5 Nov 2011

The Essence of the Subconscious–Part Two

In my last post, regarding the clear conflict of the expressed thoughts (on the Express website) with logic, reasoning and critical thinking skills, I wrote:

People fail to see that the rape by (and imprisonment) of the perpetrator is a separate and different issue to the beating he suffered at the hands of a prisons officer, who is charged with the duty to protect and safeguard said prisoner during his incarceration. In the eyes of the law, the prisons officer has a duty of care (a legal term) towards each and every prisoner under his watch.

Now this post definitely is not a rehash of that, but rather how our subconscious deludes us… what the Captain calls ‘substrata’ has clearly affected the minds of the population.

The night after I had that running argument on the Express website, I was reading a book called “Blink– The Power of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell. I shall refer to the book as simply “Blink”.

A  side note:

Lately, I’ve been exploring books of this nature, such as books by Edward de Bono, (“regarded by many to be the leading authority in the world in the field of creative thinking and the direct teaching of thinking as a skill. He has written 62 books with translations into 37 languages and has been invited to lecture in 54 countries. He is the originator of lateral thinking which treats creativity as the behaviour of information in a self-organising information system - such as the neural networks in the brain. From such a consideration arise the deliberate and formal tools of lateral thinking, parallel thinking etc.”).

In “Blink”, Gladwell explores how the subconscious, the substrata, is instrumental in affecting our thinking processes, usually unknown to us… and yes, I know the Captain has pointed that out time and time again… maybe he wasn’t as clear as Gladwell. (^_^)

In any event, it got me thinking, whether being IN a situation affects our ability to clearly see what the realities of that situation is. Specifically, I wonder if those on Monkey Island are so affected by living IN Monkey Island, that they cannot see clearly how their behaviour is affected to the extent that their thought processes are out of whack. What I/we see as deviant behaviour, is it really, to them? Because they seem to accept things I/we don't.

Alternatively, I wondered if they were simply not up to speed on critical thinking skills, something I’ve been pushing myself lately to absorb through websites like Austhink. Or are they simply reacting emotionally, letting the emotions cloud rational thought?

Alternatively, is the reaction I see daily an attempt to ‘fit in’?

Whatever the reason, it is definitely fascinating to see how the mind of a Monkey Islander works, and how it changes and develops with exposure to the outside world.