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Hunter and My Hippocampus: The Real "House Hunters"

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I have been writing about Hunter, the Border Collie, who can find locations stored in my long-term memory with one or all of the 3 Tele's:

  1. Telepathy is the ability to transmit words, emotions, or images to someone else's mind.
  2. Telekinesis is the ability to move objects through mind power.
  3. Teleportation refers to transporting yourself or your mind to a location miles away from you in fraction of seconds.

Long-term memory is divided into two types: declarative (explicit) memory and non-declarative (implicit) memory.

Explicit memories include all of the Memories that are available in Consciousness [1]

The night I brought Hunter home and parked three houses away, he found the house. Thirteen days later I took him to Hidden Hills where my cousin lives and parked over a mile away. I have never walked, hiked or done anything on foot in Hidden Hills.

If you have a lot time on your hands, then you can watch the whole 9-minute video. The thumbnail on the YouTube is the map of the route he took to get to their house. I also made a 5-minute version where you can watch Hunter find the house and run up the driveway into the garage to the back door.

Why is that important? He is off leash and everyone who visits enters the house through the garage.

Either video will convince you that he isn't "finding" by scent, nor am I giving him non-verbal clues. We can also eliminate that his success at "finding" is not "an inevitable consequence of my mind searching for causal structure in reality, so that I can learn and adapt to my environment." [2]

When I told Hunter to find where I live in Los Angeles, where my cousin lives in Hidden Hills and where I lived in Agoura Hills in 1974, he was accessing my explicit memories of the locations telepathically.

Implicit memories are those that are mostly unconscious

When I wrote about Hunter finding where I worked in 1972, I didn't understand the implications of Hunter accessing my implicit memory of the exact location.

Excerpt from the article My Dog Found Where I Worked in 1972 with comments in brackets []

I was heading east on Ventura Blvd and decided to stop at Starbucks and park just east of Louise Ave on Ventura Blvd. [I have absolutely no recollection that in 1972 I was working around the corner from where I parked that day. Everything that existed on both sides of Louise in 1972 had been demolished and replaced with two shopping centers.]

I am investigating Hunter's refusal to enter any Starbucks, click to watch the short video where you can see that he refuses to go into the Starbucks but does not go nuts until I return 20 minutes later.

I spent about 20 minutes inside eating breakfast and when I returned to the car, he was going crazy wanting to get out and go somewhere.

[I assumed he wanted to go somewhere but I should have written, something is motivating him to go somewhere.]

So to be clear, 1) I did not tell him to go anywhere when I let him out of the car and 2) I was not thinking about where I worked in 1972 (47 years ago) until he turned the corner on Louise and I remembered the island in the middle of the street. You can hear me in the video exclaim, "that would be really bizarre," and then I start to recall that this might be where I worked in 1972, I tell him "That's impossible, I don't think this is it. Informata was not on Louise, it must have been another street, not on Louise." I am looking at an apartment building and a white house with the pillars shown in the image below when I tell him "this wasn't it let's go back." Later I went to the building department in Van Nuys, another "find it story," to verify the location he found was where I worked in 1972.

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I have been honing my craft as a writer since I graduated from Princeton University. I have been a newspaper reporter, a book editor and a Hollywood scriptwriter. My humor has been published in a number of publications. I have written two (more...)

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