Obsolete: The Mind as a Matrix

See: The Mind as a Matrix

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Reference: Mindfulness Approach

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The human mind is not physical but it exists within a physical environment. The mind is actually a reflection of the physical environment. We may say that the mind is made up of perceptions and it stores perceptions of the environment.

The environment is best represented as a matrix type structure. A matrix is made up of nodes where each node is in some relationship with every other node. The environment is made up of objects where each object is related to every other object by distance, gravity, etc. These objects are the nodes of the matrix of the environment.

Being a reflection of the environment, the mind also is a matrix in which the nodes are perception of objects. These perceptual nodes are related to each other by the properties perceived for these objects. For example, in an animal mind, these perceptual nodes may be related by their property of being safe and edible.

The human mind is more complex than the animal mind. It is much more perceptive of properties of the objects. Such properties may be expressed as being part of a scale. For example, the property “red” may be expressed as part of the color scale. Thus, nodes in the human mind become more discriminative, abstract and numerous. We may call them “perceptual elements”.

Thus, in the human mind, perceptions from the environment get refined rapidly as patterns of perceptual elements. They are related to each other by means of scales in infinite number of ways. This makes the matrix of the human mind extremely refined and complex. Errors creep in only when perceptions do not get refined and assimilated into this mental matrix.

The mind is a matrix made up of elements derived from the perception of the environment.

The present work proposes this “matrix” model for the mind. Looking at earlier models, we find Freud’s model of conscious and unconscious mind proposed in 1890s, and Hubbard’s model of analytical and reactive mind proposed later in 1950s.

In the matrix model, the greater is the refinement of the perceptual elements and relationships among them, the higher is the consciousness. Thus human consciousness is much higher than the consciousness in animals. When perceptions from the environment are not refined into patterns of perceptual elements they are just lodged into the mental matrix as “unassimilated nodes”. The person is not conscious of such unassimilated experiences. This describes the concept of “unconscious mind” proposed by Freud.

In the matrix model “consciousness” is the depth of refinement of the perceptual elements and relationships.

Thinking is the activity that associates information according to some logic to come up with conclusions. In the matrix model, thinking takes place when patterns of perceptual elements interact with each other. The logic of the mind comes from its ability to generate associations within the matrix such that continuity, harmony and consistency are maintained at all times throughout the mental matrix. The creative aspect of the mind originates from the fundamental principle of “chaos to order”. That is where its faculty to imagine and to make projections comes from. And that is also the source of intuition, which goes beyond ordinary logic. In a refined and well assimilated matrix the thinking is rational, or analytical. However, as more “unassimilated nodes” are activated the thinking becomes irrational and reactive. This describes the concept of “reactive mind” proposed by Hubbard.

Thinking is a creative activity that originates  from the fundamental principle of “chaos to order”. The rationality of thinking depends on the perceptual patterns activated.

The “binary” models of Freud and Hubbard imply that perceptions are stored “as-is” in the mind. However, the “matrix” model describes the storage of perceptions as patterns of perceptual elements well assimilated within the mental matrix. Since same perceptual elements may be utilized many times in different patterns, the “matrix” model provides a more efficient way of storing perceptions in the mind. A “memory” is a pattern of perceptual elements that is activated by attention. Memory is clear and precise when its pattern is made up of refined and well assimilated elements. It would be difficult to recall a memory if it contains “unassimilated nodes”.

A “memory” is a pattern of perceptual elements that is activated by attention.

With the matrix model of the mind it is easy to see the difference between the animal mind and the human mind in terms of how finely the perceptions are broken down as discriminative perceptual elements. This property defines the intelligence of the mind.

Intelligence of the mind depends on the refinement of the perceptual elements and relationships.

These perceptual elements are connected within the matrix in infinite number of ways by means of scales. Thus all patterns of perceptual elements are continuous, harmonious and consistent throughout the mental matrix. The better assimilated the perceptions are, the more powerful is the mind.

Power of the mind depends on the assimilation of perceptual elements within the matrix.

The mind is hard-wired to the body through the brain and the nervous system. As perceptions are received from the environment, they are continually assimilated into the mental matrix. This continually generates impulses in the body to bring appropriate responses from the endocrine, respiratory, muscular and other systems. These impulses are sensed as emotions and sensations.

