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Borzykh S.V. Mind as a Burden

Published in journal "Psychology and Psychotechnics", 2015-7 in rubric "Limits of intellect", pages 675-683.

Resume: This article views mind as a burden. It’s supposed that just like every other physiological process reasoning demands a huge quantity of energy which our organism tries to avoid. Due to the high level of predictability of the social environment and particular features thereof as well as the dramatic progress of humankind over the last few centuries, today an ordinary person doesn’t need to use his or her brain power at full capacity. In his research Borzykh has used general methods of scientific research including analysis and comparison. The researcher has also used recent findings in biology. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that Borzykh offers a new approah to studying human mind from the point of view of its cost for the organism rather than the benefit from possessing it. The main conclusion is that just like other animals people constitute a compromise and have the energy balance when these or those systems consume different quantity of available energy. The process of reasoning created as a result of human body functioning is a compromise, too, and it is rather a burden for human body from the point of view of survival especially within the scope of contemporary culture and high technologies. As a consequence, people try not to use their mind deliberately or undeliberately. 

Keywords: human, brain, resoning, energy, technology, balance, compromise, evolution, modern age, expense

DOI: 10.7256/2070-8955.2015.7.15422

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