That sounds like mental masturbation. If I made the same comment about my dick, you would think ill of me.Mr. Kolker, if you choose to talk about improving your abilities in the area of sexual self-pleasuring, I won't think ill of you. Honest, go ahead. Branden's statement about playing his consciousness like a musical instrument was about increasing his skill in the use of the tool that lets us comprehend what exists while generating the experiential content that gives life such meaning.
To tell you the truth, I'd just as soon you did talk about your dick. Please don't leap to the conclusion that your dick or your ideas of what constitutes mental masturbation hold any interest for me, it's just that, based on your last posts, I'd rather you talk about anything other than what I write. I say this with a smile.... really. I just don't want you to feel any need to continue mis-reading, mis-quoting and generally misunderstanding me. (But you can if you want - I'm libertarian like that.)
I didn't imply that "most of what there is is not In Here. It is Out There." Really, go take a look. That's not what I said.
"The subconscious is NOT vaster than any continent." Evidently Branden and I both might as well have been masturbating as trying communicate to you through poetic metaphor. But if I were going to take the time to be literal with you, I'd ask why you decided to use the bit as the unit for comparison of vastness? Given the context of my post, wouldn't the reference more likely been about exploration? Some of us (I won't name any names) may have left their subconscious quite unexplored relative to even some of the smaller continents.
"What goes on in our heads is necessary and interesting but it is not everything, not nearly." Again, I didn't say anything like that. I didn't even use the word "everything" - go ahead, take a look.
"Brains are necessary but not sufficient. We have to pay attention to what is Out There." What, if I might be so bold to ask, do you "pay attention" with, if it isn't your brain. Why, without my brain I'd have a hard time paying attention to anything inside or out! And isn't what's In There part of existence too?
If you wanted to argue that neither knowing the world better nor maximizing our happiness would be enhanced by understanding our minds better or by being more skillfull in the control of our consciousness - you should have just said so!