This introduction is a preface to the article as well as an introduction. It has been blown up and stripped down and what remains is a general hodgepodge of insights that I’ve kept for their value in illustrating and defining Seq Comp. There are other parts of the article that are similar to this, the reason being is, everything is an example of Seq Comp, meaning any point can be a point to pivot into another aspect of it.
Sequencing and Comparison is the product of the objective search for causes. Included in that search is understanding the causes of my thoughts, feelings, and behavior, as well as the thoughts, feelings and behavior of others. Sequencing and Comparison is a discovery found searching for answers to the questions why people are the way they are, why the world is as it is, and why I was how I was, and am how I am.
I was about 30 years old when I began to realize that most of what people are is the impressions left upon them throughout their experience in life. The world molds the people and the people mold the world. My intellectual awakening came through the objective study of politics. I reset my values recognizing them to be a product of impressed value, but ultimately, the value of subjects cannot be denied, and people like things, which causes them to like other things, and degree and distinction of like determines identity.
In a search for objective good I developed principle-based hierarchies that I applied in decision making and to the rules and structure of society. Hierarchies were created, applied, and abandoned once deficiencies were discovered. Liberty was identified as the ever-present universal interest, established in the fact that everyone wants to do what they want to do. All creatures can do what they want to do if they are not imposed on, either physically or circumstantially. Imposition as the basis of ethics is ideal and I apply it to decision making, counting everything as good so long as it doesn’t impose. There is no situation where it ceases to be correct.
After recognizing cause and effect, purifying my judgement of true and false, removing bias, and anchoring my moral judgements in liberty, I identified problems within the political and economic system. I drafted outlines for solutions that correct systemic as well as symptomatic problems and wrote about the deficiencies of proposed solutions and positions that dominate mainstream as well as fringe thinking. I discovered people were not interested in information that challenged their beliefs, even if such information proposed feasible solutions for the problems their causes claimed to seek solutions for.
My arguments are structured on facts rooted in credible sources that build a straight hallway to conclusions that wall off incorrect positions. By wall off I mean that every fact properly ordered causes a number of assertions to be untrue. The resulting silence is a product of a failure to understand, or a decision not to acknowledge, both of which are equally detrimental to the reformer as an indication he has failed to draw attention to his ideas and positions. It doesn’t matter to what extent I simplified, or to what degree of precision I use in expressing my points, people have a choice of whether they want to acknowledge them. When something challenges the value of a subject they value, in showing it to be false instead of true, bad instead of good, inefficient or impossible, people choose not to acknowledge it rather than have their preferred value of the subject impacted.
The challenge was understanding why people liked what they liked and why people do not like what is true. How and why do people cling to positions they cannot defend? In a comment exchange I was accused of believing I have a monopoly on the truth, and my response was it seems that way because I am loyal to it. The effect of this loyalty is, when I think I know something or I take a position and someone shows me I am wrong, I abandon the incorrect position and adopt the correct one. It’s in my interest, and the interest of every individual to do so, which is why I needed to understand why other people do not do the same.
Sequencing and Comparison was discovered on a day when I thought efficiency was an innate comparison of details that produced human thought. Efficiency is not a comparison, it is a product of value comparing production related sequences. On the same day, I was analyzing an incident my daughter had at school which took place in a text exchange. The cause and effect sequence a conscious result exists in, preceded the identification of the comparisons, but the comparisons were identified at about the same time. I wrote an article called Understanding Conscious Events and Applying Measures. I improved the article but still didn’t have a firm enough grasp of the material which required further consideration in many areas to properly define and articulate what would become sequencing and comparison.
Thought consists of the cause and effect position of detail and comparisons of those details and sequences. Details are gathered through senses and consist of sight, sound, taste, smell, and feeling. Feeling consists of external sensations as well as internal sensations. An impression consists of different senses and often the association of multiple subjects.
There are 4 comparisons of detail responsible for all thought. Truth, cause and effect, morality, and value. No thought has ever been produced that is not a product of these comparisons.
