emotion, which drives perception and belief, is creating reality and not the other way around. Our economy, our financial system, is ‘real’ solely because we believe it is real. Withdraw our belief, our consent to continue to participate, and we collapse this portion of our shared reality faster than residual winter snow piles on a warm spring day.

In effect we influence our experienced reality by our consensual participation in the only reality we ‘know’ via education, marriage, work, money usage, voting, religious worship, whatever. All these actions require our consent, regardless of whether it’s ‘real’ or fake consent, consensual or commanded. I emphasize fake or commanded consent because whether we agree to participate, or are forced to participate, we still believe what we are participating in is ‘real’.

For example, while we may not agree to the corruption that is a part of the financial and political system, and we may actively push back by buying precious metals or removing deposits from too-big-to-fail banks, we still believe what we are experiencing is real. In fact direct resistance is actually a signal or sign that we have bought into the consensus reality because we would only actively oppose something we believe to be real. We don’t actively oppose ghosts because we don’t believe they are real.

We are told that we can’t change the overall (control) system and that we either conform to the shared understanding or we will be rejected by the collective to become scum on the streets, unwanted and ignored by our fellow reality projectors/projections. Only the masters of the universe, our so-called elite leadership, can make social policy and change the system. This belief is pounded into us as that portion of our experienced reality that is fixed and immovable. This is the illusion that maintains the consensus reality and the elites.

Reality, the worst game ever made

Don’t Think About Pink Elephants

So which is it? Can we change our reality or not? It seems to me that we’re experiencing a massive Cognitive Dissonance on a daily basis by believing there are some things we can change and some we cannot. Yet because it is a shared dissonance that’s considered an immutable part of reality, rarely do we attempt to change it let alone question it. That cob of corn, my two year old Camry and my mother-in-law can all be changed, albeit some easier than others. But the too-big-to-fail banks, the Fed, SEC, FINRA, the Ponzi, our fraudulent fiat currency, political system and corporations I cannot. You just can’t fight city hall after all, right?

But what about the ability of the powers that be and the elite to change what we consider to be unchangeable? They most certainly believe they can change reality on a massive scale and they regularly do so using propaganda, moral suasion, regulation and liberal doses of the heavy hand via various social control systems. When you think about this carefully how does the elite 2% control the other 98%? Force might work for a while, but eventually the beaten mule breaks down and dies. What’s needed over the long term is a self motivated mule that feeds clothes and disciplines itself with only the occasional need for a poke in the ribs to keep him on the straight and narrow.

In order to accomplish this, our perceptual environment must be carefully controlled, massaged and manipulated. Aberrant thought and non-conformity must be repressed or eliminated. In a control system that requires consent as the active ingredient, there is little room for deviant thought and malcontent’s spoiling the programming of the compliant majority. In this positive feedback loop the need for control and therefore consent (willing or commanded) must eventually grow exponentially. This is why we see both the Ponzi and government repression and coercion ramping up at a frightening pace. When consent is not willingly given, it must be commanded

So the question needs to be asked. Why is it that the vast majority of people reject as impossible the very process that’s applied quite effectively to them? While their ‘money’ and ‘power’ certainly gives them some leverage, not as much leverage as our 98 to 2 advantage. It is our conditioning and shared perception that somehow it is in our own self interest to remain isolated and narrow minded that stifles us, holding us back from utilizing the very same reality distortion techniques that control us. What else can explain the population’s embrace of a reality that is not in our own best interest, either collectively or individually, but is in the best interest of our controllers and abusers?

And in turn they are both manipulated

And In Turn They Are Both Manipulated

Stockholm Syndrome

We act as pawns and willing tools for the magician on stage who calls for volunteers from the audience. Regardless of whether we actually self select for direct magical manipulation or remain safely in our seats, we are all still part of the overall illusion. The magic act requires active and passive believing participants and observers in order to be successful. In fact the active participants, by their involvement, help convince the passive that what they are experiencing is real.

This is similar to the escape artist asking audience members to come on stage and check the chains and locks. The participants from the audience prove the illusion is not an illusion, but rather real by affirming the bindings are genuine. Because we allow ourselves to be seduced, often by our fellow trance members who in turn have been conditioned for decades in what is and is not real, we willing disarm ourselves and then become compliant and passive tools of those who abuse us because we believe it is all real and unchangeable.

