Background Information: Mind At Large


While each living thing is its own universe, having unique perspectives on both individual and shared experience, our bodies are mere vessels, Human Interface Systems (HIS), interfacing our deep-structure mind with the world at large and with other HIS, receiving information in various forms of energy: auditory (vibration of matter), visual (elector-magnetic), kinesthetic (kinetic) — what we see, hear, and feel — and others. Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C.D. Broad articulated the scope of HIS by stating:

“The suggestion is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.”

Our Human Interface System (HIS) is a single point of experience: 1) processing environmental information; 2) analyzing and interpreting data; 3) providing outputs through behaviour; 4) analyzing environmental responses; 5) data-basing relevant experience information — Experience is Everything! The HIS must experience to acquire and store environmental behaviour data for the purpose of updating its methods of analyzing and interpreting future data.

Each experience information packet is stored and assigned anchors for identification and retrieval from the Mind At Large. Anchors are synonymous to “key words[“key (sounds/smells/feelings/etc.)”] or “tags”. The information packet is the referential index for the anchor, providing an associated experience to the “tag”. For example: “A song makes me sad.” The song is an auditory anchor; the act of hearing the song “triggers” the HIS to process the associated information packet and re-live the sad experience associated with the song, resulting in a behavioural output — sadness. Therefore, behaviour is based on the experience information stored, one’s perception of the experience information and associated anchors. 

I must note this statement on human behaviour is only applicable when examining individual behaviour. According to studies performed by Trotter, Le Bon, Graham Wallas, Walter Lippmann, and other early experts in mass psychology, the influence of the Group Mind, connectivity between a network of HIS, has a tremendous impact on individual behaviour. Additionally, the Group Mind has its own information databases, anchors, and perceptions, which often override inner desires of the individual. The Group Mind has no firewall, no discernment, and its behaviour motivated by emotions and impulse.