An object is understood as the effect of some cause and the cause of some effect.
An object is understood as being good or bad morally depending on whether or not it imposes.
An object is considered to be true or false, or probably true or probably false when details do not exist to conclusively make a determination.
An object has value to an individual based on the sensations it produces or its association with other details that produce sensations.
The mind is always set to an objective and the objective is a valued purpose.
A purpose has value based on the sensation it produces directly, or indirectly through associations with objects that produce sensations.
Thoughts themselves occur in various forms with visual thoughts varying in degrees of vibrancy. The shape of thoughts is not the subject of this article but it’s worth mentioning in explaining the source of thoughts and these mechanisms that produce them. Visual thoughts take place on a borderless black canvas and fade into the mind like slides, like a partially developed picture that gives way to another once the purpose of the image is consciously acknowledged. Thoughts are also auditory; the mind is equipped for multitrack production and playback. As I’m writing this, the words before I write them are audible in my mind with no associated imagery. At the same time, I’m listening to Fog Hat “slow ride” in my mind where the vocals and guitar are emphasized and there are some visuals which consist of what I perceive the singer to look like as well as light moving as a representation of how the guitar sounds. (I probably heard the song earlier, it isn’t a song I’m particularly fond of.) There is also the sound of the birds in the trees, the interstate behind me, a door closing on a car, various other intermittent sounds in my environment. I could go on, including what I am seeing but the substance of thoughts isn’t the objective. The objective is the source of thoughts, how the mind produces thoughts, the innate comparisons of information that furnishes each individual with reality and offers an explanation for why creatures think.
In past articles I’ve written on this subject, or more accurately, different versions of the same article, I begin with defining the components of the comparisons and explaining how they manifest in experiences. I always begin with cause and effect, but cause and effect cannot be determined before a detail is determined to be true or false.
True/False is an innate processor of information, and in many cases, it is a nonconscious process built on what has been proven or previously accepted as being true. For example, earlier I saw a state trooper parked in a clearing in the forest near the off ramp to the rest area. I didn’t have to deliberate or compare information to determine it was true. Based on my knowledge of what the car looks like and the general reliability of my sight, I look up, and I know it is true, as my senses have proven reliable. Most things presented as true we accept as true so long as it does not contradict something known or believed to be true.
The mind operates according to laws of true and false and cause and effect. When something is told to us or we see something that violates our laws of truth there is an alert. We’ve all listened to someone tell us things and something they said contradicts what we know or thought we know to be true. Depending on the value of the correction or our interests in the interaction we either challenge their assertion or allow them to continue in error, but we are aware and have a sense that what they were telling us is not true.
There were interesting projections that took place when I saw the highway patrol car sitting between the trees. I considered the cause of the FHP car being at the location it was at. The interest of the FHP is to find crime, not the reactive enforcement of laws or protecting and serving the public. The same as any profession an officer is measured by production, the more laws an officer enforces the more valuable the officers’ service is to the department and the more opportunity he or she has for salary increases, promotions, and other career advancement. This is a law of understanding to me, albeit flexible as I understand there are exceptions where an officer’s morality is a greater governor than career incentive. This law of motivation is the first consideration in determining why the officer has positioned himself in between the trees facing the off ramp. It doesn’t seem like an advantageous position for finding crime, mainly because drivers are decelerating as they enter the rest area and at the rest area itself, there are few opportunities for crime.
The previous paragraph was not my thoughts at the time, but it was the basis for my thoughts. I see the officer and recognize he is ill situated to find crime. My next thought is a suspicion that the officer is observing me. I think about the circumstances. I am an out of place figure, my appearance is not consistent with that of the general public. There is a southbound and a northbound rest area. I am at the southbound rest area. I spent the night at the south bound rest area. The previous day and night I spent at the northbound rest area, and the night before this I spent at the south bound rest area. This is suspicious behavior for a non-suspicious looking person. It seems possible, especially considering the officer is positioned with a direct view of my location at the picnic tables, that the officer is observing me.
