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Added files for the 11th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 10th edition.
The changes made for the 11th edition, relative to the 10th edition, are as follows (the section and footnote numbers refer to the 11th edition):
Some copy-edit changes and minor sentence rewrites, mostly in the parts of the book added for the 10th edition. This was done to improve the readability of the book.
In the Introduction, I added back the last paragraph that began Of course, one can object. This paragraph was in previous editions, but I deleted it for the 10th edition because I thought that paragraph was unnecessary. However, I later regretted that deletion, so I’ve added that paragraph back.
In footnote 51, changed the sentence that began “In 1986, or thereabouts, I was in my car,” to “In 1986 I was in my car,” because I was recently going thru my old records and I came across the collision repair bill for that car, dated June 11, 1986, which means that car accident happened in 1986 as I thought (the car was repaired about a week after the accident).
In section 9.7, added the sentence More recently, around the beginning of 2005 at age 49, I had a reallocation away from my concentration mind part. The sentence ends with a link to footnote 160.
In footnote 154, added the part about the two different meanings for the word reallocations.
Added footnote 160, about a reallocation that happened to me in 2005, affecting my concentration and memory.
In footnote 162, rewrote the last paragraph to make more clear what I mean by life-sustaining and life-perpetuating actions.
In footnote 163, made a number of small changes that do the following:
In footnote 164, added the two-sentence parenthetical note about English having different words that all refer to the same fear feeling.
Added footnote 165, about the loneliness feeling.
Added footnote 166, about the sadness feeling.
Added footnote 167, about body feelings, emotions, and other feelings. This footnote covers in detail ten different emotions, and it gives the purpose of each emotion.
Added footnote 168, about the guiding factors that the unconscious mind uses to determine how a given reallocation is distributed among the other mind parts. This footnote also discusses how a person typically has many lives in a row as the same gender before eventually switching to the opposite gender, and the effect this has on allocations.
Added footnote 169, about the sharing process for our mental programs.
Added files for the 10th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 9th edition.
The changes made for the 10th edition, relative to the 9th edition, are as follows. Unless stated otherwise, all the following section and footnote numbers refer to the 10th edition:
Added section 9.7, Allocation Changes during Growth and Aging.
Many copy-edit changes and minor sentence rewrites scattered thruout the book, done to improve the readability of the book.
Many sentence rewrites scattered thruout the book, done to clarify meaning and/or be more consistent with the rest of the book and my current thinking.
Updated spelling: thru instead of through; thruout instead of throughout; internet instead of Internet; email instead of e-mail; datasets instead of data-sets.
In the beginning of each chapter, replaced the old chapter description with a more brief and comprehensive single sentence or two, followed by a list of the chapter’s sections.
Removed the brief mention of the theological reality model from the book, which was in two places, the Introduction and footnote 2. Also in the Introduction, deleted as unnecessary the last paragraph that began Of course, one can object ….
In footnote 1, added the paragraph and quote about the force of gravity having a finite range.
In footnote 23, regarding the assumption that each intelligent particle has a small mass, replaced the old argument for this assumption with a more general and simple argument based on how the intelligent-particle population has no problem staying with the Earth as it moves thru space.
Added footnote 38, about the sensory basis of the perceived shape and coloring of d-common objects.
In footnote 45, added the last paragraph about another factor that limits the conscious display of ESP and inter-mind communication in people.
In section 6.1, added a reference to section 9.6 at the end of paragraph 3, and deleted the last two sentences of paragraph 5—For a person, the state information of the soliton ruler is one component of personality. The cooperating population of brain bions that collectively form the mind is the other component of personality.—as being too vague and better stated in much greater detail in section 9.6.
Added footnote 53, about the average time spent in the afterlife between successive human lives.
In section 8.4, added at the end of the section a paragraph that makes clear why the non-physical Caretakers have physical flying machines (UFOs).
Added footnote 104, about why the Caretakers would use a p-common ship to travel to a different star system.
In section 8.5, added the sentence at the end of the first paragraph about the possibility of an existing galaxy-wide p-common communication network used by the Caretakers and comparable civilizations.
In footnote 109, added the sentence at the end of the footnote about the Russians also knowing that buried organic debris is not the source of oil, natural gas, and black coal.
In section 9.2, replaced the last sentence—Thus, given these considerations, it is probable that at least some of the human gender differences that are mental differences, were contained in whatever learned programs were copied from the Caretakers, back in the remote past when humanity began.—with this sentence: The reason why both Caretakers and humans have two genders is explained in a footnote in section 9.6.
In footnote 126, changed the scan and modeling explanation in the middle of the footnote to give less emphasis on the scan part and more emphasis on the model part.
In section 9.5, under the Internal attack heading, deleted as unnecessary what was previously the first guideline that began: Work in accordance with your strengths.
In footnote 133, added the idea of two separate sets of allocated awareness-particle input channels for carrying the two kinds of hearing.
In footnote 134, added the two sentences at the end of the footnote, about the transition from being a dolphin to being a normal human, taking more than one incarnation.
