Thursday, November 08, 2012

Another Kind of False Memory Syndrome

i think that this may be an old idea;
i distinctly remember an episode of Star Trek; Enterprise ( ? )
In which a crew woman experiences a ‘rough’ transporter beaming,
& ( later on ) it’s revealed that she ‘remembers’ a lengthy experience which she believed took place over The course of several days, but actually only formed in her consciousness in The instance of her rematerialization.
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 i just uploaded an issue of NewsWeek that features a story, or account, by a brain surgeon that recalled a Near Death Experience while his brain was completely inactive; which contains some elements that seem to be somewhat feeble in their ‘ring of truth’.
i would love to believe in these NDE’s; And many of them are very convincing, Some of The best Accounts however are weakened by their isolation from similar accounts.
Flying Saucer reports also suffer from this ‘effect’; In which The Individual Account may be convincing in some respects, But suffer from being The Only Report of its kind.
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Might it be reasonable, or Is there any evidence for A Phenomena, In which a person might believe that they’re recalling a Memory of something that happened during a prior period of their life; But in fact, only formed in The moments immediately after a ‘Recollection Effect’.
This Recollection Effect consists of The Belief that a Thought that just occurred to you, or that ‘Popped into your head’, Is a Memory of something that happened some time ago.
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This idea is somewhat similar to another ‘Effect’ that i suspect is possible, And that is; The Effect or Experience of ‘Familiarity’.
This is when you see something entirely New, Yet believe that it is ‘Familiar’ because you seem to recall The Experience of Seeing it at some prior time.
This phenomena is supposed to be what’s happening when you experience Deja Vu.
Your brain allegedly experiences something fresh & novel, But you somehow ‘forget’ that you’re looking right at it, while simultaneously ‘remembering’ it, As you see it again ‘Fresh’ for The Second time.
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While this Deja Vu represents a tiny ‘blip’ in your memory;
This other ‘False Memory’ requires a much lengthier process in which you ‘suddenly’ ‘Remember’ An Event that is thereafter created - While you’re recalling it.
Is this at all plausible ?

Why do we wake up from our Dreams?

Sunday, October 28, 2012 9:19:01 PM
From a Dream :
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In The Dream; i met a group of Dream Explorers that were trying to find their way to The True Reality. They had discovered a way to go deeper & deeper into dreams, believing that this World that we lived in now, was a Dream World, A Virtual Reality created by DisIncarnated Beings for some reason. Perhaps to provide ‘Young Souls’ with an Environment of ‘Solid’ Floors to walk around on while we Learned to Navigate through The True Reality, which was what we call; The Dream Reality.
But as they proceeded further & Further into this Dream Layers, They discovered that The Dream Realities were becoming harsher & Harsher; Such that at The Bottom ( ? ), They just broke apart like The Shell of A Hard Boiled Egg or Ceramic Vase, Then Crumbled into Dust, Like a Vampire that has been staked through The Heart ( Classic Buffy Style ).
Once they had gotten to these Lower Layers ( Deep into The Dream Well ) They discovered that The Trick was coming back up. As they suffered these Terrible Tortures of Complete Annihilation, They had to figure out a way to ‘Wake Up’ from those dreams ( using water ( ? ) ); To come back to a more ‘Solid’ Reality.
Is this what The Hindus & Buddhists have been trying to teach us all along.
Have i been getting it wrong all this Time, When i have been insisting that this reality is The Dream Reality, & Dreams are Real.
The Reverse is; This IS a Dream Reality, But to find The True Reality, We have to Wake Up from Here.
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So The Question Is :
When you’re In A Dream; And you Wake Up to Return to This Reality;
What exactly did you Accomplish in The Dream?
Why did you Wake Up, or; Leave The Dream?

