Leslie Villelli of the HappinessIS Project
Fast Thinking vs Slow Thinking: How both our conscious and subconscious can work together for our happiness.
The brain receives more than 30 million bits of information per SECOND. The neurons receiving those bits connect with another 1,000 neurons EACH. In one minute, over 1,(360 zeros) connections are made! We’ll call that the sub or unconscious. (Fast thinking) We need this function for a lot of things. It’s good to have.
Our conscious mind can only process approximately 50 bits of information per second. (Slow thinking) So, the unconscious must edit the heck out of the info and compress it and then present us with “reality”.
Our brain will give us the least amount of info necessary for us to navigate our world. It acts a bit like ‘auto correct’ on our smart phones—assumes from some information that it ‘knows’ all of it and then runs with it. It draws its conclusions from what’s happening now but also from trillions of stored associations—often giving us an inaccurate picture of ‘reality’; we could, and do, call perception.
If we deliberately (slow thinking) question these perceptions, we literally open the door to happiness.
For further study on Fast thinking vs Slow thinking see these videos: