Friday, September 12, 2014

Mental resonance is analogue to the corresponding phenomena in material systems

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In oscillating driven systems resonance is the increasing of the amplitude at certain specific frequencies. At resonant frequencies the amplitude of the response is maximal. The reason for the phenomena is the system's ability to store, transform and transmit energy. For example, swings have a natural frequency of oscillation, on which they produce greater amplitude. What is so interesting is that this phenomenon has been observed in biological systems and emotional animals. In animals and people resonance entails an enhanced emotional response to specific situations,

A beautiful example of temporal interference of the mind is described by Wikipedia. People are given the chance to play a game in which there is an equal chance of winning $200 or losing $100. After the first game, they are given the choice to play a second round. Unexpectedly, the response is dependent on their knowing the outcome of the first game. Whether people are told they won the first play or lost the first play, the majority of people choose to play the second round. This is in contrast of the common expectation that the second round should be independent of the first round of play. Yet ignorant of the result of the first round, people choose not to play the second time. This finding violates the law of total probability, yet it can be explained as a quantum interference effect in a manner similar to the explanation of the results from two-hole experiments in physics. (In this experiment the photon travels through two slits on its way toward a screen and produces interference pattern there.) Only knowing the score equals interaction. Without information about the results, interaction remains open, unexamined. Although the phenomenon is often difficult to recognize, it can take many forms, such as scientific search for an elusive particle, hunting for a wild game or waiting for a lost love. Without the certainty ‘knowing’ the mind is in quantum limbo and retains the ability for interference.

The reason for the above phenomena is the self-regulating nature of the mind. Emotional animals have elementary particle features and can exhibit resonance and temporal interference behavior. Mental interference is an energy redistribution process whereby personal emotional tendencies are exaggerated or extinguished. In other word, interference only exaggerates the curiosity and a narrow, restless focus. Mental interference occurs over time.  Advertisements take advantage of this and try to spur action (buying) in a short time window. This momentary energy peak is utilized by some sales people, who pressure people people into quick purchase. For example, you might admire your friend's new phone. A reminder of the experience by an advertisement creates an interference, which prompts buying decision. You do not have to consciously remember the first incident. Such interference produces social phenomena by way of temporal waves and bursts. Positive interference often leads to exaggerated interest, such as an investment bubble. However, over time, negative interference extinguishes enthusiasm and lead to avoidance.

It is mental interference that cause degraded surroundings to induce delinquent behavior, and interference is at play when the smelling of household cleaners promotes cleanliness. Playing aggressive video games increases aggressive tendencies, but exposure to pro-social video games increases pro-social thoughts and behavior. Understanding the above phenomenon better can help you make more thoughtful decisions.


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Emotional hysteresis regulates the behavior of intelligent animals

Dogs By Peter Wadsworth

Hysteresis is a memory-dependent behavior typical of elastic and ferromagnetic materials. Although behavioral changes play out over time in animals, emotion forming animals and elementary particles show many common features. Some examples of elementary particle behavior include emotional fluorescence, mental resonance, and others. For example, the stimulation threshold of emotional animals depends on the emotional history, the degree of irritation, or 'emotional temperature.' Hysteresis like behavior have been reported in wide ranging fields, such as neurology, histology, cell biology, genetics, respiratory psychology, economics, game theory, and unemployment.

Hysteresis behavior is characteristic of elastic materials. As the material is slightly stretched and released, it will return to its previous state. Greater stretching however will deform the material, causing it to warm up, and as a consequence, a smaller force is sufficient to stretch it. The material will only return to its initial state after a cooling period. The stimulation threshold of emotional animals depends on their emotional history, their degree of irritation. In emotion forming animals irritation leads to enhanced brain frequencies, which corresponds to an emotional temperature. Using the example of a dog at moderate stress the dog will exhibit a smooth transition of response, requiring a much larger irritation cowed to angry. But higher stress levels correspond to a region, where further irritation causes the dog to reach a ‘fold’ point, when it will suddenly, discontinuously snap through to angry mode. Once in ‘angry’ mode, it will remain angry, even if the direct irritation parameter is considerably reduced (just like the heated up elastic material). Once reaching a sizable emotional temperature, it will take time until the dog calms down. Changes of emotional temperature (the degree of irritation) could result the experienced sudden behavioral changes. 

