Heidi Wyrick was a guy who was very sensitive to the idea of self-aware self-awareness. He would say, “If I think of myself as a person, I would say that I am a person, but I am not a person. The person that I am is a person at a specific time,” and he would say, “I am a person at a specific moment.” And you can see his point.
In another interview he said, The problem isn’t that we’re not aware of ourselves, the problem is that we’re not aware of ourselves yet. So if you’re not thinking about your own life and what it means to be alive, you’re not aware of yourself. The idea that anyone should think that they’re conscious of themselves isn’t going to help you in the long run, but it might help you start thinking about the things you do that you might later want to change.
The problem is not self-awareness, but lack of it. We’ve been taught that the human body is the most self-aware of all creatures on the planet. However, this isnt true, I mean even if you were to show a person a picture of their face, they would have no idea who they are. Likewise, if you showed a person a picture of their body, they would instantly know what they look like.
Self-awareness comes in many forms but is generally the ability to notice our own feelings and mood when they are in a certain state. It would be nice, if we could all be able to spot these feelings and moods at the moment we notice them. But alas, we cant.
This is actually an interesting thought experiment. It might sound ridiculous or implausible, but just imagine if we could create a device that could see us. Imagine if we could see into our minds and see ourselves as we really are. Perhaps that device would know when someone is depressed or angry and what those emotions mean to them. It might even know what they are thinking about. I dont know, maybe it would be fun to have a device that could see ourselves and give us feedback.
This is, of course, an idea which has already been tested, but in the past we have had limited access to what people have chosen to tell us about their minds. A few years ago, for example, a group of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University released a paper called “A Computerized Monitoring System for Personalized Mental Health”. It used a “self-monitoring system” to track participants’ mental states.
I don’t know if anyone’s actually used it. There were some people who didn’t want to have their mind tracked by a computer system which could monitor each and every brain state. I wonder.
The first thing to say is that the system in that paper just wasn’t ready for prime time. It was just a proof-of-concept paper. The second thing that a lot of the participants in that study wanted was a way to monitor other people’s mental states as well. I’m sure a lot of other people felt as strongly about that as I do. You can’t really blame them.
There were some people who dont want to have their mind tracked by a computer system that would monitor every brain state. They wanted to be able to monitor all their mental states when they were at school and school, but they only wanted to monitor their school districts and school districts. If they wanted to have their mind tracked by a computer system that could monitor their school districts and school districts, then I would say, it probably did.
I would hate to think that the people who created the computer program that is tracking your mind are using your mind as a means of tracking you. But then again, they probably are.