Rock a Bye Baby

Author: 
James W. Prescott

The Time Life documentary "Rock A Bye Baby" describes how the sensory deprivation of normal mothering, touch and movement causes permanent brain abnormalities and pathological violence. The single greatest contribution to understanding the mother-infant separation syndrome was provided by Drs. William Mason and Gershon Berkson in their swinging mother surrogate experiments where the importance of body movement (vestibular-cerebellar simulation) in mother-infant bonding was documented.

Brain Integration and Happiness

Author: 
James W. Prescott

Brain Integration and Happiness - James W. Prescott, PhD, shared his unique research perspective at an invitational symposium, the Intelligence of Play sponsored by Touch the Future. You will find this twenty minute presentation one of the best summaries of the roll sensory experiences or its absence play in early brain development. This program features highlights from the Time Live documentary Rock A Bye Baby.

Social and Moral Consequences

Author: 
James W. Prescott

Social and Moral Consequences

Culture Shapes The Developing Brain

Author: 
James W. Prescott

Culture Shapes the Developing Brain - This is our first in-depth interview with James W. Prescott, PhD. Jim takes us on a detailed overview of the origins of love and violence, and how these two different life paths are seeded in the earliest months of life. Here Jim describes the various research projects that spanned over fifteen years at the National Institute of Health and Human Development (NIHD).

Sensory Deprivation & The Developing Brain

Author: 
James W. Prescott

Sensory Deprivation & The Developing Brain - One of the best overviews of the collected works and research of James W. Prescott, PhD. There are two fundamental issues. One is the issue of the bonded and unbonded child. The other is full gender equality. Until women are able to control their own body, and not just reproduction but the whole spectrum of her sexuality, it will be very difficult to achieve the first step which is the bonded child. Just look at all the violence against women, the rapes, domestic violence, battered women, it's epidemic, as is child abuse and neglect.

The Number One On-Line Anything for Children Age Two... What?

It breaks my heart to see the propaganda. The Number One On-Line Anything for Children Age Two complete with college cap and diploma. This happy, smiling fake mouse magically appeared signing off from Facebook. How many hits; 892,469 likes and 50,017 talking about? How many young parents have been lured by the Hurried Child, Baby Einstein, early is better, screen time is educational, get junior off to a good, NO the best possible start, to keep up with the neighbors and the dumb-down standards, competing for that coveted position at the XYZ Preschool hoping she will make the cut.

Themes: 
brain
education
media

Reacing For A New World - Carly and Me - 3.5 Months New

Carly, born Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Today is Friday, November 14, 2014, 108 days, almost three and a half months new depending on how we calculate the equinox. There is a distilling of awareness and attention, a distinct and growing capacity to balance, to see, to be startled by a sharp sound or emotion and reaching to grasp. Carly’s attention, how stimulation moves from her eyes into her brain creating intention, extending down her arm, past the elbow and wrist to the outreached hand, tiny fingers grasping is today’s lesson.

Themes: 
brain
imagination
intelligence
pleasure
self image

Motherless Mothers, Violence & Brain disorders

After fifty years Attachment Theory is no longer a theory. Decades of research confirm; the nature and quality of a human being’s earliest relationships shape the body and the brain for a lifetime.

Themes: 
abuse-neglect
bonding
brain
violence

Non-local fields of intelligence

Non-local fields of intelligence, brain, brain development, culture
Joseph Chilton Pearce

‘We have to completely redefine our brain structure.’ Learning clearly does accumulate form the concrete to the abstract, but there are leaps of insight where perceptions arise that don’t come from the bottom up, rather they are translated from fields of meaning independent from the brain. There is also a structural coupling of reality ‘out there’ and the reality in our inner world. Here Joe suggests that this is a wo way street, not simply one way, outer to inner, as we believe.

