Welcome To Practical Mindsight
What resides in consciousness is only a tiny fraction of who we are. Deeper brain functions of the subconscious manufacture everything that comes to mind. This blog is dedicated to reaching beyond the conscious self, and into the subconscious, wherein lies who we really are.
Consciousness the merely an interface for experience. The mind and consciousness itself are run by brain interactions far removed from awareness. When moving an arm, we’re unaware millions of neurons are communicating. Instead, we’re presented with a summary of the pattern, which feels like moving the arm. The same can be said for shifting attention, auditing the mind, doing math problems, maintaining balance, or anything else. All activity of the brain the result of unimaginably complex neural circuitry, which was either genetically innate or has been patterned, and we are not directly aware or in control of.
But consciousness is incredibly important because it’s responsible for scripting the the brain. It does this by interacting with the environment through implicit knowledge and attention span. These interactions then pattern the brain’s neural circuitry. In order for tasks, ideas, or skills to be internalized, they must first be thought-out and applied. Consciousness is a two way street: It mediates the mind’s interaction with environment and patterns the brain based on the interaction.
The importance of this fact cannot be understated. Our destiny is largely determined by how we develop and employ our awareness. That is the point of this blog.
Illustrating this point is an excerpt from “Incognito” by Neuroscientist David Eagleman:
“If the conscious mind, the part you consider to be you, is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?
“What we’ve discovered by peering into the skull ranks among the most significant intellectual developments of our species: the recognition that the innumerable facets of our behavior, thoughts, and experience are inseparably yoked to a vast, wet, chemical-electrical network called the nervous system. The machinery is utterly aliens to us, and yet, somehow, it is us.
“The first thing we learn from studying our circuitry is a simple lesson: most of what we do, think, and feel is not under our conscious control. And the brain does not allow it’s colossal operating system to be probed by conscious cognition. It runs the show incognito.”