An Analysis on the Singing and Speaking Voice

In this brief post, we will look over the two kinds of intonations used in the voice you use when you speak in all kinds of situations, and those you use when you sing. If you compare the two, you’ll find that they are very different. Take this, for instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nr9JQ-oF3jQ what do you notice in this example? The fundamental frequencies range from180-300 HZ, with very high resonance, with chronological age of eleven years, as measured by our calendar system for the speaking voice. In some countries, we do not celebrate birthdays or chronological ages at all.
The singing voice, however, is far more different. The fundamental frequencies not only follow the notes corresponding to the tuning system given to the singer, but the resonance is altered to give it an etherial hypnotic effect. Let’s try a quick test. If you say the sound “ah” in your normal voice, for males, the resonance will be deeper than that of females. Likewise, if a male were to apply the singing voice to the “ah”, then his resonance would be even deeper. This means that the correlation with the speaking and singing voice vary directly because the voice of the female will also deepen in resonance when she applies her singing voice.
How does one achieve this goal, and why do many not know about it? The first thing to understand is that sound is simply a wave. A pure tone is a sound that sounds like a hum, without any extra tones above or below it. These extra notes are called harmonics. We calculate the harmonics based on the ratio of 1:2, and can be multiplied by 2X. Noise is an irregular sound vibration, another concept to keep in mind. Both male and female children have the same kind of vocal range, but some learn to talk the way they should according to their gender assignment. Males tend to speak with a dark, sinister sound while females speak with a brighter, more cheerful tone. Of course, if you were to be among lots of children and you were blind, your only cues are to figure out who is who based on these characteristics. Also note that there may be overlaps, which makes us misgender a person if we can’t see them or if they are using a communication device.
To begin with, many people get used to hearing what their own voices sound like when it vibrates inside their head via bone conduction, which is why they don’t like to hear what they sound like in a recording. People with perfect pitch are able to make adjustments to their voices in a matter of seconds and they learn to memorise just how much work is needed to apply that effect. That’s why some say, “It came from God”. It’s up to you to believe it or not, but in reality, they just listened to what something sounded like and started imitating it until they achieved the quality they wanted. They kept on doing this subconsciously until they had the memory wired into their brain.
You must have some basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology to understand how chambers work and how you can manipulate them with your cerebrum and cerebellum. One unique characteristic about opera singers is that their vibrato measures approximately around six to seven beats per second, but in some old phonograph records, people had a faster vibrato of eight to nine beats per second. This is caused by totally relaxed muscles slowly  contracting and relaxing again. This causes the fundamental frequency of the voice to go up and down in pitch in rapid succession. The same can be done for overtone (harmonics)), but it would need the work of moving the tongue up and down. Now, how we make our resonance chamber bigger is by opening up the throat, as if we were yawning. This forces your vocal tract to expand, the glottis to be half-open to make the voice have a breathy quality, and the tone emitted by the vocal folds will have lower harmonics.
There are several kinds of terms that describe the specific techniques used in singing. Legato means you slowly link the vowels and consonants to each other and you give them a nice, easy flow. In some operas, the singer has to staccato to describe tention, and again, vibrato is a very important aspect of singing. In some pieces, there is spoken words called Sprechstimme and Sprechgesang.
The reason many people are ignorant about why our voices sound so much different when we sing, such as what you witnessed in this example is because they cannot make this distinction clearly, even singers have trouble understanding this concept because all they learn is how to do this, without getting in depth. They do it without knowing that there are ways of describing it. Anyone can achieve this goal, even youngsters, as long as they have the motivation to learn this skill to pursue a career in the arts.

My Favourite Things to Talk About

In this post I’m going to go more into depth over some of the things I did not yet cover in my earlier posts, like books I read, how I perceive Braille, how I do music, and all of that good stuff. I was also going to dedicate the first section to NASA and their research on sensation as well.
So first of all, I’ve been looking, as several other people have already, to build a new home on Mars, after changing its atmosphere by creating factories and regulating the amount of greenhouse gasses, or possibly setting up a forest of plants. Over at http://www.blindscience.org/ I was able to partake of a week-long course that explored some of the possibilities but soon I discovered astronomy was harder to understand than astrophysics, since I liked things that moved, rather than to know the order of stars and the materials they are composed of. I am also interested in cosmology, knowing the origin of the entire universe. While there, I was able to learn about the sensations involved in micro-gravity, and it had me thinking of ways to simulate weightlessness on earth. NASA has been doing visual, vestibular, auditory, tactile, olfactory and gustatory-related research to help us understand why some people get more sick than others, how motion sickness could be treated with chemicals, and things like that. I proposed an experiment in which I wanted to find out if it was true that blind people could not be grossed out by a sickening image the way a sighted person would. The thing is we would have to find a way to send the image to their brains, and to see if blind people have an instinctive response or if they have to learn how to associate it.
 Once, in the year 2004, I went over to the county fair and there I rode a ride that I will never forget. At the time, I had absolutely no idea that I could have someone read the ride name to me and I could research it, which applies to all rides, and for this reason I am an amusement ride enthusiast. This is because I had no computer back then, yet I had a quick way of learning it later. I probably wouldn’t have ever known what the name of the ride was, except that I read a book once that mentioned the Gravitron. I decided to look it up and by the description of the ride it remminded me of the very ride I went on. The operator who sat in the centre of the centrifuge told me after I asked him when the ride it ended what it was called, and he said it was called the Starship.
I will describe to you all the sensations that I experienced and why it was that I experienced it. When I got on board by climbing a small set of steps, I ventured into the chamber, and then I walked to the right to lean back on a panel that was padded with diagonal (20 degrees) bars with gaps in between. I remember the ride started spinning anticlockwise and I knew this because my ear canals and my tactile sense was communicating that sensation I learned to associate through various repetitions. After that, I could feel the ride spinning faster and faster, until suddenly I felt like I was being forced back onto the wall and suddenly I felt like I was tilting until I was suddenly lying back and staring up at the ceiling. This is actually false but the reason why I felt this sensation was because the centrifugal force was pulling down on the fluid found within the vestibule, located in the middle of the ear canal to give me the sensation as if I was lying on the ground. In reality, I was still facing the opposite wall, but without vision you would never know.
