The Empty Brain

Created: 08/07/17 11:54:35AM by hypnosis

Last Update: 08/13/17 09:03:24AM by James Hazlerig
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08/07/17 11:54:35AM

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Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.

The Documentation that I stumbled upon today.

Comments, Concerns, Criticisms....?



08/07/17 12:52:41PM

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For a jumpstart...just one tiny part from the article:

In his book In Our Own Image (2015), the artificial intelligence expert George Zarkadakis describes six different metaphors people have employed over the past 2,000 years to try to explain human intelligence. In the earliest one, eventually preserved in the Bible, humans were formed from clay or dirt, which an intelligent god then infused with its spirit. That spirit ‘explained’ our intelligence – grammatically, at least. The invention of hydraulic engineering in the 3rd century BCE led to the popularity of a hydraulic model of human intelligence, the idea that the flow of different fluids in the body – the ‘humours’ – accounted for both our physical and mental functioning. The hydraulic metaphor persisted for more than 1,600 years, handicapping medical practice all the while. By the 1500s, automata powered by springs and gears had been devised, eventually inspiring leading thinkers such as René Descartes to assert that humans are complex machines. In the 1600s, the British philosopher Thomas Hobbes suggested that thinking arose from small mechanical motions in the brain. By the 1700s, discoveries about electricity and chemistry led to new theories of human intelligence – again, largely metaphorical in nature. In the mid-1800s, inspired by recent advances in communications, the German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz compared the brain to a telegraph. Each metaphor reflected the most advanced thinking of the era that spawned it. Predictably, just a few years after the dawn of computer technology in the 1940s, the brain was said to operate like a computer, with the role of physical hardware played by the brain itself and our thoughts serving as software.


John Cleesattel

08/08/17 04:13:28PM

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The brain is thought to "house" the mind, although I have not seen any real proof of that either.

In that article it uses an example of drawing a dollar bill from memory and drawing it with one in front of you, saying that the brain can't store what a dollar bill looks like.

I would say that the mind can (and does) store what a dollar bill looks like and with hypnosis it can be just as completely drawn as one in front of you (by people of equal drawing abilities that is).

I do agree that hypnosis is not about the brain, but instead about the mind.

For ease of use... I personally consider the computer comparison of the brain being hardware and the mind being software as being fairly accurate.

James Hazlerig

08/13/17 09:03:24AM

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 That's a great article. We swim in our metaphors like fish swim in water, often mistaking our maps for the territory.

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