Our Eyes Cannot See Our Eyes: The MindTraps

Our Eyes Cannot See Our Eyes.  The Mindtraps.
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By Herb Wiggins, M.D.; Clinical Neurosciences; Discoverer/Creator of the Comparison
Process/CP Theory/Model; 14 Mar. 2014.
Copyright © 2020
“Oh, that we could see ourselves as others see us.”  –Robert Burns, Noted Scot Poet.
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Almost anything which jogs us out of our current abstractions is a good thing.” —Alfred Whitehead
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It’s become clear from many stand points that human beings suffer from a multiplicity of “mind traps”, that is, they engage in stable behaviors that prevent themselves from growing and developing. Sometimes in modest ways, and as in the addictions, and personality disorders, very destructive at times.
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This is an ancient pattern, and is easily confirmed by seeing the real,  unlimited examples of it. But on the other hand, there are as well, many, many nearly unlimited ways, specifically of escaping from those minds traps, too.
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In the field of psychology/psychiatry we see those in many ways. At first, it’s the lack of understanding which children have of what’s going on around them. Their experiences, information and abilities to process information make them “act like children”. As Freud most notable wrote, they can’t escape from their regressive behaviors, often even as adults. Around 12-14 years most children, by Piaget’s copious notes & confirming examples,  begin to logically process and reason events around them. But how is this done?
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We know that dements cannot see they are demented. We know that the personality disorders often do not realize, or have lack insight, or in popular terms, “are clueless” to the facts they are clueless. They do NOT know that they do not know. IOW, they are ignorant of their ignorance, either deliberately, by denials, apologetics, unlimited excuses, rationalizations and usually, logical fallacies without limit.  The same is true of the ‘woo-woo persons’ who are enmeshed in their credulous superstitions, astrology, numerology, and various other forms of “spells”, witchcraft beliefs and so forth. These are most all the mindtraps.
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Economically, Davidson and Moog-Reese discuss the “incentive traps” of many political & economic systems, which cannot reform. Hernando DeSoto in “The Other Path” discusses at length the traps of mercantilism and its bad outcomes.
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In the current era, the egregious mistake of Marxisms and it’s multiplicit failures among them social, political & largely economic, which are blatant. Not to ignore those of socialisms as well.
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In the sciences, they ignore the wisdom of Feyerabend, who pointed out that as a human creation, there are  not likely any true absolute, objective means working in the science. They are just as liable to human foibles as any other field in which humans work. Which is taken directly from Einstein who stated as did Protagoras, that because standards and conventions are used, those cannot be absolute or final, viz. there is no absolute space or time, either with measuring OR our descriptions of events. We cannot create perfection because our standards are not perfect, either. Garbage in, GO!! The comparison processes which create relativity of measurement standards/limits are very likely the case.
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The huge confirmability crisis of the sciences where in documentably for the last some 40 years, unconfirmable, that is junk science. Now it makes up the majority of the vast numbers of articles in the hard sciences, & ever so much more so in the confirmability crisis in psych and social studies, as well.
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The minds traps of the manias and psychoses are readily, confirmably apparent. Those of the many kinds of personality disorders as well, without limit. They cannot see “Outside of their minds” The mind traps of the idealisms, the Platonism, the “Mind centered” beliefs, are also egregious. Or as Dr. Lewis Thomas so keenly saw & wrote, “The introspective philosophies failed because they looked into the mind for answers and there wasn’t that much there.” To which the egregiously apparent “logical Fallacy of Idealism” is apparent.
The Eyes cannot see the eyes, is yet another. We cannot easily see ourselves as others see us, because we have eyes which cannot see ourselves, completely. Even if we use mirrors, the images are reversed and thus not quite true. Only with video tapes can we partially fix this problem, but people act differently when being video’d, compared to candid, hidden video making. IOW, Candid Cameras! Actors also make use of that to more readily act in believable, entertaining ways. They know professionally what is good acting, and what likely doesn’t seem real and loses their audiences. To some extent they can see themselves, judging however imperfectly from what they see and are told by their audiences.