Similarly, social behavior can involve hysteresis. For example, social groups exist as emotional ferromagnets, stretched out in time. The emotional 'attitude field' becomes a common emotional orientation in most situations, signified by thinking and behavior. This is the reason, social groups tend to shop in the same stores, take similar vacations, vote for the same candidate and hold the same view on many issues. The field (which has a temporal expanse!) directs individual emotional charge in almost every problem. The common emotional orientation changes constantly and gradually over time by the experiences and emotional pushes of its individual members. A recent study found that social media groups form a social bubble, which limits the available information to like-minded people and leads to a collective social bias, which manipulates social change. Indeed, recent surprising changes in many countries (the Brexit, the Arab spring, and even the election of Donald Trump) might be the result of such collective social bias. It was found that individual behavioral response to challenges can be better predicted from the behavior of friends and peers than personal intention. Because social groups have such powerful influence on behavior, behavioral modification spreads like an infectious disease within the social group. This is true even among people who personally do not know each other at all! The finding was revealed by a social study for happiness, quitting smoking and discontent, but in all likelihood it could be found for many other behaviors and habits as well (Hill, 2010). Intelligent animal behavior is regulated by emotional fluorescence, as well as emotional hysteresis.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Emotional fluorescence is known as passive aggression



Fluorescence, by Hgrobe

Relationships are complicated. Trust and commitment is tested when problems pull the partners in different directions. When conflicts accumulate, their dark energy can unleash an unexpected emotional storm. What is the explanation for such fury?

Incoming photons can temporarily increase the energy of bound electrons, causing them to jump into an unstable, higher orbit. With a predictable delay the electron radiates out the absorbed energy, and returns to its basic state. When the released energy takes the form of visible light, the phenomenon is called fluorescence. The process is not limited to inanimate matter. Living creatures, jelly fish and hundreds of other marine creatures can display this fascinating ability thanks to fluorescent proteins in their bodies. However an analogue phenomenon, called passive aggression transmits emotional  energy between people (and animals). 

In materials, fluorescence necessitates the presence of bound electrons. The same way, emotional fluorescence presupposes an emotionally bound state, with limited freedom, such as in partnership, employment, etc. In the first step negative experience increases brain frequencies of an energetically heightened mental state, which is experienced as aggravation and hurt. Experienced as manifested as an emotional distance, negative emotions can simmer under the surface for extended period. The absorbed emotional energy constricts mental focus, leading to partial, judgmental vision. Vignettes of past events and bitter memories fuel negativity, as the constricted mind is searching for an excuse and an opportune moment to retaliate. In the second step, the excess negative energy is projected back out in the form of criticism, sarcasm, judgment, innuendo, or irritable behavior. This is emotional fluorescence. The brain frequencies relax the mind into its original, former energy state, and the mental focus moves back to the present. Emotional fluorescence can operate between couples as a pendulum, and move emotional energy back and forth in synchrony, identical to resonance fluorescence. Emotional fluorescence can also migrate from the presidential chair down the ranks, until someone kicks an innocent dog.

Related: Emotional temperature controls mob behavior

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Monday, July 28, 2014

How does science progress? An assessment from the twenty-first century





The twentieth century was the century of change, as technological innovation created unparalleled progress. Science came to be viewed as the only possible tool capable to solve the problems of modern man. Radical and groundbreaking ideas, such as general relativity or quantum mechanics literally started a new framework of understanding and a wave of discoveries. But even for physicists, it was difficult to accept these radical concepts at first. Even Einstein, and Schrodinger have struggled with quantum mechanics and an experimental proof was necessary for a wide acceptance of general relativity .

But how does science progresses? Accumulation of scientific data prepares the stage for rare conceptual jumps. However, uncertainty in a field often leads to consideration of unreasonable solutions. For example, in the nineteen century aether was invented to explain the spread of gravity and electromagnetism. Radical ideas test the accepted vision of reality, which attracts few practitioners. The pioneers have to fight against the old ideas at every level to get their voice heard. However, once accepted, the theory becomes a magnet. Scientists eagerly flood to the field to explore and develop it further. The new theory can be cross examined against accepted classical understanding, exponentially increasing its applicability and importance. With concerted effort a more detailed picture of the field emerges, and lead to new discoveries. The new field develops in leaps and bounds, as the hypothesis is exploited in countless applications within related disciplines. As the theory becomes a common understanding among scientists, the field stabilizes around its rules, and methods, which gradually reduces the field's flexibility. Here and there some experiments begin to question the basic understanding of the theory. However, the well-developed field shows rigidity to new ideas and a resistance to change. New experiments that do not support, or might contradict the theory, are packaged with increasingly fantastic, extravagant explanations

