Interview with Dr. Albert Garoli
The Evolutionary Glitch: Rise Above the Root of Your Problems
Loving Healing Press (2010)
Reviewed by for Reader Views (02/10)
Today, Tyler R. Tichelaar of Reader Views is pleased to interview Dr. Albert Garoli who is here to discuss his new book “The Evolutionary Glitch: Rise Above the Root of Your Problems.”
Albert Garoli is a health practitioner who has been delving increasingly into medical research and teaching. His specialties include Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Electro-Acupuncture, Herbology, Biophysics and Homotoxicology. Lately he’s been travelling all around the world, from Australia and New Zealand, to all across Europe teaching his revolutionary understanding of human neurobiology, part of which is outlined in his new book “The Evolutionary Glitch.”
Tyler: Welcome, Albert. I’m excited to talk to you about your new book. To begin, will you explain the title “The Evolutionary Glitch” to us?
Albert: As many already know, evolution is intended as the mutation of inherited traits of a certain species through successive generations. According to the theory of natural selection, the selected traits should be those that aid survival and reproduction. In the case of humans, our bodies are quite weak for us to defend ourselves with bare hands so we were endowed with advanced intelligence that allowed us to compensate for this physical weakness. This is especially noted in the frontal lobes where mechanisms of planned organization and logical reasoning take place. These attributes are what render us different from the animals of our planet. Our ability to project into the future, consider abstract concepts, and calculate, analyze, compare or evaluate are unique attributes of the human species.
Unfortunately for us, this has also become a double-edged sword in that we do not remain objective observers of events in our lives but incorporate them into our sense of “I”, our roles, goals and our social interactions. Our sophisticated learning mechanism allows us to make associations between two seemingly distant concepts in order to become innovative and creative, but this same mechanism is what causes us to make erroneous associations, generalizations or conclusions that hinder us from performing as we should.
The Glitch in our neural networks is therefore the mechanism that hampers our survival by compelling and justifying negative thought patterns acquired through flawed perceptions of lived experiences. Because it takes a thought to perform an action, it is because of this Glitch that we create sabotages and encounter recurring problems.
Tyler: Albert, can you give us an example of a negative thought pattern acquired through flawed perceptions of lived experiences?
Albert: As an example of negative thought pattern you might consider a case of an unwanted pregnancy in a dysfunctional couple. Imagine this child, let’s say a girl, is unwanted by the depressed mother who was left by the husband because of the pregnancy. The single mother now sees in the child only as a burden.
No behavior can be sweet or noticeable enough to attract the mother’s interest or love. Neither obedience nor tantrums can instigate a smile, a cuddle, a reaction or an approval. Very soon the little girl will grow with a sense of inadequacy, possibly guilt, dissatisfaction and sadness. Her natural need to be loved and noticed by the mother will not be fulfilled and will thus trigger the “glitch.”
Instead of understanding the condition of a mentally ill and depressed mother, the child will probably initiate a downward spiral of self-sabotage and will possibly accept this condition as a model. In this condition of rejection, sadness, and dissatisfaction, she is molding her representation of the world, a map that will need to be reiterated and reconfirmed to exist. Therefore, while growing into adolescence, the girl will only seek episodes and conditions that will match her state of low worth in order to justify her initial model. She will constantly feel depressed and any positive relationship or any compliment will be avoided, ignored or disrupted. Can you see the pattern? See how this mechanism is against the physiological well-being and evolutionary development of this girl?
Tyler: Would you explain to us about “negative conditioning” and how it relates to our neural network?
Albert: There are specific neurobiological mechanisms which give rise to the foundations for our behavior and cognition. Developed with the evolution of human intelligence, these foundations may however result in unwanted exogenous conditioning or artificial neuro-plastic re-adaptation or in simpler words “wrong learning.”
The ever-changing organization of neuronal networks in the human brain depends on the way the neural tissue transforms and maintains daily experiences into an architectural bias that determines how we respond to our reality.
The biases we use are created according to a synaptic reconfirmation of precedent inputs. Therefore we do not support what is true , we support what we know. What we know is what has been conditioned into us through the years.
