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RE: [existlist] Re: Unsocial perspectives

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  • chris lofting
    ... ... We cover here all conscious perceptions in that unconscious perceptions are in the form of instincts/habits. To become aware of something is
    Message 1 of 16 , Aug 30, 2008
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      > So are you saying, all perceptions are inherently flawed due
      > to the inescapable fact that all perceptions are thoughts and
      > thoughts do not represent the real world (the world that
      > exists for the senses to detect and the mind to interpret)?

      We cover here all conscious perceptions in that unconscious 'perceptions'
      are in the form of instincts/habits. To become aware of something is usually
      due to an issue that requires mediation by consciousness and so the serial
      is used to flesh out some issue with the parallel; we use delay as we try to
      resolve some issue. Libet's work (and more recent work of others) shows us a
      delay of about .5 of a second (or more)is present when we are learning
      something and once learnt, once habituated, the delay disappears - that
      delay is associated with the presence of awareness mediating the learning.
      Thus we are over-sensitive to difference, habituate to sameness (and so the
      latter focus on symmetry - instincts/habits reflect the extraction of
      essentials to form a pattern that 'reflects' reality and so usable in
      recognition and 'correct' response to stimulus)

      As a neuron-dependent species we have properties and methods to cover the
      learning of instincts/habits that allow us to work 'smoothly' in a
      thermodynamic universe - i.e. where conservation of energy is vital. The
      instincts/habits allow us to operate 'immediately' when local context pushes
      some button. (Martial arts skill development bring out this translation of
      serial to parallel, delay to immediate response - don't think, do)

      As a GENERAL PURPOSE life form, genetics contributes to presenting an
      undifferentiated whole to a context that then differentiates and then
      re-integrates, and so customises, the life form to fit in to that context.
      We see this especially in the development of sensory systems and so pick up
      on the novelties that come out of this customisation in the form of
      synaesthesia where senses get 'mixed' (and that includes genetic variations
      and so the hard wiring of mixed sensations such that perceptions are not
      necessarily like 'everyone else' - for example, auditory harmonics (chords
      etc) can be experienced by some as visual harmonics (colours)).

      What allows for living a 'normal' life under these conditions is the
      language of the neuron - frequencies, wavelengths, amplitudes - where such
      allows for sharing of sensory data and so translation of one sense data into
      some other sense data. As such it is all 'harmonics' and these elicit the
      universal response to sensory harmonics - emotions.

      This differentiation process includes education where children are taught
      differentiation through customisation of language - thus a child is
      corrected if he/she says "this toy tastes red!" (this can cause issues of
      course in that due to novel wiring the sensory harmonics could be confused
      such that the child is responding correctly to their experience!)

      When first born the lack of sensory differentiation means an infant will
      turn their whole being to any sensation - they need to 'look to hear' etc
      (and this can continue into adult life such as those who need to look to
      hear whilst driving a car and so keep taking their eyes off the road to talk
      to their passenger!). As the re-integration process goes on so the infant
      learns to differentiate a sense such that an auditory stimulus can be met
      with an auditory response without any other sense getting involved (or more
      so other senses are doing something else)

      This customisation of sensory data brings out the general-to-particular
      dynamic of mediation as we become more precise in dealing with reality
      (negative feedback at work and so error correcting, 'getting closer to',
      integrating, combined with positive feedback in the form of discretisation
      and amplification; differentiating)

      Following on from sensory differentiation/re-integration is the development
      of language that aids in further refinements. However, the use of the serial
      to dominate the parallel and so marginalise the parallel (the re-integration
      process that allows us to work 'immediately') introduces a realm of
      perpetual uncertainty since mediation is not about stimulus or response, not
      about certainty, but about mediating and so attempts to resolve situations
      into the 'certain' where such is in the form of an instinct/habit and so
      unconscious and immediate rather than conscious and so delayed.

      Thought is internal language and as such reflects mediation activity, be it
      focused on the real or the imagined. Being a mediating activity it occupies
      the realm of the asymmetric, and so the autological (self-describing) but
      also the paradoxical (part/whole confusions). A core property of this
      mediating realm is uncertainty/incompleteness in that completion is a
      property of the anti-symmetric/symmetric in the form of an instinct/habit.

