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Deepermind Philosophy 9/30/20.

Deepermind Philosophy

Deepermind philosophy is an attempt to combine advanced teachings in neuroscience, computer programming and spiritual teachings into a flexible understanding. Being open-ended, it continues to evolve, bringing information and inspiration from all quarters. The reader is encouraged to use different search engines on the Internet to enhance understanding and verification.

Many people have an authority-based belief system. The authority might be their parents, a church, or some other organization.

Deepermind philosophy aim is to equip people with the tools needed for independent thinking.

If you want the "real" truth, one must figure it out for themselves.  It is hard work.  One this website, we will look at fundamental ideas that can be used in the formulation of a personal belief system.

Team Thinking vs. Individual Thinking

Large numbers of people like the feeling of being part of a team.  It is their village, their family, and their belief. For fellow team members, there is much love and agreement.  For someone outside their group, they are likely to be treated with much disdain. 

In contrast, the Unitarian Universalists (UUs) believe in doing good above religious creeds. They are independent thinkers but have come to the conclusion that having high moral values, in terms of giving people the freedom to be both happy and responsible. 

The Deepermind website goal is to help people in their independent search for truths and a philosophy that breeds direction.  

It is easy and common to find fault in religious beliefs; it is much more difficult to find out the good points of everyone's beliefs. One has to understand semantics, psychology, and many other subjects to see why people are attracted to a particular belief system or a particular culture. 

Some underlying points are at work. For example, love is an underlying factor that keeps people together as a team.  The best combination is to be part of a team, with individual thoughts with depth.  This is in contrast with being shallow and believing what the team believes without independent thought. 

In the figure below, one can see that it is a combination of how much we value being part of a team and how deeply we think about things.

 

Team vs. Individual Thought

Wrong kinds of thinking has created wars, pain, and anguish. It is important to consider that everyone has their own slant on things. One person's pleasure is another person's hell.

If clear thinking is much more productive and healthy, why do people insist on going along with their team without any independent thoughts?  They tend not to think about the consequences of the ideas that they are being exposed to.

Memes

On a subconscious level, they are been exposed to memes without knowing it.

A meme (pronounced similar to "mean") is an idea or other information that is passed between people unknowingly. For example, if you wore mismatched shoes, you would get funny looks and most likely want to change shoes.  Memes can be innocuous (such as changing shoes) and funny.  They can also powerful and responsible for religious dogma, political propaganda, and strong nationalism.

Memes can make a smart person dumb in some areas. For example, a person who is lonely might feel close to a person who believes the earth is flat.  Here, the person is trying to conform, to fit in.  As this relationship continues, he may find that he is meeting more people who also believe the earth is flat.  After a period of time, he slowly gravitates towards the ideas that his new friends express.

Memes are powerful psychological forces that work below one's radar.

Advertising heavily relies on the use of memes to convince people to buy their product.   A catchy jingle, repeated exposure, and even subtle commands make it all work.

Reality

So what is really true? What is reality?  Most people think that all you need to do is open your eyes and there it is.  But it is actually more complex than that.

The Two Realities

There are actually two realities- one in the outer world and  one in the mind.

If a person reaches for a glass of cold water (for example), touch sensors in the hand generate temperature and pressure signals that travel along nerves from the hand, through the arm, and up the spinal column.

At the same time all the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell) are used to generate a simulated model of what is going on around us. Actually there are more than five senses including pain, heat, balance and proprioception (Proprioception allows us to know where our limbs are located, and if they are moving.)

To be more precise, these two realities need to be given names.

  • The Distal World (Physical Reality)

  • The Proximal World (Simulated Reality)

Distal and proximal are medical terms. Distal means distance.  Proximal means close.  The head is distal to the feet. The heart is proximal to lungs.  So one world is closer to us and the world is distant.

The Distal World

The distal world is measured by scientific instruments directly.  It best described in terms of mathematics.  One could visualize it as vast swirl of force fields and quantum particles. There is no color, sound, feel, taste or smell here. It also can be seen as just massive amounts of numbers.

