Tony Ferguson on thu 31 jul 08
Like Howard, I too detach myself from these things more often than not. The constant negativity is not healthy, really. I am aware of the studies via a doctor friend about "immediate experience" and what one sees and hears--i.e. news, movies, etc. Their conclusions are fascinating in many respects but more importantly learning theory (which the positive visualization folks already know--but more importantly, positive visualization reinforces and speeds up the actual learning/application process). This reminds me of the studies with 2 basketball teams with the same season average. One team was trained in positive visualization (seeing the basket, shooting free throws, movement and flow across the court) the other not. Both given the same time and type of practice with the exception of the PV team on their off practice time dedicated a certain amount of time to PV. The PV team won, and not by a margin I recall. I am sure there are many variables but what we know about
how the brain sets up nero networks, re-establishes them around dead brain tissue, etc. and dual lateralization (using both sides of your brain increases efficiency all around)--this is certainly possible and only the beginning I presume.
The other studies I alluded to as heard from my Dr. friend said that part of the brain that records what see and in some way emulates/records/imprints into the brain a kind of vicarious experience. Some people are so developed in this they can see someone do an action and repeat flawlessly or with minimal practice (full spectrum here). So, the expression of living vicariously through another is more true than we realize. This theory has implications for negative things as well I would imagine.
Lee Love wrote: On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 4:13 PM, Arnold Howard wrote:
> That theory makes sense. For the last two weeks, I have been
> oblivious to current events by "unplugging" from the news.
> It feels nice to tune out.
As primates, the part of our brain responsible for fright/flight
believes everything we see is in our immediate environment. It is why
the T.V. is so powerful.
We often think the modern world has "become" an unsafe place, but
that is because the news chases the stories that push these buttons
and we hear about things, we would have had no information about until
recently. Or by the time it reached us, it would have been pretty old
I think the important thing is not to be manipulated by these things.
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James F on fri 1 aug 08
> Like Howard=2C I too detach myself from these things more often than not.=
The constant negativity is not healthy=2C really.
> Tony Ferguson
> Lee Love wrote: On Wed=2C Jul 30=2C 2008 at 4:13 PM=2C Arnold Howard wro=
>> That theory makes sense. For the last two weeks=2C I have been
>> oblivious to current events by "unplugging" from the news.
>> It feels nice to tune out.
> As primates=2C the part of our brain responsible for fright/flight
> believes everything we see is in our immediate environment. It is why
> the T.V. is so powerful.
Lee=2C Tony=2C Arnold=2C et al...
In "Stranger in a Strange Land"=2C the philosopher and writer Robert Heinle=
"...Most neuroses and some psychoses can be traced to the unnecessary and u=
nhealthy habit of daily wallowing in the troubles and sins of 5 billion str=
Heinlein made this comment in 1961. Seems to back up what you have been sa=
ying. Heinlein also offered some very interesting thoughts on art in that =
book=2C but that would be a topic for another thread.
I stopped reading newspapers and watching the news about 15 years ago. I s=
topped watching TV altogether 10 years ago. Beside not getting worked up o=
ver things you can do nothing about and that really don't affect you=2C it =
is amazing how much free time one gets back. TV sucks our life away in 30 =
minute increments=2C and the commercials convince us to waste money on thin=
gs we really don't need.
My off-topic 2 cents.
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