We have to completely redefine a brain structure. You can locate it in a spatial–temporal realm but its function, its actual mode of being is not available to any time space material kind of thing. So it’s both in and not in. As a result, within any brain structures are the totality of all universes we could ever know. This was something I had learned and experienced in a very dramatic way in my little Eastern foray over a period of twelve years. It’s a frustrating kind of a thing to try to get it. I admired David Bohm’s way of approaching this very much. Any of these metaphors will do. You can it’s enfolded within the structure of the brain. You can say the brain is enfolded within the fields which it’s then giving rise to. 

We think of the biologist speaking of the potentials of mind giving, and the potentials of an environment, in structural coupling, by that he means they interact and structure each other. The mind gives structure to the environment or a reality system or a world, whereas the potentials of the world are giving structural shape to the mind which perceives it. So there’s no possible way you could distinguish between the two. All these are complimentary dynamics between the mind and the brain.  There’s this complimentary dynamic and nobody’s going to separate them.

And we find that down the line. Now, this in itself is a radical departure from the old Cartesian notion that here is the world out there that impressed itself on our brain system and our brain then made kind of a knee jerk reaction to it, trying to learn what was being signaled from out there in order to survive it and so forth. Now we still basing our education essentially on that and its result three percent retention of that kind of information is about the best we’re getting. 

The workshop approach for instance, as in Grace Pilon's Workshop Way where there’s no rigid handing out of any kind of information. Everything is essentially discovery from kindergarten on up and discovering groups of children who are self-corrective. They’re all involved in this and there’s no teacher there correcting anything. They’re opening up to process right from the beginning rather than learning products of information that they can mark with a graph pencil on a machine gradable test. It’s a constant process of discovery. This is certainly a magnificent step in the right direction. 

And there was a large television documentary the other night on CNN I believe it was, Peter Jennings, on these new developments in education. Here was this noisy classroom with all this milling around and tremendous learning was taking place and this is great threat to the old-line teacher who wants everybody in straight rows and the teacher up in front has the authority in handing out the dictates of the system. The change is already in the mill. Howard Gardner’s Zero Schools, I think they’re called. There are a number of great experiments like this going on.

We have left out here, again the dynamic that there are no one way streets except in some unfortunate thing like a Savant where you really had the brain dynamics there but not the overall dynamic of entry into the field. Or the dynamic between our reception, our conception, perception and all that which enters into the field and we feed back into the field. Actually every action we have along the line of say mathematics feeds back into the field. I think of Sternberg’s ten year research at Bell Lab on this that long after the mathematician thinks he’s completed the job the mathematical fields in his brain continued working perhaps for hours and on into the night simply because the networking involved in any discipline like that changes all of the relationships in these fields and neural field must reflect this. That is it must bring the house back to order.

The other thing is that anything that we do on our physical level then is reflected I the causal level or what David Bohm would call the implicate order wherein all these relationships are held in their balance so that what we’re doing is affecting the very fields on which the brain will then draw. I’m saying that mathematics is obviously a radically different field effect now than it was in Pathagruss’ time. It’s bound to be. So as we draw on a field we are then interacting with the field and changing the shape and nature of the fields structure itself.

Then we get into the different levels of the brain structure which are to me so obviously, so evident, and I can’t see why this connection isn’t made on a broad academic level as well, the fact that we do know all the precise ways in which these three different levels of the brain handle different levels of information and have a different way of processing that information if you want to call it information.

Now this is critically important to discover what are the possibilities of interacting, changing the nature of what the brain is translating into our reality and as a result changing our reality itself. And the possibilities of the highest neocortical structures of the brain to change the relational field s out of which our physical brain is presenting us with the world to use our Karl Pribram’s sense. And this really is critically important because if this is true, it shows how we come into dominion over the world, or should through maturation, come into dominion over the world at which point all of the primitive, very primitive fears, anxieties, hostiles and rages of a lower system that feels imprisoned by its world would simply disappear from our society. They could not exist because we would discover the fact that since the brain is a self-organizing structure, with in effect the whole universal field enfolded within it as it is enfolded within the field. We can come into dominion over it without our scientific technologically to dominate it and destroy it in effect in order to try and free ourselves from it.  So recognizing the brain’s true nature as it is already evident in research is to recognize our own true nature and our own place in the scheme of things. Once recognizing that the change in the social structure will be awesome.

