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Chapter 1

Deepermind Philosophy Overview 1/15/21.



My Story

I used to be Catholic and enjoyed believing Catholic dogma, as everything was in its place and that was nice.  As I grow older I discovered science and that it did not jive with dogma. Science and Catholicism were worlds apart. There was a very deep conflict.  I wanted the truth so much. I broke away from Catholic Church. I studied General Semantics which said words are maps, and they should reflect the territory.

I started to read about other religions.  Where they better? I was suspicious about the books I was reading so I bypassed them. I went to the various religions, join many of them one by one. 

 Hinduism taught me how to chant.  The Sufi's taught me about intense chanting which was hypnotic. The Baha'is taught me about a succession of Christ like beings called Manifestations and spiritual emotions.  The Buddhists taught me about detachment and meditation. 

In every religion, there was the worship of ancient ideas, a reverence for "if it is old enough it must be holy." Some ideas were too pious, such as Buddhist's ideas about letting insects bite you. Most had a leader and special books that were to be never questioned.

I wanted to figure things out myself, to be modern without throwing away what was old but worked. I really wanted some religious philosophy that took the best ideas from all religions and believed in science. The closest thing I found was the Unitarian Universalist religion that allow everyone to build their own believe system or theology.

 Church Truth vs. Scientific Truth

Until about five hundred years ago people believed in there authority, and there was little call to find "the truth." If you started to think for yourself, it was your inner truth.  During certain periods, if you disagreed with the Church big time, you could be charged with heresy and tortured. 

Around the 17th century there were people who were beginning to do science. Anatomists were dissecting the human body and they did find new things, but nothing to suggest that everything was made up of earth, water, air, fire, and aether which was the Church's view.

Astronomy vs. The Church

The study of the planets and stars was more interesting before our modern day electronic entertainment.  Outdoor lightning has lit up the sky, so we cannot see the grandeur of the Milky Way.

Before modern astronomy, must people believed what they saw.  For instance, the sun rises from the East every morning and sets in the West.  It seemed natural that the Sun moved across the sky because it was revolving around the Earth.

If you assume that the Earth is not moving, then the Sun does move around the Earth.  And so do the moon, planets and the stars.

But if you try to make sense out of their movements, the job becomes very complicated.  Sometimes the planets move backwards.  If we hold the Earth still, it is almost impossible to predict the path of the planets across the sky.  Even the sun does strange things.  It moves around sky lower in the winter and higher in the summer.  If we go to the Southern Hemisphere, it is summer down there, while it is winter here.  Just too complicated.

A much simpler way to look at it is to let the Earth move. In this version, Earth turns on its axis once a day, and revolves around the sun once a year.  The planets revolve around the sun. The planets closer to the Sun move faster, so Venus and Mercury seem to move backward and speed up as pass us in orbit.  The seasons are produced due to the tilt of the Earth.  When the North Pole points more to the Sun, Northern Hemisphere experiences summer. 

The Catholic Church dogma stated the Sun moved around the Earth. Science disagreed.  It was far simpler to allow the Earth to move.

Some Astronomy History

The astronomer Nicholas Copernicus in 1543 (some 65 years before the invention of the telescope in 1608), discovered that the Earth and planets moved around the Sun. Using observations of the planets and working out the mathematics, Heliocentric theory was shown to be true.

The Italian academic Galileo in 1609 heard of a new invention, the telescope. He brought one with about 3x power, and made improvements until he achieved 20x power. 

According to history, Galileo was the first person to look at the heavens.  What he saw made him question the authority of the Catholic Church. He saw the moons of Jupiter move around Jupiter, and the phase of Venus. There were mountains on the Earth's moon.  This was not in the Bible. This was further proof that the Earth and planets revolved around the sun.

The Bible has Errors

Gradually people began to question authority.  But the Christian religion and the Bible are very popular today especially in the United States.

Yet the Bible was wrong. More so, the Bible contradicts itself. It approves slavery as being normal, and indicates that women are inferior to men.  There are mixed teachings such as "an eye for an eye" (Old Testament) and "turn the other cheek"(New Testament)

My Personal Religion

So I invented my own personal religion. I call it Deepermind. It is based continuous revelation (Baha'i) so it is up to date and what is said is updated as more is learned.

It is very effective medicine.  Its good for the mind AND the spiritual heart.  It works. If something does not work it is removed.

 It means that many ideas dear to older religions are released. For example, pray does not work at all when we ask God to change physical law.  God made the universe, and He/She will not change it on your whim.  But you can change though prayer, especially if you pray to be kinder and other good things.

