Conversation about the midpoint-mechanics

 

Since I've talked to countless people over the years about these topics, and their opinions have often found their way into my manuscripts, I call the dialogue partners here CP.

 

 

CP and I went for a walk around the lake Alster in Hamburg.

 

"Why do goals in your scriptures play such a central role?" CP asked.

 

"Well, because they structure everything, put it in a shape: everything has the goal to form a structure according to the laws.

Let's take the human being I call goals; ‘midpoints': The midpoint is the shape that makes a goal out of a person.

While everything in the universe is shaped by goals that are 'no matter' to the implications of their intended structure, the goal of conservation is added to living beings. These conservation goals are formed in the brain by networks of neurons, which are connected via synapses and which, as I said, I call ' midpoints'.

Depending on the species and individual, the living beings are designed by them.

So, midpoints are made up of neurons distributed far the brain, forming a network that serves to create attitudes, actions, ideas, feelings, and so on. Each midpoint it's a goal that allows for everything that suits to achieve it, paying little or no attention to anything else." 

 

"Then the midpoint is a key to understanding human beings?"

 

 "Yes - of all living beings. To reach a goal, you have to go one way. If you want to express 'way' more broadly, then you can say: you need a structure. And indeed, the way in the environment must be structured and of course the person who wants to achieve this goal. Everything that could contribute to this structure and is tangible at the moment is taken into account by the goal - everything else remains unused.

For example, if you focus heavily on reaching a goal, you will realize afterwards that he has not noticed anything else. Only what suited his purpose.

One comes closer to oneself each time one recognizes in which midpoint one was."

 

"I understood it that way," CP summarized: "A midpoint wants to be realized. This requires a specific structure. This is created from what is relevant, everything else is disregarded. Should something be disturbing, it is reduced in value, so it can make people much less".

 

I nodded. "This lowering of the other values does not happen willingly, but mechanically. It is a legal process, that's why I called it 'midpoint-mechanics'."

 

"It is not deliberately suppressed, but it happens automatically through the midpoint?"

 

"An example: On March 24, 2015, a pilot in a passenger plane flew into suicide. He steered the plane against a huge rock. He tore all 150 inmates to death.

 

What happened in the head of this person? "

 

"He has supplanted everything else," CP said.

 

"Imagine that you're focusing your attention on something you do not want to admit. This makes this something stronger because you are dealing with it (you are so in the midpoint of it, you are shaped by it). With repression, you get exactly the opposite of what you want, to put something aside. "

 

"But it is also said, 'One displaces something when something unconsciously continues to act.'"

 

"That, too, is not right in the literal sense. It is degraded in value by other midpoints so that it is no longer perceived, but continues to operate in the unconscious without the consciousness catching up with information.

If one says, 'A midpoint or midpoints do not let one see something', then one comes to the facts much more accurately than when one says: 'One has repressed something.'

The answer what was in the mind of co-pilot in front of him, are the focus of mechanics: The goal is to take his own life, sat all other midpoints worth reduced or zero - the impending impact of the mountains, the 150 people who were on board and had to die with him, their relatives who suffered the loss, etc.

On the one hand, it's frightening what midpoints can do, such as the incredible atrocities of the Nazi regime or inhumane acts that virtually all peoples have perpetrated. "

 

"Or what individual people did to others," added CP.

 

"Yes. On the other hand, it's nice what midpoints can do. For example, the love to enter for humans or other living beings.

By the way: This also explains the essence of mediation: Here, a midpoint is formed, which becomes stronger with the time and the intensity and amount of the exercises and lowers all other midpoints in value.

As a rule, of course, there is not only one focus in the psyche, but many who complement each other, inhibit or only partially play along. They can act together, form mega-nets (clusters), for example, to ensure repetitive processes, integrate into new ones, find themselves together for specific actions.

As adaptation is a central theme for life, new midpoints are always forming.

 

Here's an example of how midpoints work: People like to argue about whether humans can be altruistic. Surely, he can, because: If he is in the midpoint of helping others, then the midpoints of selfishness, which are actually strong goals in humans, can be eliminated.

However, in the strict sense, there is no selflessness because the goal is to satisfy one's own feelings. "

 

"What can one do to avoid a midpoint, not to be a slave?"

 

"Beat him with his own weapons: choose another midpoint or create something new."

 

"How do you best achieve a goal?"

 

"By reinforcing the midpoint: paying attention only to what is important to the goal.

If that is not enough, then a new target can be formed that includes more neuron groups, which are automatically selected for how well they might contribute to the solution.

Again, you can see the selection principle of the midpoint again.

