1. Front Matter
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Forward
    3. The Preface
    4. On Style
  2. The Introduction
    1. The Program
    2. The Terms
    3. The Science
    4. The First Principle
    5. The Computation
    6. The Method
    7. The Synthesis
    8. The Law
    9. The Reforms
    10. Our Mission
  3. Part One – Laws of Nature
    1. Life (Biology)
    2. The Evolution of Man
    3. Biolgical Facilities
      1. Biology
    4. Brain Facilities
      1. 1. Gross Anatomy
      2. 2. The Cortex
      3. 3. Neurons
      4. 4. Columns
      5. 5. Vision
      6. 6. Hippocampus
      7. 7. Frontal Cortex
      8. 8. Circuits
      9. Summary Neural Economy
    5. Mental Faculties
      1. Faculties – Sensation
      2. Faculties – Embodiment
      3. Faculties – Sentience
      4. Faculties – Perception
      5. Faculties – Qualia
      6. Faculties – Sex – Physical Organization
      7. Faculties – Intuition – Valuation – Prediction
      8. Faculties – Consciousness
      9. Faculties – Attention
      10. Faculties – Reason (Spectrum)
      11. Faculties – Mind
      12. Summary Cognitive Economy
    6. Psychology (Before)
      1. Instincts
      2. Sex – Bias
      3. Emotions
      4. Aesthetics
      5. Personality
      6. Intelligence
      7. Agency
      8. Uncertainty
      9. Mindfulness
      10. Commensurability
      11. Compatibility
      12. Sortition
      13. Identity
    7. Interpersonal Psychology
      1. Cooperation
      2. Trust
      3. Self-Image
      4. Reptutation
      5. Morality (and Ethics)
      6. Virtues and Vices
      7. Moral Biases
      8. Rationality
      9. Cognitive Biases
      10. Summary Behavioral Economy
    8. Social Psychology (During)
      1. Compatibilism
      2. Organization
      3. Influence
      4. Conflict
    9. Sociology (Cooperationism)
      1. Cooperation (During)
        1. Economics – Time
        2. Markets
        3. Sustainable Networks
      2. Reproductive (Informal) Organization
        1. Reproduction – The Family
        2. Family, (Clan, Tribe) Capital
        3. Parenting
        4. Sorting – Class
        5. Sorting – Generations
      3. Commons (After)
        1. Human Capital
        2. Informal Institutions
        3. Culture
        4. Metaphysics
        5. Religion
        6. Education
        7. Training
        8. Art
        9. Summary Cultural Economy
    10. Politics
      1. Elites
        1. Financial and Commercial Elites
        2. Intellectuals
        3. Religious Elites
        4. Tribal Elites
        5. Political Elites
        6. Military Elites
      2. Formal Institutions
      3. Order of Institutions
      4. Politics within the Order
      5. The Nation
      6. The State
      7. Government
      8. Bureaucracy
      9. Scale: Civs Empires, Federations, and Leagues
      10. Military and War
      11. Summary Political Economy
    11. Summary of Part 2
  4. Part Three – Group Strategy
    1. Groups
      1. Human Evolution
      2. Human Variation
    2. Group Strategy (Introduction)
      1. Geography
      2. Competitors
      3. Military Strategy
      4. Relationship Between Military and Commoners
      5. Economic Strategy
      6. Group Ethics
      7. Elites and Institutions
      8. Institutions of Cultural Production
      9. Demographics
      10. Scale – Why Can and Can’t Some Scale
      11. Lifecycles
      12. Summary of Group Strategy
    3. Group Strategies
      1. European (European)
      2. Japanese (nippon, nihonjin)
      3. Chinese (Zh?ngguó, Huárén, Han) (East Asian)
      4. Indian (Bhartiy, Hindustani)
      5. Muslim (South Eurasian)
      6. Jewish (Diasporic Semitic)
      7. Gypsy (Diasporic Indic-Iranic)
      8. African (The Four Models)
  5. Part Four – The Law
    1. Language
      1. Logic
      2. Grammars
    2. Negotiation
      1. Epistemology
      2. Truth and Meaning
      3. Falsehood and Deceit
    3. Law
      1. Summary Of The Law (Solving the Institutional Problem)
    4. Applying the Law
    5. Government By The Law
    6. Strategy Under The Law
    7. Application of The Law
      1. Rent Seeking
      2. Sex Differences
  6. Part Five – What Went Wrong?
    1. Our Failures
      1. Holes In Our Law
      2. False Promise of the Enlightenment
      3. Delayed Phase of the Scientific Revolution
      4. Ignorance of our Group Strategy
      5. Ignorance of our domestication of war
      6. Innovations in Deceit
      7. Restoration of Total War
    2. Inevitable Unavoidable Consequences – What Will Occur vs What Must Be Done
  7. Part Seven – The Reforms
    1. A Reformation: The Introduction
    2. Introduction To The Declaration of Reformation
    3. The Declaration
    4. The Declaration Speech
    5. The Simple Version of Our Goals – For Normal People. 😉
    6. List of The Major Reforms
    7. Constitution: The Preamble
    8. Constitution: Article 0 – Nature
    9. Constitution: Man
    10. Constitution: Rule of Law
