Archive for April, 2014

Augmenting health the fun easy way.

April 29, 2014

I parked my car some distance and walked into the store. I shop at Costco about twice a month. Walking through the vitamin area I saw a lady picking up a 3-6-9 Omega oil bottle, apparently not knowing that only the Omega 3 and 9 of the trio fights cancer while the Omega 6 promote it! I didn’t say anything to the lady, it’s none of my business what people do to themselves, but when I got home I cooked my usual hot cereal and added 2 heaping spoonfuls of Chia seeds loaded with Omega 3 only, that I picked up at the same store on the same day (By the way, next to me was standing the same lady picking up a more expensive Chia blend, a combination of 4 grains with Chia being the least amount). I still didn’t say anything to her but I murmured to myself, “My God, lady, it’s so easy to augment your health, why don’t you start doing it ?”

What is the moral of this experience that I had at Costco last week? I am not sure because I don’t want to believe that some shoppers are stupid, I’d rather believe they are not educated the value way? Or may be just not paying attention? I finally settled on Dr. Kahneman research, this august Nobel price winner (2002) calls these shoppers, well, not uninformed, not stupid, not even uneducated, not anything…just lazy to think, well, may be that is the psychological answer…just too lazy to think… on the way to the grave too early. I hope the Costco lady reads this posting but I doubt she will, you see, you are the fortunate one, you are not lazy to search the internet for the right blog!

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Ukraine: The human mind.

April 19, 2014

They are cousins but they can’t live together in peace, some of them are brothers and they fight, some of them are Europeans highly educated, unlike fighters in Syria, and they still fight each other. After 42 years as a psychologist (Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College, 1972) I think it’s time for me to tell you about the human mind. It isn’t what you think it is:

Some people believe the human mind is God, deciding who lives and who dies. Some are even more wrong than that, inflicted by their Freudian ego, thinking their mind is them, themselves, as if they were born with it! But, worse of all, some people, even the educated, believe that all their decisions are made in their minds, all the risks they take in life are mind born, even their free-will is mental, even their spirituality is mental, even their soul resides in their mind. How ridiculous it is that people let their mind decide their reality. Buddha said, “The human mind is the slayer of the truth.” People believe their “stuff” is the truth. His solution was to meditate to quiet your mind to find the truth.” Freud said, “Mind is ego, the mediator between you and reality. Children who are raised to mediate their lives work.” Dr. Gordon Allport said, “The human mind becomes functionally autonomous with growth of neural complexity.” This notion is a similar idea to Hal 9000, the robot telling his creator that he is now the boss. By the way, Allport idea of functional autonomy of the human mind is true when people collapse the distinction between themselves and their mind when they say, “I think….,” instead of, “My mind thinks…..”  Now, let’s find out what the human mind really is (you may not like the truth because your mind won’t let you accept it):

There is no word for “Mind” in the Bible. Mind does not exist in scriptures. What exists is the word Machshava which is Calculator or Computer in English. The mind is actually the Software in your head, all the apps in the brain, which is an evolved super, super, super hardware. Most of the software in the human mind are obsolete or dysfunctional apps, but these apps are being slowly replaced by better ones. I predict that people in the 23rd century will understand this “stuff” by having better apps. I told you won’t like it became your mind won’t accept it, but those of you who accept the truth about the mind it will blows your mind away! Have a good day.

Ukraine: A message for Americans, Canadians and Europeans.

April 18, 2014

Ukrainians do not have a history of harmony between different ethnic groups, all Ukrainians, living in peace and prosperity within a defined boundary. None of the Eastern European countries born of the Soviet Union do 100%. They were all provinces of Russia or other countries at one time or another. In Ukraine, the situation is aggravated because the Ukrainians are poor and the Russians are rich, the Ukrainians are passive and the Russians are proactive and more assertive (one reason they are richer). What the West and Europe need to do is help Ukraine change its educational system emphasizing  multiculturalism, human rights and nationalism. You are all Ukrainians and you need to build a country to be successful, like Russia did for itself under Putin. Ukraine needs a Ukrainian Putin, not a Merkel or an Obama. The European Union will not give you an identity, the Americans will give you money but will take away your national identity, and Canada, a well-meaning friend, Harper does not understand that if French-Canadians have learned to live together with Anglo-Canadians then Russian-Ukrainians and Ukrainian-Ukrainians can learn to live together too. The world had its say today as the BBC says, you are all in it together, and if you can’t live as a family of ethnic cousins yet at least you can become a political Federation! Stop fighting!

