Monday, November 3, 2008

8 Circuits: Circuit 3 Megapost: Reality Tunnel, Rational, Semantic, Language, Symbols, Time-Binding

Third Circuit post in a a series of the 8 Circuit Model, I recommend reading at the very least the intro of the First Circuit Megapost here if you haven't already, before going on. Second Circuit Megapost here. (This post is a work in progress.)

RAW short Circuit 3 Summary
3. The Time-Binding Semantic Circuit. This is imprinted and conditioned by human artifacts and symbol systems. It "handles" and "packages" the environment, classifying everything according to the local reality tunnel. Invention, calculation, prediction and transmitting signals across generations are its functions.

adapted from Timothy Leary
3. Semantic - Next we begin to learn symbol systems such as the alphabet, and how to calculate numbers. We start to build maps of the universe, and become curious about how the world works. Depending on our expeiences in getting this information, we either take the word of someone we trust or we search for our own answers. This becomes crucial later in life developing confidence in ones own ability to solve problems, and the desire to continue learning more than what is required.

"Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
Albert Einstein

"The map is not the territory."
Alford Korzybski

"The menu is not the meal."
Alan Watts

"All models are wrong but some are useful."
George Box

Circuit 3 sheet
Leary: Semantic
Gurdjieff: False Intellectual
Freud: Latency
Jung: Reason
Berne: Adult
Sagan: Human
Piaget: Concrete Operational
Roddenberry: Mr. Spock
Imprint sites: Left Cortex
Intelligence: Conceptual
Medium: Conceptual Framework
Education: Attention, Map-Making and Articulation
Day: Wednesday (Mercury/Wodan's day)
Chakra: Manipura Solar Plexus Personal Power (link)
Element: Air

3 Stages of Intelligence Increase
ABSORPTION: receive, experience, take in, learn, osmose, access, input, engagement, consume, suck in, vulnerability, give in to, open
ORGANIZATION: integrate, translate, interpret, order, arrange, understand, assimilate, digest, sort out, make ones own way, to redefine
COMMUNICATION: transmit, share, relay, practice, project, distribute, send, to give of self, extend, inform, presentation, articulate.

"There's a lot to learn in Third Grade but the most important is knowing that you are smart. Being smart means developing the skills to keep learning new ways to learn. Sometimes being smart makes us clever and even cunning, sneaky and shrewd. This tends to happen when Students become Too Smart For Their Own Good... which may not be very smart at all. It is important, however, to never stop learning.
One way to make sure we never stop learning is to understand how our mind(s) works. This'll help us interpret some of the more intuitive complex experiences of High School so we don't blow our minds away too much. The process of integrating new experiences through our own interpretations of it is called our "psychology." The more we understand our own psychology, the more well be able to comprehend other people's psychology and be prepared for Fourth Grade Social Studies."
Antero Alli, Angel Tech

From Antero Alli, the Neuropharmacy of an 8 Circuit Brain:
Learning intellectual and linguistic skills for grasping and communicating ideas. Spins off conceptual needs for solving problems, defining terms, making maps, and articulating meaning. The central nervous system buzz of stimulating conversation, thinking, writing, reading and other symbolic and mathematical acts. When over-emphasized, one feels "locked inside one's head" with the angst of conceptual redundancy. Word Trance. Symbolic Addictions. When frustrated, psychological fears of becoming "stupid" or "insane" or "misinformed" or "meaningless" confuse thought processes. When satisfied, intellect and language develop coherency to support meaningful communication with others; one can "say what one means and mean what one says".
SEMANTIC CATALYSTS: Reading, writing, arithmetic, speech, speaking on the telephone, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, chocolate, diet pills, amphetamines, cocaine. Consistent exposure to computer monitors, Internet and other on-line virtual communications systems. Any "drugs" acting on the various nervous systems as a stimulant to quicken thinking, speech patterns and symbolic associations.
OVERDOSE SYMPTOMS: Nervousness. Thinking or talking too much. Mental exhaustion. Stuttering. Neurosis. (To counter this, rhythmic slow deep breathing can go a long way.)

Winner/Loser Scripts by Robert Anton Wilson
Winner: "I am learning more about everything, including how to learn more."
Pioneer/dominator: create new symbols, clear-thinking

Loser: "I can't solve my problems."
Conservative/follower: unthinking

note: usually lasts for life (clear- as opposed to unthinking self)

The part of the brain that regulates reasoning, impulse control and judgment (circuit 3) is still under construction during puberty and doesn't shift into autopilot until about age 25.

Is there light at the end of your Reality Tunnel?

Robert Anton Wilson, Prometheus Rising:
Human beings (domesticated primates) are symbol-using creatures; which means, as the pioneer semanticist, Korzybski, noted, that those who rule symbols, rule us.
If Moses, Confucius, Buddha, Mohammed, Jesus and St. Paul can be considered living influences—and they are: look around the world—this is only because their Signal has been carried to us by human symbol systems. These systems include words, art-works, music, rituals and unrecognized rituals ("games") through which culture is transmitted.
Marx and Hitler, Newton and Socrates, Shakespeare and Jefferson, etc. continue to "rule" parts of humanity in the same way—through the semantic circuit. We are ruled even more, and even less consciously, by the inventors of the wheel, the plow, the alphabet, even the Roman roads.
Since words contain both denotations (referents in the sensory-existential world) and connotations (emotional tones and poetic or rhetorical hooks), humans can be moved to action even by words which have no real meaning or reference in actuality. This is the mechanism of demagoguery, advertising and much of organized religion.

The bio-survival circuit only divides experience into two sets: that which is good for me or nourishing, and that which is bad for me or threatening. The emotional-territorial circuit also divides the world into two halves: that which is more powerful than me (higher in the pecking order) and that which is less powerful than me (lower in the pecking order). On this basis socio-biological systems evolve and animal "societies" of truly human complexity have been studied.
The semantic circuit allows us to sub-divide things, and reconnect things, at pleasure. There is no end to its busy-busy-busy labeling and packaging of experience. On the personal level, this is the "internal monologue" discovered by Joyce in Ulysses. On the historical level, this is the time-binding function described by Korzybski, which allows each generation to add new categories to our mental library—connecting new things, separating new things, reclassifying and reshuffling forever.

"Any reality... is an opinion. You create your own reality... WOW!"
Timothy Leary

Cynics, satirists and "mystics" (circuit V-VIII types) have told us over and over that "reason is a whore," i.e., that the semantic circuit is notoriously vulnerable to manipulation by the older, more primitive circuits. However much the Rationalist may resent this, it is always true in the short run—that is, to use one of the Rationalist's favorite words, it is always pragmatically true. Whoever can scare people enough (produce bio-survival anxiety) can sell them quickly on any verbal map that seems to give them relief, i.e., cure the anxiety.
The emotional-territorial or "patriotic" circuit also contains the pack's status programs or pecking order. Working in tandem with first-circuit bio-survival anxieties, it is always able to pervert the functioning of the semantic-rational circuit. Whatever threatens loss of status, and whatever invades one's "space" (including one's ideological "head space"), is a threat to the average domesticated primate. [See Circuit 1 & Circuit 2 megaposts for more detail - this image from the Circuit 1 megapost says Fear Sells in the case of Bush & the Neo-Cons, but the reverse is also true: HOPE Sells too, in the case of Obama & the Democrats... and is more about Hype and the selling than anything else. Believing the One-Party Two-Puppets Change Political Sides Hype?]

symbols get mistaken for reality - symbols can be manipulated
hence 'reality' can be manipulated - messy situation develops

"People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present, over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians - meaningless propositions that look meaningful to the linguistically naive."
Robert Anton Wilson

The third, semantic circuit seems intimately connected with three dimensionality (although our binocular vision, of course, also plays a role here). Specifically, right-handedness is a human, or at least a primate, trait. Other mammals show no right-hand preference; they are ambidextrous. Recent neurology has shown that our right-handedness is intimately connected with our tendency to use the left hemi-sphere of the brain more than the right. (The left-handed minority are discussed below). Indeed, we use the right hemisphere so little in ordinary life that for a long time it was called "the silent hemisphere." Thus, there is a genetic (hard-wired) preference, in most humans, for right-handed manipulations and left-brain mentations. Now these connections seem intimately involved with our verbal, semantic circuitry, because the left brain is the "talking" brain. It is linear, analytical, computer-like and very verbal.
Thus, there is a neurological basis for the linkage between mapping and manipulating. The right hand manipulates the universe (and makes artifacts) and the left-brain maps the results into a model, which allows for predictions about future behavior of that part of the universe. These are the distinctly human (post-primate) characteristics. The left-handed, on the contrary, specialize in right-brain functions, which are holistic, supra-verbal, "intuitive," musical and "mystical." Leonardo, Beethoven and Nietzsche, for instance, were all left-handed. Traditionally, left-handed people have been the subject of both dread and awe—regarded as weird,shamanic, and probably in special communication with "God" or "the Devil." There is thus a cross-over which makes for a left-right polarity in both brain-functioning and hand-functioning, each being a reverse mirror image of the other.