Emotions are the impulses generated by the mental activity. Sensations are the response of the body to these impulses.

This determines the health of the body internally and actions of the organism externally. The external actions then bring changes to the environment.

As the chaos in the environment impresses itself upon the mind through perceptions, the mind assimilates them in its refined perceptual matrix, thus converting their chaos into order. This generates impulses that motivate the body to implement order in the environment. Thus we have a continuous cycle, which operates from the environment through the mind-body system back on the environment, thus converting chaos into order. This explains the role of living organisms in the universe.

The whole purpose of the living mind-body organisms is to speed up the evolution of the universe by bringing changes to its immediate environment.

The basic animal mind can be observed to operate entirely on automatic assimilation of perceptions from the environment into its coarse mind. This assimilation takes place on a continual basis. We may call this assimilation “free association”. Please note that this free association is not same thing as the “technique of free association” in psychoanalysis.

The refined and complex human mind augments free association with its powerful ability to think. Human thought, operating with free association, then brings deeply complex and far ranging order to the environment.

The human mind acts as a powerful catalyst for the evolution in nature.

The mind is continually observing the environment and bringing greater order to it. But the mind is prone to error when it encounters disorder beyond its control. The errors introduced into the mind are then reflected through sickness in the body and aberrations in the conduct of the organism.

The introduction of errors into the mind is taken up in the next chapter.

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[Revised February 9, 2017 by Vinaire]

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Comments

  • vinaire  On February 4, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    This post provides a model of the mind that is very different from earlier models for the mind used by Freud and Hubbard. Freud used a model of the mind made of conscious and unconscious layers, whereas Hubbard used a model made of analytical and reactive layers.

    In Chapter 2, however, we make a jump from layers to matrix. The KHTK (Knowing How to Know) mental matrix is made of large number of perceptual elements connected to each other in very large number of relationships.

    The earlier models imply that perceptions are stored in the mind “as-is”. However, the current model stores perceptions as orderly patterns of discriminative perceptual elements. Since same perceptual elements may be utilized many times in different patterns, the current model provides a more efficient way of storing perceptions in the mind.

    The current model also clarifies the difference between animal and human mind in terms of how finely the perceptions are broken down in terms of discriminative perceptual elements.

    Please let me know what you think of the difference between LRH’s original layered model and the KHTK matrix model for the mind.

    I have to defend my thesis. So shoot whatever questions you have.

  • vinaire  On February 5, 2017 at 12:34 PM

    The above essay is revised to emphasize the novelty of the “matrix” model for the mind it proposes, and its comparison to earlier models.

  • vinaire  On February 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    The closest I have come to understand “self” is the fundamental principle of “chaos to order” that underlies the discriminative perceptual matrix of the mind.

  • vinaire  On February 8, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    I have changed the title of this essay and expanded it further.

  • vinaire  On February 8, 2017 at 9:01 AM

    An person is most happy when he realizes that his primary purpose is to speed up the evolution of the universe.

  • vinaire  On February 8, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    The new ideas from the above article are as follows.

    (1) The mind is a “matrix” of refined and discriminative “perceptual elements”.

    (2) “Perception” is a pattern of perceptual elements.

    (3) “Consciousness” is made up of refined and assimilated perceptual elements.

    (4) The concept of “unassimilated node”.

    (5) “Thinking” is interaction among patterns activated within mental matrix.

    (6) The nature and storage of “memory”.

    (7) “Memory” is a pattern of perceptual elements that is activated by recall.

    (8) The purpose of a mind-body organism from a universal perspective.

    (9) A hint at the make up of SELF (source of creativity).

  • vinaire  On February 9, 2017 at 11:28 AM

    I have further updated this essay to align it with the Five-Aggregate Model of Buddhism.

    https://vinaire.me/2012/05/11/khtk-11a-the-structure-of-i/

  • vinaire  On February 10, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    The following is the KEY WORD LIST for the essay “The Mind as a Matrix”:

    MIND, MATRIX, PERCEPTION, PERCEPTUAL ELEMENT, CONSCIOUSNESS, “UNASSIMILATED NODES”, THINKING, MEMORY, INTELLIGENCE, POWER, EMOTION, SENSATION, FREE ASSOCIATION.

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