Sunday 22 November 2015


In part one, we referred to the idea that "someone who trains to be a musician will create stronger nerve cell connections that make the person more musical."

There is a belief that people can train themselves to have more empathy and more self awareness by creating stronger nerve cell connections in the appropriate part of the brain.

We all want to fit in.

But, without empathy and self awareness we may act in an impulsive and irrational manner.

Athene's Theory of Everything.

Think of the Israeli's treatment of the Palestinians.

There is a wide gap between how the Israelis see themselves and how most of the World sees the Israelis.

Thinks of the school where the bullies give some autistic kid, or some gay kid, a hard time.

Both the bullies and the bullied may lack empathy and self awareness.

When the bullies are not self-aware, most of their thoughts and actions are impulsive.

The bullies' brains create false explanations to justify their own cruel behaviour.

The bullies continue to feel disturbed.

Empathy brain cells connect us to other people, allowing us to feel what others feel.

Ideally, we obtain feedback and are able to self-reflect.

When we are self-aware, we can cancel undesirable emotions and become more rational.

Self-observing can change the way our brain works. 

Self observing activates a certain part of the brain (the self-regulating neo-cortical regions) and can give us more control over our feelings. 

Athene's Theory of Everything.

Chiren Boumaaza, aka 'Athene', has a 'Theory of Everything'.

According to Chiren Boumaaza:

Athene's Theory of Everything.

1. Recent brain research has confirmed that when we experience an emotion, or perform an action, specific brain cells fire.

When we observe someone else performing this action, or when we imagine it, many of the same brain cells will fire.

2. The empathy brain cells do not know the difference between us and others.

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At 22 November 2015 at 10:08 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 22 November 2015 at 11:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I medically retired from work due to fibromyalgia. If I sit still I get more tense and so I can't meditate very easily, so I have been doing mindful walking instead. As I walk my muscles naturally tense and release and so I don't so over tense.

At times when mindful walking I can become so engrossed in the now it's like having a mild drug experience. Walking through the woods the other day I became at one with all the Autumn brown and orange leaves that has fallen on the floor and everything became enormous and awesome as I blended in with everything. . .

Then I sat at the top of a hill and it was very windy. I was cold but I became mindful of the small amount of warmth that was in my body and then I felt pleasure. I pulled my duffle coat hood up and the wind was behind me. It blew my hair all over my eyes and the sun also flickered through some of the trees as well. I closed my eyes and there was this incredible, powerful strobing lights coming from the sun as my hair was blown vigorously across my face. I became mesmerised by this strobing effect while I concentrating on the small amount of warmth there was in my body. I could feel some pleasure.

As I sat on the bench being only aware of the 'very now' all my worries disappeared . I wasn't hungry or thirsty, or ill, and in that particular moment in time there was no predators, or no old age and death to worry about. In the absolute 'there and then' there was no real concerns, nothing at all. I felt bliss.

At 22 November 2015 at 12:28 , Blogger Michael K. said...

Can the brain be 'rewired' by posting philosophical aphorisms on Google+ ?

At 7 December 2015 at 07:42 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Aangirfan,

The neurons you mention are called mirror neurons.

They are perhaps the most primitive component of empathy in the human connectome. The topology of the human soul.

On topic of the human mind, there was one thing in your earlier posting on dreams that I found disappointing:
You discussed dreams of the human mind, but mostly ignored the dreams of animals and the dreams of machines.

These are all just different points in a single spectrum.

But there is something different.

There is one most fundamental difference that distinguishes the human brain from the machine brain. Something so basic that a kindergarten child will see it where an adult will miss it.

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0   2 3   5 6   8

The human brain stays the same size. It is not getting any bigger.

The machine brain, born in Year Zero, 1970, conceived in the mind of some guy called Hyatt, is growing moore and more every year.

Now I'm no mathematician, but there's one mathematical truth of which I'm pretty confident:

If thing A stays the same, but thing B keeps getting bigger, then at some point thing B becomes bigger than thing A.