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The Idealistic Fallacy is that the brain outputs are merely believed, falsely to be THE whole truth, while the events in existence which they attempt to be superior to, are in fact the higher standards. Thusly mind trapped, they cannot see their ways out of their logical incompletenesses of maths, logics, and so forth. & Godel quite clearly showed with his Incompleteness Theorem, AKA the euphemistic, Godel’s Proof. Logic cannot be logically used. It always falls short, altho it occasionally succeeds.
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Or as Schopenhauer, with almost Kafka-esque credulity and absurdity wrote, “The World is My Idea.” Again, not even realizing his vast, empirically invalidated, testably provable mindtrap, so characteristic of Hegel, Kant, and many others.
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Galileo ran into these Scholasticist mind traps, which had him under house arrest for 20 years. & effectively delayed the modern sciences for generations. The idealist, Platonist scholasticists were mind trapped, and thus revealed that Idealisms are inately anti-scientific, anti-empirical and thus oppose and are not consistent with empirical testing and checking. Which largely shows that as well. They would not even look into his telescope, NOR watch as the two metal balls of different sizes struck the ground at the same time. Thus empirically invalidated forever, confirmably, the absurdities of Aristoteles’ idealisms.
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That the 19th C. Physicists also fell into a  mind trap to believe that physics was complete, and then they were hit with x-rays, gamma rays and IR; and then radioactivity. & then at last QM which showed that the best model  so far found, showed that the universe on a most basic level was NOT certain, but stochastic and probabilistic, from which macroscopic events emerged, giving the merest “illusion” of deterministic, certainty. & the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle showed so clearly, as well.
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There are many mind traps, as shown above, and fortunately the ways out of them are legion as well.  They are in short, the sciences, which are self correcting, despite the mind traps they fall into and are still inside them This is because events in existence will correct our misbeliefs as long as we realize, as did Lincoln, that the Big Pot, the Universe, does NOT go into the Littler Pot, our miniscule crania!!! We so massively over-simplify and ignore almost everything, as anyone who’s walked around on any kind of field trip, so readily knows.
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Count the number of unknown stars, positions, motions, compositions and the unlimited number of those in our galaxy alone, PLUS all the other bodies the stars are bound to gravitationally, & are beyond all human comprehension.  Then as the LSB galaxies showed, there are about 1 trillion OTHER galaxies to be categorized and studied. Thus, incompleteness of our physics models (Feynman, Bell, Hawking in “The Grand Design”) and the lack of a good “unified model” are also egregious examples of that we do not know that we do not know.
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Or as JBS Haldane put it, “The universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but stranger than we CAN imagine.”
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All of these show the limits to knowledge created by our inadequate concepts, and methods. The incompleteness which has a hugely important basis in thermodynamics, as embodied in Shannon’s methods, as well.
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Kategoria of the Incompletenesses,to use Aristoteles’ methods to discredit him.
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Incompleteness of physics, as Feynman stated, that QM cannot generate biology at all. Fortunately a lot of this is being dispelled and dealt with using least energy methods, comparison process, structure/function relationships and complex systems models, which tho clearly not complete as much, are often much better in describing and creating new information to get out of those mindtraps of logic, idealisms, Taoistic solipsism, and much else, besides.
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The sciences, using a comparisons testing form of Leon Festinger, the “cognitive dissonances” that is the disparities, between what we expect to see (in sciences, from our models), versus what we likely do in fact see, is the case. But for the Kuhnian stated “8 minutes of arc error”, Kepler’s cognitive dissonance, he could have accepted the Copernican circular orbit model. Which led to Newtonian orbital methods for the limited N=2 conditions. Sadly, the solar systems are mostly N=/>3 systems & are the case and Newton was incomplete. For which Einstein did create more completeness, but just. And Hawking showed that TD, Newtonian/relativity physics and QM were all not complete nor consistent, once again in his “Grand Design” from the first page.
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These are the puzzles, and problems. How the finding of only 1/3 of the expected solar neutrinos, or how the finding of vast amounts of Dark Matters/Energies(plural), showed the inadequacy of the models. Yet more dissonances, disparities, which create the new physics coming of complex systems, Least energy driven models, and the unlimited numbers of methods/techniques & devices/technologies those will likely create. & Shows yet one more way outside of the traps.
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Cx Sys of 2nd law, here.
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The Hindus also knew this. Try to escape the endless wheels, cycles of birth, life and death, and they sadly, failed, having dealt with it using the idealistic mindTraps, only to fail. The same with most all of our methods to date, and today.
