Chat rooms – networking, ‘change our brains’ – for the better? Something, may be, an awful lot better than nothing!


 

As a parent, probably the most important programme/DVD besides ‘The Ascent Of Man’ DVD – ‘The Long Childhood’  http://www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608 that you will ever see or hear about. Are all our children becoming geniuses? BBC Radio4 ‘Analysis’ – Clever.com http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00j17xt/Analysis_Clever.com/

 

Diagnosis and Remedies (looking for the cure – something, may be better than nothing)

 
35) The diagnostic approaches (to our inherent human malaise – psychosis) that I have briefly outlined are:
 
     a) The explosive growth of the human neocortex (brain) and its insufficient control of the old brain. Part reptile and earlier, to (human) Homo sapiens our species. 
 
     b) The protracted helplessness of the new born and the consequent uncritical submissiveness to authority.
 
     c)  Language (Art, Nigel Spivey ‘How Art Made The World’) as a rabble rouser and builder of ethnic barriers.
 
     d) The discovery of and the mind splitting fear of death.

         Is there more to life than confusion, panic, sex, and then nothing"? Julian Schnabel. 

         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Diving_Bell_and_the_Butterfly

 
36) To neutralise the pathogenic factors does not seem an impossible task. Medicine has found remedies for certain types of schizophrenic and manic-depressive psychoses; it is no longer Utopian to believe that it could not discover a combination of benevolent enzymes which provide the neocortex with a veto against the follies of the archaic brain, correct evolutions glaring mistakes, reconcile emotion with reason, and catalyse the breakthrough from maniac to man.
 
37) Other avenues are waiting to be explored and may lead to salvation in the nick of time, provided that there is a sense of urgency and a correct diagnosis of the condition of humankind, based on a new approach to the sciences of life.
 
 
More ‘chilling’: ‘Self-harm and children’ irrational beliefs http://selfharm.atticmedia.com/Article.aspa?PageId=255&NodeId=249
 
BBC 2 Newsnight ‘networking sites change our brains’ with Jeremy Paxman – 38 minutes into the programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hxv0w Dr Ben Goldacre @ Bad Science.net  http://www.badscience.net/ with Dr Aric Sigman.
Baroness Susan Greenfield.
 
BBC 2 Horizon ‘the secret life of your bodyclock’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hxtwc
 
"Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass ideology and religion, they hate it in restrictive regimes" (intolerant people and groups, see, below)" R.Brodie ‘Virus Of The Mind’ – learning group.
 
Massively chilling. Bridgend ‘mass suicides’ http://luckyme0.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A18BF3FCC5E126A2!1860.entry
 
Cultural Inertia. Ref, ‘The Long Childhood’ J.Bronowski. ‘Fear of Freedom’ E.Fromm, and ‘To Have Or To Be’?
 
 
"The children of today will have a totally different ‘mental’ world from ours – it may be completely unrecognisable". A friend who teaches physics to the brightest at a Grammar School.
 

"History proves that mental worlds differ through the ages – completely". Notes of Grandpa (Jim) Anthony.

"Without some sort of a map orientation is impossible" Bertrand Russell. Ref, The Proper Structuralised View Of The World – Education UK "At school our children get nothing more than a great deal of muddled thinking, there are no proper coordinates given to them to guide them successfully through this world, only plenty of guidance for them to achieve some sort of great happiness in the next"! 

‘The Ascent Of Man’ DVD – ‘The Long Childhood’  http://www.bbcshop.com/History/Ascent-Of-Man-DVD/invt/bbcdvd1608 

 
Our very strict family policy – ONLY – loads of books and musical instruments in the children’s rooms (reading, resting, and sleep – encouraged) – NO TV / Computers in their bedrooms! They have their own laptops in our ‘sitting room’, with the family TV. E-mails and all chat are supervised – Windows One Circle and Messenger! Encouraging communication and typing + loads of friends at weekends and active sports!
 
How our ‘brains’ can be changed.
 

Margaret Singer Ph.D. 

"Six Conditions for Thought Reform"

1) Keep the person unaware of what is going on and how she or he is being changed a step at a time. Potential new members are led, step by step, through a behavioural-change program without being aware of the final agenda or full content of the group. The goal may be to make them deployable agents for the leadership, to get them to buy more courses, or get them to make a deeper commitment, depending on the leader’s aim and desires.

2) Control the person’s social and/or physical environment; especially control the person’s time. Through various methods, newer members are kept busy and led to think about the group and its content during as much of their waking time as possible.

3) Systematically create a sense of powerlessness in the person. This is accomplished by getting members away from the normal social support group for a period of time and into an environment where the majority of people are already group members.

