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This actually wasn't the new semester kick-off, it was BYU "Education Week", which is like "EFY for Adults/Families"

BYU Fall semester doesn't start until September 3rd.

Thanks for the correction, Tytus. I guess I'll have to rerun the post in two weeks.

A while back john f. stated in a blog comment that he believed that Josepeh Smith Jr. literally saw God the Father and Christ. I then asked what someone walking by the grove would have seen. john f. was honest enough to admit that he didn't know and that the answer might be, "nothing."

In a discussion with the neurologist that was treating my wife we were discussing the loss of visual acuity (among other frailties). He commented that you do not see with your eyes or hear with your ears. The brain gathers information and then processes it to provide a "picture".

IOW we do not all see or hear the same way even at the same time. Each of us have learned or trained our brains to react to the stimulus provided. Changing conditions in the stimulus or the brain can change how we process the data.

I thought at the time the same must apply for spiritual learning / senses.

Robert B.

Robert, I've seen the same idea discussed in the context of teaching computers to "see". You can't just run data from a nicely tuned electric eye--computers can't make heads or tails of the resulting data stream. It takes sophisticated software that replicates the many visual "subroutines" our human brains use to construct a field of vision with objects, background, colors, shades, movement, etc. It turns out human vision is much more complicated than anyone ever suspected.

I just had a conversation with my psychiatrist about feelings. There are four: happy, sad, angry and afraid. Everything else is thought. I would guess that in the context, "trust your feelings," (Star Wars, anyone?) would refer to trusting your happy.

Boy, you are right. Elder Scott's voice would turn on in my head only for the quotes in the story.

I'm afraid its even more complicated than we all want to think, this consciousness thing. If anyone is really interested in what it is all about, I suggest Daniel Dennett's, Consciousness Explained, or Susan Blackmore's Conversations on Consciousness, wherein she and many other "mind" scientists give their thoughts on what it means to really be conscious. It boggles the mind...whatever the mind is.

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