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Sun, Jul 01 2007 12 The Theory Pavlov has discovered that if he rings a bell
every time he feeds his dog,
then the bell ring will in time cause his dog to drool,
without any food.
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Science ignored him, mostly.
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It is insulting to compare human psychology to that of a dog.

Inside the human skull, there is one very smart system,
copied over many times, with some variations.
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The variations depend on evolutionary age
and so are their quality and perfection level.
Most systems are quite ancient,
and a muscle memory unit,
and a Pavlovian response system,
are two such examples.

Yet I believe, and would care to define for the purpose
of noSoul, a muscle memory unit as the building block
unit of the brain, convenient enough to serve as a model
for this theory, and its underlying research.
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A Pavlovian response is just one implementation
of several muscle memory units performing
together a useful function important for the survival
of their host body:
Making a statistical deduction with a sample of exactly two -
correlating a sensory event with another -
and attaching the corresponding behaviour fit for one event, to the other.

This subsystem in this case, makes the
correlation between the presence of food
and the ring of the bell,
thereby nearly guaranteeing that under natural
circumstances the bell signifies the presence of food.
By starting to drool before the food actually arrives, the dog
is ready to process the food earlier than otherwise,
thereby giving him a relative advantage.
Under harsh natural conditions this advantage might mean
the difference between life and death,
and so the existence of such a system is beneficial
the dog, from the perspective of evolutionary development.
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In other words, if it so happens that by some slight mutation of the workings
of the brain such a system of correlation occurs, then it is more likely that
its owner will live longer to leave its genes to the next generation,
and along with them this particular instinct.

Over many generations, such instinct will spread to more descendants,
while others not possessing it, will leave less descendants, and variations
of this instinct will converge with this same process, until they are very small,
and the instict becomes uniformly spread among all individuals.
We can then say this trait has become perfected.

I suspect such correlation mechanisms are to a degree
present in primitive creatures like the amoeba where
there is not specifically a central brain,
yet the presence of danger will generate locomotion,
thereby expressing a Pavlov's response resembling fear:
The mental equivalent of the correlation between danger and
the instinctive according action.
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We can look at patterns of behavior of animals,
and judge their level of perfection from researching
their evolutionary origin.
Orangutan
Orangutan


Pavlov was ignored because much like Darwin,
he was insulting humanity.
The Pavlov response prooves beyond doubt,
that man will not be able to restrain a drool,
given the right cicumstances.
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Thinking of the individual subsystems in the brain as independent,
it is interesting to compare their inter-relationships to the animals in nature:
The most common relationship in nature is that of symbiosis.
All individuals sharing a territory will share portions
of these relationships with respect to very minute goals
in accordance.

The subsystems in the brain, though independent,
share the same kind of interest.
In a perfect brain,
the subsystems will be in perfect symbiosis with one another.
Such is the case with Pavlov's Dog.
Man's brain, much like the hands of the Orangutan,
is in an early stage of development and as such is not perfect.
Like the Orangutan, man's imperfection is in its most
unique and advantageous quality.
Unlike the Orangutan, who's perfection lacks in the hands,
mankind's perfection lacks mostly in the human portions
of the brain.
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Recent research shows that the human brain,
as well as that of all animals,
is composed entirely of memory systems of various kinds.
It is also known that those systems are composed
of many, near identical, simple elements:
neurons and synapses.
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From evolution theory it is implied that similar structures must have common origins,
be the structures the legs of a centipede, similar structures across individuals of
the same species, or similar structures from individuals in different species,
indicating their common ancestry.
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Recent research also shows that muscle memory can be trained
without the use of muscles, or their immediately related brain activity.
(BBC - The Human Mind - 2003).

noSoul claims that a base uniform unit of muscle memory
composition can be treated as the single building block
composing the human brain.
This includes memory for automatic muscle activity,
but also composes systems for vision and other sensory
perception and analysis and most importantly
emotions, and conscious thought.
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The philosophical/theological question of choice is challenged.
Is brainwashing a morality in or out this simple?
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Charles Darwin mentions this without detail in the final
words of his book on evolution theory.
During those times it was frightening enough to expose
The Origin of Species, and the ideas were kept
well hidden among the scientific community until
political forces from within made Darwin publish his work.
It is no surprise that around the same time Gregor Mendel
was developing the theory of Genetics in a monastery,
only to be discovered later by his student monks.
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Sun, Jul 01 2007 1000 The Guitar
(this text under construction)
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One of my major sources of happiness in life,
and I have noSoul to thank for.

Not like I wasn't in love with the guitar since
the beginning of time.

But I have tried talking to it many times,
it it never responded nicely.

The first time after noSoul,
it was almost too easy.

