Posts Tagged ‘Mythology’


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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Why Platos Dichotomy?

on June 21, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

Plato utilized both reason and spirituality or a separate soul in his thinking and it would fall under dualism nowadays. He often referred to the gods, myths and of course observations of self by an inner observer. This was so obvious with the shadows in the cave. The word dichotomy actually means a divided opinion or contradictory opinion.

This is not why I use this title.

Plato was famous, if for nothing else, his ability to construct conversations in a way as to extract knowledge form the readers themselves. While reading his many works I often found myself asking some similar questions as did His dear Socrates.

Whether Plato was right or wrong in his thinking he had the perfect talent for making knowledge obvious to the reader. He readily insisted that knowledge was an innate instinct; that by asking the right questions your mind already knew the answers. As it turns out, there are actually two forms of knowledge. One form is innate. Certain types of knowledge are contained within the genome and passed from generation to generation.

It is either neglected or purposely ignored by many, that, the ability to learn is actually innate within the genome. As far as platos’ thinking is concerned, he was right that we actually have two sources of awareness. There is an inward source of awareness: innate knowledge. There is an outward source of awareness: observation of an observer. The brain being the observer and capable of learning new information. Note: not limited to a brain.

The word dichotomy also means a contrast between two things which are different. Innate knowledge and accumulated knowledge are different in contrast, but both are true.

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It has been studied and well understood that among primates different sexual calls or cries of passion are used.

Stuart Semple analyzed copulation calls from seven different female baboons. Apparently, these copulation calls are very complex vocalizations. These mating calls contain information about the status of the male she is copulating with.  The acoustic sounds are more complex when copulating with higher ranking males. Supposedly to let lower ranking males know to stay away until the higher ranking male is gone. The sound produced is longer with the high ranking males.

The sound complexity also changes when she is closer to ovulation. Yet these calls are distinct to sexual reproduction and both the males and females know this little fact. The human female has a higher pitched voice when she is closer to ovulation. The human female does not have a call for copulation—that we men know of anyway.

If lengthening or shortening pitch or duration can change a copulation call in baboons, then why can’t the same apply to human speech? Not only can pitch change, but duration as well. If other primates can alter calls to indicate different copulation situations, then why can’t humans alter every call to communicate different situations?

We can! It’s called articulated speech.

So while we listen to the erotic calls of the wild we should be mindful not to get caught with our pants down.

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Mystic Stories

on May 28, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

Commonly, the word myth is used to connote stories based on lies. As language evolves throughout time, false meanings attach themselves to words. Because myths are no longer believed to be true, they are defined as false stories dreamt up by the ancients. I have to give credit to our ancestors. They had very wild imaginations!

Mythology is studied as a sort of science, but not taken seriously as factual. It is studied more as an abstract of ancient peoples’ social behaviour.

The word myth, is in fact, not of false origins as mythologist would have you believe. The word has its meaning based within the same context as mystic, mystery, and magic, just to name three examples. Magic was used to express wisdom—not hocus pocus—and was held with great esteem. Mystic was a means of expressing inner knowledge—knowledge itself being defined differently than it is today. Mystery, well that’s a mystery!

Mythos is the Greek word used to denote a narrative. Myth in its original meaning meant to place facts into a narrative. As a whole, the meaning would resemble the following: to uncover facts from within ones inner knowledge or logic system (however flawed that was) combine them with the knowledge passed down from generation to generation and put them into a sequence of narrative that could be “reliably” and “accurately” repeated.

Who said that these myths were accurate and reliable? I don’t return to the study of mythology because I believe these stories true! I return time and again because these stories have so many flawed facts! For example, how many myths exclude the development of some form of wisdom?

Tell me again mommy how we came to be wise. Grandmother and Grandfather were… to the next generation it would become Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather were… Finally the most that could be said would be that the first man and first woman were…

Throw a few hard won facts together into any narrative and then define narrative as trying to create a coherent story from flawed or misunderstood facts. One should take ones studies seriously or not be bothered to study at all. Important insight into early human psychological states and psychological development ferment these myths. Not only psychology, but knowledge and language origins as well.

