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Monday, December 20, 2010

12:21AM - Community Regarding Frontal or Temporal Lobe Brain Injury

Hello all,

There wasn't a community geared toward being supportive of those affected by frontal or temporal lobe brain injury, so I recently created one.

Here is a synopsis of the community:
WHO is this community for? People affected by frontal or temporal lobe traumatic brain injury (tbi) in one or more of the following ways: has a frontal or temporal tbi, interact with someone who has that, relevant medical professionals, students, and those simply interested in making a positive difference in the lives of those affected by that.
WHAT are this community's goals? Bringing individuals together to communicate with each other, discuss relevant topics, and share resources, support, and inspiration.

The community is located at http://community.livejournal.com/front_tmprl_tbi . I look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a note.

Kind regards,

Monday, November 7, 2005

10:22PM - what type of smart are you?

All-Around Smart

You are all-around smart. Essentially, that means that you are a good combination of your own knowledge and experience, along with having learned through instruction - and you are equally as good with theoretical things as you are with real-world, applied things. You have a well-rounded brain.

20% theoretical intelligence
0% learned intelligence

Take this quiz at QuizGalaxy.com

Saturday, October 29, 2005

10:41PM - Nice collection of creativity enhancing techniques


Some of them are not exactly about creativity, but about decision-making strategies, but they are still quite useful.

Friday, May 27, 2005

6:56PM - 11 steps to a better brain


Friday, May 20, 2005

3:48AM - Dune Speak

"At the quantum level our universe can be seen as an indeterminate place, predictable in a statistical way only when you employ large enough numbers. Between that universe and a relatively predictable one where the passage of a single planet can be timed to a picosecond, other forces come into play. For the in-between universe where we find our daily lives, that which you believe is a dominant force. Your beliefs order the unfolding of daily events. If enough of us believe, a new thing can be made to exist. Belief structure creates a filter which chaos is sifted into order. - Analysis of the Tyrant, the Taraza File: Bene Gesserit Archives

"This is the awe-inspiring universe of magic: There are no atoms, only waves and motions all around. Here, you discard all belief in barriers to understanding. You put aside understanding itself. This universe cannot be seen, cannot be heard, cannot be detected in any way by fixed perceptions. It is the ultimate void where no preordained screens occur upon which forms may be projected. You have only one awareness here - the screen of the magi: Imagination! Here, you learn what it is to be human. You are a creator of order, of beautiful shapes and systems, an organizer of chaos." - The Atreides Manifesto, Bene Gesserit Archives

This is yet another example of the profundity of Frank Herbert. Especially in light of what string theory is positing, his description of the universe being "only waves and motions", is spot on. I also like his description of a malleable consensual reality, it fits into my current model that I'm developing and also jives with some 'scientific' thinking.

Looking through a list of quotes @ http://curator.hotbox.ru/dune.html
shows quite a few more gems from this author.


Current mood: gloomy

Friday, May 6, 2005


i was just interested in the thoughts all of you might have about agriculture in our society today. also it is not a area that is very 'popular', presumably because many people can't see its benefits and so i thought it would be an interesting adn not-so-usual topic to bring up for discussion.

what i specifically wanted to talk about was how agriculture will be in the future, given the direction it is going in currently. in our world today, a lot of the foods, plants are modified, because monetarily, it is just more advantageous for the growers, suppliers adn etc. and although there are organic foods, the supply of organic foods is insufficient, adn the prices are too high to use such foods to effectively feed the world population.
and so some questions that are posed are
will genetically modified foods be the inevitable future?
if not, what alternatives are there?
what will the wide spread of genetically modified foods do to agriculture in the world?
and what impacts does the current trend/attitudes about agriculture have on developments in such an area?
and also importantly,,,, do u know or have any thoughts about agro-terrorism or food-terrorism?
and what preventative/protective measure could you take to reduce the impacts of an attack

Sunday, February 6, 2005

11:18AM - Another interesting question....

I found this article on a blog concerning faith and reason...thought I'd post it here and see if there are any other opinions.

The question that the Edge proposed is: What do you believe that is not true?

