Repost: Networks of words, semiotics, and psychological morphemes

On this site we have claimed many times that words and semiotics are held together in networks. We have further hypothesized that “psychological morphemes” are also held together in networks.

A “psychological morpheme” is the smallest meaningful unit of a psychological response. It is the smallest unit of communication that can give rise to an emotional, psychological, or cognitive reaction.

Of course word networks, semiotic networks, and emotional, psychological, and cognitive networks all intertwine with each other.

FIML practice is designed to help partners untangle unwanted emotions from these intertwined networks. FIML practice focuses on psychological morphemes because they are small and thus rather easily understood and rather easily extirpated from real-time contexts (when partners are interacting in real life in real-time).

The hard part about FIML practice is it is done in real life in real-time. But the easy or very effective part about FIML is that once partners learn to do it, results come quickly because the practice is happening in real life in real-time. It is not just a theory when you do it in that way. It is an experience that changes how you communicate and how you understand yourself and others.

In FIML practice partners are mindful of their emotional reactions and learn that when one occurs, it is important to query their partner about it. They are mindful of psychological morphemes and as soon as one appears, but before the morpheme calls up a large network leading to a strong reaction, they query their partner about it.

This practice leads, we have claimed, to a fairly smooth and effortless extirpation of unwanted psychological responses. This happens, we believe, because the data provided by the partner that “caused” the reaction shows the partner who made the FIML query that the psychological morpheme in question arose due to a misinterpretation. Seeing this repeatedly for the same sort of neurotic reaction causes that reaction and the psychological network that comprises it to become extinguished.

A fascinating study from the University of Kansas by Michael Vitevitch shows that removing a key word from a linguistic network will cause that network to fracture and even be destroyed. An article about the study and a link to the study (pay wall) can be found here: Keywords hold vocabulary together in memory.

Vitevitch’s study involves only words and his analysis was done only with computers because, as he says, ““Fracturing the network [in real people] could actually disrupt language processing. Even though we could remove keywords from research participants’ memories through psycholinguistic tasks, we dared not because of concern that there would be long-term or even widespread effects.”

FIML is not about removing key words from linguistic networks. But it is about dismantling or removing psychological or semiotic networks that cause suffering.

Psychological or semiotic networks are networks rich in emotional meaning. When those networks harbor unwanted, inappropriate, or mistaken interpretations (and thus mistaken or unwanted emotions), they can cause serious neurotic reactions, or what we usually call simply “mistaken interpretations.”

We believe that these mistaken interpretations and the emotions associated with them can be efficiently extirpated by revealing to their holder the “key” psychological morphemes that set them off.

My guess is the psychology of a semiotic network hinges on repeated reactions to key psychological morphemes and that this process is analogous to the key words described in Vitevitch’s study.

Vitevitch did not remove key words from actual people because it would be unethical to do so. But it is not unethical for consenting adults to help each other find and remove key psychological morphemes that are harmfully associated with the linguistic, semiotic, cognitive, and psychological networks that make up the individual.

The Failure of Multiculturalism in Polish Ukraine

…Multiculturalism failed in Poland-Lithuania, just as it did later on in Austria-Hungary and indeed has throughout history. The Polish case is especially interesting as it is often held up today as an example of a great multicultural state where the various disparate groups lived in peace and harmony. Reality, on the other hand, is much different, especially when it comes to the Ukrainian portions. (Source)

Panpsychism, pansignaling, and Buddhism

Panpsychism means “all mind” or mind in all things, with an emphasis on cognition being a fundamental aspect or part of nature.

Pansignaling means “all signaling” or signaling in all things, with an emphasis on signaling being a fundamental aspect or part of nature.

I like the term pansignaling because it gets us to look at the signals, without which there is nothing.

Another word that is close to these two is panexperientialism, which connotes that “the fundamental elements of the universe are ‘occasions of experience’ which can together create something as complex as a human being.”

These ideas or similar can be found in the Huayan and Tiantai schools of Buddhism.

Highly recommend giving these ideas some thought and reading the links provided above.

I  tend to favor thinking of this stuff from the signaling point of view. A signal can be found, defined, analyzed, and so on. A signal is a fairly objective thing. When we consider signals and consciousness, it is very natural to consider that signals are parts of networks and that networks can be parts of bigger networks.

