MIND GAMES: The Myth of Authority – By Darren Allen

Source – off-guardian.org

  • …The idea that we need a person, a group, a system or our own alienated consciences to tell us what to do, is an inherent consequence of living within the civilised system, it is common to all civilised ideologies; to communism, capitalism, monarchism, fascism, professionalism and nearly all religious traditions…strangely, the result is always the same. One group of people telling another group of people what to do and making a misery of life on earth for everyone and everything they, or the system they manage, control”

The Myth of Authority – By Darren Allen

Humans are incapable of looking after, organising, protecting or ruling themselves. They need someone or something in power to do it for them. This creed emanates from every pore of the owner, the professional, the state, the institution and the egoic, unconscious parent.

Often the message is an explicit exhortation, or order, to respect authority, obey the prince or know your place, but usually, in the highly developed system, The Myth of Authority is implicit, an unspoken assumption that a world which has the power to command you and I, is normal, right and natural.

Obedience is fostered and sustained by rewarding those who submit and by punishing those who rebel. Schools are structured to identify and filter out children who ‘don’t play well with others’, who ‘voice strong opinions’, who are ‘disruptive’, ‘insubordinate’ or have ‘a relaxed attitude’; admission panels of elite universities and interviewers for top jobs are hyper-sensitive to threats from those who might turn out to be intractable; records, references and even whispered reputations, increasingly systematised, follow trouble-makers to their grave; and if, somehow, someone who is resistant to authority finds their way through this minefield to a position of influence, they will be worn down, undermined and, eventually, ejected.

Most of this happens [semi] automatically. The system is set up to nullify threat and reward compliance with minimal human interference[1]. Those who tend to its operations do so unconsciously, instinctively or without seriously questioning its values and imperatives. Meanwhile, those at the bottom of the pile look up in wonder at those chosen to lead.

It seems that the typical manager is, at best, an unimpressive human being, and, more usually, skilled in little more than dithering, hiding facts, manipulating information, obfuscating class-relations, rolling over like a puppy when those above him shift their weight and paying lip service to fine qualities and instincts while stamping them out whenever they actually appear.

But these are all precisely the qualities which the system demands. Actual intelligence, competence, originality, human-feeling, generosity and integrity are, if they come into conflict with these core values, instantly and automatically rejected.

Underpinning the global filtering mechanism for compliance, an equally vast programme exists to validate it. History, biology, anthropology and psychology are all employed to justify, on the flimsiest evidence, the idea that human beings are rigidly hierarchical, selfish, warlike, in need of power to function or simply blank slates that exist to be programmed by whoever has their hands on the control panel.

Standard system history teaches us that only power is real or meaningful and the corporate media show us, over and over again, in its fawning reports of royalty (alive and dead), its lavish costume dramas, its celebrity gossip, its fascination with Big People and its uncritical coverage of politics[2] that power is either normal, necessary and unavoidable, or that it does not really exist.

And in some crucial respects, it no longer does. The final stage of the system has migrated a large part of the exploitative architecture of its earlier forms into the psyche of the individual. The disciplinary machinery of institutions still exists, as do positions of authority within armed forces, prisons, governments and so forth; but the uploading of large portions of the self, the digital exploitation of human communication and emotion, and the development of automated techniques of surveillance and control, have led to an introspection or privatisation of key aspects of systemic subjugation and power.

Just as collective urges for sociability and communication have been redirected towards exclusive desires and personal ambitions, so frustration at the boss or the dominant classes is now directed at one’s own lack of creativity, health, happiness, productivity, marketability or will-power.

This is why, as Byung-Chul Han points out, the oppressed are today more inclined towards depression than revolution.[2] Power appears to have been redistributed, but it is artificial distribution, meaning that inequality persists—worsens—while the emotionally-potent techniques which create and perpetuate it diffuse into the abstract, Phildickian cloud.

