Organic Portals: Human variation

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The book sounds like a must-read, so thanks for that, but at first glance your LH-OP idea seems to me like it places too much emphasis on nurture, on an individual's choices and thus the development of their neurological pathways or 'maps' in life, at the expense of nature. We may all be functionally 'OPs' to begin with in some, or even many, respects, but think of all the instances where 'souled humans' stand out as such from a very young age. Even if they 'fail' in life, never actualizing their talents and mucking up their 'life plan', and even if OPs around them 'succeed' by comparison, souled humans have a 'depth' to them that sets them apart, and it's often recognizable to others (if only momentarily) of similar 'depth'.

I see you leave open the possibility that it could be down to either nurture or nature whether someone 'grows beyond being an OP', but that issue of 'who has potential or not' is apparently 'pre-determined', thus hardwired, thus taking us back to the question of 'where in the brain' (or DNA) does that difference reside?! From the answers in sessions with the Cs, it seems that OPs can and do 'grow', but over lifetimes and not in some way that is 'genetically switched on' in any given lifetime.
I didn't mean to downplay nature. In fact, I think nature is probably overwhelmingly dominant in this area. Even in the case of brain damage, there's a lot of room for biological risk factors/heredity that make certain types of damage 'take' in some but not others. (Raine talks about this sort of thing in Anatomy of Violence.) As for where that potential resides, that's the question. But one thing that stands out for me from my reading on these things over the last year or so is just how complex, murky, and fuzzy the current scientific understanding really is. With the exception of certain diseases that can be traced back to a single gene, the genetics of psychopathology, or even just normal human psychology, is barely in its infancy and much more complex than a lot of geneticists thought it would be in past decades.

The only person I'm aware of who has dealt with this problem (aside from esoteric people like Gurdjieff) has been Dabrowski and his concept of developmental potential, which he thought was hereditary. And based on all his studies, he estimated that only something like 25-30% (if I'm remembering correctly - might have been lower than that) of humans had any real developmental potential. The way I see it at the moment is that this potential might be normally distributed among humanity, like general intelligence, height, or any number of other traits. You have a minority at the bottom with zero (e.g. personality disorders like psychopathy), a minority at the top with lots (like Caesar), and then a whole lot of average in the middle, where the boundaries are probably a lot fuzzier.

The place where individual choice comes into play is that, with the exception of a tiny minority of truly exceptional people, even if you have the potential, you have to work to make it real.
I bought the kindle edition. I've only just started and after reading above one question that comes up is what place does the LH/RH model give to mind? The preview in the 'look inside' option on amazon revealed a paragraph that I wanted to highlight and so I think it will be a fascinating read even if that question is not addressed. Thanks for the recommendation.
Can't say much other than that I'm pretty sure he deals with this in part 3. So far on mind, he has limited himself to statements making clear that he doesn't see an identity between brain and mind (he points out that in his clinical experience, those with RH dysfunction are much more likely to refer to their mind as their brain). He quotes Nagel and Whitehead favorably, so he might veer in the direction of panpsychism, but I don't know for sure yet.
 

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Another coincidence. This, from the flat-earther thread:
I think the Cs were likely on the money when they suggested that those who really buy into the flat earth business are Organic Portals - souls that have just recently graduated from 2D; due to the 2D perception of that reality, they are unable yet to conceptualize 3D or abstractions such as imagining the globe as round, because it is so large and appears flat locally. They have problems with issues of scale and estimation of distance and time.
The left hemisphere isn't very good at all of perceiving depth - that's an RH function. The paintings of many artists who suffer a RH stroke come to resemble flat planes - not only emotional but physical depth is lacking. RH damage can leave people without depth perception - they literally see the world as a series of flat planes. It's not so much abstraction (the LH deals practically only with categories and abstractions, not unique and concrete actualities) as it is an actual perceptual incapacity. The perception of time also gets out of whack (not to mention distortions of size, shape, and distance). As McG puts it, the RH is what "deals with the sustained continuity of real experience." "Damage to the RH is responsible for almost all abnormalities of time perception." And "The LH's experience is fragmentary and therefore taken out of the flow of experiential life, and tends toward stasis."
 

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Heads up for those who are thinking of getting the kindle version of this book, pages with pictures or graphics don't load and in some cases that means that text is also missing. The first page of each chapter is also missing but at this point it seems as though that just includes the name of the chapter and a quote or 2.
 

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Not good. If idea like that hit someone who dont have enough knowledge of that, or for example dont have help of this forum, or just is pathological, could make very bad situation.

