We all unavoidably misunderstand how our own minds work. Consequently, our “How-I-Changed” stories are certainly inaccurate and can even amount to lies. These stories can be laughable, crippling, dangerous, helpful, empowering and many more things, but they are almost inevitably inaccurate while we perceive otherwise. For one of the very adaptive skills of the human mind is self-deceit.
I can’t seem to stop writing on this theme. As you see above, I have attempt to draw yet another sketch to capture how I visualize our silliness. This picture is one of my stories about how my mind works. My story is obviously mechanistic and clearly informed by my time in history with models from physics, physiology, computers and such things. It is an unabashed modular view of mind — with all it’s apparent concomitant challenges. But it is one of my stories, so I’m putting it out there.
Here are some of the principles I try to capture in this diagram:
- We are unaware of most of the mechanism behind our actions and thoughts
- Our mind unconsciously generates the mix of conscious and unconscious
- Our stories are thus generated with this
- Our stories are often post hoc myths based on limited and biased info
- Our stories influence our thinking
See my index post “My Cognitive Narrative” for related posts.
Question to Readers: Tell me what you think. Got a better or different story? Try to sketch it out and post it on your blog.