I refer to this concept in tomorrow’s post. Therefore, cheater copypasta post today. (There will be more cheater posts to come because I’m expecting a hell of a week. I’m whipping them together ahead of time and scheduling them to publish later, which is downright…responsible! :-O) NH original is here.
So, “splitting”. I think I need to credit TEM for doing the heavy lifting, but it’s been so long that I honestly can’t remember. Except that for TTs, it’s not a fundamental mismatch of back and front like TMs have to deal with. (Or so I believe.) It’s a software-based dysfunction and I think it can be resolved entirely.
BTW, that link is required reading because I want to move fairly quickly.
Splitting occurs because the deepsock (and perhaps thallowerface and longface) front wants to logicalize everything in life, and be extremely practical, and learn to code Java (employability!), read practical books about microeconomics, and suchforth. And while the bigocc agrees that reality is important and dandy, it also wants to read scifi and fantasy, and learn lojban and Quenya, and distract you with strange ideas about the way things “should” be. Now, neither of these desires are bad; it’s just a mismatch of fundamental values. Practicality and imagination, the face is a fastidious conservative and the back is an ingenius libertarian brat that dreams of someday writing its very own open-source compiler the way it always should have been written (dam n00bs!). It has the makings of a sitcom, eh? Philieas Fogg and Richard Stallman get an apartment together and it turns out to be the inside of my head.
Whoa. Did I just blow your mind? Primetime, 30 million viewers the first night, step aside American Idol. I’m getting a little off-topic. Anyway, this usually manifests as one of the archetypes dominating the other. That little retarded aside is a good example of the first type (below), so I’ll just leave it in here as an example.
If the bigocc back is dominating, it’s probably during an energy trough or a depressive episode, and the TT will spend a lot of time reading books and reading strange things on the internet and imagining fantasy worlds full of people speaking languages with Turing-complete syntax. The deepsock frontal lobe won’t get to do much of the talking or deciding because the bigocc is hogging the attention and bandwidth, and all of the benefits of deepsock are lost. Like the ability to focus on the same thing for long periods and think clearly, or write with logical structure (tending rather to be entertainingly useless free association, as in the example above), or account for context. Or especially, to do something that the TT knows he has to do, but doesn’t want to do.
If the deepsock front is dominating, it’s probably during a period of high energy and motivation. As you might have guessed, this will seem like a good thing at first because many of the symptoms have the appearance of functionality. The TT will be organized (often to the point of excess), be working hard to advance his career, stop reading “those childish made-up stories”, sleep far less, and generally be a workaholic. This dysfunction has all the weaknesses of typical workaholism and a couple of extra ones that are specific to TTs, just for flavor. For one, the occipital does not take kindly to being ignored. But more importantly, deepsock is all means and devoid of ends. And it has a very low IQ relative to the bigocc, so the TT loses a lot of the ingenuity and imagination that makes him good at genuinely practical things like science.
tl;dr, It’s a bad thing. When the brain parts are working together in a fluid, relaxed, holistic manner, it’s a good thing. A lifestyle that produces this frame of mind will probably maximize your cognitive potential as a TT. (I’d heard talk of psychosilocybins in the early days, but I know nothing of that myself and merely mention it in passing.)
Some more symptoms before I wrap up:
Occipital-dominant split: sleeping more often than usual, low energy, many major worldview changes in short periods of time (ex. lib -> ancap -> reactionary -> fascist etc. in a single year), laconia, hyperlexia, high creativity but no follow through, lots of unfinished projects, many impractical projects, cynicism, disillusionment. This often accompanies a lifestyle crash due to deepsock overextension. High emphasis on the “Longer Introvert Acetylcholine Pathway” described here: http://musingsonmormonism.wordpress.com … ever-seen/
Deepsock-dominant split: Basically the opposite of everything above, except you might also do a lot of reading or none at all, depending on context. These periods will come up after a bigocc-dominant split has created a bunch of ideas and you start a dopamine spiral because it feels so good to start implementing the ideas without much effort. Energy’s up until the inspiration runs out.