When the ride reached its maximum speed of twenty-four revolutions per minute, I decided to sit up, thinking it would make me feel better, for I really didn’t like riding the ride lying down, or so I thought. Imagine someone sitting on a wall that is perfectly perpendicular to the ground. That is how it looked like when I sat on the wall. I should mention that when I was lying down, the feeling of spinning disappeared altogether. The purpose of the ride was to make passengers believe based on vision that they are pinned to the wall and their feet are off the ground. When the wall moved on the rollers, I felt like I was being scooted back, and then forward, rather than up and down because I was now experiencing a new sensation. I could have either moved sideways or go upside down, which would have felt like I was lying on my stomach, or I could have stood up on the wall and grabbed onto the railing that surrounded the booth, but the force would have been so strong that I might have never made it and escaped the force.
Finally, after the operater timed the ride to end in eighty seconds, he slowed it down and I began to feel myself tilting as if the whole ride was tilting me upright rather than my brain doing it. I got off and I remember feeling a little dizzy afterword. I’m wondering what would happen if you blindfolded someone and then they went on a ride, would they have a different experience than they would have had if they saw everything?
I am also interested in knowing if vision and hearing correlate to one another. Kids are afraid of certain images, and the dark, but are they afraid of the silence because you can hear tinnitus or because your brain starts associating sounds at random? What makes some afraid of loud noise and afraid of certain sounds, including some people who are twenty something and afraid of fireworks? Is it something to do with how our cerebellum is developed? I remember being scared of a certain sound, emited by a toy keyboard. It was a breeping sound that was at around 680 HZ with isochronic beats of 15 HZ, pulsating at three times per second. This happened when I was five years old. I remember this very clearly. I was learning how to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in the key of E-major.  I was sitting in a small table in a small room with a tile floor. A speech and language pathologist, who didn’t know how to speak Spanish was trying to teach me how to play the keyboard, but she didn’t realise I was covering my ear because I was afraid of that sound. She thought I wanted to nap.
Later, I started having dreams in which my brain would amplify certain sounds in my dreams if I twitched the inner muscles of my ears, and I would hear a crackling or clicking sound, followed by a loud ringing at 1000 HZ. This would usually happen if my brain was warning me if I was to have a nightmare. When I was younger I used to sleep call once a year for two years, but I never remembered them.
BRAIN: Okay body, I am going into a really high brain activity. I need  to lock you in so I can safely carry out these tasks.
BODY: Okay.
BRAIN: Oh no, I cannot seem to lock you in. We will just have to  continue.
The brain maps out the following scene of a person going to the  airport. The scenes change, but the movement of a person walking from  the security check point to the gate are carried out in real life. The  body moves from the bed to the door going out.
When the plane is boarding and everyone is seated, the body is moving  to the nearest car and climbs in. The scene shifts to the time when  the plane is on and taxiing for takeoff. The body starts up the car  and drives out. Suddenly the plane takes off into the air and the body  pushes down on the accelerator hard and the car speeds off. The  sensations from both the dream and reality become mixed that the  sensation of crashing becomes a feeling that the plane crashed during  takeoff. When the person wakes up screaming, they will find themselves  in a big mess. This is just a reminder that sleep-action happens when the brain cannot paralyse the body to not act out the movements in the  dream. This is why unconscious crimes and other wrongly-accused  actions are happening but many people find that hard to believe.
In one of my readings, an author predicted through a story that in the 2080’s, the crude oil would have run out, and because of it, no more plastic could be manufactured, cars could not be built, planes and such would not be able to travel, and not only that, but the ice caps located on the poles of the earth would melt because of too much heating that it would flood the oceans, causing lands like Florida to submerge, forcing its inhabitants to move to higher ground, adapt, or go extinct. Many science-fiction enthusiasts would be disappointed because they thought people would have been able to do better than that. Like George Carlin said, let it all happen because “the longer we live,” he said, “the more selfish we are being to each other.” If I had to choose sides, I would neither agree or disagree. We can protect our environment so we would not die a miserable death as long as we are willing to do goodness, not just protect endangered species like those in the ocean and in the forest. “You know what they say, ‘here today, gone to-morrow'” George once said. When I got down to discussing this, I didn’t realise there was a culture totally devoted to driving, why people like to drive big vehicles on the road cross-country, etc, rather than go on a boat or fly. To me, driving is primitive, hovercrafting is more exciting. If time was not scarce then we could do what we wanted.
That brings me to think of something. What is the origin of time? How has humankind defined that concept throughout history? Was it possible that a time system existed before the human race evolved? Could someone who invented the watch might have been a perfectionist? What about the sundial? What kind of scientists did we have before the first century in the world? Some people say there are things you just know when they ask you how you know it, but truth is you forget how you know those things because language is not innate, only sensation is. Surely time works the same way, which is why it is easier for people with eidetic, superior, and spacial sequential memories that allow them to perceive time and space together. People like us can remember things of the past, but nothing before our birth. This is known as hyperthymaesia.
Can a learning disability be caused by lack of repetition which forces the brain to biologically change, and not just biological imbalances or deficiencies caused by a mutation or by a predetermined gene? People say it gets as narrow as knowing the building blocks that we can refer to when we are little, which is why child development fascinates me. People use month numbers for about two years to accurately measure a milestone and we just get used to it over time and it becomes a habit. In Louis Sachar’s Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, a mind-listener tried to perceive what was inside the infant’s mind, but all they could perceive were the emotions associated with oxytocin, endorphins, dopamin and external sensations. The language part of the brain was still not developed, so the author said it was impossible to describe in words what was being perceived, yet I know there must have been a way, because I just described it.