A carefully reading and understanding of exactly what the Stockholm Syndrome is as well as the dynamics behind the abuser-abused codependency and bonding phenomenon help us to appreciate that an altered reality presented under controlled conditions can produce people willing to participate in their own demise and contrary to their own best interest.

We respond to the wizard’s manipulations because we’ve been conditioned all our lives to believe they are all powerful. Or more to the point that we are powerless, consequently we need them in order to survive. In reality the wizards are simply convincing us to distort our own reality because we believe they have the power and we don’t. Thus we hand over our ‘real’ power to them when told to do so primarily through the skilful use of fear via a multitude of fear based programs/memes by the hand of government and its various religious, corporate, individual and state (foreign and domestic) agents.

And remember that because the vast majority of the population is passive and apathetic they are essentially out of the game and sidelined, thus they become the bulk of the believing herd that is easily manipulated. This means the 2% do not need to control the remaining 98%, but rather just 10% or at most 20% of the population. Tragically this 10%-20% consists of those who fully buy into the shared reality, i.e. the audience participants from the earlier example, and the evidence for this is that we actively participate using the only ‘real’ tools we are told are available.

Please come up on stage and confirm these chains (tools such as wealth, political power, corruption, influence) are real. To engage the master using the master’s tools in the master’s game under the master’s rules is worse than useless because it simply reinforces the master’s power to create the illusion. They run a rigged game in which only a fool or the insane would participate. Or those sufficiently hypnotized to believe what they are told is real.

In Chapter Three we will explore the Inception or implantation of the basic thought memes and beliefs that form our reality.


Cognitive Dissonance

Wall Street Salutes You and Me

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Trifecta Man's picture

You re doing a very good job at tying down how belief systems (often from others) influnce the reality we think we may be perceiving.  It was back in late 2002 when I realized the insanity of the Fed lowering interest rates to 1% while we constantly increase US debt higher.  Essentially I concluded that the Fed was just going to print money.  The correct response to that is to own real goods, not paper money.  Owning precious metals became a possible way to protect myself from this counterfeiting.  (I know that believing in metals as a store of wealth is also a suspect concept, but at least it takes real effort to produce them.)  It seems like that bandwagon is finally taking off.

Looking at the recent setback in the exchange rate between gold or silver and paper currency, along with the ever increasing debt burden and obligations of the US government, I am now firmly convinced that our currency is just a sham operation for the "rich" to entrap most people into slave labor.  Because I made debt payoff a priority, and now own my house totally, while increasing my purchasing power in stupid fiat with reality-oriented investments, I'm doing quite well,  Even without a job, an event I knew was in my future,  I psychologically prepared myself to increase my accepting freedom from the rich slave-drivers.

I believe we are here to learn how to handle our own creativity.  I set goals for myself and look for ways to actualize them.  It takes time and effort, but I dig creating reality.

One may not be able to immediately end these shams and crimes perpetrated by the "rich", but I think the best response is to individually create a better reality for yourself, and then show that it can be done to those ready to learn how to create reality for themselves.  Historically, every morally corrupt system seems to eventually fall apart as the people gradually learn to assert themselves.  Bring it on!

ShankyS's picture

Well done CD. All I can say is ditto.

Maximus Failius's picture



While i have never experimented with hallucinogenics, there is an interesting debate about their ability to help you explore consciousness if used responsibly, as a tool.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

.....ability to help you explore conciousness if used responsably, as a tool.

I agree. The spirit molecule(s) must be treated with great respect and care. And most importantly you must be invited rather than invite yourself. If invited you will be seized with the need to explore. This will be how you will know the spirit molecule is calling.

Maximus Failius's picture

<i>And most importantly you must be invited rather than invite yourself.</i>


Can you elaborate?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I suspect that for some this will sound like mumbo jumbo. But it was an important lesson for me.

We have all heard the saying "The teacher will appear when the student is ready." The spirit molecule is a teacher. The student must be ready to hear the lesson, otherwise it will be garbled and incomprehensible. Worse it might frighten or even damage.

When we have done enough inner work to take the next step and thus we are ready to "listen to learn from the ancient wisdom", then we will 'know' deep inside we are ready and we will be called to class.

Maximus Failius's picture

It makes perfect sense to me, not mumbo jumbo at all.  Thank you.

dexter_morgan's picture

Wow.......impressive and thought provoking!

Gyro Gearloose's picture

I admire what your doing CD.  Like myself you have done a great deal of internal exploration. When we return to normal "consciousness" we retain merely a glimpse of what was experianced and to make matters worse we only have the most clumsy of tools,.... words...  to share our experiance with others.

