There is a book (also as a movie) from the early 70's (?) called 'Johnny got his Gun'. It's about a soldier that gets wounded and loses his arms, legs, and face. He cannot see, hear nor speak. He does have physical sensation of vibrations, being touched, so it's not a perfect image of what the OP talked about. It is a sad, but interesting story. Trivia bit: Metallica used clips from the movie in their video for 'One' in 1989.
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Immediately I'm reminded of a rather disturbing, yet awesome, classic read: Johnny Got his Gun, by Dalton Trumbo. A large part of this describes virtually this very condition after the main character is badly injured in battle.
I guess you beat me to it
...of course I may have to go and read the book again now...
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I believe the possibilities of what would happen is equal to the number of people to whom it could happen. I've heard it said that people die in much the same way they lived... if they were at peace in their life, they will likely die peacefully, if they were anxious, they will have fear in death... Being a person that has suffered from mental issues, such as depression and panic attacks, I believe my first stage would one of terror. Beyond that, I do not have any idea... I do believe that wakefulness and sleep would get confused, as some dreams seem so real that I have, in dreams, wished it WAS a dream.. then to my relief, I do wake up... It is an interesting thought though... I have thought of how to best step outside of the influence of culture and society ( for a time) and think of living a more primal, natural state of mind... may try some sort of meditation... but I really don't know how much one can really remove oneself' from the influence, and brainwashing of his current time and place....
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Yogi DMT;85544 wrote:
Being completely honest without any external input to create some sort of precedent for thought, the mind would actually have nothing to think about. Images couldn't be created due to the mind not knowing about any sense of visuals. The mind would be non-functioning and therefore clinically dead. Without any input to play around and work with, the mind wouldn't be thinking anything and therefore be dead. The mind, does in fact work and function off of the various input we receive from our senses.
I think you have a very good point... basically, if we could grow a brain from scratch, depriving it of any experience whatsoever of the external, what sort of consciousness would it have?
In line with the OP, which spoke of a sudden 'cutting off', the brain would have prior experiences and concepts with which to work. It would seem that the 'world' of that brain would eventually become some sort of 'mindscape' composed of memories of those experiences... plus, if it maintains a knowledge of language, it could conceivably maintain a level of speculation, and development of new ideas based upon the 'mindscape' left over from the prior external experiences.
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Really cool question to think about. I came here to say that if you are really interested into that D option of having control over a reality in your own consciousness, then look into lucid dreaming and how to induce it upon yourself. It's awesome.
I've had a couple experiences of LD I think... knowing that you are dreaming, and being able to 'consciously' act as such while dreaming... of course I've had dreams in which I wished I was dreaming...