The ideas that led to great jumps in scientific thinking have often come from outside, from someone who is not bound by the restrains of traditional understanding. For example, Galileo was a college dropout, Goldbach was an amateur mathematician, Einstein a patent clerk and Michael Faraday, a pioneer of electromagnetism, was a bookseller. Satyendra Nath Bose, a mathematician, published in theoretical physics and made deep studies in chemistry, zoology, and anthropology. Bosons are named in his honor. Leibniz, was a lawyer and a diplomat, but remembered from his studies in mathematics, physics, and technologyGreen's theorem is named after George Green, who introduced and formulated a mathematical theory of electricity and magnetism with only one year of formal education.  

The beginning of the twenty first century is a chaotic time in physics. Quantum mechanics is still just as unapproachable toward traditional logic as it was in Einstein's day and its mysterious implications became the more baffling, the more one tries to understand it. Unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics is still nowhere in sight. An increasing number of problems cannot be explained by the standard Model. The Higgs boson was the answer to Standard Model's inability to explain particle mass. The 40 years search culminated in finding an enormously massive a bump, but even after five years nothing more (such as mass) has been found out about the particle. However, inconsistencies with the Standard Model was not remedied by this greatly publicized finding. The Higgs boson is a particle (or particles) of a Higgs field that grants mass via interaction. The proposed mechanism is immensely complicated and hard to understand even for physicists. Do we really need such a complicated mechanism in the twenty first century, when people's attention span is short even for television? The twenty-first century is beginning to look like the end of the nineteen century, where an aether like medium is now called the Higgs field. Theoretical physics is waiting for a new, radical idea.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Emotions are the elementary forces of the mind



“If we resist our passion, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.” summed up the French philosopher, Francois de La Rochefoucauld. But only recently have emotions gained scientific reputation as the major contributor of intellectual abilities. This is not without reason. While difficult mental tasks can be reproduced by simple calculators, the basic task of what it feels like to recognize a certain color, or a friend we have not seen for a long time, is beyond the ability of every artificial intelligence. It is emotion that remained the most elusive task for robot designers. A dog stays away from a person who mistreated him in the past because of the emotional nature of memories. Emotions give unusual power to animals, giving them ability to make decisions based on feelings, subjective and hardly describable mental products. Feelings direct the life of animals that have them, giving them decision making ability, far superior to any artificial intelligence. It is not only the blind that ‘feels’ his way around the world, all emotional creatures do. Emotion makes consciousness an incomputable process, completely different from the physical processes that accompany it. Emotions help distinguish the face of the perpetrator from the police lineup, recognize the fence of the childhood home and the overture of a classical opera.

Of course, what scientifically very difficult to propose and prove, philosophers and artists intuitively knew for a long, long time. For example, music is an international language that communicates about emotions. A Chinese folk song, an opera sung in Italian has a power to affect our mood, because we recognize the emotions in them as our own. This is because music is purely an expression of feelings. Songs are written about love, but not about the stock market or the global economy.

Emotions are not just some luxury that birds and mammals (and crocodiles) acquired during evolution, but they are the basic motivation of the animals that have them. Emotions are evolutionary survival tools. With them dangers can be overcome, opportunities found. We are good, generous, trusting because of our emotions. We betray others, we commit crime, and we feel remorse because of them. Emotions are much more powerful than we acknowledge and we cannot even recognize the extent emotions play in our lives, because we identify with our emotions constantly. I am proposing that the elementary forces of the mind are emotions. This leads to the many consequences of mental operation, as shown in the book, The science of consciousness. Sign up for my mailing list to never miss a post. 

