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Last post I covered priming as a necessity in evolution and it holds for cognition as well. What if I told you that you can get that you get, that you get, that you get, that you get, and it really means nothing. The only thing that it means is that you got something. You are just adding meaningless levels of I got it. The main reason is in kind, it is the same in kind and we need different in kind or type, not same.

This is where priming comes in. In short, you need to be primed before you get anything. Priming comes from attention—neurological attention as mentioned last post, indirectly. You get something when your attention is primed or prompted for causation.

Try this and see if it improves anything. I get that I can get it. Once you get that you have the ability to get something a new door opens. “Can get” is different in kind. Everyone has heard someone say the following statements. If you can do that, you can do anything! If you can figure that out, you can figure anything out. Both of these attributes have a common denominator: ability, as depicted by the word can. “Getting” that you “can” is only one more “I get it” but a game changer. Humans, becoming specialized in getting it, would be in the perfect primed state to have one of the “I get it” moments become I get that I can.

Archimedes sat in his bath trying to solve a problem. As he sank deeper into the bath he “noticed” that the water level rose as he sank. The volume of irregular objects was thus solved and reportedly, he ran down the street naked screaming eureka! What was Archimedes trying to do? Solve a problem! It takes knowing that you can solve a problem before you waste time thinking about solving a problem. This is a result of I can get it, not I get it. While he was in the “can get” mode of thought he noticed that the water level rose as he sank and the famed “eureka” moment arrived.

When the brain is primed with “can get” then it becomes heightened for attention of details. Archimedes, primed with “can get” and again, primed with his “problem to be solve” was heightened for a solution. He was set up for—primed—a related trigger to the problem. The rise in water level became that trigger. His body displaced his irregular shape in the water. He could now measure the water displacement in a regular shaped container.

Here is the quote from my book promised last time:

“If everything I say is true, and it is true, then we must reexamine everything that we have for clues. The reason I say “we” is that I mean you. I have no real intention of doing so, so I should have written, “You must reexamine everything.” I plan to only reexamine one thing here, as I believe “I got it” is the most fruitful avenue. We humans quite possibly have learned proper so many things that our brains became specialized in getting it. That is, level one. Whether level two or level three thousand, they are all the same, as mentioned above. I get that I get that I get that I get that I get … It means nothing in reality. I suggest a different “species” of kind or a different “kind” of species of “I get it.” Let’s try on for size the notion of one of those “I got its” being “I got that I can get it” and see where that puts us.

After this thought, we can begin to see that nothing special must happen. It is simple in nature. It only requires time until this needed different species of “I get it” is hit upon and no other magic is required. It does not require finding any hidden traits or missed attributes of the brain, which stupid man cannot find or has not found yet, but look what it gives us in return. We can now call it questioning, as this is what it produces. Why does this happen this way?

Actually, for your information, as I was sitting here typing this, I was thinking about what the other ingredient might be. I typed in “why” and thought, No, because this would imply the species to be capable of questioning before consciousness arose. It might sound fearful to suppose that the first time a prototype human, not conscious, or only semiconscious, asked why, the full light came on and consciousness was born. I don’t believe it’s possible. However, a form of analyzing will avoid the questioning problem. I left this area of the book and thought about it. I get that I can get it was my epiphany, and it led me to believe this is the reason for “why,” or questioning in general. It also, which must be obvious to you by now, solves the biggest problem with my language origins. I get that I can alter, first calls and cries and then, shortly after, words. I have invented a huge word for this: wisdom. Well, I didn’t invent the word; I just called it a niche change to drive knowledge. Socrates is reported to have said, “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

You can purchase Tilogos: A Treatise on the Origins and Evolution of Language, here [Book]

Next weeks post will be on the selection for multiple orgasms!

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My eureka moment was well primed! Prime or priming is a word used in cognitive science to define being set up for a conclusion. When used in subliminal messages—words flashes before you below the conscious threshold—one word will prime your conscious for a target word. The hidden word “bank” might prime you for the word “money,” let’s say, as the answer to a question imposed later on. Or the word “bank” might prime you to guess the word “money” faster when shown to you just above the conscious threshold. These events are timed to within thousandths of a second while in brain scanners. There is a distinct subconscious/conscious correlation.

You can be primed to feel fuller before lunch. You can be primed to feel more generous in what you’re giving. You can also be primed to believe things which are less than true. The priming does not need to be below the conscious threshold. There are many commercials that tap into this process and we consumers are usually totally unaware. As they say: sex sells. The reason is, is that sex primes our “feel good” emotions and positively enforces the product being sold. Remarkably, even women are not immune to another sexy woman selling a product. There are many diet programs I could cite here. They have pictures of “perfect” bodies on woman and claim their diet and exercise product to be the cause. Some of these women have the “perfect” body and are born with it. There is no way these women have “weight issues” to speak of. Because they look sexy, they tap into, or prime, sexuality in women everywhere. “I want to look that sexy!”