I’m also fascinated with hypnosis as well, though I am not sure how this neurobiologically change your brain in the end. I could imagine having someone hypnotise you to extract information from your brain, something you would not remember. It is like you are trying to get the brain to extract hidden memories by shutting down a small portion, the part that makes us go to sleep. That’s why when they hypnotise you in the movies, they swing a watch back and forth, at delta speed. You can do this with sound and slow down your brain waves as well. Can you really erase someone’s mind, change their thinking patterns to make them not addicted to something using hypnosis? I am not sure how that would be possible, using amnaesia-like characteristics. How can psychological trauma cause the brain to get rid of certain cells that holds the information to that particular memory? Some say lightening causes memory loss if you are struck by it. I may have to do research on things like neurosteroids and how and why people use synthetic substances rather than naturopathic ones. The main reason is because of patenting, which leads to profits, which you cannot do with natural things.
Ever since I learnt the music Braille system, I discovered a pattern in the literary Braille system as well. After I discovered this new analogy, I decided to have people perceive Braille as a table, not just as a shape felt underneath one finger or have them perceived as dots that many people assume the Latin alphabet can be written in twenty-six dots when you only need six dots total. I started to experiment on making simulated dots using Excell spreadsheets so I could better explain the concept of how Louis had it in his mind at the time. Since he was a musician as well I decided to learn the music Braille system. That itself took about two to four months to master, even though I never read it until 2011-2012 since it was Late into the year when I started, and early in the year when I started to apply it to my band exercises.
The first thing I had to understand was the fact that everyone had me play music all by ear, and that I would simply never learn the notation of music. An example of that would be when the teacher asked me to copy the rhythm he clapped out to me and I just clapped back without knowing. That’s how it is for many people when they are learning something new. You imitate it before you get the meaning. However, like any other language, music is a language everyone can understand. I sometimes wondered to myself, though I rarely gave it a second thought, how did my fellow students know what to play when they saw it on the board? That I would have needed to learn before I could begin to read Braille because then I would know how to associate the organisation of dots to a note value and pitch, and an added dot for the octave mark. For this reason, I thought music Braille was confusing because I didn’t know how to interpret it. Luckily, a teacher, who ironically didn’t know Braille, was able to get me to read music Braille after being fascinated by the fact that music and math have in common. This was because they knew how to read print Braille and they were able to assist me in understanding the process in a kinaesthetic way. I was thinking, why can we not apply math concepts and use music as an analogy to veer a person’s motivation that is relevant so they can get a math concept? Same thing with Algebra and computer programming.
Here are the list of authors I have read and why I read them starting with Doctor Seus. He was the first author who I read and that I fully remembered because my mother would read Spanish books to me and I would remember those nights clearly. I had a cassette machine from the National Library Service, a branch of the Library of Congress. Then I began to read a few books here and there, starting in 2002. Usually I would read them and tell myself what I liked about that book, like this subject,such as in Gloria Rising, by Anne Cameron, I liked the idea of being an Astronaut, but I did not find a theme or a moral within those books because I haven’t learned to look out for those. Then I advanced to reading in Braille and I read Judy Blume’s book. At first I wasn’t really interested in the book in 2004 until I got the book on tape, and later, I would revisit her, including Beverly Cleary when I had access to accessible books on the internet to see if there were more books the authors wrote as opposed to what the schools had on their reading list. Sometimes I am fascinated by one subject that motivates me to look at series or something, maybe because they gave me a book in the middle of the series rather than the first book. If i am in the middle of a series I have to know what goes on next, like in the R. L. Stine Goosebumps series, I would wait for every book that came out just to finish that mystery. These are known as cliff hangers.
When I started receiving automatic-send from the library, I just decided whether or not to read the books depending on whether the title interested me, but as they say, never judge a book by its cover. I soon read Lynn Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard, followed by the two books succeeding it, and the former was in our reading list. Then I read several short stories like the Ballad of Mulan from the Rewards textbook and I enjoyed reading those a lot because it made me think. I should mentioned that in 2005, like in November, I read the Wizard of Oz, and all the books by the same author once I had access to the public domain. I read plenty of Tom Swift books. I didn’t really begin reading till later in 2008, but the first book I read was Tom Swift and His Sky Racer, Or, the Quickest Flight on Record. Then I read Jamie Gilson’s Hobey Hanson, You’re Weird book and then I found out I read the middle of the sequel,so I read the rest when I had access to accessible books. I read E. B. White, Dan Gutman’s A BaseballCard Adventures, Andrew Clements and James Howe the Herold and Chester books, Laura Ingalls Wilder, which was a blast from the past. Then In ninth grade I started reading young-adult novels and re-visiting books that I read, which I do when I am bored. If you constantly read something, even if you already read it, you refresh your memory and you read something new that you haven’t discovered, or something that first didn’t make sense but which it does now because of change.
One reason I might have decided to move from pure science to medical science was based on influences by Deborah Kent, a totally-blind author, and Lurlene McDaniel. One of the books I really enjoyed was One Last Wish. I was able to catch on on what she was trying to convey, and ever since then I realised books were my friends, and I could stay up with popular culture and still enjoy listening to Western art music.
Gradually I expanded to reading other authors as I re-read the current books I had, and last year I managed to re-organise my books by author’s first name ascending alphabetically for easy searching. This year I started to learn about the difference between young-adult and full-adult novel, and when I started learning about the principles of what it means to read something from a student’s, a teachers, a reader in general, and from an author’s perspective, all the kinds of literary devices that are out there. It was the reading that inspired me to do other things, and I would make any book recommendations to anyone who wishes to acquire the same kind of knowledge I got from reading. It is for these reasons people get close-minded sometimes, even though I observed drama in novels so bad I would be scared to read because I would not be able to keep myself from cringing, same applies to movies.
