I take heart that they pushed aside everything else in the drug pipe lines all around the world. each company focused exclusively on COVID-19 vaccine followed all regulations. i don’t know about russia’s but their scientists science really well – and there’s been enough shared information that they bounced off each other. they all built on past research as they’ve made similar things before. I don’t want to think how many animals were tested for this but I imagine quite a lot worldwide. and with 700 million vaccinations worldwide, i’d expect to see some cluster of horror in some genetically fragile population. it would come from someplace as bad news travels fast by many means. and yet .. it seems the drug making has been very competent. will we turn into werewolves or develop some awful sci fi issue? i don’t think so. they make the smallest weakest changes possible that work rather than broad solutions like the DDT days.

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Absolutely amazing. I know one or two people on my friends list who particularly like “the map is not the territory” but I’d never known about this: David Ferrier was a pioneering 19th century Scottish neurosurgeon who mapped out animal brains. Well, he wanted to map out the human brain but he had no subjects. So what he did was brilliant: He mapped out the monkey brain but drew it on a human brain, while KNOWING it’s certainly all wrong. It was brilliant because until then there was NO map of the human brain. Now, neurosurgeons had something to “tack” their information onto. They just had to move David Ferrier’s marks around to fit their reality and yet his map gave all neurosurgeons and researchers a COMMON BASE to work from. So the map need not match up AT ALL to the territory as long as there is a map. The map gives you a common place to work from, a reference, a tacking device. I read about it in: This is Not a Boundary Object: Reflections on the Origin of a Concept and what I wrote was my words.

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ie: The hippocampus is actually stupid and that’s good. It associates whether we’re conscious or not, animal or human. A model for memory systems based on processing modes rather than consciousness Katharina Henke Prominent models of human long-term memory distinguish between memory systems on the basis of whether learning and retrieval occur consciously or unconsciously. Episodic memory formation requires the rapid encoding of associations between different aspects of an event which, according to these models, depends on the hippocampus and on consciousness. However, recent evidence indicates that the hippocampus mediates rapid associative learning with and without consciousness in humans and animals, for long-term and short-term retention. Consciousness seems to be a poor criterion for differentiating between declarative (or explicit) and nondeclarative (or implicit) types of memory. A new model is therefore required in which memory systems are distinguished based on the processing operations involved rather than by consciousness. https://www.nature.com/articles/nrn2850

ie: The hippocampus is
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metaphor. universal? doors. needed first person perspective. have a quiet space that can be disturbed by doors appearing. behind each door was a room. room contains The next step in the decision. walking through the door is making a decision. found circle of doors image then wondered if doors are universal . I could not find a human culture without door like things. what about animal? dog and cat for sure. Made it down to trapdoor spiders. They have reusable doors that they make. what does the door do? Enclose a habitat. I went lower. can colony of bacteria open a door? at the very least, they can find a weak spot while pushing as a group and break it open. that behaves like a door. so it could simply be a shape: Key and lock. that’s involved in chemistry. what about electrons? They bridge gaps, and a gap is a doorway. then it hit me : a door is a switch. I Feedback loop can bypass a switch (arcing). when standing in the middle of a circle of switches, and you are an electron, whatever switch you close is the path to go down. a closed switch is an open door

metaphor. universal? doors.

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Mulling over metaphor. universal? doors. needed first person perspective. have a quiet space that can be disturbed by doors appearing. behind each door was a room. room contains The next step in the decision. walking through the door is making a decision. found circle of doors image then wondered if doors are universal . I could not find a human culture without door like things. what about animal? dog and cat for sure. Made it down to trapdoor spiders. They have reusable doors that they make. what does the door do? Enclose a habitat. I went lower. can colony of bacteria open a door? at the very least, they can find a weak spot while pushing as a group and break it open. that behaves like a door. so it could simply be a shape: Key and lock. that’s involved in chemistry. what about electrons? They bridge gaps, and a gap is a doorway. then it hit me : a door is a switch. I Feedback loop can bypass a switch (arcing). when standing in the middle of a circle of switches, and you are an electron, whatever switch you open is the path to go down.

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