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The first time someone has a new experience, they have no real notion of it, no category by which to sort or compare those experiences, their brain simply remembers it.

The second time someone has a new experience, it is familiar because of the previous experience, but that’s it. It’s not sorted, just connected.

The third time someone has a specific experience, it’s not just familiar, but the feeling of familiarity … is also familiar. This is typically when someone actually constructs a category for associating all those similar experiences; a filter or list of criteria by which to sort specific experiences into that box.

The fourth time someone experiences something, or the first time after they’ve constructed a category, the experience confirms the category – the idea – and thus they can now, finally, actually think about it.

Four is clearly a minimum.

In my experience, they can’t have all four with the same person or it doesn’t work.realityMT

The following is 100% true. I wish it weren’t

what_theMembers of the East Lansing Police force learned recently that they no longer had to rely on disorderly conduct charges to keep local residents from having fun. In a morning briefing early this week, it was revealed that East Lansing does in fact have an ordinance which prohibits Frisbee-playing in the streets. This reporter’s knowledge of the law is a direct result of illegal frisbee tossing (with intent) near the 500-block of M.A.C. Avenue.

At first, Rick* was warned to “get out of the street” by a passing officer. Knowing the propensity of the East Lansing police to be rather enthusiastic in their requests, if not their respect for the law, we decided that we should all stand on the sidewalks or patches of grass we call front lawns around here. Alas, that was not adequate, as we later learned, when ever-vigilant officer Joey* sped down M.A.C., parked in a ‘no parking from corner to here’ zone, turned on his lights, and apprehended Rick, who did not flee the scene.

rick_local_cop_mikeDuring the discussion, while Rick was being ‘run‘ by the computer, the officer pointed out that he had warned us, and that he thought it was very big of him, since he could have busted us right off the bat. He said we should speak to P.A.C.E. (Parking and Community Enforcement) about his parking, and told us the number of the ordinance disallowing frisbee-playing in the street (3.10a).

We had little time to talk, however, law enforcement requiring his total attention, except for parking or speeding, and ordered that we forfeit our right to watch him perform his duties in public, and watch he and Rick (who was put into the cruiser) from across the street. He said he would be happy to come over, once finished, and answer any questions I might have.

Though it was quite rude, and probably technically illegal, it did allow me an opportunity to abscond with the evidence (the frisbee), and to take some funny photographs of Mandy* flipping off the cop car.

mandyflipSeveral witnesses remarked on the fact that while Rick and the officer sat in the car (most likely discussing the dangers inherent in having any kinds of fun in East Lansing), a P.A.C.E enforcer drove up, stopped, spoke briefly to Officer Joey, and left. The cruiser remained in the ‘no-park’ zone. 20 minutes later, Rick was allowed to leave the vehicle, in possession of a brand new citation, charging him with violation of City Ordinance Number 3.10a.

It turns out that Officer Joey wouldn’t come over…I had to go back to the vehicle, and even so, he didn’t seem to be too happy about answering my questions. I learned that he had been with the force for about 1 year. Though he mentioned, again, that he had warned us, he didn’t seem to care that we had followed the letter of his instructions by getting out of the street. He claimed I should know better. I pointed out that even a relative rookie like himself should know how exacting laws, especially in East Lansing, can be with respect to wording and intent. He responded by claiming I had “an attitude” as evidenced by “uppity” questions and the fact that I was taking photos. I asked if he had a personal or professional problem with simple curiosity.

I did manage to learn that he had been briefed, along with most of his fellow officers, that very morning, about City Ordinance 3.10a, specifically. He further explained that ‘disorderly conduct’ was a valid charge against frisbee-use in the street, and that it covered everything from “spitting on the sidewalk to swearing in front of women and children.” I asked if it was also used, by himself or others, to intimidate or harrass people who were annoying or bothersome, but were otherwise acting in a perfectly legal and orderly fashion. It was at this point that he claimed that he had to “get going,” presumably to take care of some other highly important business.bloom_cig_police

Over the course of the subsequent week, I learned that this behavior with respect to frisbee playing was not unique. Several other local area residents had been challenged, or knew friends that had been cited, as well. Evidently, some crusader had done some research down at City Hall, and was endeavoring to put an end to this menace, which had plagued the city, doubtless since Frisbees had been invented. We can only hope that similar ordinances will be promulgated in the future, against football throwing, soccer ball kicking, or jump rope skipping, to prevent other dangerous ways of having fun in East Lansing. (Skateboarding is already illegal).

