Universal brain theory

Ever been in a stressful or anxious situation, lets say “end of year exams”, and the absolute unthinkable happens. You are doing pretty well, but when you get to key question for the exam (the one you need to pass to succeed), you have no idea what it even means. You rack you brain, trying to figure it out. Then in a sudden blast of inspiration the answer hits you! Just like that.

Sound familiar?

Perhaps your a public speaker, you’ve prepared some notes and your passionate about your subject matter. It all rolls of your tongue. Your going great, following your prepared speech. All of a sudden you forget the entire English language! You flounder, pause and try to breath. An idea pops into your head, one you hadn’t prepared and you go with it. The speech is a success, and you have no idea where that idea even came from.

Lets discuss universal brain theory.

Feel free to google it first, because you won’t find this there. I credit my father for coining the term for me years ago, but I also like the idea of calling it inter-connectivity brain theory.

The above scenarios have a couple of important things in common, in both situations stress was a factor, and the other thing is that information that was not known became known for an unexplained reason.

What is information exactly? At least in the brains sense, information is stored and received via the neural network. This information is clumped together into groups of neutrons and electricity is a catalyst for releasing the information (or creating a memory for example).

What if, in moments of stress, the brain was able to pick up electricity from outside sources… say the thoughts of a person sitting 3 metres away? Its already proven that electricity can travel thru atmosphere or without wires in the air (thanks Nikola Tesla), and the brain is an complicated organ that uses electricity to create/interpret information. Couldn’t this create a possibility that one could pick up thoughts that others have transmitted? Thoughts that have dribbled out of the mind, into the air and picked up by someone else?

I am pretty aware that this sounds pretty half-baked. This is all in good fun, and while its an interesting concept I don’t swear by it, have evidence for it, or even truly believe it. Operating on the belief that this theory is true can create some answers to some behaviors that are troublesome to answer.

Such as “psychic” experiences. I could go into alot more on these, and the science of creating a scenario to make someone believe you can “communicate with the beyond” or something like that (look up “cold reading” if you like). What if, a “psychic” person was just someone who had slightly better capacity to receive/interpret information via electricity in the air? They aren’t communicating with the beyond, but rather communicating with some idle thoughts in the mind of the person being “read” to.

How’s about ghosts? The idea that seeing some figure in a stressed or anxious situation and attributing it to people from the beyond. What if your just seeing the image of someone elses memory, transmitted to you?

What do you think?

 

p.s this is probably why I shouldn’t write when I am trying to sleep :/

~Dicemaned

 

further reading that may interest you

http://thescienceexplorer.com/brain-and-body/our-brain-waves-can-be-transmitted-electrical-fields-scientists-find

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/35/48/15800

 

On being a diceman #2

In my previous blog, I discussed the ideological nature of embracing chance (On being a diceman #1). While this is one starting point, It was not the point I began at. The idea of following the “chances” decision as a means of interpreting my essence is a pretty passive one, and one that does not create a worthwhile sense of “self”

Today I wish to discuss the active elements of embracing chance in your life. This will be dealt with at two levels; The practical level and the personal level.

To embrace chance in your life in a practical sense there is a couple of ideological standpoints that need to be a core component of your way of thinking. Luckily, these are pretty good general sets of advice anyway and something I have strived towards for some time… these are;

  • Accepting that any or all experience can be a positive one
  • Understanding that I am capable of anything I put serious effort into (apart from physically defying the current physics of this universe)
  • Embracing chance and in a state of constant reflection/observation

To further delve into these, I provide the following examples:

1. On the whim of a dice roll, on one late evening I asked it “should I walk home from perth train station (the local city centre) or wait 45 minutes for the next train (it was super late, like at 2am, and I was somewhat inebriated). The dice said to walk, and during this walk I was put into a scenario of being chased by two unwholesome individuals who wanted my wallet. I managed to run away, but my god did it hurt afterwards. Most people would consider this a negative experience, I considered this experience to be a valuable lesson in “its time to get fit Ed”

2. On another whim of a dice roll, I asked it “Should I start to write poetry”. Prior to this experience, I had very little practical knowledge of it, and the learning curve was very steep. After some time I feel my poetic abilities have improved, and this mostly derived from practice, and reading A LOT of poetry online and in books (thank-you fellow bloggers by the way). I still have a ways to go, but I certainly feel like I have progressed in this.

