It is commonly accepted that the Brain is a filter. (http://seedmagazine.com/news/2006/07...lter_data.php).
The Thalymus is continuously filtering sensory input and sending it to the proper area of the brain to be processed. If the Thalymus is not large enough or not functioning properly, one can experience sensory overload in certain areas of the brain - this is thought to be a main characteristic of those suffering from schizophrenia
(http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...101102758.htm). If the Thalymus is stimulated directly (through some sorts of drugs and meditative practices) the filter can also be bypassed, causing one to experience "hallucinations" (things that 'don't actually exist').
Now, here is the first thought/question: If the brain is filtering the incoming data - who or what is it filtering for? Is it filtering extra senses out - or
Second thought/question: Is it perhaps acting as a buffer between the physical body and the spirit that inhabits it - and which, in undiluted form, could very possibly overwhelm the body and make it useless?
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Third thought/question: Perhaps schizophrenics are seeing/experiencing the true nature (unfiltered) of reality and simply have no way of integrating what they are experiencing with the "accepted" view of reality.
Ideas -thoughts- anyone?