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Odin’s Mind – The Speed of Thought

Odin's Mind

One fifth of a second. 200 milliseconds. Is how fast we process input neurally.

It takes that long from the front door of the building to the part of the brain making decisions. But what if we could make decisions differently? Using different strategies? Could these strategies be even faster than this slower cortical loop already charted? Could we break through to new territories of experience?

We think so, and this app explores two different modalities to learn how.The first mode relies on time distortion and filtering down deeper into our perceptual stack. In other words, leaving the corner office and actually walking out towards the middle managers closer to the customer input. The Tibetans did this through meditation, walking right down the stack of consciousness to determine a simple thought has 38 stages before it emerges into awareness as an actual “thought.”

A special type of concentration is required for observing the contents of mind with that level of granularity: the surface of attention has to be like teflon; nothing sticks, everything passing is new and shiny. This mode would no doubt be successful in Odin’s Mind and the app may help calibrate in developing such skill.

Another strategy: we’re still up on the top floor, back in our executive office, but we open a window and talk with people down on the street. Even the crazy ones. Until we find some that are reliable. We can’t communicate a great deal, just roughly in a type of sign language. But they seem to understand what we are saying and can alert us in various ways.

This is the way of the subconscious and ideomotor signals. “Hunches” and fast thinking with the intuition -much faster at dealing with signal than the conscious mind. We just ask what’s going on and listen/feel/see the vibe. Odin’s Mind tells us if we are reading the signals correctly. A handy skill outside of the game as well, once it’s refined.

Odin’s Mind is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

In Norse Mythology, Odin is attended by two ravens: thought and memory. They fly out each day searching and return with their findings. thought may be one type of conscious intent and memory just one class of subconscious response.

Odin’s Mind – The Speed of Thought2017-02-21T18:33:32-06:00

Lucid Dreaming Supplements Protocol

Using Supplements to Hack the Neurochemistry of Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

In a lucid dream, we are fully conscious and aware that we are dreaming —we experience an immersive virtual reality¬Ě light years ahead of anything possible with today’s technology. Somewhere between 20 to 80 percent of the population (depending on the study) have stumbled into this realm spontaneously, unintentionally. But groups of experimentalists are industriously researching how to produce them at will. Their results and techniques have advanced considerably in the last several years, much further than the simple “keep a dream journal” and “ask yourself if you are dreaming during the day.”

Agile Science

The agile scientists of lucid dreaming are less concerned with building theories. Or securing funding. Instead, they are focused on leveraging emergent models of the mind and dream state to more immediate ends. Their peer reviews are forums, blogs and feed-streams. A community builds on what is shared, reports their experiences and modifies procedures to increase their effectiveness. These social networks are less controlled than a sleep lab, for example, trying to isolate a single variable. But they represent the iteration of hundreds of thousands of trials and the inventiveness of passionate researchers concentrating on results.

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Lucid Dreaming Supplements Protocol2016-11-23T15:35:04-06:00

5 Powerful Brain Buffs

Buff: A term generically used in many MMORPGs to describe an effect (usually cast as a spell) which beneficially enhances the target Player.

Fortitude BuffFish Oil
Fortitude
The evidence for fish oil’s benefits to the brain, as well as a wide range of other bodily functions and conditions, just keeps piling up. Yet another recent study demonstrates dramatic improvement in academic performance in Junior High students. The Omega 3 oils in fish (DHA and EPA) have been found to control the inflammation that causes chronic health problems like arthritis, fend off depression, prevent cognitive decline, and behavioral problems, improve memory, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and address other health issues, such as macular degeneration, and menstrual pain. This single nutrient has to be the king of brain buffs.

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5 Powerful Brain Buffs2016-11-23T15:35:04-06:00