This blog reveals what goes on in your mind when you think, make decisions, set goals, etc. and how subconscious and unconscious thoughts and processes influence you in your daily life using simple logic.
Consciousness is one of the biggest mysteries of the mankind. For thousands of years, numerous studies and debates have been unable to explain what it is and how it works.
As it is interconnected with several mind and brain phenomena, consciousness cannot be studied on a standalone basis. To understand it, one needs to understand how the entire brain works as a system. As none of the current sciences study the brain as one system, most scientific explanations of consciousness are not based on causation (i.e. cause-and-effect understanding), but are based on …more
Updated version. Originally posted on October 22, 2019
Additional to the current science, those who practice, market and train meditation to others have a lot of empirical data on meditation, but do not have a single hypothesis on how it makes the brain powerful.
There are various meditation techniques, but there is only one mechanism that drives them all. Following is the first ever causal explanation of how this millenniums old phenomenon works, which is based on the process of natural selection:
No matter how they are projected, all types of meditation techniques work on a single principle: By restraining the thought process in one way or the other, which triggers the process of homeostasis, resulting into the brain becoming powerful, as explained in detail below.
Because of its engagement with ever changing environments & conditions coupled with unreliability of perceptions, the human brain is …more
Following is the first ever explanation of its purpose and how such inter-generation mechanism works based on the process of natural selection.
Superiority Bias is an instinct that is hard-wired in the brains of every human being in varying degrees to have the opinion that whatever he/she does and possesses is of a superior nature than others, without any connection to the reality. …more
We use language to communicate with others. By communicating, we can exchange our knowledge and views with others. Based on the adage “knowledge multiplies when shared”, when knowledge is shared among people, they can test, build, expand, refine, etc. on it, thereby optimizing and multiplying it, which is further tested, built, expanded, refined, etc. upon sharing with others again, thereby further optimizing …more
In this first-of-its-kind book, I have explained more than fifty mechanisms that make up the human mind using only five components, simplifying the understanding of the human mind to a level that can be understood by anyone who is prepared to make the effort. No prior knowledge of any subject is required to understand it. Such simplification is made possible by the first ever use of “system thinking” approach to understand how mind emerges from the brain.
Upon finishing the book, you will be familiar with the following …more
Because of systematic storage and linking
of information in the brain1,
modifying the degree of attention by evaluating how significant each ongoing interaction is and
proportionately allotting and utilizing the allotted amount of resources (as explained in the previous post Degree of Attention) takes very little time and thus, is not a problem in
most of your daily interactions.
is only when you are in the process of thinking continuously, may it be
deliberating between multiple decisions or watching a movie,
which are of dynamic nature and typically involve one
or multiple chains …more
of the human brain has evolved over thousands of generations by the
process of natural selection in a gradual manner1. It is
not developed on a preconceived plan or a blue-print.
development has enabled it to transit from running on lower amount
of resources for processing information in earlier
generations to higher amount of resources in succeeding generations, an
ability it …more
This post is about a simple question: How can a mechanism generate “its own” decisions? How can “it” be held responsible for the decisions it makes?
Other than information processing systems like computers, control systems, robots, etc., there is nothing in the world that is capable of making decisions. However, such decisions do not originate from their systems – they are all pre-programmed by humans. Even in the realm of artificial intelligence, the basic programming is done by humans. …more
Other than physiological
reasons and observations that sleep helps
in memory consolidation, science is not clear about the core purpose of why we
sleep and dream. The current research is full of information on frequencies,
wavelengths, oxygen levels, heart rate and stages like non-REM and REM sleep
and how they cycle in the brain, but …more