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the dream child hypothesis

Discussion in 'Book Club' started by L Wakefield, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. L Wakefield

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    on amazon.

    I wrote this book and would love to discuss it here.
    That's why I wrote it!
     
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    Is it your first book?
     
  3. L Wakefield

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    Yes, this is my first book.
    You are kind to ask.
     
  4. visionary

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    fiction, drama, or adventures.?
     
  5. L Wakefield

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    Hmm...

    Political fiction science?

    : )
     
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    awwww... fiction science with a touch of political .. interesting combination..
     
  7. L Wakefield

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    and, a new equation for Einstein's "I-time"--

    I-time = (event, I-time)
     
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    aww the mystery deepens... unusually the time factor is only in the equation if it involves time travel in one manner or another...unless I am not understanding ..event..I time. Or is this one of those things where some experience event in slow or blitz speed?
     
  9. L Wakefield

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    Yes, in relativity each "particle" has its own "proper time."

    Perhaps there's something interesting about this equation-- where are the facts and possibilities?

    In the book (on amazon) I go into that. It takes a few pages.
     
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    If each particle acts independently, then the distortion of the body in which the particles inhabited would be askew.. causing all kinds of chaos... what caused this? mandatory vaccination?? is that where the political entangles with the science?
     
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    Einstein credited the intuitions of David Hume for leading to relativity. David Hume was a personal friend of Benjamin Franklin. According to biographer Walter Isaacson, it was Hume's influence on Franklin that led to the promissory assertion: We hold these truths to be self-evident. Which assertion Lincoln quoted in his speech against the Dred Scott decision by the SCOTUS. Hume was an excellent historian. Lincoln seemed to imply in his speech that perhaps because of this perspective on history, the promissory assertion had been written to protect the political future of America. The promissory assertion, according to Lincoln, would be "one hard nut to crack." Thus a leading scientist of his time, Benjamin Franklin, seems to have written the promissory assertion into the Declaration in order to protect our political future. The book on amazon (the dream child hypothesis) involves a close reading of David Hume, both for his science and his politics. I titled the last chapter, The Self in American Politics. But before that, there is the neuroscience of the superior colliculus, in the roof of the midbrain. A prominent neuroscientist states that this is where the perspective of self exists in the body.
     
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    From the prologue:
    What is the earliest that self awareness has been measured in a child? It seems to me (anecdotaly after 4 children) that self awareness is an emergent awakening that happens well after birth.

    On the political implication, how does self awareness affect a persons status as a living person? When a person ceases to be apparantly self aware because of injury or sickness do they cease to be a living human person?
    From the point of view of a developing person, it seems to me that just because the work has not been completed to a stage that another person is able to consider as significant, does not give them the right to destroy me.
    It seems to me that if I walked into an artist's studio and destroyed the unfinished work on the easel on the same grounds I would be just as guilty of a crime as if I had destroyed a finished work.
     
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    But I have also heard, from one other, of a ballerina twirling on-stage from behind a curtain. Twirling across the stage and disappearing forever through the opposite curtain. It’s a dance that can tell a story. The stage is life...

    And it serves as it must: To envelop the dance in a universe of palpable scenery-- scenery that's painted, frame by frame, by the painter.


    There are two stories in The Dream Child Hypothesis.

    First, there is Socrates’ story of the cave. Here— frame after frame flows from the twirling, as in a continuous movie.

    Second, there is Parmenides’ story of a youth carried in a chariot pulled by rhythmically galloping mare horses— mares guided by gentle hovering spirits. The wheels sing like pipes and their axels glow with the white light of speed. The mares pull the chariot through a gigantic guarded door in the walls of the mountains.

    And go deep into the heart of the matter.

    There is an exciting beginning to the dance. And we hope, a triumphant end.

    This story of the twirling ballerina fits well with the pre-mathematical diagram on the cover of The Dream Child Hypothesis (on Amazon). Which equation, by the way, is the new Einstein equation in the book:

    I-time = (event, I-time)

    The twirling has a logic of events to it. And— as in the book— each of these events also involves a logic of possibilities and facts.

    It's the story of the self...
     
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    I needed some time to think about this one.

    The proper references are in the book, and with that said, the neuroscientist Merker knows how to locate, by observation, the exact position of the sensory reference that we name "the self" within the human body. For every event of sensation, the feeling is that the event of its occurrence is an event that is over "there." While at the same time, you feel that your location is somewhere else from that "there"-- in fact, "here." For every mode of sensation, sight, hearing, touch, feel, or gyroscopic mapping of the external situation, the physical location of that experience of being "here" turns out to be the exact same location in the body. It is the superior colliculus, at the roof of the midbrain, and exists therefore in all vertebrates. In The Dream Child Hypothesis, every vertebrate has a self. And then we start to sound Asian, if not Native American, which is the case. In human beings, the self-focal point of existence in the superior colliculus, as it's called, is between the eyes and in back of the bridge of the nose. In this context, Merker describes the feeling of "joy in the breast" as he says. It's location is "down" there in the breast. While a headache is "up" there in the head. These ups and downs are up and down, respectively, from the point of view of the self. That is its physical location. With all this said, The Dream Child Hypothesis is simply that this nest of neurons at the roof of the midbrain-- it's an amazingly ordered packing of over 5 million neurons-- is like an engine that's coming out of a car factory. It's the same, but different, of course. The superior colliculus is like the car engine. For the first time as it leaves the assembly line, the engine is fired up, started. And there the analogy ends. The car engine can be started and stopped at will. But this experience of self, once started, only ends once. So-- the web page to which I sent you in my last post talks about new born sensations. After the thermodynamic engine is fired up by the first breath, these neurons have a dynamically adjustable source of fuel, and can therefore maintain homeostasis, that is, exist in equilibrium with the other systems now firing up, each maintaining their own homeostasis. Each one of these first-ever sensations feels like it is "there". And-- for each one of these experiences of something being "there"-- that "there" is "there"-- only because "here" is "here." The experience of "here" for every "there" that is experienced through the senses is "the self" in The Dream Child Hypothesis. And it begins at first breath. I think. Some scientist would have to figure out how to test the hypothesis. And-- that's the hard part. Luckily, scientists do know how to do some really hard stuff.
     
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  15. Anguspure

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    Really interesting. Thanks.
    It would be fascinating to see a test of the actual point of change. Would it not be possible in the mean time to narrow the gap? Obviously, as you pointed out, a woman giving birth would be reluctant but maybe the gap could be narrowed to within a small time frame either side of labor to give a general confirmation.
     
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    I would think of non-invasive techniques with laboratory animals. But there might be problems with just putting the birth of an animal in the fMRI. Studies have shown that the information from fMRI blurrs out for the early stages of babyhood in laboratory animals.

    Maybe 400 years from now technology will have advanced far enough, and then a scientist might be able to buy an fMRI capable of seeing the relevant details in the roof of the midbrain. It will probably depend on quantum computing.
     
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