There are parts of all religions that we can learn a great deal. For example, some passages in the Bible ring with truth.  For example, if you plant a tree and does not bear fruit, cut it down. (Bible, Luke 13:9). So this is exactly what I am doing.

There is so much truth in the world.  You can find it not only in science and religion, but in poems, music and entertainment.

Science is king of the physical world.  Wisdom from many sources is king of the inner world.  The Bible is horrible when it comes to the physical world. Rain does not come from cisterns (firmaments) in the sky. Science is horrible in helping you inner world.  Science is based on proof through experiments.  Do you want to experiment with your life (run down the street naked and see what happens) or turn to wisdom both modern and ancient.

It is Complicated with Block Diagrams

To understand things, it is best to sketch things out,  Draw diagrams, define terms, and see how the blocks relate to each other. You might guess I used to be a technical writer.

My block diagram has 17 things in it.  It is hard to find a single word that fits all the blocks.  Some of them are concepts, some are department, some of them are large parts of the universe.

Major connections between the blocks are indicated by arrow.  Since this is extremely general and at a very high level, at the lower level, all the blocks are connected.

People who have missing blocks, are often in trouble.  If you have no spiritual emotions such as love, something is missing in your life for sure.

 If you have trouble with the word "God", call it top brain cells. The top brain cells are beyond your conscious mind and pretty much independent and resistant to change.  If the word "soul" bothers you, consider it a interface to the top brain cells.

1 God

If there is right and wrong then there must be some spirit that makes the determination.

If we study science, there are patterns and equations that indicate that some intelligence created the universe. God is a mathematician according to Mario Livio. 

I know this sounds crazy to some people, but I have talked to God, and He/She answers my questions.  Sometimes He/She says do my homework. Study.

One time I asked God about Pi.  Why is it such a crazy number.  God told me that he made ellipses and circles were man's ideal. So I tried to find the ratio of the circumference to the two diameters of a ellipse. There was absolute equation, only equations that gave approximate answers.  Prior religions often see God as mean and harsh. 

2 The Soul

The soul is the interface between God and the spiritual emotions (Baha'i).  The soul has a ladder which we must climb to reach the atmosphere of God. We must express our love of God if we are going to be in God's grace.   The soul gives us wisdom and the knowledge of right and wrong. Some prior religions teach that God places us in either heaven and hell. Instead, departed souls may work with God to guide other souls. God is extremely smart and loving.

3 Spiritual Emotions

By grouping all emotions as either spiritual or earthy we can clearly see which ones are better (Baha'i).  Spiritual emotions are joyous, meaningful, and loving. Having spiritual emotions is one of the proofs that spirituality exists. With spiritual emotions we have the insight we need to be complete human beings.

4 Beliefs

People can believe in nothing or anything.  Beliefs give us and direction. Former religions place emphasis on unchanging dogmatic beliefs. Many of these beliefs are truly ancient and may have originated with early primitive man.

A good beliefs system needs to verification or at least should help produce good fruit. Reason, science, logic and wisdom must be included.

The simplest explanations that includes all the facts usually the best one (Occam Razor).  Beliefs can passed between people unconsciously through memes. Prior religions will not update their teachings, so disproven theories such as astrology and a young Earth are still live on.

5 Insight

Insight receives input from the soul and gives clarity to consciousness.  Parallels spiritual emotions. Insight is often neglected due to lack of insight into one's self.

6 Consciousness is experience of being alive, and being an experiencer. Consciousness is fueled by the spiritual and earthy emotions. Being alive is magical.  We can only focus on one or two things at a time.  We can have more than one emotion at the same time, but it is difficult to think two thoughts at the same time. Consciousness gives energy to ideas so new ideas and solutions are found. Consciousness is like a light that shines on everything from objects in the physical world, people, and our own insight into ourselves.  We dream we are alive.  Conscious is the little green man in us we call our self. It is the big crack in the Cosmic Egg of science.

7 Self

The self is I behind the I.  Its who we think we are.  We have different selves, depending on our current role such as mother or father. We can be hypnotized so the self is become what the hypnotizer wants. The self can be defined as the source of our personality, mood, and state of mind.

8 Purpose

Many people have little or no purpose and seek entertainment and earthy pleasures to distract themselves.  For people who have purpose life has meaning and direction.  Purpose can be earthy or spiritual, strong or weak.  Purpose gives direction to one's life and a will to do the right thing for themselves.

