Massively But not Wholly Modular Minds

Some of us like to decide quickly with the minimal amount of numerically and philosophically most accurate choices. Whatever we decide needs to connect with the events of the present or past or both. Choices concerning the future need vague numerical prediction of the future (because accurate prediction is not available yet). Our mind has, over the years, trained itself at every step, nano or kilo, to form processes and modules of different behavioral, gestural, muscular, optical, nervous and other bodily dynamics. Each action has a module of dynamic components reacting in one in a millionth probable way to fulfill your thoughts of acting in a way you want. You train yourself to answer, gesture or physically behave in a certain way for certain situations. But some situations demand natural reactions. But even those natural reactions are a combination of the sub-conscious and genetic data which is hidden. So there is a chance that you never create an original gesture by un-intention!

Our minds have been generally thought to work in modules (module – each of a set of standardized parts or independent units that can be used to construct a more complex structure, such as an item of furniture or a building).

But there are 2 extreme thoughts on this. One extreme hypothesis believes that our mind is not wholly modular and the modularity lies towards the least side of the spectrum. Modularity is analogous with peripheral and output signals of the brain and non-modularity is related to the central cognition or conceptual section of the brain. So the first hypothesis calls our mind meagerly modular, kind of calling only a few of the peripheral signals modular. And our central cognition rules over most of the brain. This would mean that a few modules are created and our brain would not like to form habits of reacting in a certain way to certain situations, but rather act out of the gut most of the time. These brains would be very creative but not very productive!

The second hypothesis asserts that our brain is massively modular, if not wholly so! It likes to state that our central cognitive system is small and non-modular and almost every other system is modular. Now, this would mean that the brain signals work in modules and hence like to form modules for almost everything keeping the gut feeling away most of the times. I think these minds are the most practical and productive minds.

I think one trains its mind knowing or unknowingly throughout the life to either lean towards the natural frequency of it or away from it. The achievement would be the right balance. The right balance would make you a philosophical scientist. A person who knows exactly how to react every time, either through a module or the gut feeling! Balance is difficult to maintain, that is why change is the only constant!

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Memoir of a Philosophical Scientist

To err is human. To simplify is very human. To simplify for one’s own convenience is where the two intersect! There is no absolute, but relative! Relative to your upbringing! Relative to your environment! Relative to your hand print on someone else’s face! The only absolute is the fundamental, not the numbers! The only constant is the Principal! The outcome is just relative! Facts are your perception of an event in space and time! Being above and beyond takes me away from my progress in the society. The society wants my non agreement to agree with their herd’s opinion. But I cannot call them wrong only because I think I am a rebel! I need to listen and then walk away if they are wrong only if I cannot convince them off their fate! Well, they are not wholly wrong all the time, just that they are myopic! This apple is red – might be a fact! But it is relative to a pale or a less red apple! It is relative to the apple’s upbringing. It is also slightly relative to the apple farmer’s mood when he took care of those apple trees! It depends on how deep you want to delve!  You can either be a scientist or a philosopher. The combination requires humongous wisdom and diligence to carry it! Keep it simple, but do not forget the important details not mentioned in the simple! The devil resides in the details!

Occam’s razor (the philosophy of simplicity) is not to be followed blindly!

Occam Razor

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The Mediocre and the Elusive!

Mediocrity is about thinking that you know a lot and you own a lot, when you really do not! Now is the world of ‘free speech’ and ‘Internet!’ Everybody thinks they are ‘the one’! Watching news makes them think they know stuff! Reading blogs makes them know the mysteries of life! But does it, really?

What is to be known is that reality is everyone’s personal or influenced view!

Mediocrity is perceptual. Everybody thinks that they are supreme and everyone else is Mediocre! Whereas the truth is, and everybody knows the truth sub-consciously, that almost every one is Mediocre.

Mediocrity comes in all forms! You can be a Mediocre human in general, a Mediocre Engineer, a Mediocre Journalist etc.

The context here is ‘Money’, ‘Capital’, ‘Dough’ or whatever you call it!

The average common man with a job and a family to run is the lowest category of the capitalist mediocre.The average common man thinks that the internet revolution made him ‘global’, but he does not realize that he is not even ‘local’ anymore. Earlier, he used to believe his eyes and ears combined together with the ‘non-televised’, ‘from the horse’s mouth’ information. But, lately, he just believes everything on the Internet! His eyes are covered  with dreams of becoming rich! He is the worst kind of mediocre!

Mediocrity, today, has no escape! You have to feed yourself with information and you have no time! If you spent enough time and energy to find out who Mr. Donald Trump really is, with physical evidences of his past conducts and his business progress, then when will you find time to buy the groceries for the week? When will you party? When will you wash your car? When will you do the laundry? So, you quickly run through your bookmarked media and news sites to gaze through the latest on Mr. Trump and move on with the common opinion. Or maybe, sometimes you will find an odd opinion about him and yay or nay to it! But, that is it! You have so much microscopic data to analyze and organize on your plate that you forget that the microscopic data in everybody’s else’s plate is related to yours and needs the right communication and reasonable discussion!

Then, above the average commoners in the hierarchy of ‘the mediocre’ community, there are the ones who think that they are rich,  but they are not! They think that they are the ‘boss’ and need only a little more money to join the royal forces! They are the real hard workers! They spend their lives figuring out how to get to the Elites! The average common man also thinks that these are the most rich people on earth, but remember, he knows nothing!

Some of them do make it, to the top, but rather ‘the mediocre at the top’! Now this bunch is one rung higher than the one mentioned above and thinks that they are the richest on earth! These people are actually rich for most of us because they do have a lot of money and power, but they are one below the highest form of capitalist royalty – The Elusive Bunch!

The Elusive bunch has so much money that it is a joke to them! They live very personally knowing everyone else have already given up their privacy by buying free information on the Internet via social media, marketing, media, entertainment or a million other ways. They can and do buy media, governments, financial tycoons from time to time to have their wishes fulfilled. They own the world and the world does not even know! You are at their mercy directly or indirectly and you have no clue! This is the irony of us human beings with averagely endowed dough!

So remember, we are all monetarily Mediocre and the ones who are not, are Elusive!

But, ask yourself, is money that important?

Mediocrity is your comfort zone, staying there or rising beyond is a massively logical predicament!

“Mediocrity” is like a spot on a shirt, it never comes off! – Haruki Murakami

Picture Acknowledgement: Robert Williams – Conceptual Realism – Showcased at NY’s Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 2010



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