The Proximal World

In the proximal world, the world that closest, things are made into cartoon like images and sensations including color, sound, feel, taste and smell. All this is simulated as signals from the distal world are integrated by our brain. The brain  paints a picture that can be understood.  What we see is the art generated by a simulator. 

The proximal world paints of world that good enough to keep us out of trouble, and can even entertain us.  If it did a poor job, we would did not make it through the evolutionary selection process.

Simulators

Simulators are mock ups and are not real, but seem real.  For example, aircraft simulators allow a person to practice flying an airplane without danger. If something goes wrong, everything can be brought back to normal.

But modern simulators are built so convincingly, that even an experienced pilot will really get scared when, for example, an engine failure occurs.

So there is a distal physical world out there that we don't "see" but sense.  There is a proximal world that is a computer-like simulation of physical reality.

Differences Between Distal and Proximal Worlds

Usually we take it for granted that the distal and proximal worlds are identical.  The brain has to make assumptions in order to process information quickly.  In an emergency a fast brain keeps the person alive. The assumptions are actually shortcuts.  The shortcuts become apparent when we study optical illusions.

There are also riddles that can be solved by knowing about the proximal and distal worlds.  For example, there is the story about a tree that fell in the woods. There was nobody near the tree when it fell, so did the tree make a noise when it hit the ground? In the distal world, of course there was a noise, but in the proximal world there was no noise at all.

The proximal world is always a creation. The brain makes a red apple red.  Red is a sensation generated by the proximal world simulator.  But this is not apparent to most people.

All Proximal Worlds Are Not the Same

Over time, no two proximal simulations are the same.  In other word we all see the world a little differently.  This causes one person to love a painting, and another person not to like it very much. The same applies to food or what think is nice to wear.  And it also applies to people. The same person might be attracted to one person and not to another.

Subconsciously, people who wear certain eye glasses, might see the world smaller than it would be seen by people who are not needing A nearsighted person wearing their glasses sees everything smaller than a person without needing glasses.  Seeing everything smaller can make them feel larger.

The Simulation of Ourselves

Part of the job of the proximal world simulator is to simulate ourselves. For example, people with anorexia or bulimia see themselves as being much fatter than they realty are.

The Simulation of Simulation

A television show is a simulation that is re-simulated in our brains. Here there is the proximal, television and distal worlds all existing at the same time.

Spiritual World

At this point the reader can some of these concepts to figure out for themselves if there is a spiritual world.  Is it a simulation, or another world similar to the physical (distal) world.  It could be a world of information.

If it is a world of information this is where animals get information on how to do things. Watch a robin look for food on what looks like a empty lawn.  But the lawn is not empty for the bird. The bird knows where the insects and worms are located.  The same is true for even a rock.  A rock knows how to conform to the laws of nature, as it is connected to this information world.

The reader is asked to consider questions concerning life after death, reincarnation, and feeling the presence of the divine.  What part does music have with the spiritual world?

Dreaming

Then there is a matter of consciousness and dreaming.  Is dreaming part of the spiritual world?  More so, is consciousness due to the fact that we are sprits living in a spiritual world, and we are attached to the body to interface with the material world.

Lets look more closely at dreaming.
 

There are three types of dream that occur during sleep:

  • Regular dreams are easily forgotten, as they are not vivid or very meaningful.  If fact they are apt to be illogical, and hard to remember.

  • Lucid dreams seem very real, tell a story that can be remembered.  Sometimes a person can get insight into something that was part of the dream.

  • Reality dream are common extensions of what happen during the day. We go dancing and we dream about dancing. We ride a bike, and we ride a bike in the dream. ordinary reality)

In regular and reality dreams it seems that the brain keeps consciousness going even though the proximal simulator is being repaired. Perhaps during sleep, the proximal simulator is given a rest, and a secondary proximal simulator is responsible for our dreams.

We might assume that the daytime the daytime proximal simulator is taken off line during the night so that its memories can either be filed away for later use, or destroyed.

But what happens during lucid dreams? Where is the input data coming from?  We do not know, but we could speculate that is coming from the spiritual world

Ordinary Reality and Dreaming

Don Miguel Ruiz expanded the word "dreaming" to include what we experience during the day.  From his point of view, we are always dreaming and experiencing life.