I’m going to end this section with a revelation. I didn’t always listen to Western art music, though I have been exposed to it several a time. In seventh grade, when I was starting to conform to teenage life, I started to listen to the radio and many of the songs I heard I liked because of its catchy rhythm, the lyrics, the ostinato, etc. In 2010 I was tested and diagnosed with perfect pitch. After that I started to learn modern basic music theory and I began to relearn how to play the piano. I started with oldies, but soon I found myself sliping back and back and back until finally I arrived at the olden times. So as you see, I used to be like everyone else in popular culture. My writing improved dramatically since then, and it might have to do with the Mozart effect. I soon discovered I had more reasons for liking Western art music than they had as to why they liked modern music. For this reason I cannot easily blend into the popular mainstream.
So, that is all I have to say in this post, but like always, feel free to look up anything in here, and remember, everything I say can be contradicted, can have exceptions, information is based on best educated guess, and I may have forgotten to include something important long after I published this post. Merry Christmas to all of you!

Starting a Story on TG Story Time

On http://www.tgstorytime.com/ I decided to begin my story that I hoped of writing a few months ago. it entails a lot of what I have previously posted, and has a way of making the reader think twice about the current methods we have.
Once the story is finished I will take the version that is made on-line and expand it on my computer. My hope is to turn it into a story with dialogue in past tense, rather than have it be a complete narrative.

Tips and Tricks on How to Stay Safe on the Internet

When a person is asked about what it means to stay safe on the internet, some of the things that come to mind include not getting acquainted with strangers unless there are mutual acquaintances nearby so you could get references about the person you are talking to. Some say be careful about what you share, and some say do not use the internet at all. I am sure you can think of many more examples. In this post I will talk about some of the things that might help you be prepared in any situation such as knowing the worldview of a person, knowing when to part with someone, what to do when you are parted, when to leave the internet, and more.
How to know a person’s worldview: First of all, what is a worldview? A worldview is how a person looks at life, at you, ad everything in general. In this example we will use this question, if you drink a full glass of water to half its capacity, would you say the glass was half-empty or half-full? Why or why not? To begin with, a person can say the words that they are there for you, that they are open-minded and willing to listen, even though they may not have your perception. In my experience, I tend to socialise with those who I think have the same interests as me, until i start talking about how I can use transhuman efforts to change reality. They argue that people like us live in a fantasy world because they perceive reality, which is what life is. These people are known as realist to pesimist. If I have to choose, realism leans in neither direction between optimism and pesimism. I tend to stand to the left of realism and lean closer to optimism which is why I would neither say the glass was half-full or half-empty, but if I had to choose one it would be half-full. Usually you don’t realise the truth of this person until you get their side in an argument of any sort. What that argument is doesn’t matter. It could be mind over heart, good versus evil, hard versus soft science, etc. Sometimes, you can get used to talking to the person until you learn the truth about them, and then you are faced with a decision. Should I part with them or not? What good will come out of doing one of each?
The first thing to keep in mind is, how and why was this person made to view the world this way? I believe we can change a person’s perception if we are willing to keep a positive outlook. I am not social, but I am not antisocial. I am simply asocial for many of these reasons, and in my experience, both socialists and antisocialists are not as smart as asocialists because they act more than they perceive. If a person with a pesimistic perception said they would like to work with others, that might be hard to imagine. I have met professional counsellors, doctors and nurses who had pesimistic attitudes, and right away you can tell that they sound and act authoritative, blunt, and impatient,and not at all caring and sympathetic. These are just some of many traits that I have noticed, though I am sure you can think of more. A lot of people get the words bragging and showing off mixed up. Bragging means you are proud of your accomplishments, which you have every right to be, and showing off means you either consciously or subconsciously behave in a manner that is supposed to represent that you are better than everybody else.
So, how should you deal with these chaps? To be honest, that would be up to you to decide, but knowing whether or not you are a conformist or nonconformist will ensure that you know what to look for and how to respond. Some people start out being open-minded, but as they build a crowd of four or more people, their attitudes are changed, either to maintain their status or just because they were brainwashed by their peers. When I discover that such an individual is pesimistic and if they start getting heated with my opinions and don’t agree with me in a respectful manner, I do not yel or bash at them using harsh words, but I do part with them with words of advice, and if they need another reminder, I tell them the truth about me, saying that I am not cisgender, and they should get off their computer and do something that involves serotonin production and making sure this person is more right-brained instead of left-brained. I heard that some people are proud to be complete left-brainers, though. One more piece of advice: If the person you talk to thinks correcting other’s spelling is rude, you should probably end your relationship there. I encourage that you correct other’s spelling and grammar on the internet as long as you are doing it in a noble manner.
When should you part with someone: Usually, you feel the need to part with someone because you do not agree on something, or several things and you have an argument over problems that both of you would like to solve, but you have your own way of solving it and they have their own way of doing theirs. Sometimes you have to part with someone because they are annoying you and making you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes you want to part with them so they will not be able to tell you anything more hurtful. Whatever the reason, there are ways of knowing when you should do it, and how you will feel about it afterword. Remember, never be hard on yourself in thinking you are weak just because someone bashed your dreams. It is always true that when you are in control of parting, you feel triumphant and glad to be rid of that person. Sometimes, however, that is not always the case. If you get used to knowing the person and the two of you were very close and you talked about things you were interested in until you discovered that this person betrayed you and you are forced to part with them, you would feel like they were the ones who parted with you even though that’s not the case. Some people are out for revenge, others just hurt inside. Whatever it is, there is comfort in knowing that you are not alone and that there are safe havens where you can go to talk about it and to know that there are biological ways of easing off the pain, such as neurofeedback, brain wave entrainments, etc.