4) The members serve as models of the attitudes and behaviours of the group and speak an in-group language. Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments and experiences in such a way as to inhibit behaviour that reflects the person’s former social identity.    Manipulation of experiences can be accomplished through various methods of trance induction, including leaders using such techniques as paced speaking patterns, guided imagery, chanting, long prayer sessions or lectures, and lengthy meditation sessions.

5) Manipulate a system of rewards, punishments, and experiences in order to promote learning the group’s ideology or belief system and group-approved behaviours. Good behaviour, demonstrating an understanding and acceptance of the group’s beliefs, and compliance are rewarded while questioning, expressing doubts or criticizing are met with disapproval, redress and possible rejection. If one expresses a question, he or she is made to feel that there is something inherently wrong with them to be questioning.

6) Put forth a ‘closed system of logic and an authoritarian structure that permits no feedback’ and refuses to be modified except by leadership approval or executive order. The group has a top-down, pyramid structure.  The leaders must have verbal ways of never losing. Ref, Pope Benedict XV1 "When God’s word… is neglected, and when God’s law is ridiculed, despised, laughed at, the result can only be destruction and injustice."

Ref, Stanley Milgram http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment And, "Most people would rather believe than know", an Army Psychologist of the 1960’s. Deaths from Science ("science, neither knows nor does it care" / "science is not technology : technology = the application of science") = 0. Deaths from Creationist ‘thought or beliefs’, and all – religiosity and ideologies = countless billions of deaths.

Schools get advice on Creationism http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7934606.stm

Creationism (ID) has ‘no place in schools’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4896652.stm

 

About luckyme0

My First family, second marriage, bringing up my 18-year-old twins, boy, and girl. I am a third generation Humanist, who has some old handwritten information and notes; collected over many years. Someone may find the articles interesting, or helpful. They could bring back a little ‘reality’, after being ‘shocked’ and ‘brainwashed’, by some malicious group, or institution (REBT Therapy). People should know better, than to do this, to our very young, and the ‘obviously’ vulnerable! Go to easily accessible, non-superstitious knowledge that is not charlatanism! https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ The blog has given me an incentive to order my thoughts, learn, and read up again, after a few non-thinking years of (very silly) imagination and passion. Why not, get your own key to a ‘door’, customise it to suit you, and it can be, all of your very own! Don’t believe, or be led by someone else’s; inherited, stupid, and a very likely (past, and not of today’s) ‘totally preposterous reality’s’. Only some interest in the ‘really big questions’, keeps life above the level of a farce, and very little else! KEEP THINKING! Some of the posts may need some correcting. Interests: REBT Counselling, Atheism, Secularism, Humanism, Psychology, Reading, Popular Science, School Ethos, Philosophy, History, Family, Parenting, Psychology, Horse Riding, Sailing, Rescue Boat Driver, Skiing (Teppichswinger), TV Documentaries, Motorbike Cross Country Riding, Volunteer Sports Stewarding, Writing, Primitive Man, Pre-history, Social Anthropology, British Humanist Association, BHA, Meaning of Life, The Big Questions, Where am I, What am I, Why am I, Hippie Love, Knowledge, Education, Globalisation. Favorite quote: “The world belongs to those who, at least to some degree, have figured it out.” Carl Sagan, ‘The Demon Haunted World’, ‘Contact’, and other famous books DVD ‘Cosmos’. The warning of another and horrendous, “Age of Superstition”. “Isn’t there something deeply absurd in the presumption that children ought to inherit beliefs from their parents. It can be deeply damaging, even lethally divisive. A ‘them’, with an ‘against us’, mentality” – Professor Richard Dawkins. “The will to believe is stronger than mere reason in the vast majority of people” – Dr J.Brown, Army Psychologist of the 1960′s. Humans will believe in almost anything, in fact, they seek it! Why? “98% of us, trained to be just good consumers, let’s train our children to be the 2% who have their very own creativity and discernment”; quote by a famous surreal artist. “The lack of reason brings forth monsters”. “Global interconnectedness is lethal against mass religion, nationalism, racism, and other destructive memeplexes. Let us connect everybody they hate it in restrictive regimes”; from the ‘meme learning group’, Richard Brodie’s book, ‘Virus Of The Mind’ (Richard Brodie a designer for ‘Microsoft Word’). Following on, J.Bronowski, and ‘The Ascent Of Man’ TV series, and a book http://www.bbcshop.com/science+nature/the-ascent-of-man/invt/9781849901154/ with the last DVD in this series, ‘The Long Childhood’ being especially revealing. ‘Prehistory’ and the ‘Making of the Human Mind’ by Colin Renfrew, with P.Wilson’s, ‘The Domestication of the Human Species’, and Nigel Spivey’s, TV series and book, ‘How Art Made The World’, offers some further explanations. Latest reading: Jared Diamond http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_Diamond
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