Dopamine, ADHD, and Signal to Noise Ratio

Dopamine bumps the signal to noise ratio in the brain, increasing pattern recognition, even for things that may not be there, as in paranoid schizophrenia. Dopamine deficit lower the signal to noise ratio, making the signal difficult to distinguish from the background noise, and patterns harder to detect. With ADHD’s dopamine deficit, following one conversation or train of thought can prove tricky because all conversations or thoughts sound equally loud, making it hard to pick out a continuous stream, instead picking up bits and pieces from several different streams of conversation or thought. … More Dopamine, ADHD, and Signal to Noise Ratio

The Meaning of Imaginary Time: Creativity’s Dialog with Timelessness

Before exploring some mathematicians’ more creative explorations of the of the role of imaginary numbers such as Lewis Carroll, a.k.a Charles Dodgson’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and Wolfgang Pauli’s account of active imagination, entitled “Piano Lesson,” let’s take a look at the role imaginary numbers play mathematically. … More The Meaning of Imaginary Time: Creativity’s Dialog with Timelessness

Human Relationship to Time

Human Relationship to Time Through weaving together a wide variety of material, this paper outlines the intertwining of two states of temporal consciousness. On one hand, modern consciousness operates almost exclusively in linear time characterized by the following adjectives: unidirectional, structured, static, external, dominating, objective, logical, quantified, mathematical, and masculine. On the other hand, indigenous … More Human Relationship to Time

Cultivating Holism: Following Mileva Maric and Marie-Louise von Franz

The emphasis of this paper is on the a-temporal landscape common to both the collective unconscious and the block universe of relativity. Part I situates two important contributors to the history of a-temporality: Mileva Maric for her unacknowledged work on relativity and Marie Louise von Franz for her understanding of the relativistic implications for the study of human consciousness through psychology and religion. A-temporality can be very difficult for our temporally bound minds to grasp. My discussion in Part II of this paper builds on the work of Maric and von Franz and offers new ways of thinking about time. I hope to help to reconcile the seemingly incompatible realms of temporality and a-temporality, and to draw attention to the discussion’s parallels with its dual cultural context of masculine and feminine.
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