“Mind Control” as Energonomics

28 June 2007 at 8:56 am 6 comments

When I speak of “mind control” I do not refer to paranoid theories of government agents who have the ability of mad scientists to control the minds of others.  I mean self-mind control, the ability to channel one’s “mental” energy (i.e. steer the physical energy flowing through the mind, that 20% of the glucose we consume to support our brain, which takes only 3% of the body’s weight) toward some states and away from other states.  This kind of channeling comes up in Marvin Minsky’s newest book, The Emotion Machine, in which he develops a theory of how we think.  One of his ideas is that we have “Critic-Selectors” who can select certain kinds of thinking (i.e. emotional states) in order to solve a problem. 

 …in everyday life there remains a wide range in which it’s both useful and safe to regulate your collection of Critics. (91)

This also reminds me of a few other books: 

  1. Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Emotions, a book I read as an undergraduate in an Existentialism class,  in which he claims that we choose to feel emotions at particular times
  2. a more recent book by Howard Gardner called Changing Minds:  The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds.
  3. Destructive Emotions, a book compiled by Daniel Goleman capturing conversations between the Dalai Lama and Western neuroscientists and psychologists, in which it is suggested that meditation provides a way of channeling mindbrain-energy from the fear-centered amygdala to the prefrontal lobes, where higher orders of thinking occur.

All of these support the concept of personal energonomics, controlling the energy flows in the mind (and, as a result, the kinds of thoughts we think, our behaviors, and our beliefs).


Entry filed under: books, energonomics.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Channeling the Energy in Our Brains « Scholaris Erratus  |  21 August 2007 at 10:46 pm

    […] reminds me of my post on the Dalai Lama, about the book Daniel Goleman writes called Destructive Emotions.  I think there are powerful […]

  • 2. Educating People How to Feel « Scholaris Erratus  |  29 July 2008 at 3:59 pm

    […] people how to think is simple but significant.  It reminds me of a previous post about “mind control,” about learning how to control our emotions, channeling the energy flow through our brain […]

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  • 4. The Poetry of Psychoenergonomics « Scholaris Erratus  |  17 October 2009 at 2:06 am

    […] Bly goes on to suggest that “the three brains must be competing for all the available energy at any moment. . . Whichever brain receives the most energy, that brain will determine the tone of that personality. . . .” (62).  Spiritual growth, he continues, “depends on the ability to transfer energy.  Energy that goes normally to the reptile brain can be transferred to the mammal brain, some of it at least; energy intended  for the mammal brain can be transferred to the new brain” (64).  He suggests that meditation is a way to transfer energy from the reptile or “lower” brain center to the mammal and new or “upper” brain centers (similar to a previous post about the Dalai Lama). […]

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