A Review of the vOICe

Summary: The vOICe, notable for the spelling of “O I C”, is a programme aimed to assist individuals with varying forms of blindness to see using an association of black and white images with soundscapes. The programme was developed by Dr Peter Meijer, of the Netherlands, and is currently being hosted at the SeeingWithSound.com website. At present, the vOICe can be run only on Windows and Android, but there has not been time to develop the programme for cross-platform devices.
Description: The vOICe takes advantage of a few bits of equipment for a person to be successful. A portable computer can be modified to function while the lid is closed. The user can run the application after securing their camera glasses mounted on their head to the computer by using a good-sized USB cable. The programme will start out by testing the headphones by speaking two words on each side. “Left, right.” By a complex set of arrays built into the programme, the application will take a video shot of what is in front of the camera from left to right, convert the result into a unique set of computer-generated sounds consisting mainly of tones and noise providing many textures. The higher set of frequencies correspond to activity in the upper portion of the camera and vice versa. The brighter an object is to the camera, the louder the sounds will appear. If the object gets closer to the camera, the background sounds will gradually diminish until the object is within full view. This is part of the ratio that a lot of people misconceive. It takes one second for a sound scape to be converted from the video, applying sixty-four pixels with a predetermined range of audible frequencies. Note, for a first-time blind person, a pixel is not going to make sense to them. In brief, a pixel is a squared lined boarder that holds part of an image. That is why some people can faintly see the lines while staring at certain screens.
The vOICe can also be grounds for learning how to use the mouse. Using the mouse is like taking a probe across a big square grid, you learn to identify the sound of the mouse with the items on this grid. Then, as you move the mouse, the sound moves in accordance to wave field holophony synthesis. When you find a major area of focus, you press the mouse to focus on the smaller area within that grid. You have more access to your focus on that area. When you are done, you focus on yet another smaller bit of detail within that grid. So it is like opening a huge box, then finding the box you want within that huge box. Then you open that box and then hunt for the other box, and then you open that box, and so on. It keeps getting smaller with every opening of each one.
Along with the vOICe, researchers around the world have developed similar sensory substitution devices that serve the same or similar purpose as the vOICe. One example is the Hebrew University’s pentatonic EyeMusic image converter in C-major. Many researchers recently gathered at certain places to discuss their beliefs about how people with any form of disability could benefit from technology adapted for such people. Recently, there was a study that was published in the journal of Cognitive Science that showed how the vOICe could be of help to those wanting to see the world using their ears.
Purpose: With the ever-lasting work on regrowing nerves and other tissue in the eyes, it is hoped that sensory substitution devices can be used to encourage visual rehabilitation to train the brain to see either for the first time, or after a period of prolonged absence. There is talk about inventing some devices that can transmit images from one brain to another brain by use of light-guided proteins, or optogenetics. In this fashion, blind people would have all the colours in their minds, and it will be up to them to make their own images in their heads after this new sensation is given to them.
Disadvantages and negativities: As of right now, the vOICe, or any form of autonomous sensory substitution, cannot be used for extreme applications due to the imposing of danger to the person wearing them. This includes activities such as, travelling in unfamiliar environments, crossing streets, etc. Each form of sensory substitution will have its own ups and downs, so it is important that the person finds the one that best fits their needs. Currently, all devices are set to be easily customised for the end-user, though that may get overwhelming since there are many options to change. The idea is to simulate a form of natural eyesight, which cannot be customised, save for putting on special glasses and such. It is recommended that people research Aira and Be My Eyes as a possible alternative. Again, they are not going to be a safety substitute.
Comments: I have been using the vOICe off and on, but I find it rather confusing to grasp the concept all at once. Throughout experimentation and research, I found out that the vOICe is primarily focusing on the association of visual images to audible soundscapes, not so much with colours to sounds, like some of the other devices do. This is because those devices may not give you the shape of an object, just the colour of what it is.
Another problem is that there is no distinction between knowing the different variations of grey with the use of pitch, since that is already being used for knowing the height of an object is.  I discovered that most people are familiar with associating colours with musical keys, but those musical keys are what give us specific emotions that can be correlated to colours. Another possibility is the advent of certain cadences that resolve to a certain key, or when combining three or more colours, they will create new harmonic content that can give us an emotion, such as pastel colours.
Suggestions and improvements: Most of these have already been considered and are being worked on. However, they will still be addressed. As of now, the most effective way to receive sound input is through stereo headphones. A possible suggestion is to use a more complex system that will use wave-field synthesis technology  to enhance the spacial awareness of the person. Instead of having the sounds tell you how high an object is, the sounds will come from the upper portion of the set, and vice versa. This way, the pitches of sound can be used for other applications, such as identifying colours, shades, tints, etc.
A discussion regarding stereoscopic vision brought the possibility of wearing two cameras, one above each eye, that would move in accordance to eye movements of the person (if they do not suffer from nystagmus, amblyopia, etc) or some other neurological disorder. This can be accompanied with the surround-sound system, so that the left side is depended on the left camera while the right side is depended on the right one.
The ability to focus and keep track of an object with the camera would be helpful to know when a particular object is moving. This would mean that one would stop the scanning process and have the programme generate a sound scape for that image in real time. When the image shifts to one side, the sounds will move in the direction that it went. This is called head-related transfer function (HRTF), and is found in modern augmented reality systems, though the concept is primarily psychoacoustic. The purpose of focusing on the object is to hear the soundscape of said object while moving the camera to study the details of each side. For example, you want to study a painting. Using the vOICe, you can stop the scanning and concentrate on the image. Using a probe-like fashion, you would manually scan the painting with the camera(s) to hear each of the sound scapes change in volume, pitch, timbre, or texture.
Brain wave entrainment can also be added to synchronise the frequency waves of a person’s brain, that way they can be more relaxed and be able to concentrate. The term ‘qualia’ refers to a state of meditative consciousness, such as twilight or dawn. These things can be achieved through not only visual brain wave synchronisation, but using auditory stimulation, as well. This includes, beatings (binaural or monaural), or isochronic pulses with sonic harmonics. It also consists of certain chords not found in forms of conventional music, and therefore, it has no organised time and rhythm.
Another possibility to consider is to use the colour functions as part of brain wave entrainment. The soundscapes can indicate the black-and-white area surrounding the person, while the brain wave soundscapes fill them in with what the colours are.
Current research has not dove much into the latter area, but it is also said that people with music training have higher performance with auditory and visual stimulation.
To increase the number of end-user interest in the vOICe, it is recommended that more platforms be included, and additional considerations given to these recommendations..

Controversy of Internet Privacy

Ever since the invention of social media, after blogs and on-line diaries had been invented, people began to lose the opportunity to physically interact. Generation X, Y, and Z are going to be the first to adapt to these changes a lot more than those of older generations, or people who oppose of popular culture such as me. The problem arises just like with anything else, no matter how humans are able to communicate, whether it’s through the phone, mail, telegraph, the internet, or just physical interaction, drama happens, and I’m not talking about drama as in Shakespeare’s time. I am talking about real drama in which a dispute gets out of hand, and gossip is usually the main culprit. Many people, especially teenagers in generation Y and Z, act more immature than they are supposed to be. Most of it is caused by conformity and the need to be like others, to impress one another just to get higher social rankings. If you look back at my rudeness essay along with my other posts, you will find some information that may refresh your mind.
Let’s begin with definitions. What is social media, exactly? What is the primary use of it. Why is it here? Social media is a form of social interaction between humans who share a bond, whether it is mutual, relative, or biological. They use a variety of technological devices that hook up to a main infrastructure. From there, it gets as simple as this. Think of social media as a new planet, a virtual Earth. There are people from all around our real world who join social media. The only difference is that it is all being viewed through a different face than it would be if it was through the phone or through some party line, etc, even radios (amateur and non-amateur) are different than they were before. Social media can be customised. Your profile is your house. You build your house so others can stop by and check it out as they wander the streets. This is like when you physically go to houses of friends and neighbors, except that it is done virtually.
Blogging is somewhat different. Blogging is where you can put up a virtual journal or diary, and, depending on what it is, you can let others read it and hope someone will share your interests. You can link blogs to social media to expand your interests to others. Blogs are meant to share thoughts and feelings with others around the world and is not primarily designed for social interaction.
Now, let’s get down to the differences in between real life and virtual interaction. Remember that this is one of many ways you can picture what social media is like. To everyone, social media is simply a page in your browser, a client you use, etc that allows you to connect to the server..on someone else’s machine, and then you would use the controls to find the person you want to interact with and then move on. In real life, people would actually transport themselves over to where the person dwells and interact with that person. On social media, a person can build their profile, update them, add photos, share other photos, and do a wide number of things. In real life, a person can tack real photos to their door, decorate the insides, make it look neat, and if a friend copies their photo for you, you can share it by putting it inside your house. Perhaps one of the major differences of all is identity. On the internet, identity can be hidden very easily, but location and machine usage is very hard to change. In real life, identity is hard to change because it requires a whole lot of work in body alteration. Many people choose not to take part of the social media because they prefer real-life interaction. This doesn’t keep them from spying on the virtual world, though. Employers can hunt an employee using a search tool that allows them to track down that person’s virtual house, and then they can vet that person.
Chatting versus talking: This is something that has piques my curiosity for quite a while. Chatting is basically like telegraphy or phone. You send a person instant mail, and then they respond. This is different from texting or e-mail, which is like telegrams and regular snail mail, though certainly much faster. Video chatting is carrying the voice and or body language from one person through a relay, after which is delivered to the other party. In real life, people can talk over the phone or simply talk in open air. Now here is what gets my interest. Could a person actually say something in voice that would be more awkward to utter than it would be for a person to text? That medium offers little emotion, and therefore, it makes it hard to interpret what someone is saying and how. There is a saying that you can write to a fellow something you can never tell them face-to-face.
Now, where does the problem come in? Humans are constantly putting up signs on the walls of their houses, or they would be airing their dirty linens so anyone passing by would know that this person had a fight with their partner because of such and such. Or they can no longer be friends with this and that. Or, what if they posted a sign mentioning another person who has no access to, or is not a member on that platform, and their friends learns about it because of what you said? What about spelling? Since we are primarily chatting, spelling and grammar correction has been a major issue. Of course, this would mostly not apply to snail mail and talking, except for correcting someone on order of words or something along those lines. We would also assume that people proofread their correspondences before sending them.
Privacy is a major issue that humans want to have, based on two philosophies. The first philosophy is that of John Locke, and the second is called Information Wants to be Free, which is a part of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Truth is, our rights are constantly being misinterpreted by the government and by ourselves, and we are limiting each other to say what we should say without libel and slander. It is okay to post a sign outside your wall saying that you want this and that, but if you keep it in a general attitude, it may not gain as much attention than if it were specifically targetted at someone or something. I think that you should have the freedom to say what you want to say, if you can deal with the consequences that will follow. Many pessimists say that you shouldn’t say this because it was offending them even though the original person didn’t think it was rude at all. This is where rudeness is interpreted by humans. Optimists are usually supportive and help people team up to become a unity so that the person doesn’t experience the pain alone. We must take steps to etify, rather than berate one another.
Now, how do we get this under control? Some people, such as myself, are considering a revolution of sorts to get back into balance. What this will entail I know not, but it will definitely involve using social justice. Some people want to reclaim words that were originally meant to be harmless but are now becoming more pejorative. I remember Wikipedia shutting down all service in protest of ending piracy. http://www.tandiltheme.com/2012/01/reddit-and-wikipedia-will-go-dark-in-sopa-protest/ I am thinking of balancing out privacy and publicity since things are now becoming more and more open, like sexuality, gender, etc that are constantly being talked about in the media in our modern society. However, there are good reasons for this. We’re doing it to educate and raise awareness, not to belittle these issues and turn them into perverted situations. I heard of some people wanting to start new religionsb based on old ones to fit these changes, so they would have an inclusive bible with gender-neutral pronouns and titles. Truth is, I don’t know when the day will be when our world will be perfect. It may never be, or it might be when the day comes when humans are able to become immortal; I doubt I will see that happen, though.

