3. Human knowledge management process

From this point, we are going to study the behaviour or normal operation of relational intelligence within the human knowledge management process when producing responses or conclusions on the base of determined information, whether from the exterior, interior, or a mix.

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3.a) Automatic or unconscious brain functions

Preconcepts and emotions

The preconcepts are hardly negative in the theory of knowledge, rather, they are necessary to avoid thought repetition and constant mental reasoning; at the same time, the preconcepts can act as a true limit of knowledge or of its innovation.

When the knowledge management process has sufficiently developed an idea and reached a conclusion, it incorporates the idea into the memory to avoid repeating the entire process over again. Normally, the most important preconcepts are immediately loaded in the memory every day, forming an important part of what is called a person's character.

Regarding computer knowledge, we can assimilate the preconcepts to direct links, association of files, or other similar mechanisms.

One of the first characteristics of computer abilities that stands out is their capacity to repeat or carry out instructions that have been previously saved (their automatism), but for this, computers need a program and have it loaded in the memory.

The human knowledge management system is much more powerful than any existing computer but it also needs previously developed programs that are loaded in operative or immediate memory in order to function. These programs or cognitive processes are somewhat similar to the preconcepts but have a functional nature, and are usually programs, small functions, or groups of them.

We will examine some relevant knowledge processes in the theory of knowledge:

  • Drive a car

    When we are not driving, the relevant knowledge and experiences related to driving are saved in our brain but they are not active; once we enter a car, these are activated or made more present, or are loaded into operative memory. This cognitive process would be much more intense if we were sitting in the driver's seat.

  • Personal security

    Another clarifying example influencing whether we are relaxed or not is how much control of our immediate surroundings we have. Regarding security problems a security program is loaded by the knowledge management process that affects how the senses operate and the capacity of rapid response of a large part of our body's muscles; we are not, however, referring to the effect that adrenaline produces.

  • Languages

    People who speak various languages know perfectly well that, when you do not practice a language, you lose a lot of what you have learned, but this can be almost miraculously recovered with a little bit of additional practice. This effect of the cognitive capacities is much more accentuated when people speak more than one foreign language because they tend to be replaced in the operative memory due to the brain's limited capacity because it cannot maintain so many concepts and different grammatical structures active.

    It seems reasonable to assume that every day when we wake up, the knowledge management system boots the programs or information that it knows it is going to use throughout the entire day, and, on the other hand, that the group of words that we habitually speak with is in direct relation with our potential medium. That is, as our cognitive development develops as human species, the number of words in a language increases.

  • Emotions

    Continuing with the same functional logic, the brain will locate other programs of immediate reaction in a special place so that they can be quickly accessed. This seems to be one of the functions of a part of the human brain called Thalamus, which controls emotions; understanding emotions as biochemical reactions provoked by certain stimulus, regardless of the feelings that may or may not accompany them.

Naturally, the programs have to be previously developed, and with each new experience they become enriched and perfected, in other words, there is a constant cognitive development that produces the evolution of the knowledge management system. It is just like how a programmer perfects his work until he/she obtains a certain level.

The brain's power notably increases with this automation and response velocity will be quite superior for two reasons.

First, because the information from the outset is placed directly in the subprograms or functions' prepared fields, and once all the information is received, the specific operation is triggered.

The second is, that just a few responses from the knowledge system are enough to validate the start or result of the operation. In this respect, the speed can be similar or even faster than the ultra-fast responses of the language manager.

Aside from the examples in the previous section, we can cite two more cognitive processes where internal function development can be easily perceived:

  • Typing

    An interesting example of the way that the programs are in constant improvement is that, if when learning to type you leave it for a while, and then return you are greeted with a nice surprise; instead of your skills worsening, due to inactivity, they improve. This is due to the fact that the human brain and cells in general, dedicate a great deal of time to reordering, simplifying, rationalizing and improving without the conscious being aware.

  • Dreams

    We have also discussed the cognitive functions our dreams have when we talked about the optimization of operation.