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A Study Worth Following

on April 5, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

As I look for new material to write about, I find myself at a loss some weeks. Most scientific news or articles are redundant, too complex in scope, or the reverse, far too simple to write about in a blog post. I try to keep my post with a mixture of my own work and that of the mainstream sciences.

This magazine article is the best I’ve read in a while now. It also adds the bonus of confirming my own work on language. Certain combinations of sounds are preferred by all languages and have an added innate knowledge base. That is, they are learned quickly enough by infants to suspect the sounds carry innate meaning. This lends support to the theory of calls and cries becoming structured into our speech articulation.

As I wrote in my book: Tilogos: A Treatise on the Origins and Evolution of Language: due to the premature development of the infants brain—not fully developed at birth—calls and cries are not allowed full development. Instead, I suspect that infants, after hearing only articulated speech after birth, have their calls and cries knowledge, replaced with the shortened digitally articulated version.

They retain the knowledge, innate in development, of the sound/concept correlation, but replace the call or cry with the newer, shorter, digital sound. If this is not true on some level, then science has to explain why some combinations of phonemes hold power over other combinations (and I am being kind). The cause cannot be the ease of combination in any case! Natural selection does not care how hard sounds are to make. Natural selection only cares that the sounds have meaning and are acted upon.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140401102126.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=

Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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Value of the Past

on March 31, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

The future, as far as natural selection is concerned, has no value. True, the future can be altered with every action done in the present: it is called niche change. Also true, anyone’s alterations or actions of niche change can alter the future—it does not need to be your changes.

In my estimation, future predictions of events are based upon past analysis of analogous and homologous experience. The future of your survival also relies upon your expert and precise knowledge of mathematical systems. Good thing only your subconscious brain needs to know these calculations right?

We need two terms if we are to understand this to be the case. Conscious past: the past you know and love, or are wise enough to hate, is the obvious one that everyone understands. The unconscious past, which is responsible for your survival, is less understood.

Unconscious past is based in innate instincts and fine-tuned with learning. By example, it is what teaches your nervous system to walk. It does not exclude representation of new data which is part of your conscious past, but it does keep the calculations out of your conscious mind or conscious brain.

To keep it simple for our understanding, the conscious brain does not need to know that 2x2x2 is the reason that your finger feels pain. The unconscious brain does need to know that 2x2x2 is why you cut your finger. We just need to understand that there are two different brains doing two different past event analysis.

The unconscious past is what makes the predictions about the time flow from present into future and automatically makes adjustments in your behavior. Your unconscious brain is where the knowledge of space/time relativity is stored and it is this that I refer to as brain relativity. It is considered past because you already know it. At the same time, it is present/future oriented. Confused?

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First Causes in Language

on March 22, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

“Sound trumps meaning in first language learning” ScienceDaily.

First, let me console my friends and followers. Sound does not trump meaning. Sound and meaning are one and the same in the brain. First sound meaning, trumps secondarily learned meaning, is the correct means of expression.

The article is very interesting and I take this quote:

“[Children] do not always rely on the most predictive information available when learning their first language. Instead, children disproportionally value the phonological information.”

The link to the article:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140312161802.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

Since I am writing and you are reading, I can’t deal in phones or phonemics: you can’t hear me. Calls and cries are first cause. I will use the word “food” as a cry. The “F” in food is phonological information. Being “first cause” the “F” allows for grouping. Grouping for food will become classed as both food and a type of food. Fudge will become secondarily grouped into the food classification without conflict of interest. It starts with the sound “F.”

The conflict of phone over meaning comes into play when nouns are used “wrongly” in accordance with the innate meanings. Foundation is not something to eat. It is something to build on.