For the more analytical people who want to become more holistic, intuitive and mystical:
Teach yourself to become left-handed, a few weeks of daily writing with the left hand does the trick. If you want to become good at something, do it every day. You will have to keep this up though why wouldn't you? Every left-handed person I know, especially the guys, illustrate how they are more holistic than others.
Meditate every day. Silence the inner dialogue more in general. There is no need to have imaginary conversations or arguments you don't like, there is no need to talk to yourself on the way to the store, there is no need to over-generalize negativity, no need to stick yourself in a vicious cycle loop of futile thoughts, etc. You will not be able to access the upper Circuit states of consciousness if you're stuck in Circuit 3 most of your days.
Think about how the Western world is organized, everywhere you look on the street there are symbols and words, pop and RnB music full of negative suggestions playing everywhere, etc.
Dedroidify. You will not be able to access intuition and your full potential optimally if you are stuck in rationality all day long. Right Brain Activation can be done in many ways, but always remember to keep grounding and balancing yourself. I'm not saying to stop thinking all together ;p just lessen the internal dialogue, open up to experiencing the world more, instead of conceptualizing it most of the time. Be here now.

"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts.
So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion."
Alan Watts

Robert Anton Wilson

Robert Anton Wilson - Language, Reason & Reality

A recommended upgrade of the 3rd Circuit Semantic Symbol System, aka Language, is E-Prime.

"'Is', 'is'. 'is' - the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything 'is'; I only know how it seems to me at this moment."
The Historical Illuminatus as spoken by Sigismundo Celine

Most propositions containing the word "is" create a linguistic structural confusion which will eventually give birth to serious fallacies. E-Prime is abolishing all forms of the verb "to be" from the English Language. Why? Because nothing 'is' and everything changes. A conversation tends to get a lot less aggressive & ignorant when you say for example 'it seems to me...' instead of 'it is'. When you say something 'is', it only 'is' according to you - so why not say it like it 'is' ;) and express yourself more consciously? Some examples:

A. Rick is lethargic and unhappy.
B. Rick appears lethargic and unhappy in the office.

A. The electron is a wave.
B. The electron appears as a wave when measured with instrument-l.

A. The electron is a particle.
B. The electron appears as a particle when measured with instrument-2.

A. John Lennon is the coolest Beatle.
B. John Lennon is my favorite Beatle (now). ('is' can be retained in some instances)
C. John Lennon seems my favorite Beatle at this time. (means the same as B,
but B is obviously much less silly to say, to me ;p

John Lennon - Mind Games

We're playing those mind games together
Pushing barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerilla
Chanting the Mantra peace on earth
We all been playing mind games forever
Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil
Doing the mind guerilla
Some call it the search for the grail
Love is the answer and you know that for sure
Love is flower you got to let it, you got to let it grow
So keep on playing those mind games together
Faith in the future outta the now
You just can't beat on those mind guerillas
Absolute elsewhere in the stones of your mind
Yeah we're playing those mind games forever
Projecting our images in space and in time
Yes is the answer and you know that for sure
Yes is the surrender you got to let it, you got to let it go
So keep on playing those mind games together
Doing the ritual dance in the sun
Millions of mind guerrillas
Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel
Keep on playing those mind games forever
Raising the spirit of peace and love, not war
I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before

Believe Nothing!
Another recommended upgrade of the 3rd Circuit Semantic Symbol System, aka Language, is removing the entire word and concept of belief from language. Your humble blogger is probably one of the few or the only person in the world trying to do this... While I realize others may prefer to keep the word belief and just attach less emotional value to the beliefs, it seems easier and less confusing to me to just get rid of it alltogether and replace them by catma opinions consciously, conceptually and in our language and communication. I will illustrate what I mean. (Also see the Circuit 2 megapost)

Belief (impression, feeling, belief, notion, opinion): 1. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed; "his impression of her was favorable"; "what are your feelings about the crisis?"; "it strengthened my belief in his sincerity"; "I had a feeling that she was lying".
2. any cognitive content held as true.

In other words, an assumption or un-investigated concept is often taken as true - now how would this help us if we keep doing this? Any belief is a form of dogma. There is an emotional attachment (feeling) to the belief, causing bias. I separate the word "Opinion" as distinct from a belief. So I redefine:

Belief: An often dogmatic, emotionally attached idea. From which we usually filter criticism out of our reality tunnel, and unconsciously "confirmation bias" our way to confirming it further. A difference in belief often causes exaggerated division between humans.
Eg: politics, religion, ideology, conspiracy theory, consciousness research, everything.