In his book "The Four Agreements" he explains that we are always dreaming. 

Are We Dreaming Our Daytime Dream or Nighttime Dream?

How can we tell are asleep and dreaming or if we are awake? Waking consciousness has several characteristics:

  • Consistency: if we leave our socks in the back seat of the car they will stay there.

  • Cause and Effect: if we see a broken glass on the kitchen floor we can assume that it fell.

  • Consensusness: If we see something together with another, we can assume we both see about the same things.

  • Collaboration: If talk together, we can usually share the same ideas and confirm what is said. 


More Than One Proximal Simulation

There is only one distal (outer) world.  But there are many different ways of sensing this distal world and thus there are many proximal simulations.  Animals see the world differently from humans for example.

What is interesting is that the same human can have different proximal simulations by wearing sunglasses.

If a person puts on colored glasses or even more vividly polarizing sun glasses they will see the world differently. If a person looks though polarizing sun glasses at a particular type of automobile window they will see colors streaks in the glass. Take off the glasses and the colors go away.

Another example, when the light is dim a person sees in night vision (black and white) using the rods in the retina of the eye. When there is enough light, the red, blue and green cones take over and we see in color. This is just our perception, and the color of the light does not change when the light grows dim.

So what the senses report depends on many factors. The world look different depending on how we look at it.


The Gestalt View

The Gestalt View allows us to expand the boundaries of the proximal simulator to include proximity, similarity, closure and simplicity in addition to simulation of the plane distal world.  From the Gestalt View things are taken as a whole, rather than individual pieces. The underlying nature of a situation is considered important.

Historically the gestalt view was founded by Max Wertheimer as a rebellion against Wundt's molecularism.

Brain Organization

One of the first examples of dividing the mind into a hierarchy was Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

But more fundamentally the mind has the more primitive levels that deal with keeping the body alive and responding to danger and sex. At this primitive level, the brain works hard to keep us alive, taking measurements of blood pressure, oxygen, blood sugar, etc.

Higher levels use language and abstraction as key factors producing the normal experiences we have.

In order to do create normal experiences, we have an world simulator within the brain that keeps us informed as what is going on around us.  This simulator I call the proximal simulator.

 The proximal simulator acts as a map of the outer distal world. But there is a great deal more going on in the brain. 

At a higher level, the brain supports our more human experiences. The brain is a vast complex biological machine that requires an elaborate organization.  There are probably many hierarches and levels.  When we mull something over, can you imagine the number of comparisons, scenarios and visions consciously and unconsciously at work?

From a reductionist point of view, the brain at the microscopic level is teaming with little parts.  There are a 100 billion brain cells (neurons), each connecting to an average of 7,000 synapses.  A synapse acts as chemical switch for signals that travel on nerves that connect neurons together. A young child may have a quadrillion (10^15) synapses! This number declines with age.

(However, the number of prokaryotes [one celled animals without a nucleus] in the world is far greater, as high as
25 x 10^29)

Manmade organizations are much smaller and simple in comparison to the brain. Religious, military, and business organizations are simply not in the same league.

At a less reductionist level, the brain can be seen as made up of departments and sub-departments.  Some of these departments are autonomous (self governing) and may rebel against departments higher up the hierarchy.

If a department does not work with higher authority and gets out of control, it would most likely produce conflicts and cause the brain to go out of balance.  For example, if the department that likes dope takes over, a person centers their life on getting high instead of being high (Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass 1978).

Therefore in order to be sane, there needs to be a government of the mind, and executive department to direct the show. 

Tasks and the Goal Process

On the task level, each department has one or more tasks to perform and accomplish their assigned goals.

All tasks can be broken into smaller tasks.  A task at any level and complexity can be broken into three processes: why, how and evaluation.

Why... New tasks must have a motivation.  The motivation is created when a need appears and upper management thinks something should be done about it.

How... Next a plan must be devised to accomplish the goal. Many plans may be reviewed, and in the end what seems to be the easiest and the one that will create the best results will be selected.

End product evaluation... Once a task or project seems to be completed, it must be tested to see if it works, feels right, looks good, and if it will last.

