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Conscious Mind Vs Subconscious Mind

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#1 petrushkagoogol


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Posted 02 February 2017 - 11:48 PM

Conscious mind is -
  • logical
  • an external processor
  • an outer shell
  • of premium value - levels of evolution vary
  • linked to survival but in a subtle way
Subconscious mind is -
  • emotional
  • an internal processor
  • an inner shell
  • of basic value - linked to basic physiological processes like respiration etc. and present in all critters
  • linked with survival of a species
Is this differentiation correct ?  :out:  :out:

#2 DianeG



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:56 AM

While certain processes are not under direct conscious control, Stanislas Dehaene says many processes can be either /or, and it depends on certain thresholds of stimulation in one part of the brain, and the extent to which it spreads to, or is shared with other parts of the brain. In his book "Consciousness in the Brain" he describes experiments demonstrating actions once thought to be entirely conscious can be processed below the level of awareness - things like processing numbers or the meanings of words. 


I'm not sure about prizing conscious or subconscious processes as more critical for survival, or entirely separate, is accurate, as automatic processing frees up conscious processing to attend to things that require choice or flexible responses. Also consciousness can be quite sluggish - not the best for sudden threats or hitting a fastball.