The Relation Between Consciousness and Function
The Relation Between Awareness and Behavior
This subject, the relation between awareness and behavior (between consciousness and function), is addressed within modern psychology. However, the degree to which awareness can be divorced from habitual behavior is a subject that is rarely if ever captured in western science.
The subject of abnormal psychology demonstrates quite clearly to what extent certain individuals can be unaware of what they are doing. Their understanding of their own behavior can be remarkably different than their actual behavior as it is perceived by the outside world.
It is blatantly obvious in the most extreme cases of psychotic and sociopathic behavior that the person cannot differentiate between illusion and reality. This can be witnessed by most anyone in cases of extreme behavior such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, sociopathic behavior, ect..
But within what is commonly considered normal society, people are generally believed to be able to make such distinctions between illusion and reality.
Within the psychology of normal human behavior it is assumed there is an integration between consciousness and function, meaning, in general, people are assumed to be aware of what they are doing
. There is also the notion of a "subconscious mind", meaning mental activity beyond the ability to be directly aware of it.
Carl Jung explains:
"As a matter of history, it was the study of dreams that first enabled psychologists to investigate the unconscious aspect of conscious psychic events.
It is on such evidence that psychologists assume the existence of an unconscious psyche , though many scientists and philosophers deny its existence. They argue naively that such an assumption implies the existence of two "subjects," or (to put it in a common phrase) two personalities within the same individual. But that is exactly what it does imply , quite correctly. And it is one of the curses of modern man that many people suffer from this divided personality. It is by no means a pathological symptom; it is a normal fact that can be observed at any time and anywhere. It is not merely the neurotic whose right hand does not know what the left is doing. This predicament is a symptom of a general unconsciousness that is the undeniable common inheritance of all mankind" (Jung, 1964:23).
"He hears and does not hear; he sees, yet is blind; he knows and is ignorant" (Jung, 1964:33).
A good analogy is one of a "string puppet".
The symbolic puppet is a person and the strings can be taken to be manifestations of their own subconscious mind, desires and instincts.
Interestingly, when more educated or what is commonly called "higher" levels of society are considered, it is commonly assumed that education allows an individual to be more integrated, more aware of these string-pulling mechanisms, and therefore less subject to arbitrary unconscious "tugs" from those strings.
When discussing or considering technical subjects, for example, some of the most extreme examples of integrated awareness are taken to be technical professionals, especially those who have a PhD level of eduction, within their fields of study.
There are common notions of the "absent-minded professor" who is so focused that they are unaware of basic things around them. I recently heard a story from a graduate student in high energy physics that he had a professor that was so engrossed in his work that he didn't even realize he had cancer until 2 weeks before he died of it.
But in general it is assumed that people at the highest technical levels of education are aware of the pitfalls of gullible belief and are not vulnerable to making bone-headed mistakes within their fields of specialty.
Relation Between Awareness and Behavior at the Highest Levels of Technical Education
With this in mind, consider various published papers on the subject of the WTC collapses given what some of us now know. In the case of Dr Bazant in 2007-2008, what his papers on the WTC collapses show is that he, in reality, had no concrete understanding of the actual collapse mechanisms of the buildings when he wrote those papers.
He claimed to provide a model explaining all observed behavior of the buildings, yet his papers are actually a type of confessional that he didn't really understand the things he was claiming.
His behavior was one of being in control of his subject matter but his actions demonstrate quite the opposite. He clearly lacked actual awareness of what he was doing and what he was claiming. In these cases the divorce between awareness (consciousness) and behavior (function) is manifest.
Various forms of this "book" and the accompanying experiments can demonstrate to the careful observer just how prevalent the divorce between conscious and function can be even among those with the highest levels of technical education.
One of the consequences of the stated thesis is that people at the highest technical levels of education demonstrated an extreme vulnerability to believing in false technical information and even contributed to producing false technical information themselves for others, who were likewise extremely vulnerable.
Now, consider those who have much less technical education. If vulnerability is so evident among people producing this false and deceptive technical information, is it any wonder that those consuming that information are vulnerable as well?
A careful review of literature and general attitudes over the last decade demonstrate the validity of my thesis over and over again. Vulnerability to false technical information has been occurring at all levels, in all venues, repeatedly, yet awareness of this vulnerability seems virtually nonexistent in many of those most guilty of it.
Divorce of awareness and behavior at the highest levels of technical eduction
Most people reading this are aware that they do not have a technical education at the highest levels available within our societies. Many people may have had only a course or two in physics at most or may not have studied it at all.
The author hopes that such people, after verifying how vulnerable others with much more knowledge in such subjects can be to false technical information, can become aware that they, too, are subject to such vulnerability.
Awareness of the possibility of being vulnerable to, of being fooled by, false technical claims is the greatest realization one can have when approaching highly complex technical subjects.
Naivete and unawareness will naturally lead one to become falsely certain of claims made by others or oneself. Only awareness of ones true condition and that of others can lead one to approach complex technical (or moral) issues with the necessary caution to distinguish between verifiable fact and subjective beliefs.
One major consequence of the thesis is that, concerning the collapse of the WTC towers, vulnerability is everywhere one looks, on all levels, if one has eyes to see it.
The general atmospheres found within various forums are blatant proof of how careful, cautious review is drowned out in atmospheres of false certainty. Information provided in the "book" demonstrates that this lack of caution and false certainty also exists among those with the highest levels of education.
According to my book, the reason Joe Average is so confused about the collapses is because those responsible for explaining the collapses to their peers and to Joe Average were also confused.
It is not a question that vulnerabilities throughout the social system of technical fact-checking do exist. They do. This is demonstrated conclusively within the book. It is a question of to what degree awareness is divorced from behavior (the degree to which people are unaware of why they believe and cling to various things) and what overall belief systems contribute to this lack of awareness.
The experiments which follow the book have to do with a probing among citizens of all educational levels to see if this awareness of the possibility of such vulnerabilities exists.
Created on 10/16/2012 11:50 AM by admin
Updated on 11/23/2014 06:07 PM by admin