Inspection

It is most probable that most tasks require inspection. If it is not working for any reason it could be abandoned, and replaced.  Each task is subject to review by an Inspection Process.

At any time a task may be reviewed.  Things may have changed and the task must be altered or killed.

During the period between birth and the early twenties, large numbers of the neurons are killed.  The number is in dispute, but some sources say 80%. Synaptic pruning also takes place.

So we can assume that tasks are eliminated and that the brain becomes more effective with the clutter and cross purposes of too many synapses and brain cells.  Tasks that are no longer needed are pulled from memory and the neurons die.

For example, say we are playing tic-tac-toe.  If we remember every move we made in the past it will be impossible to select the best move.  Instead it all comes down to "put the "x" in the middle."

After the late twenties, the number of brain cells stabilizes, and new brain cells are created.  Older age people due to aging and diseases such as antimeres.

 For simplicity sake, we could assume that each task process has an inspection process as shown below:

This is a huge simplification of what is really going on. When we perform the same task, it usually is done each time with slight changes. Sometimes we don't care so much and let things slide. Other times we try to improve the process.

By mentioning the inspection process, we set the stage to claim that the brain works through hierarchical methods. The inspection process, supervises a task on a lower level.

The reason to claim we have an inspection process deals with depression.  If a person becomes depressed the first aid is to make yourself do challenging and meaningful task.

If a person is clinically depressed, electroconvulsive shock treatment may be performed.  Perhaps the treatment resets the inspection hierarchy and it allows the inspections to reboot.

Executive Brain Cells   

When the departments within the brain are pulling together the person does not feel inner conflict.  Each department is in harmony with each other.

Our Soul

The word "soul" is defined here as the mechanism that allows the feeling of being alive and the awareness of the passage of time and nothing more. Like a flashlight shining on various brain tissue, the soul moves around working with different departments of the mind.

The executive area of the mind has limited access to all the facts and figures from the lower parts of the brain simply because there is not enough room for all the nerve connections.  For this reason, people who think as a team have their lives are governed by "I believe..." instead of trying to figure it out by themselves.

Belief in God

According to a Gallup poll (2017), 87% of Americans believed in God.  There must be something that makes this belief attractive.

The universe seems to be built by an intelligent Being.  This Being seems to understand mathematics as most of the laws of nature reduce to simple algebraic equations. 

There seems to be intelligence in the universe. The birds do not go to school, yet they can find food somehow in a lawn that seems so barren to us.

Rocks do not study how to behave, but they follow the laws of physics exactly. When they are thrown they know what path to take, what speed to move and when to lay back down on the ground.  We learn from the rocks how the universe works. 

So seeing the effects of some force that makes nature work the way it does, perhaps if we try we can tap into this Source.

Link Between Source and Our Soul

One of the proofs of God is the feeling we get when we are close to God. Out soul can travel from the top brain cells upwards towards the Source and receive wisdom.  The same mechanism works for the top brain cells. We can find peace and direction only by going towards God (if you like beyond the top brain cell).

Much of this is mysterious, but try to reach towards this power and see what happens when you have a reference and do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you need to choose the right way.

Without a reference there would be no right or wrong.  Science is a tool, and a very good one, but it is not a religion. It can change as new things are discovered.

We Need a Reference

With pure science, there is no right and wrong.  Science is descriptive and is not set up to give advice on how to live your life.  If you select a mate by filling out a form, how wrong this would be on many levels. First the prospective mates would easily say would you wanted to hear.

The Inspection Process

The inspection process inspects our tasks for proper motivation, good process and makes sure the goals reached are worthy.  Going up the hierarchy the inspection process to work at all needs a reference.  This reference information is passed down the hierarchy.

In psychology the highest level a person can be is just normal.  Is this average, or healthy or what. 

Fundamentally we need rules based on what makes people whole and reliable.

Unbelievers in The Brain

What if some department does not believe in the top brain cell message?  The Inspectors can kill the neurons. They are powerful and in a good person have the right wisdom to make a judgment.

Self Correcting Departments

In some cases, a department in the brain knows something is wrong and can fix it.