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Monday, July 7, 2014

The nature of entanglement and Schrodinger's cat


Schrodinger's cat by Dhatfield


Quantum mechanics is unapproachable for traditional logic, and its mysterious implications become the more baffling, the more one tries to understand it. The phenomenon of interference has proven the particle's existence as a wave, but when someone tries to spy on it by measurement, the particle behaves as a stiff ball, losing its every ability for interference, as if the fact of our stepping into the bathtub would turn the water into ice! For a meaningful discussion about these mind boggling behaviors the basic qualities, such as spin of matter particles need to be examined. Spin is a unique, conserved quality reflecting the energy balance of the particle during measurement. For this reason only up or down spin direction can be distinguished. Particles form one energy state, one common wave function, even if they appear separated over great distances, even millions of light years. Sister particles polarize to become complementary and separate spins states due to measurement (examination). The Bell theorem states that faster-than-light communication would be necessary to connect distant entangled particles. Einstein resisted the idea and he sought a deeper explanation in the particle's wave function. According to string theory particle waves occupy an energetically separate, microdimensional space, which is insulated from gravity. The common wave function of the particle now can exist across the whole universe and form entanglement over the great distances of space. Such particles are connected as umbilical twins, who depend for their own state on their entangled twin. However, this connection does not permit the exchange of instant messages. Being insulated from the outside, the information of entangled particles is hidden until the time of the measurement. As a consequence, during quantum process, unknown information is transmitted and manipulated until measurement. Unknown information has no ‘information’ value.

Entanglement between distant systems, such as photons has been verified in many and increasingly complex experiments. In 2012 Israeli scientist could even produce entanglement between photons that never coexisted. By entanglement swapping they entangled one of each photon pair, which were separated in time. By creating the second pair of photons only after detection of the first one, temporal entanglement was achieved. Just like our email can be checked from any computer anywhere in the world thanks to the internet, the particle existence in limitless freedom can be easily recovered at any part of the universe. The information embedded in the particle is conserved until interaction, which is the particle’s next time moment. By disturbing the particle, you reformulate the wave function and bring forth the next time moment....ending entanglement.


Shrödinger’s cat is a mind bending puzzle of physics. Erwin Schrödinger’s famous thought-experiment takes a cat as a stand in for a quantum particle. Schrödinger’s cat, just like a particle seems to be in a quantum limbo, until the box is intact. The box indeed plays the most important role in these experiments, only the size of the box is mistaken. The box is none other than the particle's insulated wave function! The particle’s standing waves hide their energy until “measurement” (interaction) takes place. As if these waves were frozen in time until prodded into existence, standing waves do not transfer energy and cannot be experienced until measurement, or interaction. Interaction translates the microdimensional energies by depolarizing the particle into up- or down-spin. Out of infinite possibilities, measuring brings forth the most frugal (stationary) action.

In everyday life, things seem to be around all the time. Even if we do not look at it, we know that the moon is there. Existence, however, is dependent on the exuberant activity of the micro world. The moon and everything else constantly reformulates itself in the violent, incessant interactions of the quantum world. The Pauli exclusion principle forces the continuous, endless interaction on the material world. The net result of these activities is constant aging due to change, making growing old an inherent and inalienable part of existence.

The slit experiment entails a photon (or any other particle) that has to pass through one or several slits on its way to a screen. It has been found that a single photon can pass through several slits at the same time and thus interfere with itself. How is it possible? For a time-independent quantum wave it is possible to spread widely in order to pass through the slits and interfere. However, a detector, which is placed at one of the slits triggers interaction and ushers in the next time moment (decoherence). The next time moment instantly terminates the whole particle's ability for interference. To get more mind bending ideas, sign up for my mailing list or find my book on Amazon.
 


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Emotional interactions are governed by the Pauli Exclusion Principle




Seventeenth century representation of consciousness

The Pauli exclusion principle states that matter particles cannot occupy the same quantum state. This very important principle therefore regulates the distance between particles, such as two electrons. Over large scales, it leads to material structures' resistance to compression. Because of the complexity of consciousness, in ecosystems and society the Pauli exclusion principle regulates behavior over time.  As electrons cannot occupy the same quantum state, complex animals do not tolerate emotional (conceptual) closeness. By adjusting emotional distance, this important principle gives structure of society or ecosystem. It forms a motivation of emotional animals and people that generates differences in attitude and behavior. We notice the negative in each other and we criticize too often. It causes us avoiding eye contact in the elevator, and in mammals and birds it leads to territorial needs. Although it has no effect in the classical situations of everyday life; in big cities millions of people get along without major disturbance, in emotionally close situations the opposing attitude becomes dominant. Even very young children attempt to separate from people closest to them, by profusely using the word, 'no.' Over time, loving partners and families actually tend to become more distant, and distant people, if spending time together, become closer emotionally. When we sense an increasing emotional distance, we intuitively move closer in an attempt to maintain the emotional distance.