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But as Einstein wrote, the ” Lord God is subtle, but he is not mean.” shows that there are MANY ways out of those endlessly confining, least energy driven mind traps, as well.
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Education is a good way, because it shows the limits of our knowledge &  created the information to improve and make more complete our understanding. Similarly, there is “no royal road to geometry.” as Archimedes told the Kind of Syracusa. IOW, we MUST do the work to find the standards and conventions by which we do the work to create new information about the “relationships among Events”, which as Einstein showed (Physics and Reality, 1936) creates new understandings.
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And that’s how we escape the mindtraps. To realize that we ARE in them mostly, and that the ways out are the comparison of events in existence with our puny, limited, incomplete models of same. But we MUST realize, from the first, as the addicts must, as the personality disorders do, as the idealists of political, philosophical and religious types must learn in whatever way possible, that those are mindtraps. and there are many ways out of them, too.
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The conversion of St. Paul on the road to Damascus was an egregious example of religious conversion through a clear cut nervous breakdown. & often that’s necessary. He was killing people, for religion. It was very wrong, and it finally broke him. When he began to heal, he became the very person he’d been attacking and murdering. & thus came his conversion. The conversion of St. Paul was the same as it’s been for many, many cultures and individuals. Our of crisis comes growth necessary for survival, even success. That of many persons works the same way. Most of us know some very bad persons in their teens, who “got religion” and became ministers and related, to escape from their immoral traps, as well. And the Elmer Gantries among others, who are still trapped in their religious traps, and cannot escape, either.
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The Egosyntonic effects not well understood before, are, like going viral on the Net, how songs and jokes spread, and how Memes of Dawkins are created and work, are further examples. Egosyntonic is a powerful insight into the personality disorders. Those are clearly dopamine driven, and rewarded, because every time, for instance, the narcissist criticizes others, he reinforces his own beliefs, and gets that DA release thrill. The narcissisms, of the anti-social personality disorders are of the same. And unless that egosyntonic boost, underlying fads and fashions as well, are KO’d by an appropriate blockers to the DA “pleasure principle”, then they will go on and on, self-reinforcing themselves, becoming hard wired, and thus nearly inescapable, very hard to treat as such.
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This at once suggests how to deal with such fads and fashions of the brain. Block the DA reinforcing behaviors. Train them out of such mind traps. Who would willing block something that makes them feel good? Few can resist than kind of built in addiction to DA release. As has been written about before.
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The work of Whitehead & how to get out of traps by “breaking out of our current abstractions”, both social and personal is critical here.
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Many persons enter the ministry to control their immoral impulses. Many antisocial persons enter police forces, and again manifest this “reaction formation” to control their tendencies & it does to some extent, work But not always. And the pyromaniacs who rise to  high positions in the fire department also show this, as well.  So there are many ways out to control such impulses, tho those do not always work.
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In the same ways, our methods of treatments are limited, as well. We treat diseases with meds often with only about 50-70% efficiencies. IOW, no matter what we use, the depressions, the pain, the migraines, the blood pressure problems and even the cancer therapies are NOT completely treated.. And that shows the means to improve. As in how to make sildenafil 50 mg. last for upwards of 3 days, instead of the usual, 4-6 hours, using Cx Sys methods.
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The new complex system pharmacologies, however, are MUCH more complete and effective. Dealing with 90% or more of migraines; eliminating virtually most all drug resistances among micro-organisms, for the foreseeable future. and while not totally complete, because no perfect heat engines are possible, they are much much better than those before them.
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Please Peruse 1/3 of the way down to combo Chemistries to deal with antibiotic resistances.
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It’s solid, it’s doable and creates almost unlimited triple Tx’s to block most all resistances for 8-12 years, until those stop working. Creating a vast sorting problem for the ESKAPE bacteria and others. And then we have millions of other antibiotics to throw at them in triple, Cx Sys fashion. Unlimited, but not quite, treatments for resistance to antibiotics in a nutshell. AND doable, today!!!