What you should do when you are parted by someone: If you were parted by someone, you usually feel ashamed and guilty because you tried to press your point and the person didn’t listen to reason, and why that is is still something we yet do not know. This section is not going to focus on what you should do if you were parted because you kept on pressing your point in a foolish manner even though the person disagreed with you. This is nearly focusing on the wise aspects of knowing that you didn’t do any form of wrongdoing. Let me give you an example. If you ask your partner if they are doing all right and they don’t reply and you keep on asking them, you obviously get worried and concerned. If your partner, however, decided to part with you in a surly manner because they felt like you were asking them too much, then it shows that they were the ones who did the wrongdoing, not you. You were simply wanting to know if they were all right and they got rid of you because they had too much to deal with. If something like that happens, you will undergo several stages of emotions. Again, there are safe havens that you can go to, and meet other people who have gone through what you went through. It’s hard to talk to someone who hasn’t undergone the experience whether it is relevant to yours than it is for someone who has been through what you went. They will usually get annoyed and push you away because they also have frustrations of their own. Some people say harsh things to you, others change the subject. This is because they don’t have the ability to perceive others, another point I should remind all of you. You also don’t know what words to use to sum up the way you feel inside in a way that you can transmit the sensations across the internet, and again you are worried about being humiliated. If we could veer into that person’s mind, we could feel what they are feeling and it would help us understand so we can better sympathise with them.
Opinions: If for some reason you and your friend can’t get along because you get on each other’s nerves about your opinions and theirs, then you should ask yourself, am I ready for their opinion? Can I know for sure it is what I want to hear because they think they know the answer when they could be wrong? They could ask you if you would like to get their opinion. If they just tell you their belief, it could be as bad as if they were constantly forcing their opinions on you. There are several ways to skin a cat. This is why we ask that you back up your opinion with other sources, references, etc, to show them why it is you say so, but this is no excuse to get heated over something and have them bashing someone else. Remember, we can learn from each other if we are willing to work together. If you were speaking at a lecture and you told the audience there was only one way of doing something, few people would understand you, but if you said there was more than one way, the more ways of doing something, the more people would understand.
When you should leave the internet: Whether you are leaving temporarily or altogether depends on your circumstances, but you should know that retreating from the problem might show others that you are cowardly and not willing to fight back. Sometimes you have to lie to others about why you want to get away from the internet just so they don’t pester you. There are ways of remaining invisible and still talk to those whom you really trust and avoid those whom you hold at arms length. This is a moral and ethical decision you will have to make on your own. Should I lie or be honest about why I am leaving the internet? Think about why you are doing this as well. The words may not come to you immediately, and it might take you some time to come up with just the right way of putting it. If you are afraid to face the problem from which you ran away, get allies who care for you and ask them to help you face it and fight for you.
Here’s another piece of advice. Never blackmail someone just because you don’t want others to know about your experiences with the drama you were in. If you don’t want your acquaintances to tell others about what you went through, you have to agree on it together. You simply just cannot make someone do what you want them to do. We just feel like we need to talk about it because it is a way of letting it out rather than keeping it all inside. There are safe ways to doing this though. Some choose to play a game on their computer or console, especially games that involve violence just so that they can get out their frustration and anger in a safe manner while others do the exact opposite. The important thing is to separate games from real life. Your decisions you make in a game shouldn’t reflect those in reality, for they will have consequences. If you can’t do this then you have self-control issues, and I am sure that transhumans can fix that. Whatever the way you deal with the situation, be strong.
This next part deals more with survival and regrouping on the internet. It is true that social networks allow you to establish virtual support groups and mailing lists where people can go to and talk about issues in any minority group. Like all other places, however, there has to be an administrator and or moderator to make sure bad guys don’t come sneaking in and to keep arguments down. However, some group leaders get carried away and start doing what they want and they think only about themselves, and not the people in the group and how each person is different in their own special way, even if they say the words that they are there. Sometimes, after a traumatic event occurs, people start blaming the administrator because they didn’t sympathise with them, saying they didn’t have responsibilities over what went on in their personal lives, and even group administrators don’t have control over who comes in because we can lie about our identity on the internet. If I were to administrate a group, I would let the people make the norms and roles and who should do what and when, rather than having me decide. I would reach out to newcomers by making the opportunity and invite them to the group if I feel they understand the way I drive the group. Should humanity be more important than having a monarchy? What would happen if we had groups based on anarchy, without a leader, meaning everyone is their own leader? This might be hard for people from other countries who may have other beliefs than we do. Remember, if you are the victim of this trauma, it’s going to be a lot more harder for you than it is on the other people in the group. They can do whatever they want; they weren’t targeted, but they should be able to synpathise with you nonetheless.
How do we deal with predators: Everyone agrees that you should never meet anyone from the internet unless you have met the following: You have known this person and their family for more than a certain amount of time, like six months or a year. You should talk to the person via telephone and meet their family. Always meet at a public place like the airport, the train station, bus station, etc. I am sure you can think of many more things to keep you safe, but let me add some of my own tips and tricks, which include how to fight back in self-defense when blind, how to use tactics to deal with molesters, and looking out into the future at how we can use transhuman technology to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
For blind people, we can defend ourselves totally based on how things feel and we don’t refer to our vision to aim and strike. Many martial arts instructors do train people blindfolded though, but your average probably wouldn’t be able to. If you find yourself in a physical fight, try to think about how to darken the environment, or how to disable their eyes so they wouldn’t be able to see. Once they can’t see they will be helpless unless they were trained to fight blindfolded. Consult your self-defense centre for further information.
There are always predators out there who would have nothing but to take their pleasure out on you, whether the person is a male wishing to prey on females, or prostitutes wishing to enhance male arousal. First of all, the best way to get rid of a male predator is to use clever tactis, act dumb, stupid and not at all interested, or pretend you have a disability. If you are transgendered, you might have different feelings about this than cisgender females because you know how to warp their minds. It all depends on how knowledgeable you are about the subject and you know that you have the self-confidence to do it.
