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Conscious Mind Vs Subconscious Mind


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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:

 

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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. 

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  • 4 years later...
On 2/2/2017 at 9:48 PM, petrushkagoogol said:
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

The conscious mind is primarily concerned with survival.  The fight or flight impulse is a conscious experience based on external data.

On 2/2/2017 at 9:48 PM, petrushkagoogol said:
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 ? 

The subconscious mind is primarily concerned with homeostasis and internal control of bodily functions.

I base this on an excellent lecture by Anil Seth :

 

 

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I ran across this wonderful lecture by Eleanor Maguire which delves deeper in the actual mechanisms of consciousness.

Note : both lectures tend to reinforce the other from a slightly different perspective. But both addressing fundamental "survival strategy".

Seth proposes that from our memories "we create our own reality from the inside out". (controlled hallucinations)

Maguire proposes that from our memories "we create our future expectations". (controlled hallucinations)

Good stuff!

 

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