The Autistic Spectrum Disorder in both hard and soft-science.

Here are some of my latest findings regarding the hard-science characteristics on how autism spectrum disorder is organized.
First of all, two brains must be compared. A normally-functioning brain and an autistic brain. Now, from looking at these two brains, they may look the same to you, until we go deep into the structures. Take note of these anatomical terms.
Amygdala, part of the limbic system, which controls hormone balances responsible for sensational emotions.
Neurotransmitter: A bond connecting neurons between synapses so that information can be carried between the gap with this bridge.
Hormone: Chemicals produced by several glands in the body that are sent into the bloodstream. Depending on the hormone, they can reach the brain.
Cerebrum: The top portion of the brain, which contains the hemispheres divided into lobes. Take note of the blood brain barrier.
Cerebellum: Coordinates movements mapped by the cerebrum, and is also responsible for voluntary and involuntary functions. It helps in balance and coordinate certain auditory responses such as startle reflexes, music rhythms, etc. It is located in between the cerebrum and brain stem.
Brain stem: Most primitive part of the brain. Medulla Oblongata controls breathing, swallowing, and experts believe primitive instincts are stored here.
Pituitary gland: Master gland, acts as a traffic light and directs all other glands to produce the hormones after receiving input from the cerebrum and cerebellum in voluntary function.
Homeostasis: Provides positive and negative feedback loops that are both voluntary and involuntary. Integrated by internal functions of the brain or other organ.
Gene: A set of instructions carried out in the development of organs to provide them a foundation to build.
Mutation: A string of code that disrupts the development of such organs and continues carrying out the instructions. This can occur due to many internal or external factors.
Now that we covered the primary terms, I will go into how our brain works, although you may find this in one of my earlier posts. If I come across a new term that I haven’t listed in the list above, I will explain what that means before continuing. Note that this is for informational and educational purposes. I am not a professional of any kind, though I would like to be some day. My point here is to raise more awareness about how people should understand these differences, and why it has become such a problem in our society.
Let’s start out with how our brain works in general. Here is a resource which can hopefully explain more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Autistic-Brain-Thinking-Spectrum/dp/0547636458.
Our brain is wired in very different ways for each individual. Even twins have slightly different brain structures, mainly because it was due to nurture. Our brain is capable of doing multiple things at once, though how it does it is what changes across one individual to another. Some people are left-brainers, right-brainers, bridge-brained, male, female, etc. I am sure you can think of many more. Behaviour can be divided into two main categories. voluntary and involuntary. This means, in cases of voluntary behaviour, is that you have control over it. Your mind is in sync with your cerebrum, telling the cerebellum to tell your body to do this and that. But what you output must be due to input in order for that to happen. Otherwise that would be known as a reflex, which would be considered involuntary. We have two nervous system types, central and peripheral, afferent and efferent. Or, you can think of this as sympathetic (fight or flight), or parasympathetic (rest and repair). These work in conjunction with hormones provided by internal or external stimuli. Our brain has different lobes, with matching mates on the other hemisphere that conduct certain things, such as visual, auditory, tactile, motor, language, thinking, etc. When we go into the brain, after breaking through the three layers, you will find ridges and bump-like structures all around the brain. You will also find a line right down the middle and at the top that divides the hemispheres. When we take the two halves apart, you will see several connections that bond the two, chief among them is the corpus callosum. Going deeper, you will see areas that are responsible for external and internal pain, internal clock, the main switchboard of the brain, areas that control blood pressure, body temperature, and things we don’t think about.
Now let’s see what happens when we open up an autistic brain. You will notice a difference right away, and this may vary on the severety of the disorder, for there are many mental disorders out there, many due to lack of hormone and neurotransmitter production. When you open up the autistic brain, you would most likely find an enlarged amygdola, which might explain why the brain gets overwhelmed with sensory overload. This is also in conjunction with an enlarged cerebellum. This makes a person repeat an action over and over and not even realise it. The temporal lobe, responsible for auditory and language coordination also show some abnormal patterns. This might explain why some people may not follow conversations, and, in general, may have problems in other areas along the spectrum. This is different than dyslexia, which is a totally different disorder. It is classified more as a learning disability since it only affects the occipital and or temporal lobes. Another interesting abnormality is the parietal lobe, the area responsible for tactile and motor function. In many autistic people, they experience involuntary skin receptor stimulation, as if an invisible knife were stabing, or invisible ants were crawling. When you lightly touch the skin of an autistic person, to them it is going to feel like a hard blow. Impulse control is kept somewhere in the limbic system and or frontal lobe, and this might explain why autistic people may have different impulses than neurotypicals. In a famous news story you will be able to learn a whole lot more about this ground-breaking discovery: http://carlysvoice.com/.
One of the most interesting things that fascinate me is how we communicate. If you go back to an earlier post in which I discussed the three methods for communication, based on the learning model and many other forms of language, some oral motor conditions prevent the movement of vital vowel and or consonant manipulators. This is why autistic people with this condition use alternative forms of communication. I do my best to find away to imagine to be someone else, and with the technology of the future, I hope that it will be possible. At this time, it is not known if intelligence and memory is affected in a person with ASD. This might be due to short-lasting neuron cells that die faster than they are supposed to, or they do not develop properly during the synaptic exuberance and synaptic pruning phases. If I am not mistaken, long-term memory occurs when neurones carry their messages to a wide number of neurones, which contain that information for future retrieval. But if these neurones died and were not replaced as fast as they should, then that person may forget certain things. Our brain is still one big mystery, but we are slowly coming to know more about it every day. More research would have to be conducted on attention and memory spams.
Many of our work is primarily focused on the obvious. That is: how to take care of our children with such problems. Truth is, how can we if we don’t know what’s going on inside their head? Many of us only focus on the soft-science characteristics of the problem, rather than get down to the real stuff. When I say soft-science, I am referring to the psychology, the social interaction, etc that is associated with such a disorder. A disorder need not be hard-science-based. A disorder is simply something that is not normal or not working the way something should, and yes, some disorders can be purposefully induced. These things that a person is not born with can become easily rewired into their brains, otherwise known as nurture’s neuroplasticity. One common type of misinterpreted behaviours is obsession with interests that cannot be pursued, or repetitive actions. Just because a person may have such doesn’t mean they have autistic tendencies. It might just be something they managed to get their brains wired to and can easily be reversed.
Now, here’s an interesting topic. What are seisures? A seisure is similar to what I described in regards to false stimulation in the receptors of the skin. But this is a lot more complicated. In a seisure, certain regions of the brain have abnormal currents passing through bad channels. Think of it as a short-circuit. A chemical reaction gone totally wrong. A seisure can vary immensely from person to person. It is simply a rapid firing or misfiring of neurones. But, usually the characteristics are fairly the same. The brain goes into lockdown, usually a person feels stimulation in the visual, auditory, and tactile areas of the brain. Some people may move about in an involuntary fashion, coordinated by stimulation in the cerebrum and cerebellum. Then they usually go unconscious for a while. Medication usually triggers chemical reactions inside the brain that are supposed to even out these abnormalities in hope that such short-circuits are not happening. In severe cases, the entire half of one hemisphere is removed. This makes it so that a person might end up being paralysed on the crossed side, but their personalities and or identities may not change. Or, the corpus callosum can be severed and the two hemispheres would now be independent of each other. This is another mystery that we are slowly solving. Also, seisures can be triggered by sudden external stimuli.
Now, one final proposal. Would it not be nice if we could find a way to reprogramme the pituitary gland by modifying a gene? We could do this instead of having to administer tons of chemicals that are human-made. Many of such chemicals have good or bad side-effects. So, what I would like to find out is how we can use the body as a host for treatment of any number of things.