9 Body

The body provides interface between the physical world and the inner life.  It generates earthy emotions (pain, hunger, fear, anger, etc.) and earthy pleasures (warmth, protection, eating, sexual thoughts and activities, health, etc.) The body is extremely complex.  It includes many systems on different levels (chemical, cell, organ, nervous system). Brain activity parallels all that we do.  Brain functions can be localized in certain cases, but also may be distributed. 

10  Earthy Emotions

The earthy emotions are driven by the body.  They are more primitive than the spiritual emotions.  These emotions are raw in nature and similar to those of an animal.  Bad earthy emotions are more likely to occur when the body is tired or under stress.  Pleasurable earthy emotions include satisfying urges to eat, have sex, to exercise, feel safe.  See Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

11 Tasks

Conscious tasks are selected by the self and unconscious tasks are performed automatically.  First a motivation is generated due to the presents of a need. The need is examined and different processes are considered.  In certain situations speed is essential.  A plan is created and the work begins.  If there is a problem, a new plan is generated. When the goal is reached, pleasure is found. If things go wrong, the person may give up, or try another approach.

12 Relationships

Love is the most profound emotions know to human beings. Romantic relationships can comprise one of the most meaningful aspects in life and a source of deep fulfillment.  It is as if the brain needs to integrate with another brain for assurance and critique.  The lack of love in young children can produce profound problems later in life.  Psychologically neglected infants have been known to die due to lack of love.

13 Imagination

The imagination was developed in early man in order to survive. Estimating danger was critical.  Imagination kept tribes together, with stories told.  Stories were woven into songs that tribes memorized.  Today the imagination is the source of tales in moves, television and books.  The imagination is tightly integrated in our inner worlds as explained below.

14 Inner World

We do not see the world directly.  It is generated by taking the data our sensory equipment (eye, noise, hands, hears, etc.) and forming a model of what is around us.  The model includes information from all parts of the brain.  The inner world is an simulation, but a pretty good one.  What we see seems real, because it is closely tied to the physical world.

15 Language

Our language allow us to think abstractly, use our imagination, and communicate back and forth with others.  It allows us record information through reading and writing. 

Words are like a map.  A map provides information about a territory. Words provide information about the subject matter.  A map is not the territory itself, and words are not the actual subject matter. Thus we point to the moon and the word "moon" is just what we call that round ball of rock and craters in the sky. In another language, it would be called something different.

When discussing religion, politics, and philosophy, this distinction becomes important.  Just because we have a word for something, does not make it real.  We have to define the words we use when we talk about abstract ideas. 

16 Music

Music reflects our emotions.  There is music for every emotion.  If we are sad, sad music can smooth our soul.  If we are playful and happy, rock and rolls can invigorate us. There is music to study by, and religious music to lift our soul.  The brain seems to work with waves and rhythm in ways we do not understand.

17 Physical World

The physical world is made up of wave, fields and particles.  If it were seen directly it would just be meaningless data.  This is the realm of science. Using the scientific method, of careful observation, experiments and refining the observations, experiments over and over again by different scientists, there is a body of knowledge collected about the physical world.  Engineers use this knowledge to build our technical world of cell phones, computers and all the other modern equipment we enjoy.

The Origins of Religions

I have wondered why religions were created.  I found a good answer in a book titled "This Believing World" by Lewis Browne. 

Browne takes us back to the beginnings of civilization. Life of early humans was based of fear of the unknown. Life was hard.  People died for often mysterious reasons and the primitive mind made up spirits that where everywhere. An overwhelming fear pervaded their tribes.  Everyone suffered and their main concern was basic survival.

Tribes of about 200 members allowed for several hunting groups.  The hunting groups needed organization so they would not overlap territories and hunting strategies.  Leadership was needed to accomplish these tasks.

 Leaders did not last long because they were often wrong and no food was found.  It was mostly a matter of luck.

Tribes that had long term leadership where more successful with a stable government that inspired confidence, security and optimism, and keep members calm, allowing rational thinking and effectiveness.

Leaders easily lost confidence especially in hard times. If the leader could deflect blame to the tribe, instead of himself, if things went bad it was no longer their fault.

Because their was a strong belief in spirits everywhere, tribal members wanted to make the spirits happy so they would not bring problems to them.

As rituals evolved, the leaders became more rigorous in their "understanding" of the spirits. They required certain rituals and strict coherence to the observing taboo protocol.

If the spirits were not pleased, then bad luck followed. But the leader now could say its your fault. This is where the concept of sin came from.  But the leader was not to blame for bad luck, it was tribe members who were sinful.

