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The Believing Neuron pt. 5/17 | Theory: How to see the 3D way


“Consciousness is a transparent brain representation of the world from a privileged egocentric perspective.”Dr Arnold Trehub

a Theoretical Model of how we visualise 3D space

a Theoretical Model of how we visualise 3D space

Figure 1.  A. Non-conscious creatures. E1 and E2 are discrete events in the physical world. R1 and R2 are sensory transducers in the body that selectively respond to E1 and E2. R1 and R2 signal their response to unconscious processing mechanisms within the brain. These mechanisms then trigger adaptive actions. B. Conscious creatures. In addition to the mechanisms described in A, the brain of a conscious creature has a retinoid system that provides a holistic volumetric representation of a spatial surround from the privileged egocentric perspective of the self-locus — the core self (I!). For example, in this case, there is a perspectival representation of E1 and E2 (shown as E1′ and E2′) within the creature’s phenomenal world. Neuronal activity in retinoid space is the entire current content of conscious experience.



Retinoid ''self'' System -

Retinoid ”self” System –

Figure 2. – The self system (Trehub 2007). Neurons at the self-locus anchor the I-token (I!) to the retinoid origin of egocentric space. I! has reciprocal synaptic links to sensory and cognitive processes. Damage to the neuronal mechanisms below the dotted line results in cognitive impairment. Interruption of the synaptic link between the neurons at the origin of retinoid space (the self locus) and I! results in loss of consciousness.

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The Believing Neuron pt. 4/17 | Synaptic States

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What are some |stoopid| things smart people do?

^-^   vs    ^-^

hahah.. this post is dedicated to all of you little minionz ,some wisdom ups for now by declaring 10 facts that trick your uber-complicated relation with existence.


1. Ignoring the importance of design and styleother ipod useWhen the  iPod originally came out, technical people complained  about its lack of features and perceived high price (“ooh, who cares about another MP3 player; I can go buy one at Best Buy for $50.”) In the meantime, it was so cool and easy to use that normal people went out in droves to buy it.

[a bit of hipster friendly example .. dont be happy u hipsters what u deserve is waiting in the corner]

 2. Following the pack ALL FOLLOWMany smart people often seem to be followers, probably because they grow up spending so much time pleasing others via academic and extracurricular achievement that they never figure out what they really like to work on or try anything unique. Smart people from top schools tend to flock into the same few elite fields, as they try to keep on achieving what other people think they should achieve, rather than figuring out whatever it is they intrinsically want to do.

[ thug life is and has always been  a smart first move for change..Extraterrestrial]

3. Failing to develop social skillsswanson_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85

Some smart people focus exclusively on their narrow area of interest and never realize that everything important in life is accomplished through other people. They never try to improve their social skills, learn to network, or self-promote, and often denigrate people who excel in these areas. If you are already a good engineer, you are going to get 10x the return on time spent improving how you relate to other people compared to learning the next cool tool.

[hmm …bacon stripes .. bacn stips (extreme saliva flow atm)]

4. Focusing on being right above all elsetumblr_lyj0zflPe51qmxvwlo1_500

Many smart people act as if being right trumps all else, and go around bluntly letting people know when they are wrong, as if this will somehow endear others to them. They also believe that they can change other people’s minds through argument and facts, ignoring how emotional and irrational people actually are when it comes to making decisions or adopting beliefs.

[our well known chill-ninja fella above still murmurs about being no.4 ..]

5. Letting success in one area lead to overconfidence in others JackHidesBallLakers

Smart people sometimes think that just because they are expert in their field, they are automatically qualified in areas about which they know nothing. For instance, doctors have a reputation as being bad investors.


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Gettin into Pareidolia [loading 65%]

if we are not too scientific, we are too straightforward to be fascinated

pareidolia may have helped early societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible for our ancestors.

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Simple def. [wiki]

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.

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Evolutionary advantage

-Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being faces.

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The “Magic” of Lithium \\

Hardcore archive play for now — back to ’03 thinkin’ with no sense of dignity,

“Lithium … is the lightest of the solid elements, and it is

perhaps not surprising that it should in consequence possess

certain modest magical qualities.” —G. P. Hartigan, psychiatrist


Lithium is used routinely to even out the extreme mood swings of patients with manic-depressive illness, or bipolar disorder. Increasingly, however, it is also offered to people with depression. But a growing body of evidence indicates that this compound can literally keep people who are at risk of suicide alive. In 1998 lithium pioneer Mogens Schou of the Psychiatric Hospital in Risskov, Denmark, pulled together the results of various studies of lithium as a suicide preventive and observed  that people not taking the drug were three to 17 times as likely to end their own lives as depressed people who took the medication. Likewise, Schou determined that lithium reduced suicide attempts by a factor of between six and 15.

It can cause hand tremors, constant thirst, frequent urination, weight gain, lethargy, reduced muscle coordination, blurred thinking and short-term memory deficits. People on it must also have its concentration in their blood assessed regularly to ensure that it is within the therapeutic range: the drug is usually ineffective below 0.6 millimole per liter of blood serum and can cause life threatening toxic reactions if the level becomes higher than two millimoles per liter.

How does it exert its salutary effects? Despite a number of tantalizing leads, researchers are still not certain. “It’s hard to say at this time,” says Ghanshyam N. Pandey of the University of Illinois. “There are so many modes of action.” Lithium is thought to affect tiny ports called ion channels on the surfaces of nerve cells, or neurons. As they open and close, ion channels admit or bar charged atoms that determine the electrical potential within the cells, thereby dictating their activity and ability to communicate with other neurons. Scientists posit that the drug stabilizes the excitability of the neurons by influencing  the ion channels or by skewing the chain reaction of biochemical events that occur within an excited cell.