Quarter Summary, part 2

So, how will this affect one’s social construction, behaviour, and motivation? Will it give them sensational perception, such as perfect pitch, the ability to know how much one is turning, etc? What will be the future of this person’s life? Would we disrupt society if we used H+ technology to have genetically-engineered people all have easy-going personalities and open minds? Maybe balance out the selfishness in the world and introduce new humans with selfless personalities? The surefire problem is that most people do things without looking into the future to see how things would turn out. Our country was founded before people determined how it would end up. We started this country in debt, and it is not likely that we would ever get out of it, unless we filed for bankrupcy. A lot of people are closed-minded, especially here in our Western world, which is why we have many conflicts. What if we could raise awareness about being more open-minded?
Although this is all referred to the psychology of not just the fact of what we are, but what we do, the actual anatomical, physiological, and biological characteristics may play a role in the reconstruction of gender-building. However, nature only provides us with two reproductive structures with the exception of intersex, males and females. People can choose to look androgynus, and this should not be confused with any of the other identities, for it has its own set of rules. Thanks to modern science and technology, however, we are learning how to rebuild these structures to fit the personality of the new gender reconstruction. still, there are still some things to consider, genes, cosmetology, etc. The lengthening and shortening of different bodily parts will also have to be considered. However, some people are fine with how they appear, but do not desire to pursue such high levels of manipulation. Sometimes it just depends on luck and flaws.
Recent research has shown that when in a calm environment, men and women, and those in between, are not from different planets. They mostly have alike personalities. The only reason why they act different at times is because of conforming with their fellow members when outside of the relationship, and partly due to attractions. This is why we have the term “cheating” when describing a partner seeing another fellow without them knowing about it. Things like that should not be taken too hard. If same-sex marriage became too much of an issue, what about looking into same-gender marriage, but different sex marriage? What about cross-gendered relationships, would those work? I find this very interesting.
Now, another study I want to conduct is how either sex change or gender change affects the development of one’s basic learning. You see, according to popular belief, it is said that one group tend to learn faster at an early age. Certainly there must be a reason as to why this is so. Is it because of some anatomical difference in the brain, or is it through some other factor that is not related to anatomy and physiology? I would like to learn all of this history and how it evolved.
The next thing I would like to consider is curvature in the body. We all know that we like to show off certain areas of our body to others so as to attract appearance. Suppose one lacked this? It should not matter. We should primarily consider the person’s temperament, and then use that personality to create the image of the person, regardless of any body deformity or difference. We can focus on the person’s appearance as a secondary characteristic rather than a primary. Some of these things you may find answers to by reading the previous post, but I outlined them again to give the reader a reminder. Sometimes you may find repetitive sentences or passages. It is like in a piece of music, the chorus or refrain repeats to refresh the reader’s mind. Also, it would help if you researched person-first language in the healthcare field.
Thank you for taking part in our work. My hope is that some day we will be able to change the world for the better. We will be able to do everything George Carlin thought we would never do. He accused us of wanting to save our planet just for ourselves and a place to live in, and that we want to save animals for ourselves only. He may have been too harsh, but I do agree with some, if not most, of what he says. I hope we will find a way to think outside the box and stillwork for each other, not on each other, and for our future generation.. People are already finding ways to make meat out of animals without killing them using stem cells. This is good news for vegetarians. I am going to close this post with one final suggestion.
Here are some laws that I thought of proposing for H-plus to follow and to make sure we are within human rights. These laws would govern H +, just like the laws of robotics would.
All practices involved must follow all moral and ethical guidelines and must not be inhuman. Example: Cloning humans for benefitial purposes.
Humans should not at any time force another human to undergo a practice without full explanation of whatever that would be. Instead, they can persuade and convince other humans to educate them based on the first law.
All practices must have been approved by governments around the world, after experimentation with non-human species has shown promise. Clinical trials can ensure that another human would risk their life to the practice in hope of enhancing their experience.
Since humans are believed to have the highest consciousness above all other animals on Earth, we must think of ourselves as humans, as if we were working for each other, not on ourselves. This includes, obsession with practices, selfishness, selflessness, and respect.
Finally, all laws provided by nature must be obeyed to support the above laws.
Variations: This last law may be something that may vary depending on many factors.
All practices involving artificial and or synthetic substances are strongly discouraged. Instead, we recommend finding natural and renewable resources to improve another human’s integrity. This includes, using technology as an expanssion, not as part of the human body.
At this time H+ should consider establishing branches of religions and supersticions that would enhance their practices more efficiently. Humans should not exaggerate or fall under any popular science fiction belief, or that boredom should be avoided. In a 1964 prediction about 2014, humans would become bored because machines would be taking over. We would miss the sounds of nature we would only get to hear when out in the open.
Remember: Everything posted always has exceptions, anybody can contradict them, I may forget something, and everything I said is to the best of my educated knowledge.

Quarter Summary, part 1

This post originally appeared on Sunday, 8 September 2013.
Hello, everyone. Since I started last Month I decided to wrap up this quarter with a few things I have covered last week, possibly include resources, cover new information, etc. There may not be any posts until next year. If there are posts, they will be most likely videos, photos, links, etc. I will also consider upgrading to turn this into an actual website, so anyone wishing to help out, I’d really appreciate that.
Let’s begin with what I have been focusing on for the last month and a half. My posts mainly focused on self-identity, intervention, conflicts, solutions, acceptance, future outlook, etc. But I know there is a lot more to cover over a life time. I can’t cover every field of life to study. It’s like organising otree’s branches from bottom to top. That would take forever. So I usually try to find the main areas that pique my interest and curiosity the most, and I would use that to expand my knowledge and cover a little of everything.
so, let’s go over some things that I thought I’d cover this week. While many people, regardless of where and who they are in this world, everyone is going to have two or more sides. Usually this can be seen as a political spectrum. Life is like one big number line. People tend to fall within extreme categories in whatever it is that is being discussed. Like, when we talk about the causes of sexual orientation, one person may say, it’s biologically influenced. Another person would argue that and would say, no, it’s induced and it gets wired into their brain like nueorplasticity. Another person may say it’s both, or another person would say it is neither and would ignore it and move on. So, I’m one of those persons who wants to take two sides and find a workaround to reconcile the two opinions and move on.
Many people born with a disability choose not to pursue drastic measures to recover them because their disability not only affects a person’s soma, but their psyche as well; it’s just a part of their identity. So, I have made it an incentive for a person to consider joining H+ and contributing to research about what it is like to acquire the new ability for the first time in a long time. Plus, they would have to be willing to have self-discipline and the willing to put up with rehabilitation to pull through. It is many of these traits people lack, that, and their religious supersticions that make them not want to pursue such measures. And, there it is again. Why can we not find a way to come to an agreement? What if we found a way to simulate or give them the sensations, the memories of what it is like to do this and that, without having to perform surgery? We would have to use mind-uploading and memory implantation technology for that to be successful.
I’ve been researching on hearing, both acoustic and synthetic-wise, and what I learned was quite surprising. Many blind hearing-impaired people have no problem tracking directions in modern audio games when using earbuds, but when it comes to real life, and they are wearing simple digital aids, they can’t seem to determine the direction of where traffic is moving, a very important barrier to be able to overcome to gain access to the world. More research is being done to see how microphones pick up sound, how the noise is processed, etc. This is really advanced for me to investigate, but it gave me something to look into in the future, perhaps when I get surround sound equipment. Many of the organisations are focusing more on blindness or deafness as if they were separate, not as if they were combined, like the Hellen Keller National Institute. And, speaking of Hellen Keller, I was thinking about deaf-blind people before her, people who could have been famous but weren’t because they lacked the courage and or attention and motivation they needed to pull through to the end. Sure, people like Homer were respected in ancient cultures, but they weren’t famous. So it makes it sound like Hellen was the only famous deaf-blind person in the world. People like she were thought to be the cause of the devil and were shunned and or thrown away for experimentation. I have never been attracted to any blindness organisation because they are too professional and hardly take the opportunity to help those in need. Plus, there is a lot of internalised ableism that is exacerbated when a blind person has a secondary disability.
Let me go over cellular memory, for I have been meaning to do so. Basically, there hasn’t been any serious study to figure out whether or not recipients resemble their donors after receiving a heart transplant, as that is usually what happens. My unproven theory is that since major organs are hooked to the peripheral nervous system, there is a way for stray neurones from the brain to work their way into the organ. When that organ is transplanted, those old neurones would be distributed in the new nervous system and the brain would interpret them. It is like taking a memory card from one device to another. Or, it could just be related to chimeric processes, chemical messengers, and gene expressions of the donor organ. Those would show that their primary effects would be on emotion, rather than memory. I was wondering if these types of triggers were more to do with environmental factors, and more long-term, rather than short-term. And finally, is intelligence and gender linked? Is knowledge innate? I have read a few books about people with supernatural intelligent brains.
Having an unexplained amount of high intelligence may result in isolation from other pupils because of their consistency in correcting others, even if it is not their fault.
It has yet to be understood how paranormal or supernatural things can be when one can pick up a piece of paper and decipher the shapes into a set of words. This is now under investigation, for we would like to understand the genetics involved in this task, what genes are affected, and what parts of the brain are changed, as well as the socialism the person would be exposed to.
In our society, we classify persons based on intelligence level, but that is just because we lack an understanding on their brain power.
As well as focusing on the scientific aspect of this study, psychological testing is also critical for us to understand the factors that made this difference and how it will affect them later in life. A gene is simply a set of instructions given to tell the organelles to follow these rules. When a mutation occurs, usually by internal or external factors, that instruction is ignored or mixed with another, and the string would simply continue, leaving a mutated organelle in place. There are names for these, many of which I refrain from using, chiefly due to not knowing them, but also because I don’t want to bore the reader with the scientific jargon without first understanding it. These genes simply tell the brain how fast neurones should communicate, how long these cells can last, how much hormones to produce, what kinds of hormones, how much blood flow should each side get, and much more to fit in here. Usually a person with such intelligence has a major area of focus that interests them, and naturally, they also lack certain maturities in certain areas.
Maybe I can use those simulators to simulate high intelligence and low intelligence, fast processing and low processing, and the storing of memories, which is also going to be important. Holding onto memories is easy for some, hard for others. We would like to figure out how this works in greater detail.
Let us begin with the learning and capacities. Let us talk about how the brain works. The majority of people think of our brain as a computer that manages our body both voluntary and involuntary. We can think about it, or we need not think about it at all. In the classical organisation of the brain, it is known as a sensory machine, although modern science is finding it to be called a task machine because one sence can activate multiple areas of the brain.
Having said that, let us talk about capacity. In the way we learn the most basic thing their is to learn, life’s most important or least important lessons to the most abstract thought of art, learning is very important in one’s child development. What I am looking into is the storing of these memories. Is it possible that neurones and neurotransmitters cary memory in the brain? And yet, science still finds the brain to be a big mystery, but we are slowly solving it every day. If we know how memories are stored, then we can learn about how sometimes, when you least expect it, those cells stored with memories can be distributed amongst your body’s systems. This might better help us develop deep neural networking algorithms for light-guided memory storage and recall.
Now, let us discuss processing. How long does it take for bits of these memories to combine together to produce a new memory? Solving easy or hard math problems, using logic, spelling words, syntax, diction, etc etc. The time it takes for the process to begin and for it to end may vary on brain wave speed. I am hoping to do some studying on how fast neuron cells travel within the brain to see if we can find ways to speed these up, or slow them down.
Next, we will discuss genes. We all know that things can be passed on and on. The question is, what can be passed on and on, and how is this so? What areas of the body are changed when a gene is modified? Most of this will directly affect mitosis, or cell division. We might be able to produce intelligent people in our society and have them replace those of lower intelligence.

