top of page

Image of conscious and unconscious composition

Updated: May 29, 2022

By studying "Study of Consciousness", I would like to think about my method and the coaching theory, such as unconscious rewriting.

This series of blog posts is my study note.


The composition of the relationship between consciousness and unconsciousness drawn by Stanislas Duanne is premised on the division of labour.

"In the basement, countless unconscious craftsmen do the painstaking work, and on the top floor, selected officers make careful and conscious decisions, focusing only on the key aspects."

The relationship between consciousness and unconsciousness is as follows.

The unconscious sorts out the information taken in from the outside world. And raises only the important ones to the consciousness. Consciousness reviews that information and makes decisions.

The unconscious article on this blog explains that a wide range of cognitive actions, from perception to language comprehension, decision-making, action, evaluation, and restraint, are performed sensibly.

Before the information becomes conscious, a myriad of unconscious processors performs processing in parallel, always trying to interpret the outside world.

The unconscious functions as a kind of statistical machine, making the best use of the minute information of perception from the outside, such as subtle movements, shadows, and stains of light.

Just as the Japan Meteorological Agency combines dozens of meteorological data to calculate the probability of precipitation tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, the unconscious will use the input sensory data to create a specific colour for the environment it is facing. , Shapes, animals, humans, etc., are calculated.

On the other hand, consciousness only deals with "specimens" obtained from the distribution of unconscious data.

It then removes ambiguity and passes a simplified overview to the decision-making system. In other words, it extracts the best interpretation of the outside world at that time.

The division of labour between the various unconscious statistical machines and the consciousness as a decision-maker may be a requirement imposed on organisms that need to act in response to the outside world.

Not all living things can act solely on probability.

But, at some point, we must sort out the uncertainty and make decisions.

It is notorious that Caesar said, "Alea jacta est" after crossing the Rubicon River.

Unfortunately, like Caesar's story, voluntary acts are often irreversible once a particular line is crossed.

Consciousness may be the device of the brain that makes it possible to cross this line.

In other words, we sort out all the unconscious possibilities and extract just one conscious sample to make different decisions.

In the famous Buridan's ass allegory, a hungry and thirsty donkey is placed just halfway between a glass of water and a haystack.

This donkey can't decide which one to choose and dies because of hunger and thirst. Unfortunately, we are constantly faced with the same kind of difficult decisions.

The world provides us only with the opportunity to expose unidentified signs and the like, leading to uncertain and probabilistic results.

Consciousness solves this problem by paying attention to only one of the myriad possible interpretations of the outside world.

6 views0 comments


bottom of page