Acquired memories have a guiding and a limiting effect at the same time. Natural acquisition of data and learning should take place through the reinforcement of synapses or by cell augmentation in response to environmental signaling, exactly as we were engineered by nature. Nevertheless when human artificial environments and imposed dogmas and doctrines substitute natural events, we witness a replacement of the natural genetic effect with associative conditioning.
Our teacher thus is no longer the world of direct experiences, but a list of artificial commands based on human criteria and laws.
Tyler: How do you explain the “glitch” in the neural network? What caused it? Is it an evolutionary result in humans?
Albert: As an example and analogy we might consider a computer with perfect software and hardware that is fed incongruous or erroneous data: this arrangement will always produce erroneous results. Imagine a perfect engine running with the wrong fuel: this combination will obviously cause its own failure. A human being with a perfect synaptic network capability and the wrong data acquired through conditioning and lack of a filter that detects what is real from what is subjectively real, is directly or indirectly destructive to itself and others.
In our current human case there are actually two sides of this destructive behavior, one exogenous or directed externally and the other endogenous or directed internally:
1) One side, the exogenous or externally oriented one, is manifested by those humans who really act according to their exclusive personal will and dogmas regardless of the damages they provoke to others or to the environment. They do it violently, with coercion, intimidation and cruelty. Humans capable of murder, genocides, rape, theft, deceit, treason and other criminal activities are often the result of deliberate or inadvertent desensitization. Desensitization in humans and animals corresponds to a diminished response to a situation or stimulus after repeated exposure. Humans can therefore become desensitized through continuous exposure to factors that would normally result in remorse, panic, emotional turmoil, or guilt, and can commit those actions that we might normally deem as criminal or unethical.
2) The other side, the endogenous or internally oriented one, is visible in those other humans that through years of slow and gradually increasing accepted exposure to various forms of socialization, media influence, occult persuasion and propaganda have become profoundly habituated to conditions that they would have never have accepted if presented abruptly.
Habituation corresponds to a sort of psychological acclimation, an acceptance caused by the tolerance of low-level increments of negative stimuli. Habituation occurs through neural adaptation and negative feedback.
Incremental changes and minuscule pieces of information or disinformation are easily left unnoticed or deliberately disregarded as inconsequential. However, the end result has immense implications. Movies, talk shows, social gatherings, music videos, information learned in school and through books constitute small but constant pieces of information we acquire.
The “Glitch” finds its essence in the way these pieces of information are gathered according to a biased filter that accepts ONLY what matches the initial model and discards all the other pieces of evidence that do not match.
Humans end up storing a massive collection of bits of evidence that are in fact only used to prove an a-priori acquired condition. They form the biased experience we use to decide in our life. If my a-priori condition is that only “red apples” exist and can be called apples, any external attempt to convince me otherwise will be challenged and ultimately discarded, while all other examples of how in fact real apples are only the red ones will be fostered and used as a justification of righteousness.
Tyler: Albert, the word “brainwashing” comes to mind for me as I listen to you. For example, the German people leading up to World War II might have been an example of brainwashing or slowly being made to believe they must destroy the Jews and conquer Europe. Would you call that situation endogenous or exogenous? Is that a fair example?
Albert: Interesting question, Tyler. There are however two subjects mixed in this question. The first is described by what professor Stanley Milgram discovered through experimentations at Yale University. The famous “Milgram Experiment” showed that humans can obey authority carrying out actions that are far beyond their personal moral code. This explained why certain actions were carried out during the Second World War.
The other subject is related to the term “brainwashing,” a concept derived from “Xi-nao,” a Chinese word used to describe a series of coercive methodologies that destroy and reconstruct thought patterns and behaviors. This was used by the communist party during the infamous Maoist regime.
Nevertheless the human evolutionary glitch is more insidious than brainwashing because it is endogenous, that is to say naturally triggered, without the need for external coercive and repetitive patterns. With specific endogenous states of neurological and endocrine stress, the “glitch” gets triggered. It is not necessarily instilled; it is born out of neurobiological evolution.
It is grace to nothing else than a “glitch” that humans chose to believe what is useful to them and not what is true .
To seek for truth is the most exquisitely unselfish act a human can perform. To justify one’s self at all costs is the vilest and most undignified action humans do.
