Your mind is not a computer

Your mind is not a computer

by Jon Rappoport

June 3, 2013

Researchers, pundits, and academics look for metaphors to describe the mind. For at least 50 years, the favorite analogy has been the computer.

Well, both the mind and a computer employ logic. They store data. They use strategies to solve problems.”

Is that it? The mind is merely a problem-solving machine? Of course not.

That’s where the metaphor breaks down.

By the way, a metaphor is way of describing one thing in terms of another. It’s not literal. People used to learn that in school.

Two days ago, I wrote and posted an article headlined: “150 million Americans go to Mexico, swim back, become instant millionaires.” Some people apparently thought I was reporting a fact. Or misreporting it.

It’s called satire. That’s when you take a metaphor and stretch it beyond the breaking point of exaggeration. In that case, I was commenting on current immigration/welfare policy.

Metaphor isn’t fact.

The metaphor of “mind as computer” isn’t a fact, no matter how hard technocrats wish it were true.

Behind the moronic and childish presumptions of technocracy, there are indeed people who want to treat the mind as a computer for a very simple reason: they want to control it.

Looking at the mind as an input-output machine suggests tactics for modifying, controlling, and weakening it.

That’s what Pavlov was after. Applying a stimulus and getting a predictable and unvarying response. That was his holy grail.

There are projects underway to build a simulated model of the human brain. This takes us one step further away from the truth, because the brain is not the mind.

The mind (consciousness) isn’t a physical object. It isn’t a container. It isn’t a machine. It isn’t a thing.

The CIA’s infamous MKULTRA mind-control program is widely misunderstood. Its original experiments were much more about controlling behavior through coercion. High-dose panic-inducing LSD, threats, intimidation, hypnosis applied in a climate of fear.

Of course that can work on many people, but it’s not sophisticated or mysterious. You can pound somebody with a hammer and make him obey orders if you keep it up long enough.

Waterboarding can control behavior. So can long periods of isolation.

And when it comes to electromagnetic stimuli or creating “voices in the head,” the elements of fear and disorientation play a central role.

On the other hand, take a capable hypnotist and give him 30 people. Stage an experiment in a friendly non-threatening atmosphere. A certain number of very suggestible people will respond. Others won’t. They’ll just sit there and listen to the hypnotist and refuse to go under.

Psychiatric electroshock, which is a form of naked torture, “works” on some people because they experience very heavy trauma and come out of it with a more accepting (submissive) attitude. They now fit in. They now accept the status quo. They understand the primitive terms of the setup: obey or experience more pain.

Yes, conditioned reflex can be induced. It’s done by attacking one small corner of consciousness.

Through threats, pain, disorienting practices (flashing lights, putting people on spinning tables, etc.) MKULTRA fascists could drive people into surrendering states in which “programming” could then be accomplished.

That’s not a difficult feat. It just takes a killer to do it.

What happens in a kidnapping? The criminals achieve “mind control” by telling the family they have to pay or their loved one will die.

Whole populations can be “mind-controlled” by domestic armies under the rule of a dictator.

Does that mean the mind is a computer?

The Matrix Revealed

The mind is a potentially unlimited faculty. It has no boundaries. The only walls on it are those which people build to hem themselves in.

It’s time we understood that.

There is a certain amount of propaganda aimed at calling that fact “reaching too far.” “The mind is an unlimited capacity? Oh, if you accept that, then you’re saying humans aren’t humans anymore.”

Baloney. Humans aren’t humans anymore when they put so many limitations on themselves that they live like somber machines. Take a good look at how large bureaucracies function. Every worker in his own cubbyhole exists and munches like a little parasite.

You want a real education? Watch a TV soap opera for a few months. The characters all live in a rank puddle of overlapping goo. Every time a character threatens to make a decision that might conceivably offend others, they descend on him like angry flies.

They live to meddle. It’s a collective. It’s mutually upheld limitation executed by interference.

You agreed to be limited. We all have. You just stepped outside the circle. Now we’re going to punish you and make you feel guilty.”

In case you hadn’t noticed, many families operate this way.

If the mind (consciousness) is going to open up new space, its owner has to be an independent individual. That’s the first requirement. Without that, nothing happens.

Again, we have propaganda aimed at defeating that proposition. “Oh, if you try to elevate people to the level of independent individual, there won’t be any social or political movements to liberate the oppressed. You’ll just have selfish greedheads.”

Baloney. That’s so wrong its absurd. First of all, the whole purpose of social and political movements is to achieve freedom for every INDIVIDUAL. It isn’t to “form a better group.”

Second, you’d damn well better have some independent individuals inside a valuable social and political movement, or the whole thing will collapse. A hundred thousand robots of one mind aren’t going anywhere.

The mind is not a thing. It is CREATIVE POTENTIAL. That’s what it is. Problem-solving is just one capacity of that potential.

A potential doesn’t come alive unless somebody (the you, the spirit at the center of it all) gives it the green light with energy and purpose and desire.

Put together that creative potential, pushed to the foreground, plus memory (which doesn’t and can’t exist in the brain), and you really have something. You have power, joy, and the ability to reinvigorate love.

