It is understood that paths are setup in the brain as we develop. So there is a quick route jump the queue system via pathways. During development certain things will be called out for by the brain. The calling could be through a need for development, desire, or for immediate gratification such as hunger or thirst etc. Some of these callings or triggers are obvious, some less so.
For example water would be ‘called for’ to cool or quench thirst but surely it can also be called for to assist in growth or development much like water for a plant? It seems to be believed that most paths are formed and then do not change even though their original use or requirement might have changed.
For example a childhood memory of ice cream. Chemically the ice cream could have been called for as a coolant and the consumption of the ice cream could set up a path. A call and request could be created to illicit the same response. But what if the path was setup for another reason, such as stimulating pleasure, or just taste. Or perhaps even, not for taste or for cooling, but for pleasure and the social interaction if with someone else, and the memory of the event ‘saved.’
If so, then the use for this action, or call and request has changed. The implications for this can surely be quite interesting and important? Firstly, even though two humans are anatomically the same, them choosing to eat ice cream together on the same day at the same time could be totally different and trigger a different response.
Simplistically, we could assume the ice cream is being called for cooling if a hot summer’s day but we could be missing a whole host of reasoning behind the action. It could be being called to setup a new pathway, a new memory, a bond with the person having an ice cream with. It could be eradicating another memory or called for just because of hunger, thirst or for cooling.
The reason why we want something could be for a plethora of reasons and if we have wanted it before, the next time we ask for it could be different from the first. The response to the call will always be the same, and so will the outcome or will it?
The association with the request for ice cream and the experience could both change, thus the memory of it and its function changing too.
Mark Scotchford © 12/03/2019
I first wrote this on September 18th 2018 and have just found it in a notepad.
Please can someone shoot it down in flames or come back to me with what they think I am trying to say? Thank you.