Tuesday, June 14, 2011


"You will notice from this evidence that a productive interchange in a group discussion can be easily disrupted by a person exhibiting most of the characteristics we are about to describe.

Triune Brain Theory
"I am suggesting that this applies to many venues and that by understanding the abstract components of group disruption of this type, more mutually beneficial outcomes can be achieved in a variety of situations."

It soon became clear from the material that the disruptor may actually be at an advantage if her/his analytical apparatus is not engaged in the disruption. Quick action is crucial to maintain attention (and control). The added overhead of analytical flexibility is often too much of a time burden.

Knowing how to sustain a campaign of the type described has to be learned and reduced to automatic much as a soldier is trained for combat. What real-time adaptive resources that are allowed for the disruptor is in dealing with anomalies and 'pilot ejection'. These routines are practiced, over and over so as to be largely automatic.

Much as our conscious awareness is likely to not acknowledge our reptilian brain's presence and influence, it becomes important when a different agenda is being imposed on the group from outside. After all, we and many of our animal friends survived the evolutionary cut because of the success that part of our brains closest to our spine.

When a person hears a compelling story, it triggers abstract concepts that form the mind's model of the world. The model itself is important to survival as it is the reference to which the flood of sensory input is compared to past experience efficiently. Categories and classes of objects are rapidly formed and evolve as more experience is gained. Ultimately high-cost analytical functions then are preserved for situations that don't adequately fit the predictions.

"To illustrate my point, I would like you to imagine that I have just announced that I have invited an crocodile to our meeting. Let me introduce you."

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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