Memorable Experiences, Part 2

Now, here is another memory about a plane experience I barely remember several years ago. You see, the first time I was on a plane was when I was only two years old. As you will know, people hardly remember sounds and textures at such a young age. But since 1996, I have been fascinated about flying. I asked my mother about planes, and she told me that I have been on one. Truth is, I could not remember it. So in the year 2009, I was so excited to go to a place in the United States via boeing aircraft that I could not wait.
How it all began: On Thursday, February 26th, 2009, I was filling out the application to the camp over in Maryland. I sent it in and received a call in April, letting me know that I was accepted. In June I got my itinerary in the mail, and I had it copied down so I would be able to check in at the airport. Do you realise that by going to Baltimore, my chances on going on a plane sky-rocketed? Think about it.
How often does one have a chance to take flight? Not that many, unless
one lived in wealth and luxury. However, thanks to this opportunity, I had the most memorable experience in my life. I would have had to wait a long time before I boarded a plane, although my enthusiasm would have awaited beside me, waiting to break free.
How I had to cope with the impatience was worst of all. I had to convince
myself to be patient and calm. I convinced myself that the whole trip was
cancelled, and that I would have to wait for another year. I had to cope
with this strategy more and more frequent as the date was soon to arrive. Sometimes people do it to delay their gratification. At the same time I was dealing with this, I had to remind myself that it would all happen. It is like one side of me convinced me that there won’t be any trip until next year, while the other side had to put up with things that reminded me that the trip was coming up, closer and closer. I actually felt more excited than nervous about flying.
Finally, two days before I was set to depart, I underwent several hygienic procedures. There was one thing I forgot to do, though, and that was to boost my immunity. When I came back, I was sick for two weeks.
Another thing I should mention was that someone I hung out with frequently was also going to the same place. The only problem was that he has been on a lot more planes than I have, so I was trying to get information from people like my mother and that person. They all gave me vague answers, for they weren’t that good in putting things in words. One of them was one of those people who did not want to spoil surprises, and you know how that is among relatives. They are tricky, and we tend to compete. Truth is, no matter how descriptive you are, how can you really experience the vestibular, auditory, visual and tactile sensations without any kind of stimuli?
I am going to go back in time to some bits and pieces of when I was little. This was when I felt like I was dreaming, even though some of the things felt real. The first thing I remember was me riding in a truck. I heard Mexican music, and I had a this notion that I was sitting on my dad’s lap. How I knew it was my dad and not my mum was very surprising. I just grew up with this vague feeling that it was he. The next thing I remember was a feeling of being carried, with my head forty-five degrees to the ground. I heard low hissing sounds, and then I remember being seated and a table placed in front of me. I was now staring up at the ceiling and I saw a light that made me think of enchantment. From that point everything went dark and silent. I did remember feeling as if a piece of wood were being placed underneath me, and the two-x-twelve inch piece of wood was rising and falling, and I heard harmonic drones. I remember them so clearly. They would sound like F4-F#4 and Bb2 all at once. I don’t remember anything after that. It was like time went by, and I was fast asleep. It is one of those mysteries of the brain. We don’t start being aware full-time until we are about three or four.
So, using all of these hidden and locked memories of the past, I was able to unlock each memory through different methods. I learned that I might have been able to see all the colours when I was little, but I never memorised them. I once had a dream prior to the day I was to depart for Maryland. You know that when you are excited about something, you tend to have dreams about it? That is how it was for me. Except that this dream was different. In this dream I was at a school, and I was being drawn to an elevator. I went in, found the button to tell the elevator to go. After a moment I felt the elevator rumble to life. I was expecting it to go up or down, but instead, the thing moved to the left. It’s that feeling you get when you are riding in an electric locomotive. I could hear the air swish by as the elevator kicked up speed. After a few seconds, I felt it rise, and I could no longer feel myself moving sideways. I was now rising straight towards the sky. After a few minutes, the elevator stopped rising, and all I could feel and hear was the hiss of air and the rumble of the motor as the elevator was operating. I was wondering why it had stopped. I didn’t know that the elevator was moving, but because we were in air, which is smooth, and because humans can’t register constant velocity, I was feeling as if I were hovering. This is what I related to my relative a week before I departed, as I had the dream two weeks prior to that day. So I felt the elevator slowly go down, and then, because my plane experience was incomplete, the elevator simply started to move sideways again, without me feeling the jolt as the thing landed. It stopped, and the doors opened. I was now at the airport in Maryland. The ride felt like it lasted ten minutes. So I believe that my brain must have conjured these hidden sensations and put them in my dream before I actually went on the plane. That is why I felt this familiar feeling when I took off for the first time in real life, at least the first time that I could remember, anyway.
So, on the night I was set to depart, I wanted to make sure everything went smoothly. I packed last-minute things, went to bed early, and for the last few days I began to adapt to the new time zone so I would be ready. After I awoke and was headed to the airport in a taxi, I remember glancing up at the sky at four or five in the morning. It was in late July of 2009, so dawn hasn’t broken yet. But at the same time, I remember seeing that same light, the light of enchantment. Now that I learned how to see light again, I imagine it was golden. I knew inside I felt radiant because I was finally getting something I had always wanted. I had to deal with impatience not only from me, but from my family members who were hurridly trying to get us on the flight. I wish it wasn’t like that. Oh well. As soon as I went through security for the second time, for I have been through security a few months before that at a courthouse, I got to meet more students who were going, and then at that precise moment our flight was boarding. So I said my good-byes, went into the jetway, which I only heard about but wasn’t really expecting to find, and walked into the jet. At that time I was not really expecting anything, so I just had the sky cap help me. When we were seated in first class, seat
B5, I asked my cousin for last-minute instructions, but he didn’t say much, except for what needed to be told. I won’t go much into the details after what happened, but believe me, when I heard the engines turn on, felt the plane taxiing, and finally taking off were the most exciting moments in my life, and it was all worth it. I found the landing to be quite intense, since I couldn’t predict how hard the plane was going to hit the ground, nor would I know how high or low I was. All I had were audible cues to let me know what was going on. After that first flight, I began to experience subjective vertigo. It is that type of vection people call sea legs. Your vestibular sense undergoes unusual stimulations, and some of those still get falsely stimulated, even in a stationary environment.
After I returned back from my trip and whilst recovering, I began to reflect over the last few weeks, going over the events and thinking about them. I learned right then and there that I was never given enough advanced notice to get ready for my first flight. I had to put up with a lot of stress in the end. What if I could somehow give first-timers an experience they would never forget, something that was so well-detailled and used a lot of imagery? An idea started forming in my mind. What if I could do such a thing. I would be able to describe things no one else, or very few people, would be able to describe. So, in mid-August I began to work on a documentation that entails the trip in the simplest manner one can understand. I began to make more updates as I started to fly more frequently, making more notes as I kept on researching. Eventually I ended up making lots of revisions until I came out with the final product, and I will let you all take a look at it.
Note: As of January 2019, this is now available as an eBook that you can download. Just name your price. Click here to read Your First Flight, by Ulysses Harmony Garcia.
And now, I will conclude this entry with what you can expect for the things that I will cover next week. As a science person, I am looking at how PETA is dealing with animals. I may cover a bit of cellular memory then. And again, I may have forgotten to add something long after I published this, and if so, I will add that in the beginning of each post.