The Myth of Authority is one of the foundational myths of the system. If man realised, in his own experience — rather than as a mere theory — that the source of meaning is his own experience, his own consciousness, and that he does not need to be told what to think, what to feel, what to want and what to do, the system would vanish like a bad dream on waking. But of course this bad dream has a much greater hold on him than any sleeping nightmare, as the source of his conditioning is not merely a mistaken intellectual belief, a system-serving lie that he has picked up on the way, but his entire self, shaped from birth to accept the form of the given world as ultimate reality.

This is why systems-man is such a pathetic coward; his self, from the moment it enters of the world, is deformed into a subservient appendage to the Way Things Are. As soon as he can walk his steps are directed towards a life made by others; his games are provided by others, his explorations shaped by others, his learning given from above and his life decided for him. The world he looks upon — overwhelmingly, massively, powerful — is entirely mediated, entirely made by other minds.

He doesn’t have to learn to submit to these others, or ever even think about them, he is completely dependent on the reality they have made for him and so, by the time he is an adult, he is anxious about upsetting authority, apathetic about resisting injustice, unable to think for himself and terrified of sticking his neck out.

He doesn’t just know, he feels, on the deepest level of his being, that to do so is gravely, existentially hazardous. This is why there is hardly any need to control or indoctrinate people, to discipline them, or to instil the Myth of Authority in them. Human beings come pre-subjugated, with each generation more afraid, more dependent and more subservient than the one before. The system manufactures fear-machines, and with every year that passes it gets better at doing so.

The advanced system, of course, makes it very easy to be a coward.

Why, for example, should I stick my head above the parapet when I am in a trench full of strangers? Who cares if a few Jews or a few foreigners vanish? Who cares if a few radicals or dissidents go missing? Who cares if someone with integrity gets fired or arrested for their integrity?

Who cares—I don’t. Not really. I don’t even know these people.

And yes, yes, I know, it is sad and terrible that rainforests are being cleared and communities uprooted and all those poor folk in foreign lands have to work in nasty factories to make my trousers, but I’ve got more important things to worry about. There is just no real, concrete, reason to worry about my neighbours, my colleagues, the hundred species that went extinct today, or the people who make all the objects I use; and so the courage to do so also appears abstract and unreal.

Compounding this unreality is the glacial progress of the system, which makes it even more difficult to revolt. Those who own or manage the system, understanding that humans are more likely to resist sudden changes, work at the same piecemeal pace, enslaving their peoples and annihilating nature by degrees.

Everything that happens is worse than the last thing that happened, but only a bit worse, so it is bearable, and nobody else is acting, so, again, why risk your own neck? Who knows, the next step downwards might be the one that sparks off a revolution, then you’ll do the right thing, then you’ll join in. Who knows?

For now it’s better to hang on, stay quiet, keep your head down, not make a fuss. I’ll be brave a little while later.[4]

Because the Myth of Authority, the idea that we need a person, a group, a system or our own alienated consciences to tell us what to do, is an inherent consequence of living within the civilised system, it is common to all civilised ideologies; to communism, capitalism, monarchism, fascism, professionalism and nearly all religious traditions.

Each of these constituent ideologies makes a great deal of its differences to the others, of its own unique claims to legitimacy—our leaders were chosen by the working class / meritocratic education / the free market / science / God… but yet, strangely, the result is always the same. One group of people telling another group of people what to do and making a misery of life on earth for everyone and everything they, or the system they manage, control.

Earlier I mentioned ‘you and I’, because you know and I know that we don’t need these people. We don’t need laws to know what’s right and wrong, or states to direct every aspect of our lives, or institutions to tell us how to live, or telephones to direct our desires and evaporate our embodied selves. Although we might need the authority of tradition, or of wisdom, we don’t need the authority of systemic dominance and control; yes, but, perhaps you’re thinking; it’s them—they are the problem! Without princes or parliaments or professionals they would be out of control, they would be rapin’ and pillagin’, they would be sick and stupid and inefficient and unable to control themselves.

Yes, maybe, but we can deal with them, for they are our neighbours. They are human, and within reach. Shape the world into a monolithic ziggurat with unimaginable power at the top and nothing but automated phone lines between the planet-wide base and the glittering peak, automate exploitation and plug it into our own needs and desires, and we are left devouring ourselves and swiping at ghosts in an electronic vacuum.