What I’m talking about here is non-material. It doesn’t exist as atoms or waves or quarks. It isn’t subject to some provincial laws of physics. It most certainly has nothing to do with computers.

The mind as computer is a fantasy and a metaphor and a sold-out dream, driven by people who are still wondering what happened to their own creative force.

Behind the silly metaphor of mind as computer is a dead-end philosophy of materialism: everything everywhere is just an effect of some prior physical cause. Utter insupportable nonsense.

Philosophic materialism means freedom doesn’t exist. It means there is no such thing as choice. It means nothing is alive.

It means any experimentation on humans, no matter how heinous, is permissible, because what difference does it make? You and I are just collections of whirling particles, and an experiment simply rearranges those particles.

This is the real underpinning of totalitarianism. It’s the input-output machine-view of society.

Exit From the Matrix

I’ve been after these people for a long time, since I put a lid on my study of the history of Western philosophy, in 1958. What I saw then and see now is an attempt to obscure the fatal flaws in materialism.

Starting at the end of the 19th century, materialists claimed they were applying the scientific method to the world, civilization, and the human being, and through their “lens of understanding,” they could definitively say: there were no leaks; all life at every level was made of physical matter.

The mumbo-jumbo intentionally distorted and reduced Asian philosophy that was imported into America in the 1960s did nothing to slow down these materialists. They went to work on the brain—and they are just getting started.

They aim for control. They love the idea. They want to put the brain through paces, ruling it from their elite perches, and they use “the mind is a computer” as their cover.

They promote that lie over and over. They use collectivism as the social justification for their “research.”

That’s what they’re talking about when they say “we’re all in this together.” On the far shore of their ambition, they see brains linked as computers would be linked.

When the subject of true individual and human potential arises, they try to discredit it by calling it some kind of heresy against The Group.

They preach a numbing “equality” as the final solution. And it is. For them.

Here’s another metaphor: “There is a very large room. And it’s filled and crowded with an astonishing number of objects. They’re piled up on the floor, on shelves, hung from the walls, suspended from the ceiling. They interact with one another in wondrous but very specific ways. It’s a fascinating mystery. We’re just beginning to understand the processes involved. We haven’t even cataloged all the things in the room yet. But we’re making progress. Soon we’ll have a handle on the basic algorithms of the operation. Then, we’ll make miracles occur…”

That’s how brain researchers and psychiatrists and technocrats see the mind. That’s their picture. It’s about as accurate as a map of Europe drawn by a microbe that lives a hundred miles under the surface of Jupiter.

When they stall, when they suffer a setback and can’t successfully float lies about “breakthroughs,” they fall back on: “Everything is connected to everything, we just don’t know quite how yet.”

No, Virginia, everything isn’t connected to everything. The principal thing that isn’t connected is the unlimited creative potential of the individual.

And neither is freedom connected to everything. Freedom is the power of choice. It isn’t in the causal chain. It’s free.

That absolutely upsets the apple carts of physicists and brain researchers. They want to draw all of reality into their net. But it doesn’t work.

If it did work, and if your mind were nothing but your brain, and if your brain were nothing more than atoms in motion, atoms like all other atoms floating around the universe, you wouldn’t be able to read anything on this page. You wouldn’t be able to understand meaning at all. Atoms don’t possess understanding. In fact, there wouldn’t be a you or a me.

But there is you. There is me.

We’re here. We aren’t just atoms.

We’re not made out of matter.

That’s what happens when you strip away the lies of materialism.

The danger, to the status quo, is human beings becoming what they are actually are.

You can pretend you’re a bunch of atoms for only so long, and then it becomes tiring. Foolish. Self-defeating. Stunningly crazy.

The cooking vessel of the soul takes in everything, everything can become soul; and by taking into its imagination any and all events, psychic space grows.

James Hillman, co-author, “We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Therapy—and the World’s Getting Worse”

Jon Rappoport

The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

20 comments on “Your mind is not a computer

  1. […] Yes, conditioned reflex can be induced. It’s done by attacking one small corner of consciousness. more […]

  2. My brain is a wonderful computer. My Mind, especially my higher mind, is infinitely creative. My brain does what it is programmed to do, and translates those commands via neurotransmitters and such to every cell of my body. If my body is out of balance, it is simply doing exactly what my mental software is telling it to do. Thus the fallacy of blaming my body for illness and disease. My brain also carries loops of programs from my “education”, and genetic heritage. At physical death my brain turns to dust, while my mind carries its software with it.
    My soul essence is as vast as life, and carries the wisdom of what I call Creative Source, uniquely fed to my meridians/strings in my Quantum energy field. That’s my story.

  3. ramonthomas says:

    This is so deep I have to re-read it two more times. It is the crux of my own book, The Psychology of Technology. Jon I value the input you gave me on Skype tremendously. The book will be completed by September and I will send you a first draft after proof reading is completed.