In order for priming to work, there must be some mechanism in our nature to allow for it. It must bestow an advantage for survival. Priming, then, must have been selected for. This needs to be established before I can continue onto cognitive selection.

We need to start early in the evolution of species, but not too early as would necessitate a long explanation. If any animal saw a movement too rapid to pinpoint, the animal becoming primed would survive better. If say, the specimen in question had its senses heightened for another rapid movement, it might catch sight of the movement more accurately next time. Also, the movement priming would relay an advantage. The specimen would be ready to flee quicker than an unprimed specimen of the same species. If it were a wildcat getting ready to prance on a rabbit, then the primed rabbit would stand a better chance of survival. As soon as the movement was made again the primed rabbit would flee slightly more quickly than an unprimed rabbit. I have seen videos of predators being startled by their prey and running off due to the priming affect.

I think that this example makes it clear that natural selection would have something to favor in selecting for priming. Something has to occur before it can be selected for. Keeping an act of nervation stable for long enough—primed to fire again—under the same stimuli would hasten the next firing of the same neuron for the rapid movement. In the meantime, the priming would activate attention to the possible need to flee, consciously, or unconsciously. So, priming is a trait that would occur naturally making it selectable.

We should, when looking for the explanation of consciousness, apply the same principles. First it must occur naturally before it can become selected for. Cognition of cognition, or “I get that I get it” needs to have an occurrence, but more, it needs to have a primer. I will cover these in more detail in part two of this post next week. I will also share the actual quote from my [ book. ] The quote deals with the rise of consciousness in man. I hope you find it interesting!

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Homonyms are words that are pronounced the same, but have different meanings. They can be either spelled the same as in tear—rip something apart, or tear—water droplets produced by the eye. This type can be accounted for by pronouncing the word differently regardless of spelling and is of little interest in the evolution of language. Writing has to do with the evolution of writing. Spelling two words the same with completely different meanings is acceptable when they are not pronounced the same.

They can be spelled the same, pronounced differently, and be derived from the same meaning or root word. Minute is one such word. It can be pronounced as (my nute) meaning small unit of space—read a small object or part of an object—or a subject as in: all of the minute details. Minute can also be pronounced as (min it) and refers to a small quantity of time—as apposed to year, month, week, day, hour, and then minute—small in comparison. Both mean small units, one of space and one of time. As far as the evolution of language is concerned, it is not hard to see any connection with spacetime on the larger scale. Pronounce minute one way for space and the other way for time, but keep the spelling the same. (The Brain Relativity thing!)

Then there is the case of more than one word sounding the same, but spelled differently. Two cases I will examine here: two, too, and to; there, their and they’re.

The number two caries more then one factual meaning. It can mean the second number in counting or be the name of the second number in counting 1 2 3… Another meaning can be derived as addition to. If you have one stick, then adding one stick to it makes both the name of the second number and the additional part of plus one. Perhaps a sentence would make this clear.

One stick, plus “two it” add one stick making two sticks, plus “two it” add one stick making it three sticks, plus “two it” add one stick making it four sticks, plus “two it” add one stick making it five sticks. I know! This seems strange, but quite possibly true. Two taken as a second step in adding at every stage. Writing, being secondary to language, would demand it be spelled differently. Writing that sentence would become: Adding one stick “to” another stick produces arithmetic. It would also produce “I am going ‘to’ the store” as a means of adding yourself to a different location. You one, plus location two, in addition—terminology presented as being spelled to. To the this, or to the that, as adding place instead of objects being counted.

Too is the easier one to explain over to. Too can be used synonymously with: also, and, further, moreover, and other words meaning “in addition to.” Too many, then would be interpreted as “adding more than needed” and could be examined/treated as two many. Too few could be treated as two few, meaning the addition of more was not enough. I am going too would be treated as I am going two, making a second, third, or fourth addition the group “going” wherever they are going.

If you think this is the stupidest thing you have ever heard, then ask yourself this: would I have ever noticed that he was not using the proper spelling of the word two, too, or to if I were just hearing the words? Speaking, they would have all sounded the same, thus homonym, and my brain would have known the difference in how they were meant intuitively. I could “say” that I went two the store two get two candies and my brother came two. Your brain would hear it correctly! The grammar police would not be pleased of writing it that way. To sort these out intuitively they might just carry the same root meaning and work parallel to sense of the word or tense of the word. Think two, too, and to; run, ran, running, plus proper noun.