Opinion: A catmatic, meta-rationally based idea. We have explored all sides of the story, and store the most likely views as worth more than the other views, however we keep all views in the back of our head as it helps us to have a more all-inclusive map, helps us to understand an enormously bigger amount of people, helps us to make more connections and increase our intelligence the most. Catmas (Either/and) can be added to, improved upon, shifted in value, etc at all times. Notice how this is probably not the case with most people's beliefs (Either/or). Beliefs are Believed. Opinions are Known. The power of symbols.

"I don't believe anything I write or say.
I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence, the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System."
Robert Anton Wilson

Whenever I read "I believe..." I usually get a little nervous reaction... because I've found it is usually a limiting statement that often seems kinda ridiculous. That statement will usually be rooted in feeling. Obviously I have to post it on the blog a lot cause everybody uses this kind of language. When a writer uses "I believe" in an article, a few words later half the readers tune out or stop reading, because they don't agree with the belief. Bye bye audience, bye bye communication.
This doesn't mean at all you have to start accepting anything, or keep reading every stupid article you come across, what it does mean is you can choose to keep reading something after you don't agree with one or more aspects of it - other useful information may follow that we otherwise might filter out alltogether. It means we assume less, and if we do assume we are conscious of our assumptions and do not treat them as true.

"Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups!"
From the movie UnderSiege 2

Whenever I type "I think..." I mean that more rational thought than feeling is involved here, and it is able to be added to, changed, upgraded, or even communicated about in a much easier way, without risking getting one's head blown off ;p

Terence McKenna: Culture is not your friend

My point about this is if we stopped "believing", and started "thinking" in the clearest sense of the word. There'd be no ridiculous situations like... the Muslim Terrorist Government False Flag Fear-based Civil Liberties taking NWO Imposing agenda, the Western One-Party Several-Puppets Representative Democracy cyst-em, the Western Bail-Out Banksters Stealing Tax Money BS, Capitalist Injustice and the Money fallacy in general, the Daily Mainstream Media Lying-Straight-In-Your-Face Propaganda, the stagnant Scientific Research Community where Status and Money seem to be more important than Science generally, the Selective Data Global Warming Carbon Tax agenda (Pro-Environmentalism doesn't need a fake agenda), the Dogmatic Restrictive Divide-and-Conquer Religion Ideology Manipulation, etc. Not to mention the often childish (C2 toddler) reactions to emotionally attached "keywords", people often react without finishing reading an article or watching a video on the internet, or let a person finish in conversation in general etc, because one or two keywords (symbols) have already triggered that special something in them.

"The majority of the people of the world today are unsane, not insane, unsane meaning having been exposed to methods of evaluation that have long rendered obsolete, our language in the future will change to a saner language where we have no argument in it, 'can there be such a language?' there is, when engineers talk to each other, it's not subject to interpretation, they use math, they use descriptive systems, if I interpreted what another engineer said in the way I think he meant it: you couldn't build bridges, dams, power transmission lines. The language has to have meaning."
Jacque Fresco

In Conspiracy Research it means someone who has other beliefs or for the more intelligent "temporary catmas" than you, isn't regarded automatically as an idiot, communication can be executed more rationally than emotionally and both parties can perhaps learn more about a given situation. The reason it is called Conspiracy Theory more than Research is because of the beliefs and paranoia involved, if there are no "beliefs" but re-searched opinions, we can call it Research.

"A man who remains consistent his whole life must be an idiot,
a growing person has to contradict himself many times because who knows
what tomorrow brings in? Tomorrow may cancel this day completely
and I'm ready to go with life with no hesitation."

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes."
Walt Whitman

In Consciousness Research it means you don't believe anything you read or are told - instead you keep what you come across as possible catmas - but experiment for yourself. Know Thyself. Look Within, not on a webpage or book. In Consciousness Research, a scientific Experience-Based approach is the only one that will keep you from "believing" silly things and fooling others along with you. For instance New Age money grabbing BS ceases to exist, no unnecessary beliefs in supposed Channelers or cooky Alternative Therapies, you either try to learn how to channel yourself if you're interested (meh) - or keep what you read as catma - no need to believe what may or may not be true, you learn (about) or test out the alternative therapies if you want to and experience for yourself how valuable some of them can be, and how valueless others can be.