Tyler: I understand to overcome this “glitch” we need to understand our individual Persona. Can you tell us a bit about Personas and how understanding the Persona helps us?
Albert: It seems that the neural structures of the brain are formed according to specific patterns based on the way the brain connects the pieces of learned information together, namely an architecture. We could generally say that the “Evolutionary Glitch” lies in the way humans learn by superimposition of meaning.
These patterns then differ not only on the method and means of learning but also the resulting attitude, thoughts and actions that ultimately form what we refer to as our human Personality.
I have found that there are fundamentally six wide categories of neural architectures or Persona-types. When one begins to understand which Persona or generalized architectural model has been acquired, one can then begin the process awareness of bias, recognizing patterns and initiating the non-confirmation of this neural glitch.
Getting to know what Persona other humans have acquired also helps to resolve relational conflicts, predict preferences and reactions, and become aware of the biological nature and tendency of those around us. This is especially helpful for the promotion of favorable relationships between family members, parents and children, therapists and patients, teachers and students, supervisors and colleagues, friends and neighbors. If one can properly profile the typical nature and personality of another, one can communicate appropriately, effectively and positively in order to render the rapport helpful and productive.
Tyler: Albert, am I right that the names of the Personas go back to medieval ideas about humors that affect the body? What made you use such archaic ideas or terms, or are they archaic?
Albert: The term Personality or Persona derives from the ancient Greek term “Mask” and refers to a neural superimposition or construct that lies in every human’s brain. This mask possesses a shape and a general character. To define specific human characters the terms Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Bilious and Melancholic were borrowed from ancient medicine.
The fathers of our medicine, physicians such as Hippocrates, Galenus, Avicenna, used this terminology to define body types and temperaments. I thought that medicine, with a wide experience of physiology, anatomy and pathology could be inspirational to interpret what seems to be in fact a non-harmonious trait of human condition.
Tyler: I know you are well-versed in ancient Chinese medicines, such as acupuncture, although these appear to be quite modern ideas for the Western world. How do these ancient traditions help us with these “medieval” humor Personas?
Albert: Hippocratic medicine in the western world, Unani medicine in the Arab world, Ayurveda in India and Traditional Chinese Medicine in China were in many ways similar systems. These schools of thought had in common the idea of life force and its manifestation through the bodily functions. They also had in common the general idea that humans possess a controlling ego that can hinder and sabotage the same organism. This concept was not only very well known but also identified as the cause of sufferance for humanity. The entire doctrines of Hinduism and Buddhism were based on the paths to overcome this human glitch. Very often, in order to take a step forward in our understanding, we are required to take a step back for ancient wisdom has an invaluable ability to guide us well.
Tyler: Can you give us an example of how the evolutionary glitch serves as a way people sabotage themselves and thereby cause human suffering?
Albert: Human beings are animal organisms in essence, but have greatly evolved toward the sense of “I” and thus have embraced separation, planning, and self-reference as a tool for survival. As living beings, humans are endowed with a natural tendency to be conditioned by the external environment, but they have shifted their model from a natural conditioning to an anthropomorphic one. Therefore, humans are no longer adapting to nature. They are no longer respecting it and are no longer taking it as a reference and as a guide.
In their self-inflated newly acquired behavioral model, humans have thus acquired a widespread tendency to be selfish and disrespectful toward nature.
Humans idolize their self-representation, their literary ego-boosting manifestos, and their inventions rather than paying homage to their inner essence. This is quite dangerous since it is nature that governs their bodies and feeds them.
It is nature that tells a human when to sleep, what kind of metabolic energy to invest in, how to maintain vitality, and so on. The most dangerous self-sabotage the human personality can cause is distancing itself from nature. Nature is life in all its crude and bountiful expression. Getting far from it means to suffer.
Tyler: Albert, your intentions here to help people overcome negative conditioning are not dissimilar to ideas of positive thinking, counseling, psychology, or even Twelve-Step programs. What makes your work stand apart and expand or improve on such ideas?
Albert: It would be difficult to generalize about other methods, first because I cannot know them all and secondly because many other methods are reliable and probably very valid. But it does not take much research to see how societies and the entire world are moving towards some sort of world magnification of the “Ego” concept along with its effects of disintegration, paranoia, isolation, depression and compartmentalization of all facets of human life.