People with great emotional stability or low emotional temperature tend to be satisfied and happy. Their mental calm makes them flexible and accepting toward others. The Pauli exclusion principle is muted, as love gives the trust to be open to the other point of view. Without the feeling of love we are critical; new information feels contradictory in one way or another. Aggravation magnifies the Pauli exclusion principle and the critical tendency, but this only applies to emotionally close situations, or temporal closeness. Since the Pauli exclusion principle extinguishes over great conceptual distance, a presumed distance permits emotional closeness; it is easy to be friendly to strangers and tell secrets on the internet. This attracts fans to celebrities, politicians, and saints. In oppressive class systems of the past a rigid code of behavior, which regulated interaction among people, created great emotional distance and buried emotions under the surface. Historically, hierarchical societies maintained stability by the immense emotional distance of the class system. However over time, the emotional distance decreases and allows social cohesion and trust. With decreasing social distance, equality increases. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Consciousness and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle




Primitive animals form linear, fairly predictable behavior, because they lack emotions and as a consequence, consciousness. The evolution of the cortex is an enormous evolutionary step, which endows the organism with emotions and consciousness. The importance of emotions in consciousness and intellect has only been scientifically appreciated in the past thirty years. In the connections of the cortical neurons experience can accumulate and inform future behavior. So depending on experience, stimuli can produce opposite behavior, which is the source of uncertainty. Cortical brains (nidopallium in birds) display quantum characteristics and obey the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle prevents the position and momentum of the particle from being known simultaneously. Position and speed are complementary variables, the more precisely one is known, the less certain the other becomes. The cortical brain forms such complementary variables in its relationship with the environment. In the mind, the poles of uncertainty are the temporal position (the moment in time) and the energy of interaction (the intensity of emotion). While positive emotions uncover the temporal position of emotion, negative emotions uncover its extent. For example, a satiated person might eat only his favorite food (indicating position or taste), but a hungry person might eat almost anything (indicating intensity of hunger). The extent of anger or negativity (how far one is willing to go) can range from sadness to anger, aggravation and even physical violence. Because aggravation dislodges an accumulated, pent up anger, the origin of anger is always buried in old events. In contrast positive emotions are the treasure of the moment, which cannot be accumulated or postponed for tomorrow. Hence, positive feelings produce immediate happiness, which makes them a perishable commodity. The extent of joy is a pointless question however, because only full happiness is possible. So in contrast to the immense variety of negative emotions, positive emotions invariably take the form of happiness.

The source of mental uncertainty originates in the structure of the cortex. Thanks to the memory potential of cortical structures, past experience can heavily influence current response. The response’s nonlinear nature becomes especially prominent with enhanced stimuli. Greater incentives produce distorted, polarized and even extreme response: both danger and bribe tests one's mettle. A heated gas fills a spatial container, but the thermodynamic energy of the mind is confined within temporal coordinates. The measure of emotional temperature or emotional pressure is the extent, the degree of negativity. Negativity always originates in the self! The sadness, criticism, sarcasm, anger, or physical brutality is the tool the mind uses to test its boundaries, the extent of its power within its environment. The provoked retaliation is proportional to the applied of criticism and anger, therefore it maintains the thermodynamic energy (the temporal pressure, i.e., stress level) of the mind. Although it is shocking that people would start activities that have no other use than produce even more stress, the mind conspires to keep its own stress level constant. Would you like to learn more? Read this and related topics in my book, 'The science of consciousness'.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

The great transformation in the twentieth century brings more questions than answers



























The twentieth century saw a complete transformation in the understanding of the most basic structure of matter. Man could open the curtain on the world of the very small. Cells could be seen in enough detail to see how the organelles work; Watson and Kirk discovered the DNA, showing cell duplication in principle, a simple process. The atom was divided into smaller and smaller building blocks, finding the electrons, the nucleons inside the nucleus. Going even deeper, it was shown that the proton and neutron are themselves composites; the constituent quarks are permanently bound together by the nuclear strong force. The twentieth century also was a complete, fundamental transformation of the way we live; from the structure of the family, to the way we work. Breathtaking scientific advances brought us never before imagined advances in healthcare, increasing life expectancy practically all over the globe, improved infrastructure, new services, such as frozen foods, public transportation, and automatization in the home. From refrigerators, to cars the twentieth century has changed us, our expectation and habits more, than any century ever before. Our understanding however stayed behind the dizzying speed of the technical and scientific change. We are still thinking with a Newtonian mind, we have no idea how our refrigerators or television sets work, let alone our computers. The flexibility of the human mind makes it possible to improve our grasp of science and technology. Understanding enhances confidence, forming a mindset that dares to initiate changes with purpose, rather than following old fashioned boundaries dictated by traditions, circumstances and expectations. Knowing and understanding is power, which leads to mental flexibility, a quality essential to handle change. Such confidence and trust makes positive technical, societal changes expected and necessary.