Fields of Intelligence

The Savant and Fields of Intellligence
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Here Joe describes two completely different modes of mind. One is our normal bottom up, simple to complex accumulation of knowledge and experience. The other is Insight where a new possibility, in this case Joe uses the revaluation of the laser, pops into a brain that has been prepared to experience and find meaning is the insight.

I’d like to move from the Savant directly to something like Gordon Gould. I’m using this as my new example. In 1957 he was awarded the Nobel for his discovery of this, discovery of the laser. And it wasn’t really the discovery of the laser, it was the revelation of laser. It happened in one split second on the weekend when he was loafing off of work and doing nothing in effect and it broke into his mind. In a split second he saw the whole thing and he was electrified. He was stunned. And madly wrote for the rest of the weekend, trying to put down on paper, the enormous huge volume and all the enormous implications of this that had happened.

Now what had happened was something that does not exist in nature, that is not out there in the real world, but simply a possibility of a new form of actuality, a new form of physical reality. And so reflecting on this he realized that this enormous burst into his brain which matches two or three episodes in Einstein’s life. And I can give you twenty-five or more similar things that have happened in both religious and scientific circles. But he realized that it could only have been because he had spent twenty years involved deeply in physics and optics, on top of many, many years of training in school college, universities and so on, in physics and optics.  All that had fed into the hopper and he wasn’t aware of the end result. He was not looking for that in effect. It was simply what suddenly was revealed. Of course he had been moving in those areas.  He was targeting, but what was discovered was vastly more than he could have ever imagined in effect.

So you’ll find that here is what intellect, which is another form of intelligence and other intelligences, and the mixture of intelligences which we’re capable of doing which a Savant is not. Here you have the intelligences of language, symbolic thinking, metaphoric thinking, mathematical thinking, the thinking involved in chemistry, physics, and so on and so forth. A whole raft of intelligences that this individual, Gordon Gould, was having to use in order to dynamically enter in. So you don’t have one field there, you’ve got a multi-faceted rich field of fields of activity going on, and something new is created that never existed that we know of in the universe. 

So that’s really getting into, it’s kind of a Savant thing, it breaks through the mind, unbeknownst to us and we say where could this conceivably have come from? Well of course it came into soil well prepared. Had it broken into the Savant’s mind he could have done nothing with it you see. And in fact it could not break into the Savant’s mind because you don’t have a sufficient number of fields. But there’s something on the Savant category going on there.

The general academic thought, in fact the scientific opinions about the limitations, you know, that here are just these electric chemical processes in the brain and it’s exchanging information and so forth and so on, and bringing in signals from the external world and trying to process them and so on. Now, none of those any longer hold. Those kinds of theories which were just ideas no longer hold. The evidence is overwhelming. And if you go one step further into the fields of intelligence which the brain is capable of tapping into if it’s given the proper nurturing environment and model stimulus. Someone, the child, a person’s environment, must have developed a particular intelligence in order to activate that and guide the person into developing that kind of intelligence. And the intelligence self-actualizes and becomes independent, or autonomous, and you don’t need your model anymore. You’ve become the nurturing model-environment in effect. That’s the whole scheme of this. 

To understand then, that you’re really drawing on that which is larger than or greater than anything available to an instrument, because it is, you can’t tell where the mathematical field is the Savant draws on because it isn’t anymore. It doesn’t exist, which is to be set apart as a particle, particle energy, physical material stuff and so on. And all the sudden you’ve begun to realize that the brain and our mind, of course which is all kind of in part the same thing. It’s both in our physical temporal-space reality and shading off into one’s we don’t know about. And if that’s the case then obviously the potentials that we’re dealing with are not limited by anything we know of at the present.

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