July 23, 2020
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the massive multiprocessing mind

Life is multiple-entendres.

Much of our understanding is pre-understanding.


We know
much less
than we think we know,
in so many different ways.


Our understandings (including definitely our philosophical understandings) of our worlds,
cannot understand that we do not
in art becuase we cannot understand our own multi-processing minds,
something we cannot get ur minds around,
at least in real time.

We will need a new understanding of understanding.

Our multi-processing mind, or more properly, our massive multi-processing mind [MMPM] is behind the complexities of our language use, as well as our thinking | speaking | understanding of the world,
and most other aspects of our life and survival as well.

We know we have a multi-processing mind.
Plato had his tripartite soul,
as did Freud,
and modern cognitive psychologists can even show us pictures of activities happening simultanously in distinct parts of the brain at once.

Cognitive psychologists will also tell us that they do not understand the human brain,
as we cannot model it or describe it in any detail.

In spite of this, we all too easily tend to think we can understand the mind;
indeed we already have a number of such understandings.

Here are some of the Features of our massive multi-processing mind:

(1) There are processes going on in our minds/brain. They control everything we do, whether we are aware of them or not.
But we fail to understand the implications of having a massively multi-processing mind [a MMPM].
We make the mis-assumption that the mind as something simple, basically concerned with one thing at a time. The key piece is that many of these processes take place simultaneously.
We are constantly processing (listening, transmitting, understanding) at multiple levels at once.
It is crucial to recognize the vastness and complexity of the human multi-tasking mind.

(2) Many processes are always at work at the same time. Not only are many things going on at the same time, many more than we are ever consciously aware. There are processes monitoring these processes ready to step in when things go wrong. Which implies there are other processes to measure when things go wrong. We are unaware of most of these "processes" (an intentionally vague word to start with).

(3) There are huge numbers of processes going on in our minds/brain.
When we think of "multitasking" we think of a person doing two or three tasks at once, and that is the limit of the conscious mind. But the multitasking|multiprocessing mind it might be far more useful to think of thousands of processes (or "tasks") happening at once. These processes underlie the more simple processes of the conscious mind of which we are aware.

(4) We cannot enumerate these processes. There is no way to enumerate the processes and there are no words for them. Perhaps it is not possible to enumerate them, as a process may be used or practically used in other processes as well, just like a part of a computer and some basic routines, may be called upon in many diverse programs.
We are unaware of most of these "processes" (an intentionally vague word to start with).

(5) The processes can be repurposed and used in an unknown, and probably unknowable, number of ways. Just as we can use words to create an unknown, and probably unknowable, number of sentences and works of art.

(6) We are unaware of them at many levels.: We do not know what these are. Many of them check up on others when processes go off line. A huge number are social, involved in our relationships to other people.
We do not know how to conceptualize them. and it is not to be taken for granted that we can adequately speak | think of them. At the very least we should be aware that we may need new ways of speaking and new ways of understanding language in order to most adequately speak | think of them.

(7) We are currently unable to describe exactly what the processes are. We do not know much about how this works. There are logical aspects, chemical aspects, hormonal and developmental aspects, all working together somewhat simultaneously. But partly this follows from the very nature of multi-processing: So many things are going on at once, and being processed simultaneously. How can anything like this be described in real time?
It is like listening/transmitting to many radio station at once
except in different languages and some are radio for radios.
Like background monitoring processes in a computer or smartphone, things are triggered by things we are not clearly aware of.
We cannot say why we think what we think.
This is determined before we think.

The situation is complicated by the fact that we have alternative pictures of how we work. Most involve:
1. A person sitting inside a person, a recursion that seems to satisfy our understanding, and
2. The feeling that we as individuals are special and important.

(8) There is no central awareness and control. There is no central viewpoint in the mind that monitors and processes input from all these processes. There is no process (consciousness) that knows what all these processes are, or are doing. What we can call consciousness is the result of a huge number of agents.

(9) The processes have developed both biologically and socially over time, and this development is heavily involved in those processes. It is not like we accidentally acquired raw processing power. What we acquired (through natural selection) was the kind of processing power that first of all was useful for the existence of the proto-human social group.

(10) These agents work at both a micro and a macro level. At the macro level such a set of processes are behind the workings of language use. Many processes, mostly unconscious, work together to create human speech acts in their vast complexities. If language takes place against the background of both human interactions and human understandings.
The processes must also be involved and fully engaged in our language use.
Since language seems to accompany almost everything we do.

(11) There is no master plan here. The system grew, with redundancies and false starts. Occasionally the system is at odds with itself.

