Some interesting speculations, though I don't follow it all. I'm wondering,
what testable hypotheses does it generate for human beings ? How do you
distinguish the essential variances in hypnotic phenomena; degrees of
trait-hypnotizability and degrees of organismic involvement ? What lines of
evidence link the simulation to actual human behavior in hypnosis ? Most
importantly, how does one know when they have successfully simulated
phenomena that are effectively subjective perceptions such as the perception
of involuntariness in tests of imaginative suggestibility ?
The papers don't seem to have too much specifically on these topics, unless
I missed something in skimming them ?
Mentifex <mentifex at my-deja.com> wrote in message
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> A theory of hypnosis is a by-product of a project in robot AI at
>> Hypnosis fits into the PD AI theory of mind in the following way.
> In a dream, a mind is ensconced within an isolated brain and has
> shut down the input sensorium of sensations from the external world.
> A dream is an associative vortex of memories reactivated during sleep
> and coagulating briefly into a novel experience which is itself
> recorded as an episode in the stream of consciousness -- whether
> or not the waking mind still has access to the memory of the dream
> after the sleeping mind awakens.
>> Since the dreaming mind is dealing with its own ideas and not with
> the external sensations which are often incredible and untrustworthy,
> the dreamer automatically believes the dream and treats the events
> in the dream as real -- unless the dreamer is an adept at lucid
> dreaming and has developed the power of knowing that a dream is in
> progress, without waking up. Normally, however, we accept everything
> told to us in a dream because we are the one telling it to us.
> To our dreaming selves, we are the ultimate authority.
>> In hypnosis, however, we manage to fall asleep (or into a trance)
> without shutting down the pathway of the input sensorium of strong
> external sensations. We experience a dream-like trance and we give up
> our sense of discretion and trust to what we take to be our own sacred
> and trustworthy consciousness but what is on the contrary another mind
> alien to our own: the mesmerizing hypnotist. If the hypnotist tells
> us that an umbrella or loaf of bread is a kitten, we conjure up from
> memory all the attributes of a kitten and we perceive the kitten
> because a seemingly trustworthy and ultimate authority has told us to
> do so. Since the dream-like trance is normally made up of memories
> being re-activated anyway, we let the verbal suggestions of the
> hypnotist override the sensations from an external world that we
> exclude from our dreams during sleep. Our dreams and trances are not
> centered around external events but around the associative vortex which
> turns old memories into a novel experience. The hypnotist has snuck
> in, so to speak, to our own center of control of our semi-conscious
> processes and has begun to give orders as if we ourselves gave them.
> Perhaps in the trance posing as a dream we think that we are deciding
> to quit smoking after years of inhaling cigarette smoke, or perhaps
> we have decided to remember some obscure detail of forensic information
> needed in a courtroom. For whatever reason, the hypnotist has achieved
> the proverbial Vulcan mindmeld with our non-waking consciousness and
> has become the proverbial homunculus orchestrating our consciousness.
> Logic dictates that we are in a dream where we normally believe
> everything that occurs and that therefore we will believe whatever is
> suggested to us by the hypnotist.
>> Respectfully and sincerely submitted,
>> Arthur T. Murray mentifex at scn.org> --
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