The First Answer would be Nothing, You just ‘Woke Up’.
The Dream Ended, Often Abruptly, without Resolving or Accomplishing Anything.
But. What if it Did. Sometimes. Once in A While.
A Slow Progress was being Made to Wake up, A little bit, More & More. And that Eventually; You would Sufficiently Wake up from This Dream, To find yourself being shaken Up by Your Mother in The ( More ) Real Reality?
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But this leaves us with The Same Question as Before.
Why do we Dream?
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Is there any way of ‘Knowing’ what The True Reality is Like;
Or would we just be Guessing.
There are Essentially Two or Three Choices.
The True Reality is Better than this Reality,
Or about The Same.
Drug Addicts in This World try to Escape what they perceive are The horrors of this World to find a Dream Reality that is more Pleasant, but making their existence in this reality all The more horrific.
While Many people with Schizophrenia are trapped in a Dream Reality that overlaps this reality. They find that this their dream reality is often much more annoying or genuinely Horrific.
Most people have Dreams that are perfectly benign & are easily forgotten.
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So that The Same Dilemma in This Reality is poised by Our Vision of The Other Reality that we never seem to Experience.
What is The True Reality Like?
Maybe we Dream This Reality to Escape The True Reality?
Maybe it’s Really Awful.
Really, Really Awful.
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Which got me to thinking about A Better Reality.
Is The Better Reality, Really Desirable?
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Isn’t that a Silly Question?
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What if someone, like Adolf Hitler, created a Genuinely Wondrous Society, that was perfect for ( nearly ) everyone, Including you, But you were forced to live in it.
What if This Utopian Society was A little Different; & it Really was Wondrous for Everyone. Absolutely Everyone. Even Cows & Chickens. In this Much Better Society, We’d stop exploiting Chattel & The Wilderness Environment;
But you Had to Live under it’s Precepts.
Would you willingly Live under this Iron Fist of Perfect Bliss?
Presented like that; You may believe that it’s a trick question,
That there is some horrific Dark Side to This Utopia, Such as eating our Dead or Being given a Drug that keeps us forever in a Placid Stupor.
But no.
This Really, Perfect Utopian Paradise, Really would be Perfect in All Respects,
With The One Tiny Caveat, That you HAD to live there.
Would you willingly enter into this Hell without The Freedom to be Evil.
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i think that this is The Way that Articulate Christians Describe Heaven.
When you get into Heaven, Gawd Erases all your Memories & Inclinations towards Dark Thoughts, Leaving only your Purest Thoughts & Recollections.
In our Perfect Paradise though; You would retain all those Evil Thoughts, & be Required to Suppress them.
You might think; Isn’t that The Way that This World is ‘Supposed’ to Work?
Well; In this Other ‘Really Perfect Society’ there would be ‘Mechanisms’, That ‘Somehow’ were Not Horrific, But Obtained The Desired Effect.
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That part.
Sounds Impossible.
Doesn’t it.
So that; It all becomes so ridiculously improbable, that what is The Point.
Scientists like to put it this way; It is just ‘dumb’ to talk about things that we can’t really know anything about, or envision The Underlying Mechanisms for.
Or in The Vernacular;
“If you don’t know What you’re talking about, Shut The Hades Up.”
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So; Let’s consider this in a more constrained box.
What if:
Given that as Biological Beings, Our Primeval Functionality is to Reproduce, & in So Doing, Produce Superiour Progeny.
Such that; It is The Imperative of Every Male & Female to Carefully Choose only The Most Genetically Superior Specimens to Breed With.
Males have The Convenience of Choose lots & lots of Comparatively Inferiour Incubation Units for their Semen, But Females should be much choosier, & Given that The Best Males are so InDiscriminant, They should willingly Breed with All Women that Choose them as Sperm Donors.
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What if there was a Male that ‘Knew’ - - Truthfully Knew; That their Sperm was The Very Best in The World. We’re Not talking about A Delusional Schizophrenic Male that Falsely Believes that they are Superman or Gawd, or Jesus or Arnold Swartzenegger; No! We are talking about a reasonably Ordinary Male that just happens to have Discovered that their Sperm, for Whatever Reasons, is The Very Best Sperm in The World.
Given that as Biological Units; It is our ( All of Us ) Imperative to Produce The Best Possible Progeny; Every Woman in The World should willing be receptive to His Imperative to Inseminate them.
Would he be ‘Morally’ Obligated to Rape as many ( Possibly Unwilling ) Females as Possible?
After all; He has a finite amount of time to germinate as many young, nubile girls as possible, & it would just be unreasonable that He should have to stop & convince them that he was doing this with The Best Interests of Their own Finite Genetic Potential in mind. ( ? )
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The Alternative Female Version of this would be The Woman that came to believe, by Whatever mechanism(s, that She had The Most Perfect Ovums in The World, Then sought out The Most Perfect Males, Collected their Nocturnal Emissions, Then Induced her Ovaries to Produce an Excessive Number of Eggs, Extract them, Fertilize them with The Sperms that she’d collected, & then Implant them into Healthy Young, Nubile Girls that she Kidnapped from Shopping Malls.
Would that be Ethical?
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If you allow that The Keynote Imperative of ‘Life’ is to Become more Perfect,
Then; Yes. These Two Reproducers are doing The ‘Right’ Thing.
Aren’t they?
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The Skeptic ( ? ) might suggest that The Harry Potter Clause might become Relevant to this Argument.
The Harry Potter Clause asks this Question: Why do The Witches Tolerate Muggles to Live?
The Bible says exactly The Opposite;
Exodus 22 : 18 / Thou Shalt not Suffer a Witch to Live !
Presumably; The Witches have The Power to get rid of, or Greatly subdue The Muggles, Yet, Instead; They Cower from them. Hiding their Presence, & Pretending not to Exist. ( ? )
Doesn’t that seem crazy?
They were aware that Not all Witches ( or Wizards ) are produced by Witches.
Some Witches, Some of The Best or Most Powerful Witches; Come from Muggle Parents.
Genetics is So Very Unpredictable that there is No Way of Knowing Which Parentage is going to Produce The Best Progeny.
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In all Likelihood; These two ‘Prime’ Gamete Donors would produce a Vast Generation of perfectly ordinary children.
Should we fault them for perfectly reasonable intensions ? ( ? )
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Another, far more benign example of this thinking, would be That of a Television Commercial that was superficially annoying, but would, After watching it several dozens, or hundreds of times, Provoke Spiritual Enlightenment.
Would it be Ethical to force everyone to Endure it ?
This would be more apposite if Only, say— 20% of The Viewers ‘Ever’ Experienced this ‘Genuine’ Enlightenment Experience. Everyone else would be made to endure it, over & over again with No Benefit ever occurring upon them.
Would that be Ethical for The Television Broadcaster to Televise it Dozens of Times every day ?
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The Principle Question was ;
If you’ve forgotten,
Was : ‘Why do we wake up from our Dreams?’