A drug only works, though, if someone takes it properly. In the May 2002 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Jan Scott and Marie Pope of the University of Glasgow reported that half of a group of 98 patients who were taking a moodstabilizing drug such as lithium failed to stick with their drug regimen. Yet, the researchers noted, just 1 percent of scientific publications on the subject of mood stabilizers looked at why patients did not take their lithium as prescribed. J. John Mann of the New York State Psychiatric Institute says that a major factor in noncompliance is the human desire not to want to think of oneself as ill. “There’s a natural reluctance to take any medicine long-term,” Mann explains. “When a person is depressed, they have a problem imagining ever getting better. When they’re well, they can’t imagine getting sick again.”

The side effects of lithium also play a role. Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University who studies manic-depression and suicide—and who is a manicdepressive herself—has found that the most common reasons patients stop taking the drug are cognitive side effects, weight gain and impaired coordination. In her moving memoir, An Unquiet Mind, she recounts her own struggle to come to terms with the fact that she will probably be coping with lithium’s side effects for the rest of her life.

Copyright © 2003 by Scientific American,

part of –” Why? The Neuroscience of Suicide”  by Carol Ezzell  —

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Syncronicity~\Taste it like its MSc.

Goodmorning bots!.

Hopefully by now you are familiar with scientific terms used in previous articles…good.

Playing it back2back with Apophenia (yes click) we ll be arguing with a common to yOu readers phraze




Mind Streaming Continuation


Being aware of everything going on around you, and controlling this ability to perform smth like that..

..makes ur high confidence start up

Such performances.. of achieving extreme excellence, are hard to obtain and furthermore.. rarely found..


Correct situational awareness

[=ability, in order to be good at tryouts as wanabee Wonderkids]

consists of:

  • extracting information from the environment

  • integrating this information with relevant internal knowledge to create a mental picture of the current situation

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  • using this picture to direct further perceptual exploration in a continual perceptual cycle

  • anticipating future events

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…defining Situational Awareness as the continuous extraction of environmental information, the integration of this information with previous knowledge to form a coherent mental picture, and the use of that picture in directing further perception and anticipating future events.[Tick]

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Improving SA

Enhanced Safety through Situation Awareness Integration

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Introducting Apophenia // Leave 0.05% out and GOTCHA

Yo my minion readers.

Until now you have responded quite well to all the “wisdom” posts in the FG. So we decided to kick up the level of your intelligence with a series of new articles

Please enjoy and get some XP points asap..


We find ourselves in an unquestioning, patternless existence where everything occurs seemingly without reason.

There is no learning from experience: “Once bitten, twice shy,” becomes “Once bitten, never shy,” and the rhythms of the natural world are unappreciated


Lets take alook

How We Believe (Times Books),Michael Shermer.Scientific American(+),

‘’I argue that our brains are belief engines: evolved pattern-recognition machines that connect the dots and create meaning out of the patterns that we think we see in nature. Sometimes A really is connected to B; sometimes it is not. When it is, we have learned something valuable about the environment from which we can make predictions that aid in survival and reproduction. We are the ancestors of those most successful at finding patterns. This process is called association learning, and it is fundamental to all animal behavior, from the humble worm C. elegans to H. sapiens.’’

Hmm..[believing that we are 70% on the same page here], a sample connection example is tested

Using evolutionary modeling(aha) and having a demonstration through it, Harvard University biologist Kevin R. Foster and University of Helsinki biologist Hanna Kokko in ’08.. tested the theory and tried to have a gist out of it:

They begin with the formula pb > c,

where a belief may be held when the cost (c) of doing so is less than the probability (p) of the benefit (b). For example, believing that the rustle in the grass is a dangerous predator when it is only the wind does not cost much, but believing that a dangerous predator is the wind may cost an animal its life. !!

Gist: natural selection will favor patternicity..whenever |the cost of believing a false pattern is real| is less than |the cost of not believing a real pattern|

[Our goal is to never fall under 80%.. Although reaching a high barrier consists a lot of  mind streaming continuation]



-weakness of human cognision=pervasive(to any direction) tendency of human beings to see order in random configurations


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”the entire enterprise of science, after all, is the organized and rational search for order in the seeming randomness surrounding us'(skeptic)   + “Science is not formal logic, it needs the free play of the mind in as great a degree as any other creative art.”(believer) =“merely noting patterns or coincidences is not proof in and of itself but, applied properly, can be the creative leap needed to devise new and testable hypotheses.”(DBS Sceptic)

Being a bit fussy[open for anykind of fight] could never really help anyone, so lets experience the  proposed INJECTION on  meaningful coincidence in life

  • Every coincidence is meaningful
  • It  happens to everyone but the person far best qualified to comprehend them is the one whom they occur to
  • It  is usually confirmation of whatever it is you are engaged in at the moment.
  • All meaningful coincidences(Synchronicity) are indeed signs pointing us in a specific direction at the most opportune moment.

~Creativity + Apophenia~

[Bonus to start with +5%] Brugger describes a “‘relativity of creativity,’ i.e., [a] continuum from creative detection of real patterns at one end, to the ‘hypercreative’ interpretation of patterns in ‘noise’ [randomness] at the other end.”

Leonardo Da Vinci, utilizing this tendency in order to harness the creativity of his students, advised them to :

Look at walls covered with many stains . . . with the idea of imagining some scene, you will see in it a similarity to landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, broad valleys, and hills of all kinds… also battles and figures with lively gestures and strange faces and costumes and an infinity of things which you can reduce to separate and complex forms.

[Nothing but net]

Apophenia, in its more benign(!) state provides us

1)a powerful tool to make sense and safety of the world and people around us.

2) it is a well-spring of pseudo-science and nonsense, an irrational leap bypassing reason and rationality.

science fiction

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