There’s no there there

Sep 22, 2010 by

There’s no there there

Science has come to an indisputable conclusion:

Everything we perceive through our senses as external stuff, or matter, like the coffee table, a bumble bee, the sidewalk, the mountains, your neighbor, the earth, the cosmos, is only electrical signals in our brain. That’s it. Electrical signals.

We see a colorful bird in our external world. But it’s not out there, it’s in our brain.Cardinal in a tree

The light particles reflect off the bird, enter our eyes, and are converted into electrical signals that get transmitted by neurons to the vision center all the way in the back of our brain. And the Vision Center is this tiny dark place that interprets the electrical signals, and somehow “tells” us what we”re seeing.

Just to remind you, your brain, completely encased in your skull, is sealed off from light. Its interior is in absolute darkness. It is impossible for the brain to have any direct contact with light itself. Think about that for a minute. The brain is never illuminated.

Candle flameYet we see the flaming light of a burning candle, and we watch a brilliantly colorful and magnificently lit world inside our totally dark brain.

All our OTHER senses are perceived and interpreted in the brain too. From electrical signals.

In fact, our brain, throughout our lives, NEVER EVER confronts the original version of the matter existing out there. It only gets the electrical copy. We think that these copies are instances of real stuff outside us, but we are deeply misled!

Distance is just a feeling of space, that is formed in your brain.Nebula

Looking at the stars, we know and sense that they’re gazillions of light years away. But the stars are right inside you, in the vision center of your brain.

Right now you are not inside a room,


And seeing your body makes you think you are inside of it, but your body is just a sensory image and experience formed inside your brain.


The only reality we actually cope with is the world of perceptions we live with in our minds. And since we can never really reach the external world, how can we possibly be sure that it actually exists?

Human BrainMaybe the brain, in its darkness and isolation, makes it all up so it won’t be lonely and bored. Now that would be genius.

And since the brain can perceive itself,


Oh my head hurts.

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Christine Ranck is the author of Ignite The Genius Within