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Sat Jun 26 12:10:27 MDT 2010

'Amid the flurry in science about genes, neurons, and
neurotransmitters, another quiet revolution has been building for
several decades. It involves a view of consciousness in which the
mind is not confined to specific points in space or time, such as
the brain, body, and the present.

This idea seems confirmable when observing less complex than we
are (?) tiny creatures in nature, like ants, or the worms I
observed once on an evergreen shrub back in 1990. Recently on NPR
someone was talking about his research on certain ants that
organise themselves into castes, sending the prole ants out first
to the attack, to be slaughtered and thus gain time while the
rest swarm to the fight and overtake the enemy.There is no
leader. Each kind of ant in its group knows what to do, how and

As for the worms: these were very tiny--about only 2cm long and
clustered as they had hatched on a small branch of the shrub. I
noticed that when something--a piece of bark, say-- was waved
over them they moved in unison. Completely in unison. The whole
hatchout. I watched them several times and saw nary an individual
stand out in their movement. Of course it gave me the creeps. But
Tart's idea of non-anchored consciousness seems to fit these

I have a story similar to Ben's, but will spare the materialists
on the list for now. (I can hear echoes of the sigh of relief.)

So thanks Franz for posting this title. I plan to read it.


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