Monthly Archives: April 2013

Conversations – T. Wolfe’s “catch-22” vs. C. Woolf’s “catch-22”

If memory serves me correctly, in typical Tom Wolfe style, he points out the ridiculous, in this instance, the case in which people must face the circus of trying to get a job without the job experience, meanwhile one would need a job in order to get any job or work experience.  What we are pointing out here at Cognitivology is the matter of improving human development by using more of our brains while we need to use more of our brains in order to better develop our humanity.
Einstein has said that “problems can never be solved by the same level of awareness that created them” — so we are going to be in a catch-22 situation until we can come up with a solution that uses a higher sense of awareness, which is why we propose that creating a higher sense of awareness is going to be best achieved by cultivating fresh new young minds with the ability to use more of their brains from the get-go, so to speak.  
My Mama is constantly reminding me to write about the Cognitivology theme in ways that folks will understand what I’m getting at.  My ever conscientious co-author is always advising me to use common experiences of everyday life to describe the efforts of Cognitivology so that people might identify with our theme.  
Yesterday I had what was nearly an ugly confrontation with a fellow in a supermarket, so I’ve put all of these aforementioned elements together, I think, to come up with an explanation that exposes the ridiculously difficult challenge that all of us are subjected to under the thousands-of-years-old model of limited brain development that we must deal with everyday.  
But before I explain this conversation, or rather this confrontation, I should answer a question that I am constantly asked when I freely engage complete strangers into a discussion about Cognitivology in my own attempts to spread its ideas — and that question is, “what motivated you to do this sort of work”? Well, it’s very simple and I must confess, I’ve never honestly answered it, so I’m going to do it here.  
The truth is that I hate the fact that we humans are using only about 20% of our brains’ potential.  I feel extremely irritated by this condition and am reminded daily that although I’m constantly working to bring awareness to this condition we all suffer and do what I can to change this condition, I am as equally subject to it as everyone else and therefore none the better or worse than anyone else.
To divulge this frustration, I recount this encounter in the supermarket.  I was looking for an item, found a store attendant who had been conversing with another customer, who I mistakenly thought was another store worker. When I’d lingered long enough, I interjected by saying, “sorry, could you just tell me where the rice is”? For this interruption, I was interfaced by the customer, mistaken by me as a co-worker, with an abrupt “excuse me, I’d like to finish my sentence”, followed by my saying, “I’m sorry I hardly wanted it to seem as though I’d been eavesdropping on your conversation”. To this, the man responded with how rude I was being and then a command that I should lower the tone and volume of my voice.  In return, I now said, “Well, I’m sorry, but I spend a lot of my time teaching children and working with the elderly who are hard of hearing, and this is a normal tone of voice for me, it’s just an occupational hazard”. At this point, the man responded, “so what does that mean, that you are better than me, I’m a retired…”
The store attended was quick thinking enough to point me in the right direction for which I took my cue to remain consistent with my commitment to behave and think in accordance with higher brain potential, which is based on the brain’s natural system to process thoughts and emotions through the values of compassion and optimism – which is how the brain means to integrate thoughts and emotions as one harmonious process.  
So here’s the ugly truth — what did I really want to say and how did I really want to behave?  Like this — “hey Mister, I don’t have time to explain quantum processing to emotionally illiterate men over the age of 30, did I say I talk loud because I think I’m better than everyone else? – no, you made that irrelevant reference, I said I talk loud because of my occupations, but mostly I just talk loud because it’s a stupid compulsion of mine, and while you have the right to tell me that I’m being rude, it’s too bad for you that it is only I that can decide how to use my voice.”  
For those of you wondering what in the world quantum processing is, it is, essentially, the ability to use relevant and obvious information, in this case, I gave him the reasons why I’d had the habit of using my voice loudly, but he assumed according to his own reasons that my loud and perturbing voice was different than what I clearly stated, and he has every right to assume away.  But, that I thought I might be better than anyone else was the furthest thing from my mind and just nowhere in the radar of my feelings or thoughts – so it was plainly and simply a lack of quantum processing on his part.  
Furthermore, in my experience, people who usually say that sort of comment, especially when the person they are conversing with has said nothing of the sort, is usually someone who thinks that he (or she) is better than others, or has been severely reminded in their early development that he or she is inferior to others.  It is a topic that is obviously always on his mind.  Okay, to conclude this whole story, the point is once again, I believe that most people most of the time are trying to be better human beings and that we are constantly barraged with this catch-22 situation of getting caught in the net of limited brain potential. It is an exasperating situation that is exacerbated on a daily basis.  
The contributions we make range from the individual level of being more conscientious to the worldwide level where people have the influence and resources to tackle say, world hunger or green planet solutions for the future.  But whether on the individual level in the supermarket or on the larger scale of tackling major world problems, the limits of human relationships that depend on human development, which is synonymous with human BRAIN development is going to continue being a catch-22, and as a race, as a species, we are in denial of this fact.  
These ongoing and never-ending problems of world hunger, child abuse, warfare and the like will only cease when humans change, and we can really only change humanity if child development, that is, child BRAIN development is put at the forefront of human progress — because human progress and human development is human BRAIN development and human brain development is CHILD BRAIN development.  There’s never going to be any way around that.
The infrastructures of human existence can only improve when we improve the ways that we think, which are based on the ways that we feel, because the human brain is an emotionally developed brain.  The Theory of Relativity for Human Brain Development is attainable, in fact it’s already here and it can create as much progress for human development as Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has done for the Space-Age, Technology and Quantum Physics.  
Of course, this emotional brain development theory rests on a rigorous definition for Emotional Cognition, which has been rigorously unveiled by Cognitivology. But it remains to be acknowledged by mainstream Cognitive Theorists, as well as the Neuroscience field. So, as I end today’s blog, I do so completely violating the advice I’ve been given — make it comprehensible, make it short, etc, etc,…  
So here’s to another long blog, which brings us to the final catch-22, because probably, like most blogs, this will hardly, if ever be read at all. Nevertheless, it will save me some of the frustration of explaining quantum knowledge calculations that our brains should be intuitively developed enough to process, and maybe, just maybe, I can parade around like a blissfully happy human being that wants to treat others with the compassion and optimism they deserve without having to explain myself, and if people really want to know what’s really going on in my head, then I can point them in the direction of my blog. The End, ’til next time. 