I saw Stanley Jordan's instructional master sessions
video one more time, just to remind myself that
he is one of the only ones I encountered who speaks
noSoul directly from his soul,
probably without even knowing it,
which I would dare not claim.

I only refer to his didactic system for practicing
with no mistakes, which I probably even improve a bit.
This improvement, albeit ever so slights,
hints to me that Stanly didn't know noSoul,
conscious or not.

It goes like this,
learning a single new rhythm is very simple.
All you have to do is follow Stanley's instruction,
but with extreme obedience and without neglect.
You will know the rhythm, quickly, and you will
have learned it without having made but one or two
tiny mistakes through the entire process,
mistakes that you are likely to never hit on stage.

Stanley's system works so well without any modifications,
it feels almost like magic.
You put your fingers on the fretboard and say to yourself:
I wanna do this little thing which I have never done before.
The time it will take you to learn a new magic trick
is very small, maybe a less than a half an hour
for a four note measure to become fully automatic
in your fingers at comfortable playing speed or better.
But if you neglect if the minutest of his instructions,
it might take a day to do the same.
His video is so casual its not inviting you to be
obedient,
which present a possible 'this doesn't work at' result
if you are careless.

With noSoul, you do not need a soul to be obedient
to Stanley.
It simply makes noSense not to obey pedantically,
causing you self harm in your learning speed
and so your playing quality later.
I don't even like his music and never listen to him,
except in this instructional video and
Eleanor Rigby which I came across for my Beatles collection.

My claimed improvement from conscious noSoul awareness
is actually quite minor, and while I feel confident about
it, I have no way by now to measure its success,
since my confidence combined with the love of guitar
playing, will not let me go back to lesser quality
playing for the purpose of verifying this system
is at all helpful.
My body and brain are the lab for noSoul
but only in the the same way that Nature
was a lab for Darwin to conduct experiments
regarding the theory of evolution without placing
any test tubes in his garden. (he did that too, I'm sure).
Gauss said that collecting statistics is true-representing
enough for all practical purposes, and no further
test tubes are necessary to prove a scientific theory.

I just played the Hunger rhythm about a thousand
times in the past hour.
From a noSoul perspective,
this is like a kid trying to paint a blue dot over and over
with semi translucent paint, each time making a deeper
impression upon the paper.
If he errs and put some red paint,
each new attempt will have some red paint in it.
This is because muscle memory unit, are not memory
like we have in computers at all.
I just want to think of them as the flip flop of the brain
because it is a convenient model.
But there is no such thing as free and available space in human memory,
just like it never runs out,
and for the same reason:
A brain flip-flop is created by the same muscle process
it drives.
At first you make a conscious thought, if you are human,
and it takes a very long time, relatively speaking,
to act in accordance.
But you acted, and so the muscle sequence created
a new flip-flop or several, and that means you will have
to consciously think less next time to do the same,
but at that second time,while thinking less,
the net impression left in the flip-flops is better
and more accurate, mostly because there are by now twice
as many flip-flops busy sharing their efforts making
you play better tunes, and by some shear logic
you know from Darwin these structures were developed
a long time ago for the purpose of bettering the chances
of primitive beings in their struggle for existence.

My improvement, if at all, and if you care about guitars,
is as follows:

Stanly uses stress as the focus point,
and by minimizing stress during practice,
which is easy to do without a stage set or a recording,
you can avoid more mistakes.

All this is true and works well.

With noSoul, you can still eliminate more of the few mistakes that
you will inevitably make every once in while.

Train yourself for an automatic response which is quite
opposite what your are supposed to do on stage.
Simply stop playing immediately as you hear
a mistake of yours, and usually you can even
feel the stress about to make it occur,
and stop even earlier.
But do stop solid, immediately, then wait a while,
then start over, just like you may have used to in the early days.

Why is this important, and what's with noSoul?

A muscle memory chain of musical notes works
by correlating each note to the next, in conjunction
with listening and integrating a collection of systems
quite a bit more complex the the minimal requirements
displayed by the noSoul model.

While this can be deduced obviously from experience
while practicing, noSoul guided guitar training makes use of this fact.

If the error is inside the sequence, chances are it will be
much better remembered, and so repeated.

My experience tells me that using this method
made significant improvements in my leaning speed
and leaning abilities.
So much so that even when recording,
I prefer to give up a recording to prevent the first
mistake from ever being registered in the flip-flops.

