Self-Selection Part 2: Brain Work, The Quality of External Sensations

Gurdjieff's Enneagram

Self-selection answers the puzzle not only of how we know “What is this?” but also accounts for the incredible dynamism we employ as we initiate center activity to process our models of reality. Can you recall the last time an optical sight entered your modeling system in a state of complete incomprehensibility?

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Humans are designed to live here. We may not always know, for example, what something does, but we always seem to know what it is, or, at least, something else that it is “like” either a lot, a little or “sort of like.” How does all this work so well, so fast and so accurately? Are we so identified in our expectations that this system functions “under the radar” of our Instinctive Centers?

This paper refers to Ouspensky’s book In Search of the Miraculous and papers in this series Self-Selection Part 1, The Creation of Conscious Man, and Brain Systems for nomenclature, both papers listed in this series.

Part II

  • Self-Selection (The Qualities of External Sensations)
  • New Clothes (Selecting a Fabric for Sensations in the External World)
  • Why Is Everything So Murky? (What Time Is It, Anyway?)
  • Do You Have the Directions For These Things? (Where Did They Come From? Why Are They Here?)
  • We Receive a Boraxian Visitor (At Least We Think We Did. He’s Not Much For Conversation.)
  • A Song In My Heart (And a Big Bang in My Pocket)

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