To clear up what is meant by intuitively, we need to examine tense and sense of the words. I will use the second example for this purpose: there, their and they’re. All three words are spacetime relative. “There” is a place in spacetime. They’re, or they are, taken two ways. Are, is a place in spacetime, or literally existence as a sense and tense. They, is a singling out of objects or subjects, also spacetime related. “They’ out of everyone else! Their, is also a singling out of spacetime identical to “there” in place, but of persona possession instead, indicating ownership of the spacetime.

Intuitively, you would understand that spacetime pinpointing was involved in this word group. Context would be taken into account automatically, and you would derive which tense or sense the speaking of the word pertained to. There, place in space or time. Their, direct persona (ownership) in/of place or time. They’re, persona (they) in tense of time (are) indicating present tense continuum. Since these words are all spacetime related they can all sound the same as context can determine sense and tense based on the innate holistic concept and intuition.

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The news, of late, has stories of spending millions of dollars on the search for extra-terrestrial life. Are aliens even possible? One question was asked not too long ago and was answered with its own uniqueness. Maybe all of the aliens are dead! It was a good article and I am sorry that I did not save it for referral here. Let’s take another look at what the possibilities are.

Forming a viable planet to live on is hard. This was the basis of the “they are all dead” theory. With the universe being so huge, it is inconceivable that we are the only planet with intelligent life. We cannot be the only planet in the entire universe that formed a viable planet. Some objections are that our galaxy is somewhat smaller than the universe and maybe we are the only planet in this galaxy viable enough to sustain life. Contact outside of our galaxy takes too long for a reply to our beacons.

There are other possibilities though. Any planet in our universe might be in the same place, developmentally speaking, as their time lines might be closer to that of earths evolution. They could either, be advance to us, or not at the same advancement as we are. If they are less intelligent than we are, then we will make no contact. If they are more advance in intelligence, then they, with certainty, would not want to make contact. This later point deserves to be explored.

Why would any intelligent being want to come to a planet, or contact one, in which would surely end in a war with them? We can barely survive our own destruction. I can see it now. They come here and every religion instantly wants to “save” them from eternal damnation. As if a God did not exist on their own planet and who already saved them. What if they wanted to “save” us form eternal damnation? That is one “world” war I want to stay away from. A catholic bishop has already volunteered to baptize them in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, should they come here. If you believe the reports.

Our seeming inability to overcome deep prejudice of other peoples and religions are also a hindrance. How long before we become prejudice to those of other worlds?

They would be past the waste fossil fuel—rape the planet—stage, and surely look upon us as the savages we truly are, by comparison. If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that us visiting an inferior planet would only be for their resources, covered in the mask of helping to prosper them as a world and saving them. Just by our own greed we might be smitten of their affections.

Why would life evolve anywhere in this universe that was different at some level? Different planet, different intelligence? Not likely! The theory of natural selection does not equate to different possible intelligence paths. You either come to know nature or you do not! That is the definition of intelligence. If life arises it is sure to become of high intelligence, given enough time.

There might be life out there, but we might need to overcome this world before ever hoping to make contact. I believe the universe is replete with life. We just need to learn how to live on the planet we evolved on, becoming humane, then strive to make contact with other worlds!

Should we use our monies to irradiate greed and prejudice through better education on gender differences, religious differences, racial differences, and the like—of which there are no true differences and make earth “the” place to visit?             

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Last time I quickly reviewed a simple dream. This post I will review one simple sexual dream and one a little more complex. This will make the post longer than I normally make them. Sorry!

The first dream:

I was at work and I needed to go to the washroom. Similar to my last dream. Not similar, I was in a position to actually pee. I was in fact, standing at the urinal ready to go. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a woman appeared. She was very attractive and offered to have sexual relations with me. She was not shy either and her words gave me an instant erection. Ever try peeing with an erection. Not impossible, but difficult. I still needed to pee really bad and was asking her to wait until I was done, without much success. Again, suddenly, some of my coworkers came into the washroom and it angered me. I was upset that no one would leave me alone to pee in private, or at all for that matter. Then I awoke from my dream and rushed to the real washroom.

Like the dream in my prior post on dreams, your brain knows what is going on in your body. Needing to pee, bad, and actually peeing in the dream might lead to an accident in real life. I might have still woken, but I would have had to changed my bedding. An erection is not uncommon with all ages of men to ward off wetting the bed. It has been postulated that this is why most men awaken with an erection. Thus, my sexual encounter. This was not stopping me from going and it might have angered my complex brain enough to induce anger as an awakening agent. So it did the best thing it could: interrupted my peeing/sex by lack of privacy to do either. This dream and the last posted dream are similar in mechanics. They deal with what the brain knows about the brain and body. Before going to bed now, I tell myself, that if I need to pee while dreaming, wake up.