Added footnote 147, about the perceived intensity range of the orgasm feeling and other feelings, and how channel utilization varies depending on the wanted intensity of the feeling.
Added files for the 9th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 8th edition.
The changes made for the 9th edition, relative to the 8th edition, are as follows. Unless stated otherwise, all the following section and footnote numbers refer to the 9th edition:
In section 3.6, added to footnote 22 the part that begins with About our senses and ends with a description of an experiment that shows that our sense of touch is a construction of our minds.
In section 9.4:
Deleted the mention of Jesus as a god-man.
Added footnote 126, which quotes Lars Adelskogh and Christian Lindtner as to why the Jesus of the New Testament is a fictional character and not a historical person.
In section 9.6:
Added footnote 141, mentioning that I was circumcised as an infant as were most of the other American males born in 1955, and noting how this affects my orgasm description.
Changed the sentence that begins “Note that for a typical male, from the first ejaculation to the last, only a few seconds elapse” to a statement that accounts for age and is more accurate and precise.
Added footnote 146, discussing the truism that excelling in one or more ways is accompanied by deficits elsewhere. In addition, idiot savants, mental retardation, and autism are also discussed.
Added files for the 8th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 7th edition.
Other than many copy-edit changes (mostly to remove excess commas), the changes made for the 8th edition, relative to the 7th edition, are as follows. Unless stated otherwise, all the following section and footnote numbers refer to the 8th edition:
In section 7.5, added the material about William Dembski and his calculation of a probability for the formation of a bacterial flagellum by chance.
In section 9.6:
Added footnote 133 about tardive dyskinesia.
Added footnote143 about the lessened burden placed on the learned-programs mechanism, etc.
Added footnote144 about the evolution of two genders for the Caretakers.
Added footnote145 about the allocation plan for each nation.
Various minor changes:
In section 2.3 and in section 7.4 footnote 56, rewrote the two sentences about DNA that had the phrase “among other things”, to remove this phrase and be more specific as to what is currently known about DNA.
In section 2.6, added to footnote 16 the mention and quote about “junk” DNA being written in an unknown language.
In section 3.6 footnote 20, added to the first paragraph the sentence about allocation plans copied from the parents, referring to section 9.6.
In section 3.6 footnote 22, simplified the first sentence, to be more consistent with section 9.6.
In section 4.1 footnote 24: rewrote the first sentence of paragraph 4 to be more consistent with section 9.6; also rewrote the first sentence in the parenthesized part of paragraph 5 to remove the word perception as a qualifier for the passage of time.
In section 6.3, changed footnote 53 to no longer suggest that the Caretakers may be immortal.
In section 7.4, made a few small changes to the second equation and its description.
In section 8.6, rewrote the first sentence (making two sentences) to make clear the importance of human interpretation regarding how religion is influenced by sightings of UFOs and their occupants.
In section 9.4 footnote 122, in the second sentence of the third paragraph, removed the phrase “in a religious framework” so that it now just reads “the recipient must be someone who will display the given abilities openly, and with minimal abuse of those abilities”, because the religious connection is probably more a result that having such an ability has on the person (he is likely to try to understand his ability in religious terms, and the same applies for his followers).
Added a note to the Bibliography section about other books used.
Added files for the 7th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 6th edition.
Other than a few copy-edit changes, the changes made for the 7th edition, relative to the 6th edition, are as follows. Unless stated otherwise, all the following section and footnote numbers refer to the 7th edition:
Added a parenthetical note that numbers are counts, to section 1.5.
Deleted the old footnote 40 in the 6th edition, about phantom limbs (what I said in that footnote was erroneous). The subject of phantom limbs is now covered in section 9.6.
Added material to footnote 73, regarding the origin of the oceans.
Added section 9.6, Orgasm.
Added files for the 6th edition of The Computer Inside You, replacing the files for the 5th edition.
Other than a few scattered copy-edit changes, the changes made for the 6th edition, relative to the 5th edition, are as follows. Unless stated otherwise, all the following section and footnote numbers refer to the 6th edition:
Consolidated chapters 1 and 2 into a new chapter 1: some material was deleted (primarily from the old chapter 1), and some material was added (primarily in sections 1.1, 1.4, and 1.5).
In section 2.5, added footnote 15, regarding biological transmutations.
In section 3.1, added footnote 17, regarding the affect of drugs on the mind; this replaces the former last paragraph (in the 5th edition), about “relative” loudness.
In section 3.6, added footnote 22, regarding vision.
In section 8.3, changed the part about “cattle mutilations” to a skeptical position. Made corresponding changes to section 8.4, by deleting the comments regarding “biopsies done on lower animals” that was in the 5th edition.
In section 8.7, deleted the part about “the miracles apparently done”, and the quote from Doyle, that was in the 5th edition.
In section 9.1, in footnote 100, added references to my two essays, Debunking the Ice Age and Big-Bang Bunk.
In section 9.3, in footnote 109, added the material about the sleeping fruit flies.
Added section 9.5, regarding karma.