Each of the frisbee players had agreed to split the cost of Rick’s ticket, as it wasn’t right for one guy to cover the charge, when many had been tossing the disc. This turned out to be unnecessary, however. When Rick went to District Court 54-B to fight the charge, the District Attorney asked for a dismissal. He claimed “it would be an embarrassment to the city to continue its prosecution.” Thank goodness for the DAs alacrity, else more than just The City could have been embarrassed.

* Names have been changed to protect the guiltygrammar_police_officer

I have a theory that one way to help people (de)program our conditioned responses is to learn the structures of minds that create the pattern, so we can become CONSCIOUS of what we install in our ‘authority muscle.’neuro_bill_nice_read

Before I describe a theory about that structure and the language I think will sell for telling people about their robotic responses, I will offer some primary sources:

Throwing lead to song & language as well as a projective imagination:

http://williamcalvin.com/bk5/bk5ch8.htm

Consciousness is a learned process based on metaphoric language, first inspired by the failure and concomitant re-structuring of an older organization of mind:

julianjaynes.org/bicameralmind.php

There are archetypal ways of thinking that all people, and even many other creatures, share, like the numbers 1, 2, 3, or the ideas of a container, trajectory, boundary or destination:

https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/embodied-mind

OK, here’s the basic structure:left_temporal_lobe

On the left side of the brain, we find the language areas: Broca’s & Wernicke’s areas. They are in charge of syntax, meaning and vocal muscles.

 

They are connected, via the corpus collosum, to corresponding areas on the right hemisphere, which have an indeterminate function.

When those areas on the right side are stimulated with electricity, people hear:

Music.
Poetry.
Elvis.
Harps.
Jesus.
Their dead uncle.
Angels.
Themselves.

Jaynes posits that at one time, people operated unconsciously, almost like a schizophrenic, using rote memorized listy left-brain instructions to get by, and when something didn’t work out, when there was some kind of stress …. the right brain would take over, and tell the left brain, with an auditory hallucination…what to do.

This voice is what the Ancient Egyptians called their Ka, or “personal god” which they ALL had.

The Ka is what you hear … as you read these words.

The Ka is what creates the ubiquitous ‘sensed presence’ effect.

The Ka is what hypnotists grab, when they trick your left brain into focusing on some stupid rote BS.

The Ka is where people get their imaginary friends.

The Ka is what disappeared … and became a new frame of mind, a conscious one … and which caused world-wide stories about humankind’s abandonment by the gods.

The Ka is what came out during the Salem Witch trials.sheeple

The Ka is what Freud called The Superego.

The Ka is the god part of the mind.

The Ka is where “Sheeple” originates…and it releives the stress of coping with inscrutable people…or seeing ourselves as trapped.

Jaynes posits that such a structure of mind explains not only the many examples of villages with a central dead guy but also the massively complex cereal cultures of the Mayans and Egytpians, with each person guided by the internal voice of their boss, and the boss would have the grandboss in his head, and his bosses’ boss in his head, all the way up to the pharoh …. who has “god’s” voice in his head.

The “Tower Of Babel” is the legend caused when a tsunami wrecked the mediterranian and created millions of refugees who all had crazy voices in their heads.

Some of them became conscious.

That loss of god is why so many people use things like prayer wheels or dice or lots or tarot or astrology or or or.. to try to read the mind of god, who has clearly deserted us.

The Delphic Oracle was a young girl, likely trained and lubricated with drugs to fall back into that older state of mind.

Schizophrenia may well be when someone falls back into it, which has been known to occur as a result of extreme stress.

The Ka is where certain messages get installed.

When people talk about ‘planting seeds’ they are talking about installing something in someone’s Ka.

Sound loops, which happen when rhythms or songs have odd beats, occur in the Ka.

Start telling people about their Ka – what’s the worst that can happen?

