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  1. Free will is an illusion, we are all slaves to our biology and biological systems...imho.
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    How brain work

    If you're asking how our brain works, you should research homeostasis. Homeostasis is the basis of all brain function.
  3. Like Phi for All explained, hallucinations are unlike dreams in they can occur when we are awake and consciously aware. However, like dreams, hallucinations are interpretive products of our brain’s responses to stimuli. More precisely, they are how our brain assesses the sensory impact of something the brain believes it is or has experienced. Hallucinations can be caused by any number of factors both external (hallucinogens) and internal (aberrant brain chemistry/structure) to brain function. However, when they do occur, they are how the brain has assessed the mental, emotional, or physical effects of some experience. For example, a prominent member of the du Pont family, who was diagnosed as schizophrenic and later convicted of homicide, experienced hallucinations of ants consuming his legs. In my view, his hallucinations were clearly how his brain assessed his deteriorating mental stability.
  4. Yeah, like "Why I'm I here?' or "Why was I born?" Answer: YOUR MOM AND DAD HAD SEX YOU TWIT!
  5. Fascinating...I am enlightened! You've given me even more to consider. Thank you!
  6. I slepted on it a bit and awoke thinking about this initial singularity idea that it contained all of the energy and properties of our universe pre-Planck. With this concept in mind, I believe I have a better understanding now of what may have been before that singularity appeared. So my question is, what was the source of that singularity? Subspace maybe? Perhaps a nullspace state? If so, wouldn't that imply the inverse of the initial singularity which held all of space-time? Considering the idea that the initial singularity emerged from nullspace state appears to further support, in my unlearned opinion, the idea that the first singularity emerged from something within that nullspace that has always been there...perhaps a quantum fluctuation that state? Presently, the image I have of our universe is that it's like a balloon where the content of the balloon cannot travel beyond it's surface because nothing--no space-time--exist beyond its surface. However, there's still the question of dark energy and dark matter...I know bigger brains than mine have pondered and answered these questions, but I still enjoy figuring things out for myself.
  7. As I reconsider my perspective, I'm now of the opinion that spacetime may have existed pre-Planck. Although spacetime did not exist for our universe pre-Planck, the possibly that our universe expanded into some preexisting spacetime condition is suggested to me by vacuum fluctuations. These particles appear experimentally but never under conditions not eveloped by the spacetime of our universe. Do we truly know what's out there beyond the rim of our universe? I should put these old bones to rest now and will pick this up again tomorrow if interest persist.
  8. Yes, I understand there was nothing pre-Planck until the emergence of space and time. In retrospect, "vacuum" is definitely not the most apt description of the point before planck. Nevertheless, proving that something can sponteneously burst from nothing is unprovable. We will never be able to experimentally recreate those pre-Planck condition that spontaneously led to the emergence of our universe. The only thing we will ever be able to prove is that our universe arose from "something" perennially preexisting. Although we may further know the precise nature of that preexisting "something", we will never be able to experimentally prove our universe arose from something that wasn't always there--something referencing the pre-Planck state of our universe. I know researchers have experimentally observes particle poping in and out of existence seemingly from nowhere, but what they've observe was always enveloped in preexisting conditions they created that arguably contributed to what they observed.
  9. Greetings All, How about some healthy speculation? The idea that something—meaning our universe—can arise from nothing is ludicrous, unprovable and, by no stretch of science, math, or imagination will I ever be convinced otherwise. That is because within a true vacuum—devoid of all energy or energetic interference—nothing can or will be created regardless of how advanced our science may eventually become. I know this is a rehash of a subject we’ve had in this forum many times before and maybe there’s nothing new in anything I have said or will say. However, with your continued indulgence, consider what would be required to test the idea that the whole of a universe can spontaneously arise within a true vacuum. Testing the idea of spontaneous creation within a true vacuum would require an ability to create a space impervious to all known and presently unknown sources of energy, which is impossible. Such a space cannot be created because the energy or substance required to contain that vacuum is a contaminant and we would not be able to prove that our results were not produced by elements leeching from our containment vessel. We would not be able to prove that our containment had no influence on our results. The only things we would probably be able to prove by such experiments are how creation requires certain energetic infusions and how our creationed results can be produced through experiments devised by knowledgeable beings such as us. Scaling up, we know that our universe could not and did not arise from a true vacuum and that it required energy to emerge. This begs the question—from where did that energy come? From where that that unified energetic pinpoint, which gave rise to the Big Bang, emerge? Although it is likely that our universe’s energy emerged from a source without a beginning and has always existed, wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that our universe is merely the product of an experiment crafted by supremely knowledgeable beings curious about the origins of their universe? I welcome your thoughts.