In an experiment, some people were fitted with glasses that made everything look up-side-down.   Within about two weeks the brain flipped the image right side up.  The department knew how to fix the problem.  Then the experimenters removed the glasses It took another two weeks, but the same department flipped the image back again.

Inspector Getting Out of Hand

If the hierarchy of inspectors start shutting everything down, this leads to depression. This happens when we lose someone who we love.  All the memories concern about the person have to change from center stage to just a memory status.  Many circuits have to be unplugged.  It is a major operation that takes somewhere six months to be accomplished.

The process can be speed along by making tasks happen.  Doing a task that is somewhat hard and important, starts the tasks to start working again.

Emotions and Brain Chemicals

There are many different types of synapses in the brain. Some are very fast and others take a few weeks to make changes.

Some synapses are chemical in nature.  The chemicals they secrete flow to adjacent synapses.  A sleeping pill can take the whole conscious brain and put it to sleep.

Chemical synapses can effect emotions across the brain.  Feelings of happiness, sadness, and so on are based on chemicals and the neurons that direct their release.

These types of chemicals do not travel down a nerve, but set the scene for a global experience.  These are our emotions and feelings.

Relationships and Feelings

Being in love, from a logical point of view, means accepting someone else's frame of reference. We do things for people we love.  We talk to people we love and it feels good.

We get lonely we lose our reference.  Thinks do not matter as much when there is nobody in our life.

Our emotions actually define our love ones.  If we lose the ability to feel love, the people we used to love seem like impostures.

Our Reference Can Not Be Changed Easily

It is almost impossible to change a person's belief system. They are attached to what they believe because it is reference.  They trust the reference to the highest degree. Religion especially creates a very strong reference system.

A reference system could not be a reference system if a person could easily change it.  Because it is very slow and difficult to change, we can assume that it is isolated from the rest of the brain.

Asking Our Reference System Questions

If we assume what has been discussed is true, we should be able to ask God (or Source) questions.  But in order to get an answer a person has to be in "high consciousness."

The God I am talking about made the universe, and will not change it just for you. This type of pray will not work.  What will work is to work with God to solve a problem.  If someone is sick, you can work with the person to get them closer to their reference instead of wishing they would feel better.

Higher Consciousness

Higher consciousness can be explained rather well by understanding what are known as charkas. A charka is a stare of consciousness.  Traditionally there are seven charkas. You may think of them as different energy centers or nerve centers. The charkas include:

  • Fear Charka -High sense of threat relieved by flight or fight

  • Sex Charka -Seeking the pleasure of a climax

  • Power Charka -Wanting to control people for pleasure

  • Heart Charka-Feeling the awe of love

  • Teaching Charka-Feeling of passing experience and knowledge

  • Intuitive Charka -Deep knowing and belief

  • Crown Charka -Being with Source

The first three Charkas stimulate the nervous system and limit progress.  The last four Charkas calm the nervous system and allow access to reference.

Random Mind

A person loses control of their consciousness to the point the consciousness can be of random nature.  Silly thoughts are experienced. Music plays in the head. Some call this Monkey mind.

Since only one thought occur at a time, random thoughts can be stopped by concentration on something.  By chanting the same word over and over again, the self can regain control of the mind. Similar to chanting, concentration of the breath can control the mind.

Meditation

There are different forms of meditation.  One is to remain quiet and watch the world go by. Another is to control or merely watch the breath. By being unattached to one's thoughts and feelings and just observing the self, the mind is given a rest and resting is like good sleep.  It is refreshing.  Meditation is useful to help a person fall asleep.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness means being in the present.  Be aware of what is going on.  It means watching ones thoughts and feelings.

The past is no longer here. The future is never here.  The only thing is real is the present.  We can learn from the past and that is good. We can plan for the future and that is also good.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis is a general term for mind control.  A person can let an operator control their mind or they can control their mind themselves. When the mind is controlled by one self whether meditation or mindfulness is being used.

If you are having sleep problems, Lina Grace has healing videos that are designed to relax the mind so that one can get a good night sleep. 

Feel free to browse around on this website using the Deepermind Table of Contents. I recommend certain books which support many of my ideas.

Feel free to write me if you have questions or
comments.

My email address is:

     george@deepermind.com

 

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