Think for a second about your life. You are a social security number, a tax number, an id number, you use more and more your computer, you are controlled by cameras in supermarkets, streets, public areas. You need permits for everything; there is an office that puts rules, codes and numbers on everything you need to do. At the same time crime is still high, people do not feel safer and are not happier. There is an abundance of food and wealth and increased rates of depression, drug addiction and mental illnesses.
Do you think that all positive thinking methods used so far and all psychological treatment have helped humans to achieve freedom, strength, loyalty and trust to avoid this paltry compartmentalized state of things or they have been so far rather inefficient to control human’s fear? The observation of the obvious seems to suffice to understand that a definite result has not been achieved regarding the liberation of humans from their own problems.
What has not been considered fully is the same human nature with its present neurological glitch of logics. Both classical and operant conditioning methods are based on the natural phenomenon of association and occur in relation to cognition of consequences for one’s actions.
There are specific neural pathways and even specific areas of the neo-cortex that evolved in human beings, precisely the frontal lobes, that act with the scope of managing the consequences of action, and it is exactly in this particular set of neurons that we can observe the short-circuit, the “glitch” that can cause inhibition of action, conflict, sufferance and self-inhibition.
Neurophysiologists and neurobiologists like Henry Laborit proved that wrong learned behavioral patterns could cause prolonged inhibition of action and in turn generate a cascade effect of physiological unbalanced consequences including the suppression of endocrine and immunological responses.
Science has evolved splendidly and horribly at the same time, and it has created drugs to cure disease using chemicals that kill. Technology has freed man from hard labor and has created the same weapons that we have used to destroy each other. All achievements of our culture, science and psychology have only magnified brilliance and horror, without having ever been able to solve the problem of human nature. This latter problem instead should be our real challenge.
Tyler: That makes a lot of sense to me, Albert. People are often saying things are worse today than they were in past years, although our quality of life is so much better, but you’re saying it all kind of averages out. So then, does that mean that the “evolutionary glitch” ultimately means we have not yet evolved, or we still have a lot of evolving left to do?
Albert: It oddly means we evolved too much. We have lost track of reality and we have created an alternative virtual world to which we attribute meaning, the same meaning for which we believe, work, study, and sometimes die. Our cognitive constructs have taken precedence over our touch with nature and our inner selves. This renders an inner emptiness that is sometimes so vast that some people pay to watch others live their lives on television rather than live their own fulfilling lives.
We have lost the precision and sophisticated abilities of our nose, our eyes, our ears, and our subconscious senses, and we have substituted them with representations, semantics and quantities. The frontal lobes of our brain have become so highly developed that we have cast aside many other aptitudes. What we do today is nicely rococo and technologically comfortable, but it is dreadfully empty and dehumanizing. We are more prone to speak for minutes over a cell phone rather than get together over coffee and enjoy the presence of another person. We live our busy lives focused on work, success, and financial empowerment, and often forget to smell the roses. We have gone too far.
Tyler: I noticed on your blog recently you talked about brain waves. Could you tell us a little about brain waves and how they affect our thought-patterns?
Albert: What we normally define as states of mind are in reality definite conditions where our brain produces a specific vibratory emission. When we are awake, irritated, calm, in love, depressed or anxious, we produce a specific range of brainwaves. These emissions can be measured through EEG (electroencephalography).
Brainwaves range from less than 1 cycle per second (or Hertz) to above 40Hz. Starting from the bottom at 1-3Hz, we find the so called Delta waves which are the emissions produced by certain areas of the brain during deep sleep. From 4-6Hz are the Theta waves, typical of states of imagery and memory recall, followed by Alpha waves in the 7-12Hz range, characteristic of mental relaxation, meditation and calm focus. Above this we have various categories of Beta waves, typical of mental calculation and rational thinking and higher states of mental engagement.
The modern Western World encourages the constant use of Beta brainwaves, through organized mazes of mental and physical man-made infrastructures of codes, numbers and schedules. From the early morning wake up with the rush of getting ready for work or school in which we plan what we will need for the day, to the emails, meetings, to-do lists, accounts, administration, bylaws, and so forth, we are constantly needing to use beta-wave thinking to schedule our time and manage many plans at once with constant forethought.
