Not all components of the brain are concerned with the creation of consciousness, and a great part of them are preoccupied with the difficult task of regulating all other systems in the body. However, for the formation of consciousness, there are two predominant neural processes at work: the synthesis of data and the process of decision-making. What I will hereafter quantify as our Cognitive Type is the sequence in which one’s brain processes information and makes decisions. It is a rhythm of brain activity responsible for the way in which we construct our perception of reality and navigate within it. The specific rhythm of brain activity we possess remains constant from our very earliest days throughout our lifetime. The most elemental component of this algorithm is a never ending oscillation between eternally conflicting processes in the psyche.
Our awareness remains continuous, not static, because of this never-resolving tension among antagonistic processes. Were this tension to resolve, the algorithm of consciousness would cease – but by remaining unresolved, the psyche is in a continual challenge between data absorption and processing.
The psyche aims to resolve all incoming information by categorizing each component, but it fails to achieve this due to the endless stream of data entering the psyche. However, it is equally dependent on this data’s introduction in order to operate – as it would have no purpose without perceived information to discriminate between. The psyche can no more cease to perceive as it can cease to process – even if the operation is taking place outside of conscious awareness.
2. PERCEPTION & JUDGMENT
This oscillation wheel between data absorption and processing is what C.G. Jung termed Perception and Judgment; however the definition herein will contain a few peculiarities not mentioned in Jung’s definition. The role of Perception in the psyche is the synthesis of information.
Data synthesis is the automatic population and correlation of information into the psyche absent of any conscious scrutiny of the data. There are two types of perceptive data; incoming and pre-existing, and synthesis is the process of associating the incoming data to the pre-existing – the specifics of this process will be explained further in the next chapter.
As rightly defined by C.G.Jung, Perception is an irrational process, though not necessarily because the connections it makes are linked improperly, but because the links are formed incidentally, not through rational deduction. Associations made by the perception processes are made on the basis of shared attributes – data is connected so long as it relates to other data, independent of any rational justification for the association within parameters of laws or axioms.
Thus anomalies/contradictions in logic as well as ethics will exist in perception and go unchecked for as long as the data is not critiqued with a judgment process. Perception processes draw associations, while the judgment processes break associations that cause contradictions according to the judgment process’ criteria of measure. The process of discrimination, also known as Judgment, is the deliberate arrangement of incoming data into harmony; it is the recognition and elimination of contradiction – be it logically or ethically.
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