  10. Decay, decomposition, occassionally mummification and, with any luck, fossilization.
  11. I respect your hopeful perspective and sincerely hope that it is not.
  12. Yes, it's Fear! Fear was and is a useful quality that ensures our survival today as it did our ancestors. Unreasoned fear isn't quite as useful as it causes us to overreact or underreact to our concerns. Indeed, fear is that basic instinct from which our tribal nature emerges. So much so that it spawns a tribal mentality not always grounding in reason. A prime example is the herd mentality of the tourists to the United States capitol on January 6, 2022, spawned by the fear a self-centered former US president inflamed. I dare say that every experience causes a type of fear where some response to a stimulus is required of us to quell our thoughts. I agree, indeed there are nations that do not appear to be spiraling downward. However, these nations have not yet reached their peak, which is where the fall will inevitably begin. I'm confident that when we examine these nations more closely, we will find the begins of what will be the cause of their eventual decline. I think you mistake my meaning, our tribal instinct is not justification for racism and we should not dismiss racism for same. But like a newly hatched duckling, your nephew will instinctively latch-on to anyone introduced as family. The divergence will inevitably begin as he matures and learns that differences can be detrimental to his pursuits and, ultimately, to his survival. As he matures, your nephew will eventually be drawn to the people and the perspectives of those who are most like him--whom he perceives most like family. Although you may now be perceived as family, this doesn't suggests that he will hold others with the same regards or continue to see you as same. His primal instincts urges him to identify those distinctions among society members of import to his existence and he will inevitably align himself with those he perceives as members of his tribe. Your description of where you live suggests that your society is homogeneous, where ethnicities and cultures appear to have successfully integrated. Although racism as expressed in the US may not exist in your nation, anywhere you find the distinction of family, you will find tribalism, and where there is tribalism, there will always be division among people. Racism in America is a problem to be recogized for what it is--a throwback to the primitive in us all, which we should not accept as evolved and intelligent beings.
  13. I always enjoy your turn of phasing and I agree that acknowledging our differences doesn't justify the often shabby way we treat others who are different. Acknowledging our primitive nature isn't a license to engage that nature to the detriment of those who want and deserve the same freedom, privilege and respect some of us have enjoyed from the moment we were born. But we may never get there as a species where self and self-survival trumps all other considerations. We are instinctively tribal and there will always be ethnic strife and social injustice because of the primitive, primal aspect of our being. Indeed, as you've observed, our only recourse may be in our governance, teachings, and the laws we enact to control our primitive nature. But we remain primitives governing, teaching, and enacting laws biased by our primitive nature. It's a vicious whirlpool ever spiraling downward.
  14. Indeed, I do get a bit wordy. I should say that I perceive an alternate ending to the state of our species where what remains is something homegeneous and docile. Perhaps far in the distance future, we will perceive no differences between ourselves in our appearance or culture because we would have become fully integrated as planetary society with an abiding perception of humanity as family, which our DNA currently suggests.
  15. I agree with everything you've stated here as what you've written expresses my precise meaning. We may not be able to evolve beyond our basic human nature but it's likely that such an evolution begins with recognizing that nature with steps toward controlling its abhorent expressions. It maybe fine to like or dislike a person for some reason or another but it isn't when our likes and dislikes disrupt the societal cohesion essential to staving our society's eventual colapse, which I believe is inevitable. In the whole of human history, there has never been a prominent society which hasn't suffered eventaul colapse. The division adherent to our nature assures our inevitable self-destruction--IMO. We are a primal species enslaved to our primitive nature waging a subtle war against that nature throughout our entire life. Although we may not be aware or in control of who we are at birth, as newborns we are wired to be selfish and self-center where only our survival needs matter regardless of our caregivers health and welfare. In some form, most of us carry that selfish quality into our adulthood with societal advantage and disadvange. One advantage is the industry that rest on the shoulders of a select few. One disadvantage is the industry that rest on the shoulders of a select few. We give power to a select few of selfish individuals who often do not act in our best interests. I agree with your perspective. No doubt in my mind that intelligence and reason are essential to our struggle against our primitive nature. However, as you've acknowledged, these offer only a chance rather than a certainty that we'll make broader, meaningul choices. Brilliance brings recognition of the distinction between oneself and others who do not share our brilliance. That recognized distinction, in my opinion, discourages the share closeness and trust we may want to eventually have with others. Nevertheless, I get your meaning. Indeed, we owe our position above all other species in this world to our intelligence. Maybe it is enough to elevate humanity beyond certain inevitabilities.