    11. Constitution: Violations of The Law
    12. Constitution: Rights and Obligation
    13. Constitution: The Courts
    14. Constitution: The State
    15. Constitution: The Government of the State
    16. Constitution: The Government of the Several States
    17. Constitution: The Treasury
    18. Constitution: The Insurer of Last Resort
    19. Constitution: The Military
    20. Constitution – The Military – Research
    21. Constitution – The Interior
    22. Constitution: The Territories, Monuments, Arts, and Letters
    23. Constitution: The Commons
    24. Constitution: The Economy
    25. Constitution: Commerce and Cooperation
    26. Constitution: The People
    27. Constitution: Fitness, Religion, Education, Training
    28. Constitution: Mating, Marriage, Family
    29. Constitution: Rules of Devolution
    30. Constitution: Letter of Marque
  8. Part Eight – The Conflict
    1. Explaining The Conflict of Our Age
    2. The Current Conflict Of Civilizations
    3. Civilizational Differences in Strategy and Conflict
    4. Methods of Conflict
    5. The Conflict Series
    6. Conflict 1: Thesis
    7. Conflict 2: The Evolutionary Stage
    8. Conflict 3: The Evolution of Man
    9. Conflict 4: Conquest of the World
    10. Conflict 5: The Rebirth of Man
    11. Conflict 6: Analysis and Explanation
    12. Conflict 7: The Culture of Indo Europeans
    13. Conflict 8: The Conquest of Europe
    14. Conflict 9: The Conquest of the Mediterranean
    15. Conflict 10: Medieval Genetic Pacification
    16. Conflict 11: The Second Great Divergence
    17. Conflict 12: Civilizational Strategies
    18. Conflict 13: European Group Strategy
    19. Conflict 14: Semitic Group Strategy
    20. Conflict 15: Cause and Cure
  9. Part Nine – The Choice (Episodes)
    1. The Choice – and Our Civilization’s Choices
      1. We Have No Choice. Equality in Reciprocity or In Poverty
      2. We Have No Choice: I’m Not Interested in Repeating Decades of Failure.
      3. The Choice – Episode 0001 – Why The Choice?
      4. The Choice – Episode 0002 – The End of History – European and Jewish Elites and Their Opposing Strategies.
      5. The Choice – Episode 0005 – Our Civilization’s Next Great Enterprise
      6. The Choice – Episode 13 – The Whiteness Conspiracy Theory – The Economics of Whiteness Part One
      7. The Choice – Episode 14 – The Whiteness Conspiracy Theory – Part Two – The Whiteness Infographic
      8. The Choice – Episode 15 – Whiteness Conspiracy Theory: The Economics of Whiteness, Part Three – White Privilege
      9. The Choice – Episode 16 – Whiteness conspiracy theory: The Economics of Whiteness, Part Four: The Big Lie: Hating Whites As A Proxy for Hating God.
      10. The Choice – Episode 17 – Whiteness conspiracy theory: The Economics of Whiteness, Part Five: What White Privilege Would Look Like if We Had It
      11. The Choice: The Indefensibility of the War Against Western Civilization
    2. Our Challenge
      1. The Choice – Episode 12 – Popularity vs Necessity – The Problem of Conservative Anti-Intellectualism
      2. The Choice – Episode 0003 – Q&A: Catholicism, Christianity, Trifunctionalism, and Natural Law.
      3. The Choice – Episode 11 – We’re Only United In Our Fight For Self Determination by Self Determined Means
    3. The Prosecution
      1. Judgement and Sentencing of The Left
      2. Introduction to the Prosecution of the Enemy
      3. The Summary and Remedy
      4. Naming The Enemy, Accusing Them of Their Crimes…
      5. The Conflict Between Our Group Strategies.
      6. The Explanation of Abrahamism and The Abrahamic Method of Warfare Against Civilization Nature and Evolution.
      7. We Know The Name of the Devil.
      8. The Prewar Common Knowledge and Postwar Taboo: The Jewish Question
      9. No, Jews Are Not American
      10. No the Jews Always Had Choices – They Chose
      11. We Gave Them The Choice. They Chose Poorly.
      12. What Is To Be Done?
      13. We Choose: Prosecution, Persecution, Punishment, Eradication.
    4. Our Strategy
      1. The Choice – Episode 0019 – Anchored By Our First Institutions – We Were All Wrong – Our Germanic Origins Part One
      2. The Choice – Episode 0020 – Germanic Origins of The American Constitution – Our Germanic Origins Part Two
      3. The Choice – Episode 0021 – Correcting The Failures of The American Constitution – Our Germanic Origins – Part Three
      4. The Choice – Episode 0022: Following the Founders : A Suit Against The Sate: I Don’t Think I’m Influential. But If I Am Then I’ll Use It.
      5. The Choice – Episode 0006 – A Call To Revolution – The Declaration Speech
      6. The Choice – Episode 0036 – A Counter-Revolution to Compete with the Leftists – The Course and Conduct of a Civil War
    5. When People Are Presented with The Choice They Will Choose P-Law
  10. Conclusion (Wrap Up)
  11. Glossary
  12. Appendix
  13. Index
  14. Back Matter-Transparency
  15. Our Choices Going Forward