How you deal with prostitutes can be quite tempting if you are male, but one thing I learned to do was use my status to disappoint them and show them a lesson that will teach them not to mess with me. The problem with this is that many males who act as the female find themselves attracted to the role than to take it seriously. Many of such individuals put their characters in perverted situations and this will definitely not be of help in the long run.
Ever since the history of advertising emerged into a new era of commercials, we have had people sexualising others in newspapers, magazines, on the radio, on TV, and all the Americans are doing is eating it up. This is why it is very hard for people who appreciate the older generation to break into such industries, because all they want is your body. The question is, why? What started it? It’s true that sex has become very open even though in the past we had monogamists and which we still should, but we are also discovering that we need to make others aware about how to have safer sex. If we don’t put an end to hollywood and their selfish attitudes to being the number one, it will eventually get wired into our evolutionary history for future generations to come.
Having said all of this, these are just many more examples to be yourself, act the way you feel is best, but don’t go off and rub it on someone who act differently than you do because that will make them more miserable. Remember that our environment also affects how we behave, not just the culture. And remember, just because it is the holidays, not everyone can be happy because they can’t afford to have a feast and buy gifts, they have lost someone special, etc. We must reach out to them and let them know we are here for them. Remember, the key word is balance in this life. Never take anything to the extreme and always live in moderation. Don’t be too careful, for you will always have your guard up and this could lead to trouble, but at the same time, if you are not careful enough, you could wind up going backwards. Some people just take in situations way more than they are supposed to be. When a change occurs, most likely you will see people are quite ignorant about the changes because the person has no interest in the scientific community. They wonder how the changes come, and when they do, they accept this or deny it, and only then when in denial, they want change. Everything is just so “backwards” after that. We can only change if we have a positive attitude, a truly open mind and if we unite.

Regulating Nocturnal emissions for the Transgendered

You know the day when you learn about sex at your middle, junior-high, high school, and sometimes primary school? They cover a lot of concepts such as wet dreams, masturbation, etc. There is one thing they do not cover, and that is, how this applies to LGBTQIA people. I am here to provide you with some interesting insight on what could hopefully be useful to you.
So, let us begin. What is a wet dream? A wet dream is a biological function found in all mammals. It occurs in the rapid-eye-movement of sleep and behaves the same way as any normal dream. Our bodies sex mechanism is active during this dream caused by testosterone, the hormone responsible for libido. This gets triggered by ideas, images, sounds, smells, touch, and internal sensations. As you know, males have higher testosterone than females, which their primary hormone is oestrogen. We call this stage Nocturnal emission because it happens when you are sleeping, and your brain is working your body, which is locked in place so you do not act out your dream. Some sexomnia disorders do exist.
Now that you have a general understanding of what a wet dream is and how it works, let us look at how this can apply to people who are in the GLBTQIA community. One thing to keep in mind is that people who are attracted to, or who are not attracted to the same sex, both sexes, or neither is the key to knowing what kind of dreams they will have.
Let me explain what happens in both sexes. In males, the penis enlarges, hardens and becomes erect. Males experience a sensation of heat surging through that area only. Females, on the other hand, experience a totally different sensation. It begins with a slight feeling as if an electric shoc was running through their body, followed by this sensation that they want to cuddle their mate. As this intensifies, the entire body becomes heated. You can see that in these last two events, both heat up, except that in males, only the penis is heated while in the female everything is heated, and breast soreness and or burning may be felt, sometimes accompanied with hot flushes depending on age. Also, since male neurochemistry is set to plant the seed only, they tend to soly focus on that task while female neurochemistry is set to finding the best-fitting mate and therefore are better at selecting them.
For the transgendered, this can be quite embarrassing when a male-to-female wakes up to find evidence of their dream and they wish to find a way to reverse those dreams so that it would go in the opposite direction. How do we achieve this task for the transgender males and females?
1. Be aware of who you like and why.
2. Start noticing how your body responds to when you are attracted to that person. and how your mind responds to that as well.
3. If possible, try to get away from an activity so you can let your mind become more attuned to your body. We call this process somatics.
4. Think about how you would dream about this person, and how it would feel and why you feel this way.
If you keep doing this your brain’s neurochemistry should change gradually, and soon your wet dreams should change. For the male-to-females, their wet dreams will disappear and since we still do not have a way of making a fully-functioning female reproductive system (but which we are working on), all they will get is the surge of oxytocin, the neurotransmitter responsible for maternal love.
For the female-to-males, they will have to experience what it is like to only feel one part of their body get heated and the rest tense.
We hope that with the advancing transhuman technology we will be able to better transmit the sensations and arousals of the opposite sex and gender. In the meantime, keep practicing these simple exercises and you would have slowly rewired your brain.

A New Perspective on Mentality

In the last two posts, I dived into some concepts of mental health and what we could do to understand them better. However, I was fortunate to learn about organisations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (http://www.nami.org/) and the mental health first-aid that are hoping to revolutionise the lives of those suffering from any crisis using things like neurofeedback and other forms of therapy. How long ago has it been in human history that people built asylums for the insane? Who was the first person to come up with the concept of mental illness? Through the readings, it was discovered that an understanding of how mental illness worked is still a mystery, the way cancer and heart disease were in the early 1950’s and 1960’s. It is such a complicated array, with what the brain hardly being researched and all that it makes things challenging. We are taking the wrong paths to treating these victims and are doing them more harm than good with all those chemicals that claim they can balance out the hormones and neurotransmitters.
I began to think on possible alternatives on how we could begin changing. The first thing to understand is how mental illness works in the first place. What is it caused by. Is it voluntary or involuntary? What are the motivations to having a person behave this way? What about language that they can use to transmit the way they feel to someone who has never felt the sensations they have?
Let us begin with how mental illness works. Mental illness is characterised and diagnosed by observation, evaluation, inventory and question bank databases, and aren’t usually diagnosed by using biological markers the way they do with body illnesses. What is a disorder? A disorder can mean several different things. In an earlier entry, it was explained that rewiring the brain can cause a disorder. It is not just based on how one was born. That’d be more like traumatic brain injury of some sort. There are several different kinds of mental illnesses out there that branch out in the psychiatric field.