Structure of DNA


The mathematical principles of physics were largely laid down by Newton in 1687 by the publication of Principia Mathematica. These laws of gravitation and motion are still in use today, their universality, and ease of understanding made them an accepted and dominant method of science and engineering prior to Einstein’s special relativity. Yet today we live in a world of understanding that he formed; an apple falls in Newtonian orbit, with Newtonian speed. No matter how successful Newton’s laws have been, they contained some contradictions, and it could not answer some problems of physics. He defined space and time as absolutes, with the unmovable center of the world being the sun. Albert Einstein, the simple patent clerk did away with these absolutes. He stated that movement is relative and that the speed of light is constant for everybody, independent of movement in space. Yet as he showed the innovative ideas about the relationship between time and gravity, he presented theories that were congruent with the classical world of Newton.

Einstein, Maxwell and others formulated quantum mechanics, the science of elementary particles. The wave of change initiated by these ideas is still being played out in the halls of science. In the world of the very small, causation is replaced by uncertainty. Uncertainty and entanglement is unintuitive, mind-bending science. Just like a future teller, a physicists conjures a world that is bizarre and does not fit every day imagination. There is dark matter mixed in with ordinary substance and dark energy somehow creates more of what we have, expanding the universe. A particle’s information can be instantaneously influenced from great distances, defying the speed of light! These and other bizarre experiments show a wild, untamed quantum world that defies easy understanding, and challenges our notion of reality. Physical sciences must be put onto a new foundation. Even basic assumptions, like space, time and gravity must be considered anew. Reexamining the basic foundation of existence is necessary to achieve a new scientific renaissance: in physical, chemical, biological and social sciences. A new theory that formulates a new physical world view by incorporating the inner frontier, consciousness, is the subject of the book 'The Science of Consciousness.' Find it on Amazon.


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Friday, June 13, 2014

Emotions form the basis of consciousness and even if unnoticed, direct our lives from the background


Prayer by Eva Deli

More and more scientific data point to the unconscious origin of not only arbitrary decisions, but even conscious goals. Research suggests that goals themselves arise motivated and primed by social situations outside of awareness. These goals operate in our lives, even before we are conscious of them. Our conscious decisions are just a final rubber stamp on the plans of our social subconscious. The representation of the body in the mind is abstract and based on the region's sensory importance. The brain, an anatomical, physiological entity, regulates animal behavior through emotions. The mind forms the self, which is a mental, emotional representation of the body in relating to the environment. The muscle system closely mirrors the state of consciousness, as it tenses up in fear, and relaxes in joy and loving situations. Feelings start hormonal cycles, and hormones regulate our feelings. Even taking a breath of air is emotional. If you do not believe me, try to postpone it by holding your breath. First of all, you cannot do it! But if you could do it, you would feel fear, angst, the urge to breathe and fill your lung, after which you would feel elation, relief.


Emotions form in the mind with the participation of the entire body. As emotions affect the body, the muscles the hormonal system; in turn the body, its muscular and hormonal system influences our emotions. Emotions form a sophisticated energy system. It is not our consciousness that produces our emotions, but the other way around. So emotions are primary. Consciousness is the clearinghouse of the emotional states that warrant attention, as it supervises the emotional forest, trying to make sense of its diversity. We have to contend with the fact that some feelings are hidden from our consciousness and often we cannot figure out what we feel or why we feel them. Emotion is an evolutionary survival tool, so we are emotionally prohibited from taking our lives; suicide has to be planned carefully.

On a conscious level the display of emotions can turn into a tool of manipulation that can save energies over physical movement. As a consequence, mammals and birds display complex, interpersonal relationships and behavior.  For example, a lion can save his energy, because his roar effectively scares away annoying monkeys from his den. But even emotions require enormous energy to maintain. When we are angry, when we argue, we can get just as tired, or even more so, than doing physical work. It can be shown that it is possible to increase the efficiency of the mind even further; it is possible to achieve conscious aims without the energies wasted on (negative) emotions. The book that details the operational principle of the mind already exists. Its title, The science of consciousness and it is available on Amazon. You can also sign up for my mailing list.

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