Is that a good Question ?
Or was this just another pointless rant.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Crazy Idea for Lottery Players

Crazy Idea for Lottery Players

There was a recent story in The News concerning a woman that nearly, by a matter of hours, lost out on winning a 26 million dollar lottery ticket.
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This idea will be gawdsend for people that usually buy a lot of lottery tickets, & it will also be a gawdsend for people that would like to buy a few lottery tickets every month, but never keep up with them when they do, or forget to buy any, & kick themselves whenever a big lottery sum rolls over.
It is very simple.
Players go to a State Lottery Ticket Website & Sign Up for A fixed number of Tickets that will automatically be bought for them every month, say 5 tickets every month.
If any of your tickets win any amount; You’re sent a email notifying you of The win, & The winning amount is automatically sent to your Debit or Credit Card Account That you’ve used to buy The tickets.
Every month; You’d be sent an email & you’d have a fixed amount of time to respond to it, that you would set yourself.
So if you set it for 3 days; You’d have 3 days to enter your desired numbers.
If you failed to respond with your desired numbers; Then it would either use  a set of fixed numbers that you’d always play for each of The tickets, Use randomly picked numbers, or pick numbers from a set that you’ve saved as your ‘lucky’ numbers, or from a set of numbers that you’ve saved for each month, depending upon your horoscope research or whatever.
You might even be able to create your own ‘formula’ for picking numbers depending upon The date; recent weather, stock indexes, past winning or losing numbers or any other variables that are available somewhere on The internet.
Each month; You’d get an email with your numbers & you could check them against The newspaper, website or TV announcement. But this wouldn’t be necessary; You’d be notified if you won, & you could even choose to be notified if you lost !
This would provide The state with A Steady Income, & If you were prone to overbuy tickets; This would be an easy way to limit The number of tickets that you’d usually buy, & you could rest assured that you’d never ’miss’ a winning ticket.
Of course; You’d be able to buy lottery tickets in a conventional manner, & you could even enter your code number when buying The ‘extra’ tickets, so that if they won; You’d be notified of their wins or loses as well.
But this wouldn’t be necessary either; you could still buy as many tickets as you’d like anonymously, & check them yourself.
If you won a really big lottery sum, & required complicated processing; Then normal protocols would be instituted.

i am dumb.

This happens to me at least once a month;
And that is;
i will have a very distinct ‘Recollection’ of (x
& then try to find The Proper Definition, Spelling or Reference to it,
And NOT be able to find it !!!

Like just now;
i was certain that there is a Passage in The Bible that says something like; Thou shalt not Suffer A Witch to Live.
So i searched my iPod & Kindle Bibles for ‘Witch’ & my NIV Concordance for ‘Witch’ & Found Nothing !!!
So then i decided to Search my MacBook; Gutenberg Etext of The Bible, & Again; There are No Mentions of Witches ( !!! )
i am deeply confused !
So then; Being absolutely certain that The Phrase ‘Suffer to Live’ is Elemental to this Quote; i Searched for that; And Sure Enough; The Passage that was searching for was Discovered:
Exodus 22 : 18
Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live.

i like my recollection better : Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live.

iPod Version : You must not allow a Sorceress to live.
That really should have come up under my ‘Witch’ [ Close ] Search !!!

Kindle Version : You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

King James Version : This is where i remember it from !
Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live!
But ‘Witch’ or ‘Witchcraft’ is NOT in The Concordance !
And although it has ‘Suffer’; It does not include this Verse. ( ! )
Nor is it under ‘Live’.

That is so Exasperating !

As i’m examining this;
Exodus 22; 16 −17 is very interesting.
i would quote it here; but if i did, you’d think that i was pulling your leg.

All Search Engines should have a Thesaurus Built into them, & there should be a Reverse Search Engine that would allow you to Search for Words by Their Vague, Very Vague Definitions;
Such as: Red Gem = Ruby.
or Last King of Judea = Zedekiah.
Curiously !!!
The Dictionary on my Old Performa 460 ( Scully Era Macintosh ) had a Dictionary on it that allowed you to look up all The Definitions that included The Word (x.
Such as All of The Definitions that Included The Word ‘Pink’ or ‘Dog’ or ‘Dust’.
It was very useful in finding obscure words & making lists of things.
i have not come across anything like this since then.

Likewise; My Franklin Dictionary has A Homonym Button, which is Very Useful when Trying to find The Correct Spelling for Idle or Idyll or Ideal.
Tenet or Tenant ? Desert or Dessert ? Precedence or Presidents ?
Those drive me crazy !!!
Every Dictionary should have one of those too.

Why are computers becoming dumber & dumber ?
Is it an Accident or Carelessness or It is Methodically Intensional ?