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The Mental Senses 

Robert S. Gebelein, BA, Mathematics, Harvard, 1956. Set out to design a new civilization 1955,methods psychotherapy 1959-63, withdrawal (a la Toynbee) 1964, dream analysis 1966-67. Discovered "the self-steering process" (paper presented at 1991 ASD Conference) and "the psychological age of puberty." Self-published Re-educating Myself


In addition to the five physical senses, we all have mental senses, normal senses, through which we perceive our own thoughts, memories, feelings, and dreams. The way to study dreams is by observing them first of all with the mental senses. Because of the high status of physical science and social pressures applied by physical scientists, the study of mental processes via the mental senses, formerly known as "introspection," was abandoned in favor of the study of physical behavior with the physical senses.

The methods of science can be adapted to include the study of mental processes, including dreams, via the mental senses, if we can get past the aura of "objectivity" and the stigma of "subjectivity." Science is not "objective," but is a "collective subjective" kind of observation, which is more likely to be more accurate than any one individual observation, given independent observers. Most scientific experiments don't have multiple observers. The way science works is through replication. Observations with the mental senses can also work in a scientific way, through replication, even though there is only one observer. Although physical scientists are not at all qualified to say anything about the study of mental processes, they have the very highest status in our present culture, and they can be expected to use that social power in destructive ways, as they have in the past, to ridicule and persecute and apply extreme social pressures in unscientific ways, to squash any attempt to establish a mental science. 


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