The simultaneity of all processes cannot be understood by one of those processes, i.e. conscious linguistic awareness, Conscious linguistic awareness is a [product of all these things happening at once.

A list of these processes will include basic human concerns status, threats/power, relationships, sex, gender, status, the unexpected, hunger, bathroom functions, awareness of situations, awareness of contexts, understandings, appropriate behaviors, conscious thinking, many more and all their subprocesses.

There is a huge amount for taking care of changes in contexts. Being able to recognize contexts is an important human skill.

Our mind is more like Minsky's "Society of Mind" except that this is equally a metaphor and the components of such a "society" are not like the "persons" who make up a human or even an animal society.
We should also recognize that we hardly understand how a human society works.
As Minsky said in his extended metaphor of building blocks, the complex processes|tasks|skills are no doubt built upon and with other processes. though this can also be doubted.

I know I have not prioved much so far. I simply ask you to adopt a way of looking at things to see how it might work. And here are some of the Consequences of our massive multi-processing mind, and with our limitations in understanding it:

  1. The activities of the mind are far more complex than we can comprehend with the comprehending part of the mind. It is more like what we perceive as a "swarm" of activities.
  2. Our understanding is linear and so cannot understand the many-things-at-once aspect of the mind, and due to the same cerebral limitations, the many-things-at-once aspect of the world.
  3. It is not clear we have names, useful names, for this. Even though we, as conscious human beings, are a product of massive multiplicities, it is not clear we can understand this, except as a relatively disengaged high-order generalization.
    These processes are not discrete.
    They cannot be simply enumerated, except as a convenient misleading ways of thinking about them.
  4. Our understanding is a verbal conceptual one, and we do not fully understand conceptual understandings of abstract words, for the same reason mentioned above, language works using the many-things-at-once aspect of the mind.
  5. One of the important sets of processes in our mind is the ability to "understand," to speak and think in language. The false picture here is that language, the core truth-carrying aspects of language, is somehow descriptive., and consists at ts best as true or false statements.
  6. We live in the glib assumption that we can somehow describe everything and anything. We are unaware that human understanding uses Active-Family-Resemblance to make sense of whatever another person is saying. In fields that are limited in consequences (or verifications) this leads to multiple incompatible understandings without any awareness that this is taking place.
  7. We have no simple way to describe or understand the simultaneity of our mind. It is like a swarm. Or like thinking in complicated rubrics. Both our stupidities and our glories use these features of words. Multiprocessing is the death of simplicities.
    Simplicities should not be held onto, even as an ideal.
  8. We cannot track all the judgments we make in real time. Our minds are multitasking while tracking is but one task. We make all sorts of subconscious judgments.
  9. A MMPM means the death of linear exposition. It cannot be assumed there is but one path, one way, one proof.
    Sentences, especially philosophical and general sentences, are not true or false in any simple way
  10. In multiprocessed thinking, we do not further the thinking by counter-examples.
  11. The multi-processing mind often demands multi-answers.
  12. We should not expects simple answers as to why we do something. On a multiprocess there can be multiple inputs,
    more than we can keep track of.
    Delineating the multi-processes is a new kind of phenomenology.
  13. Our massive multiprocessing comes into play in our language use. in some cases it is almost necessary. It comes in speaking, as much as listening (understanding).
    It is the basis of active-family resemblance [AFR]

The first step is to recognize, to the best of our ability, the fact we cannot possibly understand the MTM but only provide metaphors with limited if useful metaphors.

In most cases the mind has a metaphor where the parts can be thought of as something like a person talking. An "executive" summary if you will. The latter makes our explanation somewhat circular.

The multiplicity of realities (worlds of involvements) also come from multi-processing mind.

!! We receive and process with multiple processes. Hence the appeal of ambiguity. How can we understand a duck rabbit. Or shaman. AMBIGUITY

We have no understanding of sex. It is a highly multi-dimensional game. Much of life is like that, like parenting. We do not leave it to the experts. In thinking and talking, we are often unknowingly engaged in multiple entendres Triggering twenty things at once

How to talk about language: If you look up definitions of language, they seem to circle around words like: Language, communicate, transmit, information (or meaning). listening/transmitting to many radio station at once. It is like background monitoring processes in computer, triggered by things we are not clearly aware of. It is not clear we have names for this.

People are a multi-processing experience.

Not a one way thing. Our understanding is multi-understanding,

So how shall we talk about status? Receiving, Broadcasting, Processing We are processing all the time. Process events that have to do with our existence. Process our ourness and even our selfness.

It turns out, the unexamined life is living.
More correctly, the unexaminable life is living.

We also know that the human brain is also regulated by chemicals and probably blood flow of ways that have yet to be fully determined.

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