As to the reason, I came to Florida for court on October 22nd and was unexpectedly given a court date for October 30th. I didn’t have enough money to return to Wisconsin and then return to Florida in time for my court date and I also didn’t have the money to stay at a hotel so stayed in my car for the 8 days in between court dates.
The point is everything above probably consisted of a few glimmers of thought but represents the basis of my thoughts at the time. I look up from writing, notice the officer, and believe he may be observing me. Everything above is the foundations of these thoughts and perception, and the thoughts that follow.
I imagined a scenario of being confronted by the officer as I sat at the bench. I thought about what I would say if confronted by FHP. I know I do not have to talk with the officer unless the officer has reasonable suspicion. Reasonable suspicion means an officer has a reason to believe I was involved in a crime that has been committed, is being committed, or could be committed based on the totality of the circumstances. I imagine the officer with other officers approaching me leading in with a casual introduction of how you doing? I ask the officers what reason they have to believe that a crime has been committed, is being committed, or could be committed based on the totality of the circumstances? I Imagine different outcomes, the most likely being a response related to loitering which ultimately results in me having to leave.
This is an introductory example of what I am referring to by true/false laws of the mind in preparation for a more thorough explanation in the substance of the article.
Thought is the product of cause and effect and 3 comparisons of detail: value, true/false, and morality. To disprove this theory only requires a person to identify any thought in human history that does not reduce to these processes. The first place a person may go is considering detail comparison like shorter or longer, colors, or something along those lines, but these are comparisons intended to establish details to distinguish one subject from another, to apply value in purpose. Existence is experienced through the collection of sensory information, and the mind produces thought based on cause and effect and these comparisons. Thought determines perception and produces feelings and behavior.
The value of a subject is measured by the feelings the subject produces or the utility of a subject in fulfilling some purpose or acquiring some object of desire. Of course, much of what we value or like, has no inherent value but derives value from associations with other subjects that have inherent value because they produce good feelings.
Mood is cyclical. Thoughts and perception determine feelings, but feelings influence thoughts and perception. How you feel is based on interaction with your environment which has to do with how you perceive your environment. Perception consists of the impressions the subjects within your environment have left on you previously, which influence your thoughts and feelings. Many times, in comfortable settings absent other people, your thoughts alone determine how you feel. The carrying forth of cause and effect in the mind, fantasy, imagination, worry, produce close to the same feelings as if the individual were experiencing the scenario.
Prior to making these discoveries being a person who observes nearly no result without considering the causes that produced it, I understood my thoughts, behavior, and feelings, exploring the source of negative feelings, causes within my environment, as well as exploring my history to uncover the creation of values associated with feelings and behavior. The objective study of myself, combined with my great range of experience in life and with people contributes to my understanding of how human beings’ function.
In the identification of sequencing and comparison I discovered why denial exists, why the average intelligence of human beings is far below where it potentially could be through the corruption of innate processes that produce intelligence. All things can be understood by all people depending on their degree of attention, which is determined by their value of a subject, which is largely determined by their existing value of subjects. All subjects are basic details assembled in simple cause and effect relationships. This means all subjects can be understood by all people depending on the individual’s value of the subject which directs attention.
The mind has been made to seem much more complex than it is and people more complex than they actually are. I have many general criticisms of psychology without having formally studied it, but from seeing the results it produces, distant familiarity with some concepts I recognize it is little more than survey analysis subjectively interpreted and the categorization of thoughts, feelings, and behavior. As previously mentioned at best it is the measurement of the environment on the mind and how. Clinically psychology seeks to bring individual’s values in line with the popular values of society, it is an effort to mold people’s mind to cause them to feel better, or to modify behavior by altering perception. There is a propensity to impose ideas of normal and normal is a measure of how well popular ideas are accepted, and these ideas form the basis for normal thought as well as positive and negative feelings. It isn’t the study of the human mind, it is the study of how the human mind responds to the environment, and a corrupt environment creates a corrupted normal, and this serves as the baseline of the human mind.
