Since this should be a quiet week, I managed to sleep in for a while Sunday – making it all the way to 6 AM whereupon I awoke from an amazing dream.
As in a few other dreams in the past, I was in a school of some kind and what was being explained was the human tendency to attempt reduction of everything to numbers.
As was explained, in ancient times humans were not really connected – right brain and left brain – and thus “consciousness” was not really as we think of it today.
Rather, it was as if you were thinking in one half of your brain while occasional “outbursts” from the other half of the brain were often “heard” as the “voice of God.”
Over time, and Julian Jaynes covers this well in the “Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.”
Essentially, argues Jaynes, we used to think in a much more schizophrenic sort of way (*per this Wikipedia note):
“According to Jaynes, ancient people in the bicameral state of mind would have experienced the world in a manner that has some similarities to that of a schizophrenic. Rather than making conscious evaluations in novel or unexpected situations, the person would hallucinate a voice or “god” giving admonitory advice or commands and obey without question: one would not be at all conscious of one’s own thought processes per se. Research into “command hallucinations” that often direct the behavior of those labeled schizophrenic, as well as other voice hearers, supports Jaynes’s predictions.”
As my “dream class” went along I was presented with a vision that seemed to answer one of those “questions unasked that vex us.” Why was there not more history to mathematics?
At the thought, the dream scene shifted and somewhere in the Middle East, a crew working on construction of some kind would discover a set of ancient tiles. These would reveal the prior existence of a “conjugate language.”
A what? This was strange to me.
It was explained that in human evolution there have been numerous “splits” in the past and that it is possible (even likely) that another branch of human civilization had stumbled on the foundations of mathematics and had run with it, but in a “conjugate” way. Our current path is bipolar and extremmist.
The “rationalists” of Western reductionism like to boil everything down to a number. The more decimal points after it, the better the number. As a result, we are in many ways at war – with ourselves.We can never get enough decimal points.
This is because some folks think with the arty, poetic, color-oriented right brain, or we are left-brain predominate and and as such clutch at formulae and numbers where the greater the precision, the better we believe we are.
But these tiles – which I doubt will ever be found being possible dream state residue – raise the idea that there is a third way of being that a lot of people have, but hold b ack from discussing.
The middle (or conjugate) brain function looks at art, science, math, poetry, and everything from either hemisphere of the brain and applies a universal encoding and weighting system to it. This evolves detachment and a much different “way of being.”
I may be sensitive to the idea of hidden encoding perhaps because of the work of Chris Tyreman and the team at The Chronicle Project which uses an “error correction system” in ancient Hebrew to return a different (than traditional) translation of the Old Testament.
This “middle/conjugate way” make sense because without more balance, we humans are far too easily unbalanced as evidenced by the current outbreak of irrational polarization around politics USA.
Seriously: Men depend on women and women depend of men…that’s just how humans operated for several millennia. So for one half of the equation to into F-bomb spewing criminals, with their violent protest Saturday seemed the height of folly and delusion orf people who lost touch with the Middle Way..
It is clear to even a 7-th grader that Donald Trump can not overturn women’s rights and that anyone who believes this lacks an understanding of “process.” See our recent Millennial’s Missing Manual chapter on [keyword: process].
Laws are not made by the President, but rather by Congress. When a law says “You will do this within a range of X to Y” then that’s what the executive must do. There is some latitude but the MBT (man before Trump) went outside event those margins.
I’ve seen plenty of women fall in with bad men. And now, they have fallen in with bad and/or stupid women, as well.
Hallelujah! Total equality is here!!! Yippee!
Sadly, while the newslets are telling us “More than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration” the ratio of women to me who will face felony riot charges seems conspicuously missing.
How can we judge criminal equality without numbers? Sheesh!
Vulgarity ran rampant, even death threats,. As Elaine and I watched with horror at the reversion to “one side of the head extremist thinking” that was easily played by forces behind the scenes.
As the dream reached its conclusion, there was some discourse on what the “language and rules of thought” would be for this lost “middle language” between the two brains.
Think of it as “math done with poetry” much like a savory Zen Koan.
“Starts with sufficiency…” was a lecture point. “Then Objectives.”
What was presented was the idea that in its free-running state, neither the right nor left brain would do anything but go to useless extremes.
The right brain would make the reddest red colors, the loudest possible notes, and the most emotive possible poetry. This while the right side would strive for incomprehensible complexity, calculations to a billion decimal points, and so on.
As we return to the schism that Jayne writes of, people are inclined to “hear the voice of God” in their heads, except it’s not God. It’s plain, everyday Modern Insanity.