The Origins of Modern Day Belief

Most of the western religions today insists that to be a member you have to belief in their doctrine.  But it was not always that way.  Beliefs prior to 17th century were thought to be more of an inward quality.  People were somewhat free to discuss the ideas in the Bible or Quran.

Today, science itself has become a religion itself.  The theory of the "big bang" has been detailed, yet now body was there.  The only evidence of the big bang is that universe is expanding based on the red shift of far away galaxies.  It is a good story, but it will change as we learn more about the universe.  Science is a method of investigation, not a collection of religious facts.  Science encourages us to discover more facts.

If you find that taking a shower in the morning works well for you, you have made a scientific discovery about yourself.  In the same way you investigate various practices such as mediation, prayer, and chanting and see if they work.  This is science in the true sense at work. 

Being Happy

One way to be happy is to have a lot of friends who share common interests.   Having a lot of friends seems a good deal.  All we have to do is make others happy. The process has its drawbacks in that you do not have time to be intuitive and understand life in a deeper way.

Being intuitive allows one to explore themselves and their own abilities. Having a lot of friends, and no time for yourself blocks your own understanding.  

Religion's Dark Side

On the dark side, religion can cause much suffering.  Homosexuals have been tortured, science has been replaced by doctrine, prayers have replaced good deeds, religious wars have led to great destruction.

It is important to see the wonderful benefits of religious beliefs and also the evil of just going along and believing.

General Semantics

General Semantics help me break away from the Catholic Church. Most Catholics strongly believe that "The Bible is the inspired, error-free, and revealed word of God." This is untrue because there are many scientific errors and contradictions in the Bible.

General Semantics is the science and art of understanding and being understood.  We use symbols and symbols use us.  General Semantics is the study of symbolic systems and how these relate to our nervous system. 

Think of words as being pointers. They point to a meaning we are thinking about.

Think of meaning as the territory. The territory can be real or imaginary, but it is still a territory.  We can use many works to point to the same object or idea.

The same words can mean different things to people who speak different languages. For example, the word "gift" in Scandinavia means married, and also means poison in German, Danish, Norway and Sweden.

The basic meaning of the word "Allah" in Arabic is God. In a finer sense, the words "Allah" and "God" could be construed as different. If you connect the words to different beliefs of Christianity and Islamic faiths then the words stand for different things.  In one sense you are using a broad flashlight and in the other sense you are using a narrow laser light. 

We have to be careful to make sure the speaker and the hearer are using words with the same definitions.  For example, one speaker may be using the word God to mean a personal God, and another speaker may use the same word as an absolute ruler who is always correct.

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General Semantic teachings helped me break away from the Catholic Church.

 

You can build a new reality though words.

General Semantics  

Semantics is concerned with the meaning of words.  Going beneath the words, one can help create common meanings that helps everyone understand each other.

Memes

Like everyone else you have your current beliefs.  Lets take a minute on how you were convinced that you knew the truth.  Some people were told by their parents what was true and perhaps this was never challenged.

Another way of coming to believe in a certain way is to be influenced by what is called a "meme" (pronounced similar to "mean.)

A meme is simply an idea or other information that is passed between people unknowingly.

For example, wearing mismatched shoes in most societies would cause people to give you a funny look.  We are molded to a higher extent that most realize to dress, act and talk in a certain way.

This applies to political ideas, religions, customs and family traditions.  Memes are heavily used by the advertising agencies, and they work.  All it takes are repeated phrases, jingles, and pictures.  Television advertising works.

 

Twin Realities

Most people feel that they are in the world.  Actually our brains generate our world.  Colors only exist within our experience.

Within the brain is a world simulator that is so good we think it is real.  Think of a blind person's reality. Try to describe colors to this person.

Some people care color blind, and some women can see more colors that other people.  These women have an extra cone receptor in their eye.

 This is why you like certain foods, art and fashion that other people do not share with you.

You can have two realities within your own body.  Get three tubs of water, one cold, one hot, and one room temperature.  Hold one hand in the cold water, the other in hot water for about a minute.  Then put both hands in the room temperature water.  Each hand will feel a different temperature.

You can do this with your eyes.  Hold one hand over one eye in a bright room.  After a couple of minutes, turn off the lights and uncover the one eye.  The eye that was covered will see better in the dim light.

Science focuses on the physical world (distal world) and most of the time we focus on a simulated world (proximal world) which is created with our brain.

Distal and proximal are medical terms. Distal means that two parts of the body are distance from each other, whereas proximal means two parts of the body are close together.  The head is distal to the feet. The heart is proximal to lungs. 

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.

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