The Myth of Authority is an extract from 33 Myths of the System, a [lightly] updated second-edition of which is now available on Darren Allen’s bookshop.


[1] ‘Power is tolerable only on condition that it mask a substantial part of itself. Its success is proportional to its ability to hide its own mechanisms’. Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, Volume 1.

[2] Critical of parties and players. Uncritical of politics, democracy and the Big Play.

[3] Byung-Chul Han, Psychopolitics.

[4] ‘You don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to “go out of your way to make trouble.” …So you wait, and you wait. …But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes. That’s the difficulty.

If the last and worst act of the whole regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions would have been sufficiently shocked—if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews in ’43 had come immediately after the ‘German Firm’ stickers on the windows of non-Jewish shops in ’33.

But of course this isn’t the way it happens. In between come all the hundreds of little steps, some of them imperceptible, each of them preparing you not to be shocked by the next… And one day… you see that everything, everything, has changed and changed completely under your nose. The world you live in… is not the world you were born in at all.

The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed.

Now you live in a system which rules without responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled to go all the way.’

Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45.


One thought on “MIND GAMES: The Myth of Authority – By Darren Allen

  1. Copy-paste of a comment I posted here :

    « Today, we can’t share knowledge all that effectively because we cannot share our mental models and maps of the world directly between brains. We can’t copy/paste ideas and concepts between ourselves »
    WRONG ! This a basic gigantic lie : a lie is holding the whole construct of the parasites’ trap they want to swallow us in.

    Please read the reality of who we Humans are, to understand in depth what the parasites have already done to us and now want to forever suppress in Mankind in order to secure their overlord status, and how much their propaganda NOISE is preventing us from living our born ‘superpowers’. Another look at Plato’s cave and a modus operandi on how to rewire ourselves and get out, explained in proper english thanks to Ingo Swann :

    ===PENETRATION: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy
    Author: Ingo Swann
    In his 1998 autobiography Penetration: The Question of Extraterrestrial and Human Telepathy, Swann describes his work with individuals in an unknown agency who study extraterrestrials, his remote viewing of a secret E.T. base on the dark side of the moon and his “shocking” experience with a sexy scantily dressed female E.T. in a Los Angeles supermarket.

    He concludes that extraterrestrials are living on earth in humanoid bodies. A friend warns him that there are many extraterrestrials, that many are “bio-androids”, and that they are aware THEIR ONLY FOES ON EARTH ARE PSYCHICS.

    ===INGO SWANN (1933-2013)
    « Put simply, for there is no other way to put it, THE SUPERPOWERS OF THE HUMAN BIOMIND are defined as those indwelling faculties of our species which can transcend space and time as one major category of activity, and energy and matter as another major category.
    The concept that human powers and perceptions are locked into and only accord with the known laws of matter and energy and time is NOT CORRECT – although such has been the dominant concept of the last two centuries.

    The full extent of our species faculties of MEMORY, for example, transcend the known laws of matter and time, as do the faculties for human IMAGINATION. Memory and imagination, therefore, are among the many superpowers – although THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED this way within the prevailing wisdom of the Modern Age.

    In addition to memory and imagination which are universally shared by all specimens of our species, the several formats of INTUITION and of the TELEPATHIC transfer of information are also very broadly shared.
    These first four of the superpowers are accepted as naturally existing, although they cannot be explained by conventional beliefs based in conventional concepts of matter and time.

    But it is understood that these first four of the superpowers recombine into CREATIVITY and INVENTIVENESS — and which have been the two major hallmarks of our species from time immemorial.
    The superpowers are probably arranged along some kind of perceptual-cognitive spectrum, the fundamentals or rudiments of which are carried by ALL born individuals.

    This spectrum also consists of other indwelling faculties which are less broadly shared in their natural state, but which seem to need special development if they are to become active.

    REMOTE VIEWING (distant-seeing) constitutes one of these more rare superpowers, and is a topic of central focus at this site because of the many years of research and development devoted to it.

