The Mind Model
By Fred Arbogast, BSChE, UC Berkeley
The mind is a mystery. It can be said that "we" who operate it are undefined, even unknown. So this obscured part of the human being is very interesting and deserves a deductive inquisition. Throughout history, humans have invented religion to explain the great unknowns. My study of the "Operator"(Spirit) and Brain does not rely on that. The Mind Model puzzle has compelled me to explore what I can though my own experiences in life, purposely ignoring experts in the field, and now embarking on my 80th year.
Science and medicine have provided much information about the human body. For example, here's what must be an electron micrograph image showing actual neurons inter-connected in the "soup" of the human brain. If we were to greatly magnify this complexity, and look at a single neuron, we might construct something like what this diagram represents . . . a single neuron and its associated connections. But the total human being is much more complicated, not only for the complexities of the remaining parts of the physical body, but for those elements we cannot define . . . the mind and its "Operator". So I have tried to deduce and apply some concepts to suggest a model of the mind . . . which is not the same thing as reality, but produces output that is similar to what we actually experience.
I've wondered about dreams and why they seem so strange. You know . . . the identity of the person of interest in the dream sequence might be known . . . but then they "morph" into another person's appearance . . . or your trying to get to a plane but can't find the way . . . or you're naked and exposed . . . or you're on the crest of a title wave . . . etc., etc.
Our memories are not stored hierarchically like a telephone book or a dictionary. They are held redundantly, related to varying groups of memories, in different ways at numerous locations throughout most of the brain. A relational database used by some computers is similar. This architecture provides a great advantage for humans since it facilitates rapid information access and a comprehensive understanding of relationships for processing thoughts when conscious. However during sleep, Operator navigation and Memory Management (MM) stops. My theory is that when unconscious, the Operator is "parked" in a region or sector of the brain's stored memories and able to search only local, semi-complete information.
The brain seems to have the ability to conjure up a logical result from insufficient information. This function is operational whether the human is awake or asleep. For example, walking in semi-darkness once, I viewed a person way up the road. As I got closer it appeared to be a man walking my way. But when I got much closer it was really a fire plug with a sign at head level. My brain did it's best to identify the item, but the conclusion was wrong. Day dreaming can provide a similar experience. And . . . when sleeping, you guessed it . . . this same ability to use the best information available from the "parked" Operator's location, produces a real dream, strange as it may be. I call this brain function "Automatic Interpretation and Orchestration" (AIO), and it is always functional whether we are conscious or unconscious!
I have thought and written (to myself) about this for many years now. For the background and details, go to greytrek.com and click on Spirit Quest. The Contents page and Introduction will explain my interest and sometimes endless, boring analysis, plus trial and error thinking. Here I've summarized some of my conclusions:
The Human Spirit (Operator)
The Human Brain
Here's the Mind Model concept sketched on a chalk board!
So now . . . how does The Mind Model fit into a total picture of the human being (?),
and . . . how does the human being fit into all of existence? Maybe God is really there!
Here is my idea of Existence:
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