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Science of Polarity

Effect of Wanted and Unwanted Behavior

On the previous page we talked about how wanted/unwanted behavior originating in the thalamus affects its ability to predict future events1. Determining what is wanted versus unwanted isn't always easy for humans - especially when it comes down to what is needed (and not necessarily wanted). The thalamus and the rest of the brain become engaged in a continual feedback loop when you are faced with a decision to ponder what is needed, not needed, wanted, or not wanted. This disrupts the continuity of the thalamus being able to relay your Polarity to you - it's too busy in its feedback loop to give your senses any predicted future information.


Unwanted Behaviors

The Feedback Loop

The feedback loop only lasts for a fraction of a second. The problem is that you have many of these loops continuously going. It's driven by your uncertainty in making the right decisions in life. The uncertainty is driven by the constant self-debate of trade-offs between the good or bad that will come from your decision. For example, have you ever bargained with yourself to eat your favorite food now in exchange for promising to do something to offset the calories in return? Should you give money to the homeless guy on the street? This inner, continual self-debate is the core of wanted and unwanted behavior.


The conflict of wanted/unwanted behavior is the chief contributing factor in muddling your clean prediction of future events. For example, on very micro-scales, eye movement has been shown to correctly move based on future events as determined by the thalamus2. To be clear, the prediction capability isn't magic, rather it's just an ability for the brain - acting through the thalamus3 - to chain together events (discussed on the next page) into the near future. This isn't psychic ability; this is normal human being ability. It varies widely from person to person because everyone has varying degrees of conflict when it comes to wanted and unwanted behavior.


Reward-Based Behaviors

Feedback Loop

Wanted/Unwanted behaviors enable the reward-based system that governs human psychology. The thalamus is constantly acting/reacting on behaviors that are either wanted or unwanted based on these rewards. An action without reward is correlated to unwanted whereas an action with reward is correlated to wanted. This is true even if the actions are harmful towards others. The thalamus is the central point for predicting what will produce rewards and can do this most effectively when it is completely focused on when it can purely acting on wanted behaviors. A reward-based system greatly increases the thalamus's ability to chain together future events.


Positive and Negative Intentions

Wanted behaviors are expected to result in a desired reward. Wanted behaviors are driven through helpful or harmful actions. In your brain, all that matters is getting the reward. You may choose to avoid harmful actions because of associated punishment, but inflicting harm to get a reward is always an option. All that matters is the result.


Example: Wanted Behavior With Negative Intention

Your child misses curfew. Your desired result is for them to learn to not miss curfew (i.e., your reward). You've learned that grounding your child is an effective form of punishment (i.e., your wanted behavior) and that spanking isn't effective at all (i.e., your unwanted behavior). You ground your child as punishment for missing curfew. Grounding is your negative intention because you intend to do something negative to your child. Alternatively, you could have talked with your child about the benefits of coming home on time. This would be a positive intention.

All actions begin with intent. Do you intend to be helpful or harmful in order to get the reward? In the brain, "intent" requires planning. If you intend to be helpful then you will plan accordingly, even within microseconds. If you intend to be harmful then that, too, will cause you to plan accordingly. If you find yourself debating between being helpful or harmful then your intent changes with your internal debate. Remember that your brain is constantly debating with itself in this manner - even with the most seemingly insignificant aspects of your life. Should you speed through the yellow light before it turns red? If you answered "yes" to this then you are intentionally breaking the law (i.e., speeding) in order to gather the reward of not waiting through the red light. By speeding, you are accepting the chance of being potentially harmful towards others. What is certain is that you're not being helpful towards others.


Removing the Feedback Loop

What would happen if your thalamus and the rest of the brain didn't have this feedback loop anymore? Your thalamus would be unimpeded to provide you with a constant stream of predicted future events directly to your senses (i.e., sight, sound). You would actually experience these future events constantly - just like a constant déjà vu but with clarity and consistency.


The feedback loop is removed once all unwanted behavior is removed. All unwanted behavior is removed once the debate between having positive intentions or negative intentions is removed. If your intentions are wholly positive then you will be able to instantly have an unabated plan to execute your wanted behavior. Your thalamus doesn't have a feedback loop to deal with anymore so you have a pure stream of information straight from the brain. The same is true if your intentions are purely negative.


Now, how does the thalamus get this information about future events? This is discussed on the next page.

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References

1 Functional anatomy of thalamus and basal ganglia. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12192499

2 A role of the human thalamus in predicting the perceptual consequences of eye movements. http://www.frontiersin.org/Systems_Neuroscience/10.3389/fnsys.2013.00010/abstract

3 Modeling thalamus as a non-rectifying predictive comparator. http://www.rni.org/softky/thalamus.pdf

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