Memorable Experiences, part 1

This post originally appeared on 1 September 2013.
Welcome back, everyone. It is September, which means back-to-school for those of you who are still enrolled in K12, or attending a post-secondary educational institution. It is also going to be a month with Friday the 13th in it, so if you are supersticious, brace yourselves. I will quickly go over some interesting things I found this week. I won’t take long, though, because I want to concentrate on a different topic.
In the LGBTQ2SIA community, people in Native American cultures want to decolonise our patriarchal society so that everyone is treated equally and with respect. There was a conference held at Portland State University, in Oregon that depicted some of these characteristics. Also, do men and women, and those in between, find alpha or beta people attractive? Attraction is a very complicated thing because so many things occur within our heads and much of it relies on vision. Remember, attraction is not about yourself (that’s identity), but about others. Gay couples tend to get along better and have less conflicts than straight couples. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/gay-marriage-same-but-different/?_r=0 I used to visit this web site which is no longer existant, but it was called I Love Bacteria. The reason why words are becoming more perjorative is because our founders did not realise how much of a change in our language and culture would occur after our country was born as an independent nation. Sure, they knew technology was going to change. That’s why the courts are flexible. But, freedom of speech and freedom of religion were based on another time and place. So, as more minority and disability groups formed, they started to set rules for THEMSELVES only and not for others so as to screen them out, call them freaks, you name it. Remember that, just like the rest of society, they are diverse, so we might consider finding a balance so we can better live in harmony. REMEMBER, WE ARE NOT ROBOTS!
And with that, let’s get started. So, I would like to start out by describing one of my most memorable events in which I experienced euphoria and Déjà vu. But first, I am going to describe what I believe happens in the most common type of synaesthesia found in blind people, light and sound, touch and sound, smell and sound, sound and taste, musical keys and shapes, and much more that are unique. If you were born deaf-blind, you may not be able to perceive some of these, especially those that involve sound.
As far as we know, synaesthesia is either caused by genes, or an unusual chemical reaction, or both. If it was through a gene, the knowledge of being able to transceive something would be there, but you would need to learn how to use it to be able to express it. It is just like rolling your tongue. You have to learn how to do it before you know for sure you have that gene. Some people, like me have listened to music when we were still inside, but it all has run together. So, whenever we look at the sky we automatically hear hums, drones, jingles, etc that fall in a cadence that resolves into an emotional key. Later, when the person develops absolute pitch and learns how to label each note, they can recall those memories and start putting labels to the things they remembered hearing. I found out, based on a recent YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lnfVUmFSG8 in which the drones and the notes were exactly the same whenever I was out in the rain, looking up at the sky during daylight hours. This happened as early as I can remember, and when I came across it, I experienced that familiar feeling that I heard the drones before, and it reminds me of blue, now that I used the scientific mapping to find that out. So I think this is a tendency to pass through some subconscious memory, which may also be called the collective memory. A person does not necessarily need to know all the music theory terms to make artistic music. Some people just do it and not realise it has meaning. This is just like when a writer is able to write fluently by observing others and mimicing other people’s writing styles and never learn the technical background behind it.
If we teach our children how to label colours by pointing out that each frequency of light is a name that red is red, blue is blue, and so on. Who says this is so? Why can red not be green and blue be purple? Same thing with music. Who says A-440 is a? Why can it not be A-320 or A-415.3? The thing is that animals primarily use vision as their main source of information, including humans. What if we taught future children to establish a multisensory experience, like the colour-music notation? Currently,children are being taught to name colours, name animal and vocal sounds, and some of them g dragged into the arts of music. But,what if we taught them the rainbow piano association to listen to all the different types of colours? It would not only be beneficial for blind people, but it would also benefit everyone else, as well. They can learn how to walk in the dark, feel for objects, read and write in Braille, and much more. An inverse I noticed was that children tend to be afraid of certain noises and they would be afraid of seeing distorted shapes. The same thing can apply to darkkness and silence. Some children are afraid of the silence because silence is a noise, as well as darkness, though it may not be immediately obvious.
One thing I noticed that was quite interesting is how hearing works in several situations. I have two differing levels of hearin loss (one in each ear) so I use amplification devices that increases the sound intensity of things around me. What is more fascinating is how humans talk above loud noise. I discovered that I could sometimes hear people without the need for amplification because to them, the background noise is so loud that they need to be overheard, but for me, the background noise is of no problem. So this makes it easy for me to hear the other fellow. Another thing some blind people also tend to do is precisely record how tall or short something is. Like, how to locate a light switch. I remember waiting for someone. I was sitting on a bench and the person left to get me something. After a few minutes, I felt the ground give and a slight disturbance of air, so I immediately put up my hands at the position I estimated the person’s hands were going to be. They asked me how I knew they were coming. Truth is, I used my tactile senses to detect changes in air flow and vibration. Plus the fact that I was expecting their return, I set my senses on high alert without realising that I have done it.
Whenever I imagine myself in windy weather conditions
with a light drizzle in the air. It is during the dusk and dawn hours when some or no light is present. I would like my future generation to experience what I went through. Maybe it will. Maybe because I wired my brain in such a way that I rewrote the genes that will be passed down to my descendants. I put together some pieces of art called “Meditative Brain Wave Entrainment Session” and “Experience Various Weather Conditions”. It shows my observation on the light and sound phenomenon. You see, sound and light have a lot in common, in terms of frequencies in wavelengths. This concept is very abstract that it can only be thought of in one’s mind. But if we take time away from the latest fashions, and start to really get yourself into it, you would be surprised that this process is referred to as meditation because it will sync your brain waves. Get all the thoughts that are unimportant out of your mind, and imagine nature. By imagining this way, it is a helpful sleep tool in my opinion.
My observation started to take into focus back in 2002. This sudden thought occurred to me that if I heard music, I could imagine some basic forms of light, such as darkness, semidarkness, and brightness. These three I could do by humming the music I really had in mind. Then, as I delved into this idea further throughout my life, I realised it had a stupefying, hypnotic effect that would leave one transfixed for a while. My readers may agree or disagree with this idea, but either way, this is why I enjoy working with music. I considered looking into therapy because it does soothe the soul and body.
I ran into several conflicts with this observation. I did not want to reveal this idea to anybody because people would think I was being strange or nuts. On the contrary, it is a good thing I have this idea. It turned out that I was not alone, for one day, I was reading a twitter post that shared a similar perspective, and when I asked the poster about it, the latter replied that they were putting together the northern light phenomenon, an observation that is based on light-to-sound conversion. You have to picture the northern light, and then try to picture how sound would fit the seeing of the light in one’s head. Unfortunately, for people who have never seen light, it will be nearly impossible to describe what light looks like. How do we know when we see light if we never seen it? Same with sound. How do we know what sound actually feels like? Sound is the only form that requires a medium, and it is felt by the body’s senses. Smell, taste and vision have their own chemoreceptors, and cannot be felt or heard. Smell does require aroma particles that buoy in space. However, you have to breathe the air in order to smell it. These two last interact together: sound and feel.
There is just so much that I believe. Life to me has purpose. If I waste my time on tomsooleries, then I would not have accomplished what I wanted to do on this planet. Some of you may have a different view on life, but to me, life goes on. Our universe will never stop existing, although the matter will re-construct. Nature made ways to make cells into various shapes and substances to form creatures. How this happened we know not, but it is certain that after this happened, we started to evolve into many characteristics. It is believed that humans will some day have the option to become immortal.
Enough lecture and enough on my philosophy. I would like to propose a new experiment in which a brain’s visual processing nerves are surgically moved into the auditory region to see if the signals from the visual cortex end up being interpreted by the auditory cortex, and vice versa.