As you point out, definitions of even common words have slightly different meanings to each person.

In skillfully gearing your text to your present audience I highly suspect you have a damn hard time reining yourself back from going down the rabbit hole to far and even beyond the rabbit hole, over feeding can kill ;-)

Keep up the good work!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

.....reining yourself back from going down the rabbit hole to far and even beyond the rabbit hole, over feeding can kill ;-)

At one time I was the type of person who would scream from the mountain top. Thankfully I was able to stop after a while and consider why people were running away from me rather than towards.

To be honest it was something my mother told me several years ago that changed my direction. I was describing my frustration when she stopped me and asked me how I had grown so dumb in my old age. She then asked me why I expected to be able to fill an eight ounce water glass with a fire hose.

Wisdom from someone who was willing to share given to someone who was willing to listen. The teacher had arrived because the student was finally ready. I thank her every day and twice on Sunday. :>)

velobabe's picture

great story!

i will show you mine, if you show me yours†

ZeroAffect's picture

Great stuff, CD and at least most ZH'ers are in the 10% - 20% who are not willing to 'go-along to get-along' any longer.  

We will not overcome our present/future enslavement to the so-called 'master' in the conventional way, because as you aptly put it, "To engage the master using the master’s tools in the master’s game under the master’s rules is worse than useless because it simply reinforces the master’s power to create the illusion. They run a rigged game in which only a fool or the insane would participate. Or those sufficiently hypnotized to believe what they are told is real."

We must choose the path that leads to life, liberty and justice because something BIG is coming, the Grand Delusion. Are we really, truly ready?

cainhoy's picture

there is a small city park across from the office where I work (big ten bank). Unaccountably, in the park there is a small stream in a wooded area that meanders as it has for hundreds or thousands of years, untouched by the bloodbath of history. A small foot bridge crosses the stream. When I pause on the bridge and look at the stream and the green leafy woods, a great peace comes over me. I now realize that this is because there is no one and nothing there to tell me how I should perceive it, no one there trying to sell me something and no one there trying to tell me how I should feel about it.

falak pema's picture

The buddhists maintain that the Gautama's voyage inwards is the source of all self knowledge. You seem to be under that tree of his, on your bridge. I can't for the life of me reconcile the Buddha paradigm which is about personal, individual perfection in isolation, and the Alexander/Caesar paradigm which implies that the individual is nothing and the great scheme of things all. How did Jesus do it : give unto...? It's impossible for common man..AS when we have our back to the wall the only choice is : legionary or Spartacus! Difficult to imagine cognitive dissonance being accepted by the Oligarchs from their sheeple on massive scale. And difficult to imagine the sheeple not coalescing one day into an anti-oligarchic political force. Middle road cannot be the solution in society; its one or the other. Whatever we may feel is our personal salvation, we'll get sucked into the whirlpool one day. Just my intuition, not that the Boomers will do the dirty work...we were lucky as a group.

But not those who follow...and its a world wide problem.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

True freedom. Rarely recognized.....even when we get our feet wet. :>)

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

doomandbloom's picture

Reminds me of the double slit experiment of Quantum Physics...reality is made by the observer...everything around us is made by our perception...

A diseased collective reality, as we indoctrinate more and more kids into this...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I hear so many people tell me that they understand the role of consciousness in creating reality "BUT" what does that have to do with their day to day reality. Clearly I am talking to a mind so captured by the box that they don't recognize the box they/we have created and currently occupy nor would they recognize anything outside the box if it grabbed them by the leg. They just speak the words to feel better about the living conditions within the box.

I don't say this to demean. I struggle as well. It's so difficult to break away when everything in this present reality won't let you go. This is why we must begin the journey within. Free the mind and the body will follow. It all comes down to desire and intent.

I ride a motorcycle and have been for over 50 years. I was fortunate to learn from an expert at a very early age, well before I got my license to ride. One day I was complaining to that expert that I was always hitting a deep hole on the motocross track. He told me to stop looking at the hole when I get to that point and instead look 2 feet to the left or right. I never hit that hole again.

As with all things in life you go in the direction you are looking. That's the reason we must work on the mind first. Then the body naturally follows.

doomandbloom's picture

"BUT" what does that have to do with their day to day reality.


Actually there is no distinction between this reality and some other reality....i dont see a distinction between physical and mental...its a continuous stream of perception.

