The Human Mind: An Examination of the Complexities of Mankind

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This is an essay detailing the complexities of the human mind. In addition to that, it explores the potential reasoning behind different feelings and the potential to alter an individual's perception of those around him or her.

Submitted: December 13, 2013

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Submitted: December 13, 2013



The Human Mind: An Examination of the Complexities of Mankind


We, as human beings, cannot actually comprehend another being as complex as ourselves. To attempt to emulate another fully formed human mind is impossible, as that would require the ability to understand two minds, which would require two minds. While most people say they recognize other people as what they are, sentient individuals capable of thoughts as complex as each and every other person, very few actually recognize what this means.


We begin with a simple thought: what is it to be human? This question, though appearing to be an innocuous query, is far more complicated than at first glance. Much like colors, a human individual is unable to be described as anything other than what he or she is, a human individual. Just as you cannot imagine a color being anything other than what it is, it is impossible to express what it is to be human in any way except by using the word that has been set to describe something we cannot comprehend.


The mind is an amazing thing, capable of altering everything we are in response to a stimulating event. The event itself can actually originate within the mind. This is the power of the mind: it can essentially generate worlds within itself, and respond to those worlds as though they were a physical, tangible thing.


Thinking about another mind is impossible, as to completely simulate another mind would mean that you would have to generate all the complex thoughts that the other mind would be thinking. The Droste effect is when there is an image, and within the image there is something interacting with a smaller version of the same image, in which that same something is interacting with an even smaller version of the image. The result is an infinite number of that image, each one progressively smaller than the last until it is impossible to see. With the simulation of the human mind, a similar problem would arise. In order for a mind to be properly imagined, it would need to be able to imagine its own thoughts independently, including the potential to attempt to imagine another mind, as complex as its own. Therefore, even if we could imagine another fully functional human mind,  just as complex as our own, we would be unable to control it, as the mind itself is unable to be bound. While it can be effected by external events, it can never truly be suppressed.


Now that it has been established that the mind cannot be fully comprehended, it is possible to attempt to understand the complex beauty of the world around us. Knowing that the mind is too complicated to know, the attempt to fully grasp this information is beyond reach. However, due to the fact that it is possible to know that the ability to fully understand this information is beyond reach, and given that it is known there are around seven billion people living in the world, it is possible to pretend to imagine the complexity of the world. Seven billion minds, each too complicated to be fully grasped by another mind, all working in unison all over a large chunk of material floating through a vacuum. While it is possible to attempt to branch out from that point and begin to explore the possibilities of other either more or less advanced creatures living outside of the planet Earth, it would be counter-productive at this point in time. Instead, it is preferable to simply stick with what is factual, that the world is insanely, incomprehensibly, complex.


Now armed with that knowledge, it becomes adamantly clear that it is impossible to truly “understand” another individual. It is possible to understand certain emotions or physical or mental states, it is impossible to truly understand another person. Because so many people fail to comprehend the fact that they cannot comprehend another human being, they are often left with a sense of imbalance. The sight or thought of someone successful often can produce a sense of inferiority among those less fortunate. This might be the result of the belief that the other person is simply better than they are, for whatever reason. However, if thought about from a different point of view, that the successful individual is as complex as the individual who feels inferior, it sets them both on equal ground. While feelings of resentment at the luck of another individual may remain, the knowledge that every person is just as important as every other person can provide some level of comfort.


However, the ability to feel and believe this philosophy is impeded by society, who places extraordinary importance on those who are successful, and leaving those who aren’t to believe that they are not worth less than those who are raised on a pedestal to be viewed by the world. It is, however, important to remember that being praised by society comes at a price, as there can be no inequality without a force to counter it. The pressure to remain perfect often destroys those who are considered thus, and even feeling that pressure would be considered a flaw, and if it shows, it could result in their fall from the inflated opinions of society.


All bias comes from a misunderstanding of the complexity of the human mind, as well as a lack of comprehension of the knowledge of that amount of complexity existing within each and every individual. If it were truly understood that such a level of complex thought existed within each and every person, and that the mind was separate from the body, then bias would be nonexistent, as it would be impossible to truly believe that another individual were superior or inferior to another. That being said, that does not mean that all individuals are the same. Just because there is good and evil in all people does not mean that all individuals are free of the guilt of their actions. The reasoning behind this is simple, at least in comparison to the human mind. If a crime is committed against another individual, with a mind just as intricate as all others, is an action worthy of reprimand. Because all individuals are, truly, equal, they must be punished or rewarded for their actions against others.


The conclusion of all of this information is fairly simple in comparison. The human mind is too complex for another human to comprehend. As a result, all individuals are equal, as all individuals are too complex for another individual to understand. Feelings of inferiority and superiority, as well as bias are the result of a lack of comprehension that all people hold the same levels of intricacy, and society impedes the ability to comprehend these complexities by elevating certain individuals above others and pronouncing them to be better than others. The human mind cannot be held, bound, or altered, as all emotions are held within the mind at all times, and at certain times, the mind will repress or express certain portions of itself, but will, fundamentally, remain the same. This allows the ability to return and rebuild from almost anything.

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