The World Question Center</font>

Here is one of the many responses:
"I can't prove it, but I am pretty sure that people gain a selective advantage from believing in things they can't prove. I am dead serious about this. People who are sometimes consumed by false beliefs do better than those who insist on evidence before they believe and act. People who are sometimes swept away by emotions do better in life than those who calculate every move. These advantages have, I believe, shaped mental capacities for intense emotion and passionate beliefs because they give a selective advantage in certain situations."

Is there a selective advantage to belief systems?

The drawbacks of such systems are all around us: Bigotry, religious conflict, willfull ignorance and political shortsightedness, but the advantages would be something to look at so that instead of constantly combatting belief systems, they can be coopted and their energy tranformed.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

8:16PM - Found a site you all might be interested in

I was looking around the web during a particularly slow day and found some info that is right up everybody's alley.

It's called Mentat Wiki</font>

I tried some of the math stuff, and wow, it really works wonders. I wish I'd found this a year ago.

Sunday, August 15, 2004


There is no easy way for me to produce the kind of self intro requested in the first post of this community. I arrived at an interest in augmenting intelligence through other tertiary areas of inquiry that would be involved explanations in themselves. I might try to summarize the trajectory I followed to get here as flowing from the observation that there is no qualitative control in natural biological systems and my preoccupation with precision and intelligent control.

I have always been a follower of contemporary realism in the arts, and while I have not set pencil to paper for this purpose in an unreasonably long time now, I have studied the work of the old masters closely and the sciences of projective geometry and optics that developed in association with their work. It was during this endeavor that I began to introspect about the origins of my fascination with opulent draughtsmanship. Followers of realism are often accused of banal sensibilities, and I was compelled to articulate where my admiration for the art was localized. Very early on, I realized that my admiration seemed localized at least as much (if not more) in the execution of the work as in the finished artwork, and the way in which I appreciated the work seemed to have more in common with the appreciation certain Japanese Connesseurs have for a masterfully executed work of calligraphy than it did with the ridiculous race/class/gender axis those of my acquaintance seemed too eager to deconstruct all human creativity through.

I have lately speculated that this model of masterful execution may be adequately summarized under victor schklovsky’s theories of the aesthetic forces of complexity and difficulty. Why, for instance, is our appreciation for an artwork or creative act frequently associated with the complexity of the act or it’s result? I had come to describe where my artistic aspirations resided with opulent draughtsmanship as being associated with the precision of execution. It was evident to me that I had uncovered something, because an analysis of other artworks I held in great admiration that fell outside the realm of contemporary realism were also “precision generated.” Tibetan sand painting and the work of Andy Goldsworthy are conspicuous examples.

This preoccupation with precision carried over into other domains of inquiry or endeavor. My region of interest in materials science for instance, has concentrated upon intelligent and active materials, and increasingly, upon biological materials, where the properties emerge from the design of the smallest units of composition and subjecting them to intelligent control.

As these themes of precision and active control permeated my efforts at my own draughtsmanship, I had reason to become extremely frustrated. Recreating an image from the world on a drawing surface became an act of awesome concentration, and I found that my mind often lacked the discipline to record and interpret features in the way it needed to. My acuity for detecting surface features became inconsistent, and the limits of my dexterity did not seem to allow for executing a single line with the precision that I sought. My frustration, ultimately was that I was beholden to human faculties and human equipment, which seemed unequipped for my purposes.

Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences model gave me a useful means of distinguishing various intellectual faculties which I had been seeking to identify, and I began to reflect upon how each of these faculties within myself, was deficient. I was not satisfied with the extent of my mathematical or spatial faculties. I was uncoordinated. The quality of my thinking seemed superficially poor. I wanted more. This developed into a personal dialogue from which two new inquiries emerged:

-To what extent are these weaknesses just my failure to exercise the full capacity of my faculties? Can they be augmented internally?

-To what extent are these weaknesses dictated by the limitations imposed by nature? If natural selection does not select traits for intellectual merit then is it possible for one to engineer the organism for those traits?

Monday, March 29, 2004

12:25AM - Another new person.... a quick intro'n'stuff

Hi, I stumbled upon this group doing an interests search on "autism", and I decided to stay because, umm, why not. ;]

I'm a psychology major in my 2nd year and I'm attempting a double major in psychology and theoretical linguistics next year.* (Wish me luck :P) As you might have guessed from this :], I'm interested in cognitive sciences research. I'm also a huge sci-fi-ite, and a Herbert fan (especially a mentats fan), so joining the group seemed like a good idea.