  16. Greetings All, I’ve placed this discussion here under Speculations because most of us are not interested in speculation and I sincerely do not want this topic given serious attention. However, an aspect of this topic compels my wish to express my thoughts on this subject in an open forum. What I want to discuss has a basis in science that cannot be disproven or dismissed, as you may soon agree. I want to begin with this declaration: There will always be world instability and humanity will never overcome racism. Rather than beginning with racism, I begin here with instability because racism is a child of instability. I declared there will always be world instability because that is the basic nature of brain function. I’ve had brief discussions of that nature (Mind & Consciousness) in other SFN forums and will not explore it too much further here because of the delicate nature of that topic; however, it suffices to say that homeostasis virtually assures that all living species do not function without instability. Without that instability, there would be no progress and there would be no life. The certain nature of instability in brain function suggest a continual battle to maintain mental balance. It’s a battle of afference versus efference, which is a battle of stimuli versus our responses to stimuli. Our continual goal in that battle is to achieve a state of balance by not overreacting or underreacting to our experiences. What compels me to discuss this topic here is evidence of my effort to achieve a state balance in response to a perceived stimulus unsettling my thoughts. Without this battle at the very foundation of brain function, there would certainly be no progression of life in this world. As a child of instability, racism and prejudice exist at the very core of our being. Although not justified by this fact, they are part of the primal and primitive nature of our ancestral being that assured human existence. At our ancestral beginnings, survival depended on the kinship they shared among family. That kinship grew into tribalism, which ultimately led to conflict as tribes began to compete for survival resources. Although most resources are plentiful today, tribalism, thereby, racism thrives today and will continue to do so because it is at the very basis of our survival instinct. Tribalism, a basic primal instinct, virtually assures there will always be strife and prejudice among humanity. The only hopeful remedy I perceive is an ultimate state of empathy where we sincerely and truly perceive the kinship we share. I believe I've made statements of fact here, which may or may not amount to scientific speculation but I welcome your thoughts.
  17. In earlier discussions, I said that dreaming emerges as an effect of our brain's glymphatic processes in sleep that more efficiently remove consciousness suppressing chemistry (cellular waste, melatonin, etc.) from our brain. As this chemistry deminishes, our sleeping brain becomes more sensitive and responsive to sensory afference, which is sensory stimulus external to the brain itself. A contributor to this discussion, for example, described how sleeping with uncovered feet led to their dream about standing in water. What happen during our wakeful life experiences influences our thoughts and those thoughts ultimately affect our sleep environment, position, and habits. As our sleeping brain arouses and becomes increasingly sensitive to external stimuli, it becomes more responsive to the sensory effects of our sleep environment, position, and habits, as well as, those effects that ultimately impact the restful nature of sleep. I agree, our dreams are about more than how a stimulus influences our dream content, they're also about why that stimulus has had that affect. As I have posted earlier, the aroma of a freshly baked apple pie may arouse our memories of an earlier time in our lives but it is those memories that explain why that pie aroma has had that effect. The meaning dream content conveys is indeed multilayered. Those layers are specific and aptly suggested by how I assess houses when they appear in dream content--they define both mental and social structures.
  18. Greetings All, As an epilogue of sorts to this discussion, I want to clarify an assertion I've made regarding our dreams interpreting the stimuli our brain experiences in sleep. I've asserted that our dreams are essentially interpretations of stimuli. As I now consider, that assertion isn't entirely accurate. More precisely, our dream experiences are comparative assessments of how we are mentally influenced or impacted by that stimuli. As responses to the stimuli our brain experiences in sleep, our dreams reveal their source stimulus through imagery that interpret how we are mentally affected by that stimulus. To those who have shared their insight here, my sincere thanks.
  19. It's true and I agree, these internal aspects and influences of the body do indeed affect brain function. I agree that organisms and diseases that impair or influence brain function can and do affect the quality and content of our dreams. However, IMO, these are all influences caused by factors that must somehow enter or influence the sensory systems afferently attached to the thalamus to stimulate dreaming--factors external to the brain itself. However, you've raised a compelling perspective, which I will further consider.