OK now onto some modern extensions, more speculative;

People can only keep track of about 150 relationships. I believe that limitation is from the Ka – it can only “store” that many “reflections.”

People learn numbers the same way we learn each other; like characters in a atory or people in our lives, by paying attention to how they interact with each other. Perhaps the Ka is what gives us our number sense.

The primary use of the Ka is to relate to each other, or anticipate each other. We cast reflections of other people in order to imagine talking to them or how they might like some offer or suggestion. Most people can imagine deliberations with specific people, even arguing both sides internally…because of the Ka.

Narcisists and other Cluster B personality types misuse their Ka’s, using it to hide from others instead of connecting with them.


Problem 1: How do you protect yours from some kind of ridiculous bullshit being installed?


Problem 2: Is there a reliable anti-ideological system?


Problem 3: How do you make sure your ‘authority’ muscle has something behind it?


Problem 4: Does learning the dynamics protect you … or make you more susceptible?

 

This originally appeared in The State News, Michigan State University’s student newspaper, on June 14, 1999.

I was the “community columnist” writing about the conviction of a student for inciting to riot during the MSU riots after they lost to Duke at home during the Spring of 1999: 


Judgement shows we are responsible for other’s actions

Eva Roberts, an MSU sophomore, spent 17 days in jail for showing her breasts in public. I think this ruling severely violated her. Her tearful confession of deviancy and willful agreement with the conviction and punishment makes the corruption more pure.

bootlikerCriminals, in George Orwell’s “1984,” thanked the police for ‘fixing’ them. Police states always run more smoothly with the consent of the enslaved and oppressed, as countless historical figures have proven.  I was disgusted and am ashamed that my city did this to her.

The ‘crime’ she committed has no victims, violates no rights and exists because of absurd ‘thinking’ on the part of the Michigan Legislature. The punishment Roberts suffered was due to others’ actions, and its severity was increased because of a crime she was not even charged with–inciting to riot.

Punishment of the innocent for others’ actions has been the hallmark of East Lansing’s strategy with riots. CedarFest was originally killed with police tape and ID checks, which were later ruled unconstitutional. The ironic joke is that it didn’t work–the riots are an out-growth of the same influences and mentality.

breastfeedingFirst of all, breasts aren’t dangerous, dirty or bad. Baby food, sexual gratification, fashion accessories and advertising are all considered good things by rational, expressive, free-market societies. Many cultures around the world, throughout history, had no nudity taboo. After all, if we were meant to walk around naked, we’d be born that way!

The law [in Michigan] mandates that all females in public must hide their nipples with an opaque covering, unless they are breast-feeding. But in that case, they already are hidden with an opaque covering!

two_out_of_threeThe motivation for the law is simple. Some people thought strip clubs were dangerous.  Michigan’s legislators, whether unable or unwilling to simply outlaw strip clubs, instead created the current law, the unjust nature of which is due to a double lie. First a tyrannical law is promulgated which is really aimed only at strip clubs, to be followed by the way it was ‘justified’ by generalizing it so everyone’s rights got trampled.

We were all born with nipples. Men’s and women’s nipples are basically the same, so the law is patently discriminatory. The difference between men’s and women’s breasts is the round, bulbous part, but it’s perfectly OK to show as much of that as you want!

The reason for nudity laws is because of the danger posed by other people’s reactions, originally the creation and patronage of strip joints. District Judge Richard Ball gave Roberts jail time because of the deterrent needed to prevent future riots. This implies that Roberts incited to riot, a far more serious charge than indecent exposure, which requires far more proof.

In reality, she probably distracted people who might otherwise have ignited furniture or barfed in flower-beds. Inciting means willfully getting people to riot. I think Roberts was just showing off.

But let’s say the crowd was egged on, that their power of choice was diminished. If they are in command of their senses, they are responsible for their actions. If they aren’t responsible for their choices–which must have been the case, since Roberts was responsible–then breasts drive people out of their minds! In that case the actual rioters should be not guilty by reason of insanity, and we should regulate the exposure of breasts in private, too.

If it was the atmosphere that made people insane enough to riot, then Roberts should be not guilty as well.

