1.b) Global Cognitive Theory
The Global Cognitive Theory focuses on the consequences of the General Theory of Conditional Evolution of Life of 1990 on the philosophy of the meta cognition. It analyses the information systems, the cognitive aspects of the brain, and the psychology of knowledge in relation with neuroscience and evolution of brain in modern culture.
Regardless other possible points of view, according to the Global Cognitive Theory, there is no difference between the terms brain and mind, which does not mean denying the intrinsic liberty of Life.
The digital books online of the Global Cognitive Theory are:
The brain and modern computers
In the first title, I will try to set out some ideas about the logic of the human brain's activity and the ideal physiological structure for its optimization, all the while advising about the presence of a large intuitive component in our reasoning.
The common characteristics of intelligence and memory are examined in title II. The basic conceptual identity of both functions is stressed because one cannot exist without the other.
Other common aspects discussed are the necessity that both have for physiological support, at least, to reach a high potential, the complementariness of both functions and the constant optimization that the system of human intellect is subject to due to the complexity and flexibility of cognitive theory.
In title III a series of practical implications or considerations on cognitive theory are mentioned about certain topics of evolutionary psychology regarding people, education, and the evolution of life.
Intelligence, intuition and creativity
The following heading of the Global Cognitive Theory is dedicated to the various concepts of intelligence and elegant intelligence as a knowledge manager:
I have tried to define the different forms of its internal workings from the preconcetps and automatic responses to the responses generated by logic and the system of language. The organization criterion chosen is the degree of reliability associated with the response of intelligence when its system faces a problem or requirement.
An approach to creativity, in the sense of creativity being formed by complex functions or packets of basic functions of intelligence that support certain complex abilities of the brain.
The next step is to speculate on the physiological structure that is most apt to execute the required functions, its genetic nature and, as a consequence, the way in which intelligence is transmitted to following generations.
The coherence of the proposals needs an additional element, evolutionary psychology or the way in which intelligence grows and develops. It seems slightly complicated that it develops and improves its efficiency through random mutations.
After the previous comments, we should have a better understanding of the different concepts of the word intelligence, particularly about terms used for relational intelligence and conditional intelligence.
Memory, language and other brain abilities
The third on-line book of the Global Cognitive Theory is dedicated to the different types of memory, functional analysis and its genetic base; giving rise to explanations about the power of language and other intellectual capacities and to ideas as how to improve memory and its limits.
The memory is the brain’s second major function and, undoubtedly, must be correlated to the development of the brain. The cognitive theory of this intellectual capacity until now has not been as developed as that of intelligence; perhaps due to its complexity and the types of existing memories.
Language can be an example of this complexity and variability, since it consists of the interaction of different types of intelligence and memory, which are maintained in different physiological and working processes of the brain.
The analysis of memory is introduced in the following main points:
Discussions on how to improve memory
Functional analysis of the human memory during conscious cognitive processes
Special memories such as linguistics
Types of memory through their temporal perspective (short, medium, and long term) and by their temporal persistence and reliability.
Management of information from the perspective of intelligence as a manager of knowledge or, strictly speaking, memory. Unconscious mechanisms of compression, degradation and reconstruction of information, and conscious optimization mechanisms.
The interaction between the cognitive capability of storing information and that of managing the storage will produce effects of complementariness between both intellectual capabilities relating to the entire memory.
Consequently, the empirical investigation by the cognitive theory and the neuroscience of the global efficiency in the management of information, and the possible genetic nature of memory and language will be fairly more complicated than that of intelligence; even if we had precise evaluation methods of the power of memory or language at our disposal.
Will, decision-making process and artificial intelligence
The fourth online book on the Global Cognitive Theory is dedicated to will, the decision-making process, and artificial intelligence.
This decision-making process does not appear in the functional diagram of the brain because it has been studied with a different approach.
At this point, I consider it will be interesting to make a much more philosophical approach to will than the one made with the others cognitive processes of the brain.
The most important aspects about will included in this book are:
The origin of ideas and thoughts
The brain intervenes in decision-making processes but surely our body’s cell are also involved; as if it was the expression of will autonomy through a decision-making system like a real political system.
This viewpoint of the decision-making model, along with its sensitivity, offers rational explanations to the changes produced in personal decisions without apparent reasons and, in some way, to derived problems such as schizophrenia.
This philosophical perspective allowed me to come to entertaining and curious approaches about the very existence in the sense of existing as a unique individual, as a vital impulse system of more elemental individuals, as the vital impulse of a more global collectivity or as the aforementioned existences in an alternative way over time. And all this is according to the expression of will or the existence of a feeling.
On the occasion of the discussion about the active subject of will in decision-making processes, a definition of artificial intelligence is proposed. It brings together a little bit of all the mentioned ideas about natural brain functions, so to speak.
The basics of the evolutionary genetics of the Global Cognitive Theory and the empirical research carried out in the EDI-Study - Evolution and Design of Intelligence-are explained on the page about Darwinoder and the evolution of intelligence included in the book called General Theory of the Conditional Evolution of Life (GTCEL).
On the same page, the Darwinoder experiment is proposed in order to confirm the results obtained on the new scientific theories due to the EDI Study.