Thursday, May 31, 2018

How does YOUR mind work, and who are the strangers in your dreams?

Experimenters have shown us that electronics are an order of magnitude faster than neurons at making connections, so --- how is the brain so fast?

Think for a minute about how many things you can do at the same time. Think harder, and you'll notice that with training, the brain can estimate an original premise, then modify all the arguments which depend on the premise on the fly. You can see the immense powers of abstraction the brain has merely by listening to music, observing a work of art...
...or acknowledging the immensity of a project resulting from a simple question: "What do I need to do to put somebody on the Moon and bring them back?"

So, the brain is capable of forming multiple pathways on the fly to solve a problem it has become responsible for solving. One can even enlist the aid of other, like-minded brains to work on the nuances of any problem suited to them.

"OK, genius, get to the point," you said. OK:

You have an avatar in your head for every person you've ever cared about, and this avatar can be considered alive.

You use the general pattern of behavior you have observed in others, as manifested in these avatars, to endow images of persons you've never met with imagined behavior patterns.

Immense abstractive power is present in the alert individual to predict adverse conditions, such as attacks offered through the environment. Be it weather or a rival tribesman, the brain can figure out ahead of time what might happen, and prepare. 

This is a survival trait.

You have an innate power to recognize hazardous conditions, and your memories are both extensive and non-verbalized due to their complexity. You have extensive memories of normal human behavior, a sort of Identification, Friend or Foe, and specific memories of the significant people in your life. You remember what they look like, how they walked and talked, how they acted, what they smelled like at different stages of their lives. This also includes other conditions like those found in your neighborhood and car. The sound of rain on the roof. How the lawn smelled when the dew fell.

There are thousands of scenarios you can consciously recall, and others waiting to be brought out into the open by a trigger of some kind. Can you say, "deja vu"?

It is a trivial thing for your brain to populate any dream with realistic people because the rules for normal human appearance are ingrained. The mechanism is the exact same thing that has you running from a poorly-lit shape in the night.
That rule is: unfamiliar = threat.
The rule in your dream is: "People look like {this}."
The rule for a person about whom you fantasize is: "Person should act like {this}."

There is more!

All the loved ones that have influenced your life are "indexed" in your mind well enough that you know, not only what they look like, but what they would say or do given any particular situation.

Your eyes take an image to be processed by the brain, and the visual cortex is huge
You know about optical illusions. Magicians know dozens of ways to fool your brain with physical illusion. Why would you think you actually have to see something for the brain to work with it?

Grandma isn't seeing ghosts. Her memories are so intense that she can see her memories vividly by contrast with the tamer life she actually leads. She wants desperately to see the people and do the things she remembers.

The power of abstraction is so large that people frequently substitute fantasy for reality in order to feel better, because learning, basically the integration of reality into the mind, is often unrewarding, especially when compared to the comfort we imagine seeing our loved ones bringing. 

As long as we remember the difference which ALWAYS exists between reality and our perception of it, we can avoid costly mistakes.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, LIES and Reasoning Deficit Disorder

Dear Students: You have been lied to.

Your own parents, grandparents perhaps, guardians, aunts, uncles, teachers, your representatives in government, the police and everyone else you have looked up to at this point... have lied to you. They have provided many things for you so that you could be comfortable at all times, on the street, in the mall.

At school.

Then, they all promised you would be safe - just trust them.

And then, some overmedicated psychotic with a rifle arrived at that school - and proved to you that you really didn't have any sort of security. You are NOT "safe". Even the police just sat there as he shot you - and every gunshot spoke the truth.

The truth? What the hell can a gunshot say? This:

There is no such thing as a "safe space".

Rough men willing to do violence on your behalf have successfully defended you for years - so successfully that other people near you decided that there just wasn't anything mean or dangerous to defend against. Not only were defenses lowered, they weren't raised again as the country itself changed - as "entertainment" mutated into watching some thug grab his crotch and shout obscenities. As "the people" morphed from citizens into consumers, greedy for the Next Great Instant Gratification, shouting, "Me! Me! Me!", discarding the idea that they were responsible for... anything.

