Re: virus: Re:level 3 minds
Sun, 3 Nov 1996 17:23:59 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 3 Oct 1996, David Leeper wrote:

> Ken Pantheists,


> : I was very nervous when posting my opinion on level three because there
> : is so much contraversy regarding it.
> : (See some of the work done in developmental movement therapy for an
> : interesting view on the "lizard brain", the "cat brain" and the "monkey
> : brain" and how they affect the development of kinesthetic awareness. The
> : three brains are in quotation marks because they are parts of *your*
> : brain that are used as you develop, kinetically, into an upright
> : standing person. The basic philosophy is: skip a step, or move too
> : quickly through one- you have to go back and re-learn it.)
> I like this definition. Does anybody else agree with it? It's backed
> up by biology. The "Lizard Brain" is the Medulla Oblongata, which
> controls respiration, ciculation and other bodily functions. The "Cat
> Brain" is the architecture shared by mammals (can't remember its name)
> and the "Monkey Brain" is the Frontal Lobes.

#2 is the limbic system. Current neurobiology claims it is the
physiological key to memory access.

> : In terms of conducting your life, level three is useful for getting rid
> : of all the crap that's impeding you from accomplishing (what we call in
> : acting) your OBJECTIVE.
> Now I'm confused again. I don't understand how "Monkey Brain" helps one
> reach one's objective.

It helps to have some examples, yes. Anyone have any?

> These remarks are not directed at Stephen, per se.
> Is Level 3 a state of mind? a function? a piece of biological hardware?
> A practice like Yoga? It seems to morph between one of these, all of
> these and none of these.

Since we have very little understanding of what the hardware is capable
of, I would hesitate to look there first.

For instance [apocryphal, but I think I could trace this]: Some researcher
was impressed with the effort spent in trying to teach gorillas the use of
basic linguistic constructions [I will not comment on relative success here].
The next question to him/her was: "What if we spent this effort on a
human with Down's Syndrome?"

Summary of result: the human responded MUCH faster, and eventually
exceeded average performance at academic subjects. Aside from the
physical appearance, it became difficult to tell that the Down's
Syndrome-afflicted human was mentally retarded at ALL.

I think I'm slamming several institutions at once here.


The object of the practice of Yoga [any of the first four forms, last I
counted] is to enable the habitual use of a certain presumably-desirable
state of mind.


I'm not really clear which meaning of 'function' you want to use here.


/ Towards the conversion of data into information....
/ Kenneth Boyd