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"Free and critical minds can emerge only by a return to the source-the primary sources. A free and critical mind takes nothing for granted and is not intimidated by "authorities" who frequently may be more confused than the general public. Free and critical minds seek truth without chauvinism or shame." - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Television Writers Influence Brains & Mental Illness

Brain Distortions

Most television content entertainingly provides incomplete and inaccurate information. This makes it possible to have head-on collisions without knowing it. Television content enhances the distortions of unhealthy, malnourished minds. It contributes to mental illness.

How The Mind Operates

In the rooms and records of our memory, there is always a comparison going on of what we see/hear/experience and don't see/hear/experience. From this pairing of present and non-present information, we draw conclusions, formulate opinions, construct beliefs and decide behaviors.

Yes, we automatically infer information from missing information. We subconsciously fill in the blanks with a basic logical statement that says, “if I see/hear/experience this and don't see/hear/experience this, then what I see/hear must be true and the only thing that exists.” This is faulty logic and faulty thinking. It leads to this:

Each group of people portrays history as if they each sprang up separately and on their own, apart from Africa. Many people think they know their heritage and say they come from such and such country but never do they say they came from Africa. It is faulty logic to think a branch can spring up without a trunk and roots. All evidence says we are one people. The human race started in Africa and was highly civilized in Africa. Yet, these same people think it's logical to say, we all have common ape ancestors but deny we all have common human ancestors.

The Mind Seeks Information

The mind is an information gatherer, processor, sorter and storer. It receives information all the time from the senses and from its surroundings and interactions. This is a tool for survival and evolution. Unknown to many of us, our entire being seeks wholeness. The mind is no exception. The mind seeks wholeness of information. The mind seeks to take whatever information it receives and orient it with the other information it has.

Incomplete Information & Distortion

When the information doesn't fit due to being incomplete, the mind will fill in the gaps the best it can – with inferred and assumed information, right or wrong.

A healthy mind will seek additional information inside and outside of itself. It will review, observe, read, study, investigate, compare and contrast information. This has been discussed in Inherited Self-Esteem Hand-Me-Downs, Habits & Peer Pressure Context And So Continues The Meaning Of Life & Existence (Part 7e) and in Definition, Understanding Learning's Association With Breathing, Motion & Infinite Possibilities And So Continues The Meaning Of Life & Existence (Part 8f) and in Google Alerts & Information Research and in Understanding Digesting Information And So Continues The Meaning Of Life & Existence (Part 8h).

An unhealthy mind will limit the search to itself or not seek any additional information. It fills in the gaps by deciding what it knows is all there is to know. This is similar to inbreeding. It results in defective decisions and defective behavior. Also, an unhealthy mind will often hold one or more beliefs that are in conflict with each other, yet the mind will not be aware of it. This has been discussed in Day 1: Mind-Centered Living & Disability and in Choice & Decision Analysis | To Each His Own – An Escape Route From Responsible Thinking and in Poetry Included: Right by Default Of My Own

Conflicting Information & Distortion

When the information doesn't fit due to being in conflict with information already in the mind, a healthy mind will always seek additional information and re-check information it already has. An unhealthy mind will shut down and summarily reject the information that conflicts with what is already thinks. It does so, because new information might be more accurate than what it has and thus it would have to either do some work to revamp itself or put in a lot of effort to resist the truth and still maintain living as if living without incorporating truth, is okay.

An unhealthy mind is too weak, tired, lazy, busy, afraid and hedonistic to revamp itself or resist truth, thus it will quickly convince itself that what it already knows is good enough. An unhealthy mind convinces itself information it has been using is right just because it has been relied upon for so long. This has been discussed in Definition: Human Genetics' Changing Influences & Responses Context And So Continues The Meaning Of Life & Existence (Part 7f) and in Definition | Mis-Education Discombobulation And So Continues The Meaning Of Life & Existence (Part 8k).

Irony of Distortion

As discussed earlier in this series, an unhealthy mind that is being subconsciously influenced by false television content is unaware of this. Yet, when it is being shown, told or experiences truth, it is keenly aware because truth always resonates. An unhealthy mind consciously does all it can to quickly shut down resonating truth. It often does so with thoughts that minimize the truth. It also uses pre-programmed excuses that have been passed on by others who are experts at dismissing truth. All this effort is used to avoid the effort and conflict of conscience stated in the previous section and in the previous article.

Question Why

Why is truth encountered consciously less inviting than falsehoods encountered subconsciously?

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