The second dream:

Remembering that this is a “family friendly” blog, I will not use the proper graphics. Many moons ago, I was dreaming that I was out for a night and that a beautiful woman was watching me. I walked over to her and she was quite aggressive in the sexual department. I took her home and to do the proverbial act, in which she told me to do whatever I wanted, so I did. I did not ejaculate in the dream (or real life) and woke before going too far. Not to graphic?

In real life, I was going through some hard times: working too much, marriage stress, home renovations, teenage children, and I was missing some form of intimacy. Too much work and not enough play. I have never been unfaithful! Why a strange woman? Possibly because there was no current way of connecting with, my then, wife. A stranger in another place in spacetime might have been needed to fulfil the necessities. Maybe, it was my unconscious brain telling my dreaming brain what I need to release my tensions. Not necessarily a different woman, but maybe, uncontrolled, lustful sex. The point is that these dreams don’t need to be explained as sexual fantasies, or wet dreams, although that is another possible answer. Your brain might be trying to tell you something important about your sexual needs, or intimacy needs as sex is often a substitute or indicator of your intimate needs. Sex releases tension, lowers depression, puts you in a good mood, keeps your heart healthy as well as your mind. What’s not to dream about?

Sexual dreams or wet dreams as adolescents might just be the brain learning to become sexual. A way of rehearsing sexual functions while the brain develops its sexually.

Even a simple dream of being in public completely naked could have some explanation about your waking brain state. It could be from trying to deal with guilt. Your brain, consciously or sub-consciously, could be revealing this to your dreaming brain. Being naked in public does not have to be sexual in nature. It presupposes that you are bare for every one to see—your sin is in the domain of the public and you cannot even hide it. The dream might not explain what the guilt is from or even give any clues.

I strongly suspect that most dreams are influenced by our current bodily condition, sub-conscious condition or even our conscious conditions. I wrote this post to give my wonderful readers some insight into normal dreaming mechanics. True, there are weird dreams that don’t fall into the realms of these, or any explanations. Most dreams I think, are telling you something hidden about your life. Reflect on them and pay attention!

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Humans are not the only species to dream. There is some evidence that your pets do too. Dogs are known to bark, under their breath, and have rapid eye movement: REM sleep. I won’t get into animal dreams though. There is reason to believe that several different types of dreams occur. Occasionally, we all have dreams of sex, falling—where we jump in our sleep, or ones akin to visions or premonitions. I will try to examine some of my dreams over the years and draw conclusions from them. I will start with an easily explainable one for this post.

I love to cook! Not any surprise that, one night while camping, I had a dream that I was cooking a huge supper for my family. I was making barbeque potatoes, corn on the cob, fresh tomatoes, and of course chicken. I had just set the chicken on the picnic table and turned around to open the barbeque. As I reached for the chicken it was no longer there. I looked around to see what happened to these fresh delectable chicken breast and could not find them anywhere. Gone! I asked everyone if they knew where the chicken breast disappeared to and no one knew.

By this point in time I began to become emotional. I was extremely upset leading to an anger with rage. I began knocking things on the ground looking for this chicken. Then my actions sped-up as I began swearing and yelling at everyone over this missing chicken. At one point, I felt so much anger and rage that I jumped. The jump woke me up just in time to stop myself from wetting the bed! Still angry, I jumped out of bed and ran to the camp park restrooms and almost did not make it.

Some types of dreams are really hard to explain. This dream, however, has an easy explanation. There are not really any hidden messages. I probably went to bed planning what to have for supper the next day. Your unconscious brain knows everything about your body, more or less. I might have been sub-consciously going over my supper plans and very much enjoying it. My brain knew that I was asleep as a state of body and motor activity. My brain knew that I desperately needed to go to the washroom. How does my unconscious, desperate, brain get my dreaming brain to wake up? Induce anger into this bliss. Needing to go, as bad as I did, during a happy moment of cooking, would require replacing this contentment with rage. The rage produced by my desperate condition.

You might think that there was an easier way for my needy brain to awaken my dreaming brain. Why not just supplement a suggestion that I needed to go to the washroom? I guess I left that part out. It did! While I was cooking, I had the feeling of needing relief. My dreaming brain told my dreaming brain that I would go to the washroom after I got the chicken started. This might make sense of the anger over the chicken.

The brain is extremely complex, even in the dream state!

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