Caution: What’s written below doesn’t follow any specific order; I’ve just put down whatever came into my head.

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On Minds

First things first. The human mind is the one single element that sets the sea of humanity apart from the rest of the living beings that inhabit this earth. The way it perceives the objects external to itself is a confined perception in itself, and cannot be wholly understood by other minds. It does not have a physical manifestation and is, instead, limited to a persistently functioning conception of the brain. There is no way to recreate it synthetically, and there is no way to destroy it. Even if one were to cause damage to it, either the self or another being, it would still continue to exist. The one factor that makes the mind to be so unquantifiable is its definition on the one hand, and its existence on the other. There does not exist a definition per se, but if you were to combine this with the conscious knowledge that a mind does exist, then I would arrive at this conclusion: the mind seems to exist in consciousness only when the mind itself is employed to think that it does. Without the mind, there is no mind to believe that a mind indeed exists; if there is a mind, then only the mind can foster the reliance in itself upon the self that contains it.

The mind is analogical to only itself, as all other conceptions stem from it. All our sciences and understandings are understood in their meaning and accomplishment through the way the mind understands them to be. The need to quantify things as they were, to count and to understand quantity as it varied through time (which, in its turn, is used to quantify progress and the rate of change of progress) can be interpreted as a fundamental constitution of the reasons that point to why we exist as we do. Without the mind, personal interpretation is lost and the differences between each one of us drowns in the fact that all of us now remain messengers between our thought and the stimuli that effect it. Therefore, in its limited quantifiability, the mind has the secrets hidden to reveal its source of unlimited perceptibility. Another mind, if it does exist (solipsism), cannot wholly understand mine, and vice versa, as I said earlier.

In this gap of understanding stands many a complexity. If I am not able to prove that another mind does exist, then my mind could perceive myself to be the one ‘complete being’, whence could stem the emotions of ego and pride. I would come to trust myself with me, imbuing a self-respect that also stands sowed in the need to triumph and, thereby, conclusively prove superiority. Further, this gap of understanding also makes invisible the bridge that could breach it: there is no way to go into the mind once you realise yourself as being out of it.

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On Cognition

What is cognition? It is the process of ‘thought’, or of thinking, or the processes involved in coming to a conclusion about something, or the perception and understanding of the world. Cognition can be represented in the physical realm by the science of mathematics, where numbers are used to identify, define and reconstruct progress or progressivism (magnitude); vectors are used to orient the self with respect to a frame of referenceĀ (direction). However, in the intangible realms of thought and cognition itself, cognition plays an important role in that apart from coming to define the pseudo-rules that the mind seems to follow in perceiving and understanding things, it also concerns itself with the interpretation of symbols and their apparent interchangeability. The study of these symbols, or semiotics, has to do with the construction of meaning and its understanding.

I have discussed about the importance of the mind and its biological standing, but one important point I missed was that the mind acts as a pseudo-interface between the abstracted knowledge of the brain and the understanding of the self, of the external stimuli/responses. Once an event has been stowed away forever as a memory, then the process of understanding is complete because the event has broken down into a cause-effect system, identified, defined, thereby making the self to be able to recollect it later as a response to identical stimuli. This is as a result of the prowess of the mind to interpret the messages being sent or received.

Coming back, the first thing I’d like to talk about is that the importance of languages in communication. Now, communication is a very important aspect of the living in two ways: 1. when messages defined by an external source are understood by the self, and 2. when messages defined by the mind and the self are understood by an external receiver.

A set depiction
A set depiction

For example, a common pattern of the actuation of events is the coming together of large groups of people. This can happen only when a common idea is endorsed by all of them at the same time and place. In order to create such a majority of difference in opinion between this group of people and the rest, who don’t conform to the ramifications of the idea, communication is required wherein the idea is conveyed with a specific interest in mind.

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On Communication

Communication, by definition, involves many aspects of the media, like audio, video, body language, and many more. The audio medium makes use of intonations in the spoken word to complement the feeling to be conveyed, and so also does the video medium, which also uses body language and gestures to add a little something more to what is being said. However, the written medium is quite powerful on its own because of the fact that those same feelings and associations are conveyed only through the text, leaving the mind to interpret everything. There is no use of intonations other than the adjectives themselves, and there is no use of body language whatsoever. Still, the print media plays a very important role in that the permanency of the text is undeniable, and therefore allows for recreating and recollecting it easily.

Let us take up the English language for example and analyse the way the sentences are constructed, and thereby understand the way the meanings in them are construed. The words here can be classified as nominals (nouns, noun phrases), verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions. Noun phrases and pronouns have the function of pointing to some object in the real, or a possible, world, and pronouns can behave as substitutions to noun phrases (but not nouns). Noun phrases also have the ability to act as both subjects and objects, and as complements within clauses.

Nouns are generally defined as words describing persons, places, things, or ideas. They are usually a word with a single root, also sometimes simultaneously a stem that can be inflected. For example, the word girl: its stem is also girl, and can be suffixed with -s to give the inflectional word-form girls. However, this only pertains to a simple noun. More complex noun forms can have derivative prefixes or suffixes like dis-, anti-, -ment, etc.

(To be continued…)

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