The justifying arguments why the midpoint-mechanic is the key to the psyche can be found in this link.
CP and I went for a walk around the lake Alster in Hamburg.
"Why do aims in your scriptures play such a central role?" CP asked.
"Well, because they structure everything, put it in a shape: everything has the aim to form a structure according to the laws.
Let's take the human being: The midpoint is the shape that makes an aim out of a person.
While everything in the universe is shaped by aims that are 'no matter' to the implications of their intended structure, the aim of conservation is added to living beings. These conservation aims 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 an aim that allows for everything that suits to achieve it, paying little or no attention to anything else."
It is very rare for only one midpoint to act; mostly, various are included that are suitable to achieve the goal. "
"Then the midpoint is a key to understanding human beings?"
"Yes - of all living beings. To reach a aim, 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 aim. Everything that could contribute to this structure and is tangible at the moment is taken into account by the aim - everything else remains unused.
For example, if you focus heavily on reaching a aim, 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 to what was going on in the copilot's head is the center mechanics: The aim 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 aims in humans, can be eliminated.
However, in the strict sense, there is no selflessness because the aim 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 an aim?"
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 aim. 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 aim or nothing similar to the one to a similarity Theme in common. "
"So, aims are the mainsprings?"
"As often as you investigate, you will always meet aims that have driven, structured the human being.
They can seriously change our perception: through the midpoint-mechanics.
Imagine a tremendous amount of aims that are interconnected. "
"You mean the brain."
"Yes, the neurons that are in contact with each other through the synapses. There are about 80 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.
"The midpoint means the world that is created to reach an aim," explained Phil Osof.
"An aim creates a world?"
"To achieve an aim, 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 aim. Everything else is more or less shielded."
"You think the midpoint is the facts that are interesting for the aim? And brings the people and the world in the appropriate form? "I hooked.
"The midpoint is the shape that makes a aim 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 aim. 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 aims, or in other words: we (our brains) do not simply model the world in ourselves, but create a world of perception based on our aims 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 aims. "
"I remember once saying, 'Everything is aligned with aims.'"
Osof nodded again. "Living beings are controlled exclusively by aims. 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 aims change, values change, for each aim 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 aims."
"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 aims - compare it to that of being holistic.
When differences occur (and they have a certain value), the midpoints learn.
So, it can also absorb something totally new, if e.g. the aim of life is threatened."
"And we always only see the world that selects our aims, 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 aims. And aims need certain structures in order to be achieved. Everything that could not contribute is ignored.
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--- Gorillas in our midst ---
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. "
"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.
Here is an article that nicely demonstrates the midpoint mechanics: