is the field of study. is required for survival and evolutionary success because it is the basis for , personal and social.
The «» is popularly conceived as a (metaphorical) instrument for handling or containing our and . However, it now appears to be a superfluous concept equivalent to .
Any complex real field of study is a system whose elements must be identified and ordered: this generates a THEE.—
is an observable requirement for our survival. It is dependent on biological functioning but distinguished from it in being:
Examples: comparing, intervening, visualizing, varying, planning, signaling, valuing, risking, feeling, knowing, arbitrating, choosing, helping, structuring, orchestrating, adapting, needing, obeying, judging, stabilizing, prioritizing, leading, representing &c.
Each distinguishing feature will be briefly explained in the Topics to follow.
I had previously followed common usage and referred to 'the mind' and to 'mental functioning'. But it seems increasingly likely that «mind» is an unnecessary concept from a scientific perspective. «Mind»cannot be observed. Everything attributed to it is a form ofor of brain functioning.
It is a person who dreams, who risks, who judges, who signals, who acts &c—not a mind (and not a brain or neuronal circuit). All such
Many things that are sub-personal, like pupil dilatation or facial expressions, are closely related to, but they are a world apart. Brain (neuronal) functioning is sub-personal too.
We may be able to useto control some sub-personal phenomena. But this leads to a regress because other sub-personal phenomena must then be in play.
We can still speak of «mind» as a metaphorical instrument that handles. If it makes reading easier, I may sometimes write as if it is the «mind» that meets our vital needs and responds to our inner pressures.
While it is impossible to study a non-existent non-observable «mind», it is perfectly possible to study both(in a metaphysical world) and concurrent biological changes including brain functioning (in the physical world).
Speaking systematically aboutplunges us unavoidably into a complicated world. Below is a brief introduction that may confuse some readers because it is so new and different.
Research has clarified that Domain, and there are two sorts of Domain: Root & Primary.can be represented as a non-physical system of systems. Each system is called a
The Root Domain is named . It enables and , and ultimately supports both psychosocial and biological functioning through .
The Primary Domain e.g. and are two and simultaneously the and . Primary Domains, which are largely under social control, guide and contribute to personal endeavours.is structured via distinctive manifestations into 7 Levels. Each forms a
Each Domain is presumed to have its own evolutionarily acquired need
e.g. the serves the need for . Domains have complicated control systems to enable meeting those needs e.g. is the source of the control system within the .
in each Domain is shaped and driven, at times irrationally or destructively, by a specific felt pressure e.g. the is believed to be permeated by a pressure for certainty.
Psychosocial pressures are quasi-instinctual and are conjectured to emerge from neuro-biological systems. They can be temporarily assuaged, but not removed.
Originally posted: 1-March-2015. Last amended 4-Jun-2015.