My single most critical error is a single note I am playing
from my first flip-flop sequence ever, way before
noSoul but with Stanley's no mistake philosophy
already well absorbed in my subconsciousness and fingers:
I play this one on the first string way too loud,
and noSoul has yet to tell me how to correct this flaw.
It sort of improves with time, but mostly because I am learning
that volume can also be controlled by the distance
from the fret, as opposed to the power of the hammer,
and so I can correct the mistake by learning new motions
to lower the volume, in those places where this mistake
lingers.
Its like that boy, trying to paint that blue dot with red,
but blue is so strong it takes many layers of red
before the blue is unnoticeable,
and it will never go away forever,
but maybe you can make it so that you are the only
one alive to tell about it, because only you can still
hear the corrections of the mistake, because
only you have spent so many hours in conversations
with that particular error flip-flop community
in your brain.

Quoting Stanley Jordan speaking noSoul straight
from the heart, describing the mistake/stress
Pavlovian association, comparing practicing to the
performance, and questions:

"How does my mind know that this is the time to get it wrong?
when I was at home I got it right"

He gives a detailed answer.



Brain Muscles

It is interesting to see how brain muscles are composed
into task groups by experimenting with the guitar.
Turns out a sequence to be remembered has a large starting
section not at all related to the muscle activity,
and it is the bigger part of the reusable
sequence to be remembered.

This I deduce from the following experience:
I first played with the left hand only, for more than a year.
Only then I started playing with the right hand.
For this, I was looking for new simple melodies again.
Trying a new melody with the right hand is almost as hard as
it was with the left hand in the beginning.
With the left hand its of course very easy.
What is most interesting however,
is that my right hand can learn the sequence much quicker
by having the left hand first know it really well.
Then the right hand seems to only need some fine tuning
in the positioning of the fingers on the strings - just the part
that comes natural for the left hand and is the direct
muscle control part of the sequence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_memory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procedural_memory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declarative_memory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_consolidation
Tue, Jul 03 2007 1001 The Guitar - The Visual System Playing guitar with two hands on the neck is difficult at first
for one primary reason:
You can not watch both hands when you play.
First, you train the muscle memory of one hand to do the right thing.
Until you can close your eyes,
without too much degradation of performance quality.
Then you start slowly with the other hand, watching it.

I abandoned picking several months after starting
with the guitar, mostly because I found that by using
the left hand only, I can skip the learning curve of both
my right hand and two hand coordination,
and so learn faster.

Stanley Jordan
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Being that I knew close to nothing at the time,
it was important to advance as quickly as possible
so that I can produce sounds I would enjoy,
or else, I might stop playing altogether.

Nowadays, it is easier for me to learn new things
with my eyes closed.
First I memories the visual of how things look on the neck,
then I start with my eyes open.
After a short while, my learning curve will be higher
if I continue with my eyes closed.

It is interesting to to note in this respect,
that I believe strictly from my conscious
thought processes during,
that in such a state most of the brain is engaged
with the visual system, thereby exerting more effort
in a system that is of very high quality, as compared
for example to the hearing system,
as well is it may be tune for music, a relatively recent
evolutionary addition to the mammalian brain.
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I can tell from experience that while this happens,
I envision two independent pictures of the two hands.
So different are they from the actual two hands on the neck
of the guitar, that if I open my eyes I will immediately
mess up, just for the confusion between the images
I was playing according to, and the true image
I now see:
The hands used to be laid out at about 90 degrees
off each other, and now they seem to stretch straight
along the single guitar neck, at an obvious angle of
exactly 180 degrees.
Sun, Jul 01 2007 3000 Under Scrutiny A muscle memory unit,
from a noSoul perspective and definition,
is lack of better words to describe
the a basic building block of the brain.

A collection of such building blocks will be required
for a single identifiable process generating locomotion.
It is easy to think of this collection as a sequence,
ending with some building block commanding the locomotion of a muscle.

Disconnect, for the purpose of this theory,
the locomotion end part of the chain of building blocks,
and you have a portion composed only of pure brain activity,
much like imagined locomotion in a dream.

It is easy for example to think of a sense of balance device
as a simple composition of a bubble cell with half water half air,
surrounded by sensory organs that can tell the difference between air and water.
Yet part of the composition is the brain
sequence that analyses the information.
This could be a simple Pavlovian response composed
from relatively few building blocks,
which correlates the movement of the water in the device,
with a response of some kind (void of locomotion),
which is registered in the brain,
later only to be correlated with other instances of the same,
for comparison and re-evaluation,
and still reinforcement of the same knowledge.

It is easy to understand from this view why for example,
a sense of balance can be developed through the course
of evolution, completely separate from its owners abilty
to use it to any specific capacity.
As long as it has usefulness in some obscure way,
its quality will be ever increasing with generations.

Whether animals or mankind kind will also learn to walk
with it in due course of their gene development -
thereby having balance based instinctive locomotion responses -
or will they have to learn this trait time and again after birth,
is - therefore - a separate issue.
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