    It can easily be shown that COGNITIVE ACCESS TO THIS SPECTRUM IS EASILY MODIFIED positively or negatively by social parameters and pressures.
    It can also be shown that discussion of the superpowers within the contexts of past and present social parameters is counterproductive regarding the much larger issue of the existence of the superpowers themselves. Such social parameters come and go, being only transitory.

    The existence of the SUPERPOWERS AS A SPECIES THING transcends social formats and their levels and/or defects of knowledge. The faculties for the superpowers are therefore PERMANENT WITHIN OUR SPECIES.
    Each generation of humans born is a carrier of the faculties, equally as much as it is a carrier of our species’ gene pool.
    It is not the purpose of this site to convince anyone that the superpowers exist.
    The only purpose is to present an extended database – this, for what it is worth to anyone. »

    The central purpose of this essay is to BEGIN to bring to light an extremely subtle and hidden situation that continuously surrounds the essential nature of the superpowers in an on-going and prevailing COCOON OF DISINFORMATION. (…)
    It is a well-known fact that research and discovery regarding the nature of the superpowers is neither encouraged nor supported within the workings of the more powerful societal mainstreams.

    As a result, organized forms of psychical and parapsychological research have been left dangling at the fountains of funding and needed academic interaction. They have been continuously distressed with regard to any authenticity of their accumulated work over the last 120 years of the so-called Modern Age.
    The exclusion and condemnation of Psi, etc., by the powerful societal mainstreams is so obvious that it really should be considered as deliberately purposeful in its general intent.

    Obviously, the societal mainstreams do not want constructive increases in parapsychological knowledge, perhaps especially with regard to telepathy. If developed into high states of functioning, telepathy would be considered as invasive of minds. And most SOCIETAL POWER STRUCTURES DEPEND ON power-making SECRETS being KEPT SECRET. (…)

    The foregoing having now been said, it can be pointed up that societal worries about possible Psi superpower enhancing have a history that stretches back anterior in time before the last 120 years of the Modern Age.
    In this anti-Psi history, throughout which cognitive development of Psi knowledge has not been wanted, it stands to reason that ANY knowledge regarding factors that might contribute to its development must themselves be culturally suppressed or permanently suspended in ambiguous confusions.
    There are many subtle, long-term knowledge vacuums that have been perpetuated to that end.
    The term AWARENESS is used all the time, and so it is difficult to think that information regarding its dynamic and extensive nature is encapsulated in a knowledge vacuum.
    As that may be, however, it is clear that kinds of awarenesses and the kinds of superpowers are not only ancillary but are fundamentally interactive with each other.
    Thus, if effective knowledge about the superpowers is to be suppressed, or at least distorted in some counter-productive sense, then effective knowledge regarding awarenesses must also be treated likewise.
    To help drive home this point, the term IMPEDE is defined as “to interfere with the progress of, to block, to hinder.”
    In this sense, we can think not only in terms of impeded and unimpeded knowledge regarding the superpowers, but also in terms of impeded and unimpeded awarenesses.

    Societal Suppression of Knowledge About Awareness Faculties
    There are two central reasons for entering into the strange topics of this essay.
    • First, it can be thought that the superpowers and the spectrums of awareness are so basically and closely interrelated that it is virtually impossible to consider them apart from each other.
    • Second, it is true that the word “awareness” is used all the time. But if one makes a determined effort to discover the existence of any in-depth research and accumulated knowledge regarding it, one might become aware of rather extensive information and knowledge vacuums in this regard.

    Awareness faculties and abilities are exceedingly strategic to the superlative functioning, and even to the basic survival, of our species entire, and, of course, to each of its individuals.
    Indeed, without what is called AWARENESS we would be little more than darkened, blind, stimulus-response critters that only react to stimuli but are unable to discriminate anything.
    Because of this strategic importance, knowledge vacuums regarding the dynamics of awareness really should not exist as such.
    Therefore, the existence of the knowledge vacuums regarding awareness faculties must be seen as representing an invisible, but profound situation of some kind – one in which a lack of awareness-knowledge seems to be important and with purpose.(…)
    Speaking in metaphor, then, power structures do not like the emergence of information and knowledge that might weaken or threaten their assumed authenticity and realities, and within which societal power forces are vested.
    Thus, determination of what knowledge is to consist of, or not consist of, is almost always a societal concern before it can be handed down into scientific and philosophic minds.

