Our multiprocessing minds

The key to understand our philosophical understandings of our worlds, is to understand that we cannot understand our multi-processing minds, but that it underlies our language, as well as our thinking | speaking | understanding of the world.

The picture we have of our MultiProcessingMinds may be somewhat clear, while the consequences of its reality, are not.

it is crucial to recognize the vastness and complexity of the human multi-tasking mind.

We are unaware of most of these "processes" (an intentionally vague word to start with). and furthermore 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.

Traditional models of the mind, or the soul, tend to be simple. Often, as in Plato and Freud, it is made of three parts. Or maybe there are 12, in a circular mantra of definiteness. What if the mind has 14,500 parts?

In most cases the mind has a metaphor where the parts can be thought of as something like a person talking. The latter makes our explanation somewhat circular.

The mind, MTM, is bigger than we thought, and is doing much more stuff. There may be thousands of simultaneous processes, or processings.

The basic understanding goes something like this: Our brain, the creator of our mind, is constantly running a number of processes simultaneously. We are constantly processing (listening, transmitting, understanding) at multiple levels at once.

It is like listening/transmitting to many radio station at once. It is like background monitoring processes in a computer, triggered by things we are not clearly aware of.

The simultaneity of all processes cannot be understood by one of those.

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.

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

A whole slew for taking care of changes and 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.

And that "tasks" is also a metaphor. Not deliberate tasks of conscious humans. Nor are they simply enumerable.

As Minsky said in his extended metaphor of building blocks, the complex processes|tasks|skills are no doubt built upon and with other processes.

What follows from the existence of the multi-processing mind, coupled with our limitations in understanding a multi-processing mind?