This might surprise you, but clear up into the 1970s, it wasn't any sort of big deal to see a gun at school. They were just interesting machines. We The People didn't shoot anybody, because that just wasn't done. It wouldn't be fair or just. The gun wasn't blamed for anything, because it was (and is!) obvious that no gun can act on its own.
What could be evil about a thing that burns tree bark (not kidding here, that's what basic gunpowder is made from) to throw a piece of lead?
Why, nothing.

The gun has been around for over 400 years, with "modern" designs dating back over 120; they have also been far more available than they are now. I have an ad from 1958 for a Solothern 20mm cannon, with ammunition. Yes, you could have bought it - for less than $200. Through the mail. No one would ask you who you were, much less what you were going to do with it.

So what happened? Once, life was understood to be important, and that the lives of others meant something to us. Now? Not so much for many people, who have been shown, not just told, that things and money come from government, they are not earned, and so there is no purpose to be had in their lives. Why should you be responsible for property when government will replace it if it is lost? Why be responsible at all?
Where's my check?

It is a modern issue that some Americans want absolutely nothing to do with responsibility. They will do anything to shift blame from themselves and/or to try to get another chance to escape responsibility. They also wish to do what they please without accountability, and they resist learning - so the lessons of history, which show us what happens when the people cry to be taken care of, remain unlearned.

• A desire for instant gratification
• A desire to escape responsibility and the real work of learning
• Ignorance of the consequences of leading a life of excuses as to why others should act...

...produced a generation incapable of understanding the real world - which is still a jungle, though it has buildings in it. This generation has been pimped out by opportunists seeking to enrich themselves at the public's expense - yes, the political class.

The incessant crying about this issue has made me think that there is an affliction, a disease, I will call Reasoning Deficit Disorder because of its similarity to Alzheimer's.
As you know, the victims of Alzheimer's know that they cannot make themselves understood and can feel their faculties diminishing. It is reasonable that others displaying emotional infirmity might have a similar problem.
How may it be spotted? Well, consider this: people horrified by the shooting at MSDHS, in Florida, are actually calling for people just like themselves to be disarmed nationwide, in the mistaken idea that criminals will then not be able to get guns like the AR-15* the shooter used there. Such people do not notice that the very same system that fed their living bodies to that lunatic is the one they are now counting on to protect them!

• Cops didn't protect me, so
• Let's make it so only cops have guns

There's where public ignorance of history shows up. Those who study history, or who are merely aware of it, are acutely aware of what a police state looks like (hint: only the police and Army have guns), and therefore, who benefits from the presence of the 2nd Amendment: the citizen.

Question: can you name the purpose and the actual job of the NRA?

The aware know that Federal laws regarding gun possession, as opposed to ownership, are routinely ignored. Yes, your police disregard existing law because it's inconvenient. See someone with a warrant on LivePD© carrying a gun? That's supposed to bring mandatory jail time. Nope!
It isn't a gun, any kind of gun, that has changed - it is the people, conditioned so completely by buying stories inciting fear, that they will surrender everything just to get that promise of safety back. Having been told that shackles on them make them "safe", they cry to be shackled further. For "safety".
As we have seen - it doesn't have to be real safety. It just has to look like it, like the TSA groping passengers.

I include a couple of links that elaborate on the issue so as to save space here...
• It's Elementary - And Not Just A School Shooting
• Larry Correia, Firearms Expert, After The Sandy Hook Incident (includes a video)
• Larry Correia Explains Why The Second Amendment Is A Universal American Right

I include this link to the Federal Form 4473 PDF because many people have shown they do not know what has to happen to buy a gun from a dealer in the USA and its territories.

: I am registered "Unaffiliated", not Dem, Rep or Lib, and I am not a member of the NRA. You might have to invent an excuse not to learn from this post.