A Commentary on the -Isms that Surround the Books I’ve been Reading

This post was originally written on Sunday, 24 August 2013.
I was recently reading Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet and I have read all the books by Lurlene McDaniel, and they have given me lots of information on futuristic societies that have chosen to inseminate species using artificial means, thereby inbreeding the species in an effort to control the genes involved. Everyone is colour-blind because of sameness, which means gender neutrality, and the use of colours are eliminated from their vocabulary. They also prevent people from making wrong choices, or the idea that one would make such a choice might never cross someone’s mind. People are assigned jobs based on the personality traits that they developed during their childhood. At a certain age, people have to take a special pill, which will neutralise emotions of sexual yearnings, extreme mood swings, and a few other emotions. These societies try to control global warming, over-population, vegetarianism, hunger and starvation, warfare, climate control, naming demographic groups, modifying evolutionary biology, exploring the endless possibilities of paranormal and supernatural phenomena, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), brain wave interaction, manipulation synchronisation, the practice of passing down memories from generation to generation, and these manuscripts have nothing involving politics and governmental issues. They do not focus on building new societies on other planets, something NASA is considering. There is hardly any form of music involved, no mention of art and things like that. In literature these are known as either utopian or dystopian societies, though usually the latter. And, there are usually rebels who question authority. Although they might have a different system, they all try to focus on the same thing that was listed above, to keep the earth clean and to prevent human disaster. They also referred to pets as mammals because they do not have them in these communities, and they also have dialects, accents and cadences. This is because there may be outlying communities that are more primitive and are not quite civilised. It is said that these societies also alter child development and everyone is productive and no one is under or overweight. When they are done the community kills them, which is replaced with sensitive euphemisms. From “The Giver”
[“If you are currently experiencing high arousal and or desire for nurturing, you may want to consider starting treatment.”]
The pill used in this H+ society actually has a potential to temporarily stop the release of sex hormones, which, in turn, would lead to the suppression of testosterone, oestrogen, Oxytocin, among others that will neutralize one’s emotions. This is one of the things that is highly probable later in the future. I am somewhat opposed to the idea. But I am glad that the pill would only temporarily do the work, and not permanently.
Sometimes, I keep hold onto essays I have written throughout my education. You never know when they may become useful outside of the classroom. Below are a few that I would like to share.
Maintaining Immature Behaviour
What is the first thought that comes into a person’s mind when they think about or are confronted with rudeness or lack of etiquette? Maybe they feel they ought to teach that person a lesson. They may feel sorry for that person because they were not taught to use manners appropriately. Here are some examples which contribute to rudeness and why it exists, especially in our present-day society.
To begin with, rudeness is a perception, a morale taught by elders. This is what is believed to be right or wrong, and this may change from culture to culture in different countries. Rudeness is what we as humans understand based on the laws of nature. It calls for many kinds of gestures, sayings, body language which anyone can do, but it will take the perception and interpretation of another human to know what that gesture means.
The way children grow up learning from others is a concept parents know as being observant, but they may not know what they are learning. This includes picking up creative ideas or developing nasty habits. Yet children fail to comprehend what is right or wrong. For instance, if they see someone being rude to someone else they naturally assume it is all right to do that. This may lead to trouble down the road as will be emphasised below.
Due to the increase of instability and the falling of humanity over the turn of the twenty- first century, many people, mainly teenagers act in an immature manner to show that they do not care in one way or another what life means to them. Their main interest is in themselves, which is the primary belief in human nature. All the things most Americans do in society, the music they listen to, the technology they use, and their social engagements they partake of, all have a form of impact in what they do or say.
A good example of sheer rudeness one can take into account is the fact that a person not be too particular about a fellow’s writing style on the internet, yet some people act impulsively as it may be a habit for some to correct others on an informal setting. It is suggested that a person should always tell the other person that it is a good way to exercise their writing skills for when the time comes, such as filling out a job application or writing a resume. Instead of having to start an argument over deciding whether correcting other’s spelling is rude or not, it should be discussed to determine if there was any reason for having that take place.
When a person is confronted with such a situation, it should be up to that person who initially started this argument to make that decision. Is it rude to correct other’s spelling? It depends on the circumstances that surround this situation, for this is one example which is hard to solve because there are two sides to the problem. However, this is no excuse for everyone to behave so childlike and jump to conclusions. It should be talked out in a tranquil manner.
Another example which follows in the same lines is how a person addresses others with words and emotions. When a question is asked in the politest manner and the person being asked, turns it down with a rude insult, it is more than one can handle. Are they aware that they have insulted the person and acted so uncivilised? That answer is hard to say because some people are rude by nature, as explained above.
While maintaining proper manners may be difficult, I always try to keep things calm, though sometimes I may do something I might regret later. I feel this is mainly due to the fact that I am treated as someone who is too smart for them to bear, someone they would rather not be with. Our society may never be perfect, but there is nothing wrong in pursuing it, and that is what I try to do in my life, but it is not easy. Rudeness is an ever-lasting trend with any doubt that it will stop. When a person thinks of rudeness, they should think about why is it that it exists. They should not focus on the fact that it exists, but think about WHY it is present.
For all ninth graders facing their last four years of required education: You are lucky to have such a wide variety of choices that may make your high school experience run more smoothly and with ease. You might be the typical average student, or you could have something unique about you. Whatever it is, I want you to know that there is one thing I believe you should get out of your high school experience.
Maybe you enjoy modern society, and the latest music hits, as well as the newest fashions and literature. If you think twice about it, you will realize schools want to teach you the history of how things came to be. In music, you are apt to hear bands playing music from the classical romantic or jazz era. In English, you may look at literary classic, since they contain a higher complexity than the newer novels. My point is that you should appreciate history. It may seem boring, but if you are interested as how we came to be, how we moved from era to era, how we formed our American society and the conflicts that were involved, and how we solved them, then history is for you.
In my opinion, real music is music with high complexity, and so as the English language, when spoken or written formally, for this is how people wrote and spoke in the early days. I have a reason to suspect that maybe some of the new things may seem overwhelming, and I try to keep it simple.
Here is an English lesson for you. You may be used to texting a lot on your mobile telephone that you start using it as a habit in a number of applications. If you want to type assignments, then you should learn how to spell, regardless of whether or not you are writing an essay.
Now, let us look at some social involvements in high school. If you are popular, you will most likely be in all the school-sponsored activities. If you are a loner, try to get involved in some activities. Maybe you might not be popular in your first year of high school, but you will in a few years. Making friends in high school is not at all like making friends in elementary school. For one thing, you will share a good many thoughts with each other. Friends tend to share things they have in common, and this is what makes bonds stronger.
Also, you should know what your THING is. What I mean is some students realize this is what they want to pursue later in life, whether that would be art, theatre, music, photography, or the like. You might be a sports person, involved in football, British football (soccer), volleyball, and more.
When you go to a football game, it is more than just playing the game to see who wins. It is how you work together as one student body to help the players perform well on the field. You should realize how stupendous it is, that high school can pass by quickly. If you have a well- organised schedule, you know what your strategies are to getting your work done, you can move fairly quickly. What makes time seem to run slowly is due to stress. You may face stress when you are given a boatload of work.
There is so much we can do to accomplish on this earth, but it is up to us as a human race to do it. Are you interested in science soma, or psyche psychology? Maybe that is why you want to know more than just the concepts. The important thing is that you should know yourself and know who you are and what you need. If you do not know much about yourself, how can you tell others about your interests, needs, wants, weaknesses, etc?
Please give my advice a good amount of consideration, and if you follow it, you might change your mind about how you feel towards high school. I know it can be scary at first, but it will all come out nicely in the end, as it had for me.
Long before music developed in the western part of the world, before churches, cathedrals, palaces and universities were built, people had no way of establishing music, save for the wooden instruments and the metal materials they used, such as strings. These instruments could be played by wind, by striking them, or by plucking and bowing them. Many of those types remain in existence today, especially in more uncivilised parts of the world. People also used throat singing and overtone singing with their vocals later in this period before the middle ages. Mythology was a very important factor in music creation, and this was the reason why it was important.
In the medieval period, a lot of composers wrote music for the kings, the churches like the Roman Catholic. Their society was built based on how fairytales are built today as we know them. Peasants, knights, a royal family, etc. People wrote music in monophonic texture, which was meant to be used for worship in the church. Note: People did start to work with two-note harmony later in the period, and one of the rules for the church was not to use dissonant or tritonal intervals, nor could one write scales improperly. A cadence was also formed for the church, which is a very simple chord progression from four to one.
In the renaissance era, two instruments were introduced, the Haut and Bas. At that time a person could only play in one key at a time. Their writing standard was different. People started experimenting with humour and secular music, not just sacred music. There were different genres for each era. People started to experiment more with homophonic textures, especially with vocal music, but it was still not enriched. Certain roles, such as women, were not allowed to compose or practice music until later in each period. Also in the renaissance period, it resembled the age of reason, but in the rebirth, people began to focus on humanism and society, not on superstition and religion. Their visual art also reflected these changes. Making music at home became more popular, and children began to learn to make music, and each home now had a keyboard of some kind. Women started to perform music as well as pursue musical careers.
In the baroque era, the string orchestra was introduced, along with the harpsichord and old-fashioned pipe organ. IN America, the reed organ or harmonium was introduced later, before the invention of electricity. They all had little control over dynamics. In the baroque era, their texture was mainly polyphonic rounds, and it was made to be very dramatic. They seldom had melodic tunes. It was ornate, and they represented the Catholic counterreformation. They felt they should express the history of the past through operas, oratorios, and instrumental music. Pipe organs were used as prelude, in-service, and postlude music. The organ could provide a bass-line foundation to step beyond vocal registers of the congregation, and enrich the quality of chords. They had some form, just like everything has a form, as well as with every culture, there is a belief.
Their visual art was similar to what we see in expressionistic music, but its style was more of history rather than modern events. Bach was the transitional composer between this period and the next. Vocal music became more solitary rather than combined, hence the operas and oratorios. A new system of tuning that made it possible to play in any of the twelve notes was formed, calling it the equal temperament.
In the classical period, Haydn and Mozart were two of the most popular composers. In the classical era, the pianoforte was introduced, a simple but flexible instrument. Due to this, the orchestra began to grow because of the increase in dynamics. They experimented with emotions and mood contrasts. Homophonic textures were also becoming more commonplace. The most popular was the symphony,. And from that point on, people broadened to solo instruments or small ensembles. They would take tuneful melodies from old folk songs and turn them into actual pieces. There were four movements in a symphony, and each movement had its own musical form and structure. The main influence of the classical period was on the upper echelons, but Beethoven began to rebel against this, and soon, he started working for everybody. In a minuet, a person had to know the right steps, or else they would be considered a person of a middle or lower class. Everything had a social class back then. There were no life styles like we have now. Haydn was known for writing music for his master, which we would now know as an employer. Mozart wrote creatively, and this is where Beethoven picked up his ideas from. Their style was very clean and prophetic and well-organised, and so were their visual art.
