General clarification
Meta Definitions
See also
Imported from Wikipedia on 2007-08-24

The Human Biocomputer coined by John C. Lilly, refers literally to the "hardware" of the human anatomy. This would include the brain, internal organs, and other human organ systems such as Cardiovascular, Digestive, Endocrine, Immune, Integumentary, Lymphatic, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive, Respiratory, Skeletal, and Urinary systems. The biocomputer has stored program properties, and self-metaprogramming properties, with limits determinable and to be determined.


The functional organization of the human biocomputer:

Level Parts
01. External Reality Biochemical - Chemical - Physical
02. Body Biochemical Body - Sensory Body - Motor Body - Vascular Body
03. Brain Biochemical Brain - Neural Brain - Glial Brain - Vascular Brain
04. Signs of activity Biochemical Activity - Neural Activity - Glial Activity- Vascular Activity
05. Details of instructions Subroutines - Subroutine Storage
06. Detailed instructions Programs - Program Storage
07. To Program sets of programs  Metaprograms - Metaprogram Storage
08. To Metaprogram Self-Metaprogram - Awareness
09. To be Metaprogrammed Supra-Self-Metaprograms
10. Beyond Metaprogramming Supra-Species-Metaprograms
11. Above and in Biocomputer Unknown

General clarification

The levels of the human biocomputer are explained thus:

Levels from one to two
are the boundaries between external reality and the body. Certain energies and materials (heat, light, sound, food, and secretions) pass through this boundary in special places.

Levels two to three
are the boundaries of body and brain, in which special structures such as blood vessels, nerve fibers, and cerebrospinal fluid pass.

Levels four through eleven
are in the brain circuitry, and is the software inside the biocomputer.

Levels after ten
are termed unknown. This is to allow an openeness for future scientific research, and discoveries. This is also to illustrate the unwillingness to subscribe to any dogmatic belief, to encourage creative, courageous and imaginative investigation, to emphasize the necessity for unknown factors on all levels, and to point out the heuristic nature of this schema.


Mind, which is defined as the sum total of all the Programs and Metaprograms (and even supraself metaprograms) of a human biocomputer. This is the software and is looked at as the opposite of the hardware.

The Brain
The brain is defined as the visible, palpable living set of structures to be included in the human biocomputer.

Stored programs
A stored program is defined as a set of instructions which are placed in memory storage of the biocomputer, and which control the biocomputer when orders are given for that program to be activated. These programs can be activated by the same biocomputer, another biocomputer, or a situation outside of the biocomputer.

Meta Definitions

Is defined as a set of instructions, descriptions, and means of control of sets of programs.

Supra Self Metaprograms, Self Metaprogrammer, Self Metaprogram
Is defiend as the creation of new, revisioning of old, and reorganizing programs and metaprograms.

See also