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The peril of hope.

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When is hope helpful? A simple explanation of hope is a wish. Wishes, ungrounded, lend to magical thinking. Magical thinking being when insight or intuition is used without attempting to apply rational knowledge and logic. More specifically hope is projection of bliss into the future.

Future bliss sounds noble. It is desirable for all humans and animals. Everybody wants bliss. While the utility of perpetual bliss is unmeasurable, it’s likelihood is not. Even in perfect systems life is subject to random events. Scarcity and suffering, to at least a small degree is inevitable. Never ending bliss is practically speaking, a fantasy.

The human conscience is a risk engine. The wider the variety of data, both positive and negative in perception, the better it is at assessing risk. Negative events do not need to be directly experienced, though, those are more powerful. Humans can learn from others negative experiences, if we have access to them. Hope is a strictly positive spectrum. It’s lens filters out negative experiences. While a person is still forming emotional prototypes, the fewer negative experiences they have, the more poorly they will handle them.

The conscience catalogues our memories as an emotional timeline. Rational recall of memories evoke emotional states and emotional states evoke memories.  Magical thinking, most typically in children, is a lack of reason. Rational thinking does not reliability examine’s the conscience’s insights. Until the ‘age of reason’ (typically 8 years old) children can not reliably process their own insights and check them for provability or even explain-ability. A lie told to a young child is a lie believed, wished and hoped.

A conscience tuned with exhaustive reasoning usually provides a moral compass for the future. Hope sidelines this process. It provides a seemingly moral workaround, but only justified by a hope coloured incomplete risk engine. As adjunct to faith (knowing something you can’t prove) it bolsters ideas that have already survived reason. Without reason and faith, hope is effectively magical thinking.

Unreasonable and reasonable hope

  • Unreasonable hope: Insight(bliss) -> logical mind -> bliss based rationalization -> more bliss
  • Reasonable hope: Insight (a blend of bliss, despair and will to action) -> logical mind -> rationalization -> faith or fact (successful reason) -> faith (facts don’t need hope) -> reasonable hope (hope that’s been through the process of reason)

Hope is self perpetuating, and inferior to reason driven and inherently sceptical faith. It may occur if no emotional rewards are provided to children for challenging magical thinking at the age of reason along with emotionally negative events. It is impossible to weigh risk without negative examples for comparison. All scenarios do not need to be personally experienced, that’s both cruel and rejects the validity of imagination and empathy, but without some personal loss, imagination has no prototypes by which to scale despair.

Hope’s legitimate utility is a stand in for faith, in those too young or innocent to reason.

Reject hope as a substitute for reason by exposure to limited experiences with pain. Ideally in small, short, doses. Such as quality parenting allows. Once your prototypes are formed, seek limited exposure and understanding to the worst humiliations of others. Not habitually, but enough to maximize the risk calculating yield of your own failures. No level of competence is above failure. Infallibility is a sign of hope substituting for faith, and that is a hope based fantasy. Periodically go to your fear. Ground your hopes in faiths both provable and unprovable. Understand the pain of carrying truth alone. Now your conscience has been seasoned with realistic risk. If you don’t, your conscience has no idea what you are in for.

EDIT: A Warning about faith.   A healthy, stable society can help steer you away from poorly rationalized faiths (via shared faiths), but that can fail.  They can be destructive too.  Faith without quality reason is a setup for witchhunts, cult, and every downside to both logic, and hope.  Only active curation of the metamind(the conscience) can result in reason, and ultimately that curator must be you.  Know yourself.  Start small and focus on the most inclusive compassion ethics and logic allow.  Think long and often, act deliberately, and face, ‘The ends don’t justify the means,’ before you act.

RAD confirms civgene amnesia prototyping

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RAD or Reactive Attachment Disorder fits the civgene Amnesia Prototyping model perfectly.

“defined as a condition where an individual has difficulty forming lasting relationships and lacks the ability to be genuinely affectionate toward others.  In addition, persons with RAD do not learn to trust others and do not appear to develop a conscience.”

What creates the conditions for RAD?

“This is believed to be caused by abuse or separation (physical or emotional) from one’s primary caregiver during the first three years of life”

The metamind model explains what is happening.  The non-psychopath’s brain is in a different mode at this age.  Instead of forming memories the metamind is forming types of memories or prototypes.  If a child is forced into risk assessment for survival (severe abuse) or has no emotional input whatsoever (Daniel Solomon ignored in an orphanage), prototypes are never created, and the metamind (the conscience/subconscious) can’t compare unlike things.  The metamind is a risk engine fed by emotional metadata.  With no data to output, no risk is modeled, and no conscience is displayed.

Of course the solution has already been found.  Attachment therapy.  What’s new is Civgene’s contribution to why it works.  A sufficient number of prototypes need to be formed so emotional structures can be attached to all memories, realizing the full biological EQ (and ultimately IQ) and forming a complete metamind.  The therapy works because such an extreme trust is formed (in the absence of risk) that during the therapy.  Hopefully in stretches of time that are long as possible. The key is no real consequences for the subjects actions, hence the conscience sends no risk signals.  In that environment the metamind may change modes to prototyping.  In that case it can write new emotional memories as prototypes doing the work that couldn’t occur at a young age.  Writing the prototypes that would have naturally formed in between 2 and 8 years old.

The bad news here is, there has been much false hope for curing actual psychopaths.  RAD victims may act like young psychopaths, but are not, nor ever will be psychopaths.  They are reverting to the pre-civilization gene jealousy conscience (acting like a psychopath.)  They have a metamind, but it never fully formed do to a lack of nurturing programming from guardians.

