THE 8-CIRCUIT MODEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS
by Timothy Leary & Robert Anton Wilson
I. The Terrestrial Circuits
1. The Biosurvival Circuit:
imprinted in infancy. Concerned with sucking, nourishment, cuddling, biosecurity.
2. The Emotional-Territorial Circuit:
imprinted in the toddling stage. Concerned with territorial demands, emotional power tactics, political domination-and-submission strategies.
3. The Semantic Circuit:
imprinted by human artifacts and symbol systems. Concerned with handling the environment, invention, calculation, prediction, building a "map" of the universe.
4. The Sociosexual Circuit:
imprinted by the first orgasm-mating experiences and tribal "morals." Concerned with sexual pleasure, local definitions of "moral" and "immoral", reproduction, nurture of the young.
II. The Extraterrestrial Circuits
5. The Neurosomatic Circuit:
imprinted by ecstatic experience via physiological or chemical yogas. Concerned with neurological-somatic feedbacks, feeling high, somatic reprogramming (Christian Science, faith healing, etc.).
6. The Metaprogramming Circuit:
imprinted by advanced yogas. Concerned with reimprinting and reprogramming all earlier circuits, relativity of "realities" perceived, cybernetic consciousness.
7. The Neurogenetic Circuit:
imprinted by advanced yogas. Concerned with evolutionary consciousness (past and future), DNA-RNA-brain feedbacks, Jung's "Collective Unconscious."
8. The Neuroatomic Circuit:
imprinted by shock or near-death experience. Concerned with quantum consciousness, non-local awareness (beyond spacetime), so-called "PSI" or "magick" powers, Illumination.
Adapted from 'Exo-Psychology', by Timothy Leary.
(R. A. Wilson, Illuminati Papers, pp.17-18.)
The material on these pages collected from various sources on the Net. Apologies to all those whose names remain uncredited.
[A Lurker's Guide] [The Eight Basic Winner/Loser Scripts] [Galactic Archives] [More On The 8-Circuit Model] [John Lilly and Metaprogramming]
8-Circuit Model of Consciousness @ Wikipedia
Abraham Maslow: Hierarchy of Needs @ Wikipedia
Kazimierz Dabrowski's Positive Integration Model: Synopsis of Maslow and Dabrowski [Introduction to Kazimierz Dabrowski] [Kazimierz Dabrowski @ Wikipedia]