~~~Imported from [Wikipedia:Reality%20tunnel Wikipedia] on 2008-02-23~~~
+++'''''Reality tunnel''''' is a term coined by [Deoxy:leary.htm Timothy Leary] and popularised by [Deoxy:raw.htm Robert Anton Wilson].+++
The theory states that, with a subconscious set of mental "filters" formed from
their beliefs and experiences, every individual interprets this same world
differently, hence "Truth is in the eye of the beholder".
This is not necessarily meant to imply that there is no objective truth; rather
that our access to it is mediated through our senses, experience, conditioning,
prior beliefs, and other non-objective factors. The individual world each person
occupies is said to be their reality tunnel. The term can also apply to groups
of people united by beliefs.
A parallel can be seen in the psychological concept of confirmation bias--our
tendency to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm our
beliefs, while filtering out or rationalizing away observations that do not fit
with our prior beliefs and expectations. This helps to explain why reality
tunnels are usually transparent to their inhabitants. While it seems most people
take their beliefs to correspond to the "one true objective reality," Robert
Anton Wilson emphasizes that each person's reality tunnel is their own artistic
creation, whether they realize it or not.
It is believed that through various techniques one can break down old reality
tunnels and impose new reality tunnels by removing old filters and replacing
them with new ones, new perspectives on reality--at will. This is achieved
through [Deoxy:cognitivechaos.htm various processes of deprogramming] using neuro-linguistic programming,
cybernetics, hypnosis, biofeedback devices, meditation, controlled use of
hallucinogens, and forcibly acting out other reality tunnels. Thus, it is
believed one's reality tunnel can be widened to take full advantage of human
potential and experience reality on more positive levels. Robert Anton Wilson's
''[Videx:Prometheus+rising Prometheus Rising]'' is (among other things) a guidebook to the exploration of
various reality tunnels.
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