    And indeed, ever since Francis Bacon (1561-1626) pronounced his famous axiom that “Knowledge itself is power,” thereby connecting the two, it can be understood, with some certainty, that various power structures soon began keeping an eagle eye on emerging knowledge that might either support or disrupt them.
    In other words, societal power structures first, THEN science and philosophy – provided those two workhorses of knowledge CONFINE their efforts within societal power guidelines.
    Indeed, knowledge is power, or at least can help make and sustain power to those who have it. Therefore, non-knowledge or lack of it gives DEPOWERMENT to those, the powerless, in whom certain kinds of power-making knowledge are caused to be absent BY INTENT AND DESIGN.
    As it is, then, there are precise reasons for introducing this subject of awareness into these essays regarding THE SUPERPOWERS of THE HUMAN BIOMIND:
    • The superpowers involve those biomind awareness-faculties that can transcend the known limits and physical factors of space, time, matter, and energy
    • It is entirely difficult to comprehend how the biomind faculties can achieve the transcending IF THEY DO NOT INCORPORATE ESSENTIAL AND SPECIFIC AWARENESSES consisting of a number of kinds and varieties
    • If one subtracts awareness from the superpowers, one will NOT have the superpowers
    • If one discusses and studies the superpowers as anything other than specific kinds of awareness modules, the superpowers will not become volitionally active
    • Those who possess some “natural” kind of superpower functioning obviously also have a “natural” activation of the appropriate awareness modules

    Impeded vs. Unimpeded Awareness Modules
    One of the central functions of this present essay is to hypothetically consider the possible, but very subtle, existence of three factors. Their existence is of enormous importance to the superpowers of the human biomind.

    The three factors are:
    (1) The hypothetical existence of something that, for lack of more precise terms, might be called unimpeded or NOISELESS awareness.
    (2) If it can be supposed that unimpeded awareness can or could exist, then it can be shown that the present compilations of modern knowledge are constructed in ways that navigate around it. The result would be that knowledge of it is not only consistently avoided but obliterated.
    (3) In that ways and means must be contrived to avoid knowledge as well as to discover it, then the use and meaning of the term CONSPIRACY cannot be disallowed – although the exact sources of such conspiracy not be entirely groked via conventional suppositions. (…)

    What all of this adds up to is that the more intimate concepts of AWARE and of AWARENESS are so generally taboo that they are not even mentioned as being taboo. (…)

    The Societal Conversion of Awareness Definitions From an ACTIVE to a PASSIVE Mode (…)
    Indeed, it is difficult to think of active awarenesses themselves somehow deciding NOT to be aware of this and that. And so “learning” not to be aware of something can only be a societal artifact, deliberately installed by social conditioning that depends not on active awareness but upon passive formats of it.
    In THIS sense, then, it would be understandable that knowledge-managers in the service of societal power structures might easily view “being alert and keen, watchful and having unremitting vigilance” as the gravest of all their possible difficulties.
    With regard to the watchful, vigilant definition of awareness, it is possible to connect that definition directly and unambiguously to various kinds of the superpower faculties.
    From the foregoing discussions, it can be seen that TWO definitional sets exist for AWARE and AWARENESS – i.e., the active set, and the passive set. For increase of clarity, those two sets should be compared side-by-side.

    FIRST SET (archaic, active) SECOND SET (modern, passive)
    Watchful Realization
    Alert Perception
    Vigilant Knowledgeable
    Keen Cognizant
    Alive to Conscious of
    Awake to Sensible to
    Alive regarding
    Awake regarding
    As it is, one cannot impede something that doesn’t pre-exist in an unimpeded state.
    So it becomes at least hypothetically possible to think that if one’s superpower faculties are non-functional or inactive, the reason could be that their ancillary awareness spectrums have been impeded – and for any number of possible reasons.

