If you have ever played a video or online game, you know how easy it is to be immersed into a virtual reality. What if your ego was nothing more than your brain’s own virtual reality?
The most entrancing video games are the ones that give you the deepest experience, delivered via the senses. A game that offers video and audio is much more appealing than one that offers only video. (Radio was quickly supplanted by TV, because the addition of video on top of the audio made TV much more enticing than just the audio track of radio.) A movie theatre that offers a huge screen, surround sound, and even the smells of the movie are clearly more realistic than watching TV on a small black and white TV. Add in gaming gloves that let you ‘feel’ within the game, and you’re a goner – fully ‘into’ the game.
Your brain has control over ALL of your senses. It isn’t just a reporting device. The brain receives millions of bits of sensory information each second – far too many for you to consciously pay attention to; so the brain decides what should be brought into consciousness and what can be either ignored or dealt with at the unconscious level. The brain further edits the incoming information. For instance, if you watch an explosion, the brain may ‘add’ or modify some kind of expected sound that didn’t actually occur. (Yes, this has been established in scientific studies, along with a host of other brain tricks that modify your experience.)
Your brain goes further. It uses the past to determine what something is to be used for today, and searches past information to find a potential match or relevant info for something new you have just noticed. Your friends? The brain assigns each one of them an expected ‘character’ (or ego) based on past interactions. Guys, you didn’t notice your girlfriend’s newly-dyed purple hair? That is because your brain was using the past expectations of how she looks to ‘not bother’ assessing her looks anew. Women, you know how you expect someone to behave a certain way, and they do? Did they, or did you just expect it and interpret their behavior that way?
The show goes into further detail, and the replay is here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/undotheego/CEE_Virtual_Reality_May_22_2018.mp3