In addition, similarities in other areas are searched for each goal. Whether there is experience, or by logic, such as the exclusion process, whether solutions are suitable for the problem, and rejects all offered 'solutions' that are illogical in the experience, not fit to achieve this goal or nothing similar to the one to a similarity Theme in common. "

 

"So, goals are the mainsprings?"

 

"As often as you investigate, you will always meet goals that have driven, structured the human being.

They can seriously change our perception: through the midpoint-mechanics.

Imagine a tremendous amount of goals that are interconnected. "

 

"You mean the brain."

 

"Yes, the neurons that are in contact with each other through the synapses. There are about 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion synapses in the brain. Neurons form networks to perform certain functions. The brain is, next to glial cells, mainly from neurons and synapses.

Everything in the brain runs according to laws. The brain creates the midpoints and these structures the human. "

 

We sat down on a bench and watched the sailboats cruising the Alster. It was a wonderful day.

 

 

I once wrote a conversation with Phil Osof that I would like to repeat here.

 

 

"The midpoint means the world that is created to reach a goal," explained Phil Osof.

 

"A goal creates a world?"

 

"To achieve a goal, you need a structure. The midpoint is designed and is this structure. He evaluates the world and the people and puts together what is useful for achieving the goal. Everything else is more or less shielded."

 

"You think the midpoint is the facts that are interesting for the goal? And brings the people and the world in the appropriate form? "I hooked.

 

"The midpoint is the shape that makes a goal of a human.

He structures the perception of the outer world and of oneself. He chooses what he finds and thinks it has value for the goal. He gives shape to the world. "

 

"That really sounds like," I said, "as if through the midpoint a new world would emerge."

 

"That's right," Phil Osof nodded. "He's redesigning. This can go so far that you cannot see things as they were, because they are totally re-evaluated.

The midpoint can be like a sorcerer, changing everything with lightning speed. This is how a new world is created. This gives rise to freedom, meaning that one does not perceive much, or only perceives it marginally. At the same time, however, one is also trapped in the midpoint and no longer sees many things. It only comes to the fore, which is important. Everything else goes by, so to speak, suddenly has no value. "

 

 "So, is the midpoint at the same time freedom and prison?" I asked.

 

"That's the way to express it."

 

So, "midpoint" is what you call the perceptual world of living beings? "I wanted to know.

 

"Yes, the world- and the self-perception. What and how creatures perceive depends on their goals, or in other words: we do not simply model the world in ourselves, but create a world of perception based on our goals and the particular spectrum of our senses. The amount of information that comes from the world, but that we ultimately shape ourselves from our human perspective and can only capture within our intake corridors, must be selected. This will get the midpoints. They choose what fits the goals. "

 

"I remember once saying, 'Everything is aligned with goals.'"

 

Osof nodded again. "Living beings are controlled exclusively by goals. There is nothing that does not originate in it. "

 

One more question came to my mind: "But is not the world actually what it is? How can she be so different and suddenly different?"

 

"As goals change, values change, for each goal uses others. And when they change, so does the world, because it is joined by values."

 

"From the human point of view," I interjected.

 

"Yes. But ultimately, what we see is always from the point of view of human beings."

 

"Then there is really no 'world in itself'?", I was curious.

 

"Only views of it. In any case, one cannot recognize them universally. Every living entity sees her differently, from what is important to him. And this view shapes his world and himself. The world is not a rigid entity, but a 'something' that can be seen infinitely varied by the living beings. And there are as many worlds as there are living things "

 

"That would mean that we ourselves make the world that we see through our goals."

 

"It is exactly like that.

 

By the way: Without midpoints there would be no demarcation, without them no structures - and of course no life, because no figures could form in the world. The midpoints are the central factor of life. "

 

"Still," I shook my head, "I think the world is what it is, and we need to adapt, so shape it."

 

"Of course," Osof replied.

 

"But is not that a contradiction?" I wondered. "What do you think makes the world or us the world?"

 

"First, our brain shapes the world according to its goals - compare it to that of being holistic.

 

Max Wertheimer: "There are connections in which not everything that happens as a whole derives from the way in which the individual pieces are composed, but conversely, where - in a pertinent case - what happens in a part of this whole, determined by internal structural laws of this his whole ".

 

When differences occur (and they have a certain value), the midpoints learn. 

 

So, it can also absorb something totally new, if e.g. the goal of life is threatened."

 

"And we always only see the world that selects our goals, put together?"

 

"Yes," nodded Phil Osof, "that's how we make the world, we can only see it from a human perspective."

 

"That was an exhaustive information," CP thanked. "How did Phil Osof get to the mechanics of the midpoints?"

 

"Well, you can only come to that if you realize that everything is designed according to goals. And goals need certain structures in order to be achieved. Everything that could not contribute is ignored.

