Re: [unrev-II] Hyperscoping. It's the natural thing to do

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Date: Tue Jan 02 2001 - 12:44:26 PST

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    Henry van Eyken wrote:

    > In his "Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework," Doug
    > describes how he used a set of notched note cards for organizing and
    > fishing out those notes that were relevant to a particular issue of
    > concern. See Section 3: A3d. Having used the system for some time, he
    > had come to recognize a useful subordering: Specification,
    > Organization, and Content.
    > I seem to recognize a pattern here, a pattern that developed from the
    > contemplating of dreams.
    > Dreams (well, many of my own dreams, anyway) seem to be generated by
    > emotional or arousal states (Honi soit qui mal y pense). Most dreams
    > are humdrum, forgotten already by the time I wake up. Some are quite
    > vivid and upon review have elements corresponding to some outstanding
    > events of the previous day. The interesting thing is that these are
    > not factual correspondences as much as they are correspondences of a
    > type usually connected with a fair amount of emotion or attending or
    > heightened perception.
    > My sense of dreaming is that it is the right side of the brain
    > collecting bits of facts (factuals, monads*, concept packets** - in
    > short bits of information) associated with a previous strong arousal
    > of similar type, and then organizes them (have them self-associate)
    > into tiny stories that abruptly displace one another. In other words,
    > arousals (emotions) are organizing agents, but, unless one is awake,
    > agents with little regard for reality. (I have been able to identify
    > another person's dreamed factuals with emotionally associated real
    > factuals, and do so on a number of occasions without any difficulty
    > whatsoever. Hence, I am confident about being correct here in
    > principle.) Reality comes with the waking state which knits those
    > factuals together so as to let us interpret our daily experiences to
    > ourselves - to make sense of the events around us, i.e. to experience
    > "reality," and in the process add to our store of factuals.
    > It is known that very young children frequently dream of flying.
    > Presumably their factuals are still rich (high fraction) in those they
    > came into this world with and, hence, one may expect similarities in
    > the dramatic content of dreams. That effect will dilute with growing
    > up.
    > Interesting is the brief period of disorganization during awakening.
    > Opening one's eyes during the sleep-wake transition, one may ascribe a
    > line to being the edge of a table, but after a brief moment one
    > realizes it is actually part of a door frame. That seems to correspond
    > to the half second or so of our nervous system's feedback time.
    > Factuals get organized by, guess what, our natural propensity to
    > bootstrap. (Ref. Gazzaniga, "The Mind's Past.")
    > Now I should guess that it is fair to look at Doug's "Specification,
    > Organization, and Content" as corresponding to natural aspects of
    > mind. Content = factuals. Organization = waking state (when
    > consistent), dream state (when flimsy). Specification = interest
    > focus, which is strongly influenced by emotions. As for specification,
    > consider primitive man. He must immediately react to sudden
    > environmental threats and his "specification" must rapidly limit
    > content to what's relevant (so as to avoid time lost in bootstrapping)
    > and highten "organization" (i.e. attending, arousal). Specification, I
    > suggest may be our natural hyperscope in a natural "three-layered
    > structure" with a bunch of factuals (raw and chunked) as the bottom
    > layer, the waking state or some emotional state attuned by some
    > choleric as the middle layer
    > Now go back to Jack Park's notes on chaos theory ("Use cases and
    > ontologies"; last Thursday) with its components: Actors = factuals;
    > relations = organization; state = specification (selecting object of
    > our affection) or hyperscope.
    > Why do I think this is important to contemplate? Because chances are
    > that augmenting the human mind will work better if it is in step with
    > the very way natural mind works anyway.
    > We may just be on a very good track.
    > Henry
    > * monads, I seem to recall, is a term used for roving elements of
    > thought in some late 19th century theory of psychology.
    > ** "concept packets" is a term used by Doug.
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