3. On yet another whim of a dice roll, I asked it “should I be anger or tired today”. I subsequently spent the next 6 hours being angry at all manner of things. Upon reflection, this allowed me to vent out some much needed stress, and also got me to see many things in a new perspective. It was a valuable experience.

So that is the ideological standpoints I adapt in my dicing. In a practical sense, the only thing you need to do is…

Identify something that requires a decision (or a choice in how to act/behave etc)

In some way list some possible choices/solutions to that decision

In some way allocate a way of producing a random result that can determine different items on that list (for example, in a list of 2 you could flip a coin. In a list of 6 you could roll a 6-sided die etc)

Follow-thru with that choice wholeheartedly and fully adapt that decision as if it was your natural choice. (this step is the hardest!)

This last step links in with the personal level of embracing chance.

and this one is slightly more complicated, and hopefully my capacity to articulate this into meaningful explanation is sufficient.

Typically, and according to certain Greek Philosophers, everyone has a dominant personality (not dominant in that way master). These can be split up in a variety of ways, some suggesting there are 4 “types” of people (these being the Sanguine, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic*) -check out Hippocrates writings for more there.

However you identify things, there are characteristics in people that one would consider to be their “main” characteristics. Ask someone to describe themselves and you will probably get some of this from them.

So when an individual encounters a problem that requires a decision to be made, this decision would normally be made in such a way that complements how that individual would normally act. For example, my ‘way of thinking’ is typically a logical and observational one, so if I encounter a problem I will seek data and try to understand that problem completely before I tackle it. You could say I am Melancholic.

However, a part of me, a recessive personality, would see the problem in a empathetic way, or an impulsive way, or so on.

This is where the dice/chance come in.

Upon deciding on a course of action to take, I can identify different ways of dealing with the problem that I typically would not normally consider.

Allowing me to experience viewpoints and outcomes of problems in a way that I would not normally experience. Often this leads to negative scenarios, but this is all just a learning process (everything can be, after all positive right?)

The last thing to discuss if to incorporate both the practical and personal into an example that can explain both, and here it is.

Lets say I go to a Pub. When ordering a pub meal, my dominant self would typically order the parmigiana (its a pretty safe meal, delicious and cover with cheese, whats not to love!). However, some part of me might want the steak, another part of me wishes I was vegetarian and wants the tomato salad, another part of my thinks I should fast and have nothing. I choose the following list for my 6-sided die to decide on:

1-2: Order the Parmy

3: Get the steak

4: Get the tomato salad

5: Get nothing, you felt fat today

6: Ask the staff what they would like to eat

You may notice that I gave more chances to the Parmy, this is my list after all and I choose the odds, either way it gives your recessive personality a chance to experience what it wants (so don’t do 1-6 parmy, a waste of time)

Now apply this practice to any to all decisions.

On that note, this has turned into an essay into itself, so I’ll leave it at that.

If you have any questions, want to know more or feel this requires more clarification let me know via a comment or an email

Or if you just plain think I’m loony, let me know too

Thanks for reading all this way 🙂

~Ed

 

*Sanguine: Typically the extrovert. Active, vibrant and socially charismatic.

Choleric: Extrovert as well, but more goal orientated, independent and tend to enjoy being in charge

Melancholic: The introverted analyst. Meticulous and more observative

Phlegmatic: The empath. Typically more serene and quiet natured, they are more of the supporting encouraging type

On being a diceman #1

You may have figured out from the blog title and other cues that I seem to have an obsession with dice. I am here now to refute this thought of yours, my actual obsession is with chance.