3.4.8.8. Circuits #

The Circuits of The Brain

THE CIRCUITS OF THE BRAIN

The brain makes use of a number of ‘circuits’. A circuit provides a feedback loop that competes for, creates, maintains, or loses attention, producing information. Just like an electrical (unidirectional) or hydraulic(non-directional) circuit. What you ‘experience’ is whatever has enough current to win the competition among the predictions produced by stimulation.

When you want to theorize how something in your brain is working, think thru:

1) Nerves and neurons are the same thing – just longer or shorter.

2) Nerves and neurons are dumb things: they turn on and off, and they increase or decrease in rate – and that’s it.

3) Groups of Neurons are not so dumb things, they take a sequence of on and off and predict what’s coming next, and forward that prediction to the rest of the neurons in it’s ‘field’ (range).

4) Columns of neurons predict objects (models) and where they are in physical space in relation to you.

5) All active columns compete with each other for ‘coherence’ in time and space. Although there are as much information coming from your eyes as the rest of your body combined.

6) This information is ‘distilled’ into a three dimensional roughly hexagonal spherical grid that accounts for your body size, your body, head, eye direction, your direction of movement and speed of movement, to create what you perceive of as objects, spaces, and boundaries. This is your ‘sixth sense’: the world model. And its done in less than half a second in massive parallel by those very simple nerves, neurons, mini-columns, columns, modules of columns, and 50+ regions of the brain.

7) Anything that is existential is reinforced, and anything tat novel is indexed by auto association to whatever network of neurons just ‘won the competition’, and whatever novelty you experience during the day is repeatedly ‘rehearsed’ (echoed, repeated) very quickly, in a sort of time-sharing with the rest of your brain, and then during sleep.

8) All of this information recursively passes from the back to the front of your brain, iteratively producing competing predictions vying for sufficient ‘amplitude’ to grasp your attention.

9) What ever maintains your attention stays stimulated by the circuit and contributes to the next cycle of information processing. So you control what you think by controlling what you pay attention to. This is what creates cognitive agency. It’s also why its usually easier for men than for women.

10) For the most part the thalamus determines what holds your attention – although our brain includes interruption circuits (dorsal and brainstem) that can seize attention in the case of opportunity, pain, or duress.

11) Your brain evolved to identify routes to resources that can be acquired for consumption, on one hand, and to be cautious of predators on the other – and pretty much, whatever gets your attention will be that – unless you train it to do something else. The hierarchy from the back to the front is from the sensory to the physical to the imagined.

12) Mindfulness – or any other state – is merely the ritualized (habit) of controlling and building networks using the attention circuit. Really. It’s that f—-king simple. Keeping the section of Christmas lights on that you want to keep lit.

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Martin Št?pán: In regards to that competition, on what criteria does the selection happen?

Curt Doolittle: In order: (a) breadth of association (b) novelty (c) acquisition of something. Hence acquisitionism. The percentage of reward sensing neurons is pretty low but it’s enough. I can’t recall off the top of my head but it’s lower than I thought it wold be.