  4. hybridrogue1 says:

    “Like is not” ~ the Tao


  5. vuelvancaras says:

    One of the hallmarks that distinguishes materialism is its insistence on direct observation of nature and on explaining everything that happens in the world in terms of the laws of nature. In other words, from the beginning materialists have always based their theory on the best scientific evidence at hand, rather than on some putative “first philosophy” waiting to be discovered through abstract philosophical reasoning. In modern English it means “keepin’ it real”.

    It seems to me the what you are calling philosophical materialism is mechanical, “bourgeois” materialism. The ruling class distorts any philosophy and uses it to control other classes. The philosophy may or may not be the Truth. But by not grasping the ruling class aspect of the use of any philosophical system, we overlook the true culprit and remain captured.

  6. jim says:

    Computers have only been known about popularly, for thirty tears, so calling the brain a computer is absurd. The brain is completely nonlinear (neurons talk to thousands of other neurons, not just nearest neighbors), it allows for creative imagination, intuition, inspiration, telepathy, dreaming, etc… . The brain is certainly not the mind, but it sure as hell kicks ass with regards to any damn computer.

    If you believe that something cannot come from nothing, then it follows that the created can never exceed the creator. Since computers were created by the brain, the asymptotic limit for the computer is to become an equal with the brain, which implies that it would take the brain forever to create a computer equal to itself. This also implies we can never be on the same plateau as the Infinite Creator.

    Have spent a ridiculous number of hours contemplating existence, and there is absolutely no reason for it. The root of all existence, Being, is both formless and therefore timeless, and somehow all form came out of it. Have never understood why there is Free Will, except that it is necessary to evolve.

    To deny God, the source of all Power, is to be an idiot.

  7. Well said. I liked the millionaires piece but this had depth and soul. This is at the heart. More and more I’ve come to the same conclusion. It is the fight for the individual. Principally against the philosophy of materialism. We are not just atoms.

  8. Tom says:

    The brain is a reactor. Thought is outside the brain. Thought is interfering. The stanglehold of thought blocks the life essence, which is the source of life and creativity.
    Thought gives the illusion of an ‘ego’, a ‘soul’, a ‘spirit’. There ain’t no such ‘thing’. There is only life and the unique expressions of life, no separated ‘individuals’.

  9. J. C. Barullo says:

    Interestingly this “fight for the individual” and against the collectivist submergence of individualism has been written about in other terms by H.L Mencken as well as John Steinbeck. East of Eden contains an interesting monologue at the beginning of chpt. 13 about something that must be fought against ..the attempts to kill individualism. Collectivism is based in materialistic thinking. Excellent essay again Jon, as per usual. Thanks for thinking and then writing it down for the rest of us to ponder.

  10. Ocko von Dornum says:

    I have never found a scientist who could explain to me how all these electrons whooshing through my brain are transformed into a thought.

    That thoughts are electons running through the brain is basic scientific hogwash. I abandoned official science some years ago. There might be a penny of truth in it but the rest is worse than catholic dogma.

    When you free your mind from science then you have to think for yourself and it increases exponentially.

  11. Chico says:

    Despite a lifetime of digging through the Matrix looking for the truth, I really don’t know squat. I’ve also spent a lifetime intimately working with computers, and I’ve never had one tell me it didn’t know squat. So I am sure the brain is not a computer. Computers only do what the human mind programs them to do. A human mind creates the code that makes a computer function. Computers are just tools, like the hammer, the abacus, or the slide rule. And the human mind? It created those tools. It is simply amazing. When it is not being propagandized, confused, misled, deceived, or otherwise abused, it is beyond compare. The tragic part is that there are many clever humans with demented minds that mistreat millions of other minds. They are the sociopaths, the cancer cells of humanity, and they are killing us. Humanity, cure thyself!

  12. Adam says:

    Good, heavy thinking here. I like it.

  13. Churchill says:

    Indeed, good article. Ah yes, the Select Few and their farming methods. Plant the seed of doubt in the minds of various Individuals with-in society, then nurture and fertilize it through the subtleness of suggestive subjective thought, while encouraging debate, education and research until the mind opts for a solution which brings it to a compromising conclusion based on conjecturalism, hypothesizing, half-truths, lies and deceit. It pretty well covers Politics, Government, Law, Education, Science, Psychiatry, Entertainment and the Mass Media these days.

  14. Anthony Clifton says:

    so what is the actual DE FACTO manifestation of the stool sculpture deity cult Mind Control manual …the Talmud ?

    see the word Assassin in Mackeys’…keeper of the traditions.

    two opposites cannot be the same thing.

  15. hybridrogue1 says:

    “two opposites cannot be the same thing.”~Clifton

    But the same thing can ‘contain’ two opposites. Consider the coin, with its head and tail. The magnet with it’s opposite poles. Or the eternal moment we call “now”.


  16. gr says:

    Scientists may not present an accurate model of the mind, but they’re getting better at mind control. They have lots of sophisticated tools, not the least of which is TV.

    Where are our independent thought leaders? We used to have them, but now they are identified and co-opted, corrupted, marginalized, etc. I am convinced this is very intentional.

  17. Jon Rappaport: How western science, philosophy and mind control insidiously pretend to materialize the “mind” | Exopermaculture says:

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