Posts Tagged ‘Priming’

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.”

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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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