One feature is an authoritarian culture, where doing is purely a product of immediate reward versus no reward or immediate punishment, which for many extends into the ultimate through religion or even the belief in one all powerful and arbitrary god. Even in the absence of religion, or god, typically parents do not directly engage a child’s self interest in an act without some unrelated motivators (reward or punishment). Sequencing and Comparison identifies the potential impact on intelligence from authority-based thinking.
I think psychology has a very subjective system of classifying disorders. The thoughts, feelings, and behavior of disorders overlap with one another and overlap with normal. Diagnosis is only as good as an individual’s ability to articulate and the therapist’s ability to correctly interpret, which carries creates a low degree of accuracy in assignment. Studying the human ability to learn seems to be centered on memory and fails to recognize the role of understanding in memory. Objects are not saved frames or impressions; Objects are chained to other objects though cause and effect relationships. Some chains cannot be formed due to underlying chains.
For example, when I was 20 years old, possibly younger in the Milwaukee County House of Corrections, I read a book containing just beyond encyclopedic information about dictators. Initially I thought the book contained typos that the US supported these despots, forgot the word not in some places or something to that effect. By the end I thought it could be a work of fiction, and this was because in 20 years, despite not coming from a patriotic family, I had no impressions that the United States was not the rhetoric and propaganda I was led to believe it was. It would be roughly 8 years before those ideas would be seriously challenged.
The obvious question is why I don’t learn about psychology before making criticism in ignorance, and aside from the judgements formed at this distance, the reason is in the few articles I’ve read, I’ve been critical of or had underlying explanations for what is observed. There is a time factor involved and I don’t see a benefit. I can analyze and modify my own thoughts, feelings, and behavior through SeqComp as well as generally understand the thoughts, feelings and behavior of others through SeqComp, so what purpose does psychology serve, since I am not interested in a career in psychology? SeqComp consists of understanding simple innate processes and how they relate to self-interest, meaning it isn’t terribly difficult for people to learn and use. People are using it regardless as the subconscious framework that produces thought, but there are numerous benefits to being conscious of these processes.
My supreme value is liberty, which means my supreme value is also truth. My value of liberty is based on liberty being true, which serves as the basis for my morality. Hence the slogan, Truth over Everything, and Liberty is True. Truth applies to self, whereas liberty applies when the truth to others will result in the unwarranted imposition on my liberty.
Another example of SeqComp in understanding behavior comes from an exchange with a woman on a dating app. Her intents on the app were to find someone to marry, whereas my intentions are to hang out, friendship and an emphasis on sex.
She writes “You seem like you might be hot, lol. (but I’m here to fall in love)”
I respond …falling in love consists of finding a person who will play a role in your life which includes covering your insecurities.
(ADDITION: The music people listen to plays a great role in molding individual values. The reason for this is the sensations produced by the sound of the music gives value to the ideas interpreted from the lyrics. Most songs are about love, or romantic relationships. This influences the value of those popular objectives. Romantic relationships, the fantasy and ideas associated with them on an individual basis is often a product of people attempting to increase their self worth through the devotion of a person, and to cover their insecurities through the biased lens of the devoted.)
What I meant by playing a role is people have an idea of happiness which consists of objects of desire, and many of these objects are not inherent value objects but objects that have value through associations developed through popular impressions. When a person is looking for a relationship, they already have an idea of what the person is supposed to be, not general attributes but a predefined character. The potential partner has a role in this person’s fantasy and the woman will try to mold the man into or persuade the man into playing that role. This isn’t intended to reduce relationships to this dynamic, only mentioned as one aspect of the general pursuit of relationships where expectations are based on finding someone who will play the role in your fantasy, to become a fixture in another person’s idea of happiness.
In another exchange the woman writes “it actually is a tall order for me to leave the comfort of my home- and the minute I get a feeling of dread or regret, I simply refuse to move forward (I’ll cancel). I’m looking for a feeling that overrides my natural homebody tendencies to WANT to go be with somebody.”