Science has not yet determined a definite cause for a lot of mental illnesses, though one theory that stands out is the history of the illness. In my last post, I talked about how if your grandparents were abusive, there is a chance that you would too. The same could happen with mental illnesses. One could willingly go insane because of a traumatic experience, and the future offspring can have traces of that, like some sort of foreign instinct. This is probably because the genetic code containing the instructions on hormone and neurotransmitter production was rewritten. However, people can suffer a mental crisis even after living a normal life. This is probably because they faced a traumatic event that forced their thought patterns to change the way their neurotransmitters and hormones were being produced. There are tons of traumatic events that one can associate to present-day things, and that can lead to all kinds of phobias and forms of paranoia. I am curious to know if there is a gauge that can tell how fear is measured or how it can be more sensitive to one person but not another. Also, what is a traumatic event? Something that you interpret as having a major effect on how you perceived the information that was sensed by the brain. It is because of how those events were carried out that your subconscious mind literally protected your conscious mind. Sometimes we have nightmares about these events because of the fear we are faced with, yet dreams are composed of the brain’s confusion and starts mixing cells in odd structures. This is known as the study of oneirology.
At this time, it is hard to say if a mental illness is voluntary or involuntary, in other words, can you will yourself to have bipolar disorder or does a mutation cause you to have it. Can it happen because of the lack of nurture you were given after birth? A mutation is when instructions are not properly read by the body and the sequence ends prematurely, otherwise there has to be a genetic host. Later on I will talk about how this all works. For that matter, can a person with bipolar disorder will themselves to be normal by forcing their brain and body to listen to their mind? Would a person even want to? I once asked someone that if there was a cure to their disorder, would they go for it? Why or why not? Surprisingly, they said they’d never want to be normal. If they did, they would be more freaked out at having a new life than the old life that they have come to know since childhood. This applies to many other people who have learned to accept their disabilities. I don’t see myself as a blind person. I see myself as a person who is physically unable to see. People feel like they are compelled to bond with the divine power that forced them to have this disability. It is like their destiny was planned out. Surprisingly, however, I broke away from this power.
Many people, regardless of what language they learned, or if they learned any language at all, can feel the way they feel inside their head and in their body, and they know how to respond to these kinds of sensations, like throwing a temper tantrum, crying, laughing, or just sleeping. I am sure you can think of more that do not require the interpretation of language. We assign words to these sensations so we can relate to similar words and sensations, how we ended up feeling this way. Some of such examples include, fire-like sensations, cold-like sensations, intense pressure, tightness, emptiness as in boredom, overwhelmed as in your head and body is overheating, etc. Usually, however, a person can regulate the way they feel, but if their feelings were altered without the control of the mind, then it is due to a change in production, so we try to figure out where the flaw is so we can fix it and make the person well again. The good news is that we are totally flexible, though there are some things that can’t be rewired, like undeveloped structures. That would need some kind of stem cell treatment.
How can language help in the understanding of mental illness? If we know how a word is precisely defined in terms of demographics, there is a chance that we might be able to put ourselves into the shoes of those living with mental illness. Do mood swings happen gradually, or do they happen suddenly? Some people can be angry one second and calm the next. This is known as impulsive action because you act based on how you feel, not think on how you feel before you act. If you keep your feelings bottled in, they will build up and up until you explode like a soda bottle, so it is always best to write them down and or talk to someone in words that are meaningful to you. It may be hard for others to understand. It’d be like transmitting sensations across the internet or something like that just using words. Your brain has to use the already visible sensations you learned to associate with language, and use those to piece together a new and somewhat good replica of what the person is feeling.
I once asked to someone if a person dreamed of having a completely usable body of the opposite sex. In their dream, they’ve experienced all the sensations that person would have as a person in their new role, and that they exclaimed that it was shocking and very different. The question then becomes, how does our brain know what something feels like internally and externally if it has never been present or exposed to it in its life? Could it be something found in the cerebellum or brain stem, the most primitive? What about before we were born. Did we have memories of our other lives written? What about afterword? In any case, I asked a female person what their sensations were like, and surprisingly I was able to relate theirs with a dream I had about me being in the body of the opposite sex. In this particular dream, I was experiencing what it was like to have oxytocin released into my system. What made me suspect that I was to learn was the fact that female neurochemistry allows them to experience a cuddly sensation more than males. When they told me this, I was taken aback, for I have felt those very sensations and I could definitely relate to them. Female neurochemistry is set to finding the best-fitting mate while the male neurochemistry is set to focus on only planting the seed.
These are things like this that can really help one in becoming more attuned to their mind, body and spirit so they can explain their feelings to others in a simple manner. Then again, some are afraid to talk about it because they associate it with their past that they’ve been ignored, the person changed the subject, and even sometimes experience some kind of abuse. These people aren’t caring and sympathetic enough and it is destroying the victim even more.
Now comes the next part: The West and the East have had its view on how to deal with all of this and there is constant argument over this because the west say you should seek help and all that, and the East say you do what is best for you. What if we found a third way, a way that hasn’t been discovered. This is what we call the alternative. Remember that the East has lots of cultures as opposed to the West, which has been taken over by Europe. If a scientist was to do some kind of Frankenstein-like experiment where they purposely altered their neurotransmitter and hormone production to give themselves manic depression, bipolar disorder, or something of that sort, would others consider that person a mad scientist? It depends on why the scientist wanted to give themselves that disorder. Was it because they wanted to personally experience the sensations? Was it because they were working on a cure, or both or neather? Another reason? In science-fiction books, these scientists turn into robots and take in victims to be experimented on. According to the laws of transhumanism I proposed, this is one of such violations because you are forcing a human to do something without having it explained properly before the experiment. Now we are at a point where we are starting to look at things like using an electroencephalogram or hemoencephalogram and other forms of computer sensors to gather information about what is going on in the brain and avoid using invasive procedures to change the structure of the brain, to open up the passages, especially after they have been crammed for a long time, or if there is no neurotransmitter present, try to bring some in. I have looked into possibly modifying a gene to see if I could identify the bad gene and replace it with a good gene. The problem with that is that it usually results in negative side effects. For what I know not.
