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I am My Brain and We (largely) are Our Language

I am My Brain and We (largely) are Our Language

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One of the most fascination topics of the book is the brain's ability to complete missing elements in the overview with the help of fantasy.
The brain will always try to keep a perfect overview over situations. Whenever a black hole is detected for the first time a child will invent some idea to fill the missing link. Of course the child will easily accept an idea from a trusted adult if the idea is able to fill the gap.

The same procedure is used by the brain if in an adult brain a black hole has been created by an accident or a disease, such as Alzheimer. The disease may cause a partial blackout, which may either be temporal or a lasting disturbance. In both cases fantasy will initiate the generation of the suitable missing links.
The trick may be observed in Alzheimer patients, who may forget some events in their daily life and fill in the forgotten topics to complete their memorial data storage. The Alzheimer patients do not recognize which information in their brain has been generated by fantasy and what has been restored from the intact parts of their memory. If warned by their relatives they sometimes recognize the errors, but often they refuse to accept the truth and insist on the correctness of their memory.

The delusion of the brain by completing missing information may also be observed in Fata Morganas, in a successful magician's trick, in magical healing and in religion.
Anything important which cannot be understood may be explained as an act of a superior or almighty Being, who will take care of justice and control the environment.
Religion therefore probably belongs to the standard tools of the brain to keep a balance in the middle of chaotic situations, such as wartime, famine and widespread epidemics. It replaces the parents in their protective, custodial function, protecting their children against dangers.

In stabilized modern parts of the world the chaotic situations may seem to have disappeared. Social contracts and laws guarantee a fair income and some economical protection by insurances against disasters. These social mechanisms however may quickly disappear in economical collapses, which have been recovering to quite realistic levels lately.

Chaotic collapses may return and these events will result in a revival of religious concepts, generated by our brains as missing links and completing our knowledge in order to stabilize the chaotic environment. These concepts probably resemble Plato's creation legend of the first man in Symposium and the brain's fantasy will automatically generate a similar legend to guarantee the survival procedure.
We know it is a delusion, but we may also understand that the delusion is a standard rescue procedure in which the brain is compensating an exorbitant and dangerous imbalance. In this sense religion belongs to the brain's toolbox for the survival situation.
One of the most fascination topics of the book is the brain's ability to complete missing elements in the overview with the help of fantasy.
The brain will always try to keep a perfect overview over situations. Whenever a black hole is detected for the first time a child will invent some idea to fill the missing link. Of course the child will easily accept an idea from a trusted adult if the idea is able to fill the gap.

The same procedure is used by the brain if in an adult brain a black hole has been created by an accident or a disease, such as Alzheimer. The disease may cause a partial blackout, which may either be temporal or a lasting disturbance. In both cases fantasy will initiate the generation of the suitable missing links.
The trick may be observed in Alzheimer patients, who may forget some events in their daily life and fill in the forgotten topics to complete their memorial data storage. The Alzheimer patients do not recognize which information in their brain has been generated by fantasy and what has been restored from the intact parts of their memory. If warned by their relatives they sometimes recognize the errors, but often they refuse to accept the truth and insist on the correctness of their memory.

The delusion of the brain by completing missing information may also be observed in Fata Morganas, in a successful magician's trick, in magical healing and in religion.
Anything important which cannot be understood may be explained as an act of a superior or almighty Being, who will take care of justice and control the environment.
Religion therefore probably belongs to the standard tools of the brain to keep a balance in the middle of chaotic situations, such as wartime, famine and widespread epidemics. It replaces the parents in their protective, custodial function, protecting their children against dangers.

In stabilized modern parts of the world the chaotic situations may seem to have disappeared. Social contracts and laws guarantee a fair income and some economical protection by insurances against disasters. These social mechanisms however may quickly disappear in economical collapses, which have been recovering to quite realistic levels lately.

Chaotic collapses may return and these events will result in a revival of religious concepts, generated by our brains as missing links and completing our knowledge in order to stabilize the chaotic environment. These concepts probably resemble Plato's creation legend of the first man in Symposium and the brain's fantasy will automatically generate a similar legend to guarantee the survival procedure.
We know it is a delusion, but we may also understand that the delusion is a standard rescue procedure in which the brain is compensating an exorbitant and dangerous imbalance. In this sense religion belongs to the brain's toolbox for the survival situation.

