Cessations of consciousness and human hibernation
Do you think this is could be akin to a deliberate, extended attentional blink? Or something to do with being able voluntarily to press an attentional ‘master switch’ ? Maybe the meditator is able, with enough practice, to sufficiently flatten the phenomenological landscape such that no one thing has any greater importance/weight than any other thing and can then go one step further and voluntarily ‘de-attend’ to the landscape altogether? Or the consequence of achieving complete parity of all phenomenal experience is to trip the switch? Could the blue spot locus coeruleus-noradrenaline be involved?
Thanks for the article Ruben and spreading nirodha. The five aggregates can also be formulated the other way round as refractory stages of awareness, posing a view that nirodha might be akin to experiencing the non-refracted advaita notion of the "Self", unclothed of illusory forms.
I am skeptical of a brain shutting off. Even hibernation doesn’t do that. Neurons rely on spiking for survival as well since they exchange many necessary resources when they do. I guess a primitive state that just refreshes the state of all neurons isn’t unlikely but I am left wondering when and how do they wake up from this state. Thanks for the essay , I will check the pdf as well.