If you ask the Salk Institute, you aren’t living in the present moment. You are always experiencing reality at least 80 milliseconds behind actual reality.
What you think you are seeing is influenced by the future. The human brain constructs reality after-the-fact, a term called post-diction. Others call this memory-revision, or re-entry. This also means that your brain makes a decision about something before you’ve even consciously realized it.
Some even suggest that those with a highly developed state of consciousness simply eliminate the 80-millisecond drag, and can sense future events in the now, because they’ve overcome this delay. This ability empowers them with psychic visions, out-of-body awareness, and a general capacity to understand things from an entirely different perspective.
If it doesn’t seem much could happen within an 80-millisecond time-span consider this:
- The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is about 670,616,629 mph. Our ability to perceive light is what allows us to see anything in the visual spectrum.
- Paranormalists report that many people who have seen UFOs or reported experiences with otherworldly beings state they are “missing time.” This is also often accompanied by memory loss, a feeling that the place they’ve been or recent events are being replayed, and that something doesn’t seem “right.”
- In less than 80-milliseconds of time a person could be killed in an auto accident, or experience blissful enlightenment.
- According to some Tibetan Buddhist teachings, reincarnation can happen in less than a second or in seven days, or more.
- Our cells start to react to our psycho-somatics within seconds to either heal or stay sick.
- The world’s fastest computer can perform more than 93,000,000,000,000,000 calculations.
- The fastest human processing speed for images is 13 milliseconds, so you could have “seen” a dozen things and not realized it.
It also seems our brains only store a smattering of information, and not everything that happens in any given moment, so our perception is always partly tainted. Our brains make memories of things which are not fully correct, yet we cling to them as if they are the Holy Grail.
So, now matter how “right” you think you are, you are undoubtedly, profoundly wrong. Perhaps we can all remember this the next time new evidence presents itself for our review. Our perceptions can change, and we can see anew.