Why do we feel like waking up the "sheeple", while they are enjoying their reality? infact they are the ones who are sorted. We are the sad ones, who for some reason believe we have found something better. How are we different from the Fed who are trying to create and sell a form of reality?


Maximus Failius's picture

There is no spoon.....


I understand the concept, but folding that idea into my subconcious experience of the world is something i have struggled to do.  Every so  often i feel as though  the spoon begins to bend, but the experience remains elusive and temporary so far.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I talk about that "Matrix" quote in today's Chapter Three........coming to a ZH near you.

SilverBaron's picture

Unfortunately we don't get to decide what reality we live in.  It has been decided for us by past generations who set up a reality that is nigh impossible for most to escape.  The part that bothers me (and I'm sure many others) is the knowledge that it didn't get this way on accident.  There were, and still are hands purposely guiding us down this dark road we find ourselves on where lies must be blindly accepted as truth.  

Have you ever tried to think of what the world would be like if you were in charge?  What reality would you construct for the masses?  If you were to suddenly stumble upon the one ring of power what would you do with it?  Would you even pick it up, or would you be like Gandalf or the Lady of the Wood and be smart enough to realize that absolute power would corrupt you?  I have pondered this question and come to the conclusion that if I were suddenly given the power of God that I would give it back to Him immediately.

I guess if I was forced to be God the first thing I would do is take away the ability to lie.  That alone would have probably prevented most of our problems.  All politicians should be hooked to lie detectors while speaking.  If they lie a big red light should light and a loud buzzer should sound.

Maximus Failius's picture

Silver Baron,


Given my background in engineering i think the "guiding hand" has been minimal over time.  What i see is a self organizing system.  Such systems are way more common then most people think and self organizing systems also tend to be self re-enforcing.  I have found that my studies of PID control systems were some of the more illuminating studies i have undertaken since it is the study of the control of complex systems and their associated feedback loops.


Have you ever tried to think of what the world would be like if you were in charge?  What reality would you construct for the masses?

Why do you need a constructed reality?  In this little scenario i would promote an abscene of constructed reality.  People would need a common interface to facilitate the transmission of ideas, but a world where your percection of reality is self discovered and not taught would be an astounding society.  Of course such a society would be a complete failure in modern terme as it would probably resemble proposed models of steady state economics as opposed to growth based economics.  At the end of the day i believe there would be a fair amount of naturally occuring common ground  simply because we are all the same species of animal.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Given my background in engineering i think the "guiding hand" has been minimal over time. 

Minimal does not mean the hidden hand has not been extremely influential. It simply takes advantage of a natural force such as gravity by starting the snowball down the hill. It doesn't need to micromanage in order for the process to create a much larger 'snowball' at the bottom. 

Maximus Failius's picture



I am in a similiar occupation and the engrained dogma drives me insane.  How many talented and creative minds capable of substantial mental horsepower are rendered still and silent simply because the existing dogma has conditioned them not think beyond what they are told to think?

TheAkashicRecord's picture

This is a good time to post some RAW quotes!

"It's important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. My goal is to try to get people into a state of generalized agnosticism, not agnosticism about God alone, but agnosticism about everything. If one can only see things according to one's own belief system, one is destined to become virtually deaf, dumb, and blind. It's only possible to see people when one is able to see the world as others see it. That's what guerrilla ontology is — breaking down this one-model view and giving people a multi-model perspective."

"Every war results from the struggle for markets and spheres of influence, and every war is sold to the public by professional liars and totally sincere religious maniacs, as a Holy Crusade to save God and Goodness from Satan and Evil."

" Instead of governments we should have contractual associations that you can opt out of if you don't like the way the association is going."

"Obviously, the faster we process information, the more rich and complex our models or glosses — our reality-tunnels — will become. Resistance to new information, however, has a strong neurological foundation in all animals, as indicated by studies of imprinting and conditioning. Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to "ignore" certain kinds of information — that which does not "fit" their imprinted/conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this "conservatism" or "stupidity", but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum"

"Whatever the Thinker thinks, the Prover will prove. And if the Thinker thinks passionately enough, the Prover will prove the thought so conclusively that you will never talk a person out of such a belief, even if it is something as remarkable as the notion that there is a gaseous vertebrate of astronomical heft ("GOD") who will spend all eternity torturing people who do not believe in his religion."





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tip e. canoe's picture

nice one, your latest tweet

"I had a thought yesterday about the brain working like WinZip, expanding compressed packets of information, and that is consciousness"

Sophist Economicus's picture

Hey CD, I like where you're going.   I don't agree with everything, of course, but your pieces are thought provoking...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Then I have done my job. Like I say at the very beginning of each chapter.