* - chances are, you do not know just how many guns are functionally identical to the AR-15, whatever you have been told an AR-15 is, so you might have work to do to make your opinion worth anything.

Friday, October 27, 2017

You think you've seen something important?

It is truly difficult to explain the limits of national desperation to a person for whom loss of WiFi is a tragedy...

I work at a Site that has been in operation for a long time. Yesterday I passed by some... not quite... ruins...
The window faces South.
It says nothing. Can it?
Sixty years ago, this building was new, concrete and glass, two hundred offices, in which obscure incantations and rites resulted in brief but violent magic.
Violent? Not the right word by orders of magnitude.
I spell: N-u-c-l-e-a-r.

Three-quarters of the Earth fears that word, so much so that mentioning the existence of the office behind this window once meant prison, and mentioning some of the words uttered within to the wrong people meant certain death at the hands of Federal agents as ruthless as the Mob.
I spell: C-e-r-t-a-i-n.
Half a mile away, there's an anti-aircraft artillery site, where radar, cannons and missiles watched constantly to see that this place was undisturbed.
Yes. Anti-aircraft artillery. In the American woods. There are seven more nearby.

A quiet man in this office thought deeply, and figured, and figured, and figured some more, and a path opened to him and others like him as he peeled Reality itself for the fruit inside: he could turn a heavy metal and a light one into something brighter than the Sun.

Today, I can walk by his window unmolested. I imagine I can see an older, bespectacled scientist, possibly who knows Albert personally, worried about whether his idea will work, worried about what the guards will say when they see him looking at the outside world, worried about how his discoveries will be used.
He pauses to remember his wife telling him to take it easier, but he is unable to stop himself. He has to know. And he knows that it is better he than someone else, someone broken, someone evil with the desire to get even at... something...
And then that light played across his face. A solution...

So he succeeded, he and his professional brothers, so that his neighbors could punish a foe with a fire Satan could not handle.
And that job was finished, and he went home, and stayed home with his smiling and proud lady.

The Sun crosses the sky slowly. Shadows crawl across the wall and the bare concrete floor and then the other wall with its ribs exposed, silently marking the time as nothing happens, anywhere - today as in the last forty years. The windowframe says, "Pop!" once, goaded into speech by the heat, but no one hears it. There isn't even a clock to whirr or tick.

The air conditioner still roars on the lawn nearby, as if the office will be occupied again. Carefully, it filters air drawn underground. It's fresh.

The window faces South. It says nothing. Can it?


This isn't "fake news". It takes a minimum of poetic license. Yes, American agents would kill someone who disclosed nuclear weapons development secrets.

What would make you think that such methods are not in use today?

Monday, August 21, 2017

Reality: More Elusive Than You Think

You might be more fond of your ideas than Reality is.

The greater the participation in social media, the greater the uproar surrounding events of interest, and each new crisis is born smaller than the last. Factions curse, block, ban and unfriend one another over disagreements existing almost entirely in their imagination, as there is no apparent link between experience, research and outrage. 
Often, we have the spectacle of someone second-guessing those on the battlefield from the comfort of a chair in Starbucks, their weapon a bedazzled smartphone rather than a bayonetted rifle grimly gripped in a muddy field...
Let us examine something held dear against an entertaining alternative, such that you see this light:


The seven volumes about Harry Potter are actually true.
J.K Rowling, a destitute single mother living on the dole, was discovered by the real Hermione Granger - played in the movie by Emma Watson - and Hermione recognized a way to do some real good. Ms. Rowling could tell the world Harry's story using Muggle technology and reach an audience much larger than that available under wizarding law. If presented as a fantasy play, it would be wildly popular.
This was a win-win situation. Hermione, already acknowledged as the best witch of her year, sold the idea to the Ministry of Magic because, in addition to the telling of young Mr. Potter's triumph, it would ease tensions between wizard and Muggle wherever the secrecy of the wizarding world was breached - and Muggle technology was getting frightfully good. What would happen if Muggle discovered Wizard without preparation? Violence, born of a sense of betrayal, a sense of exclusion forced on the Muggle world due to its inherent inferiority. Not all battles would be won - so the story is out there, of good and evil, the struggle to live well among forces some cannot understand. Magic is not uniformly uplifting after all.