Here, I will describe some of the common types of feeling one experiences and how I can describe this using a minimum of technical jargon. If there is a term you don’t recognise, feel free to look it up. Let us start out with something very simple and easy to understand. When you are hungry, you know you associate the word hunger with the emotion you feel because you learned it. So every time you feel that sensation, your brain tells you and your mind knows how to resolve the problem. This is called homeostasis, negative feedback loop. You eat until you get another sensation that tells you that you are full. We say negative because you are reversing the effect, not because you are enforcing it. That’s known as positive feedback loop. Here’s another common feeling. When you have been left abandoned over a long period of time, or if you had a fight with someone whom you feel for, you have chest pains and you usually want to start bawling. In some cases, you feel like it was your fault even though you know it isn’t. It’s because you know you want to change things back if you could travel back in time. Sometimes the chest pains can spread to your hands as well. What causes it though? What is going on here? Well, let’s find out. When you think using ideas about what just happened, your blood flow changes and much of the action goes into the limbic system. The positive feedback loop causes a release of certain neurotransmitters that allow the brain to send down signals that will tighten the inner tissue inside the thoracic cavity, and sometimes the inside tissue of your wrists, depending on how strong the signal is. Another common feeling is a panic attack. This one is characterised by a similar concept as the previous feeling, but it is a whole lot more intense because now you have adrenaline pumping in your system. So now the heart races, you start hyperventalating, and who knows what else can happen. Usually, however, something so frightening has to happen within your thoughts or within your environment for you to undergo such an ordeal. Sometimes hallucination can lead to something like that, like a phobia. And finally, what about sleep. Your brain sends signals for when you are feeling tired, though it is not clear what makes us yawn. Your muscles take more energy to contract and your head usually feels heavy. After you sleep, your entire organism heals for the next day ahead, and the other part of your brain results in doing the work of your vital functions. I might talk about sleep-action in a future post, for that itself is relevant to mental health issues.
Now, how can we make sure that these feelings we experience don’t end up getting us confused into thinking we are mentally-ill? For that to occur, you have to have a prolonged exposure to some of these feelings, and usually because of simple every-day things. For instance, would you be afraid of water in general because you nearly drowned?Or, would you be afraid of balloons because the sound of a balloon popping scared you? It’s like the saying says, you’ve got to get back on the horse that you fell off of. A phobia is a little bit different, but is caused by associations of the past when you are little. The older you associate something bad, the easier it might be for you to recover from it, but the younger you associate it, the harder it would be for you to get out of it. That’s my opinion though, and I may be wrong. To me, it seems to be because of how your brain develops so much when you are younger than when you are older. So, in a case of bipolar disorder, a neurotransmitter is either low in manufacture or missing completely. Is it serotonin? That is responsible for making us feel more in moderation, which is what life should be anyway.
One describes the disorder as having the random feelings I talked about earlier come up, but this time, their minds are pulled into it. That is why some turn into elite people who feel the need to rule, to have things their way, which is like being stubborn and can happen to anyone. Actually, having such mental illness can affect how you view life and what cultures you identify with. If you convinced yourself you were Superman and had a mental illness, you would be susceptible to actually do something to believe that you could fly out a window; it could become potentially dangerous. That itself branches off to obsession compulsive disorder. The question is, what makes us believe in the force? Is it because we gradually become used to how our brain controls us and we learn to do things that we would later feel ashamed of or guilty afterword? Then there is the question of self-injury. In research studies, it has been shown that your pain threshold can increase if you are in control of the pain stimulation, but if someone else stimulated you, you are more sensitive. This is because something in the brain prepares us and it knows we are going to hurt ourselves. That is why it is hard for us to tickle ourselves. However, if you are in an episode of having this notion that something evil has been unleashed, forcing everyone in your environment to disperse, until you are alone, left to suffer, then all you can feel is the agony inside, the tightening, the extra load of energy, etc that the external stimulation would not hurt as much because you are already suffering inside. As your inner feelings subside, the pain outside willintensify and you will remind yourself that you did it. So, to bring this back into balance, we are looking at using neurofeedback technology to study how our brain is behaving at such a time. Yet in spite of all of this, a person can still have a fair amount of intelligence and can function very well in life, except that they have this extra part they have to get used to.
I am sure you can think of many more mental illnesses and many ways to associate them wwith your own set of words. There are songs, stories, and other forms of art that depict these feelings in a way the general audience can understand. The problem is, language is so broad, so full of vocabulary that it is so hard to choose the right words to piece together the internal sensations, and even the external ones as well in a way that you can tell others and have them interpret it and experience that sensation you experienced, so it’s not just your lack of diction, but it’s knowing who you are akin to. Can I tell this person? Should I take a chance? You won’t know unless you try. You are afraid that you will be humiliated, like you have been before. Self-humiliation and public humiliation are reasons why we are afraid to come back out of our shell and can make problems worse. So, let’s stop looking at the surface and really begin the ice-breaking process.
In a few days, I might go over some things NASA is covering, about some of my favourite authors and books I like to read now and then, about my new way of seeing Braille and more to come before the end of 2013. Due to computer issues I’ve been having over the last few weeks, I am not sure if I can get my radio server up and running in time, but I will keep working on it. One more thing to note, I learned that what the thing I was going against was called the dowry. A piece of advice: Making sure you respect someone’s culture and at the same time help them fight for equal rights is a complicated conversation to have. Having said that, good luck on all your transhuman journeys.