Neuroscientists have no serious model on the process of how the mind actually functions. Their widespread assumption is that millions of neurons fire in the brain to miraculously produce the mind. They equate brain with mind, even though each are separate things. The mind components of Self, Divergent Thought, Intuition and Emotion cannot originate from a brain cell that breaks down into molecules, atoms and subatomic particles. There is simply no capacity within the construct of matter to harbor the mind. But there is an alternative Mind Model that is a valid new paradigm that is outlined within the video below. In this new paradigm it is more accurate to look at the brain/mind dynamic in computer terminology; where the brain is like an adaptive biological motherboard while the mind is a separate operating system that runs and restructures the brain. It is from this Mind Model that such an effective process for innovation was developed for the online ITP (Innovative Thinking Process) Course.
In the computer, when the operating system advances to the point of making the mechanical hardware obsolete, that mechanical hardware has to be upgraded by being replaced. But in a human, the biological hardware that is the brain is continually upgraded by being rewired by the operating system that is the mind. One of the components of the mind is intelligence. All intelligence is artificial. This is because intelligence is just aggregated algorithms. An algorithm is aggregated math. Math is aggregated information. And information in-of-itself is artificial. This means that the intelligence associated with a computer, or an insect or a human, is artificial. The only reason humans perceive our intelligence as being real (i.e. nous), and in essence non-artificial, is because another mind component of emotion. So emotion is the non-artificial component that makes human artificial intelligence attain significance and purpose. But both intelligence and emotion function through a process. Therefore both are systems. So our human mind is comprised of a dual structure Artificial Intelligence System that interacts and collaborates together with a Non-Artificial Emotion System.
Each mind saves all sensory information input that the body sees, hears and experiences to it's own personal memory, for which the new term Personal Knowledge Base (i.e. Virtual RAM) will be substituted from here on. The Personal Knowledge Base is like a hard drive of experience-created information that the mind can access, use and aggregate into new innovation (i.e. incremental theory). In this process, the mind's force (i.e. volts} and transmission capacity (i.e. amps) is limited by how the physical brain is neurologically wired. Therefore it becomes necessary for the brain to be constantly rewired by the mind to accommodate the mind's increasing force and transmission capacity needs. So the more the mind is stimulated to aggregate information, the more the mind has to rewire and upgrade the brain's capabilities. But the physical brain offers resistance (i.e. ohms) to the cognitive mind rewiring it. Emotion within this process also acts as a catalyst that stimulates the rewiring of the brain by accelerating the force and transmission capacity to aggregate information.
Let's now take a deeper dive into the mind to explain who you are; the identity you sense and perceive yourself to be. Your identity includes your core attributes of personality, talents, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses and Personal Knowledge Base. You are also the decision maker. The other mind components of divergent Thought, Intuition and Emotion only present choices for you to make decisions on. These choices are a form of guidance and influence on you that have helped determine who you are now.
These other mind components have been guiding and influencing you throughout your whole life as you were making decisions. Influencing you for good and for bad as well as for collaboration and for conflict (i.e. Cognitive Relativity). Yes, this process of interaction between you and your other mind components has been so seamless and fluid that you have always considered your thinking to be the function of one solitary unit. But it is not. Only you make the ultimate decisions on the choices the other mind components present to you. Jesus and Buddha described these mind components masked in the cloak of religious terms. But societal evolution has now advanced enough for these concepts to finally be openly unmasked in scientific terms. Here is an article on breakthrough Neuroscience data showing how the brain and mind are separate components: https://sciencealert.com/neuroscientists-say-they-ve-found-an-entirely-new-form-of-neural-communication".
The last aspect that needs to be described has also, up to now, been masked in religious terms. It deals with where the informational-choices come from that are presented to you by the other mind components. That information originates from one source that will be labeled henceforth as the Universal Knowledge Base (i.e. Virtual ROM). In essence, the other mind components perform a function similar to highly advanced search apps that also originate their information from one source but are customized and personalized for each unique mobile device - which in this case is you. Yes, you are unique, like your iris and fingerprint. Furthermore, out of all the mind components, only you are curious. Only you ask questions. If you already have the answers you need within your Personal Knowledge Base then you would not be asking questions. The act of asking questions means you are seeking answers from a source outside of your Personal Knowledge Base. So when you ask questions internally, the responses are coming in the form of choices from the other mind components. Then you perceive those choices as answers to the questions you asked. The mind components of Creative and Reactive Thought offer you the positive and negative information-based answers that you did not know before to facilitate innovation.
So the process within our complex matrix ecosystem is one where you have free-will to make unique random choices on existing Universal Knowledge Base information for the purpose of co-creating completely new experiences and innovation that has never existed before. But people have not understood this process and therefore have only used it incidentally. With this process unmasked, you are now empowered to use your mind components intentionally, like tools from a toolbox. Yet, this can only happen if you ask questions.
In computer terms, asking questions is like initializing command prompts. They have three outcomes:
When you are not asking questions the other mind components are guiding and influencing you with their own agenda. Also without asking questions your Personal Knowledge Base is blocked from retaining any new information, therefore severely limiting your ability to innovate. In essence, you are either using the other mind components or they are using you. The other mind components using you has been observed by Psychology and given many different labels. One of those labels is 'automaticity' or the ability to effortlessly take actions. This ability of being able to act without really thinking about it is the state most people are engaged in most of the time.
So now we understand there to be two types of completely different mind functions that can happen in your mind. The first type is where you are able to make effortless and fast decisions on the agenda the other mind components set for you. There is no potential for Self-identity growth in this reactive mindset. Therefore it has also been labeled by Psychology as a 'fixed mindset'. Then there is the secondary type mind function comprised of laborious and slow thinking. Within this type of thinking you are setting the agenda by asking questions, analyzing the answers to those questions and accessing your own personal knowledge base to solve problems. There is nearly unlimited potential for Self-identity growth in this creative mindset. This has been labeled by Psychology as a 'growth mindset'. Again, you are either using your mind components by asking questions or the mind components are using you. That is why questions are the linchpin to the cognitive process of originating new ideas for innovation. And the highest level of this process is not just to originate new ideas but to use the technique breakthrough innovators use and develop Idea Models.
These Mind Model concepts are not isolated. They are derived from a larger physics Unified Field Theory model. The full documentation on this new paradigm is on the physics page of this site. But the only place you can learn the practical application to this paradigm is in our ITP Levels courses.