 

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Perhaps interesting in this context is the experiment with many people, with a 75-second video that scientists Simon and Chabris did and call it 'gorillas in our midst' (as I've already mentioned):

 

The film shows two teams of three players each, one wearing white, the other black T-shirts. The members of each team play a normal orange basketball by throwing or dribbling. After 44 to 48 seconds, something unexpected happens: a smaller person, completely wrapped in a gorilla costume, walks in the same way as the players through the picture. During these unexpected events, the basketball players continue their actions undeterred.

 

Before the subjects see a video, they are given the task to either focus on the team in white or black and count all rallies of the observed team in the head and count the thrown and the drunken rallies separately. After the subjects have seen the video and completed their observation mission, they are asked to write down their numbers. Then they ask them if they (a) noticed something unusual while counting, (b) if they had noticed anything other than the six players, (c) if someone else had appeared in the video, and finally: (d) Hurry you see a gorilla go through the picture?

 

About half of the subjects did not notice the gorilla.

 

 

On the basis of this experiment one can clearly see how a midpoint - here the task - works" Osof said.

 

 

"Another example: It raises a question about a complex topic. One finds an answer. As a result, one usually does not add all the factors that might be considered to the issue, but only the factors that support the response one has chosen. "

 

"That means, by setting down the midpoint changes?"

 

"Yes, at first you were in the midpoint, taking into account all the essential facts, then only those were seen, who supported their own opinion.”

 

"If you are not right with your answer, that would be a danger for the right answer," I concluded.

 

"Exactly, all other essential factors are suddenly no longer taken into account."

 

"These are really interesting examples of how mid-point mechanics work," I said thoughtfully.

 

 

This article also fits to this issue:

 

https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you%20orgasm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencealert-latestnews+%28ScienceAlert-Latest%29

 

 

Here's What Happens to Your Body And Brain When You Orgasm

 

SOPHIA MITROKOSTAS, BUSINESS INSIDER

26 JAN 2019

 

Though you don't need to have an orgasm to find sex pleasurable, it's definitely a great bonus.

 

In order to figure out what's going on our brains when we climax, researchers use fMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Machines or a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans. These devices can measure the blood flow and neuron activity in the brain.

 

 

By studying the brain activity of people having orgasms in these machines, scientists have learned some pretty amazing stuff. INSIDER consulted with experts to find out exactly what happens in your brain when you have an orgasm.

 

1. The logical part of your brain basically shuts down during sex.

 

There's a reason why people tend to feel bolder and less inhibited during sex – the part of your brain in charge of your logical reasoning skills temporarily goes on vacation.

 

"The lateral orbitofrontal cortex becomes less active during sex. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for reason, decision making, and value judgments. The deactivation of this part of the brain is also associated with decreases in fear and anxiety," clinical psychologist Daniel Sher told INSIDER.

 

This shutdown of the lateral orbitofrontal cortex actually makes sense, as fear and anxiety can interrupt arousal and lead to problems like performance anxiety.

 

2. Multiple spatially remote parts of your brain are involved in having an orgasm.

 

Medical imaging tests suggest there are multiple spatially remote brain regions that are involved in sexual response.

 

"Researchers have found that genital sensory cortex, motor areas, hypothalamus, thalamus, and substantia nigra all light up during the big O," cognitive psychologist Kayt Sukel explained to INSIDER.

 

 

The thalamus helps integrate information about touch, movement, and any sexual memories or fantasies that someone might call upon to help them reach orgasm. Meanwhile, the hypothalamus is busy producing oxytocin and may help coordinate arousal.

 

"Motor areas are also involved because the body is (hopefully) moving during the act, and the genital sensory cortex is registering touches to the body's nether regions," Sukel added.

 

3. When you orgasm, your brain releases a surge of dopamine.

 

During orgasm, your brain is working overtime to produce a slew of different hormones and neurochemicals. One of these is dopamine, a hormone that is responsible for feelings of pleasure, desire, and motivation.

 

As Sher explained, dopamine is formed in a part of the brain called the ventral segmental area and released into other parts such as the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex.

 

"Some refer to dopamine as a 'pleasure' chemical – though research has shown it offers us much more than just a good time. It's really more of a learning chemical, helping to take notice of rewards like food and sex, and figure out how to get more of them," said Sukel.

 

 

4. Oxytocin is released during both orgasm and breastfeeding.

 

Another hormone that the brain makes during orgasm is oxytocin. Secreted by the pituitary gland and released in the hypothalamus, this hormone makes us feel close to others and promotes affection.

 

"Oxytocin is known as the bonding hormone because it's also released during breastfeeding and is known to facilitate a sense of love and attachment," said Sher.

