Saturday, December 08, 2007

Brain functions as high fidelity tape recorder

More from "I'm OK--You're OK

Page 11

"In summary we may conclude:
1. The brain functions as a high-fidelity tape recorder.
2. The feelings which were associated with past experiences also are recorded and are inextricably locked to those experiences
3. Persons can exist in two states at the same time. The patient knew he was on the operating table talking with (Dr.) Penfield; he equally knew he was seeing the "Seven-Up Bottling Company... and Harrison Bakery." He was dual in that he was at the same time in the experience and outside of it, observing it.

(hmm, now I'm going to have to find the passage explaining that the patient was remembering something from work, looks like he worked at a 7Up plant and or a bakery, well this IS as blog & I can edit this later when I've more time)

4. These recorded experiences and feelings associated with them are available for replay today in as vivid a form as when they happened and provide much of the data which determines the nature of today's transactions. These experiences not only can be recalled but also relived. I not only remember how I felt. I feel the same way now.

(now this explains much of why codependents react in screwy ways to stuff in the here and now, and why healthier people think we're nuts, what's in our 'flight data recorder' is erroneous, what's in the healthy persons 'flight data recorded' is relatively sane)

Adult Children of Alcoholics feel more screwy than normal people.

The Drunk can blame the pint.

The Crack Addict can blame the 8ball he smoked (eighth of an ounce of crack to the uninitiated)

The Adult Child (which I'm saying is synonymous with Codependency) is doing addictive stuff, self destructive stuff and it appears he's doing it for NO reason???

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Brain records the past in stereo

Once again, I'm throwing this up here for later inclusion into a comprehensive article, but if I don't put it up here now, I'll forget... well I'll remember but my facts wont be accurate:

Dr. Penfield and his probe.

This is pilfered directly from Thomas Harris' "I'm OK--You're OK" 1967

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Any hypothesis must depend for it's verification on observable evidence. Until recently there has been little evidence about how the brain functions in cognition, precisely how and which of the 12 billion cells within the brain store memory. How much memory is retained? Can it disappear? Is memory generalized or specific? Why are some memories more available for recall than others?

... During the course of brain surgery, in treating patients suffering from focal epilepsy, Penfield conducted a serise of experiments during which he touched teh temporal cortex of the brain of the patient with a weak electric current transmitted through a galvanic probe. His observations of the responses to these stimulations were accumulated over a period of several years.

damn, time to make the doughnuts again
note to self
we remember stuff in stereo
One- just like a video game, one recording is 'cockpit view' we see the world from OUR eyes, we see our wrists and elbows and the outside world.

the other is birds eye view (God's eye view????)
like Mario brothers, we see not just the outside world, but we see ourselves too.

One is like Star Trek's 'ships log', external recording of said event
the other is 'how we felt, internally, to said 'stimuli'

gotta go to work, sure wish my books sold enough for me to write full time
they will
God wills it
I will it
the Collective Conscious wills it
(who's grandiose??? what're you lookin at me for?)

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Treat a symptom or go for the cure?

I was just reading the posts on a codependency email list I belong to, I stay on this list both to enjoy the fruits of list members ES&H and to give back some Experience, Strength and Hope from me to the list.

I just had to throw part of an email exchange up here before I forget it:

Someone wrote:
Dependency is so engrained and webbed throughout our
thought processes... we/I can never change it."

My response (and this was ONLY my thoughts on this single line in their post):

I don't think so, if you tell yourself something is
hard/difficult or impervious to change... it is.

In 1953, before Roger Banister ran a mile in less
than 4 minutes, all the experts said a human runners
physical limit is that we, genetically, cannot run
a mile faster than 4 mins.

Within 3 weeks of Banister running 3.59 whatever,
3 other guys broke 4 min.

What changed?
They were all Olympic World Class athletes.
The type of training they used was similar
nothing happened training wise in those 3 weeks.

the only change was that a "glass ceiling"
This is empirical proof that Attitude can be at least
as powerful as more tangible 'training'.

There is a story Tony Robbins tells about a calculus
student who fell asleep in class, he woke up at the
sound of the bell, wrote down what he supposed was
the weekend's homework.

The following Monday he said to the prof:
"that was the hardest homework you've ever handed out"
Teach said: "what homework? You mean the theorem
on the blackboard? That's a theorem that's been
unsolved for thousands of years"

the student had solved it, why?
because no one told him he couldn't.
he assumed, that last year's class solved it.
All the prof's alumni solved it
most of his classmates were gonna solve it.

...why is it that placebos work so often?

tell yourself this codependency stuff is gonna
haunt you for life and it will.

Most doctors prescribe stuff that treats symptoms...
How many cure?

Why settle for masking our symptoms?

David Bruce Jr.
Frederick MD

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