The Problem with Our Current Model of Knowledge
The conscious mind is the equivalent of open-source software. We are fully aware of the entire thought process and able to supply a detailed explanation of all steps that led to our conclusion. While the unconscious is the equivalent of a closed-source proprietary software. Input goes in, output comes out, and we have absolutely no access, awareness, or knowledge about the process which took place in between. We are left wondering, or fabricating stories and theories that might explain why we think certain thoughts, feel certain emotions, or behave in certain ways. But without a proper testing method, all these theories can’t be distinguished. Without a proper scale to measure, no person can know for sure that one theory is better than another.
Since we can’t tell them apart, we just collect them all. Trying to hold on to all the theories and all explanations, drowning ourselves in a pile of assumptions. An abundance of explanations, each explaining some behaviors, some thoughts, and some emotions, but fails to explain the others.
All the information that our species has accumulated throughout history is subjective data. Mountains of information filled with cognitive distortion, biases, and hidden interests and manipulations. The knowledge our species possesses is contaminated with perception, and if we ever wish to put this puzzle together, we must find a way to clean it off and uncover the objective truth behind it.
To finally make sense of all of this information, we must find a way to remove perception.
This might sound like an impossible task, but in the realm of computers, we have already conquered higher peaks. So to achieve that, all I had to do is borrow some methods from the discipline of computer science and adapt them to this challenge. Coming up with a methodology for empirical introspection which can be used to find the objective truth behind our thoughts, emotions, and intentions.
For the first time since we became aware of our own existence, we will be able to understand exactly how we work, both consciously, and unconsciously.
This technique is based on a method from computer science called Reverse Engineering. That is a set of techniques used to gain access to a program’s source-code when you don’t have any other way to get it.
In a nutshell, Reverse engineering involves supplying a system with various input while observing the output. Later analyzing the data and making assumptions about the process which took place in between. From these assumptions, construct a model which functions similarly, test it, improve it, and repeat until passing all tests. Once the new model returns the exact same output when receiving the same input, if the tests were thorough enough, the end result should be identical to the actual system.
With some adjustments and integration of advanced meditation techniques, this procedure can also be used to hack that system we all carry around on top of our shoulders, the human mind. First, I would slip into a deep state of meditation and completely clear the mind. Then, trigger specific emotions, memories, and trauma while observing the internal reaction. Use that information to construct a model, test it, improve on it, and test again. It might sound a little extreme, perhaps even slightly unethical, but it was unbelievably effective.
To create something of actual worth, a few guidelines have been set in place.
1. Clean, Lean and Distilled to the Minimum
The problem today, at least in my opinion, is that most theories and methods are too cluttered. They do solve a problem, but at the same time, they tend to offer many additional beliefs, conditionings, and habits which might result in other problems. This extra clutter isn’t a necessary part of the model, and in many cases collide with, affect, and even cause other psychological disorders. Consequently, even though such techniques are helpful in treating a certain disorder, the clutter often creates new conditions, leaving the patient in need of prolonged therapy, for years and even decades.
For this reason, all methods offered under this project have been distilled to the minimum. I will not try to influence your behavior by adding any of my personal beliefs, assumptions, and world view. Instead, I will just offer the quickest and most efficient route from a stable and balanced state to a full-blown disorder, and back to balance.
2. Efficient – Best Practice
There are countless healing modalities available today, each focused on a different end goal. Some offering success, some happiness, and others a more productive love life.
I believe that it’s not what you do, but how you do it. Therefore, the intention of this project is not to achieve a specific object or a goal, but achieve maximum optimization and maximum efficiency. All techniques offered under this project were meant to work better, quicker, and more efficiently than any other techniques that are available today.
3. Oneness – It is all one single theory.
For a theory to be true it has to take into account all aspects and explain all behaviors. Moreover, it seems pointless to add more diversity to a world that is already flooded. Many partial theories that can only explain certain aspects, in certain people, under certain conditions have already left humanity overwhelmed and confused. At this stage, it seemed more important to connect the knowledge we already possess rather than just add more variety to it. So I limited myself to one theory and one alone.
It wasn’t an easy task, in the beginning, each new idea required comprehensive adjustments all across the model. Back then, the model had to go through numerous revisions on a daily basis, but eventually, it happened. Eventually, the framework became robust enough to support all emotions, all thoughts, and all beliefs.
4. Testing – It Works!
I do not publish anything which I haven’t experienced myself. The methods and models in this project aren’t just summaries of techniques, nor are they theories about how things should work. Everything I share on this project must first be tested and proven to work. Everything I write comes from my own, first-hand, personal experience, and I don’t publish anything which I haven’t tried on myself first.
And so, I am proud to present to you the Emotional Intelligence Project, not as a set of theories, but as one single theory. This website is not a collection of different articles, but it is a story. Each article describing a different aspect of the same model, all converging to a single explanation. A single model which describes the software that runs on the brain, the mind.