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Science of Polarity

Chaining Events For Future/Past Events

Let's go back to that creepy feeling you may get from people you first meet. Or the time you stopped yourself from going through a doorway because something told you that you shouldn't. Even though you don't know anything about the person or what's on the other side of the door your intuition Polarity steered you correctly. This is made possible by your brain chaining predicted events together and passing this information to your thalamus which, in turn, passes the information to your senses.


Future Events

Science still doesn't know what intuition is 1, 2 and will declare that it comes with practice3. Intuition is given credit for that creepy feeling? This doesn't make sense because getting that creepy feeling cannot be learned and it cannot be practiced. Over the many years we have generically labeled this "intuition" and give no other thought to it. Credit should be given to your Polarity - it gave you that sense that something would be wrong. Remember that the thalamus is trying to feed information to your eyes, ears, and skin. The creepy feeling is the successful transmission of future events, but only in the manifestation of usually one of the senses such as touch (e.g., in the form of the chills), sight (e.g., seeing an apparition), or sound (e.g., hearing something that no one else does).


The brain is amazingly powerful when it comes to perception4. We know that various parts of the brain will participate in prediction5 and will adjust in real-time given specific circumstances. Perception - another generic misnomer for Polarity - is the same thing as chaining events into the future to perceive what isn't seen or heard. The brain treats predicting events just as easily as it is to predict dominoes toppling each other.


Past Events

It's well-documented that the thalamus is critical in the recollection of the events of the past6, 7. Without it, you won't recall anything that has ever happened to you (and you will also be in an irreversable coma). The thalamus is the entry point for all senses except smell and - through lengthy process (described on the first page of this article) involving several cortices and the hippocampal function - information is correlated, associated, and stored into short-term and long-term memory. This memory information can be retrieved and passed forward through the cortices and back to the thalamus so you can have a call-to-action for anything that is happening to you or anything that could happen to you.


The hippocampus (responsible for short-term and long-term memory) and the dentate gyrus (responsible for new memory generation) are some of the few parts of the brain that experience neurogenesis8, 9. Neurogenesis is the ability to create new neurons. With new neurons, new memories can be stored but more importantly, existing memories can be re-organized and become more efficient to access. There isn't a known limit of how many memories that can be stored. It is known, however, that your mood and attitude are directly tied to the rate of neurogenesis in the dentate gyrus10. In other words, memory recall and memory efficiency is stunted based on your mood and attitude. Most notably, depression will slow neurogenesis. Depression is tied to many things that are outside of your control such as genetics and environment11. However, it's also tied to things within your control such as unwanted behavior such as unhealthy vices (e.g., drinking too much, overeating). If you were devoid of any unwanted behavior, then you would maximize neurogenesis because you'd be less likely to be depressed. Remember from the previous page that wanted behavior doesn't necessarily equate to being helpful, but it can also be tied to be harmful.


If you are devoid of all unwanted behavior, you are positioned to not only have much better memory, but you will also be able to leverage your Polarity to chain together events of the past. This is a chief contributor towards feelings you may get such as:


  • Feeling you've been somewhere before - even though you haven't.
  • Feeling like you've had a past life.
  • Feeling as if you can strongly empathize with someone from a different culture.
  • Remembering seemingly meaningless distant memories from when you were young.
  • Feeling like there is a ghost or paranormal entity nearby. This is just a sense of an event that happened in the distant past. You feel it because your thalamus allows you to feel it.

References

1 Science and intuition: do both have a place in clinical decision making? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23448983

2 Developing intuition: neural correlates of cognitive-skill learning in caudate nucleus. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23197739

3 Intuition and evidence--uneasy bedfellows? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12014539

4 Event Perception: A Mind/Brain Perspective. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2852534/

5 Brain Systems for Probabilistic and Dynamic Prediction: Computational Specificity and Integration. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3782423/

6 What does the Thalamus Do? http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-does-the-Thalamus-do.aspx

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

8 Neurogenisis in the Dentate Gyrus of the Adult Rat: Age-Related Decrease of Neuronal Progenitor Proliferation. http://www.jneurosci.org/content/16/6/2027.full.pdf

9 Adult neurogenesis. http://www.scholarpedia.org/article/Adult_neurogenesis

10 Dentate gyrus neurogenesis and depression. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17765746

11 What Is Depression? http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression/what-causes-depression.shtml


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