I responded … I’m not trying to persuade you, but I did want to share a thought related to the first part of your last message. It seems like your pursuit of a relationship is intent on dealing with social anxiety. Mood is cyclical, consisting of thoughts that produce feelings, interactions that produce feelings, and feelings influence your thoughts, which in turn influences your feelings and so on and so forth. You shouldn’t make decisions based on misunderstood negative feelings. For example, tomorrow if you follow through meeting me. Maybe you get in your car and your mind begins spinning negative outcomes that produce these feelings, and emotionally, an outcome or situation imagined is only slightly less stressful than if you are actually experiencing the scenario and oftentimes more stressful. To remedy these issues a person must push through the feelings and proceed to the activity. When the experience doesn’t produce the anticipated result, over time these impressions may potentially replace the impressions responsible for the anxiety.
She doesn’t mention directly that she has anxiety, but it can be inferred from her statement that she has negative feelings that cause her to cancel her plans. Her desire for a relationship is as I mentioned in my message to her an effort to cover insecurities which she mentions herself stating she is looking for someone who will cause feelings to override her natural homebody tendencies. If she was satisfied with those comforts, she wouldn’t be seeking someone to enable her to broaden her opportunities for experience. Her other statement that she plans activities and cancels them because of last minute dread or apprehension suggests there is a social anxiety aspect to it. Clearly, she wants to leave her house, but the value of the activities is reduced by her anticipation of a negative experience. Her pursuit of a relationship like many others, is to cover that anxiety, as opposed to dealing with the difficulties in her life. She may be interested in a long-term relationship for other reasons, but she may settle and ultimately be dissatisfied with what she finds because her motivation is rooted in covering a problem instead of addressing it. There are many people who are driven into attachment by an effort to cover insecurities as I mentioned previously.
Social anxiety has many roots and one root cannot be addressed exclusively through understanding values, because it consists of impressions, which returns me to the subconscious. The subconscious consists of impressions from experience, what the individual believes is true forms the laws of the mind, through sequencing and comparison. There is a basis to deny sequencing and comparisons as mechanisms, but they are undeniably the purposes of thought, and the framework for experiencing reality. Reality takes place through sequencing and comparison. It represents the relevant switches or assignments for all perceivable information. There are no other reasons to compare objects. Our thoughts are the product of solving for cause, effect, true and false, like and dislike, and morally right or wrong. The subconscious mind solves for these variables according to value, and our thoughts are the conscious record and expression of solving for these variables. It is the variables for motion in an environment with free willed conscious objects, and the mind is a reflection of accounting for these variables.
Efforts to learn away anxiety through sequences, like believing the cause of anxiety is holding myself to a higher standard than others hold me to, or similar rationalizing, does not override impressions from experience. The perceptions and feelings of experience usually have to be replaced with perceptions and feelings that cancel out the source of bias in a way that confirms ideas intent on relieving social anxiety.
Social anxiety is a very deep subject, I mention this story not to address it in its entirety but as an example of how understanding SeqComp paves the way for analyzing thoughts, feelings, and behavior. The root of social anxiety rests in the propensity of an individual to infer the unstated conclusions of others, as well as a value of being liked by others, and this can branch off into issues of confidence, which branches off into the certainty of an individual’s truth, and into fear which is a product of uncertainty as it relates to desired outcomes.
The subconscious consists of laws of knowledge (true), laws of experience (true), and sequencing and comparison. Actually, the subconscious is purely sequencing and comparison because laws of knowledge and laws of experience is a true/false determination.
By laws of knowledge I’m referring to what an individual thinks they know to be true. People learn things about a subject, understanding the cause and effect relationship of details that produces a subject. Yet a fact or a sequence of facts creates laws in the mind, because for everything believed to be true, prevents a variety of other information from also being true. Within subjects, their facts, conclusions, and even the relationship of subjects with other subjects there are laws that form the foundation of how an individual perceives the reality they exist in, how their values form, where their attention is directed, and what they think. Laws of experience are what is true to an individual based on what they’ve experienced, it’s your prejudice, prejudgments, bias, and stereotyping of the world. Sights and sounds that have feelings attached to them, that create expectations based on those past impressions that causes the individual to feel things without consciously considering them.