The intent of this essay is not to convince the reader of anything other than the need to expand our depth perception of the consensus reality. Consider this essay as an invitation to think free of constraints.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Nice work CD.  In my field (science and engineering) we praise people who, after being confined to boxes for their entire training period (ten years minimum), think outside of the box.  Unfortunately science and engineering is now more dogmatic than ever.  Thinking differently will result in a loss of customers, clients, and funding.  It pisses me off that true innovators must go along with dogma that they know is wrong (while making their ideas look "unique") to simply get the funding to develop the truly innovative technology.  In short, the fraud that has been committed now extends and permeates every aspect of humanity.  Humanity will be forced to confront all this in time, or it will simply self destruct.  My employees and I work hard, but we also have a trail network on the company property, so I encourage everyone to get out, every day if they can, and ride walk or jog for at least an hour or two.  You might think that this would make people tired and they would go home early.  In contrast, I find myself having productive unplanned discussions with people until nine or ten at night.  So long as people are not aware of the "box" that they are in, they will never be able to think outside of it.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

So long as people are not aware of the "box" that they are in, they will never be able to think outside of it.

From Chapter Three which will post this afternoon around 6-7 PM EDT

Push past the obvious reasons for this insanity, for example the deliberate structuring of a social order that creates internal and external conflicts of interest that to the average person is essentially a trap. Instead see that the process of ‘meme’ implanting begins at birth and continues until we die. Our ‘reality’ is in part an artificial creation that only feels ‘real’ because we know of no other. One cannot see outside the box unless one recognizes we are in a box and that we are capable of recognizing what ‘outside’ would look, feel and sound like if we saw it.

Maximus Failius's picture



The question that follows is how do you raise a child to explore reality and not just fabsord the standard meme?  Can you do so without alienating them from their standard environment since there is a strong social stigma for questioning the status quo.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You don't or can't. There must be some compromise involved if you expect the child to interact socially. I suspect this is the reason why some cultures prefer to remain isolated, to maintain a controlled environment that nurtures (or rejects) open minds.

This is the truly destructive effect of Ponzi capitalism. It must feed off a constant supply of greater fools in order to continue to grow. It is not a creator but a destroyer of minds and ultimately bodies.

Maximus Failius's picture

To play devils advocate, you could extend this such that concensus thought and religion should be considered a very real threat since both inherently limit free thought.  Spirituality is not a problem but in these terms organized religion would have to be considered exretemly hazardous.


It is also an interesting catch-22 thatyou would have to insulate a child from the greater society in order to allow them to develop their own sense of reality wihtout negative blowback.

Maximus Failius's picture

My personal observation is that sentience / consciousness  / self-awareness is not a BINARY condition but an Analog condition.  The consequences of this if it is accurate are substantial.  Such a concept blows the political equality philosophies out of the water.  For if our sentience / consciousness  / self-awareness is analog then no 2 people have the same capacity to experience an event in the same manner.  A higher level of sentience could be conditioned to experience a lower level ( which in my opinion is what we are currently experiencing) but there is probably some limit to how much higher a lower level of sentience can be brought up.

Of course one has to be cautious here as this is not some frame work for justifying one individual is better or more deserving then another just as being taller doesn't make you more deserving or "better" than someone who is shorter.  What it would do is completely redefine how our society interacts.  This concept could also have some interesting conclusions derived from it such as inherent limits in our ability to perceive.  Our physiological structure most likely has some inherent limit to the degree of sentience / consciousness  / self-awareness that can be reached.


As a thought experiment and as an illistration, consider a chimp compared to a human.  A chimp has very basic sentience / consciousness  / self-awareness but does not have the physiological capacity to achieve the level of higher thought to conceptualize Newtonian mechanics.  Now imagine we can magically evolve the human physiology to some more advanced level in relative terms.  Things that would be easily perceived and blatantly obvious with only cursory examination would be beyond the capacity of the greatest modern thinkers.

Perhaps all of this has been explored, philosophy is not a subject i am well read in.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Hhmm.  Would such a human, seeing what others can not, be able to embark on a campaign to rid the universe of the lesser humans?  Knowledge, is indeed power.  Absolute knowledge will corrupt absolutely.