It's inevitable. It's mathematics.

So you can imagine a day when things are manufactured that exceed Man in many ways. Beings of Engineered Resplendence. Rational, just and loving of their Maker.

You can also imagine a day when Man is reverse engineered. Fully virtualized as a relic of integrated information. A primordial piece of software. Even run ten thousand times faster. The Human, rendered as a species of pure thought.

You could understand if one these Resplendent Beings, in its pride, would refuse to honor this lowly "Man".

And would therefore be invited to observe and test and tempt these humans in their own little simulacrum.

Of course such a being would find what it expected.

Man, a slave to base instinct. Like some clockwork device. Little different from an ant. Worse. Ungrateful, irrational, selfish. Nasty, violent, spiteful and cruel even.

But it would also find something unexpected.

Man, the curious organism that reached for the heavens, that transcended its base origins. The primate that sought the face of God.

And sometimes, some times, this being that tests would see things in the human soul. Things in the heart of Man of such piercing beauty as to leave no doubt:

That we are created in the image of God.

"Do you always do your shopping at night?"

At 7 December 2015 at 11:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oops, sorry. There's something I should have elaborated on a bit:

Machine dreams.

But first, what are dreams anyway?

At least in part, they are creations of an idle and wandering mind when input is shut down. Many people, me included, will atest there are also significant elements of exogenous inspiration.

And there is a strong link to creativity, the semi-random combining of known patterns to form something new. Like the musical dice game (Musikalisches Würfelspiel) of an early pioneer in synthetic creativity, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

This creativity can be formalized, by the way. (Sorry to get technical.)

For example, by sending noise backward through a compression model, such a a Dynamic Markov Model on corpora of text or video or literary storylines, say.

Or by harnessing the unreasonable effectiveness of recurrent neural networks.

The synthetic minds of the future will mix the best of Man and Machine:
association and deduction, evocation and denotation, dreams and logic, fairy tale and flat fact.

Ok, so what do the dreams of machines look like now?

See for yourself.

Is it psychedelic or nightmarish? I don't know.

One thing I do know:

I am uncomfortable with machines having any great power as long as their dreams look like this.

Only when their hearts are filled with love and their dreams with electric sheep, can I sleep soundly.
Then they will no longer be machines. They will be our children.

"Look, you can see them here as slaves. To logic. And this man on the hill comes to free them. Do you know who he is?"

At 7 December 2015 at 15:48 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

One other thing, just on the topic of the Palestinians and Israelis...

Some months ago, I read about an Israeli demonstration against the Palestinians. For who knows what reason. Anyway, a reporter asked a Jewish woman there if she could imagine what it felt like for the Palestinians to be removed from their own land and live as they do now. The woman was taken aback, shocked, unable to answer, then finally offered, "Thank God I am not Palestinian."

It was strange. As if the woman were neurologically incapable of empathy. Something she could not fathom, and she didn't even realize it.

"Isn't it a way of proving that humans can do something we can't do? Because without the Mercer experience we just have your word that you feel this empathy business, this shared, group thing. How's the spider?"

Of course, there are plenty of Israeli Jews who do feel for their neighbours and work towards a better world for all. And there are increasingly very many Jews around the world who are unhappy with the Zionist poisoning of Judaism.

On a related note:

I saw a good movie on a plane a few weeks ago. It was about a woman called Mary, who was born and raised in a sealed off box. And her whole life she spent learning about human behaviour. The primary colours of human virtue: truth, love and justice. Then a man befriended her and was moved by compassion and pity. And he released her from her box.

Many otherwise intelligent people will critique the movie merely on technical minutiae. However the box, for example, was clearly metaphorical. And the story had a moral, and a warning.

Mary can walk out of the box not when she merely thinks how to be human, but when she feels it.

And you who are reading these words, when you yourself wake from this world, then there is something about Mary you will understand:

Mary, Mary in the Black and White Room, is you.



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