“The Book on The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”by Alan Watts is essentially a secular, philosophical bible that succinctly encapsulates many of my thoughts in writing. I strongly suggest giving it a read.
“Consciousness Explained” by Daniel Dennett is the most detailed model of conscious experience I have come across in my search to explain the unexplainable.
“Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid” by Douglas Hofstatder is an amazing collection of rambling connections between seemingly unrelated, but inherently intertwined strands that run through our discernible reality. For a briefer, more emotional treatment of many of the same concepts try “I Am A Strange Loop“
Learn more about superpowers and hemispheric dominance (the views and opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily shared by Ben himself):
- Snyder et al., 2003 Savant-like Skills
- Young et al., 2004 Unlocking Skills by Hemispheric Inhibition
- Snyder et al., 2006 Savant-like Numerosity Skills
- Tony Wright, 2012 Left in the Dark
Skeptical? In disbelief that a “normal” human being could have superpowers? Check out these studies and theories:
“Tony spent three days and nights awake. His over-stretched left hemisphere fell asleep leaving his right awake, functional and free of the left’s influence. During this brief window he investigated the capabilities of his unhindered right hemisphere and found its perceptual abilities superior to his normal self.”