(sharing this from my personal archives. wasn't written as an article, or for the masses.. was a personal journal entry)
There is a sense, we have, that we get when we feel extra connected to someone. This someone doesn't have to be alive. They could have existed many centuries before us. Nonetheless, through reading about their thoughts, and beliefs, and ideas, we can feel a kinship with them. There are kindred spirits that run through various groups of humanity. These kindreds span time and space (distance). One can have a kindred bond with a poet or author from another country that has long ago since deceased.
No contact with a departed spirit or “reincarnation” of an old soul is required. This explanation does not need either of those beliefs. Our thoughts are not just thoughts spawned by a cascade of firing neurons in our brain. Our neurons form neural circuits and these circuits form patterns. The patterns they form resonate together to produce an ad-hoc key that enables us to unlock a stream of consciousness that is outside of us. This allows us all to process our thoughts with data from outside. This is the “how” of creative genius. We often see this in history – as if “something is in the air” and simultaneously two inventors in two different parts of the world invent the same thing. We have experiments showing a member of a species learning something new and immediately all members of the same species has access to the new information. This is a “species” key (perhaps involving DNA patterns) used to unlock and tap into the stream of species specific consciousness. The keys you hold (however you got them as now evidenced in your neural circuitry) unlocks the consciousness streams you presently operate from within and have access to. As representations of knowledge, belief and various states -- many of your circuits are ever changing. A slip into ego and pride will lose access to one stream and gain access into another. A new insight can re-contextualize previous understandings and one door opening can give access to entirely new worlds. Creativity comes from within only because the thought patterns formed by your neural circuitry comes from within (your head). Creativity does not reside within the individual human being; unlocking it and gaining access to it comes from within but it exists itself outside of us in the stream of consciousness with which we gain access to via our resonating circuitry (keys). What feels as a kindred spirit or a deep immediate understanding of an unspoken thing is actually an internal recognition that the other person is (or was) operating on a very similar consciousness level that you are. They have core neural patterns in their physical brain that qualify and contextualize their thoughts due to the consciousness streams they have access to. Further data from the stream continues to build more similar circuits, further keys are gained, and the bond deepens. Your neural circuitry and the way you have tied concepts together in key areas is very similar to theirs. You have both reached specific circuitry states. The feeling of kindred spirits is an internal recognition that you both “get it”. Once you know they “get it” you can already predict what they will think or feel about a new idea or topic because they think and feel just like you do. That's why it feels like they “get it”. Those whom with which you resonate, you feel connected to. A deep kinship is the bi-product or essence created from having access to the same consciousness streams. Consciousness by the individual is like tuning into a radio station. Being on the same channel means that your thoughts are fed and powered by the same consciousness stream. Literally, part of who you think you are is exactly the same part that you recognize in those you feel a kinship with. Another analogy would be a stream of encrypted internet data. Tapping in to the stream requires a secure key, or code. After supplying the code, you gain access to the stream. This stream of data then flows to you. Having the key, unlocking the stream, and the stream itself changes our mind with new data (from the stream) and constantly gives our mind access to vast amounts of data and insight from outside of our own mind. As these example are, so it is also with consciousness, and all those who came before you who also had the neural resonating keys to tap into the same consciousness streams that you are connected to at this very moment.
 

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I wonder -- do great actors build an ALT circuitry ( in a mental virtual world) to represent the character -- and then literally 'become' the character by acting from within that new set of circuits (resonating from the same streams the actual character did).. ? (gaining REAL access to consciousness streams the character also had access to)
This also perhaps has ramifications in the study of empathy vs sympathy --- and maybe even in wider areas of eq, emotional awareness, and people relating skills.
Accessing new streams of consciousness for the purpose of understanding others.. "getting in to the zone"... "becoming the character"... "walk in their shoes".. "feeling what they felt"..
Maybe we've been saying this already..
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Ok, cool, but I am unaware of these experiments you refer to when you say, "We have experiments showing a member of a species learning something new and immediately all members of the same species has access to the new information".
Ok, just to clarify, do you mean the offspring will automatically also have access to that new information, or that somehow minds are entangled and that new knowledge spreads throughout all living members of the species, or even all members of the species that ever have or ever will live?
Edit: I shouldn't have used the word "spread" ... I meant instantaneously via spooky action at a distance.
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I like this, "Our neurons form neural circuits and these circuits form patterns. The patterns they form resonate together to produce an ad-hoc key that enables us to unlock a stream of consciousness that is outside of us. This allows us all to process our thoughts with data from outside. This is the “how” of creative genius. "
It is in line with one model of consciousness known, ... did a search, I guess it was Graham Hancock that first proposed this?
" The brain’s involved in it in some way, but we’re not sure how. Could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity. If you hold to that paradigm then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death. When the generator’s broken consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship – and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set and in that case when the TV set is broken of course the TV signal continues and this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions – that we are immortal souls, temporarily incarnated in these physical forms to learn and to grow and to develop. "
And his whole presentation on the matter was torn apart by people, but on this page he responds to his critics, and clarifies some of his ideas:

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It is an interesting thought. I think the world can be represented as Leibniz's The Monadology describes. He defines a monad to be a "spiritual atom" made entirely of one substance, with no parts, indivisible, eternal. Note, that today, someone might think, "meme?" Dawkins seems to really have just stolen Leibniz's Monadology and removed and spirtual aspect of Leibniz's philosophy and removed God and the possibility of life after death from the concept, now packaged as his main contribution to our understand of life and evolution. Darwin hardly seems necessary when you have the Monadology, which because of the nature of compositionality guaranteed by the properties of a monad, allows for a possible model for a unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics.
Leibniz's philosophy, over time, imho, evolved into monads in category theory. M tools to model reality, including neurological processes in the brain. Experimentation with monads and Observables in Rx, I can model this idea and it can be simulated with code. Although a monad by definition has "no windows" and thus there can never ever be any I/O, the compositional qualities of monads allow them to be combined by taking 2 or more of these monads substances - a singular monad - to monadically, prevents or otherwise enables you to prevent any side-effects in your code.
No one I think is in my tree I mean, it must be high or low That is, you can't, you know, tune in But it's all right That is, I think it's not too bad

sorry I have to run right now ... will be back and continue later ... not sure how long.

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Auxon,
thank you for the comments.
I do find it interesting, and believe I left room for the potential that even the physical circuits could be downstream and representations of our consciousness state. If they are non genetic, and environmental / experiential, they get stored because of something. Something happening. Some aha. Some experience. Some learning. Something. The circuits encode our beliefs, positions, experiences (etc) in a physical structure. It seems there is a way to explore this idea and hold either a belief in something "greater" after death, or not. It could work with either paradigms. In the after-death paradigm the physical brain would be a secondary tier... a physical representation of the patterns.
I believe the experiment(s) I referred to at the time I wrote this were forms of "the 100th monkey principle" (not the same as the infinite monkey principle). While some experiments claiming to show this effect have been debunked, others remain. More recently, since I wrote this observation, I have found Sheldrake to go much further in this direction with his idea of " Morphic Resonance". He has been exploring and expanding on this idea for many years and I since I ran into his work I have found it to be quite an interesting resource.
I have seen that banned Graham Hancock Ted talk. It was interesting. :)
Again, thanks for the comments and your thoughts. Much appreciated.
Take care. :)
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