In the middle, the role of the conjugate brain is to moderate the discussion. To ask the question “What is sufficiency?” “What do we seek?”
To the right brain the Middle asks “What is red enough?” To the left brain, “How many decimal points are meaningful?”
It was suggested on waking that I take this along with me, back to the other side of the veil of sleep and kick it around out here. It was a class I didn’t want to wake from..
The beauty of humans at their best is that we can, under ideal circumstances, operate from either extreme of right brain or left. But in almost all circumstances, a middle-state manager ruling by the language of sufficiency, judgment, optimism, rightness (harmony), and with respect for the One Force behind it all, leads to an optimized human.
A fair bit of Sunday was spent with these thoughts rattling around in my head.
But then, as I was doing so, an article in the UK Express flipped by in a Nostracodeus software run. “Scientists use mathematical calculations to PROVE the existence of God…”
Well, I’ll be damned, I thought. Until that headline I was worried that the runaway left brain crowd would have forgotten the challenge of the late mathematician Kurt Gödel. Unable to find “God’s numbers” they might dismiss it entirely. Yet there it is.
On the right side of the brain the high peaks of emotion and art have already made something of a case. And this weekend a spectacle.
When we watched crazy behaviors at the DC demonstrations, I asked myself: Who are these people who have lost the Great Middle?
That one vexes me even now.
Perhaps related to the “missing middle” these days?
What We Sometimes Forget: True Believers
The revelation that the Women’s March was largely another George Soros put-up – with more than 50 ‘partners’ of the march being linked to him, reminded me of this from philosopher Eric Hoffer’s comments on mass movements and who gets sucked into them:
“When people are bored, it is primarily with their own selves that they are bored. The consciousness of a barren, meaningless existence is the main fountainhead of boredom. People who are not conscious of their individual separateness, as is the case with those who are members of a compact tribe, church, party, etcetera, are not accessible to boredom. The differentiated individual is free of boredom only when he is engaged either in creative work or some absorbing occupation or when he is wholly engrossed in the struggle for existence. Pleasure-chasing and dissipation are ineffective palliatives.
Where people live autonomous lives and are not badly off, yet are without abilities or opportunities for creative work or useful action, there is no telling to what desperate and fantastic shifts they might resort in order to give meaning and purpose to their lives.
Boredom accounts for the almost invariable presence of spinsters and middle-aged women at the birth of mass movements. Even in the case of Islam and the Nazi movement, which frowned upon feminine activity outside the home, we find women of a certain type playing an important role in the early stage of their type playing an important role in the early stage of their development. Marriage has for women many equivalents of joining a mass movement. It offers them a new purpose in life, a new future and a new identity (a new name). The boredom of spinsters and of women who can no longer find joy and fulfillment in marriage stems from an awareness of a barren, spoiled life. By embracing a holy cause and dedicating their energies and substance to its advancement, they find a new life full of purpose and meaning. Hitler made full use of “the society ladies thirsting for adventure, sick of their empty lives, no longer getting a ‘kick’ out of love affairs.”
So too, it could be argued, run the modern mass movements like the carefully orchestrated anti-Trump hysteria. Reminds me of the Beatles Hysteria in 1964, lol.
If I were a betting man, I’d guess Soros has read Hoffer. I’d double-down on him reading Lenin.
On the other hand, I don’t think Madonna has a clue.
As Peter Pan had “the lost boys” Madonna et al led the “lost girls.”
Pappa Don’t Preach De.t: A Talk With the Socialist Daughter
As luck would have it, one of my daughters marched in the Women’s Day March in Seattle.
She informed me she marched because Donald Trump was a “racist.”
Needless to say, I was taken aback: “He is? How so?” I wanted to hear her side of it.
“He hates Mexicans.”
“No dearest daughter, he does not.
What he hates the border being open. Let your father ask a question: When you leave to go to work in the morning, do you lock your apartment?”
“Daughter the Mexican Border is America’s front door. Donald Trump wants it locked. If someone wants to come in they can knock on the door at any border crossing… When you go to work Monday if you lock your front door, aren’t you too a racist?”
“I have to go now dad, you have dementia and I can’t talk to you.”
She was gone before I could tell her the REAL (not the media ript Soros/HC) Women’s Day is March 8 and this weekend’s event was was two-bit would-be revolutionaries looking for an excuse to keep dividing America. Sadly, they do this too well; pimped as they are by the bitter media.
Oh, well, so much for moving to the PNW to be closer to the kids.
Vladimir Lenin would be proud of all of his modern converts.
I (and we) am not.
Write when you get rich,