bridging model update

old theory: part B is a separate sentient entity inside my head
new theory: part B is experienced as "me", but has some continuity of thought not shared with part A, e.g., a partially separate sense of "self"

old theory: part B communicates with part A through interpretive pattern matching
new theory: part B experiences its own thoughts as interpretive pattern matching

old theory: part B is processing all the time, and wants to share it's thoughts with part A
new theory: part B isn't processing all the time, and wants to get more time-share of attention

thoughts on feelings of transcendence
  • perhaps the feeling of becoming self aware is a feeling of transcendence
  • perhaps self awareness requires seeing patterns of one's own thoughts, which requires:
    • enough working memory to see patterns
    • enough "play" time to spend looking for such patterns
  • perhaps self awareness is easy for part A, since it has a lot of working memory, and happens at an early age, but hard for part B because it has little working memory, and:
    • it is usually used in short bursts, and doesn't have enough working memory to recall what it did in previous bursts
    • if it is used in a longer burst, like mulling over a problem, it doesn't have enough "play" time to waste examining it's own thought patterns
  • perhaps prayer, meditation or drugs can provide enough contiguous play time for part B to see itself operate, and hence induce a transcendent-feeling "aha!" moment, which can be interpreted in many ways, like hearing God, or feeling connected with a new-age Source, etc..

thoughts on people talking a lot, or writing or drawing as they think
  • when a brain is in part-B-mode, and wants to have deeper/longer thoughts, perhaps it makes up for having little working memory by saying or writing or drawing what it thinks as it thinks it, so that it can hear or see it a moment from now, and have a greater chance of remaining "on track"
  • it seems useful for a part-B-mode-brain to say things to another person so that it not only hears itself say the thought, but also may get to hear the other person repeat the thought back a bit later, like being able to look further back in one's notes

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