In the previous posting I introduced to you Rama, one of the most fascinating neuroscientists I was able to find. He is the one that gave me a very interesting perspective about: the existence and the function of the mirror neurons.
So the main idea goes something like this:
It is well known that a large number of neurons in the frontal part of the brain are in charged with the motor function of our bodies. You reach out to grab something and a firing is associated and detected in your head. But here comes the twist. Recently it has been discovered that some 20% of those neurons will also fire when you see somebody else reaching out to grab an object, or engage in any other physical activity.
YOU SEE ME DOING SOMETHING AND AUTOMATICALLY WHAT I AM DOING GETS TRANSFERED INSIDE YOUR HEAD!
Let me tell you something!
This is truly a sacred secret and you should guard it very carefully!
YOU DON”T EVEN HAVE TO SEE ME DOING SOMETHING, JUST BY SIMPLY IMAGINING IT, AUTOMATICALLY IT GETS TRANSFERRED INTO YOUR HEAD.
I learned this a long time ago from my NLP idol, Richard Bandler. Rama is the one that made it real. Thank you both!
So what happened? How all this became about?
Well, I already told you the story of Adam.
8000 years ago?
In the history of evolution, something amazing happened. To use some metaphorical language, the good old neurons, once living forever and in harmony in a well guarded “Garden of Eden”, found themselves one day with an intruder among them. They found out that one of the neurons planted by God in the middle of the garden was not part of the garden. It was in the garden, but not part of it. Its fruits had the knowledge about the outside.
And we know what happened!
Adam takes the “sinful bait” and becomes conscious.
He gets thrown out of paradise, or should I say, “he gets out of his head”.
He gets the girl (and probably some good “head” that comes with it). Unfortunately he will have to work very hard for the rest of the history to buy her cloths and some nice shoes that she didn’t have before. And then not to forget the payment for her to take them off,,,,
Now, let’s go back to Rama, don’t take the Adam story to seriously!
These “mirror neurons” are able to adopt the “outside world” point of view.
They perform a “virtual reality simulation” of the environment.
They imitate and emulate.
To have it all in one big word, these mirror neurons make us LEARN!
They can use tools, start a fire, and find shelter. They can communicate through language and enable us to read other minds. They are responsible for Culture and Civilization.
It took the polar bear millions of years and countless number of generations to grow a fur to protect them from the most extreme cold whether on Earth. With the help of the mirror neurons, humans could learn almost instantly that they could kill the bear and take its fur to protect them from the same cold.
A child can watch his father do something useful, and the technology is transferred automatically.
With this comes a price.
It is called empathy.
You see or imagine somebody hurting, you hurt too!
You watch somebody dying, you will pretty much die with that person.
At least a part of you. And unless you seen so many deaths in movies, you become numb to it.
Being conscious is about dying.
And is about sacrifice.
That last one I got it from Jesus.
By sacrificing the rest of the 80% of your neurons and making them all mirrors into the other people, you become eternal.
Your identity becomes 100% distributed.
Your mind is 100% decentralized
You will automatically be transferred from generation to generation.
Easier said than done!
Your centralized 80% of the brain is still in control.
They will not let you do it, in other words:
“YOU CANNOT BE LIKE JESSUS!”
Especially if you are reading here.
There will be more interesting postings on that, rest assured!
To come to some type of conclusion, all these speculations lead to an old principle of the eastern philosophy:
Your observation of the world is dependent on the observation of other people.
And what people observed in the world since the beginning, 8000 years ago.
Kant was wrong.
There is no real independent self separate from the world, observing it.
This is not mumbo jumbo philosophy, as Rama puts it. The consciousness is non local and universal. It rises from connection between all the minds and paradoxically is all in your head. That’s why it is a hard problem.
You cannot explain it selfishly in your own head; you have to explain it in other people’s head as well.
Damn, how did I come up with that one?
Maybe one day I will pay people on my blog to discuss these things with me, so I can program myself into their minds and become eternal!
Actually, I am thinking of doing an experiment. If you have a donation page at your site or other method like paypal and you will make a coherent comment here, I will send 10$ to your account. There is a limit of ten payments so hurry.
Cialis offerings will not get paid.