Wednesday, May 13, 2015

neorocognitive sociology?

Just to qualify things right at the start. I believe that normalcy is a spectrum. Simply a spectrum. And that every single being on this planet falls somewhere into the spectrum. Every single being in the world has a unique way of perceiving things and processing this information. It just happens that certain individuals whose cognitive processes take on a slightly different route gets seen as different and abnormal. Normalcy is simply a line some insecure people draw, to divide the world into some convenient but very unfair categories. So in our world, most people fall into one end of the spectrum and an invisible line divides this group of majority from the other group and labels them as having certain disorders.

But anyway, imagine a world in which the spectrum was tipped upside down. Now people who used to be considered as out of the norm are the norm and the people who were considered normal are the minority.

How would people be processing the world?  Perceptual functioning is going to occur very differently and cognitive processing is going to be shifted. In this new world, the interactions and the way people relate to each other within the society would be fundamentally changed.

And all our sociological theories would have to be rewritten.

Which brings me to my point: shouldn't the study of sociological phenomena be tied in with neuroscience? Sociologists have been observing the world and making inferences about the structure of society based entirely on observations rooted fundamentally in the fact that people process the world in a certain set of ways. Scientific studies of these sociological constructs have also at most, manipulated variables of these external phenomena and made inferences from it. Which is all well, except for the fact that, we would not be able to generalise our sociological findings to a different species, one in which has a set of perceptual and cognitive processes different from human beings.

In the past, people used to believe that the earth was the centre of everything and that the sun goes around the earth. Everything was built upon this believe, until scientific studies proved otherwise. And when scientists recognised their previous error in scientific understanding, advances in the understanding of the universe could then be made.

Similarly, our current approach to sociology is taking a very anthropocentric view of the world. Are humans really the centre of everything that we can base our conclusions simply on the observations that human beings behave in a certain way?

Taking an anthropocentric approach, the conclusions we draw based on observations of human beings is valid. But, these conclusions cannot be generalised at all to cultures outside that of human populations.

Is it thus time to take on a new direction and consider studying sociological concepts through a neuroscience approach? How an individual perceives an event, and how the cognitive processes work in analysing these perceptions and finally, how this individual reacts is all interdependent on this individual's cognitive processes. If we are able to discover what types of cognitive processes goes on that create certain types of reactions to social stimuli, we could then predict the types of reactions that are likely to occur when similar types of cognitive processes occurs. The same type of stimulus might not elicit the same kind of responses because of the different ways in which they can be perceived, and different cognitive processes that might occur. Won't a neurocognitive approach towards a study of sociological processes be wonderfully exciting?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

minore

Suddenly had the revelation of the reason for the existence of melodic and harmonic minors.

That moment of bling! The light bulb lighted up!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Isn't cultural musicology a more apt term than ethnomusicology?

Or maybe anthropo-musicology, music-anthropology, music-sociology, social-musicology?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

deject

When it seems too much to bear,
when I seem to be all alone,
with no end in sight,
or perhaps with the end seemingly looming in front of me,
die you die, there's nothing but the end of hope, the end of light for you.

Thank you for that one kind word,
the little kind thoughts,
the motivations without even knowing, you placed in me.
Thank you all of you, knowingly or not,
for lifting me up and pushing me on.

I do not know if I will last to the end, triumphant,
or fall down mid way, defeated.
But thank you for pushing me just a little bit further on.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

lost

Maybe a person's life is simply made up of endless pointless strive, right to the moment of death. What am I living for? That I have absolutely no idea. The dreams, the passions, the idealism of youth, they burst together with the bubbles.

I'm tired, but no one will allow me rest.
I don't want to try anymore, but yet, caught up in the never-ending wheel, I churn on and on and on and on....

Perhaps at the end, there is only darkness.

Friday, September 19, 2014

simple pleasures

Sometimes, all I need is the comfort of my blankie, a cup of hot chocolate, and my little boys snuggling by my side.

Sometimes, all I need is that.