Concepts and mind as dynamic memory-systems structuring the human mental : new interpretations of human knowledge, values, motivation, and culture, which steer the rationality in man's reasonings and actions
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AbstractThis study offers new views to the problems of the human mental by assuming that its primitives, atoms, molecules, and structures are formed by our memory representations of entities and the mental states caused by them. With the system models of human concepts and mind the eternal problems of human knowledge, values, motivation, language, action, and organisational culture are approached from a new point of view. The human experienceable world is produced by our brain-systems emergent abilities to transform the material afferent action potentials into the mental descriptions of the sensed environment and its meanings. The memory structures and functions are seen as metaphors of our brains' emergent abilities to process, store, and view memory representations of the sensed, thought, or imagined entities of the being. The system models of man, his memory representations, and his concepts and mind are postulated in Chapters 2, 3, and 4. The other transformation process of our brain-system is the steering effect, in which our thoughts, plans, and decisions are formed into situation relevant flows of efferent action potentials. They, in turn, have a causal control of our speech and other motor actions. The RA-model of man and his mental steering system built in this study aims at finding natural explanations for some of the eternal problems of psychology, philosophy, management, and, in fact, all human sciences. These problems mostly circle around the relations between the human body and mind. In the RA-model these problems are left hidden behind the above named two transformations, which offer a challenging research fields for future neurobiology, neuropsychology, brain researches, human scientists, and philosophers. Though sciences do not have good explanations of how our mental experiences are produced in our central nervous system, we can build memory-based tools to describe and better understand the substance, structures, and functions of the human mental and through them the human actions. In the RA-model, the dorsal and ventral streams, mirror neurons, and man's testable memory representations are seen as a set of facts of which one can build a system model of man and his interactions with his environment. Man's concepts as structures of his memory representations function as situation relevant and handy tools for thinking, planning, and decision-making. RA's concepts enable a natural explanation of the human mental. Concepts can be used to disclose the mental dimensions of cultures, which seem to be hidden in the values, norms, language, and action models adopted by the members of the culture. Thus, they serve also the conscious control of man's mental and materially manifesting actions and activities.
action, culture, values, norms, learning, information, knowledge, consciousness, language, semiotics, signs