The Beautiful Mind

This is an incident from my childhood. In my school days, I used to wake up very early in the morning, early means 4 am. I learnt this habit from my mother and grandmother. At that time, I had a wish to surprise them by waking up earlier than them. However, challenge was, ‘How I can do it without alarm clock’. I kept on thinking this for many days, and this wish grew stronger in my mind. One day, to my surprise, I woke up earlier than them. This happened for next many next days. Eventually I realized that my strong wish actually made my sub-conscious mind to help me in waking me up at a specific time. Sub-conscious mind is capable to understand the time. Then I experimented by setting different times and that worked. I utilized this amazing power of mind many a times during my college days too.

This is the power of our sub-conscious mind. A small 3 pound organ, but having 1 trillion cells, and 100 billion neurons. It has 10 to the power 1 million ways of wiring itself and can store 1000 TB of information. I still have only 1 TB of external disk. Further, it can process 10 to the power 13 operations per second. Amazing speed. Slowest information speed in mind is around 260 mph, faster than most of the fast cars. We have this kind of powerful organ with us, which if utilized properly, can do amazing things. However, power is good as long as it is in control. Uncontrolled mind can also do ‘not so good’ things. How, let us understand with an example of Robot (equivalent to sub-conscious mind).

Suppose we have an intelligent, self-learner robot. It is being programmed to serve us. One of the important task assigned to it is, to defend us from all external threats and also to give us suggestion in case of any problem. It is doing its duty very well by taking a fight with attackers. Intensity of fight is specified by us.

Now visualize a scenario when this Robot become more intelligent with time. One day, it decides to teach the attacker a better lesson. So it ignores our instruction for intensity of fight, and instead of a simple slap, it breaks the hand of attacker. Although it is doing all that for you, but now it is acting in autonomous mode and hence can take decision which can create problem in real life. This is how our mind does many of the times. That’s why many a times, we overreact to situation, which is not good. Robot is good as long as it is in your control and following your instructions.