No not the monopoly one (though it does operate on a similar level)

Rather, embracing chance and understanding how it influences everything around us all.

Recently I have touched up upon essentialism (short definition: all beings are inherantly born with purpose, usually imbued from a higher power). This lost favour around the 1920’s and was existisentialism rose in popularity (we create our own purpose and are not inherantly born with meaning).

Understanding and embracing chance bridges the gap between these two ideas. It allows the non-pious to cover their arse and gain a degree of spirituality.

Being non-religious myself, my perception of religious ideas are one of prose and interpretation. A person wrote the bible, another group of people expanded on it, interpreted it, and thought it would be a blooming good idea to use it to amass wealth.

If there is a god I do not believe that any person could interpret or directly communicate with “god” so nothing humanity produces is related to gods will.

But

If we assume a “kind benevolent god” that is omnipotent and omnipresent then “god” then they would know how a dice falls, and its repercussions.

So. If I say… roll a die, and if it falls odd I eat pizza, if it falls even I eat salad. An omnipotent god having it fall on a three tells me “enjoy a meal and eat for pleasure”.

And if there is no god, then its just a random chance, and a bit of fun.

Which is ok too.

In future blogs I will continue this on with how chance can influence your decision making process, and how it can expand both your capacity to adapt and experiences as a whole.

-Diceman

A thought whilst I sushi train

I have often been labelled “analytical” in my approach to problem solving. While I shall not refute this (certainly not to the extent of confrontation) I seek now to re-establish my label.

I would prefer to be called observant.

Whats the difference you ask?

I consider someone who is analytical to be metric focused. They prefer to gather the data before considering the options. While I do have an acuity when it comes to reporting or data, I generally would prefer to seek wider range of sources to solve my problems. Gather a group of people, have them discuss it and watch hows solutions unfold.

Additionally, I visable see most peoblems/opportunities arise from behavioural sources, rather then a need to pin it down to a metric.

Completely understand if this all is irrelevant to anything, I simply wished to potentially clarify my position for future communicative efforts.

-ed

On passion

So a friend of mine told me the secret to successful writing (and success in other areas) was to be passionate about what you are doing.

Now, I know what they were trying to say, without drive most projects fail before starting.

But I hate the word passionate, and the implications it has for giving advice.

Anyone who is already passionate about a project does not need to hear that as advice, and anyone who is not passionate about a project is not helped by being told they have to “love” the project to get it done.

Passion for something cannot be switched on/off, nor can it be achieved thru effort. In love-making, telling your partner to be passionate won’t make them a better lover, if anything it would create anxiety. If they did not already have that passion towards you, then you telling them to won’t make it magically appear.

There are many things in life that we must do without passion. Its unfortunate but how many of you are working in a job you dislike so you can progress thru your studies? How many of you are working at a job you hate but working towards a promotion that you will like? Or sustaining a family? These are things that do not require passion for the project/job, but need a drive towards a greater purpose/goal.

Either way, please don’t tell me to be passionate. That is not a learned behaviour, but an observable one. It is not something that can achieved by focusing on it. Better yet, tell me to find my passion. Then we can talk

Well, we can always talk, but who will listen?

~Diceman

Forced perspective

You may of noticed in recent posts the influence of very existentialist ideas(and off branch/similar schools of thought).

There is a reason for this.

I could feign ignorance or save face by suggesting it was centred around a deeper search for meaning, that it arose from an urge to explore my place in the world.

It was not this.

At the start of march I wrote down a list of 6 schools of thought, that I would adhere to as closely as I could over the month. These were

1. Scientific focus

2. Religious zealot

3. Existential philosopher

4. Emotional intellectual

5. Grammarian

6. Dice advocator

And i forced my perspective into that frame this month. Its been interesting.

Would you like to suggest some frames of mind to explore for next month? I will be rolling on it soon 🙂

Til next time, find happiness in this vast cosmos we are in.

Peace.