Far-fetched, is it? Consider this:

• Muggles routinely ascribe the formation of unusual weather and the occurrence of unusual events to "a miracle". These are actually magical acts, committed by deranged, evil or otherwise irresponsible wizards. Sometimes, a Muggle is saved by an Auror on the scene. This is where you get those amazing stories of survival against impossible odds. One of my favorites is the tail gunner who landed alone, upright and unharmed, in the sheared-off tail section of his B-17 during WW2. You can recall without difficulty countless stories of children unscathed by fire, tornado, or vehicle accident while everything around them was destroyed.

• Magic cannot be dismissed by religious argument. Muggles widely acknowledge as TRUE! the magical stories of religious icons throughout their history. Many of these figures demonstrated their magical powers, such as Apparition (Jesus), Transfiguration (Jesus again), the power of flight (Jesus, Mohammed) and the ability to survive apparent death, although the Horcrux used by Jesus has not been identified (these things are usually heavily shielded from detection, for obvious reasons).
Surely you are familiar with the story of Adam, Eve and the snake... who spoke to them!
Adam and Eve could speak Parseltongue. That's right in the Bible!

• Since the Harry Potter story was released, public notice of autism and Asparger's Syndrome has taken off. This unfortunate side effect is the result of improvements in Muggle communication and reporting networks detecting the Ministry's effort to suppress underage magic. You will notice that many autistic children still possess unusual skills - in fact, their parents will point to astonishing abilities their afflicted offspring demonstrate.

If you don't believe this, it's just because you choose not to believe.
Hmm. Where have I seen that before?


Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Definitely not what you think it means.

There are actually TWO different definitions of diversity in use today:
The scientific definition notes the widely different experiences and genetic precursors individuals have had. This allows the conscientious and honest manager to bring them together to use their experiences and abilities to achieve goals.

The colloquial/popular definition seeks to classify people by skin color.
At the same time, an astonishingly bad assertion is quietly inserted into public policy -- although these people are different, they have exactly the same abilities.

I hope you can see how idiotic that is.

Also quietly, that assertion is completely denied in any non-government venue; these typically collect performance data. CalTech doesn't care where you came from, your scores and interview determine whether you may enter, and it is over 40% Asian. The NFL does not give a damn what color you are if you contribute to scoring and a winning record, and they are over 70% black...
Which exposes one of the biggest hoaxes in American political history. You may have been fooled into adopting an idea which is completely false: that there is only ONE kind of "African-American". 

The graphic should show you how ridiculous this is; all this time you very probably never realized the astonishing diversity of humans on the African continent. It makes no more sense to identify someone from Mali and someone from South Africa in the same way than it does to call someone from Germany, French.

And that is if any tradition was maintained by American families from those areas. Many - most in some urban areas - cannot find their ancestral home on a map, and they cannot name anyone who has lived there.
It doesn't make any real sense to label people for a region they have never seen, but there are activists in the USA who MUST maintain as many people in the *class* "African-American" as possible in order to make money off that population. This is incredibly lucrative, as their number has increased by over a hundred times since they were forcibly moved here.
Sadly, public policy dating from the Johnson Administration has led to individuals of truly vast abilities and awesome work ethic being handicapped by association with a group in the United States that has shown truly horrifying performance in schools, regardless of spending or management identity. The practice has fomented crime rates causing large areas of major cities to be off-limits to the law-abiding.
This is concealed, deliberately, by a press eager to pretend that political correctness is part of their job.
Get Google Earth going. Look at the African continent. Use Street View, at least. See for yourself!