 

Prolactin is also released during orgasm and is responsible for that feeling of satisfaction that accompanies orgasm. It's also the main hormone responsible for milk production following pregnancy.

 

Of course, the release of oxytocin and prolactin during both sex and breastfeeding doesn't mean a person experiences the same sensations in both situations.

 

These hormones can play different roles in our bodies and are part of the brain's way of strengthening our social connections.

 

5. Having an orgasm stimulates your brain in the same way as doing drugs or listening to your favourite music.

 

Surprisingly, the brain doesn't differentiate much between sex and other pleasurable experiences. The parts of your brain that make you feel good after indulging in dessert or winning at poker are the same areas that light up during orgasm.

 

"Sex is experienced as pleasurable and this is because the reward pathways in our brains are activated during and leading up to orgasm. These are the very same networks that are activated in response to drug use, alcohol consumption, gambling, listening to your favourite song or enjoying a delicious meal," said Sher.

 

 

6. Your brain gives off chemicals that make you less sensitive to pain during sex.

 

It's not your imagination – the body really is less sensitive to pain during sex.

 

"As the pituitary gland is activated, the release of endorphins, oxytocin, and vasopressin promote pain reduction, intimacy, and bonding," Jess O'Reilly, Astroglide's resident sexologist told INSIDER.

 

This may help explain why things that might make us wince in a non-sexual situation, like smacking or hair-pulling, aren't as painful during sex and can even be pleasurable.

 

7. Orgasm and pain actually activate some of the same brain areas.

 

The reason that some people derive sexual pleasure from experiencing pain might be related to the fact that orgasm and pain actually affect a few of the same areas of the brain.

 

"Several of the areas of the brain (namely, within the cortex) that are responsible for pain are active during orgasm," revealed Sher.

 

Although the relationship between pain and orgasm isn't yet fully understood, some research has shown that vaginal stimulation might actually reduce pain sensitivity in some people.

 

8. After an orgasm, the brain releases hormones that can make you feel happy and sleepy.

 

Once an orgasm has occurred, your brain tends to slow down. But it doesn't go off-duty entirely.

 

"In both men and women, the orgasm signals the parasympathetic nervous system to start down-regulating (or calming) the body. The prefrontal cortex, which was previously activated leading up to orgasm, also becomes down-regulated – and this is linked to increased levels of oxytocin to facilitate attachment," explained Sher.

 

Sukel added that the brain also churns out serotonin after an orgasm. This hormone is known to promote good mood and relaxation. In some people, serotonin can also lead to drowsiness and the desire to curl up for a nap.

 

9. However, the brains of women tend to keep releasing oxytocin even after orgasm.

 

All brains experience the release of oxytocin during sex, which is a hormone responsible in part for creating feelings of closeness and bonding. However, the brains of women behave a little differently after orgasm.

 

"In women, oxytocin tends to continue to be released after orgasm, which may explain the motivation for post-coital cuddles," noted Sher.

 

10. In people who are unable to feel genital stimulation, the brain might actually remap itself to allow them to reach orgasm.

 

Though we usually think of orgasm and sexual pleasure as being dependent on the stimulation of our genitals, that's not entirely true. In some cases, the brain can create new pathways to pleasure that don't involve our sexual organs at all.

 

"When organs are injured or removed, remapping of the senses may occur allowing us to experience sexual and orgasmic sensations in other body parts," O'Rielly explained.

 

In people who have suffered lower body paralysis, for example, the brain might actually rewire itself in order to allow a person to achieve orgasm through stimulation of other body parts, such as the skin of the arm or the nipples.

 

It's possible for some people to orgasm from the touching of skin. (Pixabay)

 

11. Orgasms might be nature's way of 'tricking' us into reproducing.

 

Orgasms are undoubtedly a good time, but they also might be the brain's sneaky way of getting us to reproduce.

 

"If you think about it objectively, the idea of risking your life and health to birth what's basically a parasite living in you for nine months, which you then have to raise for the next decade, is a lot of work. Mother Nature may be 'tricking' us to make sure the species doesn't die out," said Sukel.

 

Though scientists aren't entirely sure why we have orgasms, Sher pointed out that experiencing a moment or two of pure euphoria effectively rewards us for having sex. It reinforces this behaviour and keeps us coming back for more.

 

12. Having an orgasm might actually help keep your brain healthy.

 

Along with enticing us to reproduce, orgasming might also help keep our brains healthy.

 

"It may also be that, evolutionarily speaking, since this activity increases blood flow across the brain so dramatically, it may have developed in part to help keep the brain healthy, too," explained Sukel.

 

Research has also suggested that female orgasm may have once played a role in stimulating ovulation, though now ovulation occurs spontaneously and doesn't depend on sexual activity.