Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Three-In-One Mind

The Three-In-One Mind proposes that the normal, adult, human mind includes three different streams of concurrent consciousness. “The mind” then, is not a single mental process but a concert of three. It’s a disturbing thought. One’s instinctive reaction is to reject the idea of the three-in-one mind. Yet the single-process model of mind has a lot to answer for.

We don’t understand our own motivation, especially its sources. We can’t really understand embodiment, nor why the body doesn’t always do what it is told, nor why it does things on its own, like get sick, fall down, sleep, and die. We don’t know what intuition is, or where creativity comes from. We can’t really explain memory, attention, or learning, or why we say things we don’t mean. Personality is a mystery. We don’t know what love is, how to get it, or why it goes wrong. We don’t even know why we do the things we do half the time.

Despite the initial impulse to reject the concept of the three-in-one mind, if that schema promises to clarify psychological life, it is prudent for us to remain “open-minded.” There have been other three-way architectures of mind. Plato had one. So did Freud. This one provides a level of detail that avoids both supernaturalism and biological reductionism, and offers useful innovations that plausibly resolve many perplexing problems of psychology.

ISBN 978-0-9837177-1-3 Approx. pages: 89.

TOC and Preface

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