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Have recently rediscovered The Wisdom Paradox by Elkhonon Goldberg – Clinical professor of neurology. With that it seems that over the past four years I have unwittingly pursued a path toward cognitive improvement. As a layman, my intention was only to provide new concepts in language that I considered would be useful to delay the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease that my wife had suffered from, and, if useful, for professionals to run trials.
In Chapter 14 of The Wisdom Paradox there is reference to the fact that as humans we can reproduce,or improve, sections of our organs which includes our brain. Apparently that is best done by forms of exercise suited to the particular action of the individual. My particular form of exercise is redefining concepts without dichotomies.
Will always remember this chapter number, the age I was when I left school in Glasgow.
It should be said that at this point I will freely use whatever material that is available legally, and ethically, to promote my efforts to highlight the subject of Alzheimer’s disease.
At 89 years of age (well past my used by date) it may well be that I am a candidate with a focus on my own pending dementia. If so, then the theory and the method I write about is holding it at bay. To address the health of my mind in this way could be the catalyst that retains its own functional activity.
The only reason I can write about consciousness is that I, like all of humanity, have it. It’s existence became more of a reality for me because of my wife’s illness, and the slow and inevitable decline of her consciousness via Alzheimer’s disease.
The Wisdom Paradox is a book for all readers.
This is not a blog for entertainment purposes, but I have endeavoured to lighten the mood.
My decision to finally address the subject of my wife’s dementia and its inevitable progression was not driven by the fear of its existence but to at least challenge myself in the hope that anything I can do may offer the scientific profession a new path to explore. (See the About section on my home page.)
My direction can only ever be general with regard to the deterioration that inevitably takes place in our mind. The value of primary principles in our language structure may provide the tools to retard that deterioration.
Curiously and interestingly, my brain function in certain areas has dimmed with age, but in pursuing this particular project there is no diminution of purpose. Certainly my body is showing significant signs of the ageing process, and it will take its inevitable course.
Having lived first hand with a mind deteriorating, I can claim the emotional right to propose a new theory that may offer some information to promote a research project.
The matter of language and dichotomies has had a long historical pedigree and its proper use can only ever be to improve our understanding of it, and its free dissemination.
Unlike Dylan Thomas’s admonition to his father ‘to rage,rage against the dying of the light’ I will, against previous existential beliefs, take a peaceful road toward a real, or imaginary world, where Jean waits with her arms unfurled to welcome me in her new world of higher consciousness.
The serial version.
Everything in time, our past, our present, and our future, is one and all at the same time, in a perfectly certain and pure seamless way.
Let’s find out!
The theory and the process throughout is to introduce the possibility that we can think in a new way, through the potential construction of a language, without dichotomies.
The idea of absolutes is not something new. (Heraclitus (fl.C.500 B.C.E.) categorized them as the “unity of opposites”.
The object of this exercise is simply to point to a common peculiarity of language – namely that there exist dichotomies that we accept as being real.
Whenever an absolute, constant or placeholder is established (that which is) then in conjunction with all other established absolutes and defined by each contemporary, there can be a distinct improvement in cognitive awareness of their meaning. This also establishes human experience as a relative condition, as it were in a spectrum, describing each moment in time.
That distinction permeates a side of us beyond our senses, and we may have the privilege of experiencing a new reality. The resulting process of binding absolutes to define ‘what is”.
When we view them as only being a spectrum construct of any principle, then we are left with something that I feel is best described by definition, as an absolute.
Somewhere in time the introduction and acceptance of dichotomies (opposites) has had the effect of diluting, or contradicting our reality and its conceptualization.We can never be disconnected from ancestral history. In finding quotations which I use extensively, it is vital that we use them not just for their popularity, but for the implicit wisdom, and the writers experiences that generated their appearance.
They are part of our overall consciousness, and there is an obligation to use them the best way we can. Disseminating that information can only have add-on beneficial consequences. To date I have received no objections to my use of archived material in the “free to use” non-commercial domain, and I always pay due respect and attribution for their valuable contribution.
The man whose book is filled with quotations, has been said to creep along the shore of authors, as if he were afraid to trust himself to the free compass of reasoning. I would rather defend such authors by a different allusion, and ask whether honey is the worse for being gathered from many flowers. Anonymous, quoted in: Tryon Edwards (1853) The World’s Laconics: Or, The Best Thoughts of the Best Authors. p. 232
Amen to that!
‘Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time future contained in time past’. T S Eliot.
The theory of evolution was posited by two naturalists Darwin and Wallace circa 1850, based solely on their observation of the diversity of every manifestation of life available to them. Such theories are not products to be owned or merchandised, but only if they are true, to be utilized for the continuing preservation of the species, and this planet.
The term ‘commonality’ used throughout this text relates specifically to our species, the functionality and basic properties we all have in common to survive. Identifying those can give us a ‘common meeting ground of agreement’, whoever you are, wherever you are. Our commonality is not an ideological term that excludes the reality of each personality. It distinctly and evidently establishes all forms of relationship where individuality contributes its measure of interdependence, and interconnectedness.
Human consciousness can only thrive in an environment that will procreate its existence through recognition of others. Its evolution and mankind’s existence are constantly intertwined.
Miracles only exist within the collective impressions of human experience.
Our normal life cycle is the compound of a series of extraordinary events that reaches for its own normality. Within that normality, reason – knowledge, and consciousness are its expression. That combination of events allows us to proceed through our life span.
They are the products of an egalitarian process shared by all human life.
My extraordinary event!
Recently, I was urgently admitted to a hospital cardiac unit to undergo a cardiac angiogram.
Was advised that angioplasty and stents may be part of the procedure. The alternative would be by-pass surgery. The procedure was over in a very short time, and quite painless.
Later the surgeon explained that although I had two blocked arteries there was no need for any surgery as my heart had created its own by-pass artery. It appears that our heart has the ability to sense that arteries are being blocked, and can engineer an embryonic new artery to compensate. Why that happens to some and not others, is a question I’m sure biologists are asking – and so am I!
The need or desire for a metaphysical world to believe in may just be the real need to wake up to the world we have!
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