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On the multistability in consciousness James Kent talks about his new Book Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason. On the multistability in consciousness:

"The brain does not want to exist in multiple states at once, by nature it transitions from one state to another with little or no overlap. [..] Forcing the brain out of linear stability requires some kind of radical intervention, like psychedelics, which allows the brain to find stability in overlapping states that would normally be transient or fleeting, like a prolonged lucid dream between waking and sleeping."
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The paradox of the observer in Bit-format The observer is observing, and asking questions and making statements that must ultimately be expressed in discrete bits. John Archibald Wheeler: "What we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-no questions. [...] All things physical are information-theoretic in origin, and this is a participatory universe."

Found in: The Information by James Gleick
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Mesmerism and the Armonica With the introduction of the 'Baquet', Mesmer's treatment procedures became increasingly like theater: Mesmer would appear wearing a cloak decorated with alchemical symbols and then play the glass harmonica (an instrument that produced an eerie, ethereal sound). Large mirrors were erected in his magnetic salon to reflect invisible fluids and his assistants, like stage hands, were positioned to catch his convulsing patients.

Found in Hidden Minds - A History of the Unconscious by Frank Tallis
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