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The Dangers Of Memory In Control of Science

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Mon Oct 13 10:39:00 EST 2003


The Dangers Of Memory In Control of Science

"Matthew Walker, Ph.D., instructor of psychiatry at Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School" is a victim of
his own memory.

Memory is a collective term used by psychiatry to denote a thing or
event and is considered to be a whole, as if the brain was a
repository of the media a brain created.

12, November 2003: Phoenix, Arizona: 

Walker, in the new study: "To initiate a memory is almost like
creating a word processing file on a computer. Once the file has been
created, if you don't hit the 'save' button before shutting off the
computer it will be lost. Our new research helps explain the process
in our brains that enable us to first create the memories and then to
stabilize and 'save' the memories we've created."

Walker and his colleagues in the study are obviously children of the
computer age. The study, financed in a complete waste of taxpayer
money by the "National Science Foundation and the National Institute
of Mental Health" begins with the premise that brain memory is
identical to computer memory; that brain processing is identical to
computer processing; and the same processes that control the child,
also control the parent.

Brains developed computing using the most simple, observable logic
method possible, for early 20th century science. To this day, the new
crop of computer trained scientists are now falling victim to the same
malady their predecessors fell victim to; they are comparing what they
are studying to what they find already available to compare it with:
the thing that controls their attention.

It is impossible to compare the process of a brain to the process of a
computer unless it is to show the differences.

A brain, without knowledge from which to base its assumptions will, by
default, use the knowledge most prevalent in memory to make the
assumptions. That knowledge of today's scientist is the computer.

Computers were created by brains, not as clones of brains, but as
output of brains using the previous knowledge available to those
brains, which makes the study by Walker and colleagues an absolute
farce.

The study identifies three stages of a memory. For the study, a memory
is a thing, similar to a word: a representation of a complete thought.

"We first discovered that in order for a memory to be stabilized - and
therefore become less vulnerable to competing information - it
requires somewhere in the region of six waking hours. So, this is when
your brain is hitting the 'save' key and putting the file on the 'hard
drive,' but instead of being saved in a matter of seconds like your
computer file, a memory needs several hours to be saved."

Absurd. Your brain has no 'save' key. Your brain's memory is not
placed on a 'hard drive'. Your memory is a collection of thousands of
individual perspective memories from each input receptor accepting the
input. A memory in your brain is a memory the moment it enters the
brain. It does not take any time at all to develop into a usable
memory. It takes repetition to develop into an easier to recall
memory.

"From there, the researchers went on to discover that the second stage
of memory processing occurs during sleep - and that it is 'absolutely
dependent on sleep in order to occur,' according to Walker."

Absurd. Sleep is the process of memory processing without the benefit
of external relevance. It means memories that are not within the same
time frame, are not of the same whole event, are mixed in long-term
memory and result in increases of amplitudes. Memories are amplitudes
of pulsed frequencies. Sleep does not enhance memory. It confuses it.
Luckily, the process of sleep itself, in humans, requires short-term
memory to be reduced low enough to cause the subject to not be aware
of sleep while sleeping.

"'In keeping with the computer file analogy,' says Walker, 'this stage
of memory would be comparable to an editor coming in and opening a
stable but messy file, and reorganizing it, refining it and tightening
it up.'"

Absurd. If memory was enhanced and organized and refined in sleep, we
would all wake up with clear understanding of the previous day's
events. Instead, we wake up knowing the previous day's events are
indeed past and we concentrate on the weirdness of the memories we
experienced during the wake-up period when short-term memory begins to
turn back on.

"The final stage of memory identified by Walker and his colleagues is
the 'recall phase,' which allows a previously stabilized memory to be
modified. 'What we found was that after the memory had been stabilized
[after several waking hours] and enhanced [after a night's sleep] it
once again became pliable so that it could be altered in the context
of new ongoing experiences.' In other words, although an individual
may have learned to play a piano scale, then enhanced the skill after
a night of sleep, by way of this third modifying stage of memory he
could continue to tweak and refine this new skill."

Absurd. There are no 'stages' in memory. Memory is not like a
computer. Memory helped create the computer, not the other way around.
Memory is not 'pliable'. Memory is a collection of thousands of memory
wavelets that together make up a single comprehensible and recallable
'thing' that short-term processing views as a single event. Start to
learn how to play the piano today, sleep on it and try how much
enhancement sleep has given to the new task. Sleep is rest without the
benefit of external relevance to 'now'. You will not play the piano
better. You will, in fact, have to almost start all over again to
learn what you had learned the day before. When you start learning to
play the piano again, the new memories compared to the previous
memories create new memories with partial recognition. Repetition
alone will enhance your piano playing ability.

The press release finishes with a barbaric and ancient error: "This
last stage may have important clinical implications in the treatment
of patients with psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), says Walker. 'In PTSD, individuals have specific
memories with specific associations attached to them, which are
negative, and thereby causing the disorder,' he explains. 'What we
think behavioral and cognitive therapies do by having patients replay
those memories and talk about them is that exact third memory stage.
Over time, there may be the chance for these patients to redefine
their memories and make them less traumatic.'"

Absurd. Psychiatry lives in the realm of the past and assumes
recalling the past is the way to beat it. Recalling the past is what
causes depression, disorders and maladies of mental condition.
Psychiatry is no more advanced today than it was when learned doctors
were subjecting patients to torture chambers. It has only moved from
physical abuse to mental abuse.

Once again, we find the current state of mental science to be
barbaric, idiotic and self-consuming. Walker and colleagues are
victims of the very thing they study. Unless and until this new crop
of barbaric scientists lets go of their past, no matter how
technologically intriguing it may be, the state of mental health will
continue to reside in the form of stupidity and ignorance offering
stupid and ignorant solutions to problems that are not solved due to
stupidity and ignorance.

Source: Press Release Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Stages of
memory described in new study.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-10/bidm-som100703.php 

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