Friction of the Mind: Part I

These two brains sit on the creative desk in my sanctuary.  The one on the right is vendor swag from some HR convention. The one on the left is a Halloween  prop. 

Over on my other blog – Maine Forest Cafe – I recently posted on The Hidden Brain which spoke to the two minds, not much different between the two brains presented here.  One mind is our unconscious mind, the other being our conscious mind. The unconscious mind is the operating system.  The conscious mind represents our thoughts, dreams and screams.

It is said, that through the scream of consciousness, the mind processes 60-80,000 thoughts per day.  These thoughts are mostly focused on what has happened and what may happen.  This past/potential creates mindful friction. We do need to learn from the past and prepare for the future while living in the right now.

Dreaming is the main function of the mind, and the mind dreams twenty-four hours a day. It dreams when the brain is awake, and it also dreams when the brain is asleep.

Don Miguel Ruiz ~ The Four Agreements

There is also friction between our operating  and the application systems.  This friction manifests itself in the revelation of hidden biases.  These hidden biases run counter to our conscious good intentions.

Shankar Vedantam, author of The Hidden Brain, along with his podcast and NPR segment of the same name, speaks more to our hidden brain and the dangerous biases hidden within. Our conscious brains say one thing while our hidden brains do something else. This is the friction of our minds.  And the consequences are both difficult and dangerous until addressed.

How our unconscious minds elect presidents, control markets, wage wars, and save our lives.

These are some of the silent outcomes in the battle between nature and nurture.

This blog was ultimately influenced by the theme of Dissonnance, from last fall’s TEDxDirigo event.  Please take a few moments to view this Design for Worldview  presentation.
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