Claustrophobia (once an aid to survival) developed when confined in dark caves along with possiblepredators. Racial bigotry came from millions of years of militant tribal relationships, where any differencein personal appearance signaled danger.
3. The development of sensory memory and comparison. The fixed danger or need pattern was largelyreplaced in the higher animals by sensor memory and comparison. Remembered sensor experiences, allproperly graded with descriptions of associated fear, hunger or lust, are constantly compared with thesensor's current view of the environment. Highly developed in man, it is more limited in the other higherspecies. This memory is not limited to experiences within the environment. It is here that the animal maybe trained. This entire process is instinctive (programmed in neural circuitry). We refer to it as 'intuition'and it is highly successful in the day to day living experience. It is the most used thought process in man byfar, most humans rarely use any other process. We learn to drive a car, prepare our food, speak a language,and follow the customs of our culture, using this intuitive process. This is an instinctive (intuitive, fixedprocess, neural signal reconciliation and conflict resolution, state function) process, not an intelligent one.It is so refined in man that it appears to him to be intelligent. It is not.
4. The ability to imagine, to mentally construct sensor patterns, remember them, and then use them as if they were real in the value summation neural circuits, provides a creativity element in the instinctive valuesummation process. Observable in the other higher animals, it is most prevalent in predators under greatfood stress. They will develop intricate hunting scenarios. If unsuccessful, they will as quickly develop newones.
5. Conscious thought, an awareness of identity, a feeling of personal management, is a relative newcomer,and probably (not at all certain) is more developed in man than in the other higher animals. It grew from theability to imagine, to create experiences in the sensor memories. First, imagine a scene. Now, imagine thatyou are in charge, that you understand. That you need to do something with it. Now imagine the solution.The power this factor added to the intuitive process is incredible. Man, at least he thinks so, now had thepower to stand back and look at himself and the cosmos. Man now had the power to become objective. Notthat he ever wanted to, mind you, but it was now possible.
6. Then, quite recently, modern man discovered intelligent thought, a rigid methodology and a mostlypainful process. Totally unsung, it came from the artisans (not the philosophers), while seeking repeatablemethods to build dependable products. It required the learning and application of provable knowledge and arejection of that which could not be proven. The engineer was born, vilified by the intellectual from thebeginning. The intelligent thought process is not entertaining, like art, music, sports, literature andphilosophy, and it isn't easy or fun. It requires a measurable and provable basis, thereby utterly destroying alot of beautiful and imaginative thought. It requires a careful single logical step at a time, a seeminglyterrible waste of a soaring and creative mind. It requires physical verification at every logic step, a terriblyboring and rote procedure. And it takes a terrible amount of knowledge preparation. But it produces realand measurable results. And if something is really important, such as developing safe air flight, it is alwaysused, indeed it is demanded. The education of our children, long an intellectual toy, must someday join thelist of 'important' things that deserve the same treatment.
The uncontrolled application of imaginationand conjecture to an intangible basis, such as now exists in our modern social studies, is the directinverse of intelligence and can only breed mischief.
All of these neural processes are interwoven in the human mind in various portions. They are usedsimultaneously, and the divisions between them are invisible to us. We never really know which elementprevailed in our decision. If we are in our day-to-day mode, we operate entirely intuitively (instinctively). If we want to lean back and look at things, we are in our 'awareness' (subjective) mode. It is only when we setour conscious minds to it, and rigidly adhere to the process, that we are 'intelligent'. Being 'intelligent' is notan 'easy' process, nor is it fun. It requires effort to learn and rigid self-control to use. But, it is productive.
Man is not, by nature (without special training), a logical (reasoning, intelligent) creature. He is,instead, totally reactive (instinctive, intuitive). His behavior is determined entirely by the interaction (conflictresolution, competition, cooperation, coordination) between his various instincts (genetically determined neuralmechanisms provided by evolution for behavioral guidance). There is no mechanism for intelligence or memorywhich is separate from sensory, motor and instinct mechanisms. Man may be trained (his behavior may becontrolled by edict). He may be educated (he may be taught knowledge for use as raw material in his decisionmaking). The untrained and uneducated human is totally instinctive and not capable of objective reasoning or propercultural behavior under modern social environments. The self-disciplined and educated (if educated in real