Figure 2 – The pineal gland/subconscious'
 primary waking percept (within dotted line)

 paintings and sculptures by Ann Erpino portray black hole dynamics and universal origins. They give intuitive access to interdimensionality, Dbranes, tensegrity, and more.

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Figure 4 – Pineal/subconscious daytime percept morphs into a shadowy bust

               Pineal Gland Functions Spawn Apparitional Phenomenon 

    A 'Shadow Person' sighting, in light of the pineal gland’s daytime photoreceptive function, along with dream time combinatorial sensory processing, may be a natural occurrence under conditions of sleepiness, and especially of sleep deprivation.

   For several hours each day, eye-shaped patches of photons enter the head. Atrophied photo receptors in the pineal gland receive residual light from these patches during waking hours, as if viewing scenery along with the open eyes (Figure 1), but without the details. From the pineal gland’s point of ‘view,’ a unique form is made when these light patches combine with the darkness inside the skull (Figure 2). The pineal gland needn’t perceive this form in the same mode as the eyes do; the subconscious mind’s own physiological self-awareness, in tandem with the dream-approaching mind’s skill in blending different modalities of sensory input, may result in such a perception - in a ‘knowing’ of the forms directly in front of it. When lighted scenery ceases at the end of the day this locked-in light pattern, having fallen upon the pineal gland’s photoreceptors and into subconscious perception, may linger without one’s conscious awareness of it.

      While transitioning toward sleep, the dream mind begins to manage the scenery, and in a sleep deprived subject often begins the hypnagogic process prematurely. With this lingering form as its point of departure, and with the soft edges left by waking eye and eyelid movement around the light patches, a ripe area is provided for hypnagogic morphing  (Figure 3) . While still conscious, one may watch this form spontaneously morph into something recognizable, in this case the bust of a person. The shadowy bust may be consciously recognized, even as the hypnagogic mind instantaneously fills in the rest of the figure, giving rise to the sighting of a shadow person (figure 4).

      A propensity for pareidolia, paranoia, or flights of fancy may contribute to a prolonged and embellished experience of this humanesque shape, adding movement, limbs, and so on. However, since transitioning into and out of sleep often involves unusual syntheses of sensory modalities, embellishments may occur without such a propensity. For example, the supraorbital ridge, being physically thicker and more massive than other facial bones, and also being located within the pineal gland’s waking view could easily morph in the dream-approaching mind into a hat worn by the shadowy bust, giving rise to a ‘Hat Man’ sighting.

Holographic Space Time

 Figure 1 – Photoreceptors in the pineal gland receive light during waking hours.

Figure 3 – Distilled pineal and subconscious waking percept.