Martin Št?pán: The breadth of association is increased by reinforcement (repetition), correct?

Curt Doolittle:  Breadth is simply the number of associations activated. But yes, any activation increases reinforcement. That’s why we get good at things just by imagining doing them.

Brandon Hayes ^This!

Reece Haynes: Extremely insightful, thanks. Especially points 8 and 9.
Helps to explain how habits work, which dovetails with recent conversations I’ve been having.
If you are completely aware of what your body and mind is doing at any given moment, and most people aren’t, then you won’t engage in habits. Because once you directly observe a habit, you discover that it can only persist if you’re not conscious of it. … For example, I often click my jaw, a benign nuisance. But if I focus on it, I don’t do it. When my focus moves elsewhere, it comes back. Awareness versus unawareness. Attention versus inattention.

Martin Edhouse: Have you tried answering what I think neuroscientists call the “hard problem”? which is, how is it that electrical activity within neurones gives rise to subjective experience.

Curt Doolittle: I think we know the answer and I don’t think it’s even complicated. The problem is that they want an observer and we are recursively observing a stream of memory that is changing so fast – like movie frames – that we can’t detect differences other than those differences necessary or useful for our perception and action (novelty). As far as I can tell everything is experienced where it’s constructed and we can’t disambiguate inputs any more than we can disambiguate the outputs (how we move our limbs). So the following iteration (recursion) of experience produces layers upon layers of predictions constantly falsified by the next moment of prediction that our short term memory can only identify changes – not introspectively hold any given state for analysis (we capture episodic memory for condensing that stream of experiences.) The reason being that the distributed calculation producing what we call either input experience or output action is so granular its only meaningful as a stream of changes TO ITSELF in very short term memory. SO like everything else in the brain, all we have is memory to work from. Either memory of the past little bit, or the forecasts we make from the last little bit into the future, and our control over that process by focusing our attention – which does nothing except shut off that which we aren’t interested in. I think the only thing stopping the average person from comprehension of experience is a basic understanding of the mechanisms for assembling and then predicting from the spectrum of spatial models from interior to body to proximity to space to boundaries, to the intentions and minds and imaginations of others – that’s what consciousness consists of that prediction and memory of changes in those predictions. In that sense, while we have our six senses so to speak, they are primitives, and the first generation assembly of those senses is into a spatial model. it’s that spacial model of the world we experience. And we are so heavily dependent upon it we almost can’t ignore it. Once you see that we do this just like a three-dee video game does (exactly the same way – it’s scary) and that we have neurology that specifically produces the same information as does a three dee video game for the same reason, you see it’s naturally deterministic that we would think that way and that computer games would have to be architected that way – just as much as atoms must be composed of only three particles. It’s beautiful, it’s terrifying, and it’s dehumanizing – and yes, we compute differently from computers but the analogy is more correct than it is false.
So my understanding is that while the above narrative might be improved upon, that like newton’s gravity the description is correct for every and all questions of human scale – which is all we need for self and other understanding.
I differ from Dennett in that Dennett uses philosophical and neurological frames first, and I use technological and neurological frames first, and avoid philosophy which I consider only slightly better than theology. I don’t differ from Searle that much. I consider myself the beneficiary of Searle as much as I do the beneficiary of Hayek. Again he uses the philosophical frame and I avoid it. I differ only in that I have perhaps a slightly better understanding of how subjective experience is constructed because one of the side effects of my illness is a rather slow restoration of consciousness when I (frequently) lose it and CAN experience that construction at least a little at a time each time. It might also be that I am VERY current on the research (I know the working papers) and he is not producing as much public material. So I don’t know what he thinks today. I might like to ask him but he’s getting on in years.
I think the most articulate expression for ordinary people that’s available in video is Michio Kaku’s explanation of consciousness and it’s something like three minutes or less and it’s spot on. It’s just prediction of space and time at increasing distances.
The perception I find most interesting is that even with very little consciousness, when waiting for stimuli, when waiting for that thin layer of neurons to create a sense of reality outside the body, that ‘temperament’ you consider ‘you’ is there. What I find most interesting is the shift from that temperament when I’m first aware of it, through changes as your world model and layers of memories come back to life. I feel every time, that I’m moving from childhood to adulthood and I see my change in values as the world model and current context, and intertemporal context come into being. It’s fascinating.
I most cases, I avoid philosophy except to explain why its false – or to find a way to bridge between someone else’s frame of reference and what I understand to be the scientific (most parsimonious and consistent) frame of reference.

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