INSTINCT- an innate tendency to behave in a particular manner. Also called unlearned behavior.

REFLEX-an automaic response that does not involve a message from the brain.

Is intelligence an innate behavior? Intelligence researchers argue that there is a general factor of intelligence that is highly heritable. They define intelligence as an overall innate ability to perform well on different measures of intelligence, which are not open to change.

  • Experts have suggested 5 most likely personality traits
  1. Empathy
  2. Introversion/Extroversion
  3. Need for belonging
  4. Resiliency
  5. Impulsiveness

I will offer another which would be: Curiosity

I often wondered when I would see the word Innate, what it actually meant and if there were other words that meant the same thing that were more sensible to use. Well, I did find a few.

  • Susceptibilit
  • Predilictioon
  • Impulse
  • Affinity
  • Readiness

How much of our personality is innate? There are scientists that estimate 20 to 60% of temperment is determined by genetics. Instinct is important because there is no risk of an incorrect behavior being learned. It is hard-wired into the system.

My reasoning behind this word and what everyone should understand when looking around us at others is that we ALL have an innate tendency to classify those around us into definite categories, creating a foundation for exclusion.

Our insticts arise from tendencies that exist in our minds at birth. It’s a natural impulse by which we (as humans), and animals are guided independent of reason or experiences. Ex. Escape, Defensive Maneuvers, and aggression.

When defining one simple word I learned what my instictive nature can do to myself and others around me.



Voices Past, Present, and Future is back!

Have you ever had a word that popped into your head and wondered about all the different roads that just that one word can take you down?

Voices of the Present and Future would like for you to travel with me, down the road that the single word “Illusion” can take us down.

Let’s start with the definition of the word Illusion: It’s a distortion of the senses, which can reveal how the human brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Although illusions distort our perception of reality, they are generally shared by most people.

Let me offer an example: a misrepresentation of a “real” sensory stimulus that is, an interpretation objective “reality” as defined by general agreement. I agree “DO WHAT?” In laymen terms it’s a child who perceives tree branches at night as if they are goblins.

The word “illusion” kept popping into my mind as I was developing a character for my book. I was curious as to how many interpretations this word has. That is why we are here. It’s quite facinating when it’s weighed against other words.

Reality vs. Illusions-Reality is the state of things as they exist, as opposed to an idealistic or rational idea of them.

Illusions vs. Delusions-An illusion is a perceptual disturbance while a delusion is a belief disturbance. It is deeply held false belief that is maintained even when other information contradicts the belief.

Hallucination vs. Illusion-Hallucinations are a perception not based on sensory input, while illusions are a misrepresentation of a correct sensory input.

Is life an illusion or a dream? Both are illusions in the sense that your perception of reality is not “Reality”, and is constructed within your mind the same as dreams are. No one experiences reality directly but by perceptions crafted within their own minds.

Is happiness an illusion? Yes, because a cloudy image of your desire can never really materialize. Happiness is a transient state that is often over shadowed by the next thing.

Jean-Paul Sartre said, “The moment we realize we are not immortal, we see the meaning of life as an illusion.

Albert Einstein said, “Reality is nearly an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

How are illusions related to our daily life? Our ability to see involves the brain moulding raw sensory data into a refined form. Some refinements are deliberate, in that they are designed to help us survive.

The illusion of separation- Is what continues to keep us away from our authentic self. We see others as more powerful or less worthy, but it is all just a mirror of our need to maintain the false self.

Out of all of this confusion, I would like to offer you 5 strategies that make a good bit of sense to me:

  1. Appreciate painful memories from the past so that you can set them free.
  2. Ease worries about the future by takinnnnnng control of the present.
  3. Snuggle into the here and now.
  4. Don’t allow ideas about age hold you back.
  5. Experience reality as a child does.

The Why and the How

Over these past few days I have been unable to provide you with content that you appreciate.


The only answer I have for you is that depression is real. For me it comes from pain and having to understand that I can no longer live my life the way I always have.


By not having the ability to walk without pain and the need.for a wheelchair just to get around my home.

We take for granted so many things that are just the normal, but when that is taken away from you it is devastating to say the least. And, outside of losing that ability I have always had , I have to learn to adapt to pain.

Everyone’s depression, if you have that in your life, stems from many different areas and for many different reasons.

Learning how to cope and getting back to the things that I love, which includes you, my followers, is going to be a struggle. I am not one who asks for help, or even likes to, and now, I have to find a way to do that, even more so, accept it.

I ask for your patience and your continued support. Please stay tuned in to my site. There will be awesome things to come and while I am figuring things out for myself, I am enjoying your posts as well.

Let’s support each other and our fellow bloggers.


I want to do another deep dive into our ancient geoglyphs, once such geoglyph being that of The Blyth Intaglios. They are a group of gigantic figures etched deep into the ground near Blyth, California. It is said that the reason for this geoglyph is unknown but that it was created by humans.

North America contains the only known desert intaglios located in the Colorado Desert, located along the Colorado River. As mentioned in an earlier post about geoglyphs, the best view of the intaglois is by air.

The largest human figure of the group of intaglios, is a human figure that is about 171 feet. There are two more human figures; there are two four-legged animals and a spiral, although it is reported there are two spirals.

The Blyth Geoglyphs were created by scraping away layers of the darker rocks to reveal a stratum of lighter-valued soil. The darker rocks that were removed outline the figures and the soil was stamped down making it difficult for plants to grow in the lines.

Throughout the deserts of southeastern California there are many gravel pictographs depicting mountain lions, birds, snakes and unidentified zoomorphic and geometric shapes. These were not observed until the 1930’s. The human geoglyphys are the only ones located near the Colorado River. It is thought that yet again all of the geoglyphs are ceremonial in nature.

Intaglios that were similar to the Blyth intaglios.were found nearby in Arizona, across the river from Ripley, California. They are known as the Ripley Group.

Now many archeologists and researchers have tried to disprove the theories that these geoglyphs are ceremonial in nature. One theory involved native Americans who used these sited to ward off evil spirits.

All over the world we can find these geoglyphs and the likeness of the nature of all of theses, in my opinion, is too coincidental. How is it that all over the world these figures represent the same animals and figures and no one can find a connection between them all? Each one is being discovered and analyzed separately instead of all together and what they truly mean?

Of coarse, this is my question and I’m sure you have your own. Why don’t you share them with us?

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