But the perspective of an earth worm... who cares!
Again, an irrelevant rejoinder. The earthworm is merely an analogy used to illustrate a point. The point being made here is that just as an earthworm (or mouse or dog or chimp) could never understand quantum theory, there are likely to be some problems/mysteries that are beyond the capacity of the human brain - therefore science.
I thought Ash was referring to the state of consciousness that Dr Alexander recalled while in a state of consciousness unsupported by medical science in his coma from bacterial meningitis, one part of which he later named an Earthworm's Eye View for the perspective that he had after a deep awareness of consciousness
Darkness, but a visible darkness - like being submerged in mud yet also able to see through it. Or maybe dirty Jell-O describes it better. Transparent, but in a bleary, blurry, claustrophobic, suffocating kind of way.
Consciousness, but consciousness without memory or identity - like a dream, where you know what's going on around you, but have no real idea of who, or what, you are.
Sound too: a deep, rhythmic pounding, distant yet strong, so that each pulse of it goes right through you. Like a heartbeat? A little, but darker, more mechanical - like the sound of metal against metal, as if a giant, subterranean blacksmith is pounding an anvil somewhere off in the distance: pounding it so hard that the sound vibrates through the earth, or the mud, or wherever it is that you are.
I didn't have a body - not one that I was aware of anyway. I was simply... there, in this place of pulsing, pounding darkness. At the time, I might have called it 'primordial'. But, at the time it was going on, I didn't know this word. In fact, I didn't know any words at all......
How long did I reside in this world? I have no idea. When you go to a place where there's no sense of time as we experience it in the ordinary world, accurately describing the way that it feels is next to impossible. When it was happening, when I was there, I felt like I (whatever 'I' was) had always been there and would always continue to be .....
..... At a certain point I became aware of some objects around me. They were a little like roots, and a little like blood vessels in a vast, muddy womb. Glowing a dark, dirty red, they reached down from some place far above to some other place, equally far below. In retrospect, looking at them was like being a mole or earthworm, buried deep in the ground yet somehow able to see the tangled matrixes of roots and trees surrounding it. That's why, thinking back to this place later, I came to call it the Realm of the Earthworm's-Eye View. For a long time, I suspected it might have been some kind of memory of what my brain felt like during the period when the bacteria were originally overrunning it.
But the more I thought about this explanation (and again, this was all much, much later), the less sense it made. Because - hard as this is to picture if you haven't been to this place yourself - my consciousness wasn't foggy or distorted when I was there. It was just....limited. I wasn't human while I was in this place. I wasn't even animal. I was something before, and below, all that. I was simply a lone point of awareness in a timeless red-brown sea.
Dr Eben Alexander Proof of Heaven
Dr Alexander's point in this is that within current neurological understanding the external evidence of his medical condition would not support even this level of 'awareness', consciousness as being possible.
So in some ways supporting Ash's conclusion that the human brain is capable of more than science can capture, mostly because scientific methodology does not allow for acceptance of one off, personally recalled experience as valid. Even if those one offs are multiplied by thousands, even hundreds of thousands of personal accounts deeming that there is 'more' levels of consciousness than science can 'accept' within the limited knowledge base (less than 5%) and within scientific practice.
None of this stops consciousness from being experienced at these other levels, just the scientific acceptance of them.
The discovery of Nu Complexes (beyond flat line) - charting brain activity at 'lower' levels than previously captured in scientific data (& replicated in cats) shows only that there is 'lower' recordable activity. In my mind it would be reasonable to accept our ignorance and factor it in when discussing the experiences of others, rather than the notion that if it's not in the already known bag of 'psuedo order' collections, then it does not and can not exist.
In practical terms it would rewrite many of the inaccurate diagnoses of mental and physical conditions that have only been based on the known-in-science, rather than the experienced-in-life.
thing for me is that many already had / have this knowledge and were persecuted and dismissed because it was / still (often) is, outside of the 'order' that egoic humans are trying to create around them selves and knowledge, seeing it as a 'battle' rather than what 'is'.