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Part 2. Hard-wired and “Effort-self” of “who we are”

In a previous article I positioned that by the age of 5, the nurturing process has achieved the fundamental building blocks of our brain’s “constructs” or hard-wired networks of how we’ll mostly behave, view, and judge the universe, nature, people…the automatic processes of how we carry out our daily routines, judge, and survive…the hard-wired “who we are”

The “Effort-self” or twin-self of “how I love to see myself” after the age of 5 is the fresh memory we acquired of the countless conscious efforts we invested in learning, “changing” our behavior, new developed skills, revisiting our perception of the universe, nature, people…  This “Effort-self” is what we love to associate our-self with, that transformed us and reformed “who we were” to our current ever-changing self

All our life, we are struggling to reconcile the hard-wired self that basically guide and direct our behaviors of “how come I ended up making this split second decision…?” and “How come I got so stubborned pursuing this irrational decision…?” and the “Effort-self” that tries hard to counter-react to our “natural tendencies”.

This article is intended to develop on the demonstration that we are what our brain constructs are. For example, if you experiment with a subject wearing a 3-D helmet of vision let the subject see a mannequin, even of a different gender, and repeat the experiment with simultaneous touching gestures of the subject and the mannequin, the reaction of the subject is to feel one with the mannequin: You slap the mannequin and it is the subject feeling the slap; you verbally abuse the mannequin and the subject takes the insults very personally…

I contend that the subject will react exactly if we substitute the touching with the sense of smell and taste.  The senses of touch, smell, and taste are the trinity factors, including the sense of equilibrium, constitute the external senses that are the most fundamental in creating the initial constructs in the brain.  The stimulus of the senses of vision and hearing require many transformations before they are perceived by the brain as information.  Thus, vision and audition can be applied as surrogate factors in experiments.

In the former experiment, there is a confounding situation:  Can we claim that it is the simultaneous touching of subject and mannequin or the “seeing” of the process that the reactions of the subject?

We can easily demonstrate that the senses of taste and smell have the same effects as the touch.  For example,

First, the subject is “trained to coordinate the action of vision with touch and audition (music). The subject listen to a piece of music, see the mannequin, and is touched simultaneously.

Second, the subject is blindfolded and is trained to associate music with the touching procedure…

Third, the subject hear the music without being touched and he also hear a slapping sound of the mannequin

Four, the subject brain should light-up as if he was actually was slapped.

The same procedure could be exercised with the sense of smell by approaching an aromatic plant to the subject and the mannequin.  We can also make the mannequin move his mouth, lips and jaws to simulate the eating or tasting or a particular ingredient.  Once the music starts, the subject knows that the mannequin is smelling or tasting something familiar to the “trained” subject…

Now we have to handle another confounding situation:  Is the subject reacting to the music, the other senses, or according to the trained conditions?  Data of the areas in the brain that are activated can be statistically analysed to sort out the proper variable that is significantly leading to the “construct” blocks in the brain.

Obviously, there are many other ways to control the “confounding variables” in the experiment.  I have just opened opportunities to experimenting with various hypothesis that appears very promising in establishing the hard-wired nature blocks in the brain during the initial stage of nurturing

Note: You may read an application of the hard-wired constructs




December 2011

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