Though this can be useful for certain types of work environments, our brain also needs states of rest, imagination, expression and insight. These are the moments in which we can process the events we encountered and re-center ourselves.
Tyler: What led you to be interested in the evolutionary glitch?
Albert: Being in contact for many years with human pathology, both physical and mental, made me inquisitive about the cause of human sufferance. The term disease defines an unwanted state of “lack of ease,” a condition of sickness a malady that has certainly one or more causes.
One could think that an unwanted condition should provoke the immediate powerful need to escape sufferance but in human beings we are witnessing a different condition.
It was interesting to note that humans, differently from animals, often override their bodily needs and provoke illness onto themselves and aggression onto others because of mental convictions. Because of inner states of belief, humans might seek unhealthy life styles, might repress needs and emotions, might attack others and adopt both exogenous and self-destructive behaviors. This is especially true of cases of drug addiction, smoking, drinking and the sedentary life. It was also very remarkable to notice how the same situations of “disease” in which individuals are stuck are often reiterated and repeatedly maintained as a sort of confirmation.
Tyler: The book also discovers quantum physics. What role does it play in understanding our evolutionary glitch and making a change? Does a person need to understand quantum physics to understand your book, or can the lay reader benefit as well?
Albert: The book was written in a way that anyone could read and benefit from its contents. A practical application of the material is possible without necessarily having a deep understanding of the mechanism behind it. Just like many people readily use their legs to walk without necessarily understanding gravity and bio-mechanics, one can intuitively follow the concept of consciousness-matter interaction without necessarily having a full grasp of the complex system on which it is based. For those with a scientific mind who like to investigate the foundations of a new paradigm, quantum physics might provide a good explanation of mind-matter connections. Having a basic appreciation of quantum physics, one would better understand the chapter on finding resonance and what is referred to as being in synchronicity with one’s environment. One would also understand how human consciousness can have an influence on seemingly random events and how a consciousness can experimentally alter the expression of energy.
Tyler: Will you give us an example of being in synchronicity with the environment—something perhaps we can remember, ponder and even strive for so we can evolve beyond the “glitch”?
Albert: Of course, Tyler. Synchronicity means to be with time, in time, or more simply on the right track. We feel at one with our body, the world, and with life itself. Filled with energy and vitality, we feel connected to what lies around us.
The series of events that “happen” to us and with which we define time become our storyboard, the film of our life. Just like in a movie when certain clips are presented to give the audience clues of what is to come, we begin to pick up the clues presented to us so that we feel we know where to go, what to do, or what the meaning behind certain events may be.
If we are not in sync with our environment, we have no result, we miss opportunities, we doubt more, or we have difficulties deriving enthusiasm or fervor from the actions we perform. Therefore, to prevent the “glitch,” we must get very suspicious of ourselves every time we consistently expect the worst, when we feel low in energy, motivation or vitality, or when our body feels weak and life feels dull. In such moments, we must examine our state, what I refer to as the “Stance” in the book, in an objective manner to understand what went wrong in the “cycle of errors.” Correcting this, be it our attitude, our environment, our physical or psychological health, or our ambitions, will bring one closer to synchronicity.
When we are in synchronicity, our external world becomes a reflection of our inner effervescent passionate state. Our will finds creative fulfillment, our presence is noticed and acknowledged in ways we could never expect, our body responds happily and lively, and our aims find their target in very original ways.
Tyler: Thank you for joining me today, Albert. Before we go, will you tell us about your website and what additional information can be found there about “The Evolutionary Glitch: Rise Above the Root of Your Problems”?
My website is
. The website is designed to be a portal of information people can freely access. It allows anyone interested to keep up to date on coming events and is regularly being filled with helpful explanations and useful ideas on how to apply this approach to understanding and ultimately ridding one’s self of the Persona. In fact, most of the posts on the blog come from questions or comments people have made and so rather than answering a single person I provide the information for everyone. The website is also a great first step to getting a hold of me or my team regardless of where in the world I am.