Cognitive Mechanics

I don’t want to bore readers with accounts of out-of-body adventures while not explaining the mechanics involved. So it’s about time we started looking at the machinery of the soul, mind and personality, and understanding how it works.

We will cover the component parts of the mechanism, and their function and relationship to one another. It may take many posts, starting with the most noticeable and external parts of the mechanism and working inwards and towards finer detail.

Do not be intimidated by the seeming intangibility of the personality and soul. Its subtle nature is no barrier to understanding it.

The soul and personality is a working mechanism like any other, and anyone who is reasonable mechanically minded can understand it. And anyone, whose faculties of observation and control are functioning reasonably well, with a little time and effort can observe and verify the workings of their own internal mechanism.

All that is required is honesty and a reasonably fine ability to discriminate between one thing and another, with no superimpositions placed over the object of observation.

Honesty is the ability to see things as they are. It is a clear and transparent mind, and enables one to discriminate to one’s best ability.

A superimposition is the placing of anything over reality, such as an opinion, preference or conjecture. Superimpositions remove the clarity from the mind.

So we must put aside our preferences for how we might like or dislike, or want or not want things to be, so that we can perceive with pure untainted observation. Then as well as being able to see what is there, we can also distinguish and discriminate more finely.

We are not dealing with chunky structures made of bricks and mortar, but with objects and substance as subtle as emotion, thought and consciousness, so we must fine tune our awareness of the subject matter. But we will easily do that by use of strict definitions which clearly differentiate between the objects of our study.

Contemplate the definitions used; inscribe in mind their boundaries. Note what things are and what they are not, for contrast clarifies. Note what is adjacent to something else and what is opposite to it; what is above it and what is below it. Note where overlaps occur, what is included in it and what is inclusive of it. Note different aspects of the item, that is, differently worded definitions that describe it from different angles or perspectives, and thus build up a picture of its all-round shape. Note the definitions of structure and of quality. Thus we connect and build up our knowledge, like a bricklayer laying bricks.

Cognitive mechanics are the mechanical processes of self knowledge and operation. And includes how we learn, think, feel and behave, in a personally operative and verifiable sense. It is akin to being able to understand, work upon and operate a motor car.

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