8. Memory – reality and Brain Tissue
There is a short-term memory and a long-term memory. At first, everything is stored in the short-term memory. Number sequences, distilled from sensory signals and brain activity are temporarily stored in certain parts of the brain. A memory consists of different components: light, smell, sound, touch and emotion. These are stored in different parts by means of a neural network. Retrieving the memory is activated by similar number values of new impressions.
Impulses are transported by a biochemical transfer of stimulus. Number codes are converted to biochemical stimulus codes with various concentrations that correspond with received number codes. This conversion can be compared to a phone call, where speech is converted into digital noughts and ones to be transferred and then re-converted into speech when exiting the line. Converting digital data into biochemical code is similar. Brain tissue suffers from wear, renewal and biochemical variations in diverse matter. So, memory too would fade away with time, if the real memory had not been stored in the brain as a number sequence. Thus it is everlasting. See evidence part 2 and 3 in my book.
When the short-term memory is affected by degeneration due to old age or brain disease, transporting digital codes to biochemical ones is seriously hindered. The eventual rendition in number codes is impeded or even blocked, which prevents transfer to the long-term memory. The memory potential that is already there can still be accessed: people can still talk about the old days, so memories can be retrieved.
New memories, however, are barely created, because the centers in the brain that transform the lumps of number information biochemically are degenerated. Number codes that do get through are transformed incompletely. Subsequent centers of the brain that are controlled by neural networks, do not recognize incomplete biochemical impulses. Recognizably the biochemical impulse rages through the neural networks and gets lost in the end. See evidence part 2 and 3 in my book.
Centers in the brain that enable memory provide number codes with biochemical labels, so the impulses are correctly processed logistically. Impulses observed through the eye, mouth, ear, skin and brain activity receive biochemical labels that are interpreted emotionally and hormonally and by transmitters. See evidence part 3 in my book.
A memory becomes more powerful when the impulse is experienced more intensely. The relatively objective number sequences that are received are interpreted subjectively. A situation, similar in objective terms, can be interpreted differently by different people because they attach different personal labels to the number sequences received. Communications between two subjects (people as well as animals) are mutually interpreted by the parties involved. This accounts for the occurrence of miscommunication.
Brain matter is bombarded with impulses and biochemical interactions. To establish an equilibrium between rest, action and reaction is a complex task, comprising many variables. A balanced upbringing and education enable small children to grow into harmonious and cooperative people whose primal instincts are kept in check. A society has to find a balance, both at macro and micro level, in order to protect people from each other. It is a subtle growth process historically, sociologically and intellectually that requires checks and balances and extensive research.
An emotionally balanced human being that acts wisely is accepted by himself and his environment. A complete biochemical soup in the brain causes rational behavior, but also misbehavior and derailment. Positive learning impulses, obtained through upbringing, education and communication, are etched into the neural networks. The more positively an individual interacts with their environment and fellow human beings, the better positive patterns of behavior are stored, thus encouraging future positive behavior.
Fortunate circumstances of living that encourage mental growth repay themselves many times over by means of a fortunate course of history. People experiencing disturbed forms of upbringing and limited opportunities in life are badly repaid for their efforts. To prevent this requires a big effort in compensating a backlog of dysfunctional behaviors. Often this process is only partly successful and the socio-economic gap cannot be bridged. The government should provide the means to combat social inequality. Even if this only works partly, its effect cannot be ignored.
Positive patterns of behavior should be enforced so negative patterns are repressed. This process can be viewed as any training in any kind of skill, leading to automated behavior. Practice makes perfect. Skills are 98% of perspiration and 2% of inspiration. Repetition is essential in learning skills. The more repetition, the better the behavior is stored in the brain, the quicker someone can perform the skill correctly.