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I am my brain and we largely are our language
J.W. Richter 
"Each of us is his own brain” or “We are our brains”
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is a fascinating book, explaining how our individual brain is ticking. Of course many of the topics may seem familiar to us, but Swaab also documents strange andunknown peculiarities, which are deluding human life.Swaab's book however concentrates on the individual brain. Only a few chapters are dealing withcooperating and sharing information in a couple or a group of individuals such as the relation of amother and her unborn, respectively newborn child, the experience of first love and the linguistic(Broca) center in the brain.In fact the original Dutch title “
Wij zijn ons brein
” uses a singular for the word “
brain
”, which in thetranslation has been altered to “
brains
”. In Dutch the book's title therefore may be considered asconfusing, suggesting that we are applying a
common or shared 
brain, which definitely has not beendescribed in Swaab's work.Unlike a modern computer the brain is encapsulated and its contents cannot completely bedownloaded or transferred to others. A transfer of information will only partially be allowed in acumbersome way. The standard method for inter-human information transfer is spoken or writtenlanguage or the signs, caresses and artworks with which we communicate without words.The more precise title for Swaab's work might be “
 Each of us is his own brain
”, in which merely asmall percentage of the contents are concentrating on inter-human relations. In the end however even these inter-human relations are based on individually encapsulated brains, communicatingwith the use of very limited coding, which evidently will produce a great number of communicatingerrors and problems.
I am my brain and we (largely) are our language
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.
Referring to the plural pronoun “we” the titleWe Are Our BrainsI suggest to describe the issuemore precisely as “I am my brain and we (largely) are our language”, in which the adverb “largely”refers to the nonverbal ways of communication between persons.In his book Swaab also refers to the emperor Frederick II's experiment in which he had dozens of newborn babies raised without any linguistic communication. The experiment had been intended toreveal God's language, but failed dramatically. None of the children learned any kind of languageand they died at an early age. For this reason good communication between people is required toraise healthy children and “Each of us is his own brain” is not sufficient for children to survive.The most important communication tool we have to transfer information between brains is languageand that aspect is to be covered by the second part “we (largely) are our language” of the title.
I am my brain and we are our communications
In order to include other communication methods we might even alter the title to “I am my brainand we are our communications”, in which communications include language and all other nonverbal means of communication.
 
A linguistic hierarchy
Coupled Brains
Each study may include a sub-study which concentrates on its main topics. This may bedone in studying brains, but also for the elementary communications between brains.Maybe we even may allow ourselves to reduce intercommunication between brains to thesimplified model of two brains, which are functioning as transmitter/receivers in anelementary data-link. Even in a 100.000-fold edition of a book the reading may still bereduced to the 1:1 communication between author and reader.
“One Flesh” with “one brain” 
Can we realistically imagine old peoples and a medieval society in which an individual human being had been considered as a halved “man”, in which man itself had been composed as a marriedcouple, respectively as any combination of two adults, including man/man- and woman/woman-couples?These combinations may also have been considered as “one flesh” sharing “one brain”, which has been documented in the Bible. The prototype of such a couple may have been comparable toAdam Kadmon, who originally must have been a man/woman-being, which had to be split in a male and afemale half..
 Halving respectively joining brains
Halving the first androgynous man into two persons automatically halving “the flesh”, but alsohalving the brain to two brains. Although the ancient peoples probably did not know too muchabout the brain's functionality we know Plato's description of the procedure. In Symposium Platoimagines man and woman had been separated before their birth and after growing up desperatelysearched for their missing half. The attractive forces of erotic love between these partners had to beexplained by this creation legend and the explanation has been invented by the brain's fantasy.In the procedures of separating the originally united brain and joining two brains to “one brain inone flesh” we will have to investigate how the “ego” has been interpreted. Had the ego been definedas the combination of man and women in a married couple or as the individual man and woman,who had been individuals before their marriage.The ancient societies may have considered an idealized form of  Adam Kadmon as their prototype of  the “ego” and the corresponding image of the Creator God. These concepts may still be identified inthe old dual declensions and in the ancient structures of the ego-pronouns, for example in Provencallanguage, in which the ego-pronoun “iéu” correlates to the name of God “Diéu”.In its simplest concept language merely concentrates on the dual relation between a male Adam andfemale Eve, in which we restrict our wordings to the pronouns “I” and “you”, the male and thefemale duality and the androgynous “we”-form. These words have always been the most importantwords of languages ever since.The ancient concepts of splitting up and joining brains and the exact definition of the ego-conceptmay be rather unimportant for the modern analysis of the brains' functionality. The originalconcepts however may have been a stabilizing factor in a number of diseases. Somehow Swaabdescribes diseases which may have been compensated by the ancient linguistic concepts.The unity of marital partners, which had been considered as holy and eternal, turned into a simplelegal, temporal contract, which did not refer to any of the original divine concepts.

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