But people’s specific reaction to breasts isn’t the issue. For example, I had my friend Joey read this and he said, “I like breasts.”

That Roberts was held accountable for the actions of others is unacceptable. It supports a pointless taboo, punishes her for enjoying herself in a harmless and festive way and destroys the basis of morality.  After all, if our choices do not determine what happens to us, then it doesn’t matter what we do.

And, as long as we are responsible for each others actions, let’s just charge every student $6. Or just bill MSU. We could (virtually) track down all the attendees and charge them each $40.  This logic is dangerously flawed. Unfortunately, the rioters and the lawyers both use it.

For example, since East Lansing’s contradictory laws produce injustice, I’ll just break some guy’s window to show how frustrated and angry I am about it. It’s the same principle: Holding people responsible for choices they didn’t make.

At the Gunson Street fracas, tickets were issued to every house on the street, regardless of specific action by the residents. The people who called the cops (twice!) and guarded their couch (from drunks who intended to light it ablaze) received tickets, which means the cops expected them to keep others from damaging things. Their efforts failed to prevent the riot on their street, so they got tickets.

Therefore, East Lansing wants you to take the law into your own hands.

   I’ll be the guy in the mask.audre-lorde-masters

There is certainly a grand-champion hall-of-famer MOST annoying question, based on how much turmoil it has caused over the last 2,500 years, and based on how easily you can annoy someone with it today, right now.

    Thales of Miletus, the “First Sage Of Antiquity” started teaching his students to ask it while his contemporaries were still teaching them to shut up and listen. That basic distinction can still be used to distinguish a good teacher from a poor one, and “the bucket theory of mind” was formally refuted at least 100 years ago.

The ultimate annoying question literally built our world, because of its critical role in the flowering of intellectual culture in ancient Athens, and again because of its critical role in the Enlightenment, Scientific and Industrial revolutions.

One can rightly consider Western Civilization to be defined by the regular and systematic use of this Most Annoying Question (and everyone knows how annoying Western Civilization is to both it’s enemies and participants.) Without those revolutions, our population would still be in the millions world-wide, instead of on its way to topping out at 12 billion, which means that you and I and approximately everyone you know owes their life to Thales teaching his students this most annoying question;


Q: But How Do You Know?


    How do I know it’s such an annoying question?

    Test it for yourself; try asking it of your child, parent, spouse, boss, employee, salesman, vendor, teacher or student.

   Regrettably, Western Civilization works so well because of the annoying features, not in spite of them.    illspots

If you want to start down the ultimate path, begin with the first thing you can remember.

 

 

boatfall A principle is a relationship, in every case.

When two (or more) items interact, the rules that describe their interaction can only be discovered, illustrated or applied by recourse to the behavior they cause in each other.  A single item cannot teach a principle.

Hence, The Principle of Unity, taught to each of us before we can remember:  Unity is Plural, and at minimum, Two.  We know darkness, because of light.  We know of coldness, because there is warmth.  As our minds were forming, we only become aware of ourselves, when we recognized that there are others.  Who do you suppose is the first person you can remember?

The Principle of Unity has been passed down through history in many ways, some accurate, some not:  There is only One; Opposites come in pairs; 1 + 1 = 3; the Law of Identity.
Many similar expressions exist, because the root notion is the foundation of all knowledge:  You can’t even begin to recognize a principle, until at least two items interact accordingly.  That’s the only way Principles manifest.

A rather cumbersome dialect holds it as the Principle of Category: pictures in the mind (vidéa) associate, based on their qualities, into different classes.  These classes have sub-classes, based on more specific properties and qualia, each member of which predicates the qualities used to recognize the super class.  Ugh! Latin.  Is anyone bored, yet?  Who can possibly trust the language of the nation that invented long-term inflation, some MM+ years ago?

As an example of a major weakness of this formulation:  The qualities you select to define your categories are demonstrably arbitrary, a fact which went unnoticed for 1.5K years, and is still widely unfamiliar, 2K years later, and despite our continued use of their symbols, words, and models — or is it precisely because we still use them?

Thinking in terms of classes / objects / substances is why it can be so difficult to recognize that a dimension of our experience is missing from our language: reification.

A fatal, permanent error exists in the Latin formulation, as well:  What’s the most-general class?

Answer 1:  Oops, I can’t trust this logical formulation to provide useful results.  Worse, I now know that I won’t be able to tell the difference between the useful and the useless, which is the only reason to have any logical formulation at all. (Back to the drawing board…)

Answer 2:  Ainu / Allah / Brahman / God / Yahweh / Zen /  The Rule(r) of Rule(s) / The Great Pumpkin
Translation:  I neither know, nor care.

Answer 3:  Geometry starry_logo_512xjpg(Pythagoras, to my knowledge, was the first to get this close – Kepler agreed)

Answer 4: A system of organization (Aristotle came up with this one – R. Buckminster Fuller agreed.)

                                                            3MOON
Physical Principles

Unlike our planet and moon, the principle that keeps them bound weighs absolutely nothing at all.  Despite their ethereal nature, principles are completely real.  Some have even said ‘reality’ is made of nothing else; there are no items, only principles.  Modern Physics proves it’s possible, and the name of that idea is String Theory.

Though completely invisible, gravity operates on everything we know.  As the tools of science extends our senses into previously hidden realms, we’ve learned that 99.99+% of reality is totally unavailable to unaided human sensory equipment.3earth

It should be no surprise that Universe operates according to invisible recipes.

It seems that humans are designed to (re)discover them, however; such discovery is how humans survive, by employing some principles to improve and extend their biological functions, and being aware of others, as a way of avoiding mistakes. Some say that “man was made in God’s image” because our minds can develop ideas which match the “ideas” that God used to think the universe into existence. Perhaps more literally it means our minds can grasp, simulate and model the abstract relations we experience in the universe and which people really mean when they say “God.” Spinoza’s Pantheism, Deism and Einstein’s Non-Anthropomorphic Conception Of God are aternative names for approximately identical notions.

Speculation is unending about whether the Universe wants us to stay…and probably will be, as long as it hasn’t decided ‘no.’

Principles – the rules by which events occur – possess certain characteristics.  Only a True Principle has all of them.

  1. Always operating everywhere
  2. Have no mass or energy
  3. Expressible mathematically
  4. Learning allows prediction
  5. Employing allows achievement
  6. Ignoring one can be fatal
  7. None interferes with any other

They can certainly oppose each other, as does a star, balancing gravity and radiation to exist.  Throughout it (and, indeed, the Universe), both of the governing principles – matter attracts and radiation explodes – always operate … as does every other True Principle.

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You can see this demonstrated in the operation of chemistry, as well:  Electric forces between molecules operate according to highly predictable and eminently employable principles.  All life is technology, designed in a manner to employ such principles, built of structures which resist deformations because of the strength and geometry of the specific principles which bind them.realityMT

Such structures are experienced as ‘substance.’  The geometry is their form.  Their integrity is why we know they are real:  We can ‘touch’ them, which means when we push on them they push back … though technically ‘touch’ never actually occurs; the resistance we use to notice something is real – the pushback – actually results from electrical interactions between items that aren’t in contact.

freqmapbluebigWhen you sit upon a chair, it is ultimately electric attraction between the atoms in the chair which keeps it from collapsing.  Your weight is transferred down, via electrical forces, into the chair or ground.  This down-pressure converts to an out deformation – a bean bag seems like a structureless chair, but the tension in the fabric that keeps it together is ultimately what stops the down-into-out transformation, and thus stops your down translation.  That is, the tension in the chair (the legs for a regular chair or the tensile stength of the bag for a beanbag chair) stop you from falling all the way to the ground when you sit down (and the chair keeps its structure.)

It is only the operation of structure – the resistance to deformation – which creates an experience of ‘stuff’ and simultaneously defines structure because of that experience. There aren’t really any things or substances. Only objects; event-complexes; something attended to.

Air, for example, doesn’t resist deformation at all.  Though any one particle does have structure, the ‘substance’ of ‘air’ isn’t even there; it just moves out of the way, infinitely deformable.

This is the beginning of General Systems Theory; Principles + Motion + Shape + Experience = Reality.

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