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where spirit lies

30/07/2014

feet rooted deep in timeless Land

head in the clouds above high Himalayas

heart swept away in boundless Ocean

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From → mysticism, poetry

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  1. Uplifting and good to read your poetry again and I did enjoy the previous well reasoned one on the genetics of schizohrenia.. The NIMH head Tom Insel reports that yes..the environmental challenges as cultural as bullying earlier in school.. Can unlock so called negative epigenetic potential later in young adulthood..but a ‘special interest’ of mine as I digress from your fine poetry here.. And yes hope you are doing fine too..:)!

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  2. Yeah, poor old Insel.

    He’s in quite a fix these days. He knows the symptomatic definition of madness, a la DSM-V, is bankrupt. But so far after over a half a century of chasing the biochemical basis of madness they’ve come up with sweet FA. Just a whole load of Just-So stories about genes and neurotransmitters and environmental triggers and neuronal discharges and cranial bloodflows that diagnose nothing, predict nothing and lead to treatments that pan out no better than placebos.

    So Insel finds himself top dog of a toothless pack.

    Epigenetics is just another version of neuroplasticity. The data forces them to qualify their reductionist thesis into meaninglessness so they pretend the exceptions and excuses are part of its virtue.

    So in the late 20th Century genes were the recipe book and environment was the kitchen. By fully defining the two of them we could fully define the person. But the data didn’t bear that out. So now we have the kitchen modifying the recipe book as it goes along. Epigenetics. In practical terms it gives them heaps more scope for speculating on possible explanations for various outcomes – i.e. “More research is needed” – but do you really think they’ll pin much more down before they have to come up with yet another qualifier to genetic/environmental determinism?

    Mind was supposed to be entirely emergent from neuronal structures – which were basically fixed by early adulthood. Tell me what someone’s brain looks like and I’ll tell you what they think. But that didn’t pan out either, so they took an old explanation about how injured brains reassign functions to uninjured areas and expanded it into an entire theory of how the mind influences the brain influences the mind influences the brain …

    They’re not really saying anything with these theories because they think that if they chase causality far enough down the rabbit hole they can find the real cause of things. There is no ‘real’ cause. It’s all just kundalini eating its own tail.

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  3. Poor scattered ‘you’ ! Hope you’re doing fine.

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    • Not scattered. Attenuated.

      And I am doing fine.
      Right now I’m the only person living in a block of three houses.
      My neighbours to the north moved out in March, the ones to the south moved out in April and my flatmate moved out in May.
      Maybe I should try using deodorant.

      It’s been a great opportunity to play with silence. Sometimes I go for days without saying a word. No TV, no radio, no newspapers, no reading, no writing, no talking to myself or my pet rabbits (unless stroking them is ‘talking’).
      And that silly voice inside my head just stops. Except sometimes when I’m dreaming.
      And when my own voice shuts up, the rest of the world becomes beautifully eloquent.

      How about you Lala?
      From your blog it’s hard to tell whether you’re still enjoying your new life or whether your demons have moved in again.

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