2.c.2 – Do we have a mental archive?

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February 17, 2010 — Riccardo Sabellotti - Giacinto Sabellotti


Do we have a mental archive?

It was shown that in a given situation, our mind chooses automatically between different types of behavior previously learned and that these choices are carried out according to criteria such as moral values, in turn learned culturally; it follows that the unconscious plays a key part in the management of behavior and culture, we all have in our head a sort of archive in which we keep the models of behavior and reasoning, as well as an automatic management system culturally programmed. A natural instrument essential for the management of culture therefore exists and it is an automatic system for the memory management based on learning.
Science now tells us that we are able to do almost everything without notice: we can move, communicate, feel, remember, react, decide, learn; the unconscious is able to do what the conscience does, the only limit seems that it is not able to do projects; if we think about it, anyway, we see that consciousness develops any project on the basis of wishes originated by the unconscious and then this function is a delegated and subordinate prerogative.
Even now it is a broadly shared view that consciousness is the most noble part of man, having the task of controlling our ancient bestial instincts, but experimental data show us a very different reality: in most cases the conscience has a subordinate role compared to his occult counterpart, which coordinates instincts, desires and emotions, even the most noble of them like love, altruism, manages the judgment criteria, including moral values, which are imposed on the consciousness as a product already finished, in the form of orders to be executed or directives to be observed without discussion.
The main role of consciousness seems to be to meet the unconscious identified needs and therefore it is not in his nature to criticize the orders received by it; is not reasonable to rely on conscience to recognize and change bad habits or wrong attitudes because it will always consider them right or at least acceptable; it is necessary an aid of cultural type, a form of education of the unconscious because, as we have seen, learning is the basis for setting the automatic management.
We have to well consider, however, that educating the unconscious does not mean doing the brain washing, conditioning a person against his will or his knowledge: when we learn to drive the car we are perfectly aware, but in the end we guide without thinking; to educate or receive an education remains a conscious act even when the unconscious is involved, and it is this one that always stays hidden, not the teaching.
There remains the problem to acknowledge or refuse that wrong attitudes we are used to accept; even in this case, to find the solution, we must to refer to our past experience and to our nature; to all of us has happened in life to change opinions, habits and tastes; the unconscious is able to correct itself, it is also a form of learning, a response to environmental stimuli. We can therefore conclude that the mechanism of learning must be understood to be better exploited in its natural function.


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