If you need a more detailed introduction, take a look at my info page, and the links provided there.

* Well, the Hungarian university system is slightly different than the US one, so this is an approximation. I hope I didn't botch anything up :O

Current mood: busy

Friday, January 30, 2004

10:38AM - New Here.

Hi, I've been studying the brain and it's memory processing for the last two years(I'm sixteen.. I just hope to learn some new tricks and advise people with ones that have worked well for me. Nice to have found this community.

Current mood: pleased

Monday, January 12, 2004


Hi all!
I stumbled upon this community while trying to find ways to train my memory and concentration. I'm a medical student and as you can imagine, do a lot of studying!
Mostly, I just wanted to find out if anyone here knows of a method to get the mind to concentrate for long periods of time. Thanks!

Friday, October 10, 2003


is there an archive up on the web somewhere of pertinent quotes from the dune books (i.e. mentat and bene gesserit training related)? I might go to the trouble of compiling such a thing, but if it's already been done...

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

12:07PM - Up Next: alien lifeform science education from Spock!


I was doing a search of people who put thought into educational theory on LiveJournal...and found this group. It's interesting to think of science-fiction-inspired approaches to teaching. I have a number of ideas that are bouncing around in my head right now which are somewhat unintentionally seeming like a bridge between science fact and science fiction. A post I made in my journal last night wound up describing an implementation strategy for the interactive textbook described in Neal Stephenson's "Diamond Age":


In any case, I've added a watch to this community...and I've started an education category in my memories list. I'd love to chat with people who are making better ways of learning *happen*!!!

Current mood: tired

Saturday, September 27, 2003

9:57AM - Those interested in Human Potential - Join Us

Some friends and I have started a website and hopefully a school dedicated to Frank Herberts view of human potential. We are starting to structure ourselves as a school. We are taking on tasks of discovering methods and successes in mental/physical training. Anyone who is insterested should follow this link: www.benegesserit.org</font>.

What we are looking for is people who will take on tasks of learning these skills and evaluating different program for their effectiveness. What you would get in return is other people's lessons and evaluations so that we may build up enough knowledge and skills to realize more of our potential. Just take a look and tell me what you think?

Current mood: determined

Thursday, September 25, 2003

9:41AM - well met and welcom

hiya folks. just discovered this list and must say, what a cool idea. i'm stoked to be here.

quik rundown/brief tour of my "constellation of interests" in these regions: ages 15-16 dune chronicles (all, wrote a paper for high school on the dune series junior year) and neal stephenson's snow crash (want to be a neurolinguistic hacker) as well as r.u. sirius and the mondo crew's cyberpunk fakebook and william burroughs (the job, thinking in associational blocks), aldous huxley, timothy leary and intro to psychedelia at 16, william james' writings on nitrous oxide; music of tori amos, tool, they might be giants 17-19 videodrome, philip k dick and reality breakdown, rigorous academic philosphy, mostly analytic (of mind, language, science, biology, presocratics, plato, aristotle) kafka, borges and the permutations of infinite formal systems, terence mckenna and lots of stuff, robert anton wilson and reality tunnel metaprogramming, new age stuff like antlantis and channeling; 20-21 gnosticism, cabala, sufi teaching stories (paper for educational psychology class, occult tarot (aleister crowley thoth deck), castaneda and gonzo shamanism/sorcery, john lilly and sensory deprivation, hakim bey's immediatism, ontological anarchy and poetic terrorism, zardoz, dead can dance and "medicine" music, hermetics and the golden dawn, alchemy, math rock 22-23 , lovecraft and cthulhu mythos in the context of lucid dreams, sleep paralysis and waking up screaming; frances yates on giordano bruno's art of memory, techgnosis and writings of erik davis, mcluhan and media society as extended nervous system, henry corbin and mystical phenomenology, julian jaynes bicameral mind theory, ioan couliano eros and magic, continental philosophy (derrida, baudrillard's hyperreal, deleuze and guattari), pascal and kierkegaard,

one thing i've written that i'm somewhat happy with:

working on two books right now.
http://www.livejournal.com/~euclidean castle

my most recent profound illuminating experience was a radiohead concert tuesday the 23rd.

last time i took a good hard look at dune chronicles 1-3 was last fall, i was amazed at how much new stuff i picked up that just didn't occur to me last reading

Sunday, July 27, 2003

10:50PM - A blind spot in human consciousness

Hello all. I have experimented with intelligence augmentation for years now, also inspired by FH. Soon I will develop the resources to pursue it with undivided focus. I hope my musings on the subject amuse you as I dribble in posts here and there from time to time.

