Today, we continue our discussion of the several types of mental realities (or realizations) found in human beings. Yesterday, we dealt with pseudo-physical or type I reality. i.e., the virtual ‘physical’ world experienced by each of us. This virtual world is created by the central nervous system via sensory data processing so to generate a virtual copy of the external physical which is accurately overlaid onto the proper physical object. Such outward projection being a suitable explanation to explain the competence of our motor skills.
Moreover, similar phylogenetic, pseudo-physical worlds are reconstructed by members of each species; though, they differ between species in one way or another.
Type II or personal realities differ significantly from type I realites. Personal realities are formulated individually from information gained primarily from socialization during the process of postnatal ontogeny or development. The building blocks supporting personal reality are: our likes and dislikes, what is and is not pleasant, our mores, our religious beliefs, our traumatic experiences, our hopes and aspirations, our temperaments, our characters, our habits, our personal myths, and almost anything nonphysical you can imagine. Personal reality is the home of our psychological ego state complexes.
The pseudo-physical reality is quite straightforward and exists for survival of the physical individual and his or her eventual procreation. Personal reality is exceeding complex and variable between persons and is the source of group identity, prejudice, violence and the demonic and the angelic.
Clearly, each one of us is not responsible for type I reality–it is provided by natural evolution. However, each is responsible (as well argued by the existentialist philosophers) for the actions arising from his or her physical vehicle in response to the motivators and drivers residing within type II reality. Such personal responsibility being absolute for each of us, regardless of any prior events (presuming normal brain function remains).
Tomorrow, we will discuss type II dream reality in relation to waking type II reality.