Models of the Human Mind: The "Classical" Model
Here is the classical model of the human mind:
The five multicolored lines going from the globe into the cyan rectangle represent the information coming from the 5 senses entering the conscious mind. The aqua line, going upwards diagonally from the body's border to the conscious mind represents the "internal" or "body" sense that we have. For instance, it is with the "body sense" that we feel the rush of adrenaline or panic attacks or the feeling of being queasy or dizzy. This model gives the conscious mind "first crack" at looking at the "bit stream" of information before passing what it is sensing downwards to the unconscious mind. There is some feedback from the unconscious mind to the conscious mind, mostly via memory, but this model has the conscious mind doing most of the thinking that we do. I have sized the rounded rectangles to reflect the current belief that the conscious mind harnesses about 7% of the full potential of the human mind, with geniuses like Einstein and Goethe attaining 10% of full capacity.
I call this model the "classical" model because it is the one that seems most in accord with our daily experience, and accounts for most of the mental phenomena that we experience most of the time. However, there are clues that indicate that the model is not adequate.
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