The world is full of ambitious people who have the drive but not the resources. I know I could’ve had a PhD or two under my belt but couldn’t even afford to get an Associate’s degree. (2 complete years). In the USA, you have a SMALL window of help: Age 18-23, approximately. After that, help dries up and life moves on. Gotta work. Had your chance, etc. I don’t regret it because the US is a class based system, mostly hinging on family community status and provable family income. Even with assistance, if your family couldn’t have afforded tuition, it also means you won’t be able to afford to avail yourself of opportunities that come only to those with sufficient connection and family (not personal) income. I didn’t have that and it’s ok. I like my life and glad for the choices I made out of what was available and my capabilities and drive. But I feel for those who DO want more, strive for it, have the intelligence but get little of the assistance (for lack of family community status and family income). If you pry behind the stories of the “self made successes”, you’ll usually find big helpers along the way that “lift” them up and continue to, often political in some way.

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When I was 14, at the last stage of my “piano lessons” career (I thankfully avoided Julliard… I don’t think I could’ve handled that perfectionism) – my last piano teacher was showing me alternative composition techniques and it really appealed to me. Basically, what you do is scratch your intentions with pencil on the paper in kind of a ‘graph’ form – a visualization of the “shape” of the composition, without specifying any notes. I liked it because it gave flexibility to the composer AND performers without straightjacketing them to “perfect notes”.

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Thank you Dr. Nikolic. I’ll look at it, quite gladly. As a seeker of “what’s correct” in models of reality, I’m cautious because a model can be “almost correct” but have a fatal flaw in reasoning, or at least something that raises a “note of caution”. That doesn’t mean I won’t advocate it but I want to be aware. Yet, with Practopoiesis, I find no such flaw. The closest model that “speaks to me” in the realm of cognitive development that is “almost perfect” to me is “Embodied Cognition” by George Lakoff along with similar ideas by others that followed him. Yet, I am aware of some criticisms of the “family of” embodied cognition concepts and I keep those in mind, even while unhesitatingly endorsing it. Yet your Practopoiesis has no flaws that I can find. From a common sense perspective, any intelligence should necessarily have available everything it has learned thus far as a tool in ongoing salience and decision-making and be capable of revising any portion of its intelligence should feedback (internal or external, it does not matter for it is one system) show that greater affordance is given upon revision. Affordance awareness brings agility to novelty. Your model includes that “bringing everything” feature. Evolution, Genetics, individual cognitive development through the lifespan are all in some way modifiable in Practopoiesis. Evolution may be a slow facet of intelligence, genetic expression a faster facet of intelligence, and moment-to-moment neural activity the fastest facet of intelligence, but all work together systemically with and through each other as continual feedback is processed from the system which includes its environment.. This, at least, is how I’m understanding Practopoiesis and how I’ve been explaining it to others, and I’ll keep studying just in case I get something wrong. All in all, I want to say thank you.

Thank you Dr. Nikolic.
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Politicians don’t want to spend tax money (not their money but they find ways to make it theirs) on mental health. They’ll do it for prisons but not schools nor long term psychiatric care. If the same funds that used to be spend for long term care was spend on community mental health programs, simple outpatient facilities mental and wellness programs, I think you’d see less problems caused by the unstable. The problem isn’t precisely the loss of institutions: it’s the loss of mental health as a managed aspect of communities, whether institution or outpatient. In short: the money’s not spend on mental health anymore, not unless you’re of the correct class. Then the funds show up.

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Patterns of collective neuronal behavior can be transferred from person to person. Listening to music. Watching movies. Reading same books. Learning same ways of thinking. So is it an immortal spirit being transferred? Get enough patterns from one living into another living brain by whatever transfer method and it might as well be.

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