Ukraine, don’t sell your nationality for American money or replace your own security for Russian or European security or sell your diversity for an unhappy future! Get smart!

Ukraine: Human rights vs. political rights.

April 16, 2014

If you agree with US president Obama that the Russians who make up 60% of Eastern Ukraine should be a silent majority and accept to live in the part of Ukraine where 40% of the people who are Ukrainians control their destiny, you are with Obama who believes that the political rights of the Ukrainian majority in the whole country (70%) should determine who runs Eastern Ukraine. If you agree with Russian president Putin that the Russians who make up 60% of Eastern Ukraine should be the active majority and not accept to be governed by the 40% Ukrainian minority just because they are a part of the 70% Ukrainian majority in the whole country, you are with Putin who believes that the human rights of the Russian majority in Eastern Ukraine supersedes the political rights of the Ukrainian majority in the whole country to govern them.

As a social psychologist I believe that the life of a people is happier and better expressed when they get to vote for their own representatives to govern them. Human rights are 60% important and political rights are only 40% important. Therefore, Ukraine should vote for a new Constitution called Federal where each province that has a 51% majority of one ethnic group get to have a separate election of its government. English Canada and French Canada living in peace and prosperity together is a good example. My God, people, you can have both your human rights and political rights, a federal system to having your cake and eating it too!

Behavioral profile: The case of the diapearing 777 plane (final)

April 2, 2014

I walked into my office and set by my computer on the reclining chair and contemplated a thought. I didn’t visualize (thought?) that I was going to post again and again and again and again that a behavioral profiling investigation is the only fastest and most valid way to get to the truth of what happened in the cockpit of the 777. I do it now for the last time because I dream (behavior?) closure for the families of the vanished (behavior?). Unfortunately the public and the people who are handling the information on the vanished plane do not use behavioral profiling. Come to think of it, no one does that I know of, probably not even behavioral psychologists. I am alone, a maverick. The fact that I became wealthy through behavioral economic profiling not withstanding. The fact that I cure two cancers through behavioral health profiling not withstanding. People ignore behaviorism. Abraham Maslow, the great psychologist said fifty years ago, “Many people cannot rise above what their culture allows them to understand and do.” Ladies and gentlemen, it sounds ridiculous and unbelievable to say it but most people in our culture don’t know what constitute a behavior and what does  not constitute a behavior. Are you still with me? I didn’t mean you. I know that you know that feeling love and thinking about someone is not a behavior of a brain cell!

Good, lets apply a behavioral analysis of the disappearing plane:

1) You have voice recording of the two pilots. That is their verbal behavior. Mail the recording to the psychology department of Harvard University to do a complete analysis, you’d be amazed what phonetic analysis can reveal. Also, analyse the past recordings of the voices of the 2 pilots on other flights. What you can find out is their level of maturity, intentionality, pretence, self-confidence, self-doubt, authenticity of voice, cheating attitude, stress, anxiety, feelings and so on

2. Amplify verbal behavior analysis of crew members: Recorded from the moment the crew members entered the doomed plane, yes, do that, it’s cheaper in the long ran than sending 100 ships of 10 nations to search the  ocean. Add noise analysis from non verbal behaviors of the passengers and crew members

3. Amplified verbal and nonverbal behavior (voice and noise) of passengers. Do the same as above.

4. Nonverbal (action, behavior, doing). I hope that you understand now what behavior is and agree that for the next few days all the “junk” no-behavior investigation has to be ignored: all the theories, concepts, got to go because they are not behavior. Assumptions, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, perceptions, attitudes, and so on are dumped in the bin of bullshit. OK, now get all the videos of the two dudes as pilots, students and family members and analyse them for bravado, thrill seeking personality, age immaturity, disorganization behavior, religious fanaticism, drinking habit and  suicidal ideation There is a big difference between the behaviors of someone who will kill himself and someone who won’t kill himself ( without training what to look for in the video, most observers would think that the person who will not kill himself is the one that will kill himself).

5. The point that I want to stress to you is this: Don’t wait for behavioral psychologists to offer volunteer classes to teach free classes on how to analyse your daughter or son’s behavior. They won’t. If you are lucky to have the right attitude about what I am writing today, keep visiting my blogs and send me a note that day you get that famous “wow experience” that means “I got it.” Wow, a new life will open up to you from that moment one. You will join the 10% Rule or the 10% of humanity that got it! I got it 50 years ago from Werner Erhard himself in EST! Have a great life!