As I understand it, panexperientialism holds the view that atoms have experience, and that molecules have experience as do the atoms that make them up… and so on till we get to cells, organs, brains, human consciousness. Human consciousness, which is fundamentally experiential, is what humans mainly think of as experience. At all levels, the “parts” of human consciousness also are conscious or cognizant and thus capable of experience. Thus, there is no mind-body problem. Cognition or awareness is part of nature from the very bottom up. For example, a single bacterium can know to move toward something or away from it.

Life is “anti-entropic signaling networks” that organize, self-organize, combine, cooperate, compete, eat, and change constantly. From this, we can see where impermanence and delusion as described in Buddhism come from.

Repost: Metacognition and real-time communication

Metacognition means “awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes,” or “cognition about cognition,” or “being able to think about how you think.”

To me, metacognition is a premier human ability. How can it not be a good thing to be aware of how you are aware and how you think and respond to what is around you?

In more detail:

The term “metacognition” is most often associated with John Flavell, (1979). According to Flavell (1979, 1987), metacognition consists of both metacognitive knowledge and metacognitive experiences or regulation. Metacognitive knowledge refers to acquired knowledge about cognitive processes, knowledge that can be used to control cognitive processes. Flavell further divides metacognitive knowledge into three categories: knowledge of person variables, task variables and strategy variables. (Source)

Most people do metacognition and are aware of doing it. We do it when we plan, make decisions, decide how to get from one place to another, how to relate to one person differently from another, and so on.

Where we don’t do metacognition is in real-time communication in real life, where it matters most. This is not because we are not able to do it. It is because very few of us have the right technique, Flavell’s “acquired knowledge,” that allows us to do it.

If we have the right technique, we will be able to gain a great deal of knowledge about real-time cognitive process while also learning how to control them.

FIML practice is a metacognitive practice based on, to quote the above source, “acquired knowledge about cognitive processes… that can be used to control cognitive processes.”

In the case of FIML, the “acquired knowledge” is the FIML technique which allows us to gain conscious “control over cognitive processes” of real-time interpersonal communication.

FIML is different from other analytical communication techniques in that FIML provides a method to gain control over very short or small units of communication in real-time. This is important as it is these very short real-time units that are most often ignored or not dealt with in most analyses of human communication.

If you know how to catch small mistakes, they become sources of insight and humor. If you don’t know how to catch them, they often snowball into destructive misunderstandings.

FIML is fairly easy to do if you understand the importance of correcting the minor misinterpretations that inevitably arise between people when they speak and communicate. By using the FIML metacognitive method, partners gain control over the most elusive kinds of interpersonal error which all too often lead to serious interpersonal discord.

FIML can and does do more than catch small mistakes, but first things first. If you cannot correct small errors in real-time communication, you are not doing anything even resembling thorough metacognitive communication.

A very small irrational thought

A very small thought can show how irrational thinking operates.

Recently, I have been putting more salt in food I make. I have some good reasons for this and one bad one.

The bad one wrongly believes that my partner does not at the table salt food I make enough, so I have to use more to counter this.

This thought comprised about 10% of my reason for using more salt when I cooked. This thought was subliminal, meaning it almost never rose to consciousness. And when it did its appearance was fleeting and went unquestioned.

It is a selfish thought or at least not fully considerate. As soon as I examined it I realized it is a dumb thought and discarded it completely.

This thought was wrong and irrational for obvious reasons. But it still had a small effect on my conscious behavior.

I noticed it while washing dishes and watching my mind at the same time.

This thought has an element of reason in how it is constructed: i.e. “because my partner does not do this, I will do this.”

But not much else about it is reasonable. I have no idea how or when this thought formed. Did it form subconsciously or in a dream? I don’t know.

I believe it stayed in my mind as a weak but partially operative “reason” because it is selfish (and thus less likely to be examined) and because it has a reasonable construction when put in words.

Why MSM produces so much fake news

MSM is a cult run by six companies. 90% of MSM is liberal.

They slant and spin stories they publish. Worse, they ignore important news frequently or downplay it.

The graphic below shows what has changed since 1983.

US academia is similar—90% liberal spin on almost everything. Both MSM and academia have become cults, subcultures with rigid totalitarian mores and taboos. If you do not agree with them, you will be fired or ostracized.

