06 September 2016

{M}anifesto: enigmas of {M}


fundamental ideas that form the foundation of {M}

1. All we know about the external world is based on imperfect and incomplete sensory inputs which distort the information they provide to the mind.

2. The mind responds to sensory inputs, filling in missing parts, correcting distortions, adding some features  and subtracting other features. It constructs the external world, conditioned by social and individual constraints.

3. The systems in the mind which construct and interpret the external world do so almost entirely unconsciously.

4. Deciding on and initiating actions are also largely unconscious

5. There is an interface at the periphery of consciousness through which the unconscious communicates using feelings, images and language.

6. We can never experience what is unconscious, but we can become more sensitive to the 
periphery between consciousness and the unconscious.

7. The external world exists but its true nature is unknowable. We do not experience the external world but instead our constructed world, based the imperfect senses, and the limitations and structures of our minds. 


  1. assuming an external world exists outside of mind. we can say it exists "in a certain way".

    the mind has created the experience of having inadequate sensory inputs etc. i.e. can we assume the envelope is finite?

    conscious, unconscious, same or different":)

    only the decisions and actions which are performed or created that way, there may be other ways

    periphery of consciousness is seen as a map, the map is the landscape of perception which may be limited. maps are limited by the bodies they represent, or perhaps the bodies are constrained by the maps, it may depend on which system is employed

    we can abandon the distinction between consciousnesses if we should so desire

    knowing and/or not knowing true nature or external anything is also mind, is true nature also mind?
    just wondering....

    1. Hi, tipota. Thank you very much for your comment. I apologize for being so late to reply, but I have an excellent excuse: I was in Tibet during all of September & only yesterday started dealing with this blog. I don't understand everything you have written, but am stimulated to read these ideas. I believe that we have to accept that some parts of mind must remain forever unconscious. This is another way of saying that we must accept a certain amount of mystery in our lives. There are things that the mind has to do very quickly-- visual scene analysis, parsing of heard speech, reflexive muscular reactions-- & conscious awareness is just too slow. But I know from personal experience that one can expand one's awareness to encompass what was formerly conscious.