  20. There is this generally accepted perspective that the stimulus inspiring dream content emerges either wholely or partly from within the brain itself. My study and view of brain function suggests that this generally accepted perspective isn't entirely accurate. The view we should keep in mind is that dreaming and dream content are reactions to stimuli, which means that they are the efferent (output) product of some afferent (input) influence. There's no doubt in my mind that dream content emerges from afferent influences that arrive in the brain through the thalamus via our body's sensory array. We know that the thalamus is where all sensory data, other than olfactory, arrIves in the brain before reaching upper brain regions. We also know from comparative animals studies that these upper regions remain inactive without a neural connection to the thalamus. This neural configuration confirms the hierarchal dependency of upper brain function on the functional nature of our thalamus. As the core and most primal aspect of brain structure, the thalamus is where our reflecsive and instinctive behaviors originate. The thalamus doesn't necessarily engage a thought process as it does not appear to store the experience memories essential to that process. Other than preprogrammed, reflecsive memory, the thalamus relies on the memory store and processes of upper brain regions to attenuate and refine our behaviroal responses--which are the qualities those regions add to our dream content. Nevertheless, there are no behaviroal responses without our brain's reception of stimuli, which infers that there's no dreaming without our thalamic reaction to sensory stimuli. Given this view, it's more likely that all dreams emerge as a response to sensory stimuli in sleep that affects the thalamus--stimuli that is externally rather than internally generated.
  21. Excellent question! The only meaningful difference is the purely mental state of our existence when we are dreaming. When we are awake and aware, physical reality and material concerns dominate our brain's cognitive focus. When we're dreaming, our cognitive focus isn't as limited by physical experience as it is when we are awake.
  22. Greetings All, If you’re familiar with my postings in this Psychology Forum under MIND & CONSCIOUSNESS, you may understand my perspective on the precarious nature of our mental stability. Therefore, I urge that you not become too obsessed with your dream experiences as that may askew your perspective on experiences of real consequence to your life and wellbeing. Dreams & Meaning continued—In prior comments, I describe dreaming as our brain’s interpretive response to the sensory stimuli it perceives as we sleep. That stimuli focuses our unconscious perception in ways that can produce a miriad of dream experience. Also, in previous comments, I further described our dream content as interpretations of mental affects. However, that last description is imprecise. A more precise description of what our dream content interprets is suggest by our brain’s interpretive processes. Those processes likely involve a comparison of sensory afference (input) with memory data. Essentially, our brain assesses our current sensory experiences by comparing those experiences with its library of similar past experiences. From this perspective, dream content is a comparative assessment of the unconscious impact of our sensory experiences in sleep. I may have further to discuss on this topic. I welcome your comments and continued interest.
  23. No, I'm not accessing my dreams to find what I may already know or have forgotten. My goal is to expound on what I already know about mind, consciousness, the unconscious, and brain function. My study of dreams--not just my own--and the dreaming brain are one means among several that I have chosen to reach that goal. In my attempt to reach that goal, I have become convinced that our unconscious may have access to an immense amount of sensory afference (experience data), which could provide immeasurable insight that has escape our conscious awareness. The only way we may consciously access that insight--what we know and are capable of knowing--is through a better understanding of how this insight manifests through dreaming and dream content. I don't particularly endorse hypnosis, I think it is more harmful than helpful. However, there's considerble evidence supporting its theurapeutic benefit and there are some who are believed by many to have gained access to considerable amounts of insight, which they could not possibly know or gain otherwise ( See Edgar Cayce). I'm still on the fence about that last bit.
  24. That metaphor references everything humanity does not yet know, which is limitless in my opinion. My specific interest isn't as much about exploration as it is about enhancing what I already know.
  25. Agreed, humans are finite but I can't agree that the potential insight available to humans is also finite. If I did, I'd be like that idiot Lord Kelvin who proclaimed around the turn of last century "That there's nothing new to be discovered in physics." Obviously, Kelvin was wrong. The trove of insight available to humans may only be limited by human imagination, which has frequently proven to be boundless. Again, with clarity, my use of "universe" in my phrasing was not a reference to aliens or the universe itself. My phrasing of "universe" was as a "metaphor" for how I view the vast or expansive nature of the potential insight I believe would be available to us through the focus of our unconscious eye.
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