"In (Gordiano) Bruno's day the 3 terms were divided up differently, you had science and mysticism on one side, and religion on the other side. Science and mysticism are alike in their struggle against religion. They were both based on experience and respect for the individual. The idea of science and mysticism was go out and discover for yourself. Find out what works, find out how the universe is actually structured and how you relate to the structure of the universe. And so there were basically 2 areas of scientific exploration, the external and the internal. But they were both pursued by the same method, the experimental method."
Robert Anton Wilson

Belief System manipulated Bias BULLSHIT would be eliminated. This is the aim of evolving beyond BS.

The Catma says: All prepositions are true and false in some sense, meaningful and meaningless in some sense. Catma also says, don't take this too seriously, or anything else for that matter.

"A sense of humor results from perspective.
The wider the perspective, the more humor you will perceive."
Robert Anton Wilson

Another recommended upgrade of the 3rd Circuit Semantic Symbol System, aka Language, is Neurolinguistic Programming. This is beyond the scope of this post though, you can start with my previous post on the Meta-Model to be able to cut through a lot of BS.

Other Reality Tunnel additions worth exploring at and this blog:

The ideas of Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Alan Watts and John C. Lilly, Jungian Psychology, Ken Wilber's Integral Theory, Spiral Dynamics theory of Human Development, Philosophy, Neurolinguistic Programming, Entheogens, Mysticism, Occult and Alchemical Symbolism, Chaos Magick, Astrotheology, Synchromysticism, Conspiracy Research, etc.

Exercises for Circuit 3 intelligence increase:
Explore ideas more deeply you always were interested in but didn't find the time for. Explore ideas more deeply you believed to be stupid, but in fact know very little about (stupidity = ignorance = ignoring truth or valuable info): Other Religions or Ideology than your own, Mysticism, etc. When confused about a certain topic, inhabit different reality tunnels: try to imagine how someone who believes this idea rationalizes it, then try to imagine how someone who rejects this idea rationalizes that. Try to remove "is" and replace with "seems" more from your language when dealing with uncertainties. Maybe Logic instead of "Certainty Belief". Stop believing entirely and start thinking. Silence the inner dialogue more, to illustrate the silliness of the internal dialogue: sit down and try not to think, see what your mind throws up, realize you are not your thoughts and a lot of them are automatically generated from your Belief System. If you want to become good at something, do it every day. Invest time in Speed-reading (daily for a month on average), your investment will be returned to you enormously every time you read after grasping it. Think laterally instead of only in a linear fashion, not getting stuck in one direction, but trying many. Transmute pessimist reality tunnel aspects with more optimistic views. Think beyond what is offered on TV and other corporate owned mainstream media, which has a limited vocabulary, limited viewpoints distribution and often displays consciously emphasized, ignored or ridiculed information, aka propaganda - in most if not all of their programming. Be more conscious about language and communication in general. Read Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising, Quantum Psychology and Antero Alli's Angel Tech. Etc.

"We are still general purpose computers who can program any conceivable model of the universe inside our own structure, reduce the single self-metaprogrammer to a micro size, and program him to travel through his own model as if real."
John C. Lilly

"An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem
that the pessimist regards as incurable."
Robert Anton Wilson

Terence McKenna: Reclaim your Mind


Rob Pugh said...

The amount of work and insight you put into these is really jaw droppingly impressive.

Well, it seems jaw droppingly impressive anyways ;)

dedroidify said...

Hehe, arigato gozaimasu and for yer blog, I start each internet-day with it :D

Chad said...

Excellent post about the 3rd circuit, but I'd like to make some suggestions about your John Lennon E-Prime example.

I know RAW used the "seems" construction at times for his E-Prime translations, but I agree with you. I too find it silly to use in many circumstances.

But you don't need to use "seems" for your John Lennon example. And you don't need to retain the "is", which should never be retained in pure E-Prime.

Let me suggest some possibilities.

"John Lennon is the coolest Beatle."

E-Prime possible translations

- I like John Lennon best out of all the Beatles.

- I listen to John Lennon's solo work more than any of the other Beatles.

- John Lennon had a bigger impact on music and culture than the other three Beatles.

- John Lennon had a bigger impact on me than the other three Beatles.

- I admire John Lennon for the the statements he made about the war that the other Beatles didn't make.

- John Lennon's music fits my conception of the third circuit better than Paul's or George's does.

Of course, I don't really know what you meant by the "coolest Beatle" or why John "was" your favorite.

So I offer these examples that you could use to craft your own translation, while avoiding the "seems" construction.

Thank you for a great blog.