True, you might say that apple does not start with the letter “F” and it is food. That is the whole point! Apple does not start with the letter “F” so it does not need to compete with the meaning of food and is accepted as the noun for that type of food without conflict. The brain sees food and hears apple: no conflict of calls or cries, thus words. Read into it the placing of nouns onto objects and not setting up different categories of things.

The link to the published study is:

http://www.linguisticsociety.org/document/statistical-insensitivity-acquisition-tsez-noun-classes

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It is not often that I will get to critique scientific findings. A bone, called the Hyoid, which is used in speech, was discovered in Israel in 1989. Scientist x-rayed the Hyoid bone of this Neanderthal and found it to be similar to modern humans (our linage). Normally, I would be ecstatic about this finding.

The first thought I had was: this would change everything! Upon reflection, this is not the only part of anatomy that produces language. Similar, or exact in shape and function, ignores the other parts of anatomy.

Second, even if all of the other “voice” mechanisms were the same, it does not follow that language was the same in kind.

True, Neanderthal would be able to produce the same sound-wave vibrations, but articulation proper, does not necessarily ensue. We very well could have shared the exact same calls, cries, grunts, and other noises. Unique to humans is not the ability to communicate well. Unique to humans is our ability to communicate very well by means of articulation.

Even chimpanzees can sit and scream eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee all day long. You don’t hear too many chimps saying A E I O U in short rapid secession.

Just a thought!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140302185241.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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Music Through Time

on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

It appears as though my theory of Brain Relativity controlling Language Relativity is true on the musical level as well. I would be hard to fathom any sound in nature, musical or otherwise, which are not produced one note after another. More to the point, one sound vibration after another.

True, you could have several sounds, from several sources, all happening at the same time. Every sound from every source would be in a time constructed order. I am working on a video to better describe this process and I will link to it on another post. Key here, is that the sounds themselves, matter very little if they have no structured order to them.

Imagine listening to Sweet Emotion (Aero Smith) without any order to the swift words of the song. Hard to do? What if the words were sang in Greek? What if you don’t understand Greek? When speaking, the brain tries to grasp the jest of what is being said by what is going on in the context of the situation. You might not be able to figure out what is being actually spoken, but your brain would understand that what was being spoken was ordered structure.

As soon as your brain makes the realization that it is music being played, meaning is wiped clean and the brain sees only this ordered structure. Any words added to the music, in any language, would now have the flow of music to carry the ordered structure. Ordered structure is nothing more than grammar or grammatical form, syntax or syntactic form.

I have included a link below for an interesting study done on music. The authors of the study conclude that: “Specifically, it’s syntactic and not semantic processing that is key”. Semantic is the term that refers to meaning.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140219173136.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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“Features” of Sounds

on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized Comments Off

First let’s recap in simple terms. Words are produced from phonemes (phone), which are still produced of sound waves or vibrations. As I dealt with in my book Tilogos, if a species can produce a sound, it can also understand what the sound represents innately.

I must make this clear to all of my friends, readers and followers. Let’s set up a perfectly acceptable empirical experiment:

Do not make any noise at all. Sit in a room with other people around you. Listen to breathing only. You and the whole room can only do one thing, breathe. More, you can only breathe through your noise. When I experiment, I run a tight ship!

You all of a sudden hear a whistle noise from someone breathing in the room! You and every other person in that room will know exactly what this person is doing when she gets up and heads for the washroom.

Every vibration from a sound wave will be received as that same vibrational element in the same said species, and with the varying pitches and frequencies, concept wise, relative to the innate knowledge of what the sound holds holistically.

This is why we are taught to excuse ourselves from company and seek privacy when these noises occur. One should blow their noses in washrooms…, so they have access to tissue paper…

It is very good that science and scientist are making headway in the study of language deficiencies for the betterment of humans. Just don’t ridicule me for speaking in such simple terms when I renege to use the “proper” words!

The following link has a very good article in these “features” of sounds…

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140130141305.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fmind_brain%2Flanguage_acquisition+%28Language+Acquisition+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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