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Pattern Recognition and Cognitive Function

    These are visual examples of one person’s perception of cognitive pattern recognition or thought process.  The author identifies himself as INTJ.  (Link provided by Margie) The Fundamental Nature of the Jungian Functions


These are my proposals for these same functions. You could call them an INTP perspective.

    I borrowed most of the symbols from a picture I drew 20 years ago at age 13.  After reading and post enlightenment I created the feeling "wave" symbol. People whose dominant judging function is subjective will identify with reasoning in "degrees". People with dominant objective reasoning will identify with thinking in terms of "probabilities". It’s somewhat difficult to accurately identify a shape with a cognitive function as each function operates in two attitudes. For example I often described my auxiliary Extroverted Intuition as being as boundless as the cosmos. An INTJ acquaintance of mine practiced visualization of her functions and found that her dominant Introverted Intuition took the form of an obsidian obelisk. I found that image very appropriate and very beautiful as a representation of that function. INTJs have a knack for finding the essential Truth in things. Apparently 15% of monks are INTJ. This is statistically significant as they typically make up no more than 1% of any given general population.

    Here is an example of how pattern recognition and awareness of the four language structures can be applied to exercising all four quadrants of the cerebrum and improve cognitive performance.  It's a reference to a product (EyeQ) that asserts it can improve rate of reading.  Following it is an excerpt from a study I've recently (April 28, 2004) incorporated into my site.  They both support my theory that with the right complex geometric pattern as well as other factors the neural cascade that is enlightenment can be artificially triggered. 

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"Recent work suggests that people are thinking—at an unconscious level—about the solution prior to solving problems with insight. Specifically, while working on a verbal problem they have yet to solve, people presented with a potential solution word read the actual solution word faster than they read an unrelated word (Bowden and Beeman 1998). This “solution priming” effect is greater—and in fact people make solution decisions about presented words more quickly—when words are presented to the left visual hemifield, which projects directly to the right hemisphere (RH), than when words are presented to the right visual hemifield, which projects to the left hemisphere (LH). This suggests that RH semantic processing is more likely than LH semantic processing to produce lexical or semantic information that leads to the solution. These RH advantages occur only when solvers experience insight—the “Aha!” or “Eureka!” feeling that comes with insight solutions (Bowden and Jung-Beeman 2003a). Moreover, when subjects try to solve classic insight problems, they benefit more from hints presented to the left visual field (i.e., the RH) than from hints presented to the right visual field (i.e., the LH) (Fiore and Schooler 1998)."
- Mark Jung-Beeman, Edward M. Bowden, Jason Haberman, Jennifer L. Frymiare, Stella Arambel-Liu, Richard Greenblatt, Paul J. Reber, John Kounios, Published April 13, 2004, Neural Activity When People Solve Verbal Problems with Insight


    Additionally, the ability to recognize abstract non-verbal patterns is apparently a major feature in the global increase of intelligence.  The phenomenon has been labeled the Flynn Effect.  I provide an explanatory hypothesis on this page of my Pleistocene Mass Extinction Theory The fairest type of IQ test I am aware is the Raven Progressive Matrices and involves visual pattern recognition. 

James Flynn, a political scientist working in New Zealand, observed in the 1980's that the scores of different groups of people on standard intelligence tests had consistently augmented over the past decades.

Since then, the so-called "Flynn effect" has been confirmed by numerous studies. The same pattern, an average increase of over three IQ points per decade, was found for virtually every type of intelligence test, delivered to virtually every type of group.

The increase was highest, 20 points per generation (30 years), in Belgium, Holland and Israel, and lowest, 10 points per generation, in Denmark and Sweden. Although the data are limited, it moreover seems that the increase is accelerating.

One might expect that the Flynn effect would be more clear for tests that emphasize culture or education. The opposite is true, however: the increase is most striking for tests measuring the ability to recognize abstract, non-verbal patterns. Tests emphasizing traditional school knowledge show much less progress. This means that something more profound than mere accumulation of data is happening inside people's heads. None of the scientists who have studied the effect can offer a simple explanation."
- Principia Cybernetica Web, Increasing intelligence: the Flynn effect

    Prior to my experience whenever I learned something I integrated it with something I already knew. I have a strong distaste for learning or memorizing something that had zero relationship to something I already knew. A downside to this process of integration is that it diminishes a sense of accomplishment when something is learned. This occurs because the acquisition of new knowledge increases awareness of numerous other things that are related but not yet understood. Consequently the more significant or novel the acquired knowledge is, the more aware I became of other things I know nothing about. Thus, very little sense of accomplishment could be enjoyed in learning. I’ve met other INTPs and this is typical. It propels us to learn continuously as we "feel" rather stupid.

Mental imagery of the structure of my consciousness prior to and through enlightenment

    Anyway, those memories could be viewed as clumps of interconnected neurons throughout the brain or perhaps as clouds with some structure in a boundless sky of extroverted intuition. Every new thing learned would be bound to the appropriate cloud and the cloud would get bigger or denser or both. Well, during enlightenment those memories that seemed to be unrelated to each other and were therefore separate in different clouds actually were found to have relationships. As the memories interrelated on their own, I had the sensation of a collapse or condensation of thought. In fact I had the sensation that my head was spinning which caused me to turn my head back and forth in order to compensate. The process of integration by the way was all done sub-consciously, while awake and while sleeping. I hope others can repeat my experience soon.

    After the two weeks it appeared that all sub-conscious memories were associated and that’s when internal visualization of the structure of consciousness as well as visualization of other natural phenomenon took place. One fundamental advantage is my perspective was greatly enhanced. The past 2000 years seems to me to have occurred in the blink of an eye. I can visualize not only the whole earth and solar system but also the galaxy and the universe to some extent. geologic time is familiar. Basically anything of a cyclical nature as cycles are best represented by the circle.

    My perception of large things is not only enhanced but also of very small things. Here’s an example concerning the question of how many sides does a coin have? It is an example intended to allow people to see that they make too many superficial assumptions about the world they live in.

A standard US coin has eight sides; Head side, Tail side, edge side, outside, inside, top side, bottom side and inner wall.

    Because of popular phrases like, "Well every coin has two sides" or "There are always two sides to an issue" people accept these truths but often don’t look further. All issues potentially have many more than two sides. This acceptance is so unconscious that people forget that a coin has an obvious third side. People must question their assumptions and see beyond the surface of their reality and understand the fundamental physics and purpose to their lives. In order to see all eight sides, after considering the obvious external features, with your mind's eye either enter the coin and look around or "become" the metal inside the coin and find your boundaries. How many more sides are on the inside? Three. Is the fact that a coin is solid insignificant? If a coin were hollow would it stop being a coin? Is the material that does exist in a coin insignificant? Since 1983, US pennies have been changed from solid copper to zinc with thin copper plating. I believe that the silver in other coins has been steadily replaced with nickel. Where does the real value of a coin come from?

    My brother Chris asked, "What about coins that have a hole in the center?" That’s an excellent question because it would add two more sides and its shape would more closely resemble human consciousness.

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