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The title of this brief course is “The Free Mind”.  For our purposes, the terms “free mind” and “free will” are identical in meaning.  Although the distinction between free will and determinisim is somewhat abstract in formal philosophy, the distinction is not necessary for present pusposes.  Thus,  free will is defined as the ability to choose between multiple  different possible actions in a given situation without being impeded.  Determinism  is defined as the necessity of selecting a single action in a given situation.


 If you are open to new possibilities, this may be the most important course you will ever take!  After coming to grips with the extent that your thought-actions are deterministic and full of illusions, possessing a free mind becomes a cherished personal value and major  obsession.  Our unconscious intelligence plays  a greater role than previously acknowledge.


Maintenance of an open mind leads to the discovery
 that self-revelation is continuous.


For purposes of this course, we claim that a significantly free mind is essential for personal growth and the  experience of an enriched life.  


In this course, you will learn about key neurological research results affecting our free mind, i.e., the extent to which we possess free will and the extent to which our thinking is deterministic. You will also learn about your specific thinking methodology by addressing and scoring a series of questions on a variety of subjects.  The scores will be rolled-up for a free-thinking score.   


 The possibility that a  free mind offers  better mental and physical health is not presently  addressed in any course.









As long as we live, we think.  What and how we think will be our choice.  If we choose, we can probe the deepest reaches of the self-organizing universe, we can explore the intricacies of our own mind, we can carve our thoughts into written words, and we can speak our thoughts with persuasive force.  


We  define ourselves by our thinking and by our choices and actions.  


Unfortunately, a major existential problem exists. The problem is that it feels as if  all our many daily choices are made with full conscious awareness, but in fact they are not.   As discussed below, we partially conduct our lives under an illusion of  having a fully free mind, but we deceive ourselves. Our choices are not always wise or in our best interests.  Such choices are a major and tragic deception for ourselves and humanity!  For purposes of living an enriched life, two categories of deception are discussed: the preconditioned mind and social/cultural conditioning.


We human beings do not possess an entirely free mind.  


Many of us  travel that road less traveled seeking to experience our life at a higher level of consciousness but are shocked to discover the extent free will has been replaced by determinism. To the extent deterministic factors are present, our choices are not our own. Thus, unfortunately, we are living lives determined by others.


Learning how to uncover our personal illusions
 is crucial to our personal happiness.







To what extent are our everyday choices based on a free mind, i.e., to what extent do we have free will? Similarly, to what extent are our everyday choices deterministic instead of being based on a free mind.  It’s a major suprise to most people to discover that 1) our conscious intelligence often strives to rationalize our thought-actions to be consistent with our unconscious intelligence, 2) our choices are pre-conditioned by our parental environment, or 3) our choices are pre-conditioned by our culture and social structure.  Our unconscious intelligence contains a strong emotional component and is sometimes labeled as emotional intelligence.  Our conscious intelligence is sometimes labeled as  cognitive intelligence.  Our emotional intelligence responds slightly more quickly to external events than our cognitive intelligence.


Everything psychological is simultaneously biological.  Every thought, idea, mood, urge, or  feeling  is a biological experience acknowledged by the brain.   Our brain, along with our genes,  is the biological component that manages all other components of our body.  It has somehow given  rise to a not yet well understood  function called our mind.  


A major amount of pre-conditioning occurs during  our babyhood and  childhood years when the brain is growing very rapidly and learning is totally and partially unconscious, respectively.  Our feelings play a powerful role.   During  these years, 1) we experience a new, strange, and localized  world around us, 2) we formulate hypotheses to explain our experiences, and 3) we self-validate our hypotheses into fixed theories by repetitive interpretation of reoccurring experiences.  Of course, this strange world we experience is a world unknowingly created by our parents, extended family, culture, societal structure, and nature (physical reality).  Eventually our theories concretize and become our belief system. Acceptance of a pre-conditioned mind is tantamount to allowing your journey through life to be dictated by others. According to and old adage,  life is living you rather than you living life. If at some point in your journey, when you realize the preciousness of your life and mind, you may expect to experience a major existential crisis. Hopefully, the degree of pre-conditioning is small and recovery is feasible.


Cultivating a free mind
 should be a high priority task.









The remainder of this course provides estimates  of the students tendency toward free mind thinking and deterministic thinking.



Excerpts From The Discipline of Theology


For present purposes, theology is defined as a faith based discipline that 1) assumes the existence of a final cause of the universe,  2) strives to provide moral leadership for all people, and 3) maximizes compatibility with the great disciplines.


For present purposes, science is defined as a faith based discipline that 1) assumes the existence of an ultimate reality provided by the universe,  2) strives to provide knowledge of reality for the benefit of all people, and 3) searches for new knowledge using the scientific method.


For present purposes, contemporary religion is defined as belief in a personal god.












Excerpts From The Discipline of Physics (The Self-Organizing Universe}


The self-organizing universe theory (also known as the big bang universe or the evolutionary universe) is the most widely accepted contemporary theory representing Man’s best understanding of physical reality.  In this theory, physical reality has self-organized from a very simple state of matter organization near the time of the big bang and to increasingly complex states of matter organization as a function of time.  An artist’s concept of the self-organizing universe is presented below.  The Self-Organizing Universe course provides a  detailed understanding.  (Review Now.)