    In order to perfect something, one has two basic options: find out what’s right about it and enhance that; and/or find out what’s wrong and cure that.
    The usual course decided upon consists of the former. Few think to examine what is wrong, because doing so will have some kind of cause or source no one wants to admit to.
    But in electrical engineering or regarding instrumentation, no signal can be enhanced or protected unless the noise sources that erode it are identified.
    In 1974, I suggested, well, we don’t really know how to enhance the signal — so let’s work to identify the noise sources. Believe it or not, this is an accepted approach in science and among technicians throughout the world. Believe it or not, nothing of the kind had ever been thought of, much less attempted, in conventional parapsychology.
    If you really want to experience having your synapses rattled, seek out and talk with someone who does not believe that the human mind processes information but is just a stimulus/response organism.
    You can also encounter certain specimens of our species who don’t want to process certain kinds of information — and some of whom belabor themselves with ensuring that other specimens don’t process it either.

    If we can accept that information equates to SIGNAL, then we are obliged to assume that mind processes signals under the rubric of processing information.
    If one gets this far without having minor nervous breakdowns, then we are forced to accept the axiom that the signal-to-noise ratio is as relevant to information as it is relevant to anything else.

    We then come to the concept that mental information processing grids that become constructed in each specimen of our species are susceptible to the signal-to-noise ratio.
    If we take the very daring step of abandoning all other images humans hold of our species and ourselves, and temporarily consider each specimen of our species principally as A THINKING MACHINE OR INSTRUMENT — well, we now have a metaphor of ourselves that would be entirely consistent with the situation regarding the signal-to-noise ratio.

    Gasping for breath here, we can now consider how each thinking machine is mind-dynamically WIRED.
    To carry on with this particular line of discussion we would have to consider that each born specimen is also A BORN BIO-MIND THINKING MACHINE.
    It is widely assumed that each specimen of our species is born with at least the rudiments of a mind. Each, therefore, is also born to think, since we believe that is what the mind chiefly does. (..)
    Mind and thinking, however, process information. It is therefore implicit that any mind-processing of information requires systems to do so. Systems which process anything are susceptible to the signal-to-noise ratio and its attendant problems. Broadly speaking, then, the human mind is susceptible to signal and noise, as are the processes it uses to think with and through.
    Yet the signal-to-noise situation is never applied to the human mind either as a processor of information or as a thinking thing.
    Additionally, anything which processes anything is, by definition, a machine.
    Now emerges a signal situation or question. Clearly all of us at base entirely believe that we are living organisms that possess functional systems — or which we believe to be functional. But does anyone think of themselves as a machine, as a thinking machine whose assemblages of thinking parts transmit or modify energy, forces, power, or motions?
    Well, the concept of ourselves as human beings arouses the idea of ourselves as an entity of some kind. And against this entity concept the issue of the SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO hardly seems relevant.
    And, indeed, if the entity did not think, or thought of Nothing, then it wouldn’t be relevant, right? Instead we would be entirely composed only as stimulus-response bio-mechanisms (as some early psychologists theorized.)

    Human entities, however, are born to think — and furthermore are genetically pre-installed with the systemic equipment and hard-wiring to do so. In other words, we are not just bio-born, but are BORN BIO-MIND MECHANISMS (a.k.a. entities.)
    Thereafter, information is absorbed or introduced into (i.e., input) the entity-born-to-think. And it is this information it then uses to think with through the systems pre-installed to process information.