From my most recent personal journal post ...

Rain washes down the side of a sandstone escarpment, writing a record of it's journey into the stone as it travels down. That record of rivulets, puddles, and streams not only carves the story of the first rain in the language of gravity, it predicts the future of the next rainfall. When rain falls again, the water will follow the paths of least resistance and repeat the same story, following the same grooves. Every time it does it reinforces that path, trapping the future course of rainfall along a predetermined fate.

It is a learning, self-organizing system, the same kind that your mind uses to understand the world you live in. You associate causes to effects. Touch hot surface, effect is pain. Hear this sound, it means someone loves you. See that pattern, it is a tree. Hear that sound, it is the wind. This is vital to your ability to function ... after all, you don't want to have to learn to move your legs again every morning.

This system also has dangerous blind spots. After a certain amount of training, the system filters out truly unique information by force-fitting it into predetermined categories. You lose your ability to discover new things, to explore, as your mind slowly forces your present and future experience into the narrow frame of the past. You see what you want to see, what you expect to see. Perceptions and beliefs take a life of their own and fight for survival, not by adapting to the facts of reality, but by blinding you from perceiving all contradictions.

If a large, catastrophic shift in the environment occurs, this system can blind you from perceptions you need to survive. This system is the main drag on innovation because it brings you back to the same old territory no matter how hard you try to strike off in new directions. Ever tried to start fresh, to change course, to live differently only to find yourself walking the same roads over and over, as though in circles? You can only see the trails you've walked.

Your past becomes your prison.

Escaping the trap requires conscious effort continuously. It is not possible to challenge every assumption in every perception without losing all of the vital benefits of the system. But it is possible to develop multiple perceptions, to see the world through many different eyes by consciously applying several models at once to perception, by training yourself to see from many different angles, by forcing yourself to consider multiple layers of context. You can view from one angle and see the square or from many and perceive a cube. Eventually you can train yourself to do it consistently.

Only then do you begin to learn that linear cause then effect model of reality is so inadequate to describe the real world. Only then can you escape from a one-dimensional perception of time.

Current mood: pensive

Friday, June 27, 2003



Friday, May 23, 2003

9:14PM - Crossposting: question on parents

Just to give us something to discuss... and sorry if the cross posting annoys, I know not all the lists I am sending this to have the same members.

I am curious. Those of you who know that you are "gifted" (usually because of a psych or IQ test, or some other score) - how many of you came from comperably gifted parents?
I'm just wondering if there's any tie at all.
I was adopted. Both my birth parents and Parents (who raised me), were nice enough people but none were college educated or ever had any signs of giftedness at all. So in my case I don't see it in nature or nurture really, except to say my parents made it possible for me to pursue activities and other opportunities once they were told I was above average (this started at Age 3). My own daughter, on the other hand, seems to be gifted as well. Her father was somewhat gifted as well but not as much as I was (going by test scores and academic achievement). I wonder how this all plays out, or if any of it even matters. Opinions?

Current mood: curious

Thursday, May 8, 2003

3:11PM - Speed Reading

Has anybody else undertaken a speed reading training program? I followed one in my teens and it really worked. I actually wrote a computer program to resume it... It still runs if anybody is interested. My program flashes strings of random letters, to train the brain to identify simultaneously many symbols. Other programs out there include "acereader", a RSVP (rapid serial visualization project). Besides using the program, there are two tricks I have found useful:
(1) read aloud with your eyes ahead of your voice, as far ahead as you can.
(2) when you read by yourself, chew gum. Swallowing preempts all sub-vocalization, probably even at the frontal cortex planning level... Hey we're all wired with the right priorities (gum) ;-).

English version of the program: http://cogsci.ucsd.edu/~rebotier/fast_reading.zip

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