True, but at the same time. Apparently, this hidden truth is not that hidden. It's that obvious! Hence the popularity of the NPC (None playable character) meme.
 

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True, but at the same time. Apparently, this hidden truth is not that hidden. It's that obvious! Hence the popularity of the NPC (None playable character) meme.
I agree with you there. One big step towards truth, even if it’s tied to all these distortions.
the meme holds power even though it’s just a meme! It’s tangible evidence even if it’s a joke! Lol.

The craziest thing about all this is it’s so hard to even convey this to people without being attacked by hordes of people/OPs defending it. There’s no point imo because the OPs will always influence the crowd like herd dogs. Its the strangest thing!! I feel like all someone can do is drop hints and walk away lol.
 

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The craziest thing about all this is it’s so hard to even convey this to people without being attacked by hordes of people/OPs defending it. There’s no point imo because the OPs will always influence the crowd like herd dogs. Its the strangest thing!! I feel like all someone can do is drop hints and walk away lol
Perhaps this is where the "don't make too much noise" comes into play. In these times it is also necessary to differentiate to whom certain information is transmitted. if you stand on a corner and start telling the reality of, for example, covid, they will surely not only tell you "unaware that does not care for others" but it is likely that you will end up behind bars for a few hours.
It is one thing to influence by giving clues and quite another to argue to convince. There are many who cannot understand how certain things work, that does not make them ignorant or less, they are simply on a different path / frequency.
Now, an interesting question, how much, how we interact with others, differentiates us from an OP?
 

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Perhaps this is where the "don't make too much noise" comes into play. In these times it is also necessary to differentiate to whom certain information is transmitted. if you stand on a corner and start telling the reality of, for example, covid, they will surely not only tell you "unaware that does not care for others" but it is likely that you will end up behind bars for a few hours.
It is one thing to influence by giving clues and quite another to argue to convince. There are many who cannot understand how certain things work, that does not make them ignorant or less, they are simply on a different path / frequency.
Now, an interesting question, how much, how we interact with others, differentiates us from an OP?
I’m done making noise about it…talking about this subject over words is extremely difficult without sounding condescending towards others, it’s not at all the intent. Honestly not putting my two cents in anything is really starting to sound like a great idea. It’s just hard when it appears to be attacking your personal everyday life. You want to speak, but it almost always falls on deaf ears, or ears that take the information as threatening to their existence. It’s a prison, really.. this is what this really is…

To answer your question, Absolutely nothing. There’s not a physical clue. We are completely intermixed with them and the senses we appear to be born with don’t help one bit. The only thing I can notice (and I can’t prove it’s true other than my own perception of it) is how a crowd follows a trend. Wether it be positive or negative.. people just follow it, and it’s very VERY interesting once you see it. But once again, the observation cannot pin point an individual.
 

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Honestly not putting my two cents in anything is really starting to sound like a great idea. It’s just hard when it appears to be attacking your personal everyday life. You want to speak, but it almost always falls on deaf ears, or ears that take the information as threatening to their existence. It’s a prison, really.. this is what this really is…
I understand what you mean, sometimes it's hopeless, until you realize that many times it's just for ego, wanting to "convince" the other person.
Perhaps the grain of sand is ourselves, we can choose what to be and what not to be, that means that if you begin to realize the loss of energy by engaging in a conversation that they didn't really ask for or information that they doesn't care about, there you have what happens, loss of energy.
Yes, it can be a prison, but you put the bars, maybe if you stop doing that you could realize that giving your opinion without being asked is in vain, that does not mean that the world is lost, it means that You have to control yourself and not get carried away by the pride of "I have the truth, I know something that you don't know".
In short, learning to shut up sometimes gives more victories than defeats, and in the end it is better to remain ignorant than crazy.
If they really ask for your opinion and you can see that they are really interested in what you can say, that is another topic, but you have to keep your eyes open to differentiate a true opinion request from one that is just to generate problems.


To answer your question, Absolutely nothing. There’s not a physical clue. We are completely intermixed with them and the senses we appear to be born with don’t help one bit.
When you say "with them" what do you mean?
With this I mean, have you given your grain of sand to the universe in the way of identifying personal programs, attitudes, customs that harm others and proposed to change to be a better " I "? Please, do not take this personally, I am saying in a broad sense, I believe that changing what we do not want to be and what can harm others, is a way of contributing our grain of sand, if we understand ourselves, we can be better for others.
 
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