      What my work on meaning brings out is this refinement of the parallel
      through the use of the serial. If the social focus is on the serial overall
      (the pleasure of language, of exchange etc, the emotional high possible from
      such exchange and so we can get high through language to a point of
      'needing' to talk, we get addicted!) then there is a lack of trust in
      surrendering to instincts/habits and mediation dominates AS IF it is
      'complete' - the issues with this are brought out when we focus on
      meta-language (the language about language) where we discover the
      incompleteness aspect and interpret such as a manifestation of reality
      rather than as an aspect of methodology in interpreting reality. (and so
      Gödel's meta-mathematics focus on mathematics 'discovers' incompleteness, as
      does Heisenberg's reflections on quantum mechanics (and so a meta-state)
      leads to the conclusions of indeterminacy.)

      All perceptions must go through the nervous system to be processed.
      Instincts/habits get encoded near/in the input areas and so allow context to
      push. Delay is in the form of recruitments (increase bandwidth to process
      something) and synchronisation combined with emotional highs/lows.

      In the context of reflecting reality, the development of the neuron is
      traceable back to sponge life circa 600 million years ago. The success of
      such reflects a successful adaptation to the environment to such a degree
      that little/no change has been required at that level of information
      processing - thus the neuron reflects definite aspects of reality mirrored,
      internalised, in neuron-dependent life forms.

      The basics of the neuron cover wave inputs to 'dendrite' areas (like AM
      radio, amplitude modulation) and the conversion of such into outputs as
      pulses (like FM radio, but as spatial frequency modulation). Thus we have
      integrating at one end, differentiating at the other. In the integrating
      area we find encoded instincts/habits/memories and so a realm of filters
      (this covers a single neuron to distribution over a network of neurons). We
      also find in the 'middle' a synchronisation ability as well as an ability to
      recruit other neurons to deal with complex information and so increase
      bandwidth. Combined with all of this is hormonal dynamics in the form of
      densities of neurotransmitters/neuromodulators that can influence emotional
      states - not forgetting the essentials of feedback where such is necessary
      to implement high precision through memory use etc (this also covers
      self-referencing to elicit categories etc)

      These patterns are repeated all the way 'up' to our neocortex and 'out' into
      the properties/methods of the species and all collectives within such.

      So - what Science has given us is a detailed mapping of our nature as a
      neuron-dependent life form and that covers the reduction of all
      communication to neural dynamics - there is no thought 'free' of neural
      activity and as such all thought is grounded in patterns of
      differentiating/integrating and the mediation of such. BUT the issue here is
      that a consequence of such a scientific perspective dominating world
      perspective is in the emergence of a post-modernist mindset where all
      specialist languages are seen as dynamics around analogy/metaphors and as
      such interchangeable and as such social constructs and so 'any metaphor will
      do' in the interpreting of reality (and so in living a life - you can be an
      Astrologer or Mathematician or an Historian or a Biologist, there is no
      definite 'advantage' as such in any to elicit a 'good living')

      What this brings out is that science has reduced things to the point of
      mapping mindless evolution as being pragmatic in its adaptations, mixing
      metaphors is allowed, is demanded, for successful evolution and this is at
      odds with the other end of the scale where we have singular being and so
      high level specialisation, strong focus on precision, where it is considered
      that there are 'advantages' in asserting one's own context rather than
      adapting to any context. This brings out the transcending nature of the
      singular as compared to the transforming, 'shape shifting' nature of our
      particular species nature.

      From a philosophical position there are issues with the realm of the
      singular in that its high level, positive feedback, focus creates borders
      and so lets loose what lives on borders - complexity/chaos dynamics. This
      also covers an increasingly competitive nature and so issue re personal
      freedoms in a social species. This demand for mediation has to be monitored
      in that if it gets out of hand so it allows mediation to dominate (and
      self-reference as we focus on the mediation of mediation etc) and so create
      a perpetual sense of uncertainty to be taken as if universal reality rather
      than local reality - and with THAT comes high energy expenditure locally to,
      possibly, conserve energy over the long run (we discover a 'new', more
      efficient instinct/habit)

      The focus on identification of 'laws' and the 'objective', combined with
      high level competition, brings out security seeking and so an
      over-protective nature where positive feedback over-amplifies some 'little',
      low probability, state into something essential, vital. This elicits a loop
      where exploitation is met by protection and THAT is met with exploitation of
      the protection! As such the 'flaw' due to mediation dynamics means a realm
      that is exploitable for profit (short term, local gains - capitalism will
      exploit any 'uncertainty' and as such is the basic economic system for a
      mediation-dominated, and so local, fast moving, culture)

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