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THE FANTASY OF NEUROSCIENTISTS – The Race to Uncover the Mysterious Power of the Prefrontal Cortex

The fantasy of Neuroscientists should never be confused with the fantastic job that Neuroscientists have done to uncover so much phenomenal information about human brain processes that describe human brain development.   Years ago, if you were reading a cosmetic magazine, it was filled with ads, stories and anecdotes about the world of beauty, and if you were reading Popular Mechanics, it would be all about planes, trains, automobiles and the new technologies about motors and race cars.  But now, it’s impossible to pickup any magazine and never see something about the human brain’s effect on our perspectives of beauty, or perhaps, how in the future, quantum entanglement and the brain’s ability to observe and affect particle behavior will determine how well your car’s engine will run. Both fantasy and reality are presented in modern day literature and the workings of our brains are represented with them.  In the upper echelons of the Neuroscientific world, the most highly sought after and coveted fantasy of Neuroscientists’ is equivalent to the “Race to Relativity” that took place between Einstein and his adversaries. Actually, there was really only one adversary in the ‘race to relativity’, everyone else was busy trying to discredit and invalidate what Einstein was saying, instead of getting busy using their own intuitive minds like Einstein was doing.  In any event, it seems pretty clear that the goal of Neuroscientists is to uncover the great and powerful Oz lurking in the most advanced intelligence feature of our human brains ~ the workings of the Prefrontal Cortex. Even the great Einstein himself struggled with nailing down ‘Relativity’ until he re-introduced the ‘constant’ into his famous equation.   Neuroscientists, on the other hand are still trying to figure out what the ‘constant’ in the Relativity equation of the Prefrontal Cortex is, even though it’s been right under their noses for years. In other words, Einstein figured out that time and space were smoothly related and interdependent. He also figured out that motion and gravity have a similar relationship as time and space. But Neuroscientists still think that “reasoning” and “emotioning” are at war. They are unable to figure out the smooth, relative, interdependent relationship between emotions and reasoning skills. But cheer up brain aficionados, Cognitivology is happy to introduce you to the ‘constant’ – – it is simply “integration”!  How so you might say?  The human brain is the most complex entity or organ in the universe?!? But in the paraphrased words of Einstein, the answers regarding questions about the universe are both simple and beautiful. The real power and potential of the Prefrontal Cortex, as UN-described by Neuroscience, is more than just figuring out how to master emotional impulses while performing highly attuned reasoning skills.  The real power within the Prefrontal Cortex is its innate ability to make zero distinctions between altruistic thoughts and altruistic emotions – consistent with the brain’s natural hard-wired system to be configured and developed by the fundamental properties of Compassion and Optimism. The Prefrontal Cortex is the playing field for the simultaneous and indistinct application of Intuitive Reasoning and Quantum Processing skills.  In other words, all of these skills are all performed and conducted as a completely integrated process by a fully developed Prefrontal Cortex.  But in order for the Prefrontal Cortex to become fully developed, it requires an integrated precursor for its fully integrated development and potential – and that precursor is the Preschool stage of development. As you can only imagine, understanding Preschool cognitive brain development is a distinctly distant and unsophisticated variable in the sophisticated minds of highly advanced intelligent thinking Neuroscientists.  It seems that for Neuroscientists, Preschool development is either, un-relative, or too humbling to include as the fundamentally constant variable of integration in the equation for figuring out the core elements and requisite basic building blocks for the full developmental potential of the Prefrontal Cortex.  The integrated mechanics of the Prefrontal Cortex must be rooted in certain fundamentally rigorous properties of early integrated brain development.  Until Neuroscientists can reconcile with the real definition of the altruistic operations of the Prefrontal Cortex by connecting it to the fundamental integrated properties of Preschool Intuitive-Cognitive-Brain development they will keep fumbling in the race to uncover the actual power and potential of the Prefrontal Cortex.  Sadly, and unbeknownst to them, they are so far behind in the race that they have missed seeing that Cognitivology has already crossed the Finish Line.