People have ideas about things and people based on previous impressions, including how the interaction made them feel. This becomes an expectation and will produce a prejudgment draw on one’s behavior. People have prejudgments of people based on race, style, location, nationality, hair color, etc. If all the people you interacted with with red hair acted a certain way that caused you to feel a certain way, it doesn’t matter if you know red hair has nothing to do with determining their behavior. When you see people with red hair your mind expects the behavior, and your body responds which influences your thoughts and influences your feelings and behavior. Once interaction begins and familiarity develops, our expectations of the individual will be different, but our expectations of people with red hair will likely remain the same.
Any interaction with a common characteristic serves as information about that characteristic, including not only what, but how it made you feel, and it will serve as a basis for expectations for future encounters with that characteristic. (Categorization is a product of efficiency, value). Everyone has a bias related to groups, the difference between someone who has prejudice or is racist, and everyone else, is once interaction begins, the individual is treated based on his or her behavior, and not based on the prejudgment.
Incomplete sequencing in an individual’s life, repressed memories, leave portions of the mind uncertain, and uncertainty is fear. I know this because recently I didn’t so much uncover, as much as I was able to confirm some childhood memories and the confirmation of these memories have had a perceivable effect on me emotionally, and cognitively. A small piece of uncertainty in your subconscious chain, can impact how you feel generally, which influences your thoughts and nearly every aspect of your life. I notice the change which is subtle but pronounced, like having a splinter, where you hardly notice the discomfort, but when you remove the splinter, the discomfort that you became used to, is more noticeable in absence than it was when it was present.
Everything we understand and everything we are, consists of chains of detail, combined with other chains of details, which create combinations of chains. This is what I refer to as sequencing, which plays a major role in learning, recalling detail, and the formation of thought, but also our neutral emotional disposition. I believe the mind as it relates to storing memory, store events as sequences. For example, someone may say something, and this causes us to remember a detail that contradicts the assertion, but if pressed further we may not be able to remember other details associated with that detail. The reason being is the detail has been recalled as a contradiction to an assertion, but the sequence that the detail exists in may have never been understood.
Our own lives as we perceive them are long sequences broken up by days or rest. I think the mind requires a consistent understanding of our experiences that extends across our innate channels of thought, true/false, morality, and value. Once we have the values for an experience the sequences are complete and we file it away, which doesn’t necessarily mean we have all the correct information, only that the events make sense to us based on the cause and effect organization of the details. It can be brought back to consciousness by being prompted by something in our environment. I theorize repressed memories in the broader chain of our truth, leave people in an unperceivable state of uncertainty, and uncertainty is the source of anxiety and fear. Uncertainty resulting from repressed or unconfirmed sequences of experience, is a recent development in my own life, and it is relevant to the sequencing cause and effect portion of this article, but not a topic I’ve thoroughly addressed or tried to present in the article.
There are laws of knowledge, laws of experience, and Sequencing and Comparison which is the organizational structure and basic comparisons that produce these laws and produce our thoughts.
In an age with such advanced technology, some may be skeptical of a model of how the mind produces thoughts. Neuroscience and neuropsychology is doing what? It is associating a part of the brain with categories of thought, feeling, and non-thinking function, inclusive of chemical interactions and other physical variables for activating areas of the brain, and recording the effects. For example, the Mayo Clinic states that a group of neurons not firing may be responsible for depression. Of course, there is a reason why that group of neurons isn’t firing, and it is likely related to circumstances that produce patterns of thought and feeling not produced by this group of neurons. They know this group can be chemically stimulated to begin firing which is why medication is prescribed. Many people with depression who feel better taking medication, often fall back into depression sometime after they stop taking the medication, probably because the circumstances internally (their understanding) and more importantly externally (means and opportunity), still exist that lead to patterns of thoughts and feelings that lead to symptoms of depression. Neuroscience and neuropsychology are valuable in understanding the brain and what is produced where, but it isn’t a tool of understanding why people think what they think.