For no light matter is at stake; the question concerns the very manner in which human life is to be lived.
All that we know, all that we are, comes from the way our neurons are connected
Rewiring brains and the co-creation of meaning
Co-creating meaning since 2001
Since all of the moral responsibilities of humans are determined by their perceptions of values, the epidemic delusion that only numerical and measurable reality has validity must be confronted and contradicted. What must be made clear, and convincingly, is that our subjective experiential processes possess the same degree of reality as everything that can be expressed in the terminologies of the exact natural sciences.
Konrad Lorenz in 'The Waning of Humaneness
What is needed is to call a halt to the fatal dissociation that exists between our so-called higher and lower being; we must unite the conscious aspect with the primitive
C J Jung
Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings
Man becomes fully human only at the moment of decision
The question is not whether intelligent machines can have emotions, but whether machines can be intelligent without any emotions
What is mnemosynthesis?
Mnemosynthesis - Whole Brain Development of Meaning and Memory
Mnemosynthesis is "co-laying down of memory". It has been described as "the co-creation of memories and meaning, and the emergence of meaning in networks". Earlier usage described it as "whole brain developmental training", when it was used therapeutically for cognitive rehabilitation.
Recently it has been used to reflect two trends:
1. Recognition that an "individual" brain is a product of social interaction with other brains - principally human, but also animal and to an increasing extent artificial.
The concept 'an individual' is becoming increasingly untenable, we are all defined by our interactions with others and "I does not exist".
2. The 'emotional' and 'rational' aspects of our being (sometimes referred to as our emotional and rational 'brains') are not discrete, but are inseparable in all normal behaviour and development.
Consequently everything we think, do and say - everything we are - is the outcome of a co-creation of meaning - between 'individuals', between our 'rational' and 'emotional' selves, or between different brain areas and functions.
Neuronal coordination between brain areas depends on their working in synchrony - neurons must be in resonance. Such resonances are observed in coordinations between areas within the same brain, but they are also observed in coordinations between corresponding areas in different brains that are communicating with each other.
In other words, when two people communicate with meaning and understanding their brains fall into synchrony and resonance - their neurons will be firing at the same frequency ranges and they will be literally 'in tune' with each other.
Meaning and memory Meaning is relational - every idea, concept, object, action or feeling only has meaning within a web or net of relationships.
Memories too are relational - as linkages between internal representations of ideas, concepts, objects, actions and feelings. In a brain these relational linkages are neuronal connections between different areas.
Why is this so important for developing people? Meaning and memory are emergent properties of networks - between people for the social construction of meaning - and between regions and functions in a brain.
The creation of these networks, that is the establishment and functioning of the neuronal networks of which they are physically composed, is mediated through emotion and feelings.
What is often and incorrectly spoken of as our "rational brain" is in fact intimately connected to our feelings and emotions - we do not have a 'thinking brain' and a 'feeling brain'. These are not distinct and separable aspects of what we are - and all human learning and development must integrate these aspects fully, appropriately and harmoniously.
When an idea makes sense to you it becomes yours.
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