Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Chris is really coming up as a writer. Sure as hell better than I was at his age.


Yeah, I have the impression he's grown by leaps and bounds just since he started blogging . . . he sounds about a decade older! (Just goes to show that writing hastens death . . . just kidding . . . )


Ghosts, spirits, angels, demons, aliens, etc., have been perceived by human beings everywhere, always. In our secular scientifiic culture, they are called hallucinations, but they are perceived nevertheless. Some people may be more tuned in to alternate realities, and more able to communicate with non-physical beings.
For example, ancient and prehistoric societies usually had prophets and shamans, individuals whose brains are less rigidly tuned into the so-called physical world. Today, this type of individual is often labeled schizophrenic, but in pre-secular times they were valued for their special abillities.
Were the prophets and shamans really crazy, were their visions merely psychotic hallucinations? It's always easy to explain things away with psychiatric labels.

"Even if there was some element of consciousness that could exist without the brain, we've got good evidence brain damage can ruin our memory. That gives us good reason to suspect total ceasation of brain function will mean no more memories."

Most of our mental processes, at any moment, are not conscious. What we call consciousness is a small part of what we are. Yes, conscious memories can become inaccessible because of brain damage, but that does not mean the memories have been erased.
Neuroscience knows so very little about the brain, and nothing at all about the relationship of brain to mind. I like Sheldrake's theory that the brain is a complicated machine used by the mind, a kind of a receiver, not just a computer.
There is no reason to believe memories are stored in the physical brain, although the brain may be necessary for converting memories to sensory and linguistic information.
But we really do not know. All brain scientists can do is study brains that are damaged or have missing parts, and draw inferences about what the functions might be of the missing or damaged sections. That is a very difficult way to learn about such a complex machine and, as I said, our understanding is really very limited. Much more limited than the secularist mythology suggests.


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There's a G-or-N type post you might like here, with follow-up here.


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