RAD untreated is a preventable, predictable, possibly lifelong, perpetuation of the first state of the metamind for humans born with one.  The states are undeveloped(including RAD), suppressed(transitory), metapsychopathy, and protopsychopathy.

References:

http://blog.asha.org/2013/07/11/kid-confidential-what-reactive-attachment-disorder-looks-like/

https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/317/transcript

More on amnesia prototyping and children crying #$*#@!

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Read the posts here about childhood amnesia and the boy who cried #$*#@! for more background.  It seems that our aversion to bad manners may be that our brains light up like Christmas trees when we hear a ‘bad’ word, usually a body archetype or such.  This causes new insights to derail and possibly putting a call out for immediate attention and assistance.  This is why almost all adults use these words, but very sparingly.  To indicate surprise or injury.  An immediate call for attention.

The more active a child’s metamind is the fewer prototypes it creates.  Development of the metamind (aka:the conscience) is inversely proportional to the development of new prototypes.  As the metamind begins it’s metadata classification role rational memories begin to appear, and childhood amnesia draws to an end.

Children go through a ‘potty mouth’ stage.  Of course this drives adults bananas interrupting fragile rational thoughts, seemingly intentionally.  But for the children this is not merely an exercise in annoying futility.  They are intentionally lowering or even ending their prototype creation.  They are subconsciously, attempting to inspire adults to expand their metamind though emotional reinforcement.  They are asking for emotional metadata to activate and use another prototype.

It appears that the hard stop for prototyping may be cultural, based on varying ends of childhood amnesia by locale.  The sudden cessation of ‘potty mouth’ of children between eight and nine years old in the United States seems to indicate the end of inactivated prototypes.   Of course this process begins at age 5 or 6 pointing at 2-4 years spent in the intermediate stage where the conscience is active and raw brain pathways are still being created.

All children in a locale seem to stop the constant colourful metaphors around the same age.  Psychopaths seem to begin the end of prototyping with their first experiences of extreme despair.  Is it possible that children are able to sabotage each other’s further prototyping via naughty archetypes?  Can’t really predict what’s happens here, but could make for some interesting simple experiments.

One final avenue to explore.  What if the metamind sends out some sort of final signal to end all prototyping?  Pure speculation, but it could have big implications.  Lets suppose it’s true and the signal is never sent.  Wouldn’t the brain continue to try and end prototyping by sending out disruptive words, in an attempt to complete an active metamind, to no avail?  This does have some similarities to Coprolalia with Tourette syndrome?

Detailed explanation of childhood amnesia

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Another lesson from the psychopath as the pre-civilization human.  Human beings are born as psychopaths.  Just as the fetus mimics evolution in the womb, we are not conscionable beings when we are born.  Empaths have the hardware to develop a conscience.  In fact nothing can stop that, though it’s usefulness will be reduced without any parental programming of long term risk.  All of this has been observed though established science, though the explanations differ.

Many two and three year olds go through an awful stage of selfish behavior.  This is when the metamind is beginning to develop.  This is directly connected to childhood amnesia.  The mind is prototyping behavior.  Prototyping is when you are creating the classifications of data built into a recognizable model of the world.  The prototyped data becomes the prototype, so it can’t be accessed directly.  Hence the amnesia.  That the metamind is minimal or dormant during this stage is an evolutionary advantage, because fewer prototypes would form.  The metamind is usually normalizing or averaging behavior.  The earlier it kicks in the smaller the breadth of different kinds prototypes the child could develop from the start and the smaller their understanding of the types of data in the world around them is.

This can be demonstrated by the lack of effectiveness of scolding young children.  The metamind is simply not responding yet.  The more active it is, the fewer prototypes are being created.  It is well understood that the most healthy method of changing the behavior of young children is to change their environment to make the negative behavior impossible, better known as childproofing.  What you are actually doing is avoiding the early activation of the metamind, and allowing more prototypes to form.

It is possible that you can damage a child’s future intelligence, by activating their metamind too early.  This is a done when a very young child is being constantly scolded creating very strong emotional barriers to new thoughts.  The time of building potential prototypes passes and the child future dims.  Cultures that scold children at young age may be able to get their children to accomplish adult behavior, but it is by sacrificing breadth of thought later on.  These cultures can easily be identified by childhood amnesia that ends very early in age.  While it may seem a sign of intelligence, it represents the opposite.

Further evidence is indicated in psychopaths ability to remember very young childhood.  Hardly suffering from childhood amnesia at all.  Without the metamind to moderate their first traumatic experience, it would lead extreme despair, and limit or shut down prototyping from there on in all experiences would be literal and memorable.  Additionally this may be a second explanation why their imaginations(source of empathy and powered by the metamind)  are far more limited.  They are traumatized very early on and prototyping ceases.

Interestingly a wide breath of rules and a heavy structure at a young age may actually benefit young psychopaths.  It furthers the idea that the parent is the master and the child the slave, setting the child at ease and simplifying all adult interactions.  These may represent the most socially successful psychopaths as adults.  There are fewer emotional reactions of despair and bliss, because they never experienced them as children, and prototyping ceases later providing them with a broader understanding of how things could work.  As a result psychopath parents may impose what seems to be an absurd amount of structure on their empathic children, damaging their minds and stunting their growth.  They recall how the benefit of order in their own childhood did or could have helped them and are actually trying to help their children (which they are biologically compelled to care for) but simply don’t understand they are not the same.  This last case alone is a huge ethical indication for genetic screening

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