Possessing a basic knowledge about the universe is important because the universe defines the physical reality in which we conduct our lives. With war as an exception, increasing knowledge of physical reality in the form of new technology has benefited Man.


Man is part of physical reality as are stars, rocks, rivers, mountains, and skunks.  Man is the most complex organization of matter produced by the self-organizing universe.  More specifically, Man’s brain is the most  complex organization of matter known to have been produced by the universe. The function associated with the brain as an organization of matter  is called the mind.  



Man’s understanding of the universe, i.e.,  of reality, has undergone a dramatic change in the past half century and is essential in moving to a higher level of consciousness.  The universe is now  perceived as self-organizing to produce increasingly complex organizations of matter.  The resulting  new vision of reality sees Man experiencing an enriched life at a higher level of consciousness. The higher level of consciousness is motivated and inspired by 1) an understanding and appreciation of the self-organization of the universe paradigm and 2)  application of cognitive, emotional, social, and moral intelligencies.  If choices  ignore understanding of this new vision of reality, then hopes for self-actualization or becoming our true-self vanish.


Understanding reality is important because of its  effects on the development of a free mind.



Possessing a free mind is essential

in achieving a higher level of consciousness.










Excerps From The Discipline of Chemistry


The discipline of chemistry is not relevant to the topic of the free mind.



Excerps From The Discipline of Biology (Biological Evolution of the Brain}


In terms of addressing physical reality, the discipline of biology is an extension of the discipline of chemistry which, in turn, is an extenstion of the discipline of physics.


In addressing the free mind,  the following perspectives are helpful:

  1.  Man’s body is an intimate support system for Man’s brain,
  2.  Man’s brain consists of  increasing complex structures (organizations of matter) sequentially evolved  during many millions of years
  3.  Each newly evolved structure corresponds to increasing unconscious intelligence,
  4. The last evolved structure corresponds to conscious intelligence.


















The human brain has evolved over several billion years as discussed in the “Self-Organizing Universe” course. Review Now.  Neurological research has shown that the brain consists of both an unconscious intelligence and a  conscious intelligence, with the unconscious intelligence evolving million of years longer.  Selected research suggests that conscious thinking  rationalizes to be consistent with unconscious thinking such that free will is diminished.   Generally, most people have an awareness of only their conscious intelligence.  However, with self-introspection, they can become increasingly aware of portions of their unconscious intelligence.  














Excerpts From The Discipline Of Psychology (PreConditioning Of The Mind)


The various brain structures grows very rapidly from near birth, through babyhood and childhood, and to adolescence. When we enter adolescence,  our belief system is not entirely that of our own conscious choosing.  Our belief system has been largely pre-conditioned to our learning occuring during  our babyhood and childhood years.


During our adolesence years, our brain continues growing, but at a slower growth rate.



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Excerepts From The Discipline of Sociology ((Cultural Impacts)




















Excerpts From The Discipline of Philosophy (Being, Doing, and Becoming)































Acceptance of a pre-conditioned mind is tantamount to allowing your journey through life to be dictated by others. According to and old adage,  life is living you rather than you living life. If at some point in your journey, when you realize the preciousness of your life and mind, you may expect to experience a major existential crisis. Hopefully, the degree of pre-conditioning is small and recovery is feasible.


Cultivating a free mind
 should be a high priority task.






Short Course Cost
Title: The Free Mind

Session Length

Cost

Unit Cost

Basic 1 Hour Session

$50

$50/Hour

Basic Plus On Extension,
Two 1 Hour Sessions

$90

$45/Hour





Short Course Prerequisites
Title: The Free Mind


1

Self-Organizing Universe

2

Being, Doing, And Becoming

3

Building Self-Esteem (Optional)



 

Free Mind Discussion Items
Discipline of Theology


1

Belief in personal god

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2

Belief in god-the-creator

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3

Belief presently same as parents

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4

Belief presently different than parents

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Free Mind Discussion Items
Discipline of Biology

1

When shown to be wrong about a past action, why is there a strong need to justify that action?

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2

Why is it difficult to diet?

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3

Why is it difficult to improve low self-esteem?

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4

Why is it easier to remember pictures than numbers?

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Free Mind Discussion Items
Discipline of Psychology


1

Babyhood and Childhood Pre-conditioning by Parents

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2

Cultural Pre-conditioning

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3

Ego defenses

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4

Conscious rationalization

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Free Mind Discussion Items
Becoming New


1


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Free Mind Discussion Items
Being Who You Are


1

What are your favorite things to do?

2

What are things you do because you are required to do them?

3


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Free Mind Discussion Items
Doing The New


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Free Mind Discussion Items
Discipline of Physics



1


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Free Mind Discussion Items
Discipline of Sociology


1


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3


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4


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Title: The free Mind

What you will learn:

1

Maslow's concept of self-actualization is the highest need of the human condition,

2

To what extent your choices are based on free will or determinism,

3

What you can do to make more choices based on free will.

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