    Since all information is a matter well within the signal-to-noise ratio and its attendant problems, and since all humans utilize information to think-process with, all humans no matter what they are called are susceptible to the signal-to-noise ratio and its variations.(…) All humans, then, are walking, talking, eating, defecating information processors — to which the signal-to-noise ratio is not only important but basic and fundamental.(…)

    The signal-to-noise situation is vividly applied to computers, their programs, their information inputs and outputs, and into all the reaches of computerdom and Internetland. There is no misunderstanding that computers, although emulative of the human mind, are information machines. Machines which exactly match and correspond to the first two definitions of “machine” given above.
    I do consider all of the above as hypothetical, of course, and would never dare to indicate that anyone is merely a walking, talking, thinking machine with a number of appetites, fixations, and preferences. (…)

    One way to describe ourselves is that, based on easily observable evidence, we constitute a species that is fascinated and sometimes completely preoccupied with turning FACT (SIGNAL) into fiction, and FICTION (NOISE) into fact. We are so excellent in all this that we can even turn truth into the not-true, and the not-true into truth. (…)
    In any event, it doesn’t really matter how we think of ourselves or our species — since in any which way we do or don’t, as individual specimens are susceptible to the signal-to-noise ratio.

    By now some of you chancing to read this essay might wonder what all of it has to do with remote viewing (distant-seeing) and the other superpowers of the human bio-mind.
    Well, if the mental information processing grids of a given bio-mind specimen are noisy regarding its indwelling hard drive of superpower signals, then that specimen probably won’t very well be able either to identify or process the relevant inputs of information.
    In other words, the noise ratios internal to the grids have to be reduced before the signals can become perceptible. (..)

    As the result of the above discussions, we can now talk of remote viewing in the light of the SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO. (…)
    Also set up parallel to noise-free environments was the concept of the “QUIET MIND” — i.e., the noise-free mind. Many methods were advanced regarding how to achieve the noise-free mind — or how to delete the noise from the mind at least for the duration needed to detect the subtle signals.
    The ideas of the noise-free environment and the quite mind are, of course, familiar to just about anyone with an interest in the bio-mind faculties which detect subtle signals. These ideas have been pursued during the modern period, sometimes quite broadly and vigorously. And it is generally believed that if these two noise-freeing factors can be established, then the outcome will be the acquisition of ENHANCED SUPERPOWER INFORMATION.

    In other words, a wholesale number of “superpsychics” would emerge, the question regarding the existence of the superpowers would have been settled once and for all, and THE HUMAN WORLD WOULD BE A DIFFERENT THING.
    In spite of the expectations, not much of the kind has happened. (…)
    Even a quiet mind might not recognize signals unless its mental information processing grids can identify them and their special characteristics. And no one can delete noise unless it is recognized for what it is.
    As has been discussed above, it is probably more relevant to identify noise and noise sources in order to delete them from mental information processing grids. But herein exists a great difficulty.

    Having spent some twenty years working along these lines, it is clear that mental information processing grids possess noise factors that ARE NOT RECOGNIZED AS SUCH. For example, an incorrect concept that is thought to be correct will not be identified as a noise source. (…)

    Likewise, a science type who believes the idea correct that the superpowers are impossible because they transcend time and space will not be able to process evidential or correct information regarding the functions of the superpowers. Or if they do try to process such information, it will go through that particular DISBELIEF FILTER and come out in some fashion according to it. Anti-psi skeptics, for example, cannot correctly process correct information and data, and when they try the only result is dirty, noisy conclusions.(…)

    Finally, as mentioned earlier, there is the copious evidence that our species has the marvelous penchant of turning fact into fiction, and fiction into fact.
    If either or both of those reversals have been installed, in this sense, then, the “QUIET mind” probably isn’t the same thing as a NOISE-FREE one. Any mind can roam quite contentedly among its self-held noise if the belief is held that the noise is not noise.

    In any event, the signal-to-noise situation is entirely RELEVANT TO ALL OF THE SUPERPOWERS. Indeed, no one calls a superpower a superpower if what issues forth from it is noise and dirty data.
    Accuracy and clarity are the signal features of each and all of the superpowers. And if such is not present by confirmatory feedback, then something other than superpower functioning regarding signals has occurred.

    === Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) – COORDINATE REMOTE VIEWING MANUAL
    Remote viewing is an innate ability that all humans possess, but LIKE LANGUAGE, IT MUST BE LEARNED. When utilizing this methodology, you are not in an altered state. You are fully conscious, alert and in a state of “high attention.” (…)

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