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Thus the methods of conversion used by DA work, if properly used. Joy is a great means to deal with this. Freud means joy and in fact, his pleasure principle is yet another expression of the effectiveness, but not complete, of psychoanalytical methods. In psych, the practitioners try to “give insight” to get their patients out of their mind traps, in short. and when that succeeds, it works. but still, it’s not complete. But there are many many ways to escape from the traps. the first &  foremost must be to admit that we are mind trapped and then find the multiplicities of ways out of it. ( “I’m an Alcoholic” is the first Step!) And those DO exist, both known and those yet in their vast multiplicity of methods which can be found. The best way to learn is  to “never stop learning” and realize that for us, learning is possible and endless. As is growth & advancement for ourselves, our families and our societies, world wide. We have ONLY to realize we are mind trapped and then break out to the new worlds possible, likely without limits for our tiny brains in such a vast, unlimited universe of events. That’s the promise of these methods.
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Thus our solutions we have within us, and are also found outside of us, as well. There are no limits to them, either. because our minds/brain are so small and the universe of events is so hugely complicated, complex and capable beyond our imaginings, to once again quote Haldane.
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There are no limits to our methods, therefore. All we need to do is to recognize the traps of least energy we find lotuses, in, supply the needed activation energies to escape those, and then to move upwards and onwards.
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Seek and you will find. Ask and it will be given to you. Cast your nets Widely, not limiting your beliefs to what you know, or wish to know. Stop denying the great lies & self deceptions which mindtrapped persons use most all times. Stop the excuse, the rationalizations of the dements, and those mindtrapped. Escape. Find the red light “Exit” signs which are all over the place, if we will but look, and take that First Step.
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As “Auntie Mame” said. “The world’s a banquet and most poor sods are starving to death.” She was right.

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The means are many. but we must admit we are wrong, incomplete & must learn and create more to escape. & then we enable ourselves to escape those self induced, self ignored, self damaging mindtraps, and find out ways out by devising new navigations & methods.
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I once was lost but now am found. Because we used better methods, navigational tools/standards to find out where we were & how to get out of the problems of our ages. The egosyntonic narcissisms, which trap us, into doing the same things over and over again.  The repetitions of the OCD patients, who cannot get out of their mind traps (the Myth of Sysiphus), are simply more of the same. Again, the confirmations of those mindtrap states are vast and the ways out just as unlimited, in most cases.
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Brain hardwiring is yet another. The behaviors stabilize after about age 20 or so. We cannot diagnose reliably personality disorders until after the ages of 16 or so. when such stabilizations occur. If we cannot “jog ourselves out of our current abstractions”, as Whitehead stated, we can make no any progress. or at Jeffersons stated, “I hold that a little rebellion now and then to be a good thing.” is the case!!!
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Or as Whit head states, showing how verbal descriptions can lead to the mathematics forms, any society which cannot break out of its current abstractions, after a limited period of growth, is doomed to stagnation. That is, the S-curve of growth, is not?  & that shows yet another of the vast confirmations of what’s going on with individual in the mindtraps, and socialites, as a whole, including the sciences of today.
The vast hardwirings of the elderly, who fossilized with dendritic and synaptic hardwiring in their LTM cannot learn, change or develop. Plus this mighty factor, persons today are living TWICE as long as they did 100 eyars ago, thus worsening the problem of “breaking out of our current abstractions”. As Planck said, “Progress in PHysics comes one funeral at a time.”  A general processor for most all fields.
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And thus the problems of modern societies, esp. the highly developed. Why should they change when they will retire shortly and why learn anything new, which they will not benefit from. Indeed, if the patents expire, or the methods change, they will lose what they have gained. So why change? Thus the least energy traps them [physically, mentally, socially, technological & economically. & they do not see the larger picture. They are mind trapped, is not?
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Thus these are the ways out, and even when some figure out magnetic stim and ibogaine, they will then learn HOW to escape the mind traps, better. and why, and how those methods, such as ECT and IST do work and quite quite well, in fact. Though they are burdened for now with terrible side effects. Which MagStim coupled with light doses of tested meds, will likely work far, far better.
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This is the way to the New World. and it’s coming, inevitably as the 2nd Law creates growth and change in our universe, observably and truly over billions of years time and spaces of billions of Light years, and all spaces in between.
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And these are but a few of the ways to escape the limits of “this mortal coil”. Or Sysiphus’ fate.

 

 

 

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