The Observer — Definition and Model

Primitive Brain

The term “observer” is becoming more and more common as it is just such an intuitive name for the cognitive phenomenon. I may use this term in the future, so I am attempting to give a definition early on.

The Observer is the name I have attributed to the state that was encountered during transcendence. It is in pure form when one is in an egoless state of some sort. This individual holds some set of values and sense of morality that is intellectually based, and has no consideration of the ego-self as any more significant than any other conscious being that it encounters.

There are some questions that we should be asking of the definition I have given. Things along the lines of:

  • Is it possible for a human to actually be egoless?
  • If the Observer is different, who is it if not the individual themself?

It is sufficiently foreign from the regular self, and so unconditional and uniform is its love, that many would prefer to associate it with some sort of astral being or God.

I personally require a mental model for how these things work based on my limited understanding. I always assume that everyone is wrong about everything, so I assume that this mental model is not accurate. It is however, useful and important for me.

“Don’t believe in anyone else’s BS (Belief System), and don’t believe fully in your own BS.” ~ Robert Anton Wilson

The assumption is that the sense of becoming the Observer (the intellectual being) is due to increased activity (measured as bloodflow in fMRIs) in the pre-frontal cortex in both hemispheres of the brain, and an additional alteration to the control system (somewhere around the amygdala) to “tune” in on and pass governance of thoughts to the higher brain in preference to the old-brain, here assuming that the old-brain is where the ego manifests.