Edit2/21: Today’s example of fake news: Huge Immigrant Riots Break Out In Perfectly Safe Sweden. By trying to make Trump looks stupid, MSM went on about how wrong his comments on Sweden were. Yet it is widely known that Sweden has significant problems with “refugees,” that Sweden hides this problem from the Swedish public and the world, and that you can lose your job in Sweden for merely disagreeing with their immigration policy.


Here is a longer version of the above graphic.

Pizzagate and the IC war against Donald Trump

The following interview is from an anonymous DHS insider, so grain of salt.

The insider says of Pizzagate (PedoGate, as he calls it):

PedoGate is only a modern term associated with a long history of Pedo-blackmail connected to both Israel and the Intel community. There is a full court press to stop PedoGate from being looked at because if people knew the true motives behind the pedophilia epidemic, they would do more than march on Washington. They could actually seed a revolution…

See the full interview here: HUGE Exclusive Interview With DHS Insider!

This interview is not news in the sense that we know who the source is or can prove their claims. But it is news in the sense that the information has internal consistency and fits well with what is going on in the country today—the IC’s war with Trump, the MSM frenzy of lies aimed at Trump, panic among top politicians, both Dems and GOPs.

Here is another sample from the interview:

Q. So an ex-CIA senior agent named Robert Steele is on record saying Epstein’s island was a honey trap to lure our most powerful politicians into a extortion scheme?

A. Yes. There are videos of some of the most powerful players in the most humiliating positions. If this gets out, not only are the politicians ruined, but the extortion game is over and suddenly, the influence CIA and Mossad wield over Washington, is gone.

As mentioned in other posts, I have some personal experience with a very bad group. Most people would be astounded to know what I know from first-hand experience. A good part of why Pizzagate is staying in the (alternate) news despite MSM and establishment derision of the subject is there are many people like me.

President Trump news conference

Edit 2/17/17: No matter your politics, please take the time to view this video. Trump is calm, truthful, straightforward, intelligent, in control. Compare to analyses and headlines from news outlets. Our 90% liberal news media is what’s “chaotic,” “combative,” “weird,” and “melting down,” not Trump. How can a news media that is 90% liberal be objective? Answer—they can’t and they aren’t. It’s terrible to see news organizations acting like this. Fortunately, many Americans see the problem, which is why Trump won and will keep winning. ABN

Just completed. Wide-ranging.

The IC war against Donald Trump

Some part of the Intelligence Community (IC) is obviously at war with Donald Trump.

A friend wrote that he hopes the Trump team is prepared and that they know what is happening.

Someone replied:

they have to know and are surely prepared, but they can’t know everything or prepare for what they don’t know. I am optimistic. cleaning up IC and DC is a huge project. you know, our side can lose. it’s a real battle. look at Germany, much of Europe – on the ropes. Merkel is worse than HRC. Sweden has become a joke. France is already lost. I doubt Le Pen will win. it took only thirty years for Chinese commies to utterly destroy Chinese civilization. the soviet union did the same in about the same time-frame. civilizations are fragile. look what happened to the “civilization” of American academia. that also took about thirty years to destroy. not completely hopeless yet but it’s bad. this is a real battle, an epic battle

He answered:

I do see how it could be lost. For example judge Nap this am was saying that it will be impossible to find the IC leakers. He says they are pros. Hope he’s wrong but if Trump can’t govern without worrying about a leak then we do have a shadow govt. No doubt about it. I bet the White House is bugged top to bottom. Maybe even Mar Lago. Trump may have to buy another compound and limit who can outfit it and use that for meetings etc. I’m not even sure that’d work as you still need the most trusted people to work with. Plus all phone calls are recorded. One thing that is interesting is how we’ve been talking about spying and being careful for decades. Big brother is watching but most laughed it off. Now it’s cocktail party talk. In some ways the emergence of the deep state is good in that it’s waking people up to the spying. Shits real and they can do anything they want to anybody.

The basic problem is that even the president cannot prevent attacks by IC officers and even he cannot know who they are, how many they are, what their goals are.

Eisenhower warned of this. JFK tried to stop it. Bobby would have tried harder. Some say Reagan tried but backed off after the attempt on his life. This is what Donald Trump is now facing.

See this for more: The NSA database.