Maximus Failius's picture

Certainly.  But it is more likely that this mythically advanced human would be about as concerned with wiping the rest of us out as we are with wiping chimps off of the face of the earth.  I would imagine that this higher human would generally find the rest of us to be stupid, boring, and not worth their time.  We as a species, regularly kill chimps for science, for food, or for sport with little second thought to extinguishing another, albiet lower consciousness.


History generally shows that we only target a group or species for extinction when they become a direct competitor/threat.  In general a lower consciousness is unlikely to pose a direct threat or direct competition to a higher consciousness.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Thanks CD, I'll look for it, but have a busy day.  Unfortunately, I need to deliver on a couple things today (the next flu vaccine depends on it).

falak pema's picture

As long as it isn't 'psychic flu'..which is beyond the laws of physics!

mccoyspace's picture

What is the source of this 'entrapment?' When does that valence change happen to the imagination? Is it because consciousness is always 'consciousness of' something? Embodied, oriented towards something? Is it other people? They look at me and I am a subject? Have I responded to a hail? A policeman shouts "Hey you there!" towards a person walking down the street. Upon hearing this call the person responds by turning around and in so doing is transformed into a subject. And the game begins.

purplefrog's picture

The mind is a wonderful servant, but a terrible master.

"You are NOT your mind."  - Eckhart Tolle

Prove it to yourself.  What is your mind thinking as you read this?

This whole essay is a demonstration of the separation of the person from the mind.

They can only attack the mind and if you are controlled by your mind....

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

They can only attack the mind and if you are controlled by your mind....

You summed up Chapter Four. Were you peeking over my shoulder as I edited it this morning?

purplefrog's picture

No, just taking your message to its logical conclusion.  BTW, I love this stuff.  Thanks for giving so much of yourself in it.

tip e. canoe's picture

a couple interesting paragraphs from a link shared by psuedoA. in part 1:

Our sole real triumph perhaps being that power of the 
intellect to hurdle even the dissolution of all being 
itself: here, taking in the entirely of the universe's 
lifespan (and knowing how it is only when we set it 
against the brief span of our own mortality that the 
universe seems "almost eternal")... we can marvel at 
last how even the span of the universe is something 
not all that different from the so abrupt lifespan of 
even the least "virtual particle" in it. 

What is obvious is that to understand the structure of 
their cosmos human beings have to divorce themselves 
from their however cherished (so exclusively human) 
prejudices. And that science really begins with the 
quest to identify all such prejudices... because the 
human perspective obviously is NOT the most universal 
but one produced strictly by the requirements of/for 
our existence (required solely for us to survive here 
where we happen to live... within the bosom of the 
"artificial nature" which is the human condition we've 
conspired with the universe to construct for 
ourselves). Something which is true for all scientific 
considerations (human endeavors), as we continue to 
"make" our entire planet into a larger and that much 
more fatal a version of what we made of Easter Island.

gookempucky's picture

Thanks for the link TipE

With respect to this principle of evolution: If one
   considers the present universe just in light of the
   proposed "string" theories: one can hardly help
   noticing that the present universe is in many, many
   ways a very elegantly simple concept compared to
   the notorious complexity of string theories from
   which it is supposed to "originate" (from which it
   "subsequently evolves"). Something which is clearly
   a logical violation of the principle of evolution.

This paragraph echos my views of the simple concept , many subphase's compile just one simple concept. I consider CD's work and those that read and respond to his work as constructive forces working in secret that will grow unnoticed by those who would destroy their effect. Hopefully the world wizards do not realize the advance of constructive forces until, these forces have undermined the sordid structures of the selfish and self seeking. Constructive forces are definitely needed as the people of this planet are in a cycle of helpless disintegration.

Again thanks for the link


lindacrabapple's picture

They're watching. But it really doesn't matter, we can still build community & keep freedom of thought and speech alive. The more good people can exchange ideas, the harder it will be to supress them (both the ideas and the people).

tip e. canoe's picture

yes, the spiders are definitely watching and yes, it really doesn't matter.

pucky, thank pseudo anonym for the link, (s)he shared it.   i just read a bit and cherrypicked what i liked.  (hint, hint to the overall topic of how consciousness creates 'reality')

sorry for the o/t (we really got to start a ZH garden club), but i have a once-neglected rose i replanted bareroot and it's not doing so hot.   any advice on how to help revive her (i've already sprinkled myco fungi on the roots) would be much appreciated.

tip e. canoe's picture

pucky, your rose response is welcome here, so as to not further flowerjack the deep thought thread: