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BC - The Free Mind

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The titile of this brief course is “The Free Mind”.  For people interested in this title, possessing a free mind is a cherished personal value.  For the people who seriously and successfully grapple with the concept of a free mind, the free mind often becomes a spiritual value.  For purposes of this course, we claim that a significantly free mind is essential for personal growth and the  experience of an enriched life.  This course focuses on identification of free mind factors expanding and diminishing our thinking.  The suggested prerequisite  for this course is the “Self-Organizing Universe” course.  This present course, “The Free Mind,”  is a suggested prerequisite for several courses including “Being, Doing, and Becoming” and “Self-Esteem” courses.  The possibility that a  free mind offers  better mental and physical health is not presently  addressed in any course.

As long as we live, we think.  What and how we think will be our choice.  If we choose, we can probe the deepest reaches of the self-organizing universe, we can explore the intricacies of our own mind, we can carve our thoughts into written words, and we can speak our thoughts with persuasive force.  By our thinking and by our choices and actions, we will define ourselves.

We human beings do not possess an entirely free mind.  However, it feels as if  all our many daily choices are made with full conscious awareness.   We conduct our lives under an illusion of  having a free mind, but we deceive ourselves.  It is a major and tragic deception for ourselves and humanity!  For purposes of living an enriched life, two categories of deception are discussed: the preconditioned mind and

Many of us  travel that road less traveled seeking to experience our life at a higher level of consciousness but are shocked to discover the extent free will has been replaced by determinism. To the extent deterministic factors are present, our choices are not our own. Thus, unfortunately, we are living lives determined by others.

Biological Evolution of the Brain

The human brain has evolved over several billion years as discussed in the “Self-Organizing Universe” course. Review Now.  Neurological research has shown that the brain consists of both an unconscious intelligence and a  conscious intelligence, with the unconscious intelligence evolving million of years longer.  Selected research suggests that conscious thinking  rationalizes to be consistent with unconscious thinking such that free will is diminished.   Generally, most people have an awareness of only their conscious intelligence.  However, with self-introspection, they can become increasingly aware of portions of their unconscious intelligence.  

PreConditioning Of The Mind

The various brain structures grows very rapidly from near birth, through babyhood and childhood, and to adolescence.  During adolescence, the rate of growth is much slower.

As discussed in other short courses, Man’s understanding of the universe, i.e.,  of reality, has undergone a dramatic change in the past half century.  It is now  perceived as self-organizing to produce increasingly complex organizations of matter.  The resulting  new vision of reality sees Man experiencing an enriched life at a higher level of consciousness. The higher level of consciousness is motivated and inspired by 1) an understanding and appreciation of the self-organization of the universe paradigm and 2) application of cognitive, emotional, social, and moral intelligencies.  If our choice is to ignore understanding this new vision of reality

Possessing a free mind is essential

to critical thinking and to experiencing an enriched life.

To what extent are our everyday choices based on a free mind, i.e., to what extent do we have free will? It’s a major suprise to most people to discover that 1) our conscious mind strives to rationalize our thoughts to be consistent with our unconscious motives, 2) our choices are pre-conditioned by our parental environment, or 3) our choices are pre-conditioned by our culture and social structure.

Everything psychological is simultaneously biological.  Every thought, idea, mood, urge, or  feeling  is a biological experience acknowledged by the brain.   Our brain, along with our genes,  is the biological component that manages all other components of our body.  It has somehow given  rise to a not yet well understood  function called our mind.  

A major amount of pre-conditioning occurs during  our babyhood and  childhood years when the brain is growing very rapidly and learning is totally and partially unconscious, respectively.  Our feelings play a powerful role.   During  these years, 1) we experience a new, strange, and localized  world around us, 2) we formulate hypotheses to explain our experiences, and 3) we self-validate our hypotheses into fixed theories by repetitive interpretation of reoccurring experiences.  Of course, this strange world we experience is a world unknowingly created by our parents, extended family, culture, societal structure, and nature (physical reality).  Eventually our theories concretize and become our belief system. Thus, when we enter adolescence,  our belief system is not entirely that of our own conscious choosing.  Our belief system has been pre-conditioned to our learning covering our babyhood and childhood years.

During our adolesence years, our brain is still growing, but at a slower growth rate.

Acceptance of a pre-conditioned mind is tantamount to allowing your journey through life to be dictated by others. According to and old adage,  life is living you rather than you living life. If at some point in your journey, when you realize the preciousness of your life and mind, you may expect to experience a major existential crisis. Hopefully, the degree of pre-conditioning is small and recovery is feasible.

Cultivating a free mind
 should be a high priority task.

For many people, the first quarter of the 21st century is a bleak period of American history because of a dark vision of reality by the general public and leadership.  Key elements of this dark vision are presented in Table 1.

According the self-organizing universe paradigm, the purpose of the universe appears to be the production of increasingly complex organizations of matter.  The most known complex organization of matter is the human brain.


We live our lives and experience the world by our actions  in the world.  A man must take action to feed his hungry family or provide for their security.  Associated with each action is one or more more thoughts. Our actions affect each relationship with other people and rest of the environment. Just as we affect others and the environment, other people’s thoughts and the environment affect us.

Our thoughts, obviously, occur within our brains.  The brain  contains all mental processes attributed to cognitive, emotional, social, and moral intelligences, inculding short-term and long-term memories.  

Our brain size grows very rapidly during pre-birth, childhood,  then slows dramatically during adolescence, and  finally maintains a somewhat constant size during maturity and senescence.  Based on our personal experiences during through adolescence, we form our foundation knowledge about both our external and internal worlds.  This foundation knowledge represents the core of our being and who we are as we begin the maturity stage of our life.   [Complete discussion of the brain.]   

Possessing both a free mind and critical thinking skills permit a person to make superior choices based on the facts of a situation.

Table 1.  The Self-Organizing Universe
 The Human Condition

The universe started with big bang and has produced increasing complexity of matter

The universe has been in chaoas since the big bang

The universe achieved consciousness when producted human beings.

Human beings are products of the self-organizing universe

Each human being is part of the fabric of reality and not placed in it

Each human being is essentially alone and needs identity and recognition

Each human being has psychological needs: caring relationships with other human beings

Each human being has physiology needs: food, water, and shelter

Each human being has safety and security needs

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Table 2.  Free Mind Interfering Factors

Living a ground hog's life: every day is the same

Lack of curiosity about the universe and nature of reality

Lack of passionate devotions to multiple personal interests or hobbies

Unable to extend ego to family and extended family

Unable to maintain mantra or focus on a subject for one minute

Maintaining separation with those that desire your love and affection

Low self-esteem, low self-confidence, feelings of inferiority

Holding grudges, low tolerance of faults of others, unable to forgive mistakes of others

Always conforming to environment instead of learning from and changing environment

Poor student scores or poor career performance evaluation

Excessive drive for money, power, or achievement

Jealousy, envy, or anger at other people's success

Unwillingness to step into another person's shoes and understand their perspective

Inability to empathize with other people

Not spending quality time with children, parents, or grandparents

Concern about physical appearance

Short Course Cost
Title: The Free Mind

Session Length


Unit Cost

Basic 1 Hour Session



Basic Plus On Extension,
Two 1 Hour Sessions



Course Study Questions

Biological Evolution


When shown to be wrong about a past action, why is there a strong need to justify that action?


Why is it difficult to diet?


Why is it difficult to improve low self-esteem?


Why is it easier to remember pictures than numbers?

Course Study Questions
Pre-Conditioning Of The Mind


Babyhood and Childhood Pre-conditioning by Parents


Cultural Pre-conditioning


Ego defenses


Conscious rationalization

Short Course Prerequisites
Title: The Free Mind


Self-Organizing Universe


Being, Doing, And Becoming


Building Self-Esteem (Optional)

Course Study Questions
Being Who You Are


What are your favorite things to do?


What are things you do because you are required to do them?



Course Study Questions

Doing The New





Course Study Questions
Becoming New