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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Declaration of Independance

What are you? What makes you who you are? Do you follow the crowd? I bet you always say you are an individual, there is no-one else like you, you are unique. But are you?

We all are genetically different, but yet we all act the same. Take a look around, we all eat the same foods, we wear the same brand of clothing, we listen to the same music, we watch the same TV, we watch the same movies, we read the same books, we have the same education etc etc.

So why are we made different? Nature has designed us to be different and yet we try and be the same as everyone else. To fit in, to feel secure, to progress through life, because we have a desire too.

But can you say confidently that you have made a conscious decision to be different? Probability says you have but the fact is actually not true. You are led to believe you have a choice, that you are in control, but in reality a lot of these decisions you think you are making are being made for you.

Give me a dozen healthy infants, well-formed, and my own specified world to bring them up in and I'll guarantee to take any one at random and train him to become any type of specialist I might select – doctor, lawyer, artist, merchant-chief and, yes, even beggar-man and thief, regardless of his talents, penchants, tendencies, abilities, vocations, and race of his ancestors. 

The Little Albert experiment was a case study showing empirical evidence of classical conditioning in humans. This study was also an example of stimulus generalization. It was conducted in 1920 by John B. Watson along with his assistant Rosalie Rayner. The study was done at Johns Hopkins University.

John B. Watson, after observing children in the field, was interested in finding support for his notion that the reaction of children, whenever they heard loud noises, was prompted by fear. Furthermore, he reasoned that this fear was innate or due to an unconditioned response. He felt that following the principles of classical conditioning, he could condition a child to fear another distinctive stimulus which normally would not be feared by a child.

We are CONDITIONED. This is nothing to fear, but something to be aware of. It starts from birth, and it continues through to death. We are products of our environment, and our environment is carefully selected for us in order to control us, rightly or wrongly.

To start to learn about what 'reality' actually is, we need to know who we are. That means knowing what we have control over and what we don't, because this is how we are different. Nature adores variety, so why would be anything different?

Watch the following video, and you will not be dissapointed. When we discover who we are we wll be conscious, but for now we are unconscious.


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