When Beethoven began to rebel against the rules of the classical period, he became the transitional figure between the classical and romantic era. He wrote several pieces that contained chords, which might be considered dissonant in one time period, but consonant in another, or vice versa. He was very clever with his musical ideas, and one of his huge motifs is the three-note piece.
During these developments in Europe, The Americas used some of these principles to apply in their military marches, especially towards the middle of the nineteenth century. They experimented with bugle calls and drum patterns as more instruments were being developed. Many of these tunes would end up being used today, for as the saying states, everything derives from something else.
In the romantic period, we began to see people writing music based on real experiences, to express the unknown and the mysterious. And this was the age of reason because people were not just thinking about religion, but about science and fiction, strange places and foreign lands, based on impressionism and expressionism, which took place later towards the late 1800s. It was not just for the aristocrats or church members, but it was becoming a lot more popular. People began to write nationalistic music from all over Europe, and even the Eastern part of the world had some influence. The wars we fought in, the civil wars we partook of, the industrial revolution, the inventing of the telegraph and the telephone had a big influence on music experimentation. Another piano was introduced, thus giving it a more variety of ranges in dynamics and registers. The orchestra grew once more, and composers continued to experiment with tone colours and harmonies to simulate the sounds of scenes, nature, characters and such, along with the emotions and moods. The programmatic music was introduced. Today, we listen to programmatic music; most people just do not know about it. An example would be when someone watches Starwars, or something along the same line. The music portrays scenes of characters and their intellectual role in the movie, the same way we would expect in musical theatre, which will be discussed later. Suffice it to say that the symphonic and theatre organs were introduced to accompany silent movies. They were also used to replace orchestras in the early part of the twentieth century. The tone poem is a one-movement piece that has all of the emotions in one place. The ballet was introduced, and composers wrote music for the dances. So this is not just about nationalism and political influences, but about the identity of the piece. If someone recognises a piece from Chopin, no matter what it is he wrote, they would immediately know that it was he because of his unique signature. Their visual art was also influenced, and people used some of these characteristics that would later be used in the impressionistic and expressionistic serial movement.
Finally, all of this led up to the 1900s and 1940s. In here, the musicians took all that had happened and started to simplify the form of music into one-movement symphonies. Marches became more known. More instruments were made. Although composers collaborated with poets and writers, this still continued into the twentieth century. We had a lot more operas and choral pieces, and the orchestra grew once more, up to a hundred musicians now. In this time period, they still clung onto the romantic era because the fact that so many possibilities and ways to express real-life experiences through music and evoke scenes and moods was fascinating. Alexander Scriabin was the first composer to use synaesthetic principles to describe how he saw colours with sounds. Note that there were also some reports from Beethoven and Mozart about how they liked certain keys, since their emotions related to certain keys. The colour organ was introduced. Need I mention that besides impressionism, expressionism, nationalism, symbolism, serialism, and a few other artistic movements? This was the pinnacle in time that people reflected on those movements. The neoclassical styles were used Synonymously to repel against impressionism and expressionism. Also, a lot of people liked the clean feel of predictable style, rather than the dream-like feel, or the unconventional form of music experimentation that we witnessed in the music from the romantic and impressionistic period.
Prior to the style of Jazz music in America, a homophonic parallel style of music called barbershop quartet was introduced, and it quickly gained popularity. This style of music involves four singers, usually four people of the same gender, to sing lead, tenor, bass, and baritone. This can be classified as TTBB, the same way choral pieces are sung in SATB. If sung properly, the singers can make really beautiful chord progressions that enriches the tone quality immensely. This is almost the same way that ballads are built in England that we recognise today. For this reason, barbershop singing was often used in romance songs. Today, we now have the Barbershop Harmony society in the United States to maintain this wonderful style of art. It is common to hear them singing on Valentine’s day in America, and a few other parts of the world on certain occasions.
This century was known as the golden age. As we progress, huge changes occurred in ways that were outside of music. This gave people new avenues to experiment. Music language started to change, along with the composition system, and how music notation was being presented. Everything became atonal and unconventional, as opposed to being tonal and central. More music vocabulary was introduced and expanded. People began to experiment with these musical elements to get unconventional effects out of wood-wind, brass-wind, reed-wind, string, keyboard and percussion instruments. They went as far as using everyday objects to make music with, and they also went as far as making melodies based on patriotic tunes and random notes, to make variations that would be layered in different keys simultaneously, along with building new chords and chord progressions never thought of before. The common chord progression we now have today is the five to one, which began as early as the late classical period.
In the 1920s, after the success of the twelve-tone system and the palindrome arch-style composition, major influences of music in the Americas played a role in the development of Jazz. It consisted of multi-cultural influences, the Christian church, the blues scale, and the swinging type of rhythm that derived from ragtime, and that is how Jazz was formed. The texture became more homophonic and more catchier, rather than dramatic or moody. Jazz required only three main elements of music. Improvisation, syncopation, and blues. People had no name for this type of music, but the word Jass was a slang for high spirits, and it was first used throughout the turn of the century. When big band music became popular in the 1920s, teenagers were the first to notice the bands, and they would often dance to these popular tunes. It was the kind of music parents would not want their kids to be exposed to. More on this will be discussed later on.
Musical theatre was introduced later in this time period. People began to write music for musicals, or adapt them from books, and depending on the scene, they chose what kind of music they should write. The saxophones were introduced some time later, and this became popular in Jazz music, since it was all about manipulating the timbre of the instruments. This was part of the roaring twenties. Bands would compete against one another, and this is how we ended up with the battle of the bands. George Gershwin was one of the most widely recognised American composers of the twentieth century, among others.
In the early thirties, the great depression led to changes in music, and Jazz was a big hit that decade. It was known as pop music back then. Frank Sinatra was one of the popular stars in America’s classical swing period, and big bands were up to its zenith. Later, this declined due to an introduction of bebop, cool jazz and hardbop. Each variation was introduced to reflect the true meaning of the art, and to provide different meanings of each genre.
In the 1940s, people began to work with old folk songs and rewrite them into Jazz music of many variations, which somewhat reflects early versions of country music. Technology was starting to rise slowly, but it would not start soaring until the success with the atomic bombs in the United States. The labelling of recordings was being worked on, and since then, we now have albums, labels and liner notes, singles, and multi-tracking. European music used a different form of organisation to catalogue composer’s works of music. People who wrote an entire musical piece, and who performed them are referred to as artists, rather than composers or lyricists.
After the second world war and the cold war, known as the 1945 and up to the present, technology started rising at a tremendous rate before our very years. Now that we had the radio invented, and a lot of autos travelling freeways, as well as planes flying overhead, music could be carried anywhere around the world. The television would not be ready until after the 1950s. Someone decided to turn the guitar into an electric instrument, and they discovered that they could make a whole lot of noise. The wax cylinders were replaced with vinyl records and analogue tapes. Composers started to sample tapes by splicing and storing them away. They contained real-life sounds, such as car horns, birds chirping, etc. Rock-N-Roll was introduced in the 1950s after this major breakthrough. Another practice that artists started to employ was something called back-masking, backward masking, or phonetic and speech reversal phenomena to hide messages and such into their music for various reasons. Someone found two analogue generators, one for tones and another for noise. They were able to experiment with making electronic soundscapes and vowel changes to make it sound as if voices were talking.
The stereotyping of musical instruments and other things began to take place, just like any other movement affected by how people were classified into groups of the social mainstream. Later in this century people started to reflect and go beyond these assumptions that led up to further movements. That was what was important about social classes back then, which we still have today. We would see later throughout with this style of unconventional music that it would become popular to youth culture because they like to experiment, and find out what happens in the end. Unfortunately, people who do not grow out of it tend to develop nasty habits that may lead them into trouble, such as taking drugs and committing crime. Many musicians took different drugs to experiment with vocal tone colour, which we know is not good, but that is what they got anyhow.
From then on, the experimenting with manipulating electronic analogue sounds to get different tone colours continued, one good example is the Hammond organ, which could be used to play in certain styles of popular music. These became more appealing, especially with the rebuilding of the rhythm section. More electronic instruments were made, and when computers became more known, along with synthesisers, the frequency-modulated digital synthesiser was the first. We now had stereo channel, and everything was binary, octal and hexadecimal. We now have digital audio generation. New genres were made based on these influences abroad, and up until today, a lot of that remains. Technology makes it very easy for the average person to make music, without having any prior experience in music training. This is one reason musical form lacks a great deal. Also, music can change over night all around the world, just by one single click of that mouse.
A link I found in correspondence to performing and visual art was the form of literary art. Based on experimental trials, I discovered that people who have a passion for artistic and older music tend to be more proper than those who are into popular music. It is suspected that this has to do with the complexity of both performing, visual and literary art, as opposed to simplistic art.
Scientists are looking into the evolution of music, how it affects the brain, and how rhythms evolved over time. It is believed that it originates from primitive senses. The new age music was introduced in the latter half of the twentieth century, and people are working on understanding how certain sounds, timbres and keys have an emotional effect, such as what Christian Schubert described in 1806.
Additional notes: With each time period, the duration between each era became shorter and shorter. Back then, each era lasted for about a hundred years. Today, it is almost over night.
Although a lot of elements of music were used in each period, not much has changed in vocal music until later in the music history. Musical form changed as well.
Now that we know how music really works, it can be seen as an organised structure of sound in time, with ten or more main elements of music we use, no matter what style, where we are in the time frame, or if we are in the west or east of the world. Sacred music refers to music for the church, and a lot of arrangers exist today to experiment with timbre and harmonisation. Secular music refers to music about the world, adventure, love, romance, etc. Artistic music refers to music that has been well-made and properly structured. Popular music is music made without organisation, which also has a wide appeal to audiences at large because of how they react to it, and normally remains so for a few years before something new comes along.
In conclusion, sacred versus secular, and art versus popular music are the two contrasts people should know. So when they hear someone use the word classical, they usually think about music made in general terms, which require artistic creativity, and not so much about the era. Therefore, I like to use the word artistic secular, or artistic sacred. I might also refer to it as Western Art music.
Modern Christian music consists of worship bands playing popular sacred music because it uses electronic instruments and form instead of acoustic instruments and form.
That is why we have people like John Williams, Jackie Evancho, and a few others who like to turn popular music into artistic or cross-over music to broaden the number of audience appeal. So when I tell someone about how I dislike the music they listen to, I would not mind listening to it if it had been fitted and stylised for my particular taste. For this reason, I am easily isolated from the social medium.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this and don’t forget to listen to the extra media about mechanical speech. Remember that everything stated in this entry has exceptions, can be contradicted and I may forget something. Also, I give my advice and opinions based on personal experience. I am not an omniscient expert–though I’d like to be.
In the next post I will go over some of my favourite memories of me flying on a plane. I may also discuss synaesthesia and cellular memory in greater detail, as well as some of my sensory experiences and my observations. My hope is that we will soon unlock all of nature’s secrets.

