10 Ideas Worth Sharing This Week
Josh Spector

Another Idea Worth Sharing

“A Shield for Armour” — Daniel’s Conception of his Shattered Self-Image during the early stages of his recovery from schizophrenia, 2008, as described to his mother, Laurna Tallman

Before I take exception to something he wrote, I want to thank Josh Spector for a provocative and inspiring article, 10 Ideas Worth Sharing This Week.

He quoted, “Your brain is a funny thing in that it doesn’t believe what is true or false; your brain simply believes whatever you tell it most often.”

This is an appalling thought and I think it is incorrect to insist that most people, or at least the broad audience we think we are addressing, have never plumbed the depths of their own system of beliefs so that they know the rational basis they use for assessing the difference between “truth” and “falsehood” however many times others come up with unreplicable data or factoids. Even the Sarah Huckabee Sanders types of provocateur might admit, in the right circumstances, to that personal foundation for making judgements. Donald Trump could not, because he is insane; but most people are not insane. The drawing above, made by my son Daniel when he was extremely insane, during the earliest stages of his recovery from acute schizophrenia in 2008, indicates that he is trying to find the bedrock for his own beliefs about himself and his world.

I have been listening to a lot of guff for a rather long time and while it took me about 20 years to find bedrock, there it was and I have been building ever since. The rock remains vulnerable to analysis and waits for anything more meaningful to come along. When I was 26, something more meaningful arrived and the rock grew a landscape, which I explored as the rock proved larger and larger, even planet-sized. When I was 66, something more meaningful arrived to change my vision so that the landscape became transparent. For example, I could see crystal formations in rock, molecules swimming in water, and fluids moving through the vascular bundles of plants.

My metaphor is about my understanding of the reality inside my own head as it perceives the reality surrounding me. It is about testing the “windows” into the beliefs I was raised in, which were composed of science, the Judeo-Christian faith, and my mother’s perhaps extraordinary perceptions of events in future time. It is about having “spiritual” experiences that become (almost) commonplace. It is about learning something new about why the brain functions as it does to create that interior reality that reflects our perceptions of it. It is scientific because it is neurological and meshes seamlessly with extant science. I discovered it; I didn’t make it up. It is religious in the sense that it goes a long way towards explaining the kinds of experiences described in sacred scriptures and in religious practice labelled “spiritual” without displacing them. And it describes how the neurology of hearing affects, for example, states of consciousness, thought processes, learning, rationality and insanity, maturation, and body systems like respiration, digestion, the immune system, the cardiovascular system, and hormone production. Your hearing determines what your brain can experience through all your senses and, therefore, how you think about all your perceptions. Your ears also control body systems. Donald Trump, at least theoretically, could be rendered sane through music therapy.

Significant Iconic Figures in Daniel’s Belief System. Free-form drawing by Daniel November 2, 2008, twenty days before he achieved normal left-brain dominance.

The psychologist you quote, in my opinion, actually does not understand how the human brain works, how the belief system develops, or why some people have the ability to do some things with their brains that other highly intelligent people cannot. The psychologist, like the Oatmeal cartoonist, is working within the known landscape (or perhaps still is digging among the rocks). Psychology has adopted so many false assumptions over the past 200 years that I would like to write the revision of that history. More importantly, I would love to introduce people to what my metaphor suggests is clairvoyance, but is really — and very simply — excellent hearing.

Strong, flexible middle ear muscles can control the person’s states of consciousness in much the way people with normal legs who practice can learn to walk, run, and climb. Music corrects audition. Music also increases the flow of sound energy into the brain, raising the speed of integration of the two hemispheres and improving the dominance of the left-brain. Music, used properly, can make people more rational. Now, there’s another idea worth sharing!