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Memory Is An Associative Storm
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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    In a day and age where neuro physiology and neuromarketings (subliminal influencing) is becoming more and more of a reality it is more than ever imperative for us to understand at the very least the basics of brain physiology and how it relates to how we interact with our environment. The technology to subliminate individuals is here and it is necessary to know that it is indeed possible and not science fiction.

    What should be considered is that we are in a day and age where information is transmitted and interacted with at a rate that has never occurred before in our history. But what hasn't changed is the fact that our brains have evolved to take in stimulii from our environment and use that information as a basis for future decision making behaviours.

    This thread is intended to interact with the process of dreaming and how that information is filed. And how it can be manipulated. And how the future may concievably manipulate it. This thread is intended to explore the physiological process of dreams, verify that Subliminals do indeed work (when used correctly) and that it is possible for dreams to be influenced by external stimulii...to the extent that people can (and may have already) manipulated the thoughts, behaviours and activity of other people.

    Let's first establish the dream process...if I may be so bold.

    Dreams are a biological process. In fact, you wouldn't be able to live if the dream process didn't occur every night (more or less). But what do dreams do? And can dreams possibly be influenced by external stimulii while one is sleeping? While there are many dream theories, most of which I think can be melded together if some of the rhetoric was corrected, I think that the basic premise that dreams are a process intended to allocate recent experience into associative long term memory. Of course, due to habitual behaviour and the strength of attention given to recent experience, the allocation of recent experience is going to be somewhat jumbled (which would explain why dreams are seemingly 'random' in effect).

    Think of how the brain interacts with memory and experience. The physical aspects are chemical in nature and rely on chemical/electrical modes of communication within the body (neuron/synaptic/glial 'storage centers'). What this tells us is that memory and experience is assigned a chemical signature of sorts. The resulting communication to the central nervous system (hormonal release and inclined physical reaction) is based on how that experience was interpreted in the past and provides a foundation for how an individual will react to similar situations in the future. This basic expression also necessarily implicates that some inclined behaviours are genetic in nature and are passed from the parents to the offspring but that is another thread...;)

    So experience gets assigned chemical attributes which then get lumped together
    and form, for lack of better terminology, associative chains. Dreams are the process of allocating experience to memory. The hippocampus is believed to a part of the area where memory is stored; indeed "long term potentiation" (believed to be the "neural mechanism by which memory is stored in the brain", was first 'discovered' by the study of the hippocampal area. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocampus][i] [1][/i][/url].

    Psychologists and neuroscientists generally agree that the hippocampus has an important role in the formation of new memories about experienced events (episodic or autobiographical memory).[11][15] Part of this role is hippocampal involvement in the detection of novel events, places and stimuli.[16] Some researchers view the hippocampus as part of a larger medial temporal lobe memory system responsible for general declarative memory (memories that
    can be explicitly verbalized—these would include, for example, memory for facts in
    addition to episodic memory).[10]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocampus

    An interesting aspect of its' location in the brain is that it is next to the amygdala.

    The amygdala:

    If you remember only one word about the amygdala, the word is FEAR. The amygdala is the nucleus responsible for the lurch you feel in your stomach when you turn around in a dark alley and notice someone following you. It couples a learned sensory stimulus (man in ski mask in alley = danger) to an adaptive response (fight or flight). On the basis of this information, you should be able to guess the primary inputs to and outputs from the amygdala.

    Inputs: the amygdala must get sensory input, and it must be fairly highly
    processed input to recognize the elements of a scene that signal danger. The
    association areas of visual, auditory, and somatosensory cortices are the main inputs to the amygdala.

    Outputs: the amygdala must be able to control the autonomic system, to provoke such an instant sympathetic response. The main outputs of the amygdala are to the hypothalamus and brainstem autonomic centers, including the vagal nuclei and the sympathetic neurons.

    The amygdala is also involved with mood and the conscious emotional response to an event, whether positive or negative. To this end, the amygdala is also extensively interconnected with frontal cortex, mediodorsal thalamus, and the medial striatum.

    http://thalamus.wustl.edu/course/limbic.html

    Please pay attention to the emphasized.

    Now...we have established, effectively if briefly, that the hippocampus is implicated
    in long term memory (really, I think that long term memory is more of a wide spread physical phenomena and implicit in the function of each neuron) and as well we have just established that the amgdala, which is situated next to the hippocampus region, helps determine the type of 'signals' that get communicated to the central nervous system...determining the emotions we feel and the type of physical reactions that we are inclined to use as response to a situation.

    The placement of these regions in relation to each other is illustrated in the
    following -



    I propose that the positioning of these two regions of the brain indicate that they are reliant upon each other for the communication of recent (and long term depending on individual routines) experience to the central nervous sytem...essentially keeping the body in line with the brains reaction/interpretation of experience for the survival of the individual. In fact, [url=the Limbic System can be
    charachterized as the consolidation and reactionary distribution of the information collected by the rest of the brain (I am sure that I am over simplifying but I think that is a sufficient summary for now).

    Now the dream process is where we 'download' experience into memory and the
    amygdala draws from the associative memory to help determine physical reaction to subsequent experience.

    How does this relate to Subliminals?

    ScienceDaily (Aug. 28, 2008) — Although the idea that instrumental learning can occur subconsciously has been around for nearly a century, it had not been unequivocally demonstrated. Now, a new study published by Cell Press in the August 28 issue of the journal Neuron used sophisticated perceptual masking, computational modeling, and neuroimaging [b]to show that instrumental learning can occur in the human brain without conscious processing of contextual cues.


    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080827163810.html

    So it is indeed proven that subliminals can be effective...but only if they are corrolated to the individual's inclination. For exammple, a nervous person will react more strongly to subliminals intended to induce anxiety. Happy individuals will react more strongly to subliminals intended to induce comfort.

    On to Dream Subliminals.

    What if subliminal messaging were used during the dream process? Could this
    inflect the behaviour of an individual? Could dream subliminals be used to control
    an individual?

    To an extent, I believe that the answer is yes.

    See, if subliminals are given to an individual during the dream process then it would supposedly follow that these subliminals would piggy back to the associative allocations of experience (I actually have issue with the time frame of this process; I think that subliminals in the dream process would be considered experience by the brain and won't necessarily be involved in the 'download process' until the next dream cycle) and inflect the memory of experience if the subliminals were custom tailored to induce a specific and consistent emotive reaction.

    I think that there is a level of recall given to the experience of external stimulii while dreaming.

    And at this point, given the rate of discovery and the amount of research that is going on, it is irresponsible, in my opinion, not keep up and to not make an attempt to learn more about oneself and why so much money has been spent to learn about how the brain processes information and why the government has spent time on the MK projects.

    Let us understand ourselves prior to pondering the social issues that the mainstream media provides for our consumption.
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