Sensory Substitution and Augmentation

This post was originally written on Sunday, 24 August 2013.
A question I have for the blind community at large is: Many of the sighted people wonder if blind people can see in their dream. The answer depends on how much development is active in their visual cortex. If, on the other hand, there is no development, then that person would not be able to dream vision because it would not be able to associate what vision is when they wake up.
If you, having an early visual deprivation, that is to say, vision for an extremely short amount of time had developed vision during your subconscious stage when you think of everything as dreams, and disembodied memories from when you were two, then you suddenly lose your vision when you are three, then your brain would have had some development but not a lot. Due to this, people have excellent spacial awareness through tactile, auditory, and vestibular stimulation. Plus, they have superior memories. So it makes it easier for a person to rewire their brains to become a synaesthete, and also the genetic influence of the brain’s processing speed and neuroplasticity rates would have to be considered as a possible factor. So is it possible to extract these hidden images from the subconscious and bring them into the conscious by use of brain wave entrainment sessions like hypnotism? Can we make you, having low vision for almost all of your life dream that you have perfect vision?
People are already trying to unlock the secret of people’s minds by listening to their reversed speech (David John Oates), so if we can do that then we can find out more. This part might sound more like pseudoscience.
To be able to hear colour, one must have a way- above-average musical aptitude and perfect pitch perception. A question is, is pitch perception universal? We know that tastebud mapping is not universal. So how do we know that what light looks like to one person might look different to another? Same with sound.
When it comes to choosing to use a cochlear implant, it will remain with you for life. If one wore the implant and a few years later a medical breakthrough found ways to regenerate cochlear hair cells, the rig would have to be destroyed, and there would be the risk of accidental nerve damage, which might cause one to lose taste, balance and other vital senses and motor abilities for a short while.
It is easy for a person to be implanted at an extremely early age than it is for an adult. This is because the implant produces distorted sounds that have little colour and are mainly in grey scale noise variety. What I would like to propose is a new rehabilitation system that would allow users to wear a simulated implant, and they would use it in real-life situations and would understand about all of its uses. If they are happy with the switch it would make the process easier.
I am a humanist and believe it is up to the person to decide based on their morale and not their superstition. There are so many things one can appreciate without having to go through invasive surgery to be able to see or hear, if that is their wish. Some people think blindness as being a good thing because they use their other senses to really grasp onto concepts sighted people cannot grasp. Some people believe that having a condition such as blindness is a bad thing because no matter how much we try to make the world accessible, there are always going to be problems. Some feel ambivalent, meaning they are neutral. This is because we are taught how to see as our primary sense, therefore we have not rewired our brains to combine the three most vital senses, sight, sound, and touch into one whole.
We should raise awareness about the need to think twice about what we have done throughout humanity, and realise there could be more. While I do not believe in using cybernetic compounds and using advanced technology and prefer to older things, I have faith in the medical science system that it can be done, such as regenerative medicine and gene therapy. This is because I am pursuing a career that a lot of blind people usually do not pursue; they usually work on information and computer technology, engineering in audio-related fields and things like that.
So, this is open to anyone who wants to make their voice heard about the need for improvement in the human race.

Transgender Issues and Problems in Western Culture

This post was originally written on Sunday, 24 August 2013.
Transgender Issues and Problems in Western Culture
Hello everyone, today I would like to follow up on what I did this week before I dive into some of the other stuff I promised I would do last week.
Let’s start out with what I have been doing in the GLBTQIA and H+ communities. I dove deeper into how the brain works into greater detail. Through recent research I learned that the left brain is known as either the masculine or scientific brain while the right brain is known as the feminine or artistic brain. I did some research that some of the sexist assumptions do have scientific evidence to back them up. One says that males have a lot more blood flow on the left side of the brain than on the right, and that they only have language input and integration on the left as well. They experience pain on the right side of the amygdala which controls external functions. When they encounter stress, their fight-or-flight responses are active. Males are more likely to contract any form of language and motor disabilities. This is why many find it dissonant to be more feminine. But of course, if you were a bridge brainer it would not matter.
Females have a larger corpus callosum, have blood flow primarily on the right side of the brain and has access to both left and right sides for language integration and fine motor skills. They experience pain on the left side of the amygdala, which controls internal functions. Females are more likely to experience problems related to emotions and moods. Stress is controlled by the rest-and-repair part of the central nervous system. This is another possibility why females find it easy for them to be like males. Source: http://nurturingparenting.com/images/cmsfiles/maleandfemalebrainfunctioning2-23-2012-r3.pptx http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/how-male-female-brains-differ?page=3
Now, what is nature and what is nurture? Are morals and ethics given to us at birth or through learning? To be able to express the morals and ethics you need nurture to learn the language, but to actually carry out the decision that will not require language and therefore would be considered nature. So, back to the way boys and girls grow up, female babies are able to learn how to talk much earlier than male babies. Girls are better at language and fine motor skills than boys until puberty. Boys are bettr at mathematics and geometry than girls. Women are better multitaskers and observers than men. Men are better at spacial mapping than women. Using these characteristics, I would like to propose a new finding for people who might be transgender. If a male-to-female baby learned to talk at a much earlier age than their sibling, and was better at everything than their fellow students, and they were an excellent multitasker and observer, then they would most likely be transgendered. The question then becomes, how will they be aware of the fact. You see, because of my disabilities, it took me so long to find out that I was a very special person. Imagine the parrotfish for a minute. I read this n a book called Parrotfish by Ellen Witlinger. Think about the females turning into supermales. What if the male-to-female human became a superfemale? A lot of the studies I noticed about the causes of this was primarily due to genetics and mistreatment of the foetus. But I want to look into other factors, such as the ones I already described. And, of course, for the female-to-male person, they have the characteristics of a male’s brain but is inside a female body. Male-to-female people find it a lot harder to come out than female-to-male people. When they are exposed to the outside world, the orientation that they would most likely be attracted to is dependent on how their brains are wired. For example, a stereotype says that gay men are feminine. This means that they like other men from a woman’s point of view, but not from a man’s. Same thing with lesbians. Another interesting thing that can also be observed is instead of a man being attracted to a woman, he would envy her body image because he wants to break out of his own body and experience the other body. I also dove more into the lavender linguistics that GLBTQIA people used, like the vocal fry, the gay lisp, the valley dialect, and the way they did these things in certain situations.
I was intrigued by a hypothesis of the Mozart effect, and this kind of ties into the reading people do. Truth is, the more you are a bookworm, the more knowledgeable you are to be, and the more you listen to Western art music, the smarter you are going to be. So if you combine the two, your brain will slowly rewire. This might be one of those induced patterns that is apart from the innate identity and is considered another possibility. Also, in modern times, more and more single mothers are raising their children, male children especially, therefore feminising them. This suggest that in future generations everyone will be feminised. I am not sure what masculinists are saying about this shift. Masculism has ruled too long in the animal kingdom that feminism or egalitarianism should be given a turn. It is also observed that people respond better to female appearance and vocal ability, something that humans want to see in robots later in the future. This is why a lot of gagets have female voices. Babies have shown that they can start developing recognition to their mother’s voices long before they are born. They will and only will respond to that voice than any other voice.
People assume that watching television, reading commics and playign video games etc, rots the brain. The thing is, it is not the act of doing those things, but it is WHAT you DO that does it. For instance, if you watched very educational programmes and played very educational video games, then your brain would learn and wire to a more average extent. However, science has shown that playing violent video games boosts fight-or-flight responses in the central nervous system. So, there can be a little bit of violence, but it should not be carried to the extent that it will wire the brain to make a person so selfish and greedy. Gaming allows one to strategise and build maps in their minds to improve spacial abilities and improve photographic and or eidetic memory.
Now, let’s move on to how we can patch up these differences. If you read the above sources you may have surmised that we are gradually forcing our children’s brains to rewire so that both become harmonised than what was found in evolutionary history. This is one of the reasons postgenderism is occurring. I recently came across some possible theories for the future, one of which got my interest. The ability to regrow a human body and perform a brain transplant or organ harvesting to keep the mind and soul alive is known as replacement cloning. This is almost like immortality, to be able to live forever. This would cure tons of disabilities out there if it proved to work out in practice. This would be added to the possibility of stem cell therapy, which might replace plastic surgery. And, of course, mind-veering will be very important. Only LGBTQIA scientists would think about cloning themselves to get the right bodies so they could dwell in them. So, why is it a big deal to be able to change who you are. People change political views, changed career goals, religion, etc. Why is gender switching such a big deal? After all, if some species can do it, why can’t humans? I know people tell you to accept your body for what it is. But, if you really hate the way your body turned out to be, then you should have the right to change it to how you view yourself and how you expect others to see you.
I also got involved with a new voice machine called the Tokyo artificial larynx. It is a brass instrument that you blow into, and the rubber vocal folds vibrate to produce a tone. Currently a stoma is required to blow into it and talk at the same time. I am ooking to see if a billow and or a pump could be made for it so that other people can use it, too. I looked into the relationship between hearing and speaking, and how words have become more and more pejorative in our Western world because of increase in diversity. When you use the words mute or dumb, people assume you are not willing to speak. Truth is, language depends on the ears to hear and the voice to produce. Input, integration, and output. So what I wanted to figure out was, how can we experience different forms of speech impediments, especially the ones relating to integration? What is it like to be able to babble but not speak intelligently? What is it like for someone to know what they want to say but not be able to say it? Those who have had strokes and had their brains erased and formatted, therefore they would need to have their brains rewired. Also, people with tracheostomies cannot speak because the air would be flowing on the bottom of the voice box, not the top. People without vocal folds CANNOT whisper. Someone has suggested that a person is voiceless, not speechless. You can learn a lot more about this, and you will even get to see if helium has an effect on the artificial voice. You can check out this person’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/QuietBob97 And with that, I will talk about some of the things I have explored that has made me the person I am now.